City Hall warns 7 centers of possible closure

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:33 a.m.

THE Cebu City Legal Office has warned seven establishments that their businesses will be shut down if they continue to disregard the City Government's order to adopt security measures.

"We will give them the opportunity to answer the notices because they might be in the process of hiring guards and installing security cameras but they should update us on where they are now," said City Attorney Jerone Castillo.

P20T in cash lost in separate heists in Bogo, Daanbantayan

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:21 a.m.

ROBBERS took P20,000 in cash in separate incidents in Bogo City and in Daanbantayan town last Wednesday.

In Bogo, a lone gunman robbed Bogo Help Shoppe Pharmacy in Barangay Lourdes at 4 p.m., taking away P15,000 cash.

Vidal’s health improves: Palma

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:02 a.m.

RETIRED Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal’s health is improving after he was hospitalized almost week ago for pneumonia.

In a press conference yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told reporters that the 83-year-old retired prelate is slowly recovering in the Perpetual Succour Hospital (PSH).

NBI raids ‘drug dens' in Talisay, Cebu City

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:31 a.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 arrested 11 persons, including a minor, and seized 243 packs of suspected shabu in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City and Barangay Calamba, Cebu City yesterday morning.

The two NBI agents who led the operations said the suspected shabu has a street value of about P60,000.

SC’s decision supports STC

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) - Five students in Cebu who were barred from joining their high school graduation rites in March 2012 for posting allegedly lewd photos on Facebook have lost an appeal before the Supreme Court (SC).

The SC said that the St. Theresa’s College (STC) “cannot be faulted for being steadfast in its duty of teaching its students to be responsible in their dealings and activities in cyberspace, particularly in online social networking, when it enforced the disciplinary actions specified in the Student Handbook.”

Politicos urged: Donate, attend but stay low-key

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

POLITICIANS may donate or attend an international religious gathering in Cebu in 2016, but organizers are appealing to them to avoid treating it like a campaign event.

“We don’t want this International Eucharistic Congress to be a way of advancing the winnability or political agenda of a person,” Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told reporters in a press conference yesterday.

SC allots P336M for new Court of Appeals Visayas building

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has allocated about P336 million for the construction of a new Court of Appeals (CA) Visayas Station, which will be built on a 7,123-square-meter lot at the Cebu City-owned South Road Properties.

“It will be a reality,” said Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, during the 10th founding anniversary of the CA Visayas Station at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday.

City to get 12km of roads linking farmers to market

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

SOME P120 million worth of farm-to-market road projects will be implemented in Cebu City mountain barangays by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

This was disclosed by City Agriculturist Joey Baclayon yesterday.

PDEA 7: No minor was killed during shootout

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 arrested 11 persons, including a minor, and seized 243 packs of suspected shabu in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City and Barangay Calamba, Cebu City yesterday morning. The two NBI agents who led the operations said the suspected shabu has a street value of about P60,000.

Elderly to get P2T cash aid today: mayor

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government will release today P113 million as financial assistance to the estimated 60,000 senior citizens in the city.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said each qualified elderly will get P2,000 in cash, which will be distributed in the city’s 80 barangays.

‘Cebu museum’s heritage show timely’

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

SENATOR Pia Cayetano said that yesterday was the perfect opportunity to launch the heritage show in Cebu at the Museo Sugbo, especially amidst heritage issues in Manila.

She said she is fighting for the preservation of the Rizal Shrine, Sta. Ana heritage site, Army-Navy Club and Admiral Hotel.

Parages’s gunman identified

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

THE Minglanilla Police identified the man who shot PO2 Omar Parages, the policeman who was shot dead by three men in Sitio Linao, Barangay Lipata, Minglanilla, Cebu last Sunday.

Sr. Insp. Richard Gadingan, Minglanilla police chief, said that a personal grudge was the motive of the shooting and not related to Parages’s work as a policeman.

34 ATMs in Cebu for pensioners

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced that it has 34 ATM (automated teller machines) kiosks in all cities and selected municipalities in Cebu that are serving more than 16,000 pensioners.

GSIS 7 Manager Fatima Rivamonte Alvarez said that in improving their services, they are now reviewing the requests from other local government units (LGUs) to have ATMs in their areas.

DSWS holds profiling of families in Cebu City for unified ID system

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) has started profiling all the families in every barangay who can avail themselves of the unified identification (ID) system and the house numbering system.

DSWS head Ester Concha said they are using the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) survey form and this is being coursed through the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) under president Philip Zafra.

Transport group opposes proposed hike in vehicle emission penalty

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 08:06 a.m.

DRIVERS and operators of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and taxis in Cebu opposed the move of modifying the penalties for those who violates the vehicle emission policies of the Cebu City Government.

