Friday, May 3, 2013 - 01:19 a.m.
A TEACHER from a private university in Cebu City is facing a string of criminal charges before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly sexually abusing 16 underaged scholars of a non-profit organization since 2011.
An official of the organization charged the information technology teacher with violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Law, the Revised Penal Code and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:37 a.m.
THE upgrading of the San Francisco, Camotes airport got stalled because of a P10-million payable, the absence of an approved plan and the lack of approval from the Provincial Board (PB).
This was Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale’s response to Rep. Pablo John Garcia’s (Cebu, third district) allegation that she stopped the San Francisco airport upgrading project.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:36 a.m.
TEAM Rama north district congressional candidate Annabelle Rama yesterday said she will not quit showbiz even if she is elected.
Rama, a talent manager, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that she can juggle congressional work, show business and still allot time for her family.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:35 a.m.
A SUSPECT in the rob-slay of a lending firm employee last month was killed in a shootout with the police in Mandaue City yesterday afternoon.
Renante Baldicantos, 26, died at the Eversly Childs Sanitarium shortly after the shooting past 5 p.m. on J.P Rizal St. in Barangay Jagobiao. He sustained three gunshot wounds.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:34 a.m.
THE Cebu City Government has forfeited the P50-million fund for poverty alleviation programs after it failed to submit a Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP).
The LPRAP contains programs and projects that address the needs of the poor and the marginalized sector.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:34 a.m.
A TELEVISION set, an old electric fan, a few clothes, and five chickens were the only items Lily Colipano and her family saved from the fire that gutted their house in Sitio Sapa-Sapa Dos, Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City yesterday afternoon.
“Nagkaon mi pagkahibaw namo nga naay sunog. Amo na lang gibyaan amo pagkaon (We were eating when we heard about the fire. We had to leave our food),” the 60-year-old native of Bantayan Island said.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:33 a.m.
THE two labor sector representatives to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 yesterday said they are only good for moving to adjourn meetings because government officials are always siding with the management.
Atty. Ernesto Carreon of the Associate Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) and Jose Tomungha of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) said they get frustrated every time the RTWPB 7 discusses and decides on petitions from unionized workers for wage increase because they are always outvoted.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:32 a.m.
THE Department of Tourism (DOT 7) supports the idea of having a third party investigate allegations that a tourist submarine hit a coral reef in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City.
“The DOT is very supportive of eco-tourism (activities) but it should be with the preservation of nature. The formulation of guidelines and monitoring activities (are to be done by) the local government unit,” DOT 7 Director Rowena Montecillo told reporters.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:32 a.m.
AT least seven alleged election-related incidents have been reported in Cebu Province so far, but there are no reported extortion activities.
In his report given during a joint command conference earlier this week, Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Patrocinio Comendador said two retired police officers were wounded in strafing incidents in Bogo City.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:31 a.m.
HOW can the distribution of scholarship vouchers be a form of vote-buying?
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama raised this question in reaction to the complaint filed against him and Lahug Barangay Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos before the Commission on Elections.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:30 a.m.
THERE were 28 out of the 51 incumbent city and municipal mayors in Cebu Province and eight former mayors have attended the breakfast meeting with senatorial aspirant Edward Hagedorn. All of them expressed their support for Hagedorn.
Former Compostela mayor Ritchie Wagas said although the mayors came from the different political parties, including the Liberal Party (LP), majority of them are members of One Cebu and their presence in Hagedorn’s breakfast had the consent of gubernatorial candidate Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia.
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:29 a.m.
THE Cebu Court of First Instance (CFI) Cooperative Inc. clarified that in their 43 years of existence they never engaged in partisan politics.
Retired judge Esperanza Fiel-Garcia, who founded the Cebu CFI, denied that the cooperative loaned P2 billion for the campaign of the Garcia family.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 02:31 a.m.
ON LABOR Day, some organized groups belabored their point: that the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has neglected the labor sector.
“Insults, instead of non-wage benefits, were announced by President Aquino in a dialogue (the other day). Workers still have received nothing significant from Aquino after three Labor Days,” said Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) Chairman Renato Magtubo in a press statement.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 01:31 a.m.
WITH the election less than two weeks away, Labor Day activities yesterday also served as venues to endorse some candidates.
In Fuente Osmeña, labor leaders urged rallyists to vote for Akbayan and TUCP Party-List, as well as senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros of the Liberal Party.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 01:29 a.m.
