Family suspects ‘torture’ on death of kin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 02:02 a.m.

ONE of the alleged illegal drug dealers and a primary suspect of the shooting that killed a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent during a drug-bust operation in Cagayan de Oro City died on Sunday.

Ibrahim Zafar died of alleged infection after undergoing surgery sans the family’s awareness.

Construction worker dies in Lanao Norte landslide

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 02:01 a.m.

MUNAI, Lanao del Norte -- A construction worker died on the spot while another survived in a landslide along the national road en-route to Cadulawan, Munai, Lanao del Norte on Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Leomar Jose Doctolero, commanding officer of 15th Infantry battalion of the Philippine Army, identified the victim as Nader Canacan, 30, a resident of Barangay Lininding in Munai town while the survivor was identified as Alimodin Mora, 20, of Ilian, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur.

Pope to sit down with 10 religious leaders

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:12 a.m.

MANILA, Updated - Pope Francis will have a brief meeting with leaders of the various religious groups at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila on January 18.

Cebu mayor to sue councilors

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:08 a.m.

CEBU - Some provisions in the P13.4-billion budget ordinance of the Cebu City Government for 2015 prompted Mayor Michael Rama to say he’ll file a case against the City Council’s majority bloc.

Rama said the special provisions prepared by the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors usurp on the authority of the local chief executive.

Orphans, not buyers, to get ‘hot’ seafood

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:04 a.m.

A JOINT team from the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seized P1.5 million worth of dynamited fish in an operation at Pier 5, Cebu City the other night.

BFAR 7 Director Andres Bojos said the fish was loaded on the fishing boat C.A.

Senior citizens get P3T instead of P5T

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:02 a.m.

ABOUT 56,000 senior citizens yesterday received P3,000 each from the Cebu City Government.

The latest distribution brings to P10,000 the total financial assistance given to the elderly, P2,000 short of what Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama promised for this year.

Capitol, bus operators await LTFRB nod

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:01 a.m.

ONCE their agreement gets approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Cebu’s bus and mini-bus operators will reduce fares.

P166M in Davao City's 2014 peace, order program

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

THE City Government of Davao invested P166 million for its peace and order program for the entire 2014.

The appropriation for the peace and order program was under the two Supplemental Budgets (SB) of the city in 2013.

Davao 2nd district bets win singing contest

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

THREE contestants from the second congressional district of Davao City won in the grand finals of “Sing-a-long ni Pulong 2014” held at Rizal Park on December 21.

The winners were Richelle Capinda, 11; Qerubin Twinkle Llavore, 13; and Charles Ivan Jamison, 27.

Police tape muzzles for holidays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:59 a.m.

TO AVOID indiscriminate firing during the holidays, police officials and personnel in Cebu yesterday taped the muzzles of their firearms.

Policeman's TRO request rejected

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

A REGIONAL trial court (RTC) in Davao has denied the petition filed by a police officer who requested for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Police Regional Office-Davao (PRO-11) that charged him for misconduct.

RTC Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Morales, in an order dated December 18, has denied the petition filed by Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) Efren Misamen.

NBI urged to come in to hasten 'summary execution' probe

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:58 a.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Councilor Ramon Tabor, committee on police, fire and public safety chair, has filed a resolution asking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own probe on the alleged summary execution in the city.

Tabor filed the resolution during the session of the city council last week to ensure impartial findings and place the alleged “salvaging” survivor under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) for maximum security.

Cops' firearm nozzles taped

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

THE cops under the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Region had the nozzles of their firearms sealed Monday as part of their campaign to prevent indiscriminate firing during the Christmas and New Year's Day revelries.

PRO-11 public information officer Supt. Antonio Rivera told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that they have taped the nozzles of all the firearms issued to the cops from the different provincial, city and district police stations in the region.

Davao church parsonage robbed

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:57 a.m.

SOME P359,500 worth of cash and valuables were lost in a robbery incident at the parsonage of San Francisco de Asis Parish in Tagakpan, Tugbok District, Davao City on Sunday around 3:30 a.m.

The victims were identified as Fr. Peter F. Fancubila, Fr. Ariel T. Celeste and Fr. Jolito La Martelor.

MCIAA: No guidelines yet on use of P14.4B

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:56 a.m.

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) said Monday it can use the P14.4 billion from GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) for airport-related projects.

But the guidelines on the use of the funds have yet to be issued by the National Government.

Vehicle driven by minor ends in ditch; 2 die

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:54 a.m.

