More villagers to flee as rescue operations go on

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

RESCUE operations conducted by the military in Northern Mindanao to free captive soldiers violate the rights of the indigenous people, as "it forces the lumads out of their ancestral domain, threatening their livelihood and existence."

Roger Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said they condemn the ongoing rescue efforts of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) due to the displacement of more than three hundred villagers.

Group lashes out at gov’t over human rights issues

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

A DELEGATION from Mindanao who traveled to Manila by land to air their grievances to the government has lashed out at Malacañang for defending President Benigno Aquino III, whom they said has “tainted human rights record.”

The group then demanded Aquino's removal from office.

Mother of an Ampatuan massacre victim still hopeful

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

AFTER five years with the accused of the bloodiest media killings in the recent history still unpunished, a mother of a victim of the Ampatuan massacre remains optimistic the suspects will soon face conviction before President Benigno Aquino III steps down from office in 2016.

Catherine Nuñez, mother of UNTV cameraman Victor, one of the 32 media workers out of 58 people who were killed in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009, said she is still hopeful that those responsible will finally be punished.

Standing ovation for Pacman

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:22 p.m.

ALMOST 700 people who watched a free Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri fight on Sunday roared their cheers and loud applaud with standing ovation for the people’s champ at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental.

The City Hall also put up a free pay-per-view for the city residents.

‘A great fighter’

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

CHRIS Algieri, whose bold pre-fight talk enraged Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, has finally given the Filipino boxing icon his due.

"He's a great fighter. He does everything well. Manny has perfected his style of fighting. I was never hurt, but I did catch a really bad shot on one of the knockdowns," Algieri said in an interview after Pacquiao defeated him via a unanimous decision before a sell-out crowd of more than 13,000 during their WBO welterweight boxing title fight at Cotai Afredna in Macau on Sunday.

Makabayan bloc threatens to withdraw support to FOI

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

A PARTYLIST representative said Saturday that the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives is threatening to withdraw its co-authorship of the consolidated version of Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

The withdrawal might happen if the Committee on Public Information of the House of Representatives will refuse to consider its position on the FOI bill that has been made "watered down" and "toothless" with the insertion of some provisions in a committee hearing today.

Netizens rejoice, hail Pacman win

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

NETIZENS congratulated Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao for winning against Christopher Mark Algieri via unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday, retaining the WBO Welterweight title.

The hashtag #PacAlgieri and words Mommy D, Round 12, and Pambansang Kamao trended Sunday afternoon on Twitter, taking the first, fourth, sixth, and eighth places, respectively.

Council urged: Allow e-trikes to travel on city streets

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

A COMPANY engaged in manufacturing of electrically-charged tricycles requested the City Council to grant them a franchise allowing e tricycles to travel around Davao City.

The Philippine Etrans Manufacturing Corp. sent a letter to Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV, expressing intent to register their electric vehicles.

Fans ‘deserve it’

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

MACAU—Manny Pacquiao couldn’t resist having a little fun after getting the signature win he desperately needed for the fight boxing fans desperately want to see.

No reason not to enjoy himself after sending Chris Algieri to the canvas six times in a performance that will once again heat up talk of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Man dies in road mishap

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

A 36-YEAR-OLD man died after the motorcycle he was driving bumped a taxicab along Don Julian E. Rodriguez Road in Maa, Davao City, Saturday afternoon.

The vehicles figured in the accident were Toyota Vios Sedan taxi with plate number LKC-756 driven by Renato Magsalay Al-os, 44, and Yamaha YMC motorcycle with plate number LI-5833 driven by Jerry Ortilla Martinez, 36.

7T people turn up for Christ the King procession

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma thanked the organizers as well as around 7,000 persons who turned up for the Christ the King procession in Cebu City yesterday.

An estimated 6,000 people attended a mass at 4 p.m. on the Capitol grounds, along with Gov. Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama. By the time the procession started, the police said, the crowd had grown to around 7,000.

Girl hit by lightning, dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl died after she was hit by a lightning inside a house in Barangay Bayabas, Toril in Davao City on Friday.

Police identified the victim as Mariz Responde Anib, 12, a student, of the same place.

Cop faces raps for mauling boy

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

THE police have yet to file charges before the City Prosecutor's Office against a policeman who mauled a 14-year-old boy inside a building on Bolton Street in Davao City.

San Pedro police station commander Ronald Lao, in a phone interview, identified the suspect as one PO3 Edwart Malot, currently assigned in Mati City in Davao Oriental.

Stronger drive

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

THE police nearly doubled its number of arrests this year of people involved in the illegal drug trade in Central Visayas compared to last year’s, data from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 showed.

From January to November 15 this year, the police caught 2,720 people, while in the entire 2013, 1,759 people were arrested.

