Editorial: When love turns violent

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 11:01 p.m.

IN ROMANCE novels, love is for eternity. For Editha Suliano, love had a shelf life that expired after 27 years of marriage and nine children.

Editha shot dead her husband Samuel on Father’s Day. She told authorities she was no longer able to stand his lies. The 41-year-old resident of Sitio Cambiohan, Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City suspected her husband of having an affair with a co-worker, reported Rebelander S. Basilan in a June 18, 2013 article in Sun.Star Cebu.

Wenceslao: Heat-Spurs and ‘simaluna’

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 11:00 p.m.

I WATCHED Game 7 of the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs last Friday with only the niece of my wife with me in the sala of our house located in a suburban community in southern Cebu.

The coverage wasn’t pay-per-view; Cebuano viewers had the option of seeing it live on ABS-CBN or on cable channel Basketball Television (BTV). I chose the latter, which featured a more knowledgeable coverage team.

Nalzaro: Snail-paced investigation

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:59 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) created the Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) and its local version, the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).

These units are responsible for gathering physical evidence in the crime scene, especially in homicide and murder cases. Soco, a regional-based unit, is under the Crime Laboratory, a PNP national support group. This unit will act only on high-profile cases upon the request of the investigating team, while the CSI is a local-based unit assigned in various city and provincial police offices.

Seares: DUI law: are we, hic, ready for it?

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:59 p.m.

“DID I get you right? You won’t take a breathalyzer test ‘cause you’re asthmatic and blowing into a tube will bring you asthma attack.? You won’t submit to a urine test ‘cause you’re diabetic and peeing into a cup will lower your sugar count. And you won’t have a blood test ‘cause you’re hemophiliac and drawing blood can kill you. How about you just walk this white line?”

Mongaya: What’s the plan, Mike?

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:58 p.m.

BEFORE Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama begins his next term with a fresh mandate, I believe he owes Cebuanos the articulation of a clear plan “aron ang hiwi tul-iron” or something along this perspective.

The campaign period was time to get the support of the broadest majority possible.

Sun.star essay: Sex for flight

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:23 p.m.

LET’S pretend we haven’t heard of such a thing as sex-for-repatriation that recently almost topped the news. Or as it’s also called, it’s “sex for flight” for unfortunate female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) stuck in a country outside.

It’s an act done by certain Filipino officials with power to have repatriation processed in good time in exchange for sex and money.

Mercado: ‘Imelda’s Sweet Sauce’

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

THAT’S the title of a New York Times review on the Broadway musical: “Here Lives Love.” Written by Ian Buruma, it runs until end of this month. The review goes beyond the usual critique of a musical but splices keen insights.

“The audience left jigging along with music (by David Byrnes). And I (recall) lunch with Marcos and Imelda (in Hawaii). Imelda talked about Ninoy Aquino. ‘You know,’ she said about the man for whose violent death she might have been partly responsible. ‘He was all sauce and no substance.’

Cabaero: No island-hopping

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:21 p.m.

THE presence of an unreported foreign vessel in the waters off Cebu raises new challenges for the mayors of towns lining the seaboard.

Lim: Tech-less

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:19 p.m.

HOW did we survive before the era of high-tech gadgets? Well, for those born in my generation, it is amazing to look back and realize how we survived quite well without a mobile phone.

We came to appointments on time. We memorized phone numbers. We learned how to plan and how not to make last-minute changes to plans.

Tabada: Love lost and lasting

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:18 p.m.

AT its most obsessive, love can plunge the beloved into a scission, a cleavage between what’s real.

There is no other country as intoxicating, which sunders us open to await exploration, mapping, possession.

Ledesma: Meaningless statistics

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:15 p.m.

POVERTY in the sea of plenty. This is a sublime irony of our time. Our economy grew by 7.8 percent but unemployment rate is catching up with this rosy statistics. Last week, almost a billion dollars left our shores.

These were hot money placed in the stock market.They came in a rush and left in a huff. To assuage public apprehension Malacañang told us that the country’s economic fundamentals are strong.

Editorial: Better to exchange notes

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:19 a.m.

IT WAS an interesting exchange. The Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Bicol Region (Region 5) had asked RDC 7 (Central Visayas) to stop feeding whale sharks, a practice that has recently become popular and has attracted tourists to Oslob town.

Libre: Mastering capitalism

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:19 a.m.

AT THE height of its economic power, Japan bragged by acquiring two trophies of American capitalism-–the Rockefeller Center in New York and Columbia Records, whose artists included Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. But Japan’s economic bubble burst, which brought about Japan’s Lost Decade.

China later established itself as the world’s second largest economy surpassing Japan in 2010. Unlike Japan, China carried on low-intensity acquisitions that did not get much media attention and rarely caused outrage among nationalists in host nations.

Wenceslao: Habin’s predicament

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:18 a.m.

EDUARDO HABIN was already, well, Eduardo Habin when I covered the Capitol beat in the early ‘90s with lawyer Vicente “Tingting” de la Serna at the helm of the Provincial Government. He was already a department head. He was of small build and soft-spoken, and mainly shied away from the limelight like he didn’t want to be embroiled in a controversy.

