Cebu City Council approves P13.4B budget

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:53 a.m.

CEBU CITY - After several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved yesterday the City Government’s annual budget for 2015 amounting to P13.4 billion.

Duterte pushes soil study in Paquibato

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

DAVAO - Mayor Rodrigo Duterte requested a government agency to conduct a soil analysis in Paquibato district to determine the crops suitable for planting in the area.

Duterte said he wants a map of Paquibato that specifically identifies crops that are best for the area next year after the Bureau of Soils and Water Management finishes the analysis.

More NPA rebels yield this year

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

THE Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) has noted an increase in the number of the New People's Army (NPA) members who surrendered to the authorities since January 2014.

Eastmincom public information officer Major Ezra Balagtey said they have recorded a total of 455 rebel returnees in 2014 as compared to 2013 with 274.

Troops distribute gifts

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

MORE than 100 residents from two villages in Mawab town in Compostela Valley received gifts from troops of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division at Camp Manuel T. Yan in the province on Friday.

Dubbed as “Community Christmas Party,” the event was organized by the 10th Infantry Division troops in partnership with health organizations, such as Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-11), Kiwanis Club of Golden Tagum, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Number of Davao voters down

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region has recorded a decrease in the total number of registered voters in the region.

From 2,539,415 registered voters last July, the region now has a total of 2,484,233 registered voters as of the latest Electoral Registration Board (ERB) meeting last October 20.

Capitol backs SC mandamus

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated its strong support and backing for the Supreme Court’s mandamus on Manila Bay aiming to bring back its old glory and make it a “swim and bath” spot again.

‘Maestro’ gives Fernandinos songwriting tips

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab over the weekend gave aspiring high school students and professionals in this city important songwriting tips to enhance their talent and craft.

The half-day training program was facilitated by the city’s Multi-Sectoral Governance Council and Manila North Tollways Corporation in partnership with Cayabyab’s Philpop Music Foundation.

Iacat serves 132 trafficking victims

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

THE psychosocial unit (PSU) of the Interagency Council Against Trafficking-Davao Region (Iacat-11) Network has served a total of 132 human trafficking victims for this year.

Social welfare officer Alma Acera of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-11, which is the lead agency for Iacat 11 Network's PSU, cited in her year-end report at Hotel Tropika in Lanang, Davao City on December 12 that this year's total victims served is an increase from last year's total of 100.

Drug suspect nabbed in buy-bust

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:38 p.m.

A MAN accused of selling illegal drugs at the Bankerohan Public Market in Davao City is facing charges before the City Prosecution Office following his arrest in a police buy-bust on December 15.

Charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is Dranreb Sarvida Dimalanta, a 27-year-old vegetable vendor and a resident of Magallanes St.

3 suspects who robbed, killed money lender sued

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against two siblings and another suspect who were tagged in the killing and robbery of an Indian money lender in Tibungco, Davao City on December 9.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reported homicide charges were filed against Allan and Omi Saliling while a separate robbery complaint was filed against their companion who has yet to be identified.

4 Abu Sayyaf bandits fall

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

GOVERNMENT troops have arrested four suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and seized explosives and bomb-making materials in the hinterlands of Sulu, the military said Saturday.

Joint Task Force Zambasulta information officer Ensign Ian Chester Ramos said the arrest was made around 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sitio Nangka in the village of Bungkaong, Patikul, Sulu.

Families bury kin, demand justice for bombing victims

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – Expressions of love and calls for justice highlighted Saturday’s burial of two Central Mindanao University (CMU) students who were among the 10 people killed in the December 9 bombing of a passenger bus near the university’s main gate.

The Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) bus had picked up passengers, mostly students, and was passing near the main gate of CMU when the powerful blast sent shrapnel and debris flying through the vehicle.

2 children perish in fire

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

TWO children perished in fire that razed to the ground a house made of light materials in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Saturday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) information officer Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 11 a.m. Friday in the village of Goin, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

DSWD sets Housing Survey

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to conduct National Targeting Housing Survey (NTHS) in 2015, said a top DSWD official.

DSWD Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said the DSWD central office has allocated P72 million for the conduct of the survey here in the region.

Retired fire officer caught buying shabu

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

A RETIRED fire officer was arrested while a suspected drug pusher eluded arrest in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Saturday.

The Zamboanga del Norte Police Office identified the former fire officer as Ernie Reyes, 51, a resident of Manaol village in the municipality of Siocon.

US custody of Pemberton hit

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis Partylist Representative Fernando Hicap described as "highly condemnable" the United States government's hard stand to retain the custody of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect for the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude.

