“An inauguration is
a ceremony that formally marks the start
of something. ... Inauguration can refer
to a formal ceremony,
such as one marking
the start of a new term
in office or the opening of a new wing in a
museum, but it can be
used more broadly to
describe a less formal
I copy-pasted this when I Googled the meaning of inauguration. Apparently, this is not the meaning of inauguration in the mind of Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella.
After the December 29, 2020 inauguration of three floors
of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), he already
knew the hospital would still be closed. I would not believe his people misinformed him. Or did they? Until this
writing, which is over month after, the new CCMC building remains closed.
Cebuanos remembered very well Labella’s campaign
promise about finishing the CCMC within 100 days of his
term. Last year, he promised to open the new building
before 2020 ends. Yes, he inaugurated the building. But
it seems he only engaged in an expensive damage control
maneuver. Aside from the opening ceremonies, Labella
wasted whatever credibility he had left.
Today, Cebu is giving him the benefit of the doubt when
he insists of only suffering from an ear infection. While he
could very well rest and allow Vice Mayor Mike Rama to act
as mayor, Labella persists on a work at home arrangement.
I can only guess of concerns for the mayor’s eyes only,
not for City Administrator Floro Casas alone, nor that of
the vice mayor.
What prompted the undue haste in Cebu City’s decision to approve the P5.5 billion joint venture with
Megawide-GMR to develop the 7.8 has Carbon market? I
am not asking how much, lest I be accused of libel. I am
concerned because the joint venture committee at Cebu
City Hall allegedly failed to give the CFI Cooperative
enough time to challenge Megawide. The Carbon vendors
likewise complained of having been ignored.
Thus, I fervently await the announced plan of CFI Coop
head Winston Garcia to go to court. At the very least, this
should remove the shroud of secrecy surrounding the deal.
President Rodrigo Duterte should have remained
silent why he does not want to be photographed being
vaccinated. Today, the president has become the butt of
jokes. But then, unlike past presidents especially Ferdinand Marcos, Digong is not particular about appearing
good before the public. Ok ra niya magpalubot.
(Emmanuel Mongaya is the co-founder and director for
Strategic PR of PRWorks Inc. He is also a member of the
Political Officers League of the Philippines or POLPhil.
DM him @anol_cebu in Twitter)