CEBU - At least 88 cases involving illegal drugs in Central Visayas were dismissed since 2002 because of technicalities, data from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 showed.
Failure to comply with the “custody, inventory and disposition of seized dangerous drugs and paraphernalia” was a common reason for the dismissals.
PUBLIC works officials are asking for P13.125 billion to work on roads and other infrastructure in Central Visayas next year, including preparations for a third bridge to Mactan Island.
Six district engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 presented their proposed budgets to the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and Gov. Hilario Davide III in a recent meeting.
POLITICAL will, check. Removal of jeepneys, check. Willingness, check. Flyovers, negotiable.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), in a road map study of Metro Cebu, identified four “critical success factors” in implementing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu City.
FRIENDS and fellow travelers and volunteers gathered last night to remember German national Heinrich “Henry” Haffner, who died in a shooting in Talisay City more than a week ago.
They lit candles, shared their memories of Haffner and wrote messages for him on a tarpaulin printed with a picture of his smiling face.
OFFICIALS of Barangay Cogon-Ramos have expressed their opposition to the new traffic scheme that the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is implementing in their area.
In an approved resolution, the Cogon-Ramos barangay council said they are against the parallel parking and two-way traffic policies on F. Ramos St. and Gen. Echavez St., respectively, because of the danger they pose to the public, particularly to children.
AS the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) will start today the observance of Fire Prevention Month, the Cebu City fire department urged owners of old houses and commercial buildings to have their properties checked by competent electricians.
Chief Insp. Rogelio Bongabong Jr. said old electrical connections may cause fire if other wires are connected to them.
THE new leadership of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will push for the conduct of Bar examinations in Cebu.
Newly elected IBP Cebu Province president Gonzalo Malig-on said that IBP will follow up its request to the Supreme Court to allow bar examinations outside Manila to “level the playing field” among barristers.
A 14-YEAR-OLD boy and 45-year-old man died in separate vehicular accidents over the weekend.
This, as Councilman Elmero Gosanes of Barangay Mangaco, Ginatilan, was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run last Tuesday night.
ALLIES of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama believe that the complaint filed against City officials over the distribution of P20,000-calamity assistance is politically motivated.
Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Philip Zafra and Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) Chairperson Raymond Garcia both consider politics as the impulse behind the complaint.
OPERATIVES of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 arrested a former barangay tanod for allegedly keeping unlicensed firearms.
Henrick Sebial, 55, was arrested in a raid inside his house in Barangay Linaw, Minglanilla, Cebu, at 6 a.m. yesterday.
“UNDERDOG no more.”
This was how Dr. Ramon Aballe, president emeritus of the Medical Alumni Association of Southwestern University (SWU), described the university in his message during the recognition rites for student achievers recently.
THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) has announced that some areas in the City of Naga and San Fernando will experience a 14-hour power interruption from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. today because of upgrading in its Tangke (Naga) substation.
The press statement from Risa W. Coloyan, of the Veco Corporate Communications Department, stated that power will be cut in Barangays Cantao-an, Tinaan and Tangke, all of Naga; and Barangays Tinubdan, South Poblacion, North Poblacion, Tananas, San Isidro, Pitalo, Ilaya, Balud, Tonggo, Sangat, Greenhills, Lantawan, Panadtaran, Tabionan and Basak of San Fernando.
CEBU CITY -- The wife of a vice mayor was arrested by police for allegedly attacking another woman by slamming her car, then hitting her with a baseball bat in Barangay Cogon-Ramos, this city.
THE Police Regional Office (PRO) is investigating one of its officers for allegedly mauling a burglary suspect in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City last Sunday.
PO2 Romeo Cabulao, who is assigned to the Guadalupe Police Station of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), may be charged with grave misconduct.
A NOON fire blamed on electrical misuse razed at least 11 houses in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.
No one was reported injured.
THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has suspended for one month and one day without pay an employee of the Cebu City Hall over delayed liquidation cash advances in 2010.
Katherine Genovesa, graft investigation and prosecution officer, found Julieta Marquita, executive assistant at the City Treasurer’s Office, liable of simple neglect of duty.
