Libre: Armed cops

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

FEW people sue broadcast commentators for libel.

A Capitol official who recently threatened to charge radio commentator Bobby Nalzaro changed his mind about filing a complaint. Nalzaro had repeatedly criticized the provincial attorney for his actuations as head of the province bids and awards committee. At a press conference, the official vowed to go to court over the “unjustified and harsh” attacks against him.

Carvajal: Waterlogged

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

ONE can always trust nature to remind us of some basic lessons in survival. The other day in Cebu, the reminder came in the form of a sudden heavy downpour that caused floods and landslides resulting in the inconvenience of many and the displacement and death of some.

Wenceslao: Swing vote is with Cabarrubias

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THERE may not be a “renegade four” in the Cebu City Council, after all. Or this looks more like The Three Musketeers without D’Artagnan. Councilor Gerardo Carillo’s “all for one, one for all” talk may therefore apply only to three, not four “renegades.”

Nalzaro: Archival’s case finally moving

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

AFTER six months, the prosecutor designated to handle the case on the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and two of his aides finally resolved the case. In his resolution, Acting Provincial Prosecutor Jesus Rodrigo Tagaan found enough evidence to charge three former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers with multiple murder and frustrated murder cases for the killing of Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and his driver Alejandro Jayme. Another aide, Paolo Cortes, was wounded.

Nalzaro: Archival’s case finally moving

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

AFTER six months, the prosecutor designated to handle the case on the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and two of his aides finally resolved the case. In his resolution, Acting Provincial Prosecutor Jesus Rodrigo Tagaan found enough evidence to charge three former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers with multiple murder and frustrated murder cases for the killing of Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and his driver Alejandro Jayme. Another aide, Paolo Cortes, was wounded.

Barrita: No second term for PNoy

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, who got a lot of flak for entertaining the idea of staying on for another term, a move that needs some tinkering with the Charter, finally made it clear he would not seek a second term.

“I’m no masochist,” PNoy said after reciting the difficulties that come with his job in a Bombo Radyo interview.

Editorial: The real (ice bucket) challenge

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

THE popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached our shores and, like in other places that it has invaded, has attracted believers as well as critics. Some Cebu personalities have done the ritual, which involves donating $100 to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, pouring a bucket of ice over the head and challenging the next takers.

Roperos: Lawless impunity

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

WHATEVER else people may say about our current socio-economic circumstance, the fact remains that anti-social elements have somehow become braver and brazen as to challenge law enforcers and legal authorities. The recent incidents in the city that featured unusual lawless bravado have gone too far.

Wenceslao: ‘Archbishop Jose Palma Trees’

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

SO-CALLED environmentalists are acting up again, coming up with a publicity gimmick designed to make them look good even as they give their cause a bad name. Fr. Robert Reyes and his colleagues in the National Coalition to Save Trees had some media people humoring them when they showed up yesterday at the Archbishop’s Palace along D. Jakosalem St.

Malilong: Fate of the impeachment complaints

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

THE complainants won round one of the impeachment battle with President Aquino when the House Committee on Justice declared that the impeachment complaints, all three of them, are sufficient in form. It’s still premature, though, for Aquino’s loyal supporters to wail and gnash their teeth or for his haters to jump with glee.

The militant lawmakers who signed/endorsed the complaint knew this. Aquino’s allies in the Justice committee made certain that they did. The committee was being charitable to the complainants. Even the Palace is unperturbed.

Seares: Pork by any other name stinks but what is pork?

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

THE basic problem is definition.

Pork barrel has been known as PDAF (or Priority Development Assistance Fund) in Congress and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) in the office of the president.

Libre: More petrol

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

POLICE stations in Lapu-Lapu City told: “Intensify patrols.”

The patrol may need more petrol.

Editorial: Overpricing infra projects

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

SOME interesting things are surfacing in the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on allegations that the P2.3- billion construction cost of the Makati City parking building is too high.

And we are not mainly referring here to the possibility that Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was Makati mayor when work on the building started, and his son, incumbent Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., profited from the project.

Wenceslao: Bonbon river

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

I CLOSE my eyes and I can still picture in my mind the river in Barangay Bonbon, Cebu City when it was largely untouched. “Largely” because before I ever set foot on that river, some spots near the riverbank were already the sites of coal mines built during the heydays of coal mining in Cebu. Trucks carrying coal crisscrossed the river then.

Espinoza: Sign of the times?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

THE shooting to death of Alcoy Police Chief Crisanto Abella Sunday night and the killing last week of a police officer during a raid of a drug den in Bohol are indications of lawlessness in our country today.

Seares: Cayetanos, Binays in dirty war

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

THE Blue Ribbon committee session last week highlighted the mud-throwing between the Binays and the Cayetanos, which has been going on spiritedly for sometime now.

