Veco installs 3 sub-lines; outages expected

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

THE Visayan Electric Company (Veco) is currently installing three sub-transmission lines as part of its 10-year development plan to reinforce reliability, efficiency and continuous power supply in its franchise area.

Veco Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Sebastian Lacson said that during the construction of these projects, customers in some areas will experience power service interruptions.

Fed up, girl, 16, takes own life

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl took her life inside their house in the southern town of Alcoy, Cebu on Wednesday night.

Danica (not her real name) was found by her younger brother hanging in their room in Barangay Atabay past 8 p.m.

P10.6-M reservoir up for use

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) yesterday opened a reservoir in a subdivision in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

The P10.6-million state-of-the-art reservoir can store 1,000 cubic meters of water that can supply about 3,800 households, including the homeowners of a real estate development, living within the Guadalupe area.

DENR 7 may lift cease-and-desist order if DPWH, contractor heed options

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 will not lift the cease-and-desist order it issued last April against the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to prevent the agency from earth-balling the remaining trees along the road concreting project on S. Osmeña Blvd. in Cebu City.

Judge to rebels: Motion denied

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

THE two arrested Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) officials and their five companions will face trial for multiple cases.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29 Judge Ruben Altubar denied the motion to dismiss filed by party chairman Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, the group's secretary-general.

Vehicle issuance is exec prerogative

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

FOLLOWING the request to review the Cebu City Government's policy on the distribution of vehicles to the 80 villages, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella clarified that it is the prerogative of the executive department on who gets custody of the city-issued vehicles.

"It's the call of the mayor to whom he will entrust the vehicles," Labella told reporters yesterday.

‘Illegal recruiters’ face trial for con

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

FOUR people are facing a criminal case in court for allegedly duping three job applicants into applying for lucrative employments abroad.

These turned out to be false job offers.

5 workers want land certified as disposable

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

FIVE Argao job order (JO) workers facing complaint for allegedly cutting trees in a timberland area asked the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) to certify the land as alienable and disposable.

They hope this will clear them of the charges, as their regional director did years ago in a Supreme Court (SC) case.

Looc fire displaces 11 families

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

SOME 11 families were displaced by a fire that struck a sitio in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City last Tuesday afternoon, according to the City Social Welfare Services (CSWS).

The victims are housed temporarily in tents near their burnt houses in Sitio Superior and are given meals by the CSWS.

Buzz: PNoy’s allies in Senate help Abad

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION allies in the Senate yesterday helped Budget Secretary Butch Abad defend DAP, the president’s pork barrel, instead of making him explain why it was done and where the money went.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and Sen. Antonio Trillanes didn’t only make leading questions but also presented “contrived” inquiries, aimed to remove the mud flung at the major referring to plunder architect of DAP. They proved the SC right in its observation that DAP “castrated” Congress’s power of the purse and the legislators “suicidally consented” to it.

City’s inmates in dire straits

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

POOR health care and nutrition, overcrowding and lack of medicine or food aid are among the problems inmates in the Cebu City Jail face.

A missionaries’ group asked the Cebu City Government yesterday if there was anything the City could do to help improve the prisoners’ lot.

Vehicle diverted to Rama allies?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the General Services Office (GSO) to review its policy on giving and assigning vehicles to the city’s 80 villages.

Some city officials have learned that Barangay Pahina San Nicolas did not receive what was due them.

More traffic lights ‘will help protect’ Citom enforcers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to add more traffic lights in the city.

This will spare traffic enforcers the risk of being on the road to manage traffic.

Radaza posts P140K bail over pork misuse case

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza posted bail of P140,000 after the Sandiganbayan issued a warrant for her arrest last July 14 over the alleged misuse of a former congresswoman’s pork barrel funds in 2002.

Radaza, former Cebu congresswoman Clavel Asas-Martinez and the latter’s son Celestino “Tining” Martinez III have been charged by the Office of the Ombudsman with malversation of public funds and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

7 trees to be felled next month

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

DECAYED century-old trees along the highway of the City of Naga will be removed by next month.

This was the agreement reached by officials of the City Government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, and representatives of a pro-environment group in a meeting yesterday.

Boy, 7, dies after eating puffer fish; 6 others downed

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy died while his four siblings and parents experienced difficulty in breathing after they reportedly got poisoned from eating puffer fish last Monday afternoon in Madridejos, Cebu.

