Capitol tries to end feud over fence

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 12:00 a.m.

CAPITOL will request from the Office of the President P20 million financial assistance for the Province’s indigents.

Capitol may also end the Ayala-Filinvest conflict by having separate memoranda of agreement (MOA) with the two companies.

Judge junks case against 2 journalists

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Raphael Yrastorza, Sr. has dismissed the indirect contempt case against two local journalists.

In his three-page order dated Dec. 22, Yrastorza dropped the charges against lawyer Pachico Seares, Sun.Star public and standards editor, andbroadcaster-columnist Leo Lastimosa after “enough pondering” and “due to the passage of time.”

Mayor to ask for private sector’s help

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

SINCE the Cebu City Council has tied his hands in the implementation of the P13.4-billion budget next year, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he will tap the private sector’s help for some projects.

He said he will welcome any help, like the P25-million road concreting, drainage and sidewalk improvement project that Robinson’s Land Corp. is working on in the North Reclamation Area (NRA).

Veco ordered to give back P13.9M

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

CEBU - The Visayan Electric Company (Veco) was ordered to refund its customers some P13.98 million, which may be reflected in household bills early next year.

Veco confirmed Tuesday that it has received the ruling, which approved with modifications an application it filed last March 30, 2012.

BJMP, police conduct surprise inspection at dawn of Metro Cebu jails

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

TO RID Metro Cebu jails of prohibited items, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) ordered a simultaneous inspection of inmates’ cells.

Police and BJMP officials did not find any contraband in the city jails of Talisay, Naga and Carcar, as well as at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

LTO: New plates a must in 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 requires vehicle owners to apply for the new standardized license plates when they renew their vehicle registration next year.

LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco said starting Jan. 1, 2015, all those who will renew the registration of their vehicles should also prepare P450 as payment for the new standardized plates, aside from the renewal fee.

Vehicle noise ordinance vetoed

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama vetoed the ordinance that imposes higher penalties on owners of noisy vehicles in the city.

The Anti-Muffler Ordinance of 2013 is authored by Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias and was passed by the City Council last month.

2 top communist leaders’ lawyer wants case dropped

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) was asked to reverse a lower court’s decision denying the motion filed by two top Communist officials and five others.

Defense lawyer Ian Vincent Manticajon said they filed last week the petition for certiorari, which seeks review on Toledo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29 Judge Ruben Altubar’s ruling on their motion for judicial determination of probable cause.

Bus operators group to keep current fare

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE president of the Cebu Provincial Bus Operators Association (CPBOA) did not join other bus operators in signing the memorandum of agreement and petition for fare reduction last Monday.

Although CPBOA president Richard Corominas was present during the signing of the agreement at Corominas Transit Compound on Tres de Abril St. in Cebu City, he did not join the heads of Cebu North Mini-Bus Operators Association (CNMBOA), Cebu South Mini-Bus Operators Association (CSMBOA) and Carmen Drivers and Operators Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc. (CDOMCI).

Heightened alert for Pope Francis

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THE Central Command (Centcom) of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now on heightened alert in preparation for the state and apostolic visit of Pope Francis in January next year.

CCPO partners with Cebu school for scholarship of slain cops’ kids

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

FULL scholarships will be granted to children of police officers who died in the line of duty.

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and Southwestern University yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement that will give the children of slain CCPO officers the chance to finish their education in a good school.

City treasurer given another extension to answer charges

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

THE Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 7 has given Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas an extension to submit her answer for the 26 administrative cases filed against her by former mayor and south district congressman Tomas Osmeña.

Buzz: Sex video: hoax or what?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

GOING around, despite the spirit of Christmas in the air, is this poison text message announcing a sex video (“watch soon”) featuring a woman local legislator and her girl friend at a mountain resort.

The purported video, lasting ten minutes and 15 seconds, was taken, the SMS said, with a cellphone camera by someone (“a City Hall employee”) peeping into the room through a half-open jalousie. A lawyer is mentioned as the one responsible for its circulation.

Cebu mayor to sue councilors

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:08 a.m.

CEBU - Some provisions in the P13.4-billion budget ordinance of the Cebu City Government for 2015 prompted Mayor Michael Rama to say he’ll file a case against the City Council’s majority bloc.

Rama said the special provisions prepared by the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors usurp on the authority of the local chief executive.

Orphans, not buyers, to get ‘hot’ seafood

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

A JOINT team from the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seized P1.5 million worth of dynamited fish in an operation at Pier 5, Cebu City the other night.

BFAR 7 Director Andres Bojos said the fish was loaded on the fishing boat C.A.

Senior citizens get P3T instead of P5T

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

ABOUT 56,000 senior citizens yesterday received P3,000 each from the Cebu City Government.

The latest distribution brings to P10,000 the total financial assistance given to the elderly, P2,000 short of what Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama promised for this year.

Capitol, bus operators await LTFRB nod

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

ONCE their agreement gets approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Cebu’s bus and mini-bus operators will reduce fares.

Police tape muzzles for holidays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

TO AVOID indiscriminate firing during the holidays, police officials and personnel in Cebu yesterday taped the muzzles of their firearms.

MCIAA: No guidelines yet on use of P14.4B

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:56 a.m.

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) said Monday it can use the P14.4 billion from GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) for airport-related projects.

But the guidelines on the use of the funds have yet to be issued by the National Government.

Vehicle driven by minor ends in ditch; 2 die

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

A MULTICAB loaded with funeral-goers fell into a ditch in Ronda in southwestern Cebu yesterday afternoon, killing two people and wounding 10 others, including the driver.

PO1 Josephus Diana of the Ronda Police Station said the driver, 16-year-old Elliver Famor, lost control of the multicab.

Jail visitor hides drugs in groin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

GUARDS of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) intercepted last Saturday five Nubain ampules reportedly tied to the sex organ of a visitor.

The suspect was identified as Christian Casinillo, one of the many visitors crowding the jail facility for the holidays.

Evacuation center to be built for residents in landslide areas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

USING a grant from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Mandaue City Government plans to build an evacuation center for residents living in landslide-prone areas.

A temporary shelter during calamities was one of the projects identified by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), a body composed of representatives from different sectors, for approval of the DILG, said lawyer Jamaal James Calipayan, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes. Once approved, the building will be constucted in 2016.

Lacson exit ‘won’t affect Cebu rehab plans’

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

ALTHOUGH he was saddened, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III believes the resignation of Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) Sec. Panfilo Lacson will not affect the ongoing rehabilitation of the typhoon Yolanda-hit areas, such as in northern Cebu.

When Lacson visited Bantayan, he said he was tempted to resign from OPARR whenever he was confronted with problems related to lack of funds.

Dole awards 505 firms compliance certificates

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) awarded companies in Central Visayas for complying with labor laws and standards.

In a formal ceremony yesterday, officials of the Dole led by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz gave certificates of compliance (COC) to 505 companies in the region.

City wants titles for contested waterfront lots

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government applied for land titles for the three waterfront lots in front of the Cebu City Hall block, including the lot where Malacañang sa Sugbo is located.

The move came after the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) asked President Benigno Aquino III again to return to them the berthing spaces and working apron, where cargo is loaded on or unloaded from a ship, in front of Malacañang sa Sugbo.

Child-advocate cop undergoes operation

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

A MULTI-AWARDED policeman in Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) who is known for his advocacy on children’s welfare underwent a heart procedure yesterday.

This, after SPO2 Egmedio Felisan Jr. received more than P100,000 worth of cash donations from various donors, his wife Myrna said.

3 men arrested in buy-busts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

SOME P20,000 worth of suspected shabu was confiscated during a raid in Sitio Lawis, Barangay Pasil, Cebu City, which led to the arrest of one suspected drug pusher.

The raid last Sunday morning took place after the San Nicolas Police received reports about a suspected level-two drug pusher in the area.

Buzz: RL, other tandems in next elections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

ELECTION tandems for 2016 are shaping up, speculated on and being talked about.

Early birds are the much-touted RL duo, for (Michael) Rama and (Edgar) Labella in Cebu City; and the DM duo, for (Hilario) Davide and (Agnes) Magpale MM duo: a joke in Cebu Province -- or maybe not.

Drugs in ice

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

TIGHT security caught two female visitors of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) trying to smuggle Nubain inside the jail facility by placing it in ice last Saturday afternoon.

Resty Arsenal, 21, and Jovelyn Daclan, 32, both from Sitio Candulawan, Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City were flagged by guards at 2:45 p.m. during an inspection.

Woman faces charges for illegal recruitment

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

A WOMAN will face trial after she was charged by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly duping three overseas workers about a non-existent job abroad.

Assistant City Prosecutor Rodulph Val Carillo found enough evidence to indict Flevie Pera with illegal recruitment in large scale.

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