Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:14 a.m.

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

Higher airport fees will start on Nov. 1, MCIAA tells council

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:11 a.m.

THE Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) cannot heed the request of the Cebu City Council to delay an increase in the passenger service charge (PSC), which is scheduled on Nov. 1.

MCIAA General Manager Paul Villarete, who appeared before the council yesterday, said, though, that the increase for departing domestic passengers will be staggered.

P7M in drugs held

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:07 a.m.

SOME P7,180,000 worth of drugs were seized in two buy-bust operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Barangays Lorega and Suba last Tuesday night and yesterday afternoon.

It was the largest batch of drugs they’ve confiscated in two years, said City Intelligence Branch (CIB) Chief Romeo Santander.

Vidal not in coma

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

ARCHBISHOP Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal is not in coma.

Local church officials yesterday clarified that Vidal is in good health, contrary to a Facebook post that circulated early this week that the prelate had slipped into a coma following his hospitalization two weeks ago.

‘Only OPD is open for now’

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:37 a.m.

ONLY the out-patient department of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital (CDUH) can accept patients following the fire that hit the medical facility Tuesday night.

Engr. Oscar Tuazon, CDUH hospital administrator, said in a Balitang Bisdak interview said that the out-patient department, located at the back of the hospital building, may accommodate those who need to have x-rays taken and perform basic check-ups.

Man sets rented room, self on fire

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

A MAN having financial problems allegedly set his room, then himself, on fire yesterday morning in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City.

Abel Blaza, who rented a room in Sta. Ana, Barangay Labangon, reportedly got mad when his landlady asked him to leave for failing to pay rent for several months already.

CPVDC secures TRO against demolition of IT park fence

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

A JUDGE has temporarily stopped the planned demolition of a perimeter fence that the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) built on W. Geonzon Street at the Asiatown I.T. Park in Cebu City.

Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Soliver Peras issued a 72-hour restraining order barring representatives from Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), Megawide Construction Corp. (MCC), and the Cebu City Government from destroying the wall.

CA upholds ruling dropping admin case V. Gwen

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its ruling nullifying the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, which had found former Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia liable for grave misconduct for the allegedly anomalous purchase of the Balili property in 2008.

It denied for lack of merit the motions of the ombudsman and businessman Crisologo Saavedra, who sought to reverse the appeals court’s decision that annulled the administrative case against Garcia following her reelection.

Cities agree to abattoir talks

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:17 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government and Mandaue City Government agreed to solve the issues concerning the slaughterhouse, which the former owns and operates.

“We have agreed to jointly solve the problem, it will be a coordinated effort from both Cebu City and Mandaue City,” Cebu City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said.

PB passes truancy law for students

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:13 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board passed the anti-truancy ordinance, which will take care of students who are not attending their classes.

The ordinance is meant to protect children and, a Bantayan official said, will also complement a move the town took after Yolanda.

8 Suroy buses set for holiday rush

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

TO ENSURE that commuters would reach their destinations in time for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the Provincial Capitol yesterday announced the deployment of eight Suroy-Suroy tourist buses today and tomorrow.

This is being done in case public utility buses and mini-buses would not be able to serve the bulk of passengers at the Cebu South Bus Terminal, said Jone Siegfred Sepe, officer-in-charge of the Provincial General Services Office.

PB starts budget hearing, requires each department to present projects

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) will conduct budget hearings per department starting today.

PB Member Grecilda Sanchez, who heads the committee on budget and appropriations, said that the board is working on incorporating projects that were included in the 2014 budget but were not implemented, in the 2015 budget.

Suspension order against ex-PDEA 7 chief upheld

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Internal Affairs Service ((PDEA-IAS) upheld its decision to suspend an official for threatening a radio reporter during an interview.

IAS denied the motion for reconsideration filed by PDEA 7 Director Esperidion Javier, who allegedly challenged RGMA radio DySS and Sun.Star Superbalita correspondent Guamittos Logroño to a duel last year.

DENR 7 completes demarcation of 24 protected areas

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas has completed the forest delineation of all 24 protected areas in the region.

With this, the local government units designated to manage the region’s protected sites can now come up with “buffer zones” intended to prevent the exploitation of the sites as well as to promote sustainability to those living near these areas.

Man charged for stealing fire official’s necklace

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

A 28-YEAR-OLD jobless man will face trial after he was charged by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly stealing a necklace worth P60,000 from a retired fire department official who came from a church.

Assistant City Prosecutor Ricky Jones Macabaya found enough evidence to charge Kevin Camangyan with theft, a violation under the Revised Penal Code.

Bike lanes soon in Cebu City

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 06:14 p.m.

