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Eddie O. Barrita

Eddie O. Barrita

Eddie O. Barrita

Eddie O. Barrita

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In 1984, Eddie O. Barrita started his media career as reporter of radio station dyRC (now defunct). He covered the police and military beat for the station’s flagship news and public affairs programs, “Balita Patrol” and “Balita Numero Uno.” He was also correspondent of The Freeman.

He was dyRC’s news editor when he joined the Philippines News Agency (PNA) in 1988 upon the invitation of Henry Redula, then PNA Cebu bureau chief. Eddie was named PNA Cebu bureau chief when Redula retired.

A lawyer, Eddie wrote a legal column in Cebuano, “Kay Balaod Lagi,” for Sun.Star Superbalita, spiced up with a section on humor about the legal profession, “Joke-risprudence.” He continues to write the legal column, now renamed “Tipik sa Balaod,” as well as the opinion column, entitled “Tikdul-tikdol” for Superbalita. Eddie also pens an English opinion column for Sun.Star Cebu.

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Barrita: When quitters win

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MOTIVATIONAL speakers and gurus remind us of this line from American football player, coach and executive Vince Lombardi, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

As head coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, Lombardi led the team to three straight and five National Football League (NFL) Championships in seven years.

He won the first two Super Bowls after the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. The NFL’s Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.

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But do quitters ever win? They do, especially the smokers, according to Emer Rojas, an anti-tobacco advocate.

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Barrita: Probe CPDRC drug trade

Friday, June 23, 2017

NO drugs were found in a surprise inspection at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City at 7 a.m. Thursday.

But police have seized assorted drug paraphernalia, cellular phones and money remittance records.

The money remittance records show money is changing hands inside the jail.

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Roberto “Bobby” Legaspi, CPDRC acting jail warden, said it’s too early to speculate whether the handwritten money remittance records came from illegal drug transactions.

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Barrita: Shabu-fueled Maute terrorists

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A MILITARY official on Monday said “shabu” is keeping the Maute terrorists holed up in Marawi City tenacious despite their dwindling numbers, slowing the advance of government troops.

Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, the Army’s 1st Infantry Division spokesman, said troops have observed that the terrorists were suicidal and appeared to be drug-crazed.

This makes the military operation to flush out the terrorists an extension of the war on drugs.

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Barrita: Standing room-only jails

Friday, June 16, 2017

THE Commission on Audit (COA), the constitutional agency that checks how public funds are spent, are now checking on our jails.

It said the country’s cramped jails had a congestion rate of 511.9 percent in 2016. If this congestion rate further soars, the country might end up with standing room-only (SRO) jails.

In some jails, reports said, inmates have to take turns in sleeping.

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COA’s 2016 annual audit report for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) released on June 15 said government jails have a holding capacity of 20,746.

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Barrita: Marawi City heroes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE Filipino nation on Monday saluted soldiers and civilians killed in the clash between government forces and Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists in Marawi City as the country marked the 119th anniversary of its independence.

TV networks and radio stations aired the salute at 12 noon. Taps were sounded, church bells were tolled and car horns honked as the fallen soldiers’ names were read and their photos flashed on TV screens.

These soldiers, in the words of US President Abraham Lincoln, “have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

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