‘Check shellfish’

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

AN INTERNATIONAL group that responds to marine ship pollution accidents wants the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to check shellfish found in Cordova, Cebu’s coastal waters.

Nicky Cargilia of the International Tankers Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) said the tissue samples they took from shellfish in Cordova showed petroleum hydrocarbon levels that go beyond the European Union (EU) standards.

17-yr.-old suspect in killing of florist under custodial investigation of CIB

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested yesterday while two others were invited for questioning for the death of florist Daniel “Jun” Cañete.

The fingerprints of Benjie (name withheld for being a minor) matched the prints lifted from the victim’s drawer inside his flower shop on Sikatuna St., Cebu City.

Bike lane in Cebu City ‘may not be feasible’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

THE passage of the ordinance that seeks to establish shared priority bike lanes in Cebu City has been stalled, following several questions about the project’s implementation.

The proposed ordinance, also known as the “Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance,” was on its final deliberation at the City Council yesterday when its author, Councilor Nida Cabrera, decided to have it deferred.

Let Pope visit Bohol, Holy See urged

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

CEBU - Church officials in the Visayas are urging the Holy See to include Bohol as part of Pope Francis’s itinerary when he visits the country next year.

Bohol bore the brunt of the damage caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that also struck Cebu on October 15, 2013, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

City to face lawsuit if it demolishes area fence

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

THE Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) warned the Cebu City Government of a possible lawsuit if the latter demolishes the perimeter fence on W. Geonzon St. at the Asiatown IT Park.

CPVDC lawyer Julius Neri made this threat during an executive session with the Cebu City Council yesterday.

Guidelines on naming streets pushed in PB

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Government will set guidelines for naming and renaming of public places, streets and structures within the province.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Miguel Antonio Magpale’s proposed measure was passed on first reading and was referred to the committee on arts and culture.

SC suspends officer for moonlighting

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

THIS case should serve as a warning to court workers who engage in moonlighting.

The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended for three months without pay its own personnel for lending money to low-income court workers at high rates while in office.

P400B needed to keep Cebu dry

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:15 a.m.

CEBU - Government will have to spend around P400 billion to solve the flood problem in Cebu City. The flood control master plan alone costs P65 million.

The bulk of the amount, though, will go to expropriating land.

Rama defends P25M intelligence fund

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:14 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government needs P25 million for intelligence and surveillance work of law enforcement agencies and other activities related to peace and order, the mayor said.

Mayor Michael Rama defended yesterday the significant increase in the intelligence fund under the proposed annual budget for 2015.

Group turns over school facilities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:13 a.m.

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGOs) turned over yesterday more than 200 classrooms and day care centers in four towns in northern Cebu that were hit by typhoon Yolanda last year.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) repaired and built 229 classrooms and day care centers in Daanbantayan, Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan.

796 families receive P10T each from PRC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

THE Philippine and Japanese chapters of the Red Cross yesterday extended financial assistance to 796 residents in Daanbantayan who have yet to repair their houses after these were damaged by typhoon Yolanda almost a year ago.

BRT think tank wants updated data, study

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE technical working group (TWG) for the implementation of the P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu City is pushing for the reevaluation and reassessment of the feasibility study for the project.

In an interview yesterday, City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) executive director Rafael Yap, a member of the BRT-TWG, said the study has to be reviewed because it was based on data collected by the World Bank in 2008 yet. Some data were collected in 2012, he said.

DOJ opinion on titled lots ‘unchanged’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

ALMOST a year after typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, the National Government has yet to decide what to do with proposed resettlement sites that are not covered by titles.

Secretary Panfilo Lacson, head of the Office of Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), said his office asked other government agencies to consider areas that are covered only by tax declarations as relocation sites for Yolanda survivors.

Magpale testifies vs. ‘cult leader’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

AFTER the hearing on the petition for bail filed by alleged cult leader Casiano Apduhan yesterday afternoon, he talked with his lawyer Paulino Labrado inside the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) 59 in Toledo City.

Labrado comforted his client saying, “Sagdi lang, ang gaba di magsaba (Don’t worry, there will be punishment).”

Retired judge fined P100T for delays in resolving cases

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) has slapped a retired judge from Cebu with a fine of Pl00,000 for his failure to resolve 191 cases on time before his retirement.

The SC’s en banc found Benedicto Cobarde, former Regional Trial Court Branch 53 judge in Lapu-Lapu City, guilty of “undue delay” in rendering the decision.

Share Pedro’s blessings, devotees told

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:47 a.m.

IN THE second anniversary celebration of St. Pedro Calungsod’s canonization yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the faithful to share their blessings with everyone.

In his homily during the pontifical mass held at the St. Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the South Road Properties (SRP), Palma said that other people must also enjoy the blessings that Cebu has received after Calungsod’s canonization.

