Echaves: The tide

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

TWO colleges have cut controversial figures in the community here --- Mandaue City College and Talisay City College.

Both have gotten the scrutinizing eye of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

Tell it to Sun.Star: Have a good plan

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

SINCE our school is one of those identified to be offering the Senior High School Program (SHSP) come 2016, parents asked me where the new building to accommodate the new set of enrollees was. With full enthusiasm and belief, I responded: “I think the government is working on it. Maybe sooner we can have one.”

Alamon: Graduations and time

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:16 p.m.

IT IS the time once again of ends and new beginnings as another batch of students move on to higher studies. In this country of ours still obsessed with the diploma, Filipinos mark this period as a special time to account for their families' success after the long years of loans and sacrifices just to see a member through schooling.

Editorial: Keep on, don't be distracted

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

YESTERDAY'S headline in a national daily quoted President Benigno C. Aquino III once again saying someone else failed him.

Hidalgo: Yes to peace; No to terrorism

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

AFTER the unfortunate event concerning the Fallen 44 in Mamasapano, the merits of the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) became the crux of the matter in our search for lasting peace in Mindanao. Pros and cons commentaries were heard and read in TV, internet, both houses in the senate and congress, in forums and campuses. Even common people in the streets, barbershops, markets, malls get to talk about the issue.

Oledan: Beyond circus

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:16 p.m.


Two words that could have made a difference.

Domoguen: Addressing the gaps in food safety and GAP implementation in the Cordillera (Part 1 of a 2 series article)

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:32 p.m.

I SAY it is the evolving story of our time, our region and the country too.

When I say, our story, I refer to food safety, its processes from production to marketing and the policies that ensure the production, promotion and consumption of healthy food that sustains our wellbeing. After all, “we are what we eat.”

Tibaldo: Knowing and Understanding Igorot Culture (last of 2 parts)

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:28 p.m.

WHEN Carlos P. Romulo said that “the Igorot is not Filipino” back in the days when the late Atty.

Pangan: Symbiosis

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:24 p.m.

IN ANY civilized community, especially in subdivisions or enclaves, there exists a symbiotic relationship between homeowners, the public and law-enforcing agencies.

In Xevera subdivision, Tabun, Mabalacat City, it has its organized homeowners association, with an elected set of officers and a board of directors, being the policy-making body.

Limlingan: An offer hard to refuse

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:24 p.m.

WHAT is a better way to get rid of a rival than giving him the offer that he cannot simply refuse?

It may sound like a joke, but for Vice President Jejomar Binay, he is damn serious in offering Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas to be his running mate.

Sánchez: Sunny-side up

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:30 p.m.

RAIN or shine, I eat my fried egg(s) sunny-side up for breakfast to start the day. Breakfast eggs have been part of my life like the sun since I was born.

Now I will have a sunnier disposition apart from my daily ration of fried eggs and the sun.

Honeyman: The Supreme Court and K-12

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) en banc is due to deliberate on a petition against the K-12 program tomorrow. I hope the petition addresses properly those aspects which should be drawn to the attention of the SC.

Education is specifically mentioned in the Constitution. The SC should expunge any part of the proposed K-12 program which it deems to be unconstitutional.

Luczon: Binay as next president? Eh, di wow!

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

TO BE fair, as what the Constitution guaranteed its citizens, everyone has the right to lead the country as long as he or she meets the basic qualifications. Therefore, Vice President Jejomar Binay has a right to run for president as he so pleases.

Editorial: Water and sustainable development

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

THE World Water Day came and went, barely noticed in this part of the earth, and that is unsettling.

Valle: Changing Mindset

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:57 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.

Mendoza: Teacher scholarship like no other

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:55 p.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: Women with twin burdens

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

TODAY reminds us of women who are twice discriminated: first, as women; and second, as persons with disabilities.

During the 11th year of observing Women with Disabilities Day (WWD), the country must reflect how individuals and institutions concretize this year’s theme: “Juanang Maykapansanan, Kapasyahan Mo ay Mahalaga sa Bayan”.

