Wenceslao: Golden age of Cebuano music

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:52 p.m.

THE tragedy of being popular is that a disconnect between perception and the real eventually surfaces. The image of a famous person that gets stuck in the public mind is often that one associated with his or her peak moments. Life’s continuous motion towards denouement is glossed over, and thus the public is shocked when a famous person resurfaces in a pitiful state years after his or her peak.

Malilong: Sotto’s personal tragedy

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:52 p.m.

AFTER my angioplasty in 2006, I have been taking a host of medicines as a precautionary measure. All of them have listed side effects, many of them described as “serious”.

The cholesterol-lowering Lipitor can cause kidney and liver problems. Platexan may result in “dyscrasias, serum sickness, interstitial pneumonitis and myalgia”, among others. The anti-arrhythmic drug Cordarone can also adversely affect kidney and liver functions.

Seares: COA on Agnes, Gwen tussle

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:50 p.m.

COA reportedly will look into whether the Cebu Provincial Board authorized the governor’s spending of P27 million as disaster relief to local governments outside Cebu.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said there’s no record of any PB action. Gov. Gwen Garcia said PB authority was granted when it approved the P87-million calamity fund.

Yap: Eat Bulaga

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:48 p.m.

WHEN the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges said, “The original is unfaithful to the translation,” he could have meant that translations sometimes improve the original. A translator himself of a multitude of literary works, Borges himself knows the intricacies of transmogrifying the expression of a soul in one language to another.

Borges also believed, on the other hand, that no amount of writing can ever be original. All works, he said, are only part and parcel of a big narrative arc long written by an invisible hand.

Libre: Going to waste

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.

P1.9M treatment plant ‘going to waste’

No thanks to an ailing bureaucracy.

Editorial: Unique city council

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:11 a.m.

POLITICAL science students who want to observe how a legislative body uses its official functions to indulge in politicking should watch the Bando Osmena-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK)-controlled Cebu City Council led by Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young.

It’s an interesting study on Philippine politics.

Roperos: Poverty as bedfellow

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:10 a.m.

THE House of Representatives has passed a bill aiming to uplift “the standard of living and quality of life of the poor by providing them with ‘sustained opportunities for growth and development.’” House Bill (HB) 4484, or the “Magna Carta of the Poor,” seeks to create employment and livelihood opportunities for those identified as poor by the National Anti-Poverty Commission based on the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) definition.

So: Right on time, Jack

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:08 a.m.

TO get a picture of the cobra that bit a Cebu City zookeeper in a “snake pose,” Jack Jakosalem had to keep swaying his hand like how Jackie Chan did it in the Chinese karate movie “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow.” He did this in the hope that the cobra would understand the semaphore, do the snake pose and smile for the camera.

Malilong: No longer one happy family

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:07 a.m.

HOLD it, folks. Before conjuring up images of courtesans frolicking inside a prison compound made famous by its dancing residents, please note that what we have so far is the still unsubstantiated claim of a woman who said she was deceived into selling her flesh to an inmate inside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

Seares: Demolishing squatters, blasting shanties

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:06 a.m.

BEFORE cops from the "politically-correct" squad blow their whistle on the use of "squatters" instead of "informal settlers," let me explain.

If you see City Hall's wrecking crew remove shanties, you don't hear anyone say "the informal settlers are demolished" but "the squatters are demolished."

Espinoza: No bonus for 500 Province employees

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:03 a.m.

ON Aug. 6, 2012, some 1,500 Capitol workers were overjoyed by Gov. Gwen Garcia’s announcement that they would get P15,000 each as collective negotiation agreement (CNA) bonus during the celebration of the province’s 43rd founding anniversary.

However, 500 Provincial Government employees detailed in offices outside of Capitol could only sigh in envy over the good fortune of their co-workers. They have not received any bonus for some time now since their transfer to offices outside of Capitol.

Editorial: A fine balance

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.

IF THE questions traded by some top Provincial Government officials over the former Balili property’s development sound familiar, it’s because they’ve been asked before.

When the Provincial Board (PB) authorizes funds for a project in the annual budget, should the governor have to go back to the PB for approval of the next steps, like a contract to implement that project?

Roperos: Poverty and power

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.

WHAT the Cebu City Mayor decided to do to the “powerless” city residents is at once apolitically humane and politically decisive. This is a matter that can only be done by one who knows he is in the midst of a social circumstance that is better ignored than countenanced, yet too deeply significant to bypass. This is a situation that nourishes a difficult dilemma to one who is a presumptive head of a group or community of people with varied and complex personal interest.

Wenceslao: A ‘lie’ and the Inayawan dumpsite, 2

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:16 a.m.

THERE is reason why lawyer Janeses Ponce wants people to call him Jade. While the name sounds unisex, it is curt and straightforward. Which is actually what I would have liked Jade’s letters to the editor to be.

Nalzaro: Balili property as economic zone

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:15 a.m.

WHEN asked by reporters about the filling up of the submerged portion of the controversial Balili property, Gov. Gwen Garcia replied by firing questions of her own, “What's the big fuss? Is it hurting to anyone or to anybody?”

