Briones: Letting people choose

When Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. called on the public to continue wearing face masks while inside public utility vehicles (PUVs), he was reacting to Mayor Michael Rama’s executive order (EO), which made the wearing of masks in Cebu City non-obligatory, whether in open spaces or not.Of course, Rama […]

Carvajal: Heroes as liberators

“Each and every one of us has been born into a given historical reality, ruled by particular norms and values, and managed by a unique economic and political system. We take this reality for granted, thinking it is natural, inevitable and immutable. We forget that our world was created by an accidental chain of events, […]

Editorial: Insensitivity

SOME candidates in the upcoming local and national elections are savvy—they know how to play to the emotions of their prospective voters; they know talking like an intellectual in a Philippine political landscape could turn off the electorate.During campaign sorties or media interviews, some of these aspirants often discuss problems of the ordinary Filipinos like […]

Briones: Sunday sanctimony

Should radio commentators be held liable for what they say over the airwaves, especially with election season coming up? Should they be allowed to misinform the public with their outright lies? Doesn’t their profession bind them to report the facts and not mere conjectures? Mind you, I’m not saying all are guilty. I’m talking about […]

Libre: Unborn children

DO YOU know that 40 million – 50 million abortions occur each year? This is data coming from the World Health Organization (WHO). Let me rephrase the question, do you know that 40 million – 50 million babies are murdered each year? The figure is staggering, but that does not make headlines like the Covid-19 […]

SMD: A Father’s Day special

Secretary Michael Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, is one proud father to six sons ranging from ages 19 to 29: Shaun Mikael (Shaun), Lorenzo Miguel (Enzo), Paolo Mikel (Paolo), Christian Mikaelo (Mico), Angelo Mikhail (Gelo) and Anton Mikkelo (Anton). Their second names are all derivatives of their Dad’s first name. Here’s a close look […]

Briones: Life beyond Covid-19

What’s the point of the government’s vaccination program against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) if people continue to be subjected to rigid and constrictive guidelines to try and contain a pandemic that is not as deadly as medical experts initially thought? Don’t get me wrong. We have come a long way from the days when there […]

Wenceslao: Duterte magic or bitter pill?

The coming elections have brought about renewed attacks, especially in social media, of liberal democracy represented by 1Sambayan leaders, against rightist forces led by the the Duterte-Marcos alliance. This shows that the next presidential elections would be a rematch of the forces that were ranged against each other in 2016. The 1Sambayan has started planning […]

Briones: Daring to be optimistic

There’s a running joke with a friend who happens to be a doctor regarding the coronavirus pandemic situation in the whole of Cebu. Although we don’t mean it to be a laugh in your face “har-har” kind of thing, considering the topic is far from funny but it does lighten the mood when we get […]

Briones: Vote of no confidence

CORRECT me if I’m wrong. According to my calculations, only around 25 percent of the frontliners at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) will be injected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine today, March 4, 2021. Let me rephrase that. Only 768 of the hospital’s 2,987 health care workers have agreed to be […]

Limpag: Kai-watching

SINCE now would have been the time for Kai Sotto to wrap up his medical requirements before he could join the G-League bubble, I expected to hear news of him joining the G-League bubble. The news we all heard, to put it mildly, was surprising. The country’s best hope for a homegrown talent to make […]

Briones: Overwhelmed

I’m still overwhelmed by recent events. So much so that I don’t know where to begin. First of all, it’s hard to believe that the SVD-owned retreat house at the University of San Carlos-Talamban campus had been harboring 26 Lumads or indigenous people from Davao del Norte for the purpose of indoctrinating them to the […]