Monday, December 06, 2021

Bzzzzz: Page 1 ‘gibberish’ only looks Latin

AT most it is “mangled, scrambled” Latin and doesn’t say anything. “Lorem ipsum dolor” text has been used by designers and typographers since the 1500s and has survived to this digital age.

In yesterday’s Page 1 of Sun.Star Cebu: under the heading “New routes opened for commuters from Cebu’s south towns,’ there were three paragraphs of “Lorem ipsum dolor” nonsensical text.

The text was apparently used as placeholder or “filler” until the right text, the actual content, would be provided. But the change of texts was not made and the gibberish was printed. (Just like that editor’s note atop a gun-slay story, during pre-offset printing years: “HEDTOKUM,” meaning the headline, not the victim’s head, was to come. But lo and read the next day, the story’s headline was HEDTOKUM.)

And what’s this piece doing here? Because the Latin-sounding gaffe was among the top buzz items yesterday, competing with Bautista vs. Bautista morsels.

Each can testify

Patricia Bautista can testify against her estranged husband Andres Bautista, or vice versa, in a lawsuit by one against the other.

Since they are already separated in fact and quarreling with each other, the ban is off. There’s no more common interest that the Supreme Court Rules of Procedure seeks to protect.

It’s doubtful though if Patricia can testify on the passbooks, certificates of deposit and other documents that she took away with her after she ransacked the personal files of Andres.

A Supreme Court case with parallel facts ordered the wife to return the documents which, the court said, were capital assets of the husband. It also ruled that they couldn’t be used as evidence against him. Investigators, however, could use those documents to guide their inquiry into Andres’s wealth.

Did you know...

“Margarita “Gaita” Fores, whom Patricia “Tish” Bautista’s alleged lover Alvin Lim dropped for Patricia, is a cousin of former DILG chief and 2016 presidential bet Mar Roxas?

[] Patricia and Alvin were drawn to each other by a “psychic bond,” with Tish convincing him that he, like her, also had a “third eye”?


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