Roperos: Flawed land reform

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:30 p.m.

THIS is an addendum to our previous two-part column about our country’s agrarian reform program. Since the second part came out last Tuesday, I received reactions from various individuals, including some members of the agrarian reform department itself (DAR).

I classified the responses into three flaws. I cited some cases in the earlier two-part piece, and in fact the reactions I got are generally based on the areas of the program that have been the DAR focus during its existence.

Malilong: Business consultant’s observation

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:30 p.m.

DON'T shoot the messenger even if he carries an unpleasant message.

Business consultant Peter Wallace’s observation that President Aquino is a 9-to-5 leader may not be an accurate description of the President’s working habits but getting angry at his comments is not the reaction that the people expect from someone who refers to them as his boss. It smacks of arrogance.

Seares: ‘Tigmo’ offers no riddle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:29 p.m.

THE first political jingle to come out in the 2013 campaign is negative but not slanderous. Unidentified culprits need not fear any lawsuit for premature campaigning or libel.

"Daygon: May Pasko o Wala," better known as "Balili," exploits the issue on the controversial purchase of allegedly mostly underwater land in Naga, Cebu.

Espinoza: Not service oriented

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:28 p.m.

DURING the thanksgiving mass for San Pedro Calungsod on Nov. 30, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and President Noy Aquino will meet again.

The Liberal Party (LP) earlier chose Rep. Tomas Osmeña, chieftain of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), over Rama, who was then an LP member, as its official candidate for mayor in Cebu City. President Aquino is the titular head of LP.

Editorial: Presidential silence

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.

ONE wonders what President Benigno Aquino III made of the unsolicited advice that came his way yesterday from the business consultant Peter Wallace and former president Fidel Ramos.

Their advice, reported in yesterday’s Inquirer, was for President Aquino to be more, well, presidential.

Roperos: All about ‘sin’

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:16 a.m.

LONG before there was expressed a concern for the health of our people, many were already “committing” sins against themselves. But in those days, these were not considered “sinful” at all. At most, they were considered as vices. It was freer society then, where rules of social behavior were not yet in existence.

Wenceslao: P.S. to a wake

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:15 a.m.

IT WAS well past 11 p.m., Saturday. In a residential area like what a big chunk of San Isidro in Talisay City is, that time meant that most people of the barangay were already asleep. But there was still movement going to a narrow rough road that branched off from the barangay’s main street. Two big funeral wreaths announced what was going on in the interior. One of these wreaths had the giver’s name: Gov. Gwen Garcia.

Nalzaro: Balili song

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:14 a.m.

AFTER the BALILI (Batukan ang Limbong, Ilad, Lansis ug Insulto) leaflets that was spread in the fifth district, another unique form of propaganda against Gov. Gwen Garcia was created by her opponents. This time, it's a Cebuano song that still dwells on Capitol's purchase of the Balili property in Tinaan, City of Naga.

Barrita: Scams

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:11 a.m.

DEPUTY presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte has urged victims of the multi-billion-peso pyramiding scam of the Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc. to calm down and not take the law into their own hands.

Angry “investors” ransacked Aman Futures’ Pagadian City office and took several items they found.

Carvajal: Who’s dumber?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:10 a.m.

WHAT is wrong with Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III?

In Webster Dictionary, the transitive verb “to plagiarize” means “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own” or “use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” As an intransitive verb, it is defined as “to commit literary theft” or “present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” Anyway you take it, it means dishonesty.

Tell it to On Jessup Bahinting

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:09 a.m.

THE qualification and capability of Capt. Jessup Bahinting as a professional aircraft pilot has been questioned in connection with that fateful flight that killed him, DILG secretary Jesse Robredo and a Nepalese student pilot off the shores of Masbate last August 18, 2012.

This has affected me greatly to the point of finally deciding to do something about it, especially because Jess is no longer around to defend himself.

Editorial: Fraudulent schemes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:28 a.m.

SWINDLING is an old “profession,” and swindlers continue doing their thing because potential victims are produced every minute. It’s in the human psyche to strive to maximize gains in every endeavor being undertaken. That’s the lure swindlers exploit to their advantage.

Swindlers can be that ordinary-looking men sweet-talking the naïve into surrendering his or her valuables in exchange for strips of neatly cut paper. Or they can be in business suits sweet-talking the naïve into investing in fraudulent schemes that promise the moon.

Roperos: Land reform, 2

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:28 a.m.

AS WE earlier averred, about sixty to seventy percent of the country’s arable lands are owned or titled to only about thirty to forty percent of landowners. By implication, the majority of our people are either landless tenants or farm workers.

Malilong: Football arrives in Cebu

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:26 a.m.

ORGANIZERS of the “faceoff” between the Philippine Azkals and the Singapore Lions at the Cebu City Sports Center football field Thursday last week deserve the highest praise for a job well done. The pitch was perfect, courtesy of the two Rickys (Dakay, the local football head and Ballesteros, the CCSC manager), the Cebu Country Club and the Alta Vista Golf Club.

Seares: If you were Tito Sotto the senator

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:26 a.m.

YOU probably wouldn't quibble, as Sen. Vicente Sotto III did, over criticisms against using passages from at least four blogs in your Senate speeches against the RH bill.

