Seares: Enrile, Gigi: ‘Sex and the Senate

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:08 p.m.

THERE is sex in the current "fracas" between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Star of their argument on Senate floor Wednesday was JPE's chief of staff, Jessica "Gigi" Gonzales-Reyes, 50, with whom JPE, 88, was allegedly romantically linked.

Libre: : Mental detectors

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:07 p.m.

COURT security made tougher.

Court should go tougher on security.

Editorial: Lax implementation of gun ban

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:19 a.m.

THE shooting incident inside the Palace of Justice last Tuesday has naturally drawn attention to the fact that it happened at a time when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has put in place a gun ban as the campaign period for the May polls opened.

Roperos: ‘Stray’ guns

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:18 a.m.

WHAT can we say about loaded guns in the wrong hands and in the wrong place? I am still puzzled about how a loaded gun was brought inside the Palace of Justice, allowing a man to shoot and kill a doctor and a lawyer and wound a prosecutor.

So: One less pediatric surgeon

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:17 a.m.

JOHN Pope was a journalist, so I presume he did his research on Dr. Reynaldo Rafols.

Pope would have known that Dr. Rafols was one of the very few pediatric surgeons in Cebu. Very few means five.

Malilong: The Pope murders

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:16 a.m.

THE raw emotion was palpable in Eddie Rosello’s voice when he spoke on Frankahay Ta! Tuesday morning. “If only there was no gun ban,” he sighed. “I could have fired back at him. Anyway, I hope he’s dead.”

Seares: John Pope: shooter, ‘victim’

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:15 a.m.

WHAT drove Canadian national John Pope to shoot last Tuesday a doctor, his lawyer, a woman prosecutor, and himself in the MBF Hall of Justice at the Cebu Capitol compound?

Espinoza: Shocking incident

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:13 a.m.

Dr. Rene Rafols was a golfer and a friend. Lawyer Jubian Achas was my director when I was president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu Chapter in 1999-2001. He was also a fellow member of the Mandaue City Lawyers, Inc. (Manlaw).

Editorial: Pope’s last charge

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:43 a.m.

OF THE few things we know about John Pope, we can report that he introduced himself as a retired journalist who was born in Minnesota, but studied and worked in Canada. He was retired by the time he spent the last 15 years in Cebu, most of it on a special retiree’s visa.

Roperos: Sinulog politics

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:41 a.m.

WHATEVER has been said about the Sinulog, the attendance of an estimated four million people has belittled the doubts and reduced the fears to smithereens. Earlier fears that it would just be made a vehicle of propaganda for the May elections have caused the organizers to concentrate on staving off politics from the Sinulog.

Atienza: The greater shame

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:39 a.m.

THEORIES as to why a US Navy minesweeper ended up in Tubbataha Reef Marine Park in Sulu Sea ranged from the sinister to just plain ridiculous: “It’s the Spratlys conflict.” “China planted sea mines in the area.” “US sailors wanted a free dive in Tubbataha.”

Wenceslao: John H. Pope: the mind of a killer

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:38 a.m.

CANADIAN national John Holdridge Pope claimed he was a journalist, and he must have been considering his output: documents and letters sent to various media outlets and concerned government offices in Cebu through the years. Those articles and writings could, in a way, allow one to piece together the thinking of the man who went on a shooting rampage at the Palace of Justice last Tuesday.

Barrita: Bloody Tuesday

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:38 a.m.

JOHN H. POPE, a 66-year-old retired Canadian journalist who has been living in Cebu for 15 years, shot and killed Dr. Rene Rafols and his lawyer Jubian Achas at past 8 a.m. Tuesday inside a courtroom at the Marcelo Fernan Hall of Justice.

Carvajal: Cosmetic

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:36 a.m.

Only babies born yesterday would believe that Vice President Jejomar Binay and company did not come to the Sinulog for politics but for their devotion to Sto. Niño. Whatever credibility politicians have left is simply not enough to make anybody but the most gullible believe that. The opportunity for at least some subliminal campaigning was simply too great for their ambitions to pass up.

Tell it to Romano Catolico? Yes!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:35 a.m.

THIS is in response to a letter by Amay P. Ong Vaño published last Jan. 12, 2013 entitled “Romano Catolico Ka?” In it, the author expressed his views regarding the Church’s being Catholic, Roman, and its use of Latin.

“Roman Catholic” is not a contradiction in terms—-we are Catholic (that is, Universal) precisely because we are Roman. It is a conditio sine qua non of our Catholicity, of our being Universal.

