Seares: Benito, Wilma, Joma: 2 dogs and a cat

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

TWO dogs and a cat belonging to top leaders of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People's Army (NPA) were released but owners Benito and Wilma Tiamzon detained with the animals are still in custody.

The pets may have provided some insight into the personality of the CPP-NPA chieftains. They are dog-and-cat persons who, studies say, talk to animals, are nature lovers and generally optimists.

Echaves: Women on the scale, 2

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:48 p.m.

THE celebration of International Women’s Month brings to light a checkered record.

Just as women judges and women lawyers are on a steady rise, there is also an increase of women in the government bureaucracy. The Civil Service Commission reports that, particularly for the technical or second-level positions, women make up the majority (59 percent) of the bureaucracy.

Tell it to Sunstar: Mayor didn’t sing

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

THE first time I attended a meeting with Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, he didn't sing.

His office was adorned with old photographs of Spanish mestizos. A picture of a strikingly, beautiful lady in black and white caught my attention.

Editorial: When religion goes wrong

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

DON’T mistake the fervor of the converted for the blindness of fanaticism.

It’s an idea worth more than a reflection.

Wenceslao: ‘High-maintenance’ pets

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:16 p.m.

WHEN a relative, a policeman, sought me out in the Camotes group of islands where I was staying, I knew I was in trouble. That was in late 1987, after I posted bail and was released from detention for a rebellion charge. Because I failed to appear in court weeks later, the court had issued a bench warrant against me.

Nalzaro: Will peace reign in Mindanao?

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:14 p.m.

I AM a full-blooded Mindanaoan. I was born and spent my boyhood in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte. I went to college in Zamboanga City, where I took up Mass Comm at the Ateneo De Zamboanga. It was where I also started my broadcast/journalism profession. That was 34 years ago.

Seares: Uncoupling, conscious or not, tears people apart

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

CONSCIOUS uncoupling,” definitely phrase of the week and probably sound bite of the year, is billed as “de-stressful” way of ending marriage.

In her blog, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, her husband of nearly 11 years, thus headlined their separation.

Mongaya: Peace in Mindanao

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:11 p.m.

WHILE everyone would not argue about the need for peace, several friends of different political persuasions sounded pessimistic when asked about the recent peace deal signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Echaves: Women on the scale

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

OVER a century ago, working women in the US said enough is enough.

So, they joined strikes to protest against low wages, lack of laws for women’s protection, and poor working conditions.

Sun.Star Essay: A chance for peace

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:10 a.m.

Back in my college days, I sat beside a young Muslim woman who kept quiet most of the time during classes, looking like she wasn't capable of making quick friends although she was friendly in her quiet smile and she was there to take up journalism. She was like a stranger in a land that wasn’t hers, like someone lost out in the huge forest without another human being in sight. This kept me from talking to her.

Mercado: Context

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:09 a.m.

US President Barrack Obama’s huge, bulletproof presidential limousine–nicknamed the “Beast”--was too big to squeak thru Vatican gates, a correspondent reported. So, Obama drove into the Vatican in a modest black four-wheel drive.

Such details spark human interest. So does historical context. Obama, in 2009, called on Pope Benedict XVI, now retired.

Briones: Forty-five years after

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:08 a.m.

THE New People’s Army (NPA), the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), celebrated its 45th anniversary yesterday.

Much has changed since a group of 72 fighters armed with light weapons decided to wage a protracted “people’s war” against the government.

Lim: Go grad!

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:08 a.m.

You are off to a whole new chapter in your life. Don’t waste any moment of it. You won’t realize it till it’s too late but the most precious thing in life is time. You can’t turn back the clock. Neither can you stop time. So live each day well and live life without regret.

You are no longer a child. You are now accountable for the choices you make. Now, it rests upon you to write the succeeding chapters of your life. You may have had troubled times in the past.

Malilong: Dust, heat at Quimonda

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:07 a.m.

WHAT'S happening at Southwestern University (SWU)? Or maybe the question should be, what’s happening to Southwestern University?

I pass by SWU’s Aznar Road gate everyday and couldn’t but notice, during the last few days, the presence of vehicles, including a university bus, barricading it. I was told that the other entry points to the campus, as well as the Aznar Coliseum have been similarly shut.

