Seares: Robredo, Ecleo Jr.: giving up the search

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:52 p.m.

SOME people may find it offensive to place in the same setting Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, respected public servant, and Ruben Ecleo Jr., corruption and murder convict.

Jesse's brother said family members were hopeful Robredo would be found alive but were ready to accept if he wouldn't be.

Editorial: Breast is still best

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 09:38 p.m.

IT WAS with mixed feelings that breastfeeding advocates read the Aug. 15, 2012 “Mama Diaries” column of Audrey Tan- Zubiri in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In her column, Zubiri wrote about the relief operations organized in her parish church hall for victims of the monsoon flash floods. The newspaper and online versions of the column feature a photograph of an encoded list of the contents of “boxes and boxes” of plastic bags intended “For Families with Babies and Young Kids.”

Wenceslao: Please spare 93-1 occupants

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 09:37 p.m.

THE lot where my father Tiyong decided to build a house for his growing family after renting a house in Waling-Waling St. for years was wedged between the back portion of the TB Pavillon compound in B. Rodriguez Ext. and a land owned by a Chinese businessman who ran a rubber footwear firm. That land is in turn adjacent to the Aznar Coliseum compound.

Nalzaro: Where’s check and balance?

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 09:35 p.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) should pursue its inquiry on the procedures in the release of funds by Gov. Gwen Garcia that did not pass through the Provincial Board.

Seares: Sotto’s defense against a blogger

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 09:35 p.m.

SEN. TITO SOTTO threw a slew of excuses at the American national, Sarah Pope, who accused him of plagiarizing her blog in his speech during a Senate debate on Reproductive Health Bill.

Mongaya: 9 ‘hot’ SUVs in bodega

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 09:30 p.m.

THE Korean businessman needs to explain how come nine SUVs, believed to be smuggled, ended up inside a bodega he reportedly owns at the North Reclamation Area. The vehicles did not go through the usual process at the Bureau of Customs at the Cebu port. In particular, the container vans that brought the vehicles were not presented for scanning nor inspected by other customs agencies.

Sun.Star Essay: Good news

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:38 p.m.

THE project referred to as “satisfaction bell” of the Philippine National Police, which is slowly implemented throughout the country, urges citizens who have had help from the Police to ring a bell that’s installed near the door of each Police office in towns and cities. Imagine it ringing while the town takes note of it.

Mercado: Crippling malady

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:36 p.m.

MANY Cebuanos will find of interest a 53-word squib that Jerry Orbos used to cap his Philippine Daily Inquirer column this week.

“The newly elected superior general of our congregation, Society of the Divine Word, visited us at Christ the King Seminary,” Fr. Orbos wrote. “This humble, unassuming, yet brilliant 55-year-old from Spelle, Germany, worked in the Philippine SVD Southern Province for the past 26 years, especially with the poor and marginalized”--in Cebu.

Cabaero: Two kinds of reactions

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:35 p.m.

THE bigger mistake was in the way Sen. Vicente Sotto III handled the situation after he was caught plagiarizing the work of an American blogger.

To Sarah Pope, owner of the blog The Healthy Home Economist at, an apology from Sotto would have ended the controversy. But the comments of Sotto’s chief of staff, lawyer Hector Villacorta, on her blog could hardly be called an apology. Pope said the sarcasm and Sotto’s refusal to admit to the error make it difficult for her to put an end to the issue.

Malilong: Tough call for the court

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:34 p.m.

IN 64 days, we shall have our first Cebuano saint, nearly five thousand years since the first conversion of a Cebuano pagan to the Roman Catholic Church. You can therefore understand why every faithful who could afford or find funding for the trip wants to be in Rome in October for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. The next such event could probably not happen until five thousand years later.

Lim: Anti-RH arguments

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:34 p.m.

BIRTH control pills have side effects. Eating lechon can clog your arteries, cause heart attacks and kill. Smoking can cause lung cancer and kill. Alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning and kill. Do these scenarios give the state the right to take away your right to eat lechon, smoke and drink?

