Cabaero: Where did fuel cost savings go?

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

OIL companies are eyeing a huge upward price adjustment soon, after months of bringing the cost of fuel down.

While this might not be totally unexpected, a price increase would break the string of price cuts Filipinos enjoyed, and raise the question for government on how the savings from the price adjustments were spent.

Malilong: Kennedy was not told to resign

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

HERE'S a bit of history, courtesy of Wikipedia:

“The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961.

Lim: Commander-in-chief

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

IT'S time the President came clean.

Why is Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF) chief General Getulio Napeñas taking all the blame for the Mamasapano massacre? It is ridiculous to imagine he was not answerable to anyone.

Briones: So...

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:11 p.m.

SO PRESIDENT Benigno C. Aquino III screwed up. Major. What happened last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao only proved what his critics have always known. PNoy is nobody’s servant. He dances to his own tune.

Mercado: Early nightmare

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:03 p.m.

IS THIS the 2004 nightmare come true far earlier?

In “The Garbage Book,” Asian Development Bank warned in 1984: Collection of just Metro Manila waste, in the next 30 years, “will require a line of waste trucks going three times around the earth (or) over halfway to the moon. The bill? Over P100 billion.”

Editorial: Love in the time of texting

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:44 p.m.

Many of us still think of Valentine’s Day in the traditional sense. We hear some radio commentators, for example, joke about how it will be SRO (standing room only) at the various motels today. And for a celebration that is highly commercialized, there’s another joke about telling employers to advance the payday to Feb. 14 instead of Feb. 15.

Libre: Say no to war

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:43 p.m.

NOBODY wins in a war. For even if there is a victor, the lives lost cannot be revived, properties destroyed cannot be regained, and wounds inflected on those who survive remain as scars for a lifetime.

The clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos has turned into a political circus with senators taking turns in either berating President Benigno Aquino III or demonizing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Wenceslao: MILF and the peace process, 3

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

TWO armed groups are currently negotiating peace with the Government of the Philippines (GPH), the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Talks with the NDF, the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), have been suspended. The GPH-MILF talks, however, are moving forward.

Barrita: PNoy should not resign

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

WE ARE a nation in desperate search of heroes. We call our overseas Filipino workers, or OFWs, as heroes for beefing up our foreign reserves with their dollar remittances. When taxi drivers return cash and valuable things left by passengers, we hail them as heroes.

Nalzaro: BBL will create a monster

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

BOTH chambers of Congress have suspended the hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because of the Mamasapano, Maguindanao encounter between elements of the PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) and rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last Jan 25 that resulted in the death of 44 SAF members.

Seares: Mayor's Complaint about reporters blaming their editors for errors

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

THE mayor’s outburst last Feb. 5 at a press-con was unprecedented in intensity, heat and lack of restraint.

Mayor Michael Rama’s audience was the City Hall press corps, who represented print and broadcast media in Cebu City.

Carvajal: Family Love Day

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

ALTHOUGH it is the feast of a saint by that name, Valentine’s Day is not a religious holiday. Not anymore today, anyway. St. Valentine’s feast might have been made to fall on Feb. 14 to “Christianize” the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia (Feb. 12-15) but it has long since been “re-paganized” into a worldly celebration exclusively of erotic love.

Wenceslao: MILF and the peace process, 2

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 01:05 a.m.

VIDEO clips from cell phone cameras on the encounter last Jan. 25, 2015 between elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Muslim separatist groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao have been posted on YouTube a few days before the clash. One video clip that has gone viral showed the shooting at close range of a wounded policeman, one of the 44 SAF members who died in the clash.

Seares: Messing with ‘chain of command’ concept

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THERE has never been any dispute about chain of command in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Under the Constitution, PNP is civilian in character. People who're not in uniform control or supervise the conduct of police members. Yet its personnel follow the chain-of-command concept: "they give orders to those directly below them and receive orders from those directly above them." PNP charts show the command route.

Lidasan: Understanding the Mamasapano incident

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:10 a.m.

WAS it a problem of lack of coordination, lack of trust, or simply a botched PNP Special Action Force (SAF) operation? These are the questions I asked myself as I watched the Senate hearing last Feb. 9, 2015.

