Editorial: A coastal road problem

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is in a “banning” mood nowadays. The trigger was the recent accident involving a car that went up in smoke after hitting a motorcycle. The car’s driver obviously was speeding and got rattled when he passed a part of the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) that was scraped by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for repairs.

Roperos: Police and politics

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

DURING the first couple of weeks of the first month of the year, the country’s police have come out at the forefront of the nation’s socio-political life.

On the first week of 2015, the police were most visible during the initial days of the visit of Pope Francis to the country. And now, during the final week of the year’s first month, the police are faced with the challenge of making it until 2016.

Malilong: George, Dodong and the coastal road

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

TOKYO--I have never been more grateful for the Internet than until now. The wi-fi connection works wonderfully fast in our hotel room and, even more wonderfully, it is free. Makes you wish the services you get at home were even just half as good and the charges you pay even just a quarter, since a half is aiming for the moon, lower.

Espinoza: Malacañang behind the SAF operation?

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:13 a.m.

CEBU City is now facing the problem of where to dump its tons of garbage every day after Mayor Mike Rama closed the city’s only garbage dumpsite in Inayawan.

Worse, the Talisay City Council rebuked Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes (JVR) when he agreed to the request of Mayor Rama to dump Cebu City’s garbage at the Talisay landfill in Barangay Tapul without the council’s consent.

Seares: Hiding the children: defense, cover-up

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:12 a.m.

A POPULAR defense to the move of the social welfare agency DSWD's hiding of street-children from Pope Francis is that it's Filipino tradition to show our best to our guests.

Be it a visit of ordinary people or a state visit, the host cleans up, putting away or boarding up ugly sights from the visitor. Recall how a First Lady used to cover with huge billboards the slums along the airport road.

Editorial: City can’t donate to itself: COA

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has donated millions to other local governments within and outside Cebu who have suffered from recent calamities. The Commission on Audit (COA) recently said it cannot make donations to its own employees.

The donations account under the Office of the City Administrator, to which the calamity aid was charged, was intended for assistance to other government levels or private individuals and institutions, COA said.

Roperos: Church and politics

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

SINCE I was a kid in knee pants, I was surrounded by adults who talked about people they looked up to in our town.

My parents were public school teachers. When I listened to them talk, the people they were talking about appeared like they deserved some respect. Often, my father was asked to do some things for them in the municipal hall.

Wenceslao: Holganza, the struggle and hindsight

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

THERE is a difference between living in the moment and looking back at that moment. In my experience, the difference is in the degree of certainty in assessing the moment and projecting its direction.

Remember the truism that hindsight is always 20/20? It means that people usually have a perfect understanding of an event “after” it happened. Before that event happened?

Nalzaro: Will BBL solve the conflict in Mindanao?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

I AM a full-blooded Mindanaon. I was born in Dipolog City and spent my boyhood there.

But I have been living in Cebu for more than 20 years now due to my professional calling. Even if Dipolog City is far from the known troubled areas in Mindanao, it still saddens me to hear reports about skirmishes between government troops and Muslim rebels there.

Barrita: Maguindanao ‘misencounter’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

AT LEAST 49 US-trained police commandos were killed Sunday in a “misencounter” with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

The MILF reported a higher death toll of 64 on the side of the elite police Special Action Forces (SAF), with eight MILF and BFF members killed.

Carvajal: Reform or abolish

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:04 p.m.

WHO will revise the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) law? That question is ominously perverse. If the SK law were to be revised now it will be by a Congress that teems with political dynasty patriarchs, guardians of second generation dynasty members who alone have the capacity to win in SK elections.

Tell it to Sunstar: Pope’s balancing act

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

ABE LINCOLN told the American people that: We can please some of the people all of the time, all of people some of the time but never all of the people all of the time.

Pope Francis was hailed as a new visionary for the Catholic faithful, i.e. Roman Catholics.

Editorial: Need for a new dump site

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council late last year moved for the appropriation of P60 million for the formulation of a 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan to be undertaken by the City Solid Waste Management Board.

Roperos: A police business

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

THE police have been the butt of suspicions or jokes or many other things the public mind may conjure.

But they figured prominently during the visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis, who truly needed their presence and services. The job that they performed, which was to secure the Pope, has been prominently pointed out in recent media reports.

Wenceslao: ‘Misencounter’ in Maguindanao

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

THE first question that came to mind when I read reports on that encounter between government troops and rebels in Maguindanao was, why was the Philippine National Police (PNP) involved? I always believed that waging war against separatists in Mindanao was the turf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Seares: That photo of Dodong Holganza

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

ON A wall of Sun.Star's central newsroom hangs photos of major news events in three decades of the paper's past.

