Study: BRT can’t accommodate all commuters in Cebu

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

CEBU - 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.

All projects were under PDAF, not DAP: Pabling

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

FORMER congressman Pablo Garcia said all the projects that were implemented in Cebu’s second district during his term were from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Garcia, who represented the second district of Cebu in the House of Representatives, said he did not write or ask the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Group pushes for CV teachers’ wage increase

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) yesterday said 90 percent of the 39,066 public school teachers in Central Visayas are living in poverty and increasing their salary is the only way to improve their lives.

Gochans own property sold to Hotel of Asia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

FELIX Gochan and Sons Realty Corp. did not expect that the Cebu City Government would sell a property it no longer owns.

Lawyer Grace Que represented the Gochans before the Cebu City Council, which called for an executive session yesterday on the controversy surrounding Lot 917 in Barangay Lahug.

Gov’t auditor told to testify

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Alexander Acosta directed a state auditor to testify in the ongoing legal battle between the Cebu City Government and a hotel chain.

Acosta denied the motion to quash a subpoena filed by Commission on Audit 7 Chief Alicia Malquisto.

Village eyes lot purchase for alternative campus

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

THE owner of six lots adjacent to the Busay Elementary School is reportedly willing to sell the land to the Cebu City Government, said Busay Councilman Eliodoro Sanchez.

The barangay is eyeing the lots as alternative site for the school, which was vacated after it was declared unsafe, being in a land-slide prone area. The school is located next to a cliff and a river.

Cops nab man for disturbing neighbors, scaring elderly ma

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

A MAN who has been in and out of drug rehabilitation centers was arrested by police for alarm and scandal in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City before noon yesterday.

Oscar Enrique Allonar, 39, was caught by Punta Princesa policemen and Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) group inside his house in San Jose Village.

Buzz: Only 1 ‘electable’ bet for president from Cebu

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

DID YOU NOTICE...

... AMONG THOSE LISTED AS PROBABLE BETS FOR VICE PRESIDENT in 2016 by Pulse Asia, only two are from Cebu.

Magis Eagles eye 12th straight win

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:47 a.m.

THE collegiate basketball wars return with the first game of the best-of-three series for third place between losing semifinalists University of the Visayas Green Lancers and the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc (Cesafi) tournament at the Cebu Coliseum tonight.

In the opening game, high school toughie Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles will protect an 11-game winning streak as they start the second round of the semifinals against the struggling Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildkittens at 5:15 p.m.

‘Humanitarian reasons’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:34 a.m.

THE wife of an international furniture company executive was arrested for theft last Sunday but she was released yesterday after posting bail.

Marites Gonzales Lampert was arrested in her house in Maria Luisa Estate Park in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City by Mabolo Police personnel, based on a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Mercedita Dadole-Ygnacio of Regional Trial Court Branch 20 in Mandaue City.

Woman accused of stealing jewelry, house

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 01:31 a.m.

MARITES Gonzales Lampert posted bail yesterday for two counts of theft.

Acompanied by her lawyer, Marites, wife of Dedon chief executive officer Herve Lampert, appeared at the Mandaue City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 around 8 a.m. and posted bail of P80,000.

Cebu cities ready for transport rally

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

CEBU -- The Cebu City Government, together with some sectors, will field 66 buses to help passengers who may be affected by the transport rally today, Tuesday.

Piston-Cebu head Greg Perez said their rally will start at 9 a.m. when they march from Fuente Osmeña to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), among others.

30T more register for SK polls

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:38 a.m.

MORE than 30,000 teenagers registered for the February 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election at the close of the registration period yesterday in Cebu Province.

In Cebu City, a total of 6,600 young people registered to be able to vote in the SK election.

Man in gas station heist caught

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

POLICE arrested last Sunday a suspected robber who was allegedly responsible for stealing P18,000 cash and a security guard’s shotgun in a gasoline station.

The robbery happened on Gov. Cuenco Ave., Nasipit, Talamban last Thursday dawn.

Senator backs BRT project

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:35 a.m.

SENATOR Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito supports a mass transit system for Cebu, as a way to decongest traffic and alleviate poverty in the countryside.

“If we put up mass transit, people will work in the city and live in the countryside,” the senator told reporters in a press conference he called last Friday.

Murder case filed against policeman

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

MURDER and frustrated murder charges were filed yesterday against a police official in connection with last Friday’s shooting inside a bar in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

Winner of P294.6M lotto draw bought ticket at Pit-os outlet

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

WHOEVER bought the winning ticket in last weekend’s lotto draw will be P294.6 million richer.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) branch officer-in-charge Glen Rada confirmed yesterday that the winner bought the ticket at a lotto outlet in Barangay Pit-os, Cebu City.

Ex-Citom chief ‘points’ gun at man in Punta

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

A CEBU City Hall employee and former head of City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is accused of pointing a gun at his neighbor last Saturday night in Barangay Punta Princesa.

Dennis Jabonero, 61, was reportedly mad after his cable wire was stolen.

After fight with partner, woman, 29, hangs self

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

A PREGNANT woman allegedly ended her life after a quarrel with her live-in partner in Barangay Triumfo, Carmen last Sunday morning.

Jealousy could have driven Lexy (not her real name), 29, to hang herself inside their house, said PO2 Jovanni Calderon of Carmen Police Station.

Labella wants road-sharing report

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

CEBU City Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella wants the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) and the organizers of last Sunday’s road-sharing experiment to submit a report on the activity’s impact on traffic.

“For the motorists who were stranded, they found the experiment very disturbing but for the participants, they are quite happy,” Labella told reporters.

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