THE Cebu City Council late last year moved for the appropriation of P60 million for the formulation of a 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan to be undertaken by the City Solid Waste Management Board.
THE police have been the butt of suspicions or jokes or many other things the public mind may conjure.
But they figured prominently during the visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis, who truly needed their presence and services. The job that they performed, which was to secure the Pope, has been prominently pointed out in recent media reports.
THE first question that came to mind when I read reports on that encounter between government troops and rebels in Maguindanao was, why was the Philippine National Police (PNP) involved? I always believed that waging war against separatists in Mindanao was the turf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
ON A wall of Sun.Star's central newsroom hangs photos of major news events in three decades of the paper's past.
One photo is that of Dodong Holganza sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk of Lopez Jaena St., Cebu, with two bodies on the street and, nearby also seated, his son Joeyboy and doctor friend Filemon Alberca. It was taken on Christmas Day morning, Dec. 25, 1982.
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds. -Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
It was Bob Marley in my head as I wrote this post-Miss Universe piece yesterday. Blame it on Miss Jamaica. But don’t blame her for believing that Bob Marley is her country’s greatest contribution to the world, along with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
I FULLY agree with the opinion on the subject of your columnist Melanie T. Lim (Sun.Star Cebu, Jan. 25, 2015).
THE EUPHORIA had not yet subsided over the visit of Pope Francis to the country when journalists confirmed reports that the papal route in Manila had a facelift courtesy of zealous social welfare officials who cleared it of these daily eyesores: street families.
The news website Rappler reported last Jan. 20 that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) billeted street families in a Nasugbu, Batangas beach resort from Jan. 14 to Jan. 19, which coincided with the papal visit. The street families were seen again on Malate’s sidewalks on the day Pope Francis left for Rome.
THIS happened when I visited my old place in Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Sambag 2 in Cebu City a few years ago. Even before our sitio became a place cramped with people, fights just suddenly erupt. It erupted at that time in the street fronting our house.
AGAIN I’m writing this as a matter of personal privilege.
The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has designated Asst. City Prosecutor Gandhi Truya as chairman of the three-man investigating panel tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the libel cases filed by a ‘has been politician’ against me. This, following the inhibition of senior Prosecutor Rogelio Del Prado, who admitted he has a blood relationship with the complainant. I admire Del Prado’s sense of delicadeza.
AN ISSUE that has raged since Pope Francis left for his Vatican home after his four-day stay in Manila and Leyte was the hiding of street children by DSWD’s Dinky Soliman.
Initially, she denied the story in the British tabloid “The Daily Mail,” which said the kids were removed from streets in “a cynical drive to smarten up the nation’s capital” ahead of the Pope’s visit.
LINKING up with people who can help our local causes is something I like when participating in global conferences like the recent Global Voices Citizen Media Summit at the Cebu Provincial Capitol.
THANKS to Cebu City Councilors Lea Japson and Alvin Arcilla for pushing for the setting up of diabetes care centers in all 80 barangays.
Hopefully, the response will be fast, and results are visible in July, during the Diabetes Awareness Week.
THE mother of a friend planned to go to Manila to see the pope and went into an online search of a promo plane trip. She arranged to stay only for a day with a relative, something she had never done before but which seemed the best thing to do in that time as she thanked God for her life. But she ran out of good luck, the sponsored flights had soon sold out, also the regular trips. Other trips were available but they were too expensive for her.
FAITH was not the only beneficiary during the recent papal visit. The news media did quite well in the scramble to follow every step taken by the well-loved pontiff in Manila and Tacloban during the historic four-day visit.
Every day, after the novena mass at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, I looked for a copy of Sun.Star Cebu and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In our household, my 75-year-old mother and I have to get our hands on the paper edition of these dailies.
ONE of the reasons why elections are important in a democracy is because these ensure that the vitality of a country’s leadership is maintained. The process prevents the long-term retention of power by an official who eventually exhausts the dynamism, initiative and creativity that he or she brings to the office when he or she was new to the job.
