THE Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the Cebu City Government’s use of P9.1 million from the Special Education Fund (SEF) last year for teachers’ activities, saying these expenses were “unnecessary” and “excessive”.
The Local School Board assured, however, that the disbursements for the teachers’ activities can be justified.
LAWYER Jiecel Tiu yesterday urged her former boss, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, to speak up about the real score between them to put an end to the issue.
“If you still consider me as a friend, please make a public statement,” Tiu told a press conference. “Just this once, I would like to set matters straight, dili ko kabit (I am not a mistress).”
A YOUNG athlete from Talisay City has accused a coach of molesting him in Asturias last Thursday night, in the middle of a regional sports meet.
Ben, 11, told the police that he then received P100 from Floyd, the coach and high school teacher, who instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. The teacher is in his late 20s. (Their real names are being withheld in the interest of protecting the minor.)
THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) deferred its discussion and approval of a recommendation to suspend Dumanjug Mayor Garcia for six months.
PB Member Alex Binghay moved for the postponement, saying he had yet to read the committee on complaints and investigation’s report.
POLICE arrested seven people for illegal possession of firearms in their second wave of “one time-big time” operations in Central Visayas over the weekend.
They seized 20 firearms, shabu worth P23,000, two airsoft guns and assorted ammunition during the raids.
DRUG lords are hard to pin down because they “don’t handle the dirt anymore,” a top police official said, following the confiscation of P8.3 million worth of shabu in Cebu City last week.
“Mga utos-utosan lang nila ang nagha-handle kaya most of the time sila lang yung nahuhuli (The couriers are the ones usually arrested),” said Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.
THE Talisay City Fire Department responded to more than 60 fires from January to February this year.
During the kickoff activities of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Talisay City Fire Marshal Randy Mendaros said they will be conducting massive information drives to allow the public to be vigilant regarding fire incidence.
ELEVEN garbage collectors were penalized by the Cebu City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset) for violating Section 8 of the Cebu City Environmental Ordinance 2031.
The Ceset standby team caught the garbage collectors leaving their garbage truck without the required net cover.
DUE to the “alarming” number of shooting incidents in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, Councilor Dave Tumulak will facilitate a meeting with the barangay officials and the police to find out how to put an end to the problem.
“We will call a meeting on this to agree what will be the best solution to stop the shooting incidents because the families are already afraid,” Tumulak told reporters.
PROVINCIAL Agriculturist Ronald Saragena expects a mild El Niño to hit Cebu this summer.
With the change in climate, the temperature is getting hotter and this year’s summer is considered to be the hottest so far, said Saragena.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 7 are working to fast-track the rehabilitation of coconut plantations in northern Cebu, which were badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda, and are jointly proposing a P38.2-million budget for 2016.
DA 7 Assistant Director Marina Hermoso said they are proposing livestock-raising by providing breeder stocks to be raised under coconut trees in the City of Bogo and 15 municipalities in northern Cebu.
... The senate conclusion on liability for the Mamasapano debacle: The committee on public order is likely to blame resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas for the fiasco in Maguindanao that killed 44 police troops. It is also likely:
TALISAY City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes has ordered the removal of six job-order employees working under suspended City Councilor Socrates Fernandez.
Delos Reyes ordered the removal of the six job order workers following an order from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to suspend Fernandez for simple neglect of duty.
FAMILY and friends of slain businessman Jaime “Jimmy” Daño called for justice as they laid him to rest yesterday.
Hundreds of supporters wearing white shirts printed with calls for justice attended the burial rites at the Mactan Island Memorial Garden yesterday afternoon.
THE unidentified person who shut down the circuit breaker of Cebu City Hall last month might have the motive to steal.
In a special report on the incident, Police Chief Inspector David Señor said that when they verified the identity of the person through their rouge’s gallery, they found out that the person responsible looks similar to the suspected thief who also went inside Chong Hua Hospital.
OFFICIALS of Cebu City’s executive department were reminded that they have to ask permission from Mayor Michael Rama before appearing in any session of the City Council.
The reminder came as the council scheduled several executive sessions and invited department heads to attend and shed light on various concerns.
CEBU CITY -- Organizers of the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu said they won’t seek the Vatican’s help if they won’t meet their financial target for the event.
POLICE seized P6 million worth of shabu from a widow during a buy-bust in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City late this afternoon.
Confiscated from Marilou Sabello, 54, were a half-kilo and some 42 small packs of shabu weighing 500 grams. Each gram is worth P11,800 based on the value set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
CEBU CITY -- Nine towns in Cebu province have to depend on neighboring towns and cities whenever a fire breaks out in their areas, because they do not have fire trucks.
THE Commission on Audit (COA) has questioned P61.1 million worth of road projects in various streets of Cebu City last year.
The state auditor said that the City did not use its own asphalt batching plant as a source of bituminous asphalt for the road paving and retreading, but instead bought the same materials from private entities.
FREE syringes are being distributed to those who inject drugs in one Cebu City barangay, as part of a program to keep more people from getting the virus that causes Aids.
But the Cebu City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) is opposing the “harm reduction program” of the City Health Department (CHD).
CEBU City’s police captured 11 people during the weekend for possessing or selling illegal drugs, including a woman with almost P1.3 million worth of shabu.
Police collared Emelyn Dingal, 49, in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, one of the areas they’ve identified as being “seriously affected” by the illegal drug trade. The police also described her as a big-time drug dealer.
AN INTERNATIONAL non-government organization (NGO) spent about $30,000 or P1.3 million to repair five barangay health stations (BHS) and one elementary school damaged by typhoon Yolanda in Camotes Island last Nov. 8, 2013.
Project Hope, an international NGO founded in 1958, turned over two barangay health stations and an elementary school last Friday.
TO CHANGE the “corrupt perception” of the youth to politicians, the Cebu City Council wants to regularly invite students from universities and colleges in the city to observe the operations and regular sessions of the legislative body.
The council wants to institutionalize the program and pattern it after the youth program of Naga City in Bicol Province.
VULCANIZING shops encroaching on sidewalks in Mandaue City can expect a visitor from City Hall soon.
The City Council last Wednesday approved a resolution requesting the City Legal Office to inspect and reprimand motor repair shops extending their work spaces to the sidewalk.
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III will meet Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro and the town councilors for a dialogue on Wednesday after the Council did not authorize the mayor to apply for a World Bank grant.
Early in February, Corro went to the governor’s office and asked for the help of the Capitol to mediate between him and the town council so they can finally avail themselves of the World Bank’s Strategic Local Development and Investment (SSLDI) project.
THREE armed men ran off with P40,000 cash and six cellular phones worth P19,800 when they robbed a lending firm and its workers in Barangay Sambag, Bogo City, Cebu last Saturday night.
Police said the culprits took at least P40,000 cash from the vault of Casablanca Lending Investors Corp. owned by Ildefonso Rosales and six cellular phones worth P19,800.
TWO men died, while seven others were injured in separate road accidents involving motorcycles in Bogo City and in the towns of Asturias, Balamban, Dumanjug and Malabuyoc over the weekend.
The fatal motorcycle mishaps happened in Barangay Tapon, Dumanjug and in Barangay Owak, Asturias.
COMMENTS on social media about last Thursday’s incident involving the wife of Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab and a lawyer ranged from insightful to hilarious.
CEBU -- Organizers of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu raised around P5 million through its Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo (PPMM) fund-raising campaign.