‘Queenie’ kills 2

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

TROPICAL Depression Queenie left Cebu on Thursday with a mother’s death, and Bohol with a ship engineer’s.

Also, a fisherman was reported missing, hundreds of families were evacuated, and an undetermined value of property was damaged.

Tip leads authorities to shipment of banned marine shells

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

A SHIPMENT of bud-yong (cassis or helmet shell) and tambuli (trumpet or charonia) was seized by authorities yesterday.

A joint team from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 7 and the PNP Maritime Police served a search warrant to Lorenzo Shipping Lines at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.

Flood in Boljoon sweeps away 12 houses

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

WHITE would not stop barking.

This prompted her owner Lucila Sanchez to check what was going on outside her house in Barangay Poblacion, Boljoon past 6 a.m. yesterday.

Request for 72-hour TRO denied

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:28 a.m.

THE request of former Cebu City mayor and south district congressman Tomas Osmeña for the issuance of a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the closure of the Doña Pepang Cemetery and its conversion into a public park was denied.

Sun.Star Cebu bags 3 awards including story of the year

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

THREE Sun.Star Cebu journalists received recognition during the 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards last night for helping raise awareness on issues hounding the agriculture sector.

“Cold weather’s toll in Cebu now P26M,” a story written by Flornisa M. Gitgano with Elias O. Baquero, received the Bright Leaf Award for best agriculture news story regional.

Rains, quake ‘blamed’ for sinkhole

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

SOME residents of Sitio Curvada, Barangay Banhigan in the southwestern town of Badian, Cebu may have to be evacuated when a sinkhole 10 meters deep was discovered in the area.

Mayor to end ‘Piso-piso’ drive

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

MORE than a year after it was launched, the Cebu City Government will already stop its “piso-piso” fund-raising campaign for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Mayor Michael Rama, in his regular news conference yesterday, announced that the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” will run until Dec. 15.

‘Anti-graft fight should be collaborative’

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

THE fight against corruption in government should be a collaboration among all sectors, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said yesterday.

“Earnest cooperation and collective effort will allow the Office of the Ombudsman to fulfill its constitutional mandate and attain its development objectives. These undertakings work toward ending the cycle of impunity and poverty, and cultivate a culture of integrity and excellence,” Morales told participants of the Multi-Sectoral Integrity Conference.

City dads junk request of JVR to loan P350M

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

AS tropical depression Queenie rages outside the Talisay City Hall yesterday, inside it, a political storm was also happening between the city’s officials.

This, after the Talisay City Council turned down a proposed resolution authorizing Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes to loan P350 million for the construction of a new public market in Barangay Tabunok.

Mike may veto council’s approval for 10.6-hectare sports hub at SRP

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:21 a.m.

IN an 11-3 vote, the Cebu City Council passed the ordinance that earmarks 10.6-hectare at the South Road Properties (SRP) for the establishment of a one-stop sports hub.

The measure, which is authored by Councilors Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Mary Ann delos Santos and Hanz Abella, provides that the property will be exclusively used for the establishment of a “decent and appropriate” sports venue.

Buzz: More than a probe on hospital scrap

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:19 a.m.

AN INQUIRY BY CEBU CITY COUNCIL on the issue of junk from the demolished old city hospital may be expanded to cover these questions:

* How the scrap materials from the demolition were disposed of: what constituted as junk, what was its value, who got them, and how the beneficiary was chosen.

Cops nab 3, seize P400K shabu

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:18 a.m.

ABOUT P400,000 worth of suspected shabu was confiscated by police in separate buy-busts in the province last Wednesday.

The anti-drug operatives also arrested three people, but two alleged drug pushers eluded arrest.

Korean slips from 8th floor of bldg., lives

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:16 a.m.

A DRUNK Korean national was injured after he slipped and fell from the eighth floor of his residential building in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City yesterday dawn.

Kan Sung Hwi, 46, survived the fall as he got snagged by thick cable wires and landed on the ground near his home in Sitio La Guardia.

Sex deal for P900 ends in jail for 3 adults

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

CEBU -- Regional Trial Court Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. convicted of human trafficking on Wednesday two women who sold three persons for sex in 2009, not knowing that their supposed client was a policeman.