If birth control pills can kill so can vaccines and vehicles. So can guns, processed food and microwaves. If pills can cause cancer, so can animal meat. Do you give your children access to meat? Or does your kitchen only contain vegetables—-the right and healthy choice?

Tabada: Biting the breast

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:33 p.m.

LET’S not forget what the monsoon rain brought out: disaster and human spirit.

One who inspires is Rina Nato. This 33-year-old Filipina nurses babies who get hungry while their mothers are out looking for money or food.

Editorial: Time to unite, make a stand

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:18 p.m.

BOTH the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and Team Rama are professing “love” for the informal settlers occupying province-owned lots placed under the ambit of Provincial Ordinance 93-1. So why are they playing politics with the future of a sector whose interest they are professing to protect?

Libre: Believe

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:18 p.m.

THERE were more losers than winners in the Olympics. Of the 10,500 athletes from 205 nations, should there be no ties for first place, a total of 302 gold medals were awarded in the 2012 London Olympics. While the winners celebrated their accomplishments, the losers withdrew in the shadows.

Beijing Olympics gold medalist Valerie Adams took her silver finish in London with a heavy heart, saying that she let down her country, New Zealand. On Aug. 13, the OIC awarded gold to Adams as the original winner was found positive with drugs.

Wenceslao: Aggressive early campaigners

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:17 p.m.

IT WAS late Saturday evening when I entered the gate of the house in Barangay Inayawan where the wake for a member of the Jaca clan was held. A man wearing the familiar yellow shirt of the Bando Osmena-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), accompanied by an old woman, was also on his way out.

Nalzaro: Did anybody gain from the Balili deal?

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:16 p.m.

IN THEIR counter affidavits, those involved in the Balili property controversy denied that the deal was highly anomalous and claimed that they did not gain from it. Of course they won't admit benefitting monetarily form the transaction. Admitting such is like pleading guilty. But just the same, we will give them the benefit of the doubt and accord them with due process.

Barrita: Mike Rama’s photograph

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:14 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama has warned Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) on the unauthorized use of his photograph.

His photo was paired with that of Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia in a tarpaulin hung during the city council’s offsite session at the sports complex in Barangay Luz.

Carvajal: Asking for the moon

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:13 p.m.

IT IS not quite correct to say the flooding in Metro Manila was caused by overdevelopment. How can Metro Manila be overdeveloped if 125, 000 poor people live in esteros? Developed cities like New York or Tokyo have far fewer poor people and they do not live in shanties built on creeks and rivers.

Seares: Why public officials shouldn’t sue for libel

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:12 p.m.

SUIING for libel should be the last recourse of public officials, made only after weighing benefit against cost or, as a p.r. practitioner morbidly quipped, only when the other option is shooting the offending journalist or having him shot.

Talking about violence as an option is not being flippant, which is unseemly and insensitive in a country where practicing journalism is compared, on number of deaths, to surviving in a war zone. The intent is to heighten the plea to those in government not to sue journalists.

Editorial: Disaster-proofing calamity funds

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:54 p.m.

OF ALL the lists we could have landed on, it had to be this one. This week, the British risk consultancy firm Maplecroft identified the Philippines, Bangladesh and Myanmar as the countries that face the greatest risk of suffering from natural disasters.

While there are behaviors we can adopt or change to preserve the environment, calamities in general are beyond anyone’s control. The Maplecroft report cautioned Asian countries, as the emerging engine of the global economy, to get ready to cope with disasters, or “risk their ambitious economic growth” when these events inevitably strike.

Roperos: Who are the poor?

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:53 p.m.

THERE was this bill passed by the House of Representatives that is said to aim at uplifting “the standard of living and quality of life of the poor by providing them with ‘sustained opportunities for growth and development.’” The House Bill (HB) 4484, which is otherwise called by its proponent as “Magna Carta of the Poor,” seeks to create employment and livelihood for those identified as poor by the National Anti-Poverty Commission under the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) definition.

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).

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