Tan: Operation red plate

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

IF THERE'S a way that you can help fight graft and corruption in government without risking your life and identity will you be a part of it? Here's your chance join operation red plate. What is this all about?

Cendaña: Dear Batch 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:25 p.m.

CONGRATULATIONS graduates.

Cajucom: Grad speech

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:24 p.m.

THIS day is special because it is a celebration of your success, of which I want to consider myself an important part. I want to relish it, and to bask in its glory, for I know time will soon come when everything you do will all be just your efforts, your energy, your resources and your hardships. Soon, all I can ever do is look back at the time when you are taking your first steps, learning your first words – when all you had and all that you would ever need, were me and your Papa.

Sangil: The BCDA and Casanova

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:04 p.m.

CASANOVA -- "Ala eh, di ka uurangan ng Batangenyo". (Try to sound as a Batangenyo when you read it a little bit aloud). It is as if I heard my friend Arnel Casanova, president of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) hurling the words to officers of Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJDEVCO). He is in locked horns with the Sobrepena led company, which is managing John Hay in Baguio city. The dispute reached the courts and went into arbitration. The arbitration verdict caused more confusion.

Sapnu: Kampanya ng Pampanga Police laban sa droga patuloy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:03 p.m.

TALAGANG pinandigan ng Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) ang kanilang kampanya laban sa pinagbabawal na gamut.

Nito lamang linggo, tatlong pinaghihinalaang notorious na shabu pushers ang nadakip ng Pampanga Police, City of San Fernando Police at koordinasyon sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) sa kanilang isinagawang buy-bust operaition Miranda compound sa Barangay Quebiawan sa naturang lungsod.

Sánchez: Trash burning

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:43 p.m.

RESIDENTS of Purok Tumpok, Blumentritt, Murcia have all the right to complain against the smoke from the burning open dumpsite in Barangay Felisa, and have requested the Bacolod City government to solve the problem.

Honeyman: The Supreme Court and K-12, 2

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

DEPED knows that public schools do not have the capacity to implement K-12 on academically-oriented students. They have airily said that private school can take on these students for fifth and sixth year high school. Except that private schools have not been adequately consulted. There is the question of money. Who pays?

Lecture highlights anti-doping in sports

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

A LECTURE on anti-doping for coaches, athletes, and sports enthusiasts will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Masskara Hall of Bacolod People’s House.

The lecture is sponsored by Unesco and the Philippine Sports Commission.

St. John’s captures 10-U cage title

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:12 p.m.

ZACHARY Paul Lopez sizzled with  36 points to steer St. John’s Institute (SJI) past Trinity Christian School (TCS), 67-38, in the Nopsscea 10 under Boys championship last Sunday.

SJI achieved a rare eight straight titles in the 10 Under and captured its third title in the Nopsscea basketball  this year. SJI also won the high school and elementary titles.

Luczon: Freshwater as a luxury

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

MORE than 15 to 20 years ago (or even longer than that), we were forewarned by experts about the looming changes in the climate due to the consistent modern lifestyle and use of modern industry that has been affecting the natural state of the earth.

Editorial: The numbers in drunk driving

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

THE law against drunk and drugged driving will be implemented by first week of May, the Land Transportation Office 11 announced. They even showed their breath analyzer, which can measure a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and determine if he has gone beyond the limits.

Gonzales: Marching on..moving on…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:13 p.m.

This month is merry with graduations and recognition ceremonies. Most families celebrate the achievements of their children in grade school, high school or college. It is a celebration of victory over years of hard work and coping with the rigors of studying and learning skills needed to get a good career in the future. “Congratulations”, defined as “the act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another”, is a popular word at this time of the year and FB is flooded with pictures of regular students with medals, diplomas and trophies.

Lidasan: BBL and political economy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:12 p.m.

Who benefits when there is war in Mindanao?

Editorial: Lessons from a scholarship

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

THE question that Cebu City sent the ombudsman’s office is no easy one. Should the City still pay a private university for its scholars’ tuition, after the ombudsman found the transaction marred by a conflict of interest?

While the City owes the Asian College of Technology (ACT) some P135 million, City-supported scholars who have graduated from the ACT will reportedly not get copies of their transcript of records.

Roperos: Public interest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:59 p.m.

DURING the past few weeks, the coming presidential elections next year has gotten national attention. Reports about aspirations of potential candidates have found space in the national media. Prominent among these was the one about Vice President Jejomar Binay.

We recall that questions about the VP's politics tended to bring down his name. As a result, the people who had earlier considered him as the most acceptable presidential candidate for next year's elections somehow changed their minds.

Wenceslao: Burying the dead

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

WE buried Neneng (Edwina), wife of my older brother Wenie, at the Carreta Cemetery Monday. Neneng died of cancer of the breast, an illness she hid from the rest of her family for months. When she finally got treated, she didn’t survive the chemotherapy sessions she went through.

“Karon hinuon nga naluag-luag na mi, wa na hinuon si Neneng,” my brother told me during her wake.

Barrita: No apologies

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:56 p.m.

