OPERATION Day 1” was the buzzword when I covered the Capitol beat in the early ‘90s during the administration of lawyer Vicente “Tingting” de la Serna. Tingting had defeated Annette, wife of former governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña, in the 1992 Cebu gubernatorial elections. Lito at that time was seeking a national position, leaving his control of the Capitol vulnerable to assaults from the opposition.
CEBU City Councilor Jun Pe of BOPK wanted to probe boundaries of term limit: whether he could secure a fourth consecutive term in the City Council by changing districts.
He wanted to go around the legal barrier by transferring legal residence from the north and filing his certificate of candidacy in the south.
MY WIFE recently gave birth to a baby girl. In between cooing to the baby and cuddling her, I thought it would be good to discuss some of the laws surrounding a newly born baby.
Under Article 40 of the Civil Code, “birth determines personality; but the conceived child shall be considered born for all purposes that are favorable to it.”
IT’S not easy to be bullied. Anyone who has been bullied will know that. Many adults who have forgotten their childhood would always prattle that anyone bullied should just go to an elder and tell him or her what happened. As if a child can easily do that.
Or a nation. Look at us and our people in Taiwan. One or two, or maybe many, have been hit by the bat of enraged Taiwanese, and what can our people do? Nothing. What can we in the Philippines do? Nothing. Now bring that down to the scale of one bullied child.
COMES now the disturbing questions about the automated election machines that earlier gave us an immediate glimpse of the results of the voting.
Lots of doubts are now being expressed about the veracity and accuracy of the election results from precincts that used the automated election system (AES).
CAN a neophyte lawmaker like newly elected Rep. Aileen Radaza do it meaning, push through the legislative mill her proposal to slice off Mactan island from the Cebu mainland and raise its status to a province?
It’s an interesting question. As interesting as why her father, outgoing Lapu-Lapu Rep. Arturo Radaza didn’t craft the bill himself.
VALUING heritage takes more than a day or a month. Slowly but steadily, Cebu is reclaiming its own.
Last May 18 was International Museum Day. In the country, May is considered as National Heritage Month.
I THINK it’s time for her critics to loosen up on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s daughter Ma. Lourdes Nancy. She has been proclaimed as among the 12 winners in the senatorial race, landing in 5th place with more than 16 million votes. Meaning that her critics could no longer prevent Binay’s entry into the Senate.
I WAS in Mactan Island the entire day yesterday for the company outing of Radyo GMA (GMA) employees at Agus Hotel in Barangay Agus. It was an annual activity where company officers and employees together with their families relax and enjoy. The event was also very timely because everybody was so tired during our election coverage last week. Imagine, we went on the air for 48 hours for our continuous coverage. It was, indeed, a great bonding yesterday.
As I drove going here before noon, I encountered traffic problem near Gaisano Capital.
THE first bill that congresswoman-elect Aileen Radaza will file when the new Congress opens is one that seeks to create a new province to be named Mactan.
WHILE most of mainstream media friends hailed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the PCOS for a job - well done, seemingly isolated critical voices are presenting disturbing data online. The percentage of votes per senator was uniform and consistent nationwide as the counting proceeded.
ALL 12 senators have been proclaimed. Expectedly, there are protests from losing candidates for various reasons. Some lost by very narrow margins, like five votes or less than a hundred.
Let’s allow them to protest. For one, it’s part of practicing democracy. Two, defeat is difficult to take, especially for the long power holders. Three, protests are face-saving tactics. Four, a protest is man’s way of licking his wounds before he ambles to his lonely and dark corner.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources is urging electoral winners to clean up the after-election mess, and clean up intelligently.
That is, prevent the clogging of the drainage, don’t just throw the messy stack into canals. The mess of ballot-like sheets was all over the hundreds of school rooms used as precincts, besides the tarpaulins in street walls swinging on electric wires in the roadside, and leaflets pasted in electric posts.
WE VOTED for you Monday as the “lesser evil.” Thus, congratulations still stick in our craw. Sorry. One hosanna less shouldn’t matter when cheers hem you in.
“Victory has a thousand fathers,” John Kennedy noted after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. “But defeat is an orphan.” Rep. Tomas Osmeña reels from the trouncing you gave. He never lost an election since 1988. Now, he’s discovering that the sun rises without fail, even if he is not mayor.
Rep. Tomas Osmeña, who lost to reelectionist Mayor Michael Rama in the May 13 polls, said it well: when you keep on running, there’s always the possibility that you lose. Indeed, it wasn’t only the big guns like Osmeña and Reps. Eduardo Gullas and Pablo Garcia who suffered defeat in the recent political exercise. Lesser political lights got dimmed, too.
Daanbantayan Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot was finally defeated by perennial challenger Augusto Corro, ending her long-time control of the town’s politics.
THE mighty have fallen. The stalwarts of traditional politics have been defeated. Even the bishops have been rejected by the electorate. Will they now stop harping on the myth of the Catholic vote?
