Tell it to Sunstar: FOI: A call for rescue by PNoy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 12:25 a.m.

(The following is Part 3 of the pooled editorial by the Philippine Press Institute)

THE Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill is on the throes of death.

Editorial: The other side of “kasambahay”

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

THE Kasambahay Bill that was recently enacted into law is hailed as liberating and overdue by an estimated two to three million yayas or nannies, household helpers and family drivers in the country. The law lays down the minimum salary and employers’ obligations to provide social security, 13th month and other benefits to household helpers.

Atienza: A clash of cultures

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:29 p.m.

KA DAGHAN na gyud og foreigners sa Sugbo!” is a common lament among Cebuanos as Cebu’s population of Americans, Europeans and other Asians rise with each passing year.

Wenceslao: Totol, Osmeña and Tabunan

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:28 p.m.

I BUMPED into lawyer Aristotole Batuhan, who is running for the post of congressman in Cebu City’s south district in the May elections, at the wedding of my sister-in-law Amylita Jaca to Ian Lenard Turingan at the Redemptorist Church last Saturday. Batuhan of Team Rama is up against Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

Seares: Enrile’s ‘I am too old’ spiel

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:28 p.m.

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile appears to be exploiting his old age in tackling his critics.

He must be preempting his enemies: They haven’t used his being old to prop or push their argument. Has anyone said he should be replaced for being almost 88?

Mongaya: More fun

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:27 p.m.

BORACAY–The “More fun in the Philippines” campaign has obviously succeeded. The sea of tourists I saw during last week’s Sinulog in Cebu, the eve of Iloilo’s Dinagyang, and now in Boracay tells me the campaign has earned for the Philippines more visitors than before.

Echaves: On shoulders of giants

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

EIGHTEEN of the 75 clans chosen as “75 Cebuano Families of Distinction” were honored last Friday for the month of January.

To recall, 75 clans were chosen as part of the diamond anniversary celebration of the Cebu City Charter. These clans were identified after a thorough search and review by a specially set up research committee headed by Cebuano academic and poet Dr. Erlinda Kintanar.

Sun.star essay: Voting right

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:32 p.m.

A NEW Comelec resolution will regulate the online election advertisements for the coming elections, besides other forms to show fairness in the fight for all concerned. This is voting right.

The May 13 elections will choose 12 new senators (of the 24 seats in the Senate) comprising the 16th Congress, besides the election of leaders to the House of Representatives (233) and to local government positions of provincial governors (80), city (143) and municipal mayors (1,491).

Mercado: Movie tickets, anyone?

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:30 p.m.

AFTER 158 minutes, you really have experienced something,” says the Guardian of Britain in its review of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.” “It’s just not clear what.” The movie is now playing in Cebu.

Cabaero: Not justice system’s fault

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

THE shooting rampage at the Marcelo Fernan Palace of Justice in Cebu that left three persons dead has been blamed on the imperfections of the justice system, among others.

Canadian national John Pope had pending cases before the prosecutor’s office and the courts, but he went to the Palace of Justice last Jan. 22 not to face them but to shoot dead Dr. Reynold Rafols, a complainant against him, and Rafols’s lawyer, Jubian Achas, and to wound critically Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Maria Theresa Casiño. The prosecutor remains in a hospital intensive care unit.

Lim: Who is Gigi?

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:24 p.m.

ATTY. Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Gonzales-Reyes is Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s recently-resigned beleaguered chief of staff.

In her public apology, she admits that calling Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano a hypocrite, along with other senators, was disrespectful. She further acknowledges that her tenor throughout the radio dzMM interview was overbearing.

Malilong: The Cebu vote

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

WITH 2.5 million registered voters (the highest among all provinces in the country), Cebu can very well influence the results of a national election. In 2004, for example, the one million margin that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo enjoyed over the late Fernando Poe Jr. allowed her to eke out a close victory over the latter.

That election was highly controversial because of the reported massive cheating in Mindanao (remember “Hello Garci?”). There were allegations of cheating in Cebu, too, made notably by deposed President Erap Estrada but we all know that Arroyo won here fair and square.

Tabada: Woman’s lot

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:18 p.m.

JUST when you think education and reproductive health boosted my gender, here comes Johnny and Gigi.

Last Wednesday, the primetime TV soaps faced stiff competition from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano.

Seares: 'Unfinished business' of John Pope with media

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:56 a.m.

THE foreigner-whose shooting rampage at the MBF Palace of Justice last Jan. 22 killed a doctor and his lawyer and wounded severely a woman prosecutor, before he shot himself in the head-said he had "unfinished business" with media.

