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3 officials deny sex abuse accusation

THREE of the five men who work at Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol denied Wednesday their involvement in sexually molesting a female college student inside a karaoke bar in Barangay Carmen early Sunday morning.

They said the video footage where they and the 19-year-old Denise (not her real name) were seen together and the result of the medical examination are proof enough that they had no participation in the alleged sexual abuse.

Mother recalls giving birth amid tremors

JETHRO “Baby Quake” Tabanao turned one yesterday.

His mother, Katrina, gave birth to him while a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC). Because of the circumstances of his birth, Jethro was nicknamed “Baby Quake.”

Farmers' group slams gov’t for food shortage

WITH the government’s perceived inability to address the issue of food security in the country, today should be called “World Hunger Day” instead of World Food Day, a farmers' group said Wednesday.

Richard Colao, secretary-general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in northern Mindanao (KMP-NMR), said it’s not only the consumers who are affected by food shortage, but the farmers who are the main producer of the country’s food supply.

Vendor still mourns wife’s death in quake

A MASS was held yesterday at the makeshift public market of Mandaue City to commemorate the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed a meat vendor and injured dozens inside the market building a year ago.

Benedicto Casul, 47, lit candles on the spot where his wife, meat vendor Jurinda, died after getting hit by falling debris.

46 firms, 86 houses over estero

THE Cebu City Government’s Reduced Danger Zones (ReDZ) identified 46 commercial establishments and 86 residential buildings that are encroaching on the three-meter easement of Estero Parian.

The Cebu City River Management Council (CCRMC) conducted a survey on the river and saw the illegal structures.

Priest urges gov’t to rethink policy on mining

MALAYBALAY CITY – On the 23rd death anniversary of a Bukidnon priest killed for his environmental advocacy, a priest here urged the government to rethink its policy of allowing mining and monocrop plantations in the province, considering that it is considered a watershed area.

“Let’s rethink our land use management in Bukidnon. It seems the framework that Bukidnon is a watershed seems yet to sink in,” said Fr. Rey Raluto, dean of studies of St. Vianney Seminary, during Thursday’s forum attended by coordinators and representatives of ecological desks from around the diocese.

Surigao fishermen catch giant ocean sun fish

SURIGAO CITY – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size.

Energito B. Balaba, law enforcement officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-13), said it was an ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola.

Officials explain delay of funds release

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu Province, 4th District) admitted there is a delay in the implementation of the government’s rehabilitation projects and release of funds. One of those is the release of the emergency shelter assistance (ESA) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), from which only a few towns received the partial release.

“Budget Secretary Butch Abad promised me that he will release it this month,” said Salimbangon, referring to ESA, which was released partially to only six of the 16 intended beneficiary LGUs.

Mike pulls out Margot’s staff

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has issued a recall order against an employee of a Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) city councilor.

Rama revoked the appointment of Annabeth Cuizon as executive assistant (EA) II of Councilor Margarita Osmeña “for and in exigency of service.”

Centenerian seeks Davide’s help to enjoy senior citizens’ benefits

TERSO Alferes, a centenarian, rode a bus from Toledo City to Cebu City to have a chance to speak with Gov. Hilario Davide III at the Provincial Capitol.

He was alone and had no footwear on when Alferes finally met with the governor, with a birth certificate placed in a small sack of rice in his hand. He wants to ask Davide’s help to be able to enjoy the benefits due to senior citizens.

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