14-hour brownout to hit parts of southern part of Metro Cebu tomorrow

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

PORTIONS of Minglanilla and San Fernando towns, and some areas in the City of Naga will experience a 14-hour brownout tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Visayan Electric Company (VECO), in its Facebook page, said there will be a power service interruption in these areas "to facilitate stringing of lines, pole dressing and other primary line works." These works were previously scheduled for implementation last Jan. 25.

Ronda town vice mayor’s wife arrested

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The wife of a vice mayor was arrested by police for allegedly attacking another woman by slamming her car, then hitting her with a baseball bat in Barangay Cogon-Ramos, this city.

Police probed after suspect lands in hospital

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) is investigating one of its officers for allegedly mauling a burglary suspect in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City last Sunday.

PO2 Romeo Cabulao, who is assigned to the Guadalupe Police Station of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), may be charged with grave misconduct.

Blaze razes 11 houses in Basak, Lapu-Lapu

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

A NOON fire blamed on electrical misuse razed at least 11 houses in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.

No one was reported injured.

Worker suspended over liquidation delay

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:54 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has suspended for one month and one day without pay an employee of the Cebu City Hall over delayed liquidation cash advances in 2010.

Katherine Genovesa, graft investigation and prosecution officer, found Julieta Marquita, executive assistant at the City Treasurer’s Office, liable of simple neglect of duty.

‘Can trees inside Tesda be moved?’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

THE Cebu City Parks and Playground Commission (CPPC) wants the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to update the City Government on the status of the application of permit to earth-ball the trees inside the Tesda compound.

The earth-balling of at least 20 trees inside the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) 7 compound on Salinas Drive, Barangay Apas is the first step towards the implementation of a road widening project in the area that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) funded.

Girls’ family files rape rap vs. teenager

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

A COMPLAINT for rape was filed yesterday against the 17-year-old high school student accused of sexually abusing three girls in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City.

But social workers will still assess whether Jason (not his real name) acted with discernment, if he indeed raped the children, said PO1 Lucelyn Estolloso of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

City may apply for loan even sans DILG seal

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:47 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government is qualified to avail itself of a P120-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and a grant from the World Bank (WB) for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), an official said.

This, even without the Seal of Good Local Governance: Good Financial Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Second suspension for Dumanjug mayor?

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

ANOTHER suspension is looming against Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia if majority of the Provincial Board (PB) agrees with the recommendation of the board's committee on complaints and investigation.

“After thorough investigation, (this committee) recommends that respondent Garcia be declared guilty of the charge of grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority,” read the decision of the committee on complaints and investigation, chaired by PB Member Arleigh Sitoy.

‘Pusher’ fails to remit profit, killed

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:40 p.m.

A SLEEPING 35-year-old fisherman was shot to death by a lone gunman in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City last Thursday afternoon.

Investigator PO3 Marlon Remollo identified the victim as Wilbert Hermoso Galo, who sustained a gunshot wound in the face.

2 men arrested in Lapu buy-bust

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

TWO MEN were arrested in an anti-narcotics operation in Barangay Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City last Thursday night.

According to police, 11 small sachets of suspected illegal drugs and another medium sachet were confiscated from Carlos Pebida Jr., 41. A hand grenade was also allegedly confiscated from him.

Pot-bellied enforcers ‘not showing progress’

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

SIX months after warning pot-bellied traffic enforcers in the city, Mayor Michael Rama will reevaluate them this month if they have made improvements.

As some pot-bellied traffic enforcers have not shown any improvement yet, Rama said, “Dili pa na magsilbi nako, ako pa na silang check-upon kay kinahanglan nindot gyod ang tiyan kay ang mayor gamay man og tiyan (I’m not satisfied yet. They should shape up like their mayor).”

Businessman, 52, robbed, shot dead in Tuburan

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:37 p.m.

A 52-YEAR-OLD businessman was robbed and shot dead by an unidentified culprit in Sitio San Jose, Barangay Monte Alegre, Tuburan at 4:30 p.m. last Thursday.

Police identified the casualty as Santiago Bragat, who was shot several times in the head, stomach and back.

Gov’t introduces new contraceptive in Cebu

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:36 p.m.

MORE than 200 mothers from 20 different barangays in Cebu City received a free implant yesterday morning from a team of medical experts from Manila.

The implant, known as Implanon, is a "rod-looking" contraceptive that will prevent pregnancy within three years.

Lawyer to COA: Let us answer

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

WHY were “confidential” audit observations leaked to the media?

This was the Cebu City Legal Office's question to the Commission on Audit (COA) during a closed-door exit conference yesterday on the Cebu City Government's transactions last year.

Buzz: Foreign ways

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

MOST Filipinos have been raised to respect older folk.

