Roperos: Flag-down rate

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

THE traffic condition in urban and suburban areas has become a concern in recent months due also to the said areas’ rise in economic importance. Thus the move of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to scale down by P10 the flag-down rate of taxis has somehow stirred a sort of hornets’ nest among taxi drivers.

In response to the taxi drivers’ petition to have the flag-down rate remain at P40, the LTFRB was fast to deny the same. The P10 reduction in the P40 flag-down rate thus stays.

Wenceslao: Worries over the Pulse Asia survey results

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:19 p.m.

SOMEBODY approached me recently to talk about the result of the recent Pulse Asia survey on the most preferred candidate for president in the coming 2016 elections. The survey was conducted from March 1 to 7, or a month after the Jan. 25, 2015 Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that caused the death of 22 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians.

Seares: Confused (over rule of law) in Makati

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:17 p.m.

RULE of law" is the phrase Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama tosses around when met with the issue of vigilante killings. "You can't just gun down a crime suspect: uphold the rule of law," apparently a dig at his archenemy who was once accused of encouraging liquidation of criminals.

In Makati City, protagonists in the current deadlock over the mayor's seat both shout "rule of law."

Lidasan: Who needs identity?

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:16 p.m.

ON March 14, 2015, I was invited to the kanduri (thanksgiving) activity of the Davao City Iranun community. The kanduri was entitled, “Handog Pasasalamat kay Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for Recognizing the Bangsa Iranun of the City.” It’s theme was, Bangsa Ko Sha’bkn Ko, Itindeg Ko (support and proclaim my “tribe”).

The participants came from different provinces and municipalities of Mindanao. Iranun leaders from the religious, traditional and local government were also present. I was invited to give a historical background of the Iranun nation.

Lee: Psychological incapacity

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

THE news recently claimed that the Supreme Court has "relaxed" the rule on psychological incapacity in annulment cases under Article 36 of the Family Code. First though, why is this a big deal?

Article 36 of the Family Code is probably the closest thing that our country has to a divorce law. Article 36 provides that:

Libre: Bumpy ride

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

No quick fix seen in serviceable roads, says DPWH.

We’re in for a bumpy ride.

Llanes: Lan-ay Festival

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:15 p.m.

"ONE People, One Heritage, One Direction Towards Cultural Integrity", this is the theme for this year’s 10th staging of Mountain Province’s Lang-ay festival in the capital town of Bontoc in April.

And like always, we will again be treated to the colorful tradition and culture of our brothers of Mountain Province.

Murillo: The New Heroes: 44 SAF

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:11 p.m.

THE new heroes chose a career and a vocation where danger confronts their everyday lives. They chose to serve and to protect their country and their government. They are people who decided to live their lives for the nation: that the nation be free from terrorism is just one of the purposes for which they work and breathe. In the Mindanao mission, they were successful but not without giving up their lives. The perils of their vocation are numberless, yet they were aware that their chosen path could make them victims in the field while in pursuit of, or being pursued by, the enemy.

Sungduan: MathSciYa winners

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:05 p.m.

STUDENTS from the public national high school are this year's winners in the First UC MathSciYA: The Search for Mathematics and Science Young Achievers organized by the Department of Math-Nat Sci of the University of the Cordilleras.

Peña: LED lights

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 06:38 p.m.

LOCAL electric provider PELCO II has tightened up on the electric bills of Barangays in Mabalacat City. The move was aimed specifically at streetlights, which I learned do not have electric meters. The cooperative estimates the bill based on the number of streetlights the barangay has and the wattage of the bulbs.

Pangan: Magalang will also rise

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 06:36 p.m.

THIS eastern town of Pampanga, landlocked by Mabalacat and Angeles cities and the towns of Arayat and Gapan in Nueva Ecija, is a first-class municipality but is now aspiring to be a commercial district in a few years time.

Currently, however, it finds it difficult to wean away from its agricultural roots as it was for a long time and its inhabitants are used to its agricultural moorings.

Legaspi: Command responsibility

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:21 a.m.

TODAY is the feast of St. Joseph, foster Father of Jesus and the spouse of the Blessed Mother. His obedience to the will of God gave him the honor and dignity of Saints. His being obedient and acceptance of his responsibility gained him a chair in heaven.

Today, command responsibility is no longer a value for most Filipinos. Most leader or managers often look for escapes or scapegoats once our projects or plans land as failures. This is the reason why in government we have lots of assistants- and undersecretaries. They are actually scapegoats of Cabinet Secretaries. Asec and Usec are common in the organizational structure of Philippine organizations.

Pacete: Preparing for Earth Hour 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:17 a.m.

SILAY City has been invited by the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF) to be a part of its Earth Hour 2015 campaign. (I’m sure other LGUs have been invited also.) The campaign is spearheaded by Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay, the national director of Earth Hour Pilipinas.

Earth Hour is a global campaign to showcase what is being done all over the world to combat climate change. It is a worldwide initiative showing how individuals, communities, businesses and governments can address the threat of global warming if we resolve to work on it together. It challenges all of us to facilitate a low-carbon lifestyle.

CdeO – a city of cemeteries

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:27 a.m.

SOMEBODY whom I do not know personally sent me an email saying: ‘CDO is a city of cemeteries – a case of no good in city planning.’ That person got information about a plan, that an investor wants to develop a world class cemetery known to be “forest lake” in Barangay Macasandig near Arrow Ville Subdivision. According to that person, the people living in that subdivision have already expressed their stand that they don’t want to have dead people as their neighbors. They say: there are already existing cemeteries in the city that are more than enough to accommodate the burial statistics of the city. They mention the cemetery in Lumbia near the old airport, a couple or more cemeteries in Bulua, namely The Good Shepherd, Divine Shepherd, Golden Haven etc. They mention also a Camaman-an cemetery called Bolonsiri.

