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Contempt for rights

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While most in Central Visayas are caught up in the ongoing crackdown of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol province and the unraveling of Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza’s ties to the extremist group, elsewhere in the country, rights groups have been trying to elevate the issue of human rights violations to the upcoming Association of Southeast […]

Posted: April 27th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Death and betrayal

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One feels both grief and outrage over the death of PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) who got killed during the April 11 encounter between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Inabanga, Bohol province. If anything, at least Nazareno’s family can realistically expect some compensation from the […]

Posted: April 25th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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CHRISTINA AND LEILA Cebuanos were intrigued by the fate of Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza, the police official arrested with a suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit at a checkpoint in Clarin town, Bohol province. Siloy’s pal noted that were it not for her alleged romantic involvement with the Abu Sayyaf bandit, her career would have taken off […]

Posted: April 25th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Managing costly PR mistakes

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The recent United Airlines wrongdoing of dragging out a seated passenger to accommodate airline employees should serve as a warning that a PR crisis can be very costly. Per industry reports, on the day of the passenger-removal controversy, the shares of the $21-billion company fell as much as 6.3 percent in premarket trading, dropping by […]

Posted: April 25th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Outside aid

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Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza has a lot of explaining to do in light of last Saturday’s incident at a checkpoint in Clarin town, Bohol province in which she was accompanied by a young man who has ties to the Abu Sayaf. The man who drove Nobleza’s vehicle, identified as Renierio Dongon alias “Kudri”, is said […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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UNWELCOME MISTRESS A jeepney passenger complained to his pal that a certain public official allowed his mistress and their child to stay at his office where the passenger happens to work in. He said this had been a constant source of nuisance in the office since the child and his mother would throw a tantrum […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Drug links

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Though the Cebu provincial police was right in brushing aside allegations that the arrest of Lagtang Barangay Chairman Mark Ferdinand Bas was politically motivated, it was presumptuous of Senior Supt. Eric Noble, Cebu provincial police chief, to think that those who opposed Bas’ arrest were also involved in illegal drugs. “For me, if one is […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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TYPO ERRORS A reporter called up a police director to ask about the document being circulated on social media. The document contained a directive to police precincts to check on the coastal areas in their jurisdiction. While the police official confirmed the document’s authenticity, he said it was an internal memo. “But I was angry […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

On the edge

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The encounter between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Inabanga town, Bohol province has somehow made Cebu residents a bit jumpy when it comes to persons who appear to be Muslim or have “Muslim speaking accents,” and it sends the wrong signals to the Muslim community. A budget hotel reported to the police the […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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LATE CALL TIME A real estate company invited prospective buyers to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a project in southern Cebu. The call time was set at 7:30 a.m. since the coaster was supposed to leave by 8 a.m. from Cebu City. At 9:30 a.m., the vehicle still hasn’t left. One of the buyers, a […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »