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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 24, 2015: COA: Cebu City ‘misused’ P45 million; thin power reserves for Cebu, Central Visayas

The Commission on Audit (COA) said the Cebu City Government spent P45 million in development funds on “non-development projects,” contrary to guidelines. A Nigerian medical student was arrested for allegedly…

The Commission on Audit (COA) said the Cebu City Government spent P45 million in development funds on “non-development projects,” contrary to guidelines.

A Nigerian medical student was arrested for allegedly trying to force a police officer to perform oral sex inside the comfort room of a shopping mall.

Following the 10-hour blackout in the Visayas grid on Feb. 19 and the rotating brownouts in Metro Cebu that followed, power sector representatives assured of enough power supply for Cebu and other provinces in the Visayas in summer but the thin reserves does not guarantee zero blackouts.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 24, 2015:

Cebu newspapers

TOP STORIES. The front pages of Sun.Star Cebu and Cebu Daily News today.

COA: Cebu City ‘misused’ P45 million

Auditors said the Cebu City Government spent P45 million from its Local Development Fund (LDF) for “non-development projects,” contrary to guidelines of the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The LDF, which is 20 percent of the City’s annual Internal Revenue Allotment share, funds projects under the Annual Investment Plan.

The audit observation obtained by Sun.Star Cebu identified the “non-development” projects funded by the LDF as:

    • renovation of multi-purpose buildings in Barangays Pulangbato (P5 million) and Sapangdaku (P3 million)
    • construction of two-storey City Hall network office building (P16 million)
    • completion of the Center for Local Governance building in Barangay Taptap (P13.5 million)
    • improvement of multi-purpose hall in Barangay Sudlon I (P2.86 million)
    • construction of Barangay Binaliw’s community building and barangay hall (P5 million)

“Because of the deviation, the objective of improving the socio-economic condition of the local constituents was hindered or not attained at all, thus defeating the objectives of the establishment of the fund.” — State Auditor IV and Audit Team Leader Ma. Daisy Bercede

Nigerian national accused of molesting policeman inside mall comfort room

Ghukmelie Ezeal, 30, who temporarily stays in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City is now detained and is at risk of being deported after allegedly grabbing the head of a police officer, 52, and pushing his face to his genitals in the comfort room of a shopping mall in uptown Cebu City Sunday night.

He was charged yesterday with direct assault, grave oral defamation and unjust vexation before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office. The police will send a copy of the case to Interpol and the Bureau of Immigration 7.

During the incident that happened on his day off, the policeman told Ezeal that he was a police officer.

“Giingnan man hinuon ko niya nga (He told me), ‘You’re an idiot. Monkey. Kiss my ass…’ Bastos gyud kaayo iyang gibuhat. Unsa na lang gyud diay iyang pagan-aw nato? (What he did was rude. What does he think of us)?” — police officer

Thin power reserves for Cebu, CV

The Department of Energy 7 Regional Director Antonio Labios said there is ample power supply for Visayas in summer when an upsurge in the demand for power is expected.

However, the region only has thin power reserves. In fact, the Visays grid is currently in “yellow” alert status, a condition when the power generation reserve is in a thin level. This means that there is no assurance of zero blackouts in summer.

“If there will be no major power plant nga maguba, normal ang operation. We have sufficient supply. Naa pod ta’y reserved pero gamay-gamay.” — Department of Energy 7 Regional Director Antonio Labios

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Typhoid fever outbreaks kills 2 in Pinamungajan

Sun.Star Cebu: 3 suspects in killing of German, injuring of 2 other foreigners in Talisay fastfood shooting face charges

Sun.Star Cebu: Edsa uprising missed targets, like corruption, deceit, former congressman says

The Freeman: Ouano sues radio blocktimer Edward Ligas for libel

Cebu Business Headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Don’t use substandard materials, DTI warns

