Editorial: Napoles’s transfer

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan is starting to correct a questionable setup as it hears the plunder case against Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and the other respondents that include Janet Lim-Napoles and lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes.

Libre: Missile attack

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

IN 1959, the Americans got themselves involved in the Vietnam War that later ended with them being shamed by the barefooted and low-key Vietcongs that occupied Saigon in 1975 to create the present-day Vietnam. The Russians, meanwhile, tasted its own defeat in Afghanistan in 1989 after ten years of fighting there.

Wenceslao: Binay’s chances

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

IF THE presidential elections were held today, Vice President Jejomar Binay would be the runaway winner. That’s what the results of a Pulse Asia survey conducted from June 24, 2014 to July 2, 2014 show. Of the 1,200 respondents, 41 percent preferred Binay.

Nalzaro: A senior citizen’s complaint

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

DR. BILLY JACA, one of Cebu's known eye specialists, is contemplating on filing a complaint against an uptown pharmacy before the Office of the Senior Citizens Association (Osca) at City Hall.

Barrita: Killing doctors

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

A 71-year-old wheelchair-bound patient shot dead his doctor inside a clinic in a private hospital in Cebu City before shooting himself in the head Thursday morning.

Dr. Cris Cecil Chan Abbu, 56, an orthopedic surgeon, was shot in the chest and arm by Wilfred Sabonsolin, a former seaman he had been treating for spinal problems.

Seares: Noise over DAP: how much of it is set off by propaganda?

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

“Hindi ko nga maunawaan bakit napakaingay sa labas (I cannot understand why it’s so noisy outside).”

-- Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who found it “amazing” that the “noise” over the DAP issue was overwhelming, suggesting that critics have better communications than government

Carvajal: Radiant again

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

MY HOME town Barili is aptly described as “radiance from the past.” Indeed, it was radiant as a most progressive and prosperous Southern capital of Cebu governed by illustrious forward-looking leaders. The faith of Barilenos and their devotion to Sta. Ana also shone brightly over all the west coast towns south of Barili. This comprised Parroquia de Santa Ana when it was first established in July 26, 1614.

Editorial: Sobering up on those trees

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

THERE is one thing missing as attention of officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 and the local government units (LGUs) of Naga, San Fernando and Carcar is focused on those “century-old” trees that line the portion of the highway in that part of south Cebu.

Roperos: Helping hand

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

IT DOES seem that the world never runs out of good people, as what Sun.Star Cebu told us in its issue yesterday. There was an item that called my attention about a police officer who lent assistance to a senior citizen.

Being a senior citizen myself, I was taken by the act. But of course, by the same token and as we all know, the world is also having its equal share of the sad side of things in our daily existence.

Wenceslao: Clavel’s ‘fall’

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

CLAVEL Asas-Martinez was once a shining star in Cebu politics or, to be precise, one of the Cebuanos who was recognizable in the House of Representatives when she became its member from 1998 to 2007. Among her achievements was her selection as one of the House prosecutors in the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada in 2000-2001.

Malilong: Abad and the propaganda war

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

BUDGET Secretary Butch Abad got a little help from his friends at the Senate hearing on the controversial Development Acceleration Program (DAP) yesterday.

Seares: Deflecting overprice: Binay’s t-shirts defense

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

THE building is priced at P1.56 billion but don't say it's expensive.

Vice President Jojo Binay and his son Makati Mayor Junjun, charged with plunder over a parking facility called City Hall 2, don't like voters to equate "costly" with "overpriced."

Libre: Ax-cepted

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

CEBU City’s inmates in dire straits.

The prison, like the prisoners, requires rehabilitation.

Editorial: Meandering Archival case

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:53 p.m.

LAWYER Noel Archival and two of his aides were killed last Feb. 18 in a professionally executed ambush using high-powered guns in a portion of the national highway in Dalaguete town. That was some five months ago.

Roperos: Increased fines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:53 p.m.

THERE is a game that drivers, traffic enforcers and fines for traffic violations appear to be playing among themselves. I do not know how this game actually go, but this was told to me a by a taxi driver whose unit I rode in from the office to the Ayala terraces where I had an appointment last Friday. He said he was in a quandary trying to decide whether to join or not the strike reportedly set for last Monday.

