Editorial: Balancing empowerment

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

TO break free from dependence and abuse, women’s best option is economic empowerment.

Rep. Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo (Camarines Sur) stressed this when she addressed more than 500 women participating in the 15th Cebu Women’s Congress last Mar. 21.

Wenceslao: Another NPA founding anniversary

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was placed on red alert yesterday for the 46th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

That move has actually taken the form of a ritual. When the NPA was at its strongest and its reach widest in the ‘80s, it was capable of launching major tactical offensives almost everywhere that worried the forces of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Things have considerably changed since then.

Nalzaro: Power corrupts

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

I WAS informed by some members of the media covering the Talisay City Government beat that City Administrator John Yre Delos Reyes has been personally attacking me on Facebook because of my commentaries on the way his father, Mayor Johnny V. Delos Reyes (JVR), runs the affairs of the city. Well, I don’t give a damn. I will not waste my time answering his allegations in the social networking sites. What is John Yre’s intention in attacking me personally? Just to destroy my image and credibility being a media man? Other politicians whose paths I had crossed did that before.

Seares: Penance, atonement for PNoy

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

PRESIDENT Aquino wanted closure when he said last March 26 before National Police Academy graduates that it would be his last word on the Mamasapano controvery. Acting police chief Leonardo Espina, visiting Cebu at weekend, told PNP personnel that it’s time “to move forward” after the Jan. 25 firefight with MILF rebels that killed 44 police commandos.

Mongaya: Duterte and Davao

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

DAVAO CITY – A few days in this progressive urban center in Mindanao is not enough to absorb and judge if what is happening here is good for the rest of the country. Yes, I saw several good things but not enough to convince me about Mayor Digong Duterte becoming the next president of the Philippines.

Echaves: Tuesday’s bombs

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

LAST Tuesday dropped heavy bombs.

Hubby and I visited one of our favorite priests, Rev. Fr. Bill Skeehan, C.Ss.R, only to find out he had had a stroke, was once comatose, but is now recuperating in his room at the Redemptorist Community.

Cuizon: Singaporean traffic, for one

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE success story about modern Singapore includes efficiency, strength of resolve and honesty of a leader in Lee Kuan Yew. Singaporeans are proud of their nation’s success and they know who to look up to with thanks. Yew’s story reverberates throughout modern Asia, up to and beyond his recent death at the age of 91.

Singapore is one of four successful industrialized economies and independent states in Asia, faring as well as Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. It’s also a clean island country, a story of cleanliness in several aspects.

Tabada: The ways to read

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

A WEBSITE simplifying science for kids clarified why summer always has this effect on me: Earth spinning on a slightly tilted axis = more hours of daylight = more hours to read.

It would be cool, so to say, to be in the North Pole during the summer because the daylight would be endless there, with no nights at all.

Briones: Lost irony

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

TODAY I won’t discuss politics. I won’t rant about traffic. I won’t even hurl invectives at the drug problem. Nope. Not today. Okay maybe just a tiny bit.

But first, let me talk about that big cosmic joke called Fire Prevention Month. I say “joke” since apparently more fires take place on this month when it’s supposed to be prevented. I don’t have any data but that’s how it seems. Or perhaps the irony is just not lost on me.

Lim: Air rage

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:01 p.m.

IN this season of flying, it’s best to temper our passions to avoid incidents of air rage.

A classic cause of air rage is the infamous recline. When you fly cattle class, it is inevitable that you will find yourself in a supremely tight situation, literally and figuratively speaking. Decades back, this was never an issue. I’m not sure why but I have to put it down to people having better manners then.

Ledesma: Institutionalizing corruption

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

THE BS Aquino administration is about to bow out but already the nation can hardly wait for the proper time for it to exit. If only the successor could provide a modicum of integrity, the call for Aquino to step down would have reached a crescendo that could lead to the premature exit of the President even when he is drawing near to his retirement.

Seares: Hounded by Mamasapano, PNoy gripes anew on media ‘negativism’

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino doesn’t apologize, a posture he has assumed in controversies that assign blame to him as chief executive. No apology over the Mamasapano debacle, the pork barrel scandal or the Luneta hostage-taking fiasco.

He also hasn’t given up criticizing media, whenever he wants to, and harping on “negativism” of the press.

Editorial: Cleaning waterways

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

THE Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) first surfaced in the Cebuano public’s consciousness when it opposed the construction of two flyovers in Cebu City a few years back. That effort proved to be successful, although credit should not be given solely to the MLC considering that other sectors and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama also opposed the flyover projects. But the group can be credited for spreading awareness about the need to protect Cebu’s heritage and the environment.

Libre: Miracles happen

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

THE phone rang in the rectory of Sts. Joachim and Joseph in Otahuhu, Auckland, and the parish priest attended to the call. The woman on the other line sounding desperate asked to talk to a priest. The clergy responded that he was a priest and inquired on what the purpose of her call. She responded, “Father, my son has brain tumour and is in pain, and I would like you to pray for his healing.”  He offered to personally pray over the sick, but the mother said that her son was in Sydney.

Wenceslao: ‘Coddling’ Marwan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has submitted the result of its own investigation into the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that killed 44 elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 18 MILF fighters and five civilians. As expected, the contents of the document had some sectors criticizing the MILF’s version of the clash.

