METRO Cebu Water District’s (MCWD) Dec. 30, 2013 advertisement that appeared in the local papers contained an announcement that wipes out the small 5 percent prompt payment discount enjoyed by the poor and low water consumption consumers.
How can the poor ever consume 51 cubic meters of water a month, which is equivalent to over 2,000 kerosene cans?
CITOM will start apprehending kids rollerblading or skateboarding on the streets of Cebu City. About time it did.
SOME members of Congress have misused or abused their parliamentary immunity, or the privilege they enjoy as provided for in Section 11, Article VI of the Constitution.
The privilege has become a personal thing to some senators. They use it to defend themselves from accusations or to hit back at their foes. Or they make a circus out of it for their benefit. This is not the intent of the law.
“Dick: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. Cade: Nay, that I mean to do.” --From ‘Henry the Sixth’
BY THIS TIME lawyer bashers must know that the line from Shakespeare's play doesn't malign lawyers and instead praises them as "guardians" of law and order.
NOT long after the Supreme Court (SC) ruled yesterday to uphold much of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Filipinos vented by posting sarcastic comments on Twitter, using the hash tag #NonLibelousTweet.
TAKEN all together, the matter of developing and growing economically actually means our capability to change whatever material resources we have from our environment and improve or transform these into something useful or consumable.
Driven by the need to exist or survive, people become visionary, creative, or innovative. Thus, they seek and transform things to meet their needs, or answer a demand in their effort to survive.
I COULD not recall now the exact date, but it was in 1987. I was among two people who were nabbed in a raid by the combined force of two units under the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 somewhere in Barangay Sapangdaku. My companion, an old farmer, and I were brought to one of the units’ headquarters inside Camp Sergio Osmeña.
I WAS about to write my column yesterday afternoon when S/Supt. Erson Digal, chief of the operations and plans division of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 called me up and informed me about the ambush on lawyer Noel Archival and his companions in Dalaguete town. I immediately instructed the dySS newsroom to call the Dalaguete police station and Chief Insp. Rico Emperoa, its police chief, for confirmation.
MY FRIENDS, all rice eaters, were amused when an official of the National Food Authority (NFA) requested the Cebu City Government to pass an ordinance requiring establishments in the food serving industry in the city to include half-rice servings in their menu.
I don’t know whether my friends look at their plates as half empty or half full.
WHAT we see is not always what the movies show. As the vividness of make-believe blazes the world over from the fortress of Hollywood, even the hard of hearing can’t miss the message from some of its stars: There’s more to tell than the image they impress upon and sell to its audience.
Applause for authenticity, loudly does it. So goes the encouragement from the enlightened in spite of the intolerant who may as well be gasping with surprise, if not squirming, at celebrities who reveal their real sexual orientation.
ELECTED government officials ought to consider themselves mandated to give priority effective attention to another kind of death penalty. It is not the kind that Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III proposes to restore but the extra-judicial variety that political lords, land/business lords and other lords impose with impunity on often poor and innocent people who stand in the way of their greed and/or madness.
Since Senator Sotto is certainly not pea-brained (at least he knows how to plagiarize?) his proposal to restore the death penalty can only mean he is in denial of the fact that the death penalty in world history has never substantially deterred the commission of heinous crimes. If the idea is to lower the crime rate (and not to grandstand?) good police work is more to the point. Even much more to the point is a one-tiered justice system that is truly blind to the socio-economic standing of persons.
IT’S good that farmers and the barangay chiefs of Cebu City’s mountain areas of Babag, Malubog, Sibugay and Sirao have gathered the courage to ask government to correct an injustice they suffered more than three decades ago.
They want to recover hectares of land that were virtually confiscated by them by the administration of then president Ferdinand Marcos and his businessmen-friends (cronies).
SO what if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last Feb. 3 threatened on the Senate floor to gun down suspected rice smuggler David Tan a.k.a. Davidson Bangayan and not a squawk from the senators?
Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Miriam Santiago in separate speeches last Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 hurled slime and mud at each other -- and no senator was scandalized.
EVERY proposal to create a new congressional district has the same justification: with a smaller area, a district can benefit from more projects from the national government.
This was what former congressman Pablo Garcia invoked as reason when he filed the bill to split the province’s second congressional district into two. Noy Pabling lost his re-election bid last year but his replacement has turned out to be just as eager to share his district with another congressman.