Sun.Star Cebu: Student team builds app for agri trade

The Freeman: Happy Mobile taps sari-sari stores to reach target market

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 23, 2015: Police capture 3rd suspect in killing of German; PB asks del Mar: Revive bill to create body to handle traffic, pollution; 2 universities in Cebu to increase tuition, says NUSP

Police captured yesterday a motorcycle-for-hire driver believed to be involved in the shooting of foreign nationals inside a fast food restaurant in Talisay City. The Cebu Provincial Board (PB), meanwhile,…

Police captured yesterday a motorcycle-for-hire driver believed to be involved in the shooting of foreign nationals inside a fast food restaurant in Talisay City.

The Cebu Provincial Board (PB), meanwhile, has requested Cebu 1st District Rep. Raul del Mar to revive his bill to create the Metro Cebu Development Authority (MCDA), which would handle urban problems like traffic, garbage disposal and pollution.

According to the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), around 400 schools nationwide, including two universities in Cebu City, are planning to hike tuition and other school fee for the next school year.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wants “pink jeepneys” to be plying the roads of Cebu and other provinces in Central Visayas soon.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 23, 2015:

German shooting

SHOOTING. Police have captured another suspect in the killing of German engineer Henry Haffner and the shooting of a French tourist and an Indian businessman. (Photo posed on Faebook by TV 5 reporter Ryan Sorote)

Members of drug group behind killing of German, shooting of foreigners in Talisay, police say

According to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, members of a drug trafficking group whom foreigners had an argument with could be behind the shooting that killed Henry Haffner, a German industrial engineer, and wounded Julian Millard, a French tourist, and Cheten Saparaiya, an Indian businessman, inside a fastfood outlet in Talisay City last week.

The capture of Roger Cal, 40, inside his house in Ruiz Compound, Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City, brought the number of arrested suspects to three. Police have so far secured one confession.

Police say six people were involved in the shooting and Cal served as an accessory to the crime. Cal denied his involvement. Seized from Cal was a .38 revolver with three live bullets.

“They are not just regular criminals. It’s more complicated than what we expected. We believe a drug group is involved.” — Supt. Rex Derilo, PRO-7 Regional Intelligence Division

Police also presented yesterday Ricci Edwin Ramirez, 21, a trisikad driver and the second suspect who was arrested last Saturday afternoon in Sitio Neighborhood, Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City.

Revive Metro Cebu bill to help government deal with traffic, other problems

A February 9 resolution sponsored by PB Member Arleigh Sitoy asked Cebu City congressman Raul del Mar to revive his bill creating the Metro Cebu Development Authority (MCDA) to handle problems like traffic, garbage disposal and pollution.

Sitoy says traffic has become “a great frustration” among Cebuanos.

“Agencies such as the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board exist…but a more focused and more responsive body is crucial,” part of the resolution said.

For Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama who has long been in favor of the bill’s approval, the creation of the authority is in line with the thrusts of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) and its Mega Cebu 2050 vision.

“It (creation of authority) will bring matters to be coordinated and less ego-tripping. It will get one another to participate.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

The MCDCB has identified “metropolitan management” as one of the strategies to solve problems on traffic, waste management, poverty and other challenges in making Cebu more livable, more competitive and more sustainable.

Cebu newspapers

CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages today of Cebu’s English dailies.

2 schools in Cebu to increase tuition, student group says

Based on the latest data by NUSP’s Tuition Monitor Network, proposed increase of tuition reached 13 percent while proposed ‘other school fees’ increases went up by 20 percent. But the rate might change as reports of increases are still coming in.

In the NUSP partial list of schools proposing for tuition increase, University of San Carlos and the Cebu Normal University cropped up.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 7 said that some schools are processing their requirements for tuition free increase, but they cannot give any further information since the proposals set by institutions have not yet been approved.

