Some Asturias residents say their children became ill because of flies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

RESIDENTS in seven barangays in Asturias, Cebu blame the swarm of flies that invaded their villages for cases of diarrhea and vomiting, and for lost income.

In response to the infestation, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) sprayed chemicals in houses in Barangays Antugop, New Bago, Bago, Lunas, Looc, Langub and Poblacion.

DOH downgrades CCMC’s status due to cramped space at BFP

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has downgraded the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to level 1 from a level 2 facility.

This was confirmed yesterday by CCMC ad hoc committee chairperson Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who said the order came last July 24.

Sports facility eyed at SRP

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

TEN basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a soccer field and a jogging track.

These are some of the facilities being envisioned for the proposed 10-hectare multi-sports facility at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Ma ‘pimps’ daughter to 65-yr-old Japanese

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

A WOMAN is facing attempted trafficking and child abuse charges for allegedly pimping her 15-year-old daughter to a 65-year-old Japanese national through a dating website.

Rina (real name withheld) and Masahiro Shinoda were charged before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon with attempted trafficking and violation of the Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Cop faces charge for ‘offering’ to help set female detainee free

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

AUTHORITIES filed charges yesterday afternoon against the police officer who allegedly accepted a bribe in exchange of a pregnant woman’s freedom.

A complaint for robbery/extortion was filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 against PO2 Joselito Laspiñas of the Waterfront Police Station before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

‘Sell NFA rice right away to avoid being accused of hoarding’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

RICE retailers in Cebu support the move of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 to look into some of their colleagues who are allegedly hoarding rice stocks.

The Grain Retailers Confederation (Grecon)-Cebu Chapter said operations made by the NBI 7 should serve as a warning to other rice retailers and sellers from committing illegal acts.

Ready with Ironman closures, travelers?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

CEBU - Do you have a flight to catch at the Mactan Cebu International Airport this Sunday? Make sure to leave your house early.

The first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City on Sunday during the Ironman triathlon event from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Running priest’ appeals: Save trees

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

AN ADVOCATE of protecting the environment asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local governments to preserve the century-old acacia trees along the highway from Naga to Carcar.

Official explains DAP to students

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

CABINET Secretary Jose Rene Almendras yesterday defended the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before students of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR), saying even the Supreme Court has acknowledged it as good for the country.

Lapu sports new brand

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

FROM giving prizes to barangays that promote the city’s brand to displaying the brand design in public utility vehicles, the Lapu-Lapu City Government is using every means to market its new image as “The Historic Resort City.”

Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday said she also instructed the City Tourism Office to convene resort and hotel operators and other stakeholders to explain the city’s brand and help them come up with marketing strategies that fit the city’s new image.

Phase 2 of project starts Monday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

ALMOST five months after the road was closed, the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will open tomorrow one side of S. Osmeña Blvd.

But Citom warned the motorists and commuters that one side of the road will remain closed because the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will start pouring concrete on it on Monday.

Vice mayor frowns on proposal to borrow funds to pay off loan

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

ACTING Mayor Edgardo Labella is not in favor of paying off the foreign loan used in developing the South Road Properties (SRP) by taking out another loan.

But he is open to further study the proposal.

Agency brings art to disaster survivors

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is using art for healing the communities in Bohol and Cebu ravaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda last year.

Orlando Magno, head of NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination, said they visited Bantayan Island with teams of cultural workers and psychologists two weeks ago.

CPDRC probe ordered after drug source story

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

PACKS of shabu, which were seized in a buy-bust operation in Liloan, reportedly came from the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPDRC), prompting the governor to order stricter measures and investigate allegations that some jail personnel are involved.

6 village workers positive of drugs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

ANOTHER six barangay employees were caught using illegal drugs during the surprise drug test in two barangays in Cebu City yesterday.

Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) administered the test yesterday in Barangays Pasil and Busay.

Police operations net 4 people, P35T drugs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

FOUR people were arrested in separate police operations in Cebu City and in Liloan town last Tuesday that also yielded packs of shabu and a high-powered firearm.