ONE Cebu gubernatorial candidate Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, third district) accused acting Gov. Agnes Magpale of stopping the construction of the airports in San Francisco, Camotes Island and Sta.Fe, Bantayan Island.
The two airports were included in the Provincial Government’s annual investment plan under the administration of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Pablo John’s sister. In 2012, Capitol reportedly allotted P25 million for each airport.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 01:25 a.m.
ACTING Cebu Gov. Agnes Magpale hired Dr. Romulo Davide, her running mate’s uncle, as consultant of the Farmer Scientists Training Program (FSTP).
Davide will be paid P1 a year, she told reporters yesterday.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 01:10 a.m.
CEBU City's Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) yesterday questioned Mayor Michael Rama's planned meeting with the estimated 5,000 principals and public school teachers in the city.
Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young said the meeting has been scheduled by the mayor in a hotel in Barangay Lahug on Friday, or 10 days before the May 13 elections.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:05 a.m.
LAPU-LAPU City Government divers found cracked and broken corals when they checked the area identified as the route of the tourist submarine off the shore of Barangay Maribago yesterday.
Andy Berame, City Coastal Law Enforcement coordinator, led a seven-man team to inspect the state of the coral reef that was allegedly hit by the Cebu Yellow Submarine.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:04 a.m.
THE Japanese diver who took and uploaded a video of a submarine hitting a wall of corals off Mactan Island urged the operator to exercise more caution next time.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Satoshi Toyoda, 51, said he is not against the operation of Cebu Yellow Submarine but operators must ensure the corals are not harmed.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:02 a.m.
THE sister of Mario Alfie Ducayag, who died inside a mall on Colon St., Cebu City after he was questioned by mall guards, clarified they are not defending the security camera operator even though they prevented the police from filing criminal charges against him.
“We believe he has participation (in the crime),” said Marie Shantylle. “He was one of the persons inside the room.”
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.
AFTER she was sold to a 42-year-old foreigner for sex, Pia (real name withheld) said she told Jane that the man asked her if she was still a virgin.
Jane then allegedly asked was what the answer of the 13-year-old victim, who was paid P1,000.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.
A PERSON with personality disorder is not necessarily insane, according to a psychiatrist in Cebu City.
“It does not follow. We all have some defects but it does not mean we are crazy,” said psychiatrist Dr. Rene Obra.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:58 p.m.
ABOUT 7,000 parish volunteers will be deployed to monitor the conduct of the May 13 elections.
Marilu Chiongbian, Cebu-Citizens Involvement and Maturation in People’s Empowerment and Liberation (C-Cimpel) executive director, said the volunteers are ready to monitor the polls and assist voters, among other tasks.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:56 p.m.
THERE are solutions to the narrow roads in the north district for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, a traffic official said.
Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Executive Director Rafael Yap said this has been part of the study for the implementation of the BRT.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:55 p.m.
WHILE his family's janitorial and general services company has been serving the Talisay City Government for almost seven years, Vice Mayor Alan Bucao denied he has been earning millions from the venture.
Bucao issued the statement in an interview with reporters yesterday to refute allegations made by his opponents that there is a conflict of interest in allowing his family's business, Perfect Clean General Services (PCGS), to continue to operate in City Hall.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.
ANOTHER court worker from Cebu was dismissed from service by the Supreme Court (SC), this time over erroneous entries in her personal data sheet in 2005.
The SC en banc found Merle Ramoneda-Pita, clerk of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) in Danao City, guilty of dishonesty and falsification of official document.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 01:48 a.m.
THE court decision on the annulment of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama's marriage has been posted online apparently to project him as a person with personality disorder.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 01:47 a.m.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday said he has discussed with Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy the possibility of building a bridge between Mactan Island and mainland Cebu.
He said that since he mentioned the bridge connecting Cebu City and Cordova at the end of February, he has met with Sitoy and other stakeholders at least three times.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 01:20 a.m.
CEBU CITY -- Seventeen companies in Central Visayas region are exempted from the P22 daily wage increase that took effect last Dec. 7, 2012.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved their applications for exemption, but denied those of 16 other companies.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 01:11 a.m.
THE operators of the Cebu Yellow Submarine denied reports that their vessel hit corals during one of its underwater tours, which have prompted orders for it to suspend operations.