Road closures this weekend

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised motorists yesterday that it will redirect the vehicular traffic on Sunday for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 event.

According to an advisory, the entire stretch of S. Osmeña Blvd. to Legaspi Ext. all the way to the South Coastal Road tunnel in the South Road Properties to Talisay City will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 noon.

2 kids ‘used for sex’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

TWO kids, aged 14 and 17 years old, were removed from the care of two men who allegedly used them for sexual intentions in separate incidents.

The 14-year-old girl was living with a 33-year-old man who passed her off as 18, the age of consent and no longer considered a minor. The 17-year-old boy, an orphan, accused his uncle of letting him use drugs and perform sexual acts.

Malls report some shoplifters use insulation sheets to smuggle out items

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

THE police are looking at reports that shoplifters are using thermal insulation sheets to smuggle stolen items from stores.

The issue came up during a recent dialogue between the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and security officers of shopping malls.

Capitol, GK inspect ‘burglarized’ storage room

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

A GROUP from the Capitol yesterday inspected a room in the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) where relief goods were stored following a reported burglary.

Gawad Kalinga (GK) Cebu head Antonio Florendo pointed out to Capitol officials, Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino, a hole in the ceiling of the storage room.

DPWH vows to plant 8T mangroves

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has agreed to replace 79 trees that disappeared during an ongoing road rehabilitation project at the Sergio Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City last April.

No major surgeries at CCMC

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has identified four alternative hospitals for indigents who need major surgeries or have serious medical cases.

This, after the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) was downgraded by the Department of Health from a level 2 to a level 1 facility.

Children’s Legal Bureau charges relatives of ‘trafficked’ minor

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

TWO mothers from Lapu-Lapu City were charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday for allegedly trafficking their children to an Australian national.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) charged Cecile and Anna Marie (full names withheld) with violating Section 6(c) in relation to Section 4(a) of Republic Act (RA) 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons).

Capitol: Poultry farms caused spread of flies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

YOLANDA Village in Bogo City will welcome 34 families on Saturday.

City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. invited Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday to grace the turn over of 34 houses on Aug. 2.

Buzz: Mayor Radaza wishes charges will go way

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza still has to give a substantial answer to the charges filed against her: one, in the Girl Scouts case where PDAF money intended for the GSP Cebu Chapter landed in a personal bank account of a former congresswoman, and two, in the alleged fictitious loans made by a rural banks. She was the treasurer of the GSP Cebu chapter and head of the rural bank that shut down because of alleged bogus loans. The two cases involved millions of pesos.

Buzz: Mayor Radaza wishes charges will go way

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza still has to give a substantial answer to the charges filed against her: one, in the Girl Scouts case where PDAF money intended for the GSP Cebu Chapter landed in a personal bank account of a former congresswoman, and two, in the alleged fictitious loans made by a rural banks. She was the treasurer of the GSP Cebu chapter and head of the rural bank that shut down because of alleged bogus loans. The two cases involved millions of pesos.

Some Asturias residents say their children became ill because of flies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

RESIDENTS in seven barangays in Asturias, Cebu blame the swarm of flies that invaded their villages for cases of diarrhea and vomiting, and for lost income.

In response to the infestation, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) sprayed chemicals in houses in Barangays Antugop, New Bago, Bago, Lunas, Looc, Langub and Poblacion.

DOH downgrades CCMC’s status due to cramped space at BFP

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has downgraded the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) to level 1 from a level 2 facility.

This was confirmed yesterday by CCMC ad hoc committee chairperson Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who said the order came last July 24.

Sports facility eyed at SRP

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

TEN basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a soccer field and a jogging track.

These are some of the facilities being envisioned for the proposed 10-hectare multi-sports facility at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Ma ‘pimps’ daughter to 65-yr-old Japanese

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

A WOMAN is facing attempted trafficking and child abuse charges for allegedly pimping her 15-year-old daughter to a 65-year-old Japanese national through a dating website.

Rina (real name withheld) and Masahiro Shinoda were charged before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon with attempted trafficking and violation of the Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Cop faces charge for ‘offering’ to help set female detainee free

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

AUTHORITIES filed charges yesterday afternoon against the police officer who allegedly accepted a bribe in exchange of a pregnant woman’s freedom.

