Mariel Torzar, the acting tourism officer of Bato LGU, came this rather frantic
text message last Wednesday, the day the Tribune issue came out: “I’m anxious about the error you made in the
caption of the cover picture about Bato. I don’t consent (to) being presumed to
have caused it. Please find (a) means to clear (my) shame (over) the
that the readers would understand how the aforesaid error, in which the name of
Mayor Leo Rodriguez came out as “Mayor Eulogio Templonuevo”, came about.
last week, Ms. Torzar submitted to the Tribune office a CD containing two
files: an article about Bato’s winning second place in the 2012 National
Literacy Awards and a jpeg picture of the awarding ceremony. She requested
publication of the photo and the news.
a matter of editorial policy, this paper does not publish in toto any material
submitted for publication as a news article. It has to be edited, revised,
corrected and re-written to comply with the Tribune style. If the Bato LGU
desired to publish said material as submitted, I would have required them to
pay beforehand, with the published article bearing a note as to its authorship
and it’s not having passed editorial review.
this paper was not sure it would be paid for carrying the article, we naturally
edited the article and made a new caption, the latter containing the error
which a later scan did not catch. For this, we sincerely apologize to Mayor
Rodriguez, the people of Bato, and the readers. As early as Tuesday night, this
writer already fired off text messages containing our regrets to the good
mayor’s two cellphones. Please be assured that the Tribune did not, in any way,
intentionally misidentify the mayor nor did Ms. Torzar have anything to do with
we likewise appeal for the kind understanding of municipal officials regarding
Ms. Torzar’s plight as she may be undeservedly punished for our mistake. I am
sure that the people of Bato, including the mayor and his family, would do the
fairness to the good mayor, whose third straight term is assured if he does the
same thing in campaigning against old foe Johnny Rodulfo, he took the error
with some dismay but recovered nonetheless to give this writer a good ribbing.
He said another surname would have been more acceptable, not Templonuevo (the
surname of Bolotoy who is certain to run for mayor in 2016 after a turn at the
COMELEC’s setting the deadline for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy at 5
P.M. of Oct. 5 a wise decision.
one, COMELEC officials at the municipal and provincial levels, as well as
kibitzers and watchers of political parties, were saved from lack of sleep due
to the propensity of some candidates to file their CoCs at the very last
said Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ma. Aurea Bo-Bunao, the submission of
the CoCs went well, except for one problem: some candidates put down the names
of two or more political parties when they filed as coalition candidates.
Bo-Bunao said only the names of party coalitions approved by COMELEC are to be
cited as the nominating party. The COMELEC list does not include “UNA-PMP” as a
coalition and putting this down in the CoC as the nominating party would result
in the candidate/s being declared as an independent.
was the case of some candidates for provincial board seats who had to erase
either UNA or PMP from the CoCs.
the worst case, an entire slate of supposedly coalition candidates of the
UNA-PMP-Lakas was told to pick only one party or else risk being declared
independents. Had they not changed their party, they would have been ineligible
for substitution by Dec. 21 and not entitled to watchers at the precinct level
come election day.
MALE AND FEMALE FLIES. A woman walked into the kitchen to find her
husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"Hunting flies," He responded.
"Oh, killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, three males, two females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked, “How can you tell?”
He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."