Malilong: Supreme Court’s unease

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

IT'S a noble cause that we should all support. Shielding the judiciary from any unnecessary incursion by the two other branches of government is a duty that all citizens, not just lawyers, should faithfully perform for the survival of the Republic. The judiciary must remain co-equal with, and independent of, the legislature and the executive and, like the two, supreme within its own sphere.

Espinoza: Tupas’s JSF curtails abuse

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

SO AN impeachment complaint against President Noynoy Aquino has been filed in Congress with party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna endorsing it?

Although the impeachment complaint was received because it complied with the requirement that it should be endorsed by a member of Congress, the big question is, will majority of the members of Congress vote for it so it would reach the Senate?

Seares: ‘Excuse me, DAP is no PDAF’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.

IN HIS July 14 TV address, President Aquino expressed annoyance that some critics said his DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Fund) was like Congress's PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund).

"Excuse me" -- idiom for "say that again" -- signifies disbelief: how dare they put DAP, noble intentioned and corruption-free, on the same table with graft-ridden PDAF?

Editorial: Better foresight needed

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

PUBLIC Works Secretary Rogelio Singson announced yesterday that his department will pursue urgently needed flood control projects, despite the Supreme Court's ruling that found parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) illegal.

Singson, in an interview over ANC, said he was convinced that since these are not cross-border projects but funded entirely by "savings" within the department or the Executive Branch, these would not run afoul of the court's decision.

Roperos: Kids and mentors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

THE other day, parents of children in our central elementary school, which is just a stone's throw away from our residence in the town of Balamban, complained that the school no longer allows them to enter the school grounds to fetch their kids from the classrooms at dismissal time as a security measure. Instead, the teachers bring their pupils to the main gate themselves.

Wenceslao: From PDAF, DAP to JDF

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers-Shot down. Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the executive department-Shot down. Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) of the SC? I will leave that question hanging in the meantime.

Nalzaro: Stiffer penalties against hazing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

In view of the numerous deaths during fraternity initiation rites, the latest of which was that of Guillo Servando, a student of De La

Salle University-College of St. Benilde who died in the hands of his Tau Gamma Phi initiators, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian filed House Bill 4714, which imposes stiffer penalties for those involved in hazing.

Barrita: "Love each other"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

President Noynoy Aquino, in a message on Monday's launching of Iglesia ni Cristo's (INC) Philippine Arena, said to be the biggest indoor arena in the world, reminded his critics who hit him for anything he does to "love each other."

"Let me remind them, if we are fellow Christians it is our duty to love each other in the name of God instead of sowing doubt and discord," PNoy said.

Carvajal: Fire below

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

Spirited groups of empowered citizens are vigorously battling corruption at the national level. But an uneasy quiet continues to reign on the local front. Maybe it is just the absence of media at this level but what I am afraid is happening is that obscure small town citizens are being thoroughly cowed and patronized into fear, apathy and silence by corrupt local officials.

Editorial: Implementation is the problem

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

PEOPLE who didn’t read the news last Friday probably braced for another transport strike yesterday. Transport groups have been restive for several months now over Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 that imposes higher penalties for traffic violations.

Roperos: Two events

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

TWO eye-opening matters were reported in the front page of Sun.Star Cebui last weekend. It is interesting because both concerned the economic and social life of the people who reside in the cities and towns of Cebu.

Wenceslao: Impeachment and proof

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

I LIKE Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello’s quip on the impeachment complaint filed against President Noynoy Aquino by groups composed mostly of militants. The complaint is based on the Supreme Court decision that declared the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

Malilong: Independent bloc in city council?

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I heard rumors that a number of Cebu City councilors were forming an independent bloc in reaction to the filing of an administrative complaint against them and former mayor Tommy Osmeña’s admission that the complainant, lawyer Reymelio Delute, cleared it with him.

Seares: Is Erap not ‘fed up already’?

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

AT A lunch meeting with Vice President Jojo Binay, after they had the main course, Manila Mayor Erap Estrada was asked if he would like another serving.

Erap replied, "No, thank you. I'm fed up already."

Tell it to Sun.star: ‘Poor’ girl and a priest

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

I HAVE been reading columns for a week now concerning the priest lecturing the girl at the ceremony, and sadly, all the opinions tend to "shoot the messenger" and ignore the message he was delivering.

I will not argue whether the venue was the correct place for this, and as the priest has apologized to the girl, maybe he feels he was wrong (unless he was forced to apologize).

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