State of calamity in 2 Cebu towns

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:18 p.m.

CEBU -- The towns of Malabuyoc and Dalaguete declared a state of calamity Friday afternoon, while the Capitol began to send water, tents and food to families recovering from Tropical Depression Queenie.

“I requested the Provincial Board for a declaration of a state of calamity,” said Governor Hilario Davide III on Friday, after learning that the storm hammered coastal barangays in some towns.

Dagupan’s child-friendly practices lauded

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

DAGUPAN CITY -- Members of an evaluation team of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) lauded the child friendly practices of this city during a conference on Friday.

The City of Dagupan is a national contender to the 2014 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities under the independent component city category, after winning the title region-wide.

Mayor okays auction of delinquent properties

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

DAGUPAN CITY -- Mayor Belen Fernandez has allowed the city treasurer to auction delinquent private properties in this city, except road of ways to prevent legal problems.

Fernandez earlier stopped the auction to allow lot owners to pay dues.

Anti-drug summit set in Pangasinan

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

LINGAYEN -- The Liga ng mga Barangay provincial federation is set to hold a provincial anti-drug summit here to discuss and plot a massive intensified campaign against illegal drugs down to the barangay level.

The event, which will be attended by more than 1,300 village chiefs, is tentatively scheduled on December 10.

Mother saves her son as her last act

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

STUCK in debris while submerged in floodwater, Alona Baldado, 50, propped up her eight-year-old son Jason so he could climb a coconut tree.

“Kamatyonon na ko dong. Paningkamot na diha (I’m going to die, son. Save yourself),” she told her son.

LGUs can access post-Yolanda projects ahead of time

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

YOLANDA-hit local government units (LGUs) in Cebu may be able to access P10.4 billion worth of rehabilitation projects in 2015 if they are able to meet their goals this year.

The P10.4 billion is northern Cebu’s rehabilitation and recovery allocation for 2015 and 2016.

Court nips ex-mayor’s attempt to block cemetery project

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Alexander Acosta yesterday struck down former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña’s attempt to temporarily stop City Hall from closing the Doña Pepang Cemetery.

Judge Acosta found no “compelling reason” to issue a 20-day temporary restraining order, which would have stopped Mayor Michael Rama from ordering the demolition and conversion of the cemetery into a public park.

Where is Palace aid, Mike asks

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

WHERE is the P1.5 billion for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)?

In his letter to the Office of the President dated Nov. 26, 2014, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama lamented that he has asked the National Government for help on Oct. 20, 2013 but it has not been acted on yet.

Try asking help from DILG, DPWH, councilors suggest

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:01 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council yesterday questioned the more than P520-million increase in the executive department’s proposed budget for peace and order programs next year.

Of the P18.9 billion proposed 2015 annual budget, the executive has included P628.8 million for peace and order, which is higher compared to the P106.9 million approved budget for this year.

Cebu ‘hub for shell export’: NBI

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:00 p.m.

CEBU is the transshipment point in the trade of endangered marine products, such as budyong (cassis or helmet shell) and tambuli (trumpet or charonia), a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 official said.

NBI 7 supervising agent Rey Villordon said the shells are exported after being processed, cleaned, and polished.

DENR warns: there might be more sinkholes in Badian

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

JUAN Dela Torre, 38, and his family were setting up a tent to prepare for their relative’s death anniversary at 10 a.m. last Thursday when suddenly the ground shook followed by an explosion.

When they went out to check, they discovered that part of a cornfield in Sitio Curvada, Barangay Banhigan, Badian, was missing.

‘Arrest 3 cops in Archival slay’

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

THE prosecution wants the court to order the arrest of three former members of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 allegedly involved in the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete last Feb. 18.

Lawyer Democrito Barcenas said the defense is delaying the issuance of the arrest warrant by filing several motions before the sala of Argao Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Maximo Perez.

LTFRB 7 sets Dec. 17 hearing on petition to reduce fares

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will hold a public hearing on Dec. 17 for the petition of former Cebu City councilor Augusto Pe Jr. to reduce the minimum jeepney fare rate from P7.50 to P7.

The hearing will be held at the LTFRB conference room at 9 a.m.

Top 10 to get automatic scholarship

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill that seeks to automatically provide college scholarships to the top 10 graduates of every public high school in the country.

4-way vehicular accident injures 2

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

TWO men were injured in a four-vehicle smash-up at the junction of the South Road Properties and Barangay Mambaling yesterday morning.

Traffic was heavy for two hours following the 9:20 a.m. accident, with motorists heading south experiencing the brunt of the situation.

Buzz: P70,000-tax

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

A BUSINESSMAN comes home from Japan excited to show his wife his pasalubong—a Chanel bag.

