Editorial: Lessons on compassion

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

SHOW more compassion for human weakness. Judge the deed, not the sinner.

Two incidents illustrate how these directives test our mettle, and how people rise up to the challenge.

Wenceslao: Christmas without PDAF

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:25 p.m.

IT HAS been a series of Christmas parties the past days and more are still to come. Three days to go and its Christmas. But the Christmas after last year’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda was not the same. It looks like it will also be different this year.

IT HAS been a series of Christmas parties the past days and more are still to come. Three days to go and its Christmas. But the Christmas after last year’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda was not the same. It looks like it will also be different this year.

Nalzaro: Mike’s arrogance and apology

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama declared a “failure of bidding” in the construction of the first phase of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and ordered a re-bidding.

Seares: ‘Pagmayor una mo’

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

“Magbuot mo?” -- Then Cebu governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña

“Magpuasa sila.” -- Then senator John “Sonny” Osmeña

Mongaya: Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

NEWS of M & M together, complete with pictures circulating on Facebook, got some people talking about possible political realignments in Cebu City.

Margot and Mary Ann running for the top posts come 2016? We cannot discount such a possibility. I still think it will be Tom-Mike rematch, though. At the moment, I sense only a welcome thaw in the personal relationships of political adversaries within the City Council.

Echaves: Building a haven

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

ANYONE who says that the “Little Einsteins” video learning sets are nothing more than marketing pizzazz, don’t know what they’re talking about.

Even at three and a half years old, my grandson would view the DVDs and soon start humming the compositions of Beethoven, Bach, Strauss and Mozart. His young tongue merely called “Mommy Chewo (cello)” not to leave behind “Baby Chewo.”

Cuizon: Changes

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:48 p.m.

One day last week in only one sitting, I read four news stories related to climate and climate change in only one issue of Sun.Star Cebu.It was all about what people ought to do to help adjust to the change or try to lessen the pain that super typhoons and heat waves give to man. There were arguments about when to let coastal residents evacuate to where. There was news also on the calamity count of lives and properties in the latest super typhoon onslaught.

The news mostly will continue to be about the climate, but up to when?

Mercado: Christmas humor

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.

How do you find Christmas peace in a world of unrest, the late New York archbishop Fulton Sheen once asked.

You cannot find peace on the outside but you can find peace on the inside. Let God do to your soul what Mary let Him do to her body, namely, let Christ be formed in you.

Cabaero: Traffic beyond holidays

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

THE warning was for commuters to expect heavy traffic in roads leading to malls during the holidays.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama warned traffic enforcers to stay on the roads during the holidays or they join the ranks of the jobless when they enter 2015. He said those who will stay away when they are most needed would not have their employment contracts renewed or would be fired.

Malilong: Parental disenfranchisement

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

The traffic situation in Cebu City isn’t just bad. It is horrible.

The latter description is not mine. A priest (a former president of the University of San Carlos) used it during the second day of the misa de gallo at the USC Girls High School auditorium.

Lim: Gifts

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

I get this request every year so I shall accede to this request once more even though I may sound like Scrooge in the process.

In this season of giving, I once more remind all recipients of gifts to say thanks. This perennial reminder remains unheeded by some people so I shall continue to write this reminder every year till I no longer hear anyone lamenting about the utter lack of manners by gift recipients.

Tabada: Purple grace

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

THE husband and I felt a little sheepish when we turned up for the first of the nine-day dawn masses preceding Christmas, and the church gates were not yet open. We looked around, hoping to see other early birds.

No one was as eager to prematurely leave their beds. We started feeling foolish. Then, as the fog cleared, we saw familiar figures: the “puto bumbong” sellers.

Tell it to Sun.Star: Jinggoy’s demands

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada does not seem to understand, or perhaps refuses to understand, where he is spending his time these days.

He is facing graft and plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the scandalous pork barrel scam and is presently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Estrada, through his lawyers, has been maneuvering to get out of the hole he is in but the magistrates of the Fifth Division, exercising probity, have denied his every ploy, except for medical and humanitarian considerations.

Editorial: Colon plan shot down

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

IT LOOKS like Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s Colon St. revitalization plan is headed for failure, that is, if the mayor won’t go back to the drawing board. This after his Executive Order 14-7 signed by the mayor in October was shot down by stakeholders during a public hearing called recently by the Cebu City Council.

Libre: Terrorist acts

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

IN SYDNEY, Australia, a lone gunman held hostage for 16 hours customers of a popular café and, after killing two people, was shot dead by rescuing police. The gunman, a refugee from Iran, was a known character by the police after he sent threatening letters to families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and was charged as an accessory in the murder of his ex-wife.

