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.

Love triangle triggers Consolacion shooting

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

JUST as Fritzie Llones chose Junrey Suan, she lost him.

Llones told police that her estranged lover, Michael Yuson, barged inside her room in Barangay Poblacion Oriental, Consolacion last Wednesday night.

‘Celebrations’ for free at SRP

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

TWO cities afflicted with disasters in 2013 have been graced with the presence of evangelist Will Graham.

Graham will start the Cebu leg of Celebrations, the crusade-style event the evangelist is known for, today.

Police mulls 3rd angle in shooting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

POLICE investigators have identified a possible mastermind behind the shooting that killed a 15-year-old girl and severely wounded her mother in Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City last Saturday.

Senior Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin, chief of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), said they are looking at a new possible motive behind the attack, but he refused to provide details.

Gica pushes Garcia’s suspension, cites law

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

DUMANJUG Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica filed a motion for execution asking the Provincial Board (PB) to implement the six months suspension against Mayor Nelson Garcia as penalty for grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority case.

Gica filed his motion last March 18.

Myanmar Government observes tax scheme

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

MYANMAR officials and civil society organizations visited Cebu Capitol yesterday and went through a half-day lecture on revenues generated by tax from mines and minerals from Cebu officials.

Acting Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial said they shared with Myanmar government officials the sharing scheme between local and national governments, and the rate of tax from national wealth.

Buzz: Binay sells self as ‘lawyer president’

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

Vice President Jejomar Binay pushed his candidacy for president in 2016 by telling the lawyers gathered at the national convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Cebu City March 20-22 that he’d be the first lawyer president “after a hiatus of 30 years.”

The last lawyer chief executive fled the country in 1986 after People Power 1 threw him out of Malacañang. The lawyer president was Ferdinand Marcos, martial law despot who bent and twisted rule of law that only a lawyer could.

Cebu City told: Slash budget by P2B

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:29 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City budgeted too much for its debt payments this year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said after reviewing the 2015 budget and find parts of it inoperative.

Cebu City, FLI sort out details of final check

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:28 a.m.

THE turnover of what was supposed to be Filinvest Land Inc.’s (FLI) final payment to the Cebu City Government did not push through yesterday, while officials tried to sort out issues regarding their records and withholding tax.

City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas confirmed that the City did not receive the check from FLI amounting to P134 million.

Cebu City unsure about securing loan for P1.5-B hospital

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

SOME councilors worry that the Cebu City Government would not be able to comply with requirements to obtain a P120-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

One of the seven requirements for the loan is a seal of good housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Youth elections set on April 25

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

THE Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election will be on April 25, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Cebu City village chief escapes murder try

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

BABAG Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito escaped death during a shootout carried out yesterday afternoon by three men who were hired to kill him for allegedly owing somebody P6 million.

‘Is brother liable for failing to stop illegal activities?’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

A POLICE official will ask the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to investigate the brother of a suspected drug lord for allegedly failing to stop his sibling’s illegal activity.

Supt. Romeo Santander, chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO)-City Intelligence Branch (CIB), said the brother, who is a barangay councilor, knew about the involvement of Darwin Tibay in the illegal drug trade.

Palma to Aquino: It’s okay to ask for apology

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma sees nothing wrong if President Benigno Aquino III has to apologize for his role in the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao almost two months ago.

“Why would you be embarrassed if you feel or believe that you have done something wrong?” Palma said.

Group faces plaint for ‘robbing’ trader

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

COMPLAINTS were filed yesterday against seven men and a woman who were arrested for allegedly robbing a businesswoman inside her house in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday.

Marites Amit, a 51-year-old casino financier, and personnel of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) filed the complaints for robbery and carnapping before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor's Office shortly before noon.

CA halts order allowing firm to collect fee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has stopped an arbitration body from enforcing an order for the Provincial Government to pay a contractor about P100 million for projects implemented in the previous administration.

In a March 20, 2015 resolution, the CA 19th Division granted the writ of preliminary injunction sought for by the Capitol against the final consolidation award issued by the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) on Nov. 21. 2014, which favored the payment claim of contractor Duros Development Corp. (DDC).

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