NBI eyes foul play

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:34 a.m.

A SEPARATE autopsy has led the family of a detainee to believe that foul play was behind his death while in police custody after a buy-bust in Toledo City.

An autopsy by Dr. Rene Cam of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 revealed that Alexis Velayo, 33, had a hematoma in the lower left portion of his abdomen and a laceration on his spleen.

Council probes P187M increase in welfare budget

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

SOME social services programs that Cebu City Hall’s executive department wants to implement next year were questioned by the Cebu City Council yesterday.

These include the P40-million proposed budget for the financial assistance to solo parents, at P5,000 each, as well as the P15-million aid to “people in crisis situations” and P30 million for the photo ID program.

Post-Yolanda projects’ status on OPARR website

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) put up a website where the public can check the status of government projects for areas hit by typhoon Yolanda.

Netizens can also post comments and photos on http://empathy.oparr.gov.ph to support or contradict what is reported on the site by local and national government agencies, said OPARR Chief Panfilo Lacson.

Analysis: Sereno can’t say when it will end

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:04 a.m.

WHEN will the trial of the Ampatuan massacre trial end?

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said she didn't know. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was happy that Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Celis-Reyes rejected one petition for bail. Private prosecutor Prima Jesusa Quinsayas, representing media watch groups, said it could take another 10 years or in 2024 before a conviction could be made.

Pope’s itinerary ‘not our call’

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma clarified that local church officials had no control over Cebu and Bohol’s exclusion from Pope Francis’ itinerary for the pontiff’s visit to the country in January.

In an interview with reporters, Palma said he and other church officials in the Visayas had tried to convince visit organizers to let the Pope focus on areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Animal cruelty can lead to fines

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

THOSE who transport animals inside cramped trucks or cages can face penalties of up to P250,000, the Department of Agriculture (DA) warned.

Dr. Ma. Gracia Dizon-Flores, chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Animal Welfare Division, said slaughter animals “also have feelings and emotions and must have freedom from stress, hunger and thirst and from cruelty.”

Minor hitches observed in Sunday’s procession

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

TRAFFIC during the Christ the King procession last Sunday was manageable, according to the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom).

“Traffic was managed well,” Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said.

Police official advises personnel to use force

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

AS CRIMINALS are getting bolder, police officers must use necessary force when confronted with danger, a top police official in Cebu Province said yesterday.

Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), said suspects have become “brutal” and ready to shoot it out with police.

Fiscal charges drug suspect from Lorega

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

THE man who stashed several packs of what is believed to be shabu inside a tennis ball canister awaits trial for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Ernesto Narido Jr. found enough evidence to indict Francis James Rafols for violating Sections 5 and 11 (selling and possession of illegal drugs) of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

City uses bry. lot for parking

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

AFTER the Cebu City Government completed the demolition of the Citi Center Commercial Complex, Barangay Kamgayan has used the lot into a pay parking area.

Kamagayan Barangay Captain Raquel Avila said this will help raise money for the barangay.

Lahug blaze damages 3 houses

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

THREE houses were destroyed after a fire broke out in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City last Sunday night.

The first-alarm fire was reported to the Cebu City Fire Department at 5:58 p.m. in Upper Laguerta, Barangay Lahug.

Mahiga demolition gets nasty

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:59 p.m.

TENSION rose again yesterday in Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City when a demolition team arrived to tear down makeshift dwellings along the bank of Mahiga Creek.

A resident allegedly threw plastic bag containing foul liquid at the members of the demolition team and police officers. But no one was reported injured.

CSC favors VM’s choice; Mayor to file for recon

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) validated Dumanjug Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica's appointment of a Sangguniang Bayan (SB) secretary.

In a 10-page decision, CSC affirmed the appointment of Nerio Aquino by setting aside the earlier and separate decisions of the CSC 7 and CSC-Cebu South, which ruled on the contrary.

Sinulog foundation may receive P1.5M aid from Capitol

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:53 p.m.

THE Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) has been re-accredited by the Cebu Provincial Government.

This means that the foundation can get its P1.5 million, which has been pending since 2013 from Capitol.

DSWD’s Start gains support of DepEd, PNP

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd), PNP and the Cebu City Government support the program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to assist rehabilitated drug dependents from poor families to become productive in society.

