Pacquiao’s question, Jamaica’s edgy look stand out

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

MISS Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe, beating contestants from 87 other countries during the pageant held in Miami, Florida.

Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa didn’t make it to the final five, breaking a four-year streak that included a first runner-up finish in 2012, courtesy of Janine Tugonon.

Cebu City to go after delinquent businesses

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:17 a.m.

ALMOST 1,000 business establishments in Cebu City failed to pay their taxes to the City Government during the three-week period set for them to settle their obligations.

Based on the records of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO), only 24,368 business establishments paid their dues from Jan. 5 to Jan. 23. This is 926 short of the total 25,294 assessed businesses in the city.

Basakanon’s dad dies

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

BASAK San Nicolas Barangay Captain George Rama, cousin of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, died yesterday. He was 66.

The last-term barangay captain died due to pneumonia in the intensive care unit of Chong Hua Hospital around 2 p.m.

‘We will not forget you, freedom fighter’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

FORMER congressman Antonio Cuenco yesterday said Ribomapil “Dodong” Holganza Sr. will always be remembered as a fighter who contributed a lot for the restoration of democracy in the country.

“Dear Dodong, your valiant fight for freedom will never be forgotten,” Cuenco said in his tribute to Holganza, a dedication he wrote and sent with flowers to the wake at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Lahug, Cebu City.

2 CH officials ‘in trouble’ with COA

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:13 a.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) issued a notice of disallowance against two Cebu City officials for the release of some P84 million used for the distribution of calamity assistance in 2013.

The notice of disallowance was issued to Diwa Cuevas, officer-in-charge of the City Treasurer’s Office, and Agapita Cesa.

Another accident brings into question road safety in SRP

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:12 a.m.

ANOTHER vehicular accident took place at the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on the South Road Properties (SRP) just as the Cebu City Government put in place road safety measures in the area.

Around 9:15 a.m. yesterday, Joy Tumulak, City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) operation division chief, said a Talisay City-bound car driven by Bryan Obeso hit the center island at the junction of the Mambaling Access Road. The driver was safe.

Cebu fire burns 51 houses, leaves 93 families homeless

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:12 a.m.

CEBU -- Close to a hundred families were left homeless after a blaze hit Barangay Basak-San Nicolas, Cebu City Monday afternoon.

‘Only Talisay can dump waste in its dumpsite in Bry. Tapul’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:11 a.m.

CEBU City had asked Talisay City if it could dump its garbage in the latter’s dumpsite in Barangay Tapul.

The mayor and officials of Talisay City’s Solid Waste Management Board yesterday declined the request. The dumpsite might not withstand the additional load of garbage if the deal pushed through, they said.

P462M investment plan, P121M budget approved

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) approved yesterday the P462.6-million Annual Investment Plan and P121.4-million 2015 budget for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Plan of the Province.

The PB also approved yesterday a resolution adopting the Provincial Development Physical Framework Plan 2014-2019 with the Province’s disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptability measures.

3 arrested, shabu seized in Lapu buy-bust

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

MORE than 80 small sachets of suspected illegal drugs were allegedly confiscated from three men arrested in an operation in Lapu-Lapu City last Saturday dawn.

Operatives from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) caught the suspects, all unemployed, in a buy-bust in Barangay Poblacion around 2:30 a.m.

Fire destroys police station

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:03 a.m.

THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) formed a three-man panel to investigate the fire that gutted the police station in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City.

Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, CPPO director, said the panel started its investigation yesterday morning and coordinated with the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) 7.

Back anti-pork drive: Palma

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:02 a.m.

ARCHBISHOP Jose Palma yesterday urged the public to support efforts to speed up the signature campaign against any form of pork barrel in government.

As of yesterday, the Coalition Against the Pork Barrel System was able to gather about 24,162 signatures in Cebu out of the 389,601 target.

‘Peace, order, anti-drug fight key to good economy’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:01 a.m.

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III encouraged the police force in Central Visayas to take part in the country’s economic development and continue the fight against illegal drugs.

He said the police must protect the peace and order situation to help attain economic stability.

Gov. calls budget slash ‘insulting’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:00 a.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes sought the help of Gov. Hilario Davide III regarding the City's slashed budget.

Davide said he was saddened that de los Reyes submitted a budget of P1 billion but the City Council only approved P539 million.

Seniors to get last cut of 2014 cash aid

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:59 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government will distribute tomorrow the balance of the 2014 financial assistance to the senior citizens.

Close to 60,000 seniors will each get P2,000.

Mandatory disaster plan for big events

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

DESPITE the number of emergency cases during the Sinulog Grand Parade, the Cebu City Council deferred the approval of the proposed measure that will require event organizers to submit an emergency disaster plan for every event with more than a hundred people.

