Editorial: Vulnerable ships

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

A ROLL-ON, roll-off ferry, mv Maharlika Dos, sank Saturday night in the waters between Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte. A ferry also sank in the Manila Bay last Sunday. The sinking was caused by big waves and strong winds spawned by a weather disturbance, Luis.

Roperos: True center

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

OVER the weekend in another part of the world, Pope Francis visited a place in Italy called Redipuglia and there “urged the world to shed its apathy” in the face of what he sees as a “third world war,” giving the phrase “war is madness” graver emphasis at the foot of a fascist-era monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

Cabaero: Binay’s cancelled address

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay did what was right when he cancelled his scheduled live address to the nation yesterday.

He was supposed to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center to respond to claims that he overpriced or took kickbacks from projects in Makati City. It would have been his first big audience to answer critics.

Malilong: Womanizing government officials

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

ERAP Estrada does not attempt to hide that he is a womanizer. In fact, he flaunts it. That did not prevent him from getting elected as mayor of San Juan, Rizal, senator, vice president and president of the Republic and mayor of Manila, a position that he currently holds. Neither did it seriously affect the candidacies of his girlfriend and their son, who won as San Juan mayor and as senator, respectively.

In the 2004 elections, then candidate Noli de Castro was accused of abandoning his Bohalana wife in favor of another woman. The voters ignored the accusation and overwhelmingly elected de Castro.

Seares: Duterte, PNoy: will they, won’t they?

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

AT A media-citizens forum in Davao City last Friday, during a session lull I talked with some Davaoeños and asked about Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's much-speculated run for the presidency in 2016.

Unlike President Aquino, who publicly swings from denial that he will run to the hint that he might, Mayor Duterte has repeatedly said he won't. The mayor's latest thumb-down was on Sen. Miriam Santiago's remark that he, with two other prospects, could be her veep.

Tell it to Sunstar: Remember our heroes

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

LAST month, we honored the Filipino heroes and remembered their deeds, sacrificing themselves for the greater good. The nation remembered Ninoy Aquino last Aug. 21 and our national heroes last Aug. 25, knowing that what they did helped shape our country into what it is today.

Editorial: Putting out smoke

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

WHAT will curb smoking in this country?

Wenceslao: Vulnerability of law enforcers

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

THE death of a blue guard who tried to fight armed men that robbed the establishment he was working with in Tabunok, Talisay City means that, after a lull, the peace and order pendulum has swung back to that phase when thievery is on the rise. This is almost like a cycle of relative calm and then turbulence. Veteran law enforcers know that.

Nalzaro: Anti-dengue campaign

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

BALAMBAN--I was here in this progressive town yesterday for the anti-dengue campaign spearheaded by various rotary clubs in Metro Cebu and the All Terrain Medical Relief/Rescue Organization (Amro) headed by neurologist Dr. Wyben Briones. Rotary and Amro have always been partners of GMA 7 Ka Puso Foundation in its relief campaign operations in areas hit by calamities like the earthquake in Bohol and super typhoon Yolanda.

Seares: Killingb love at Capitol

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

“... Everyone pries under your sheets/everyone interferes with your loving.” --”Poor Fellows,” Pablo Neruda

HAD Loy Anthony Madrigal and his alleged lover, his secretary at the Capitol security unit’s office, kept secret their affection for each other, their love affair wouldn’t have exploded into public consciousness.

Mongaya: No to Cha-Cha

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

WAS President Aquino serious when he took up the suggestion of Secretary Mar Roxas to seek a second term?

There are quarters who say P-Noy is merely joking about it. The whole second term episode could be a ploy to prevent both pro-administration and opposition leaders from considering him a lame duck as 2016 approaches.

Echaves: Sabotage by name

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

AFTER over 15 years in a business partnership, I decided to go solo. But if anyone thinks that putting up a single proprietorship is easy, perish the thought, especially if you consider Mandaue City.

First, there’s the business permit application. Since I wanted to avoid the queuing from one office to another, I hired a facilitator who, referring parties said, was experienced and fast.

Cuizon: Fast living

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

Do we still have slow rural places in our life where only few hurry up? In the past, not even farmers, who wake up at dawn, would rush to the fields. There was time for patience to rear in the community lifestyle. The farming neighbor would walk to the fields starting at daybreak or ride on a carabao that waddled on its way. A relative talks about his uncle during the ‘40s who’d go a-courting in the next town and walked his way back home at dawn. The light of day didn’t scuttle but very slowly built on until noon.

Mercado: Reality check?

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

Next door Hong Kong is, for some Cebuanos, a shopping excuse two hours flight away.

But China’s curbs on voting reforms set back the cause of free democratic elections. Effects will ripple out beyond shopping malls. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee decision deepened confrontation over Hong Kong’s political future – and of China, New York Times notes.

Cabaero: Two kinds of typhoon survivors

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

Survivors of super storm Sandy that hit eastern United States in 2012 have a unique problem. How to repay their government for the excess money they got as disaster aid.

This is a problem Filipinos have never seen or heard of despite the string of natural disasters that had left thousands of people needing assistance. Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that hit the central islands of the Philippines last year had to suffer delays in the delivery of aid.

