Carvajal: Political miracle

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 12:47 a.m.

I AM not qualified to comment on the legal merits of the Supreme Court’s decision that effectively allowed the Party-List system to provide a backdoor entry into Congress for stragglers of the high and mighty. But this much I can say. The SC just struck a crippling blow to our country’s feeble democracy.

Seares: Is Griffiths at large? SQAO or TRO?: confusion over terms that media use

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 12:46 a.m.

CASE 1: From London or whereever Ian Charles Griffiths is, Bella Ruby Santos’s lover and co-accused in the killing of grader Ella Joy Pique issued on April 19 a press statement criticizing the media for calling him “at large” when, he said, he’s not.

Editorial: Let LP, BOPK do their thing

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:49 a.m.

TODAY is the turn of the Liberal Party (LP) and its allies in both Cebu City and the province to show that they, too, can draw in the crowd if they want to.

Roperos: Anatomy of elections

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:48 a.m.

HOW is it that, on one occasion, the head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was in near tears because some important decisions of the poll body were turned down by the Supreme Court (SC)? My media colleague, Cheking, in his column yesterday, expected Sixto Brilliantes, however, to stand up and fight the SC.

Wenceslao: Power and temptation

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:48 a.m.

ONE interesting subject of a study should be how power changes a person. During my activist days, the warning related to this was about the system swallowing whole an honest person (“lamyon sa sistema”). Indeed, principled people who join the government either end up corrupted by power or leave the bureaucracy disillusioned.

Seares: When out-of- towners do their killing in Cebu

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:47 a.m.

A MASBATE town mayor's lover was shot and killed last Monday in a taxicab they took after their arrival at the pier. A companion, the mayor's sister, was wounded but survived the attack by two motorcycle-riding gunmen.

It wasn't the first time. In previous incidents, visitors to Cebu were ambushed. A public official was shot to death at Capitol grounds. Another out-of-towner was executed as he disembarked from a boat.

Yap: Diaper challenge

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:46 a.m.

EQ Diapers starts a joke. Its TV ad spoofs the 1521 Mactan encounter: the Portuguese Magellan, in a singular act of diplomatic protocol, hands the G-stringed pagan a box of diapers. But Bulakna, the lady from Olango, won’t take any sham, and shoves up, before the eyes of the reeking imperialists, a far decent version of the thing. The big insult ignites the Battle of Mactan.

Libre: Toilet humor

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:46 a.m.

COUNCIL questions P50 million for Bus Rapid Transit route.

Is that way out of the budget?

So: A monster of a mother

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:29 p.m.

HER mother blocked the door of the bedroom and watched her being raped by a man she didn’t know. The man had paid her mother P200 to rape her.

Seares: Don’t cry,Comelec chief Brillantes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:27 p.m.

FOLLOWING what looked to him as a serial attack by the Supreme Court on four decisions of the election body, Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr. Tuesday expressed sadness and dismay.

He felt it's now the high tribunal, not his Comelec, that's regulating the elections. The cause, he said, might be the way he's running his office and perhaps President Aquino wants to replace him.

Malilong: Top income tax payers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

IN a period of less than three months, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was rebuffed by the Supreme Court four times. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. is aghast. Who is running the elections, the Comelec or the Supreme Court, he asks. And he’s about ready to give up.

Roperos: Rebellious ‘brothers’

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:10 p.m.

THE head of this piece is the shortest possible way I could rephrase the long title of the book I found last Monday in my pigeonhole at the Sun.Star Cebu office.

It took me some minutes to read the penmanship of the note of the book sender written on the title page. “The Brotherhood of the Flag.” Among the uniformed young men in the photo on the cover are faces I could vaguely recognize. The note said: “Dear Godo, For God, Country and Family.”

Editorial: Gun ban implementation

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:07 p.m.

CONSIDER Mayor Michael Rama’s reaction to the killing of Crisanta Lauro, live-in partner of Pio V. Corpus, Masbate Mayor Hermenigildo Betonio III, in Cebu City as righteous indignation. The shooting was a slap in the face of the city’s law enforcement units and of Rama himself.

It must not have been the killing per se that irked the mayor, after all, Cebu’s crime rate has always been high the city being one of the country’s major urban centers. What must have been irksome to him was that the shooting, apparently stemming from a feud outside the city, had to happen in his backyard.

Espinosa: Who is lying?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:05 p.m.

BELLA Ruby Santos, who is charged with kidnapping and homicide for the death of six-year-old Ellah Joy Pique, was arrested in Metro Manila sometime in October 2012 three months after the court issued the warrant for her arrest.

