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.
TALISAY City mayor slashes councilor’s job-order staff after tree-cutting allegation. His directive to those affected: Log out.
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.
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.
AT THE time when the Philippines won its independence from the United States of America (USA) in 1946, then newly elected President Manuel Roxas became a sort of shock absorber, as well as heir of the national ails that the post-war nation and fledgling young republic in Southeast Asia had to face.
In sum, it was during this period when the seeds of discontent and dissent over the American presence in the country began to take root.
One of the events we looked forward to when we were younger lawyers was the IBP-Mini Olympics. It was held annually with Integrated Bar chapters not only in Cebu but also in the islands of Panay and Negros and the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga del Norte taking turns hosting it.
Lawyers are, by nature or by training, overly competitive so it was not unusual that we had arguments. But they never got out of hand except in that regrettable incident at the Aznar Coliseum where some members of the Cebu team beat up a compañero from Davao during a basketball game.
Blink, and all that’s left to see is often a blank wall. Dead ends are inescapable unless we can find ways to stop being shortsighted.
Clarity, of course, is anything but orderly as long as our suspicions loom with a view of our uncertainty up to the slippery slope of our insecurities. See how, stealthy does it, strategic cameras have spanned as well as swiveled around the gap between villainy and its victims.
THE fire that hit Lorega last week was so big the Cebu City Government declared the city under a state of calamity. I passed by the place other day. What used to be a densely populated community is now free of houses.
One of the problems that the firemen encountered during the blaze was the lack of passageways. Hence, the city government is preventing lot occupants from returning until after the area is re-blocked to provide access roads.
THE fact that Cebu-based military and police officials kept uncharacteristically quiet about the capture of alleged Communist Party leaders Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria is no surprise.
THE arrest over the weekend of top leaders of the CPP-NPA or the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, calls to mind the long-drawn struggle between the right and the left in our ideologically divided society.
The left likes to think of it as a clash between the rich and the poor. It was a rather awkward way of classifying our people. Some students of sociology thought of it as an encounter between the “haves” and “have-nots.”
PARENTSS, or okay some parents, of the football players of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) have issued a statement last March 20 regarding the brawl that broke out during the match between SHS-AdC and Alcoy Football Club (Alcoy FC).
They defended Enrico Mongaya, the parent who was shown in photos shot by Sun.Star Cebu lensman Allan Cuizon as hitting in the head Alcoy FC goalkeeper Rodenel Binolirao while the latter was pinning down SHS-AdC player Jose Mari Kwan. Binolirao and Kwan are both under 18 years of age.
ONE of the many issues faced by Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes (JVR) is nepotism. JVR has employed his close relatives, making City Hall look like a family corporation.
THE Cebu City Government spent millions of pesos in buying closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that were installed in areas where most of the crimes were committed to help the police solve crimes.
CCTV cameras have been proven useful for giving the police important leads in cases where there are no witnesses.
IT HAS become crystal clear recently that cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) guard the integrity of their honor code like a she-lion guards her cubs, with a fearsome killer instinct. Yet, nothing can be more incongruous because this otherwise admirable scenario plays out with, in the background, flag officers, many of them PMA graduates, being indicted for stealing people’s money.
IT LOOKS like the violence that erupted during the football match between Sacred Heart School (SHS)-Ateneo de Cebu and Alcoy FC more than a week ago is still a topic among netizens and some interested sectors. Partisans of both sides seem determined to continue to keep the flame of discussion burning.
ONE thing I learned only a few days ago is that the diplomatic corps of our consulate in New York truly takes care of our Filipino citizens and holds very warm relationship with them.
BENITO Tiamzon and Wilma Austria-Tiamzon were arrested by military and police elements while in a group riding two vans in Barangay Zaragosa, Aloguinsan town in Cebu province. The military claimed Benito is Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman while Wilma is the party’s secretary general.
ISN'T it awkward, a listener asked Frankahay Ta! yesterday, that while a police applicant has to be a college degree holder, there is no minimum educational qualification required of candidates for public office?
I didn’t know that the bar for entry to the police force has been raised; my father only got as far as Grade VI and he was our town police chief. I thought that the current academic requirement of a policeman is a high school diploma.
“For human beings, the essence of their existence is the pursuit of happiness. The essence of government is the pursuit of happiness.” --- “Gusto ko happy ka!.”
WOULD YOU believe that only one person is credited for both quotes: Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile? He said them during the 2010 senatorial campaign, the first to explain the second, why he used the catchphrase in his posters and TV ads.
FROM the day he won the vice-presidency in the 2010 national elections, Vice-President Jejomar Binay had been casting a moist eye on the presidency.
To be president of this country is a legitimate aspiration. But to announce one’s ambition at a time when the country is still reeling from the impact of tremendous national problems due to natural and man-made calamities, with the elections still two and a half years away, is not a propitious timing.
DEVELOPMENT is the proverbial Catch-22 situation: leave resources untouched, the people suffer; cater to settlements, deplete resources.
“Sustainable development” is supposed to solve this dilemma. Progressing at a pace that meets present needs and secures future generations demands stewardship of resources that need time to renew.
YESTERDAY it rained, and I thanked the Lord.
Our house temp rests on Sunday, too, so watering the plants would have been among my weekend tasks. But it poured, filling up the five barrels to catch the rain.
THE two big consortiums slugging it out to undertake the multibillion-peso modernization program of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport are employing public relations ostensibly to gain publicity mileage and perhaps to condition the public that they are the most qualified to undertake the project.
LOOK what they taught in college, which should make us wary about when we read or hear them now:
l When President Aquino said he didn’t want Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to quit because he wanted him in his Cabinet, it was, back in school, “circular reasoning”: the reason given is the same matter being explained. A trick of persuasion Palace communicators unabashedly used.
THAT Enrico Mongaya is my brother is no secret. Our friends in Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita know that. I openly talked about it in social media even if friends like lawyer Rex Fernandez advised against engaging the anti-Rico groundswell.
I REMEMBER in my elementary years at Sacred Heart School for Boys when I figured in a fistfight with my fellow classmate while playing a heated basketball game after school hours at the Mango Ave. campus.
THE first-page photo of Prime Sports in this paper’s issue some days ago is strange-looking to a simple sports reader. It is a picture of two boys in a headlock during a football game of boys 18-Under between Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and the Alcoy Football Club in the 16th Aboitiz Football Cup held at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Mandaue last March 16.
POPE Francis is the best known Jesuit today. He’s the first member of the Society of Jesus, organized by Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier and companions in 1542, to sit on Peter’s chair. Many Filipinos hope that when he visits South Korea this year, he’ll make a side trip here to meet Yolanda victims.
The news item on a lesserknown Jesuit appeared last week in the inside pages of a few papers: Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, of Shanghai, a leader of China’s underground Catholic community, died March 15. He was 96.
HALFWAY across the globe, history seems to be repeating itself.
Towards the end of last month, Russian special operations troops marched into Crimea to seize the peninsula from Ukraine.
THEY say it began with trash talk. Well, if it is true that the parents, players and supporters of the SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) team were calling the Alcoy FC players “taga-bukid” (from the boondocks) during the 16th Aboitiz Football Cup last Sunday, that’s just so sad. It’s bad enough when kids engage in unproductive behavior.
It’s tragic when parents join in. The parent acted so quickly and such swiftness of action might have been lauded had such actions been of a defensive rather than offensive nature.