John Clifford Negro died in the Bantayan District Hospital on Monday night.

FB post showing city cop helping senior goes viral

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:23 p.m.

“WHEN we help, we should not think of what we can get in return. Think of it as part of our duty,” said PO1 Mark Wilson Roa, a field training policeman who was photographed helping a senior citizen change a flat tire.

Last July 15, Roa, 27, helped 75-year-old Orlando Enoveso change his flat tire on Juan Luna Ave., right outside the Carmelite Monastery.

200 houses for Daanbantayan folks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THE local government of Daanbantayan and its partner-organizations yesterday held the groundbreaking of Unity Village, a relocation site for some fishers who survived the devastation of typhoon Yolanda in Barangay Pajo.

Mayor Augusto Corro and Cemex Philippines President Pedro Palomino led the ceremony, which was also attended by Gawad Kalinga (GK) and the beneficiaries.

Capitol hires 14 doctors for permanent posts, to take care of district hospitals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

FOURTEEN doctors hired by the Provincial Government for permanent positions took their oath of office before Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday.

The doctors will report to the provincial and district hospitals where they are assigned starting today.

NBI to probe ‘HPG 7 agent’ selling stolen car

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 is investigating a supposed confidential agent of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 for allegedly selling a stolen vehicle through an online store.

Supervising agent Rennan Oliva said Reynaldo Tan of Iligan City accused a certain Mario Real Saycon of selling a Toyota Revo worth P230,000 through ayosdito.ph last January.

4 nabbed in anti-drug operations

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

FOUR persons were arrested in separate buy-bust operations of the City Anti-illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDSOTF) this week.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the police arrested Neil Manila, 38, in Barangay Kamagayan.

PDEA 7 officers rewarded

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government awarded the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 cash incentives for its successful drug operations.

Gov. Hilario Davide III said Capitol gave a total of P25,000 to four PDEA personnel yesterday.

JVR’s exclusion of kin on SALN not a violation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:17 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes can now heave a sigh of relief.

Deputy Ombudsman Pelagio Apostol clarified that job-order personnel are “service contract” employees, thus, they cannot be considered as regular government workers.

Body supports retirement facility, but rejects 9 points in draft lease deal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council’s special committee rejected nine points raised in the draft leasehold agreement proposed by a Japanese firm interested in putting up a retirement facility at the South Road Properties (SRP).

The special committee composed of Councilors Gerardo Carillo, Margarita Osmeña, Mary Ann de los Santos, Nestor Archival Sr., Sisinio Andales, Nendell Hanz Abella and Noel Eleuterio Wenceslao received the final draft of the proposed contract from I-land Ways Philippines.

Buzz: Colorful language in DAP controversy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

Controversy over DAP is far from bland and colorless. It also uses striking and sex-laden words:

-- COA notes Department of Budget & Management’s “QUICKIE approach to disbursing funds.”

Fewer children in Central Visayas underweight

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

MALNUTRITION among pre-school children in Central Visayas has steadily decreased in the last 10 years, from a rate of 13.77 percent in 2004 to 5.54 percent last year.

But gains in the campaign to eradicate malnutrition should not make government and families complacent, an official of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 said.

NBI 7 faked proof on Archival ambush: highway patrol officers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

FIVE former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officials hit back at five National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 officers for allegedly fabricating evidence to make it appear they conspired to ambush lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides last February.

Long road ahead for Mananga Water Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:15 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday said they will evaluate the feasibility study on Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. delos Reyes's plan to convert Mananga River into a "Mananga Water Park" once they receive it.

Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 spokesman and public information officer, said they'll only do this provided that all environmental laws, rules and regulations are fully complied with.

Gov. Davide gets update on Apec summit preparations

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

SOME 2,000 delegates are expected to converge in Cebu for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year.

Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina, deputy director general for conference management services under the Office of the President, said four of the 21 meetings will be held in Cebu in August, September.

Jeepney drivers accuse enforcers of extortion

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

TRAFFIC Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) Chief Edwin Ermac yesterday urged jeepney drivers to report traffic enforcers who collect bribes.

Reacting to allegations that some traffic enforcers collect P20 daily from jeepney drivers, Ermac said formal complaints should be made so Team can investigate.

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