Malilong: Whatever happened to the Sabah issue?

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 01:09 a.m.

WHATEVER happened to the war for the liberation of Sabah?

On Feb. 9 this year, a fleet of motor boats dispatched by the Sultanate of Sulu landed in Sabah. The boats carried the first wave of warriors that Sultan Jamalul Kiram III sent to reclaim the territory from the Malaysians.

Seares: PNoy’s speeches, writers (2)

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 01:08 a.m.

PRESIDENT Aquino's complaint about his communication strategy and, later, an "inadequate" speech from his "normally gifted" writers apparently overlooks one thing: how he delivers his speeches.

Libre: Not a joke

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 01:07 a.m.

CAPITOL shuts 30 Larsian stalls.

The Cebu Provincial Government is fed up with the food retailers.

Editorial: Lobby for election reforms

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:03 a.m.

THE Supreme Court has issued another temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Elections (Comelec), this time preventing the poll body from proclaiming winners in the party-list elections. Unlike a few weeks ago, however, Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes is no longer complaining. He said he will abide by the court ruling.

Roperos: Peace in the south

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:02 a.m.

LONG has been the search for peace in the south. Thus, the recent news that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has decided “to form a political party that will participate in future elections” is like a ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds.

Espinoza: Is Cordova a cybersex den?

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

THE town of Cordova, Cebu may now earn the moniker “cybersex den” in the Visayas, if not in the country. Cybersex business seems to be a neighborhood industry in Cordova.

Neighbors follow the business of one.

So: Knowing what to do by VMAI

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

WHEN Vice Mayor Al Arquillano of San Francisco, Camotes Island began talking about “empowering the community in responding to calamities” and “disaster risk mitigation,” I found myself treading in the lingo of NGO people and bureaucrats.

What do these words mean to the townsfolk of San Francisco? The vice mayor has been speaking before international audiences about how he has developed a disaster risk reduction (DRR) system in his town.

Malilong: Another Brillantes setback

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:00 a.m.


The Supreme Court dealt the Commission on Elections a fifth straight blow yesterday, restraining the poll body from proclaiming the winners in the party-list elections. Is the TRO the proverbial last straw that will break Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.’s back?

Seares: PNoy’s speeches, writers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.

“A SPEECH is part theater and part political declaration; it is a personal communication between a leader and his people; it is art, and all art is a paradox, being at once a thing of great power and great delicacy.

A speech is poetry; cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, can make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.”

Editorial: A homegrown menace

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:36 p.m.

WHAT are town officials doing to prevent cybersex dens from operating in Cordova? There are signs the illegal activity also happens elsewhere, but a grim coincidence—three dens raided in less than two years—puts the spotlight on the coastal town.

Roperos: Changing values

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:35 p.m.

WHATEVER else others may say, the fact remains that Sun.Star Cebu has been reporting the past number of days about incidents that tell of some things that are no longer the same in our attitudes and thoughts.

There is, for instance, the report that a young boy witnessed “his father rape his younger sister.” He saw this when he “was re-charging his cell phone...and the blinking light was enough to see his father...”

Wenceslao: ‘Daang Matuwid’ and the elections

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:32 p.m.

CONSIDER this a post script to the May 13, 2013 elections. Or an “assessment” of the conduct of the said political exercise using as measuring stick President Noynoy Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” slogan. Specifically, this is about how the Liberal Party (LP) played the game.

Nalzaro: Ignore Tomas

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:31 p.m.

IF I were reelected Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, I would refrain from commenting on issues raised by outgoing south district Rep. Tomas Osmeña. Tomas’s statements are no longer worth dignifying. After June 30, when newly elected officials assume office, Tomas will be nothing, a political has-been. Even the media should no longer give importance to his public pronouncements. He should be ignored.

Barrita: Happy Church

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

MONSIGNOR Esteban Binghay, Cebu Archdiocese episcopal vicar, said the Church is happy with the victory of reelected Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and vice mayor-elect Edgar Labella in the May 13 elections.

Binghay said the two officials are much closer to the Church than their rivals who, of course, lost in the last polls.

Obenieta: Domestic doom

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

HOMESICKNESS strikes not only those who are far away from where the heart is; it also afflicts whoever becomes familiar with private matters no less alarming than public menace.

Threats can be as theatrical as the shadows lurking within an ancestral house in Oklahoma, as described by dramatist Tracy Letts. In his prize-winning play “August: Osage County” that will soon be a Hollywood movie, no need for the walking dead to drop by as long as the skeletons in the closet come undone along these lines: "The window shades have all been removed. Nighttime is now free to encroach."

Carvajal: Enemy within

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:29 p.m.

