A BASIC and common economic concern among the nations is how to market their products to each other. They call it “export marketing.” This notion struck me recently when I read a report in this newspaper about the threat faced by the Seaweed Industry of the Philippines (SIAP), which produces and exports carageenan as food additive.
AN interesting article was posted recently in the Scientific American website (www.scientificamerican.com). It was aptly titled, “Moon Landing Faked!!!—Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories.” I say the article is interesting considering insinuations raised by some sectors recently that tend to put doubt on the result of the senatorial polls.
THE term of office of barangay officials, which is fixed by the Local Government Code, has undergone two changes: on Feb. 14, 1998, when (according to a Rappler report) nobody was looking, Congress extended it to five years through Republic Act 8524 and on March 19, 2002, when it was restored to three years, again by another act of Congress, Republic Act 9164.
A person's opinion of the quality of his country's senators usually depend upon what he believes qualify them for the office.
The Constitution's requirements though are limited to citizenship (natural-born), age (35 or older), residence (two years before the election), and, for education, mere ability to read and write.
Joavan Fernandez transferred to CPDRC.
Be careful, some insiders there may be envious of your claim as Public Enemy No 1.
ACTING Gov. Agnes Magpale, who won the post of vice governor in the May 13 polls, is not the first winner in a political joust to wave the “reconciliation” word like a flag. But calling for reconciliation after a bitter political war is one thing, actually seeking it is another.
I DO NOT know how I should react to this bit of incident. But I believe that this has a grave implication on the exercise of the media profession in the globe. I am referring to the complaint by the Associated Press (AP) against the US government’s Department of Justice.
LOREN LEGARDA, Chiz Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano and Sonny Angara were big winners in the May 13 senatorial elections in spite of it. On the other hand, Mitos Magsaysay and JC delos Reyes missed the target by a wide margin (5 million votes?) also in spite of it.
In Cebu, political giants Reps. Pablo Garcia and Eddie Gullas tasted bitter defeat for the first time after so many elections, likewise in spite of it.
IN September 2011, President Noynoy Aquino, when asked about his love life, said, "It's like Coca Cola. Before it was Regular, then it became Light, now it's Zero."
Last week, Nancy Binay, still basking in the light and warmth of election victory, finishing fifth in the Senate race, was asked about how she'll "make a name separate" from her dad, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
FILING an election protest is a right of a poll loser who thinks that the results of the election were highly irregular or were rigged.
Rep. Tomas Osmeña, allegedly upon the prodding of his supporters, will protest the victory of Mayor Mike Rama and vice mayor-elect Edgar Labella in the just concluded May 13 polls.
BEFORE the 2016 polls, the veteran election lawyer Sixto Brillantes will end his term as chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). This early, he has disturbing advice for his successor: if you can, pick a new set of machines to replace the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) units.
WITH the month of June looming large and demanding in the calendar of the Department of Education (DepEd), most parents who have family members of school age must be spending restless nights estimating how much it would cost them to enroll their kids.
THE recent Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) gathering at the South Road Properties (SRP) gave us a glimpse of what party chief Tomas Osmeña and his people will do at least in the early stages of Michael Rama’s second term as mayor. So what should Team Rama do in response?
NEWLY-ELECTED Rep. Aileen Radaza of the lone district of Lapu-Lapu City is filing a bill that will create the province of Mactan, a move she said, which will hasten the island’s economic growth.
I always thought the Radazas, the congresswoman-elect’s father Rep. Arturo Radaza and mother Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, have done something to make Mactan prosper.
DEFEATED mayoralty candidate Tomas Osmeña just cannot accept his defeat in the hands of his former political protégé, Michael Rama. So too his running mate, Vice Mayor Agustus Joy Young, cannot accept his defeat to Edgardo Labella. Labella won by a margin of almost 200 votes.
GROW by going along with the grassroots. No better sense than sticking one’s ear down to the ground.
Earthshaking as his historic ascendancy has been, US President Barack Obama knew all along that he could fall through the cracks if he would wander off and drag on deaf to the source of his power. So he went on poring over the so-called Citizen’s Briefing Book, noting down some insights from ordinary citizens who proposed ways of wising up and tackling the task of nation-building.
THE number one question after election results is: were elections 2013 better than elections 2010? If you ask Comelec and the winners the answer is a big YES. But if you ask the losers and some watchdogs the answer is a loud NO.
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.