“That (the NUSP data) is misleading, they are preempting. As far as our office is concerned, wala pa’y official list.” — Dr. Josefino Ronquillo, Supervising Education Program Specialist of CHED-7

Pink jeepneys for senior citizens, PWDs

LTFRB urged public utility jeepney operators and drivers to have “pink jeepneys” to cater to senior citizens, women, children and persons with disabilities, which are very helpful during rush hours. They also signify men’s culture in the Philippines as gentlemen.

Last week, pink jeepneys were launched in Manila where 20 units of these are already operating. The same fare will be adopted for the specially-colored vehicles.

Cebu Daily News: LTFRB wants pink jeepneys in Cebu, CV

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Residents near septage treatment plant in North Reclamation Area complain against stink, ask City Hall to act

The Freeman: Towns show recovery efforts after Yolanda

The Freeman: Fire leaves P1.4M damage in San Francisco market

Cebu Business headlines:

MyCebu.ph: Cebu Province creates investment, incentives center

Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol sets up investment center

Sun.Star Cebu: Tytans Properties and Development Inc. to build 1,600 seaside condos inside old resort in Lapu

Sun.Star Cebu: PH to be 1 of 32 biggest economies: paper

The Freeman: Online real estate portal taps local brokerage firm

The Freeman: Vacation homes now being offered for accommodation

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 21, 2015: German tourist killed, 2 other foreigners shot in Talisay fastfood outlet; Talisay mayor’s ‘no-show’ in agreement signing angers investor

In what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity, a German national was fatally shot inside a fastfood outlet in Talisay City. Two other foreigners, whom police said…

In what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity, a German national was fatally shot inside a fastfood outlet in Talisay City. Two other foreigners, whom police said were the actual targets, were injured in the shooting that happened after an argument.

Meanwhile, Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes did not show up for a signing of an agreement, which angered the investor and cost Talisay City nearly P10 million.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 21, 2015:

German engineer killed in shooting in McDonald’s in Talisay City, 2 other foreigners hurt

Henry Haffner, 31, a German engineer who frequently visited the Philippines for volunteer work, was fatally shot at dawn yesterday inside a fastfood outlet in Talisay City after an argument broke out involving customers in the next table.

He was mistaken for another foreigner who had earlier tangled with the assailants. The police believed that Haffner was only mistaken for a friend of the two foreigners. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

According to police, the real targets of the shooting were June Millard, a Frenchman who was shot in the arm and foot, and Cheten Saparaiya, an Indian who was shot in the nape. Both men are now in stable condition.

Henry Haffner

VOLUNTEER WORK. German engineer Henry Haffner was a frequent volunteer for relief efforts in the Philippines. He was killed yesterday in a shooting in Talisay City. (Photo posted by Volunteer in Cebu, who said Haffner was one of their volunteers)

The shooting was captured on the fastfood outlet’s security camera. Cebu Daily News reported that the men taunted the 2 “dili pautang … pautanga mi, Turko! (He won’t lend us money… give us a loan, Turk)” playing to the local stereotype of Indian nationals as moneylenders. Sun.Star Cebu said the argument broke out when the locals made a snide remark after Saparaiya ordered garlic rice.

“Sa ilang ka-aggressive nga mopatay ug tawo nga gamay ra nga altercation, we believe they could be involved in (other) crimes.” — Supt. Carmelo Dayon, Talisay City police chief

Talisay City Police arrested one of the suspects, identified as as Allan Velos, 35, of Barangay San Isidro, Talisay City.

He was identified by a witness as one of the those who shot the foreigners. Dayon said the witness was about to go inside McDonald’s when the shooting broke out. The witness, who knows Velos, saw him during the shooting. Dayon said Velos was involved in several robberies and a shootout with Talisay City policemen last January 22.

German national who was killed in McDonald’s was a frequent volunteer who helped survivors of Bohol earthquake, Yolanda

 

Talisay mayor’s no-show irks investor, who tears up P9.6-million check meant for city

Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes did not show up yesterday for the signing of an agreement with Asian Marine Transport Corp. who wants to lease the City’s idle fish port spans 24,846 square meters.