Hicap said the people should strongly demand not only for the Philippine government to assert custody of the American soldier while the murder case is still being prosecuted, but also for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Business sector urged to support San Fernando adopt-a-scholar program

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando recently urged business owners and traders to support a local scholarship program.

Mayor Edwin Santiago said the local government has already provided educational assistance to the students of the City College of San Fernando.

5 Central Luzon bets win in 2014 Gawad Saka

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon bets have bagged awards at the National Gawad Saka 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) recently.

The Gawad Saka is an annual contest to recognize farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers and farmers' and fisherfolks' groups who have excelled and made significant contributions in enhancing the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in their respective communities and in the country.

‘Pusher’ falls in Guadalupe raid

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

INTELLIGENCE operatives caught a suspected drug pusher during a buy-bust in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City late Friday night.

Police are also suspecting if Vincent “Towing” Gonzales, 27, is into the illegal gun business.

4T farmers, fisherfolk in province file notices of loss with PCIC

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

MORE than 4,000 farmers and fisherfolk from Cebu Province who were hit by typhoons Queenie and Ruby have filed notices of loss for insurance claims with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), Regional Director Cresencio Deligero Jr. said.

Notices of loss from claim applicants are still coming, said Deligero. As of Dec. 17, 3,027 farmers and fisherfolk who suffered losses from typhoon Queenie and 1,097 from typhoon Ruby have filed their claim at PCIC’s regional office, or a total of 4,124 notices of loss.

3 road accidents; 2 dead, 6 hurt

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

TWO people were killed while six others were injured in separate road accidents in the province last Friday.

A packed tricycle was hit by a minivan in Barangay Bonbon, Oslob past 3 p.m., police said.

Mini-dome for big events in Olango Island

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

THE City Government of Lapu-Lapu inaugurated a smaller version of the Hoops Dome in Olango Island last Friday, as the City continues to aggressively promote the island as a tourist destination.

Located in Barangay Talima, the Mini Hoops Dome will be a venue for big activities in the island, said Mayor Paz Radaza, who graced the event.

Lawyer prods manhunt for cops in Archival ambush

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

A LAWYER wants three policemen suspected to be behind the ambush of Atty. Noel Archival and two others arrested.

Atty. Rameses Villagonzalo, counsel for one of the complainants in the multiple murder and frustrated murder charges, sought the assistance of the Military Intelligence Service in a bid to call for a manhunt of the three policemen since their arrest warrants dated Dec. 11 were not served.

Cebu City Council approves P13.4B budget

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:25 p.m.

CEBU CITY - After several deferments, the Cebu City Council finally approved Saturday the City Government’s annual budget for 2015 amounting to P13.4 billion.

On the 7 days of Christmas, 0 bankers banking

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Cebu Bankers Club advised the public to do their banking transactions before December 24.

The last eight days of the year, starting on December 24, will include only one banking day for most banks, and that will be on Monday, December 29.

Not invited

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

NO, CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama was not invited to the get-together attended by both councilors of Team Rama and the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

But only because the party was meant to be exclusively for the councilors, the mayor clarified.

CH to buy more equipment to deal with disaster

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:21 p.m.

TO BE better prepared for typhoons, the Lapu-Lapu City Government intends to get more equipment and implement a more systematic way of evacuating residents.

Mayor Paz Radaza said the City needs more machinery like chainsaws, rubber boats, generator sets and communication gadgets. Needs improvement

Model cop suffers heart attack

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

HE HAS helped rehabilitate many troubled street children. Now, it’s his turn to ask for help.

SPO2 Egmedio Felisan Jr., a staunch child advocate, suffered cardiac arrest last Thursday and is in need of financial assistance.

2.9T indigent kids treated to fun, games at gathering

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

JOHN Dale Sala, 10, went home with a bunch of goodies after he attended a Christmas party organized by the Cebu City Progressive Uptown Movement (CC-PUM).

“Naa nami pamasko. Malipay gyod akong mama ug mga igsuon ani (We’ll have something extra for our Noche Buena. My mother will be very pleased),” Salas told Sun.Star Cebu.

Capitol ‘expects’ higher collection: prov’l treasurer

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

CEBU Province’s projected collection for this year may exceed last year’s total collected revenues by around P200 million, based on records of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO).

Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial is confident that the Capitol will collect P2.416 billion compared to last year’s P2.216 billion. If that materializes, the increase will be almost half of this year’s P407-million Annual Investment Plan (AIP) and more than the planned P110-million loan to acquire heavy equipment, which is the largest item in the 2015 AIP.

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