Lawyer asks court to review case vs Ronda vice mayor's wife

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

CEBU -- Lawyer Jiecel Tiu wants the court to suspend proceedings in the slight physical injuries against Pearl Ungab, while her bid to pursue a more serious case against the vice mayor’s wife is being reviewed.

Traffic in recla ‘heavier today’

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:03 a.m.

STARTING today, some public vehicles on the S. Osmeña Blvd. route will be diverted to other roads as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) 7 implements the next phase of its road-widening project in the area.

Operations Chief Jonathan Tumulak of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised the public to leave their houses earlier than usual to avoid being caught in traffic.

Campaign to make archbishop a saint ‘needs proof of miracle’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:42 p.m.

THE Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome has opened the process for the possible beatification of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

Protection racket?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:41 p.m.

A CEBU City official asked leaders of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to investigate police officers allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, which he said was rampant in 10 of 80 villages.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said yesterday he has the names of nine police officers who reportedly accept bribes from drug personalities, in exchange for protection.

From 9 projects, town to get 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

FROM nine projects for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, only two appear likely to be implemented in Daanbantayan town.

Mayor Augusto Corro yesterday agreed to slash the total amount—from P885 million to P270 million—that the town will avail itself of from World Bank just so the municipality won’t miss out on the opportunity.

Cite actual need to withdraw evidence, judge tells lawyers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Ester Veloso struck down the Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s to withdraw at least four pieces of evidence in connection with the kidnapping with homicide case against the partner of Bella Ruby Santos.

“The prosecution must specify the actual need for the withdrawal of evidence. Even if these exhibits were not offered, these are part of the seized items in the implementation of the search warrant,” read Veloso’s two-page order.

Wife of ‘widower’ shows up at work

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

A WOMAN allegedly attacked her husband who is a Capitol job-order (JO) employee at the Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), when she discovered that his personnel records indicated that he is a widower.

Capitol head guard Armando Etorma’s incident report stated that a violent confrontation happened outside the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) at 3:45 p.m. last Tuesday when the woman Juana (not her real name), about 50 years old, accidentally met her husband Pedro.

Pampanga villages to get computer sets

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed Tuesday to provide computer units to the province’s 505 barangays for local data gathering and civil registration.

"We need to know how many people are born and how many die each year, and the main causes of their deaths, in order to have well-functioning health systems. The only way to count everyone and to track all births and deaths is through civil registration," Pineda said.

Sto. Tomas starts hearings on MRF

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- The Municipal Government here has started a series of public hearings on the establishment of the town’s own materials recovery facility or MRF.

Municipal Administrator Edwin Manalese told Sun.Star Pampanga yesterday that the first public hearing was held on February 20, with majority of stakeholders manifesting their support for the creation of the MRF in an area to be purchased by the local government unit through a P6-million loan.

Pamintuan bares program for Angeles youth

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan bared in a forum recently a package of programs for the youth and students of this city, including an expanded scholarship program, free wi-fi connection in all education centers and the opening of more courses at the City College of Angeles (CCA), even as he challenged the youth to also invite Senator Lito Lapid in a similar event to hear about his plans for the youth.

PRO3 launches ‘Lambat-Sibat’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) launched Wednesday Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) "Lambat Sibat" to combat crime incidents in Central Luzon.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of PRO3, said the launching of "Lambat-Sibat" is the innovative data-driven strategy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to address the rising number of crimes in the region.

Public school recipient of ‘Baryanihan’ in Tarlac

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:37 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- "Loose change for a big change."

This is how SM Supermarket here described their new way of helping others with through "Baryanihan," "Barya" meaning loose change and "nihan" coming from the word "Bayanihan."

Teenage pregnancies in Iloilo coastal areas rise

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a number of coastal barangays in Iloilo City.

The barangays are in Molo and Arevalo districts, according to the City Population Office headed by Mary Ann Ramos.

Drilon bats for liberalized law practice

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon is pushing for a liberalized law practice in the Philippines and allowing foreign lawyers to practice in the country once the Asean integration takes effect late this year.

In a radio interview in Iloilo City, Drilon said liberalizing the law practice will help Filipino law practitioners keep pace with market and policy shifts as a result of the integration.

P1.7-M shabu seized from 4 suspected pushers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four suspected shabu pushers were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon and PDEA-National Capital Region in two separate buy-bust operations in Quezon City and Manila that resulted in the confiscation of 500 grams of suspected shabu on Monday.

PDEA3 Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Joseph Marcelo, 37, a resident of Makati City; Russel Penamora, 24, of Lucena City; Saldy Hadji, 27; and Fahad Mikawayan, 29, both residents of Palanca Street, Quiapo, Manila.

