Plan to change residency fuels speculation Gwen to run in 3rd district

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 01:18 a.m.

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia revealed that running for a congressional seat is one of her options, even as a national political party has touted her as a possible senatorial candidate.

“I can still run for office here in Cebu. I’m a Cebuana and I’m a Filipina,” the governor, who is on her last term, said.

We’ll just train teachers anew on manual count: Comelec

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 01:17 a.m.

THERE is more than enough time to prepare for a manual election in 2013, if the Supreme Court (SC) turns down with finality the poll body’s purchase of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, Comelec officials said yesterday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) 7 Acting Election Director Veronico Petalcorin said teachers who will serve in the May 2013 elections will just have to be trained again on appreciating ballots under a manual election.

Binay backs nuclear power

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:48 a.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay supported the proposal of nuclear power plant to cope up with the power shortage.

Representative Mark Cojuanco earlier promoted during his visit in Dumaguete City the use nuclear power to answer the crisis in Mindanao.

Pimentel affirms friendship with Zubiri

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:39 a.m.

SENATOR Koko Pimentel said he and resigned senator Miguel Zubiri are still friends.

Pimentel issued the statement in reaction to allegations of resigned Senator Miguil Zubiri.

Vessel rescued from ‘danger’

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:36 a.m.

A VESSEL nearly suspended its trip yesterday afternoon when one of the passengers noticed that the vessel slightly listed on its side.

MV Starcraft 5 bound for Getafe, Bohol departed from Pier 1, Cebu City at 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

City urged to report fund use

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:36 a.m.

THE Cebu City Council is asking the executive department to submit a report on the usage of its share in state-sponsored gambling funds, which amounts to P4.5 million every month.

It also wants the executive department to submit the list of priority projects to be charged against the City’s monthly share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

Suspect in Compostela shooting spree charged

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.

THE police yesterday filed murder and illegal possession of a firearm charges against a 36-year-old former rebel accused of killing three people and wounding five others in a shooting rampage in Compostela town, northern Cebu on Tuesday.

Basilides Ponce, who admitted being a former member of the New People’s Army, was brought to the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor for the inquest proceeding.

‘Thief’ shot, injured in escape try

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:32 a.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD suspected thief was shot and injured by a security guard for allegedly trying to steal scrap metal from a construction site in Talisay City at dawn yesterday.

The Talisay City Police Office are now trying to find security guard James Cesar, who reportedly fled after shooting Romy (real name withheld) inside Wilson Construction in Barangay Lawaan II, Talisay at 1:35 a.m. yesterday.

2 drug suspects caught in separate operations in Cebu

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:32 a.m.

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in a buy-bust in Mandaue City at 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

Drug suspect Gino Suico of Centro Labogon, Mandaue City was arrested after he allegedly sold one pack of shabu, worth P250, to a poseur-buyer.

96 houses demolished

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:11 a.m.

AUTHORITIES demolished at least 96 houses in Little Bohol Agora, Barangay Lapasan on Wednesday despite appeal from residents.

The demolition of the houses of the informal settlers erected inside the property owned by the Waga family happened after negotiations between the owner’s heirs, City Councilor Alexander Dacer, who sits as chairperson of the committee on urban poor, Councilor Emmanuel Abejuela and a representative of the urban Poor Landless Association of Neighborhood in Little Bohol Inc.

Man stabs masseur to death

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:10 a.m.

AN ALLEGED mentally disturbed man is now in jail after he stabbed to death a "manghihilot" (masseur) inside his house in Lugait town, Misamis Oriental on Sunday.

Inspector Julius Saluta, commander of Lugait police station, identified the suspect as Benjamin Sanchez Jr., 33, a resident of Purok 2, Barangay Kaluknayan in Lugait.

Consultation urged in naming infra projects after ex-mayors

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:09 a.m.

WHILE expressing favor to the move of naming bridges and flyovers after former city mayors, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district) said there must be a consultation first among the concerned former officials.

Rodriguez said it is the right of the City Government to name government-funded projects after former city officials even if they are still alive since there is no law that prohibits it.

Police eye ‘inside job’ in dressing plant robbery

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:09 a.m.

THE Tagoloan Police Station is looking into the possibility of an inside job in the brief but bloody robbery of AnakCiano Inc. (ACI) Dressing Plant in Barangay Mohon in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental last April 20.

Police Senior Inspector Ireneo Ramirez, station commander of Tagoloan Municipal Police Station, said in a radio interview that they will not debunk the possibility of an inside job but they are yet to establish who among the employees had a possible link to the suspects.

Aquino to turn over permanent shelters in Oro

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:08 a.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to visit Cagayan de Oro on Friday to turnover permanent shelters at the Tent City in Sitio Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan to victims of Tropical Storm Sendong.

Hundreds of families that were displaced in the flood will be moving in to their permanent houses.

20 private high schools apply for tuition increase

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:07 a.m.

AT LEAST 20 private high schools in Northern Mindanao have applied for tuition fee increase in the next school year.

Rosita A. Cang, chief of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Secondary Education, however, refused to divulge the names of the schools pending the result of their evaluation and review.

ERC urged to hold regulatory audit of utilities

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:06 a.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro Representative Jose Benjamin Benaldo (1st district) is mulling to file a bill in Congress mandating the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to conduct a regulatory audit of all utilities in connection with the power crisis in Mindanao.

Benaldo, an active campaigner of fair electricity services in Cagayan de Oro ever since he was a city councilor, said he was actually preparing for a “battle in Congress” to prevent artificial power rate increase application from the power cartel that governs the power industry.

