Police arrest lawyer, woman

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

A LAWYER and his companion were arrested by the police after they allegedly blocked authorities who were trying to clear the remaining houses in Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City yesterday afternoon.

Desk officer PO1 Michael Limalima identified them as lawyer Jose Aaron Pedrosa Jr., 29, and Jessica Soniega, 22. He said that Pedrosa of Sanlakas and Soniega were caught past 2 p.m., because Pedrosa allegedly kept the demolition from continuing.

Bids committee dismisses contractor’s plea to reverse disqualification

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

CEBU City Hall's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has denied the plea of a private contractor seeking to reverse the decision barring it from undertaking the first phase of construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

WTG Construction and Development Corp. and its Manila-based partner, A.M. Oreta and Co., were disqualified by the BAC due to inconsistencies in the bidding documents they submitted for the project.

Former mayor files suit to stop City Hall from closing cemetery

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

FORMER Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña has gone to court to stop City Hall from closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery to the public.

Osmeña, through his lawyer Benjamin Militar, filed a civil action against Mayor Michael Rama and the Cebu City Council before the Regional Trial Court.

Man who died after arrest ‘high’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

NEVER forget to uphold human rights.

This was the advice of Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), amid allegations of misconduct among members of the police force, including the case of a drug suspect who died after he was arrested by Toledo City policemen.

Group denies asking ombud to investigate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:48 a.m.

THE Cebu Contractors Association Inc. (CCAI) is not asking the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to investigate the alleged irregularity in the bidding process for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Peter Paul Dy Jr., the group’s president, disowned the two-page unsigned letter asking Deputy Ombudsman Paul Elmer Clemente to look into the screening process of the public bidding for the project.

Different stakeholders discuss population, dev’t issues in forum

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

POOR living and working conditions are among the causes contributing to the shortening of human life spans in the world, including the Philippines, next to disease, war and famine.

The matter was discussed yesterday during the Population and Development (PopDev) forum led by the Population Commission (PopCom).

Fisherfolk rally for ex-consultant

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:46 a.m.

SOME fishers’ groups in Talisay City are asking city officials to appoint former Capitol consultant Loy Madrigal to head the anti-illegal fishing task force.

But while some city officials came to the fisherfolks’ aid, others, including Talisay City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes, said they disagree with the proposal to let Madrigal lead the campaign against illegal fishing in the city.

Basilica, USJ-R sign tour deal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

STARTING next year, educational and religious tours will be conducted within the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu.

Officials of the Basilica and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) formally signed an agreement on this yesterday.

Basilica, USJ-R sign tour deal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

STARTING next year, educational and religious tours will be conducted within the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.

Officials of the Basilica and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) formally signed an agreement on this yesterday.

Citom mulls upgrade of lights, needs P15M

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) wants to implement a P150-million improvement of the traffic lights in the city.

The amount formed part of the Citom’s proposed P357.8-million budget next year, which is also included under the executive department’s proposed P18.9-billion 2015 annual budget.

Grenade-thrower faces drug plaint; other raps to be filed within the week

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

JONALD “Empoy” Calaunan, who was arrested for a drug-related offense, dreams of becoming a president of the Philippines.

At 25, he still has a long way to go and has other things to attend to.

3 Cebu coops embark on P65-M cacao growing plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THREE cooperatives in Cebu will start a P65-million Cacao Contract Growing Program next month, in partnership with the Kennemer Foods International Inc. (KFII), a leading exporter of cacao products.

Naga submits papers for ECC compliance

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

THE City Government of Naga, Cebu submitted its applications for environmental compliance certificate (ECC) before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas office yesterday.

The ECC is one of the requirements before Naga could start constructing its P68-million sports oval at the Naga City Central School.

Man accuses policeman of pointing gun at him

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

A POLICEMAN will face investigation after he allegedly threatened and pointed a gun at a man inside a cockpit in Barangay Talaga, Argao, Cebu.

Chad Branzuela, 39, yesterday went to Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) to file a complaint against PO2 Nilo Branzuela, who is assigned in Argao Police Station.

Buzz: Not just scrap iron but electric beds, air-cons?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

IF YOU’RE to believe former mayor and ex-congressman Tomas Osmeña, it’s not just steel bars and other materials from the demolished old Cebu City hospital that the public should ask about.

There were also at least 400 hospital beds and several air-conditioning units that must be accounted for.