Asian Marine Transport Corp. Chief Executive Officer Paul Rodriguez who waited at City Hall at 9:50 a.m. and waited until noon tore up a P9.6 million check prepared as advance payment.

“I think the City is sick… I don’t know what kind of professionalism. Di man ni mahimo nga ingon ani (This is not acceptable), there’s something wrong here… If this is the way they run their city, I don’t think any investor would like to invest here.” –Asian Marine Transport Corp. CEO Paul Rodriguez

City Attorney Alfredo Sipalay said that the mayor wanted some changes in the contract, including P1.098 million (computed at US$1 per square meter) as monthly rent instead of P800,000 as offered by Asia Marine.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Public school in Cordova gets donated solar panels to energize classrooms

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Nestor Archival threatens to sue Highway Patrol Group officials if 3 suspects accused in his brother’s killing still remain at large within the month

Sun.Star Cebu: Plan to build 10-20 reservoirs more than a pipe dream, MCWD assures

Cebu Daily News: 2-hour brownouts burden Metro Cebu

The Freeman: No Charter Day for Cebu City Hall employees

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: ‘Put construction workers’ safety first’

Sun.Star Cebu: Central Visayas tourism arrivals up 4M, exceed target

The Freeman: Board of Investment Cebu exports more pledges this year

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 19, 2015: Widespread blackout hits Metro Cebu; SWU graduate tops medicine board

POWER went out in several areas in Cebu early this morning and have just started coming back as of this posting. A graduate of the Southwestern University (SWU) topped this…

POWER went out in several areas in Cebu early this morning and have just started coming back as of this posting.

A graduate of the Southwestern University (SWU) topped this year’s Physician Licensure Examinations. Meanwhile, a fire, which was raised to 3rd alarm, destroyed 50 homes yesterday in Barangay Poblacion Pardo, Cebu City.

Japanese experts, on the other hand, pointed out that the number of PUVs in 10 street sections in Metro Cebu may exceed BRT capacity plying that section.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 19, 2015:

BLACKOUT. Huge parts of Cebu lost power early this morning. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Alesa Dam)

BLACKOUT. Huge parts of Cebu lost power early this morning. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Alesa Dam)

Widespread blackout hits Metro Cebu

Power went out early this morning in services areas of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) and the Mactan Electric Company (MECO) when the power distributors lost connection to the Leyte grid.

Theresa Sederiosa, VECO corporate communications manager, told Sun.Star Cebu they lost supply from about 198 MW of power supply from the Leyte grid at 1:48 a.m. She said they managed to restore 74 MW by 3:50 a.m. and restored electricity to areas where hospitals operate.

Cebu graduate tops medical board; 2 others in top 10

Dr. Venil Lovely Bolambao who is from Barangay Bulacao, Talisay City ranked first among those who took the Physician Licensure Examinations in February this year, scoring 88.33 percent.

Bolambao dedicated her achievement to her grandmother who passed away five years ago. She is the daughter of a retired bank manager and a businesswoman and the youngest of two children. She finished medicine, magna cum laude, in SWU last year.

She admitted she did not expect to be part of the top 10 because she had difficulty with some subject like anatomy and surgery during the exams.

“First, never give up on your dreams. If somebody says you can’t do it, tell them otherwise. Second, give your best shot in everything that you do and never settle for mediocrity. And lastly, never forget to look back on the people who helped you along the way and do not forget God.” — Dr. Venil Lovely Bolambao

Aside from Bolambao, Mark Malalay Ando and Rodrigo Go Monleon Jr., both graduates of Cebu Doctors’ University, also made it to the top 10, ranking third and eighth, respectively.

