I WAS in the office watching the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing on the allegedly overpriced Makati City parking building when a fellow columnist, who momentarily joined me in front of the television set, quipped: If Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas clash head-on like they did in the 2010 vice presidential polls, Roxas can still give Binay a good fight.
THE disputed sale of a property adjacent to the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel to another hotel operator has acquired a new twist. A real estate company is claiming ownership of the lot under a deed of exchange that was executed a dozen years ago.
Lot 917 was awarded to Hotel of Asia after a bidding but no sooner had City Hall gleefully announced that it was P46 million richer from the buyer’s 50 percent down payment on the purchase price than came a loud howl of protest from Waterfront.
ROAD-SHARING” which Cebu City experimented on last Sunday, assumes that pedestrians have equal right to the road and there's road to share.
PUBLIC utility vehicle drivers and transport operators have once again shown their cavalier attitude. They staged a transport strike last Tuesday to protest the increase in fines for traffic violations even if they knew that it was the public that they inconvenienced and not government policy makers.
However, the transport strike failed because concerned local government units and good Samaritans were ready. They provided students and workers free transportation on that day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
ANOTHER road-sharing experiment, another traffic mess. Same old, same old: intention good, execution faulty.
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.
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.
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.
“(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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.