First day fritters

THE first day of everything, especially in government service, is meant to make a lasting impression. And the first day in office of not so new public officials at the Iloilo City Hall and the provincial capitol was quite a spectacle.

After the mass at San Jose Parish, Mayor Jerry Treñas cannot get over what he described as the “worst election campaign” he experienced.

Did someone see the saints’ grimace amid Mayor Jerry’s tormented tirade?

Move on na, please.


Water lily effect

The Iloilo City Hall sits along the banks of the Iloilo River, and it is living up to its location. Effective July 1, all casual and job hire employees are on floating status, meaning their job orders are pending. If you want to be re-hired, you must secure the signature of pro-Treñas barangay captains.

In short, floating status sila, literally and figuratively.

By the way, are barangay captains the extension of the Public Employment Service Office?


Surprise, surprise

Iñigo Garingalao is no longer the anti-smoking czar at the City Hall. Sources confirmed that Garingalao has been stripped of his designation as executive director of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force mainly because of political reasons.

Well, Mayor Jerry has the right to remove and replace City Hall officials as chief executive, as long as there is just cause and it will not demote the concerned person.

Performance be damned when politics rears its ugly head, that’s the reality.


Alternative reality

Rumormongers at the Capitol claim that 3rd district Rep. Lorenz “Nonoy” Defensor might not last long in his post as he could replace his older brother, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., come 2022.

Wala pa gani mag-init ang buli sang isa sa palangaku-an gin-intriga na? Ay nano?

I find this yarn hard to believe amid its persistence. LOL