Something very amusing, something not

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By Nef Luczon


Monday, February 3, 2014

WHEN I read the news story about the proposal of Cagayan de Oro councilor Roger Abaday in making newly appointed Association of barangay council chairperson and now part of the city council, Yam Lam “Alam” Lim, to head a special committee on anti-illegal gambling, I couldn’t help but bolster in amusement and my smile was as silly as my son’s.

It’s not because of Lim’s appointment but how the majority of the city council members were reportedly “reluctant” in putting Lim on the helm of leading the campaign in eradicating illegal gambling activities in the city.

Why not? Isn’t that great that someone like Lim, who is more grounded in the communities than anyone else in the city council, can put a stop to an illegal gambling industry that is not helping the economy because it’s not paying right taxes?


The city council should consider Lim’s appointment, what’s not to agree about it? Are they reluctant because of the rumors and allegations of Lim’s “background” vis-à-vis advocating the eradication of illegal gambling?

But rumors are just allegations; it’s not that the name of Alam Lim is synonymous to illegal gambling, is it?


There were changes at McArthur Park lately, as well as the Provincial Capitol grounds in general, maybe it came with the changes of the people there.

On the good note, it’s nice to see vendors selling beside the Capitol grounds being organized because of their newly painted stalls near the tennis club area, hopefully the sanitation and cleanliness is maintained.

And the purple lanterns they made for the Christmas season, I have to admit is mesmerizing nonetheless.

However, those signage put in the middle of the park hovering around the monument are quite misplaced, making them eyesores and those commercial signage that seem to be placed on purpose.

While the Press Freedom monument where three iconic bronze statues stand near the Cagayan de Oro Press Club building didn’t escape the vandalism. During last month’s commemoration of the Ampatuan massacre, COPC president Msgr. Elmer Abacahin noticed that the names and letterings made of bronze metal have been chipped off.

Abacahin opined that random people who have interest in selling bronze metals did the chipping off, and he fears that they will slowly prey on the statues since it’s made of bronze too.

It is a sad sight to see, it’s like a metaphor in press freedom in the Philippines – bleak, ruptured and ruined.


It was an honor and privilege that the Department of Technology Communication Management of the College of Arts and Sciences in Mindanao University of Science and Technology gave me the opportunity to coach students who will represent the school and compete in broadcasting contests both within the campus and outside, like the first ABS CBN Northern Mindanao Intercollegiate Newscasting Competition.

I do not claim of excellence and wide experience within the multimedia platforms, but at least in each of the experiences I had – both failures and successes – I can only share it with the students more than enough for them to survive, should they really wish to be part of the mass media industry.

I’d like to believe what University of the Philippines professor and award-winning filmmaker, Nick Deocampo, have told me in a documentary film workshop in Malaysia last year – that I have the heart. I can only I wish I have.


Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 03, 2014.


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