By By Fernan A. Gianan
On Mayor Leo’s surname
posted 10-Oct-2012  ·  
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From 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 unfavourable revision.”

So 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.

Sometime 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.

As 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.

As 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 it.

May 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 right thing.

In 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 Sangguniang Panlalawigan).

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The COMELEC’s setting the deadline for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy at 5 P.M. of Oct. 5 a wise decision.

For 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 minute.

Overall, 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.

Atty. 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.

This was the case of some candidates for provincial board seats who had to erase either UNA or PMP from the CoCs.

In 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.

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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."

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