Nalzaro: God in the midst of tragedies

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 11:00 p.m.

PEOPLE who were struck by calamities and tragedies would sometimes question the existence of God. Where was God when super typhoon Pablo devastated some parts of Mindanao, causing massive loss of life? Victims have yet to recover as efforts of the government and the private sector are not enough to sustain their basic needs. “If there is God, He should have protected us from the calamity,” some of the victims were quoted as saying. But who are we to question the existence of God? If God allowed this calamity to happen, He might have had a message for us.

Mongaya: Will RH approval legalize abortion?

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:59 p.m.

PROPAGANDA against the reproductive health bill has led to the argument that its passage would also mean approval of abortion. I find this absurd. It seems anti-RH advocates, having accepted the church dogma that reproductive health promotes abortion, now cry about the coming deaths of the unborn.

But the bill declares abortion as illegal. Once the RH bill becomes a law, abortion will continue to be illegal. Perhaps government should begin going after the real abortionists who continue to ply their trade.

Echaves: New kid on the block

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:59 p.m.

UNLESS you’re a resident in the neighborhood, Hernan Cortes Road in Mandaue City is merely another road to short-cut to A.S. Fortuna from the Mandaue highway.

Along Hernan Cortes are Mandaue Foam, and an age-old company with its ever-familiar tower of junk. The sight can spin off fears of that whole rusty junk toppling down on any unsuspecting passerby.

Cuizon: More than a boxing show

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:47 p.m.

TWICE I missed watching a Pacquiao boxing fight which now holds every Filipino’s deep attention because live media make it possible for anyone to watch the fight as though at the ring side.

It was Pacquiao-Marquez 2 that I missed first. I couldn’t stay home to watch TV because I had an appointment. But even then, I heard a live coverage of the fight over the radio of the cab I took.

Mercado: Pinoy dawn masses

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

THE novena of dawn masses starts Dec. 16 in the run up to Christmas. Fray Diego de Soria, in 1578, asked the Pope to permit Misa de Gallo. This accommodated Filipino farmers who tilled fields after daybreak.

Today, call center agents to newspaper distributors end chores before cockcrow and attend the mass. So do physicians and nurses preparing for the next shift.

Cabaero: When will it happen again?

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

THE horror of the shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut in the United States reverberated around the world and in the online sphere.

Malilong: Sad day in Connecticut

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

AFTER five straight days of waking up early for your radio program, you look forward to a quiet and lazy Saturday morning in bed. A streak of sunlight, however, peeps through the blinds into your face. You rub your eyes, grope for the remote control and switch on the TV set. Big mistake. The CNN “breaking news” banishes all hopes of a restful day.

Lim: RH again

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

WE are on the last stretch of the struggle—-at least, those of us who believe that it’s not just the unborn that deserve to live. Those who must risk their lives to give birth to the unborn also deserve to live.

The passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill will have positive repercussions throughout the country, but it will be the women who will reap the most benefits. After all, it is they whose lives must be sacrificed as a result of unprotected sex.

Tabada: Closed stars

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

I’M attached to yearenders. This year has seen me at my mawkiest ever so it’s not surprising that I’ve even taken note of not just the last homework but the second-to-the-last-paper to pass before school closes for 2012.

For this assignment, I had to make sense of systems theories.

Editorial: Suit against Abellanosa

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:42 p.m.

ASIAN College of Technology (ACT) has come a long way since it was established in Colon St. as the Asian Computer Institute. Credit must be given to its founder and president, Rodrigo Abellanosa, for steering the school to what it has become now—-a well-marketed institution.

Critics, however, do not see the growth of ACT as a product of Abellanosa’s “genius” but rather of his ability to use his position in government to benefit his school. Abellanosa became Cebu City councilor nine years ago and within that span ACT became noticeable.

Wenceslao: Pursuit of the RH bill

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:42 p.m.

THE tug-of-war over the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill has gotten interesting with the passage of one of its versions in the House of Representatives. One can interpret this development in a number of ways, but I take it in the context of the current political setup, the House being the more political of the two chambers of Congress.

Nalzaro: Justifying Balili lot development

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:41 p.m.

GOV. Gwendolyn Garcia was politicking when she used her power-point presentation to justify the ongoing “restoration” of the Balili property. Why? Because she gathered a “hakot” audience to witness the activity at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) last Wednesday.

I initially thought that her audience would be limited to media people, selected government officials and business leaders. But it came from a “cross section” of the community.

Barrita: RH bill House OK not a KO?

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:40 p.m.

CATHOLIC bishops vowed to continue fighting the reproductive health (RH) bill, which the House of Representatives passed on second reading with a vote of 113 in favor, 104 against and three abstentions Thursday dawn.

They likened it to Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s knockout (KO) loss to Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez last Sunday, but insisted the House vote was not a KO.

Carvajal: Galileo II

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:39 p.m.

SINCE we prayed very hard for it, now that the RH Bill has passed second reading, do we thank God for favoring us instead of bishops? Heavens, No. We thank God our representatives had the strength of conviction to stand up for people’s rights.

Seares: How LGU media can tap, and help, private media

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:38 p.m.