You wouldn't argue that (a) it's not plagiarism, (b) it's not penalized as a crime, (c) no senator can be questioned about it outside the Senate, and (d) the complainant is "just" a blogger.

Tell it to Discrimination in bar

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:25 a.m.

WE the Akbayan Gays Collective-Cebu, strongly condemn a bar in Mango Square for refusing to allow two transgender women to enter the bar Saturday night due to its "No Cross-dressing Policy."

The incident is a clear violation on the newly signed Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.

Editorial: End impunity

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:49 p.m.

FACEBOOK can make and break relationships. It can also be a means to help women and their children escape abusive relationships.

It was through the social networking site that Nelia was first informed by husband Paul that he was going to marry his lover in Japan; he wanted to annul his marriage with Nelia; and that he was abandoning his family in Cebu. (Real names are not used.)

Wenceslao: Rama and Osmeña

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

MICHAEL Rama became Cebu City mayor with the help of Tomas Osmeña. That has been one of the refrains of the Bando Osmena-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) campaign songs. But that is only one side of the CD. The other being that Osmeña also became the city’s south district congressman with the help of Rama, who can claim the south as his bailiwick.

Nalzaro: Gwen’s legacy

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

GOV. Gwen Garcia wants two of her centerpiece programs--the Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo and Expanding Green and Wholesome Environment that Nurtures (e-Gwen)--to be institutionalized. This means the next governor will be forced to continue implementing these programs. This can only be done through legislative action. A committee chaired by Provincial Board Member Teddy Ouano is currently conducting a public hearing on the proposed ordinance that will institutionalize the e-Gwen program.

Seares: Vicente Sotto’s defenses

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.

SEN. Vicente Sotto III’s responses to the accusation of plagiarism against his privileged speeches on the reproductive health bill have been one bad defense after another.

Mongaya: Salamat, Marlon!

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:41 p.m.

MINGAW na among hapon.” The taxi driver aired this lament moments after I sat down at the front seat. The driver did not show any gesture that he knew me. He was just sad at the death of dyAB’s Marlon Bellita and wanted somebody to listen to what he felt.

Echaves: Wry fate

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:40 p.m.

SOME 15,000 people in the Visayas and Mindanao are victims of Aman Futures Group’s pyramiding scam.

I can only sympathize with them. Of course, the government has promised to prosecute its founder, a certain Manuel Amalilio, who is now allegedly in hiding in Malaysia (how convenient!).

Cuizon: Bright Christmas

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

I WATCHED a Pepito Manoloto show on television some days ago which already touched on the topic of Christmas as soon as the theme of All Souls Day went past as we hitch on to the month of November. You’d think traders have been waiting for weeks on the wings to the time when people stop talking about the late loved ones and jump into ideas on how to go on a splurge on Christmas gifts and food.

Mercado: Old trousers

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

WHEN you battle for press freedom, put on old trousers," an old adage counsels. The press in Cebu led, and won, the slugfest against compelled right of reply (RoR) in the 14th Congress. In the 15th Congress’ twilight, must journalists again don tattered pants? They need to skewer, this time, an embalmed RoR.

House Bill. 4252 is authored by. Rep. Rodolfo Antonino of Nueva Ecija. It flaunts a grandiose title: “Freedom of Information and Transparency Act of 2011.” Antonino's bill "exhumes,” from legislative morgues, the remains of RoR measures, trashed by the previous Congress.

Cabaero: Plane crash report

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

GOVERNMENT officials were quick to assure the public that commercial air travel remains safe after the causes of the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo were revealed.

The findings of pilot error and possible corruption in aircraft regulation are, however, far from assuring. They instead bring into focus systemic deficiencies in meeting standards in public transportation-–by air, sea or land.

Malilong: The Aman experience

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

THE numbers are staggering: P12 billion from 15,000 victims.

How could have this biggest swindle in our history been pulled openly and publicly and over a considerable period of time without government authorities getting wind about it?

Lim: Lakwatsa

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

THE Lakwatsa story began with the Ng Khai story. Ng Khai Development Corp. began in 1993 with just four employees. Today, it has over 400 employees and seven sister companies engaged in computer hardware, systems integration and network solutions.

Serving over a thousand companies in the country, Ng Khai currently employs over 120 developers providing software development services not only in the Philippines but also in the United States, Japan and Europe. Ng Khai has come a long way.

Tabada: ‘Bayong’ mentality

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

DON’T even try to change your spouse, pragmatists advise. I agree, preferring quiet co-existence to a fool’s quest for perfection.

However, after this week’s quick stop at a supermarket, I witnessed how even the 20-year-old habits of one’s roommate can be changed.

Mendoza: Underestimate GTK, and Peping might tumble

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:59 p.m.

GO Teng Kok a.k.a. GTK was declared persona non grata by the Philippine Olympic Committee general assembly after Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and GTK, erstwhile bosom buddies, had a falling-out.

Before that, Peping and GTK combined to win for Peping the POC presidency in 2008.

Editorial: Politicking in City Hall

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council grudgingly passed last Wednesday the second supplemental budget proposed by Mayor Michael Rama, avoiding the prospect of the city’s vehicles being grounded for lack of fuel.

The Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagab (BOPK) city council, though, slashed the allocation for vehicle fuel and lubricants from P30 million to P15 million for fear that mountain barangays that recently received new vehicles will be prioritized in fuel allocation.

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