TO BE fair, the flooding spawned by six hours of rain Thursday dawn with the entry of tropical storm Mario did not only occur in Cebu City but also in other parts of Cebu, including the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay and several other towns. But Cebu City is at the center of things and was the one most flooded, so focusing on it is justified.
ON Sept. 20, 2014, New Zealanders will vote for the next government that will lead the country in the next three years. The campaign period has given media and the public interesting reads. from a controversial book called “Dirty Politics.”
THE Southwestern University (SWU) campus is not one unit. Around half of it (in terms of land area) is located in the lower part of Urgello St. and the other half sits near a river around half a kilometer away. That other half is across a vacant lot adjacent to our place in Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Sambag 2.
AFTER we experienced flooding the other day due to the heavy downpour spawned by tropical storm Mario, Metro Manila went through the same experience yesterday. But the flooding there was worse compared with ours. Here, the water rose for only a few hours and then subsided. In Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in Luzon, the flood stayed the whole day. People had to be evacuated to safer grounds.
TROPICAL storm Mario dumped heavy rains in Metro Cebu all throughout the night Wednesday and Thursday, causing floods all over Metro Cebu, especially in Cebu City.
The Cebu City Council quickly declared the entire city under a state of calamity so the city can undertake emergency flood control projects.
AN ODDITY in the newspaper and broadcast business is that the editor who reviews, corrects and polishes the story is not publicly credited for the work.
And it’s half the job, or even bigger, depending upon the state of the story the reporter submits.
PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino is a masochist after all. He has recently embraced the whole idea of seeking a second term. This means he is now willing to suffer the “slings and arrows” targeted at him by both positive and negative critics against whom he whines, quite often of late, without distinguishing one from the other.
WE actually thought we would not see this happen in our country.
A few days ago in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, Vitaly Zhuravsky, described as a controversial Ukrainian member of parliament, was grabbed by a mob as he walked outside the parliament building and then thrown into a garbage bin.
VOLUNTEERISM is an activity that does not expect any form of material return, much less a financial one. It is an offering of personal service and disavows material returns. It glories in the sheer joy of doing something socially good for people in need.
I DON'T personally know Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez. I could not even recall having seen him in the flesh, even when I was a reporter covering the Capitol beat. But he is a politician, so he often surfaces in reports, especially those emanating from Cebu's fourth district.
VIDEO surfaced last Tuesday showing an angry mob in Kiev, Ukraine “frog-marching” a member of Parliament and literally dumping him into a garbage bin. And we Filipinos "feasted" on it.
A wire agency story said he was targeted because of his role in the passage of a bill restricting freedom of speech. The video with its story has since circulated in world media.
METRO Cebu told: Manage waste from septic tanks.
If our government officials don’t do anything, they stink.
Some countries cotton to political notion of their people being the collective power behind their government, where their leaders are chosen by the inhabitants through an election in order to form a government that is “at the will of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Such government is called a democracy.
When people have the freedom to speak their minds about what they think, to move around at will, even to eat what they like without fear and to live in a place they like to as long as they do not intrude into the affairs of other people--yes, that is democracy at work.
Can the Cebu City Government acquire the political will in its on-and-off effort to clear the city's waterways of obstruction?
That's an interesting question considering City Hall's recent tack, which is to take the bull by the horns by asking eight establishments, which violated the three-meter easement, to remove their encroaching structures or to come up with alternative corrective measures.
A president is actually not a good judge of his achievements. That applies, too, to President Noynoy Aquino, who is so proud of his “daang matuwid” mantra and what his administration has done so far that he wants our choice for the next chief executive to be a clone of himself or even himself (if he succeeds in amending the charter so he could run again).
After the controversy at the Cebu Maternity Hospital wherein a pacifier was taped to a baby’s mouth, the Department of Health (DOH) is now being confronted with a more serious problem – a father complaining to the Department of Health (DOH) that the head of his baby boy was almost severed at birth.
