CEBU CITY -- Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Noel Gillamac delivered Wednesday sympathy letters to the widows of PO1 Windel Candano and PO1 Romeo Cempron, who were among Special Action Force (SAF) commandos slain last Sunday in Maguindanao.
CEBU -- With a US$250-million grant from the World Bank for post-Yolanda rehabilitation at stake, one would think local government units (LGUs) would be scrambling to get a share.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama and three City Hall officials are facing a suit for damages after the City’s alleged refusal to issue a building permit for a 30-storey project on J. Llorente St.
The civil case for mandamus with damages and attorney’s fees was filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) against Rama and Office of the Building Official (OBO) Chief Jose Marie Poblete, assistant head Florante Catalan and Bernabe Pateno, also of the OBO.
SEVEN persons believed to be members of a syndicate involved in producing fake checks, land titles, and bills were arrested by Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) operatives last Tuesday afternoon.
Police identified the suspects as Heracleo Alterado, Nilda Tacandong, Wamilda Tan Abella, Lorraine King Zenaida Alabado, Ronie Primacio, Arlinda del Rosario Mencidor, and Richard Uy.
A POLICE officer and his four companions were arrested in Pier 1 in Cebu City yesterday morning by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 for allegedly carrying firearms inside a ship.
Supt. Fermin Armendarez III of CIDG 7 told reporters they caught PO2 Romeo Santiago Bolaño of San Fernando Police Station, and his companions Dexci Bontilao Gomonet, Raniel Dalosa Commandante, Benhur Fuentes Gamutan, and Joseph Sereno Lagura.
FOUR Cebu City councilors returned their P20,000 calamity assistance to the treasury office of the City Government yesterday.
Councilors Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Sisinio Andales, Nida Cabrera and Nestor Archival gave back the money to the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) following the recent notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the release of the calamity assistance.
THE Cebu City Council wants a moratorium on the relocation of displaced families to a City-owned property in the mountain barangay of Budlaan.
The stand is based on Councilor Nida Cabrera’s speech during the council’s regular session yesterday.
NOT minding the heat of the sun, 92-year-old Teodolo Odiong walked yesterday to the barangay hall in Kalubihan to claim the P3,000 financial assistance from the Cebu City Government.
Odiong was one of the almost 60,000 senior citizens who received the balance from the aid promised by City Hall for 2014.
BELIEVING that she is no longer part of the committee that oversees the construction of a new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said that she will focus instead on upgrading the community hospital in the upland barangay of Guba.
THE Mandaue City Legal Office is seeking an opinion from the Department of Health (DOH) 7 after receiving a copy of a document from the City Hospital narrating their version of facts about the death of Jocelyn Coliflores who got confined in the facility three weeks ago.
City Legal Officer Giovanni Tianero said he furnished the DOH 7 a copy of the document last Tuesday and asked the agency to assess whether or not the manner in which Jocelyn, a 40-year-old pharmacy attendant, was attended to at the hospital was correct.
THE Regional Consular Office in Cebu of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged prospective travelers abroad to check their passports before buying plane tickets.
DFA Cebu Director Anika Fernandez said that all passport holders must check if their passports are in good condition (not detached, torn, or mutilated) and are valid for at least six months for each travel abroad.
MEMBERS of the Talisay City Council yesterday said they are willing to sit down for a dialogue with Mayor Johnny de los Reyes to discuss why they slashed the 2015 annual budget.
Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante together with seven councilors met with Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale to explain why the council decided to slash the annual budget from P1 billion to P539 million.
THE Provincial Capitol yesterday distributed seven ambulances and two multicabs to six local government units as part of its effort to improve health services.
The Capitol spent a total of P2.926 million for the nine vehicles.
FOR his service to the public, the Cebu City Council wants the City Government to give a posthumous award to the late barangay captain of Basak San Nicolas, George Rama.
FOUR unidentified men robbed two salesmen and took more than P50,000 from them in separate incidents in Daanbantayan and Tabogon last Tuesday.
