Pangilinan: Mindanao madness

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

MINDANAO as a whole has always been the subject of much media hype in a derogatory perspective, whether it is on kidnappings, massacres or rebellions. Just think of the shivers that come out when we start recalling Maguindanao massacre, Mamasapano massacre and the likes.

Sánchez: Wild fish losses

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:16 p.m.

REGIONAL Development Council-6 Chair and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. last week has waxed nostalgic by stressing that “our marine resources were once the richest in the world. If you combine our agriculture, forestry, and mineral resources they cannot surpass the potential of our marine resources.”

In 2015, however, he took a different take. “But sad to say we are destroying it in the form of dynamite fishing and other illegal activities,” Marañón bewailed.

Editorial: Countdown begins 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

WITH a security plan in place, the countdown begins for Davao del Norte's hosting of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa from May 3 to 9.

Uyboco: The man who moved a mountain

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:13 a.m.

I JUST finished reading the incredible story of Dashrath Manjhi, also known as the “Mountain Man,” who devoted 22 years of his life to a singular task -- carving a 100-meter path through the Gehlour Hills in Bihar, India, using nothing but hand tools. It was not an act of madness nor a desperate attempt at seeking fame or of breaking some world record. Rather, it was an act born of tragedy, fueled by love and a genuine desire to help his community.

Millan: Wild card

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:12 a.m.

IN the last survey that was conducted covering potential or probable presidential candidates for the 2016 elections, almost 10 names were included in the list for the respondents to choose their preferences from.

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.

Seares: Twisting the truth: do MILFs suck more?

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

WHAT critics see as President Aquino's failure in the Mamasapano tragedy: He didn't own up responsibility.

Well, PNoy did say he'd carry the burden "to the end of his days" but he also dumped all blame on resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force head Getulio Napeñas.

Malilong: Legislators should act maturely on BBL

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

DO we really have to do this, continue to assign fault for the bloody encounter that claimed the lives of 44 specially trained policemen, 18 Muslim rebels and five civilians in Mamasapano?

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) says that if the police had only coordinated with them when the Special Action Force (SAF) raided Malaysian terrorist Marwan’s hideout, the deadly confrontation could not have occurred.

Briones: Indeed a quandary

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

FROM what I’ve gathered, the Cebu City Government really wants to pay the P135 million it owes the Asian College of Technology (ACT). Otherwise, why bother asking the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for advice on the matter? Right?

The anti-graft office, though, doesn’t want to get caught up in this imbroglio.

Libre: Mining ban

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

Cebu City told: Slash budget by P2 billion.

The proposed appropriation is not appropriate?

Cacdac: Running

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

WE ARE always on the run.

To school, to work, to our favorite watering hole, to our favorite destination, to somewhere new.

Murillo: The ‘Roads’ Less Traveled

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

NO WE'RE not making a review of Dr. Scott Peck’s beautiful book but we are indeed reviewing our roads that are less traveled today in Baguio. On March 23 in the afternoon, traffic was simply bad along General Luna Rd., Mabini St, and Assumption Rd. together with all the connecting passage ways if there were still any left. Many swore the traffic jam lasted two or more hours. Some say 4 to 5 and movement was impossible so that many drivers were kept in their vehicles for hours and could not move out! What a big jam for such a small city.

Sungduan: Growth factors

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

EVEN without surgery, one can now experience a dramatic improvement and even cure on health concerns such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, and cardiovascular diseases. This is through the stem cell technology and telomere science.

Dr. Marc Lavaro Jr., an expert on general & ocular oncology, general & ocular pharmacology, pediatric ophthalmic medicine, and Science of Epigenetics said these new technology are considered as breakthrough which repairs and rejuvenates the cells.

Alamon: The Iligan Declaration

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:54 p.m.

WITH funding assistance from DSWD, MSU-IIT and locally-sourced donations, the Department of Extension of MSU-IIT staged the 2015 National Summit for the Bajau successfully last March 24-25, 2015 at the MSU-IIT campus in Iligan City.

Pangan: Graduation rites

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:44 p.m.

AT THIS TIME of the year, graduation rites or commencement exercises are observed in varying degrees of excitement and intensity.

No less than Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro who ordered school heads to refrain from holding extravagant graduation ceremonies and post-graduation parties. Suffice it would be that the graduates receive their degrees and special orders to formalize their formal completion of their academic requirements.

Peña: Energy conservation

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

ROTATING brownouts may happen this summer due to the shortage in power supply. As we all know, hydroelectric power plants generate less due to the drop in water level of dams and reservoirs. Then there’s the preventive maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya Natural gas power plant which supplies a big bulk of our electricity requirement.

