Buzz: Senatorial timber from Cebu? None for now

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


... WHETHER CEBU WILL HAVE ANOTHER SENATOR IN 2016: Term of the lone Cebuano in the Senate, Sergio Osmeña III, will expire in 2016 but he can run again for a second six-year term.

He served for 12 years from 1995 to 2007, rested for three years, then ran again in 2010, the term he’s serving now.

The Constitution prohibits a senator from serving more than two consecutive terms. In 2016, Serge can run for another six-year term.

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“Wa na gyuy lain?” It looks like there’s no other one. Serge will be only 70 this Dec. 13 and could stay in the Senate until he’s 78 should he win another term in 2016.

Another Cebuano could win, what with the massive and pervasive Cebuano vote spread across the land, on top of vote-rich Cebu. That’s the logic, not the actuality.

Given the experience of then governor Gwen Garcia in 2013, a Cebu aspirant must earn the name-recall credential before hoping to land in the probable-winners slot.

Between now and Serge’s exit, Cebu must groom other senatorial timber. With Cebu’s influence and prestige, it should at least have two senators, as it used to have ages ago.

WHY PROSECUTORS INHIBITED THEMSELVES FROM THE ARCHIVAL CASE: Cebu provincial prosecutors have inhibited themselves from the case involving the murder of lawyer Noel Archival and two of his companions.

According to the chief prosecutor, there’s no legal or moral reason for heeding the motion of the suspects that the prosecutors should “inhibit.”

What then is the reason?

They must worry that they might not be seen as unbiased and fair. But who’re the people whose opinion they worry about? Not the public as public opinion hasn’t been gauged or measured on the issue. Not their superiors at DOJ who still had to act on the prosecutors stand. It must only be the suspects in the murder case.

Should the prosecutors bar themselves from the case just because of what the suspects think?

P5M intact, unspent,says town treasurer

A certification from Minglanilla, Cebu Treasurer Wilfredo P. Alidon says P5 million “was credited the depositary account of the Municipality of Minglanilla” at the Land Bank and “as of June 3, 2014, has not been spent.” The certification “should dispel the suspicion that a portion of it was given as rebate or spent for other purposes.”

The P5 million was fund assistance for organic farming for high-value crops in Minglanilla, Cebu.

No Bzzzzz item has referred to any P5 million for Minglanilla crops. Its last item on the issue (Sun.Star, June 3, 2014) was about the confusion over names of former congressman Eddie Gullas and Rep. Samsam Gullas. Both have stoutly denied they had dealings with Janet Napoles.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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