Mindanaoans urged to give share in caring for the environment

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:05 a.m.

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has called on Mindanaoans to convene and harmonize all environmental advocacies for Mindanao.

Speaking to delegates of the 1st Mindanaonon Environment Summit last Friday, Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, MinDa chairperson, said the need for shared responsibility and accountability in undertaking development initiatives to protect and rehabilitate watershed areas across Mindanao to ensure environmental sustainability and food security in the island region.

K to 12 to boost youth’s knowledge

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:04 a.m.

A TOP official of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Northern Mindanao said the public should not worry about the recently launched K to 12 program.

Wilfreda Famador, chief of DepEd’s Elementary Division, said the K to 12 program is a grace given by DepEd, which will also help the youth in boosting their knowledge and become ready and equipped.

Dole to hold job fair on Labor Day

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:03 a.m.

AT LEAST 5,304 job vacancies are available to the public on a job fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Northern Mindanao on May 1 at SM City from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Lawyer Johnson Cañete, Dole Regional Director, said the job fair is part of the department’s Labor Day celebration with the theme “Pagtutulungan, Pagbabago, Disenteng Trabaho.”

3 months road closure ordered

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:38 p.m.

THE Davao City Council finally issued Tuesday a three-month road closure order to accommodate "ukay-ukay" from Roxas Avenue to a designated area near Magsaysay Avenue.

The decision came after more than a week of brawl regarding the legality of the "ukay-ukay" stalls along Roxas Avenue and after Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered assistant city administrator Erwin Alaparaque to remove the night market amid complaints from several business establishment owners.

Residents to file charges vs village chief

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:38 p.m.

RESIDENTS of Barangay 76-A, Bucana, Davao City are set to file charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against their village chief for allegedly harassing and detaining them last February.

Jeremias Cesar, Jean Cesar Caleon, Henchiel Cesar, Ronnie Cesar, Charmie Medel and Josie Cesar said Wednesday they will file administrative cases against Robert Olanolan and other barangay employees.

3 Dabawenyos in top 10 of teachers’ licensure exam

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:37 p.m.

THREE examinees from Davao City made it to the Top 10 of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) administered on March 11, 2012.

Marchelle M. Sinangote of San Pedro College got a passing score of 85.80 percent, making it to the 5th place among 7,149 LET passers out of 28,764 examinees for secondary nationwide.

Ombudsman raps Immigration exec for solicitation

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:36 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao charged an Immigration officer in Davao City for allegedly soliciting money from school administrators to accredit their institution to accept foreign students.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Samuel Naungayan found probable cause to charge Maria Rowena Regalado for violation of section 7(D) of Republic Act (RA) 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and Section 3 (C) and (E) of RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Practices Act).

Task force ordered: Strengthen drive vs terror

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Philippine Army (PA) chief ordered Tuesday Task Force Davao (TFD) to strengthen its campaign against anti-terrorist and continue the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan in its area of responsibility.

Lieutenant General Emmanuel Bautista, PA chief, issued the order anew to TFD personnel and other Army troops in entire Davao Region to maintain the security and stability in the area.

13,628 dogs, cats vaccinated vs rabies

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:34 p.m.

THE Davao City Veterinarian's Office (CVO) has vaccinated a total of 13,628 cats and dogs in Buhangin District in less than two months, a City Hall official said Wednesday.

Dr. Esther Cherrie Rayos, chief of the research and laboratory unit of CVO, said they also recorded a total of 3,308 walk-in clients across the city in the first quarter of 2012.

Change in vendors sanitary practices ‘not overnight’

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:34 p.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the City Health Office (CHO) in Davao City said on Wednesday they cannot expect an overnight reform among vendors of various street foods in Davao City.

Curtis Larrazaga, sanitation inspector of CHO, said the City Council has already approved the Street Food Ordinance on first reading. He added that educating the street vendors is one of the toughest challenges they should endure.

Rising number of HIV cases alarms group

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:33 p.m.

MANILA -- Various groups are concerned by the rising number of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) cases in the country.

In March alone, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 313 Filipinos acquired the virus, which is 82 percent more compared to last year, the highest ever recorded on a monthly basis since 1984.

Chief Justice fears Palace backlash after Luisita ruling

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:54 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- It may be a victory for the farmers but Chief Justice Renato Corona feared that the decision to break up the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac will have a negative effect in his fight to remain in the Supreme Court.

Corona, whose impeachment trial returns on May 7 after a month-long break, said he is ready to face the consequences for an action that he referred as part of "social justice."

Capitol willing to keep science high school

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government is willing to keep the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Pampanga after its purported and “non-pursued” contract with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) where it is currently located.

In talks at the Capitol late Tuesday initiated by Board Member Ricardo Yabut and facilitated by government executive Rosve Henson, PSHS Central Luzon Campus director Lilia Habacon told Governor Lilia Pineda that their supposed to be contract with the CDC, inked 2009, will end 2013 with no “positive” signs of renewal, since the campus sits on an ancestral domain site.

Board to fight for Kapampangan fishermen’s rights

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:29 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Board Member Nestor Tolentino, chairman of the Provincial Board (PB) committee on environment and natural resources, said the Province will fight for the rights of Kapampangan fisherfolk, particularly those from coastal areas of Macabebe, Masantol and Sasmuan.

Tolentino’s stand, supported by other board members, came after about 10 fishermen from the coastal areas of Pampanga were reportedly jailed for alleged “illegal fishing and encroachment” in Bataan waters.

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