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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Bzzzzz: Only one Cebuano in 2019 Senate race? Davide not interested

SunStar File

Scrolling down: Governor Junjun says the family doesn't want the retired chief justice to go into politics (meaning "again," because Jun Davide is a former assemblyman who got elected under Pusyon Bisaya); Kiko Pangilinan says Davide the father might still change his mind; Duterte has not jailed his critics, right? Wrong, he ordered in Proclamation #572 the arrest of Trillanes.

BUT first, on two radio stations that are being activated, just in time for the next election campaign season: dyRC and Bantay Radyo.

Yody Sanchez of Bantay Radyo might wish to tell the public how the court controversy over the station was resolved, which included the removal of a vital piece of equipment that silenced it for a number of years.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said his father, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., might decline the offer of the Liberal Party for him to run for senator under its slate in 2019.

LP president Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said Jun Davide already declined. But Kiko hasn't closed the door, saying there's still time for the Cebuano retired jurist to change his mind before the October deadline.

Governor Junjun was quoted in a SunStar report as saying "there's only one politician in the family."

He must mean as of now, because his dad is a former assemblyman who was elected under Pusyon Bisaya and served the Batasang Pambansa from 1978 to 1984. He also was in politics before he joined the government service as Comelec commissioner; then as SC chief justice, the 40th, from November 1998 to December 2005, appointed by then President Joseph Estrada; and finally as permanent representative of the Philippine mission to the United Nations from 2007 to 2010.

The other Cebuano

If Jun Davide would decide to run, he'd be the other Cebuano who'd vie for a Senate seat in 2019. Earlier, Serge Osmeña, who lost in his 2016 bid, was reported to be interested. His cousin, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who refers to Serge as "the other good Osmeña," has posted the ex-senator's candidacy on the mayor's Facebook wall.

Sereno being coy

Ousted SC Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno also cites "concerns" of her family before she decides if she'll run in the 2019 Senate race. A safe bet: she'll run. She's more widely known than Harry Roque and Bong Go, who reportedly are both running too. Maybe the next poll survey will tell who among them have chances of landing in the Magic 12 circle.

Critics behind bars

President Duterte in his "tete-a-tete" on national TV with his chief legal counsel, Salvador Panelo, last September 11 said he had not yet signed "anything ordering the arrest of anyone in government, especially critics."

He probably forgot that his Proclamation #572, revoking the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, which he signed last August 31 before he left for his Israel and Jordan trip, contained an order to the police and the armed forces to arrest the senator.

He may be right though about not silencing his critics. Senator Leila de Lima continues to criticize from her jail cell, which lands in the papers and broadcast media. Interviews are prohibited but written statements to the press are allowed.

It must be all right then to criticize Digong as long as the critic is behind bars when it's being done.

AND FINALLY, would each of the two revived radio stations, dyRC and Bantay Radyo, lean towards a political party or group? Check out the ownership or control and the traffic of political programs. Or they might choose to be nonpartisan.

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