How do you find Christmas peace in a world of unrest, the late New York archbishop Fulton Sheen once asked.
You cannot find peace on the outside but you can find peace on the inside. Let God do to your soul what Mary let Him do to her body, namely, let Christ be formed in you.
As she cooked meals for the village carpenter, as she knitted the seamless garment, she was conscious that Christ was in her; as He was physically formed in her, so He wills to be spiritually formed in you.
INTELLIGENCE operatives caught a suspected drug pusher during a buy-bust in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City late Friday night.
Police are also suspecting if Vincent “Towing” Gonzales, 27, is into the illegal gun business.
Seized from him were several packs of alleged shabu and 194 ampules of Nubain with an estimated street value of P100,000.
Supt. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they are looking into Gonzales’ possible involvement as a hired gun after six firearms were found in his house.
MORE than 4,000 farmers and fisherfolk from Cebu Province who were hit by typhoons Queenie and Ruby have filed notices of loss for insurance claims with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), Regional Director Cresencio Deligero Jr. said.
Notices of loss from claim applicants are still coming, said Deligero. As of Dec. 17, 3,027 farmers and fisherfolk who suffered losses from typhoon Queenie and 1,097 from typhoon Ruby have filed their claim at PCIC’s regional office, or a total of 4,124 notices of loss.
TWO people were killed while six others were injured in separate road accidents in the province last Friday.
A packed tricycle was hit by a minivan in Barangay Bonbon, Oslob past 3 p.m., police said.
Jenny Filosopo, 36, died from severe head injuries while four other passengers were wounded in the hit-and-run incident.
Injured were Rosenda Figarum, 18; Jason Figarum, 18; John Paul Quirabo, 16; and Daryl Silangan, 15.
Insp. Christopher Castro, Oslob police chief, said that a red Toyota Innova overtook the tricycle driven by Flaviano Omiping, 63.
THE City Government of Lapu-Lapu inaugurated a smaller version of the Hoops Dome in Olango Island last Friday, as the City continues to aggressively promote the island as a tourist destination.
Located in Barangay Talima, the Mini Hoops Dome will be a venue for big activities in the island, said Mayor Paz Radaza, who graced the event.
"I want the island to have this Mini Hoops Dome for future programs and projects. I hope that just like in the mainland, this Mini Hoops Dome will also host huge sporting events," she said.
A LAWYER wants three policemen suspected to be behind the ambush of Atty. Noel Archival and two others arrested.
Atty. Rameses Villagonzalo, counsel for one of the complainants in the multiple murder and frustrated murder charges, sought the assistance of the Military Intelligence Service in a bid to call for a manhunt of the three policemen since their arrest warrants dated Dec. 11 were not served.
Villagonzalo called Sr. Supt Romulo Iglesia, Sr. Insp Joselito Lerion and PO1 Alex Bacani, formerly assigned in the Highway Patrol Group 7, as fugitives.
CEBU CITY - After several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved Saturday the City Government’s annual budget for 2015 amounting to P13.4 billion.
AFTER several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved yesterday the City Government’s annual budget for 2015 amounting to P13.4 billion.
This is so far the biggest annual budget in the history of the City. It is more than double compared to the P5.89-billion annual budget this year.
In a special session yesterday, the council unanimously approved the budget covered by an appropriation ordinance prepared by Councilor Margarita Osmeña, who heads the council’s budget and finance committee.
It was not approved without a hitch, though.
THE Cebu Bankers Club advised the public to do their banking transactions before December 24.
The last eight days of the year, starting on December 24, will include only one banking day for most banks, and that will be on Monday, December 29.
The other days are either holidays or fall on a weekend, which means the next banking day after Dec. 23 will be on Jan. 5.
“In Cebu, we do not have an individual list of banks that have declared operations during these days,” said bankers’ club president Gino Gonzales.
NO, CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama was not invited to the get-together attended by both councilors of Team Rama and the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).
But only because the party was meant to be exclusively for the councilors, the mayor clarified.
