Roperos: Man and nature

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:48 p.m.

THERE is something quite interesting to note with regards to the relationship between people and Mother Nature, and of the human foibles that occur in our daily existence.

Somehow, some people are drawn to believe that an unseen hand is manipulating the movement of daily events so that when we try to do an accounting of these events, many would think that what is happening is fate.

Editorial: Talking tough

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:46 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino tackled many topics during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) yesterday, but what easily caught attention was the toughness he exhibited. He targeted three government agencies for scolding, although he praised others.

Echaves: Quick to the draw

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:30 p.m.

THE decade before the new millennium kicked in, I had the good fortune of working briefly at the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD).

There I got to work with some brilliant and smart people most of whom are no longer there but have moved on.

Seares: PNoy’s Sona ‘dream’

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:28 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino didn't include it in his speech yesterday. It was only a dream:

He arrived at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City for his 2013 state-of-the-nation address (Sona), surprised no one met him at the complex.

Malilong: PDEA still very much around

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:27 p.m.

NOTING the series of strikes that the police and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recently scored against those involved in the traffic of illegal drugs, I asked in this space last Sunday where was the government agency that was created to combat narcotic trade in the country.

What has the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) been doing? Is it still around, I also asked.

Estremera: Crocodile oil

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:26 p.m.

LET’S say I'm a reluctant endorser but would just want to rattle up some attention on the magic that is crocodile oil.

Scuba divers tend to be a mangy lot. Oh, sure, non-divers envy them for the sleek look they exude, especially when zipped up in their wetsuits with their bulges properly tucked in. But look closely and you will see a few red spots here, brownish spots there.

Editorial: Among the truly handicapped

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:20 p.m.

WHEN Lily (not her real name) broke her leg in a vehicular accident, she found out how truly friendly society is to persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The call center technical support representative had to commute five days a week from her residence in Taguig to Ortigas City. Facing expensive rehabilitation not covered by her health maintenance organization, Lily ruled out expensive taxi rides for commuting by UV Express and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

Wenceslao: Roxas and destiny

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:19 p.m.

PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) today and I doubt if he will discuss in part the reasons why many of his promises last year have not been realized. I doubt, too, if he will admit that in the second half of his term, Liberal Party (LP) president (supposedly on leave) Mar Roxas will be given a bigger role in his administration so he can prepare well for his presidential run in 2016.

Nalzaro: P-Noy’s Sona: ‘Tuwid na daan’ na naman?

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:18 p.m.

THE Constitution provides that Congress convenes its regular session every year on the fourth Monday of July. And it has been a tradition that the President delivers a State of the Nation Address (Sona) on this occasion.

Seares: Criminals, cops, and rumors

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:17 p.m.

THE lament of National Police Chief Alan Purisima that criminals are being made heroes is exaggerated and flawed.

It insults many Filipinos who the PNP director general must think cannot distinguish a heroic act from a dastardly deed.

Mongaya: Asean 2015

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:17 p.m.

WAS it because of our focus on the lamppost controversy right after the Asean summit in 2007 or did we just collectively tell ourselves that 2015 is still eight years away?

I am referring to the “Cebu Declaration for the Acceleration for Establishment of an Asean Community by 2015” that 10 Asian leaders signed in Cebu way back in 2007.

Sun.star essay: Talk about it

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

THE news of Ai-Ai delas Alas being beaten by her husband in a months-old marriage is like a joke from the comedienne herself. But the husband’s sin, called domestic, is ghastly. The domestic aspect of the case means it was a secret kept from neighbors and friends for some time. “Intimate partner violence” is what abuse of wives or female partners is also called.

Tabada: Raised on rice

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:20 p.m.

WHEN the price of rice shot up, I felt the pinch more keenly than the weekly stings of oil price adjustments.

As a commuter in Metro Manila, I’m still cocooned by the steady rate of fares. The rice-and-vegetable set was the usual P35 at the Kapampangan-run canteen where I ate breakfast at UP Diliman the other day.

Mercado: Multiple eyes

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:17 p.m.

THE angel of death has many eyes.” This Yiddish proverb came to mind when ex-Rep. Tomas Osmeña flew to Texas. He still smarted from trashing in an election he never thought he’d lose. Accompanied by wife Councilor Margarita Osmeña and son, he underwent tests at Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

In October 2008, doctors stumbled across a cancerous mass, the “size of a chicken egg,” in Osmeña’s bladder. A second biopsy confirmed Stage 3 urinary bladder cancer. Seven cycles of aggressive chemotherapy followed after surgery.

Malilong: Where’s PDEA?

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

LAW enforcers scored big against the trade of illegal drugs in the past seven days. Early in the week, the Cebu City Police Intelligence Branch, led by Chief Inspector Romeo Santander arrested Ken Kenneth Rosales, a 25-year-old nursing graduate and confiscated from him 14 Ecstacy tablets and 12 medium packs of cocaine.

Lim: Trying harder

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:41 p.m.

WHEN you’re not first or best, you try harder.

A friend tells me about his extraordinarily intelligent but complacent daughter. After college, she simply wants to “chill.” Contrast this with the other daughter who is not as intellectually gifted. The other daughter is much more driven, much more motivated to get things done.