Law penalizes owners of noisy motorcycles

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:37 p.m.

OWNERS of noisy motorcycles in Cebu City will already be meted with higher fines.

This, after the City Council approved Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias’s “Anti-Muffler Ordinance of 2013.” The measure was approved more than one year after it was first introduced in the council.

Pacman fan sets up altar for idol

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

As Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was shown on television walking toward the ring yesterday afternoon, 87-year-old Severo Gerundio sat on a plastic chair outside the house of a neighbor watching the pay-per-view.

Hours earlier, he set up an altar on the street as a lucky charm for his hero.

DPWH to construct ripraps in relocation

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will soon build a riprap in Mandaue City’s relocation site for families living on riverbanks.

Tonypet Juanico, head of the City Housing and Urban Development Office, said the agency has committed to allocate P50 million for the project.

Cockfighting cop faces investigation

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7 will investigate a police officer assigned in the police station of Bantayan town in northern Cebu after the latter was allegedly caught on video joining an illegal cockfight in Barangay Talisay, Sta. Fe.

The officer is PO1 Jomarey Villaceran, according to the concerned citizen who captured the video.

2 dead, 23 hurt in North Cotabato blast

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

KIDAPAWAN CITY (Updated) -- A bomb exploded late Sunday in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival in North Cotabato, killing two people and wounding 23 others, officials said.

Mayor Joselito Pinol said two men left the bomb, which was apparently concealed in a bag, at the billiard hall in his town of M'lang in North Corabato province.

City starts cleaning playgrounds

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

THE Cebu City Parks and Playgrounds Commission has started a greening and beautification program in the city in preparation for two major events-the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit next year and the International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.

Arleigh Gesta of the commission said they started the greening and beautification program last Nov. 3.

Sculptor to give pontiff Sto. Niño image

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug said he will give Pope Francis an image of the child Jesus on his upcoming visit to the Philippines.

Layug told Sun.Star Pampanga that the image will be a token of thanks of his family and the residents of Santa Ursula.

PMA cadets visit Tarlac

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

TARLAC -- Some 91 cadets belonging to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduating class 2015 stayed in Tarlac Province for three days.

Their visit is part of the IPSP Bayanihan or the Armed Forces of the Philippines Internal Peace and Security Plan. It is an "immersion mission" wherein cadets will mingle with the community.

City clears use of Pagcor funds for shipping fees of donated aid

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

THE Cebu City Government is allowed to use its Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds to pay for the shipping fee of donated life support equipment, says the Cebu City Legal Office.

The endorsement came following a resolution authored by Councilor Dave Tumulak covering the payment of the freight of the equipment.

Dad wants parking building in CCSC

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:34 p.m.

TO address the need to provide more parking spaces within the vicinity of Cebu City Sports Center, a city councilor is proposing to convert a city-owned building near the area into a five-level mixed-use building.

“The Cebu City Government must address the parking problems associated with entertainment uses, medical centers, educational institutions, special events and religious institutions,” Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr. said in his proposed resolution.

Boy, 17, stabbed by brother, dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy died after he was allegedly stabbed by his older brother on B. Aranas Ext., Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City at 9 p.m. last Saturday.

Edgar Calero Jr., was rushed to the Cebu City Medical Center by his neighbors after he was wounded on his chest.

San Fernando okays P50-M lighting project

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government here has set in motion the P50-million street lighting project after Mayor Edwin Santiago formally requested the City Council to grant him authority to ink an agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Meeting media representatives for a breakfast forum, Santiago said the long-anticipated project will entail the use of light emitting diode or LED lights in the city’s major thoroughfares.

21 join Tarlac Belen making contest

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- At least 21 entries participated in the Belen making contest in Tarlac.

Dr. Isa Cojuangco-Suntay, chairwoman of Tarlac Heritage Foundation, said there are four categories in the competition of Belenismo sa Tarlac.

Japanese lead mangrove planting

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

MASANTOL -- Japanese non-government organizations and their Kapampangan counterparts planted over the weekend nipa saplings along the Pampanga Bay portion of this town in a bid to save the mangrove population and promote awareness on mangrove forests.

Spearheading the event were the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP), Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation, Rotary Club of Ashikaga East Japan and Quota International of Pampanga.

Itogon backs bill seeking more funds for LGUs

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

ITOGON officials have passed a resolution expressing their support to Senator Aquilino Pimentel III's bill seeking to give host municipalities a bigger share in taxes.

The resolution said enacting Senate Bill 2045 “will translate into more dynamic local government units (LGUs) especially in the area of development of local communities.”

PRDP to boost farming in Cordillera

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

THE Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is seen to have more impact to highland farmers.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala said in a recent press conference in Baguio City that PRDP is not only in preparation for the Asean integration but for the sustainability of the farmers.

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