Editorial: Prepping for Christmas

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

DECK the streets with holiday décor and lights by Dec. 1.

Mayor Michael Rama wants Christmas to be seen and felt as soon as the calendar shifts to the final month. Last Nov. 17, Sun.Star Cebu’s Razel V. Cuizon reported that the Cebu City mayor is assigning public-private tandems to lead in the beautification drive of major streets, heritage sites and landmarks.

Wenceslao: Pacman’s win, Mommy Dionisia

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

MANNY Pacquiao won his bout against American boxer Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in Macau yesterday. He knocked down the game Algieri six times but could not put him out for good. The Filipino boxing legend no longer knocks out opponents like he did at the height of his boxing career. His last knockout victim was Miguel Cotto whom he defeated in the 12th round in 2009.

Nalzaro: Who’s next?

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

BOXING icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao turned his opponent, previously undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri, into a punching bag in their 12-round fight yesterday for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight division inside the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China.

Seares: If I were Atty. Ellie

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:47 p.m.

LAWYER Elias Espinosa, who writes a weekly column in Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu], will be invited by the Cebu City Council in connection with his disclosure that somebody made money from the scrap of the torn-down city hospital.

If I were Atty. Ellie, I’d reject the invitation because:

Mongaya: Ampatuan Massacre

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

CHRIS Algieri should have joined a run, not just a modeling session, instead of 12 rounds in a boxing ring with Manny Pacquiao. The guy surely ran around a lot. But let’s credit him for having survived 12 rounds with the Pacman despite six knockdowns.

Frankly, I enjoyed more the Twitter feed in both #PacquiaoAlgieri and #PacAlgieri than watching the actual fight. I also liked that commercial in YouTube where Manny taunted Floyd Mayweather.

Echaves: Closing a chapter

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 07:42 p.m.

IN JUNE 2012, US President Barack Obama saved from deportation 1.5 million young adults brought into the US illegally as children. Last week, Obama saved another 3.5 million illegal immigrants.

Expectedly, Republicans and many other Americans have howled in protest. These include, unfortunately, immigrants including Filipinos who have become citizens who think illegal immigrants should go through the ringer instead of take a walk.

Sunstar Essay: Motors creeping

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

HOW'S life in the bad traffic?

Whenever I’m caught in a cab during bad traffic on my way home from work out where other motor vehicles are trapped, I keep going back in mind to the time when I could drive straight with few shifting of the gear in a smooth-sailing without bad traffic.

Cabaero: Christmas decor

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

A VISITOR to Cebu asked me last week why she did not see Christmas lights and decorations on the city’s streets.

She noticed that there were no colorful lights and holiday trimmings on the main streets or on roads outside of malls. Other cities, like Makati, had all those decorations up as early as the first week of November. Not Cebu.

Briones: A child’s prayer

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

A FRIEND showed me an essay his son wrote for school. The topic: “Democracy: Government of the people, by the people and for the people.” I’d like to share it since I think Third Z. Tan, who is 12, has hit the nail on the head, so to speak.

Lim: Don’t drive

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

ACCORDING to the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PHP-HPG), road accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is the top cause of road accidents in the country.

Tabada: Bird drop

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

SO that is the sound a bird makes when it drops from the sky.

The husband and I were eating at a roadside diner that stood out by its lonesome in the strip of joints that was always full, lively and loud during the weekend exodus.

Tell it to Sunstar: SRP master development plan

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

THIS refers to the Sun.Star Cebu editorial on Nov. 14, 2014 titled, “Root of SRP problems.”

The editorial pointed out the “reality that the SRP (South Road Properties) lacks a master development plan and zoning guide” and attributed such omission to particular persons.

Editorial: Pope Francis’s itinerary

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

THE itinerary of Pope Francis once he arrives in the Philippines in January next year has already been announced. Organizers probably had a hard time fitting the Pope’s activities into the length of his stay, which is from Jan. 15 to 19. The pontiff will be here by way of Sri Lanka, which he will visit from Jan. 12 to 15.

Libre: Reason for the visit

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

THAT Pope Francis has not included Cebu as part of his itinerary has caused disappointment to a number of people, and already there is a clamor for the organizers to bring the Pontiff to Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in Asia.

Wenceslao: Arrogance of the ignorant

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

WHAT initially drew me to the radio program was the music played: Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga.” Then this supposedly respected Metro Manila TV/radio anchorman and his sidekick did what they do best weekdays every morning in their networks’ nationwide broadcast.