IT seems those who have been clamoring for President Noynoy Aquino to apologize over the death of 44 elite police commandos in Mamasapano wouldn't get any apology from PNoy.

PNoy has taken responsibility for the Mamasapano debacle, but it does not necessarily mean he will apologize for it, Malacañang said. Sorry folks, no apologies.

Nalzaro: PAL management’s arrogance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

IT has been more than a month since an incident happened inside a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Bangkok to Manila. This involved a 10-year-old scion of a shopping mall magnate. Top officials of the country’s flag carrier have still to apologize.

Bunye: Revisiting Andres Bonifacio

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:54 p.m.

LAST week, I had the opportunity to attend a round table discussion on “Andres Bonifacio ; Ang Unang Pangulo” held at De La Salle University (DLSU). Among those who attended were Dr. Rene Escalante, head of DLSU history department, Dr. Fernie Santiago, historian Ramon Villegas, and students, mostly members of the DLSU Sociedad de Historia.

Carvajal: Losing perspective

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:53 p.m.

A MASSACRE means unusually violent deaths of helpless civilians or of outnumbered soldiers. In that sense, the 58 unarmed civilians were massacred in Maguindanao. So were the 60 Filipino defenders of Tirad Pass by 300 better armed Americans.

Mercado: Yeng at the Lion's Den

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

THE unofficial campaign period has started. If a photo is worth a thousand words, the reader can decipher meanings from two news photos recently.

There is a picture of Senator Lito Lapid in business shirt and tie with former congressman Carmelo Lazatin and his son, City Councilor Pogi and former councilor Ares Yabut.

Domondon: Council Requests Mayor to Investigate alleged participation of some City Hall Employees in the Purported theft and Tampering of Official Ballots

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

THE City Council Monday adopted a resolution requesting the Honorable City Mayor Mauricio Domogan to take the lead in investigating the alleged involvement of some city government personnel in an election fraud case filed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) against several personalities in the city.

Sy: Food for the mind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

ONE of the saddest things in the world is to see someone you love lose awareness and come to a point of not even knowing who you are. When faced with such a situation, sometimes one feels the situation would even be better if the loved passed away and be free from the prison of not knowing what is going on in the world, and not even knowing who his relatives and children are. That is the bad news.

BUT FOR THE GOOD NEWS Research has proven recently that diet plays a most important role deterring the onset of the dreaded Alzhiemers.

To merge or not to merge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:52 p.m.

SOME political analysts believe that the merging of two local political parties will be favorable for the ward heelers. I call it realpolitik because polities should come to agree who will be the common postulants for elections.

In business and economics especially common in the 1980s, merger is the union of two or more independent corporations under a single ownership. Merger in politics (same with business) may bring the needed infusion of capital and efficiency. Merger is easier said than done.

Legaspi: The last graduation?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:52 p.m.

A news item entitled, “SC defers decision on K-12,” stated that the Supreme Court has deferred its decision on the constitutionality and legality of RA 10355 or the Enhanced Basic Education Law, popularly known as K-12. This is the law to revise the educational system of the country.

It seems that the issue was put to rest in the past months for it was smoke screened by lots of issues – from the imprisonment of the Magic Three to the erratic oil price circus. It was also smoke screened by the papal visit and other worthy events that had really diverted the attention of the people. Today, the once smoke screened issue is being used as a screen to cover-up the Mamasapano incident reports.

Editorial: SK in limbo

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:45 p.m.

ROMAN Catholics define “limbo” as a region at the border between heaven and hell where dead unbaptized infants and the “righteous” that died before the coming of Christ are supposed to go. But that was before Pope Benedict XVI, in 2007, buried the concept of “limbo,” which had its origins in the medieval period.

Limbo, however, has acquired a literary or secular meaning, which is a “place or state of oblivion.” Which seems to be where the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)—remember the group?--is now.

Roperos: Caring for the elderly

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:44 p.m.

UNTIL a few years ago, senior citizens have not received as much attention from our government and society as much as they do now. The government is now enforcing the provisions of the senior citizens law more strictly. Before, drugstores, restaurants, department stores and even hotels did not extend to them the senior citizens discounts.

In the hospital where I checked in for consultation on a renal problem, the doctor who did an ultrasound examination on me remarked that our senior citizen are not really getting the attention they deserved.

Cabaero: Resign country

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:43 p.m.

IF THERE is one tag that should not apply to the Philippines, it is that of being the capital of resigning leaders or having presidents who have been told to resign.

Seares: CJ Sereno and lawyer bashing

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:43 p.m.

SUPREME Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno didn't crack a joke about lawyers.

Speaking before lawyers gathered in Cebu City for IBP's national convention last March 20-22, Sereno instead expressed a hope: she looks "forward to a future when lawyers can hold their heads up high and no longer become the subject of sorry jokes about malpractice."

Malilong: What I learned from the IBP convention

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

I LEARNED a few things during the 15th national convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) at the Waterfront Hotel last week. Among them: that Vice President Jejomar Binay is not above using the IBP to further his presidential ambition and that Reps. Sherwin Gatchalian, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and probably, Neri Colmenares, will be running for senator in 2016.