Friday, March 30, 2012 - 11:39 p.m.
I WAS about to construct a piece about Pacman’s tax woes when I learned of Maria in Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma’s Pastoral “Letter on Kasambahays” issued on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Both are workers that stand on opposite ends of the politico-economic spectrum.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.
THE nuns of St. Theresa’s College (STC) must not have expected that what it believed to be a mere implementation of school rules would attract national attention.
Or they must have underestimated the reaction of the parents of the student that was the subject of what they must also have thought to be a light sanction: allow the student to graduate but prevent her from attending the graduation rites.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.
THERE is a measure of soundness in the recent move of the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona to use as material evidence the real property whose ownership has been traced by lady journalist in the United States.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:06 p.m.
THE Rappler.com expose on the claim by Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona of what turned out to be his bogus scholastic achievements from grade school to college at the Ateneo de Manila University also brought forth the information about two prominent figures of the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship: Edgar Jopson and Emmanuel Lacaba.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:05 p.m.
FIRST, let’s put everything in perspective.
It was the regional director for Northern Mindanao of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) who filed the criminal case against Manny Pacquiao for violation of the National Internal Revenue Code. But he couldn’t have acted on his own, considering the stature of the respondent. His boss, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares and, perhaps, even Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima himself, must have been consulted and have given their respective go-signal.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:04 p.m.
NOT ALL data come out or some details are fuzzy on the first day of a news event.
When the story broke Tuesday that a high school graduate of St. Theresa's College would be barred from the ceremony and her mom went to court over the order, it wasn't clear if:
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:03 p.m.
REP. Tomas Osmeña targets Ciudad, DENR over cut trees.
He wants some officials axed from their job.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.
IS IT discriminatory against single dads not to provide changing tables in men’s comfort rooms? That will be the day when men could change their babies’ diapers in their turf.
In the meantime, the celebration of International Women’s day was quite in order considering the nurturing prerogative enjoyed by women not necessarily excluding men who by circumstances, have to extend maternal care.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.
THERE'S something admirable in the effort of the Talisay City Government to continue to commemorate yearly the landing of American forces on its shore on March 26, 1945, paving the way for the liberation of Cebu from the clutches of the Japanese imperial forces.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.
I ATTENDED the other day a ground level affair I considered a heartening experience.
It was an event that “enfranchised” a group of unemployed rural workers who underwent training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) as motor repair mechanics. The training answers a felt need in the rural areas due to the heightened use of motorcycles as means of transportation.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.
SHE had hoped to walk the stage to receive her high school diploma tomorrow, graduation day. But because her wearing a bikini and holding a cigarette in a public place deviated from the standards of her school, she can’t be at the commencement exercises.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:41 p.m.
MANNY Pacquiao must think that because he won for the country world championships in eight divisions and the title of best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, aside from being the wealthiest congressman, he should be handled by tax collectors with, ah, kid gloves.
With lawyers and accountants, Pacquiao has come out from his corner, not with fists flying but with a torrent of complaints against the BIR.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:41 p.m.
ELECTIVE Cebu City Government officials and those wanting to run for office in the May 2013 polls are already busy going around town to check the loyalties of their followers as well as entice the undecided to join their camps.
But in the Province of Cebu, officials were busy entering into business contracts with private enterprises. Gov. Gwen Garcia entered into a contract last week with the Manila Water consortium for Cebu’s bulk water supply project.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:47 a.m.
THE death this week of Japanese dive instructor Kotoka Kajii-Denila overturns familiar stereotypes about interracial marriages in the Philippines.
In the popular narrative, it is always the Filipino spouse—typically, the wife—who plays a subordinate role in the relationship. The common perception of how these relationships operate is that the foreign partner controls the purse strings, and gets the final say on major family decisions.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:45 a.m.
THERE is validity and soundness in the concern expressed recently by the justice secretary over the traditional practice of local government units (LGU) extending financial assistance to prosecutors. It may be a way of assisting low-paid justice department personnel, but it exposes the dispensation of justice in the country to unethical influence, or nakedly, to undue corruption.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:44 a.m.
ONE philosopher who wasn’t born in the age of computers had predicted the ushering in of a truly globalized world wherein the unity of the oppressed would be strengthened.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:43 a.m.