A MULTICAB loaded with funeral-goers fell into a ditch in Ronda in southwestern Cebu yesterday afternoon, killing two people and wounding 10 others, including the driver.

PO1 Josephus Diana of the Ronda Police Station said the driver, 16-year-old Elliver Famor, lost control of the multicab.

Jail visitor hides drugs in groin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:41 a.m.

GUARDS of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) intercepted last Saturday five Nubain ampules reportedly tied to the sex organ of a visitor.

The suspect was identified as Christian Casinillo, one of the many visitors crowding the jail facility for the holidays.

Evacuation center to be built for residents in landslide areas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:36 a.m.

USING a grant from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Mandaue City Government plans to build an evacuation center for residents living in landslide-prone areas.

A temporary shelter during calamities was one of the projects identified by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), a body composed of representatives from different sectors, for approval of the DILG, said lawyer Jamaal James Calipayan, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes. Once approved, the building will be constucted in 2016.

10 lumad deaths recorded in Davao

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:33 a.m.

THE Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) recorded a total of 10 deaths out of the 17,110 visiting lumads in the city as of Sunday, December 21.

Lacson exit ‘won’t affect Cebu rehab plans’

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

ALTHOUGH he was saddened, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III believes the resignation of Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) Sec. Panfilo Lacson will not affect the ongoing rehabilitation of the typhoon Yolanda-hit areas, such as in northern Cebu.

When Lacson visited Bantayan, he said he was tempted to resign from OPARR whenever he was confronted with problems related to lack of funds.

Dole awards 505 firms compliance certificates

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:14 a.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) awarded companies in Central Visayas for complying with labor laws and standards.

In a formal ceremony yesterday, officials of the Dole led by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz gave certificates of compliance (COC) to 505 companies in the region.

City wants titles for contested waterfront lots

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

THE Cebu City Government applied for land titles for the three waterfront lots in front of the Cebu City Hall block, including the lot where Malacañang sa Sugbo is located.

The move came after the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) asked President Benigno Aquino III again to return to them the berthing spaces and working apron, where cargo is loaded on or unloaded from a ship, in front of Malacañang sa Sugbo.

Child-advocate cop undergoes operation

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:08 a.m.

A MULTI-AWARDED policeman in Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) who is known for his advocacy on children’s welfare underwent a heart procedure yesterday.

This, after SPO2 Egmedio Felisan Jr. received more than P100,000 worth of cash donations from various donors, his wife Myrna said.

3 men arrested in buy-busts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:05 a.m.

SOME P20,000 worth of suspected shabu was confiscated during a raid in Sitio Lawis, Barangay Pasil, Cebu City, which led to the arrest of one suspected drug pusher.

The raid last Sunday morning took place after the San Nicolas Police received reports about a suspected level-two drug pusher in the area.

Buzz: RL, other tandems in next elections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:03 a.m.

ELECTION tandems for 2016 are shaping up, speculated on and being talked about.

Early birds are the much-touted RL duo, for (Michael) Rama and (Edgar) Labella in Cebu City; and the DM duo, for (Hilario) Davide and (Agnes) Magpale MM duo: a joke in Cebu Province -- or maybe not.

Cops’ gun muzzles taped

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) sealed on Monday the firearm muzzles of 1,222 policemen.

The sealing of the muzzles is in compliance with the directive of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters dubbed as “Ligtas Kapaskuhan.”

2 fall in drug buy-bust operation

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

TWO suspected drug pushers were arrested in an anti-drug operation in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Monday.

Zamboanga Sibugay police director Senior Superintendent Robert Roy Bahian identified the arrested suspects as Benjamin Sabas, 23, and Raymond Sabas. Both are residents of Lambuyogan village, Alicia town.

Lawmaker urges farm tourism venture in Zambo

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

A LAWMAKER is calling on the farmers of Zamboanga City to venture into farm tourism to boost their means of livelihood.

Second district Representative Lilia Nuño made the call after the House of Representatives has approved the farm tourism bill.

Mayor: 2015 exciting year for Iloilo City

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

MORE investors continue to establish businesses in Iloilo City, which is one of the reasons why 2015 will be an exciting year, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said.

Iloilo City will have new investments of P100 to P120 billion by 2016, Mabilog said, projecting the city as the new magnet for business investments in the Visayas.

Senate gives top priority to education

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

THE Filipino students will benefit the most from a wave of social service measures passed by Congress over the past year.

Since the 16th Congress convened in July 2013, the Senate has passed 44 proposed measures of national importance, of which 17 became laws in 2014 and 4 in2013.

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