AFTER several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved Wednesday the ordinance establishing shared priority bike lanes or bike-friendly zones in the city.

The ordinance known as “The Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance,” filed by Councilor Nida Cabrera, was passed during the council’s regular session.

Osmeña files 26 additional cases vs. City treasurer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 01:22 a.m.

CEBU City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas is now facing a total of 38 administrative cases from former mayor Tomas Osmeña.

Osmeña filed another set of cases, 26 of them, against Cuevas before the Department of Finance. It is the second batch of cases Osmeña filed against her.

Fire hits Cebu hospital; patients safely moved out

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:44 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) - More than 200 patients were transferred safely to other hospitals after a fire broke out last night in the basement of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital on Osmeña Blvd.

The flames reached portions of the second floor, but fire investigators could not say as of press time which departments were affected or estimate the total damage to property.

C. Visayas gets P3M to fight Ebola

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:10 a.m.

CEBU - The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated P3 million to Central Visayas as part of its preparations for the possible arrival of the Ebola virus on our shores.

To prepare health workers in public and private health facilities, two health agencies are also organizing trainings on how to handle patients suffering from the virus.

Morning shooting kills 2 persons

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

TWO died while one was wounded after three armed men shot them in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City yesterday morning.

Rolando Medalla, 27, and Francis Pagatungan, 22, were declared dead before they got to the hospital. Vivencio Baldesamo, 44, underwent surgery for a gunshot wound in his arm, leg and back.

Burglars hit 3 stores

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

BURGLARS hit three establishments and ran away with at least P32,000 in cash in Barangay Poblacion, Argao, Cebu.

Workers of Sandigan Savings and Credit Corp. Starbike Corp. and Lakal Corp., all tenants of Grazin Building, discovered the incident at 8 a.m. yesterday.

WWF warns Cebuanos about effects of climate change

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:58 p.m.

AN official of the environmental advocacy group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) yesterday warned Cebuanos against the effects of climate change.

Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, WWF chief executive officer, said Cebu is vulnerable to climate-related risks like floods and sea level rise. He said Cebu should undertake and strengthen mitigation and adaptation measures to avoid becoming like Metro Manila.

Mayor unveils 2 monuments

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government yesterday unveiled the life-sized monuments of Cebuano political icons Don Vicente Rama and Sergio Osmeña Jr.

The unveiling of the monuments, which now stand at the Plaza Sugbo grounds, coincided with the 60th birthday of Mayor Michael Rama.

‘Illegal recuiter’ charged, still at large

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

FOR allegedly trafficking three women for non-existent jobs overseas, a suspected illegal recruiter will face trial after she was charged by the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor.

Assistant City Prosecutor Aurora Peñaflor found enough evidence to indict Mylen Trinidad for violating Republic Act (RA) 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

Calamba ‘pusher’ faces charges

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

THE alleged drug pusher arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 will face trial after he was charged by the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor.

Assistant City Prosecutor Gandhi Truya found enough evidence to indict Roberto “Gringo” Escopete with violation of Section 11 (illegal possession of drugs) of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

‘Demonic possessions’ result in cancellation of classes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

CLASSES are suspended for the entire week in a school in Argao, Cebu after some six high school students were allegedly possessed by spirits last Monday morning.

Yesterday, Barangay Lamacan Captain Modesto Villacruel said the Argao Center for Science and Learning Inc. held a mass and invited a priest to bless their campus on Carlock St., Barangay Lamacan.

Fuente cop ‘punched’ taxi driver

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

FOR assisting his elderly passenger getting off from his taxi, a driver allegedly got punched in the face thrice by a policeman in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City yesterday morning.

The incident happened two days after a reportedly drunk rookie policeman, who is on a field training program (FTP), was arrested by the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) operatives for allegedly pointing a gun at a civilian.

CIDG 7 nabs ex-Atlas union exec

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

A FORMER labor union leader in Toledo City, Cebu was arrested by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 in Imus City, Cavite last Sunday morning.

The arrest of Antonio Cuizon, 58, inside his house was made by virtue of an alias warrant for illegal possession of explosives and unlicensed firearms issued by Judge Ruben Altubar of the Regional Trial Court in Toledo.

‘Once upon a time I was governor’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

IT NEVER crossed Provincial Board (PB) Member Julian Daan's mind that he would sit both as governor and vice governor in the past few days.

Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale are both out of the country.

Capitol earns P157M from Jan. to Sept.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

THE Cebu Province's revenue collection increased by 9.4 percent this year compared to the same period last year.

Capitol collected a total of P157 million from January to September this year.

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