Relief goods for Yolanda survivors 'stolen'

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Eight to 10 persons were seen allegedly stealing relief goods inside the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

The relief goods were under the custody of Gawad Kalinga (GK) and intended for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors in the northern Cebu towns.

Painful questions surface after double shooting

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

HOW did a patient bring a gun into a clinic without being detected? What could have motivated him to shoot his doctor? And how will the clinic’s management ensure that such attacks do not get repeated?

There will be no one to press charges against, in the fatal shooting of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cris Cecil Chan Abbu by his patient, Wilfredo Sabonsolin, who then turned the gun on himself.

LGUs, private sector asked: Help teachers displaced by K to 12

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

AS SCHOOLS brace for the start of the senior high school in 2016, the National Government is forming an inter-agency committee in every region to monitor the transition.

Among the tasks of the committee is to identify teachers and other workers who will be displaced, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday during a dialogue with stakeholders in Lapu-Lapu City.

Discrepancies ‘found’ in multicab purchase

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:02 p.m.

PUBLIC documents supporting the purchase of 10 multicabs worth P1.25 million for barangays in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island show inconsistencies in the dates of delivery and receipts of vehicles.

The amount was sourced from Rep. Benhur Salimbangon’s (Cebu, 4th district) Priority Development Assistance Fund.

13 Bry. Ermita employees ‘drug users’

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

BEFORE the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) could conduct the surprise drug test among employees of Barangay Ermita, 13 workers reportedly owned up to being drug users and did not go through with the test.

“Nakurat gyud ko nga 13. Wa ko magdahom (I couldn’t believe there would be 13. I just wasn’t expecting it),” said Ermita Barangay Captain Felicisimo Rupinta.

‘More’ follow USC’s example

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

THE plan to widen the heavily-congested Banilad-Talamban Road has gained the support of establishments along the northern corridor.

They’re reportedly following the example of the University of San Carlos (USC), which has allowed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to use part of its campus in Talamban for the project.

DA 7 to help farmers prepare for calamities

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 has come up with mitigating measures to ensure that farmers will continue to plant and harvest their crops without problems despite threats of extreme weather like El Niño and typhoons.

Roy Abaya, acting chief of DA 7’s Special Projects Coordination Management Assistance, said they’ve come up with an estimated forecast when it comes to harvest losses due to different calamities.

Cebu to hold shark summit on

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government will hold the first Shark Summit next month to help create awareness and educate the public on endangered shark species.

The summit will be held on August 14 to 15, in time for worldwide celebration of Shark Week.

Naga’s acacia trees to be cut on July 28

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

THE seven diseased century-old trees in the City of Naga can finally be cut down.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo approved on Thursday the extension of the special tree-cutting permit (STCP).

What could’ve driven patient to commit crime?

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

WILFREDO Sabonsolin hogged the headlines because he shot Dr. Cris Cecil Abbu dead inside the latter’s clinic in a private hospital in Cebu City, before turning the gun on himself last Thursday morning.

The patient sat on a wheelchair when he committed the crime. Homicide investigators said it’s possible that depression drove Sabonsolin to shoot his surgeon.

Police seize drugs worth P160T

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

ALMOST P150,00 worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in two separate operations conducted by the San Nicolas and Parian Police Stations.

Last Thursday, the San Nicolas Police Station, headed by Chief Insp. Chuck Barandog, arrested Vladimer “Bobog” Daclison Sumergido, 26, in Barangay Sawang Calero, Cebu City.

Inmate hides drugs in pocket

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

SIX small sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated from an inmate of the Cebu City Jail during a headcount last Wednesday night.

Maximo Gomez Jr., 32, who still has a pending drug case, will have to face additional drug charges after six small sachets of shabu were allegedly found inside his pocket.

Group aims to unite kids, parents through reading

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

SEVENTY-FIVE parents of children from Guadalupe Elementary School received bags of books during the launching of Alimbukad:Basa Pamilya program yesterday.

The program is a project of Zonta Club of Cebu II. It is aimed to develop reading among preschoolers through their parents.

PRO 7 on alert for arrival of robbery group

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 is on the lookout for a robbery group responsible for stealing P2 million worth of jewelry from a mall in Cagayan de Oro last Tuesday.

Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, deputy regional director for operations of PRO 7, said they are not discounting the possibility that the suspects will dispose of their loot in Cebu.

Girl kills self in Tabuelan

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:16 p.m.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl allegedly hanged herself inside their house in the northwestern Cebu town of Tabuelan last Thursday.

