WHAT does the counter-affidavit filed by Lucila Jessica Reyes -- more widely known as Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff (COS) of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE), tell us?
Gigi submitted the document in reply to the the complaint of plunder filed against her and Enrile, along with several legislators and bureaucrats in connection with Janet Napoles’s multibillion-peso pork barrel scandal.
A FIRE destroyed a rest house owned by a Japanese national in Sitio Lupa, Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning.
Firefighters suspected that the fire, which started in the bedroom of Yashushi Kato’s house, was caused by a short circuit.
THE brothers of the British national who was killed by his security guard in Malapascua Island visited the Vice Governor’s Office yesterday morning.
James and Steve Gilchrist arrived from London last April 21 and had the body of their brother Anthony cremated yesterday.
THE Bureau of Quarantine (BQ) is closely monitoring passengers arriving from Hong Kong and Singapore for potential carriers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-Cov).
The Department of Health (DOH) 7 is monitoring 22 possible cases of Mers-Cov. Eighteen of these cases are in Cebu, two are in Bohol and another two are in Negros Oriental.
BARANGAY Pasil in Cebu City has a new village chief after a trial court judge reportedly declared him the rightful winner in the 2013 barangay elections.
Accompanied by about 50 of his supporters, Barangay Captain Francisco de Gracia Jr. went to Cebu City Hall yesterday to take his oath of office before Mayor Michael Rama, but he failed to do so.
SWIMMING in the sea off the South Road Properties (SRP) is prohibited, but Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama may just reconsider the ban.
The mayor said he enjoyed watching the crowd of people who spent Easter Sunday swimming off the SRP. But he said he wants to make sure that the area is safe for the public.
CEBU - Four of the five Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Central Visayas officials implicated in the ambush of lawyer Noel Archival were removed from their posts.
Senior Insp. Eduardo Mara, HPG provincial chief, told journalists he will follow orders and go to their main office in Camp Crame within the week.
CEBU - The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the GMR-Megawide consortium signed Tuesday a concession agreement for the privatization the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) passenger terminal.
ABOUT 140 persons with disabilities (PWDs) flocked yesterday to a jobs fair organized by the Cebu City Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
But only three companies and two recruitment agencies participated in the fair, which is also supported by the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas planted over 18,000 mangrove propagules covering a total of 18 hectares during a simultaneous planting and coastal cleanup in various coastal areas in the region yesterday.
The planting of mangroves in the Provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental was done in observance of Earth Day.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants all roads in Barangay Kamputhaw widened to lessen the damage to properties in the event of a fire.
Wider roads will also make it easier for vehicles responding to emergencies to reach the interior portion of the village, he said.
ONE of the most wanted persons in Cebu City was arrested by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) on Monday afternoon.
Harold Dequitos, 27, was arrested along with three of his companions. He is facing three murder cases, an illegal possession of firearms case and other drug-related cases.
TWO arrested CPP-NPA officials and their five companions will file today a motion to dismiss the criminal cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against them.
A motion for judicial determination of probable cause will be filed before the Toledo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29, which will hear the charges against Benito Tiamzon, CPP-NPA chairman, and wife Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, CPP-NPA secretary general, and their companions.
AN alleged gun manufacturer was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 on Monday afternoon in Danao City.
Eight firearms, ammunition and equipment were seized from Renerio Damiles Lucero, 45, a resident of Barangay Taytay, Danao City.
THE Cebu Bankers Club assured that their automated teller machines (ATM) are secure despite alleged reports of skimming devices in ATMs.
Joey Umerez, president of the Cebu Bankers Club, said they did not receive any complaint, but said he heard reports.
THE winning bidder in the expansion of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport passenger terminals has until Friday, April 25, to pay the Philippine Government P14.4 billion.
That was the amount that the GMR-Megawide consortium offered to pay the government upfront, on top of the construction cost that is estimated to run up to P17.5 billion.
THE Rotary International (RI) District 3860 yesterday turned over a check worth P6 million to SM Cares for a housing project that will benefit survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu.
SM Cares will build 200 typhoon-proof houses in Barangay Pulangbato, Bogo City on a lot donated by the heirs of Wenceslao and Margarita Briones Fernan.
THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 yesterday appealed to the public to remain calm after it accounted for 18 of the 19 passengers who arrived in Cebu from the United Arab Emirates last week.
One of them has been declared negative of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV), while 10 are still quarantined at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama had a change of heart and wants a general revision of real property taxes.
The mayor’s decision came after the Department of Finance's Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) found that the Cebu City’s Schedule of Market Values (SMV) is outdated by 11 years.
CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III vowed to further improve the Provincial Government’s tax collection efficiency and increase its revenues.
Davide said he also hopes to increase the Capitol’s income through economic enterprise, but he pointed out that the focus of the Provincial Government is to provide service and not profit.
CEBU - A fire swept through a crowded neighborhood and lasted for four hours in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City during Easter Sunday, killing an elderly man while wounding three others.
Raymond Belda, an 89-year-old United States citizen, died after he was trapped when the blaze erupted, allegedly inside his home, in Sitio Riverside, Purok 3.
THREE people died in separate drowning incidents last Sunday.
The first victim was identified as 12-year-old Novo Ferdinand Gorgonio.
ONE of Lapu-Lapu City’s most wanted persons was arrested yesterday after being on the run for two years.
A confidential informant told police that Editho Sablas, 50, had been seen in Barangay Baring.
TWELVE persons, including two toddlers, were injured when a kerosene tank exploded inside an eatery serving rice porridge at the Lapu-Lapu City Public Market last Sunday morning.
The victims, who were employees and customers of Virgilio’s Lugaw, were recuperating from second- and third-degree burns after the explosion toppled a pot of boiling rice porridge.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 and WT Construction to restore the center island and the trees along S. Osmeña Blvd.
This is because it is part of his thrust to make the city a “city with nature,” the mayor said.
FOLLOWING the plan of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to develop the entire Carbon Complex into a tourist spot, the Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) received several bookings for tour packages in the area.
CCTC Chairman Tetta Baad said local and foreign tourists are interested to visit Carbon too see some local crafts.
IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE... ... THE YOUTH WHEN ASKED BY MANILA ARCHBISHOP Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle which they’d choose -- the mass or $30 million -- and the young men and women chorused, “$30 million!”
Cardinal Tagle asked the question during a homily last Palm Sunday. Elated over the youths’ answer to his first question which they’d pick -- God or truancy and watching TV -- and they preferred God, the cardinal pushed his luck on the $30 million question and was dismayed.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday said he wants a review of his policy that allows roadworks at night only.
This is because he has received several valid concerns from the city’s constituents.
A PANEL of prosecutors was created yesterday to conduct a preliminary investigation on the charges against five Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers who are allegedly involved in the ambush that killed lawyer Noel Archival and two of his aides.
RESTORATION of marine resources highlighted the 6th Visayan Sea Summit held in Sta. Fe in the island of Bantayan yesterday.
The damage on marine resources caused by typhoon Yolanda and illegal fishing was among the reasons fisherfolks in the island catch less these days, yesterday’s discussion said.