Bodies of 2 Cebuano commandos due today

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:26 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The bodies of two Cebuanos who served in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) are expected to arrive today (January 31) in Mactan, nearly a week after 44 of the country’s elite policemen died in an operation in Maguindanao.

Bodies of 2 SAF men from Cebu due today

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:11 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The bodies of two Cebuanos who served in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) are expected to arrive today (January 31) in Mactan, nearly a week after 44 of the country’s elite policemen died in an operation in Maguindanao.

9 LGUs get checks to be distributed to typhoon survivors

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:22 a.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed checks worth P2 billion as shelter assistance to typhoon Yolanda survivors in nine local government units in northern Cebu.

The Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) funds went to Sta. Fe, P95.83 million;

CIDG anti-crime drive nets 13 suspects, shabu in 3 days

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:20 a.m.

LAW enforcers arrested 13 persons, among them a fugitive and a policeman, and seized more than P1 million worth of illegal drugs and firearms in Central Visayas in the last three days.

Senior Supt. Ritchie Posadas, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7, said that the haul is part of the police unit’s “one time, big time” nationwide operation against all forms of crimes.

City Hall complex to rise at the SRP?

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:00 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama plans to transfer City Hall to the South Road Properties (SRP.

That way, all offices of the City Government will be in one place and it will be near other government offices.

MCIAA to build PAF’s ‘replacement’ buildings

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:59 p.m.

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) has agreed to build 17 structures for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) before demolishing its buildings at the Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base.

P1.5M worth of shabu seized from ‘pusher’

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:58 p.m.

ANTI-DRUG operatives recovered P1.5 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Sawang Calero, Cebu City late Thursday night.

The City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Caidsotg) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) also arrested 25-year-old Richardo Plano, who is a porter.

City prepares for another bidding for new hospital

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:57 p.m.

CEBU City Hall will soon conduct the rebidding for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Mayor Michael Rama yesterday said the documents for the rebidding are already being prepared.

DOH team sent to hospital to start probe

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:56 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 has started its investigation into the death of a mother at the Mandaue City Hospital.

It yesterday sent a fact-finding team led by Dr. Sophia Mancao, head of the DOH 7 licensing enforcement division, to the City Hospital.

2 councilors return P20T to City Hall

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:55 p.m.

TWO more Cebu City councilors returned to the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) the P20,000 calamity assistance they received from the City in 2013.

Councilors Mary Ann de Los Santos and Roberto Cabarrubias gave back the money after the recent notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the release of the calamity assistance.

Closure of slaughterhouse looms

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:54 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government has yet to submit documents required by the Mandaue City Treasurer’s Office to exempt itself from paying tax for operating a slaughterhouse in Mandaue City.

City Treasurer Regal Oliva said he may recommend next month to the City Legal Office to order the closure of the facility.

Girl’s skeleton found in Ronda

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:53 p.m.

A SKELETON of a girl was found on a riverbank in Ronda town in southern Cebu last Thursday afternoon.

JVR revokes exec functions of 3 allies

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes revoked the executive functions of three of his allies in City Hall.

In separate orders, De los Reyes repealed the executive functions of Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante and Councilors Danilo Caballero and Aldin Diaz.

Carmen Copper, workers forge 5-year deal

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:51 p.m.

THERE is a drop in copper price in the world market but Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC) officials assured its workers of economic benefits, a provision in an agreement signed yesterday.

The CCC management is hoping that there will be no more disagreements with the workers after a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was signed.

Lapu mulls aid for 23 ‘abused’ fishermen

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:50 p.m.

FISHERMEN from Lapu-Lapu City who were rescued from alleged human traffickers in the seas of Palawan last week may soon be given temporary livelihood through a cash-for-work program.

Mayor Paz Radaza said yesterday that the City Government will tap the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide temporary livelihood to the 23 fishermen who claimed to have been maltreated and forced to work without pay by a Cebuano fishing boat owner for two months.

Prosecutor charges man for ‘raping’ friend’s lover

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:49 p.m.

SHORTLY after the clock struck midnight last Jan. 1, marking New Year's Day, Elsa (real name withheld) tried to rouse her live-in partner, Ben, who fell asleep after he had a drinking binge with his two friends in his home in Cebu City.

Around 1 a.m., 27-year-old Wilmer Himaoras Hilbero, one of Ben's friends, greeted Elsa and invited her for a drink.