It was obviously not coincidental that John Pope, 66, a foreigner with an expired permit to stay, dated his complaint against a Cebu newspaper the same day he went on the murderous binge.

Editorial: On being sober and ningas cogon

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

THERE'S currently a flurry of efforts to beef up security in government buildings in response to the shooting incident involving Canadian national John Holdridge Pope at the Palace of Justice last Jan. 22. This is good, although it pays to also remind government officials to be sober when mapping out security measures they would put in place.

Libre: Obama inauguration

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:43 p.m.

AS EXPECTED, Barack Obama delivered another eloquent speech during his inauguration as a second-termer Commander-in-Chief of the United States. He opted to speak in the collective instead of singular, putting the future of the US as a communal effort of all Americans, not just among the politicians.

Wenceslao: UNA in Cebu

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:42 p.m.

THE report, quoting senatorial bet Juan Miguel Zubiri, said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) wants to kick-off its campaign for the 2013 elections here in Cebu. The operative word there is “want,” which means nothing is sure yet. UNA senatorial bets may yet go for Tondo in Manila, where UNA stalwart Joseph Estrada is running for mayor.

Barrita: House of thieves

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.

SEN. PANFILO “Ping” Lacson called for a “no-holds-barred” audit of the Senate’s finances to save the chamber’s image amid the controversy on the conversion of millions of pesos of excess funds into cash “gifts” and “bonuses” just before Christmas.

Carvajal: Blessing or bane

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:40 p.m.

I COULD hardly believe it. Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima called the Atimonan tragedy a “blessing.” Did he mean “blessing in disguise?” But the incident was too horridly evil to be hiding a “blessing.” Moreover, blessings, even in unlikely disguises, are welcome. But the Atimonan incident had “bane” written in red all over it and a bane is eradicated not welcomed.

Editorial: How will Comelec find time?

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:12 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may lack many things, but ambition is not one of them. This year, on top of its superhuman workload for the elections in May, it will also attempt to enforce stricter limits on propaganda.

Roperos: Media and elections

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:11 p.m.

WHICH is more significant, to get the people to vote or to urge them not just to vote but also to know whom to vote for. To me, both are matters of equal urgency and significance. But it is a very ticklish question to resolve by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Wenceslao: More on John H. Pope

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:10 p.m.

THE Palace of Justice slayings were no doubt serious occurrences that should not be taken lightly. But some things did amuse us as we pored over reports on the incident. Like when some people stumbled at times when mentioning the name of the perpetrator, John Holdridge Pope (or John H. Pope). One blurted “Pope John” and almost added “Paul” to it. “Pope John,” surely, is vastly different from “John Pope.”

Malilong: Fair warning

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:09 p.m.

THIS is not amusing anymore. Isn’t there anyone brave enough in the Senate to tell colleagues Juan Ponce Enrile and Alan Peter Cayetano to take their personal quarrel off the Senate floor and spare a poor nation the burden of watching a cheap telenovela?

Seares: Enrile, Gigi: ‘Sex and the Senate

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:08 p.m.

THERE is sex in the current "fracas" between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Star of their argument on Senate floor Wednesday was JPE's chief of staff, Jessica "Gigi" Gonzales-Reyes, 50, with whom JPE, 88, was allegedly romantically linked.

Libre: : Mental detectors

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:07 p.m.

COURT security made tougher.

Court should go tougher on security.

Editorial: Lax implementation of gun ban

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:19 a.m.

THE shooting incident inside the Palace of Justice last Tuesday has naturally drawn attention to the fact that it happened at a time when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has put in place a gun ban as the campaign period for the May polls opened.

Roperos: ‘Stray’ guns

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:18 a.m.

WHAT can we say about loaded guns in the wrong hands and in the wrong place? I am still puzzled about how a loaded gun was brought inside the Palace of Justice, allowing a man to shoot and kill a doctor and a lawyer and wound a prosecutor.

So: One less pediatric surgeon

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:17 a.m.

JOHN Pope was a journalist, so I presume he did his research on Dr. Reynaldo Rafols.

Pope would have known that Dr. Rafols was one of the very few pediatric surgeons in Cebu. Very few means five.

Malilong: The Pope murders

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:16 a.m.

THE raw emotion was palpable in Eddie Rosello’s voice when he spoke on Frankahay Ta! Tuesday morning. “If only there was no gun ban,” he sighed. “I could have fired back at him. Anyway, I hope he’s dead.”

Seares: John Pope: shooter, ‘victim’

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.

WHAT drove Canadian national John Pope to shoot last Tuesday a doctor, his lawyer, a woman prosecutor, and himself in the MBF Hall of Justice at the Cebu Capitol compound?

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