Nalzaro: Where’s the assistance for Yolanda victims?

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

THE explanation given by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 officials on the complaint of Ronda Mayor Nonie Blanco raises more conflicting versions than concrete justification.

Blanco complained that he did not feel the presence of DSWD in his town after it was battered by Seniang last week. Several houses were washed away by strong currents in the mountain areas of the town and the entire poblacion was flooded. Until now, the town center is covered with thick mud. The town also had the most number of casualties.

Barrita: People’s jeep, constables’ diapers

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 12:20 a.m.

SINULOG 2015 organizers and the Augustinian fathers at the Basilica del Sto. Niño are still talking about Plan B, the possibility of Pope Francis joining the Sinulog festivities in Cebu City, even for a brief stopover.

SINULOG 2015 organizers and the Augustinian fathers at the Basilica del Sto. Niño are still talking about Plan B, the possibility of Pope Francis joining the Sinulog festivities in Cebu City, even for a brief stopover.

Seares: Massacre in a newsroom: mourning the dead, rejecting their ideas

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

FIVE political cartoonists, working for the weekly magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” were among at least 12 people shot dead when three terrorists attacked the paper’s office in Paris last Dec. 7.

Reactions in Philippine media were initially not intense or profuse. The incident happened 7,043.1 miles away (14 hrs., 37 minutes flying time from Cebu): in another world, so to speak, with a separate environment and a different culture.

Carvajal: Too much politics

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 12:17 a.m.

IT IS not hard to figure out why local executives do not expedite disaster preparedness or any preparedness for that matter. They are confident they can be remiss in their duties and responsibilities to the town and still win re-election because all you need is a lot of cash, free health cards and promises of casual jobs to dole out to voters right around election time.

Editorial: Overriding a veto

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

WITH Team Rama gaining headway in the Cebu City Council when three councilors bolted the opposition Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) last year, the thinking was that the days of the said legislative body overriding a veto of a measure by Mayor Michael Rama was over. But it looks like analysts will have to revise that view.

Roperos: ‘Humane’ role

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:13 a.m.

WHAT came out as heart-warming was a portrait of a fisherman cradling a “green sea turtle” off Barangay Tinaan in Naga City, Cebu. The green turtle was enmeshed in a net (a pukot possibly). Its return to the sea is definitely a clear expression of some people’s humanity to their “fellow” being on our Earth.

Wenceslao: Binay at the Sinulog?

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:12 a.m.

IN THE old days, Cebuanos called the celebration “Fiesta Señor,” which is fitting because it is meant to be a toast to Cebu’s patron, the Señor Sto. Niño. That reference is being eclipsed by the word “Sinulog,” the dance for the Child Jesus transformed into a tourism come-on by the Cebu City Government. In “Sinulog,” the “Sto. Niño” is no longer around.

Malilong: That makeshift bridge in Dumlog

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:11 a.m.

EARLY in the second year of Mayor Mike Rama’s first term, I complained in this space about the deplorable condition of the roads in our neighborhood. To his credit, the mayor had the roads asphalted but not before asking his favorite cousin, now Metropolitan Cebu Waterworks District (MCWD) chairman Rene Mercado, if we were really friends.

Seares: When Binay must speak out himself

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

VICE President Jojo Binay, in his last Cebu sortie, said he has a new spokesman: Paolo Quicho, a lawyer. But he has "several" spokespersons, he added.

Nobody asked if each was assigned a specific area of expertise or authority. The public might be confused by different voices speaking on the same issues, such as why the VP wouldn't appear before the Senate or debate on his alleged unexplained wealth and would rather spend his time in Cebu.

Obenieta: Above all these infernal affairs

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

FEATHERS proved futile when some angels fell from grace. The moral of the biblical story stays relevant wherever brickbats fly in the face of the reckless. The heat is on, indeed, when the morale is low while expectations stay high. To uphold the law no less, the more it makes sense why the patron saint of the police is none other than Lucifer’s opponent.

Libre: Red-littered day

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

CAPITOL asked by Ronda town mayor: Give us dams.

If the response is delayed, Capitol will be flooded with more requests.

Cebu Citizens-Press Council statement on Paris attack

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 04:35 p.m.

STATEMENT Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC)

Jan. 8, 2015

Editorial: The Ronda case

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

THIS one is an old saying: “When you point an accusing finger at somebody, your three other fingers are pointing back at you.” But it can be applied to the conflict between Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco III and officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

Roperos: Opening moves

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

THE way various groups and individuals are moving to push forward their varied interests and goals for the year, we expect the concerned and committed ones among us to be seriously occupied with efforts to achieve their goals.

Active in the different venues and levels of the open field of social, political and economic struggle, we foresee how the year that has just begun could become a melee.

Espinoza: Capitol, DPWH should be ashamed

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

IT WAS downright an insult to Capitol and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials that resourceful residents of Dumlog, Sibonga were the first to set up a makeshift footbridge that reconnected travel from Argao to Sibonga and vice versa after the concrete bridge there was damaged by Seniang’s wrath.

It also showed how inutile DPWH is. That typhoon Seniang hit the southern part of Cebu during the Christmas holidays was no excuse for the department not to repair the damaged bridge or to provide a temporary footbridge for travelers.