At 3 p.m., two men riding on a motorcycle held salesman Mark Monido and his driver Christopher Tudtud at gunpoint in Barangay Poblacion, Daanbantayan.
THE Provincial Government decided to transfer the controversial 16-year-old girl, who has been known in Cebu for alleged shoplifting, to a center in Tacloban City, Leyte.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said Josephine (real name withheld) was expected to leave Cebu yesterday afternoon.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...
... MANNY PACQUIAO AND FLOYD MAYWEATHER MEETING at half-time when they watched the Miami-Milwaukee game in Florida and agreed to start talks over multimillion-dollar mega-fight. Surprise,surprise: Floyd was friendly and nice, as if he hadn’t been throwing barbs before at the Filipino champion every chance he got. Later, Floy even visited Manila at his hotel room and resumed their talk. It wasn’t reported if Manny gave Floyd a spiel from his trove of biblical passages. But they must have talked about the tons of money each would reap from the match.
THE Energy Regulatory Board (ERC) will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. today at the Parklane Hotel on the application of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for the approval of the maximum allowance revenue for 2015.
ERC 7 Director Joel Bontuyan said NGCP also wants the approval of the net performance incentive for 2014 under the rules for setting the transmission wheeling rates, with prayer for provisional authority.
SOME police officials, non-commissioned officers and PNP office staff wore black armbands yesterday to express sympathy to the families of the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos who were killed last Sunday in Maguindanao.
THE Talisay City Government will have to make do with a P539-million budget this year as nine councilors out of 11 voted yesterday to override City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes’s veto.
The council reduced by half the annual budget proposal submitted by the executive branch at City Hall.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is planning to ban all motorcycles from using the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) in the South Road Properties (SRP).
The move is part of the mayor’s effort to curb the number of vehicular accidents in the 12-kilometer, four-lane highway.
SITIO Isla Alegre in Barangay Basak San Nicolas was placed under a state of calamity after the fire there last Monday, but barangay officials cannot use its calamity funds yet to assist the fire victims.
Acting Barangay Captain Norman Navarro said yesterday that he still has to comply with several requirements before he can officially replace Barangay Captain George Rama, who died last Monday. Until then, he cannot disburse barangay funds, including their calamity funds.
A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy was allegedly electrocuted inside a shopping mall in Talisay City last Monday night.
Police are still looking into the death of Mike Christer Manzano inside one of the concessionaires of Starmall Talisay in Barangay Lawaan 1 around 8:50 p.m.
A CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) plane bound for Cagayan de Oro had to turn back to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport due to technical problems, airport officials said yesterday.
Flight 5J 203, carrying 155 adult passengers, an infant and crew members, took off at 8:21 a.m. but landed safely at the airport at 8:40 a.m., said Estee Marie Plunket, corporate affairs head of the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp.
THE Capitol and a non-government organization will construct new school buildings in 10 Cebu towns.
The school buildings will be built in Catmon, San Fernando, Compostela, Daanbantayan, Barili, Carmen, Sogod and San Remigio, as well as Sta. Fe and Madridejos in Bantayan.
CEBU City Hall will appeal the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) against the release of P84 million, which covered the P20,000 calamity assistance given to each local government employee in 2013.
Stressing that the allocation was above board, Mayor Michael Rama yesterday said that he is willing to fight the issue before the Supreme Court (SC).
MANY will remember “Kap” George Rama for his antics and his loud commanding voice, and some might even remember him for his stinging comments against some Cebu City politicians.
But to those close to him, it’s his love for his family that will always stand out.
A CASINO financier was killed yesterday after men on a motorcycle shot him along Highway Seno in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City.
THE husband of the woman who died after she was allegedly given wrong medication at the Mandaue City Hospital has asked Mayor Jonas Cortes to have the matter investigated.
Cesar Coliflores, 42, also asked Cortes to suspend the medical personnel who were on-duty at the time of the incident.
THE Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals, which upheld the trial court’s ruling that convicted Shirley Casio of trafficking a 17-year-old girl in 2008.
Casio of Cebu City was found guilty of violating Republic Act (RA) 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.