‘Too much’ spent on Teachers’ Day, says auditor

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:02 a.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the Cebu City Government’s use of P9.1 million from the Special Education Fund (SEF) last year for teachers’ activities, saying these expenses were “unnecessary” and “excessive”.

The Local School Board assured, however, that the disbursements for the teachers’ activities can be justified.

‘I’m not a mistress’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:00 a.m.

LAWYER Jiecel Tiu yesterday urged her former boss, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, to speak up about the real score between them to put an end to the issue.

“If you still consider me as a friend, please make a public statement,” Tiu told a press conference. “Just this once, I would like to set matters straight, dili ko kabit (I am not a mistress).”

Athlete: Coach molested me in regional meet

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

A YOUNG athlete from Talisay City has accused a coach of molesting him in Asturias last Thursday night, in the middle of a regional sports meet.

Ben, 11, told the police that he then received P100 from Floyd, the coach and high school teacher, who instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. The teacher is in his late 20s. (Their real names are being withheld in the interest of protecting the minor.)

‘Let’s read it first’

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) deferred its discussion and approval of a recommendation to suspend Dumanjug Mayor Garcia for six months.

PB Member Alex Binghay moved for the postponement, saying he had yet to read the committee on complaints and investigation’s report.

7 arrested; guns, drugs seized in series of raids

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:25 p.m.

POLICE arrested seven people for illegal possession of firearms in their second wave of “one time-big time” operations in Central Visayas over the weekend.

They seized 20 firearms, shabu worth P23,000, two airsoft guns and assorted ammunition during the raids.

Top drug handlers elusive: police

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:24 p.m.

DRUG lords are hard to pin down because they “don’t handle the dirt anymore,” a top police official said, following the confiscation of P8.3 million worth of shabu in Cebu City last week.

“Mga utos-utosan lang nila ang nagha-handle kaya most of the time sila lang yung nahuhuli (The couriers are the ones usually arrested),” said Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.

Talisay firemen responded to 60 incidents

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

THE Talisay City Fire Department responded to more than 60 fires from January to February this year.

During the kickoff activities of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Talisay City Fire Marshal Randy Mendaros said they will be conducting massive information drives to allow the public to be vigilant regarding fire incidence.

11 trash collectors punished for open truck

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

ELEVEN garbage collectors were penalized by the Cebu City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset) for violating Section 8 of the Cebu City Environmental Ordinance 2031.

The Ceset standby team caught the garbage collectors leaving their garbage truck without the required net cover.

Groups to address Inayawan shooting

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

DUE to the “alarming” number of shooting incidents in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, Councilor Dave Tumulak will facilitate a meeting with the barangay officials and the police to find out how to put an end to the problem.

“We will call a meeting on this to agree what will be the best solution to stop the shooting incidents because the families are already afraid,” Tumulak told reporters.

Mild El Niño coming; choose crops

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:30 p.m.

PROVINCIAL Agriculturist Ronald Saragena expects a mild El Niño to hit Cebu this summer.

With the change in climate, the temperature is getting hotter and this year’s summer is considered to be the hottest so far, said Saragena.

P38M to revive coconut farms

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:29 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 7 are working to fast-track the rehabilitation of coconut plantations in northern Cebu, which were badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda, and are jointly proposing a P38.2-million budget for 2016.

DA 7 Assistant Director Marina Hermoso said they are proposing livestock-raising by providing breeder stocks to be raised under coconut trees in the City of Bogo and 15 municipalities in northern Cebu.

Buzz: Probable Senate findings on SAF 44: PNoy not to blame

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

GUESS...

... The senate conclusion on liability for the Mamasapano debacle: The committee on public order is likely to blame resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas for the fiasco in Maguindanao that killed 44 police troops. It is also likely:

JVR orders removal of 6 job-order workers of Soc

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes has ordered the removal of six job-order employees working under suspended City Councilor Socrates Fernandez.

Delos Reyes ordered the removal of the six job order workers following an order from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to suspend Fernandez for simple neglect of duty.

Former tanod buried; family calls for justice

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

FAMILY and friends of slain businessman Jaime “Jimmy” Daño called for justice as they laid him to rest yesterday.

Hundreds of supporters wearing white shirts printed with calls for justice attended the burial rites at the Mactan Island Memorial Garden yesterday afternoon.

Cebu City, CCPO draft ‘stricter’ CH security plan

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:25 p.m.

THE unidentified person who shut down the circuit breaker of Cebu City Hall last month might have the motive to steal.

In a special report on the incident, Police Chief Inspector David Señor said that when they verified the identity of the person through their rouge’s gallery, they found out that the person responsible looks similar to the suspected thief who also went inside Chong Hua Hospital.

