Panay, Negros ‘too far’ for Abu Sayyaf raid

Posted by watchmen
April 17, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism and this is precisely why Muslims must play an active role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism and extremism in their mosques.” –Otto Schily The islands of Panay and Negros will always be safe from terrorist attacks as long as the country’s intelligence network remains accurate and …

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Overacting city police chief

Posted by watchmen
April 11, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“There is no overacting, only untrue acting.” –Stellan Skarsgård Many believe Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, Police Senior Superintendent Remus Zacharias Canieso, “overreacted” when he summoned the manager and service crew of a local hardware store on April 7 after he was accidentally hit by a pushcart while inside the said establishment. Canieso reportedly …

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Elsewhere, leaves on Palm Sunday are free

Posted by watchmen
April 10, 2017
Posted in OPINION

Growing up in New Jersey, in the United States, have memories of attending Palm Sunday mass that are very different from local customs. The San Sebastian Cathedral recently sent a reminder to the Roman Catholic faithful that blessed palm fronds, or the leaves of a palm tree, should be free of charge. However, attending mass, …

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To Mark Twain with love

Posted by watchmen
April 10, 2017
Posted in OPINION

How do you title an article about a writer who can tickle your funny bone as well as provoke you to deep thinking? With above title, I hope to encompass the depth, breadth and height of Mark Twain’s prodigious mind. I love Mark Twain! He was my favorite American author, delighting me early on in …

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Don’t fear the ‘point man’ yet

Posted by watchmen
April 8, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“To me, there is no greater way to achieve clarity than to run alone, or share miles with a trusted friend.” –Kristin Armstrong Currently, Ilonggos can only take the claim Iloilo City Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon has been named the designated “point man” by President Rodrigo Duterte in Iloilo City at face value. After revealing he …

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A typical day on the roads of Bacolod City

Posted by watchmen
April 7, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“In a real examination, 50 percent of drivers in the Philippines will fail… They are not only reckless but they are also stupid.” –Senator Majority Leader Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III With the positive outcome from the recently implemented policies requiring motorcycle drivers to wear helmets and cracking down on jaywalking, Bacolod City is moving towards …

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Tears of joy or guilt?

Posted by watchmen
April 6, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez While facing the media, following the dismissal of his boss, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno, by President Rodrigo Duterte, DILG Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo shed tears. “Inalisan kami ng bodyguards (Our bodyguards had been recalled),” …

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If only he wasn’t ‘promdi’

Posted by watchmen
April 5, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” –Christopher Hitchens If he were not a “promdi,” or from the province, Ismael ‘Mike’ Sueno would have survived the power struggle at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), however, since he did not have the stature of Alfredo Lim, Mar Roxas, or …

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Nurturing a culture of thievery

Posted by watchmen
April 5, 2017
Posted in OPINION

The first encounter with the causal thievery that occurs in the city was with the house helper of a neighbor. With a bevy of plants growing outside the house, including green onions, lemons, calamansi, malunggay, among others, there have been plenty of neighbors who have asked if they could have some. With the simple request, …

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