3 ex-HPG 7 officials facing charges before Argao RTC

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

THREE former members of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 will face trial in court for the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in Dalaguete, Cebu earlier this year.

This came after Acting Cebu Provincial Prosecutor Jesus Rodrigo Taga-an denied for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration filed by the three policemen, who sought to defer the filing of the case information in court.

Gas station loses P18T, firearms to 2 men on bike

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

A GASOLINE station lost P18,000 in cash to two unidentified robbers in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City at dawn yesterday.

Security guard Abeso Corredo, 22, of the Petron Gasoline Station on Cabancalan St. immediately called the Talamban police after the two armed men left with the money.

Cebu City ready for Apec meeting

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- Mayor Michael Rama welcomes the challenge to possibly host an Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) meeting by the end of the year.

Rama challenged the Cebu City Council to work with the executive in preparing for the meeting of some APEC delegates in December, originally planned to be held in Legazpi City in Albay.

Family week in Lapu-Lapu targets cyberporn problem

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza reminded families to be vigilant against cyberporn as the City joins the celebration of the National Family Week.

Radaza urged beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program last Monday to report to authorities cyberporn activities in their communities.

Buzz: That P124.124M DAP dole-out to Tomas

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

TWO things about the P124.124 million that then congressman Tomas Osme¤a admits he received from the president’s pork barrel called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a City Hall watcher notes:

[1] The projects for which the money was spent were not publicized; if they were, the story “must have been buried with the obituaries.” Not for propaganda but for transparency; “odd that we hear about the money only now, more than a year after the end of his term.”

Robbery with rape filed against 2 men

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

TWO men who were accused of robbing and raping a 21-year-old saleslady in front of her boyfriend in Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando will face trial after they were charged by the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in court.

Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Al Rey Ouano found enough evidence to indict Kevin Cabrera, 23, and Arnel Ladica, 29, for committing robbery with rape.

RIDMD to policewoman: Submit documents

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 directed the policewoman, who was accused of mishandling funds intended for typhoon Yolanda survivors, to submit documents that will show how much she received and how the funds were handled.

Boy, 2, dies in road mishap

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was hit by a pickup driven by an Indian businessman in Barangay Sto. Niño, Malabuyoc, Cebu on Wednesday afternoon.

Luie Benlot died from severe head injuries, said PO3 Diosdado Iran Jr. of the Malabuyoc Police Station.

PRO7 backs Purisima

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

THE men and women of the Police Regional Office (PRO)7 affirmed their support to Philippine National Police Director Alan Purisima amid the controversies on corruption he is facing.

Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, PRO7 director, said they “strongly” support the leadership of Purisima despite issues denouncing the PNP chief and the national police agency.

Sun.Star Cebu wins 3 Globe Media Excellence Awards

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

CEBU CITY – Sun.Star Cebu bagged three of the nine Globe Cebu Media Excellence Awards (CMEA) held Thursday at the Cebu Marriott Hotel.

The 3rd Globe Cebu Media Excellence Awards is part of the celebration of the annual Cebu Press Freedom Week.

CCMC sets Oct. 4 fund-raising concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

THE Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) and a religious group will hold a concert for a cause to raise funds for the construction of a new hospital.

The concert, dubbed as “One Night Only,” will be staged at the grounds of the old CCMC on Oct. 4. Employees of the CCMC, along with a surprise guest, will be performing in the concert.

Mayon's activity may send Apec meeting to Cebu

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- A meeting of some 400 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) delegates in December that was supposed to be held in Legazpi City, Albay may be moved to Cebu City, a police official said.

The threat of Mayon Volcano erupting in the next few weeks has compelled organizers to consider moving the meeting to Cebu, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Prudencio “Tom” Bañas was informed this week.

‘Irregular’ spending

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

STATE auditors have found that the Carcar City Government spent P4 million on intelligence operations last year, exceeding the limit on spending public funds for the purpose by P3.82 million.

Commission on Audit (COA) 7 auditors also found that Carcar City retained P2.5 million in Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).

79 outlets to get CH notices

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

THE Cebu City Legal Office will soon be serving notices to 79 branches of pawnshops, money transfer and money changer shops to upgrade their security measures.

If they fail to comply with the notice, the City Government will order the temporary closure of these outlets, said City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo.

6 Cebu City Hall casual workers ‘demoted’ to JOs, seek council’s help

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

SIX personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) of the Cebu City Government have not been receiving their salary for the past seven months.

