Water utility worker accused of rape now free

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:28 a.m.

THE rape case filed against an employee of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), known for exposing alleged anomalies committed by officials of the said utility, was finally dismissed by the court.

After more than two months of detention in a jail in Cavite, the Dasmariñas trial court granted Emmanuel Mulawan Sr. his freedom after the complainant in a rape case that was filed against him failed to appear before the court during the arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Military dares Karapatan to prove accusations

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:27 a.m.

PROVE it.

The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) challenged Karapatan, a human rights group, to prove their accusations with evidence against the two military generals who it has alleged of perpetuating various acts of human rights violation committed by retired general Jovito Palparan.

Smoke belchers warned

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:25 a.m.

ANYTIME soon, Cagayan de Oro’s anti-smoke belching ordinance will be implemented to curb pollution emitted by privately owned and public utility vehicles and those found with excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be penalized, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) announced recently.

“We are currently at the bidding stage of the smoke-belching meter requested from the Environmental Management Bureau that will help us test vehicles that have high emissions of CO2 in the air,” Clenro chief Edwin Dael said.

NPA rebels capture 2 soldiers

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:25 a.m.

THE military has accused the New People’s Army (NPA) of disrupting the efforts of government soldiers in extending basic services to the people in the hinterland communities by capturing two enlisted personnel last Friday, August 22.

In an e-mailed statement to this paper, the NPA identified the soldiers they had taken as prisoners of war (POW) as Private Marnel Cinches and Private Jerrel Yorong under the Bravo company of the 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB).

Church holds street, fluvial processions today

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:24 a.m.

DAYS before the fiesta celebration, the Roman Catholic church started with its preparations and has been holding novena masses for Sta. Monica, mother of St. Augustine and a model of perseverance in prayer and patience, and also for St. Augustine, Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint.

Today, August 28, marks the 392nd feast day of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral.

Oro civic-military parade draws huge crowd

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:23 a.m.

HUNDREDS of people from the business sector, academe, government and non-government organizations, barangays, civic clubs, and local government units (LGUs) braved the heat and took part in the civic-military parade that started at Rodelsa Circle and ended at a mall here Wednesday morning, August 27.

For the float competition, Concentrix wins overall champion this year, redeeming the top spot where they won champion in the float competition last 2012.

‘Intensify police patrol’

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 01:31 a.m.

POLICE stations in Lapu-Lapu City will be intensifying their patrols amid robbery incidents in neighboring towns and cities.

Lapu-Lapu City Police Chief Armando Radoc gave this directive and instructed police stations to check financial establishments such as banks and firms offering money transfer services now and then and alert their security guards.

Ex-treasurer to pay P10T

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 01:30 a.m.

A FORMER official of Barangay Calamba, Cebu City has been convicted and made to pay a fine of P1,000 for failing to render accounts in 2009.

Regional Trial Court Judge Lauro Castillo, Jr. convicted Amparo Barrera of violating Art. 218 of Revised Penal Code (failure of accountable officer to render accounts).

Proponent of third Cebu-Mactan bridge eyes P55-toll on cars, more on trucks

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 01:05 a.m.

IF THE group led by Manny Pangilinan gets to build the proposed third bridge between Cebu and Mactan, a toll of at least P55 is among the possible conditions for vehicles that will use it.

The figure surfaced in a “willingness survey” by Parsons Brinckerhoff, a consultancy firm attached to the proposed bridge linking Cebu City and Cordova town.

‘Pusher’ shot dead; PNP drug haul grows

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 01:03 a.m.

A SUSPECTED level two drug pusher was killed in a shootout with the police yesterday afternoon in Upper Manol, Barangay Tisa in Cebu City.

In Cebu Province, the police’s illegal drugs haul reached 414.39 grams, valued at P4.9 million, during operations conducted between Aug. 18 and 25.

2 Cebu cities dream big

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:32 a.m.

CEBU - Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City announced Wednesday a new vision for the city: to be the country’s primary source of high-quality manufactured consumer products by 2020.

In his State of the City Address, the third-termer mayor said the City is up to the challenge of keeping itself above the competition as the economies of Southeast Asian countries become fully integrated next year.

Radaza: More taxes, tourism

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

HIGHER tax collection, better roads, more investments and a more aggressive tourism effort were among the accomplishments Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza reported to her constituents yesterday.

Radaza, who delivered her 45-minute State of the City Address in the Hoops Dome at 10 a.m., said economic activities in the city have increased, with over 11,000 businesses operating this year, up by 60 percent from last year.

DBM gives assurance to Cebu BRT’s lenders

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:27 a.m.

CEBU (Updated) - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has assured that the National Government will provide funds to pay any loan that the Department of Transportation and Communications will secure to implement the P10.6-billion Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Cebu City.

The assurance is contained in the Forward Obligational Authority (FOA) issued by the DBM to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), which will implement the project.

Priest asks Cebu archbishop to help save trees

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:26 a.m.

RUNNING priest Fr. Robert Reyes has asked Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma to help his campaign to protect trees in Cebu.

