Dwelling on technicalities

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Monday, May 26, 2014

THE Cebu Provincial Board wants hospitals to install closed-circuit television cameras in their nurseries to catch those who do bad things to the infants such as sealing their mouths.

Fat chance, the cameras will catch the culprits. Haven’t the honorable Board members heard what happened to the security cameras installed in the “other” Osmeña Blvd.?

They conked out at the precise moment some people uprooted the trees in the center island and carried them away.


But you can’t fault the Board for passing the resolution. That’s what happens when one is frustrated. And what we are witnessing in the ongoing inquiry on the alleged lip-sealing incident at the Cebu Maternity Puericulture Center and Maternity House is stressful and frustrating.

Instead of going straight to the point, some people would rather dwell on side issues such as why the parents of the victim went to Facebook to vent their anger instead of filing a formal complaint with the hospital’s management and that the baby’s father was in jeans and had long hair when he went inside the nursery room.

Indeed, so many things can be said about ranting on Facebook. If a branch executive, for example, had only spent more time developing the business instead of proclaiming to “friends” how squeaky clean they are compared to others, who knows if the branch had by now grown instead of languished in the doldrums?

But while the company executive had a multitude of choices, the father did not. He had to bring his story to the public to seek neither affirmation nor balm for a bruised ego but justice. You can’t fault him for being afraid that the hospital would try to demolish his story before it attempts, if at all, to hear his complaint. Subsequent events proved his fears were well-grounded.

What’s ironic is that Cebu Maternity actually doesn’t have to bother with side issues in order to defend itself. The offer to put to a lie-detector test the nursery staff on duty on or about the time that the baby’s mouth was supposedly sealed, can only indicate that the hospital is certain that its people were telling the truth when they said they did not do the taping. Why don’t they develop this line of defense instead of dwelling on technicalities?


A Korean and his live-in partner were heard quarreling between 1 to 2 a.m. Some 15 hours later, a compatriot came to the restaurant where the two were staying with the woman’s parents. Finding the restaurant closed, the compatriot asked the establishment’s security guard to check through the unlocked back door. When she saw blood on the floor, the security guard called the police.

When the police arrived, they found the woman and her parents already dead, obvious victims of violence. They also found the Korean man in the attic, bleeding from wounds in his wrists.

His version:

He slept at 1 a.m. after having a drink with his live-in partner and a friend. At 5 a.m. he went downstairs and found his partner and her parents lying on the floor with stab wounds. Overcome with grief, he went back to the attic, drank alcohol and slashed his wrists.

Between the time that he saw the bodies of his three housemates at 5 a.m. and the time that the police found him in the attic at 5 p.m., is a good 12 hours. But he had not thought of asking for help. His reason? He was in shock.

He said that another person must have killed the three.

The case has yet to be filed in court so in the meantime, you be the judge.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 27, 2014.


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