One photo is that of Dodong Holganza sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk of Lopez Jaena St., Cebu, with two bodies on the street and, nearby also seated, his son Joeyboy and doctor friend Filemon Alberca. It was taken on Christmas Day morning, Dec. 25, 1982.

Niñal: Bob Marley, Freddie Aguilar in Miss U

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds. -Redemption Song (Bob Marley)

It was Bob Marley in my head as I wrote this post-Miss Universe piece yesterday. Blame it on Miss Jamaica. But don’t blame her for believing that Bob Marley is her country’s greatest contribution to the world, along with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

Tell it to Sun.star: Free speech

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

I FULLY agree with the opinion on the subject of your columnist Melanie T. Lim (Sun.Star Cebu, Jan. 25, 2015).

Editorial: Hiding the poor

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:59 p.m.

THE EUPHORIA had not yet subsided over the visit of Pope Francis to the country when journalists confirmed reports that the papal route in Manila had a facelift courtesy of zealous social welfare officials who cleared it of these daily eyesores: street families.

The news website Rappler reported last Jan. 20 that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) billeted street families in a Nasugbu, Batangas beach resort from Jan. 14 to Jan. 19, which coincided with the papal visit. The street families were seen again on Malate’s sidewalks on the day Pope Francis left for Rome.

Wenceslao: Will Senate pull the trigger?

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

THIS happened when I visited my old place in Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Sambag 2 in Cebu City a few years ago. Even before our sitio became a place cramped with people, fights just suddenly erupt. It erupted at that time in the street fronting our house.

Nalzaro: My appeal to Truya and Casino

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:57 p.m.

AGAIN I’m writing this as a matter of personal privilege.

The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has designated Asst. City Prosecutor Gandhi Truya as chairman of the three-man investigating panel tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the libel cases filed by a ‘has been politician’ against me. This, following the inhibition of senior Prosecutor Rogelio Del Prado, who admitted he has a blood relationship with the complainant. I admire Del Prado’s sense of delicadeza.

Seares: Why Dinkyhid thosechildren

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:56 p.m.

AN ISSUE that has raged since Pope Francis left for his Vatican home after his four-day stay in Manila and Leyte was the hiding of street children by DSWD’s Dinky Soliman.

Initially, she denied the story in the British tabloid “The Daily Mail,” which said the kids were removed from streets in “a cynical drive to smarten up the nation’s capital” ahead of the Pope’s visit.

Mongaya: Global Voices

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:55 p.m.

LINKING up with people who can help our local causes is something I like when participating in global conferences like the recent Global Voices Citizen Media Summit at the Cebu Provincial Capitol.

Echaves: Heeding the signs

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:53 p.m.

THANKS to Cebu City Councilors Lea Japson and Alvin Arcilla for pushing for the setting up of diabetes care centers in all 80 barangays.

Hopefully, the response will be fast, and results are visible in July, during the Diabetes Awareness Week.

Sunstar Essay: Taking it after him

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

THE mother of a friend planned to go to Manila to see the pope and went into an online search of a promo plane trip. She arranged to stay only for a day with a relative, something she had never done before but which seemed the best thing to do in that time as she thanked God for her life. But she ran out of good luck, the sponsored flights had soon sold out, also the regular trips. Other trips were available but they were too expensive for her.

Tabada: Seeking Peter Pan

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

FAITH was not the only beneficiary during the recent papal visit. The news media did quite well in the scramble to follow every step taken by the well-loved pontiff in Manila and Tacloban during the historic four-day visit.

Every day, after the novena mass at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, I looked for a copy of Sun.Star Cebu and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In our household, my 75-year-old mother and I have to get our hands on the paper edition of these dailies.

Wenceslao: Time for new faces to handle Sinulog

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:47 p.m.

ONE of the reasons why elections are important in a democracy is because these ensure that the vitality of a country’s leadership is maintained. The process prevents the long-term retention of power by an official who eventually exhausts the dynamism, initiative and creativity that he or she brings to the office when he or she was new to the job.

Malilong: Parental disenfranchisement

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:46 p.m.

THE incident involving a Cebu City Swat policeman and the Masbate Sinulog contingent headed by Gov. Rizalina Seachon- Lanete could not have created quite a stir were it not for the fact that the policeman was armed and the Masbate governor has been ambushed twice in the past and is therefore understandably security-conscious.

Lim: Free speech

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

IN THE aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the issue of free speech has been discussed and debated the world over. The proponents of free speech have repeatedly declared that the point of freedom of speech is the freedom to offend.

Briones: Traffic visionary

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

THE Philippines has earned the distinction of celebrating the longest Christmas season, one that starts as early as September and lasts until either the Epiphany or the Feast of the Black Nazarene, both on the first week of January.

But in Cebu, it’s even longer. Unofficially, Christmas doesn’t end until after the Sinulog, which takes place on the third Sunday of the month.

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