HERE’S one more thing that residents of Cebu City can be thankful for: the city harbors less inequality than other cities in the country, including Davao, Manila and Zamboanga.
SEEING weeks ago one of the classy (because their products are very expensive) coffee shops hereabouts having a branch in Colon St. was, for me, a pleasant surprise. Of course that came with two malls with parking lots also rising in that stretch for months now. Colon St., once the city's main urban center and which has long lost its luster, is valiantly fighting to stay relevant.
I HAD dinner Sunday night in an uptown resto bar with my older brother and his wife and daughter. They came all the way from Puerto Princesa in Palawan for the national cooperative summit held over the weekend. Joining us was fellow Sun.Star Cebu columnist and Philippine News Agency (PNA) bureau chief Atty. Eddie Barrita.
HERE'S one proposed piece of legislation that would surely make married people happy, but could also make lovers forlorn.
Cebu Provincial Board Member Arleigh Sitoy has filed a proposed ordinance that would prohibit lovers and even male friends, office mates, second cousins from riding in tandem on a motorcycle in Cebu’s towns, cities and major thoroughfares.
NEWS item: a group of priests and nuns critical of the government’s preparations for Pope Francis’s visit to Yolanda survivors is writing the Pope to tell him of the real situation in the Philippines, essentially that the poor are neglected and voiceless.
The group is barking up the wrong tree.
“Worse, when the Constitution is invoked to justify outrages against freedom, truth and justice, when democracy is destroyed under the pretext of saving it, law is not only denied – it is perverted.” ---Sen. Jose W. Diokno, letter from his prison cell in 1972
When martial rule was imposed by Ferdinand E. Marcos in September 1972, the dictator’s storm troopers systematically and arbitrarily arrested and detained thousands of Filipinos.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is finally pushing for what can be considered a paradigm shift in “restoring the grandeur” of the country’s oldest street. This is contained in his Executive Order 14-7, which pushes further the limits of his revitalization plan for the area.
THERE is a saying that is popular among the masses when some people make problems sound very serious when these could actually be tackled by talking things over and finding simple solutions. The saying, which my late public school teacher mother used to throw at my father, was “making a mountain out of a molehill.”
THE fight against online sex abuse needs all the help it could get, so the entry of an international organization in the campaign in Cebu is welcome.
But the challenge to this group and its local partners goes beyond implementation of laws. Creativity and determination are needed to outsmart exploiters who have found ways to continue their trade despite recent police action.
WE WILL have a third Cebu-Mactan bridge in 2018 and it will be twice higher than the two existing ones to allow the passage of vessels to the Cebu International Port (CIP). The irony is that this special accommodation would not have been necessary if the 12-year-old plan to relocate the CIP to Consolacion had been implemented.
BEFORE anyone thinks that the proposed bill in the House would abolish events arising from natural causes and beyond the control of man, it would not.
It's not like the bill filed in the 1950s by Catanduanes congressman Fernando Perfecto that sought to outlaw typhoons because of casualties and destruction they caused.
BIG brother is watching over Metro Cebu, right?
By Big Brother, I was hoping it would all be the agencies in charge of supervising traffic in the metro. And I’m referring to the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), the City Traffic Management System (CTMS) of Lapu-Lapu and the Traffic Operations and Development Authority (Toda) of Talisay City.
A local tourist from the city who visited Moalboal very recently wrote this on his Facebook account:
"Bas Dako Garbage Disposal. What was supposedly a perfect weekend getaway was spoiled by this scene. We were swimming near the shore when this kid threw garbage a few feet from where we were. After seeing the wastes dumped into the beach line, we immediately ran away to avoid getting ‘contaminated.’
TO SOME, the killing of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude brings back the aftertaste of another “miscarriage of justice” involving a Filipino victim and an American perpetrator.
WHEN you lose your way, try Googling your way out. After a week of listening to television reports about the death of Jeffrey Laude, I went online to clear up my confusion. It was not just the event and the circus that immediately pitched tent. The way it was reported and the manner I was filtering the story made me doubt if I understood myself at all.
How could the killing of a 26-year-old Olangapo resident shake my world?
