A SUSPECTED drug peddler was killed in a shootout with the police during a buy-bust in Barangay Calawisan, Lapu-Lau City last Thursday afternoon.
Four other suspects, including a minor, were also arrested by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office.
PO1 Felicisimo Unabia Jr. turned 34 last Sunday. He spent his birthday with his family in a simple celebration.
He wished for good health and happiness for his wife, parents and siblings. He also wished for her two daughters to finish their studies at whatever cost.
TWO men who were allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a policeman in Carcar City, Cebu was arrested by police last Thursday morning.
Marvin Binoya, 31, and Juanito Linggatong, 38, were caught inside a house in Sitio Relis, Barangay Poblacion I at 10 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants to widen the road leading to the area in Barangay Quiot that was struck by fire last Wednesday, but he described it as a big challenge.
“I cannot imagine how our fire trucks penetrated the area,” Rama said.
PACRASIO “Francis” Esparis is a radio drama performer who also writes scripts and directs fellow actors.
Inside a recording booth, they craft scenes through sounds and their voices. He said they always make sure listeners can picture the scene as if they’re watching a movie.
“LET them sue,” said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7’s warning that the City’s Pay Parking Ordinance is illegal.
The DPWH 7 cited Presidential Decree 17, or the Revised Philippine Highway Act.
ENGINEERS from the Supreme Court will arrive in Cebu City next week to inspect the Quimonda IT Center, which will serve as a temporary courthouse.
This came after judges and court workers of the Marcelo Fernan Palace of Justice opposed their transfer to Quimonda.
THE Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) 7 and the Cebu City Government's Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) gave at least P2.5 million worth of livelihood assistance to some 250 families in 14 barangays of the city.
Yesterday, each of the families were given P10,000. The distribution was held at the Social Hall of Cebu City Hall's legislative building.
ALTHOUGH the complaint, filed before the Office of the Mayor, against South Road Properties (SRP) manager Roberto Varquez has been withdrawn, the Cebu City Council proceeded with its investigation.
The source of the extortion complaint against Varquez, an appointee of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, was traced to two City Hall employees who received money without authority.
FOR failure to submit their statement of contributions and expenditures (Soce), 12 councilors from two towns and two cities in Cebu were told by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to vacate their posts.
Comelec ordered at least 422 recently elected officials to vacate their offices for failure to submit their Soces.
THE consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. submitted the highest bid for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expansion and upgrading project.
The Department of Transportation and Communications opened the financial bids of the seven bidders for the P17.5-billion project.
THE “pay-parking” business of the Cebu City Government is “illegal” and violates Presidential Decree (PD) 17, also known as the Revised Philippine Highway Act.
This was the content of the letter of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 Director Ador Canlas to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, as presiding officer of Cebu City Council.
AN OFF-DUTY policeman was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in Barangay Poblacion II, Carcar City, Cebu last Wednesday night.
PO1 Felicisimo Unabia Jr., 34, was waiting for a passenger bus on Jose P. Rizal St. so he could report for duty in Cebu City when he was shot at 8:40 p.m.
TWO Sun.Star Cebu journalists yesterday won in the 2nd Justice Award for Reporting Human Trafficking, an award given to media practitioners in Cebu who have helped “expose” human trafficking activities to the public.
During the awarding ceremony, Kevin Lagunda and Gerome Dalipe placed second and third, respectively, on the hard news category for print.
THE power sector could not say when supply in Cebu will return to normal.
With this, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III urged industrial firms with power generation equipment to use these facilities so they will not compete with other consumers during peak hours.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama revealed that two more companies are interested in the South Road Properties (SRP).
Rama showed reporters the letter of Robinsons Land and the consortium of I-Land Co. Ltd. and Aquila Primary Corp.
SOME three-hectare lot at the back of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the South Road Properties (SRP) will be the site for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
Mayor Michael Rama yesterday disclosed he wants the new city hospital to be placed there, saying that the area is enough to house the bigger hospital.