Exec sessions taking up ‘too much’ official time?

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:23 p.m.

OFFICIALS of Cebu City’s executive department were reminded that they have to ask permission from Mayor Michael Rama before appearing in any session of the City Council.

The reminder came as the council scheduled several executive sessions and invited department heads to attend and shed light on various concerns.

Archdiocese won’t seek Vatican’s aid

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Organizers of the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu said they won’t seek the Vatican’s help if they won’t meet their financial target for the event.

5 aliens among targets in Maguindanao all-out offensive

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

AWANG, Maguindanao -- Military and police authorities in Maguindanao are hunting down four “Indonesians” and an “Arab-looking chemist” who are reportedly hiding in the province with Filipino bomb-making expert Basit Usman, officials said Saturday.

Plastic mgmt project to cut waste disposal by 20%

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.

THE City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) said Monday that it is planning to partner with Holcim Philippines Inc. in plastic management project, a move that will reduce the garbage disposal by 10 to 20 percent.

In an interview, Cenro officer-in-charge (OIC) Eliza Madrazo said if the project pushes through, this will free up more space at the city's seven-hectare sanitary landfill in New Carmen, Tugbok District.

15 ‘Mutya’ finalists named

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE 15 finalists who will compete for the crown as this year's Mutya ng Dabaw are now preparing for the grand coronation night slated on March 14 at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).

From 30 candidates, the number was pared down by half during the pre-pageant night held at The Atrium of the newly-opened Felcris Centrale on Saturday.

367 dengue cases from January to February

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:50 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 367 confirmed dengue cases from January to February, this year.

Based on the data from CHO, the number decreased by 433 cases as compared to 800 cases recorded in the same period last year. No deaths recorded so far.

Anti-hazing bill passes 1st reading in Congress

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

HOUSE Bill (HB) 4717, also known as the Servando Act, was passed on first reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed bill principally authored by Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian hopes to put an end to violent hazing practices of many fraternities.

Pulong eyes mayoral post if Rody seeks presidency Ben O. Tesiorna

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte declared his intention to run for mayor come 2016. But only if his father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, would run for president and if the people of Davao would welcome his candidacy.

In a statement, the young Duterte said that his decision stemmed from the strong possibility that his father would seek the presidency.

Don Bosco belies robbery in school

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental denied reports that a robbery incident happened inside the school during the staging of Davao Region Athletic Association in the city last week.

Delegates from Panabo City earlier reported they were robbed of 17 cellular phones, P8,000 cash and a bag full of clothing while they were on their sleep last February 21.

Dabawenyos blame Purisima for botched Mamasapano op

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

DABAWENYOS put the blame on resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima from among those involved in the botched Mamasapano operation, according to a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO).

"Nine in 10 or 91 percent Dabawenyos believe that Purisima should bear the brunt of the trouble," said UM-IPO specialist Dr. Adrian Tamayo, who guested in Monday's Kapehan Sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao.

Steag plant back online

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:47 p.m.

THE 105 MW Unit 2 of Steag State Power Inc. (SPI)'s 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental gets back online after it was placed under preventive maintenance shutdown last February 19.

SPI Power Plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers said in an emailed statement that the unit was officially synchronized to the Mindanao grid around 6 a.m. Monday.

Davao LGUs to receive weather tracking equipment

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will formally turn over 56 hydro meteorological sensors (HMS) to local government units in Davao Region on Friday.

DOST-Davao Assistant Director Mirasol Domingo, who guested in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo will hand over to local chief executives the sensors in time for the first leg of the Science Nation Tour, which will be held in Davao City.

TSI vows action on residents' complaint

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

THE Therma South Inc. (TSI) confirmed on Monday that they received a complaint from residents regarding a foul smell emanating from the construction site of its power plant at the boundary of Binugao, Toril in Davao City and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

TSI, in an emailed statement to Sun.Star Davao, said: "Therma South Inc. confirms receiving a complaint from its host community regarding an alleged 'foul smell' reportedly emanating from the power plant construction site."

Widow yields P6M worth of shabu

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

POLICE seized P6 million worth of shabu from a widow during a buy-bust in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City late this afternoon.

Confiscated from Marilou Sabello, 54, were a half-kilo and some 42 small packs of shabu weighing 500 grams. Each gram is worth P11,800 based on the value set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

Prime Clark areas venues for sports training center

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House of Representatives youth and sports committee agreed Monday that the Clark airport aviation complex and the Clark Green City (CGC) will be the next venues of the National Training Center.

Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (Pampanga, 1st district), vice-chair of the youth and sports committee, said that this decision will be recommended to the committee.

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