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CCMC inauguration

“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 beginning.”

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.

Carbon

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.

Digong’s Butt

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)