Early Saturday, March 4, Marciano Dzul Caamal, municipal president of Tulum, Quintana Roo, passed away at the age of 53 in a clinic in Monterrey, Nuevo León, where he was hospitalized fighting pancreatic cancer. Condolences from different political actors in Quintana Roo are already circulating in social networks.
Dzul Caamal lost his life after battling for more than a month against the disease, which even caused him to stay away from the presidency and prevented him from appearing in public events. In the face of rumors about his health, last Tuesday, February 28, Dzul Caamal reappeared to lead the 34th and 35th ordinary sessions of the City Council, which were held virtually.
“During the early hours of the morning we lost our father, husband, brother, uncle, friend and human being who always gave his heart for the people. There is no consolation for those of us who love him and know him, but we know that there is no consolation for those who love him without knowing him either. We share with you a hug and a tear, but also our peace that Marciano lived as he wanted and died giving everything for his family and his beloved Tulum,” posted the Dzul family on the Facebook page Marciano Dzul Caamal.
They expressed that “God lent him to us for many wonderful years in which he filled this world with beauty, teachings and helping others. The Dzul Family is grateful for the enormous affection that at this time has been dedicated to him through all the media, and we appreciate that you know how to respect our pain. Thank you so much, God Bless you“.
The publication is accompanied by a quote from the Bible, John 11:25-26, which says: “Then Jesus said to him, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me shall live, though he die: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die: believest thou this?” It is expected that the final destination of the mayor’s remains will be announced at a later date, as well as the process for his succession.
In the definitive absence of Dzul Caamal, Diego Castañón Trejo, current municipal treasurer and his alternate on the ticket that won the 2021 election, will take over as municipal president to conclude this local administration, which ends in 2024.
It should be remembered that on October 1, 2021 Dzul Caamal was sworn in as mayor of Tulum for the second time, since he was the first elected constitutional president of the ninth municipality, in the 2009-2011 period.
His political trajectory includes positions such as being the fourth councilman in the municipality of Solidaridad, when Tulum was still part of that municipality, during the 2005-2008 period, and he was also the leader of the National Union of Transporters for Change (Untrac).
Marciano Dzul Caamal was concerned with the dissemination of the Mayan language and published didactic books on the subject. One of his daughters, Silvia Dzul, followed in his footsteps in politics and is currently a local deputy for District 9, which includes Tulum and part of Solidaridad.
This is the second municipal president of Quintana Roo to die in office. In 2019 the mayor of Othón P. Blanco, Hernán Pastrana, lost his life as a result of cancer. His substitute, Otoniel Segovia, concluded the administration.