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September start for school year?

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Recently four universities decided to work for the transfer of the opening of classes to September. These are Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas. These schools have autonomous status from the Commission on Higher Education. In Cebu, I am expecting the University of [...]

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Peace and prosperity for 2014

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Allow me to wish one and all a very prosperous, peaceful, joyful and safe new year. I hope 2014 would be a year of hope, fewer calamities and good health for all people. I also hope that in 2014 more people would become prayerful and place God in the center of their lives. And Pit [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Increase LGUs’ share

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Sen. Koko Pimentel proposed a good idea to increase the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of local government units from the present 40 percent to 50 percent. The proposal is timely after the Supreme Court declared the pork barrel system unconstitutional. The government has been in a quandary how to rechannel funds for more government [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Joseph the model

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Last Sunday, Father Ramon Mores, SJ suggested that fathers and boys should make Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, their role model because of the faith and trust in God the Father that he exemplified when he took on the responsibility of caring for the Virgin Mary and Jesus despite the fact that he knew that the baby in her womb was not his.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

More votes than expected

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Last Wednesday the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) in Cebu City and Cebu province elected a new set of officers. The city election was expected to be hotly contested as a proxy war between incumbent Mayor Mike Rama and Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagon (BO-PK) leader Tommy Osmeña. The result was beyond expectations as Philip Zafra of [...]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Countdown to Christmas begins

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Yesterday saw the offering of the first of nine dawn masses that usher in Christmas. The season is already  near and everybody is in a frenzy making their final preparations. We  can smell the spirit of Christmas though it seems subdued considering that many  people are still suffering the loss of lives and properties because [...]

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Mar was being careful

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The latest controversy that has gone viral is the confrontation between Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Fred Romualdez. I used to work for Mar Roxas as one of his campaign staff and found him a gentleman, very deliberate and careful especially in handling sensitive matters. Roxas is a very honest person and is [...]

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Investigating Enrile

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the alleged illegal activities of former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. The probe is in response to the privilege speech of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago in which she enumerated her colleague’s reported dirty linen. Her own speech was a response to a privilege speech of Enrile. Their exchange [...]

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A spiritual Advent

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Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent and Father Ramon Mores, SJ, explained the season’s real meaning given the modern day activities towards Christmas. Father Mores once again said that Advent means preparation for the coming and birth of Jesus Christ and should not only be an anticipation of Christmas as it only is [...]

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Give relief goods fairly

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Last Saturday, my political science student Pio Ranile and former students Paolo Baliling, James Kiunisala, Pamela Gelaga and I went up north to Medellin town to deliver some relief goods. The gifts were collected by my students in Parliamentary Rules and Philippine Government and the 1987 Constitution at the University of San Carlos. As we [...]

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

No more manna

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Finally the Supreme Court has declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as unconstitutional. Thus, the fund can no longer be used by Congress as their traditional pork barrel. PDAF was called the great equalizer because it spread funds for projects in areas that were far from national offices in Metro Manila. It was supposedly [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Slow recovery from Yolanda

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It has been more than a week since our county specifically the Visayas was hit by supertyphoon Yolanda. Initially, the government was rendered inutile by the devastation in affected areas, so much so that it was very slow in responding to the needs of victims. Local and international media were united in their observation that [...]

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Heat on looters, slow pace of relief

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More than a week after typhoon Yolanda ravaged many towns in the Visayas, many people are still suffering the consequences of the storm. I am so happy with the immediate response of many ordinary people to calls for help especially here in Cebu. International relief items by the planeload have arrived for typhoon victims. We [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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