U.S. President Barack Obama last Sept. 7 admitted it did not look good when front-page photos of the president smiling and relaxing in a golf buggy at a course just minutes after commenting on the beheading of an American journalist.
President Noynoy Aquino, visiting the Luneta where hostage-taking of a busful of Hong Kong tourists last Aug. 26, 2010 killed 8 HK citizens, was photographed smiling.
AFTER its success in loosening up the Cebu City Council on the issue of selling South Road Properties (SRP) lots, Team Rama has admitted that it is trying to move to the next phase, which is to reorganize the chairmanships of the legislative body’s “meaty” committees, like the powerful budget and finance committee held by Councilor Margarita Osmeña.
WHEN at 25 years old Sergio Osmeña became the youngest governor of Cebu in 1904, it jumpstarted his political career. Four years later, at 29, he ran as assembly man and won, thus becoming its first speaker. He later became senator and when the Philippine Commonwealth was initiated by the United States of America (USA) in 1935, he was elected vice president to President Manuel L. Quezon.
SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago, to her admirers, is one of the better presidents this country never had. Her star shone bright when she was viewed as a no-nonsense government functionary under then president Corazon Aquino in the late ‘80s. She had the intellect and the swagger to tangle verbally with the corrupt, hurling insults where filing cases against them were ineffective.
IT IS no longer a secret and it is not surprising. City Hall wants to have control of the city council. But will they succeed?
They tried last Wednesday but failed. They will try again. Mayor Mike Rama wants a “more cooperative” legislature and the task of putting that in place falls on the shoulders of his consultant, ex-councilor Joey Daluz.
HULIDAP, n. A non-English term, a fusion of the Tagalog word “huli” (arrest or catch) and the last syllable of the English word “holdup.”
THERE are variations of "hulidap" but the two major categories are (a) when genuine law enforcers arrest a criminal or an innocent person as pretext to rob or extort or (b) when robbers or extortionists, posing as law enforcers, use the arrest to stage the crime.
RELIEF goods for Yolanda survivors wasted.
People responsible for this mess should be relieved from their posts.
ON THE four Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors who recently allowed the sale of South Road Properties (SRP) lots:
Thank goodness they have finally come to their senses. They were elected to serve the people of the city of Cebu not to serve their "bossing."—0917-6381466
A VETERAN investigative journalist once told me that, in the Philippines, she wouldn’t dare write a probing piece about the drug problem because that would be similar to committing suicide.
The illegal drugs network is vast and has many tentacles to reach and, perhaps, control through big payoffs or threats those who endeavor to curtail its operations. That tentacle reaches far and deep into media, she said, so you could just imagine its stretch in government.
A foundation to produce better politicians?
This can be considered one of the interesting proposals that have come out of the annual Osmeña Day celebration. Setting that foundation up is said to be a project of the Osmeña clan, said one of Don Sergio Osmeña’s grandsons, Antonio. That should be a game changer as far as the yearly commemoration of Osmeña’s birthday is concerned.
IT IS hard to overwork your credibility but according to law enforcers, they are “shoring up as crimes such as theft” may increase at the start of the “ber” months. Or so the police is said to be expecting it.
The “ber” months are September, October, November, and December. Strangely, of course, that the four months somehow form a season.
A PORTION of the Guadalupe river passes by the sitio where I grew up as it snakes towards the sea. That portion of the river forms the boundary of our village, which is part of Barangay Sambag 2, with Barangay Calamba. Calamba, in turn, is a neighbor to the other side with Barangay Labangon where the Cebu City National Science High School is.
That setup posed some problems for me after I decided to enroll in Science High for my first year in high school. When I chose to commute, I needed two rides to reach Labangon: the first was from B. Rodriguez St. to Colon St. and then from Colon to Labangon; the second was from V. Rama Ave. in Barangay Calamba to Taboan, then from Taboan to Labangon.
IT IS revolting to know that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) kept in the bank P735.3 million in cash donations instead of using it for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. The Commission on Audit (COA) said that from the P740.2-million foreign aid for Yolanda victims, DSWD kept P735.3 million in its bank account.
This means only P3.9 million was spent. Do I smell something fishy here?
IN THE family of natural disasters, floods are the inconvenient uncles, visiting often and unannounced and leaving a trail of suffering in their wake.
Those of us who live in the more vulnerable parts of Metro Cebu have resigned ourselves to floods. When the rain wouldn’t stop last Monday, certain schools ended classes early. Workers fished out their wading boots before heading home. Street kids waited on the edges of flooded roads, ready to push stalled motorcycles and cars.
