Unidentified men kill man mistaken for cop asset

A man mistaken as a police asset was shot dead in Barangay Lorega, Cebu City last Monday night. Police identified the casualty as Jingle Mabaga, 28. He was resting in their house when he was shot by two unidentified assailants. Before the incident, the unindentified men asked the victim’s sister if he was around. PO3 Nicolo Gonzales of the Homicide Section said they are still investigating the motive behind the crime. Mabaga was a drug user several years ago. According to Gonzales, the residents in the area said Mabaga was a police asset but his sister denied it.

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Police to probe Tisa grenade explosion

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) will investigate to determine where the rifle grenade that killed a habal-habal driver in Barangay Tisa came from. CCPO confirmed the claim of the residents that men in service reside in the area where Ruben Genterone died. CCPO Director Joel Doria said that the Special Weapon and Tactics team and the Homicide Section conducted a post-blast evaluation in the site and have not found other grenade that could endanger the people’s lives. Genterone died after the blast tore different parts of his body.

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Cops kill suspected robber, cohort escapes

A robbery suspect was shot dead and a manhunt operation is being conducted for his cohort in Barangay Poblacion 1, Carcar City. The unidentified robbers first victimized a salesman from a pharmaceutical firm in Dumanjug at 2:40 p.m., said SPO3 Florencio Clarion of the Dumanjug police. Clarion alerted the neighboring police stations and asked them to set up a roadblock to stop the men from escaping. The Carcar police intercepted the two. They exchanged gunfire that killed one of the robbers. Although wounded, the cohort escaped.

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Philhealth to firms: Pay premiums on time

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) reminded companies about the compounded interest on penalties on the delayed remittances of the members’ premium contribution. Speaking during the Agio forum for Philhealth’s 22nd anniversary yesterday, chief insurance officer Laarni Allanic asked employers to settle their pending payments to avoid penalties. Failure to pay the penalty, Allanic said, means a monthly increase in the compounded interest. Region 7, she said, has 40,000 employers registered with Philhealth. Rowinmar Espinosa, USJ-R Intern

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Caretaker shunned by local workers

The personnel of Barangay Ermita, Cebu City maintained that they won’t welcome Cebu City Market Administrator Atty. Winifredo Orcullo Jr. as the village caretaker. That, even if suspended Ermita Barangay Captain Felicisimo Rupinta and Orcullo have come to terms on how to manage the affairs of the barangay. Sofio Miral, a lupon, said they will not allow Orcullo to occupy Rupinta’s office at the barangay hall. Miral said they will continue to resist Orcullo’s assumption as caretaker until he secures an official appointment from Malacañang.