Barrita: ‘Obstructionist’ against the ‘anti-Cebu City’

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.

REP. Tomas Osmeña called Mayor Mike Rama an “obstructionist” for opposing his P300-million road concreting projects, funds for which were realigned from his proposed Salinas Drive flyover which the mayor also blocked.

Rama called Osmeña “anti-Cebu City” for refusing to realign the funds for other road projects and the construction of a seawall to protect residents in the city’s coastlines from big waves.

Carvajal: Preemptive action

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.

I AM writing this from my son’s house in Quezon City where the missus and I arrived Wednesday morning stubbornly braving the capital’s inclement weather to be with him on his birthday. We arrived in clear weather but after lunch the rains came back, not as heavy as the previous day’s, we were told, but heavy enough to cause worry and tension among those who are in flood-prone areas. We are not.

Editorial: Land swap resolution

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:38 p.m.

AS Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Rep. Tomas Osmeña intensify the maneuvering to win over voters to their side in their bid for the top city hall post in the 2013 elections, it has also become increasingly difficult to differentiate honest intention from politicking. This is especially true for initiatives emanating from the Cebu City Council.

Roperos: Divisive politics

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:37 p.m.

MANY months ago, there was a move to swap Cebu City’s north reclamation lot with province-owned lots located in eleven barangays in the city. But politics in our country being the way it is, little things that could be ironed out across a table were blown out of proportion affecting an estimated 3,000 urban poor families.

Wenceslao: Embarrassed Rama

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:37 p.m.

WE all have gone through some embarrassing moments in ourlives. A woman joins a beauty pageant, gets all the praises for her beauty and the way she carries herself on stage until she reaches the Q and A part and finally opens her mouth to speak. She stammers, gropes for words and ends up firing a non-answer to the question asked. Her world crumbles.

Malilong: Mayor should let his signature stay

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:36 p.m.

CHIEF executives, whether in the public or private sector, are busy people. They don’t have time to examine in detail every transaction brought before them for approval or to read the fine print of every document waiting on his desk for their signature. They have to rely on their subordinates.

Even the Supreme Court recognizes that, enunciating the so-called “Arias doctrine” which says that you cannot hold a head of office criminally liable as a co-conspirator in an unlawful transaction on the sole ground that he affixed his signature without going deeper into the details.

Seares: Fussing over who gets credit for roads, Ironman

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:35 p.m.

WHEN Cebu City's rival politicians Michael Rama and Tomas Osmeña quarrel over public works projects, that doesn't surprise Cebuanos. What does: if the local titans don't claw at each other.

They now tangle over P227.9 million worth of road widening and repair: funds were sourced by Tomas but it's the mayor's streets--and whom will voters thank for the work?

Yap: Stormwater Commission

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:34 p.m.

IF we are to do it via cartoon physics, we can just scoop dense patches of urban communities, mold them like high-rise sandcastles and then run a finger to create stretches of swales on empty spaces, you’ll have a city safe from storm water flooding. Too bad the world wasn’t designed by Cartoon Network.

The recent jest emerging from the Metro Manila flooding was that designing the future house will have to be a collaborative effort that’ll involve a naval architect. The joke comes with an illustration of a house with a scuba diver exiting via the basement.

Editorial: Collateral damage

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials should have known better than being caught in the crossfire between warring political factions. Or at least they should have been careful in acting on projects in such “politically charged” grounds as Cebu City.

Roperos: Public service

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

TWO-THIRDS of my day yesterday I spent in an upland village that people thought is one of the most sparsely-populated among the 28 barangays in our municipality. While I am familiar with the names of our town’s villages—-both coastal and upland—I have not personally visited all of them. And upland Barangay Duangan on the southeastern part was one of these.

Wenceslao: Flooding and foot-dragging

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

WHAT we get from watching footage of devastation on television is at best vicarious.

You watch with dread scenes in portions of Metro Manila showing brown water menacingly surround man-made structures, forcing people to move to higher floors or the rooftops--but being actually there is more dreadful.

Malilong: Imprudent statement

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

LET us consider ourselves sufficiently warned that when the rains fall in torrents for extended periods, flooding is inevitable and a disaster not far behind. Whether by sheer luck or through divine intervention, we haven’t had experienced the same amount of rainfall that poured into Metro Manila and nearby provinces during the last few days but it is delusional, if not suicidal, to think that what happened there cannot happen here.

Seares: Deluge in Manila, Jericho and the RH bill

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:41 p.m.

HIGH winds and heavy rains paralyzed Metro Manila Tuesday, bringing the city into a standstill, with beleaguered residents reminded of typhoon Ondoy three years ago, only that this was worse, harsher and more cruel.

But listen to advocates of the Reproductive Health Bill that Congress was poised to vote on: the deluge was God's wrath unleashed for forcing the "evil" legislation.

Espinoza: Bonus and the RH bill

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:40 p.m.

ALTHOUGH the filing of the certificates of candidacy will be in October this year yet, the body language of those raring to run for public office in the May 2013 polls has made it appear like the election campaign period has already started.

At the Capitol, even if December is still several months away, Provincial Government employees will already receive their bonuses to the envy of other local government workers. But the early release of the bonus may not serve its intended purpose. The elections are still far off.

Editorial: Waiting game

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:55 p.m.