Editorial: Applause and leniency

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:20 a.m.

GOV. Gwendolyn Garcia danced what can be considered the dance of her life during the culmination of the Sinulog Grand Parade at the Cebu City Sports Center last Sunday.

Roperos: Church reminders

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:19 a.m.

IN HIS homily during the celebration of the Pontifical Mass last Sunday for the feast of Sto. Niño, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma “encouraged couples who want to have more children to do so, even with the recent passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) law.” The Cebu archbishop is president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Cabaero: Another master move

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:17 a.m.

EVENTS that took place Monday at the Senate showed how Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is still a master strategist.

Malilong: Gwen’s night

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:16 a.m.

ARE you dancing tomorrow?” I asked her when she called Saturday evening to greet me, “Pit Senyor!” “What do you think?” she asked in reply. “Don’t,” I said. “I agree with your brother (Byron). The risks are too high.”

Seares: Erap’s pardon; Aguinaldo doctrine

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:14 a.m.

JOSEPH "Erap" Estrada, the country's 13th president who was deposed after a failed impeachment trial, finished runner-up to Noynoy Aquino in the last presidential race.

He beat such other contenders as Manny Villar and Gibo Teodoro. That, despite his record of having been evicted in 2001 as president by a "people's revolution" and convicted of plunder in 2007 by Sandiganbayan.

Niñal: Sto. Niño devotees and debutantes

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

MY SINULOG weekend started with me getting pissed at a radio student-reporter who repeatedly referred to the Sto. Niño devotees as “debutante” while covering the fluvial procession last Saturday.

Tell it to Sinulog reflection

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:10 a.m.

EARLY saturday morning, I was at the Ouano wharf in Mandaue City to witness the fluvial parade in honor of Señor Sto. Niño.

What a massive act of faith above sea level and on the ground as thousands of people around sang, danced, prayed and waved their their hands and shouted at the top of their collective voices: "Viva Pit Senyor!"

Editorial: Leveling the field

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

THE text message was sent by +639162954749, an unregistered number in the recipient’s directory.

Seares: ‘Palusot,’ lawyerly evasion

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:25 p.m.

“PALUSOT” was used 15 times in a 24-minute summary of arguments by Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodulfo Fariñas, deputy chief prosecutor, in last year’s Corona impeachment trial.

A top buzzword of 2012, it meant (1) alibi to avoid liability and (2) politician’s lame excuses.

Tell it to Urging the US to apologize

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:24 p.m.

WE EXPECT the American military “to readily accept full responsibility” for the damages caused by a US Navy minesweeper that ran hard aground at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), a protected marine sanctuary in Palawan.

We are definitely counting on the US military to promptly acknowledge fault and pay all administrative fines and reparations that will be imposed by Philippine authorities.

Mongaya: Sinulog 2013 and politics

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

THE fun that was Sinulog 2013 made me almost forget one important political development until a boyhood friend at my mother’s house behind the Chong Hua Hospital asked me: “Nisayaw na si Gwen?”

Echaves: Front acts

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 11:15 p.m.

AS IN yesteryears, I was one of three judges for this year’s Sinulog contests for on-site decors and visual merchandising. I missed the presence, though, of that charming lady architect Mary Rose Villacastin-Maghuyop who got assigned to another category.

Mercado: Bashing the Niño

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 09:39 p.m.

AT THE centuries-old Santo Niño fiesta, eye-catching Sinulog buntings to lissome dancers can smudge “values that endure even after the sun goes out.” So can bickering politicians.

Who’ll elbow their way to first places in the stands, some ask. Will Gov. Gwen Garcia emerge from her Capitol bunker to shashay with a town troupe? Where will Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale sit?

Sun.Star Essay: An experience

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 08:57 p.m.


My sister Coleen Moore has been back home several times, even as she has traveled with husband Dave to other places in the world. But the Cebu visit before this had been years ago. So she’s here for the Sinulog Grand Parade and for the chance of seeing again old classmates in a reunion.

Cabaero: Sto. Niño umbrellas

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 08:55 p.m.

THEY were more than umbrellas. They became vessels for Sto. Niño devotees to witness the colorful symbolism of the occasion and to become one in sharing in the protection from nature’s elements.

This was what the maroon and gold colored umbrellas at the Basilica del Sto. Niño meant to those who participated in the nine-day novena masses at the pilgrim center.

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