Buzz: Love, scandal and Facebook

SUN.STAR Cebu’s story of a policeman’s wife who was arrested as she came out of a motel in Mandaue City with her alleged lover, also a cop, reached more than 100,000 Facebook users as it was shared 162 times.

On the other hand, the banner story about the preventive evacuation of Bantayan Island residents in preparation for typhoon Ruby was shared only 32 times and reached 6,300 Facebook users.

Different folks, strokes

CEBU residents have varied reactions to Typhoon Ruby.

* Some are determined not to go hungry; supermarket lines seem endless.

* There are lines at liquor stores too, as some think drinking would be a good way to pass the time should power supply get cut off and there’s no TV.

* Many implore God on Facebook to keep them safe.

* Some talk about two typhoons, both strong (Probably misunderstanding earlier forecasts of two possible paths of Ruby).

* Someone made a joke about Ruby the typhoon passing by a motel. The jester was alluding to the policeman’s wife, Ruby, who is facing an adultery charge along with another policeman. Ruby Cabahug and PO3 Joliver Soque were arrested as they came out of a motel in Mandaue City.

* Many of those who were allowed to get off work early yesterday used the opportunity to go to the malls, probably to buy groceries, liquor or chat with friends.

* Business establishments ordered more flashlights in anticipation of a spike in demand. Many of these flashlights, though, are rechargeable types that are useless once they run out of power and there’s no electricity.

* Some retailers now have enough bread on their shelves, having learned from the Yolanda experience.

* Some households have taken the initiative to prune trees on their property so these won’t touch or topple over power lines.

Documented affair

PICTURES of a male department head getting cozy with a woman, who used to work as an entertainer in Japan, are being circulated among local government employees and reporters covering the beat.

In one picture, the department head is hugging the woman from behind while in another, the woman was sitting on the government official’s lap.

Their favorite dating place is a controversial property belonging to the local government unit (LGU) that employs the department head.

The woman’s Facebook account shows at least two pictures of their dates, one of which was shared by another person with the caption, “kalooy sa asawa ani oe! (I pity this man’s wife).” The government official’s Facebook account confirms he is married.

The department head is focus of conversations among local government offices but the committee on decorum and investigation seems blind to the “immorality” of its employee. The committee may have become immune to such happenings as the official is not the first married man in the LGU to make a fool of himself in public.

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