ONE of the long-standing and nagging problems of this country, if not really the most nagging one in memory, is food shortage, particularly that of rice. Rice is the cereal identified as national staple. When there is talk of self-sufficiency in food, government leaders generally mean rice, rather than other food crops.
THE commission of the crime was so brazen--done in broad daylight (2:45 in the afternoon) in a busy road (Edsa in Mandaluyong City)--only persons with the swagger of being authorities could have perpetrated it.
Two men in a white Toyota Fortuner were stopped by armed men in three other vehicles and a motorcycle. The perpetrators, brandishing their firearms, even smashed the windshield of the Fortuner.
DEAR WONG, the passenger who complained on the bad service of Cebu Pacific, was offered refund of his Cebu-Manila-Cebu tickets. But he declined and will instead pursue his plan to sue the airline company.
Outspoken Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has spoken. He said the Senate inquiry over the “overpriced” Makati City parking building has diverted public attention from urgent issues.
Salceda said the prudent thing to do was to file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.
INDEED, the Senate investigation is politically motivated. Like all other such hearings, it is in aid not of legislation but of political ambition. Unfortunately for Vice President Jejomar Binay but fortunately for Filipinos, the grandstanding of the Sen. Antonio Trillanes-Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tandem has, to everyone’s surprise, gained a lot of traction.
HIS Christian name was taken from the three most noble and enduring historical figures of Christianity (Je from Jesus, Jo from Jose and Mar from Maria) Jejomar’s parents during his baptism had hoped that this boy would grow up true to his name and walk the straight path of honesty, humility and uprightness.
I HAVE a bad feeling about President Noynoy Aquino’s close relatives, spokespersons and partymates insinuating behind the scenes or publicly asserting support for the adoption of Vice-President JejomarBinay Sr. as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate. This amoral but politically convenient endorsement tells me they are for “daang matuwid” not because it is the right for the nation butbecause it is a winning formula.
DON’T miss modernization for the trees.
Some find fault with the derailing of the Naga-Carcar road widening project to spare the destruction of the century-old trees growing along the highway.
THE higher you soar, the harder you fall is an admonition that should be given to the ambitious, especially in politics. The “soar” part can be figurative or literal--literal like, in this current age, in popularity surveys.
LAST Wednesday, we accommodated the letter-complaint of Dean Wong about his sad experience with Cebu Pacific regarding their flight last Aug. 29. Wong and his family were scheduled to spend their vacation in Bali, Indonesia, but they failed to catch their flight because their flight from Cebu to Manila was late. Worse, their flight was diverted to Clark because, according to the airline’s pronouncement, NAIA was closed for periodic maintenance.
NOT since that surrealistic lyric of “MacArthur Park” by songwriter Jimmy Webb about someone having “left the cake out in the rain” has stuff about cakes seized national interest.
People talk about Sen. Nancy Binay and her cakes: not one cake that in Webb’s song took so long to bake and whose recipe was forever lost, but thousands of cakes that Makati gave away to senior citizens on their birthday, which Nancy, not yet a senator then, allegedly sold to City Hall at P1,000 each.
THEY are not exactly banning selfies. The bill proposed by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez only prohibits taking the photo of somebody else without their permission and thus protect the person’s privacy.
I LIKE baby steps, especially when the alternative is no step forward.
So when P-Noy announced in his inaugural speech four years ago the demise of the “wang-wang” (sirens blasting from moving vehicles), that was a happy moment. For ages, people… especially politicians… always announced their entry by motorcades practically bleating “Here I come, so get out of the way!”
When it’s too hot in El Niño, water somewhere is running out. This is climate change affecting our water resources. But another research says No, it’s the growth of population--not rainfall on the wrong month--that makes some parts of the world go into a water crisis.
IT IS tragic yet painfully true.Few Cebuanos today have patchy memories, at best, of why we’ll have a non-working holiday come Tuesday.
Courtesy of Republic Act 6953, we can goof off because that’d be that'd be the 136h birth anniversary of Sergio Osmeña Sr. As the fourth Philippine president, he led a war-shattered country into a new republic.
There is a movement in the United States to make government recognize Internet service as a utility, like electricity, because going online is now a need.
The Internet is needed for almost everything– read or watch news, talk to family members, purchase goods, compare prices, get telephone numbers and directions.