Cabaero: Plane crash report

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

GOVERNMENT officials were quick to assure the public that commercial air travel remains safe after the causes of the plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo were revealed.

The findings of pilot error and possible corruption in aircraft regulation are, however, far from assuring. They instead bring into focus systemic deficiencies in meeting standards in public transportation-–by air, sea or land.

Malilong: The Aman experience

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

THE numbers are staggering: P12 billion from 15,000 victims.

How could have this biggest swindle in our history been pulled openly and publicly and over a considerable period of time without government authorities getting wind about it?

Lim: Lakwatsa

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

THE Lakwatsa story began with the Ng Khai story. Ng Khai Development Corp. began in 1993 with just four employees. Today, it has over 400 employees and seven sister companies engaged in computer hardware, systems integration and network solutions.

Serving over a thousand companies in the country, Ng Khai currently employs over 120 developers providing software development services not only in the Philippines but also in the United States, Japan and Europe. Ng Khai has come a long way.

Tabada: ‘Bayong’ mentality

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

DON’T even try to change your spouse, pragmatists advise. I agree, preferring quiet co-existence to a fool’s quest for perfection.

However, after this week’s quick stop at a supermarket, I witnessed how even the 20-year-old habits of one’s roommate can be changed.

Mendoza: Underestimate GTK, and Peping might tumble

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:59 p.m.

GO Teng Kok a.k.a. GTK was declared persona non grata by the Philippine Olympic Committee general assembly after Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and GTK, erstwhile bosom buddies, had a falling-out.

Before that, Peping and GTK combined to win for Peping the POC presidency in 2008.

Editorial: Politicking in City Hall

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council grudgingly passed last Wednesday the second supplemental budget proposed by Mayor Michael Rama, avoiding the prospect of the city’s vehicles being grounded for lack of fuel.

The Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagab (BOPK) city council, though, slashed the allocation for vehicle fuel and lubricants from P30 million to P15 million for fear that mountain barangays that recently received new vehicles will be prioritized in fuel allocation.

Libre: Corruption in China

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:49 p.m.

EARLY this week, I read an article written by Malcolm Moore entitled, “Corruption starts early in China,” with a sub-lead “Government jobs pay a great deal more-–if you can afford to buy them.” It told about a 28-year old office worker who paid $29,000 to get a job as a policeman in Inner Mongolia. Why policeman and why Mongolia? The answer was, “The job is stable and there is profit in it. The cops in the bureau all have houses and possessions that do not match their salaries.”

Wenceslao: Political ‘dynastyism’ revisited

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:48 p.m.

IT LOOKS like two bills that have faced rough sailing in the current Congress are sinking. I am referring to the controversial reproductive health (RH) and the Freedom of Information (FOI) bills. This shows that when it comes to putting personal and class interests over that of the masses, members of the Philippine Congress past and present are unrivalled, with few exceptions.

Nalzaro: ‘Commercialized’ thanksgiving mass

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:47 p.m.

CHURCH officials have asked politicians and product manufacturers not to take advantage of the thanksgiving mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod. They have prohibited the display of campaign materials and products during the big event on Nov. 30 at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Barrita: ‘Bright kaayo no?’

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:47 p.m.

I HAD the chance to watch up close and personal senatorial bet Risa Hontiveros yesterday at the Casino Español de Cebu fielding questions on a wide range of issues from some of Cebu’s best journalists.

Lawyer Frank Malilong Jr., a fellow Sun.Star Cebu columnist and host of “Frankahay Ta!” (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays to Fridays on 101.9 News FM of Radyo 5) told me, “Bright kaayo no?”

Carvajal: Giving back

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:42 p.m.

CITIES are the most developed economically, politically and culturally. They are centers of population because they host businesses, government offices, schools and other institutions that regulate and promote the good life. They get priority for investment in support infrastructure. They draw food, talent and labor from the rural areas like a magnet.

Editorial: Monitoring coal-fired plants

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:23 a.m.

LIKE last year, Capitol, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Naga City government officials are scampering to mitigate the fallout from an obvious neglect to monitor the operation of the coal-fired power plant in Barangay Colon.

Roperos: Land reform question

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:21 a.m.

NOT many days ago, the President issued a policy statement that pointed to agrarian reform as a centerpiece development program of his administration. It was a rather bold and ambitious announcement on Noynoy Aquino’s part.

The President must be aware that this country is generally agricultural, and that about sixty to seventy percent of its people live off the produce of its cultivated lands. Unfortunately, the reality of our national condition is that while seventy percent of our people are living off the soil, only thirty percent owns the land or the farm they till. In other words, the majority are tenants.

Wenceslao: A popular radio talent’s passing

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:19 a.m.

THE office of Fermin Celestial, a.k.a. Nanding Celeste, used to be the headquarters of the “Magnificent O” when he was a Provincial Board member. “Magnificent O” was what the group of beat reporters who covered Capitol during the administration of lawyer Vicente “Tingting” de la Serna jokingly called themselves.

Malilong: Draconian action ‘needed’

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:16 a.m.

THE reforms that Leni Robredo hoped would come in the aftermath of the government report that blamed mechanical defect and pilot error for the plane crash that killed her husband, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jessie Robredo, shouldn’t just be limited to airlines and flying schools but to everyone involved in the transportation industry.

