Woman gets life

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

A 39-YEAR-OLD woman was convicted yesterday of qualified trafficking almost four years after she was arrested for helping run a prostitution den in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.

Judge Toribio Quiwag of the Regional Trial Court Branch 27 in Lapu-Lapu City sentenced Lorna Santos to life in prison and ordered her to pay a penalty of P2 million.

Sun.Star Cebu wins 2 in CMMA

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

SUN.STAR Cebu took home Best Investigative Report and Best News Photograph honors at the 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) last Wednesday in Pasay City.

“Cordova: Cybersex Capital?” was named Best Investigative Report in the country during ceremonies held at the GSIS Theater on Roxas Blvd.

100M suffer ‘catastrophic expenses’

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

ABOUT two million people or two percent of the 100 million Filipino population are spending 40 percent of family income for “catastrophic expenses” in a situation where members are suffering from dreaded diseases like cancer and heart attack.

This was divulged during a media briefing at Marco Polo Plaza last Tuesday by Dr.

RTC dismisses damage suit vs. 3 policemen

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Simeon Dumdum upheld the dismissal of the damage suit a bus company filed against three policemen and a councilman from Samboan town, Cebu over alleged illegal arrest and seizure of its bus in 2008.

Dumdum upheld the decision of the Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, which dismissed the complaint filed by D’Rough Riders Inc., which sought for damages and attorney’s fees against police officers Marlon Gumabao, Edward Keith Barrameda, Henry Roda and town councilor Elmer Tocao.

Only 30 LGUs have contigency plans to be followed when disaster strikes

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

ABOUT 30 out of 51 local government units in Cebu have started crafting contingency plans for calamities, said provincial disaster risk reduction management officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.

But most of these plans are “oido-oido” or drafted based on assumptions instead of scientific risk assessment studies, he said. Some northern Cebu towns have this type of plans, he added.

Authorities probe hospital fire, promise to get it done in 30 days

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:15 a.m.

FIRE investigators are looking at the possibility that the fire at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital last Tuesday night was caused by faulty electrical wiring or welding work.

Chief Insp. Rogelio Bongabong Jr., fire marshal of the Cebu City Fire Department, said they are getting more witnesses who can help shed light on the incident.

4-day traffic rerouting on

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

TRAFFIC around the 11 cemeteries in Cebu City was rerouted yesterday and will last until Sunday, in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

At the Pardo Cemetery, Dela Victoria St. and Sabellano Road will only be open to pedestrian traffic. A designated parking area will be established on J. Tabura St. and at the offset bay on N. Bacalso Ave.

‘Let’s DOH It’ official dies from organ failure

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

FORMER senator and Department of Health (DOH) secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failures brought about by pneumonia yesterday at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. He was 79.

Roby Alampay, Flavier’s son-in-law, said Flavier was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined in Intensive Care Unit. He was surrounded by his wife Susan and their four children and their respective families.

Disputed wall to remain standing with 20-day TRO

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras yesterday issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) barring Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. (MCC) and the Cebu City Government from destroying the perimeter wall the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp (CPVDC) built on W. Geonzon St. at the Asiatown IT Park.

Cebu, Mandaue to check abattoir

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government and Mandaue City Government will jointly inspect Cebu City's slaughterhouse next week.

This, following Mandaue City's move to bill Cebu City over P2 million in real property tax for operating the abattoir in Mandaue's jurisdiction.

Navy awards personnel

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

AS PART of its 37th founding anniversary, the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) recognized some of its men and partner individuals and agencies for their continuing efforts to accomplish their mission in the Visayas.

"This is our way of recognizing the efforts of our men and women in service who responded during major calamities that hit the Visayas last year until the present," said Commodore Bayani Gaerlan, Navforcen commander.

Man dies, 3 injured in motorbike collision

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A MAN died while three others were injured after the motorcycles they were riding on collided in Barangay Budbud, Barili, Cebu last Wednesday afternoon.

PO1 Rommel Patalinghug of the Barili Police Station identified the casualty as Roger Lungkad, 35, of Barangay Balao.

Hubby ‘hits, kills’ wife with broom

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

A LAUNDRY woman died after her husband allegedly hit her with a broomstick last Wednesday morning in Sitio Banker 2, Barangay Baring, Carmen, Cebu.

Clarita Bejoc, 46, was rushed to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) after she collapsed from a head injury.

400 kids spook City workers; dogs help

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

SOME 400 children went trick or treating at Cebu City Hall yesterday, two days before the celebration of the All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day.

Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) Chief Ester Concha said the activity is in line with the celebration of the children’s month this month.

‘Strike out lawyer’s appeal’

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:07 a.m.

