‘She didn’t intend to kill’ attorney

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

A PROSECUTOR recommended yesterday the filing of a case of slight physical injuries, not frustrated murder, against the wife of a vice mayor who allegedly attacked another woman, using her pick-up and a baseball bat.

“Though a baseball bat may be considered as a weapon, yet the manner it was used by the respondent (Pearl Ungab) in assaulting the complainant (lawyer Jiecel Tiu) would readily show that she does not have the intention to kill the complainant,” wrote Assistant City Prosecutor Liceria Rabillas.

More traffic in north recla, Citom warns

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:56 p.m.

CEBU City’s traffic managers advised the public to brace for heavy traffic in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) starting tomorrow, when a new rerouting plan is implemented.

The City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will revise yet again the traffic plan in the NRA as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 moves to the next phase of the road widening project on S. Osmena Blvd.

Teacher-coach to face criminal case

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

POLICE filed charges yesterday afternoon against the public high school teacher who allegedly molested an 11-year-old pupil, a participant in the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association competitions in Balamban.

Two counts of violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, which punishes the exploitation of children, were filed against Floyd (real name withheld) before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday afternoon, said PO3 Diana Molejon of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk in the Asturias Police Station.

Stalled donations

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Cebuana who facilitated the donation of P15 million worth of calamity and life support equipment to the Cebu City Government was dismayed by the City’s refusal to pay the P2.4-million cost of freight and shipping.

“I was disappointed. I was really discouraged. "Gihatagan man gud nato na og" effort (I put a lot of effort into that donation). I love Cebu City and I only want to help,” said Charmaine Ong.

Free syringes worsen drug problem: police

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

A HIGH-RANKING official of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 has opposed the distribution of free syringes to drug users in one barangay in Cebu City, saying it can worsen the illegal drug problem.

Maka-encourage hinuon sa pagpataas sa problema sa paggamit sa ginadili nga drugas, sa pag-abuso sa Nubain (It only encourages the use of illegal drugs, especially Nubain),” said Senior Supt. Pablo Labra II, chief of PRO 7 Regional Intelligence Division (RID).

Australian, partner want case junked

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

AN Australian national and his Cebuana partner asked the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor to dismiss the cases against them, saying they were not involved in child pornography activities in Cordova last year.

Peter James Robinson and Joana (real name withheld), through their lawyers, filed a motion asking Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ethel Miel to overturn her decision because their alleged victims had retracted their accusations against them.

Bus owners oppose privatization

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

THE transport sector and stakeholders of the Cebu South Bus Terminal have threatened to withdraw their support to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide Jr. if the Cebu Provincial Government will push through with its plan to privatize the facility.

Speaking during the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza, Julito Flores, president of the Cebu South Mini Bus Operators Association (CSMBOA), said they supported Davide in the 2013 elections because they believed in his capacity and integrity to become governor.

‘Finish roads before Apec meet’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:04 p.m.

THE local organizers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2015, headed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, want the construction of roads leading to the venues completed.

Local level committees were created during the Apec preparation meeting presided by Davide last Monday.

BFP tightens anti-fire campaign

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 stepped up its safety inspection last year, with more than 76,000 establishments asked to fully comply with the Fire Code of the Philippines.

Chief Insp. Vonrad Fernando Dobluis, BFP 7 Operations Division chief, said this is one way of lessening fire incidents, which mostly occur due to faulty electrical connections and electrical miuse, such as overloading.

Cuevas seeks post as permanent CTO

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

THE term of Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas as head of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) expired last Monday.

Cuevas, though, submitted an application before the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to serve as the City Government’s permanent head of CTO.

2 men nabbed for ‘robbery’ of 2 bank employees in Carcar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

TWO men were arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the robbery of two bank employees in Barangay Valencia, Carcar City last Thursday afternoon.

Harrison Abendan, a motorcycle-for-hire driver and one of the arrested suspects, cried when Ruben Pelegrin, 31, an employee of Fair Bank, pointed to him as one of the two men who robbed the P36,659 collection last week.

Shot from cop’s gun ‘accidentally’ hit boy’s foot

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was wounded after a slug grazed his left foot in an alleged accident in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City last Sunday night.

The boy identified as Ryan Medalle reportedly got hit after some fragments from a bullet fired by PO3 Joel Osabel ricocheted and found their way to the boy’s foot.

18-man cop team secures Inayawan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) deployed 18 police personnel in Barangay Inayawan starting yesterday, following reports of several shooting incidents in the area.

This move was an offshoot of the closed-door meeting that Councilor Dave Tumulak, who heads the City Government’s peace and order program, conducted yesterday with the Inayawan barangay officials and members of the CCPO.

PB asks DSWD to release aid

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

A YEAR and four months after typhoon Yolanda, some affected victims have not yet received shelter assistance, prompting the Cebu Provincial Board to ask agencies to release the fund.

JVR gets authority to deal with CPA

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:56 p.m.

THE Talisay City Council allowed Mayor Johnny De los Reyes to enter into an agreement with the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) for the latter to develop the City’s unused fish port.

During its regular session yesterday, the City Council led by Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante approved a resolution that would authorize De los Reyes to enter into an agreement with the CPA.

Buzz: What they didn’t ask: did PNoy order stand-down?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:54 p.m.

LEGISLATORS had pressed AFP commanders to tell what they told President Aquino as the firefight in Mamasapanao continued last Jan. 25.

But nobody asked point-blank: Did PNoy or anybody else expressly or implicitly order not to use heavy artillery against the rebels? A retired Navy commodore said it must have been the reason sacked SAF chief Getulio Napeñas kept repeating his lament that no adequate support was given by the military. Was Napeñas teasing the AFP officers to admit that PNoy restricted their response?

‘Too much’ spent on Teachers’ Day, says auditor

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:02 a.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the Cebu City Government’s use of P9.1 million from the Special Education Fund (SEF) last year for teachers’ activities, saying these expenses were “unnecessary” and “excessive”.

The Local School Board assured, however, that the disbursements for the teachers’ activities can be justified.

‘I’m not a mistress’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:00 a.m.

LAWYER Jiecel Tiu yesterday urged her former boss, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, to speak up about the real score between them to put an end to the issue.

Athlete: Coach molested me in regional meet

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

A YOUNG athlete from Talisay City has accused a coach of molesting him in Asturias last Thursday night, in the middle of a regional sports meet.

Ben, 11, told the police that he then received P100 from Floyd, the coach and high school teacher, who instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. The teacher is in his late 20s. (Their real names are being withheld in the interest of protecting the minor.)

‘Let’s read it first’

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) deferred its discussion and approval of a recommendation to suspend Dumanjug Mayor Garcia for six months.

PB Member Alex Binghay moved for the postponement, saying he had yet to read the committee on complaints and investigation’s report.

7 arrested; guns, drugs seized in series of raids

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

POLICE arrested seven people for illegal possession of firearms in their second wave of “one time-big time” operations in Central Visayas over the weekend.

They seized 20 firearms, shabu worth P23,000, two airsoft guns and assorted ammunition during the raids.

Top drug handlers elusive: police

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:24 p.m.

DRUG lords are hard to pin down because they “don’t handle the dirt anymore,” a top police official said, following the confiscation of P8.3 million worth of shabu in Cebu City last week.

“Mga utos-utosan lang nila ang nagha-handle kaya most of the time sila lang yung nahuhuli (The couriers are the ones usually arrested),” said Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.

Talisay firemen responded to 60 incidents

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

THE Talisay City Fire Department responded to more than 60 fires from January to February this year.

During the kickoff activities of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Talisay City Fire Marshal Randy Mendaros said they will be conducting massive information drives to allow the public to be vigilant regarding fire incidence.

11 trash collectors punished for open truck

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

ELEVEN garbage collectors were penalized by the Cebu City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset) for violating Section 8 of the Cebu City Environmental Ordinance 2031.

The Ceset standby team caught the garbage collectors leaving their garbage truck without the required net cover.

Groups to address Inayawan shooting

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

DUE to the “alarming” number of shooting incidents in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, Councilor Dave Tumulak will facilitate a meeting with the barangay officials and the police to find out how to put an end to the problem.

“We will call a meeting on this to agree what will be the best solution to stop the shooting incidents because the families are already afraid,” Tumulak told reporters.

Mild El Niño coming; choose crops

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

PROVINCIAL Agriculturist Ronald Saragena expects a mild El Niño to hit Cebu this summer.

With the change in climate, the temperature is getting hotter and this year’s summer is considered to be the hottest so far, said Saragena.

P38M to revive coconut farms

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 7 are working to fast-track the rehabilitation of coconut plantations in northern Cebu, which were badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda, and are jointly proposing a P38.2-million budget for 2016.

DA 7 Assistant Director Marina Hermoso said they are proposing livestock-raising by providing breeder stocks to be raised under coconut trees in the City of Bogo and 15 municipalities in northern Cebu.

Buzz: Probable Senate findings on SAF 44: PNoy not to blame

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.


... The senate conclusion on liability for the Mamasapano debacle: The committee on public order is likely to blame resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas for the fiasco in Maguindanao that killed 44 police troops. It is also likely:

JVR orders removal of 6 job-order workers of Soc

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes has ordered the removal of six job-order employees working under suspended City Councilor Socrates Fernandez.

Delos Reyes ordered the removal of the six job order workers following an order from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to suspend Fernandez for simple neglect of duty.

Former tanod buried; family calls for justice

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

FAMILY and friends of slain businessman Jaime “Jimmy” Daño called for justice as they laid him to rest yesterday.

Hundreds of supporters wearing white shirts printed with calls for justice attended the burial rites at the Mactan Island Memorial Garden yesterday afternoon.

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