Senator Cayetano takes oath

Colon Street, Cebu City- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano successfully took his oath as re-elected Senator last June 24, 2013 at the University of the Visayas Gymnasium.

Senator Cayetano sworn-in to Congressman Eduardo R. Gullas- University of the Visayas President and out-going Congressman of the First District. The oath-taking was attended by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Vice-Governor Agnes Magpale, Philippine National League Councilor Alma Moreno, together with Board Members Angelica Jones and Terry Aunor. Sen. Cayetano’s family attended the ceremony as well as the different public officials of the Republic of the Philippines.

Sen. Alan and her wife, Mayor Lani Cayetano thanked the Cebuanos for their support in making him as Cebu’s number one Senator.

The event ended with a press conference participated by the local and national media outlets.


By: Kissis Faith Genobana

Anna Rose Carnecer

Frayline Malinao


Father. The family’s strong wall and foundation. The provider. The protector. The refuge when mother tries to beat you with a spanking rod because of some faults. Someone to lean on. Someone that would carry you when you get tired of walking. One that becomes your horse if you want to play around and have fun. Someone that tickles you before going to bed. The one that kisses you before you go to sleep. Your spoiler. And above all, your ultimate lover since the day you were born. That is a father. These facts are so sweet to think but sad to say these are the experiences of others not mine at all. Oftentimes, I would say, “blessed are those who grow up with a father.” I feel so jealous because they have everything that life could offer. For me, having a father beside me is more than anything in this world. Since the day of my consciousness, I know inside my thought that I am an illegitimate child. I am a “batang walang ama.” I have a lot of questions in my mind. What is it to have a father? How does it feel to be loved by him? And how does it feel to dance with my father?

My curiosity to experience these things pushes me to look for my biological father. Though my mother has been telling me invented stories about him, it made me more desperate to find him. Being an illegitimate child is not easy. It never was. I’ve been through a lot of experiences that I never thought I would be able to bear. But despite all those experiences, there’s one thing I am so grateful of and that is having Christ in my life. He filled my emptiness inside and he has been a great father to me. God is so good to me and I know that someday he will grant answers to all my questions and curiosity.

Rama releases cash assistance

Cebu, Philippines – After the fire incident happened in Barangay Mambaling last Sunday July 14, 2013, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will no longer require barangay captains to visit his office before releasing their financial assistance.

During yesterday’s press conference at the barangay Mambaling fire scene, Rama denied that he was responsible for the delay. “These barangays are not cleared from their liquidations. I did not stop the release,” Rama said. The mayor said he will order for the release of the financial to prove that he had nothing against the said barangays.

Association of Barangay Captains(ABC) president Michael Ralota said there are ten barangays which are yet to receive their financial assistance. But Ralota believes that there are actually only seven because three of the ten barangays are allegedly allied with Team Rama and these include barangays Babag, Binaliw and Pit-os.


Continuing the Legacy

As a son having a good father, it is so impossible for him not to follow his father’s footsteps. This is what happened to 1992-1995 youngest and number one councilor in the City of Taguig, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. He is the son of the late Senator Renato Cayetano, an elected Assemblyman representing Taguig, Pateros and Muntinlupa. Sen. Rene Cayetano was known for being an assemblyman to the Batasan Pambansa and was appointed Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry. He was serving as the chief presidential counsel by Former Pres. Fidel Ramos in 1995. Before joining the government, he was active in private law practice, he handled many sensational cases. He acted as private prosecutor in the Pepsi Paloma rape case, Manila Filmfest scandal on behalf of Mayor Alfredo Lim and he was also the co-defense counsel for Luis Beltran in the libel case filed against him by Former Pres. Corazon Aquino.

Seeing what his father was doing, the young Sen. Alan Peter
Cayetano was influenced to do the same things in the future. He was only thirteen years old when he was first exposed to public service. Inspired by his father’s values, principles and dedication to serve the public, he pursued a degree in Law at the Ateneo de Manila University. He graduated as Silver Medalist and with a Second Honourable Mention. Seeing his father consulting, meeting, and working with people with different status, he decided to pursue his lifetime advocacy and career in public service. In 1998, he was elected as Representative of the Lone District of Taguig-Pateros. And the Country began to notice him as a young Congressman standing up in the halls of Congress debating with his elders. He was the spokesperson of the Impeachment Team that sought to hold Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo liable for stealing, lying and cheating and he began articulating the need for accountability and transparency in both local and national government. He was elected as the 8th Senator of the Republic of the Philippines in 2007 and until today he is still the Cebuanos’ number one Senator. Since the beginning of his government career, he is striving to make a difference and still fighting for good governance. He has done a lot of things for public welfare and let us not forget that the root of all these and his inspiration of doing these things was his father, the late Sen. Renato Cayetano. Sen. Renato is gone but his son is still here standing strong and continuing the legacy.