Editorial: A tremor and some questions

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) listed the tremor that struck at past 9 a.m. yesterday and whose epicenter it located at eight kilometers southwest of Buenavista town in Bohol as a 4.7 magnitude earthquake.

It wasn’t as strong as the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit mainly Bohol and Cebu in October 2013, but it was enough to bring back the memories and the worries.

Valle: Maguindanao woes

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we are free to do so. And when we openly express our aspirations, we are exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People would even tend to be critical of the position that we have adopted.

It’s the same with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. I am referring to people who attempt to make us see their point and expect us to be amenable to it.

Cabaero: Quake preparedness test

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

MORE people now have an idea of what to do and where to go when an earthquake strikes compared to two years ago.

When tremors were felt in Cebu yesterday morning, Monday, people in office buildings moved to the ground floor and outside while those inside their homes gathered loved ones in case they would have to rush to the doorway or out.

Malilong: Dysfunctional CCMC organization

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

THE joke is that when a client loses his case, it is because he has a bad lawyer. If, on the other hand, a doctor loses his patient, it is because it is God’s will.

Another one: a lawyer’s mistake is visible through prison bars while that of the doctor is buried six feet under.

Seares: Which BBL will peace council sell to us?

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

WHAT exactly is the job of the Peace Council that President Aquino announced last March 27, whose members include former Supreme Court chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. from Cebu?

Text of the executive order creating the council was still to be released. News stories quoted the president's speech, not any document.

Niñal: Heroes moving up

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

WE were at the 3rd floor of the Mariners’ Court at the Pier 1 area for our 4-year-old’s Moving Up ceremony when yesterday’s 4.8-magnitude earthquake had the building swaying and producing a rumbling, guttural sound.

This sound is familiar to us earthquake veterans. Thanks to the Bohol quake and its aftershocks. It’s like the sound that you make in your throat, with the back of your tongue touching the soft palate, or when you drink water in one big gulp after another. Only this sound doesn’t come from any part of your body but from deep down into the building’s foundations and beyond.

Tell it to Sun.Star: What about the small schools?

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

I WATCHED Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro and Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Commissioner Ma. Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista brim with enthusiasm on television as they assured the public of government’s preparedness to implement the K to 12 program by 2016.

They mentioned the enormous amount of money that has been and will be allocated for it. Which is good.

Editoryal: Way salig sa brgy. officials?

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:15 p.m.

LIMA ka mga minor-de-edad ang lakip sa mga nangasikop atol sa gipahigayong ronda sa usa ka drug den diha sa barangay Duljo-Fatima, dakbayan sa Sugbo sa miaging Biyernes.   

Ang pagpangronda daling gipahigayon human ang mga tinugyanan sa balaod nga gipangoluhan ni Supt. Romeo Santander sa Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CCIB) nakadawat og inpormasyon gikan mismo sa pipila ka mga ginikanan sa maong dapit.

Editorial: Balancing empowerment

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

TO break free from dependence and abuse, women’s best option is economic empowerment.

Rep. Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo (Camarines Sur) stressed this when she addressed more than 500 women participating in the 15th Cebu Women’s Congress last Mar. 21.

Wenceslao: Another NPA founding anniversary

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was placed on red alert yesterday for the 46th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Nalzaro: Power corrupts

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

I WAS informed by some members of the media covering the Talisay City Government beat that City Administrator John Yre Delos Reyes has been personally attacking me on Facebook because of my commentaries on the way his father, Mayor Johnny V. Delos Reyes (JVR), runs the affairs of the city. Well, I don’t give a damn. I will not waste my time answering his allegations in the social networking sites. What is John Yre’s intention in attacking me personally? Just to destroy my image and credibility being a media man? Other politicians whose paths I had crossed did that before.

Seares: Penance, atonement for PNoy

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

PRESIDENT Aquino wanted closure when he said last March 26 before National Police Academy graduates that it would be his last word on the Mamasapano controvery. Acting police chief Leonardo Espina, visiting Cebu at weekend, told PNP personnel that it’s time “to move forward” after the Jan. 25 firefight with MILF rebels that killed 44 police commandos.

Mongaya: Duterte and Davao

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

DAVAO CITY – A few days in this progressive urban center in Mindanao is not enough to absorb and judge if what is happening here is good for the rest of the country. Yes, I saw several good things but not enough to convince me about Mayor Digong Duterte becoming the next president of the Philippines.

Echaves: Tuesday’s bombs

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

LAST Tuesday dropped heavy bombs.

Hubby and I visited one of our favorite priests, Rev. Fr. Bill Skeehan, C.Ss.R, only to find out he had had a stroke, was once comatose, but is now recuperating in his room at the Redemptorist Community.

Cuizon: Singaporean traffic, for one

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE success story about modern Singapore includes efficiency, strength of resolve and honesty of a leader in Lee Kuan Yew. Singaporeans are proud of their nation’s success and they know who to look up to with thanks. Yew’s story reverberates throughout modern Asia, up to and beyond his recent death at the age of 91.

