Editorial: Talisay City College woes

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

THE Board of Trustees of the Talisay City College (TCC) was scheduled to meet yesterday afternoon to resolve the controversy over who is the legitimate president of the said institution. The result of the meeting wasn’t in yet when this editorial was written.

This is a good development, as the acts of the two personalities who claimed to be TCC president--Richel Bacaltos, whose appointment was confirmed by the Board after he was appointed to the post by former mayor Socrates Fernandez, and Paulus Mariae Cañete, who was appointed by Mayor Johnny V. (JVR) de los Reyes without the Board’s imprimatur—have confused TCC faculty and students, especially those set to graduate this month.

Bacaltos and Cañete organized separate commencement exercises. Not only that, Cañete has gone to court claiming that Bacaltos, who actually assumed the post in an acting capacity, is not qualified for the post.


In this controversy, Cañete should have been the odd man out. The legitimacy of his appointment is still to be resolved that is why he should have waited until JVR, who is the presiding officer of the Board, succeeds in settling all the legal questions before he makes his move.

Cañete should have known what it feels to be unceremoniously kicked out of a post because Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes did that to him as president of the Mandaue City College. He fought his replacement and that defiance led to the situation wherein two institutions are claiming to be the legitimate Mandaue City College.

It was a messy affair that affected the faculty and students of the two Mandaue City Colleges. Now it is Cañete who is instigating the confusion, this time with the support of the incumbent mayor.

As for JVR, he should learn to do things the right way. As his critics are pointing out, he should not run the Talisay City Hall like it is his private company. He is now in government and there are rules that he should adhere to if he wants to run smoothly the city government.

And the right way is to rein Cañete in instead of letting him loose. The right way is to call the TCC Board of Trustees to a meeting to resolve the controversy—-and after that respect its decision.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2014.


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