Seares: Almendras, Ochoa: the 2 ‘Little Presidents’

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:15 a.m.

MOVED from Department of Energy to the post of Cabinet secretary, Cebu's Rene Almendras was called by "Daily Inquirer" the new "Little President."

But isn't that title already accorded to the executive secretary (ES)?

Yap: Cold november

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:14 a.m.

THE title makes this automatically not a feel-good column. When my father passed away last March after a tugging bout with Death at the intensive care unit, a lifetime’s memory of him struck me through the whole stretch of the SRP while driving home. The day before that, I dropped by his room whispering to him in my mind that he should get better or else miss another Pacquiao fight.

Libre: Sky is the limit

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:13 a.m.

FIRM in "double-your-money-scam" ordered to stop deals.

The people behind this operation should receive "double-the-usual-penalty."

Speak out: Calungsod, politics

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 01:12 a.m.

TO HAVE another Filipino, after San Lorenzo Ruiz, martyred for the Christian faith and canonized to sainthood is, indeed, a blessing for a country predominantly Catholic, like ours.

But, what is special about the new icon, Pedro Calungsod, who was formally declared saint by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012 in Rome, is that he comes from the Visayas, particularly the Cebu region, and this is why Cebuanos are preparing a grandiose welcome for his homecoming.

Editorial: Report harsh on Bahinting, firm

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 11:31 p.m.

THE contents of the investigation report by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on the crash that killed former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo were particularly harsh on Capt. Jessup Bahinting, who also died in the accident, and his firm Aviatours.

The manner President Noynoy Aquino announced it was harsher.

Roperos: All about rice

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 11:29 p.m.

PAINFUL as it may seem, the concern expressed by a member of Congress from the north about the rice situation in the country is all too true and real. But most of the things the lawmaker talked about in a news forum the other day were not new, especially as this also relates to the operation of the National Food Authority (NFA).

Malilong: Audit all planes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 11:27 p.m.

WHAT is unpleasant about hitting a dead person is that he could no longer rise to defend himself. Such is the case with Capt. Jessup Bahinting, who is now being painted as the person primarily responsible, both as owner of the plane and as its pilot, for the crash that claimed the life of Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo. Bahinting also perished in the accident, along with his Nepalese student pilot.

Seares: Empty apology for P12B scam; fuzzy spin on Robredo crash

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 11:26 p.m.

AMAN Amalilio, alleged brains in the pyramiding fraud that gypped 15,000 people of P12 billion, has released a videotaped apology that promises to return the money.

Margarita Bahinting, widow of Capt. Jessup Bahinting, Aviatour owner and pilot of the Piper Seneca that crashed into seawaters last Aug. 18, killing then DILG secretary Jesse Robredo and the two pilots with him, said in a press release no man or machine is perfect.

Espinoza: ‘Ningas cogon’ mentality

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 11:26 p.m.

THE problem of coal dust spread by the Kepco-Salcon Power Corp. (KSPC) plant in Naga City, Cebu every time coal is unloaded from the ship to the storage area will be there for sometime unless KSPC addresses it properly.

The present site of the Kepco coal-fired power plant is ideal since it is facing the sea and is easily accessible to boats that transport the imported coal. But KSPC must have conveniently overlooked that their plant site is near a residential area.

Editorial: Get-rich-quick schemes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:18 a.m.

FAMILIES planning to build houses or buy vehicles are among the hundreds of clients of a company that allegedly offered to grow their investments by 15 to 40 percent in less than a month.

It’s not clear exactly how much Aman Futures Group Philippines made, but an order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimates that up to P240 million was collected as of October this year. Not bad for a company that was registered only last June 2012.

Roperos: Business and values

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.

WHEN we opened the business page of this daily’s issue yesterday, we were immediately struck by the three reports that straddled the double spread, all touching the matter of morality in the conduct of such human activity, whether directly or indirectly.

Wenceslao: ‘Black plague’ in Naga

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:16 a.m.

THE dream of building my own house once prompted me to keenly observe the various situations residences are in. I liked the comfort provided by subdivisions, with their well-arranged houses, spaces and greenery (one turn-off: the cost of acquiring a unit). Lack of easy access, meanwhile, defined dwellings located in cramped interior areas.

Nalzaro: Prayers for Jack, Marlon

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:15 a.m.

CITOM Board chairman and former Cebu city councilor Jack Jakosalem and dyAB anchor Marlon Bellita need our prayers. Jack is in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Perpetual Succour Hospital while Marlon is in the ICU of Chong Hua Hospital.

Barrita: No hurry for flyovers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:14 a.m.

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said Rep. Cutie del Mar’s proposed flyover projects in Cebu City will be implemented soon.

“It’s just a matter of time. Definitely, it will push through,” Roxas said.

Carvajal: Sacred oath

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:13 a.m.

BEFORE assuming his elective office, Vice-President Jejomar Binay took an oath to “preserve and defend” the Constitution of the Philippines. So did all elective and appointive officials many of whom have since signified their opposition to the popular move to implement the constitutional ban on political dynasty.

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