City Hall to ask BIR for tax refund

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

CEBU City will ask for an exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to get back the tax that one of its investors in the South Road Properties recently withheld.

City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo received last Thursday a check for P134 million from Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) Area General Manager Allan Alfon.

3 teens saved from flames in Cebu

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:08 a.m.

FIREFIGHTERS rescued three teenagers during a fire that razed five houses and an eatery on Duterte St., Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City yesterday afternoon.

Collector falls

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:07 a.m.

POLICE arrested last Thursday afternoon a toll collector in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Don Juan Climaco Sr., Toledo City.

Insp. Jovito Labra, Toledo City police deputy chief, identified the suspect as Mercy Gonzales, 43.

Bus terminal built sans bldg. permit

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

THE Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) was built without a building permit and this was discovered only recently by the Capitol, owner of the facility.

Capitol Public Information Officer Ethel Natera said that the issue came up when the Province tried to secure an electrical permit from Cebu City Hall to upgrade the electrical systems inside the CSBT.

Dark airport, bike ride on Earth Hour

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

SEVERAL activities initiated by various groups and establishments are taking place tonight as the world observes Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

In Cebu City, biking enthusiasts may join in the Habagat Earth Hour, a 10-kilometer ride organized by Habagat that will start at 8 p.m., or 30 minutes before non-essential lights are switched off for an hour.

2 men face charge for slay attempt on Babag captain

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

AN ATTEMPTED murder complaint was filed against two men who tried to kill Babag Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito last Wednesday on Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City.

The suspects, Charles Garces and Froilan Orlanez, opted not to file a counter-affidavit so the complaint will now be elevated to the Regional Trial Court.

Up to lawyer/priest which career path to take, says Palma

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

THERE is nothing wrong with being a lawyer and a priest at the same time.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma gave this reaction after learning that former radio reporter and priest Fr. Domingo “Dan” delos Angeles, Jr. was among those who passed the 2014 Bar examinations.

‘Reflect, pray during Holy Week’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma urged Catholics to spend their Holy Week in prayer and reflection, instead of leisure.

He said that Catholics in Cebu should participate in the religious activities lined up for the Holy Week to strengthen their faith. He said leisure activities, like going to the beach and malls, should not be the focus of the faithful.

Mayor instructs health officials to help persons with HIV in jail

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:18 p.m.

TWELVE inmates from the Cebu City Jail tested positive for HIV.

Jail warden Johnson Calub confirmed that out of 2,442 detained inside the jail facility, 12 inmates were found to carry the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

49 ‘pushers’ arrested since Jan.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:18 p.m.

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) arrested 49 suspected drug pushers since January this year.

Supt. Josefino Ligan, chief of the City Intelligence Branch, said they have confiscated 31 grams of suspected shabu worth P376,000 in 33 anti-narcotics operations in the past 11 weeks.

63 graduate from ‘unaccredited’ courses

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:17 p.m.

THE 63 students from four courses questioned by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 7 graduated yesterday as the Talisay City College (TCC) held its eighth commencement exercise.

A total of 838 graduates from six courses received their diplomas.

OCD 7 urged to release cash aid

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

A YEAR and five months after they lost their limbs struggling to survive the 2013 earthquake, two Boholanos received P5,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7.

Salome Israel, 24, lost her right arm when she was pinned down by a wall of her home in Tubigon when Bohol was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15, 2013.

City preps 10-month security, traffic plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has prepared a ten-month security plan in preparation for the activities in the coming months.

Mayor Michael Rama convened the 11 police stations in the city, jail officers, firefighters and traffic managers last Thursday in a command conference.

Cortes to village officials: declog drains, prevent flood

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:14 p.m.

MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes urged barangay officials to have their drains checked to help prevent floods come rainy season.

Cortes said officials should take advantage of the sunny days to remove trash clogging the drains and assess whether or not their barangays need more drains to fight floods.

Buzz: The go-to man

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:12 p.m.

LIKE every organization, political families have someone they can rely on to implement difficult tasks or jobs that they don’t want to deal with. More often than not, these jobs are threatening to the image of the known figure in the family or organization.

In organizations, the “go-to” person for these type of jobs are those who have the least to lose in terms of reputation. They are known to be determined, decisive and, often, unemotional.

