CEBU -- The towns of Malabuyoc and Dalaguete declared a state of calamity Friday afternoon, while the Capitol began to send water, tents and food to families recovering from Tropical Depression Queenie.
“I requested the Provincial Board for a declaration of a state of calamity,” said Governor Hilario Davide III on Friday, after learning that the storm hammered coastal barangays in some towns.
STUCK in debris while submerged in floodwater, Alona Baldado, 50, propped up her eight-year-old son Jason so he could climb a coconut tree.
“Kamatyonon na ko dong. Paningkamot na diha (I’m going to die, son. Save yourself),” she told her son.
YOLANDA-hit local government units (LGUs) in Cebu may be able to access P10.4 billion worth of rehabilitation projects in 2015 if they are able to meet their goals this year.
The P10.4 billion is northern Cebu’s rehabilitation and recovery allocation for 2015 and 2016.
REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Alexander Acosta yesterday struck down former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña’s attempt to temporarily stop City Hall from closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery.
Judge Acosta found no “compelling reason” to issue a 20-day temporary restraining order, which would have stopped Mayor Michael Rama from ordering the demolition and conversion of the cemetery into a public park.
WHERE is the P1.5 billion for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)?
In his letter to the Office of the President dated Nov. 26, 2014, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama lamented that he has asked the National Government for help on Oct. 20, 2013 but it has not been acted on yet.
THE Cebu City Council yesterday questioned the more than P520-million increase in the executive department’s proposed budget for peace and order programs next year.
Of the P18.9 billion proposed 2015 annual budget, the executive has included P628.8 million for peace and order, which is higher compared to the P106.9 million approved budget for this year.
CEBU is the transshipment point in the trade of endangered marine products, such as budyong (cassis or helmet shell) and tambuli (trumpet or charonia), a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 official said.
NBI 7 supervising agent Rey Villordon said the shells are exported after being processed, cleaned, and polished.
JUAN Dela Torre, 38, and his family were setting up a tent to prepare for their relative’s death anniversary at 10 a.m. last Thursday when suddenly the ground shook followed by an explosion.
When they went out to check, they discovered that part of a cornfield in Sitio Curvada, Barangay Banhigan, Badian, was missing.
THE prosecution wants the court to order the arrest of three former members of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 allegedly involved in the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete last Feb. 18.
Lawyer Democrito Barcenas said the defense is delaying the issuance of the arrest warrant by filing several motions before the sala of Argao Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Maximo Perez.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will hold a public hearing on Dec. 17 for the petition of former Cebu City councilor Augusto Pe Jr. to reduce the minimum jeepney fare rate from P7.50 to P7.
The hearing will be held at the LTFRB conference room at 9 a.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill that seeks to automatically provide college scholarships to the top 10 graduates of every public high school in the country.
TWO men were injured in a four-vehicle smash-up at the junction of the South Road Properties and Barangay Mambaling yesterday morning.
Traffic was heavy for two hours following the 9:20 a.m. accident, with motorists heading south experiencing the brunt of the situation.
A BUSINESSMAN comes home from Japan excited to show his wife his pasalubong—a Chanel bag.
But the excitement was cut short while getting out of the customs queue in the Mactan Airport. The security officer said that the “luxury item” will have to be taxed.
TROPICAL Depression Queenie left Cebu on Thursday with a mother’s death, and Bohol with a ship engineer’s.
Also, a fisherman was reported missing, hundreds of families were evacuated, and an undetermined value of property was damaged.
A SHIPMENT of bud-yong (cassis or helmet shell) and tambuli (trumpet or charonia) was seized by authorities yesterday.
A joint team from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 7 and the PNP Maritime Police served a search warrant to Lorenzo Shipping Lines at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.
WHITE would not stop barking.
This prompted her owner Lucila Sanchez to check what was going on outside her house in Barangay Poblacion, Boljoon past 6 a.m. yesterday.
THE request of former Cebu City mayor and south district congressman Tomas Osmeña for the issuance of a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the closure of the Doña Pepang Cemetery and its conversion into a public park was denied.
THREE Sun.Star Cebu journalists received recognition during the 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards last night for helping raise awareness on issues hounding the agriculture sector.
“Cold weather’s toll in Cebu now P26M,” a story written by Flornisa M. Gitgano with Elias O. Baquero, received the Bright Leaf Award for best agriculture news story regional.
SOME residents of Sitio Curvada, Barangay Banhigan in the southwestern town of Badian, Cebu may have to be evacuated when a sinkhole 10 meters deep was discovered in the area.
MORE than a year after it was launched, the Cebu City Government will already stop its “piso-piso” fund-raising campaign for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
Mayor Michael Rama, in his regular news conference yesterday, announced that the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” will run until Dec. 15.
THE fight against corruption in government should be a collaboration among all sectors, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said yesterday.
“Earnest cooperation and collective effort will allow the Office of the Ombudsman to fulfill its constitutional mandate and attain its development objectives. These undertakings work toward ending the cycle of impunity and poverty, and cultivate a culture of integrity and excellence,” Morales told participants of the Multi-Sectoral Integrity Conference.
AS tropical depression Queenie rages outside the Talisay City Hall yesterday, inside it, a political storm was also happening between the city’s officials.
This, after the Talisay City Council turned down a proposed resolution authorizing Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes to loan P350 million for the construction of a new public market in Barangay Tabunok.
IN an 11-3 vote, the Cebu City Council passed the ordinance that earmarks 10.6-hectare at the South Road Properties (SRP) for the establishment of a one-stop sports hub.
The measure, which is authored by Councilors Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Mary Ann delos Santos and Hanz Abella, provides that the property will be exclusively used for the establishment of a “decent and appropriate” sports venue.
AN INQUIRY BY CEBU CITY COUNCIL on the issue of junk from the demolished old city hospital may be expanded to cover these questions:
* How the scrap materials from the demolition were disposed of: what constituted as junk, what was its value, who got them, and how the beneficiary was chosen.
ABOUT P400,000 worth of suspected shabu was confiscated by police in separate buy-busts in the province last Wednesday.
The anti-drug operatives also arrested three people, but two alleged drug pushers eluded arrest.
A DRUNK Korean national was injured after he slipped and fell from the eighth floor of his residential building in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City yesterday dawn.
Kan Sung Hwi, 46, survived the fall as he got snagged by thick cable wires and landed on the ground near his home in Sitio La Guardia.
CEBU -- Regional Trial Court Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. convicted of human trafficking on Wednesday two women who sold three persons for sex in 2009, not knowing that their supposed client was a policeman.
The judge found Marilyn Buhisan and Marichu Tawi guilty of violating Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act) and sentenced them to life imprisonment. He also ordered them to pay a fine of P2 million each.
CLASSES are suspended in all levels today in Cebu City and Province, as a precaution against floods and other risks that tropical depression Queenie may spawn.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III also encouraged private schools to cancel classes today, said Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera.
THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) plans to pass on to consumers the cost of its P78-million underground cabling project in Cebu City.
Theresa Sederiosa, Veco reputation management manager, told the Cebu City Council yesterday that the utility firm will file before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) next year a petition seeking to recover their investment in the project, which is considered as a capital expenditure.
THE Cebu City Council yesterday formed an ad hoc oversight committee that will monitor the implementation of ordinances.
The legislative body made the decision in response to Councilor Alvin Dizon’s statement that some ordinances were not enforced.