Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia looks like he is waging a lonely fight as his case is being deliberated upon by the Cebu Provincial Board (PB). Garcia is facing grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority charge filed with the PB by his vice mayor, Efren Guntrano Gica.
Gica accused Garcia of usurping the power of the vice mayor when he designated Emmylou Cabonilas as acting secretary of the municipal council on June 25, 2013. The PB already preventively suspended Garcia for 60 days starting in April last year for the same complaint.
When reports about the excessive “cost” of the celebration of Teachers’ Day last year broke out, my curiosity was aroused, not only because the words “unnecessary” and “excessive” were used, but also because the amount of P9.1 million from the so-called Special Education Fuind (SEF) was involved.
I HAVE written partly about this in a previous column, but I think I have to elaborate. I still hear people associate the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) alone, making it appear that members of the rebel group are the only ones who will benefit from it. Again, I say that is a misconception.
"Walang bisyo? Walang kabit?" -- #13 in 15-question guide for choosing leaders, adopted by Solidarity for Transformation Philippines (STP) and Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP)
THE guide for voters has become as specific as it can be. While the part about vices may still be be vague, "kabit" can't be more clear. It refers to the other woman or the other man who comes into the marriage. A public official who has a lover doesn't deserve to be elected.
Vice President Jejomar Binay isn’t shy about his desire to become president of the country. In fact, some of his critics say he has been shameless in his pursuit of the presidency. Out of Christian charity, I will use the term “relentless” instead to describe a campaign that he must have started on the first day that he took his seat as vice president.
THERE are those who say that because of the Mamasapano tragedy President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) should step down or otherwise be removed from office. I am not one of them.
This is because those who seek PNoy’s removal forget one overwhelmingly important fact, which is that the electorate voted for him. PNoy’s performance, surely, is what the voters expected.
Too much spent on Teachers’ Day in Cebu City, says auditor.
Auditors’ Day spent much less.
GOV. Hilario Davide III said it was a recommendation made by the Economic Enterprise Council (EEC) of the Cebu Provincial Government. We are referring to the subject of the beef of the province’s bus operators: the proposal to privatize the operation of the Cebu South Bus Terminal.
What is happening to us? What is happening to our people? I posed the two queries following reports about two cases that placed at issue the matter of our present level of morality and social values.
The first case is the reported child abuse perpetrated by a teacher-coach and the second case is refusal of the Cebu City Government to accept donations from abroad.
IN law school, I was privileged to have been taught by one of the best professors in criminal law. The late Judge Jesus Narvios scored a perfect 100 percent in the subject in his bar examinations and knew the Revised Penal Code like the palm of his hands.
Let’s see if I still remember some of the things he taught us.
"IF you're married, stay faithful. Grabe ang sacrifice nila, mga misis ninyo, taking care of your kids, worrying over your safety. Huwag namang dagdagan ang stress kung mambabae pa kayo." -- Kris Aquino, to Quezon City policemen, March 3, 2015
THE Mandaue City government should not only run after vulcanizing shops that use the sidewalks or the roadsides for their livelihood but also go after other small businesses put up on the sidewalks.
Repair shops of all kinds are on the sidewalks in Mandaue City, like those for furniture, motorbikes, bicycles, and shoes. Some car owners use the sidewalks as their parking area.
IN EARLY November last year, I opened to our peace groups the idea of bringing the discussion on the Bangsamoro peace process to Metro Manila. We did this in Davao through a roundtable discussion that we call “Peace Lens.”
“Peace Lens” is a roundtable discussions on different relevant (but often under-discussed) issues related to the peace process. We were able to conduct 10 peace lens sessions in Davao City (this can be viewed on www.youtube.com).
DOES the need to prevent the spread of Aids justify the decision to give away syringes to persons who inject drugs in one of Cebu City’s red-light districts?
WHAT is truly obvious is that our “war” against drugs would be a continuing one as shown by the fact that the problem on illegal drugs has gone on for many years now and still it has been taking a lot of space in the pages of our newspapers and, in recent months and with the advance of information technology, broadcast and television media.
And it looks like we are faced with a long-drawn war against drugs in its “devastating splendor.”