Many Filipinos still observe the tradition of taking the hand of lola, lolo, aunt and uncle—in addition to their parents—and guiding it to their foreheads as a sign of respect. Visayans call the act “amin” while the Tagalog-speaking call it “mano.”

5 NBI agents, 6 others cleared of raps

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas junked the criminal and administrative complaints against the five officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas and six others, who were accused of fabricating evidence to make it appear that five former Highway Patrol Group (HPG)-Central Visayas officers conspired in killing lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in February last year.

Dumanjug mayor wants update from PB on complaints

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

CITING that the charges he filed have remained idle for at least a year, Mayor Nelson Garcia of Dumanjug town, Cebu filed an omnibus motion before the Office of the Provincial Secretary asking for updates on the administrative complaints he filed against Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica.

Garcia, who filed his motion last Wednesday, wants to know if the Provincial Board (PB) is still interested in proceeding with the hearings of the five administrative complaints he filed against Gica.

21 farmers get cash aid from PCIC

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

TWENTY-ONE farmers from the mountain barangay of Adlaon, Cebu City yesterday received financial assistance from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC).

Each farmer received an indemnity check worth P12,782 in a ceremony held at the Cebu City Hall, attended by Barangay Captain Elvis Narra, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, PCIC vice president Tony Uy, and Tisa Barangay Captain and Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Philip Zafra.

Cebu City risks loss of P15-M gear

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City Government stands to forfeit some P15 million worth of calamity and life support equipment from Massachusetts, with the donor saying these might as well go to “interested” communities.

Yolanda survivor picked up for ‘raping’ 3 girls

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:08 p.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy allegedly raped three girls inside their house in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City last Wednesday dawn.

Police turned over Jason (real name withheld) to the City Social Welfare Services after the parents and grandmother of the girls—ages seven, six and three—sought their help past 7 p.m. last Wednesday.

CV cops say heated drive vs. drugs yielded good results

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:07 p.m.

SOME 37 suspected drug personalities were killed by the police in Central Visayas in anti-narcotics operations since last year, police data showed.

People engaged in the illegal drug trade are getting bolder in the midst of the intensified police operations, said Senior Supt. Conrado Capa of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.

DepEd 7 proposes P18B fund

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Central Visayas yesterday said the agency proposed an P18.218-billion budget for 2016 for the region.

Dr. Marcial Degamo, chief of DepEd 7 Quality Assurance Division (QAD), said their P18.218-billion proposal will be integrated by the DepEd central office with the budget proposals of other regions.

Chided student shoots teacher

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

A 22-YEAR-OLD graduating high school student allegedly shot his teacher yesterday afternoon in Barangay Poblacion, Tabuelan, Cebu.

According to police investigation, Elmer Pelayo Arcillas was fed up with his math teacher, Geronimo Maano Flores, for repeatedly scolding him for always being late in class.

Dads question mayor’s move, bidder opposes

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

THERE was legal basis in Mayor Michael Rama's declaration of a failure of bidding for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), said the City Legal Office.

This, as the City Council requested the executive department to furnish them a copy of the memorandum, which Rama issued, to create a special bids and awards committee (BAC) for CCMC.

Task force: 7 suspects in death of German

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

SEVEN suspects were involved in the Feb. 20 shooting of three foreigners inside a fast food chain in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City, according to a new information uncovered by police.

The shooting resulted in the death of German national Heinrich Haffner, 31.

Officials snub DILG 7 hearing

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:59 p.m.

AFTER the walkout last Wednesday, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and some of his fellow respondents in the complaint for the allegedly “irregular” distribution of the P20,000 calamity aid did not show up as the hearing at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) continued.

“No more. Why would we continue to attend?” City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said.

Bantayan residents protest DSWD aid guideline

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

HUNDREDS of Bantayanons braved the heat as they converged in their municipal rotunda the other day with their mayor and town officials, asking Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman to release the P375 million emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to Yolanda victims, without conditions.

Mayor Ian Christopher Escario, in his speech, said the P375-million check is already with the DSWD office, but he refused to claim it.

Outpost, more roving cops after shooting incident

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

THE Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) is setting up a police outpost near the Lapu-Lapu City Hall of Justice to beef up security in the area after a businessman was shot dead there.

Supt. Virgil Ranes, LLCPO’s deputy chief for operations, said two police officers will be assigned in the outpost, which will be set up near the entrance of the City Hall compound where the Hall of Justice, the LLCPO and other government offices are located.

‘Some seniors still not aware of 20% drug discount’

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

THE Provincial Board (PB) asked the Department of Health in Central Visayas to provide pharmacies with posters that can guide senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) on how they can avail themselves of the 20-percent discount on drugs.

The posters should be placed on conspicuous areas in drug stores and pharmacies, the board said.

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