Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bzzzzz: Weird poll, ‘stay away’ or ‘get out,’ deal terms

SELECTED PERSONALITIES.What’s puzzling about the Social Weather Stations’ survey conducted in Cebu City for one Atty. Paul Nejudne last April 29-May 1 is that it polled only three personalities in the city’s first Congress district (Raul del Mar, Alvin Garcia and Kenneth Cobonpue) and four personalities in the trust rating (Tomas Osmeña, Del Mar, Michael Dino, and Cobonpue).

That is, if one reads the May 18 media release of SWS and the charts that accompanied it, the only “official” information disclosed and available about the survey.

Edgar Labella, the most probable bet of Barug-PDP-Laban for mayor, was not included or not mentioned in the news release. Mike Rama, the former mayor who could be the dark horse in the fight, was not mentioned in the SWS announcement (although his rating was mentioned in one newspaper story). And Dino is included but who ever said and believed he was running for mayor?

Weirder still is that, according to the information obtained by newspaper columnist-broadcaster Atty. Frank Malilong Jr., Nejudne, who purportedly bankrolled the survey, reportedly holds office in a container van.

What Tomas said

NOT ‘GET OUT’? Probabilities as to what actually happened in the May 19 incident at Waterfront Hotel between Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Councilor Renato Osmeña Jr. Given the “Tomas said-Junjun-said” level it has descended.

Tomas said he didn’t shout (or “lash at,” as Sun.Star headlined the story). “He (Junjun) called that shouting?” the mayor asked.

First, there’s that disagreement as to voice or tone. Second, Tomas said he said “Stay away” but Councilor Junjun said the mayor told him to “Get out.”

And Junjun is willing to submit to a lie detector test. That won’t happen or shouldn’t happen.

They won’t have to go such lengths. The public knows or should know. Which was more plausible: Tomas said say “Stay away” or “Get out”? In a loud voice or in whisper?

Better thing to do

CLARIFY DEAL TERMS. Why don’t Tomas and Junjun instead clarify to the public which of their respective versions of the terms of the proposed multibillion-peso Kawit joint venture was correct?

Tomas was angry at Junjun over the councilor’s vote on the project. He believes the conditions proposed by the developer benefit the city. Junjun thinks they do not.

Then each should tell us more and media could dig up more. Why don’t they make those terms clear enough for city residents to have an informed opinion as to who between them is b.s.-ing the public?



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