Blame game

IT is significant and even providential that the first big flood in Bacolod happened under the earlier administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia that gave birth to the Anti-Baha movement. Now another flood happens on his watch and the movement surged back into the public square. This movement, headed by Jean Trebol, is composed of prominent […]

Treasure in vessels of clay

THE expression comes from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (4,7). It is meant to remind us that all of us, and particularly those who have been gifted with special graces and charism, have a God-given treasure that is kept in delicate containers, that is, ourselves in all our weak and fragile condition. Therefore […]

Porras’ arrest for shabu shocking

“He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca NEW YORK CITY – The arrest of Iloilo City Planning Development Office administrative assistant Winstone Porras in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Jaro police on August 10, 2018 in Brgy. Fatima, Jaro, Iloilo City in the Philippines was […]

Risks of federalism

THERE is a growing opposition to the draft proposed to change the Constitution, primarily to shift from the present unitary to federalist. Under the proposal, the country will be divided into federated regions, each with the power to enact laws – including taxation – and with that the power to allocate their resources. In effect, […]

Wanted: a visionary for Iloilo

AFTER 14 years, the Iloilo provincial government is implementing a new Schedule of Fair Market Value (SFMV), which is the basis for real property taxes. The new SFMV is projected to hike RPT revenues by 50 percent. The outdated schedule was the subject of the Commission on Audit report on the Capitol in 2017 indicating […]

‘No parking’ epidemic

THE lack of parking spaces is an emerging problem in Bacolod. It has not yet alerted the authorities but is already taking its toll on the business community and vehicle owners. Vehicles of all kinds – jeeps, cars, motorcycles, and even trisikads are taking a lot of spaces in the city, defying the “No Parking” […]

Educating the IPs

A SOURCE from Libacao, Aklan said that before higher education was introduced, a certain indigenous people (IP) girl may get married at an early age of 10 years old. Hence, at an age of 15, she may give birth to as many as five children. In their culture, at an age of 18, an IP […]

When the war ended

On this day, the 14th of August in 1945, World War II ended when Japan accepted the unconditional surrender imposed by the Allied Powers. Germany had surrendered in May that year so that in every sense of the word, the hostilities had ceased. There were sporadic resistance in several parts of the world by forces […]

Elien Perez and the Asian Games

I AM one with my fellows in my community who aspire the gold in athletics or whatever human endeavor. In Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Elien Perez is a name to watch out for in international weightlifting championships. Last July, she again tested her prowess in the 2018 Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Open Championship. In that contest, she […]