Sex deal for P900 ends in jail for 3 adults

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

CEBU -- Regional Trial Court Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. convicted of human trafficking on Wednesday two women who sold three persons for sex in 2009, not knowing that their supposed client was a policeman.

The judge found Marilyn Buhisan and Marichu Tawi guilty of violating Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act) and sentenced them to life imprisonment. He also ordered them to pay a fine of P2 million each.

Classes called off

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

CLASSES are suspended in all levels today in Cebu City and Province, as a precaution against floods and other risks that tropical depression Queenie may spawn.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III also encouraged private schools to cancel classes today, said Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera.

Veco mulls passing on cost of P78-M underground cabling project

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) plans to pass on to consumers the cost of its P78-million underground cabling project in Cebu City.

Theresa Sederiosa, Veco reputation management manager, told the Cebu City Council yesterday that the utility firm will file before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) next year a petition seeking to recover their investment in the project, which is considered as a capital expenditure.

Council creates monitoring body

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council yesterday formed an ad hoc oversight committee that will monitor the implementation of ordinances.

The legislative body made the decision in response to Councilor Alvin Dizon’s statement that some ordinances were not enforced.

Weather devices set in 16 LGUs, firms

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

SIXTEEN local government units and six private firms in the Province can now access a local weather update through the automated weather stations (AWS) distributed by the Weather Philippines Foundation Inc (WPFI).

MMDA trains Lapu workers on disaster response, rescue

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

A TEAM from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is training selected Lapu-Lapu City Hall employees how to respond to earthquake and floods.

The 11-day training, which started last Monday, aims to equip members of the City’s disaster action response teams with search and rescue skills in water and collapsed buildings.

NGO to push Cebu policy to other LGUs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

THE International Organization for Migration (IOM) praised Cebu for its 2014 Anti-Child Sex Tourism Ordinance, which they wished to share with other local government units (LGUs) to prevent human trafficking.

‘City Hall has to obey 2011 pact on cemetery’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

THE development of the Doña Pepang Cemetery into a public park is in compliance with the provisions of a 2011 agreement between the Cebu Archdiocese and the Cebu City Government.

Hospital probes death of boy, 7

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

THE Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) is investigating the death of a seven-year-old boy whose parents complained that their son did not get proper treatment at the hospital.

Lawyer, female resident post bail

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

LAWYER Aaron Pedrosa of Sanlakas and a resident of Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City were released from detention yesterday after they posted bail.

A complaint of obstruction of justice was filed in court against Pedrosa, while Jessica Soniega was charged with resisting arrest.

Council supports Pe’s move to adjust fare, sets executive session on Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council supported the move of former councilor Augustus Pe Jr. in asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce the minimum fare rate of passenger utility jeepneys (PUJs).

In his privilege speech, Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. said that the initiative was meritorious considering that the prices of gasoline and other fuel products continue to drop.

VM Labella tells forum of Cebu’s bus system plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

VICE Mayor Edgardo Labella reported to an international forum that Cebu City will be implementing the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system as the City Government’s program on environmental sustainability.

2 of 3 positive in paraffin test

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

TWO of the three robbers who allegedly engaged the police in a shootout last week had positive paraffin results.

Joseph Cueva, 36, and Dean Mark Codeniera, 21, were positive of gunpowder residue, confirming they used their firearms during the incident.

CIDG 7 nabs 3 men for drugs, firearms

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

THREE men were arrested in a raid by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 in Barangay Tawason, Mandaue City yesterday.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Soliver Peras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 10, the team led by Supt. Fermin Armendarez III raided the apartment rented by Emiliano Roa, 44.

Houseboy to face theft for ‘stealing’ more than P450T cash, jewelry

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

A HOUSEBOY was arrested by operatives of the Carmen Police Station for allegedly stealing at least P479,000 in cash and valuables from his employer.

The incident happened last Nov. 8, but couple Charity and Harry Lumkin reported the matter to the police only last Tuesday, Nov. 25, after they found out that it was the houseboy who was allegedly behind the incident.

Buzz: Binay with bishops; Binay and Mayor Mike

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

PEOPLE TALK ABOUT...

* VICE PRESIDENT JOJO BINAY’S MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS: What stood out were at least three clashes of facts:

Classes in Cebu suspended Thursday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 06:12 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City and Province of Cebu suspended classes in public schools on Thursday, November 27, due to Tropical Depression "Queenie."

The state weather bureau has placed southern Cebu under public storm signal number 1 as Queenie intensified Wednesday while moving closer to Surigao del Sur Province.

Police arrest lawyer, woman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

A LAWYER and his companion were arrested by the police after they allegedly blocked authorities who were trying to clear the remaining houses in Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City yesterday afternoon.

Desk officer PO1 Michael Limalima identified them as lawyer Jose Aaron Pedrosa Jr., 29, and Jessica Soniega, 22. He said that Pedrosa of Sanlakas and Soniega were caught past 2 p.m., because Pedrosa allegedly kept the demolition from continuing.

Bids committee dismisses contractor’s plea to reverse disqualification

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

CEBU City Hall's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has denied the plea of a private contractor seeking to reverse the decision barring it from undertaking the first phase of construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

WTG Construction and Development Corp. and its Manila-based partner, A.M. Oreta and Co., were disqualified by the BAC due to inconsistencies in the bidding documents they submitted for the project.

Former mayor files suit to stop City Hall from closing cemetery

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

FORMER Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña has gone to court to stop City Hall from closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery to the public.

Osmeña, through his lawyer Benjamin Militar, filed a civil action against Mayor Michael Rama and the Cebu City Council before the Regional Trial Court.

Man who died after arrest ‘high’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

NEVER forget to uphold human rights.

This was the advice of Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), amid allegations of misconduct among members of the police force, including the case of a drug suspect who died after he was arrested by Toledo City policemen.

Group denies asking ombud to investigate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE Cebu Contractors Association Inc. (CCAI) is not asking the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to investigate the alleged irregularity in the bidding process for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Peter Paul Dy Jr., the group’s president, disowned the two-page unsigned letter asking Deputy Ombudsman Paul Elmer Clemente to look into the screening process of the public bidding for the project.

Different stakeholders discuss population, dev’t issues in forum

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

POOR living and working conditions are among the causes contributing to the shortening of human life spans in the world, including the Philippines, next to disease, war and famine.

The matter was discussed yesterday during the Population and Development (PopDev) forum led by the Population Commission (PopCom).

Fisherfolk rally for ex-consultant

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

SOME fishers’ groups in Talisay City are asking city officials to appoint former Capitol consultant Loy Madrigal to head the anti-illegal fishing task force.

But while some city officials came to the fisherfolks’ aid, others, including Talisay City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes, said they disagree with the proposal to let Madrigal lead the campaign against illegal fishing in the city.

Basilica, USJ-R sign tour deal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

STARTING next year, educational and religious tours will be conducted within the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu.

Officials of the Basilica and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) formally signed an agreement on this yesterday.

Basilica, USJ-R sign tour deal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

STARTING next year, educational and religious tours will be conducted within the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.

Officials of the Basilica and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) formally signed an agreement on this yesterday.

Citom mulls upgrade of lights, needs P15M

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) wants to implement a P150-million improvement of the traffic lights in the city.

The amount formed part of the Citom’s proposed P357.8-million budget next year, which is also included under the executive department’s proposed P18.9-billion 2015 annual budget.

Grenade-thrower faces drug plaint; other raps to be filed within the week

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

JONALD “Empoy” Calaunan, who was arrested for a drug-related offense, dreams of becoming a president of the Philippines.

At 25, he still has a long way to go and has other things to attend to.

3 Cebu coops embark on P65-M cacao growing plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THREE cooperatives in Cebu will start a P65-million Cacao Contract Growing Program next month, in partnership with the Kennemer Foods International Inc. (KFII), a leading exporter of cacao products.

Naga submits papers for ECC compliance

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THE City Government of Naga, Cebu submitted its applications for environmental compliance certificate (ECC) before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas office yesterday.

The ECC is one of the requirements before Naga could start constructing its P68-million sports oval at the Naga City Central School.

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