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Cebu province representatives vote yes except Del Mar; Abellanosa abstains Eight of Cebu’s ten congressional district representatives voted to reimpose the death penalty on drug-related offenses during the bill’s third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The lower house in a session last night passed House Bill 4727 — 216 yes, […]

Posted: March 7th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

China stays mum on its defense budget


BEIJING — China in recent years has responded to calls for greater military transparency by releasing its defense budget. Not this year, it seems. The defense and finance ministries did not immediately respond to questions about why the government failed to provide a figure for its annual military spending at the opening of its rubber-stamp […]

Posted: March 5th, 2017 in World | Read More »

Death penalty approved on second reading


Just as the country started its celebration of Lent, the House of Representatives on Ash Wednesday approved on second reading the bill seeking to restore the death penalty. This after the House majority on Wednesday’s session approved by voice voting House Bill 4727 which seeks to impose the capital punishment on drug-related offenses. The ayes […]

Posted: March 1st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Both accused of heinous crimes


President Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima are both accused of heinous crimes — crimes that would merit the death penalty if Congress were to pass that odious measure. Both claim innocence, dismissing the accusations as attempts at political demolition. For Mr. Duterte, the accusations date back to the early days of his mayoralty in […]

Posted: February 28th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Beyond the Wednesday novena


The “Walk for Life” rally held in Luneta Park in the capital region last Saturday drew a large crowd that has Church officials feeling upbeat. The turnout, estimated at more than 10,000 was meant to be a show of force and underline the opposition of the Church and the lay faithful against extra-judicial killings and […]

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

Standing against the tide


They may not have the numbers, but what the Church and their followers in Metro Cebu lacked in numbers, they made up for with determination and solidarity with the thousands who attended the “Walk For Life” rally in Manila last Saturday. “We are not afraid. Padayon ta. (Let us continue.) If God is with us, […]

Posted: February 19th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

‘Death penalty only punishes the poor’


Though knowing that he is in the minority, Rep. Raul del Mar of Cebu City’s north district remains adamant about his opposition to plans of reimposing the death penalty. During the interpellation and debate at the House of Representatives last Tuesday, Del Mar said death penalty is never the solution to address crimes. “When death […]

Posted: February 9th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Faithful urged: Reach out to addicts, oppose EJKs


ONE year after the 51st International Eucharistic Congess (IEC), Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma challenged the faithful to perpetuate the memory of the event by reaching out to those in need and to stand for what is right. In his homily during yesterday’s Mass held at the St. John XXIII Chapel at the IEC Pavilion, Palma […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Roque blames De Lima after being ousted from party-list


Kabayan Party-list representative Herminio “Harry” Roque is pointing his finger at former justice chief and controversial Senator Leila de Lima as the person behind the party-list’s decision to “remove” him last Tuesday. With utmost certainty, Roque was convinced that his ouster was a result of De Lima’s “dirty politics” aimed at getting back at the […]

Posted: January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Read More »

Roque will not give up House seat unless Congress orders him to


Kabayan Partylist Rep. Herminio “Harry” Roque will continue to refuse to vacate the seat in the House of Representatives after he was ousted as member of the partylist. He said only Congress has the right and power to unseat him. “Ako po ay nananatiling kongresista dahil tanging kongreso lang naman ang makakatanggal sa nakaupong kongresista,” […]

Posted: January 27th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »