Buzz: What’s DAP got to do with it?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


A GROUP of friends on vacation in Coron, Palawan couldn’t help but notice another vacationer and his all-male friends who arrived on an island on board a speed boat of an expensive resort. The man and his group had their lunch, prepared by hotel staff who came to the island ahead of them, and left. They did not go for a swim or snorkel in the island’s pristine waters.

One of the locals said the man was a presidential in-law. 

He was probably vacationing alone because his more popular spouse wasn’t present during lunch. The presidential in-law stayed in a resort where the cheapest accommodation carries a price tag of P25,000 a night. 

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Upon learning this, the friends tried to play the 80s hit song by Tina Turner, “What’s DAP got to do with it?” 

Frayed friendship

A local government official and a friend had a recent falling-out when the former was unable to grant the latter’s request: to be given a high-ranking post in an LGU.

Disappointed that he did not get what he wanted, the private individual began ratting out on the local official’s not-so-regular activities. In reaction, the official began avoiding the “friend” like the plague. 

An insider revealed that the local official was prepared to hire his friend as a job-order employee. But he could not appoint him as a department head because this would have raised many eyebrows. 

Now that they are no longer friends, the official is looking back on how their friendship started. He realized that the private individual was a close friend of a political rival. When the political rival lost to the official, the “friend” jumped ship. 

Devil in details

In his first State of City Address (SOCA), Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes mentioned his achievements in office after more than a year since he assumed the post.

He underscored his programs for the city’s poor constituents who he considers his inspiration to continue working in government. 

But some City Hall observers noticed some missing details in the neophyte mayor’s Soca. For instance, de los Reyes, also known as JVR, failed to mention some of his pet projects, such as the “Adopt a Talisaynon” program and the “Green Valley Project.” The former was created as part of JVR’s promise to provide jobs for poor Talisaynons by prioritizing their hiring if ever an establishment opens in the city, while the latter was created to re-green the city by converting some idle lands into vegetable gardens with the sole purpose of helping poor residents.

A City Hall watcher opined that both projects never got into the mayor’s SOCA because both failed to achieve their targets. 

Another watcher took a swipe at the mayor’s plan to turn the Mananga River into a waterpark. “Gusto kutkoton ni JVR ang dagat dapit sa baba sa Mananga para makasulod ang dagat sa sapa? Karun pako kadungog nga tubig sa dagat pabalikon sa sapa.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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