A WOMAN believed to be suffering from a mental disorder caused heavy traffic at the first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge when she attempted to jump from it yesterday morning.
It took about two hours for personnel of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation to rescue the woman, believed to be in her 20s, who resisted and cursed the rescuers as she stood on a steel beam under the bridge.
THE chiefs of the two barangays that were hit by fire on Tuesday and Wednesday suggested a re-blocking in affected areas.
Carreta Barangay Captain Eddie Lauron and Quiot Barangay Captain Francis Espares said the re-blocking will help fire fighters to have an easy access in case another fire will occur.
THE Lapu-Lapu City Police is now preparing case folders of non-bailable cases against their most wanted person, who has been fugitive for 10 years and was arrested in Davao last week.
“If police officers investigating the case are already retired, the court will summon them to appear during hearing,” said Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) City Director Rey Lyndon Lawas as the time of the arrest went beyond an officer’s duration of service.
A FORMER security guard hacked his 51-year-old father to death inside his house in Barangay Pangdan, Naga City at dawn yesterday.
Police said that suspect Marjon Manriquez, 26, murdered his father, Ananias, after he caught the latter having sex with his wife last July.
A SURVIVOR of super typhoon Yolanda from Eastern Visayas, who was among the evacuees taken in one of the evacuation centers in Cebu City, was believed to have fallen victim to human trafficking, a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Human Trafficking said.
Assistant City Prosecutor Maria Luisa Ratilla, a task force member, said they learned about the matter when they visited several evacuation centers in the city as ordered by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima.
THE Mandaue City Government will release P4.8 million to give additional bonuses for nearly 2,000 public school teachers.
Mayor Jonas Cortes announced on Wednesday that each public school teacher in Mandaue will receive P2,500 from the City, aside from their P5,000 bonus or performance enhancement incentives from the Department of Education (DepEd).
MORE than 50 Filipino-American doctors, nurses, volunteers and other medical professionals arrived in Cebu yesterday to conduct a medical and humanitarian mission in typhoon-ravaged areas in northern Cebu and Tacloban City in Leyte.
They belong to the Ohama Medical Missions Inc. They came all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii and brought along with them their medical team to help survivors.
TO FEED her six children, 43-year-old Lilibeth Respondo resorted to drug pushing. “Wala man ko’y trabaho lain (I don’t have any another job),” she said.
Respondo used to have an eatery, but she chose to sell shabu with the lure of easy money.
A LADY complainant in a trafficking case was allegedly offered P50,000 to drop the criminal charges she filed against a Singaporean national and his two Filipino accomplices.
Assistant City Prosecutor Liceria Lofranco-Rabillas revealed that an emissary of the trafficking suspects went to the house of the complainant in Cebu City and allegedly offered her the bribe money in exchange for dropping of the case.
CEBU CITY -- Nearly 800 individuals were left homeless and a firefighter got injured when flames spread through three sitios in Barangays Quiot and Kinasang-an in Cebu City Wednesday dawn.
The fire struck just nine hours after another fire in Barangays Carreta and Tejero, in Cebu City’s north district, burned around 200 houses in three sitios.
THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will be expanding its transmission system to address overloading problems in the Cebu-Mandaue area.
However, the project, called the Colon-Cebu Transmission Line Project, will displace 15 families in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, where NGCP plans to expropriate lots where its posts will be mounted.
THE Cebu City Council found a couple of transactions conducted by the executive branch at City Hall that did not have the permission of the legislative body.
One of the transactions was the P3.7-million drainage improvement project in Barangay Sawang Calero.
THE Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) is asking the National Government to give them an P8-million additional allocation to address the increasing number of patients.
Dr. Gerardo Aquino, VSMMC medical chief, told Sun.Star Cebu that they are seeking an additional allocation from the Department of Health (DOH) after they started admitting patients following the partial closure of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), whose building was declared unsafe following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15, 2013.