Police to reopen Pique case

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:29 a.m.

POLICE are back to square one in finding the killers of Ellah Joy Pique. They’re not giving up, though.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas said they will retrace the case in a bid to unearth new leads.

Question over jurisdiction prompts DILG 7 to suspend marathon hearings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has suspended the three-day marathon hearing of the administrative complaint filed against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and 13 other officials for the distribution of P20,000 calamity assistance to all City Hall officials and employees last year.

Ex-cop arrested; PRO 7 cleans rank

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

A FORMER policeman assigned in the Cebu City Public Safety Battalion was arrested last Monday afternoon through a warrant of arrest for a robbery case.

Ronilo Manuel, who last held the rank of PO2, was arrested by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) outside his house in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

New rerouting scheme on S. Osmeña Blvd.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

REROUTING on S. Osmeña Boulevard in the North Reclamation Area transfers to the other side today as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) continues with its road concreting project.

In a one-page traffic advisory, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Rafael Yap said that a portion of Gen. Maxilom Ext. to V. Sotto St. on the port side will be closed to vehicular traffic starting today.

Husband charged with homicide for in-law’s death

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

A HUSBAND allegedly stabbed to death his pregnant sister-in-law to avenge his wife who had suffered a heart attack.

Showing no emotions during the inquest proceeding yesterday afternoon, Peterson Lumbab opted not to file a counter-affidavit to answer the murder complaint filed against him by the Sogod Police Station.

Raids yield 2 persons, guns, P270T shabu

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

TWO people, including a 32-year-old mother, were arrested and more than P270,000 worth of suspected shabu and illegal firearms were seized by police during a crackdown against illegal drugs in San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu last Monday.

In Samboan town, a member of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion (4SRB) was caught in possession of firearms inside a passenger ship bound for Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte. These are believed to be unlicensed.

Buzz: Swing votes, foreign travel, Bella & Ellah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? -- ONE COUNCILOR stuck with his party and THREE COUNCILORS swung support to the rival party for reasons involving money: one’s financial problem was partly solved and the problem of three others over unliquidated cash advances was promised a solution.

-- ONE POLITICIAN got the contract to supply a daily-needed commodity to all the food service shops of a mall because of the help of another politician.

Eddiegul, 84, still eyes life of public service

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:30 a.m.

DURING his 84th birthday celebration yesterday, former congressman Eduardo “Eddiegul” Gullas said he is willing to serve the people again, hinting that he is running for Talisay City mayor in the 2016 election.

“I am not saying I have the intention to run for mayor again, but I have the intention to serve,” Gullas said.

Council tells executive: Buy rather than rent

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 06:28 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the P70-million budget identified by the executive to be used in buying heavy equipment for declogging and dredging projects instead of renting these.

This way, the City Government, through the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), can dredge and declog on its own terms.

Domestic terminal fee in Mactan will be higher by P20 starting Nov. 1

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) assured airport users that they will notice improvements in the domestic and international terminals when they start paying higher passenger service charge (PSC) on Nov. 1.

Police ‘rescue’ 13 minors under Banilad bridge

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Cebu City Police Office rounded up 13 minors and an 18-year-old under the bridge that spans the Mahiga Creek in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City last Sunday night.

WCPD Chief Areiza Otida said they conducted the operation after receiving reports that “mga batang libud suroy,” or street children, were spotted in the area.

Repair funds reached towns last August

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

RIGHT after any calamity, local governments are required by law to respond. Local officials have to make sure that food, medical supplies and temporary shelter reach suffering communities.

In the rush to help communities recover, the needs of local governments, like the repair of its damaged buildings, can be overlooked.

Quake’s toll hit P331.7M in Cebu City

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

CEBU City is recovering from last year’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake, but it is a slow, challenging process. And the City has paid for earthquake-response projects without any funds from the National Government so far.

Capitol gives infra biggest funds

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

DEVELOPMENT of highways and other structures worth P246 million has the biggest share, which is more than 50 percent, of Capitol’s P462.6-million worth of projects for 2015.

The plan was approved in the full membership meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) yesterday.

‘Stop blaming my City for Mahiga problem’

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

“STOP pointing fingers.”

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes made that statement yesterday as he lamented that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama appears to be blaming Mandaue City for the delay in taking down foot bridges over Mahiga Creek.

Ex-cops behind W. Union heist?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

TWO former policemen were tagged in the robbery of Western Union in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City last week.

