Buzz: A third bet from Cebu in ombud list?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


THERE may be a third nominee from Cebu in the shortlist of five for the post of deputy ombudsman in the Visayas.

A news story said there are two Cebuanas who’re recommended for the position made vacant by the retirement of Pelagio Apostol. They are Carla Juris Narvios-Tanco, director of the Visayas ombudsman’s public assistance and corruption prevention office, and Geraldine Faith Econg, a former trial judge.

There’s a third from Cebu, a Cebuano, according to a Bzzzzz watcher. He is Gilbert G. Kintanar who has worked as chief of staff to COA chief Grace Pulido-Tan. A PhilippineLaw.info entry says he’s from “Danao City, Cebu” who became a lawyer on May 10, 1982.

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“He can’t be underrated as he’s apparently backed by Pulido-Tan. While Narvios-Tanco knows the office for she has worked with the Visayas ombudsman for more than two decades, she doesn’t have the kind of support that Kintanar has. Econg is said to be close to the Supreme Court chief justice but that may not count much here. Look at the choice of the latest new associate SC justice, whom PNoy picked over the opposition of the SC head.”

Given the record of Apostol who was criticized roundly during his term, the office surely needs someone who can improve its performance and public image.

Would it be a Cebuano? At least, Cebu has three chances out of five -- that is, if the information about Kintanar’s origin is right.

Controversy sidelights

-- REASON FOR DEFECTION: BOPK head Tomas Osmeña said he knew about the irritant that led to the defection of four councilors from their party. As leader, he should’ve removed the irritant and stopped the defection. Maybe he wanted them out?

Tomas also said he couldn’t persuade the complainant (his political supporter) not to include the four councilors because it was “against public interest.” But what angered them was that there were fellow BOPKs, similarly situated as the four, who were not included in the complaint. A matter of fairness, one councilor said, not public interest.

-- ‘DIVINE INTERVENTION’: Mayor Mike Rama said it was “divine intervention” that moved the four councilors to bolt from BOPK. To Tomas, though it was “millions” of reasons.

A City Hall watcher reconciling the conflicting explanations, says, “OK, how about this: it must have been God giving away loads of cash.”

Complaints on road usage

NOT true that owners of private vehicles are hogging city streets, a City Hall watcher says.

Most roads are generally open to all vehicles, public and private, including bikes and other two-wheeled or three-wheeled means of transport.

Pedestrians have their own place, only that authorities allow or tolerate their obstruction of sidewalks.

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

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

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