Brgy. exec, ‘GF’ jailed

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 02:29 a.m.

A BARANGAY captain in Cordova, Cebu was arrested yesterday for allegedly having an affair with a married woman.

Barangay Gilutongan Captain Melchor Ompad, 55, and Marichel Pinote, 38, posted bail following their arrest yesterday afternoon.

Mandaue to hike taxes, other fees starting Jan. 1

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

THE Mandaue City Government will raise its business tax rates and regulatory fees starting Jan. 1, 2015 after the City Council approved the revised Revenue Code last Wednesday.

City Treasurer Regal Oliva welcomed the increase, saying it will help the City reach its P2.7 billion revenue target for 2015.

DPWH agrees to stop projects in Boljoon

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:10 a.m.

EARTHMOVING works on the Ili Rock in Boljoon will be suspended for a week pending a forum with town officials and residents on how to go about the project.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) agreed to temporarily stop the work pending a dialogue with local stakeholders next week.

Truck boy accuses port police of mauling him

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:08 a.m.

A PORT of Cebu policeman may face charges after he allegedly mauled and pointed a gun at a truck boy inside the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) premises last Wednesday.

Emlilito Heruela, 25, a truck boy from the City of Naga, sought the help of the CPA yesterday after Insp. Godwin Pilapil, along with other port security guards, allegedly beat him up.

Group wants anti-graft office to investigate disqualified bidder of CCMC project

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas was asked to investigate the alleged irregularity in the bidding process for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

‘Contractor got scrap from old city hospital’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

THE scrap metal from the old Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building on N. Bacalso Ave. was taken by the contractor who demolished the hospital.

Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) chief Jose Marie Poblete said it served as compensation for the free services they have rendered.

15 ‘illegal recruiters’ sued

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

FIFTEEN persons will face trial for allegedly duping jobseekers with non-existent employment opportunities in Canada.

Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Gandhi Truya found enough evidence to indict the accused with illegal recruitment and estafa.

Shop explosion kills owner, injures 4 workers

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE owner of a manpower services company died while his four employees were injured when an oxygen tank exploded inside their shop in Balamban in midwestern Cebu, yesterday morning.

The body of Markel Pilapil, 36, owner of Map Electrical and Marine Services, was cut in half during the explosion, police said.

Lights, decor worth P5M ‘no longer work’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

WHAT has happened to the P5 million worth of Christmas lights and decor that the Cebu City Government bought in 2010?

The City Council looked for these after Mayor Michael Rama announced that he wants major thoroughfares in the city to be decked with Christmas lights and décor.

KTV bar operations ‘only a dry run’: owners

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

THE management of East Paris KTV bar clarified that they have not yet opened their establishment, but they have had a “dry run,” which they do at night.

Owners of the KTV bar denied reports that they started operating already, even if the closure order against Las Vegas Music Lounge, which used to do business in their present location, was issued only 11 months ago.

City Council seeks review of evacuation policy

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) to check the proposed legislation that seeks to prescribe the guidelines on forced evacuation as a final resort when a disaster or emergency takes place.

Some students ‘possessed’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

SOME students of a public school in a mountain barangay in Cebu City were reportedly possessed by evil spirits.

The possession was reportedly prompted when some students of the Toong Integrated School were on an overnight activity in the school grounds last weekend.

School suspends class amid hoax ‘Blood vs. Crips clash’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

CLASSES at the Inayawan National High School were suspended last Thursday when parents rushed there at noon after receiving text messages of a brawl inside the campus.

They pleaded that their children be allowed to go home.

Rama to Pope Francis: Don’t skip Cebu

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama will formally write church authorities to ask Pope Francis to drop by Cebu during his four-day visit in the Philippines in January.

“If he is already in the Philippines, why not consider Cebu as part of his itinerary?” Rama said yesterday.

Talisay ordinance requires hotels, pension houses to report tourist arrivals

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE Talisay City Council approved an ordinance requiring tourism establishments in the city to submit a periodic report on the number of visitors arriving in the city.

The ordinance was approved on its third and final reading during the City Council’s regular session last Tuesday.

No leave, absences for Cebu City Hall workers next month

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:45 a.m.