Editorial: Troubling suicide cases

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:21 p.m.

THE suicide incidents that happened Monday in Daanbantayan town were not only tragic but troubling. These involved 15-year-old cousins who, police investigators said, had been scolded and had difficulty meeting requirements in school prior to their deaths. The two, “Ana” and “Mateo,” were students of the Daanbantayan National High School.

Reports on people committing suicide are not rare but this one is interesting because Ana committed suicide Monday morning while Mateo followed suit during her wake in the evening of the same day (although his body was found only the next day).

Roperos: Tragic tale

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:20 p.m.

WHAT else can we say of two young students who decided to end their lives without saying a by-your leave to friends and parents early this week? The two students committed suicide one after the other after they realized that their teachers left them with no hope in their studies.

Wenceslao: Losing trust in PNoy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:19 p.m.

SO President Noynoy Aquino’s approval and trust ratings have gone down in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident?

Seares: Would an apology help PNoy?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:18 p.m.

"(The president) can benefit now by apologizing, stating the truth, ensuring the welfare of the widows, families and victims, prosecuting those responsible for the offense..." --Sen. Grace Poe, in the Senate committee report on the Mamasapano massacre

APOLOGY is high up in the list Sen. Grace Poe, head of the Senate committee on public order, drew up March 17 for President Aquino to survive the Mamasapano crisis.

Malilong: Aquino admin’s most trying time

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

PRESIDENT Aquino’s approval and trust ratings are down. What friendship can do to a presidency.

The people are not angry that he authorized the Mamasapano operation. On the contrary, Aquino would have been in far greater trouble with his bosses if he had withheld approval of the project to neutralize Marwan even if he had reliable intelligence information (most probably supplied by the Americans) on the exact whereabouts of the international terrorist. That would have been a culpable violation of the Constitution or, at the very least, betrayal of public trust.

Espinoza: Suspended or not, it does not matter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

EVERYONE has the right to go to court to seek redress for any grievance or to correct a wrong. But that the Court of Appeals (CA) granted the petition of Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay for a temporary restraining order (TRO) is no reason for his camp to rejoice.

Legally, Mayor Binay has been suspended because his suspension order was enforced on Monday at 8:24 a.m. when a copy of the order was posted at the door of the Makati City Hall after those who served the order were prevented from getting inside the building.

Cajucom: Bloom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

IT'S almost summer, a most loved season in my life story. For a lot of reasons, summer brings that relaxed, laidback atmosphere in my life, far different from stress experienced the rest of the year. It is quite ironic actually, since the two months of summer are considered most toxic in my workplace since it is the deadline for filing of (most) annual reports and the most preferred season to transact in the office since those coming from out of town will have their chance to enjoy the coolness of the city and get away from the humid weather in the lowlands.

Cendaña: Young People and Suicide

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:34 p.m.

THEY are young and they have left us too soon.

A Behavioral Science freshman died from drinking silver cleaning fluid a day after filing a leave of absence because of her failure to pay her tuition. She was 16 years old.

Editorial: Learn and move on

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is "ultimately responsible" for the heavy casualties in a police operation on January 25 intended to arrest two terror suspects in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, a joint Senate committee draft report said Tuesday.

Ledesma: Duterte's destiny

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

THE survey result is finally out. Pres. BS Aquino trust and popularity rating is on the dump. It is expected. But what should interest watchers of the Presidential derby is Pulse Asia's March 1-7 survey results. It's also out.

Tan: A hardened heart

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:08 p.m.

"OH THAT you would listen to His voice today!" Psalm 95:7 NLT

Cortez: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

THE gospel on the fifth Sunday of Lent is taken from the book of John, Chapter 12, Verses 20-33. Realizing that his time to be glorified has come, Jesus declares, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

Sangil: The Aetas on the Move

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

THE AETAS -- Yesterday's papers, including the Inquirer and Sun.Star carried so many stories about the Aetas commonly called 'Kulots' by many. Stories that are so interesting and moving. Examples were the four Aeta grandmothers who underwent free training in India and are now officially solar engineers.

Sapnu: Sino ba ang may pananagutan sa Masasapano massacre?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 07:56 p.m.

ITO ang pinag-uusapan sa kasalukuyang ng mga kababayan natin kung sino ang talagang may responsibilidad sa nangyaring alleged encounter sa Masasapano, Maguindanao, noong Enero 25.

Maraming tumuligsa sa ating Pangulong Aquino na siya ang dapat may pananagutan sa nangyaring Masasapano massacre na kung saan 44 na Galant Special Action Force (SAF) commandos ang nasawi noon.

Sanchez: Not a bull

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:41 p.m.

ON THE other hand, bullying is such a-bull. Make that bulls_t. Like antivenin as the antidote for venom, like cures like. Or its opposing, anti-bullying measures to counter the disease of school bullying. Councilor Caesar Distrito sponsored the anti-bullying ordinance at the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The ordinance aims to strengthen the implementation of R.A. 10627, a national law mandating all elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies to prevent and address the acts of bullying in their institutions. It obliges the city government to create an anti-bullying task force.

Honeyman: Malice

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:40 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Company Inc. (Ceneco) is a cooperative with many member-consumers. The relationship between consumers and Ceneco is very different from the relationship between customers and a private sector organization, such as a bank.

Ceneco is part of our community. We elect Board Members. We see a cohesive relationship between ourselves and Ceneco. When things go wrong, Ceneco explains what has happened.