Police nab 2 men in Liloan buy-bust

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

A FORMER government employee and a taxi driver allegedly involved in peddling shabu were arrested by police during a buy-bust in Barangay Jubay, Liloan last Friday.

Senior Insp. Ramil Morpos, acting chief of Liloan Police Station, identified the suspects as Jonie Noval, 34, and Alejandro Rosal Jr., 54.

‘Priority’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government will speed up the implementation of the estimated P4.7 -million drainage project inside a subdivision in Barangay Mabolo.

The barangay has become the “catch basin” for water from barangays located on higher ground, causing waist-high floods during heavy downpours.

New power plant to open ahead of schedule

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THE new 82-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Toledo City will start operation on Sept. 19, three months ahead of schedule.

The plant is part of the expansion project of Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) and the Toledo Power Company in Barangay Daanglungsod.

CPPO meets ‘arrest’ quota

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

SOME 21 most wanted persons were arrested by the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) in its campaign against hardened criminals during the first half this year.

Rape was the most common crime committed by the suspects followed by murder and selling of illegal drugs.

Airport to raise terminal fee ‘to comply with int’l standards’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) explained that it needs to raise the passenger service charge (PSC), or terminal fee, for the further development of the airport aerodrome.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines aerodrome as an area on land or water--including buildings, installations and equipment--intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure and surface movement of aircraft.

CNU faculty conducts studies on mosquitoes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

CAN papaya extract and lemoncito kill dengue-causing mosquitoes?

The faculty of the Cebu Normal University (CNU) science department is trying to find out if the methanolic extracts of lemoncito (Citrofortunella microcarpa) and papaya (Carica papaya) can be used to kill the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

2 Cebuanos among awardees

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

“HEROES must not settle for good but aspire to be the best,” said Civil Service Commissioner Robert S. Martinez in his speech during the agency’s 114th anniversary.

Two Cebuanos were awarded by the CSC as two of the six regional finalists for the outstanding government employees and officials award.

Mandaue council wants tighter measures against illegal fishing

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

THE Mandaue City Council last Wednesday approved on first reading an ordinance creating a task force against illegal fishing.

Under the proposed ordinance, the City Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force or Bantay Dagat will be composed of 16 members, who will be chosen from the City’s registered fishermen.

Prosecutor indicts recruiter

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

THE Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor indicted a call center owner for offering about 2,500 people bogus jobs in Australia. Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Jerome Abarca found probable cause to file criminal cases in court against Kirby Racaza-Silva, owner of Intertech 888 in Minglanilla, Cebu.

Silva, who is detained in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 7, was charged with two counts of large-scale illegal recruitment and 19 counts of estafa before the Cebu City Regional Trial Court.

Red Cross to operate in Lapu Hoops Dome

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

OFFICIALS of the Lapu-Lapu City Government and the local chapter of the Philipine Red Cross (PRC) marked the World First Aid Day yesterday by sealing their partnership through a memorandum of agreement.

Mayor Paz Radaza and PRC officers led by Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang signed the agreement that allows the organization to put up a blood station in the Hoops Dome, hold office in a City-owned building for 25 years and receive P4 million in financial assistance from City Hall.

City contemplates ban on shark trade

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza supported the proposed ordinance banning the trade of all shark species in the city.

"In promoting tourism, we always emphasize our commitment to protect our marine environment and vulnerable marine animals," she told reporters in her regular news conference last Wednesday.

2 machines worth P5M to monitor City’s air

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

CEBU City Hall introduced to the public yesterday its newly-purchased air monitoring units.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, together with Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO) and the Solid Waste Management Board presented the two new air quality monitoring machines, which cost the City P2.5 million each.

Buzz: Express lane for elderly voters

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

LAWYER Anna Fleur Gujilde, Mandaue City Election Officer IV, reacted to a Sept. 6 Bzzzzz item regarding senior citizens lining up to register at their office.

In a letter to Sun.Star Cebu, Atty. Gujilde said there is a “remote possibility” that senior citizens are allowed to stand in line for hours to register at the Mandaue City Election Office.

Insurance firm gives brass busts of prominent figures to City Hall

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:20 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government received life-sized monuments of two Cebuano political icons.

Insular Life Insurance Co. delivered last Wednesday the brass monuments of Don Vicente Rama and Sergio "Serging" Osmeña Jr. which were sculpted by national artist Eduardo Castrillo.

Case against police staff dismays PRO 7 director

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 01:18 a.m.

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas yesterday said he was “flabbergasted, dismayed and disgruntled” that one of his personnel was accused of misusing donations intended for the victims of last year's calamities.

“Napakawalang puso mo naman kapag totoo yun. Instead ikaw nagbigay, ninakawan mo pa yung nawalan ng bahay (What a heartless thing to do, if it’s true. Instead of giving, you’re stealing from those who have lost their homes),” he said.

