CEBU CITY -- As the nation commemorates Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s 31st death anniversary today, his son, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, continues to draw criticism for saying in a television interview that he is open to changing the Constitution.
In Cebu, a church official, three lawyers and non-government organizations expressed their opposition to any move to amend the Constitution.
TWO more companies submitted proposals to the Cebu City Government to lease portions of the South Road Properties (SRP).
Bright Academy and Play House Children's Center wants a 25-year lease on two hectares in the SRP for a new campus.
A ROAD-SHARING activity will be organized by different sectors in Cebu City next month.
As part of efforts to respond to climate change and to lessen traffic congestion in Cebu, concerned groups plan to establish a “green loop,” which incorporates a plan to share the road among pedestrians and motorists.
BRING in a third-party licensed tree pathologist.
This was the decision that representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 and Movement for a Livable Cebu (MLC) agreed in a multi-sectoral dialogue yesterday afternoon.
THE Cebu Provincial Board approved the ordinance requiring all hospitals and health institutions in the province to install security cameras in “critical” areas.
These critical areas include wards, pathological nurseries or neo-natal intensive care units, emergency rooms and other areas determined by hospital policies.
OPERATIVES from the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) arrested three suspected drug pushers in an operation that started in Sibonga and ended in the neighboring Carcar City.
In Sibonga, the PIB team initiated a buy-bust against drug suspects Rey Llanos and Jonathan Nacua Dayagan in Barangay Poblacion at 4:20 p.m. last Tuesday.
SOME 103 sitios in Cebu City has been identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as susceptible to landslides, while 168 sitios are susceptible to flooding.
DENR recently conducted a geohazard mapping in the city and the initial results were presented to the City Council yesterday.
THE Cebu City Council yesterday declared the fire-stricken Sitio Villagonzalo I in Barangay Tejero under a state of calamity.
The declaration will allow the City Government to use its calamity fund to extend additional help to the fire survivors.
ARMAN Dino lost part of his right arm in a firecracker accident when he was seven years old. But his disability did not stop him from reaping medals in national and international sporting events more than 20 years later.
THIS early political leaders are already planning whom to field and support in the 2016 elections. Decisions, of course, will be made in the run-up to the deadline for filing COCs. But negotiations and trade-offs have already begun.
In Mandaue City, for example: the mayor, who will reach his term limit, may run for vice mayor. The congressman, who still has one term, may run for reelection, not for mayor, as earlier speculated. Who’ll be the group’s mayoral bet then? A dark horse looms, who’ll face the opposition’s probable bet, the daughter of a former city mayor.
FOUR Cebu City councilors decided to leave the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) to form an independent bloc in the City Council, in the wake of disagreements on how the South Road Properties (SRP) should be sold.
A DISMISSED policeman, tagged by police as the number one robbery personality in Cebu Province, was arrested during a raid in Barangay Lamac, Consolacion yesterday morning.
Supt. Rodolfo Albotra Jr., head of Cebu Provincial Police Office’s intelligence and investigation section, identified him as PO2 Antonio Aguisanda.
THE local governments of Cebu Province, Cebu City and Cordova can pursue the construction of a third bridge between mainland Cebu and Mactan Island, as a joint venture with a private company, said the chief counsel of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center.
A ROSE Pharmacy branch in Barangay Pitogo, Consolacion lost P80,000 in cash to three men last Monday afternoon, barely two hours after the Three-Sixty Pharmacy heist in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City.
The police said business establishments with insufficient security measures—such as armed security guards and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras—are common targets of robbers.
TWO Cebuana lawyers short-listed for the post of deputy ombudsman for the Visayas are relying on their integrity and independence to get the appointment.
Lawyer Carla Juris Narvios-Tanco, director of the Visayas Ombudsman’s public assistance and corruption prevention office, welcomed the decision of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to include her among the five short-listed candidates, whom she described as formidable.
A POLICEMAN allegedly shot and killed the brother of his live-in partner during a confrontation in Sitio Kawot, Barangay Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning.
Golgie Donor, 26, died from two gunshot wounds, said PO1 Jomar Florentino of Lapu-Lapu City Police Office's Homicide Section.
THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 urged private offices and big corporations, such as those in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, to promote mental health among their workers.
Emalyn Fernandez, DOH 7 mental health focal person, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that companies must come up with stress debriefing activities for employees to balance work and life.
CEBU - A Japanese national allegedly hanged himself inside his rented room in Sitio Univille, Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City last Monday afternoon.
Masaki Hashimoto, 31, from Osaka, Japan allegedly hanged himself with a rope tied to a wooden beam.
ILLEGAL excavation is reportedly threatening the structural integrity of the Bonbon Bridge.
This is why Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella wants the illegal excavation of sand and gravel in the mountain barangay of Bonbon stopped.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama thanked former Department of Tourism (DOT) undersecretary Phineas Alburo for his service in the national agency as well as the Cebu City Government.
Alburo died last Thursday.
THE Anti-Pork Coalition in Cebu yesterday said they expect some 5,000 to 8,000 people to attend a signature campaign on Saturday against any form of lump sum appropriation in the government's budget.
The coalition aims to gather thousands of protesters at the Plaza Independencia on Aug. 23 to support the People's Initiative (PI).
OFFICIALS from the mountain barangay of Buot, Cebu City were told to intensify a campaign against the cultivation of marijuana plants.
Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (Pcac) chairperson and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella said the council learned from the village officials that some areas in the barangay are being used to grow marijuana.
ALWAYS prioritize the people, protect the environment and generate income when it comes to disaster preparedness.
These are the guiding principles shared by former San Francisco mayor Alfredo Arquillano, who is the Regional Center of Expertise in Cebu president, with the participants of the first Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (AFC) Summit yesterday.
WHEN was the last time the police ordered the arrest of a crime suspect “in 48 hours”?
Cebu City police chief Noli Romana issued the order Monday, as if somebody who committed a heinous crime had to be put away fast.
A GRAND reenactment of the arrival of the Augustinians in Cebu and the finding of the Santo Nino will be part of the activities of the 450th anniversary of Kaplag in April next year.
Officials of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu said they plan to tap more than 1,000 performers from Cebu’s colleges and universities to perform for the grand reenactment.
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has always asked a friend to accompany him in feeding his grandfather’s livestock in the hilly portion of Barangay Lunas, Asturias.
Last July 7, Jess (full name withheld) sat on a bench to relax after feeding the animals.
A STUDY team of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has recommended five bridges connecting Mactan Island and mainland Cebu, which will support future growth of the metropolis.
THE Cebu Provincial Government awarded yesterday its most loyal employee.
Danilo Rama Villareal, 63, was the youngest employee when he started working at the Capitol in 1970. He was 19 and received P6 a day for his work as sand and gravel activity checker.
WATER is an essential element for Cebu to achieve economic growth in the aftermath of calamities.
This was stressed by Jay Tecson, head of the Be Secure Project, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).
HOLDING a referendum on whether to scrap the pork barrel system will be a tough process.
Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano cited logistical problems and limited time.