Libre: New traffic czar

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

CEBU City uses CCMC funds for seniors. The decision is, of course, based on “seniority.”

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Editorial: An experiment in sharing

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

AN ADVISORY in yesterday’s issue of this paper, sandwiched between ads for mall sales and Christmas ham, may bring good news for workers in the hotels, resorts and restaurants in Central Visayas.

Roperos: Law enforcement

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

FIRST, there was the puzzling report a few weeks ago that the ambush killing of a noted Cebu lawyer in a southern town was probably planned and perpetrated by men skilled with guns, and trained to kill. The conclusion was arrived at by the initial probers, based on the way the popular lawyer was ambushed and killed. Among the investigators were reportedly from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the local police.

Wenceslao: Binay and Erap

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay is obviously in a denial stage. First, he is seeing the glass as half-full even if it is already half-empty, as far as his popularity rating is concerned. Now he is refusing to believe that, with his chances of getting the presidency in jeopardy, his allies are starting to desert him.

Seares: Bilibid scandal: ‘crazier than fiction’

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

THERE’S such a thing as prison lifestyle of the rich and famous.

“Prison Legal News” cites suburban jails in L.A. County, CA that rent private cells to affluent convicts. Pay-to-stay or self-pay jails provide iPods, computers, cell-phones, private cells and resto-catered food.

Buzz: Weak foundation

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

I AM not totally against the “K to 12 Curriculum” for it is all about the advancement and overhauling of our ill-fated educational system to compete globally as they say... but any advancement for that matter should be reconsidered.

There are many things that should be taken into serious consideration, indeed! Our government acting like a horse with eyes partly covered side wards... they only focus their attention front wards, which is all about the curriculum itself.

Editorial: Not only Filinvest’s problem

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

THAT Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama immediately promised Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) to fully close the Inayawan sanitary landfill by Jan. 15 next year only shows where his heart is and it is not necessarily with the ordinary folk.

Roperos: Year-end politics

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

MANY things political are coming into play these last few days of the current year, but the problem is that each one follows a separate course with the resolution perhaps attaining a still unknown denouement. What seem significant, though, is that the cases take the measure of political glow that somehow endow unusual meaning to the political light of the contemporary scene of the ensuing new year.

Briones: Holiday traffic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

TRAFFIC in the metro is particularly heavy around this time of year. Anyone who has lived here in the last five years can attest to that.

Most motorists grin and bear it since it is the season to be jolly. No use griping about something you know will happen. Anyway, you can’t do anything about it. But Michael Rama is not your run-of-the-mill motorist. And as mayor of Cebu City, he can do something about the traffic situation. And he has.

Malilong: Command responsibility

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

ILLEGAL drugs, guns, large amounts of cash, expensive watches and a sex doll. These were among the items seized by a National Bureau of Investigation team led by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that raided the luxurious “homes” of Very Important Prisoners (VIP) in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City last Monday.

Seares: ‘I want my chief of police’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

LAST weekend, during a radio forum, a police official mimicked Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, “I want my chief of police, I want my chief of police.” Like a child in tantrum after someone had snatched away his toy. Well, not quite but pretty close.

Espinoza: The long wait is over

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

INMATES at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) will soon be going high-tech. They can contact their families online. That’s if Gov. Junjun Davide will approve the plan to provide Internet connection inside the facility.

If the plan pushes through, CPDRC will be the first jail in the country where inmates can go online. Woe to the inmates who don’t know how to use or operate computers or communication gadgets.

Editorial: Using ‘pork’ in Cebu

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

SEVEN years ago, the Department of Agriculture (DA) released P20 million to the then-municipality of Bogo. It was supposed to finance projects that would, among others, help farmers become more profitable and ensure food security.

Roperos: Unemployment

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

THERE is the emerging prospect of a better economic condition accompanying the entry into the country of the 16th year of the current century.

Considering that it is also the year when we are to elect another president, it seems ominous of what might be in store for us in the next decade.