Medical Board Topnotcher Venil Lovely Estella Bolambao

TOPNOTCHER. Dr. Venil Lovely Bolambao, who graduated from the Southwestern University- Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine, topped the recent medical board. (Photo published on Facebook by radio station dyLA)

P300T worth of damaged properties

An afternoon fire in Barangay Poblacion Pardo, Cebu City yesterday destroyed 50 houses and damaged 10 others.

According to Cebu City Fire Marshal Rogelio Bongabong Jr., no one was reported injured but the fire caused at least P300,000 worth of damage in properties.

The fire that reportedly started at the house of Jufril Malacora at 4:22 p.m. quickly spread to the neighboring houses mostly made of light materials. It was declared under control at 5:03 p.m.

BRT not enough for the current number of passengers

According to a study presented by a study team of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Metro Cebu may not be able to accommodate the current number of passengers in 10 street sections.

In N. Bacalso Ave., which is one of the 10 road sections, has been identified as one of the high frequency road section for public utility vehicles (PUVs) with more than 5,000 passengers/hour/direction.

“Even in the opening year, the Cebu BRT may not serve all the passengers to be shifted from PUVs on N. Bacalso Avenue.” — Jica Study Team

The BRT has a designed capacity of 4,500-5,400 passengers/hour/direction. In other cities, BRT’s capacity is more or less 3,000 passengers/hour/direction. So the number of PUVs in 10 street sections in Metro Cebu may exceed BRT capacity plying that section.

Jica introduced urban rail as a main public transport option.

Sun.Star Cebu: BRT not enough to accommodate passengers: study

Other top Cebu News stories:

The Freeman: Rama “feels slighted” by Cebu City’s inclusion in League of the Cities of the Philippines manifesto supporting President Aquino

The Freeman: CIDG-7 investigates person in Cebu as alleged SAF video uploader

The Freeman: MCIA operator signs funding deal with ADB, other banks

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: Tikoy selling like hotcakes: Lunar New Year boosts sales of Chinese traders

The Freeman: Highland tours taking off as new tourism attraction

The Freeman: PhilAm Life offers pocket-friendly health insurance product

Sun.Star Cebu: Smart’s mobile app course ‘gets positive response’

Sun.Star Cebu: Insurance industry in Philippines ‘still has big room for growth’

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 18, 2015: Group who wants President Aquino to resign insists: Vidal is with us; Foreigner killed in SRP accident

Despite the clarification by officials of the Archdiocese of Cebu, a group that called for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III insisted retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal supports…

Despite the clarification by officials of the Archdiocese of Cebu, a group that called for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III insisted retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal supports them in the call for the President to resign.

Seven years after the sinking of Sulpicio Line’s MV Princess of the Stars, the Maritime Industry Authority, in a 50-page ruling on the administrative case against Sulpicio Lines (now Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. or PSACC), cancelled and revoked the shipping firm’s Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) for carriage of passengers. To an official inside PSACC, the ruling will not have an impact on the company’s operations since they are no longer transporting passengers.

At the South Road Properties (SRP) yesterday, a Dutchman was run over by a cement mixer. Meanwhile, 16 drivers of colorum vehicles plying the SRP were apprehended.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 18, 2015:

Archival ambush

YEAR AFTER. One year after the killing of lawyer Noel Archival in an ambush in Dalaguete, Cebu, the suspects are still free. Officials of the Highway Patrol Group have been accused of killing the lawyer. (Photo by Mark Luzano)

National Transformation Council insists: Cardinal Vidal is with us

The group that is calling for President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay and the entire government to resign insisted that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal supports their call.

Last February 13, Vidal read in front of reporters a statement calling on President Aquino to resign. With him were Church officials and former government executives who are members of the National Transformation Council (NTC).

Among those present during the gathering in Vidal’s retirement home in Banilad were former senator Francisco Tatad and former National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, who has been accused by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of organizing a coup against Aquino.