Wenceslao: ‘Small business very hot’

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:40 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has started a drive against water vending machines displayed on the city’s sidewalks. The City Health Department has correctly noted that having these machines on sidewalks and largely unattended exposes the water sold to possible contamination. The rule now is to operate the machines inside homes or business establishments.

Editorial: Trans-axial highway dream

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:27 p.m.

THE trans-axial highway that would traverse the mountain ranges from the northern tip of the province to its southern tip was conceptualized by former vice governor Gregorio Sanchez and proposed to then governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who shelved it when their political relationship turned sour. Sanchez died of lung cancer in 2011.

Libre: Music festival

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

OTHER than organizing Yukbo, the annual gathering of Cebu’s finest musicians, for more than 20 years, one of my best band experiences was mentoring Ledger Line, which represented Cebu in the Philippine Band Explosion in the late ‘80s held at the Folk Arts Theatre in Manila.

I remember borrowing Muslim-inspired costumes from Augusto Go of University of Cebu because the band performed an ethno-rock Sinulog beat-inspired version of “Baleleng.” We literally raised the roof then.

Wenceslao: Sipalay’s blunder

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

READING about the now controversial Talisay City Legal Officer Alfredo Sipalay had me recalling again my initial interest in broadcasting. Sipalay was a batch mate in the two-month training conducted by the now defunct Broadcast Production and Training Center (BPTC) in the ‘80s.

Among those in that batch were John Manalili, who later landed a job at the old dyRE radio station then managed by the late Nenita “Inday Nita” Cortes-Daluz; Fides Palicte, who is with RPN and dyKC; and Mercedes “Verse” Logarta, sister of former Cebu mediaman Viking.

Nalzaro: No more hope for ‘Angel Baby’

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:25 p.m.

IN MY column last Wednesday, I appealed for help on behalf of three-month-old “Angel Baby” Pancho, who is suffering from an inborn defect. Her eyelids could not open. Dr. Billy Jaca, one of Cebu's leading ophthalmologists, responded to my appeal. He examined “Angel Baby” for free.

The baby underwent an ultrasound procedure to check the condition of her eyes. Chong Hua Hospital provided the ultrasound examination for free.

Barrita: Pork stays

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:24 p.m.

MALACAÑANG is submitting to Congress next week “policy recommendations” to tighten up the rules on the disbursement of funds from the graft-tainted pork barrel.

Will that include a ban on funnelling the pork barrel to a non-government organization led by Janet Lim-Napoles that scammed some P10 billion from the pork barrel of 23 congressmen and five senators?

Carvajal: Blood in the hands

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:23 p.m.

I HAVE nothing against the Supreme Court for extending the suspension of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law. The minority has rights to a fair hearing and the high court is simply respecting those rights.

Still, because of the extension the poor’s access to reproductive health care is further delayed and the unnecessary deaths of poor mothers and their infants go unabated. Hence, I have everything against Catholic bishops for masterminding the cruel scheme to comprehensively deprive the poor of modern and scientific reproductive health services.

Seares: Why a local government doesn’t need to have its own media

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:23 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government is faced with the dilemma of what to do with its own media: a cable TV station and a newspaper.

A problem of the new administration led by Liberal Party’s Hilario Davide III and Agnes Magpale is whether to continue operating Sugbo TV, which ran 24/7, carried by satellite, and “Sugbo News,” a broadsheet printed in full color and glossy 70/80-lb. paper.

Editorial: Talisay City’s claim

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:51 p.m.

THE shoe, should we say, is now on the other foot as far as the Cebu City Government is concerned.

The cease and desist order issued by the Talisay City Government seeking a halt to works on a project the Cebu City Government is implementing in the southern portion of the South Road Properties (SRP) recalls Cebu City's own row with the Cebu Port Authority (CPA).

Roperos: Anti-drug drive

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:51 p.m.

ONE less risky and less expensive undertaking our police and other law enforcers are employing in their efforts to combat drug use among our people is the “buy-bust” operation. But the alibis and protestations of those arrested, like crying that the drug packets were planted, entails doubts in the public mind. Thus, our anti-drug campaign no longer seems to excite the public.

Wenceslao: To protect and kill

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:50 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has invited controversy once more with his bombast.

After policemen killed three kidnappers who strayed into the city with their victim, the mayor announced his "shoot-to-kill" order against criminals, eliciting criticism from even Malacañang.

Malilong: Thieves at the Bureau of Customs

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:49 p.m.

DEPUTY Customs Commissioner Danilo Lim called it “the mother lode of rice smuggling”: P1.2 billion worth of rice discharged at the Cebu port from Vietnam on separate occasions over a two-week period from March 22 to April 3, this year.

“It’s probably the biggest in the history of the Bureau of Customs,” Lim marveled at the daring attempt to bring in 600,000 sacks of rice contained in 1,169 container vans right under the very noses of Cebu customs officials.

Seares: What PNoy would do after 2016

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:48 p.m.

MOST presidents know that, although not every president is told that in his face: fading into the sunset, stripped of power and privilege.

Libre: Giving mules a bad name

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:47 p.m.

SISTERS, nursing grad fall in buy-bust operations.

They can now do a post-graduate thesis about prison life.

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