Santos is now free after the court granted her petition for bail. She was released Tuesday morning from the Naga City jail. But Santos’s co-accused, her British boyfriend Ian Charles Griffith, left the country before the arrest warrant was issued.

Editorial: No time for running scared

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:15 p.m.

A COUPLE of hours before Cebu’s runners usually hit the roads for a workout, the news about the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon broke yesterday.

The violence felt personal, rushing from our television screens and phones into our homes and minds, just as we prepared to face the day. One didn’t have to be a runner to feel the heartbreak and seeming helplessness. One only had to be human.

Roperos: On politics

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:14 p.m.

ALL the past many days, what I have been getting from print and broadcast and from people close and distant, like those I met in bus stations or eating places, and even in offices of friends and strangers I happen to go into, is politics.

Wenceslao: Boston Marathon bomb attack

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:14 p.m.

I AM no marathon runner but as a sports enthusiast long before the running craze hit the Philippines, I have heard of the Boston Marathon. In the old days, the winning times of winners of the few full marathons that were held in the country were often compared with the winning times of prestigious international races, the Boston Marathon included.

Nalzaro: Cars cannibalized while in police custody

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:13 p.m.

CELEBRITY couple Ramon and Karla Fernandez were happy when their stolen Starex van was among those recovered by authorities from a carnap group composed of Korean nationals.

Barrita: Boston horror

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:13 p.m.

TWO powerful bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing three people, including an eight-year-old child, and injuring more than 100.

A celebration of athleticism has turned into a horrific scene of destruction, screams and carnage.

Obenieta: Disposable deeds

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:12 p.m.

NO MATTER if stinking or soaking wet, discomfort is no sweat to communicate. Just cry as carelessly as an infant, and you’d be wrapped in everyone’s attention. Look, nobody beats babies in bringing out our inner heroes. Come on, slowpoke! Extraordinary is not exclusive to those who can stand with one hand to their hearts while touching the bible. Amen, power and might are everybody’s birthright.

Carvajal: Not like incense

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:11 p.m.

BECAUSE religion is a major force for good in society, the Catholic Church, the biggest in this land, receives its share of criticisms meant to destroy from its enemies. On the other hand, it also receives the same criticisms meant to build and transform from friends and members. What matters, therefore, is how the Catholic Church hierarchy, speaking for the Church, responds to the criticism.

Editorial: Make the case stick

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:47 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Socrates Fernandez is reacting again to his adopted son Joavan’s recent scrape with the law like the Soc the public knows. He won’t surrender Joavan, who has been accused of shooting and wounding a watchman, despite the police “manhunt” against him.

Fernandez said that since the police have yet to file a case against Joavan, he won’t surrender his adopted son. And he believes Joavan’s alibi that he was at a motel when the shooting happened. And yes, he is hiring a lawyer for his son.

Roperos: Filial issue

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

SOMETHING keeps recurring in my memory, snatches of a tune in a movie I saw eons ago.

But being one who loves music but could never carry a tune, I have kept my mouth shut but my mind open.

Cabaero: Borderless poll violence

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

THE shooting of a Masbate town official and her companion in Cebu City yesterday, Monday, raised fears of election violence here.

Malilong: Call for help

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.

BECAUSE of our radio program, “Frankahay Ta!,” I am usually already awake at 5 a.m.

Yesterday was an exception; I overslept and would have been late at the station were it not for the persistent ringing from my mobile phone. The caller was Menel Betonio, mayor of our native town of Pio V. Corpus, Masbate.

Seares: Speaking ill of the dead; wishing rivals dead

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

TWO separate events, involving a foreign public figure and local politicians, underscored habits generally condemned but hardly punished during election campaigns.

Niñal: Playgroup

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

BEFORE we made the decision, I googled, “What is the right age for a child to start school?” Google replied, “What kind of parent are you? You should be responsible enough to know!”

Tell it to; An ex-basher’s plea

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:43 p.m.

CHURCH bashers, once again, you are getting media attention you may, or may not, deserve ("Bishops, Priests should reach out," Sun.Star Cebu, April 15, 2013).

If, indeed, you are bashing the Church, what for? The Church is badly bashed enough by its very own doings.

Editorial: Saving the Fort

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

WHEN was the last time you visited the Fort?

For Cebuanos of a certain age, the Fort San Pedro occupies, if inconspicuously, a part of reminiscences of Cebu in the past.

Wenceslao: Bishops, priests should reach out

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that claimed a declining attendance by Filipino Catholics in Sunday masses is interesting as a spark to elicit deeper discussion on faith and the Roman Catholic Church. But it is not a definitive study on attendance in the church’s Sunday ritual. It is an opinion survey, not an in-depth research, which makes it debatable at the least.

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