Seares: 'Stop the count.' 'Count the vote.' 'Cere-al killer.' '(Resch) do it.' Drink up.

Pachico A. Seares
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REASON to stay up

* American wife: "Have you been drinking?"

* American husband: "The whole country's been drinking."

In Cebu, this is a brilliant excuse for drinking up and coming home late:

"We waited for the election results."

"So who won?"

"We'll know tomorrow -- or the next few nights."

Trump, Trevor Noah tweets

From the US president: "Last night I was leading...Then one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY


From the host of The Daily Show: "Last night the sky was dark. then, from East to West, those cities magically became light again. VERY STRANGE."

Trump called it for Trump

Did Trump not declare that he already won? He did, on election night, although millions of ballots were still not counted, with the race in some key states still not resolved.

Did Trump not sound out to stop the count? He did, two days after election day. He tweeted in all caps, "STOP THE COUNT. ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED."

He was wrong on both, ah, counts.

Trump could not declare himself the winner. In any contest, it is the judge or arbiter who decides. In an election, it is the voters, once their will is determined from the ballots count. A claim of winning at the time that Trump did or before the ballots would show the winner would be ludicrous and gross.

As president and as candidate, he could not order the stoppage of the count. Even some Republicans thought that was crazy: stopping the count where he was losing and counting the count where he was winning.

But, solely based on what Trump and his millions of supporters think of Trump, he was right, he could not lose and could do no wrong.

God bless America.

LTO chief's 'hands-off' stance

LTO-7 chief Victor Caindec reportedly told last November 3 a House committee on transportation hearing that it is not the Land Transportation Office's job to look into road deaths. It is LTFRB's job (to prevent them), he said.

Wait. The Department of Transportation, under whose agencies LTO and LTFRB must fall, is primarily responsible for public safety on the means of land transportation.

LTFRB issues franchises, sees to it that vehicles are roadworthy and drivers are competent and prudent to drive their vehicles. But LTO has its function too in helping keep passengers and road users as well as keeping innocent bystanders on roadside safe. It does so under LTO's LES or law enforcement service.

LES under LTO has taken pride in its "innovations" such as the use of body cameras, hand-held device for face recognition, fingerprint scan and motor-vehicle reader, as well as motor-vehicle recognition and enforcement system. It also conducts an education program "to inculcate road safety." We don't know if the modern devices are being used in Region 7 but Region 5 has a road safety program.

Caindec must mean solely to investigations, which the police conduct. But for each road death, there are causes that the various agencies can help reduce or prevent: local governments in imposing speed limits and rationalizing public transport routes; LTFRB, by keeping vehicles and drivers in good shape and regulating number and kind of transportation on the road; and LTO, by helping curb offenses of drivers.

Caindec is right in defining functions of LTO and LTFRB. He is wrong in sounding like LTO is entirely blameless for the road deaths in Cebu.

Whom to throw under the bus

The Cebu City Council reportedly will investigate all bus liners following the three recent road incidents that killed two bicycle riders and injured nine persons.

Councilor Jessica Reisch, who represents the youth in the city legislature, initiated the inquiry, lashing particularly the Vallacar Transit Inc., which operates the famous Ceres buses: "No business giant, acting as though they are kinds of the road, should be allowed to shift the burden of proof to the innocent, like they have allegedly been doing this. The Sanggunian shouldn't let them get away with it every road accident they figured into..."

She's concerned about who are made to bear the burden of proof: the people rammed under the bus, instead of the driver and operator of the bus.

Though she did not name it, the reference to Vallacar and Ceres was clear. Which other bus drivers have behaved like kings of the road and gotten away with it?

But why all the bus liners? Unless they want to look into any and all causes of the road deaths, casting the stone at all the bus companies would be an over-reach. Ask the regulators: Department of Transportation, LTFRB and LTO. Reisch and her colleagues might want to throw some of those agencies' officials under the bus.

Otherwise, "(Reisch), just do it."