They inserted commentaries into a legitimate news story.

Nalzaro: Mary Ann’s tirade

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

CEBU City Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos challenged Sun.Star Cebu columnist and lawyer Eli Espinoza to name names and called him an irresponsible journalist after he wrote a column on the scrap metals from the demolished Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building. I don't know why Mary Ann reacted that way when Espinoza merely posed a question as to who benefitted from the scrap metals’ possible sale.

Barrita: PNoy’s successor

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino said the person he will endorse as successor may not necessarily come from his own party.

PNoy is now looking for a presidential candidate outside his party, the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Seares: Failure in justice system major cause of impunity

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

SINCE Nov. 23, 2009, the Ampatuan Massacre trial has moved oh so slowly, stuck in the mire of simultaneous hearings on petitions for bail filed by 58 of the 197 accused.

Five years ago on that day, 32 journalists and media workers, along with 26 other men and women, died in the worst single political killing in the country since the Edsa Revolution of 1986.

Carvajal: Without honor

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

WHAT could be a more obvious case of conflict of interest? Rep. Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa was a Cebu City councilor, a member of the ruling party Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and chairman of the council’s committee on education when he signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) making his school the recipient of Cebu City’s scholarship program for poor students.

Editorial: Political reality

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

CEBU City south district Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa responded to the Ombudsman decision seeking his dismissal from the service for grave misconduct by repeating the same claims that failed to get some traction when anti-graft investigators looked into the case.

Roperos: Faith and politics

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

HIS parents named him after the biblical figures Jesus, Joseph and Mary in the hope perhaps that he would be true to the Lord’s teachings.

That man, Vice President Jejomar Binay, was again in Cebu and, in fact, dropped by Balamban’s market place the other day where he was welcomed by an eager crowd that perhaps hoped to come closer to the “holiness” of the “three persons he was named after.”

Wenceslao: Being near Pope Francis

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

I DON'T know why Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is insisting on prodding the Vatican to have Pope Francis include Cebu in his visit to the Philippines. The Catholic Church recently announced the Pope’s itinerary during his “apostolic visit” to the country from January 15 to 19 next year.

His itinerary is limited to Leyte and Metro Manila.

Malilong: Bebot, Totol share the same view

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

CONGRESSMAN Bebot Abellanosa and former Transportation Secretary Totol Batuhan fought a bruising battle for the Cebu city south district congressional seat last year. I do not think the two have forgotten what the other said against or did to the other until now.

But they hold the same view on at least one thing and this is ironic: Bebot’s dismissal from Congress.

Seares: ‘Cong’ Bebot and conflict of interest

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

OF COURSE, the complaint against Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa was politically motivated: it was filed in the run-up to 2013 elections.

Of course, "Cong" Bebot was only one of 17 City Council members and the two schools that contracted with the city also had other officials.

Libre: Elevators grounded

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

CEBU City Council asks Ombud to probe Cebu City Medical Center’s (CCMC’s) scrap issue.

Surely, some CCMC officials want the probe junked.

Tell it to Sunstar: Binay’s obsession

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay’s obnoxious obsession to become president of this Republic now borders on dangerous delusion. He thinks that Filipinos are hopeless morons who can be manipulated by deceptive propaganda and unmitigated lies.

Editorial: Onset of ‘weak’ El Niño

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

WHAT Oscar Tabada, officer-in-charge of Pagasa-Visayas, said in a recent forum about Cebu’s weather is actually something that Cebuanos are already sensing. Rain has not fallen in torrents the past several days and our days are exceedingly hot.

Roperos: Political deals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

THE way some people are making use of politics to shield themselves from certain legal transgressions would seem that the so-called Aguinaldo doctrine is a convenient escape route. But there must be limitation to its use.

Espinoza: Legalize ‘habal-habal’ operation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

FORMER Mandaue City mayor Afredo Mendoza Ouano was laid to his final rest last Monday in the family’s mausoleum in the city. He was “Pedong” to his peers and friends and was endearingly called by his followers as “Ingko Pedong.”

Mandaue City lost a son whose political career was very colorful. Pedong was witty.

Wenceslao: A whammy for Abellanosa

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

CEBU City south district Rep. Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa labeled himself as actor Coco Martin look-alike in the 2013 elections. Now the joke is on the real Coco Martin who obviously does not want to be associated with a government official who will be charged with graft.

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