Had I been there, my answer would have been, “Yes, there is a big fuss and it is hurting the pockets of Cebuano taxpayers.” The big fuss is that Capitol decided to develop the area, which was bought at P98.9 million, only after five years and without any feasibility study and concrete plan.

Barrita: Renaming the NRA

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:14 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama wants to rename the 160-hectare NorthReclamation Area (NRA) into the Serging Osmeña Business Park.

Mike Rama said the renaming is to give honor and credit to the man who made the NRA possible.

Carvajal: Sigh of relief

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:13 a.m.

SHORT list out, Justice Secretary Delima disqualified”… what a sigh of relief. I had feared that the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) was poised to accommodate the justice secretary’s request to bend rules so she would qualify as a candidate for Chief Justice. If she had been accommodated, I cringe at the guaranteed political backlash to what would certainly be a dubious selection process.

Obenieta: A family matter

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:20 a.m.

There is more to tell than what is showing out of the spotlight. Truth and its many faces often shun the sunlit certainties about what is right, as reality-show star Kim Kardashian revealed in a recent talk-show interview. “No one will fight harder for you than your own mother. She knows us… We just get each other. We vibe. It works,” she clarified, challenging the rumors that her mom was “pimping her children.”

Malilong: The push to suspend JBC rule

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.

The news that Malacañang’s representative in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) continues to push for the suspension of a JBC rule in an ill-disguised effort to accommodate three nominees for Chief Justice, who are otherwise disqualified because they are facing administrative charges, is disconcerting, to say the least.

Cabaero: End of ‘conspiracy theory’

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:16 a.m.

Questions were raised immediately about the independence of the selection process for the next Chief Justice after Renato Corona was impeached last May.

Some people pointed to a “conspiracy theory” angle wherein President Benigno Aquino III must want his own person to the post; others saw the requirement for live media coverage to ensure transparency.

Seares: If police had a bell and they have, would you ring it?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:12 a.m.

The Hammer Song, we're told, was first sung at a dinner for leaders of the Communist Party of the United States in 1949.

Decades later, the revised Peter Paul & Mary version was chosen by Wikileaks as its song.

Editorial: Vanishing generation

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:09 a.m.

The announcement seems premature but still Provincial Board Member Arleigh Sitoy’s claim that his daughter will run for mayor of Cordova town in the 2013 polls is interesting not only because his father, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, is contradicting him but also because this is another manifestation of the changing political landscape in the province.

Sitoy’s daughter, Leighna Katrina Sitoy-Abarquez, is a lawyer and only 32 years old.

Roperos: Cebuano pride

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:07 a.m.

There is no doubting the fact that anyone who was born and who grew up in a place develops a pride and affection for it. It is a natural human behavior that is difficult to belie regardless of intervening influences that may emerge in the period of growth and development.

The term our elders used to refer to this truism is “garbo,” meaning to show a pride for or to have an affection of.

Editorial: Preparing for a rainy day

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:42 p.m.

DISASTER mentality or disastrous mentality?

Many Cebuanos feel that Cebu will never experience the flash floods that submerged several communities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces during the four days of heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon.

Wenceslao: A ‘lie’ and the Inayawan dumpsite

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:40 p.m.

I DON’T know how White Road in Barangay Inayawan got its name. But I am not surprised because in neighboring Laray, a village in Talisay City, is a community called Greenfields. Color-coding is therefore not new in the place.

Nalzaro: Useless

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:39 p.m.

CAPITOL is filling up the fishpond and the submerged areas of the 24-hectare controversial Balili property in Tinaan, City of Naga, which the Provincial Government bought for P98.9 million in 2008. Engr. Adolfo Quiroga, provincial planning and development officer, made the confirmation, saying they started work in the early part of July. Quiroga said it is part of the “restoration” of the property so development can start soon.

Seares: So what if ill motive prompted complaint vs. de Lima?

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:38 p.m.

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima, in several petitions, asked the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that she be not disqualified as nominee for Supreme Court (SC) chief justice.

For disobeying an SC order lifting the ban on ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s foreign travel, she has been facing charges that, she alleges, are politically motivated.

Mongaya: Eviction notice for BOC

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:37 p.m.

AN AGENCY tasked with raising money for the National Government has less than 60 days to vacate a building where it had been transacting official business inside the Cebu Port Authority (CPA).

The Bureau of Customs has been occupying the building at Pier 6 inside the CPA premises since 2005 when then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo converted the old customs building beside the Plaza Independencia into the Malacañang sa Sugbo.

Echaves: Asian superstars

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:37 p.m.

ARE we faster, stronger, better than we used to be?”

That’s one of the class projects being assigned to some graders now. The subject is, of course, the 30th Olympiad in London.

Seares: ‘Why oppose the right of reply when it’s already in the election law?’

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 07:15 p.m.

IT WASN'T the first time the question was raised but the argument of the inquirer, who identifies herself only as “Masscom Student” in the mail, deserves airing.

She asks: “The Cebu press through the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) opposes the proposed bill to make right of reply compulsory. But the Fair Election Act already contains legislated right of reply? Hasn’t CCPC’s opposition come late in the day? Besides, has the right of reply under the election law created problems to the media, at least the Cebu press?”

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