Buzz: MCIA modernization and blood relations

BIDDERS in the MCIA expansion project have agreed they won’t question the decision of the Bids and Awards Committee. None of the bidders violated the condition, not even close next top bidder Filinvest Land Inc.

Sen. Serge Osmeña took up the task. He went to the Supreme Court to ask for a temporary restraining order to stop the awarding of the airport modernization project. Can he do that? Of course, he can. As senator, his concern is the welfare of the public. His actions can be for the public good.

But what of talk that Serge, his brother Tomas and the Gotianuns of FLI are distant cousins?

True or not, the book, “Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Post-Colonial Trajectories (2000),” by Eva Lotta-Hedman and John T. Sidel traces the connection among the Osmeñas, the Gotianuys and the Gotianuns to Pedro Gotiaoco.

The book also says the Go(tianuy) brothers, Jose and Augusto, “count as members of their extended family two of the wealthiest and most prominent tycoons in the entire Philippines: big-time banker and real estate mogul Andrew Gotianun and his cousin John Gokongwei Jr.”

What photos say that articles can’t

Some netizens consider the Sun.Star Cebu photo of last Saturday’s road mishap, which killed two workers of Pagcor casino at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, distasteful.

The front page photo shows one of the victims of the road accident—Joselito “Jojo” Lopez—with blood on his hand and under his arm. The photo posted on FB and Twitter showed Lopez with blood on his shirt collar. His wife sits next to him, head down.

Jojo Lopez and co-worker Gaudioso Bontilao were on a motorcycle, traveling along Salinas Drive, Cebu City around 6 a.m. last Saturday, when they were plowed by a car.

The driver of the car was allegedly drunk. Lopez and Bontilao died on the spot.

The photo dramatizes the result of reckless driving. Lives are lost when one drives irresponsibly.

At 2 a.m. on March 29, a pickup truck headed for Cebu City made a sudden turn and rammed into a jeepney headed toward Talisay City. The jeepney driver was pinned behind the steering wheel for at least two hours. A tanod who saw the accident said the pickup truck driver may have fallen asleep.

Sometimes, photos with shock effect are used to drive home a point. In Brazil, New Zealand and Australia, graphic images were required to be printed on the label of cigarette packs. Some of the images showed tar-covered lungs, blackened extremities and an unborn baby. The move was based on the study that visuals are more effective in conveying the message.


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