Reyes led a run from Cebu Capitol to the Archbishop’s Palace on D. Jakosalem St. to see Palma. But when Reyes and some Cebu mountaineers arrived there, the prelate was not around.

Council: JVR didn’t receive nod for pact

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:25 a.m.

CITY officials questioned the agreement that Talisay City Mayor Johnny De los Reyes signed allowing a private contractor to extract sand and gravel from the Mananga River.

The council said the agreement between the mayor and private contractor Quirante Construction (QCON) did not have the authority of the legislative body.

City keeps contested road open

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:53 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday said that W. Geonzon St. in Barangay Apas is open to all road users.

His pronouncement came after the lapse of the one-week deadline he has given to Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) and the Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) to settle their dispute over the use of the road.

Capitol traffic dry run today

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:50 p.m.

THERE will be a traffic dry run for public and private vehicles from Escario St. to M. Velez St. through the Capitol compound today from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It will serve as an alternative route while the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and a contractor close portions of the road in front of the Capitol building for repair.

Tears and quiet

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.

THE Kadayawan executive committee finally met with the Davao City Tourism officer who was seen in tears during the meeting, but beyond that, everybody opted to say everything's fine and will be better next year.

Kadayawan Foundation chair lawyer Rollie Dumalag, when asked what his recommendations are for next year's festival said, "Ask first, before you write."

Bautista wants photo op with Duterte

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

COMEDIAN Ramon Bautista told Mayor Rodrigo Duterte via phone conversation that he wants to have a photo with him when they meet.

Duterte, on the other hand, told Bautista that the apology was already enough for him.

4 Muslims in Middle East but not for Isis

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:47 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said at least four Muslim Filipinos went to the Middle East but was not there to join the Isis.

"I will reveal it for the first time. In one of the conferences, may mga military pumunta dito. I passed on to them what was whispered to me na apat lang ang pupunta doon sa Middle East. I never said na they are there to join the Isis. What I said was I'm apprehensive na totoo man yan, they might be recruited by the Isis," he said.

Hearing on wife's case vs Danao to start soon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) in Davao will start hearing the grave misconduct and physical injuries that was earlier charged against Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior Superintendent Vicente D. Danao Jr.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP Press Conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, RIAS director Senior Supt. Pedro Cabatingan Jr. said he had submitted the case folder to their summary hearing officer to study the material and proceed to formal investigation.

Total shabu haul so far, P23.32M

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Region seized a total of P23.32 million worth of shabu since January 2014.

Davao PDEA director Emerson Rosales, during the AFP-PNP press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, said this year's total amount of shabu seized by the bureau with the other law enforcement agency is higher than in 2013 with P13.88 million.

Abella, Avila top list in resolutions, ordinances

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

COUNCILOR Marissa Salvador-Abella and Councilor Leonardo Avila III topped the list of having proposed the highest number of resolutions and ordinances, respectively, for the first half of 2014.

Meanwhile, Councilor April Marie Dayap recorded perfect attendance in all the City Council sessions for the same period.

Man sued for robbery anew

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

A MAN who has a pending robbery case before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 is facing charges anew before the City Prosecution Office after he was tagged in another robbery incident on August 15 at Sun City in Panacan, Davao City.

Facing charges for robbery with intimidation is Bienvenido Estopin, 40, and a resident of Lower Empress in Panacan.

Flight of the Eagles set

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

THE upcoming 12th Flight of the Eagles cycling event will be advocating the concept of Road Sharing according to Councilor Leonardo Avila III, one of the organizers.

"Less than 10 percent of the population own cars and yet our roads are primarily for them. So we are promoting that it be shared by bikers and pedestrians," Avila said.

Duterte declines De Lima's ice bucket challenge

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte declined Tuesday night the ice bucket challenge of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, saying he has pneumonia.

"I just came from the ICU (intensive care unit). I have pneumonia. It might recur. Maawa naman sya (She should consider my condition). I just got out of the hospital," Duterte told the media at Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

Seized P15M shark fins are legal, says BFAR 7

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 yesterday declared legal the P15 million worth of shark fins seized by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force because these were imported from Spain with a permit from the government.

BFAR 7 Director Andres Bojos said the owner, Shell Haven Fashion International, is a legitimate importer of shark fins and is accredited by his bureau for quite some time already.

Council wants City to stop paying SRP guarantee fee

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

THE Cebu City Council wants the City Government to stop paying the guarantee fee for the loan for the South Road Properties (SRP).

During their regular session yesterday, the Council passed en masse the resolution of Councilor Margarita Osmeña asking the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to assume the guarantee fee.

‘Health habits vs. disease’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas is urging the public to observe proper hygiene habits and proper sanitation to avoid contracting highly contagious diseases.

Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi, DOH 7 assistant director, said a person often easily acquires highly contagious diseases due to weak resistance from poor health habits.

Chinese Corner opened in Cebu City Library

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

BECAUSE of the growing population of the Filipino-Chinese community in Cebu, the Cebu City Public Library was encouraged to open an additional section that will provide references for Chinese history, art, culture and literature, among others.

The Chinese Corner, the newest section in the public library, aims to provide the public with a better understanding of China.

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