Two of the 3 Korean divers who went missing after diving in Mactan Island have been found alive more than 80 kilometers away in Camotes Island. A coast guard official said the divers were carried away by strong current when they went diving in bad weather in Punta Engaño.
Lt. James Reyes, the Public Information Officer of Naval Forces Central, identified the two divers who were found by fishermen and police as Baek Seung Kyoon, 34, and female diver Kim Eun, 31.
The third diver, Heo Seung Yeun, 45, is still missing.
- Sun.Star Cebu: 2 of 3 divers safe
- The Freeman: 2 of 3 divers found alive
- Cebu Daily News: KOREAN DIVERS FOUND ALIVE
Fomer workers sue GMA 7 for illegal retrenchment
Twelve employees in Cebu who were retrenched by television network GMA 7 yesterday filed a case for illegal retrenchment against the broadcast company. The 4 reporters, 1 desk editor, 3 cameramen, 3 video editors and 1 senior TV crew filed the complaint against GMA chief executive officer Felipe Gozon, Cebu station manager Ann Marie Tan, and program manager Suzanne Salva-Alueta.
They questioned the selection of employees to be let go and the computation of their separation benefits.
“We just want to know if the management had legitimate grounds to remove us. There are questions of law which we want to raise, and after contemplating about this for months, we decided to pursue a case against GMA 7.” — veteran broadcast journalist Jun Veliganio, as quoted in Cebu Daily News.
“If we, who were treated unjustly, do nothing because of fear, what will happen to other laborers? We’re filing this case not just for ourselves, but for all workers.” — Veliganio added to Cebu Daily News.
21-year-old call center agent shot dead in IT Park
A call center agent was shot dead before dawn yesterday in the IT Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City. Deogracias Guda III, 21, died after being shot in the chest.
Police said they are looking into a personal grudge as motive in the killing of Guda, who was reported to be a native of Lipa City in Batangas. The shooting was captured on security camera but the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted a police official as saying the CCTV video did not capture a clear image of the shooter’s face nor of the plate number of his motorcycle.
- Sun.Star Cebu: Call center agent, 21, shot dead
- Cebu Daily News: 21-year-old call center agent shot dead in Cebu City
- The Freeman: Call center agent shot dead
- GMA News: 21-year-old call center agent shot dead in Cebu IT park
Cebu City removes another Vice Ganda billboard for being ‘sexually suggestive’
The Cebu City Government ordered the removal yesterday of another billboard advertising a scheduled concert in Cebu by Vice Ganda. Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board (CCAIB) chairperson Lucelle Mercado, who is also the city administrator, said they have been receiving complaints against the billboards, which showed Vice Ganda surrounded by half-naked men.
“The mayor ordered its removal because he received numerous complaints, which he forwarded to me.” — CCAIB chairperson Lucelle Mercado, as quoted in Sun.Star Cebu
“Police power na na sya when you talk about customs, public policy especially on the element of morality, the state has to come in before minds, especially children, can be destroyed.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, according to Cebu Daily News
- Sun.Star Cebu: City orders removal of Vice Ganda ads
- The Freeman: Rama defends move vs Vice Ganda’s tarps
- Cebu Daily News: Another Vice Ganda billboard removed; concert to proceed
- Philippine Daily Inquirer: ‘Indecent’ Vice Ganda billboards taken down in Cebu City