Lim: Not happy 24/7

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:37 p.m.

I AM not happy 24/7. I have many disappointments on a daily basis. Most of these stem from work but some also stem from personal relationships.

I participated in a psychological profile seminar decades back and I was told that I had a tendency to idealize all relationships. As a result, I was bound to be disappointed most of the time.

Tabada: Just deserts

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:37 p.m.

THREE things must be in place to acquire more books than can be read in a lifetime: an excuse, opportunity, and a book sale.

Any reader may argue that the first two are superfluous. The third condition is both excuse and opportunity.

Editorial: New Talisay market’s viability

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:42 p.m.

OPPOSITION councilors in Talisay City did not mutter, “We told you so,” but their reaction to reports that that the city’s new market is not earning enough virtually means the same thing: if the experiment is not working, pin the blame on the administration of Mayor Socrates Fernandez.

The closure of the old market last year and the opening of the Lagtang facility, now called the New Talisay Public Market after it was initially named the Gullas-Macapagal Public Market, had sparked a tug-of-war between the city government and the vendors who had opposed attempts to transfer them because of worries of reduced earning.

Libre: Obama’s reelection

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:41 p.m.

FOUR more years,” shouted the Democrats during the US presidential campaign period.

And four years more it is for reelected President Barack Obama. While the president obtained 303 electoral votes against Mitt Romney’s 206, the popular votes were quite close, with Obama's 61,119,249 (50.46 percent) against Romney’s 58,127,439 (47.99 percent).

Wenceslao: Restoring order in party-list polls

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:40 p.m.

RESOLVING contentious issues should always start with definition of terms. For Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, that means going back to the basics: pertinent provisions in the constitution and recent Supreme Court decisions. He is therefore well-guided when he and the commission decided to put back on track the runaway train called the party-list elections. He is doing good so far.

Nalzaro: Party-list groups

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:39 p.m.

I ONCE planned to form a party-list group called “Sana” (as in, “Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko”) with the Commission on Elections (Comelec). This was not a group of playboys but an organization of those confused with their loves and relationships. Pero unsaon man nga usa ra man gyud ning atong kasingkasing ug dili man ni puwedeng pikason.

Good that I was not able to register the group in time for the 2013 elections because it could have been disqualified by the Comelec for being fake and bogus and for not representing the marginalized and unrepresented sectors in our society.

Barrita: Ang hapsay nga piniliay

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:39 p.m.

GISUBLIAN sa mga botanteng Amerikanhon si Presidente Barack Obama alang sa iyang ikaduha ug wa damhang termino isip presidente sa Estados Unidos niadtong Miyerkoles.

Sikit kaayo ang boto ni Obama nga usa ka Democrat ug sa iyang kaatbang nga si Mitt Romney nga usa ka Republican.

Carvajal: Death penalty

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:38 p.m.

DEATH penalty is a contradiction in terms. If there’s one thing death is not, it is penalty. Penalty or punishment entails a degree of physical and emotional suffering for a relevant period of time. The quick and relatively painless death by electrocution or lethal injection that some groups want restored in our justice system is nothing of the sort.

Seares: Broadcast rumor and Mayor Rama’s complaint

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:37 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama fumed over the rumor on radio that while his political nemesis Rep. Tomas Osmeña has bladder cancer, the mayor also has prostate cancer.

Nonsense, Rama in effect said, he could outrun Osmeña in a race and outplay him in a basketball one-on-one.

Editorial: Wage hike and unionism

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:57 p.m.

THE criticisms, tons of them in the past many years, must have rankled. Or the changes in membership may have finally sparked a bit of a shift in attitude.

Roperos: Party-list cleansing

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:55 p.m.

Many may not like what the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is doing right now, but many may also be clapping on the sides. The point is that the Comelec is duty bound to establish some sense of sanity into the party-list election. Groups extended accreditation should be well defined and not waste the Comelec’s precious time.

Wenceslao: Pinoy-bashing after the US polls

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:54 p.m.

CALL me a disinterested observer of the recently concluded presidential elections in the United States. It's an attitude resulting from my understanding of US-Philippines relation throughout the years. No matter who is in the White House, US policy re: its dealing with our country changes but little. We remain to be, in a US president's eyes, a vassal state.

Seares: Political attack ads

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:52 p.m.

AN off-key Mitt Romney singing "America the Beautiful" as critical quotes pop up on the screen.

A Romney depicted as tolerant of Wall Street but would shoot down Big Bird of "Sesame Street."

Libre: The catch

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

LAND Transportation Office agent nabbed for extortion.

He was driving towards the end of the road.

Speak out: Not an Aboitiz firm

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

This is in reaction to a news report titled “Priests, Cebu City scramble to finish work for Nov. 30 Calungsod mass” written by Jujemay Awit and Bernadette Parco and published in both the print and online edition of Sun.Star Cebu.

It erroneously referred to 2Go as an Aboitiz company.

Editorial: Almendras in Malacañang

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:35 p.m.

