Every year, the gospel reading on the First Sunday of Lent is about the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Allow me just to share a few random thoughts on temptation. Temptation is part of life. It is a given.


Watch out for Mayon and Kanlaon!

“My pleasure”. It was really a pleasure to hear someone being interviewed on TV make that reply when the host of the program thanked him after the interview. And do you know why? It is because I am always puzzled,


Vaccine readiness

As the national government struggles with matters as basic as paperwork in facilitating the entry of Covid-19 vaccines into the country, local government units all over the land should still continue to prepare to roll out vaccination programs within their


Humanizing and Christianizing technology

Many economists and other analysts highly recommend that the youth of today must be convinced that their chances of being gainfully employed will increase significantly if they take less interest in diploma-oriented college courses in the traditional universities and colleges.


A do-or-die matter

How would you like to be a woman in Japan? I had been so ignorant about their conditions until the other day I saw some lines on TV stating that women there can only attend meetings and conferences as “observers”,


Digital transformation

The National Economic and Development Authority called for more telco firms in the country in order to advance the digital transformation that will be necessary to speed up economic recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie


Safety last

In another display of “urong-sulong” governance, the implementation of the controversial car seat law was decreed postponed or deferred by the man who signed it into law but decided to use his awesome power to declare it no longer necessary


A Christmas gift from the Lord

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you want to get away from it all? You may get a chance – on its next trip, that is. The NASA has launched its new invention called the Perseverance that is aimed


Where are the experts?

House Education Committee chairman Rep. Roman Romulo recently addressed the issue of reopening of schools by saying it should not be left for politicians to decide but on a group of science and medical experts which he suggested the Department


When we commit mistakes

We all commit mistakes. That’s an undeniable fact of life. They can vary from small to big, minor to major, something just mechanical or typographical to something mortally spiritual and immoral. They can simply be accidental or maliciously intentional. This

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‘Negrense hero’ promoted

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A Negrense Army officer, who led an Army elite unit, in the fight against ISIS-linked militants group during the Marawi siege, has been promoted to full-pledged colonel. Col. Marlo Jomalesa, of Silay City in Negros Occidental,

Solon to call for inquiry on Negros nurses’ complaints

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano said yesterday that he will call for an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the budget circular of the Department of Budget and Management on the pay grade of nurses.

Royals are different

“And they lived happily ever after”. Isn’t that the way stories about royal couples usually end? Even Cinderella who was a bedraggled orphan  ended up with whom she supposedly lived with happily ever after. And we, as children bemused by

PCCI backs unified travel protocols

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed support for the government’s decision to harmonize travel protocols, saying it would facilitate travel movement, the flow of goods and services, and boost local tourism. In a statement yesterday, the PCCI

Leonardia turns over P.5M in aid

Mayor Evelio Leonardia turned over two checks, totaling P550,000, to two organizations as financial assistance from the Bacolod City government, through the Department of Social Services and Development, at rites at the Bacolod City Government Center recently. The Negros Occidental

Supplemental permit guidelines for telco towers up

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will issue a supplemental Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) next month to end the confusion experienced by local government units on the issuance of “permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared passive telecommunications tower