ALL Cebu City Hall employees were asked not to take an unnecessary leave of absence or be absent from work next month, except for those who will get sick, give birth or those who expect to be a father soon.

Those who will avail themselves of the exception will be subject for evaluation by their department head.

Cebu has ‘most drug dependents’ in CV

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 said that Cebu has the most number of drug dependents among the provinces in Central Visayas based on those who are in the drug rehabilitation facility today.

Although the DOH 7 did not give the exact number of drug dependents listed in other provinces, this year, some 173 drug dependents are currently committed in the two rehabilitation facilities under the DOH 7.

Prosecution says cops are ‘delaying’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

THE prosecution panel in the ambush-slay case of lawyer Noel Archival is opposed to the defense's move to suspend the trial and issuance of arrest warrants against the three policemen.

Private prosecutors Democrito Barcenas and Gloria Lastimosa-Dalawampu said the defense's motion is "entirely unmeritorious" and only meant to "delay the case and defeat the administration of justice."

Buzz: Friendly user

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of a local government unit in southern Cebu has found a way to up his chances in 2016 with the help of a non-government organization.

The official was a member of the silent committee—he was rarely heard in meetings with colleagues or on any issue concerning governance—until an NGO began visiting his town.

Arrests up, but drug cases drag in court

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Cases against illegal drugs in Central Visayas rarely prosper in court despite the police force’s efforts, data from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas showed Friday.

From 2012 up to October this year, only 4.97 percent or 105 cases resulted in a conviction, out of the 2,111 cases filed by the police.

Moalboal police file drug raps v. 4 men...

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 01:46 a.m.

THE police yesterday filed complaints against four men who eluded arrest in a raid in Barangay Tomonoy, Moalboal where two policemen got killed.

A complaint for possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia was filed against Michael Aquino before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor's Office, said PO1 Jennis Lamosao of Moalboal Police Station.

CCMC demolition ‘properly documented’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

THE demolition of the old Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building along N. Bacalso Ave. was properly documented and no private interests benefited from it.

This was CCMC ad hoc committee chief Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said after the City Council called on the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to conduct an investigation to determine who had made money out of the scrap metals from the three-story facility.

Know role, town dads told

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Province reminded the local officials of Dumanjug town about their duties on regular sessions.

DILG Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales said the councilors in Dumanjug should know their job as an elected official especially in attending the sessions.

Woman who pushed girl to prostitution faces raps

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 01:36 a.m.

A WOMAN will face trial after she was charged by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly employing a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.

Assistant City Prosecutor Noel Cellona found enough evidence to indict Michelle Ponce for violating Republic Act (RA) 10364, or Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

PRO 7 sees familiar heist ways, to seek help of Mindanao police

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 is asking for help from its counterparts in Mindanao to help identify members of two criminal groups responsible for the spate of robberies in Metro Cebu.

Senior Supt. Pablo Labra II, acting chief of PRO 7’s Regional Intelligence Division (RID), said they are now coordinating with neighboring police units, particularly in Misamis Occ. and Zamboanga.

‘Drug test escape’

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

TWO barangay councilors in Asturias, Cebu will have to explain why they fled right after a surprise drug test was announced during a symposium at their gym last Wednesday.

Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) executive director Joey Herrera said the two councilors were no longer seen at the barangay gym whose gate was locked right after the announcement.

Students urged: Write the Pope

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- If you’re an elementary or high school student and have something to tell Pope Francis, go write him a letter.

And by God’s grace, the Pope might write you back.

Cebu City Hall eyes purchase of P571M worth of motor vehicles for 2015

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

THE executive department of the Cebu City Government wants to buy more than P571 million worth of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and dump trucks, next year.

City Councilor Margarita Osmeña, chairperson of the council's committee on budget and finance, finds the amount “overwhelming.”

EMB: LGU’s infra project violates ECC

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has called the attention of the Cordova Municipal Government for violating some conditions in its environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for a project in Barangay Gilutongan.

William Cuñado, head of DENR 7’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), invited Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy to a technical conference next Thursday to discuss the issue.

Peras asked: Junk residents petition

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government has asked Judge Soliver Peras to dismiss the petition filed by 40 residents of Barangay Kamagayan, who are seeking for a court intervention to allow them to stay inside the CitiCenter Commercial Complex.

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