Nalzaro: Taking responsibility but no apology

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

ADDRESSING the 2015 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite the other day, President Noynoy Aquino finally took responsibility for the debacle that was Oplan Exodus in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 that left 44 members of the Philippine National Police/Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) dead. But the President was still adamant on his stand not to offer public apology as demanded by some of his allies in Congress and critics for reasons only he knows. But Sen.

Barrita: PNoy’s witness

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, whose explanation on the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle always seemed short of what the public wants, has invoked God as his witness.

“With God as my witness, I tell you the truth,” PNoy told the graduating members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Lakandula Class of 2015 in Silang Cavite Thursday.

Valle: Changing mindset

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

IT IS always easy to talk about our perceptions and our beliefs when we freely speak about them. When we openly express our aspirations, we are also exposed to different reactions, but that is understandable. People who do not share what we think would tend to react differently, even be critical of the position that we have adopted.

However, it’s the same way with how we react to other people’s beliefs and aspirations. There is that sense, and even of urgency for them to make us see their point and perhaps an expectation that we would be more amenable to their ideas.

Carvajal: True hero

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

HE had always been acknowledged as the “father of modern Singapore.” As proof of that, the line of those paying their last respects to their hero stretched for two miles. It spoke volumes about how Lee Kuan Yew was admired by his countrymen that it took all of eight humid hours under a hot tropical sun for someone at the end of the line to reach the great statesman’s casket.

How indecent does that make of us who continue to consider giving a hero’s burial to a dictator who was driven out of office by an angry nation, died in exile and was mourned only by family members and cronies?

Editorial: Talisay landing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

THE landing of American forces on the beach of Talisay City on March 26, 1945 was a turning point in the battle to liberate Cebu from the clutches of the Japanese during World War II.

At that time, thousands of Japanese soldiers were in control of portions of Cebu City and the province. They soon either surrendered or were killed by advancing American troops and Cebu guerrillas.

Roperos: Qualifications

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

DURING a recent encounter of national leaders who rose from the bottom of our social mass, a ridiculous reality was uncovered. As it is, under our democracy where the government is "for the people, by the people, of the people," even an unschooled farmer or a taxi driver can become a president of this country.

Wenceslao: Time to move on

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino spoke again about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle during the commencement exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang Cavite yesterday. The Mamasapano clash left 44 members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force (SAF), 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians dead.

Seares: Twisting the truth: do MILFs suck more?

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

WHAT critics see as President Aquino's failure in the Mamasapano tragedy: He didn't own up responsibility.

Well, PNoy did say he'd carry the burden "to the end of his days" but he also dumped all blame on resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force head Getulio Napeñas.

Malilong: Legislators should act maturely on BBL

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

DO we really have to do this, continue to assign fault for the bloody encounter that claimed the lives of 44 specially trained policemen, 18 Muslim rebels and five civilians in Mamasapano?

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) says that if the police had only coordinated with them when the Special Action Force (SAF) raided Malaysian terrorist Marwan’s hideout, the deadly confrontation could not have occurred.

Briones: Indeed a quandary

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

FROM what I’ve gathered, the Cebu City Government really wants to pay the P135 million it owes the Asian College of Technology (ACT). Otherwise, why bother asking the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for advice on the matter? Right?

The anti-graft office, though, doesn’t want to get caught up in this imbroglio.

Libre: Mining ban

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

Cebu City told: Slash budget by P2 billion.

The proposed appropriation is not appropriate?

Editorial: Most vulnerable

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

EVERYONE is vulnerable to a prolonged dry spell. But if levels of vulnerability are to be measured, farmers would be the sector with a higher level of vulnerability. This point is true in the mountain areas of Cebu City and Cebu Province, places where water sources have been made fragile by the general lack of forest cover.

Roperos: Containing poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

WHAT this nation may have been hoping to come for a long time now has finally arrived. Reports say that our government is determined "to fight poverty" and to push for good national governance. No less than the source of national power, the Aquino administration, revealed the plan.

How to achieve this is what people in the towns and provinces would have to keep tab on. President Noynoy Aquino, in an effort to recoup a declining popularity, is undertaking measures to stabilize prices of commodities. The objective is to enliven the capacity of the people to strive for an inspiring life.

Malilong: Writing like a lawyer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

LET me clarify a point I raised in my column last Tuesday on the recently concluded Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national convention. From our experience, it is not the local organizing committee but its national counterpart that chooses the speakers and their topics.

I’m saying this in fairness to the host Cebu Province chapter, whose members and officers, especially incoming president Sally Malig-on, busted their butts to make sure everyone felt comfortable and welcome.

Espinoza: Was it a sick joke?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

BELIEVE it or not, Vice President Jejomar Binay told his audience in Zamboanga City that he wishes that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas would be his running mate for vice president in next year’s elections. He said he was not joking since it is his desire to unite political leaders.

Only VP Binay knows why he said it in Zamboanga City and not in Cebu City where he was one of the guest speakers during the 15th National Convention of Lawyers on Friday in one of the hotels here. Perhaps, he was uncomfortable saying it before his fellow lawyers.

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