Buzz: Gullases, Alayon to back Junjun, Mar

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Monday, July 21, 2014


THIS early, Alayon, the political party of former congressman Eddie Gullas composed of mayors and other town and city leaders of Cebu’s first district, has swung its support to Mar Roxas and Junjun Davide in the 2016 elections.

While Alayon/Nacionalista Party coalesced with the Liberal Party in the 2013 elections, Eddiegul’s Alayon/NP, when he was then running for Talisay City mayor, supported only LP’s Agnes Magpale for vice governor but not Junjun for governor.

The Alayon/NP mayors aligned with LP (don’t the political colors confuse you?) signed a manifesto in Manila and presented it to Mar as LP president.

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Two signals from the event: (1) the mayors as well as the Alayon chiefs, Rep. Samsam Gullas and his predecessor granddad Eddiegul, would back Mar and Junjun; and (2) Mar and Junjun would be LP’s official bets in 2016.

An unwritten condition, of course, would be “if indeed they’d be LP’s bets two years from now,” considering that LP might drop Mar for someone else “more viable,” a suggestion from some LPs and independent think tanks. Junjun might give way to his vice governor, a possibility that has been there for so long.

The Alayon/NP pledge, a Capitol watcher says, is to the persons, individually and may not extend to their replacements, if they’d be substituted. Unless the LP will make them toe the line, which it didn’t do in the 2013 race for governor.

Conspicuously not there in the photo record of the expression of support were the mayors of Talisay City and San Fernando town. But JVR de los Reyes and Antonio Canoy are both LPs and are expected to back the official party bets in the next elections.

The two are not identified with the Gullas group.

P.S. While Alayon/NP kept people in tenterhooks in 2013 as to which bet for governor they’d support then, this time it seems to be waving the flag for Junjun two years before the elections.

#7 unlucky inplane crashes?

WHAT’s this talk about the number “7” as common thread in the incidents involving airplane crashes?

“Advocacy MindaNOW,” circulated by Jess Dureza, president of Philippine Press Institute (PPI), notes that Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down by a missile and crashed in eastern Ukraine, a rebel-held territory. A Boeing 777 which had its inaugural flight on July 17, 1997.

Malaysian Airlines MH307, also a Boeing 777, disappeared and has been missing. It entered, Dureza writes, commercial service on June 7, 1995.

Pacific Flight 387, Dureza recalls, crashed in Cagayan de Oro City in 1998 and Korean Airlines flight KAL 007, also a Boeing 777 jet, was shot down in Russian territory.

Coincidences? Do the incidents tell us that #7 is an unlucky number for aircraft?

[bzzzzz@sunstar.com.phor paseares@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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