We heard the issue of lack of coordination on the side of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and their Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF). Our Armed Forces of the Philippines through its 6th Infantry Division also claimed that there was lack of coordination.

Roperos: Ending red tape

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:01 a.m.

ONE of the most pernicious and crippling features that the rendering of public service suffers from is the generally recognized ailment of most governments in the planet, particularly in free and democratic government. This ailment is specifically called “red tape,” a kind of disease that affects the ability of government employees and workers to serve their offices' clientele.

Editorial: Saving the peace process

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:40 p.m.

MOHAGHER Iqbal, chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the current peace talks with the Philippine government, finally surfaced in the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) last January 25, 2015.

Yap: Parallel worlds

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

In a diner, you catch a glimpse of the tense fellow on Table 2 taking out from his breast pocket his home set of spoon and fork wrapped in Kleenex. Or lovebirds partaking on heart-winged tiramisu, while you mope over your mangled mango float. Point is, two meters away, parallel worlds exist, other realities shriek apart from your own.

Libre: Lighted present

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:02 p.m.

Cebu City asks contractors: Hire workers living near project site. Not a far-fetched idea.

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Tell it to Sunstar: Peace, not war

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:59 p.m.

(Manifesto of the Free Legal Assistance Group Region 7 on the recent carnage in Mamasapano, Maguindanao)

The Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag) Region 7 joins the whole nation in mourning the carnage in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25, 2015 that resulted in the death of 44 members of the PNP-SAF commandos.

Editorial: Chaotic so far

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:55 p.m.

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas was right. Relatives of the 44 elements of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who died in an encounter with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 can only move on if we get to the bottom of the incident. They need to get the truth of what happened.

Roperos: Tañon Strait

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:54 p.m.

FINALLY, the body of water that was my favorite swimming area when I was a kid in knee pants is getting attention from government VIPs after many decades of apparent neglect. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 and other similarly concerned non-government groups are making a General Management Plan (GMP) for the area.

Wenceslao: MILF and the peace process, 1

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:53 p.m.

THAT verbal exchange between Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles during the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano encounter showed either the divide between the senators and those involved in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or the effect when senators grandstand during sensitive proceedings.

Malilong: Tumultuous and chaotic House hearing

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

ARE we ever going to see the first nail hammered in the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) soon?

Seares: Purisima’s ‘advice’ Napeñas couldn’t refuse

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:51 p.m.

"As a general rule, people ask for advice in order not to follow it, or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it." -- Alexandre Dumas

ONE can imagine the predicament of then Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas.

Espinoza: Councilor Margot’s new pal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:50 p.m.

SACKED Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima, as a consequence of the massacre of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos, played with words in his testimony before the Senate committee hearing the SAF “encounter” with the Muslim rebels. What a shame!

Editorial: Convenient Aguinaldo doctrine

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

LESS than two weeks before his term ended and his new term was set to begin, San Fernando Mayor Antonio Canoy was found liable for simple misconduct by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The decision, approved last June 18, 2013 by a graft investigator in the Visayas and signed nearly 18 months later by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, carried a penalty of suspension for three months without pay.

Wenceslao: President’s role in Oplan Exodus

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:45 p.m.

IT WAS an interesting two days of hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chaired by Sen. Grace Poe. I just could not get my eyes off the live coverage of the proceedings. It gave me a better understanding of what happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 elements of the Special Action force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) died in a clash with Muslim separatist groups.

Nalzaro: Forget justice

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

RELATIVES, friends, comrades-in-arms and compatriots of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed in an encounter with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25 are crying for justice. The entire nation mourned for the “Fallen 44” and they were declared as “heroes.”

Relatives of the slain troopers asked President Aquino to give justice to their loved ones. But what kind of justice do they want? Justice by prosecuting the perpetrators? They should forget it. That will never happen. Believe me.

Barrita: Purisima’s advice

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

RESIGNED Philippine National Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima has denied taking a direct hand in the Jan. 25 police commando raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that led to the death of a wanted Malaysian terrorist and 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops.

All that Purisima told the probe led by Sen. Grace Poe, Senate committee on public order chair, was that he only gave advice. Sen. Poe found that unbelievable. But was Purisima, who was suspended at that time, disqualified from giving advice?

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