Wenceslao: Hazing is overrated

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

FRATERNITIES are once again fair game after the recent death of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde student Guillo Servando in a Tau Gamma Phi initiation rite. Even the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chimed in, with its president, Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop Socrates Villegas telling Catholic schools to expel teachers who recruit students into groups that practice initiation rites he describes as violent.

Malilong: Arrogant priest

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

JESUS Christ, is this bloke really a priest? He’s wearing a priest’s garment, yes, but the words that flew from his mouth belie any trace of the virtues of humility and tolerance that Pope Francis preaches for men of the cloth.

I wept when I first saw the video of the cleric lambasting an unwed mother, both in anger at the man and in sadness for my Church. He was downright arrogant and judgmental in condemning the poor girl, who is reportedly only 17 and, who according to her own mother, had attempted suicide.

Seares: ‘No hell’ and other things the Pope did, didn’t say

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

“The Church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God.” --A quote attributed to Pope Francis

AS EARLY as last February, Pope Francis's supposed statement about there being no literal hell was quickly squelched when Erik Thorson admitted he wrote it in his website "Diversity Chronicle" "for my own personal amusement."

Tell it to Sunstar: National artisrt

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

THE Order of the National Artists Award (Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who made sginificant contributions to the development of Philippine arts.

These include music, dance, theater, visual, literature, film and broadcast and architecture and allied arts. (http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-ncca/org-awards/org-awards-national-artist-...).

Editorial: Frat 101

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

WHAT makes a fraternity different from an association or a “barkada?”

On the surface, these terms are similar: a group of people united by a shared purpose.

Wenceslao: Deja vu

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

WILL “Daang Matuwid” strike again? A stalwart of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), lawyer Reymelio Delute, has filed a case against 14 Cebu City officials for what he described as “illegal appropriation” of calamity assistance to City Hall employees, including Mayor Michael Rama and members of the City Council in December last year.

Nalzaro: Is Ortega resigning?

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

SOURCES at the Capitol said that Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega had submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Hilario Davide III as member of the bids and awards committee over the weekend. However, the governor had not acted on it because he was too busy in his provincial sorties. The governor might announce the resignation of Ortega after his State of the Province Address today.

Seares: P-Noy’s pork: not criminal, not corrupt?

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

“Forget about the Supreme Court decision, I’m asking you if DAP is wrong per se”--Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda to news reporters

THE Palace is using two defenses in answering calls for President Aquino to be sanctioned in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that declared his pork barrel unconstitutional.

Mongaya: Fr. Rudy Romano

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

JULY 11 has become a date for an annual gathering of anti-dictatorship warriors in Cebu. After two Aquino presidencies and the prospect of the dictator’s son running in 2016, we continue to demand the truth and justice for Fr. Rudy Romano.

Some 29 years ago, Fr. Rudy did not merely preach about serving the poor and correcting injustices from the Redemptorist Church pulpit.

Echaves: At last!

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:35 p.m.

SO WE’VE seen the arrest of the PDAF-scam-related Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

And so we’ve read about how “simple” their detention quarters are, a pauper’s living conditions when compared to how they’ve lived since childhood (for Bong and Jinggoy), or since entering politics (Enrile).

Reading and storytelling

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

IT'S heartening to know that some citizen groups in the country are giving passionate time to help children form values they can use in their life, including the ability to connect with others in the community, in storytelling and read-aloud activities, like the I Love to Read project of Basadours.

Overheated babies

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

JUSTIN Ross Harris of Marietta, Georgia is accused of killing his 22-month-old son Cooper by leaving him inside a hot car last June 18. Harris, 33, awaits trial for felony murder and second degree child cruelty.

Harris was supposed to drop his son off at day care but instead he went to work, claiming he forgot his son was still strapped into the car seat at the back.

Skills, 2

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

SKILLS stands for School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership and Service. A tour of its campus along General Maxilom Ave. with chief operating officer Paulette D. Liu and executive director Ludy Marie B. Lawas revealed first-rate facilities.

In particular, the facility for the Canadian Welding Bureau Training designed by the Canadian Welding Bureau was impressive. But beyond looks, it was the heart and soul of SKILLS that I fell for.

Pleading insanity

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

WHEN we were law school freshmen, the men used to gather after class, like most first year male law students do, for some drink and more debate on the law. One particular evening, two of our female classmates joined us and it was probably because of their presence that the discussion on criminal law eventually drifted to rape.

When everyone, including the girls, had one drink too many, one of my male classmates asked another: “If I am accused of raping her (pointing to one of the girls) and I hire you as my lawyer, how will you defend me?” The answer came without hesitation. “I will plead insanity because only one who is out of his mind could have thought of raping your victim.” After that, none of the girls joined us in our drinking/debating sessions ever again.

