Editorial: Umbrella revolution

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

THE yellow ribbon has found its match as a symbol of protest. To it, thousands of Hong Kong residents have added the everyday umbrella. For many, it was the only thing that shielded them from the tear gas and the blows from anti-riot police batons.

Roperos: Ethics in politics

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

WHAT seems quite disturbing to one who has made it a preoccupation to delve into the prevailing state of the country’s politics is the individual drift of our potential players for the nation’s top leadership positions.

This is truer to someone whom people have been expecting to contest for the highest position that is open for the picking in the next elections. But something happened to stymie it.

Wenceslao: Green Loop’s faulty premises

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

IT'S strike two against the Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) in my book. I supported this group years ago when it campaigned against the construction of additional flyovers in the city. But I felt it was overdoing things when it blocked the cutting of diseased acacia trees in southern Cebu recently. Now it is behind an "experiment" that caused inconvenience to many Cebuanos.

Nalzaro: Talisay City’s t-shirts purchase questioned

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

A T-SHIRTS and uniforms supplier has questioned the manner the Talisay City Government conducted the bidding for the supply of 2,022 pieces of t-shirts worth P707,700 for the activity of City Hall employees in connection with the observance of the Philippine Civil Service anniversary last September.

Barrita: Road sharing, road rage

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

AN EXPERIMENT is intended to verify, refute or establish the validity of a theory. The Movement for a Livable Cebu (MLC) held the Green Loop road-sharing experiment Sunday.

Perhaps, MLC wants to establish that the 95 percent of the people who don’t own vehicles want a share of the road.

Carvajal: Inappropriate

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

POLICE personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases at the Napolcom (National Police Commission) are not only kept in the service but are also promoted while their cases pend. This has never been officially denied by the PNP (Philippine National Police).

Tell it to SunStar: ‘Misleading’ photo

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

THE Southwestern University (SWU) community was appalled by the photo used in the article titled, “SWU goes to court vs. Ched 7,” published in Sun.Star Cebu on Sept. 28, 2014.

The photo was captioned: “No entry. A school bus of Southwestern University parks in front of the back gate of the school.” It is believed to have been taken sometime in March 2014 when the school was on break after its last graduation ceremonies.

Editorial: Not a one-way street

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

ANOTHER road-sharing experiment, another traffic mess. Same old, same old: intention good, execution faulty.

Roperos: Booming city

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

THERE was an obvious contrast between the community I saw almost three decades ago and the city I visited last Saturday in Davao del Norte. The first time I visited the area was about three decades ago when I was still in my late thirties. I traveled through Agusan del Sur as associate editor of the Sunday Times Magazine of Manila Times. Monkayo was the border town.

Cabaero: Filipinos in HK

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

NO Filipino has been injured in the pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong.

The safety of Filipino workers and tourists is a primary concern of the Philippine Government, except there might be a thing or two that Filipino advocacy groups in Hong Kong can teach demonstrators about social justice and political reform.

Malilong: Sharing narrow roads

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

OUR roads are narrow, always have been. On the other hand, the number of vehicles plying these roads has soared over the years. That is why we’re seeing traffic jams occurring everywhere.

When I was a younger lawyer, it took me less than ten minutes to drive from my place in Sambag 1 to the Provincial Capitol to attend to my court hearings. These days, I would be lucky if I could travel half the distance to dyCM in Fuente Osmeña in the same number of minutes.

Seares: Country for liars, old men

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

“(Butch) Abad is a liar--a congenital one.”--UNA president Rep. Toby Tiangco

“He (Fidel Ramos) is already old and he is still lying.” --Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

Tell it to Sunstar: Dumb and dumber

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

THAT'S how I see that string of "No U-turn" signs stretching from right after the Butuanon bridge to a little before the Tabok corner.

Now motorists coming out of Tabok bound for the north have to make a right turn and double back, technically, in the city square so they can go on towards their destinations.

Editorial: Burnishing the golden years

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:16 p.m.

DIFFERENT strokes for different folks” applies to the elderly as well.

Two recent measures address the sensitivity required in responding to the needs of senior citizens.

Wenceslao: Abellanosa’s “Epal” act

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:14 p.m.

I LIKE fellow columnist Juan Mercado’s take yesterday on the inclusion of former mayor Tomas Osmeña in the list of major beneficiaries of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in the House of Representatives. Osmeña was Cebu City south district congressman from 2010 to 2013.

Nalzaro: A crazy exercise

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

AS EXPECTED, traffic was worse as organizers and participants of the Green Loop’s road-sharing scheme conducted their activity late yesterday afternoon until in the evening. The activity took place from 3 to 7 p.m. along the major thoroughfares of Gen. Maxilom Ave., Gorordo Ave., Escario St. and Osmeña Blvd. (from Capitol to Fuente Osmeña).