Pacete: Lenten reflection: Oh, my God!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

WHEN I was in high school, I was a knight of the altar. The late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Isidro U. Dormido was always telling us to behave properly while inside the church because God (Jesus Christ) is in the tabernacle. “You are in the presence of God.” Until now, I still remember the words of our school director.

Our Religion 1 teaches us that God is Almighty. God is a spirit (not male or female), yet we call Him God the Father. Jesus is the son of God who is equal with the Father. There is also the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We were told that there is only one God but that God has three divine persons. They are the Holy Trinity.

Legaspi: Thank you’s

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:33 p.m.

MY DAUGHTER, Carmen Jesusa “CJ” graduated from high school, the “last batch.” She was overwhelming with thanksgiving in her heart. She requested me to let her write in my column to say thank you to the people who have helped her. She is a recipient of the scholarship from the Recollect Fathers for their employees.

Vugt: Pope Francis and Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

ON THE 5th centennial celebration of Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the bishop of Avila, Msgr. Burillo, about the significance of the life of Teresa of Avila.

Jonayon-Arjona: A humbling experience

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

"WE ARE assigning the brightest and the smartest in the field," exclaimed Pharaoh. "You need to affirm and sign to seal the commitment or otherwise nothing moves accordingly," he acclaimed. "Time is on your side to discuss things over considering that you are all mature and professional to take all the responsibilities of taking such a position, a school head, the principal. Discuss and agree with each other, and whatever that is, I do humbly respect," cried Pharaoh.

Editorial: Most vulnerable

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

EVERYONE is vulnerable to a prolonged dry spell. But if levels of vulnerability are to be measured, farmers would be the sector with a higher level of vulnerability. This point is true in the mountain areas of Cebu City and Cebu Province, places where water sources have been made fragile by the general lack of forest cover.

Roperos: Containing poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

WHAT this nation may have been hoping to come for a long time now has finally arrived. Reports say that our government is determined "to fight poverty" and to push for good national governance. No less than the source of national power, the Aquino administration, revealed the plan.

How to achieve this is what people in the towns and provinces would have to keep tab on. President Noynoy Aquino, in an effort to recoup a declining popularity, is undertaking measures to stabilize prices of commodities. The objective is to enliven the capacity of the people to strive for an inspiring life.

Malilong: Writing like a lawyer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

LET me clarify a point I raised in my column last Tuesday on the recently concluded Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national convention. From our experience, it is not the local organizing committee but its national counterpart that chooses the speakers and their topics.

I’m saying this in fairness to the host Cebu Province chapter, whose members and officers, especially incoming president Sally Malig-on, busted their butts to make sure everyone felt comfortable and welcome.

Espinoza: Was it a sick joke?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

BELIEVE it or not, Vice President Jejomar Binay told his audience in Zamboanga City that he wishes that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas would be his running mate for vice president in next year’s elections. He said he was not joking since it is his desire to unite political leaders.

Only VP Binay knows why he said it in Zamboanga City and not in Cebu City where he was one of the guest speakers during the 15th National Convention of Lawyers on Friday in one of the hotels here. Perhaps, he was uncomfortable saying it before his fellow lawyers.

Seares: Mike Rama on evil spirits, PNoy on his hair (again)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:25 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama, bothered by serial accidents at the south coastal highway along South Road Properties, told news reporters that Msgr. Fred Kriekenbeek could drive away bad spirits that might be causing the vehicular crashes and collisions.

President Aquino, rumored to have collapsed and hit his head on the floor last March 20, said he was happy he doesn't have the hair to hide any bump.

Niñal: Save Ewit for last

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

MY wife and I arrived at the gas station near Carbon Market at 10 a.m. last Saturday. Some of our companions had already taken their seats in the mini-bus that would take us to Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete.

From Mantalongon, we would hike and climb for an hour to Osmeña Peak, Cebu’s highest point. We would camp out for the night at 1,036 meters above sea level. We would wake up early in the morning to start the seven-hour trek down to Kawasan Falls in Badian, on the other side of the island.

Editorial: High hopes on Asia... if only...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) once again sees high growth prospects for Asia in 2015 and 2016 "supported by soft commodity prices and recovery in the major industrial economies."

Ledesma: Binay a Lee Kuan Yew?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

BEFORE anything else, I personally want to share the grief of the Singaporeans over the demise of their revered leader - Lee Kuan Yew - the father of a great nation known worldwide for its enviable success in the field of commerce, industry and in instilling the virtue of honesty and efficiency in the government bureaucracy.