Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.
AFTER an exchange by Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago of “offensive” privilege speeches, some senators have either rediscovered the concept of right and wrong or have gathered the courage to criticize the questionable acts of their colleagues.
Santiago delivered her privilege speech against Enrile last Wednesday, using Miriam-like scathing words. Enrile delivered last week a privilege speech that partly ridiculed Santiago, who had accused her of being the mastermind of the pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.
ONE thing that is now quite sure is that our country’s leaders cannot just have certain sources of funds “abolished” at the behest of any of the government’s three branches.
The President, instead of helping do away with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (Pdaf) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in order to place his administration on a clean slate, took a different move.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:39 p.m.
CITY Hall’s impatience over the refusal of Filinvest to remit payment of the full amount that they are demanding as share of the sales under their joint venture agreement is understandable. When you need money so badly and the source that you’re looking at fails to deliver, tolerance isn’t one of your strong suits.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:38 p.m.
WOULD you believe Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago complained about the low depths her dispute with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) has descended?
But first on her blast against JPE last Wednesday.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:37 p.m.
CEBU City “unable” to pay Barangay Environment Officers’ honoraria.
There must be climate change in the city’s finances.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:36 p.m.
AS A democratic country, the people in the Philippines get a chance to select the public officials they are to put in office. That is the pros of a democratic country.
But the cons are too many and are just lurking at the corner of the pros.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:52 p.m.
TWO things go against the appointment of former senator Panfilo Lacson as “rehabilitation czar.” One is his checkered past and the other his lack of expertise.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.
WHEN one comes down to the nitty-gritty of ongoing problems, controversies, probes and crisscrossing, top-to-bottom inquiries at different levels of our national governance, we come face-to-face with the issue of taxes. It would seem as if everyone, as a matter of knee-jerk reaction, look for ways to dodge the payment.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.
THE meeting was set at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Heads of BPOs cleared their schedule for this meeting that they had anticipated to be important. After all, the mayor had called for it.
This was actually the second meeting. The first one was held a few days after super typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas last Nov. 8 but only fewer than five showed up.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:47 p.m.
NO WEATHER raises the value of some virtues, ever so heartwarming, better than the chill of December. Consider kindness, for instance.
Never mind if this season for celebrating selflessness originated on an ungracious note. Remember how someone bluntly declared “no room in the inn” and destined the most earthshaking birth to the humblest manger.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.
A-LIST movie star Anne Curtis took eight days to say sorry for a Nov. 23 drunken binge at a bar in Taguig City where she hurled invectives at customers, slapped actor John Lloyd Cruz, and insulted the owner.
Something like a scene from one of her movies where heroine or villain goes berserk in public.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.
YOLANDA (Haiyan) was truly the strongest typhoon. It did not only cause so much havoc and damage on parts of the Visayas but also put the government bureaucracy on its feet.
The aftermath of Yolanda must have awakened the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from its deep slumber. The DENR will now establish no-build zones in beaches. What about the riverbanks?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.
BY government’s estimate, it will take three to five years to rebuild homes, schools and other infrastructure that gave way when Yolanda walloped the Visayas nearly a month ago.
But make no mistake, the rebuilding process has started, which is both good and bad. Good, because the sooner families and neighborhoods get back on their feet, the faster local economies can heal.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:12 a.m.
THERE seems to be a mixed assessment of our economy and business prospects over the next few months as various sources indicated in their respective reports the past few days. It is difficult to hazard a more assured view in the face of conflicting yet somehow reasonable stand, simply because the sources are equally credible and hard to disavow.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:11 a.m.
I RECEIVED emails from readers reacting to my Monday column titled “Col. Segura and ‘liberation’” about the death of World War II veteran Col. Manuel Segura. One of the letters came from fellow columnist (The Freeman and Philippine Star) Bobit Avila, nephew of Segura.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:10 a.m.
KULANG sa pansin or KSP. That's how I describe Medellin Mayor Ricky Ramirez in view of his continued tirades against
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:09 a.m.
IN CHARLES Dickens’ 1843 novel, “A Christmas Carol,” the principal character Ebenezer Scrooge, at the beginning is a cold-hearted, tight-fisted and greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which give people happiness.