But the excitement was cut short while getting out of the customs queue in the Mactan Airport. The security officer said that the “luxury item” will have to be taxed.

Lacson: Tacloban gets the most funding support

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

MANILA -- Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said Friday that Tacloban City got the biggest funding support from the National Government at P7 billion for estimated total damages brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

12-hour power shutdown in some parts of Eastern Visayas

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

TACLOBAN City, nearby towns and some parts of Samar Island will experience a 12-hour power shutdown on Saturday due to ongoing rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged towers.

In an advisory issued Thursday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the transfer of wires from temporary to permanent towers will also affect some parts of the region.

Official elated by government’s help

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

TACLOBAN City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said he is pleased with the National Government’s help for their city despite the recent squabble between Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) Panfilo Lacson.

“I am happy that we got the assurance that the National Government will never leave us and Secretary Lacson even instructed implementing agencies to fast-track the rehabilitation works in the city,” Yaokasin said.

Petilla asks officials to end squabble on Tacloban rehab

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

ENERGY Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla asked Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson to work together on the implementation of the post-Yolanda rehabilitation projects in Tacloban City.

Petilla, a former Leyte governor, told the two officials to stop blaming each other in the delay of implementation of rehabilitation works.

Queenie kills 4, damages 400 houses in NegOr

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

AT LEAST four persons were confirmed dead and more than 400 houses were flooded in Negros Oriental due to Tropical Depression Queenie, which developed into a storm Friday.

The fatalities were identified as Honeylyn Andales of Cambaye, Tayasan, Negros Oriental; Sonny Boy Deguitos of Maaslum, Ayungon; Luminada Barredo, 76, of Bongbong, Valencia; and Rogen Amarante of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.

Dabawenyos urged to welcome IPs

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

COUNCILOR Berino Mambo-o appealed to Dabawenyos to welcome and respect the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are expected to come to Davao City during the Yuletide season.

Mambo-o, the IP representative to the City Council, said IPs deserve to be treated fairly as brothers and sisters.

Legal education seminar on Dec. 3-6 in Digos

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao del Sur chapter will sponsor a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Seminar (36 units) on December 3 to 6 at Crisbel Crown Convention Center in San Jose, Digos City.

Chapter president lawyer Israelito P. Torreon said the seminar fee is P9,000 but those attending on a per day basis will have to pay P2,500 inclusive of free snacks, lunch and lecture materials.

Container van with traces of cocaine seized in Canada

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

THE Davao Bureau of Customs (BOC) confirmed Friday that the container van that was found to have traces of cocaine in it was previously seized in Canada.

BOC Special Agent II Leonard Goerge Carillo, during a media interview, said that through their coordination with Maersk in tracing the container van's path, they found out that it was apprehended by the Canadian Customs around September 30 last year in Vancouver, Canada.

Sun.Star Davao bags 3 of 4 Globe awards

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

SUN.STAR Davao bagged three of four awards for print media category in the 2014 Globe Davao Media Excellence Awards on Thursday night at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.

Sun.Star Davao editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera bagged this year's Reporter of the Year with her article "Haiyan, six months hence," former Sun.Star Davao columnist Henrylito Tacio bagged the Columnist of the Year award with his article “Take heed of these warnings,” and Sun.Star Davao SuperBalita photojournalist Seth delos Reyes was adjudged Photojournalist of the Year with his photo entry "Basura Mo - A Child's Play."

Research: 75% want Duterte to run for president

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

MORE than 75 percent of the respondents in a survey conducted by the Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University through the University Research Council want Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Based on the City Wide Social Survey (CWSS) released by lead researchers Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz on Friday, 75.27 of their respondents want Duterte to run for president.

2nd series of city-wide social survey released

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), through the University Research Council, released Friday the second series of the City-Wide Social Survey (CWSS).

Project leaders for CWSS Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz said during the presentation of the survey Friday at the Addu Finster Auditorium that the sample size was composed of 630 respondents who were chosen randomly across the three districts in Davao City; 51.4 percent of the respondents were females while the rest were males.

‘Abolish special courts’

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 08:33 p.m.

THE Supreme Court is being asked to abolish special courts handling illegal drug cases in the region.

The abolition of existing special courts on illegal drugs has been brought into focus by the Regional Advisory Council of the Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group North and Central Luzon on the heels of increasing violators of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

‘Silahis ng Pasko’ opens December 1

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

CHRISTMAS in Baguio will open December 1 with the "Silahis ng Pasko" activities and the awaited ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree and lantern parade at Session Road.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan invited residents and tourists to take part in the activities to launch the month-long calendar of yuletide treats in the city.

Humbeline: More than a humble servant

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 08:24 p.m.

SHE is a lover. She is a mother. But in a different way.

Nowadays, women battle so they may no longer live in the shadows of men.

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