GOVERNMENT media of Cebu Province and Cebu City broke into the news last week when their budgets were reviewed by legislators.

Unlike private media, government newspapers and broadcast stations are funded with public money. But scrutiny is hardly done if executive and legislative officials sit on the same political fence.

Libre: At the crossroad

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:35 p.m.

JUST one second and Round 6 would have been over. But Juan Manuel Marquez connected the perfect punch that hit Manny Pacquiao’s jaw. He fell to the canvass like a log. For nearly two minutes, Pacman stayed motionless while the Mexican ran to his corner to rejoice.

I am a fan of Pacquiao. I was awed by the epic battle in the early rounds when both fighters boxed remarkably. Then came the punch, and it was shocking. In silence, I worried as Pacquiao lay unconscious. When he opened his eyes, I was relieved. In the hours that followed, I felt sad as did many Filipinos I met.

Editorial: Not the winning shot yet

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:09 a.m.

IN GAME 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 1989, the sixth seed Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan battled the third seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the latter’s home court. The Bulls were leading the series 3-1 and that particular game went down the wire.

Roperos: Ombudsman’s ruling

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:08 a.m.

IT IS a move in the right direction, the decision of Ombudsman to give due course to the filing of “formal criminal and administrative cases against Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and six Capitol officials for allegedly giving contractor WT Construction Inc. unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference.”

Wenceslao: Power point presentation

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:06 a.m.

I WAS among those invited by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to her power point presentation last Wednesday at the Cebu International convention Center (CICC), an activity primarily meant to answer questions on the controversial Balili lot purchase and Capitol’s recent move to develop the area (the governor termed it “restoration”).

Malilong: Governor’s defense

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:05 a.m.

THE daughter of the late Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez, Gigi Sanchez-Zaballero, sat in the audience. So did Crisologo Saavedra, the contractor who filed criminal and administrative charges against Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for alleged irregularities in the construction of the very edifice inside which they gathered that late morning. The governor noticed and publicly acknowledged him but not Zaballero. She also noticed the absence of three of her other most vocal critics.

Seares: Ineptness in saving lives as disastrous as Pablo

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:04 a.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino didn't ask why "Pablo" came. He knew well enough that it was an act of God although human failings helped shape typhoon behavior and people abetted its force of destruction.

PNoy didn't wonder why Pag-asa, the weather bureau, didn't predict on time the changes in Pablo's travel path. He knew that the most modern and expensive equipment couldn't forecast typhoon quirks.

Libre: More trouble

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:02 a.m.

SEVEN police officials face probe over Central Visayas gambling.

No betting please whether they’ll be ousted or not.

Editorial: Unity and conflict

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:21 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama told reporters that he sought out Gov. Gwendolyn and asked her to open the road inside the Provincial Capitol to ease traffic going to Barangay Guadalupe, which celebrated its fiesta yesterday. “Mao nay bentaha kun dili ta mangitag away,” he was quoted as saying. That’s a dig at his number one critic, Rep. Tomas Osmeña.

Roperos: Crime surge

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:20 a.m.

MANY years ago, when there was an attempt to assassinate former vice president Emmanuel Pelaez near his home in Cubao, Quezon City, he asked: What is happening to our country?

So: A book for Cebu City candidates

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:19 a.m.

I WILL unabashedly recommend a book to all those who seek to govern Cebu City by way of voting in May 2013.

The book, “People Participation in Urban Governance in Cebu” is written by Dr. Felisa Etemadi, the multi-awarded teacher-researcher of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu. It took her three years or so to finish it although her research spanned close to 20 years.

Espinoza: Budget and politics

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:18 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council’s poring over the expenditures by the executive department is good if it was done without political color. This is because public funds should only be used for public purpose and legal requirements should be complied with.

Councilor Margot Osmeña, wife of Congressman Tomas and chairperson of the committee on budget and finance, described as illegal the realignment of the funds made by the Office of the City Mayor.

Seares: Marquez’s mean punch and Manny’s new religion

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:18 a.m.

MANNY Pacquiao didn't wear rosary beads during his fourth match against Manuel Marquez. Manny didn't make the sign of the cross before he plunged into Round 1. And he didn't attend a pre-fight mass held at the hotel.

Those were rituals in Pacquiao’s previous fights. Not since he became a "born-again" Christian, when he shifted from Roman Catholic practices to bible-reading, prayer services, and the like. He now gets spiritual advice from pastors, not priests.

Tell it to City's business permit

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 01:17 a.m.

THIS is to clarify some points in the headline story of Sun.Star Cebu titled “Cebu

Editorial: Legislating trees

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:34 a.m.

WHEN businesses in Cebu City renew their permits next month, they will face a new requirement. Plant trees or you can’t do business, City Hall will say.

The new requirement is a sustainability plan, which will list the green activities a company commits to do within six months, says a report by Linette Ramos-Cantalejo in today’s front page.

Roperos: BOC documents, 2

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:34 a.m.

DIGGING ” further into the “emailed” documents I received late last week, the more befuddled I became. First question that occurred to me was why did that high ranking BOC official try to mislead --I say this since it is impossible that he was not informed that the shipment was marble and granite and not sugar by his own people?

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