Lacson needs more teeth

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

BOTH national and international attention, in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), are now focused on former senator Panfilo Lacson, and for a reason.

Lacson was hand-picked by President Aquino to be the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) specifically for his leadership, professionalism, incorruptibility and highly regarded work ethics, not to mention his being a political ally of Aquino. The assignment has a rank of a secretary.

Increasing numbers

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

Is it me or are there more homeless people living on Cebu City’s sidewalks?

A walk in the downtown area, or along P. del Rosario St., or on F. Ramos, or even on Osmeña Blvd. and they are there.

Cuizon: Of vital signs

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

WITH an officemate behind the wheel, we drove out from the University of San Carlos after a quick research work at the Cebuano Studies Center and thought we were using the road just at the right time before the traffic jam at the Ban-Tal area. Or I thought my officemate, who lives there, knew the traffic condition better than I did.

But we reached a point when the traffic decelerated because of the work of a team trimming old trees, or so photographer Ruel said it was.

Mercado: Text bouquet

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

DIME con quien andas, y te dire quien eres, my old man used to say. “Tell me who you cozy up to, and I'll tell you who you are.”

While on US vacation, former mayor Tomas Osmeña sent a text message saying he continues to support his former bodyguard: former SPO1 Adonis Dumpit. “I don't abandon my friends and Dumpit will always be one of them.”

Briones: Yes, I’m writing about the trees

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:10 a.m.

A “CHAINSAW massacre” has been averted in the south, thanks to the timely intervention of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Not only has it revoked the tree-cutting permit covering the remaining three diseased trees along the national highway in the City of Naga, but the DENR 7 also revealed that future applications for cutting permit for trees along the national highway from the City of Naga to Carcar City will not be granted.

Lim: Growing up

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

I FIND that as I grow older, life gets simpler. You know what you want. So you go for it. You know what you don’t want. So you drop it.

Certainly, life doesn’t get easier. But with age, you get a better grip of your priorities in life—the battles you want to fight, the causes you want to support, the people who truly matter in your life.

Malilong: Mar, Junjun and those tree activists

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

STRANGE things are happening in the neighborhood.

First, there’s Mar Roxas, PNoy’s 2010 running mate and presumed 2016 heir apparent suggesting that the President seek another term when the current one ends two years hence.

Tabada: Streetwalker

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

IN MANILA, the height of craziness is to dash across the streets. It is not only messy to scrape you off Edsa or C5, but you may also jam traffic for hours and lessen the petitioners who will plead your soul goes up, not down.

On fieldwork in Cebu last summer, I observed that what’s crazy in Manila is normal in my city. Baby bump, grocery bags or cane: no impediment except a traffic enforcer waiting across the street keeps Cebuanos from crossing lanes as if they were just fetching a glass of water from across the room.

Editorial: Praying tragedy won’t happen

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

HERE we go again.

In a meeting with Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Director Isabelo Montejo announced that his boss, Secretary Ramon Paje, has ordered the revocation of permits to cut trees in the Naga City to Carcar City corridor.

Libre: Self-preservation

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

ON May 15, 1948, upon the recommendation by the United Nations General Assembly of the partition plan of Mandatory Palestine, present-day Israel was established as an independent state. The next day, five Arab neighbors, in support of Palestinian Arabs, pursued a war against the young nation.

Wenceslao: New Minglanilla public market

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

IT WAS during the campaign period for the 2013 elections when I first heard about the public market project in Minglanilla town. I was walking along the road near the parking lot on the lower ground fronting the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish church one morning when I espied a gathering at the upper level of the town plaza nearby.

Nalzaro: Bidding process now above board?

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

THE Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) has submitted for review its recommendation to the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) on the bidding for Capitol’s security provider. If approved, the PB will pass a resolution authorizing the governor to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the two security agencies that won the bid.

Barrita: ‘Old guards’ for Capitol

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

CEBU Capitol chief security officer Loy Madrigal said majority of the guards of Tactical Security Agency Inc. (TSAI), one of the winning bidders for Cebgu Capitol security, failed in the age and educational records.

Madrigal, who interviewed TSAI members with a Civil Security Unit (CSU) official, said only 30 percent of the 111 guards from TSAI qualified and were given clearance.

Carvajal: Nice try

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

NO WAY Vice President JejomarBinay Sr. can make me entertain the possibility that President Benigno Aquino III will adopt him as the Liberal Party’s (LP)presidential candidate.

Tell it to Sunstar: On PNoy and the SC decision

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

(The letter is addressed to Sun.Star Cebu columnist Orlando P. Carvajal)

As a concerned citizen who cares for his countrymen, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with Orlando P. Carvajal's article solely because it is counter-intuitive towards finding an actual solution for our country's woes. Let's break down what he gets wrong:

Editorial: Trial balloons

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

THE presidential elections will be held in 2016 yet but we are hearing this early various ideas that already partake of politicking. The proposal to allow President Noynoy Aquino to run a second term is one of them.

