Skepticism on the greenhouse theory

By: Edgar Mana-ay THE greenhouse effect or greenhouse theory states that there is an increase in atmospheric temperature of the earth because certain greenhouse gases (GHG), notably carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH3), trap and absorb heat being radiated by the earth surface towards the atmosphere. The best example is a car parked with closed windows […]

Anti-poor project

WEALTH does not equal health; conversely, health is wealth. The new controversy in Bacolod involving the plan of the city to borrow P1.7 billion from the Department of Finance includes the choice between constructing a P800-million coliseum and earn and the counter proposal of Councilor Ricardo Tan for a hospital and spend. The premise of […]

A tricky tug of war for IRA, revenues

UNPACKING FEDERALISM By: Crystal Joy de la Rosa, Justin Oliver Fiestada, and Malou Mangahas ONLY THREE of the proposed 18 federated regions have revenue collections larger than the fund transfers that they are getting from the national government in terms of Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA. The rest of the 15 regions remain largely dependent on […]

Piety vs. pietism

THEY CAN look the same, if appearances and things external are only considered. But one is true while the other is fake in this whole business of developing our proper relation with God and with others. We need to have the skill of distinguishing between the two and of choosing the right one. Piety sprouts […]

Hijacking democracy

THE FORCES of darkness do not sleep. They never stop assaulting democracy in the country and try to find ways to murder it. Amidst the distraction brought about by silly antics like the “God is stupid” remark, a dark and insidious plan is being hatched to hijack democracy in the country. If Filipinos are not […]

Hating the Catholics

FROM the beginning of time when the devil caused the fall of Adam and Eve, God already promised a Redeemer that would be born of a woman. God told the serpent that He “will put enmity between you and the woman and she shall crush your head”. It is not therefore a surprise that the […]

Portfolios and tax breaks for SMEs

AS THE stock market and its performance tends to recede into the background following, it is useful to take stock and understand many of the terms we encounter in the context of investments as a whole. One of them is the investment portfolio. According to financial website investopedia.com, a portfolio is a group of financial […]

I prefer hell than Federalism

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson NEW YORK CITY – We salute the 67 percent of the Filipinos who rejected the proposed shift from the unitary to a federal form of government in the Philippines surveyed recently by […]

Smashing birthday party

LAST July 10, 2018, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia threw a smashing birthday party at SMX Convention Center. For those who have attended his previous parties and had come to this one, they can only wonder how great things have gone the way of the mayor. According to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran in […]

Interview with Jeffrey Sisican

THERE are interesting stories about artists who persevere in their professions. One of them is Jeffrey Sisican from Baclayon, Bohol. Sisican earned a Certificate in Fine Arts-Painting at UP Cebu. He romped home these awards: finalist in The 14TH International Biennial Print Competition, Republic of China (Taiwan); honorable Mention (10th) Joya Awards, UP-Cebu (1993); and […]

That we be perfect

CHRIST himself said it very clearly. In fact, he said it as a command. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5,48) We need to feel at home with this divine injunction, and not to be afraid of it. More than that, we need to find ways of how we can translate […]