By By Fernan A. Gianan
Did any of the 135 SDUs win on Monday?
posted 23-May-2018  ·  
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The Catholic faithful and the entire clergy of the Diocese of Virac bids farewell to one of its most-loved priests, Rev. Fr. Henry Vega of Panganiban, tomorrow, May 17, when he will be interred at Palnab Catholic Cemetery after the 9 A.M. Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Fr. Henry, my fellow batchmate at the ICSA Class of 1979 along with Rev. Fr. Laudemer Gapaz and Rev. Fr. Silvano Vargas, was an avid reader of the Tribune and was not stingy in his praise for this paper’s brand of reporting. The last time we shared stories, and a bottle of whiskey, was in July 2017 when he visited my brother-in-law, fellow priest Fr. Dick Tugano, in Calatagan during the latter’s vacation from Canada that time.

He will be sorely missed….


Sometimes, we are prompted to question God’s wisdom in instances when someone close to us dies in the prime of his life. Such impertinence is understandable, for we are at times liable to forget that we are not entirely in control of our personal lives, that we owe our life on earth to a higher authority. That is why we need to constantly express our loves for people who matter in our lives and at the same time thank God when we wake up in the morning…


Edda Faye Tapel-Bodota sent an email two weeks ago clarifying the news article regarding the recent bar passers from Catanduanes, one of whom is her husband, Atty. Ralph Borja Bodota. The new lawyer’s mother is from Virac, not Bagamanoc, and he is based in Quezon City, not Cavite as stated. Our apologies for the erroneous data…


At least one power interruption marred the conduct of the 2018 barangay and SK elections last Monday but it was fortunate that the brownout occurred during the day.

Although the COMELEC had asked the electric cooperative to ensure that there will be no such power outages on May 14, FICELCO representative Willy San Juan was quite correct in asking election stakeholders to prepare emergency lights.

Of course, the cooperative cannot ensure 100% that a line fault or a glitch in the generation system of the private power supplier would not happen.


It would be interesting to know how many of the 135 surrendered drug users or suspected users and pushers in the PNP drug watch list won during Monday’s polls.

When queried about this, both the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the local police said the guidance from above was only to monitor their campaign. There was no plan to actually inform the voters in any way of the identity of the SDU candidates Whether some incumbent barangay captains, who possible knows of the list, informed their constituents about this cannot be determined at this time,

The question now therefore is what the DILG intends to do about those drug personalities who actually won the mandate to become barangay officials.


THE CHINESE DOCTOR AND THE LAWYER. A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens his own clinic and puts a sign outside 'GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100.'

An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic.

Lawyer: 'I have lost my sense of taste.'

Chinese: 'Nurse, bring medicine from box No. 22 and put 3 drops in patient's mouth.'

Lawyer: 'Ugh. This is kerosene.'

Chinese: 'Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me $20.'

The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to recover his money.

Lawyer: 'I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything.'

Chinese: 'Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in his mouth.'

Lawyer (annoyed): 'This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste.'

Chinese: 'Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20.'

The fuming lawyer pays him, and then comes back a week later determined to get back $100.

Lawyer: 'My eyesight has become very weak I can't see at all.'

Chinese: 'Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so take this $100.'

Lawyer (staring at the note): 'But this is $20, not $100!!'

Chinese: 'Congrats, your eyesight is restored. Give me $20'

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