Talisay fiscal junks libel suit against Superbalita journalist

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:48 p.m.

THE Office of the Talisay City Prosecutor has junked the libel complaint that a policeman filed against journalist Dennes Tabar and another respondent.

Assistant Prosecutor Benjo Luther Macion dismissed for lack of evidence the libel complaint against Tabar and co-respondent Maricor Bonjoc.

Buzz: Need for speed

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:47 p.m.

UPON the orders of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, signs were put up announcing the new speed limit at the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR).  Rama thought that by lowering the speed limit, there would be fewer or no accidents on the CSCR.

Citom enforcers distributed yesterday flyers informing drivers of the new speed limit. Their action nearly caused accidents as vehicles made sudden stops for enforcers who were standing on the road.

Dark skies, rains in Davao Region

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

AS THE nation commemorated the National Day of Mourning to honor the 44 fallen police commandos, portions of the Davao Region had dark skies with light to moderate rains.

In its rainfall advisories Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said parts of the region could experience light to moderate and occasionally heavy rains.

Congress urged to probe Maguindanao encounter

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

A REPRESENTATIVE from Davao City called Friday for a congressional inquiry into the bloody clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday to verify the reported involvement of American agents in the botched operation to arrest a notorious terrorist bombmaker.

Bayan Muna Representative Karlos Zarate said several reports link US operatives to the operation, which ended in the massacre of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Davao DOH to launch 2 immunization drives

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Davao Region will conduct two immunization campaigns for school children in August this year.

The DOH cluster head for family health cluster, Dr. Raquel Montero, speaking at the Kapehan sa PIA on Friday, said they will give Measles Rubella Tetanus and Diphtheria Immunization (MRTD) shots to all grade seven public school students in the region and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) shots to Grade Four female students of public schools in Davao Oriental.

Senior citizens urged to get flu shots

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

A HEALTH official in the Davao region advised the public to get anti-pneumonia and flu shots before the rainy season begins.

Dr. Sharon Valdez, Department of Health Region-Davao cluster head for non-communicable diseases, said Friday that adults, especially those who are 60 years old and above, should get themselves vaccinated.

No record of child labor victims last year

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

THERE were no cases of child labor recorded by the Davao City Social Service and Development Office (CSSDO) last year.

In an interview, Gina Molon, CSSDO children's concerns and welfare social worker, said they did not receive any referred or rescued children from their partner agency, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), last year.

Hall of Justice in Oro being razed to the ground

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- High profile cases in Northern Mindanao might be facing much delay as the Hall of Justice has been gutted as of this posting Friday while the firefighters are still putting out the blaze.

Criminal gangs in Davao region busted

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

POLICE cracked down on criminal syndicates in Davao Region, conducting simultaneous raids in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao City on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Eastern Mindanao Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (EastMinCidu) said that in the first operation, in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Ilangay, Lupon in Davao Oriental on Wednesday, a couple, Alan and Jamela Budiang, were arrested.

Trike driver shot by man chasing thieves

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

A TRICYCLE driver was accidentally shot by a man who was chasing a snatcher in Toril, Davao City, on Thursday night.

Police said the tricycle driver, Rodolfo Gambe Cruz, 25, was shot by Emmanuel Vidal, 25.

KMU chides Aquino for passing the buck

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

A LABOR group lambasted President Benigno Aquino III for refusing to accept responsibility for the death of 44 police troopers during a gunbattle in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.

In an emailed statement to Sun.Star Davao on Friday, Joel Virador, Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao Region (KMU-SMR) vice president for federation affairs, said the necrological service for the slain Special Action Force (SAF) members where they were honored as heroes is not enough, and Aquino must be held accountable for the massacre.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:28 p.m.

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

DTI destroys P160,000 Christmas lights

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

FOR violating manufacturing laws, Christmas lights estimated to be worth P160,000 were destroyed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the City Engineers Office (CEO) compound in Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City, Friday.

Maria Eliza Pabillore, DTI-Misamis Oriental provincial director, said the products were found to be either uncertified or had expired Import Commodity Clearance (ICC), prompting the agency to confiscate them.

Oro cop official to support mass leave

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:17 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A ranking police officer is open to joining the mass leave of absence by members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) alumni association if the government would fail to act promptly on the encounter between Moro rebels and law enforcers that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao.

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