Tiffany (not her real name) was found by her mother kneeling with a rope tied around her neck in their living room in Barangay Poblacion at 11 a.m., police said.

Cebu as new home for Phil. fleet

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:11 p.m.

WITH the commitment to continue and strengthen the humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the Visayas, Commodore Ronald Joseph Mercado assumed his post as the new Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) commander last Monday.

This, as the Philippine Navy plans to convert the naval base in Cebu into the new home for its Philippine Fleet.

Council intervenes, stops demolition

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

FAMILIES living at the city-owned Block 27 in the North Reclamation Area may be allowed to stay for a few more days at the property.

The Cebu City Council intervened on the request of the affected families for extension of time to stay in the area.

Prov’l police chief revamps officials

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

A REVAMP was implemented at the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) this week affecting three police stations and two special police units.

Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac said that the reshuffling of police chiefs was implemented after some of them were relieved while others were vying for promotions.

River settlement

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

THE Mandaue City Government spent P13 million to buy a bulldozer, as it continues to develop the 6.5-hectare relocation site for families living along the Mahiga and Butuanon Rivers.

Imported from Japan, the Komatso bulldozer was turned over to the City officials at the relocation site in Barangay Paknaan last Wednesday morning.

Cops counter NBI 7 cases

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

DEFENSE lawyers asked prosecutors to acknowledge the charges that five policemen, who stand accused of killing lawyer Noel Archival and two aides, filed against justice department agents and six others before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Lawyers Inocencio dela Cerna and Hazan Bargamento yesterday filed a joint motion asking the Office of the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor to order the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 to produce several documents related to the case, as well as additional evidence the agency submitted to the prosecutor’s office.

Buzz: Better living conditions

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

WHALE SHARK watching tours in Oslob, Cebu has not only improved the living conditions of fisherfolk who have shifted to tourism, but also habal-habal drivers who shuttle tourists to the town’s attractions.

Due to the presence of many foreign tourists, habal-habal drivers stationed near the whale shark tour briefing area in Barangay Tan-awan get at least P1,000 a day, according to another motorcycle-driver-for-hire who can’t help but feel envious.

Patient kills Cebu doctor in clinic

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

CEBU CITY (Updated) - A 71-year-old wheelchair-bound patient shot dead his doctor inside a clinic in a private hospital in Cebu City before shooting himself in the head yesterday morning, July 24.

Dr. Cris Cecil Chan Abbu, 56, an orthopedic surgeon, was shot in the chest and arm by Wilfred Sabonsolin, a former seaman he had been treating for spinal problems.

School allows use of its property for road-widening project

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

THE University of San Carlos (USC) has allowed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to use part of its campus in Talamban to make way for a road-widening project to help improve traffic on the Banilad-Talamban (Ban-Tal) Road.

Shabu worth ‘P1.5M’ seized

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

CEBU CITY - Suspected shabu reportedly worth almost P1.5 million and illegal gambling machines were confiscated in a saturation drive conducted by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Barangays Calamba, Ermita and Pasil last Wednesday night.

Census to be conducted in Yolanda-affected areas

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Secretary Panfilo Lacson has directed the Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office to conduct a census in the 45 barangays in northern Cebu affected by super typhoon Yolanda last year.

Survey to split borders ongoing

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 is conducting a survey and delineation in Bantayan, which is a component for the island to be declared alienable and disposable land.

Dr. Eddie Llamedo, spokesperson of DENR 7, said DENR 7 Director Isabelo Montejo issued a special order creating the 17-men team for that purpose.

DILG asked to raise allowance of inmates, additional doctors

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government is willing to shell out funds to help address food, overcrowding and health inside the city jail in Barangay Kalunasan.

Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to raise the budget it allocates to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to provide some detainees some comfort.

Colleagues devastated

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

MEDICAL officials in Cebu were saddened by the murder of Dr. Cris Cecil Abbu, who was shot dead by one of his patients at the Sacred Heart Hospital yesterday morning.

Counsel of driver who hit enforcer assures goodwill

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

LAWYERS of the Korean national who figured last week in an accident that killed a traffic enforcer along Banilad-Talamban road assured the Cebu City Government that their client will not leave the country pending the hearing of the case she is facing.

Shooting stuns staff, relatives

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

SWIFT. Sudden.

Thus described Southwestern University (SWU) working student Ian Lucero, 18, the killing of Dr. Cris Cecil Chan Abbu, 56, inside the latter’s clinic yesterday morning.

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