Flames destroy appliance store, lodge

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:59 p.m.

A FIRE gutted a three-story building at the corner of Osmeña Blvd. and Sanciangko St. in Cebu City yesterday morning, destroying an appliance store and a motel.

The Cebu City Fire Department pegged the property damage at more than P500,000. It received the alarm at 4:37 a.m. and firefighters declared the fire under control after 25 minutes.

Filipino seafarers could lose jobs in EU ships if PH training schools fail audit

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:57 p.m.

EIGHTY thousand Filipino seafarers employed by European vessels could lose their jobs if training facilities in the Philippines fail international standards.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (Emsa) will conduct a final audit by the end of this month or early next month to determine if the Philippines complies with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.

Town mayor sues foreigner for building fence at airport

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:56 p.m.

STA. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana sued a British national who built a fence around the town’s airstrip in the island of Bantayan.

The mayor filed charges of malicious mischief, usurpation of real right and real property and direct assault of a person in authority against 44-year-old Christopher Paul Alexander.

Creating gabion dams to prevent floods

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes wants to sit down with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to tackle measures against flood.

During a coastal cleanup last Saturday, Cortes asked DPWH to study the possibility of building dams in upland areas to prevent runoff water from going down to low-lying areas.

Public urged to help fight v. online libel

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:54 p.m.

ASPIRING journalists and Internet users are urged to help mainstream media oppose libel, which an activist lawyer called an “enemy of democracy.”

“Unless it is completely repelled, the rich, the powerful, the dishonorable, the thieves, the corrupt, and the liars will always use it (online libel) to infringe on our rights to criticize,” Atty. Harry Roque told a forum.

OFW who died abroad ‘did not commit suicide’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:52 p.m.

FOUL play was involved in the death of a Cebuano air-conditioning unit technician in Saudi Arabia last July.

Results of the autopsy conducted by Dr. Rene Cam of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 revealed that Michael Villacojer died from massive bleeding due to a laceration in the right kidney.

‘Leave endangered animals alone’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:51 p.m.

WILDLIFE traders should verify if the animals they intend to sell are not threatened or endangered, said an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Maritime urges boat owners to register or suffer penalties

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has urged all owners and operators of passenger-cargo motorized banca to register their vessels or face huge penalties if these meet accidents at sea.

Marina 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol said that if they cannot afford the fees, they may avail themselves of the special registration facility called “poor motorized banca owners” with registration fee of P800 only.

City to help parents of dead baby in VSMMC case

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE parents of the baby who was allegedly decapitated upon birth in the delivery room of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) met with Mayor Michael Rama yesterday.

This, after the mayor said that the City Government is willing to help the family if they choose to pursue legal action against the hospital management.

Rama named ‘people’s manager of the year’

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has been named “People Manager of the Year” for the public sector category by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

The award recognizes “the best human resource practitioner” in the public sector or government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCC) in the country, especially those who have contributed largely to the development in the field of human resource (HR).

City registrar transfers to new, 4-story building

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government inaugurated a new four-storey building of the City Civil Registrar’s Office yesterday.

The P30-million facility located at the back of the City Health Department (CHD) in Barangay Carreta was funded by the supplemental budget of the City in 2010 yet.

Buzz: Magpale for governor in next elections?

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale might run for governor in 2016. That’s what Toledo City Mayor John “Sonny” Osmeña is in effect accusing the vice governor of doing: making several trips all over the province to seek reelection in 2016, not for vice governor but for governor.

Ex-councilman, 18 others busted

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

NINETEEN people were arrested in five police operations between Saturday and yesterday, with the authorities confiscating some P45,000 worth of shabu.

One of those arrested is former Panugnawan, Medellin councilman Buenaventura Diaz, 37.

Health dept. gears for registry

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

TRAININGS have been organized for regional health personnel in charge of the regional registry system that will collate health statistics.

This is in line with the order of the Department of Health (DOH) for public and private health facilities nationwide to create a registry system for non-communicable diseases, injuries, and others.

Higher-ups review cops’ use of car

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 is reviewing the recommendation of the Cebu City Police Office (CPPO) to charge three police officials with less grave neglect of duty.

Chief Insp. Noli Cernio, Senior Insp. Elisandro Quijano and Insp. William Alicaba were accused of using an impounded car during their stints as Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) chief.

Father, child shot in Cebu

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

CEBU -- A father and his daughter were wounded after two unidentified assailants shot them outside their house in Happy Valley, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, Monday morning.

Jonathan Emmanuel Go, 38, was about to drive his daughter, Joan Emmanuelle, 7, to school at 7:15 a.m. Monday when the two unidentified men fired.