A complaint for robbery/extortion was filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 against PO2 Joselito Laspiñas of the Waterfront Police Station before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

‘Sell NFA rice right away to avoid being accused of hoarding’

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:01 a.m.

RICE retailers in Cebu support the move of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 to look into some of their colleagues who are allegedly hoarding rice stocks.

The Grain Retailers Confederation (Grecon)-Cebu Chapter said operations made by the NBI 7 should serve as a warning to other rice retailers and sellers from committing illegal acts.

Ready with Ironman closures, travelers?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:57 p.m.

CEBU -- Do you have a flight to catch at the Mactan Cebu International Airport this Sunday? Make sure to leave your house early.

The first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City on Sunday during the Ironman triathlon event from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Running priest’ appeals: Save trees

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

AN ADVOCATE of protecting the environment asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local governments to preserve the century-old acacia trees along the highway from Naga to Carcar.

Official explains DAP to students

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

CABINET Secretary Jose Rene Almendras yesterday defended the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before students of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR), saying even the Supreme Court has acknowledged it as good for the country.

Lapu sports new brand

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

FROM giving prizes to barangays that promote the city’s brand to displaying the brand design in public utility vehicles, the Lapu-Lapu City Government is using every means to market its new image as “The Historic Resort City.”

Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday said she also instructed the City Tourism Office to convene resort and hotel operators and other stakeholders to explain the city’s brand and help them come up with marketing strategies that fit the city’s new image.

Phase 2 of project starts Monday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

ALMOST five months after the road was closed, the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will open tomorrow one side of S. Osmeña Blvd.

But Citom warned the motorists and commuters that one side of the road will remain closed because the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will start pouring concrete on it on Monday.

Vice mayor frowns on proposal to borrow funds to pay off loan

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

ACTING Mayor Edgardo Labella is not in favor of paying off the foreign loan used in developing the South Road Properties (SRP) by taking out another loan.

But he is open to further study the proposal.

Agency brings art to disaster survivors

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is using art for healing the communities in Bohol and Cebu ravaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda last year.

Orlando Magno, head of NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination, said they visited Bantayan Island with teams of cultural workers and psychologists two weeks ago.

CPDRC probe ordered after drug source story

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

PACKS of shabu, which were seized in a buy-bust operation in Liloan, reportedly came from the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPDRC), prompting the governor to order stricter measures and investigate allegations that some jail personnel are involved.

6 village workers positive of drugs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

ANOTHER six barangay employees were caught using illegal drugs during the surprise drug test in two barangays in Cebu City yesterday.

Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) administered the test yesterday in Barangays Pasil and Busay.

Police operations net 4 people, P35T drugs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

FOUR people were arrested in separate police operations in Cebu City and in Liloan town last Tuesday that also yielded packs of shabu and a high-powered firearm.

In Cebu City, the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) arrested two men; one is a suspected drug pusher, while the other one is believed to be a gun-for-hire.

CA upholds conviction of cop

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the conviction of a police officer from Tuburan town, Cebu for mauling a man inside a karaoke bar in 2002.

The CA’s 18th Division upheld the lower court’s ruling convicting police officer Edsil Condevillamar of slight physical injuries.

Buzz: Lapu-Lapu wants own luster as city

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza’s efforts to remove the giant statue of Lapu-Lapu at the Luneta Park in Manila and transfer it to her city apparently have something to do with the branding of the city.

The branding launched last July 25 in Hoops Dome aims to make the city a world-class tourist destination, as world-class “as its people, its history and the infrastructure it builds.”

Baby’s timing leads to gifts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

WHEN Kyle Olendang is old enough, his parents will have quite the story to tell him about his birthday.

The boy, born at 12:44 a.m. last Sunday in Cebu City, is one of several babies whose births brought the country’s population to 100 million.

Pope Francis to see PH in 2015

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

POPE Francis will visit the Philippines for the first time in January next year, church officials in Manila confirmed yesterday.  

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a press conference, said that the pontiff will visit the country on Jan. 15 to 19, 2015, but that the itinerary has yet to be finalized.

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