THE Police Regional Office 7 is now investigating a police officer assigned in the Special Reaction Unit and a police trainee for alleged involvement in drug pushing and drug use.
Barangay Captain William Genel of Ga-as in Balamban Cebu said the two policemen (names withheld pending investigation) were identified by 11 drug pushers who confessed peddling drugs within the perimeters of the Regional Training School (RTS 7).
CEBU CITY -- Hundreds of would-be voters trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Metro Cebu on Wednesday, but many did not make it to the cut-off time.
Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said large numbers of applicants were reported in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. He lamented that a lot were not registered since the Comelec could no longer accommodate them.
CEBU CITY -- Two Korean nationals were wounded in a shooting incident in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City, Wednesday morning.
Lee Dong Gun, 46, and Jung Ha Bok, 40, were leaving a subdivision on board a white Dodger Durango past 8 a.m. when an unidentified man fired at them several times.
ONE of the three Filipino suspects in the kidnapping of a Korean national last week is also wanted for murder.
Richard Deagalon (not Dealagdon as previously reported) has a pending arrest warrant for murder issued by Regional Trial Cour (RTC) Branch 7 Judge Simeon Dumdum Jr. on Oct. 7, 2010.
IT’S all systems go as the police iron out security preparations for All Saints and All Souls’ Days.
As a last-minute check, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Marcelo Garbo, along with other top police officials, visited cemeteries, bus terminals and seaports yesterday.
LIKE any other small-time entrepreneur, snack seller Madelyn Rafols, 31, likes to take advantage of any event just to sell her wares.
During yesterday’s last day of voter registration, Rafols was having a field day.
CEBU Gov. Gwen Garcia suspended the P5 passengers’ entrance fee starting yesterday, but increased starting today the buses’ parking fee from P100 to P200.
The entrance fee of taxicabs was also increased from P10 to P20 starting today.
A 42-YEAR-OLD Norwegian national will face trial after he was charged with allegedly touching the privates of two minors inside a bar in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.
Cebu City Prosecutor Simaco Labata found enough evidence to indict Knut Foseide with two counts of violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
A PRIVATE college in Carcar City, Cebu asked Judge Soliver Peras to dismiss the P.5 million damage suit a couple from the City of Naga filed against them in September.
St. Catherine’s College, through its legal counsel Cecilia Go, said that the school did not malign the reputation of the complainants, couple Raul and Floriza Montuya, when the management posted Raul’s photo in the guardhouse bearing the phrase “beware of this person.”
FR. CHARLES Jayme encouraged the faithful to observe All Saints’ Day today with prayers and joyful celebration, following the recent canonization of San Pedro Calungsod and the six other new saints.
“In a joyful and prayerful mode are the best ways to celebrate it,” said Jayme, the official custodian of the San Pedro Calungsod pilgrim image.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 7 has declared the operation of a private garbage dumpsite in Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City as illegal for allegedly violating the law on solid waste management.
EMB 7 Director Fernando Quililan also called on Mayor Jonas Cortes to enforce Republic Act (RA) 9003, or The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 against dumpsite owner Edmund Sanchez.
SM PRIME Holdings Inc. decided to name the chapel, where the national thanksgiving rite for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod will take place, after the second Filipino saint.
The chapel, designed by New York-based Filipino-American architect Carlos Arnaiz, was supposed to be named Shrine of Mary, Mother of God.
THE driver of the Jegans bus that figured in a road accident in Toledo City last Saturday posted bail shortly after charges of reckless imprudence were filed against him yesterday.
Meanwhile, some of the bus passengers who were brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) will have to stay in the hospital longer to undergo further treatment.
CITY Hall and Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) frown on the holding of the Kalag-Kalag Festival along V. Rama Ave.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said the barangay can celebrate the festival provided they don’t obstruct traffic.
THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has dismissed from service a Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) employee from San Fernando, Cebu who allegedly stole and encashed a Philhealth check worth P9,628.91 last year.