AFP reviews Gwen-Gibo memo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is reviewing a 2009 memorandum of agreement (MOA) that reverted ownership of some Central Command (Centcom) lots to the Cebu Provincial Government.

The MOA was signed by former governor now Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu, 3rd district) and former Department of National Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro.

NBI to exhume officer’s body for autopsy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 will conduct autopsy on the police officer who allegedly committed suicide last Nov. 7.

Assistant Regional Director Dominador Cimafranca said they will exhume the body of PO1 Heide Garcia within this week to determine if there was foul play in her death.

Rama to announce new leader for seniors, to distribute aid

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

THE Cebu City's Office for the Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) will have a new head before the year ends.

OSCA head Rolando Llaguno's term ends in December.

LTFRB asked: Reduce fares

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:20 a.m.

CEBU -- Former Cebu City councilor Augustus Pe Jr. has filed a petition asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reduce the passenger utility jeepney (PUJ) minimum fare rate from P7.50 to P7.

Pe said he filed the petition last November 21 as a taxpayer and resident of Cebu City because fare rates have remained the same since 2012, even if the price of diesel has dropped since then.

NBI eyes foul play

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

A SEPARATE autopsy has led the family of a detainee to believe that foul play was behind his death while in police custody after a buy-bust in Toledo City.

An autopsy by Dr. Rene Cam of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 revealed that Alexis Velayo, 33, had a hematoma in the lower left portion of his abdomen and a laceration on his spleen.

Council probes P187M increase in welfare budget

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

SOME social services programs that Cebu City Hall’s executive department wants to implement next year were questioned by the Cebu City Council yesterday.

These include the P40-million proposed budget for the financial assistance to solo parents, at P5,000 each, as well as the P15-million aid to “people in crisis situations” and P30 million for the photo ID program.

Post-Yolanda projects’ status on OPARR website

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) put up a website where the public can check the status of government projects for areas hit by typhoon Yolanda.

Netizens can also post comments and photos on http://empathy.oparr.gov.ph to support or contradict what is reported on the site by local and national government agencies, said OPARR Chief Panfilo Lacson.

Analysis: Sereno can’t say when it will end

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

WHEN will the trial of the Ampatuan massacre trial end?

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said she didn't know. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was happy that Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Celis-Reyes rejected one petition for bail. Private prosecutor Prima Jesusa Quinsayas, representing media watch groups, said it could take another 10 years or in 2024 before a conviction could be made.

Pope’s itinerary ‘not our call’

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma clarified that local church officials had no control over Cebu and Bohol’s exclusion from Pope Francis’ itinerary for the pontiff’s visit to the country in January.

In an interview with reporters, Palma said he and other church officials in the Visayas had tried to convince visit organizers to let the Pope focus on areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Animal cruelty can lead to fines

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THOSE who transport animals inside cramped trucks or cages can face penalties of up to P250,000, the Department of Agriculture (DA) warned.

Dr. Ma. Gracia Dizon-Flores, chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Animal Welfare Division, said slaughter animals “also have feelings and emotions and must have freedom from stress, hunger and thirst and from cruelty.”

Minor hitches observed in Sunday’s procession

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

TRAFFIC during the Christ the King procession last Sunday was manageable, according to the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom).

“Traffic was managed well,” Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said.

Police official advises personnel to use force

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

AS CRIMINALS are getting bolder, police officers must use necessary force when confronted with danger, a top police official in Cebu Province said yesterday.

Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), said suspects have become “brutal” and ready to shoot it out with police.

Fiscal charges drug suspect from Lorega

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

THE man who stashed several packs of what is believed to be shabu inside a tennis ball canister awaits trial for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Ernesto Narido Jr. found enough evidence to indict Francis James Rafols for violating Sections 5 and 11 (selling and possession of illegal drugs) of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

City uses bry. lot for parking

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

AFTER the Cebu City Government completed the demolition of the Citi Center Commercial Complex, Barangay Kamgayan has used the lot into a pay parking area.

Kamagayan Barangay Captain Raquel Avila said this will help raise money for the barangay.

Lahug blaze damages 3 houses

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

THREE houses were destroyed after a fire broke out in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City last Sunday night.

The first-alarm fire was reported to the Cebu City Fire Department at 5:58 p.m. in Upper Laguerta, Barangay Lahug.

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