THE Cebu City Parks and Playground Commission (CPPC) wants the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to update the City Government on the status of the application of permit to earth-ball the trees inside the Tesda compound.
The earth-balling of at least 20 trees inside the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) 7 compound on Salinas Drive, Barangay Apas is the first step towards the implementation of a road widening project in the area that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) funded.
A COMPLAINT for rape was filed yesterday against the 17-year-old high school student accused of sexually abusing three girls in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City.
But social workers will still assess whether Jason (not his real name) acted with discernment, if he indeed raped the children, said PO1 Lucelyn Estolloso of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Women and Children’s Protection Desk.
THE Cebu City Government is qualified to avail itself of a P120-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and a grant from the World Bank (WB) for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), an official said.
This, even without the Seal of Good Local Governance: Good Financial Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
ANOTHER suspension is looming against Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia if majority of the Provincial Board (PB) agrees with the recommendation of the board's committee on complaints and investigation.
“After thorough investigation, (this committee) recommends that respondent Garcia be declared guilty of the charge of grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority,” read the decision of the committee on complaints and investigation, chaired by PB Member Arleigh Sitoy.
A SLEEPING 35-year-old fisherman was shot to death by a lone gunman in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City last Thursday afternoon.
Investigator PO3 Marlon Remollo identified the victim as Wilbert Hermoso Galo, who sustained a gunshot wound in the face.
TWO MEN were arrested in an anti-narcotics operation in Barangay Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City last Thursday night.
According to police, 11 small sachets of suspected illegal drugs and another medium sachet were confiscated from Carlos Pebida Jr., 41. A hand grenade was also allegedly confiscated from him.
SIX months after warning pot-bellied traffic enforcers in the city, Mayor Michael Rama will reevaluate them this month if they have made improvements.
As some pot-bellied traffic enforcers have not shown any improvement yet, Rama said, “Dili pa na magsilbi nako, ako pa na silang check-upon kay kinahanglan nindot gyod ang tiyan kay ang mayor gamay man og tiyan (I’m not satisfied yet. They should shape up like their mayor).”
A 52-YEAR-OLD businessman was robbed and shot dead by an unidentified culprit in Sitio San Jose, Barangay Monte Alegre, Tuburan at 4:30 p.m. last Thursday.
Police identified the casualty as Santiago Bragat, who was shot several times in the head, stomach and back.
MORE than 200 mothers from 20 different barangays in Cebu City received a free implant yesterday morning from a team of medical experts from Manila.
The implant, known as Implanon, is a "rod-looking" contraceptive that will prevent pregnancy within three years.
WHY were “confidential” audit observations leaked to the media?
This was the Cebu City Legal Office's question to the Commission on Audit (COA) during a closed-door exit conference yesterday on the Cebu City Government's transactions last year.
MOST Filipinos have been raised to respect older folk.
Many Filipinos still observe the tradition of taking the hand of lola, lolo, aunt and uncle—in addition to their parents—and guiding it to their foreheads as a sign of respect. Visayans call the act “amin” while the Tagalog-speaking call it “mano.”
THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas junked the criminal and administrative complaints against the five officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas and six others, who were accused of fabricating evidence to make it appear that five former Highway Patrol Group (HPG)-Central Visayas officers conspired in killing lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in February last year.
CITING that the charges he filed have remained idle for at least a year, Mayor Nelson Garcia of Dumanjug town, Cebu filed an omnibus motion before the Office of the Provincial Secretary asking for updates on the administrative complaints he filed against Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica.
Garcia, who filed his motion last Wednesday, wants to know if the Provincial Board (PB) is still interested in proceeding with the hearings of the five administrative complaints he filed against Gica.
TWENTY-ONE farmers from the mountain barangay of Adlaon, Cebu City yesterday received financial assistance from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC).
Each farmer received an indemnity check worth P12,782 in a ceremony held at the Cebu City Hall, attended by Barangay Captain Elvis Narra, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, PCIC vice president Tony Uy, and Tisa Barangay Captain and Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Philip Zafra.