THE Sandiganbayan granted yesterday Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s motion to visit his son, Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla, who is confined at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City for a gunshot wound on the right chest. Revilla, who is one of the three senators facing plunder and graft charges for the pork barrel scam, is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
THERE is a saying that, “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.” What does this quote mean? That there is no punishment in hell that can equal the anger of a woman who has been betrayed or wronged.
The real-life drama between Pearl Ungab, wife of Ronda vice mayor and lawyer Jonah John Ungab, and Atty. Jiecel Tiu should not have been discussed in public because it is purely a private matter. Way labot ang lungsod aning maong issue.
MIRIAM Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government panel negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said enacting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) even in the form desired by the MILF will not guarantee peace in Mindanao.
“BBL is not equal to peace, it’s too narrow a view,” she told the state-run Philippines News Agency.
THE Cebu City Government’s proactive stance to halt the alarming spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) in the city has hit a wall.
That wall being the Cebu City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) whose members are, apparently, well-meaning, upstanding citizens whose sole purpose in life is to safeguard against moral turpitude.
NO, I don’t mean going professional. I mean we stop being just anti some despicable individuals and move on to being pro somebody who has the needed personal qualities and motives to move the Philippines forward.
So far, the news bytes in both regular and social media are about our dislike, abhorrence even, for flawed individuals and groups who aspire to the presidency for less than noble if not outright evil motives.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama’s response to a Commission on Audit (COA) audit observation memorandum on the P6.1 million worth of road projects last year can be a good starting point of discussion on how state auditors do their thing.
The audit observation memorandum by a COA team led by State Auditor IV Daisy Bercede questioned why the City did not use its own asphalt batching plant for the road works, preferring instead to purchase bituminous asphalt from private firms.
CERTAINLY, I would second the motion of Cebu City Councilor James Cuenco to invite as many of the city’s students as possible to observe the members of the Cebu City Council at work. The objective is for our students to change their view or their impression of politics and how this is practiced by their elders who are elected into office.
Councilor Cuenco has definitely found an apt moment for him to realize his own responsibility and obligation to open the students’ eyes to the realities and responsibilities in politics and to see the politicians in their performance and actionms.
I have read the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), or House Bill No. 4994 in the House of Representatives and Senate Bill No. 2408 in the Senate. The bills were filed in both chambers of Congress in September last year after the draft was submitted by Malacañang.
ASKED at a Feb. 26 press-con of National Transformation Council (NTC) as to who'd succeed President Aquino if he'd step down, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said, "David."
David was the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehen whom God through Samuel chose as king from among seven siblings. But some reporters didn't know that.
MARK the date: May 3, 2015 (our time). That’s when our Manny Pacquiao fights American bad boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. for all the marbles (in boxing, at least) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
At stake is not only the World Boxing Organization championship that Pacquiao holds or the World Boxing Council title belt that Mayweather owns but, more importantly to either, the bragging rights to being the best fighter in his generation. Mayweather is undefeated in 47 fights but Pacquiao has held world championships in more boxing divisions: eight to Mayweather’s five.
AS A musician, I have a habit of assigning songs to events, sort of giving them a soundtrack. It helps me look at things in a dramatic way because musicians love drama.
While reading the news, for instance, a song automatically pops up in my head to provide background music. To complete the picture, I add props and colors and embellish the story, just like a music video.
THE January 2015 edition of People Asia may interest the larger Cebuano community because of the Cebuano recipient for the People of the Year Award. The choices for last year’s People of the Year were awe-inspiring and highly remarkable.
With the likes of Pope Francis, Loida Lewis, Boy Abunda, etc. as the chosen few for this year’s best, how can PeopleAsia go wrong?
A MEMBER of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Intelligence Unit has to do more than apologize to prove that he is an officer and gentleman.
PO1 Ronaldo Napigkit’s behavior towards a dog and his neighbor is being probed by the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) after Napigkit’s neighbor, Rosalie Mahinay, filed a complaint against him for allegedly shooting her dog, Meljay, at least four times last month.
IN DECEMBER of 1986, the administration of President Cory Aquino, fresh from ousting the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos early that year, talked peace with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The talks were an attempt to end the communist rebellion that refused to die down even with the change of governments.
I HAD a funny experience last Friday night at the Ayala Mall’s new wing parking area.