The Baguio Minute 4
It is getting warmer in Baguio and the politicians have come early as well, which may be reason for the presence of hot air. Environment Sec. Atienza came and praised Philex for its sound mining. Sen. Roxas came and told the elderly that the Cheaper Medicine Bill should have teeth when the dozens of oldies in Sunshine Park already don't have it. Adel Tamano came and said that the city's plan to test high schoolers for drugs may not be successful. Only ten in every high school would be randomly chosen. He said that the possibility for detection is slim. Use the P8 million fund meant for this for other things, Tamano said. And also, he said, start with the First Family. You might just get a positive result. Four Cordillerans working in Taiwan and Australia were retrenched and back to the city. Do we see a deluge? OWWA said there might be, especially in Taiwan. Vice Mayor Farinas said that PLDT should now allow applications for caller IDs to stop bomb threats and also allow for the identification of those using cellphones as well. The DFA will open a consular office in SM by later March. The family of activist James Balao filed a petition asking for a writ of execution after a local court granted their petition for a writ of amparo. Balao has been missing for more than four months. Activities to watch this weekend are the photo exhibit in SM of 14 autistic children, Cordillera environment theater festival in VOCAS at Azotea and the opening of Panagbenga.