Injuries ‘not slight’; lawyer asks for review

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

LAWYER Jiecel Tiu wants the court to suspend proceedings in the slight physical injuries against Pearl Ungab, while her bid to pursue a more serious case against the vice mayor’s wife is being reviewed.

Chev Maglasang, one of Tiu’s lawyers, asked the Municipal Trial Court in Cities yesterday to suspend the proceedings while their motion for reconsideration has yet to be resolved.

Traffic in recla ‘heavier today’

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:03 a.m.

STARTING today, some public vehicles on the S. Osmeña Blvd. route will be diverted to other roads as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) 7 implements the next phase of its road-widening project in the area.

Operations Chief Jonathan Tumulak of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised the public to leave their houses earlier than usual to avoid being caught in traffic.

Campaign to make archbishop a saint ‘needs proof of miracle’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:42 p.m.

THE Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome has opened the process for the possible beatification of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

But one official of the Catholic Church in Cebu admitted they still need to find proof of a miracle that would support their cause to get the former archbishop recognized as a saint.

Protection racket?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:41 p.m.

A CEBU City official asked leaders of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to investigate police officers allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, which he said was rampant in 10 of 80 villages.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said yesterday he has the names of nine police officers who reportedly accept bribes from drug personalities, in exchange for protection.

From 9 projects, town to get 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

FROM nine projects for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, only two appear likely to be implemented in Daanbantayan town.

Mayor Augusto Corro yesterday agreed to slash the total amount—from P885 million to P270 million—that the town will avail itself of from World Bank just so the municipality won’t miss out on the opportunity.

Cite actual need to withdraw evidence, judge tells lawyers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Ester Veloso struck down the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s to withdraw at least four pieces of evidence in connection with the kidnapping with homicide case against the partner of Bella Ruby Santos.

“The prosecution must specify the actual need for the withdrawal of evidence. Even if these exhibits were not offered, these are part of the seized items in the implementation of the search warrant,” read Veloso’s two-page order.

Wife of ‘widower’ shows up at work

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

A WOMAN allegedly attacked her husband who is a Capitol job-order (JO) employee at the Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), when she discovered that his personnel records indicated that he is a widower.

Capitol head guard Armando Etorma’s incident report stated that a violent confrontation happened outside the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) at 3:45 p.m. last Tuesday when the woman Juana (not her real name), about 50 years old, accidentally met her husband Pedro.

Rama to LTO 7: Vacate space

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 to transfer from N. Bacalso Ave. to some place else to give way to the expansion of the temporary Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Rama said this will also pave the way for the realization of his plan to convert the One Citilink Terminal, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) compound and the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) compound, where LTO 7 currently holds office, into a wellness, quick response, medical and multi-functional complex.

Poe, Erap get Rama’s support as VP Binay’s runningmate

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama said that he endorsed three names for the potential runningmate of Vice President Jejomar Binay when the latter runs for president in the 2016 polls under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

“I told him (Binay) that there’s got to be a vice president for you,” said Rama in a press conference he called last Tuesday night.

‘Terminal plan misread’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III says the Capitol’s plan for the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) may have been misunderstood. This was the governor’s statement after the transport sector and stakeholders of the CSBT threatened to withdraw their support for Davide if the Province privatizes the bus terminal operations.

During the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza last Tuesday, Julito Flores, president of the Cebu South Mini Bus Operators Association, asked if the Capitol is tired of serving the public.

Gov’t. owns watershed lots; they can’t be sold

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 yesterday clarified that watershed areas in Cebu City barangays are owned by the government and it’s illegal for those possessing tax declarations to sell these for their own benefit.

Speaking during the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency), Ambrosio B. Wenceslao, chief of DENR 7 Watershed Section and focal person for the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management (Inrem), said these tax declarations were declared illegal by former secretary Jose Atienza.

Robbed, locked in van, 3 lose P40,000

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

THREE workers of a tobacco firm were robbed and locked up inside their delivery van by three men in Barangay La Paz, Bogo Ciy last Tuesday afternoon.

SPO4 Uswaldo Layson, desk officer of Bogo Police, said the robbers carted away P40,000 in cash from Junmar Sanchez, Darwin Jugan, and Elmer Pilapil.

8 hours, warns MCWD

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:33 p.m.

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) warns of an eight-hour water supply interruption in some areas of Talisay City and some areas of Cebu City.

The interruption is scheduled on Friday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Talisay asks Capitol to help in port deal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:32 p.m.

THE Talisay City Government asked the Capitol to endorse the City’s proposal for the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) to transfer the operation and maintenance of the idle port facility to Talisay.

The City intends to use the CPA-owned port following the signing of the lease contract between the City and Asian Marine Transport Corp. (AMTC) to develop the Talisay Fish Port into a roll-on roll-off port.

DENR 7 asked fiscal to reconsider decision vs. CNU researchers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas urged the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office to reconsider its decision dismissing the complaint filed by the agency against three students and five professors for killing eight Black Shama birds, locally known as Siloy, for research purposes.

In the motion for reconsideration filed by lawyer Philline Rosame Yu of the DENR 7 Legal Division, officials of the DENR-Protected Area and Wildlife Division (PAWD) argued that the killing of the Black Shama birds is considered a crime under Republic Act 9147.

