Editorial: Not only John Paul II

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

IT'S not surprising that in talking about the canonization on April 27 of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the former’s life is being discussed more than the latter.

But John Paul II was pope for 26 years. John XXIII was pope for only four and a half years, from 1958 to 1963.

Roperos: Alburo’s book

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

UNABLE to do any writing because of sudden power interruptions that happened at any time of day or night in the past number of days, I was forced to spend more time catching up on my reading of accumulated books and periodicals.

Wenceslao: The Napoles question

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Lim-Napoles is recovering at the Ospital ng Makati after undergoing surgery to remove her uterus and two ovaries. It has now turned out that her illness was serious. Her doctor, Efren Domingo, called it “severe adenomyosis of the uterus with multiple adenomyoma.” In simple terms, it was “life-threatening.”

Seares: Duterte for president? ‘Crazy’

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

“I cannot dream of what I cannot be but I can only dream of what I can be.”

--Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Libre: Mastermind

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

MANY families in northern Cebu reside in tents.

The causes for the delay of the typhoon victims’ return to normalcy should be uncovered.

Editorial: Slow speed, expensive service

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

WE DON'T know how far the pursuit of this issue will go, but with a member of the Senate picking it up perhaps it will get attention enough to change the status quo—-the status quo being the Philippines having Internet connections that are slow and expensive compared with those of its Southeast Asian neighbors.

Roperos: Providing loans

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

THE most conspicuous government-owned and controlled financial institution in the country that extends assistance to all sorts of enterprises is the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP). The bank caters to the so-called micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

Malilong: Sewol sinking and our experience

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

WEDNESDAY last week, the South Korean vessel, Sewol, sank while ferrying more than 400 passengers, mostly high school children and teachers, from the port of Incheon to the island of Jeju. Only 174 have been rescued; the others are feared to have drowned.

Espinoza: Planting trees on Earth Day

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

I PLANTED a mahogany tree last Tuesday in celebration of Earth Day. On that day, over one billion people in 192 countries, from Zimbabwe to Albania to the Philippines, took action to care for our only planet: Earth.

Seares: Spilling Janet’s beans

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

THE phrase bandied about these days is "spill the beans," which the papers used in reporting that Janet Napoles has decided "to tell all" about the multimillion-peso pork barrel fraud.

Beans, the kidney-shaped seeds like the one fictional Jack used to raise the mammoth beanstalk to the giant's lair in the sky. Greeks, word experts tell us, used beans in counting, not to mean divulging a secret. And variants such as "spill your guts" or "spill the soup" are not idioms.

Editorial: Another look at LGU debt

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

FOR two years, the Cebu City Government spent more than it should have on paying for debts, the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) observed.

Roperos: Taxation issues

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

WHILE it may be said that the willingness of citizens to be taxed, and to pay their taxes, is one great feature of a nation’s strength among the people, still there is a measure of anathema that the notion of paying taxes has somehow attached itself to the concept of taxation.

Wenceslao: The Napoles bombshell

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

I AM consistent with my view on how to treat businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. My thinking has always been that if government wants to get to the bottom of the multi-billion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), it should work to have Napoles turn state witness.

Nalzaro: MERS-CoV and that ATM scam

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

FOUR hundred fifteen passengers of flight No. EY 0424 of the Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Manila last April 15 may have been infected with the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome-corona virus (MERS-CoV) after one of them, a male Filipino nurse, tested positive of the disease.

Barrita: Teaching men how to fish

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

A Sun.Star Cebu report Tuesday said the million-hectare Visayan Sea covering northern Cebu, northeastern Iloilo, northern Negros and southern Masbate, home to some 488 endangered coral species and 12,000 seashells, has fewer fish now.

This was attributed to the damage on the coral reefs caused by illegal fishing and super typhoon Yolanda.

Carvajal: Kerygma

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

KERYGMA” refers to the proclamation of the “good news” of man’s salvation by Christ.

