82-year-old's body found floating in Tuburan river

An 82-year-old man drowned in the river of Barangay Putat, Tuburan last Monday afternoon. Percival Allego Montemayor’s body was found floating by his neighbors at past 1 p.m. He was rushed to the Tuburan District Hospital, where the doctor declared him dead on arrival. Investigation showed that Montemayor left their house at past 9 a.m. after telling his children he was going to the river to take a bath and wash his clothes. Police believed the man slipped and fell. No one saw the incident because he was alone when he went to the river.

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Japanese photog found dead in Pinamungajan

A Japanese businessman, 61, was found dead in his photography studio in the public market of Barangay Poblacion, Pinamungajan, Cebu last Monday morning. Police identified him as Higuchi Hamada Yoshitero. A team led by SPO2 Peter Cuanso, accompanied by Municipal Health Officer Dr. Shiela Faciol, found the body on the floor. His mouth and nose were bloodied. Faciol said Yoshitero possibly died due to hypertension. The foreigner often went to the Municipal Health Office to have his blood pressure checked.

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Council wants city to give aid to Surigao

The Cebu City Council recommended to the executive department the giving of assistance to the survivors of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao del Norte last Feb. 10. Councilor Jerry Guardo said the City will prioritize the town of San Francisco and Surigao City, which suffered severe damage. Guardo initially wanted the City to give P2 million to San Francisco and P1 million to Surigao City, but the minority bloc said specifying an amount will keep Mayor Tomas Osmeña from exercising his prerogative.

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Mayor wants biz permit expenses for tricycles cut

Mandaue City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing is planning to waive the business permit for tricycle drivers and operators to remove redundancies in the application process. He said drivers and operators could hardly pay the business permit and the franchise fee. “I’ve been trying to review some of the processes of the City... and there really are some redundancies that we hope to eliminate by the next business processing cycle,” Quisumbing said. “Hopefully we can eliminate this through very soon,” he said.

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Students to hold walkout for free education

Student organizations in Cebu will walk out of their classes tomorrow as a call to the National Government to approve a measure that will introduce free education in state universities and colleges. In a press conference, Niño Olayvar of Anakbayan Cebu told reporters that the nationwide walkout will be the second since last year. Around 14 youth organizations will be participating in the walkout. House Bill 4800 aims to cover all public tertiary education institutions such as SUCs and local universities and colleges (LUCs).