FOLLOWING the inconsistency of the complaint filed by lawyer Reymelio Delute in the grave misconduct and abuse of authority case against several Cebu City officials, the City Legal Office filed another motion to strike out from the records some portion of his appeal that was earlier filed last Oct. 15.

Buzz: Binay could KO or get himself KO’d in debate

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

HERE’S WHY...

... VICE PRESIDENT JOJO BINAY APPEARS GENUINELY CONFIDENT he’ll give Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a beating in their scheduled debate. That must be the reason he was the one who challenged Trillanes, who accepted it without seriously looking at the odds.

Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

P7M in drugs held

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

SOME P7,180,000 worth of drugs were seized in two buy-bust operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Barangays Lorega and Suba last Tuesday night and yesterday afternoon.

It was the largest batch of drugs they’ve confiscated in two years, said City Intelligence Branch (CIB) Chief Romeo Santander.

Vidal not in coma

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

ARCHBISHOP Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is not in coma.

Local church officials yesterday clarified that Vidal is in good health, contrary to a Facebook post that circulated early this week that the prelate had slipped into a coma following his hospitalization two weeks ago.

‘Only OPD is open for now’

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

ONLY the out-patient department of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH) can accept patients following the fire that hit the medical facility Tuesday night.

Engr. Oscar Tuazon, CDUH hospital administrator, said in a Balitang Bisdak interview said that the out-patient department, located at the back of the hospital building, may accommodate those who need to have x-rays taken and perform basic check-ups.

Man sets rented room, self on fire

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

A MAN having financial problems allegedly set his room, then himself, on fire yesterday morning in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.

Abel Blaza, who rented a room in Sta. Ana, Barangay Labangon, reportedly got mad when his landlady asked him to leave for failing to pay rent for several months already.

CPVDC secures TRO against demolition of IT park fence

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

A JUDGE has temporarily stopped the planned demolition of a perimeter fence that the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) built on W. Geonzon Street at the Asiatown I.T. Park in Cebu City.

Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras issued a 72-hour restraining order barring representatives from Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. (MCC), and the Cebu City Government from destroying the wall.

CA upholds ruling dropping admin case V. Gwen

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its ruling nullifying the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, which had found former Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia liable for grave misconduct for the allegedly anomalous purchase of the Balili property in 2008.

It denied for lack of merit the motions of the ombudsman and businessman Crisologo Saavedra, who sought to reverse the appeals court’s decision that annulled the administrative case against Garcia following her reelection.

Cities agree to abattoir talks

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government and Mandaue City Government agreed to solve the issues concerning the slaughterhouse, which the former owns and operates.

“We have agreed to jointly solve the problem, it will be a coordinated effort from both Cebu City and Mandaue City,” Cebu City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said.

PB passes truancy law for students

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board passed the anti-truancy ordinance, which will take care of students who are not attending their classes.

The ordinance is meant to protect children and, a Bantayan official said, will also complement a move the town took after Yolanda.

8 Suroy buses set for holiday rush

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

TO ENSURE that commuters would reach their destinations in time for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the Provincial Capitol yesterday announced the deployment of eight Suroy-Suroy tourist buses today and tomorrow.

This is being done in case public utility buses and mini-buses would not be able to serve the bulk of passengers at the Cebu South Bus Terminal, said Jone Siegfred Sepe, officer-in-charge of the Provincial General Services Office.

PB starts budget hearing, requires each department to present projects

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) will conduct budget hearings per department starting today.

PB Member Grecilda Sanchez, who heads the committee on budget and appropriations, said that the board is working on incorporating projects that were included in the 2014 budget but were not implemented, in the 2015 budget.

Suspension order against ex-PDEA 7 chief upheld

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Internal Affairs Service ((PDEA-IAS) upheld its decision to suspend an official for threatening a radio reporter during an interview.

IAS denied the motion for reconsideration filed by PDEA 7 Director Esperidion Javier, who allegedly challenged RGMA radio DySS and Sun.Star Superbalita correspondent Guamittos Logroño to a duel last year.

DENR 7 completes demarcation of 24 protected areas

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas has completed the forest delineation of all 24 protected areas in the region.

With this, the local government units designated to manage the region’s protected sites can now come up with “buffer zones” intended to prevent the exploitation of the sites as well as to promote sustainability to those living near these areas.

Man charged for stealing fire official’s necklace

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

A 28-YEAR-OLD jobless man will face trial after he was charged by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly stealing a necklace worth P60,000 from a retired fire department official who came from a church.

Assistant City Prosecutor Ricky Jones Macabaya found enough evidence to charge Kevin Camangyan with theft, a violation under the Revised Penal Code.

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