“On Feb. 13, about 99% of the guests of Cardinal Vidal at his home were members of the National Transformation Council (NTC). They had a mass, ate a sumptuous meal, had a press conference amply attended by media people, and conducted a high-level NTC meeting right there at the Cardinal’s office, all in all lasting for about 5 to 6 hours. For someone who “does not” believe in NTC, the Cardinal was surely very accommodating to NTC.” — Status update posted on the official NTC Facebook page to respond to reports that Vidal denied asking President Aquino to step down

“Posible ba na basahin ni Cardinal in front of media cameras ang isang bagay na hindi niya pinaniniwalaan, a statement that was so controversial because it was asking the President of the Philippines to step down?” — NTC Facebook page

Businessman Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, who also writes a newspaper column, said only archdiocese officials issued the denial and not Vidal himself.

“I suggest that you get the clarification from Cardinal Vidal himself. Those denials did not come from him. These denials are meant to confuse.” — Businessman Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, as quoted by The Freeman, where he writes a column

Marina ruling has no impact on shipping company, officials say

Marina granted the Sulpicio Lines, now the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp., a certificate of public convenience to allow it to ferry passengers last May 16, 2005. the CPC was supposed to be effective for 25 years but this was cancelled and revoked following the sinking of Sulpicio Line’s MV Princess of the Stars off Sibuyan Island in Romblon Province last June 21, 2008.

Nestor Ponteres, PSACC port captain, said company owners and officials decided last year to halt the operation of all passenger vessels due to the high cost of fuel and maintenance. Whenever an accident happens, the company also has to deal with complaints from passengers.

Michael Go of PSACC said the company is now operating only 15 vessels exclusively for the transport of cargo to different ports of the country. With cargo vessels sailing only once a week (compared to passenger vessels sailing everyday), this means lower operational costs for the shipping firm.

Dutchman dies in SRP accident

Harald Heinz Walter, 55, was driving his motorcycle heading south when he bumped into the mixer truck owned by Geo Transport and driven by Roger Visitacion.

Visitacion said he came from Talisay City on his way to deliver concrete mix at the University of the Philippines. He said he made a left turn and did not see Walter coming. He only noticed a bump, only to realize later that Walter was already run over by the truck.

Walter was declared dead on arrival at the Cebu City Medical Center. Visitacion will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

While both drivers were in the correct lane, according to Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom), the foreigner may have been overspeeding because of a 12-meter skid mark and a seven-meter drag mark.

The speed limit at SRP has been reduced from 60 kph to 40 kph.

Meanwhile, Citom apprehended 16 drivers plying the SRP using colorum vehicles within its 15-day operation. These vehicles operate as public transportation without franchise and reportedly collect a fare of P10, from Senior Citizeon’s Park to Kasadya sa SRP to Talisay City.

A list of the apprehended colorum vehicles with their plate numbers has been forward to the Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for appropriate action.

Citom said the operations against these vehicles will continue until the practice is stopped.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: City of Naga mayor ‘caught in crossfire’ between two rival LPG firms

The Freeman: One year since the crime Archival slay suspects still free

Sun.Star Cebu: Archival ambush survivor talks about 3rd lease on life

The Freeman: Health official confirms water contamination behind Danao City cholera outbreak

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Leuterio, Lamudi sign deal

Sun.Star Cebu: Smart, Sun to bring Google Android One phones to Philippines

The Freeman: In 2014 BOI-Cebu registered over P9B investments in Central Visayas

The Freeman: Business leaders to government ‘Make ecozones friendly to SMEs’

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 17, 2015: Vidal supports dialog, not resignation of President Aquino: Cebu Archdiocese clarifies; Church spokesman cautions group against misrepresentation

After the backlash on retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal when he read a statement calling for President Benigno Aquino III to resign, the prelate clarified through his secretary that…

After the backlash on retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal when he read a statement calling for President Benigno Aquino III to resign, the prelate clarified through his secretary that what he read was the stand of the National Transformation Council (NTC) and not his.