Parochial feud among the politicians has spilled over: from Makati and Taguig cities, the verbal brawl has gone on national stage, where presidential ambition on each side gets larger exposure.

Editorial: Taking the anti-pork initiative

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

SINCE its launch last Saturday, the campaign to abolish the pork barrel system through a people’s initiative has gained ground. The organizers will need only 5.3 million signatures, but reaching their target of 10 million signatures before the end of the year is not impossible.

Roperos: Gentleman’s game

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

MORE than a week ago, I was invited to the 25th anniversary celebration and induction of the new set of officers of Cebu’s so-called Game of the Gentleman. The name purportedly came about because the participants are considered deeply honest. When they play the game and place their bets, they do so only in gesture with the amount honored afterwards.

Nobody has been known to shirk from his obligation to pay the amount of his bet if he lost.

Wenceslao: PNoy, his critics and that trial balloon

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino’s National Heroes’ Day speech the other day can be considered a reflection of his current mindset. The speech was delivered on the same day his critics converged at the Rizal Park in Manila for two intentions: sign the people’s initiative to abolish the pork barrel system and lambast him in the harshest way possible.

Nalzaro: Proper monitoring of drug cases

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

IF YOU noticed, all units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Visayas, from the regional level to the provincial and city/town levels are campaigning against illegal drugs.

Almost every day we hear reports of raids, arrests and the service of search warrants. Many have been arrested and millions of pesos-worth of drugs seized.

Barrita: Sexy in City Hall

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama has given all City Hall employees, including traffic enforcers, policemen and even barangay officials and employees six months to be “physically fit” to prepare for forthcoming international events the city is hosting.

Now, we can expect City Hall workers with washboards abs and the Coca Cola body, of course in bottles, not in cans.

Carvajal: Game of thrones

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

I HAVE a bad feeling about President Noynoy Aquino’s close relatives, spokespersons and partymates insinuating behind the scenes or publicly asserting support for the adoption of Vice-President JejomarBinay Sr. as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate. This amoral but politically convenient endorsement tells me they are for “daang matuwid” not because it is the right for the nation butbecause it is a winning formula.

Editorial: SRP loan ‘conversion’

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

SELLING of a big chunk of the South Road Properties (SRP) with part of the money earned used to pay in full the loan incurred for the reclamation work is but one of the steps that the Rama administration wants to take to untie the financial knot that the project created. Converting the foreign loan into a domestic one is another.

Wenceslao: Circumferential road

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

I FIRST heard of talks about a circumferential road in the early ‘90s when I was still with the Cebu City Hall beat when Tomas Osmeña was mayor.

Malilong: Scoring against the bad guys

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

FOR the second straight time, the Bohol police showed that crime does not pay, especially when the victim is one of them.

Early in the evening of June 7 this year, Chief Insp. George Cana was ambushed in Bien Unido while on his way to Ubay where he was the chief of police. He was declared dead on arrival at the Garcia Memorial Provincial Hospital. Drug dealers were believed to have been behind the killing.

Seares: ‘Crazy’ gun-toting Flora in the Palace

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

“The statistics on sanity are that one of every four persons is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your three best friends. If they’re OK, it must be you.” --Rita Mae Brown, American novelist and screenwriter

FLORA PINEDA, the woman who carried a handgun into Malacañang Friday (Aug. 22) but was stopped at the gate near the executive building, was asked if she was mentally unhinged. She said yes.

Editorial: Protecting wildlife

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

A GENERATION haunted by the rampaging man-eating shark in the Steven Spielberg classic, “Jaws,” would have empathized with Sene Deblosan of Asturias, who was apprehended while selling 19 kilos of thresher shark meat.

Members of the Cebu Provincial Anti-illegal Fishing Task Force “chanced upon” Deblosan at Sitio Sangi, Barangay Tubigagmanok in Asturias on their way back to Cebu City after an operation, reported Flornisa M. Gitgano in Sun.Star Cebu last Aug. 21.

Wenceslao: Can priests ‘kill’ a chapel?

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:25 p.m.

PUWERA gaba. That’s what some Cebuano Catholics usually say when they curse someone while at the same time ask for forgiveness from God for doing so. I heard that being said by some people in Barangay Inayawan regarding the failure of the Our Lady of Consolation Parish-Recoletos based in Laray, San Roque in Talisay City to settle the row that has been festering for years now involving the old St. Augustine of Hippo Chapel.

Nalzaro: PDEA officer suspended

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

FOR challenging a reporter into a gun duel during an interview, Esperidion Javier, deputy regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcment Agency (PDEA) 7, was found administratively guilty of simple misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service. He was ordered suspended for six months without pay.

Mongaya: Making history

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

CEBU made history on Aug. 23, 2014 with the conduct of the People’s Congress for the abolition of the pork barrel system.

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