THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 arrested yesterday a 52-year-old police officer for allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for a pregnant suspect’s freedom.
An NBI 7 team, led by agent Teddy Saavedra, conducted an entrapment operation for PO2 Joselito Laspiñas past 4 p.m. yesterday at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.
NETIZENS who knew canyoneering guide Aldrin “Ya Man” Carba expressed sympathy to the 26-year-old outdoor enthusiast’s family. Carba died after going under the strong current of Kanlaob River in Alegria, Cebu.
Friends of Carba remembered him as a great outdoor enthusiast who kept them safe during their tours in the mountains, rivers and peaks in southern Cebu.
SEVEN policemen assigned in Talisay City are under investigation over allegations that they are coddling illegal drug operators.
Supt. Reycel Carmelo Dayon, Talisay City Police Station chief, told reporters they’ve already submitted the names of the policemen to the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).
THE Talisay City Government launched its own Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team yesterday morning.
The eight-man team showed off their skills before Mayor Johnny delos Reyes and local police officials during an exhibition around 10 a.m., following a month-long training.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III announced in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday the approval of rehabilitation and recovery plans for Cebu and five other areas that suffered from last year’s calamities.
THE Department of Health (DOH) has given the Cebu City Government a license to operate and a permit to construct the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
This was disclosed yesterday by Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella.
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has refused to cut seven diseased acacia trees along the national highway in the City of Naga despite an extended special cutting permit issued to it.
In a letter to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo, DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said they would not cut the trees because they cannot comply with the permit’s condition that they plant 100 tree seedlings for every tree they cut.
SEVERAL cause-oriented groups held a protest yesterday before President Benigno Aquion III delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Among the groups that participated were the Pinagkaisang Samahan nga mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), Anak Pawis, Bayan Muna, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and Bayan.
A FEMALE official of the Compostela National High School was surprised when she learned yesterday morning that a faculty member allegedly pimped four girls to foreigners.
The official, who requested anonymity, said they will investigate the teacher, who handles music, arts, physical education and health.
ANOTHER Facebook user from Cebu City is facing trial for allegedly maligning the reputation of another woman on the social network site.
Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Ricky Jones Macabaya found evidence to indict Maryjell Truscott of Barangay Lahug, Cebu City for libel.
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started yesterday the road widening and sidewalk restoration of the Banilad-Talamban (BanTal) corridor, particularly the area fronting a university campus, to ease traffic there.
SIX home gardeners were awarded by the Mandaue City Government yesterday, during its culminating activity of Nutrition Month.
Mayor Jonas Cortes, in a speech during a ceremony held in front of the City Hall, urged city residents to make urban gardening “a lifestyle”.
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 yesterday said they don’t know if big infrastructure projects in Central Visayas since 2011 were funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
ILLEGAL shipment of lumber worth more than P100,000 were confiscated by police on the shores of Barangay Patao, Bantayan Island, Cebu late Sunday night.
Bantayan Police Chief Jaime Santillan said the operation came after a concerned citizen tipped them that lumber were sneaked in Sitio San Juan.
A FORMER Team Rama candidate will sit as the new head of the Cebu City Local School Board (LSB) starting next week.
Raddy Diola, who ran for city councilor under Team Rama in the 2013 elections but lost, was appointed as the new representative of the mayor to head LSB, said former councilor Jose Daluz III.
A BODY was recovered at 2 p.m. yesterday in Barangay Malingin, Daanbantayan town.
Eulogio Ygot Arreglo, 58, drowned from the flashflood that hit nine barangays last Friday night.
SUPER typhoon Yolanda took center stage in this year's Panagsogod Festival.
The Municipality of Sogod in northern Cebu celebrated the seventh year of the festival last Friday, with the theme “Sogod Nata, Sayaw-sayaw Nata, Lingaw-lingaw Nata, Pasalamat Nata Sa Ginoo!”
TWENTY personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 tested negative in a surprise drug test conducted at the regional headquarters yesterday.
Nine personnel were absent, said CIDG 7 Director Ritchie Posadas.
THE Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) assured residents of Barangay Apas, Cebu City that it will not close W. Geonzon St. at Cebu IT Park.
The assurance came after it was earlier reported that CPVDC’s move allowing public access at the road is only by mere tolerance.
THREE robbers were arrested by the Fuente Police and the Mabolo Police Station in separate operations yesterday morning.
At 4 a.m. yesterday, two suspects, who are twins, were arrested by the Fuente Police Station in Mango Ave., Cebu City.
WHAT WAS NEW AND UNEXPECTED in President Aquino’s State-Of-the-Nation (Sona) yesterday?
It was what he didn’t do:
THREE mayors in the northern towns of Cebu hope to hear that President Benigno Aquino III has approved the Province’s post-Yolanda recovery plan when he delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon.
AT LEAST three makeshift houses were washed out when a flashflood hit nine barangays in Daanbantayan last Friday night.
In Sta. Fe town, there were almost 80 families that were evacuated after a sink hole, with an estimated diameter of 10 meters, appeared in Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Langub, Kintarkan Island last Saturday noontime.
A FEMALE teacher at the Compostela National High School was charged before the Office of Provincial Prosecutor for allegedly pimping four girls, two of whom are 14, to foreigners.
The Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) charged Fely (real name withheld pending her side) for violating Republic Act (RA) 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons).
THE Civil Security Unit of the Cebu Provincial Government intercepted yesterday a fishing boat carrying several illegal items off Kawit Point, in the seawater near the cities of Cebu and Talisay.
Two caliber .22 rifles, a toolbox full of dried marijuana leaves, seven blasting caps and drug paraphernalia were confiscated on board the fishing boat Hazel Wayne.
LAPSES were committed by security guards in Thursday’s fatal shooting by a patient of his doctor inside a private hospital in Cebu City, a top police official said.
Supt. Marvin Sanchez, head of the Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervision (Fessags) 7, said the security guards of Sacred Heart Hospital failed to inspect Wilfredo Sabonsolin, 72, who was armed with a .380 pistol.
SIX people, including a woman, were arrested by police during a buy-bust in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City, Cebu on Saturday.
Four large packs of suspected shabu worth P177,700 were confiscated during the joint operation conducted by the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) and Danao City Police Station.
VENDORS doing business at the Minglanilla Public Market are opposed to plans to transfer them to a new public market 500 meters from the old one.
Members of the Minglanilla Public Market Vendors Cooperative (MPMVC) and their counterparts said town officials want them out of the old public market by the first eight days of August to give way to the expansion of a shopping center there.
THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) said the city was not affected by the centennial celebration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) yesterday.
Citom operations officer Joy Tumulak said this is because INC has no huge activity in the city.
MANY politicians love to talk. They perfect the art of long speeches during campaigns where they try to convince people to vote for them by showing off their knowledge and compassion.
It is not surprising then that this veteran politician who got voted into the legislative council of his city displays his passion for monologues during sessions.