FORMER Bogo Mayor Celestino “Tining” Martinez III said he will deliver his “100-page” privilege speech Monday at the House of Representatives.

But the House may need another chair for Tining Martinez because sitting Cebu 4th district Rep. Benhur Salimbangon won’t yield his seat just as yet.

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That’s what happens when a district is blessed with two congressmen.


Tining Martinez first took his oath as 4th district rep before Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and next before Speaker Prospero Nograles.

But under House rules, Nograles said, Martinez has to take his oath at the House of Representatives’ plenary hall to be considered a congressman.

Well, Tining has to take his oath a third time so he can deliver his speech.


Cebu Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez is polishing his privilege speech against Gov. Gwen Garcia.

His speech, twice foiled by lack of quorum in the Cebu Provincial Board, is getting longer from seven to 10 minutes to 15 to 20 minutes.

Another lack of quorum and the speech may grow to half an hour long but still undelivered.


Greg’s speech is entitled, “In Defense of an Institution,” and he promised Provincial Board members will not fall asleep because of boredom.

His lively topics include “democracy and tyranny” in the Capitol, parking fee at Capitol compound and south bus terminal fee.

So why are Provincial Board members shying away from their sessions?

But all is not lost for Greg because he can still have it recorded and released on DVD as “Scandal at the Capitol” and it might become a bestseller among DVD hawkers.


Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, whose sudden death at 51 shocked us, will be laid to rest on Sunday in his hometown in Argao, Cebu.

Many have seen Cerge Remonde’s meteoric rise from the ranks of Cebu’s media to the post of Press Secretary.

Well, I guess some people are like meteors blazing trails in the heavens to inspire those who look up to them.