Mercado: Francis’s 100 days

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:48 p.m.

Francis is changing the Vatican, not the other way around,” John Carr of Georgetown University wrote as the new Pope marked late June his 100 days in office. Whether naming a new council of eight cardinals, who are not from the Curia, or washing feet of prisoners, Francis is adapting customs of the papacy to his pastoral manner.

Malilong: Mike, Tommy snubbed each other

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:46 p.m.

Mike Rama and Tommy Osmeña hate each other and make no effort to hide it. The other day, they met for the first time since the May 13 elections during a gathering of farmers in a mountain barangay and, as expected, snubbed each other.

This did not escape the attention of the guest of honor, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who, because he is not naïve, was merely being nice and expressed confidence that the erstwhile political allies will soon reconcile. Your wish, Mr. Secretary.

Lim: Maturity

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:45 p.m.

A FEW weeks back, a friend confided, “With maturity, my sister and I have a much better relationship now.” I had heard about their contentious relationship for the longest time. The younger sister worked for the older sister. And I thought then that the conflict was due to the wide gap in their ages.

Ledesma: Taking a multicab home

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:44 p.m.

LAST WEEK, I wrote about this one good deed that was almost obscured. That piece was titled "A night of fright reveals a virtue of Digong." For those of you who missed that one, it was about an account of a mother of four who got caught in flood with her children, one an infant almost midnight last June 5.

Tabada: How Titanic is your love

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:42 p.m.

IF marriage is tricky to get out of, are Filipinos working harder to stay married?

Or do couples evade marriage now?

Editorial: Putting down Romana

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Chief Marcelo Garbo seems to be living up to the meaning of his family name in his conflict with Mayor Michael Rama with regards to the choice of Cebu City police chief.

Libre: George W. Obama

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.

DID you see that mashed up photo of “George W. Obama” that merged the faces of George W. Bush and Barrack Obama? It looked real yet weird in a sort of way. Whoever came out with it had less of an artistic reason but more of a political commentary.

Wenceslao: Rama, Natuel and Labella

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:57 p.m.

IT LOOKS like Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will actually be given “his” chief of police after all. Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Chief Marcelo Garbo admitted the other day that the Senior Officers Placement and Promotions Board in Camp Crame has given Rama a list of five names out of which he would choose his preference for police chief.

Nalzaro: Gwen failed to release father’s ‘pork’

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:56 p.m.

A SMOOTH turnover of power was put in place at the Capitol yesterday by outgoing Gov. Gwen Garcia and incoming Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III. Gwen delivered a farewell speech outlining her achievements before Capitol officials and employees who attended the memorable and historic event.

We thought the turnover rites won’t happen because of the intense political rivalry between the Garcias and Davide in two elections.

Barrita: Dancing collectors

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

OFELIA OLIVA, famous for her dancing tax collectors at Cebu City Hall, planned to train Cebu Capitol tax collectors to dance as a way to increase tax collection.

Her target was to triple Capitol’s tax collection from P1.8 billion last year to P5 billion this year.

Carvajal: Lack of will

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

CREATIVITY is needed to solve a big city’s traffic problems and the MMDA Chairman’s five-point program to untangle Metro Manila traffic is creative. Creativity, however, can only be as effective as it is laser focused.

And there’s the rub. It is questionable if Francis Tolentino’s five-point program burns a laser on the crux of the problem.

Editorial: Turnover rituals

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:12 a.m.

THE 2010-2013 terms of local government officials, members of the House of Representatives and some senators will virtually end today, June 30 being a Sunday. By Monday, a new set of elected officials will take over government posts, together with those who were given a fresh mandate, meaning, reelected.

Roperos: Political destiny

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:11 a.m.

JUST the other day, a member of the Philippine Senate declared that getting into the presidential Palace is a matter of fate. He said this referring to a young senator who hinted that he has his eyes on a possible run for the presidency “or something” in 2016.

Wenceslao: The ‘Joys’ of Rama, Labella

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:10 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama prepped for the start of his second term on Monday by meeting local media people this week. He met with Sun.Star Cebu editors, reporters and columnists at the Casino Español yesterday noon.

Malilong: Labella’s task

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:10 a.m.

COUNCILOR Edgar Labella must have watched the last session of the outgoing city council the other day with grim foreboding. If the fireworks that erupted over a simple committee report were to be a gauge of the sharp political lines that divide the majority and minority blocs in the city’s legislature, Labella faces a herculean task in shepherding his former colleagues to share a common vision.

With the departure of Vice Mayor Joy Young and Councilor Jun Pe, expect Bebs Andales to take a major role in marshalling the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) forces in the city council.

Seares: Curbing enthusiasm for fiestas

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:09 a.m.

RAUL MANGLAPUS (1919-1999) did a lot of things and did them well.