Roperos: Gratitude grant

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

TODAY is the first week of the month-long celebration by Cebu Province of its 445th founding anniversary. The celebration’s theme is, “Pagtambayayong Lig-onon, Kalamboan Ipadayon” (“Strengthen our Cooperation, Continue our Development”).

This is an expression of faith and determination in the capability of the incumbent administration to lead the province to the right direction of growth and progress over the next decade.

Wenceslao: Not only Budlaan

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

I LISTENED to the Cebu City Hall-sponsored “Kagawasan” program over dyLA the other day and heard former Agsungot barangay captain Jong-jong Alcover talk about the tourism potentials of the city’s hinterland areas. The program’s host identified him as having been deputized by Mayor Michael Rama to act as his point man in the city’s mountain barangays.

Seares: Second term for PNoy? Burst that balloon

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

WHAT could've driven local government chief Mar Roxas to suggest a second term for President Noynoy Aquino?

He knows the constitutional ban on reelection. No way for PNoy to extend his stay in Malacañang unless the Constitution is amended and he wins in the next election.

Libre: Asturias flies

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

SINKHOLE found in a Sta. Fe island stable: official.

If he is proven wrong, the official may have to take the fall.

Tell it to Sunstar: Bad news for teachers

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:53 p.m.

THE Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) described DBM’s appearance in the House budget hearing as “A bad news” after Budget Secretary Butch Abad confirmed that there is no budget item for salary increases for teachers as well as for other government employees.

“This administration is generous in giving us frustrations.” Said Benjo Basas, a high school teacher from Caloocan City and the group’s national chairperson.

Editorial: Giving P100 to a kid

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

IT'S amusing how an innocent answer by a kid to hosts of a TV program days ago could end up forcing a governor to make an awkward response.

But the kid, Juan Karlo Labajo, may have touched a raw nerve when he said Gov. Hilario Davide III gave him P100 in financial help for his stint in “The Voice Kids Philippines” show over ABS-CBN.

Roperos: Agrarian problem

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

LAST Tuesday, two farmers came to our house. They are neighbors in a sitio close by the sea of Barangay Nangka, about four kilometers north of the town’s center. They came to report that the family who settled in the place owned by my mother-in-law now claims to be the owner of the land. The family asked them to leave their farm lots, and threatened to cut down their fruit-bearing banana and other plants.

Wenceslao: Binay’s untenable position

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

THE rumor that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s run for the presidency in 2016 has the support of a faction of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan has been thrown around for months now. Binay’s claim that he may get the support of the Liberal Party (LP) seems to run through the same street with that rumor. Meaning that, it isn’t new.

Espinoza: Problem on illegal drugs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

TUBURAN town Mayor Jun Diamante deserves praise and should be emulated by the other local government officials for enforcing laws, particularly those against illegal drugs, without fear or favor.

The mayor’s cousin, Lyndon Diamante-Sanchez, 48, was arrested by the town’s Municipal Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Maidsotg) through a search warrant issued by the court and upon orders of the mayor.

Seares: Convicting Dumpit: what ‘chilling effect’?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

WILL the court decision convicting SPO1 Adonis Dumpit of homicide in the shooting to death of a suspected snatcher demoralize police officers?

Only if cops believe they must not be held liable for killing a suspect whether they observe rules of engagement or not.

Tell it to Sunstar: Impeachment complaint

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

(The following is a manifesto of the Free Legal Assistance Group or Flag Region 7 on the impeachment complaints against President Benigno S. Aquino III)

Editorial: Dumpit’s conviction

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

NEARLY 10 years after he shot a 17-year-old snatching suspect, the police officer Adonis Dumpit was sentenced yesterday to spend six to nine years in prison for the teenager’s death.

It could have been worse for Dumpit. But Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Ester Veloso decided that the prosecution had failed to prove treachery or abuse of superior strength on Dumpit’s part, so he was held liable for homicide, instead of murder.

Roperos: Criminality

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

OVER last weekend, the branch of a money express “padala” and pawnshop was held up by four men riding in tandem on two motorcycles. They were brazen enough not to wear any mask or motorcyclist helmets as required by law.

Wenceslao: Lessons learned

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

IT HAS been a while since we last heard of Senior Police Officer 1 Adonis Dumpit. But when local media outlets issued advancers on the promulgation of the judgment of his case yesterday, a fellow columnist e-mailed me his 2005 column about the awards given during Cebu City’s Charter Day celebration that year. Dumpit was among the 18 awardees together with, ironically, then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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