Gov. Davide wants Magpale as running mate in 2016 polls

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:21 a.m.

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III said he will have only Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale as his running mate in seeking reelection in 2016.

“O.A. Only Agnes,” said Davide when asked if he has considered another person as his running mate in the 2016 elections, aside from Magpale.

Buzz: PNP chief grades self ‘9’: ‘Hesus, Maria Purisima’

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:19 a.m.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima graded himself “9” when asked by Senate committee on public order Sen. Grace Poe.

Don’t blame him, a Senate watcher notes. Purisima isn’t very good at figures. He “contracts his assets and bloats his liabilities.” He gets a P12-million house in Camp Crame for free from contractor friends and gets to buy high-end cars cheap.

Cebu fire kills 2 siblings

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:10 a.m.

CEBU - Two siblings died after they got trapped when their house caught fire in Sitio East Binabag, Barangay Tayud, Consolacion Wednesday morning.

Jerah “Mikay” Balmores, 5, and Ralfh “Raffy” Balmores, 6, were found lying on top of each other inside their room.

Cebu City Council holds shortest session amid talks of reorganization

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

IN AN unusual turn of events, the Cebu City Council ended its regular session yesterday without tackling the items in its agenda.

While council sessions usually last five to six hours, yesterday’s adjourned after about an hour.

Another bidding needed for PAF facilities

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:06 a.m.

ANOTHER bidding will have to be conducted for the replication of Philippine Air Force (PAF) offices and facilities, which will be affected by the construction of a new passenger terminal at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

This, after the two construction firms that participated in the first bidding for the P800-million replication project failed in the post-qualification stage.

Expat’s wife says she’s only after welfare of her kids

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

BUSINESSWOMAN Marites Lampert said she was only protecting the interest of her minor children who legally own the house and lot in an upscale subdivision, which she is accused of grabbing.

In a statement sent to Sun.Star Cebu, she said she will prove she is innocent of the “false and baseless” charges against her.

Film helps raise awareness about cyberporn in PH

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

A MOVIE about a young Filipina commercial sex worker and the computer avatar Sweetie was launched yesterday to kick off celebrations for National Children’s Month and Anti-Child Sex Tourism Week in Cebu.

The Filipino-Dutch film titled “Lilet Never Happened” is a true-to-life story of a 13-year-old Filipino girl Lilet who attempted to commit suicide. Lilet was introduced by a psychiatrist to Jacco Groen, the film’s writer/director.

‘Demolish footbridges to address flooding’

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

The footbridges, some of which are made of concrete, reportedly block the flow of water from the creek to the sea. These, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said, are among the causes of the flooding problem in the North Reclamation Area.

Mandaue’s help

CA grants ex-budget officer’s plea

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

FORMER provincial budget officer Emme Gingoyon received an early Christmas gift.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has overturned the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Gingoyon for grave misconduct over the Cebu Provincial Government’s purchase of the Balili property in the City of Naga in 2008.

Mandaue’s centenarians receive award, P50T cash

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 01:00 a.m.

THREE centenarians were honored yesterday by the Mandaue City Government, as it opened the Elderly Filipino Week celebration at the Mandaue City Sports Complex.

Cristita Velasquez del Mar, Serapio Sanchez Lumapas and Dolores Ranile Ermac were given plaques of appreciation. They will also receive P50,000 cash each within the week.

2 burglars hit coffee shop as guard sleeps

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

A COFFEE shop on Gen. Maxilom Ave. in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Cebu City lost P220,000 worth of cash and gadgets after it was burglarized by two men at dawn last Tuesday.

Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, head of Police Station 2 of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they now have leads on the identities of the suspects who burglarized Coffee Bean Scent.

Cebu has most number of fat preschoolers

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

CEBU Province has the highest number of obese preschool children in Central Visayas at 4,760, while 16,900 are underweight.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 weighed 1,089,361 pre-schoolers in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Carnapping suspect sings, tries to grab knife in station

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:56 a.m.

AN ALLEGED carnapper sang and wet his pants inside the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) yesterday.

His hands cuffed behind his back, Antero Sagarino, 44, got kicks from police officers when he attempted to take a knife placed on a table inside the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS).

Naga mayor asks PRO 7 for more cops vs. drugs

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:55 a.m.

DUE to reports of rampant illegal drug activities in two barangays in his city, City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong is asking the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Visayas to deploy additional personnel to their city.

Chiong said that due to the rampant selling of illegal drugs in Barangays Inoburan and Langtad, he asked PRO 7 Director Prudencio Banas to deploy 30 policemen from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) to their city.

4, including ‘top pusher,’ arrested in anti-drug bust

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

POLICE arrested four people, including an alleged level-three drug pusher, during a buy-bust in Sitio Maharlika, Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City at dawn yesterday.