7 Cebu ex-officials charged over ‘pork’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

CEBU -- Seven former officials of Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City will face trial after the Ombudsman found basis to believe that they conspired to misuse more than P6 million in “pork barrel” funds.

The transactions in question were the purchase, in 2006 and 2007, of some P6.49 million in durian, lanzones, mango and rambutan seedlings, as well as pipes and garden hoses.

Rainy days ahead, thanks to ‘Luis’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

TROPICAL storm Luis may increase the likelihood of rain in Cebu during the weekend.

The state weather bureau Pagasa raised storm signal No. 1 over Catanduanes, which can expect winds of 30-60 kph on Sunday.

Capitol’s vulnerability assessment report identifies flood prone towns, cities

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

SIX years from now, Cebu may have more rain during the wet months but it will be hotter during the dry season.

The situation may become worse in 2050 with total annual rainfall reaching 2,039.73 millimeters (mm), almost 20 percent higher than the present amount of rain that falls on the province.

Water utility readies for El Niño

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) yesterday said that it is preparing for El Niño, which will cause a drought from October to December this year.

MCWD general manager Ernie Delco said that although the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) predicted only three months of drought, the water district is preparing for six months of low rainfall.

Mayor closes LBC outlets

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

ALL LBC Express branches in Cebu City that are not found inside malls were ordered temporarily closed effective yesterday upon the orders of Mayor Michael Rama.

“I want the legal office to make a letter stating the temporary closure addressed to the management of LBC,” said Rama, who ordered the closure following the spate of robberies involving the company’s outlets.

‘Ber’ months are time for more crimes vs. property

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

NOW that the “ber” months are here, police are asking business establishments and the public to be extra careful, especially since more crimes may be expected during this time.

In previous years, more street crimes such as snatching and pickpocketing were committed from September to December than during the other months of the year.

2 sets of twins fulfill childhood dream, start training as cops

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

TWO sets of identical twins recruited by Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 as new members of the police force are raring to inflict double damage on criminals.

Twin brothers Rodgie and Redgie Montejo and sisters Karin and Katy Salvacion took their oath yesterday along with 311 recruits who passed a series of rigid tests.

‘Similar modus’ on 3 robberies

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

LOCAL police believe there are similarities between the recent attempted robbery in Talisay City and the two robberies that occurred in Cebu City last month.

Based on information they received from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), the robbers who struck the Avon Beauty Center in Barangay Tabunok last Thursday used the same methods as the robbers who struck La Nueva Pharmacy in Barangay Inayawan last April and Three-Sixty Pharmacy in Barangay Bulacao last month, said Supt. Carmelo Dayon, Talisay City police chief.

Madrigal, secretary may face gross immoral conduct raps

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

CAPITOL chief security officer Loy Anthony Madrigal and his secretary may be held liable for gross immoral conduct after their photos were uploaded to a social networking site.

Retired deputy ombudsman Pelagio Apostol yesterday said the two could face criminal and administrative charges for violating Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

7 ‘violators’ to coordinate with City Hall

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

SEVEN establishments in Cebu City that received notices of violation for allegedly overstepping into a three-meter area along some of the city’s waterways have agreed to cooperate with the City Government.

“They committed that they will cooperate with us,” said Reduction of Danger Zones Chief Jose Daluz III.

MCWD bares project worth P4B

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

IN line with the celebration of September as Water Month, the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) said they will be undertaking a P4-billion project that seeks to bring more potable water to Metro Cebu.

MCWD general manager Ernie Delco said the project seeks to double their service connections from the current 160,000 to 320,000 by 2020.

Mandaue ABC head proposes hauling ban in Butuanon River

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

THE Mandaue City Council is mulling an ordinance banning the extraction of sand, gravel and other materials from the Butuanon River.

Association of Barangay Councils president and Subangdaku Barangay Captain Ernie Manatad, who sponsored the ordinance, expressed alarm over the excessive quarrying in the river.

Capitol distributes vans, ambulances to barangays

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government distributed P4.7 million worth of multicabs and mini-ambulances to the barangays and towns last Thursday.

Capitol also turned over two vans worth P3 million to the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) in Mandaue City.

Dengue sends 28 to hospital in Balamban

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

RECORDS at the Department of Health (DOH) 7 showed that the number of dengue cases in Balamban has risen from 25 to 28.

Rennan Cimafranca, DOH 7’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) chief, said they have yet to verify if the three additional cases that were admitted yesterday are dengue-related.

Police seize P360K worth of drugs

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

OVER a third of a million pesos worth of drugs were confiscated in two separate police operations over the week.

Last Thursday morning, Ronie Sagarino, 50, was arrested in a buy-bust that led to a seizure of suspected illegal drugs worth almost P250,000 in Barangay Poblacion, Lapu-Lapu City.

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