Cebu Archdiocesan media liaison officer Msgr. Joseph Tan, meanwhile, cautioned the group against misrepresenting church officials after they included Cebu Archbishop Palma in the list of bishops who support the call for the President to resign.

The Commission on Audit (COA), meanwhile, has called the attention of the Cebu City Government about unimplemented, terminated and ongoing 2014 infrastructure projects worth millions.

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Here are the top stories for today, February 17, 2015:

Cardinal Vidal National Transformation Council

JUST READING NTC STATEMENT. Cardinal Vidal was only reading the NTC statement and was not articulating a personal stand, according to his secretary. (Photo taken from NTC Facebook page)

Vidal supports dialog, not resignation of President Aquino; Archdiocese spokesman cautions NTC against misrepresenting Church officials

The statement calling on President Benigno Aquino III to step down that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal read last Friday was not his personal stand but that of the National Transformation Council (NTC).

That, according to Fr. Jojo de Aquino, Cardinal Vidal’s personal secretary.

“It’s not the Cardinal’s message. It was the stand of the group (NTC).” — Fr. Jojo de Aquino

De Aquino said Vidal showed him the NTC statement hours before he read it in a press conference in his house. De Aquino said he noticed it was calling for President Aquino’s resignation and raised this concern to Cardinal Vidal. He said Vidal immediately started making corrections on it.

De Aquino said Cardinal Vidal’s reading of the statement was only meant to bring concerns raised by NTC to light. He said NTC members often come to his house to tell the archbishop of their concerns.

De Aquino said it was only on the day after the press conference that that the cardinal realized the effect of his gesture. He said Vidal was saddened by how the message was interpreted.


ABS-CBN report on the incident.

Vidal thought NTC members and the bishops went to his house only for his post-birthday celebration, de Aquino said.

“As I have mentioned in several occasions, the Church respects the opinions and sentiments of the citizens who are calling for the president’s resignation. However, the Church is not in the position to issue such political statement for it is beyond her competence.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

Cebu Archdiocesan media liaison officer Msgr. Joseph Tan, meanwhile, urged the NTC to avoid misrepresenting Church officials after the group included Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as one of five bishops who supported calls for Aquino to step down.

“I don’t like to use the word that they (Cardinal Vidal and Archbishop Palma) were used by NTC for their political ends because it’s too harsh. I just want to caution them to avoid misrepresentation or any semblance of it.” — Msgr. Joseph Tan, Cebu Archdiocesan media liaison

Tan said Palma was surprised when he was listed among the bishops who supported calls for President Aquino’s resignation.

“It came unannounced and unplanned as far as the Archbishop of Cebu was concerned. In his (Palma’s) mind, he was there to just grace the Cardinal’s post-birthday lunch.” — Msgr. Joseph Tan

Only 48 of 93 infra projects in Cebu City implemented in 2014

Ninety-three infrastructure projects worth a total of P629.45 were supposed to be implemented in 2014.

However, according to a three-page audit observation memorandum dated Jan. 27, only 48 out of 93 projects were implemented. These amounted to P228.66 million.

Twenty-eight projects with a combined cost of P332.65 are still ongoing, with 17 of them beyond their targeted date of completion.

COA asked the City Development Council to faithfully monitor and evaluate the implementation of the projects so that any cause of suspension or other related problems will be immediately addressed.

It also asked the Cebu City Government to explain the cause of the delays and to fast-track implementation of its ongoing and suspended projects.

Department of Engineering and Public Works Chief Atty. Jose Marie Poblete said the major reasons for the delay were road-right-of-way problems.

LTFRB to wait until fuel price stabilizes before deciding on petition to cut taxi fare

According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the petition to reduce taxi fares remains pending amid movements in the prices of fuel.