Such move is covered in a proposed ordinance filed by Councilor Gerardo Carillo. It seeks to amend City Ordinance (CO) 2111, otherwise known as the “Ordinance Providing for Vehicle Emission Policies and Providing Penalties Thereof,” so that there will be an efficient enforcement of the vehicle emission regulation.

Capitol upgrades Bogo hospital

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 08:02 a.m.

GOV. Hilario Davide III yesterday challenged doctors and other medical personnel to make the Bogo Provincial Hospital the best in the north, following the launching of the specialized healthcare services and blessing of young parents and doctors’ quarters.

Davide believes that patients with emergency needs may not be taken to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City (VSMMC) for treatment.

‘Pushers, gun-for-hire’ face string of cases

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 07:57 a.m.

TEN persons who were caught in simultaneous raids in southern Cebu towns were charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday morning.

The Cebu Provincial Police Office’s (CPPO) Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) filed complaints for illegal possession of firearms and violating Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act for most of the suspects.

Korean police, PRO 7 strengthen ties, cooperation

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 07:54 a.m.

IN the wake of crimes involving Koreans, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 and the Chungnam Provincial Police Agency (CPPA) in South Korea renewed their agreement to help each other.

Senior Supt. General Park Sang Yong, commissioner of the CPPA, and Senior Supt. Orlando Ualat, deputy regional director for administration of PRO 7, led the signing of a memorandum of agreement recently.

‘Check shellfish’

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

AN INTERNATIONAL group that responds to marine ship pollution accidents wants the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to check shellfish found in Cordova, Cebu’s coastal waters.

Nicky Cargilia of the International Tankers Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) said the tissue samples they took from shellfish in Cordova showed petroleum hydrocarbon levels that go beyond the European Union (EU) standards.

17-yr.-old suspect in killing of florist under custodial investigation of CIB

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested yesterday while two others were invited for questioning for the death of florist Daniel “Jun” Cañete.

The fingerprints of Benjie (name withheld for being a minor) matched the prints lifted from the victim’s drawer inside his flower shop on Sikatuna St., Cebu City.

Bike lane in Cebu City ‘may not be feasible’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

THE passage of the ordinance that seeks to establish shared priority bike lanes in Cebu City has been stalled, following several questions about the project’s implementation.

The proposed ordinance, also known as the “Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance,” was on its final deliberation at the City Council yesterday when its author, Councilor Nida Cabrera, decided to have it deferred.

Let Pope visit Bohol, Holy See urged

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

CEBU - Church officials in the Visayas are urging the Holy See to include Bohol as part of Pope Francis’s itinerary when he visits the country next year.

Bohol bore the brunt of the damage caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that also struck Cebu on October 15, 2013, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

City to face lawsuit if it demolishes area fence

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

THE Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) warned the Cebu City Government of a possible lawsuit if the latter demolishes the perimeter fence on W. Geonzon St. at the Asiatown IT Park.

CPVDC lawyer Julius Neri made this threat during an executive session with the Cebu City Council yesterday.

Guidelines on naming streets pushed in PB

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government will set guidelines for naming and renaming of public places, streets and structures within the province.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Miguel Antonio Magpale’s proposed measure was passed on first reading and was referred to the committee on arts and culture.

SC suspends officer for moonlighting

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

THIS case should serve as a warning to court workers who engage in moonlighting.

The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended for three months without pay its own personnel for lending money to low-income court workers at high rates while in office.

P400B needed to keep Cebu dry

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:15 a.m.

CEBU - Government will have to spend around P400 billion to solve the flood problem in Cebu City. The flood control master plan alone costs P65 million.

The bulk of the amount, though, will go to expropriating land.

Rama defends P25M intelligence fund

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:14 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government needs P25 million for intelligence and surveillance work of law enforcement agencies and other activities related to peace and order, the mayor said.

Mayor Michael Rama defended yesterday the significant increase in the intelligence fund under the proposed annual budget for 2015.

Group turns over school facilities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGOs) turned over yesterday more than 200 classrooms and day care centers in four towns in northern Cebu that were hit by typhoon Yolanda last year.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) repaired and built 229 classrooms and day care centers in Daanbantayan, Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan.

796 families receive P10T each from PRC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

THE Philippine and Japanese chapters of the Red Cross yesterday extended financial assistance to 796 residents in Daanbantayan who have yet to repair their houses after these were damaged by typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago.

BRT think tank wants updated data, study

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE technical working group (TWG) for the implementation of the P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu City is pushing for the reevaluation and reassessment of the feasibility study for the project.

In an interview yesterday, City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Rafael Yap, a member of the BRT-TWG, said the study has to be reviewed because it was based on data collected by the World Bank in 2008 yet. Some data were collected in 2012, he said.

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