CEBU Provincial Legal Officer Marino Martinquilla reacted to my column last Saturday titled, “Glenn Soco's lament,” wherein I wrote about my talk with Soco during a chance encounter in an uptown coffee shop. Martinquilla zeroed in on the termination of the contracts of the Mandaue Integrated and Manpower Services (MIMS) and Powerline, all owned by the Soco family, that supplied janitorial and medical personnel to Capitol.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:41 a.m.
SORSOGON Bishop Arturo Bastes has advised President Noynoy Aquino to go on a retreat this coming Holy Week for him to be enlightened.
His Grace probably didn’t know PNoy doesn’t like the word retreat.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.
TO SAVE face is to see first the self-inflicted injuries: a black eye, blood seeping from the nose, and bruised lips.
Hush, let us listen and learn from the conversation between two cartoon characters.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:30 a.m.
WITH the school year at its end, the question of how qualified our graduates are to cope with present-day life’s challenges comes to the fore. The bottom-line issue is the quality of the education students are getting.
Often, educational standards are set in terms of the knowledge and skills imparted to enable graduates to become productive citizens and contribute to national development.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:06 a.m.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago always straddles the extreme, so only she among the senator-judges could issue threats against pollsters and the media for the survey done in the midst of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:05 a.m.
IF WHAT an objective and discerning Cebuano saw and heard yesterday noon at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol is vintage Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s public actuation, then it is safe for her or him to say that Cebu has a firebrand for a governor and a leader.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:04 a.m.
ONE should give it to journalist Raissa Robles. No, anti-Coronas should give it to this South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) correspondent. She has created a blog which is being read by thousands of Filipinos interested in “Philippine politics and beyond” here and abroad. And her investigative effort and the contribution of her blog’s “cyber warriors” she collectively calls “Plaza Miranda” seem to be paying off.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:03 a.m.
ISN'T it funny that we react to the latest Pulse Asia survey on Chief Justice Renato Corona as if the Senate impeachment proceedings were like the popular American television show, Family Feud?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:02 a.m.
COMMISSION on Audit (COA) released a report disallowing the 2001 payment of P34.7 million by City of Manila to the family of Renato Corona's wife.
The release came after ex-Manila mayor Lito Atienza's testimony at the impeachment trial of the Supreme Court chief justice and 11 years after payment. "Why only now?" Atienza complained.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 01:01 a.m.
AS I sat down to write this column, my little boy’s new yaya just turned on the radio, which was now playing Jovit Baldivino’s version of “Too Much Love Will Kill You.” I was supposed to write an article of extreme national importance, like “The Effects of the Corona Impeachment on the Evolution of Four-Letter Words” or “When Militant Groups Start to Become Really Annoynoying.”
But the choice became whether to write about yayas or about how to turn a perfectly alright Queen classic into something that promotes the use of anti-noise earplugs.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:33 p.m.
THINK before you leap.
High school Batch 2012 graduates and their families have reason to heed the advice of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to reconsider alternatives other than enrolment in five “oversubscribed” courses.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:33 p.m.
WE’VE had at least one time in our life when we wish we had followed our gut, and/or behaved differently.
Most often, we charged our foul-ups to our youthfulness. So, we were allowed our share of mistakes because presumably, we’d learn our lessons and behave better as adults.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:32 p.m.
A WEEK ago, I was at the Museo sa Sugbo at the old provincial jail along M.J. Cuenco Ave. to check on the ongoing construction of a replica of a radio announcer’s booth inside the museum’s media gallery. Joining me were lawyers Cheking Seares, Eddie Barrita, KBP chairman Ruphil Banoc and Cherry Lim of Sun.Star Cebu. After conferring with the curator, we went to the lobby where we got hold of copies of the latest edition of Capitol’s Sugbo News.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:31 p.m.
FIRST, there’s some confusion about voice of the people being voice of God. We’re told scholar Alcuin’s letter to Emperor Charlemagne, which originated “Vox populi, vox Dei,” warned against it.
Alcuin said, “We should not listen to those who keep saying ‘voice of the people is voice of God,’ since turbulence of the crowd is always very close to madness.”