TIMESMAN| (In)Accurate reporting

MEDIA PEOPLE are sometime not accurate in reporting. I am not saying all but most of us make mistakes and apologize in public later to correct that incorrect reporting.

Even known national writers are charged in court for libel or civil cases for errors.

This writer was not exempt and we also passed that stage when we publicly apologized in public and even hailed to court to face the music. Former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was then campaigning for the presidency, threatened to sue me if I will not publish in my column his version of what I’ve wrote earlier which according to him was inaccurate reporting.

I learned from the media that you can’t be called a writer if no one files a case of libel against you. And this also shows that if you have a libel case, there are people reading your column.

For this, I can’t also blame my neighbor here, Vic N. Sumalinog if he erroneously reported in his column (Rough Cuts, Nov. 27) that “former Ombudsman for Mindanao Justice Cesar Nitorreda has passed,” yet, the retired lawyer is still very much around.

Maybe, Vic thought that Justice Nitorreda was already dead for he hadn’t heard of or see the good old man for years. Or, Vic suddenly suffered lapse of memory that most senior citizens are usually encountered.

Our editors immediately issued an erratum the following day, saying that “….The editors sincerely apologize to the Nitorreda family and to those who were affected by this mistake.”

I remember every other morning while still residing in Matina that I always encountered Justice Nitorreda with his Doberman making the rounds of SM Ecoland.

Since we knew each other when Manny (his son) was still in college of law, he was always the first to greet me:”Loreto, kamusta ka” and after a few minutes, he continues his early morning walk.

Same is true with then UM Executive Vice President Pedro E. Torres (brother of TIMES founder Atty. Torres) who I always met riding on his favorite bicycle while traversing Quimpo Boulevard.

While I knew the death of “Sir Pete” many years ago, I never heard of Justice Nitorreda since our last encounter ten or more years ago. He must be almost 100 years by now.

In my case, Vic will not make the mistake of writing in his column that I am already “dead.” We’re just an inch apart in this paper.

That’s why I always see to it that this corner comes regularly as some of my readers have dirty minds always asking: “Patay na si Timesman?” bakit wala siyang column ngayon?

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I pity the motorists and the riding public of today that they never experience having city roads considered as their ow, like I the 60s when I arrived in Davao. No traffic signal lights in the intersections, no speed limits, only few traffic enforcers were around, and most of all no pedestrians crossing the street busy tickling a cellphone. (No cellphone then yet-LDT).

From Agdao to Lapu-Lapu Street (Garcia), Uyanguren (R. Magsaysay), Claveria (C.M. Recto), San Pedro, then to Bankerohan, all main streets were two-way for vehicles, including Magallanes, (Pichon Street), and Ponciano Reyes (C. Bangoy), until C.M. Recto, San Pedro, Pichon, and Ponciano became one-way streets.

I drove (I used to be an operator) my PUJ Pinoy from Bankerohan to Agdao in 15 minutes and back to Bankerohan with a total of 30 minutes. Now, even on a Sundays when government and private offices, including schools are closed, monstrous traffic in the city is being felt and the public have to bear with it.

In a latest survey conducted by the University of Mindanao Institute of Popular Opinion, the on-going road construction, the volume of vehicles, and undisciplined public are the main cause of inconvenience on the road.

The TIMES editorial (Nov. 28) asked: “So how does the public generally view the traffic situation? The survey said nine in 10 Dabawenyos accept the fact that this is a normal occurrence of a growing city and 8 in 10 Dabawenyos believe the need to do necessary sacrifice. Other factors were also considered such as the growing number of vehicles on the road and the behavior of the riding public.”

And finally, the editorial continued, “We are certain that once infrastructure projects are finished, traffic won’t be as bad. Not unless they start digging again.” Amen to that.

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Congratulations to Janine Lexus, daughter of Popoy and Anne (Tesoro-Ilagan) Madrazo who will celebrate her 18 birthday today. She will be formally introduced to society with her parents in a dinner- reception at the Royal Mandaya Hotel at six in the evening.

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