But few would remember him as an intellectual (a summa cum laude one wouldn't lump with Lapid, Revilla, Binay, or Poe), a hero tortured to near death by Japanese invaders, an orator who could make angels and presidents weep (Quezon visited Ateneo to hear him speak), a musician who led the jazz group Executives and made the nation sing or hum "Mambo Magsaysay," a visionary whose two progressive groups could've changed the landscape of political parties. He could've been president but lost to scruples-free Marcos in 1965.

Yap: A city’s work

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:08 a.m.

WHEN your teacher suddenly stops in the middle of a sentence, he expects you to finish it to see if you know the rest of it. Mayor Mike Rama takes that tack in a talk with columnists and editors of Sun.Star Cebu.

As the city progresses, you need to keep all that’s best of its original form, he says. Consider the towns, their churches, seats of government, they all face the sea. “Dagat!” said Mayor Mike emphatically.

Libre: Don’t look at me

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:07 a.m.

TEACHERS identify issues in implementing K-12 program.

The education department still has homework to do to make this program succeed.

Editorial: Not a clone

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

REELECTED Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is set to give former mayor Alvin Garcia and former congressman Antonio Cuenco a big enough say in his second term as mayor.

Garcia will be part of the Waterfront Development Project core group while Cuenco will be involved in sister-city matters.

Roperos: Church politics

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

TIME and again we, as one of the devout Catholic nations of the world, find many of us caught in the midst of a conflict between our past and the intensifying influence of a so-called modernizing world.

So: How to spend P1.6M the Jonas Cortes way

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

IN their limited world just below the old Cebu-Mactan Bridge, the onset of heavy rain and high tide disrupts their plans and daily routine. The place they call Sitio Paradise converts into an island.

The water from the sea rises and overflows into the streets. They can't see land. All they see is water and more water that stretches to the public school where their children attend classes.

Espinoza: PB members avoided Gwen?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:50 p.m.

OUTGOING Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia showed the public that she has matured politically when she met Governor-elect Hilario P. Davide III on Tuesday at the Office of the Governor and led him in a tour of Capitol offices.

Garcia, who is the congresswoman-elect of Cebu’s third congressional district, did not show bitterness or resentment during her meeting with Davide, a Liberal Party’s (LP) stalwart.

Seares: Hating, loving LeBron James

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.

“I WENT to bed yesterday and LeBron James sucked. I woke up this morning and LeBron James still sucks. All is good in the world” --Tweet from a LeBron James “hater”

IT’S NOT difficult to dislike or hate LeBron James, the Miami Heat forward who took a large bulk of credit for that team's back-to-back NBA 2012 and 2013 championships.

Editorial: Smooth transitions

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:43 p.m.

THE meeting yesterday between outgoing Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Governor-elect Hilario Davide III should serve as an example for other politicians caught in the transition from one leader to another.

Roperos: Political coexistence

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.

SOMETHING tells me that there is hope and a sound future to expect from the report of s meeting between outgoing Cebu Provincial Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Governor-elect Hilario Davide III at the governor’s office yesterday “as part of the preparation for the turnover of power on Friday.

Guv Gwen met first the other day with Jun Davide’s chief of staff along with a member of the transition team.

Wenceslao: ‘Patid-patid og lata’

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:40 p.m.

SO THERE will be a smooth transition of power from outgoing Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to Governor-elect Hilario Davide III this coming Friday? Those who have been trying to demonize Garcia must have been surprised that she initiated a meeting with Davide yesterday. The “demon,” as pictured, isn’t supposed to calmly step down from office, right?

Nalzaro: Band-aid solution to poverty

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:39 p.m.

THERE is this saying: “Give a man fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I think this should be the guiding principle of our political leadership on how to solve the problem on poverty.

The national government has announced that it would increase its budget for its dole-out to the poorest of the poor called the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Barrita: Sex for flight

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:38 p.m.

LABOR officials in the Middle East are in the limelight lately for their alleged involvement in sexually exploiting displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in exchange for tickets to fly home.

These officials should be recalled home pronto to face a proper investigation. Let’s just hope they already have plane tickets.

Obenieta: Chain of complicity

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:37 p.m.

NO MATTER how slimy, success comes with convenient access. As far the cold-blooded scums are concerned, hot is how fast the fingers can click on the mobile phone, prowl for an online chat, or pounce on someone’s Facebook status. Beware all ye who enter the Internet. Here, more than the bonfire of the vanities, is the smoke of vulnerabilities.

Victims of sexual servitude and forced labor, mostly women and children, are easier and faster to trade the more technology burn the boundaries of rich and poor countries.

Carvajal: Dishonest

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

FILIPINO style politics gets in the way of anything good being done for the whole nation. This is because elective officials (and their appointees) with rare exceptions do everything mainly for a selfish political purpose that often trumps morality and common weal.

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