Tabada: Mad men and mermaids

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 02:05 a.m.

ROUTINES play a big role in barbershops. When schools open, nearly everyone who walks in sits for a clean cut: ears in the open, hairline clear off the top of the collar.

In summer, the walk-ins invariably ask for the bald-as-a-billiard-ball look. In our “suki barberohan” near the old Mandaue City public market, nearly everyone who walks in often walks out looking alike. You could rob a bank or own it: for P35, you got the same look.

Editorial: Twist in Archival slay probe

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

WITH only a few clues dug up about the killing of lawyer Noel Archival and his two companions, some people actually expected the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Investigation Task Group Archival and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to eventually hit a blank wall in their probe.

Libre: What will Putin do?

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

THE United States (US) and the European Union (EU) have taken a united stand in condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea, with US President Barack Obama labeling Russia as a “regional power” and attacking Russian President Vladimir Putin for using “brute force” and for the latter’s “older, more traditional view of power.”

Wenceslao: Peace pact signing and a brawl

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

FINALLY, the comprehensive peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been signed. The ceremony attended by more than a thousand guests at the Malacañang grounds last Thursday was therefore historic.

Nalzaro: ‘Leap of faith’

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

I AM entertaining the idea of setting up my own religious group once I retire from my media work. I have observed that the best “racket” in this world is using belief and religion.

Barrita: Peace in Mindanao

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:28 p.m.

PEACE may have finally dawned in Mindanao with the signing in Malacanang Thursday of a historic peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels after 17 years of negotiations carving a new, autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Seares: When a broadcaster sues a newspaper for libel

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

IT IS not a matter of “can”: any natural or juridical person can legally sue for libel over an “offensive” publication.

Public officials, private persons, and associations or corporations may go to court when they are libeled, slandered or defamed.

Carvajal: Makes sense

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

FOR all her eccentricity, Sen. Miriam Santiago not only has a quick wit but also makes a lot of sense when she uses it either in jest or in all seriousness. I have been debating with myself whether to support the proposed Charter change exclusively on its economic provisions when her recent comments on it settled the issue for me.

Editorial: Talisay landing

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

ANOTHER anniversary of the Talisay landing on March 26, 1945 was held last Wednesday.

And like many other commemoration of historic events in Cebu, the activity was noticed only by the place where it happened.

Roperos: Ideology, dissent, 3

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

WHEN Elpidio Quirino was president, he was blamed by the nation’s media for all the new republic’s ails. They accused him of inadequacy, and incapability to restore peace and order in the country.

Wenceslao: Thoughts on the arrest, 2

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

HERE are more thoughts on the arrest of Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines:

--Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Chief Danilo Constantino raised the possibility that Benito, the alleged party chairman, and Wilma, the alleged secretary-general, were on R & R (rest and recreation) in Cebu. But there’s no such thing as R & R for CPP cadres, only R (rest) perhaps.

Seares: ‘Planted’ evidence; ‘poisoned’ tree and fruits

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

ASK a police officer about "planting" evidence. On

little prodding, he'd say it's standard tactic when cops are in a pinch: to get themselves off the hook or nail down a suspect.

Yap: The plane and the prince

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

IN THE first years of teaching, which was like almost a decade ago, when students discover that I write for a paper, there was usually that amused look and I'd grow inches taller. Today, even as I find myself dropping that credential in the middle of explaining a point, they'd give me that look that says, “What is this T-Rex doing here?” That's when I take a seat, speak low and be grave. You see, I begin, the dinosaur that you see before you is not just a dinosaur.

Libre: ‘Suroy-suroy’ abroad

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

TALISAY City mayor slashes councilor’s job-order staff after tree-cutting allegation. His directive to those affected: Log out.


Seares: ‘All dead’ message by text

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

THERE'S a debate going on whether Malaysia Airlines was cruel when it "texted" a message of "all dead" to relatives of victims in flight MH370.

Editorial: Looking for guns

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 would actually have been remiss in its duty had it not searched the house rented by arrested Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders in Sitio Boloc-boloc, Barangay Sangat, San Fernando last Tuesday.

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