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.

Alamon: The donor's disease

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

THERE are a lot of well-meaning individuals, usually coming from the middle class and the elite, who go out of their way to try and uplift the lives of the poor and marginalized. Let us not question their motives and goodness of heart for they are still an exception to the apathy that mires the general public. But let me call their attention to their selectiveness in choosing who and how to help.

Marquez: The Fast and The Studious Carlos Iñigo Anton

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

100kph is the speed limit for NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX. You go beyond it and you’re dead meat once radared by the expressway officials. For any seasoned race car driver pass the licensing age of 18, a 200kph speed in a race track is nothing exceptional but the story differs when one steers through and floor the gas pedal at this speed at age 10 where most kids are still rapt in playing die-cast matchbox or remote- controlled cars.

Domoguen: Addressing the gaps in food safety and GAP implementation in the Cordillera (Last a 2 part series article)

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

I FIND the implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Agri Pinoy Trading Program (APTP) to be both a challenge and incentive for the local vegetable industry to convert to good agricultural practices (GAP).

Tibaldo: Advocating for Forest Protection and Green Energy

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

SAVE Mother Earth! This has been the battle cry of many protesters since man started to cut trees for timber, raze mountains for minerals and drill lands for oil as necessary requisite in what we consider as industrial growth and community development. Telltale sign from ancient civilization reveals stories of how time changed throughout the ages. The extinction of flora and fauna species has long been noted and written about and scientists developed new breeds and genetically modified organisms.

Editorial: River reminders

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:33 p.m.

LET'S call to mind the issues in 2012. One of them: water pollution in the city's major rivers.

Hidalgo: A breath of refreshing and inspiring air

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:33 p.m.

AFTER the harrowing events of the political turmoils and the Fallen44, we needed a respite from the bickerings, yes endless quarrels and wrangles from the politicians, the citizens, and netizens. The welcome relief happened when I was invited by my family to watch the Summer Culminating Ballet Recital of the students of my daughter-in-law, Cecile Dioquino Hidalgo in her Isayaw Dance Center located at McPod Bldg. in Matina near the Ateneo Grade School. The recital was held at the Activity Center of NCCC Mall on March 30, starting at 5 p.m.

Limlingan: Bright investments

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:37 p.m.

RECENTLY, the Novosol Power Company, a power generation company based in Canada, Africa and the United States has partnered with Dona Isabel Power Corporation for a venture that will establish a $80-million solar power plant in Barangay San Juan, Apalit, Pampanga.

Jaime "Boy" Tetangco, head the latter company, said that the ambitious power generation project through solar energy, will help communities from six towns currently served by the Pampanga III Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco 3).

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.

Sanchez: From grass to grass

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:59 p.m.

WHO would have thought raising grass is challenging? I mean, they seem to be growing all over the place without human intervention. Why bother?

The Supreme Court and K-12, 3

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

LAST Tuesday the Supreme Court (SC) instructed education and labor officials to respond, within 10 days, to a petition seeking to stop the K-12 education program.

Luczon: Lawyers and society

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:05 a.m.

DURING the visit and open dialogue of Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal at the Archbishop’s Palace in Cagayan de Oro last week, he recounted how he had “problems” with lawyers when it comes to interpreting the provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

History speaks

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Bangsamoro plight is our nation’s plight. In fact, the Bangsamoro history is undeniably our country’s history.

Pope Francis and Teresa of Avila: They way of togetherness (Part 2)

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:00 a.m.

WE cannot follow this path alone, but only together. For the saintly reformer the way of prayer goes along the way of fraternity in the womb of our Mother the Church.

Editorial: Divine intercessions for peace

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:44 a.m.

LAST Saturday at noon, tribal folks in different villages in South Central Mindanao conducted rituals for peace or “pengapor” (ritual in the Erumanun Manuvu dialect). The tribal people -- Teduray, Lambangian, Uvo Manuvu, and Erumenun Manuvu in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat are as much a part of the so-called Bangsamoro as the Moro people are.

Valle: Pre-setting our wants

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:39 a.m.

Motivation is part and parcel of our individual growth it would seem, because without it, as it is said, the need to carry on life from birth to adulthood would be a struggle. Thus, even when we were still in the womb, our human nature need to coax us to grow and be whole to survive each and every step along the way.

Davao del Norte’s Palarong Pambansa hosting to establish benchmark

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:38 a.m.

Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, CESO IV, Regional Director, DepED Region 11 to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education). "Let me assure you that in the performance of my official duties and even my private acts will be guided and guarded by my Oath of Office, The Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno, the Philippine Constitution and all the laws that govern our actions.”

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.

Mercado: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

THE Bangsamoro problem, whatever its outcome, will be a national security issue in the coming years.

Consolidation of Muslim areas under this proposed sub-state will ultimately lead to a secessionist movement. Inevitably It is prophesied that Bangsmoro at a future time will declare its independence and decide to join Malaysia.