SOMETIMES, the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, the former senator Richard Gordon, can be so blunt that he sounds like his nickname.

Last night, though, he was exactly right. Asked in an ANC interview what he found different about the widespread flooding in Metro Manila and nine provinces, he pointed out that there was no severe weather, just monsoon rains. And what was the same? “The usual apathy,” Gordon said.

Roperos: Progressive outlook

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:54 p.m.

WHATEVER its critics may say or think, the reality remains that the City of Lapu-Lapu is thriving and continues to thrive on its own resources and devices. The city may be lucky it has an international airport to keep it company in its quest for development, the focus of which is essentially tourism. Mactan airport should be recognized as the crux of the city’s economic growth.

Wenceslao: Our church

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:53 p.m.

THE old Chong Hua Hospital wasn’t a cluster of buildings in two separate compounds but was rather a single structure within a limited area just a stone’s throw away from the house that my family rented in Waling-Waling St. I was a frequent “visitor” there in my younger years when I had to regularly endure severe bouts of asthma that prompted hospitalization. The hospital became a “suki” even after we transferred to nearby Sitio Kawayan in Barangay Sambag 2.

Nalzaro: Church leaders’ threat

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:52 p.m.

LEADERS of the Roman Catholic Church here are overacting in their strong opposition to the reproductive health (RH) bill. They not only threatened to blacklist politicians who support the bill, they also vowed to scrutinize and evaluate the politicians’ personal lives, like how they treated their families.

Barrita: Cebu’s Ironman

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

CEBU hosted for the first time Sunday the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines with some 1,700 athletes from 31 countries all over the world.

The foreign athletes participating in the event now know how thousands of Cebuanos, mostly children, welcomed them.

Carvajal: Illusions

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

CONGRESS has voted to end debates on the reproductive health (RH) bill. Advantage PNoy and the poor who stand to benefit from this critical piece of legislation.

Editorial: Ending the RH bill debate

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:01 a.m.

JUSTICE delayed, referring to the judicial process, is justice denied. If so, what would the delay in putting an important bill to a vote, referring to the legislative process, amount to?

Allies of President Noynoy Aquino in the House of Representatives have agreed in a caucus yesterday to end the debate on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

Roperos: Social responsibility

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:00 a.m.

OVER the past few days, there has been so much talk for or against the reproductive health (RH) bill. But the issue has actually been dragging on for the past many months now.

The conservative Church, ever watchful over the moral life of the faithful, has been giving notice about its stand on the RH bill for, I think, many years now. The Church, which refers to the Catholic Church in the Philippines, has been giving notice that it does not agree with some key provisions of the proposed law, and it will oppose its passage.

Wenceslao: The old and the new

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:59 p.m.

WE USED to relish engaging in a clash of ideas, intellectual jousts we call it, when we were younger. Every time an idea or a theory was raised, we pounced on it, using whatever philosophy or principle we learned in college and in our readings. Consuming us for a time were the various aspects of the theory of contradiction or the “unity of the opposites.” Like the conflict between the old and the new.

Seares: Will ‘Mr. Palengke’ work for Escudero?

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:59 p.m.

Mr. Palengke" worked for Mar Roxas when he ran for senator in 2004 (topping the winners with 19 million votes) and just before run-up to the 2010 presidential race.

He was photographed wading into public markets and checking food prices.

Malilong: Read the RH bill

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 11:48 p.m.

THE three Cebu English dailies could not agree on the number of people who attended the anti-RH bill rally of the Roman Catholic Church last Saturday, their respective estimates ranging from a low 5,000 to a high of 60,000. Regardless, let us assume that, including those who did not attend the rally for one reason or another, there are one million voting-age Cebu residents who are taking the Church’s side on the issue of responsible parenthood.

Editorial: Hope for innocents

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:18 p.m.

TWO fetuses were discovered dumped, one after the other, just four days apart.

According to the Aug. 4 report of Sun.Star Cebu’s Rebelander S. Basilan, the first fetus was buried under garbage in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. The second fetus was placed inside a tin can found outside the kitchen of a Basak resident.

Wenceslao: RH bill: some questions

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:16 p.m.

WHAT’S your stand on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill?

That was obviously the question of the weekend after the Catholic Church flexed its muscle Saturday by holding major protest actions in Cebu, the Edsa Shrine in Quezon City and other parts of the country.

Nalzaro: Playing safe?

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:14 p.m.

I CAN’T understand the stand of Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) on the reproductive health (RH) bill. I thought he would be firm in his decision, whether the issue is popular or not. But now it seems he is being indecisive. He is like his political rival, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama. Osmeña said he fully supports the bill and he will campaign for it. Not even the threat of the Roman Catholic Church to blacklist politicians who support the bill can cow him.

Seares: A twitter over an Olympic champion’s fizzy hair

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:12 p.m.

WE DON’T have Gabby Douglas, 16, the first African-American female gymnast ever to win individual Olympic gold.

Instead, we Pinoys have boxer Mark Anthony Barriga and weightlifter Hidylyn Diaz.

Mongaya: RH bill debate

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:11 p.m.

ENGAGING in more debates on the reproductive health bill won’t be productive with arguments having hardened into positions of faith. If one is Catholic, one should adopt the morally correct position of the Roman Catholic Church. No ifs. No buts.

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