The judge found Marilyn Buhisan and Marichu Tawi guilty of violating Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act) and sentenced them to life imprisonment. He also ordered them to pay a fine of P2 million each.

Classes called off

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:22 a.m.

CLASSES are suspended in all levels today in Cebu City and Province, as a precaution against floods and other risks that tropical depression Queenie may spawn.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III also encouraged private schools to cancel classes today, said Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera.

Veco mulls passing on cost of P78-M underground cabling project

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) plans to pass on to consumers the cost of its P78-million underground cabling project in Cebu City.

Theresa Sederiosa, Veco reputation management manager, told the Cebu City Council yesterday that the utility firm will file before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) next year a petition seeking to recover their investment in the project, which is considered as a capital expenditure.

Council creates monitoring body

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council yesterday formed an ad hoc oversight committee that will monitor the implementation of ordinances.

The legislative body made the decision in response to Councilor Alvin Dizon’s statement that some ordinances were not enforced.

Weather devices set in 16 LGUs, firms

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

SIXTEEN local government units and six private firms in the Province can now access a local weather update through the automated weather stations (AWS) distributed by the Weather Philippines Foundation Inc (WPFI).

MMDA trains Lapu workers on disaster response, rescue

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

A TEAM from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is training selected Lapu-Lapu City Hall employees how to respond to earthquake and floods.

The 11-day training, which started last Monday, aims to equip members of the City’s disaster action response teams with search and rescue skills in water and collapsed buildings.

NGO to push Cebu policy to other LGUs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

THE International Organization for Migration (IOM) praised Cebu for its 2014 Anti-Child Sex Tourism Ordinance, which they wished to share with other local government units (LGUs) to prevent human trafficking.

‘City Hall has to obey 2011 pact on cemetery’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

THE development of the Doña Pepang Cemetery into a public park is in compliance with the provisions of a 2011 agreement between the Cebu Archdiocese and the Cebu City Government.

Hospital probes death of boy, 7

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

THE Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) is investigating the death of a seven-year-old boy whose parents complained that their son did not get proper treatment at the hospital.

Lawyer, female resident post bail

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

LAWYER Aaron Pedrosa of Sanlakas and a resident of Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City were released from detention yesterday after they posted bail.

A complaint of obstruction of justice was filed in court against Pedrosa, while Jessica Soniega was charged with resisting arrest.

Council supports Pe’s move to adjust fare, sets executive session on Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council supported the move of former councilor Augustus Pe Jr. in asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce the minimum fare rate of passenger utility jeepneys (PUJs).

In his privilege speech, Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. said that the initiative was meritorious considering that the prices of gasoline and other fuel products continue to drop.

VM Labella tells forum of Cebu’s bus system plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

VICE Mayor Edgardo Labella reported to an international forum that Cebu City will be implementing the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system as the City Government’s program on environmental sustainability.

2 of 3 positive in paraffin test

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:27 p.m.

TWO of the three robbers who allegedly engaged the police in a shootout last week had positive paraffin results.

Joseph Cueva, 36, and Dean Mark Codeniera, 21, were positive of gunpowder residue, confirming they used their firearms during the incident.

CIDG 7 nabs 3 men for drugs, firearms

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:26 p.m.

THREE men were arrested in a raid by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 in Barangay Tawason, Mandaue City yesterday.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Soliver Peras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 10, the team led by Supt. Fermin Armendarez III raided the apartment rented by Emiliano Roa, 44.

Houseboy to face theft for ‘stealing’ more than P450T cash, jewelry

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

A HOUSEBOY was arrested by operatives of the Carmen Police Station for allegedly stealing at least P479,000 in cash and valuables from his employer.

The incident happened last Nov. 8, but couple Charity and Harry Lumkin reported the matter to the police only last Tuesday, Nov. 25, after they found out that it was the houseboy who was allegedly behind the incident.

Buzz: Binay with bishops; Binay and Mayor Mike

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

PEOPLE TALK ABOUT...

* VICE PRESIDENT JOJO BINAY’S MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS: What stood out were at least three clashes of facts:

Classes in Cebu suspended Thursday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 06:12 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City and Province of Cebu suspended classes in public schools on Thursday, November 27, due to Tropical Depression "Queenie."

The state weather bureau has placed southern Cebu under public storm signal number 1 as Queenie intensified Wednesday while moving closer to Surigao del Sur Province.

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