Wenceslao: Allan Jayme Rabaya’s passing

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

I REMEMBER asking my wife Edizza several years ago where Allan Jayme Rabaya was. He just popped up in my mind after I heard the classic “Kausa, Nabasa ang Tubig” being played on radio. That song didn’t win the top prize of the Metro Cebu Pop Music Festival, but it won radio air play primarily because of its melody and that haunting piano intro. The lyrics are typical Rabaya: mysterious and intriguing.

Nalzaro: Archival case: not a time to rejoice

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

THE warrants for the arrest of the alleged killers of lawyer Noel Archival are out.

But the accused, Senior Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, Chief Insp. Joselito Lerion and PO1 Alex Bacani, formerly with the Highway Patrol group (HPG) 7, could no longer be located.

Barrita: Muhammad Alo

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

I MET Atty. Joselito “Boy” Alo, one of my professors at the University of the Visayas Gullas Law School, last Thursday at the sala of Judge Sylva Paderanga of Regional Trial Court Branch 16 at the Quimonda Center near the Cebu port.

I suddenly remembered his jokes, which are far too numerous to write in this corner.

Seares: Did media fumble on ‘Beautiful Girl’ story?

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale was asked if some newspapers could be charged with violation of the law when they identified by her real name a “pretty” girl who was involved in cases of estafa and shoplifting. Magpale said, maybe not because the girl wasn’t being truthful about her age.

Carvajal: Prophet

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

ANOTHER word that has somehow managed to lose its true meaning is “prophet.” Most associate it with foreseeing the future. In fact, however, prophets in both Old and New Testaments were holy men and women who urged people to stay on the path of righteousness and to return to it if they strayed.

Libre: New traffic czar

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

CEBU City uses CCMC funds for seniors. The decision is, of course, based on “seniority.”


Editorial: An experiment in sharing

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

AN ADVISORY in yesterday’s issue of this paper, sandwiched between ads for mall sales and Christmas ham, may bring good news for workers in the hotels, resorts and restaurants in Central Visayas.

Roperos: Law enforcement

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

FIRST, there was the puzzling report a few weeks ago that the ambush killing of a noted Cebu lawyer in a southern town was probably planned and perpetrated by men skilled with guns, and trained to kill. The conclusion was arrived at by the initial probers, based on the way the popular lawyer was ambushed and killed. Among the investigators were reportedly from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the local police.

Wenceslao: Binay and Erap

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay is obviously in a denial stage. First, he is seeing the glass as half-full even if it is already half-empty, as far as his popularity rating is concerned. Now he is refusing to believe that, with his chances of getting the presidency in jeopardy, his allies are starting to desert him.

Seares: Bilibid scandal: ‘crazier than fiction’

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

THERE’S such a thing as prison lifestyle of the rich and famous.

“Prison Legal News” cites suburban jails in L.A. County, CA that rent private cells to affluent convicts. Pay-to-stay or self-pay jails provide iPods, computers, cell-phones, private cells and resto-catered food.

Buzz: Weak foundation

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

I AM not totally against the “K to 12 Curriculum” for it is all about the advancement and overhauling of our ill-fated educational system to compete globally as they say... but any advancement for that matter should be reconsidered.

There are many things that should be taken into serious consideration, indeed! Our government acting like a horse with eyes partly covered side wards... they only focus their attention front wards, which is all about the curriculum itself.

Editorial: Not only Filinvest’s problem

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

THAT Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama immediately promised Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) to fully close the Inayawan sanitary landfill by Jan. 15 next year only shows where his heart is and it is not necessarily with the ordinary folk.

Roperos: Year-end politics

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

MANY things political are coming into play these last few days of the current year, but the problem is that each one follows a separate course with the resolution perhaps attaining a still unknown denouement. What seem significant, though, is that the cases take the measure of political glow that somehow endow unusual meaning to the political light of the contemporary scene of the ensuing new year.

Briones: Holiday traffic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

TRAFFIC in the metro is particularly heavy around this time of year. Anyone who has lived here in the last five years can attest to that.

Most motorists grin and bear it since it is the season to be jolly. No use griping about something you know will happen. Anyway, you can’t do anything about it. But Michael Rama is not your run-of-the-mill motorist. And as mayor of Cebu City, he can do something about the traffic situation. And he has.

Malilong: Command responsibility

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

ILLEGAL drugs, guns, large amounts of cash, expensive watches and a sex doll. These were among the items seized by a National Bureau of Investigation team led by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that raided the luxurious “homes” of Very Important Prisoners (VIP) in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City last Monday.

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