Wenceslao: Jails and the illegal drugs trade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

I AM NOT surprised that the focus of most reports on the search conducted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and a team composed of elements of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the maximum security compound of the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) was on the overly luxurious lifestyle of some of the detainees. A jail is not supposed to be a hotel.

Nalzaro: Corruption in the penal system

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima, backed by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), conducted a raid and busted a well-entrenched illegal drugs trade inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City last Monday.

The early morning raid was done following reports about the existence of the illegal activity in the facility and about some moneyed convicts given special treatment. The reports were confirmed.

Barrita: The ‘Pope Francis effect’

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

INDUSTRIALIST Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of telecommunications giant PLDT, said he was "thrilled by the Francis Effect" that made it "cool to be Catholic again."

Pope Francis, who is set to visit the Philippines on January 16 to 18, was said to represent a shift from rigid Catholicism to a "don't sweat the small stuff" philosophy, shunning power and privilege in favor of service.

Carvajal: Radical

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

DURING martial law, being tagged a radical was the kiss of death for many social activists. For many others, it told of warrantless arrest, imprisonment and torture.

To the dictator, a radical was a communist, an enemy of religion and, ironically, of democracy.

Editorial: Prison inspection

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ), together with elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), finally did yesterday what many people consider as long overdue. They conducted a thoroughgoing inspection of the controversial maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

That compound is where 20 convicted druglords, some of them Filipinos although most of them are Chinese nationals, are incarcerated.

Roperos: Pope of the people

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

I ONCE went with my elder cousins to our parish church to attend summer classes and learn tenets of the Catholic faith. The activities included, among a host of others, reciting prayers like the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”--basic prayers that children need to learn as they grow up in the Catholic religion.

Cabaero: How to help

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

AN ONLINE donation is a good way to spread holiday cheer.

With typhoons, earthquakes and threats of volcano eruptions happening more times than before, institutions that do charity and relief work have made it easy for people to donate to their missions.

Malilong: On Erap supporting Grace Poe

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

WHEN it rains, it pours.

Over the past few months, Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered double-digit losses in voters’ preference and public trust and approval ratings. And here comes a report that he may have lost the support of one of his biggest political allies.

Seares: Would Doña Pepang have minded?

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery." -- Harold Wilson

DEBATE on the issue of converting Doña Pepang Cemetery in Carreta, Cebu City into a park has raised some claims that may confuse or mislead.

Briones: Nice talk

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:02 p.m.

IN MY last column, the one that came out on Nov. 30, the day before the first day of December, I wrote that I would only write about nice things this month.

It is the Yuletide season, after all. For Christians, that is. (I always want to make this distinction since not all Filipinos are. Some are Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus while others are Born Against.)

Editorial: Crisis centers in crisis

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

Nalzaro: Olango Island’s scenery

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

OLANGO--I was in this island the whole day yesterday upon the invitation of number one Toledo City Councilor Ricardo “Kuya Nick” Pepito who celebrated his birthday party in a floating restaurant owned and managed by his son. The weather was fine and the sea was calm. It took us some 20 minutes to get to the island from Mactan on board a motorized banca.

Seares: Pretty, bad girl

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

HOW well do our institutions respect human rights, particularly the rights of women and children raped and abused?

Mongaya: Floyd said ‘Yes’

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

THE taunts have become more deafening after Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Chris Algieri. Finally, Floyd Mayweather changed his tune. The airhead finally could not take it anymore.

So guys, its Floyd himself saying he will now face the Pacman, who accepted right away. Mayweather himself set the fight on May 2. Of course he twisted things. He is now making it appear that it’s Pacquiao who had been evading his dare all along.

Cuizon: Bracing for a storm

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

ONE could write a book of stories about preparedness, or lack of it, during a super typhoon landfall. The lessons of the experience must also be taught to children because they stay in a corner wordless, fearful at the blast of rain and wind.

Mercado: Pecuniary decency

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

Is the notorious Marcos dicttatorship’s coconut levy, like ghosts of Christmas past, fnally being laid to rest?

The Supreme Court has granted a “partial entry of judgement covering crony Eduardo Cojuangco’s claim for sequestered 700 million San Miguel Corp. shares.

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