Barrita: Horns of dilemma

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 12:25 a.m.

ORAL arguments in the Capitol impasse before the Court of Appeals brought to light two sides on Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia’s six-month suspension, and surprisingly it’s about her and the government.

If it’s not sorted out soonest, Gov. Gwen will no longer have time to return as governor after her term has ended.

Carvajal: Fire

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 12:22 a.m.

SHOOT-OUT or rub-out, the killing of 13 people at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, on Sunday is just another grim reminder that something is very wrong with the national police. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas puzzling over how Supt. Hansel Marantan could stay and go up in rank after figuring in so many questionable shoot-outs that left 40 dead is itself a puzzling sign that all is not well at DILG either.

Tell it to Romano Catolico ka?

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 12:21 a.m.

A MAN on the street was asked in Bisayan. And the man answered: “Dili, padre, Boholano Catolico ko.”

This anecdotal episode may sound like an innocent joke or, at worst, a racist one. But if you come to analyze it and reflect a little more deeply, it may have some subliminal implication or an unintended significance.

Editorial: Challenge for Magpale, LP

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:06 a.m.

WHAT the Court of Appeals (CA) scheduled yesterday was the presentation by the two sides—the camps of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Malacañang—of their oral arguments for or against the petition by the governor for the CA to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Noynoy Aquino’s order to suspend her for six months.

Roperos: City Hall politics

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:06 a.m.

WHAT remains to be resolved in Cebu’s political condition is the tangled politics at City Hall. A tug-of-war between the political groups exists there. The two opposing factions are Team Rama, led by Mayor Mike Rama, and the group of former mayor Tomas Osmeña (now the city’s south district congressman), head of Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

Atienza: Perfectly legal

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:05 a.m.

AFTER keeping his own counsel for a long time, President Noynoy Aquino has finally come out with his home-spun words of wisdom on the Capitol controversy. “In short, napaka-klaro po nung ebidensiya. There was a violation of the pertinent rules and regulations, and there is a corresponding penalty,” Aquino maintained in an interview.

Wenceslao: Lest we forget, we’re now in festive mood

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:03 a.m.

CALL them political, not religious activities. The Liberal Party (LP) sponsored a mass for “peace, justice and the rule of law” at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church last Wednesday. At the Fuente Osmeña, a mass preceded a march to the Capitol by One Cebu of suspended governor Gwendolyn Garcia on the same day. Obviously, the participants of the two activities didn’t pray for the good of humankind but only of their own kind.

Seares: Gift or bribe: as Enrile sees it

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:02 a.m.

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile gave it during Christmas. But isn't P1.6 million for each senator too expensive for an individual gift?

The money was purportedly for their additional maintenance and operation expenses.

Tell it to Sunstar: Explanations needed

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

(The letter is addressed to Sun.Star columnist Bong Wenceslao)

Ever since the unpaid obligations came piling up in our offices and seeing the real picture of our beloved Cebu's financial standing, our lives not just as public servants but as Cebuanos have never been the same again.

Editorial: The Byron factor

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:17 a.m.

BYRON GARCIA always has the reputation of being, sometimes, a loose cannon. He can be creative, a point proved when he made prisoners of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) dance to while away their time in jail and then posted the dancing on YouTube.

Roperos: Battling poverty

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:16 a.m.

HEARTWARMING is the only word we can use to describe the report from the Palace regarding the decline in the number of families that “experienced hunger in the country during the final months of the year.”

Malilong: The CA hearing

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.

THE 12th Division of the Court of Appeals will hear today the petition filed by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to overturn the six-month suspension imposed on her by the Office of the President.

Espinoza: Byron’s reckless statements

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:14 a.m.

I PASSED by Capitol last Friday afternoon and didn’t see uniformed policemen around.

The gates were open to the public. The same atmosphere obtained Monday morning as I drove along N. Escario St.

Seares: Protests and Gwen’s fight

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.

HOW much do demonstrations of contenders in a controversial, high-profile court dispute like the Capitol row affect its outcome?

When then Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona fought for his seat, his defense arsenal included religious services that showed him on verge of tears and Mrs. Corona in throes of anxiety.

Editorial: Rival prayer rallies

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.

RELIGION plays such a large role in this country’s political life that it’s no surprise for God to get dragged into most discussions. Today, this tendency will be pronounced.

Roperos: Faith and politics

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:14 a.m.

NO sooner had the Cebuano faithful been admonished that no matter what happens they should strive to set and follow a strict dividing line between the feast of the Child Jesus or the Pista Senyor, apart from our celebration of the Sinulog, than we have the schedules of the political movements push the festival guests to the politics of the Sinulog.

