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Outgoing Cebu Mayor Strips Office of Tiles and Ceilings, Toilets Left with No Bowls

A lot of netizens are calling the actions of outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña as the highest level of pettiness after he stripped the Mayor’s Office of tiles, ceilings, furniture, and everything else, including the bowls in the toilets, sinks, and plumbing fixtures!

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Cebu City Mayor-elect Edgar Labella will assume office this Monday inside a room that looks more like an abandoned construction site than the Mayor’s Office.

Photo credit: Gerard Francisco / Cebu Daily News

While the Mayor’s Office used to be the hub of activity located on the eighth floor of the Cebu City Hall’s Executive Building, with glass dividers and comfortable sofas that warmly welcome visitors, Osmeña also took all those away.

How the Mayor’s Office looked in the past:

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Today, raw concrete can be seen on the floors of the rooms, even in the toilets. Moreover, aside from taking the ceiling out, the lighting fixtures were also removed. From a vibrant, busy office, this one looked like the contractors changed their mind and just abandoned the project.

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In a report on Cebu Daily News, a staff member of the Mayor’s Office who refused to be named said that the former mayor is “just taking out what he personally paid for”.

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According to this person, the mayor had asked the council for a budget to renovate the office when he started his term in 2016. When the council rejected the budget request, Osmeña supposedly had the eighth-floor office renovated, spending Php2 million in personal funds. Thus, now that he’s going out as mayor, Osmeña is simply taking along what he had paid for with his own money.

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Former City Administrator Bimbo Fernandez confirmed this to ABS-CBN News, saying that Osmeña has the right to remove all the fixtures because he paid for those things himself. It is up to the next administration to do what they want with the eighth floor, he added.

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But Labella was surprised with the move.

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Incoming City Legal Officer Rey Gealon said they would initiate an investigation, especially because Labella was not informed about the changes to the Mayor’s Office.

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Mayors’ Term in the Philippines

The mayor is the highest ranking official in a town or city. In the Philippines, mayors serve a term of 3 years determined by the midterm and national elections. A mayor can only serve for three consecutive terms or a total of 9 years.

It is possible for the mayor to come back for another term (and for re-election for the next two terms) as long as another person sat as mayor after he/she served the last three consecutive terms.

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Twins Named Jollibee and McDonald Graduate from Senior High, Go Viral

A pair of twins named Jollibee and McDonald recently went viral for graduating from Senior High. A lot of netizens were simply amused that they would hold such names, particularly because the names are of two rival fast food outlets! LOL.

Unique Names

While ‘Jollibee’ and ‘McDonald’ are pretty common names in terms of restaurants and fast food outlets, these are not so common as names of people. Mark Lester Andrei Cruzet shares the story behind the twins’ unique names.

Mark Lester is a friend of the family who grew up under the care of his School Paper Adviser (SPA) from elementary, Evelyn Pangindian. He shared that he had been with the family for many years since they helped him a lot, financially and emotionally.

twins named Jollibee McDonald
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According to Mark Lester, Ma’am Evelyn’s husband was the one who picked the names for the twins.

Kasi si kuya mo (asawa ni Ma’am) ‘yung uniqueness of the name at art of remembering, once na nalaman (‘yung names ng kambal) anjan agad ung natutuwa sila at madali nilang matandaan name nila,” Mark Lester remembered Ma’am Evelyn’s explanation.

Needless to say, the names are unique! And just as their names bring smiles to kids’ faces each time parents would say they would go to Jollibee or McDonald’s, Mark Lester said that the twins are also such great people.

twins named Jollibee McDonald
Photo credit: Mark Lester Andrei Cruzet / Facebook

I am sharing not just the lovable names of this twin but also how lucky to have their family as my second family as well. Mga kapatid na turing ko sa kambal na ito at pangalawang ina sa SPA ko. Minsan, sa kanila na nila ako pinapatulog lalo na noong napalayas ako sa amin. Tinutulungan kapag may problema lalo na financially. I am grateful dahil alam kong bukod sa sarili kong pamilya, may iba pa akong kikilalaning pamilya sa ibang tahanan. I am blessed beyond measure for finding a family away from our home,” Mark Lester wrote.