“I didn’t know about that party and besides, it was their party and joining such activity even if dili ko (I was not) invited is not my cup of tea,” Rama said.
Photos of last Thursday’s event circulated on social media after Councilor Alvin Dizon posted it on his Facebook account.
TO BE better prepared for typhoons, the Lapu-Lapu City Government intends to get more equipment and implement a more systematic way of evacuating residents.
Mayor Paz Radaza said the City needs more machinery like chainsaws, rubber boats, generator sets and communication gadgets.
Radaza said she will also ask barangay officials to set aside funds to get more equipment, as the City continues to take measures against disasters.
Disaster responders from City Hall and barangays recently received training from the Metro Manila Development Authority.
HE HAS helped rehabilitate many troubled street children. Now, it’s his turn to ask for help.
SPO2 Egmedio Felisan Jr., a staunch child advocate, suffered cardiac arrest last Thursday and is in need of financial assistance.
His wife Myrna said they need to come up with P350,000, so her husband, also known as “Kuya Bill,” can undergo angioplasty tomorrow.
“Mangayo unta ko ug tabang para sa akong bana nga bisan ginagmay lang kay matipontipon man (I was hoping the public can help us with whatever amount they can give),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.
THE warning was for commuters to expect heavy traffic in roads leading to malls during the holidays.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama warned traffic enforcers to stay on the roads during the holidays or they join the ranks of the jobless when they enter 2015. He said those who will stay away when they are most needed would not have their employment contracts renewed or would be fired.
The traffic situation in Cebu City isn’t just bad. It is horrible.
The latter description is not mine. A priest (a former president of the University of San Carlos) used it during the second day of the misa de gallo at the USC Girls High School auditorium.
“Today is the second day of our spiritual preparation for the coming of the child Jesus,” he said in his introduction. “Note the emphasis on spiritual because so many of us are doing other preparations and as a result, the traffic has become horrible.”
I get this request every year so I shall accede to this request once more even though I may sound like Scrooge in the process.
In this season of giving, I once more remind all recipients of gifts to say thanks. This perennial reminder remains unheeded by some people so I shall continue to write this reminder every year till I no longer hear anyone lamenting about the utter lack of manners by gift recipients.
JOHN Dale Sala, 10, went home with a bunch of goodies after he attended a Christmas party organized by the Cebu City Progressive Uptown Movement (CC-PUM).
“Naa nami pamasko. Malipay gyod akong mama ug mga igsuon ani (We’ll have something extra for our Noche Buena. My mother will be very pleased),” Salas told Sun.Star Cebu.
Sala was one of 2,900 “poorest of the poor” children from mountain barangays who were picked to participate in the feeding program and gift-giving event yesterday called the Pasko sa Uptown, said Veronica Jimenez, program coordinator of CC-PUM.
CEBU Province’s projected collection for this year may exceed last year’s total collected revenues by around P200 million, based on records of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO).
Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial is confident that the Capitol will collect P2.416 billion compared to last year’s P2.216 billion.
If that materializes, the increase will be almost half of this year’s P407-million Annual Investment Plan (AIP) and more than the planned P110-million loan to acquire heavy equipment, which is the largest item in the 2015 AIP.
THE husband and I felt a little sheepish when we turned up for the first of the nine-day dawn masses preceding Christmas, and the church gates were not yet open. We looked around, hoping to see other early birds.
No one was as eager to prematurely leave their beds. We started feeling foolish. Then, as the fog cleared, we saw familiar figures: the “puto bumbong” sellers.
A middle-aged woman, an older woman who could be her mother or sister, and a girl who could be her daughter or younger sister sold this delicacy on weekends from a small table outside the church gates.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada does not seem to understand, or perhaps refuses to understand, where he is spending his time these days.
He is facing graft and plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the scandalous pork barrel scam and is presently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Estrada, through his lawyers, has been maneuvering to get out of the hole he is in but the magistrates of the Fifth Division, exercising probity, have denied his every ploy, except for medical and humanitarian considerations.