Jane Aguilar, graft investigation and prosecution officer, found Allan Saavedra guilty of serious dishonesty.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama ordered City Engineer Kenneth Carmelita Enriquez to explain why the perimeter wall in a construction site in Barangay Apas collapsed.
“How did it happen? Was there constant inspection?” Rama asked the joint venture project of the Cebu Provincial Government and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI).
TALKS are rife that politics was behind the decision of the Provincial Government to lift the P5 terminal fee at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT).
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, when asked if this was true, answered, “Tingali (maybe).”
THE Talisay City Government owes the Talisay District Hospital more than P4 million for medicines and services the city’s indigent constituents availed themselves of under the City’s Health Card Program.
This wouldn’t have happened if the patients had taken advantage of the benefits of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).
TWO persons died in separate stabbing incidents in Cebu in the last two days.
Last Monday, a barangay councilor was stabbed dead in Barangay Tubod, Badian around 3 p.m.
FOR the second time this year, the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 executive committee (execom) met and aired its continuing dissatisfaction with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) scheme.
The concept of the Wesm is to encourage competition by allowing power consumers to choose their own supplier, thereby creating competition that will greatly reduce power rates all over the country.
PASSENGERS going to the airport will no longer be bogged down by traffic on United Nations Ave. in Mandaue City as road repairs were completed last Monday.
Gov. Gwen Garcia yesterday congratulated Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Director 7 Ador Canlas for completing the P28.475-million project more than three months ahead of schedule.
COMMUNITY groups in Cebu led by Greenpeace want the Department of Agriculture (DA) to issue a moratorium on the entry of white corn and rice tainted with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as these allegedly endanger human health.
Speaking before the Forum on Food Security at the University of Cebu-Banilad Campus, Daniel Ocampo, Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner, also urged the Department of Health (DOH) to stop companies from using Filipinos in scientific studies on GMOs.
CEBU CITY -- Apart from bus terminals and ports, the offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) can expect long lines today, Wednesday, the last day for the registration of voters.
Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said there will be no extension because that would leave the poll body with too little time to prepare for the May 2013 elections.
RUNDOWN and defective buses will be kept from plying their routes to keep travelers safe as they head home for the long weekend, two transport officials said.
Speaking at yesterday’s 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza, Directors Raul Aguilos and Ahmed Cuizon said they supervised roadside random drug tests and lectures at the Cebu South Bus Terminal yesterday morning, then inspected some units.
THREE buses of Jegan’s Liner were suspended yesterday while the authorities investigate what caused one of the company’s vehicles to hit a wall in Toledo City during the weekend.
The buses covered by the suspension are those with plate numbers GEC-343, GEC-332 and GED-345, which are covered by one franchise issued to Dr. Antonio Yapha.
PASSENGERS using the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) can say goodbye to the P5 terminal fee starting Nov. 1.
This, as Economic Enterprise Council (EEC) of Cebu Province approved the plan to remove the terminal fee.
WHILE offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City are limiting the number of registrants to 500 a day as the voters’ registration period ends tomorrow, a differently abled encoder at Comelec Minglanilla remains unfazed by the influx of last-minute applicants.
Christine Zamora, 32, helps Minglanilla residents complete their application for voters’ registration. She encodes personal information and biometrics of those who want to become registered voters of Minglanilla in a computer, which is connected to the Comelec database.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday ordered the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to intensify its security measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Rama held a command conference yesterday with CCPO Chief Senior Supt. Ramon Melvin Buenafe, all heads of the city’s 11 police stations and members of the City’s Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (Pcac) to discuss the matter.
DEATH has knocked on her door five times already.
But Maria Bacalso won’t leave her house in Barangay Don Andres Soriano (Das), Toledo City, Cebu even if another passenger bus rammed it.
CEBU City Mayor Michael yesterday cried foul over the “delay” in the approval of the release of funds for the Pasko sa V. Rama this year.
The mayor’s nephew Councilor Eduardo Rama Jr. recently filed a resolution that seeks to charge P713,450 of the City Government’s share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) for the annual activity this year.