The calamities that hit the country recently have given government offices and companies a reason to cancel Christmas parties and merriment during the holidays.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:07 a.m.
IT WILL take more than one Kim Henares to mend the ways of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). But no matter how valid what his supporters countercharge, what is at issue is not BIR’s, but rather Congressman Manny Pacquiao’s, ways.
As an idol, he should be a model in civic spiritedness by declaring income and paying taxes promptly and exactly. As congressman, he should be a model in transparency. He should, moreover, fight for reforms at BIR in Congress, neither in court nor in media.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:18 a.m.
IT'S good that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is spearheading efforts to “weave” the lessons learned from the damage wrought by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas into its planned foreshore area master plan.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:17 a.m.
I DROPPED by Friday last week at the Canadian consulate office together with three others to secure for the latter the opportunity to land employment there. The three are my close kin who have acquired various skills since finishing high school.
Two of them are a couple and the husband is my grandnephew. The other is my grandson-in-law. I am quite lucky that the consul himself has been a friend of long standing, going to many years back.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.
LIKE many other issues laced with politics in this country, the tax case of Rep. Manny Pacquiao has some polarizing effect on the public. This one is a conflict between the Filipino boxing legend who is also a politician and the government (or the Aquino administration) and specifically the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Given the kind of personalities involved in the conflict, people consider it on various levels. The most obvious is the political level.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.
BOXING icon Manny Pacquiao, who had complained that he had to borrow money to enable him to help typhoon Yolanda
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.
BOXING champion Manny Pacquiao gave away Bibles to 436 typhoon evacuees sheltered in tents at Eastern Samar State University in Guiuan.
In Medellin, Mayor Ricardo Ramirez returned 20 cartons of sardines to the Cebu chapter of the Vice Mayors League.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:11 a.m.
TOGTHER with my wife Lourdes, I visited Bogo City and Medellin recently to bring relief goods donated by the Free Legal Assistance Group-Cebu (Flag) and the Cebu People Power Volunteers for Reform (CPPVR).
We personally met Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez who was inside the Bogo City Sports Complex supervising the distribution of the relief goods for the city proper and the different city barangays.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:59 p.m.
ON TELEVISION, the reporter made a dangerous mix of fact and fallacy. Reporting from a government center
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:58 p.m.
I ONLY talked with Col. Manuel Segura once, and that was when I interviewed him in the mid-’90s for a series of stories that I wrote in The Freeman about the liberation of Cebu. Segura wrote the books “Tabunan: The Untold Exploits of the Famed Cebu Guerillas in World War II” and “The Koga Papers,” so he was an authority on the topic I was writing about. He was in his late 70s then and obviously slowed down by age. But he was still very lucid.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:57 p.m.
AFTER being accused of repacking the already packed relief goods donated by the Indonesian government and placing the items in cellophanes with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) logo, the agency is also accused of not doing its job well in handling the basic needs of evacuees that have sought refuge at the Tinago gym.
Newly installed Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera, in his letter that was published in yesterday’s issue of Sun.Star Cebu, criticized DSWD 7 officials for not providing the evacuees of their basic needs like food, contrary to the agency’s claim.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:56 p.m.
FORMER senator Panfilo Lacson has nurtured an image of crime buster and corruption fighter.
When Ping was national police chief, pot-bellied cops were forced to reduce waistlines through more body exercises and less beer-guzzling. Lacson enforcing the 34-inch rule scared police more than their wives nagging them about “unli” food and alcohol intake.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:55 p.m.
LISTENING to both sides of the tax delinquency issue, I don’t think Rep. Manny Pacquiao is at fault and should pay P2 billion in taxes.
He knows he had paid his due because his handler, Top Rank, already withheld the taxes due the US government. The 30 percent from his earnings were wired to the IRS. He has acknowledgement receipts for these payments.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:54 p.m.
AS THE relief efforts go on, I’m glad there are side efforts to check the quality of goods streaming into the donation centers.
Just so our hapless brothers and sisters in Tacloban and other Yolanda-hit areas do not get trash or utter rejects. Volunteers at some repacking centers have observed that some so-called donors have only given items the owners were either too tired or lazy to dispose of into garbage cans.