THE incident involving a Cebu City Swat policeman and the Masbate Sinulog contingent headed by Gov. Rizalina Seachon- Lanete could not have created quite a stir were it not for the fact that the policeman was armed and the Masbate governor has been ambushed twice in the past and is therefore understandably security-conscious.
IN THE aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the issue of free speech has been discussed and debated the world over. The proponents of free speech have repeatedly declared that the point of freedom of speech is the freedom to offend.
THE Philippines has earned the distinction of celebrating the longest Christmas season, one that starts as early as September and lasts until either the Epiphany or the Feast of the Black Nazarene, both on the first week of January.
But in Cebu, it’s even longer. Unofficially, Christmas doesn’t end until after the Sinulog, which takes place on the third Sunday of the month.
THIS refers to the column of Godofredo Roperos published on Jan. 7, 2015 on the issue of why the National Food Authority (NFA) did not distribute NFA rice before Christmas.
Please be informed that the NFA retailer, Ms. Grace Longakit, who was mentioned in the said column has a Bigasan sa Palengke (BSP) outlet at the Balamban public market in Balamban, Cebu.
IF THE social media chatter is any sign, more teenagers seem to be preoccupied with reliving their Sinulog experiences than with the ongoing attempts to reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).
NEARLY 4 million people, led by heads of states, marched in Paris on Jan. 11 to condemn the killing of journalists and ordinary people by terrorists targeting Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine.
IT’S good that Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the proponent of the third bridge connecting Cebu City with Cordova town in Mactan island, has donated money for the construction of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC). “Good” because of the money—and because it reminds the Cebuano public that after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake damaged the old CCMC structure in October 2013, Mayor Michael Rama promised to rebuild the hospital, and fast.
A PROPOSED ordinance that will give senior citizens a chance to be employed is being deliberated by the Cebu City Council. The ordinance sponsored by Councilor Gerry Carillo “encourages” commercial establishments to hire senior citizens.
I think this is okay, but Carillo and the council should not make it mandatory because if they do, it’s tantamount to a dictatorship. It is the prerogative of the company or management who to hire based on qualifications.
POPE Francis was known for speaking off the cuff.
On his way home from his five-day visit to the Philippines, the largest Catholic nation in Asia, the pope told reporters, Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not “breed like rabbits.’’
TWO statements made by Pope Francis during his recent trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines stood out because they stirred controversy.
n En route to the Philippines, he defended free speech but there are limits to it, obviously referring to the Jan. 7 terror attack on the satirical weekly magazine in Paris: “If my good friend Dr. Gaspari says a curse word against my mother, then a punch awaits him. One cannot insult the faith of others. One cannot make fun of faith.”
FOUL-SMELLING Colis St. best epitomizes Talisay City Hall’s neglect of its citizens.
It is no longer a street but a stagnant pool of filthy water that breeds all kinds of disease-carrying micro-organisms. It is a simple problem Talisay City Hall refuses to solve because, like Colis St., it is immersed in its own filthy water of political infighting.
JUST when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) started preparing for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections that will supposedly be held in February, in come reports that Congress is again postponing the said political exercise to 2016.
As a result, Comelec has suspended its earlier order for a nationwide gun ban in preparation for the polls.
THE announcement of the holding of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in February is like opening the political floodgates of the country until after the presidential polls in 2016. There is no other choice for us but to embrace the fact that the SK elections would invariably generate a subtle political game for 2016.
I WON'T say that the new allegations that were raised against Vice President Jejomar Binay during the continuation of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe yesterday were duds.
It’s highly possible Binay, a long-time president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), did use the organization to get kickbacks that partly funded his 2010 campaign.
A 70-year-old a-go-go dancer? Come on, Gerry, get a life!
I remember Gerry as the senior law student who was a very hard-working legal aid volunteer for the Cebu City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).