Police have identified Eugene Salingay as one of two alleged robbers.

Sering: Land use should be greener, disaster-proof

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

A CABINET secretary told local government units (LGUs) to revise their comprehensive land use plans (CLUPs) to complement with th

Police should continue hunt for girl’s killers

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

THE police should not stop looking for the people behind the abduction and death of six-year-old Ellah Joy Pique three years ago, a former judge said.

Retired judge Meinrado Paredes said the investigation should continue despite the dismissal of the case against Bella Ruby Santos, a native of Inayagan, City of Naga.

Man caught having sex with dog

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

A 36-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after he was allegedly caught having sex with his neighbor’s dog in Barangay Cubacub, Mandaue City at dawn last Sunday.

Harold (real name withheld) was released in the afternoon after the owner of the dog, reportedly a poodle, took pity on him.

Carcar eyed as site for power plant

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

AN official of a Korean solar power company will visit Carcar City this Saturday after he expressed willingness to set up a 50 megawatt (mw) plant in the city.

This was announced by Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura during the birthday celebration of former Cebu first district representative Eduardo Gullas yesterday.

Truck hits tourist van, injures 3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

THREE Japanese tourists were injured after their van was hit by a truck in Santander town, the southernmost part of Cebu, at dawn yesterday.

They were identified as Kuroiwa Mamoru, 65, of Susakashi, Nagano; his son Kuroiwa Minoro, 31, of Gotemba, Shizuoka; and Fujisawa Hiroko, 58, of Shimotakai-gun, Nagano.

Truck hits tourist van, injures

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

THREE Japanese tourists were injured after their van was hit by a truck in Santander town, the southernmost part of Cebu, at dawn yesterday.

They were identified as Kuroiwa Mamoru, 65, of Susakashi, Nagano; his son Kuroiwa Minoro, 31, of Gotemba, Shizuoka; and Fujisawa Hiroko, 58, of Shimotakai-gun, Nagano.

Quake shook up courts’ work

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Court employees, judges and lawyers are waiting for a more definite plan from the Supreme Court (SC) on what to do about the Palace of Justice in Cebu, a year after it was declared off-limits following an earthquake.

Mactan Airport passenger charge to go up on Nov. 1, board decides

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:58 a.m.

PASSENGERS leaving on international flights from Mactan will have to pay an additional P200 starting on Nov. 1, 2014. For domestic passengers, only one-fifth of the proposed increase will be imposed right away.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) Board approved the new rates during its meeting last Friday in Manila.

A year after the quake: How is CCMC’s recovery so far?

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:17 a.m.

CEBU - Shortly after last year’s earthquake, the Cebu City Government lost one of its busiest facilities in the delivery of basic services, the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Council to study DEPW’s P70M project; DPWH 7 warns firms vs. illegal tapping

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

TO determine if they can really solve the city’s flooding problem, the Cebu City Council will tackle today the Department of Engineering and Public Works’ (DEPW) P70 million worth of dredging and declogging project for rivers, creeks and waterways.

The matter, which is covered by a resolution by Councilors Noel Wenceslao, Roberto Cabarrubias, Hanz Abella and David Tumulak, was filed during their Oct. 8 regular session.

When in CCMC, ‘please be patient’

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

LIMITED space and angry patients.

These continue to hound the staff of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) one year after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to transfer their operations to the smaller Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 compound.

T’was ‘bungled case from start'

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE investigation on the abduction and death of six-year-old Ellah Joy Pique three years ago was bungled by the police from the start, according to the victim’s father.

Nagsugod pagkaguba ang ebidensiya sa panahon ni (The evidence started to get week during the time of) Col. Digal,” said Renante Pique.

Multicab collides with minibus in Dalaguete; 1 killed, 10 hurt

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

ONE person was killed while ten others were injured when a multicab collided with a minibus in the City of Naga, Cebu yesterday afternoon.

Charlotte Jane Mirafuentes, 16, of Barangay Casay, Dalaguete, died minutes after she was taken to the South General Hospital at 5 p.m. yesterday.

Tisa has P13M unliquidated fund

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

BARANGAY Tisa, Cebu City has unliquidated financial assistance from the Cebu City Government amounting to P13 million.

The amount was released by the City to the barangay in 2012 yet. The barangay at that time was headed by then barangay captain Teresita Cabulao.

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