Cuevas to keep post as Cebu City treasurer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama said that Diwa Cuevas will be retained as head of the Cebu City Treasurer’s Office (CTO).

This, even after Cuevas’ designation as acting treasurer from the Department of Finance (DOF) expired last Monday.

Buzz: Lawyer calls bat-bashing, other-woman ruling ‘crazy’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

THUS reacted the lawyer to the recommendation of the prosecutor handling the baseball-bat-bashing incident of March 2, in which a vice mayor’s wife and a suspected mistress were involved. The newspapers carried “crazy” but the Cebuano-Bisaya word “bogo” would’ve been more colorful.

‘She didn’t intend to kill’ attorney

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

CEBU -- A prosecutor recommended Tuesday the filing of a case of slight physical injuries, not frustrated murder, against the wife of a vice mayor who allegedly attacked another woman, using her pick-up and a baseball bat.

“Though a baseball bat may be considered as a weapon, yet the manner it was used by the respondent (Pearl Ungab) in assaulting the complainant (lawyer Jiecel Tiu) would readily show that she does not have the intention to kill the complainant,” wrote Assistant City Prosecutor Liceria Rabillas.

More traffic in north recla, Citom warns

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:56 p.m.

CEBU City’s traffic managers advised the public to brace for heavy traffic in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) starting tomorrow, when a new rerouting plan is implemented.

The City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will revise yet again the traffic plan in the NRA as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 moves to the next phase of the road widening project on S. Osmena Blvd.

Teacher-coach to face criminal case

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

POLICE filed charges yesterday afternoon against the public high school teacher who allegedly molested an 11-year-old pupil, a participant in the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association competitions in Balamban.

Two counts of violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, which punishes the exploitation of children, were filed against Floyd (real name withheld) before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday afternoon, said PO3 Diana Molejon of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk in the Asturias Police Station.

Stalled donations

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Cebuana who facilitated the donation of P15 million worth of calamity and life support equipment to the Cebu City Government was dismayed by the City’s refusal to pay the P2.4-million cost of freight and shipping.

“I was disappointed. I was really discouraged. "Gihatagan man gud nato na og" effort (I put a lot of effort into that donation). I love Cebu City and I only want to help,” said Charmaine Ong.

Free syringes worsen drug problem: police

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

A HIGH-RANKING official of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 has opposed the distribution of free syringes to drug users in one barangay in Cebu City, saying it can worsen the illegal drug problem.

Maka-encourage hinuon sa pagpataas sa problema sa paggamit sa ginadili nga drugas, sa pag-abuso sa Nubain (It only encourages the use of illegal drugs, especially Nubain),” said Senior Supt. Pablo Labra II, chief of PRO 7 Regional Intelligence Division (RID).

Australian, partner want case junked

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

AN Australian national and his Cebuana partner asked the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor to dismiss the cases against them, saying they were not involved in child pornography activities in Cordova last year.

Peter James Robinson and Joana (real name withheld), through their lawyers, filed a motion asking Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ethel Miel to overturn her decision because their alleged victims had retracted their accusations against them.

Bus owners oppose privatization

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

THE transport sector and stakeholders of the Cebu South Bus Terminal have threatened to withdraw their support to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide Jr. if the Cebu Provincial Government will push through with its plan to privatize the facility.

Speaking during the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza, Julito Flores, president of the Cebu South Mini Bus Operators Association (CSMBOA), said they supported Davide in the 2013 elections because they believed in his capacity and integrity to become governor.

‘Finish roads before Apec meet’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:04 p.m.

THE local organizers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2015, headed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, want the construction of roads leading to the venues completed.

Local level committees were created during the Apec preparation meeting presided by Davide last Monday.

BFP tightens anti-fire campaign

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fire Protection-Central Visayas (BFP-7) stepped up its safety inspection last year, with more than 76,000 establishments asked to fully comply with the Fire Code of the Philippines.

Cuevas seeks post as permanent CTO

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:01 p.m.

THE term of Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas as head of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) expired last Monday.

Cuevas, though, submitted an application before the Department of Finance’s (DOF) Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to serve as the City Government’s permanent head of CTO.

2 men nabbed for ‘robbery’ of 2 bank employees in Carcar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

TWO men were arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the robbery of two bank employees in Barangay Valencia, Carcar City last Thursday afternoon.

Harrison Abendan, a motorcycle-for-hire driver and one of the arrested suspects, cried when Ruben Pelegrin, 31, an employee of Fair Bank, pointed to him as one of the two men who robbed the P36,659 collection last week.

Shot from cop’s gun ‘accidentally’ hit boy’s foot

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was wounded after a slug grazed his left foot in an alleged accident in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City last Sunday night.

The boy identified as Ryan Medalle reportedly got hit after some fragments from a bullet fired by PO3 Joel Osabel ricocheted and found their way to the boy’s foot.

18-man cop team secures Inayawan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) deployed 18 police personnel in Barangay Inayawan starting yesterday, following reports of several shooting incidents in the area.

This move was an offshoot of the closed-door meeting that Councilor Dave Tumulak, who heads the City Government’s peace and order program, conducted yesterday with the Inayawan barangay officials and members of the CCPO.

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