To dust we shall return

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

TODAY is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection and fasting and prepares us for Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday through which we attain redemption.

Following the example of the Nine Vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked today with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth. We are told: “Remember, man is dust and unto dust you shall return.”

Miyerkules sa badlis karon.



Last Monday, I wrote about what I observed while hanging out with friends in a resto bar at the IT park Friday night. I saw a government vehicle with a Cebu City logo bearing the plate number SKN 860.

The vehicle stopped in front of the resto bar. A mature woman from the front seat and two young ladies from the back seat stepped out. It was around 11 p.m. I am sure the vehicle was used for personal matter.

A source at City Hall confirmed that the vehicle was assigned to a certain Orlando Albutra. The source did not specify his position. I presumed that those onboard were family members of this official.

Mayor Mike Rama should look into this. He is wasting government money for personal matters. What was his family doing in that place in the wee hours of the night?


Also last Monday, I wrote about the observation of a certain Butch, a foreigner, regarding motorcycle-riding traffic enforcers in Talisay City. They don't wear helmets during their duty. I gathered that there are two groups of traffic enforcers operating in that city.

Anyway, here's a reaction from a Talisay City Hall insider. He asked not to be identified:

“I am an avid reader of your column. My day isn’t complete without reading it. I read today (Mach 3, 2014) in your column the observation of Mr. Butch from Talisay City regarding Land Transportation Office (LTO) men in orange and black uniforms converging every morning at the Talisay parking lot. I fully agree with Butch; there are quite number of them.

“This group is a duplication of the authorized and recognized traffic enforcers of Talisay City and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“Talisay City has two traffic enforcers to date, the Flying Squad and the CT-Toda (City of Talisay-Traffic Operations and Development Authority).

“The former is supervised by the son of the mayor, the City Administrator, and the latter is handled by the vice mayor, Romeo C. Villarante, through Executive Order No. 2013-0013 signed by Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes last July 8, 2013.”

Gubot pa sa lukot kining administration ni Mayor JVR diha sa Talisay.


Last Sunday, I was in Dumanjug upon the invitation of GMA 7 Cebu cameraman Aaron Blanco for the baptism of his baby. It was also the blessing of his small concrete house. I observed that the road between Dumanjug and Barili is very dilapidated.

It is subject for repair and rehabilitation but the problem is with the contract.

Instead of scraping it, they created massive holes.

Motorists passing by that area are complaining against the contractor of the project because their vehicles would shake. No immediate repair has been undertaken there.

Paging Gov. Junjun Davide or the DPWH regional office. If that is your project, please call the attention of the contractor.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.


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