HOW many classrooms does a battleship make? Or one fiscal year’s worth of the pork barrel? How about a year’s salary of one senator or congressman?

Government says we will defend what is ours. To walk this talk, it is embarking on a program of acquiring battleships and war planes worth millions to shore up the capabilities of our navy and air force so they can keep intruders at bay. Yet, at the end of the day, these moves can only make our navy and air force (somewhat?) respectable but not nearly a match to the more modern navies and air forces of richer neighbors.

Cabaero: Test of housekeeping

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:55 a.m.

THE requirement of good housekeeping on local government units covers barangays as well.

The smallest government unit, the barangay, is held against the same standards of governance as the city, town or province. Being small is not an excuse for not abiding by the fundamentals of good governance and standards on accountability and transparency.

Malilong: Use of government-issued vehicles

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:53 a.m.

THERE was a time when the purchase of expensive equipment and vehicles to be assigned to local officials was such a sensitive issue that even the mere mention of a plan to do so would already raise the community’s hackles because it was a waste of scarce government resources. As a result, in most cases the plan was dropped even before it could reach first base.

Seares: Election results and the church

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:52 a.m.

OVER the weekend, a Cebu Archdiocese official said the church is happy that Michael Rama and his vice mayor Edgar Labella won in the Cebu City elections. In Manila, pro-life advocate Buhay, which topped the party-list elections, credited its victory to the church-supported "Buhay" campaign.

Msgr. Esteban Binghay, archdiocese Episcopal vicar, in a "Freeman" story said Rama and Labella are much closer to the church than their rivals Tomas Osmeña and Joy Young.

Editorial: Dancing Joavan

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Socrates Fernandez’s son Joavan has already been transferred to the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC). The move was prompted by his escape from the Talisay City jail weeks ago. So Joavan is in a bigger and well-guarded detention center.

Roperos: New political cycle

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

A FEW weeks from now, a new administration will take over the helm of the province.

The old one went through a number of turbulent months that rent asunder the social stability of this progressive central island of the Visayas. This condition signals the start of a new cycle in the province’s governance.

Echaves: Setting the bar

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

PNOY has gotten some brickbats about his recent public criticism of his own speech writers. Reportedly, he refused to read the prepared speech to the Care for Philippines Prayer Assembly last Friday.

Rejecting a prepared speech is every boss’ right. That the speech is ghostwritten is a given; the busier the boss is, the less likely he writes his own speeches.

Tell it to Sunstar: Job well done

Monday, May 27, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

WE Cebuanos should congratulate ourselves for a job well done. We have shown the rest of the country that we are no longer run-of-the-mill electorate.

We are starting to evolve, becoming more insightful or intelligent, if you may, in our choices of candidates that should manage the affairs of out towns, cities and province.

Editorial: Pushing the breast

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:37 p.m.

ANYONE who has been around a five-year-old can attest to the reserves of energy, intelligence and stamina demanded to keep up with the tot. Kids are pure forces of nature.

Seares: Dan Brown and Manila as ‘gates of hell’

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:36 p.m.

“...through me you enter the city of woes/ through me you enter into eternal pain/...abandon all hope you who enter here.” -- Dante Aleghieri, “Inferno”

Nalzaro: Recall elections hatched against Mike?

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:35 p.m.

IF REELECTED Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama plays his cards well in running the affairs of the City Government, Cebuanos won’t have to elect someone else as mayor in 2016. If Tomas Osmeña, the defeated mayoralty candidate, will try to make a comeback then, it will be difficult for him to regain control of City Hall and it might be the end of his political career.

Mongaya: Fair Trade Now

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:33 p.m.

IS BEING paid a fair price and a fair wage at the same time possible? This principle is on top of other concerns like environmental sustainability, eliminating child labor, accountability, transparency, among others. I ask this because industry leaders and supposedly responsible people in government repeatedly insist that raising wages will cause inflation and this is a bad idea.

Echaves: Making Top 50

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:32 p.m.

PHILIPPINE universities didn’t make it to overall Top 50 QS World University Rankings for year 2012. Neither did they in the Top 50 Asian universities. essay: Playing mom and dad

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:25 p.m.

ELECTIONS are over and it’s back to work for those re-elected and for the newbies in lawmaking.

Take, for one, the amendments to the Solo Parents Act of 2000 (or Republic Act No. 8972 signed into law in November 2000), which gives benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children.

Mercado: Rarest of grace

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:24 p.m.

IN post-election Cebu City, the rarest grace is “delicadeza.” Look at how trounced Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) officials, like Joy Augustus Young, lob monkey wrenches as they skid towards the exit.

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