They also cried foul over their alleged “demotion” to job-order (JO) personnel from being casual employees of City Hall.

'Use the money in time deposit for social services'

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama directed the City Treasurer’s Office to pre-terminate a five-year time deposit with the Philippine Veterans Bank.

More than P165 million was deposited by then city treasurer Ofelia Oliva in the bank, in an account that is expected to mature in 2016 yet.

Capitol, City have agreed on CICC’s price

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

THE Provincial Government is willing to lower the price for the sale of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) to the Mandaue City Government.

The Capitol earlier offered to sell the CICC to Mandaue for P600 million, based on the result of the Provincial Assessor’s Office assessment.

Chief finds lapses in anti-drug operation need improvement’ chief finds lapses in drug raid

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

CEBU City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana noted several deficiencies in the way police conducted anti-drug operations after leading a raid in Barangay Bulacao yesterday dawn.

Five persons were arrested in separate operations in Cebu City yesterday.

Comelec asked: Extend registration for youth

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

A YOUTH group in Cebu City is asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the voters registration for next year’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Comelec’s scheduled nine-day registration from Sept. 20 to Sept. 29 is too short, said Akbayan Youth Cebu.

Mandaue hopes to give lot owners final payment

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:40 a.m.

THE owners of the 6.5-hectare lot being developed by the Mandaue City Government for the relocation of families living on riverbanks still await full payment of the property.

Tonypet Juanico, head of the City Housing and Urban Development Office, said he will meet with officials of the Socialized Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC) to request for the release of P48 million as final payment to the Lua family.

PB okays measure urging LGUs to improve security

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THE Provincial Board (PB) asked the Cebu Provincial Police Office to help local government units (LGUs) improve their security system.

It also asked the LGUs to update their security measures to prevent any loss of valuables inside the municipal or city hall.

Vibrations worry command post

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

WITHIN two weeks, the Cebu City Command Control Center (C3) monitored an average of 25 tremors a day.

These became so frequent that Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak wrote Director Renato Solidum last Sept. 3 to ask what the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) thought of the events.

Journalist says opinion should be based on fact

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

FACT-checking and getting the side of the person who is the subject of an opinion piece are ways to avoid a lawsuit, according to a veteran journalist and blogger.

Raissa Robles said that opinion makers should make sure the facts they write in their column are correct to avoid being charged with libel.

‘Blame floods on improper land use’

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

IMPROPER land development and conversion in urban areas are partly responsible for the continuous flooding in Metro Cebu, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said.

‘Cult leader,’ 2 followers face raps over boy’s death

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

THE man believed to be leading a cult in Balamban town and two of his followers will now face a murder charge for the death of a 14-year-old boy in March this year.

Provincial Prosecutors Ludivico Vistal Cutaran and Venice Balansag found evidence to charge Casiano “Tatay Loloy Jr.” Apduhan and his followers Zacarias Barquio and Victor Fajardo with murder for the death of Angelo Repuela, who was buried inside Apduhan’s villa.

Mandaue store burglarized, lost P1.5M in cash, jewelry

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

AN ESTABLISHMENT in Mandaue City lost P1.5 million in cash and jewelry to burglars last Monday.

Initial investigation revealed that the culprits may have entered through the ceiling of the U-Well Marketing, located on A. Del Rosario St. in Barangay Mantuyong.

Capitol, City have agreed on CICC’s price

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

THE Provincial Government is willing to lower the price for the sale of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) to the Mandaue City Government.

The Capitol earlier offered to sell the CICC to Mandaue for P600 million, based on the result of the Provincial Assessor’s Office assessment.

Chief finds lapses in anti-drug operation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

CEBU City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana noted several deficiencies in the way police conducted anti-drug operations after leading a raid in Barangay Bulacao yesterday dawn.

Five persons were arrested in separate operations in Cebu City yesterday.

Comelec asked: Extend registration for youth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

A YOUTH group in Cebu City is asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the voters registration for next year’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Comelec’s scheduled nine-day registration from Sept. 20 to Sept. 29 is too short, said Akbayan Youth Cebu.

In a news conference yesterday, Mikay Dumaboc of Akbayan Cebu said the poll body should extend the SK registration period until the semestral break.

Rama orders Citom to help MLC in road-sharing test

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama tasked the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to help the organizer of a road-sharing experiment in the city on Sunday, Sept 28.

“I want City Hall to be proactive,” Rama told reporters.

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