By By Fernan A. Gianan
Cua scenarios on June 30, 2019
posted 12-Jun-2019  ·  
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A total of 18 Bicolanos (four from Catanduanes) were among the 1,303 graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Sto. Tomas last Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Quadricentennial Pavilion. Only two of them Bicolanos graduated cum laude: Cris Eugene Tugano Gianan (Jounalism) and Rhona Vargas Sulla (English Language Studies), both of Virac.

The other graduates from this island were Ella Marie Cal Abundo (Legal Management) and Jan Ferdinand Antonio Alberto (Economics), son of former Virac mayors Cito Alberto and Flerida Antonio-Alberto. Congratulations to the graduates and their parents!


Also a recent graduate, this time from military service, is Brig. Gen. Alden Juan Masagca, whose last assignment was commander of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Isabela, the primary unit in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region.

The pure-blooded Viracnon retired last May 23, 2019 in a testimonial review in his honor at the Army headquarters in Taguig, just two months after being named to the post by Army Chief Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto who is reported to be the son of a Pandan settlers in Metro Manila.

The PMA graduate rose from the ranks from Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, and Assistant Division Commander to oversee an entire Army division. During his tenure, he received numerous commendations and military awards — five Gold Cross Medals, Bronze Cross Medal and Military Merit Medal.

The veteran soldier has now taken off to new lands, visiting Japan with his wife for a much-deserved vacation.


    A more likely event with regards to reelected Governor Joseph Cua’s dilemma would be the Ombudsman issuing a supplemental order either suspending him from office once he assumes his post at noon of June 30, 2019.

    Or, if his counsel files a petition, the Ombudsman could allow him fo pay a fine equivalent to the remaining period of suspension based on his monthly salary.

    In a Supreme Court decision in 1974, it ruled that there could be no such automatic application or extension of the suspension order to a new term to which the petitioner was reelected.

    “At worst, petitioner cannot be held guilty of wilful disobedience of the suspension order for having assumed the office to which he was reelected when such act contingent upon his reelection was not even prohibited, much less specified in the suspension order,” stressed the High Court.

    If petitioner had not run for reelection or if he had lost in his bid for reelection, the suspension order would have lapsed and become functus officio (of no further legal effect) by virtue of the expiration of his term, it added.

    The case involved a suspended mayor who ran and won reelection and then assumed office, prompting the State to charge him with contempt.

   In its ruling, the SC said the proper recourse of the State is to secure a supplemental order suspending the petitioner anew.

    A better option, not only for Cua but also for the people who voter for him, is for the Ombudsman to grant him permission to convert the remaining period into a fine, just as it granted the motion of DPWH Legal Division chief Atty. Oliver Rodulfo when he was suspended for six months in 2017 in connection  with an administrative case filed against him by his boss.


A HUSBAND MAKES THE CASE. A woman was arrested for stealing. When she went before the judge, he asked her, “What did you steal?” She replied, “A can of peaches.”

The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied 5. The judge then said, “I will give you 5 days in jail.”

When her husband heard this, he stood up and asked the judge if he could say something. The judge said, “What is it?”

The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”

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