Twenty-eight years after

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

AFTER waiting for hours, the son and I finally found seats inside the gastroentorologist’s waiting room.

I took the seat no one wanted: directly underneath the TV screen that riveted everyone in the room.The anchor was reading the primetime news.To take my mind off—the scary news reader or the even scarier specialist reading my lab tests?—I focused on the faces turned up to the TV screen.

Editorial: Good start

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Chief Prudencio Tom Bañas seems determined to make good his vow to make the drive against illegal drugs his priority. Since he assumed his post two months ago, various units under the PRO 7 have suddenly acquired vigor to go after persons suspected to be involved in the illegal drugs trade especially in Metro Cebu.

Libre: Woman

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

I RECEIVED a call early in the morning of June 23 from one of the organizers of an event that honors women, asking me if I could write a poem to be read during the awarding ceremony.

Wenceslao: A talk with first Fil-Canadian MLA

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

I ONCE described my friend Ronald Carcellar as “the best mayor Poro never had.” He was councilor of Poro, one of the towns in the Camotes group of islands, then went one step up by becoming vice mayor.

But he couldn’t be mayor after that because that position had been reserved for that town’s politically dominant clan. He couldn’t dream of becoming congressman in the fifth district where Poro belongs because that post has been reserved for the Duranos.

Nalzaro: Facing libel cases

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

THE press must be free. It has always been so. And much evil has been corrected by it. If the government finds itself annoyed, let it examine its own conduct and it will find the cause.”

The threat of Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega to sue me if I won't stop commenting against him is not only a threat to me personally but to the entire media industry.

Barrita: ‘Gusto ko, posas ka’

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

THE Sandiganbayan Friday ordered the arrest of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff, lawyer Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes in connection with the graft and plunder charges filed against them by the Ombudsman.

Senator Enrile’s campaign slogan was, “Gusto ko, happy ka.”

Seares: When victim threatens with libel or settles the claim

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

TWO recent incidents illustrated how journalists could be placed in disturbing situations:

-- One, broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro was threatened publicly with a complaint for libel by Cebu Provincial Attorney Orvi Ortega;

Carvajal: Software

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

IN HIS first term I remember remarking that no unifying thread or rationale was discernible in what Mayor Michael Rama was doing for the city. But it really did not matter. People were happy they now had a mayor who listened to them. Listen he did and could’ve done more if not for the City Council running interference with his plans.

In his recent SOCA (State of the City Address), he boasted of many more accomplishments. This time more than methodology (“we can do more together”) a trace of a rationale is evident. He is working to make Cebu a more livable city.

Editorial: Change in approach

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

THIS has been observable in the past few months, the change in demeanor of Cebu City councilors identified with the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). While last year they were eager to assert their dominance in the legislative body and were issuing statements critical of Mayor Michael Rama’s moves, this year they are calm, or okay, “cool.”

Roperos: A smoker’s story

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

ENDING a bad habit is one of the most difficult to undertake, especially so to one who have had the vice for quite some time, say, when he was still young and he is now past 50 or 60 years old.

Wenceslao: Time for Abad to go

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

SO the Supreme Court has declared portions of Malacañang’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional?

But then I am stumped. If only portions of the DAP were declared unconstitutional, what does that make of the other aspects of DAP, if there are any? Perhaps this is why some sectors simplified matters by saying the entire DAP is unconstitutional. It must mean that way anyway.

Seares: Miriam: not your ordinary cancer victim

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

“I’m very excited. I’m not kidding...Because now I’m entering another dimension of human life.” --Sen. Miriam Santiago

HOW many people struck with advanced cancer could accept and not deny or fear it, kid like a late-night-show comic, blast enemies, vow to fight the disease and hint about running again for president?

Libre: Nutrition clusters

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza: “I want parents (of children involved in cyber pornography) to face charges.”

Let them lose face.

Tell it to Sunstar: Remembrance

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

IT WAS accidentally a gathering of fellow surviving detainees and heirs of the human rights victims of martial rule imposed by Ferdinand Marcos in September 1972.

On June 26 and June 27, 2014 more than a hundred applicants for reparation/ recognition as victims of martial law gathered at the 4th Floor of the Legislative Building at Cebu City Hall to formally file their applications before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, headed by Chairperson Lina Sarmiento.

Editorial: Losing grip of the truth

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

THE lawyer of Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House is correct. The overly discussed baby-taping incident is turning into a circus, with questionable statements made by one side of the conflict and then by the other. Or to put it in another way, we are going from one surprising twist to the other.

Roperos: Access to information

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

WHEREVER the matter of information emerges in the inter-relationship of people living in civilized society today, the question of fact and truth surfaces. For it is the object of this social quest to seek the truth, to get the credible.

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