President Noynoy Aquino's explanation why he might seek a second term, given to reporters aboard his Sept. 16 Spain-to-Brussels flight, should tell us he's not serious about holding on beyond 2016.
His cliche that "if you want it, nothing is impossible; if you don't, nothing is possible" is flawed.
THE Supreme Court’s loyalty is with the Constitution and it will uphold its independence no matter who is inconvenienced Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s dialogue with the media last month re-emphasized this vital concept.
“It should be clear to everybody that the Supreme Court could only be loyal to the Constitution. The Judiciary is strong if the people believe in it.”
THE controversy surrounding Capitol official Loy Madrigal and his secretary brings to mind a thought-provoking case against a court worker who had been accused of immorality, but who won her case.
WHEN one is ensconced in a place with an environment that is teeming with people of varying social, political, and economic orientation, he should better be prepared to answer all sorts of queries about anything on the presumption that he must know the answer. But that is something rather debatable considering that there are many things that some people would rather a mediaman will not know.
MUCH of what is happening now to Capitol security chief Loy Madrigal has already been tackled by Pinoy movies and teleseryes. Love triangles, or even love quadrangles, are common fare on TV soap. A married secretary falling for her equally married boss? Been there, done that. What draw attention to these themes are the conflicts among the protagonists and the moral jousting.
THIS is a continuation of my column last Monday about our amazing trip up the mountains of Balamban and Asturias last Sunday.
After we distributed larvicide to barangays in Balamban for the Rotary Clubs’ anti-dengue campaign, some members of the All Terrain Medical Relief Organization (Amro), riding in SUVs and four-wheel drive vehicles, decided to cross the mountains of the two municipalities.
PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino, in a chat with reporters on board a chartered Philippine Airlines flight from Madrid to Brussels, said he could still make a second run for the presidency even if that requires Constitutional change.
This can be done, PNoy said, with less than two years before the next elections in 2016.
IN A democracy, a nation can always amend its constitution any time it collectively sees the need to. The operative word is “collectively” because if the constitution is to subsume a country’s inclusive growth and development it must truly reflect the people’s will.
Question: Why can traffic turn left INTO and OUT of Citi Hardware, Insular Square and Hermag Subdivision but in Tabok it can only turn left INTO, but NOT out?
A ROLL-ON, roll-off ferry, mv Maharlika Dos, sank Saturday night in the waters between Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte. A ferry also sank in the Manila Bay last Sunday. The sinking was caused by big waves and strong winds spawned by a weather disturbance, Luis.
OVER the weekend in another part of the world, Pope Francis visited a place in Italy called Redipuglia and there “urged the world to shed its apathy” in the face of what he sees as a “third world war,” giving the phrase “war is madness” graver emphasis at the foot of a fascist-era monument to soldiers killed in World War I.
VICE President Jejomar Binay did what was right when he cancelled his scheduled live address to the nation yesterday.
He was supposed to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday at the Philippine International Convention Center to respond to claims that he overpriced or took kickbacks from projects in Makati City. It would have been his first big audience to answer critics.
ERAP Estrada does not attempt to hide that he is a womanizer. In fact, he flaunts it. That did not prevent him from getting elected as mayor of San Juan, Rizal, senator, vice president and president of the Republic and mayor of Manila, a position that he currently holds. Neither did it seriously affect the candidacies of his girlfriend and their son, who won as San Juan mayor and as senator, respectively.
In the 2004 elections, then candidate Noli de Castro was accused of abandoning his Bohalana wife in favor of another woman. The voters ignored the accusation and overwhelmingly elected de Castro.
AT A media-citizens forum in Davao City last Friday, during a session lull I talked with some Davaoeños and asked about Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's much-speculated run for the presidency in 2016.
Unlike President Aquino, who publicly swings from denial that he will run to the hint that he might, Mayor Duterte has repeatedly said he won't. The mayor's latest thumb-down was on Sen. Miriam Santiago's remark that he, with two other prospects, could be her veep.