Bzzzzz: BOPK put up 'OK' streamers, city administrator ordered removal

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'Casas ordered it'

Cebu City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. ordered the removal of tarpaulin streamers from skywalks and public places. The streamers bear the anti-Covid-19 message and the allusion to "OK," the campaign catchword of Partido Barug's rival, Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan or BOPK.

Raquel Arce, head of "Probe," the City Hall demolishers, disclosed that in an interview on dyCM radio Monday, July 20. She said she had asked for "dispensa" from the barangay captains in whose areas the streamer were displayed. They were barangay chiefs allied with BOPK with whom Arce had worked before. Arce said she also explained to former councilor Margot Osmeña who called her up about the streamers.

The reason Atty. Casas gave, Arce said, was lack of City Hall permit. Arce said she advised the barangay captains to get a permit and the streamers would be returned. (She didn't say her office would restore them at places where they were taken down.) Banilad Barangay Captain Dennis Tabar reportedly was willing to accept similar streamers on the anti-Covid campaign from City Hall. They can write whatever they want on the streamer, Tabar said.

Coming next: chacha

After (1) the anti-terrorism law and (2) the shutdown of ABS-CBN and rejection of its franchise will come next (3) the amendment of the Constitution by both houses of Congress converted into a constituent assembly.

The House committee on constitutional amendments will meet, within two weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte's Sona on July 27, to start the charter change project of the administration.

A common element among the three "life-altering" events: they are being done during a pandemic that still has no signs of going away or letting up.

Opposers couldn't stop the birth of the terror law and the death of ABS-CBN. Would the chacha be unstoppable too?

Opening of classes

When will classes start in 2020?

Department of Education (DepEd) has scheduled the opening of classes for school year 2020-2021 on August 24, a Monday.

Under a new law (Republic Act #11480), signed by President Duterte last Friday (July 17) and made public Monday (July 20), opening of classes shall be on the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.

But the President may reschedule the start of the school-year in the event of an emergency or state of calamity. The education secretary shall determine the end of the school year, considering the "peculiar circumstances of each region."

Saturday classes may be authorized by the education secretary for elementary and secondary levels in private and public schools.

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