Seares: Where PNoy’s vulnerable: in the neck

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

PRESIDENT Aquino told comedian-TV host Vice Ganda he'd rather have his girlfriend skip his neck if she'd kiss him. A bullet, he said, has been lodged in his neck: he was shot during a 1987 coup attempt against his mom, then president Cory Aquino.

He didn't explain in the 38-minute interview, aired Sunday night on ABS-CBN's "Gandang Gabi Vice," how necking would hurt him physically.

Tell it to SunStar: Gone astray?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:59 p.m.

I WONDER what Pope Francis would say if he witnessed in person or through the media the scandalously extravagant wedding ceremony of movie actress and model Marian Rivera and actor Dingdong Dantes at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City.

It was officiated by eight bishops and seven priests and attended by 40 sponsors and hundreds of the elite and the politically powerful in our society, headed by no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines, a third world country that only recently suffered massive devastation from super typhoons.

Editorial: Disaster’s frontlines

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

THERE’S a rule that the social welfare agency often brings up whenever local governments complain about relief goods being delivered late or not at all.

Roperos: An NFA problem

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

DURING the last days of the preceding year, close on the heels of typhoon Ruby, there was an effort on the part the administration of President Noynoy Aquino to tone down rural poverty.

Mark that the country was just starting to recover at that time from the beating of super typhoon Yolanda and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Can we ever soon forget these painful calamities and suffering?

Wenceslao: The ‘Erap Tony’ of old

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

DURING the last days of the preceding year, close on the heels of typhoon Ruby, there was an effort on the part the administration of President Noynoy Aquino to tone down rural poverty.

Mark that the country was just starting to recover at that time from the beating of super typhoon Yolanda and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Can we ever soon forget these painful calamities and suffering?

Nalzaro: Set aside politics, help the survivors

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

EVEN in the midst of a calamity, the ugly face of politics came into play. We know the political situation in the town of Dumanjug where Mayor Nelson Garcia and Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano “Gungun” Gica cannot see eye to eye. They have filed cases against each other. Garcia was preventively suspended for two months last year because of this.

Barrita: Water, water everywhere

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

RAGING floods caused by rains spawned by tropical storm Seniang washed away houses in the southern Cebu towns of Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda and Alcantara. In Ronda alone, at least 14 people were killed

In some areas near the river banks, survivors said the floodwaters reached even the rooftops of houses. There was water everywhere.

Carvajal: Unprepared

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:54 p.m.

NOBODY could have prepared enough for Yolanda. Her violent winds and storm surges were simply unprecedented.

After Yolanda, however, local government units have no more valid excuses to be unprepared in dealing with disasters. At the very least, they should not be blaming their post-disaster suffering on anything other than their own incompetence.

Tell it to Sunstar: The year that was

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:53 p.m.

LIKE 2013, the year 2014 was an eventful year that brought both despair and hope to the Filipinos.

In the national scene, the Bangsamoro draft law was sent to Congress by President Aquino in a historic meeting in Malacañang on Sept. 10, 2014 between the legal teams of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Editorial: Evacuation centers

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:47 p.m.

BUILDING two evacuation centers that can house over a thousand families in case typhoons hit the city is the latest of the many plans of the administration of Mayor Michael Rama that have yet to be realized. The biggest of these plans is still the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Roperos: New year thoughts

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:45 p.m.

DURING the mass last Sunday, the fourth day of the new year, the people who attended the ritual at the Balamban parish experienced rain and the wind. Indeed, rain and wind bedeviled us during the last few days of 2014 and the first days of 2015.

Note that events in the last days of the old year and the first few days of the new one did not seem to augur well for the next 12 months. And efforts are now ongoing to make the coming year a better one for all of us.

Wenceslao: Test for Davide, town officials

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:44 p.m.

MY WIFE Edizza, her siblings and her cousins will be sending today to Ronda town whatever goods they could buy from the meager amount they could spare from their limited family incomes. Her mother, a Tirad, is from the said town. Some of the relatives of my wife’s mother are still in Ronda, and the relief goods will go to them.

Malilong: Where are the calamity responders?

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:43 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) says it aims to finish one lane of the temporary steel bridge in Dumlog, Sibonga before the Sinulog. Promise, ha?

Seriously now, can we depend on the agency’s word? Let’s walk down (recent) memory lane.

Seares: PNoy does not have to act like a lame duck

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:42 p.m.

TECHNICALLY, President Aquino, like U.S. President Obama, is not yet a lame duck, which refers to completing one's term after one's successor is elected.

That's next year: for PNoy, after the May 9 election here and for Obama, after the Nov. 8 election in the U.S.

Niñal: Return of the comeback

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:41 p.m.

THERE are many reasons a writer stops writing – laptop bogging down, finger arthritis, or he has run out of adjectives and adverbs, parts of speech that he can’t live without.

I don’t know anything about laptops and finger arthritis. But about adjectives and adverbs, I suggest the writer listen to “A Whole New World” by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. The song is a wellspring of adjectives: shining, shimmering, splendid, fantastic, dazzling, crystal-clear, indescribable, soaring, tumbling, freewheeling.

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