Malilong: Lopsided treatment

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

Government agents seized 455 kilograms of shabu worth at least P4 billion in separate raids in Pampanga last Friday. Four Chinese nationals were arrested.

In China, the fate of those arrested for drugs-related cases is already sealed at the time of their arrest. How many Filipinos have been executed by the Chinese for carrying drugs into their country?

Lim: Turning 50

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

I just turned 50. To a 20-year-old, my public declaration may be mortifying. After all, it’s practically social suicide to declare your age when it’s nowhere near 25.

But you know something? I’m proud to be 50. Not many people these days live to be 50. People are dropping like flies. It’s a different world. It’s no longer first-in, first-out. An untimely demise is no longer an uncommon occurrence—at any age. Turning a year older is a real luxury these days.

Tabada: Mirror, mirror

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

AT a certain point, do all daughters come to resemble their mothers?

Across the dining table, my 75-year-old mother watched me fold a plastic bag left by the boys. I did not know she was watching me until she said: I am like you, unable to resist keeping a plastic bag others would have discarded.

Tell it to Sun.Star: Efficient city hall

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

(This is an open letter to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza)

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for your giving a kind reconsideration to my appeal on the Office of the Building Official’s (OBO) decision denying the issuance of building permit for my building.

Carvajal: Floodwater

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

WATER exists to sustain life. It is only because of man’s misuse or abuse that there is water that kills.

There is, for instance, polluted and contaminated water that is killing people through diseases like cholera or through toxic chemicals like mercury. How many more deaths before LGUs man up to the responsibility of providing people with clean and safe drinking water?

Editorial: A moral question

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

THE case of Capitol chief security officer Loy Anthony Madrigal is an interesting one.

Medellin Mayor Ricky Ramirez, who has been critical of the official, posted on his Facebook account pictures showing him being cozy with a woman, who turned out to be his secretary, at the boarding area of Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Libre: Death of a father

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

GRANDPA Pigeon, who had become frail, had gone out for the day. His usual routine was to fly by the local church and say a prayer; take a short flight to the lake, pick some items to feed the little ones and return home. It was a beautiful routine.

Grandma Pigeon became worried, as Grandpa Pigeon had not returned when the sun was about to set. A search party led by Elderson Pigeon was formed.

Wenceslao: Duffel bags for Binay

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

I WROTE this a few days ago: a political dynasty is expensive, and more so if it rules over a national constituency.

Former Makati City vice mayor Ernesto Mercado talked the other day about his delivering, either to the residence or to the office of former city mayor Jejomar Binay, duffel bags filled with P1.5 million to P10 million in cash from contractors.

Barrita: Not Mar Roxas yet

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, in an Inquirer interview, said he would not yet anoint presumed LP standard-bearer DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

PNoy said he would leave the decision to a broad coalition that would support the continuation of his reform agenda.

Seares: Obama playing golf, PNoy smiling at hostage scene

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

U.S. President Barack Obama last Sept. 7 admitted it did not look good when front-page photos of the president smiling and relaxing in a golf buggy at a course just minutes after commenting on the beheading of an American journalist.

President Noynoy Aquino, visiting the Luneta where hostage-taking of a busful of Hong Kong tourists last Aug. 26, 2010 killed 8 HK citizens, was photographed smiling.

Editorial: Reorganization in city council

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

AFTER its success in loosening up the Cebu City Council on the issue of selling South Road Properties (SRP) lots, Team Rama has admitted that it is trying to move to the next phase, which is to reorganize the chairmanships of the legislative body’s “meaty” committees, like the powerful budget and finance committee held by Councilor Margarita Osmeña.

Roperos: Hero just the same

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

WHEN at 25 years old Sergio Osmeña became the youngest governor of Cebu in 1904, it jumpstarted his political career. Four years later, at 29, he ran as assembly man and won, thus becoming its first speaker. He later became senator and when the Philippine Commonwealth was initiated by the United States of America (USA) in 1935, he was elected vice president to President Manuel L. Quezon.

Wenceslao: The old Miriam as farce

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago, to her admirers, is one of the better presidents this country never had. Her star shone bright when she was viewed as a no-nonsense government functionary under then president Corazon Aquino in the late ‘80s. She had the intellect and the swagger to tangle verbally with the corrupt, hurling insults where filing cases against them were ineffective.

Malilong: Can Team Rama oust Margot?

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

IT IS no longer a secret and it is not surprising. City Hall wants to have control of the city council. But will they succeed?

They tried last Wednesday but failed. They will try again. Mayor Mike Rama wants a “more cooperative” legislature and the task of putting that in place falls on the shoulders of his consultant, ex-councilor Joey Daluz.

Seares: ‘Hulidap’: when crime gets uglier

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

HULIDAP, n. A non-English term, a fusion of the Tagalog word “huli” (arrest or catch) and the last syllable of the English word “holdup.”

THERE are variations of "hulidap" but the two major categories are (a) when genuine law enforcers arrest a criminal or an innocent person as pretext to rob or extort or (b) when robbers or extortionists, posing as law enforcers, use the arrest to stage the crime.

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