THE MOTH bats its wings against the pane of glass. I cup my hands around the dirty grey ribbon of its futile striving. The tiny creature settles on a finger. I move my hands to an opening in the window. When it feels the breeze, the moth leaves the finger and escapes.
When Pope Paul VI visited our country in 1970, he included in his itinerary a visit to slum dwellers in Tondo, Manila. He went to the place against the advice of the government of Ferdinand Marcos and ignoring the risk of being harmed by gangs and other lawless elements in the area. The papal visit was only within Manila City.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II visited our country for the first time. From Manila he went to Cebu, Bacolod and Davao. He came back in 1995 but only in Manila to attend the World Youth Day celebration.
IT'S an interesting phrase: culture of confidence. Baltazar Tribunalo, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), used it to sum up the response of some officials of local government units (LGUs) to warnings about southern Cebu being in the path of typhoon Queenie.
THIS week, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) gather in Cebu City for the 69th PICPA annual national convention at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Two of the leaders of profession today have served as presidents of the Cebu Chapter, namely Tita Ampo-Caluya, who is the incumbent PICPA national president, and Estelita “Lita” Aguirre, president of the Asean Federation of Accountants.
IS CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama communicating well with his allies in the Cebu City Council? That question flitted in my mind after the city council passed the ordinance that calls for the establishment of a 10.6-hectare sports hub at the South Road Properties (SRP).
The measure was authored by Councilor Eugenio Gabuya of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and Councilors Mary Ann de los Santos and Hanz Abella of Team Rama.
I RECEIVED a letter-complaint from a parent of a student of the Cebu City National Science High School in Salvador St., Barangay Labangon. It was about the supposedly exorbitant fee the school is collecting from students through the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) for this school year.
The parent, who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, complained that the amount of P1,500 collected per student is so big many parents could not afford it.
CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama said the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund-raising campaign for the construction of the new and modern Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) will end on Dec. 15.
THERE are two problems here. One, media allege that news reporters have been barred since Aug. 14 from the courtroom trying the Ampatuan Massacre; police and jail management personnel allege there is no ban. Two, can media force the issue by refusing to follow any order against their presence in the courtroom and not just rely on administrative action on their complaint?
I HAVE to go with Sen. Miriam Santiago that pork in another form still exists in the 2015 approved budget.
THE controversy over the “slope benching” of Ili hill (also, Ili Rock) and the plan to reclaim the Sitio Talisay shoreline in Boljoon town by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) seems to boil down to the lack of adequate consultation with stakeholders.
WHEN the country was struggling to develop and stand on its own feet several decades ago, the focus for development was the rural areas. The country’s future, it may be opined, was under a cloud of uncertainty. Held tightly at the neck by so-called traditional politicians, the nation was near death by suffocation, capped by the explosion of a hand grenade at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo.
IT IS not often that typhoons pass southern Cebu. They usually do, though, when they come from Mindanao and move up. But typhoons entering Mindanao first are not as many as those using the Samar area as entry point. So “Queennie,” which swept Mindanao first, was a rare occurrence.
IT IS supposed to derive its name from the letter “L” as Sogod’s Eme does from the letter “M.” I am not sure if its curve does resemble the 12th letter of the alphabet but there is no doubt that Ili is the landmark that makes Boljoon unique among all towns in the island.
WHEN Malacañang wrote a Cebuano-Bisaya news release last Nov. 5, saying that it joined United Nations in celebrating Nov. 2 as "International Day to End Impunity," it had to translate that phrase into dialect.
SEX deal for P900 ends in jail for three adults.
Their indecency was exposed.
ONE in every 20 families in 2013 was asked for and gave a bribe while transacting with a government office. Three years before that, the number was two out of every 20 families.
WHEN we come down to the basics, the more people there is expecting to eat a so-called three square meals a day, more there is need to increase the supply of food that should be produced. This means that the pressure on those who do the production should be intensified. This was reportedly one of the matters that were discussed in a forum the other day.
QUEENIE is coming to town.
Or to be precise, she was east of Hinatuan Island in Surigao del Sur yesterday morning. Queenie may have started out as a low pressure area, but she has developed into a tropical depression. Her center was estimated at 260 kilometers east of Hinatuan or 310 kilometers east and southeast of Surigao City.
WHY are we complaining about the supposed slow pace in the resolution of the Ampatuan massacre cases? We’re talking about mass murder here and the cases are only five years old. Note that it took the Sandiganbayan 18 years to arrive at a verdict in the Ozone Disco case where the only issue involved was reckless imprudence. So we’re still “on schedule” in the Ampatuan murders.
"WHAT country is that?"
-- Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, at Journalism Asia (JAS) Forum, Nov. 23, 2014, when she heard the word “Cebu”
IS COUNCILOR Mary Ann de los Santos qualified to sit in the bids and awards committee (BAC) of Cebu City? And by whose authority?
These are questions that her peers in the City Council should ask her during their executive session on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Session Hall instead of asking me about what I wrote in the column that somehow stirred up a hornet’s nest.
THERE was no reason to be troubled by the tone of yesterday’s Gospel, assured Rev. Fr. Butch Señoron.
IT is like being in the path of a brewing storm where we do know it is coming but we do not know what is going to happen. There seems to be a frenzy among the various offices that have something to do with the development and growth of our economy, especially in coordination with offices and agencies of other countries of Southeast Asia.
I FINALLY got to watch a movie in a moviehouse on Colon St. last Sunday—yes, after around four decades. I was with my wife and my two sons, and we watched at Oriente 1 in the Colonnade Mall part 1 of the third installment of the “Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay,” which again stars J-Law (Jennifer Lawrence).
SUN.STAR Cebu's public and standards editor Atty. Pachico Merlo “Cheking” Seares advised fellow columnist Atty. Eli Espinoza not to appear in the executive session called by the Cebu City Council next week to tackle the controversy involving the scrap metals from the demolished Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building. I second the motion.
CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma has said he would no longer appeal before the Vatican Cebu’s exclusion from Pope Francis’ itinerary in his visit to the areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in January.
“In many ways I was hoping that he (Pope Francis) would make it, but if that is the case, I submit to the decision of Rome,” the Cebu prelate said.
MY SYMPATHIES went to Mayor Valdemar M. Chiong of Naga City when Fr. Robert Reyes shamed him publicly as a sinner for killing some trees. I also passed my theology subject and was ordained a priest yet never have I encountered in all of my seventy-one years the running priest’s absurd and shocking moral tenet that it is a sin to kill a tree.
WORK horse of the nation” might as well be an adjectival phrase for our public school teachers.
A news story in yesterday’s issue of Sun.Star Cebu mentioned something about a “House leader (who wants) to raise to P30,000 the basic monthly salary of public school teachers, regardless of their length of service, in recognition of their contribution to the country.”
Manny Pacquiao’s bout with American Chris Algieri in Macau is over, with the Filipino boxing icon winning convincingly.
The post-fight celebration is winding down. Manny and the people that he funded to tag along with him, more than 300 according to reports, are back in the Philippines. The Pacman even got a hero’s welcome in Gen. Santos City yesterday.
The fifth year after the Maguindanao massacre was marked Sunday with promises to not let a mass killing like that happen again.