JOSE Rene Almendras is not the first Cebuano to walk the corridors of power, or okay, roam the snake pit that is Malacañang. Specifically, he is not the first Cebuano to become a member of the Palace’s “We Bulong” brigade. That means comparisons can be had, which may not necessarily be flattering for him.

Roperos: Political hot spots

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:35 p.m.

THERE are worries on the part of people living in areas that the police even this early have identified as “hot spots.” To be marked as such makes their places immediately stand out in the national map as needing attention in the overall political picture of the country. At this point, however, I think it is still too early for our “maintainers of peace” to establish a level of alarm.

Espinoza: Black propaganda, lack of funds

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:33 p.m.

EVEN before the campaign period for the May 2013 elections could officially start, the candidates in Cebu in all levels are on the road almost every day, meeting and shaking hands with voters and even non-voters.

Black propaganda against candidates of One Cebu party has started to surface. But without the black propaganda, the election campaign would admittedly be somewhat dry and drab. Just consider it the chili spice in every poll.

Malilong: Bad news for Osmeña enemies

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:32 p.m.

THERE is no truth to the rumor that Cebu City South Rep. Tomas Osmeña went to the United States to campaign for the newly re-elected President Barack Obama.

I spoke with Tommy by phone yesterday. He had just arrived in Los Angeles with Margot and Miguel from Houston where he underwent a battery of tests at the MD Anderson Cancer Center to check if the surgical procedure to remove the cancer in his body some three years ago is holding firm. He has bad news for his enemies, he said. He will live long enough to torment them.

Obama’s win: big and slim at the same time

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:31 p.m.

OTHER than the historic event that Barack Obama has just become the first black American president to be reelected, two others stood out in yesterday's election:

Editorial: Staying civil

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 01:03 a.m.

NASTY takes the prize for the word most overused to describe this presidential campaign in the United States. But those of us who didn’t see the negative ads from both the Democratic and Republican camps will probably wonder what the fuss was about.

Roperos: Private education

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 01:01 a.m.

PRIVATE educational institutions for girls in Cebu have always been looked up to with delicate reverence as far as I can recall. Back in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, the St. Theresa’s College (STC) and the Inmaculada Concepcion School were the two elitist girls’ high schools in Cebu. I cannot remember now whether the two schools already had a college level then.

Wenceslao: Young upstart

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 01:00 a.m.

HE year was 1992 (or was it 1991?). A meeting had been called to unify Cebu’s bid to host the 1994 Palarong Pambansa, this after Cebu City and Cebu province (through then congressman Eduardo Gullas) expressed intents to bid for the hosting of the sports event. At stake were the millions of pesos given to a Palaro host to refurbish its sports arenas.

Barrita: Name-calling in US polls

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:58 a.m.

THE tight US presidential race between US President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, which will be decided by US voters Wednesday, has proven one thing--that the Democratic reelectionist and the Republican contender are not above name-calling.

When Romeny was tired of Obama’s baloney, he called it “Obamaloney.”

Nalzaro: Young’s ambition, Balili propaganda

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:56 a.m.

VICE Mayor Joy Augustus Young has no delicadeza and is power hungry. He keeps asking Mayor Michael Rama to resign because of the latter’s supposed incompetence. I don’t think Mike will accept Young’s challenge. But Young being the beneficiary if Mike resigns should have prompted him not to make such a challenge. It is as if he is after Rama’s position.

Carvajal: Political dynasty

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:55 a.m.

WHAT the Philippine Constitution of 1987 bans is political dynasty “as it may be defined by law.” Since Congress has not come up with the defining and enabling law, it is premature for anybody to oppose the ban by putting conditions on its implementation or by denying that political dynasties exist at all in the country.

Tell it to Judicial appointments

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:54 a.m.

RECENT events have shown that appointments to the bench made by President Noynoy Aquino are being subjected to accusations that the appointee would end up ruling on cases in favor of the appointing authority regradless of the law.

This is most unfair to the appointee.

Editorial: Campaign ethics

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:52 p.m.

THE conduct of early campaign by the camps of Mayor Michael Rama (Team Rama) and his opponent in the May 2013 elections, Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan or BOPK) can provide a glimpse of how the actual campaign for the post of Cebu City mayor will turn out.

Roperos: Boy in trouble, 2

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

WHEN the first part of this piece came out last Friday, Wilson, Jr., or Amay, told her sister, Jenny, that he was asked by the police how they knew me.

Jenny later told the police that she used to accompany her stepmother, Mercy, when she did our laundry for a number of months. When she was eleven, Jenny stayed with us when we sent her to school. When she was only sixteen, she married a sikad-sikad driver, and at 20 years old bore two sons.

Cabaero: Wisdom of early poll deadlines

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

THEIR stickers, posters and tarpaulins were seen near cemeteries and some of them went around to shake hands with those who were visiting the tombs of departed loved ones.

Cemeteries are not the traditional campaign stops for election candidates but there were those who took advantage of the gatherings of people, never mind if families there were not interested in them.

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