Rama to LTO 7: Vacate space

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 to transfer from N. Bacalso Ave. to some place else to give way to the expansion of the temporary Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Rama said this will also pave the way for the realization of his plan to convert the One Citilink Terminal, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) compound and the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) compound, where LTO 7 currently holds office, into a wellness, quick response, medical and multi-functional complex.

Poe, Erap get Rama’s support as VP Binay’s runningmate

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:12 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama said that he endorsed three names for the potential runningmate of Vice President Jejomar Binay when the latter runs for president in the 2016 polls under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

“I told him (Binay) that there’s got to be a vice president for you,” said Rama in a press conference he called last Tuesday night.

OCD: Think multi-function

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

BAGUIO City should change its developmental context into "multipurpose" development.

Office of the Civil Defense regional director Alex Uy told Sun.Star Baguio since there is a continuous development in the city, projects, particularly infrastructure, should be developed with multi-functions.

Drilon bats for liberalized law practice

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon is pushing for a liberalized law practice in the Philippines and allowing foreign lawyers to practice in the country once the Asean integration takes effect late this year.

In a radio interview in Iloilo City, Drilon said liberalizing the law practice will help Filipino law practitioners keep pace with market and policy shifts as a result of the integration.

A story of a festival

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

IF YOU close your eyes for a moment and let yourself listen to the Panagbenga hymn, remembering will take over and take you back to a time when the Flower Festival was young.

The Hymn, from its composer, Macario Fronda, will force you to remember its slow and deliberate beat and remember a time when you called the festival your own, before surrendering it to the mammoth crowd.

Mayor, driver hurt in road accident

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

A TOWN official and his driver were injured when the vehicle they were riding crashed into a coconut tree in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Jose Bayani Gucela, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the injured town official as Mayor Julius Acosta, 66, of Siay town, and his driver, Eduard Encarnada, 41.

BIR to taxpayers: Pay correct taxes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regional Director Alert Alocilja has urged the taxpayers to pay the "correct taxes" to enable the government to deliver the needed basic services to the people.

Alocilja made the call as he led on Wednesday the launching of the tax campaign in Zamboanga City aimed to inform the public of their obligation to the government.

Gunmen kill couple

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

A COUPLE-FARMER was killed in an ambush in a remote village of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Wednesday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident took place around 10:15 a.m. in the village of Balas, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

Police chiefs get rewards

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

SEVEN police station commanders received rewards from the local government recently for their exemplary performance on anti-drug operations and other anti-crime efforts.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar personally distributed the checks amounting to a total of P160,000 to the recipient station commanders during simple rites Monday at the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO).

LPA in Davao region

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

DAVAO region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms due to the trough of a low pressure area (LPA), said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

In its weekly outlook, the weather bureau said the trough of an LPA is forecast to last until Friday.

Agencies working together to arrest drug syndicates

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

VARIOUS concerned law enforcement agencies are currently working hand in hand to trace and apprehend different drug groups operating in Davao region.

Members of the said group, according to Police Regional Office-Davao Deputy Director for Operations Aaron Aquino during the AFP-PNP Press Corps at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Wednesday, are the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, DCPO, Regional Intelligence Unit, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Maritime and Highway Patrol Group.

Business permits up by 3% in 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

THE Business Bureau had recorded an increase of three percent in old and new businesses that have applied for business permits in 2015 compared to last year.

Speaking on Tuesday's Pulong-pulong ni Pulong at the City Council, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said that from a total of 30,458 applications last year, a total of 31,428 businesses applied for renewal as of February this year.

Center for the blind seeks funding support

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

THE Davao City School and Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Impaired (DSRCVI) made an appeal before the City Council on Tuesday for financial support as their foreign funding have "reduced significantly."

DSRCVI principal Wilmo Capoy, speaking before the council in a courtesy call made by committee on health chairperson Joselle Villafuerte during the privilege hour, said that their funding coming from Hildesheimer Blindenmission (HBM) of Germany had decreased from P5.3 million to only P2.4 million per year.

Zambo councilor meted 3-month suspension

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

A COUNCILOR of the municipality of Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte has been meted a three-month suspension for failing to declare some of his businesses in 2011 and the non-filing of his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for three separate years.

The Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer 1 (GIPO1) Ma. Faith Presbitero, in a decision dated February 20, 2015 and approved by Deputy Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman, has penalized Karon Esmali as he was found guilty for neglect of duty.

2 South Cotabato barangay officials sacked

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:48 p.m.

TWO officials of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Koronadal City in South Cotabato were ordered dismissed after they were found guilty of falsifying documents of the barangay officials' meeting on April 4 last year.

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