Last week, DSWD led other government agencies in signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) called Strategies Toward Acceptance, Re-integration and Transformation (Start) for rehabilitated drug dependents.

Shootings in Lapu-Lapu kill 1, wound another

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

A MAN died while another was wounded in separate shooting incidents in Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday.

Both victims were out on bail.

Two women jump off Mactan-Cebu bridges

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

A WOMAN died while another survived after they allegedly jumped from the two Mactan-Mandaue bridges three hours apart over the weekend.

Shortly before midnight last Saturday, an unidentified woman believed to be 30 to 40 years old fell on concrete ground below the Marcelo Fernan Bridge in Sitio San Roque, Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City.

Councilor wants Talisay to have new tourism head

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 09:50 p.m.

A CITY councilor is asking Talisay City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes to designate the city’s planning officer as the new tourism officer.

In his proposed resolution, Talisay City Councilor Doroteo Emit endorsed Christine Homez to be the new city tourism officer because of her experience in tourism development.

Boxing fans ‘deserve it’

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

MACAU -- Manny Pacquiao couldn’t resist having a little fun after getting the signature win he desperately needed for the fight boxing fans desperately want to see.

No reason not to enjoy himself after sending Chris Algieri to the canvas six times in a performance that will once again heat up talk of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

7,000 people turn up for Christ the King procession

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma thanked the organizers as well as around 7,000 persons who turned up for the Christ the King procession in this city on Sunday.

An estimated 6,000 people attended a mass at 4 p.m. on the Capitol grounds, along with Governor Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama. By the time the procession started, the police said, the crowd had grown to around 7,000.

Stronger drive vs illegal drugs

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

THE police nearly doubled its number of arrests this year of people involved in the illegal drug trade in Central Visayas compared to last year’s, data from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas showed.

From January to November 15 this year, the police caught 2,720 people, while in the entire 2013, 1,759 people were arrested.

Law penalizes owners of noisy motorcycles

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

OWNERS of noisy motorcycles in Cebu City will already be meted with higher fines.

This, after the City Council approved Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias’s “Anti-Muffler Ordinance of 2013.” The measure was approved more than one year after it was first introduced in the council.

Pacman fan sets up altar for idol

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

As Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was shown on television walking toward the ring yesterday afternoon, 87-year-old Severo Gerundio sat on a plastic chair outside the house of a neighbor watching the pay-per-view.

Hours earlier, he set up an altar on the street as a lucky charm for his hero.

DPWH to construct ripraps in relocation

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will soon build a riprap in Mandaue City’s relocation site for families living on riverbanks.

Tonypet Juanico, head of the City Housing and Urban Development Office, said the agency has committed to allocate P50 million for the project.

Cockfighting cop faces investigation

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7 will investigate a police officer assigned in the police station of Bantayan town in northern Cebu after the latter was allegedly caught on video joining an illegal cockfight in Barangay Talisay, Sta. Fe.

The officer is PO1 Jomarey Villaceran, according to the concerned citizen who captured the video.

City starts cleaning playgrounds

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

THE Cebu City Parks and Playgrounds Commission has started a greening and beautification program in the city in preparation for two major events-the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit next year and the International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.

Arleigh Gesta of the commission said they started the greening and beautification program last Nov. 3.

City clears use of Pagcor funds for shipping fees of donated aid

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government is allowed to use its Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds to pay for the shipping fee of donated life support equipment, says the Cebu City Legal Office.

The endorsement came following a resolution authored by Councilor Dave Tumulak covering the payment of the freight of the equipment.

Dad wants parking building in CCSC

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

TO address the need to provide more parking spaces within the vicinity of Cebu City Sports Center, a city councilor is proposing to convert a city-owned building near the area into a five-level mixed-use building.

“The Cebu City Government must address the parking problems associated with entertainment uses, medical centers, educational institutions, special events and religious institutions,” Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. said in his proposed resolution.

Boy, 17, stabbed by brother, dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was allegedly stabbed by his older brother on B. Aranas Ext., Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City at 9 p.m. last Saturday.

Edgar Calero Jr., was rushed to the Cebu City Medical Center by his neighbors after he was wounded on his chest.

Mandaue choir sets charity drive

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 08:13 p.m.

OVER a span of a decade, the Mandaue Children’s Choir under the direction of internationally acclaimed musical director, Maestro Dennis Gregory Sugarol, has earned accolades here and abroad.

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