Wenceslao: Prosperity and democracy: a theory

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:47 p.m.

I USED to read some Marxist literature when I was in college and when more important concerns outside the four walls of the university obsessed me. I grew up in a community of informal settlers and it was not surprising that I was asking economic questions early, like why are there many people who are poor and only few who are rich? That led me to class struggle-and it enamored me for years.

Nalzaro: JVR’s woes

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:46 p.m.

TALISAY City Hall compound and its satellite offices have left no guards to secure the facilities since last week because the “agreement” between the City Government and Black Pearl Security Agency has been ordered terminated by the Commision on Audit (COA) after the agency found some discrepancies in the transaction. As we all know, there was no valid contract between the City Government and the agency as there was no official bidding conducted and a memorandum of agreement signed between the two parties.

Seares: PNoy doing an Arroyo? ‘No way’

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:45 p.m.

“WHAT’S so difficult about (making an apology)? (Former president Gloria Arroyo) said ‘I’m sorry’ and so that removed a lot of pressure on (her).” -- Fidel V. Ramos

Fidel Ramos, the former president, apparently cited the wrong example for President Noynoy Aquino who’s known to hate single-mindedly anything and everything about detained ex-president Gloria Arroyo.

Mongaya: Premature campaign continues

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

NO MATTER matter how Vice President Jojo Binay insists that he is just doing his job, what he has really been doing is crystal. He has been campaigning prematurely during his frequent Cebu visits. And I could not hide my amusement at people who keeps on parroting the lie.

Echaves: Spiced reads

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

HE WAS having depression. So wrote a single line in a news story about the findings of the Board of Inquiry (BOI).

Then last Friday, the rumor mills were on overdrive. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte had to counter these through a radio station.

Sapnu: P30 milyon sana gamitin sa tama ng PPPO

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:32 p.m.

NITONG nakaraang linggo, inaprubahan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) ang halagang P30 milyon para gamitin ito ng Pampanga Police sa kanilang pagsugpo sa iba’t ibang krimen sa lalawigan.

Sa ginanap na pagpupulong ng Provincial Peace and Order Council na kung saan chairwoman si Gobernor Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda kanyang ipinahayag na inaprubahan ng SP ng P30 milyon para labanan or sugpuin ang krimen sa Pampanga.

Sangil: Risks and Rewards

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:30 p.m.

CHANGES - There are risks and rewards in any endeavor. The risk is to invite the displeasure and anger of certain people. The reward is a legacy. It is clearly noticeable these past years of the aesthetic makeover in Angeles City.

There is also clearly the change in it its skyline, particularly in the Balibago district and in the Don Juico aka perimeter road of Barangay Malabanias. Tall buildings, mostly hotels were built, and more still under construction.

Mercado: Act of Contrition

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 08:27 p.m.

FORMER President Ramos has joined the growing chorus demanding that President Noy say “I'm sorry” for his complicity in the botched Mamasapano fiasco.

FVR does not have the moral suasion to move a stolid PNoy to make an apology for the loss of 44 SAF troopers. Mr. Ramos himself would not apologize for his involvement in corruption scandals at the Clark Centennial Expo project, the massive funding for the Smokey Mountain rehabilitation, and the anomalies in the power plant purchases.

Bunye: Revisiting Andres Bonifacio 4

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 02:27 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. 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.

Cuizon: Watching over birth rates

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

DON'T Filipinos have enough of children in this growing population?

Tabada: What matters

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

ONE of the most resolute persons I know was just in her teens when the world she knew bottomed out.

She caught her stepfather sniffing the underwear she had discarded. This was no stranger; he was the only father she grew up knowing. Her biological father did not hang around after impregnating her mother.

Cabaero: Hierarchy inside airplanes

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

THERE is a hierarchy of airplane passengers depending on accommodation class.

Lim: To apologize or not

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

WHY is it so difficult for the President to apologize to the Filipino people? Is it pride? Is it misguided values? Or is it simply ill advice? They say it’s about escaping legal liability. Is this why the President’s allies are beating to pulp the issue of the President not being part of the chain of command?