Opportunities abound in baby taping incident

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Friday, May 23, 2014


THE controversy arising from the taping of a newborn’s mouth with medical adhesive has provided opportunities for some persons to build up their reputation as children’s rights advocates. It also provided additional income for those who render their
expertise on the subject, as a Bzzzzz source recently learned.

A team was formed to investigate the allegation that a nurse of the Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House placed a medical adhesive tape on the mouth of a newborn inside the hospital’s nursery.

Shortly after a meeting, a member of the investigating team asked for his appearance fee. This surprised the Bzzzzz source who thought the investigation team member was in it out of pure conceran for the rights of the baby.

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“With the added incentive, he will surely be present in all meetings,” the Bzzzzz source said.

But there are others who are not in it for the money.

Observers noted the presence of a media-savvy local government official. They said the
local government official is not after instant gratification—money—but is more concerned with long-term benefits to his political career.

Back to work

SOMEONELIKESomeone must have called the attention of this local government official in Cebu who is hardly seen at legislative sessions. The official attended a regular session this week surprising his colleagues.

Driven by curiosity, a colleague asked the young official why he was absent for more than a month. The official replied: “I was in school.”

The colleague could not help but raised an eyebrow. He told the Bzzzzz that he did not think his young colleague enrolled for summer class.

Investing in real estate

A Bzzzzz source wondered how a local government official was able to purchase several properties with his salary. The official’s latest acquisition is a new house in Talisay City.

The official can cite remittances from his wife, who works overseas. But observers noted that the wife must be enjoying a huge salary to be able to provide funds for the acquisition of four houses.

Their questions can only be answered by a lifestyle check on the local official. But who would dare file a complaint or report the issue to the ombudsman?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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