In Cebu City, the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) arrested two men; one is a suspected drug pusher, while the other one is believed to be a gun-for-hire.

CA upholds conviction of cop

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the conviction of a police officer from Tuburan town, Cebu for mauling a man inside a karaoke bar in 2002.

The CA’s 18th Division upheld the lower court’s ruling convicting police officer Edsil Condevillamar of slight physical injuries.

Buzz: Lapu-Lapu wants own luster as city

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza’s efforts to remove the giant statue of Lapu-Lapu at the Luneta Park in Manila and transfer it to her city apparently have something to do with the branding of the city.

The branding launched last July 25 in Hoops Dome aims to make the city a world-class tourist destination, as world-class “as its people, its history and the infrastructure it builds.”

Baby’s timing leads to gifts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

WHEN Kyle Olendang is old enough, his parents will have quite the story to tell him about his birthday.

The boy, born at 12:44 a.m. last Sunday in Cebu City, is one of several babies whose births brought the country’s population to 100 million.

Pope Francis to see PH in 2015

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

POPE Francis will visit the Philippines for the first time in January next year, church officials in Manila confirmed yesterday.  

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a press conference, said that the pontiff will visit the country on Jan. 15 to 19, 2015, but that the itinerary has yet to be finalized.

Aquino administration lacked programs in education, peace

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

MANY Cebuanos welcome the Aquino administration’s projects for Cebu but some said they find efforts to address issues related to education, energy, and peace and order lacking.

Fr. Carmelo Diola of Dilaab Foundation also questioned the claims made by President Benigno Aquino III during his State of the Nation (Sona) in disaster-response and rehabilitation in calamity-stricken areas in the Visayas. He said Aquino’s statements that help for typhoon Yolanda survivors from the National Government had been immediate, did not reflect reality.

‘70 sitios in city have no power’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government wants the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide electrical connection to 70 sitios in 29 barangays in the city.

The request came in the form of a resolution adopted by the City Council on July 23.

Asturias ‘besieged’ by flies

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

A SWARM of flies has descended on the midwestern town of Asturias, Cebu.

Palace official to speak at public forum

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

A PUBLIC forum called “WhadDAP PDAF?!: CriticalPH” will be held at the Provincial Capitol on Aug. 7.

Its purpose is to educate the public on the difference between the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Sinkhole suddenly appears, forces residents to evacuate

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 recommended the temporary evacuation of residents living near a sinkhole in Barangay Langub, Kinatarkan Island, Sta. Fe, Cebu.

VSMMC assures safety of patients

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

THE Vicente Sotto Memorial Center (VSMMC) boasted of its state-of-the-art security facility to ensure the safety of their patients.

Dr. Gerardo Aquino, VSMMC medical chief, said VSMMC invested for the setting up of 28 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, which proved to be useful in thwarting crimes inside the hospital.

PWRI opposes construction of SM’s wastewater facility

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

PILIPINAS Water Resource Inc. (PWRI) questioned the construction of a wastewater treatment plant by SM Prime Holdings Inc. at the South Road Properties (SRP).

The move, PWRI said, runs counter to the provisions of the joint venture agreement (JVA) entered into and signed by the Cebu City Government and PWRI in May 2010.

Cop to face twin raps after getting arrested for extortion

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

A CASE of grave misconduct will be filed by the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) against a policeman for alleged extortion.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested PO2 Joselito Laspiñas in an entrapment operation last Monday.

DepEd to send probe team to Compostela high school

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Cebu Province Division will send today a legal team to Compostela National High School to start its investigation on the teacher who allegedly pimped minors to foreigners.

Dr. Arden Monisit, Cebu Provincial Schools Division superintendent, said in a phone interview that the legal team will be headed by their legal counsel Alfonso Saniel.

Restaurant loses P30K to burglars

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

A restaurant in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City lost P30,000 to two burglars yesterday.

The security camera of Pino Restaurant showed that the two burglars broke into the restaurant at about 5 a.m.

FOREX: US$ 1.00 = PhP 43.304

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