IF the country’s bigger educational institutions are visibly in a frenzied pace, charge it to the looming Asean Integration in 2015.
Yes, that’s next year.
SCIENCE and religion are related to each other and have something in common, something related to mystery, although, at first sight, science deals with the secular and religion with the sacred.
Both science and religion are searching for truth in the world and in reality. They develop theories but every time again they discover, they never can fully understand the reality. And this is so because the human brain has its limitations.
BLESSED are they who dedicate their lives to the furtherance of their faith in whatever way or manner for the door of heaven would be open to them. So goes the message of the Catholic lay leaders to the believers in their respective communities.
This lay advocacy may not have been so well-grounded in Christian consciousness as deeply as it has been in recent months during the papacy of Pope Francis, the bus-riding prelate from Argentina.
SEN. Jinggoy Estrada talked at the Senate floor yesterday about being tried by publicity.
That day incidentally was his 51st birthday and he hosted a lunch for his political allies, family and friends also in the Senate.
LAST Feb. 14, St. Valentines’ Day, lovers were not the only ones on alert.
A police official said they would monitor couples entering pension houses, motels and hotels on this day as some of the women may be victims of prostitution, said Insp. Sheryl Bautista.
I GREW up during the Martial Law years, a period in Philippine history when a dictatorial administration headed by Ferdinand Marcos abolished Congress and governed sans any opposition to its rule. Without anybody scrutinizing its acts, government was free to experiment on anything, including how to run the country’s educational system.
A RESIDENT of Dalaguete, who asked not be named for fear of reprisal, sought my assistance in calling the attention of the police hierarchy to investigate a shooting incident in a mountain barangay in the town that involved a habal-habal driver and members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB).
The letter-writer who claims to be a relative of the victim, 28-year-old Jeffrey Canada, a resident of the southern town, said Jeffrey was ferrying three passengers, two of whom are minors, from the poblacion to the mountain barangay last Feb. 10.
MOST everyone weighed in with his idea of how Ruby Chan Tuason, former socialite and confessed money courier of “pork barrel queen” Janet Lim-Napoles, fared in her Senate testimony last Feb. 13.
LOCAL government leaders in Cebu seem to be oblivious to the worsening congestion of container vans at the Cebu International Port (CIP) leaving this problem to port stakeholders to thresh out. The politicians are busy with petty politics that they don’t realize the impact of the tall piles of container vans at the port area on Cebu’s economy.
AMONG my nice-to-do’s is being on a “revalida” panel for graduate students. That’s when information sharing takes a fast lane, and the roundtable tidbits are raw and plenty.
That’s also when I get updates about practices and activities of industries and other organizations, some of which have gone low-profile after the initial phase of intense controversy.
AT my age, I don’t drive anymore. But I still scramble in my seat to hit the “brake” fast at the back seat of the taxicab when the driver almost misses to step on it. I try to close my eyes or look out to my side so as not to pay attention to my worry but there’s no way you can forget that your life is in the hands of a driver.
Et ees a puzzlement,” said actor Yul Brynner in the Broadway muscial, “The King and I." He played the role of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s,
That line sums up the study “The Puzzle of Economic Growth and Stalled Health Improvement.” This is buttreessed by two other Philippine Institute for Development Studies papers: “Explaining the Large Disparities in Health” and “Making Health Financing and Services More Inclusive.”
A day after some local business leaders urged the national government to fast-track the award of the Mactan Cebu International Airport project to the winning bidder, we learned that seven out of nine Cebu district congressmen have already sought a congressional inquiry of the bidding process.
ANOTHER whistleblower comes forward with testimony in the biggest corruption scandal of the country.
We’ve always known that corruption is rife in our country. Many of us actually believe that government officials who do not steal are the aberration.
CHANCES are Friday’s fare in traditional and social media included accounts of the horrendous traffic situation in key Philippine cities, difficulties in getting seats in restaurants and entertainment places, the ridiculous cost of roses and other flowers, and the spike in hotel bookings – all occurring largely because of the confluence of three events. Valentine's Day 2014. On a payday. And on a Friday.
SHE certainly was not the only naïve creature in fairy tales. But I think Little Red Riding Hood, who mistook a wolf for her grandmother and got eaten alive for her troubles, was a victim who got off lightly.
In one version, a hunter slays the wolf and slits its stomach to release grandmother and grandchild, a little slimy but intact.