Confiscated from the suspects were 47 small packs of suspected shabu worth P14,000, assorted drug-sniffing paraphernalia and two .38 paltik revolvers.

Piston lacks support: LTO 7 exec

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

THE protest organized by the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston)-Cebu failed to paralyze public transport because it did not have the support of other transport groups, an official from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 said.

Man, 18, ‘hangs’ self in Samboan

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:52 a.m.

A YOUNG man allegedly killed himself after he got embarrassed when his mother scolded him in front of his friends in Barangay Dalahikan, Samboan on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom (not his real name), 18, was found hanging inside their house in Sitio Sur with a rope tied around his neck at 4 p.m.

P8M insurance for agri-fishery

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:50 a.m.

CAPITOL renewed the agriculture-fishery insurance of Cebu's marginal farmers and fisherfolk and Gov. Hilario Davide III signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) yesterday.

The Province will pay the P8-million premium for the insurance.

Lapu trains volunteers, prepares for rainy days

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:49 a.m.

KNEE-DEEP floodwater caused traffic congestion in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.

The City Government's disaster preparedness training of volunteers from the barangays was well-timed.

Study: BRT can’t accommodate all commuters in Cebu

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

A BUS system for Cebu City won’t be enough to serve all commuters and an urban rail system should still be developed, a study team has recommended.

The World Bank approved last Saturday the $141-million financial package for the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which will serve a 23-kilometer route from Barangays Bulacao to Talamban in Cebu City.

200 families left homeless in Cebu fire

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) -- Close to 200 families were left homeless after a fire ripped through a crowded neighborhood in Sitio Abellana, Barangay Luz, Cebu City Tuesday afternoon.

Narrow interior roads hampered the firefighting operations, and the fire gobbled up at least 80 houses and damaged P700,000 worth of properties.

Firms balk at proposed shark ban in Lapu

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

TWO companies that import and export shark fins oppose Lapu-Lapu City’s proposed ordinance banning the catching, use and transport of any shark, turtle, whale and dolphin species or their parts.

Firms balk at proposed shark ban in Lapu

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

TWO companies that import and export shark fins oppose Lapu-Lapu City’s proposed ordinance banning the catching, use and transport of any shark, turtle, whale and dolphin species or their parts.

Officials of H.A. Marine International (Hami) and Shell Haven Fashion International, which have facilities in Lapu-Lapu City, told the local legislative council during a public hearing on the proposed measure that they have permits to import shark fins.

Strike fails to paralyze traffic

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

ABOUT 70 jeepney drivers stopped plying their routes in Cebu City yesterday morning and gathered for a protest rally asking the National Government anew to junk an “illegal order that imposes huge fines on minor traffic offenses.”

According to the group, the affected areas were Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, and Talamban, Mabolo, V. Rama and Bulacao in Cebu City.

WTG Construction-EM Ureta place lowest bid for new CCMC

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:02 a.m.

SEVEN contractors, mostly from Manila, expressed interest to undertake the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) but only four were allowed by the City Hall’s bids and awards (BAC) committee to participate in yesterday’s public bidding.

They are the Manila-based contractors CE Padilla Construction, EM Cuerpo Inc. and SCDI General Construction and Cebu-based contractor WTG Construction and Development Corp. in a joint venture with EM Ureta Construction, also from Manila.

Human trafficking cases in region ‘up’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

IN EACH of the last three years, more than 200 persons were sexually exploited or suffered other forms of human trafficking in Central Visayas.

The International Justice Mission (IJM) told participants of a seminar on the Human Trafficking Act, held yesterday in the Cebu Capitol, that the number of reported human trafficking cases in Region 7 also increased from 2011 to 2013.

Citom issues ultimatum on plates

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

OWNERS of newly registered vehicles have 16 days to secure and properly install their license plate.

Those who fail to do so by Oct. 16 would be fined for violating the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 and will be asked to pay P5,000 for every offense, Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 Regional Director Arnel Tancinco said.

CCPO denies giving special treatment to rich detainee

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

TOP officials of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) denied giving special treatment to a member of Cebu’s upper class society who was arrested for theft.

Senior Insp. Hartzel Billedo, head of Mabolo Police Station, said Marites Gonzales Lampert underwent the regular booking procedure.

Complaint against policeman elevated to grave misconduct

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

THE Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 will charge with grave misconduct a police official who was accused of using an impounded vehicle.

Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, acting chief of RIDMD, said they elevated the complaint against Chief Insp. Noli Cernio, former chief of the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) of the Cebu City Police Office.

Snatcher gets 17 years in jail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

SHE broke her right leg and suffered head injuries after falling from a passenger jeepney when a robber snatched her bag in 2012.

Almost two years and eight months later, Marilou Gregorio-Villanueva finally attained justice after Judge Soliver Peras convicted Ely Pepito of robbery with serious physical injuries.

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