RVP can be VP… but IF AND ONLY IF he cheats


YES, I PROMISED to write on Kris Ablan, the congressional son who now wants to be congressman.  But I will reserve that for next issue as something more pressing has come up.

Entering Laoag via the Gilbert Bridge at dusk is the most soothing part of my work day.  It marks the end of my travel from a workplace tens of kilometers away.  It means I am home.

On Tuesday (July 21), however, what I felt while crossing the bridge can only be as soothing as a root canal performed without anesthesia by a sadistic pseudo-dentist.  That afternoon, plastered on the lampposts of the bridge were tarpaulin streamers welcoming Ronaldo V. Puno, the Interior and Local Government secretary of the Arroyo regime. Continue reading “RVP can be VP… but IF AND ONLY IF he cheats”

Empanada Festival awe-inspiring but untruthful

As promised, I am featuring in this column a critique written by Ianree Raquel on the Empanada Festival held recently in Batac City. Raquel, who teaches Arts and Society at the Mariano Marcos State University, is cultural coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences, and is an alumnus of the renowned Nasudi Cultural Troupe.

Read on… Continue reading “Empanada Festival awe-inspiring but untruthful”

Batac: from a city-that-was to a city-that-could

We can only imagine how difficult it is for Batac, a two-year-old city, to revert to a municipality following a final and executory ruling by the Supreme Court. Along with the fiscal mess the reversion caused are dampened hopes and hurt egos.

In his speech during the Empanada Festival, an activity originally intended to highlight Batac’s charter day celebrations, Mayor Jeffrey Nalupta lashed out at the High Court saying, “If only the Supreme Court is not deaf and will stop from being blind,” it will see the reality that Batac and 15 other newly created cities deserved to be recognized as cities.

Nalupta, of course, was oversimplifying the case. I trust that the justices handed down their decision, with the Chief Justice himself concurring, based on law and sound reason, and not of whimsical blindness. But we do understand the young mayor. He had to let out his frustration and exhaustion on this highly charged issue. People struck with deep emotions are oftentimes not rational, and to them society is magnanimously forgiving. Continue reading “Batac: from a city-that-was to a city-that-could”