Several councilors questioned the particulars of the ordinance during its final deliberation.

City to judge: junk move of 40 residents

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government wants Regional Trial Court Judge Soliver Peras to strike down the move of 40 residents from Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu City, who seek to build temporary structures inside the CitiCenter Commercial Complex.

City Hall lawyers Jerone Castillo and Mary Rose Salvatierra submitted their summary memorandum to the civil petition the residents filed against Mayor Michael Rama and seven other officials whom they accused of illegally demolishing the houses of more than 100 families inside the CitiCenter Complex.

Capa says his assignment is Camp Crame’s decision

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:49 p.m.

SENIOR Supt. Condrad Capa said he was thankful that Mayor Michael Rama wanted him to be the next full-time director of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).

The official, however, said his fate depends on his superiors in Camp Crame in Manila.

Buzz: Manny as Miss U judge and Hollywood film star

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:47 p.m.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

... MANNY PACQUIAO, being groomed by his wife Jinkee for some Hollywood action film role, and the Filpino boxing champion sitting as one of the members of the board of judges in the Miss Universe competition.

Alert up in NorMin following Maguindanao encounter

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:47 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao has maintained the full alert status in the region in the wake of the encounter in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao that left 43 police commandos dead.

Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PNP-Northern Mindanao police director, assured all the police units in the region are ready for any eventuality, although confident that the region has remained relatively peaceful despite some blast incidents in Bukidnon last year.

City: COA action triggered by ‘malicious’ design

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:45 p.m.

CITY Hall has accused some of its political adversaries as responsible for dragging the name of Mayor Oscar Moreno over some unreturned government funds that were allegedly used without going through the proper bidding procedures during his stint as the governor of Misamis Oriental.

The allegation stemmed from a Commission on Audit (COA) report asking Moreno, some of his former department heads and two contractors to return to the Provincial Capitol some P35 million as payment of the rented heavy equipment.

City hopeful motion for stopping demolition to be granted

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:44 p.m.

IT IS now up to the court whether to push through Wednesday with the demolition of houses in a contested land bordering between Barangays Puntod and Macabalan after the City Government filed a motion to delay the displacement of the families living in the area.

Lawyer Edgar Cabanlas said Mayor Oscar Moreno asked him, on behalf of the local government, to file a motion to defer the execution of the writ of demolition scheduled this Wednesday.

Mindanao peace ‘remains elusive’

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

BAYAN Muna Representative Karlos Zarate said Monday that the clash between policemen and Moro rebels in Maguindanao province proved that "genuine peace is still elusive in Mindanao."

Aside from the recent clash, Zarate also pointed out the Zamboanga bombing.

3 of slain SAF wanted assignment in Davao

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

THREE of the police commandos killed in an encounter with Moro rebels in Maguindanao province wanted to transfer to Davao City, an official said Monday.

Police Inspector Daniel B. Pumecha Jr., commander of the Special Anti-Terrorism Unit, said the three was assigned in Maguindanao for a "special mission."

2 killed in shooting incidents

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

POLICE are hunting down those responsible for the killing of two men in separate shooting incidents in Davao City on Sunday evening.

The first incident took place around 6 p.m. in Calinan, where the victim was identified as Rogelio Te Pichon, 36, a resident of Barangay Tamayong.

CSC-Davao application deadline set March 12

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Davao Region has set the deadline of applications on March 12 for those who will take the professional and sub-professional examinations on May 3.

CSC said there will still be a total of 10,000 slots available.

DSWD to hold another 'Listahanan' assessment

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

AFTER their first round of assessment in 2009, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region will conduct a second round of assessment for Listahanan this year.

Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan is a database of poor households used as a reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services.

Arrest of Aussie in road melee with Duterte ordered

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

A DAVAO City judge ordered the arrest of an Australian national accused of trying to run over Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his police escort in a road altercation in 2013.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 presiding judge Emmanuel Carpio, in an order dated January 26, sought for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Australian treasure hunter Michael Hatcher, who was accused of direct assault upon an agent and person in authority with attempted homicide for trying to run over the vice mayor and his police escort PO3 Roey Ociones.

Mechanic sued for slay try

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court for trying to kill his neighbor in a stabbing incident on Ladislawa Ave. in Buhangin, Davao City on January 18.

Facing frustrated homicide charges is Noel Ching, a 40-year-old mechanic. He was charged for allegedly trying to kill one Angelito Balanay.

4 kids drown in neighbor’s swimming pool

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

CEBU -- Four children drowned in a swimming pool in Sitio Lutao, Barangay Labangon, Tabogon, Cebu last Sunday night.

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