Singapore is one of four successful industrialized economies and independent states in Asia, faring as well as Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. It’s also a clean island country, a story of cleanliness in several aspects.

Tabada: The ways to read

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

A WEBSITE simplifying science for kids clarified why summer always has this effect on me: Earth spinning on a slightly tilted axis = more hours of daylight = more hours to read.

It would be cool, so to say, to be in the North Pole during the summer because the daylight would be endless there, with no nights at all.

Briones: Lost irony

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

TODAY I won’t discuss politics. I won’t rant about traffic. I won’t even hurl invectives at the drug problem. Nope. Not today. Okay maybe just a tiny bit.

But first, let me talk about that big cosmic joke called Fire Prevention Month. I say “joke” since apparently more fires take place on this month when it’s supposed to be prevented. I don’t have any data but that’s how it seems. Or perhaps the irony is just not lost on me.

Lim: Air rage

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:01 p.m.

IN this season of flying, it’s best to temper our passions to avoid incidents of air rage.

A classic cause of air rage is the infamous recline. When you fly cattle class, it is inevitable that you will find yourself in a supremely tight situation, literally and figuratively speaking. Decades back, this was never an issue. I’m not sure why but I have to put it down to people having better manners then.

Ledesma: Institutionalizing corruption

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

THE BS Aquino administration is about to bow out but already the nation can hardly wait for the proper time for it to exit. If only the successor could provide a modicum of integrity, the call for Aquino to step down would have reached a crescendo that could lead to the premature exit of the President even when he is drawing near to his retirement.

Seares: Hounded by Mamasapano, PNoy gripes anew on media ‘negativism’

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino doesn’t apologize, a posture he has assumed in controversies that assign blame to him as chief executive. No apology over the Mamasapano debacle, the pork barrel scandal or the Luneta hostage-taking fiasco.

He also hasn’t given up criticizing media, whenever he wants to, and harping on “negativism” of the press.

Editorial: Cleaning waterways

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

THE Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) first surfaced in the Cebuano public’s consciousness when it opposed the construction of two flyovers in Cebu City a few years back. That effort proved to be successful, although credit should not be given solely to the MLC considering that other sectors and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama also opposed the flyover projects. But the group can be credited for spreading awareness about the need to protect Cebu’s heritage and the environment.

Libre: Miracles happen

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

THE phone rang in the rectory of Sts. Joachim and Joseph in Otahuhu, Auckland, and the parish priest attended to the call. The woman on the other line sounding desperate asked to talk to a priest. The clergy responded that he was a priest and inquired on what the purpose of her call. She responded, “Father, my son has brain tumour and is in pain, and I would like you to pray for his healing.”  He offered to personally pray over the sick, but the mother said that her son was in Sydney.

Wenceslao: ‘Coddling’ Marwan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has submitted the result of its own investigation into the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that killed 44 elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 18 MILF fighters and five civilians. As expected, the contents of the document had some sectors criticizing the MILF’s version of the clash.

Nalzaro: Taking responsibility but no apology

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

ADDRESSING the 2015 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite the other day, President Noynoy Aquino finally took responsibility for the debacle that was Oplan Exodus in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that left 44 members of the Philippine National Police/Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) dead. But the President was still adamant on his stand not to offer public apology as demanded by some of his allies in Congress and critics for reasons only he knows. But Sen.

Barrita: PNoy’s witness

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, whose explanation on the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle always seemed short of what the public wants, has invoked God as his witness.

“With God as my witness, I tell you the truth,” PNoy told the graduating members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Lakandula Class of 2015 in Silang Cavite Thursday.

Valle: Changing mindset

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we freely speak about them. When we openly express our aspirations, we are also exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People who do not share what we think would tend to react differently, even be critical of the position that we have adopted.

However, it’s the same way with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. There is that sense, and even of urgency for them to make us see their point and perhaps an expectation that we would be more amenable to their ideas.

Carvajal: True hero

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

HE had always been acknowledged as the “father of modern Singapore.” As proof of that, the line of those paying their last respects to their hero stretched for two miles. It spoke volumes about how Lee Kuan Yew was admired by his countrymen that it took all of eight humid hours under a hot tropical sun for someone at the end of the line to reach the great statesman’s casket.

How indecent does that make of us who continue to consider giving a hero’s burial to a dictator who was driven out of office by an angry nation, died in exile and was mourned only by family members and cronies?

Editorial: Talisay landing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

THE landing of American forces on the beach of Talisay City on March 26, 1945 was a turning point in the battle to liberate Cebu from the clutches of the Japanese during World War II.

At that time, thousands of Japanese soldiers were in control of portions of Cebu City and the province. They soon either surrendered or were killed by advancing American troops and Cebu guerrillas.

Roperos: Qualifications

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

DURING a recent encounter of national leaders who rose from the bottom of our social mass, a ridiculous reality was uncovered. As it is, under our democracy where the government is "for the people, by the people, of the people," even an unschooled farmer or a taxi driver can become a president of this country.

Wenceslao: Time to move on

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino spoke again about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle during the commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang Cavite yesterday. The Mamasapano clash left 44 members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians dead.