You say local government leaders are feudal?

I first heard of it from a colleague — Mandaue City Mayor Thadeo Ouano’s birthday celebration theme was to be a “halad sa hari” or tribute to the king. Last night, I saw a copy of the invitation (see picture) from another colleague who got the copy from a Mandaue official.

Halad sa hari

I don’t know if the invitation was meant to be funny considering that these are being distributed to government officials.

In the program, there is a schedule for a “Halad” (Cebuano word for offering or tribute) with the halad coming from heads of Mandaue City Hall departments, barangay leaders and families of teachers and a selected City Hall workers. The last entry in the “Halad” was the, you guessed it, “surpresa!!!”

There’s something about Imee

The drone of politicians’ voices in the TV set near my work station was interrupted Friday night by the grating voice of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos answering a GMA 7 reporter’s question on who she thinks should lead the country.

Imee, acting like a teenager being asked to divulge which F4 member she had the biggest crush on, said “Swanie.” My high school clique would have described the way she answered the question as “pa-demure.” Imee later said she was “Susan-powered.”

Rep. Clavel Asas-Martinez declared persona non grata in Cebu

Fourth district Rep. Clavel Asas-Martinez has been declared persona non grata by Cebu’s leaders over her claim that there was cheating in last year’s elections in Cebu.

The manifesto was signed by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Robert Go, Provincial Board members, mayors, vice mayors and some councilors.

Martinez told Sun.Star CebuAng mobarug sa katungod sa mga Cebuanos mao na hinuo’y persona non grata? Si Gwen, ang tikasan, dili persona non grata? Unsa na ni, nabali na ang kalibutan (The one who stands up for the rights of the Cebuanos is now persona non grata? Gwen, the cheat, is not persona non grata? What’s the world coming to)?”