Town treasurer suspended for not issuing receipts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

THE deputy ombudsman for the Visayas has suspended Pinamungajan Treasurer Ursula Managaytay for one month and one day without pay for not issuing official receipts for the cash bond deposit she received from market stallholders.

President of Market Vendors Association of Pinamungajan Jeffrey Lingad and secretary Aniceta Tejamo filed a misconduct complaint against Managaytay for issuing acknowledgment receipts, instead of official receipts, when she collected security deposits for market stalls.

Cebu ‘ready’ for Ebola

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

THE Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) 7 will buy two thermal scanners to fight the threat of Ebola virus.

In a press conference of the Department of Health (DOH)’s Task Force Ebola Virus Disease yesterday, health officials said that in Cebu they are prepared for a possible Ebola virus outbreak.

Brother-cops ‘maul’ siblings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

TWO siblings, identified as policemen, allegedly mauled a woman and her brother outside their home in Barangay Biasong, Talisay City last Friday.

Sitty Amiaza Lao, 27, claimed that PO2 Francisco Ricafort and his younger brother, PO1 Bernille Ricafort, beat her and her brother, Abdul Mohammed, over a conflict between their children.

Unregistered buses can go on operating

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

OWNERS of colorum buses with pending applications for franchises to legalize their operations can continue plying their routes without fear of apprehension.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) suspended the enforcement of a provision under the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 until Nov. 30.

Cebu City claims court victory over Citicenter demolition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:39 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government gained an initial victory over its conflict with the residents of the CitiCenter Commercial Complex in Barangay Kamagayan.

Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras denied the petition filed by the residents to stop the City from clearing the area.

Armed Alimaongs stir fear in mountain brys.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

ARMED men who are reportedly members of a tribe are allegedly going around the mountain barangays in Cebu City to recruit members and threaten farmers to get them to surrender their land.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, chairman of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC), said the village chiefs of six mountain barangays sought their help after men armed with knives and firearms were seen there in the past weeks.

Raids on two houses yield P90T shabu, 2 drug suspects

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

ABOUT P90,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs were seized in two raids conducted by the operatives of the San Nicolas Police Station last Monday.

The first operation was conducted at 11:30 a.m. in Barangay Suba, Cebu City when station commander, Insp. Chuck Barandog, implemented a search warrant against 42-year-old drug suspect Gregorio Abala.

Buzz: Red flags up in Delute complaint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

ATTY. Reymelio Delute who has filed a complaint with the Office of the President against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, along with 12 councilors, over the P20,000 per person calamity fund granted to City Hall officials and employees, is making the case murkier than it looks.

At first, he filed the case of grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority against some officials who didn’t take part in the approval of the ordinance or received the money and didn’t include some public officials who did.

DILG asked to Suspend Rama, Labella

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

PENDING the resolution of the administrative case he filed, lawyer Reymelio Delute has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to place Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella under preventive suspension.

Delute filed an administrative case against Rama, Labella and 12 other city councilors for granting P20,000 calamity assistance to City Hall officials and employees last year.

Cops trace ‘link’ of 2 persons in rob-slay of florist

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

POLICE have identified two persons of interest who may be behind the killing of florist Daniel “Jun” Cañete inside his flower shop in Sitio Sikatuna, Barangay Day-as, Cebu City last Monday morning.

Supt. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief, said that the two persons were identified based on the accounts of two witnesses.

Basilica ‘may reopen soon’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

A YEAR after it was closed due to earthquake damage, the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño may be reopened to churchgoers next month, if the Augustinian community’s plans proceed on schedule.

Until now, the restoration of the church’s facade and belfry, including Magellan’s Cross, have yet to take place.

Region 7 quarantine, health execs get ready

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 has convened administrators of all public and private health facilities in the region to discuss appropriate responses to the risk that someone infected with the Ebola virus would enter the country.

One of the preparations by health and quarantine officials is to raise a “Code White” alert, which signals all public and private hospitals to make available their facilities when there are reported cases in the country.

Unknown person robs, kills Cebu City florist

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

A FLORIST was robbed and stabbed to death before dawn yesterday inside his shop in Sitio Sikatuna, Barangay Day-as in Cebu City.

The body of Daniel “Jun” Cañete, owner of JMC Wedding Creations, was found by a female employee who arrived around 7 a.m. in his rented studio-type apartment, which also served as his flower shop. Ivy Medalle was the one who called the police.

Church, City long to see Pope in Cebu

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

THE Augustinian community that runs the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño hopes that Pope Francis would grant its invitation to visit Cebu next year.

Basilica rector Fr. Jonas Mejares said they sent two letters to the Pope, inviting him to visit Cebu and the Sto. Niño church, which was damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake last year.

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