Buzz: Change of city manager; Binay’s raffle prize

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


WHY THE QUICK TURNOVER at the office of Cebu City administrator (city manager)?

The reason given by the new appointee who quit was that he has also a job as MCWD board member and there’s a prohibition against double compensation and serving two masters.


What, he didn’t know that before he assumed as city manager? Nobody told him?

HOW A CONGRESSWOMAN WON A CONDO UNIT in the Rockwell raffle last Christmas?
Rep. Abigail Binay, daughter of Vice President Jojo Binay, must have been genuinely lucky.

The 32-sq.m. studio unit at The Grove by Rockwell in Pasig City, worth P5 million, was won by Abigail’s receipt for a P2,500 purchase at the Rockwell mall.

Netizens’ reaction ranged from surprise to skepticism. In 1990, then NBI chief Alfredo Lim won a lottery prize from the PCSO, which he was investigating for alleged rigging.
Which also recalls the rumor sometime ago that a Cebu legislator got a number of condo units for a song.

IF A WARRANT OF ARREST FOR DAVID TAN could be served on Davidson Bangayan?
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima earlier admitted there might another person who could be David Tan and there are two other suspected David Tans.

Was the warrant they served yesterday served on the right person?

Yes, de Lima said, Bangayan admitted in an affidavit he was David Tan. Also a witness testified he was David Tan.

Or he might not be David Tan, someone just taking the fall for the real David Tan.

Anyway, Bangayan a.k.a. David Tan was not collared in connection with rice smuggling but for alleged theft of electricity. A top smuggler, who’s supposedly wallowing in money, had to steal from Meralco?

WHY PERSONS SUSPECTED OF BEING INVOLVED IN CRIME use nicknames, code names, or initials? Usually the monikers are given by those working with them or government officials on the take. They wouldn’t wish to identify criminals by their real name, especially when others could be listening.

The David Tan thing stumped DOJ probers: they arrested Bangayan when they weren’t sure he was David Tan. Then there’s “Ma’m Arlene,” dubbed the Janet Napoles of the judiciary, whom they found tough to identify because there were other Arlenes engaged in fixing cases.

Now there’s a “Big Mama” who allegedly tops the list of big suspected smugglers at the Bureau of Customs. of Customs.

IF THE USE OF THE TERM ‘CALL CENTER’ was appropriate in the raid on a house in a residential compound for alleged cyber-pornography?

It could just have been something else, bigger and more sophisticated than the “cottage-industry” operations in Cordova but not like the regular call centers at Asian I.T. Park and other hubs in the in the city.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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