The Supreme Court’s(SC) qualified yes to the reproductive health (RH) law is “kerygma” to millions of poor Filipino mothers and children (born and unborn) of the “good news” of their salvation from suffering and death caused, to a large extent, by lack of modern and professional RH care.

Editorial: The Gigi Reyes mystery

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

LOST in the country’s usual focus on last week’s Holy Week rituals was the return of lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes last April 19, or Black Saturday.

Roperos: War against crime

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

WHAT seems to be a most challenging situation the Philippines’ contemporary social condition faces today is the rise of criminality that defy even the increased sophistication of the technology that our crime fighters employ. Recent efforts to combat the rise in criminality have resulted in innovative proposals. One of these that appears viable and truly worth trying is the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) in public buses.

Wenceslao: Obama’s visit

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:28 p.m.

HOW many times does a United States president visit a small economy like the Philippines? Not often. There is reason, therefore, for Filipinos to be upbeat about US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Seares: If Gigi Reyes squeals on Enrile

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:27 p.m.

“Oh Gigi/ have I been standing up/ too close or back too far?/ When did your sparkle/ turn to fire?.” --From the Lowe-Lerner film song, Best Original Song in 1958 Oscars

RUMORS are rife about Lucila Jessica Reyes, known to the nation as Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) and co-accused with Janet Napoles and legislators linked to the multibillion-peso pork barrel fraud.

Tell it to Sunstar: Unemployment

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

THERE is poverty and suffering in the country and the world, not because of overpopulation but because of inequality, manifested in the huge mass of people being excluded from gainful livelihood (unemployment).

Pope Francis lamented, “The unemployed and underemployed risk being relegated to the margins of society, becoming victims of social exclusion.”

Editorial: The face of the poor

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

DO YOU see the poor around you?

This question has boggled people for the ages. More than a rhetorical question or a spiritual conundrum, the question is a challenge for governance.

Wenceslao: Politics and the 93-1 issue

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

I USED to the cover the Capitol beat when Vicente “Tingting” de la Serna was governor.

That was in the mid-‘90s when the Provincial Board (PB) still had Juan Bolo, the late Emmanuel Pepito, Agnes Magpale and, for the opposition, Winston Garcia. I would say that, since then, the PB has always taken the image of the person at the helm, the governor.

Nalzaro: “3Rs” during the Holy Week

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

AFTER the long vacation due to the observance of the Holy Week, we are back to our daily routine.

Seares: When priest, parishioners quarrel

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

A PARISH in Bago Bantay, Quezon City has a running feud between its priest and some church members. Parishioners who allege in a lawsuit the priest misspent P1.7 million in pastoral council funds were told by bishops and a Vatican’s envoy to “go tell the Pope.”

Mongaya: Holy Week at home

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:11 p.m.

THE family usually spends Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in not so crowded resorts in Dalaguete town where it was just a short drive to the church. Most city dwellers should also take time to discover the long white beach in Alcoy town.

More on Pacquiao

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

Manny Pacquiao has a way of getting into our lives once or twice a year. I'm not quick to tell the difference between an uppercut and a jab, nor a left hook and a punch, but except for a fight or two, I was “there” almost in each fight. This is not in Las Vegas but, like everybody else, in front of the TV or over the radio during the usual live coverage.

New encounters

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

ON EASTER, “I think of that quaint expression people sometimes use in Taglish," Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ of Loyola House of Studies wrote.

“You are very another na." That refers to disciples who encounter the crucified Jesus in a new way.

The passion

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

PAYING a Holy Week visit to churches puts me in mind of visiting a house full of ghosts.

I dropped by St. Joseph Patriarch Parish in Mabolo on Holy Tuesday. A choir was practicing and carpenters were carrying on. A few people were in the pews.

Real winners

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

SPORTS competitions are good. And especially for kids. They are supposed to teach discipline, determination and dedication as well as promote high selfesteem, well-adjusted behavior and improved physical health. But more than anything else, sports competitions should teach kids to be magnanimous winners and gracious losers.

The last thing we want is for sports competitions to end up into backyard brawls and fist fights.

Holy Week 2014

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