Goal: Plant 1M trees in 1 year

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY—A flurry of new data on natural hazards came after super typhoon Yolanda struck the country, but how can these be used to make ordinary people more prepared for natural disasters?

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez raised the need for partnership between local government units and universities to interpret vital data on hazards in their communities to ordinary people.

City seeks contractor for plan to widen Mahiga

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

THE Cebu City River Management Council (CCRMC) will start next month a P3-million detailed survey and master plan for Mahiga River.

CCRMC Chief Jose Daluz III said that the project will guide the City, which plans to restore the river to its original width, as one solution to flooding.

Singing priest to media: Use freedom, skills responsibly

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

CELEBRATE freedom by acting responsibly and doing good deeds, a priest challenged media workers yesterday in the mass that opened the annual Cebu Press Freedom Week.

“Sa matag exercise sa atong kagawasan nga gihatag sa atong Ginoo, atong subayon sa mga maayong bulohaton (Our use of our freedom should be accompanied by good deeds),” said Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA.

6 barangays create command team

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

TO IMPROVE peace and order in the barangays of Cebu City, the City Council approved the creation of a command center that will be supervised by the barangays.

Six barangays—Calamba, Suba, Sawang Calero, San Nicolas Proper, Pahina San Nicolas and Pasil—along with the Police Station 6, worked together to establish the command center.

3 engineers keep signal up during Yolanda

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

DESPITE being victims themselves, three engineers went out of their way to restore signal in areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte Province.

After securing their families, Roger Gadaingan, Roel Rivera and Jerome Cañete, field operations engineers of Globe Telecom, set out to get cell sites working again and allow fellow survivors to contact their worried loved ones.

Do you know this man and what he did?

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

The millennium generation doesn’t know him or doesn’t know him well enough. Older people don’t remember or have ceased caring about what he did.

Many others, his devoted followers who have helped keep his surviving family members in elected positions in government, view him in another light. To them, he was no tyrant but a brilliant leader, never mind the billions of pesos he, his wife and children have been accused of stealing but haven’t been found guilty.

How far should a protest go?

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

At the U.P. Diliman, Quezon City Wednesday night, Budget Secretary Butch Abad was mobbed by students who hurled placards, crumpled pieces of paper and coins at him, shouting “Ito para sa mga ninakawan ninyo (This is for those you have stolen money from).”

One student grabbed him from the back by the collar as others tried to block his entry to his car.

7 things you need to know for this week

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

1-2 THE BIG FLOOD IN METRO MANILA: Super Mario was reminiscent of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 that flooded 80% of the National Capital Region 2009. Mario poured a a month’s supply of rain in only 24 hours last Friday. Rains in Cebu Wednesday night and Thursday led to floods and landslides in Cebu City and some areas of the province. Metro Cebu streets became waist-deep pools

Ear-cathers: “Emotional, heartfelt, presidential”

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

That’s how an aide of Vice President Jejomar Binay described his would-be speech. Floods prompted him to reset the speech at PICC, from Monday to Thursday. Did anyone shed a tear, were hearts tugged by it? Did he sound like the next president of the Republic?

WORLD’S 11 BILLION PEOPLE by century’s end-- two billion people more than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, according to U.N.-led analysts.

“Marriage is not an easy road. It’s sometimes a contentious trip but that’s life."

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

-- Pope Francis to people who were married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” and were married by the pontiff in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican Sept. 14

Top of the Week: Media fell first

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

“On Friday night, Sept. 22, the scenario began to roll. Defense Secretary Enrile car was ambushed... Using the ambush as pretext, Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 and the executive order which implemented it. ... Within two hours of the signing, the military had sealed all newspaper offices and broadcasting stations. By 4 a.m., Sept. 23, 100 of the 400 citizens listed as subversives had been rounded up and detained at Camp Crame.”

-- From “Impossible Dream” by Sandra Burton (1989)

Towns’ league now in MCDCB

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

THE League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter is now a regular member of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB).

LMP can coordinate with the board and apply specific ideas to develop the other towns based on the MCDCB’s prepared plan for Metro Cebu.

School wants to lease SRP lot

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

A PRIVATE school wants to lease an 8,000-square-meter property at the South Road Properties (SRP) where they can build pre-school, grade school and high school facilities.

Sage Prep Schoolhouse Inc. and Cambridge Child Development Centre for Progress Corp. wants to the rent the lot for 25 years, renewable for another 25 years.

Brit claims airport ‘ownership’, detained

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:19 p.m.

A BRITISH national was arrested for allegedly claiming ownership of and fencing the airport of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu.

Christopher Paul Alexander, 44, claimed ownership of the Capitol-owned property and employed workers to fence it, police said.

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