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Sueno dismissal won’t affect local DILG offices

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THE dismissal of Interior and Local Government secretary Ismael Sueno won’t impact on the operations of the local offices of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). DILG Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales said their programs have already been planned out for the year and Sueno’s dismissal is not unusual considering that Cabinet officials serve […]

Posted: April 4th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

The art of diplomacy


Hindi daw ako statesman. Excuse me? Hindi daw ako statesman. Ang pagkaalam ko, tumakbo ako ng Presidente. Wala mang posisyong statesman doon sa ’min, bakit mo ko pipilitin maging statesman?” the President said. (Then they said I’m not a statesman. Excuse me? I’m not a statesman, they said. As far as I know, I ran […]

Posted: April 1st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Drug rate


Whether or not Cebu has the highest incidence of drug cases in the country or the highest number of drug users, coddlers and peddlers—it was reported that President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that Cebu has the highest rate of drug abuse in the country at 60 to 70 percent—the latest anti-drug operation showed that the illegal […]

Posted: March 12th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Rule of men corrupted by law?


As was the protocol in La Salle, the high school principal called into his office every member of the graduating class for counseling. When I told him I was planning to take up law, he advised me against it, saying the legal profession was crowded (even then in 1955). But if I were bent on […]

Posted: March 4th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Cebu traders to tackle biz issues with Digong


Around 200 private sector representatives are expected to participate in a dialogue with President Rodrigo Duterte when he comes to Cebu on March 2. Melanie Ng, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said among the topics that may be raised during the activity are Duterte’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, proposed tax reforms, […]

Posted: February 26th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

Politically charged events


Probably the first transport strike of the year for Metro Cebu public transport operators will be held next Monday, but there are reports that the transport group here may join transport groups in Manila for tomorrow’s protest against the phase-out of the passenger jeepney. If that’s the case, then their timing is quite interesting since […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Police name suspects in lawyer’s killing


TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol — The alleged mastermind and the gunman in the killing of an environmental lawyer eluded arrest on Friday morning. Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga, 34; and Romarico Benegi-an, 33, a native of Davao Del Norte, were no longer inside their rooms at the resort owned by Gonzaga when the policemen barged in. Gonzaga, a […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

A damaged institution


In view of the retirement of several justices and the appointment of their replacements by President Duterte, retired chief justice Artemio Panganiban is often asked whether the Supreme Court can be relied upon to uphold constitutional rights and democratic ideals. In a recent column (“SC stood tall in crucial cases,” 1/29/17), Panganiban wrote that while […]

Posted: February 7th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Digong sends off ‘crook cops’ to Basilan with insults


MANILA — President Duterte challenged 228 errant policemen to a gun duel as he showered them with insults and all kinds of expletives when they were presented to him in Malacañang on Tuesday. The searing mid-afternoon heat was no match for Duterte’s profanity-laden outburst, which was shown live on national television and various social media […]

Posted: February 7th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »



MISS U HANGOVER An office employee called in sick for work last Tuesday, telling her superior that she was “suffering from chest pains.” The truth, however, was that she still hasn’t gotten over the Miss Universe results last Monday and wanted time to ventilate her bitterness over it. In contrast, a public official who got […]

Posted: February 6th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »