CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged receipt of money by some officers of the City’s squatter prevention division from the villagers whose houses are to be demolished.
“We will get to the bottom of that. We will dig it up,” City Administrator Jose Marie Poblete told reporters.
THE Aviatour Flight and Training School, which is based at the Mactan Cebu International Airport, is seeking the issuance of its Certificate to Operate by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) so their 144 student pilots and private pilots can complete their training.
Capt. Antonio Juridini, director of flight school, training and safety, told Sun.Star Cebu that CAAP inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of their facilities and documents last Monday and Tuesday.
THE Talisay City Government has lowered the fuel subsidy for garbage trucks owned by the city’s barangays now that the City plans to hire a private contractor to collect garbage.
This was revealed by the Talisay City Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president and Dumlog Barangay Chief Charles Basillote after the City Council’s weekly session yesterday.
TWO drug suspects, one of them allegedly included in the list of top 10 drug groups in Central Visayas, were arrested by the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (Paidsotg) in separate buy-busts in Carcar City last Tuesday night.
Julius Cubos Lopez, 54, and John Lloyd Baritua, 21, were arrested past 8 p.m. in Barangay Cambuntan, Carcar.
WITH the holidays just around the bend, the Cebu City Council wants Mayor Michael Rama to give a P15,000 Christmas bonus to its employees.
The amount that the legislative body is proposing is P5,000 higher compared to the P10,000 that Rama gave to the City employees last year.
A TEAM from the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) has been tasked to coordinate with the Talisay City Police Station to help in the possible arrest of Joavan Fernandez, the adopted son of Talisay City Mayor Socrates Fernandez.
CPPO Director Patrocinio Comendador Jr. said that Joavan might be considered “armed and dangerous.”
TWO men who allegedly robbed jeepney passengers were arrested by the police in Mandaue City last Tuesday night.
The police identified the suspects as Bienvenido Calvo, 34, and Joel Pacabis, 42, both natives of Ormoc City in Leyte Province. The third suspect, identified as Rifel Nuñez, eluded arrest.
CEBU CITY – Devotees attending the national thanksgiving mass for San Pedro Calungsod were advised to prepare for traffic due to re-routing, road closures and a large number of participants from Cebu and other provinces.
The security and safety task force is preparing for 500,000 to one million people to attend the event, which is a celebration of the Vatican’s declaration of the second Filipino saint.
CEBU CITY (Updated) – The crash off Masbate that killed Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and two others was caused not just by engine trouble, but also pilot error, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Tuesday.
“Upon entering the Masbate airspace, the pilot (Captain Jessup Bahinting) undertook improper approach procedure,” said the 14-page report presented before President Benigno Aquino III and the media by Captain Amado Soliman, head of the CAAP Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.
BROADCASTER Marlon Bellita, the man whose many voices allowed him to play several funny characters in his radio program, died in a hospital last night. He was 41.
Bellita’s heart stopped beating at 6 p.m. The “Rated R” anchor was confined in the intensive care unit of Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City after he slipped into a coma last Oct. 30.
CITY of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong yesterday issued a cease and desist order against power producer Kepco-Salcon Power Corp. (KSPC), following some residents’ complaint of dust coming from the firm’s coal-fired power plant in Barangay Colon.
The mayor’s order directs KSPC to immediately stop transporting and unloading coal.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 yesterday afternoon arrested a police officer for allegedly extorting money from a crime suspect.
The NBI 7 conducted an entrapment against PO2 Leopoldo Palconit Jr. of the Liloan Police Station outside the Mandaue City Palace of Justice around 2:30 p.m.
CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale has remained unfazed by criticism from her political rivals, but neither is she inclined to fight.
She said she has been called many names, including “traitor,” “doble cara (two-faced)” and a backstabber.
THIRTY rebel returnees received financial assistance from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) through the Province of Cebu yesterday.
Gov. Gwen Garcia and Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura distributed the checks to the former rebels at the Provincial Capitol. The checks are worth a total of P1,145,450.
A POLICEMAN was arrested inside the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 yesterday for allegedly hitting his wife and children.
The arrest of PO2 Diego Abad was made on the strength of a warrant for violating Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
SEVERAL police chiefs in Cebu Province will soon be transferred before the 2013 midterm elections to prevent partisan behavior in their areas, especially if they have relatives running for office, a top police official said.
Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, head of the Cebu Provincial Police Office, told reporters he wanted the reshuffling to be finalized next month.
JOAVAN Fernandez won’t surrender. And if police try to arrest him, he will file a case against them.
In a TV 5 report yesterday, Joavan told reporters in a text message that he won’t turn himself in. He also said the 24-hour grace period for police to arrest him has already lapsed.
THE dwindling fuel allocation has prompted the General Services Office (GSO) to open a credit line with a gasoline station. That way, City vehicles can continue running.
The other option is to augment the allocation from the mayor’s discretionary fund and the City’s calamity fund.
SOME residents in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City, Cebu have raised their concerns on a crematorium reportedly being constructed just a few meters away from their homes.
During yesterday’s session of the Talisay City Council, opposition Councilor Romeo Villarante brought up the concern of lawyer Haide Orbiso, who claimed that she and her neighbors in a village in Dumlog are worried about the possible operation of a crematorium near their homes.
THREE men died, including a French national, while six others were injured in separate vehicular accidents that happened in Cebu Province.
At 10:30 p.m. last Sunday in Sitio Kaawa, Barangay Perrelos, Carcar City, a passenger van rammed into a railing when it tried to avoid a car that suddenly crossed the intersection.
POLICE arrested a man for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Barangay Cogon, Dumanjug, Cebu on Sunday.
The incident happened at 3 p.m. when 20-year-old Charlie Bendanillo invited Nikki (real name withheld) to go inside his house, police said.
FOR allegedly refusing to shoulder the medical expenses of a girl bitten by their dog, a couple will face trial in court after they were charged with a criminal case by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutor Joseph Val Carrillo found enough evidence to indict Ramil Garciano and his wife Rose with a violation of Republic Act 9482, or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.
GRAFT and misconduct complaints were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas yesterday against two physicians of the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital over alleged unethical practices.
Businessman-lawyer Edmerito Ang Gobonseng is accusing Drs. Nollie Cortez and Roel Banzon of violating Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
CAGAYAN Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. yesterday accused the National Food Authority (NFA) of failing to help grain farmers in the country.
Enrile told the 888 News Forum in Cebu that the NFA buys only 40 percent of the demand for rice from local farmers and lets the private sector address the remaining need.
CEBU CITY – Reports that many minors attending night high schools are getting pregnant have provoked a plan to review the Cebu City Night High School program.
Is there a principal for a night high school and a district school superintendent? That’s the question the Local School Board needs to get to the bottom of.
CEBU – Talisay City Vice Mayor Alan Bucao said he has advised Mayor Soc Fernandez to surrender his adopted son to the police to answer the accusations against him.
Bucao said Monday that Joavan Fernandez, like any other person, is not above the law.
A BUS that is Barili town’s reward for doing well in a Capitol program became yet another cause of disagreement between its top two officials.
Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia alleged that Mayor Teresito Mariñas took the key during an event last Sunday, but left the parked bus behind.
SOME houses in Barangay Poblacion, City of Naga were covered in fine black dust last weekend.
Kepco-Salcon Power Corp. (KSPC) community relations and environment department chief Victorio Naval admitted that the dust came from raw coal that was delivered to the KSPC power plant.
THE City Government of Lapu-Lapu broke an 11-year tradition and opened this year’s fiesta celebration with a motorcade in honor of its patron saint, the Virgin of the Rule, instead of a fluvial parade.
Rough seas brought by the northeast monsoon forced organizers to cancel the fluvial procession, which would have brought the image of the saint on board a yacht from the Pacific Cebu Resort wharf in Barangay Suba-basbas to Osmeña wharf in Barangay Poblacion.
A TOUR guide grabbed a policeman’s gun and shot himself inside a police station in Cebu City yesterday morning.
Glenn Tagulada, 34, survived and is stable, although a bullet is stuck in his nape.