Wenceslao: Rabble-roused mob

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.

RWANDA at the close of the 20th century was backward, with a big chunk of the country lacking in electricity. Information was thus disseminated through radio sets, ownership of which the government encouraged. In 1994, the Hutus launched a genocide campaign against its moderate sector and the minority Tutsis. The trigger was the shooting down of the plane that ferried then Rwanda president Jovenal Habyarimana.

Barrita: Byron-Garbo’s showdown

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:12 a.m.

BYRON Garcia, the fightingest brother of suspended Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, has challenged Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Marcelo Garbo Jr. to a fistfight, “mano a mano,” at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC)) after reports the governor would be forced to leave her office.

Carvajal: Opposite directions

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:11 a.m.

TWO institutions with the most power to influence Filipino lives went in opposite directions in 2012.

President Benigno Aquino III’s administration moved towards transparent, accountable and responsive governance with programs like an anti-corruption drive and legislation like the anti-forced disappearance law and the reproductive health law, to mention some. It has also succeeded to bring war-torn Mindanao closest to achieving unity and peace.

Tell it to Sunstar: Voice of the people

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:09 a.m.

BETWEEN a suspension order obviously tainted with political color and an electoral mandate clearly given by the people, the scales of justice tilt in favor of the elected governor.

With the timing of the suspension order, the parties involved, and the apparent intent to put someone unelected to gain political advantage, it is hard to say that impartial justice has been observed.

Editorial: Worrisome pessimism

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:17 a.m.

REPORTS on the Jan. 4 killing rampage in Kawit, Cavite didn’t say that the killer aped Adam Lanza, who shot to death 26 people, 20 of them children, in a school in Connecticut, USA last month.

Roperos: Pista Senyor

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:17 a.m.

One of my most intimate memories of the Pista Senyor was about going with my late grandmother to the old Santo Niño church when I was just about five years old. This was sometime in the mid-1930s when the devotion to the child Jesus was already popular.

Obenieta: Appearances and audience participation

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:14 a.m.

NOTHING hits home more forcefully than the politics of perception. Image and the mirage it can muster are all it takes to trump the ascendancy of issues around a platform, especially when the presentation of fitness becomes the bone and muscle of contention.

Seares: Killing softly with stray bullets

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:11 a.m.

CHARICE Opsima, 1, of Upper Lipata, Minglanilla, Cebu was hit with a stray bullet last June 10. There wasn't as much fuss about her tragedy as that over Stephanie Nicole Ella, 7, of Caloocan City who was also hit with a stray bullet last New Year's Eve.

Charice was reported as hospitalized. Stephanie died amid the noise over the holiday toll from firecrackers and guns.

Niñal: Vispop

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:05 a.m.

I SPENT the last quarter of 2012 visiting colleges and universities to encourage student-songwriters to write songs in Cebuano. I was with a group of people who share with me the same passion for Cebuano songs.

Tell it to That gun ban proposal

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 01:04 a.m.

I AM still confused as how it is constitutional to ban guns and take away our right and liberties to own a gun. Gun do not kill people, people kill people.

If we are going to ban guns, we might as well ban knives too, or bar people from even touching each other, because people can kill with bare hands.

Editorial: Resolution for new year

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:19 p.m.

HOW should we celebrate every new year?

By honoring life.

Wenceslao: The case for Gwen (and Agnes, too)

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:19 p.m.

I ONCE asked my friends where all this anger against Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is coming from. I open my radio set and all I hear are criticisms against the governor, some of them mocking and downright libelous. I write a column that readers perceive as siding with Gwen and I am called names (“binayran,” “buang”) like when I was pilloried by fans of former chief justice Renato Corona for supporting moves to impeach him.

Echaves: Journey to the past

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:18 p.m.

EVEN as a small girl, I knew that one of the city’s major and busier streets, Echavez St., was named after my great-grandfather Gen. Saturnino Echavez.

Only in college, though, did I know why. He was an anti-Spanish revolutionary hero.

Seares: ‘Pe(e)ing’ on Comelec, term limit

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:17 p.m.

IN OCT. 10 and Oct. 17 columns, I took up Cebu City Councilor Jun Pe’s brazen experiment to go around the term-limit law. After three terms as north district councilor, he runs for another term as south district councilor. Would he get away with it?

So far, no hurdle is up yet. A Comelec official said Pe and two other local legislators didn’t have to resign until the campaign period begins on March 29.

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