Love ko ‘tong family na ito, dahil sa kanila, bida ang saya.

Jollibee Versus McDonald’s

There is no question that McDonald’s is the number fast food outlet in the entire world. But did you know that in the Philippines, it could never be number one? That distinction is held by homegrown Jollibee, a brand that is now expanding across the world. While Jollibee might not overtake McDonald’s in its popularity across the world, the brand takes pride in always being number one in the Philippines.

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Due to Unpaid Rent, Landlady Removes Roof of House Rented by Pregnant Woman

Due to unpaid rent, a heartless landlady removes the roof and even the door of the house rented by a pregnant woman! Kind neighbors had to help her out, especially because it was raining when this happened. Tsk. Tsk.

Unpaid Rent Due to Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has affected a lot of people, with many losing their jobs and not being able to pay the rent or amortization for their homes. What is sad is that though the government specifically told landlords to provide a grace period for their renters, many still force them to pay up.

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Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

There have already been a number of reports of families being forced out of their rented homes because they were unable to pay the rent. But others have a different way of doing it.

One heartless landlady could not forcibly evict her tenants because of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, officially designated as Republic Act No. 11469. However, she did something that is still akin to forcing them out: removing the roof and door of the rented house! Tsk. Tsk.

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Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

In a video shared by concerned neighbor Czairra Alliyah Cheng, a family could be seen scrambling to take their things out of harm’s way as the rain poured down inside their house because the roof was gone.

It turned out that the roof was removed by a certain ‘Aling Tess’ who owns the rented house. According to the post by Cheng, the family was unable to pay the rent because the pregnant woman’s husband is stuck by the lockdown and is in Bulacan.

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Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

The heartless landlady removed the roof and door, telling Cheng she will also remove her door if she keeps interfering. Cheng and the family already took the matter to the barangay.

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Posted by Czairra Alliyah Cheng on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Posted by Czairra Alliyah Cheng on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rent Payment in Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

Tenants may enjoy extended deadline to pay rent under the ‘Bayanihan’ law. Under the law, the President is given power to “provide for a minimum of 30-day grace period on residential rents falling due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine, without incurring interests, penalties, fees, and other charges.”

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Restaurant, Rider Pranked by ‘Blogger’ Who Made Order with Fake Account

A restaurant and a rider got pranked by a ‘blogger’ who made an order with a fake account!

‘Blogger’ Makes Fake Order

These days, a lot of people have so much idle time in their hands that they end up thinking of various ways to entertain themselves. What’s sad is that there are those who end up doing things that make them laugh, but at the expense of others! Tsk. Tsk.

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Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

The Facebook page of Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon, a restaurant in San Pedro, Laguna, shared the bad experience they had with a fake order they received from someone who claims to be a ‘blogger’.

A certain Reynan Gañete made an order from the restaurant, to be delivered at around 7PM to 8PM. The order was worth Php1,011 and they charged him only Php50 for the delivery fee. This person told them to bring change for Php1,500.

restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

Close to 7PM, the restaurant asked him for the landmark as the rider was already on the way to bring the food to the customer’s house. But the customer told them to cancel the order, saying that his cousins chose to just cook pancit canton instead of the food they ordered from the restaurant.

The restaurant told him the food was already cooked and was even being delivered to his house at the time he was chatting with them. But the guy told them to simply tell the rider that the order was canceled because they’ll be eating pancit canton instead.

Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook
restaurant pranked by blogger
Photo credit: Chacha Special Binalot Sa Dahon / Facebook

Even though the restaurant told him the food was ready and on the way the customer just laughed it off and told them he’s not paying because this is actually a prank! When the restaurant pointed out that they were just trying to make a living, the ‘blogger’ said they were also doing the same thing…

Catfishing for ‘Pranks’

Netizens were angry at the ‘blogger’ guy named Reynan Gañete and they shared his photos, but it turned out the guy’s face was simply used by the fake account!

While catfishing is popular as a means of finding online lovers, it is also being used to make ‘pranks’, such as the one that victimized the restaurant.

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