Nalzaro: Exercise in futility

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:17 a.m.

GOV. GWEN GARCIA is back at the Capitol after her six months suspension. And she's back with a vengeance.

Her first order when she reassumed the post last Wednesday was to fire Provincial Administrator Eduardo Habin. His termination was a sort of “resbak” by the governor as he was the one tasked by then acting governor Agnes Magpale to padlock Gwen’s office when she decided to leave Capitol last February after initially defying the suspension order.

Barrita: Jobless growth

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:16 a.m.

THE Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total value of goods and services produced in the country for a certain period, grew to 6.8 percent in 2012, among the highest economic growth in the Asian region.

The trend is continuing, with the country posting an economic growth of 7.8 percent in the first quarter this year.

Carvajal: Waterworld

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:16 a.m.

THE roots of climate change can be traced to human activity that produces excessive greenhouse gases and at the same time denudes forests, depriving earth of oxygen factories. As nature convulses to restore balance, we are left to deal with disaster risks such as storms and floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, droughts and fires.

Restoring nature’s balance will take global green programs to accomplish and over the long term. Of more immediate and pragmatic concern is risk reduction when a natural disaster, in this instance a flood, threatens a local community.

Seares: When the news source is someone like Gregg Popovich or Mike Rama

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 01:15 a.m.

FEW people exemplify two extremes among news sources: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

Pop whose Spurs lost yesterday to Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals is reticent and sardonic, often confused with being rude. To Pop, the media distracts him from winning basketball but talking with the press is part of his NBA contract.

Editorial: Settling the CCPO chief question

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 01:02 a.m.

THE controversy over the appointment of Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel as regular chief of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has taken an interesting twist with Mayor Michael Rama branding it as irregular and announcing the plan to go to court because of it and the city council passing a resolution congratulating Natuel for his appointment.

Roperos: Focus on sports

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 01:02 a.m.

ONE must have noted how people from all walks of life gathered around the television sets wherever they were located during the encounter of the San Antonio Spurs with the Miami Heat the other day.

Wenceslao: ‘Buhawi’

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 01:01 a.m.

GOV. Gwendolyn Garcia is back at the helm of the Cebu Provincial Government. This means that her critics, who frantically asked the Sandiganbayan to suspend her again after she was suspended by Malacañang for six months, failed to stop her from returning, possibly at least for this week. Now they have to endure the discomfort of seeing someone they have demonized prowling the Capitol corridors again.

Seares: Gwen’s return: with anger and maybe some grace

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 01:00 a.m.

IF YOU had been removed a few months before the elections in an apparent power grab to remove you from seat of authority, you wouldn't be brimming with happiness upon your return.

Malilong: She’s back

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 12:59 a.m.

THE wait is over. She’s back.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia set foot in her Capitol office for the first time after an absence – the result of a suspension-- of more than five months at 3:55 Wednesday afternoon. The anticipated return was unspectacular, at least by her standards.

Yap: Flooding and Pixar

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 12:58 a.m.

LAST Tuesday night, trying to avoid the expected flood in certain areas of the south highway, I thought of taking the south coastal road instead. Coming from P. del Rosario St., I drove to Sikatuna St., trying to skirt Colon’s high waters, on the way to MJ Cuenco Ave., and finally to the portal leading to the SRP.

Libre: Predictable critics

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 12:57 a.m.

PRIVATE firm to supply water to Cebu City’s upland villages.

Water is the firm’s mineral.

Roperos: Conflict of creeds

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 04:18 a.m.

WHEN we come down to it, one cannot really equate the current ideological conflict with loyalty to one’s country.

I am not disloyal to my country simply because I do not subscribe to the government’s policy toward the poor. Many politicians are loud-mouthed on their supposed concern for the impoverished masses, yet their public service does not reflect their concern.

So: Sex for fly

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 04:18 a.m.

I WANT to go home.

It’s a statement wrought with longing, loneliness, tiredness and desperation. It’s a statement uttered by many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have had enough of being away from their country and family at some length.

Editorial: Twister alert

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:19 a.m.

TORNADO (“buhawi”) stories abound in Cebu through the decades, but because tornados strike the province rarely, such stories at times took on a mythical quality. It was not surprising, therefore, that the tornado that struck parts of the coastal areas of Talisay City and Minglanilla town the other day merited much attention.

Malilong: Embassy officials as predators

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:16 a.m.

WE SHOULD not recall the Philippine Embassy officials whom Akbayan Rep. Walden Abello has accused of sexually exploiting abused overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East. They should be tried where the crimes were committed under the laws of the host country.

If you bring these predators to the Philippines, they will most likely get no more than a slap on the wrist. First, we do not have a death penalty. Second, our justice system stinks.

Seares: Battered wives-- and, yes, husbands

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.

WHAT could Malacañang, the President's Palace, contribute to sounds of homage on Fathers Day?

Hardly anything profound or kind since President Aquino is not a father and not likely to become one soon.

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