ONE morning a couple of weeks ago, I was at the computer for the day's act to bring on my cybernet morning before it was time for another cyber day at the office for more cyber-spacing. But as I faced the screen, the message on the machine said, “Unable to connect with the Internet.”
An epidemic of political scumbugs clutter our days. Think Binay or “Tanda,” “Pogi” and “Sexy.” So, it’s a relief to read comments from the best Supreme Court justice the country never had.
Former senator Rene Saguisag is now all of 75. “I wrote to Harvard University law school, ‘If you don’t take me, someday you’ll be sorry.’ So, they let me move into Harvard yard.”
The sister’s complaint was that social media users feasted on the death of the transgender Filipino in a botched sexual encounter with an American soldier.
They were mean and brutal in their comments, said Marilou, sister of 26-year-old Jeffrey Laude who was known as Jennifer or Jenny. The Laude family has asked for compassion and respect for the dead. Prior to her death, Jennifer was seen with Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton who was part of the United States forces engaged in large-scale combat exercises with Filipino troops. She was later found dead in an Olongapo city motel.
Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto has denied that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas berated some of his mayors during a meeting last Wednesday. The meeting was cordial, he said. Funny but isn’t that also how a (Vice President Jejomar) Binay spokesman described the vice president’s meeting with President Noynoy Aquino last Tuesday?
Damage control or, to be more in vogue, risk reduction management. That is what Chatto is doing. But he can say anything he wants, there’s still no denying that the mayors’ recent encounter with Roxas was far from being a pleasant one.
There is nothing like illness that makes you seriously think about your impending loss of invincibility. We’ve always known that we won’t live forever but death seems remote when you are young, strong and healthy.
Well, those were the days.
EVEN as the word war between officials of the cities of Mandaue and Cebu has still to abate, the bigger verbal exchange between Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and some Bohol mayors seems to be heating up. Not only does this spectacle not look good to the public, it also does not contribute much to efforts to resolve hanging issues.
THANKS to Simon Cowell, a good number of Filipinos have made their mark in singing contests the world over. While Simon may have failed to sustain his drawing power with the poor rating of X Factor USA, competitions such as The Voice and American Idol (and similar incarnations in other countries) have drawn thousands to try their luck in them.
WHEN the administration of President Noynoy Aquino moved closer to the United States (US) in response to the increasing belligerence of China in the West Philippine Sea, it actually opened itself to the resurfacing of problems that were partly the reason why the former US military bases in the country were driven out by the Philippine Senate.
JUST because Mayor Mike Rama “blamed” Mandaue City for the failure to clear the Mahiga creek of obstructions, Mayor Jonas Cortes is lashing back by collecting real property taxes from Cebu City for its operation of an abattoir in Mandaue. The Mandaue City Government even threatened to take over the slaughterhouse and auction it if Cebu City won't pay its tax obligation amounting to P2.8 million.
AT FIRST glance at the reports, it seemed Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas scolded all Bohol mayors for their failure to implement some P2.3 billion worth of earthquake rehabilitation projects.
THE murder of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude in Olongapo City last Oct. 11 has raised an irritant in U.S.-Philippine relations: the question of custody over the suspect, American marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton. That, and some confusion in newsrooms over terms to describe Laude, a transgender Filipino.
Reporters and editors were sent scrambling for reference books and websites for the “proper” words to apply to Laude, who was a male at birth but shifted to female.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, Casac (Cebu Archdiocesan Social Action Center) would’ve been 45 years old. Would’ve, because Casac no longer exists. Not the Casac anyway that the Cebu Archdiocese allowed Ferdinand Marcos to dismantle after some four years of robust faith-based social activism.
ONE can gather several points on the reported “scolding” by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas of some officials of local government units (LGUs) in Bohol for failing to submit the needed Programs of Works and Estimates (Powe) for rehabilitation projects months after their areas were hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last year.
IT IS difficult to surmise how a person would react when he finds himself in a room with someone who is not what he initially thought the person was. The reaction may depend on the kind or degree of his frustration, and his instant reflex action. Thus, the result cannot be predicted.
I HAVE forgotten now what FM radio station used to run this intro: "Where were you when this song was number one?" Or if that radio station is still on air.
That is not the main point of this article, though. I only got to remember that radio station line because of efforts to recall the two calamities of the year past.