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Arming barangay chiefs


A plan to arm barangay chairpersons with firearms by Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing which drew support from Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III raises some questions, not least of which is whether it is the right solution to protect these officials from those who wish to kill them. Lest we forget, President Rodrigo Duterte plans […]

Posted: May 11th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Labor union reiterates call against ‘endo’


Almost one year since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the country’s highest public office, workers are still clamoring for the fulfillment of the executive’s campaign promise to end all forms of labor contractualization. Lawyer Jonas Asis, regional vice president of the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) in Central Visayas, said […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Digong warns: No franchise for ABS-CBN


President Rodrigo Duterte will block the renewal of the ABS-CBN’s franchise. Duterte accused the network of “swindling” and slammed the media giant for supposedly not airing his political ad that was already paid during the campaign period last year. Asked if he would block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, he said: “Yes.” “If ganoon ka […]

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

Contempt for rights


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 »

President Duterte’s inconsistencies


By Democrito C. Barcenas, FLAG regional chair I am deeply convinced that President Rodrigo Duterte does not tolerate dissent and criticisms. Those who have disagreed with him or his policies are subjected to vicious attacks. What is apparent is that his assault against people and institutions has exposed his utter inconsistencies which borders on hypocrisy. Just […]

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



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 »

Tokhang in Surigao


My hometown Surigao City gave President Rodrigo Duterte an overwhelming vote during the last elections. When I came here to vote last year, I noticed how supporters of the Liberal Party seemed to tend to hide any signs of their political inclination when left alone with the multitude of diehard Surigaonon Dutertards. Lining up at […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Palma urges Catholics to pray for healing of moral illnesses


“Lord, heal our land.” This prayer was echoed by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, who said that the nation’s moral sense has to be saved from total degradation and called on the people to pray and to revisit the faith. “The apparent indifference toward the killings in the war on drugs is but a moral illness. […]

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

Lowering age of accountability


President Rodrigo Duterte may have had a point when he complained about Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan, which he blamed for the generations of youth offenders that came after its passage. President Duterte was right when he said the law, copied from other countries specifically […]

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

Duterte’s tirades vs. media take highest office to ‘historic low’— CMFR


President Rodrigo Duterte’s expletive-laden attacks on the media have brought the presidency to a historic low, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) said on Friday. “Made publicly and without any bases whatsoever, the president’s allegations against the media constitute verbal abuse — the cheapest form of harassment and intimidation that has brought the […]

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