Roperos: Hope

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:12 a.m.

WHATEVER was the number of people that attended the proclamation rally of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) last Tuesday is immaterial. What is material is the fact that the opening salvo of the opposition candidates for the Senate was held in Cebu.

Wenceslao: P.S. to the UNA proclamation rally

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:11 a.m.

I WOULD say that the proclamation rally held in Cebu by the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in time for the opening of the campaign for the senatorial polls was a pebble thrown into still waters. It has been four days since then but the ripples, while on the wane, are still rolling. Allow me to tackle a couple of them.

Malilong: Pe’s ‘disqualification’

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:11 a.m.

ALL the three Cebu English newspapers yesterday bannered Cebu City North Councilor Jun Pe’s disqualification by the Commission on Elections to run for the same position in the South District. A huge photo of the disenfranchised bet accompanied each story.

Seares: Life of Pe: Comelec skips crux of issue

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:09 a.m.

A FEB. 1 Comelec decision disqualifying Cebu City Councilor Jun Pe may gladden his political rivals but must dishearten others who think he's scoffing at the rule on term limit.

He's completing his third term as councilor of the city's north district but is running for a fourth term in the south.

Libre: Gray area

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:08 a.m.

COMELEC bars Jun Pe candidacy.

This election, it’s noPe for the councilor.

Tell it to Darwinian Valentine

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:07 a.m.

CHARLES Darwin’s theory of evolution is an infinite mind-boggling discovery just as it is mind-bowling too.

It delves into heart of human nature with emphasis on its evolutionary development.

Editorial: That UNA proclamation rally

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

GIVE the bragging rights to stalwarts and the senatorial slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and its allies in Cebu led by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

Roperos: Tales of woe

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:22 p.m.

HERE is a strange situation in Cebu, where life should have been safe and secure but which, in reality, is risky because of the temper and outlook of many people who inhabit it. Almost every day, we encounter reports of somebody being killed by people riding in motorcycle or raped and killed even by neighbors or members of the family.

So: Valentine’s Day no-no

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:21 p.m.

LOVERS, beware. Don’t be too publicly lovey-dovey with your honey today because masuya ang pulis. Sorry. I meant that the police will be on full alert for couples who will display too much affection in public and will not hesitate to cut short your PDA and reprimand you.

You’re going to prison for it. Maybe not. Okay, I’m not sure. Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Mariano Natuel Jr., in his directive to his men, only said reprimand.

Malilong: Cebuano voters’ preference

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:20 p.m.

HOW many showed up at the rally of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) at the Plaza Independencia Tuesday night? Twenty-five thousand people, wrote The Freeman. Fifty thousand, said the Cebu Daily News. Between 25,000 to 90,000, reported Sun.Star Cebu.

Seares: A Filipino pope? Why it won’t happen

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:19 p.m.

WHILE Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle can be considered one of 117 princes of the Catholic Church who can be voted upon as the next pope, it's extremely unlikely he will be it.

Espinoza: Will Comelec disqualify Gwen?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:18 p.m.

WE CELEBRATE today the Day of Hearts. St. Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, is observed every 14th of February. It is celebrated in many countries around the world but as a working day. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

St. Valentine's Day, according to Wikipedia, began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.

Editorial: A Pope’s sacrifice

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:28 a.m.

IT DID not take long. Within minutes of the announcement last Monday, the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI provoked a multitude of opinions. Some cloaked their shock in wry humor, saying that whatever they decide to give up for Lent, which starts today, no one can top the Pope’s sacrifice.

Roperos: The Enrile issue

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:27 a.m.

IT COMES to us as a great surprise to learn that somebody has dared to question the veracity of some of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s data in his autobiography published last September. But it was something that should be expected since the autobiography included events that occurred in recent history. These are still fresh in most Filipinos’ memory.

Wenceslao: All about the Pope quitting

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:26 a.m.

FOR Filipinos, the comparison was inevitably thrown around after reports on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI swept cyberspace. The Pope cited his “advanced age” as the reason for quitting. He is 85 years old. So why won’t old Filipino politicians do the same? Why insist on running or holding on to a post when you can no longer hack it due to “advanced age” (“mapandol na lang sa luwa sa kabayo”)?

Nalzaro: Ash Wednesday and the UNA rally

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:25 a.m.

TODAY is Ash Wednesday. In the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is moveable, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as Feb. 4 or as late as March 10.

Barrita: Pope’s resignation

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:25 a.m.

POPE Benedict XVI shocked the more than a billion Catholics worldwide when he announced Monday he would resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years.

