Senators to get to the bottom of questionable purchases from Pharmally   

THE SENATE Blue Ribbon Committee will not stop until it untangles and identifies personalities involved in the questionable billions worth of medical equipment contracts awarded to a new company, Senator Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel said on Monday.    In a press conference, she said they will “trace the dots no matter how far” it may lead.    A former undersecretary, Lloyd C. Lao, was head […]

Wenceslao: Noy Pabling

The closest I got to Noy Pabling was when he was Cebu governor and Dr. Aguido Magdadaro invited me to the opening of his private school in Poro town in the Camotes group of islands. The good doctor had invited the governor to the activity, which was historic for a town that only has the […]

PHL 5G still in infancy, but improvements significant, Opensignal says

THE FIFTH generation (5G) of mobile communications technology in the Philippines is still in its “infancy,” but has delivered improvements to users’ mobile experience, mobile analytics company Opensignal said. “We’ve seen that 5G already delivers significant improvements to our Filipino users’ mobile experience when compared to that seen when they only connect to 4G services, for video, multiplayer gaming and […]

Wenceslao: No lockdown?

It looks like a lockdown fatigue has descended on us at a time when the delta variant of the coronavirus is threatening to fuel another infections surge in Cebu. The fatigue has triggered misconceptions about this particular official action against the Covid-19 pandemic. There is this effort to downplay its importance, To be fair to […]

Limpag: So far so good in Tokyo

I was optimistic but I was guarded when I watched Nesthy Petecio’s first match in women’s boxing in the Olympics. I couldn’t help but recall Harry Tanamor’s 2008 stint. A two-time Olympian, a silver-medalist in the world championship and touted as gold medal winner by no less than the Associated Press, Tanamor fell in the […]

Lim: The sweet spot

Life takes on greater clarity when you are faced with your mortality. It can be a devastating diagnosis that rudely interrupts your perfectly-planned life. Or it can just be the annoying process of ageing that makes you realize that in the not-so-distant future, you’ll be leaving so you better know what to do with the […]

Tabada: Love for women

When I read the first social media posts about his death, I wanted to doubt the news. When I read the breaking reports from media I trust, my next thought was of his sisters. When he moved in the Bahay Pangarap in the Malacañang Park complex, his four sisters shared the official duties that, if […]

Tabada: Fathers who cook

Papang did not cook. My father-in-law did. The husband does. Papa Peking made “inun-unan (dish simmered in vinegar)” I can still taste: the fragrance of sauteed garlic and onion, the tartness of vinegar, the sly spice of ginger, softness of flesh after the scales peel away from the fish, and, overlaying all these, the sinfulness […]

Wenceslao: Unseen potential

When the anti-insurgency campaign in the hinterlands of Cebu City became intense in the late 1980s, some farmers there were forced to evacuate ro safer places like Bohol. I was already working as a writer after I was arrested twice but my salary was meager. The pay got better when I transferred to SunStar. It […]

Neri: Postscript to Mother’s Day

This time around, I’m talking to daughters (last week I interviewed mothers) as a postscript to Mother’s Day. I asked the daughters of some friends on what they appreciate most in Mom and/or to share lessons in life that she has imparted to them. Tricia Zosa Anton has always admired the gentle ways of her […]

Editorial: Stupid project

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Visayas begins its Detailed Engineering Design (DED) process for three major infrastructure projects in Cebu City, poised for completion in 2037. They include the 1.1-kilometer flyover from Osmeña Blvd. corner N. Bacalso Ave. to P. del Rosario St., corner Leon Kilat; a 1.2-kilometer flyover from N. […]