Bzzzzz: 6 SM constructions ‘affected’ by freeze?

LISTED among the proposed high-rise constructions that were presumably already filed, or are preparing the papers for permits to file, with Cebu City Hall are the SM Seaside Residences numbers one to six, 25 storeys each, scheduled to be built at the South Road Properties.

Most probably they’ll be affected by the freeze order issued by the mayor to the OBO or the Office of the Building Official of City Hall.

Coincidence? Probably but whether Mayor Tomas Osmeña had the SM constructions in mind, people would suspect that the ban might not be entirely nobly motivated. It’s common knowledge how City Hall has made things difficult, regulation-wise, for BDO branches and SM Seaside, which have the same owners, at the South Road Properties.

Bongbong’s complaint

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., fretting over adverse rulings of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, indicated that the tide may be turned in his favor if the chairperson would be changed.

He’s referring to Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Sereno and two associate justices she named comprise one-third of the nine-member PET. (Three other members come from the ruling party and the remaining three from the minority in Congress.)

One may share Bongbong’s distrust if he can show that PET consistently ruled along this trend of voting: six (the three justices and the three minority party members) for VP Leni and the remaining three (from the ruling party) for the late Ferdinand Marcos’s son.

Solicitation in Apas

Is the Barangay Mayor’s Office (BMO) a part of the Cebu City Government? If it is, is it authorized to solicit funds for the Sinulog contingent of the barangay? Can it legally use the seal/logo of the City Government in its letter of solicitation?

Ramil Ayuman, barangay captain of Apas, complains that business firms in the area, have been asked to donate P100,000 to P1 million per donor.

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