Are the people finally practicing true patriotism? Frankly, I am shocked. I never thought I’d live to see the day the general population decided to vote according to their conscience. Are we finally thinking?
DESPITE the upgrade in the Philippines' credit rating, it seems that whatever is the country's economic growth has failed to improve the lives of the people. The recent National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) report shows that the percentage of Filipinos living below the poverty line remained practically the same between 2006 and 2012.
Extreme poverty was pegged at 10 percent, or almost the same as the rate since 2006. Those considered as suffering from "extreme poverty" are families earning P5,458 monthly and are hard put to meet their basic food needs.
I ALWAYS have the same rite to mark the closing of summer: I go through my boxes of books.
It starts with a pretext: my sons are required to read the classics. I have yet to meet a teenager who will spend time with Homer and Shakespeare without demanding pizza, cappuccino with extra whipped cream or some emergency measure of resuscitation. Asking teen boys to search for my 30-year-old copy of “Hamlet” is sending them on a heroic quest without any expectation of an epic end.
RELIEF was obviously what lawyer Edgardo Labella and his supporters felt Thursday night when the Cebu City Board of Canvassers finally proclaimed him as winner over Joy Augustus Young of the post of vice mayor in the May 13 elections. The count went down the wire and had Labella winning by only 184 votes over his rival.
SO IT happened: Mike Rama beat Tomas Osmeña for Cebu City mayor. If there was someone who was most surprised, it must have been Tomas, who could not believe that one of his former underlings would defeat him.
ONE of the noisiest sites on Facebook in the last elections was Maghisgot Kitag Politika, Bay created by Anol Mongaya and Bino Guerrero. While the noise mostly came from alias-using supporters of opposing political groups, some identifiable names also posted opinions, like the now Manila-based Jesse E.L. Bacon II, formerly with The Freeman.
BEFORE losing candidates, especially the “giants,” blame the precinct count optical scan (Pcos) machines for their debacle in last Monday’s elections, I would suggest that they go back to their “war rooms” and assess their campaign strategy and performance.
DAGHANG mga higante sa politika sa Sugbo, ang uban kanila wa pa gyud makatilaw og pildi sa eleksyon, nga ngangapukan sa piniliay niadtong Mayo 13.
Usa na niini si Kongresista Tomas Osmeña sa habagatang distrito sa syudad sa Sugbo nga wa pa gyud mapildi sukad sa iyang pagsugod sa politika niadtong tuig 1988.
A MATURING electorate was in evidence in some places in the last elections. Generally, however, the signs of maturity have been at best telltale and at worst conflicting and inconclusive. Sure we are pleased with computerization allowing people to vote for their own choice of candidates. But in the same breath we despair about the ambivalent quality of the choices.
RESOLUTION #9615, as amended, that implemented the Fair Election Act for the 2013 elections, enjoined media:
(1) “to scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts or distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis”:
RESULTS of the May 13 polls in Cebu offer some interesting possibilities that could be good or bad for local government units and their constituents. With the defeat of the so-called political giants that lorded it over Cebu politics for years, new leaders have emerged. Change is in the air and that could be exciting or worrisome.
WHAT we have gathered from the media may not seem meaningful now or deeply significant in the light of the current acts or utterances of the candidates who emerged winners or losers in the elections. We may say that it is still too early to predict what happens in the coming years. But let’s have an overview anyway.
First, don’t tell me that when re-elected Mayor Michael Rama announced a possible revamp at City Hall, he had in his mind only the plan of making his work easier in the coming months. He must also be thinking of the potential political tussle in 2016.
YOU can’t fight city hall” is a phrase that sums up people’s experience in battling a bureaucracy. Urbandictionary.com defines the phrase this way: “it is useless to clash with a politician or establishment, or it is foolish to fight a battle you can’t win.”
“You can’t fight city hall” came to mind when I viewed the result of the May 13 gubernatorial race in Cebu. I thought that performance would trump the power of bureaucracy and a demonizing campaign. But the reality is, you can’t fight city hall, or should I say, Malacañang.
IN AN illustrious political career that spans almost half a century, Cebu first district Rep. Eduardo R. Gullas has lost only once: in the Interim Batasang Pambansa elections in 1978 when the entire Kilusang Bagong Lipunan slate was wiped out by the upstart Pusyon Bisaya. That shocker was repeated last Monday in a reversal that has left many keen political observers still shaking their heads in disbelief.
Nobody gave Johnny V. de los Reyes serious consideration as challenger to Eddiegul.
Rep. Eduardo Gullas, who ran for Talisay City mayor, conceded the election. Rep. Tomas Osmeña, who ran for Cebu City mayor, has refused to concede.
Both are veteran politicians, titans in their field. Eddiegul's 38-year winning streak was snapped only this year. Tomas, also previously undefeated, fell only after 19 years in public office.