Seares: Heckled in US: how P-Noy coped

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino must have been briefed that public officials are often heckled in the US.

And being a visitor wouldn’t exempt one from verbal assault by activists or crackpots.

Mongaya: Haven’t moved on?

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

PUGAD Baboy” said it well. “Matagal na raw nangyari ang martial law. Matagal nang patay si Marcos. Bakit ako hindi raw maka-move on?”

Of course, if moving on means forgetting that martial law ever happened or allowing Marcos loyalists to say Makoy was the best president the Philippines had, I refuse to move on. I will just keep on telling people “Never again.”

Echaves: Admission tests

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

EVEN this early, some schools in the country already conduct pre-admissions tests for the college level.

This means all students in such schools, while busily coping with their requirements to pass senior high successfully, will also need to define their career choices.

Cuizon: The Filipino in Ber

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

WE'RE getting through the first Ber month, September, until the last and celebratory month of the birth of Christ in December. The Filipino's Ber months season is said to be the longest festive charm in the world.

Mercado: ‘Pork’ by other names

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

Did the right hand of former city mayor Tomas Osmeña know what the left hand of former congressman Tomas Osmeña was doing? In a press interview last week, Osmeña, the citizen sketched, his proposals for a network of gabion dams and water impounding weirs. They’d conserve rainwater that today sloshes unused into the sea.

Catchment basins plus building water tanks could ease pressure on city aquifers increasingly tainted by irrversible salt intrusion.

Cabaero: The good we do

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:09 p.m.

THE Cebu Press Freedom Week ended yesterday, Saturday, on a happy note. A fun run in the morning and a fellowship in the evening.

Despite the many challenges in the industry and the failures of media to better inform the public, journalists found reason to celebrate the work they do.

Malilong: Another erring cop

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

The truth, according to Rogelio Amoroso Jr.:

He was drinking inside the Lotus Restobar in Lapu-Lapu City when 18-year-old John Stephen Lagsanay, a waiter at the same establishment, accidentally bumped him in the back.

Lim: Hiring seniors

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

A proposal to require businesses to hire senior citizens is being drafted by our city council. The time for public discourse is now.

I am all for supporting the well-being of the elderly but I am completely against compelling the business sector (under pain of penalty like revocation of business license) to fill in a certain percentage of their work force with senior citizens.

Tabada: Veronica & Betty, Rusty & Rusly

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

AKLANON or Akeanon” is the mother tongue spoken in the province of Aklan in the island of Panay. According to the 2013 edition of “Ethnologue,” Aklanon’s unique feature among the country’s mother tongues is the close-mid back unrounded vowel. This is the phoneme, “ea,” found in Akeanon.

On dry script, these details about Aklanon’s mother tongue may interest only linguists. Travelling from Caticlan ports to reach Boracay, arguably Aklan’s most famous destination, I catch snippets of Akeanon, drifting like strands of seaweed in the fast-moving polyglot currents.

Tell it to Sun.Star: A narcotic society?

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

Almost everyday most of the reports we hear are about crime: robbery, murder, rape, drug “pushing” and “using,” etc. In the past few months, it has been drug “pushing” and drug “using.”

The “use” of prohibited drugs such as shabu has become alarming. Users are no longer only the young but now include older people. They are no longer only the uneducated but also are the educated. They are no longer only the jobless but also are the employed, in both private firms and the government.

Editorial: Don’t forget the PDAF scam

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

AN interesting development in the current effort to weed government of the corrupt is the decision of the Sandiganbayan to grant Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s request for hospital detention until he is fit to be transferred to a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-administered facility.

Libre: : New Zealand polls

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

DEMOCRACY works, and it works well, in New Zealand. On Sept. 20, Kiwis went to the polls to vote for members of Parliament. The voter turnout was 77 percent or 2,405,652. The country uses the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system. A voter is allowed two votes, one for the electorate (equivalent to a district) and one for the party. It took me only less than a minute to cast a vote, as all that was needed was check the name of the preferred candidate and that of the preferred party.

Wenceslao: Will Binay’s evasive tactics work?

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

WHEN it rains, it really pours. With Vice President Jejomar Binay refusing to grace the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing on the supposed overpricing of the Makati City parking building, the probe has become like a dark cloud raining allegations of corrupt acts on him. I wasn't surprised, therefore, when yesterday's hearing featured Binay's lawyers attempting to stop the proceedings.

Nalzaro: Tomas’s DAP-funded projects

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

CITIZEN Tomas Osmeña has admitted he was one of the recipients of Malacañang's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds during his incumbency as south district representative. He said he received P124.124 million and is proud he was able to secure the amount despite being a neophyte congressman.

He said that at first he did not know where the money was sourced. He just knew it came from DAP when the appropriation became controversial and his name was listed as beneficiary.

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