THE news story that former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama was being considered for the vacant City Council position left by resigned councilor Nendell Hanz Abella did not come from Team Rama.
Councilor Joel Garganera repeatedly said, “It did not come from us.” He told Jason Monteclar on dyCM radio that it must have been “floated” to confuse the political development and poison the minds of the appointing authority that Rama, an alleged drug coddler in President Duterte’s list, would like to return to City Hall as councilor. (How come a Team Rama barangay captain said there are at least 10 of them who are endorsing Mike?)
Mike himself was playing coy, striking down arguments for his return. What’s the real score about Mike’s plan? He’s not aspiring for Abella’s post, Joel told Jason.
While saying he wouldn’t comment on the issue, Mayor Tomas Omeña argued (1) that all the Team Rama members had defected to PDP-Laban, and (2) since Abella was already a BOPK, their party has the right to aspire for its own nominee.
Right? Not quite. Applied to the Cebu situation, the law gives UNA, the party under which Abella ran and won, the right to name his replacement. And UNA, locally, is Team Rama.
427 masses for son
As of last July 19, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas had attended 427 masses for his son Rodolfo Fariñas Jr. who died in a motorcycle accident in Barangay 40, Buyon in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte on Nov. 15, 2015. JR, the Ilocos Norte congressman’s namesake, was 20.
Someone said that the “boss in the House” prays eight times a day. Yet Fariñas got heavy flak this week when he ordered Department of Transportation officials at a committee hearing not to arrest any motorist or commuter who identifies himself as a congressman.
TIP US OFF. TELL US ABOUT IT.