Buzz: The rush to arrest robbery suspect Rama

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


WHEN was the last time the police ordered the arrest of a crime suspect “in 48 hours”?

Cebu City police chief Noli Romana issued the order Monday, as if somebody who committed a heinous crime had to be put away fast.

Leonardo Rama is the leader of a robbery gang suspected of pulling a number of heists in the city. For that, he’s a menace but hardly the kind that should be caught and detained in two days.

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Could it have anything to do with the fact that the wanted man is a Rama? Although there’s no advisory in broadcast and print stories that he’s related to the mayor, the similarity in names must be embarrassing to Mayor Mike Rama.

Not one news headline read “Rama ordered arrested in 48 hours,” a teasing some sectors of the press used to do. Still, hoodlums led by a Rama out there robbing stores and shops could be discomforting to the mayor.

Dureza did what Mar Roxas did

DID YOU KNOW...

... that during the term of then president GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, then press secretary JESS DUREZA did a MAR ROXAS? That is, Dureza expressed the wish that GMA would extend her term up to 2010 “and perhaps even beyond.” Just as Roxas did recently when he expressed a similar hope for President Aquino to get a second term.

Mar did it by talking with the press. Dureza caused the uproar when he led the prayer at a Cabinet meeting.

Dureza (who’s now president of the Philippine Press Institute) recalls the moment when he got “burned” -- in his online “weekly news update” from the MindaNOW Foundation, Inc.:

He had mislaid the text of the prayer prepared by his daughter, who assisted him in his office, and had to improvise. “I started by saying a few words of welcome on the assumption of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile...if God could help him out... then asked blessings for Sec. Art Yap and prayed he could serve “lechon vaca” for lunch...then I came to the part that got me into trouble. I said,’Finally Lord, we pray that our president be given good health, wisdom and fortitude to serve this country until 2010...and perhaps beyond...’

“But hell hath broken loose by then. When I added, ‘in her private and personal capacity,’ it was barely audible..” Cameras recorded the admission of no less than GMA’s “alter ego,” her press secretary, that she indeed had plans to serve beyond the end of her term.

... that while ROXAS didn’t get a scolding and denial from PNoy, DUREZA was rebuked by GMA in a public clarification that it wasn’t true, she wasn’t extending her term?

Speculations are that Mar must have cleared the matter with his boss before sending the balloon aloft. Which would jibe with PNoy’s later bombshell that he was open to seeking another term and amending the Constitution to lift the ban on reelection.

[bzzzzz@sunstar.com.ph or paseares@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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