”After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” the 85-year-old pope told the cardinals.

Obenieta: Romance on the road

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:24 a.m.

GO ROUND. Love makes the world that way, or so we’ve heard despite the sound of heartbreak no less horrible than the four horsemen of the apocalypse. After all, intimate affairs sometimes fail to come full circle, soon screeching to a halt despite the hope for a limo ride en route to a honeymoon.

Carvajal: Old normal

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:23 a.m.

IT IS a no-brainer to expect the “daang matuwid” to be uphill and slippery. Indeed it has been so uphill a climb that a permanently straight path has yet to light up in the nation’s path towards inclusive progress.

Editorial: Symbolisms in UNA, LP rallies

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:57 p.m.

THE campaign period for the senatorial and party-list elections officially starts today with the two major political groups in the country vying for attention by holding simultaneous proclamation rallies in two separate venues. Both are also going after symbols.

The administration Liberal Party (LP), whose 12-member senatorial slate is called Team PNoy (after President Noynoy Aquino’s moniker), will hold its proclamation rally at the historic Plaza Miranda in Manila.

Roperos: Pro-life rage

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:56 p.m.

IT'S a bit of good news, the information I gathered from Sun.Star Cebu on the plan by pro-life groups to campaign among our people in the whole nation to “spread awareness on Church teachings in schools and parishes instead of conducting boycott activities against the recently signed Reproductive Health (RH) law.”

Cabaero: ‘Tsunami runners’ and others

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:56 p.m.

THE day that marked a year from the Feb. 6, 2012 major earthquake that hit Cebu went by with promises of better emergency infrastructure still unfulfilled.

Malilong: UNA rally and Cebu’s voting pattern

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:55 p.m.

LEADERS of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) expect to gather 50,000 people for their proclamation rally this afternoon at the Plaza Independencia. The target is quite ambitious but definitely not impossible to achieve. Note that aside from the governor and the Cebu City mayor, the opposition alliance also has in its ranks at least three of Cebu’s district representatives, namely Pablo Garcia (2nd), his son Pablo John (3rd) and Benhur Salimbangon (4th).

Seares: Celdran, Fr. Damaso and jail

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

JOHN CHARLES CELDRAN, a.k.a. the Damaso protester, will appeal to Supreme Court the Jan. 28 Manila Metropolitan Trial Court decision that found him guilty of "offending religious feelings."

Two years ago, on Sept. 30, Celdran, in a Jose Rizal costume (black suit and bowler) and carrying a "Damaso" placard, disrupted a church function by shouting inside Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, "Stop getting involved in politics!"

Niñal: And the final is me

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:52 p.m.

FEBRUARY reminds me of high school when I earned additional allowance by writing love letters for classmates and friends whose expression of feelings was restricted by their limited grasp of the English language. While I wrote love letters all year round, business peaked in February, especially on the days leading to Valentine’s Day.

Tell it to Even angels fall

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

THE first thing that inspired me after waking up this morning was Sun.Star Cebu headline: "Student can graduate: USJ-R."

Indeed, while USJ-R president Rev. Fr. Enrico Peter Silab, OAR, rightly said: "The incident does not define what and who we are," I believe that the decision of the school defines and manifests its true character as a Catholic Christian mentor and leader--a continuing communion of humanity with Divinity minus hypocrisy.

Editorial: Unmasking eco-tourism

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:05 a.m.

TO THOSE who remember the peak of sex tourism in the 1970s and ‘80s, the country’s shift to eco-tourism came like a breath of fresh air.

Echaves: Beyond the shame

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:03 a.m.

SHE knew too well the shame and scandal, the mockery and ridicule, the ribald laughter and jokes shared among men that came with the distribution of the sex video involving her.

She herself had heard the rumor about her suicide. Sadly, she appealed that copies of the video be no longer shared but instead deleted from mobile phones or e-mails. The most touching plea, however, was that she be allowed to graduate.

Atienza: High and low

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:02 a.m.

A VERY wise man once said that media’s potency lies in its inherent ability to bare to the world the whole gamut of human experience. From man’s highest achievements to his lowest of lows, media is there to chronicle mankind’s triumphs and his bouts of insanity.

Wenceslao: UNA proclamation rally

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:00 a.m.

THE campaign period for senatorial candidates in the May elections will officially start tomorrow and Cebu will feel it because the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has chosen this central province as venue for its proclamation rally. The rally was supposed to be held in Toledo City but organizers transferred it to Cebu City for obvious reasons. Major electoral activities like that are better held in the center than in the periphery.

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