3 elections in 2016

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

CEBU -- Next year will see the country holding three elections -- the presidential on May 9 and the barangay and youth on October 31.

UC grad places 5th in 2014 Bar Exams

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

A UNIVERSITY of Cebu graduate is the lone examinee from Cebu law schools who made it to the top 10 of the 2014 Bar exams.

With a rating of 84.5 percent, Michelle Liao, a certified public accountant, placed fifth among the 1,126 Bar passers. Only 18.82 percent of the 5,984 examinees made it.

Filinvest hands over P141.8M to Cebu City as last payment for SRP lot

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:27 a.m.

FILINVEST Land Inc. (FLI) has paid off the 10-hectare lot in the South Road Properties (SRP).

FLI Area general manager Allan Alfon turned over yesterday a check for P141.8 million to Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo.

Order leaves Aloguisan mayor, VM ‘jobless’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THE mayor and vice mayor of the southwestern Cebu town of Aloguisan failed to stop their suspension for six months and one day.

This, after the Court of Appeals (CA) denied the motion for reconsideration of Mayor Cynthia Moreno and her husband, Vice Mayor Augustus, and ordered the couple to cease performing their functions “immediately upon receipt” of the order signed by DILG 7 Director Ananias Villacorta.

OFW hit-and-run victim returns to Cebu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

CEBU -- Teresita Castro flew to Dubai in March 2013 to work as a domestic helper, but a road accident left her paralyzed less than a month later.

Moms own up role in porno

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

TWO mothers who were charged in court for allegedly engaging their children in pornography admitted that they violated the anti-human trafficking law.

Althea (real name withheld) said she regretted allowing her two daughters and son to pose naked for Australian national Peter James Robinson.

DILG shuns view on payment for city scholars

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:07 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Central Visayas refused to issue a reply on whether or not the Cebu City Government is allowed to release the P135-million payment for city scholars to the Asian College of Technology (ACT).

This, pending the resolution of the administrative and criminal case that Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa is facing.

Rama pushes loan plan to pay SRP foreign debts

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama will still push through with his plan to take out another local loan to pay off the City Government’s outstanding balance for the South Road Properties (SRP).

This, despite the findings of the Department of Budget Management (DBM) that the City has exceeded the dept cap in its budget appropriations this year.

2 more suspects eyed in shooting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

THE police are looking for two more suspects involved in last Wednesday's attempt on the life of Babag, Cebu City Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito.

Supt. Romeo Santander told reporters that they will file murder complaints against Charles Garces and Froilan Orlanez before the Office of the City Prosecutor today.

Officials mull Bohol-Cebu-Negros link

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

WHY not build bridges to connect Bohol with Cebu, as well as Cebu with Negros Oriental?

These proposals came up during a “bottom-up budgeting” discussion last Wednesday between Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and the mayors of Central Visayas Region.

Conserve even after Earth Hour: DENR

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 urged the public to go “beyond the hour” during the annual observation of Earth Hour tomorrow.

Dr. Isabelo Montejo, DENR 7 director, said that if the public cooperates to switch off their lights and other non-essential appliances for an hour, it could make a significant impact in their campaign to mitigate the effects of climate change.

P116,000 lost in 3 fires

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

TWO houses, three stalls and a commercial building were damaged in three fire incidents in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu last Wednesday.

No one was reported hurt in all three incidents.

Kids ‘know little’ about US landing in Talisay, Cebu

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

AT LEAST three students, who were among those who witnessed yesterday’s commemoration of the arrival of the American forces in Talisay City’s coastline on March 26, 1945, admitted that they do not know much about the history of the Talisay landing. The students said they were only there because they were required by their schools to attend the activity.

TCC sets grad rites of 800 students today

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

THE Talisay City College (TCC) will push through with its commencement rites this afternoon, despite the controversy hounding some of its programs.

Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes told reporters that after a meeting earlier this week, the TCC’s board of trustees approved the conferment of degrees, titles and diplomas for 838 graduating students.

Central Visayas police maps out safety measures for Holy Week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

MORE than 6,000 police officers will be deployed in religious sites and terminals to secure the public during Holy Week, which will officially start on Palm Sunday, March 29.

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 announced that it has undertaken security measures for the celebration, including the distribution of flyers and assigning of hotline numbers that public may call for assistance.

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