The taxi fare rollback petition was filed by Negros Oriental Representative Manuel Iway. Iway petitions for a P40 flag-down rate to be reduced to P30 and a further reduction of P1 or from P3.50 to P2.50 for each of the next succeeding 300 meters.

“We will just wait until the prices of fuel will stabilize before coming up with the exact amount of fare reduction.” — LTFRB 7 Director Rey Elnar

Rates of petroleum products went up last week following a series of rollbacks in the past months.

The Metro Cebu Taxi Operators earlier opposed the call to reduce taxi fare, pointing out that the prices of spare parts and accessories have remained the same.

New water channels for Colon, not enforcement of easement law

Instead of requiring establishments to remove parts of their structures that have encroached or are even built over the river in Colon Street, the Cebu City Government would now construct new water channels to address flooding in the area.

“Sa among initial discusion sa DPWH it would appear nga naa lang tay alternate plan for the drainage.” — City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: 7 years after sinking of Princess of the Stars, maritime authority revokes Sulpicio Lines’ authority to carry passengers; shipping firm now called Span Asia Carrier

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue police station chief relieved for not returning gun of former Bacolod congressman Anthony Golez Jr.

The Freeman: LTO confirms operation of colorum multicabs at the SRP

The Freeman: Jeepney operators told: Join BRT data collection

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Shangri-La Mactan seeks to grow Middle East, Australia, Europe share

The Freeman: PhilAm Life breaks ground on P2B Cebu center

The Freeman: Sole proprietorships seen to increase in 2015 – DTI

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 14, 2015: To prevent traffic congestion, drivers told bring chalk for road marking during accidents; Vidal supports call for Aquino to resign

The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is asking vehicle drivers to bring chalk that they can use to mark the position of their vehicles in case they get involved…

The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is asking vehicle drivers to bring chalk that they can use to mark the position of their vehicles in case they get involved in a road accident.

Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal joined the National Transformation Council’s call for President Benigno Aquino III to “step down.”

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Feb. 14 Cebu newspapers

TOP STORIES. The front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies today.

Drivers required to bring chalk, crayon for road markings during accident

Starting Monday, Citom will strictly implement an ordinance requiring all vehicle drivers to bring white chalk and waterproof wax crayon for road markings should they figure in an accident.

This is to help prevent traffic congestion caused by road accidents. Drivers of vehicles in an accident are encouraged to place markings on the road, particularly on the exact last position of their vehicles’ tires.

Usually, drivers involved in an accident are required to wait for traffic enforcers for documentation. The waiting takes time, which builds up the vehicles affected by the incident.

Vidal to PNoy: Step down

Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal joined in the call for President Aquino to step down, along with five officials from the Catholic Church and three members of religious groups. Read our story: Cardinal Vidal, bishops tell President Aquino, Binay, entire government to resign.

They joined the National Transformation Council’s call for President Benigno Aquino III to “step down”, following the Mamasapano tragedy last January 25,

“Various assemblies convened by the National Transformation Council (NTC) have strongly articulated that the president should step down. We, bishops of the Catholic and other Christian Churches, have often been asked if there is moral basis to this growing demand. Recent developments have made this call even more urgent and imperative.” — Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Vidal also urged other bishops and religious leaders to join the Catholic Church in praying for God’s guidance “for the renewal of the nation.”

The Archdiocese of Cebu clarified that while Archbishop Jose Palma was present when Vidal read his statement, this did not mean Palma was joining the call for Aquino to step down.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

The Freeman: Ombudsman suspends Soc Fernandez for 3 months for an infraction during his stint as Taisay mayor

Sun.Star Cebu: No more reported hospital admissions for diarrhea in Danao City after outbreak

The Freeman: Cebuana ‘negative’ of MERS-CoV

Sun.Star Cebu: 30 houses destroyed in Talisay fire

Sun.Star Cebu: 2 children drown in Dumanjug lake

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: In Cebu this year: Conglomerate targets to open biggest mall

Sun.Star Cebu: Study identifies four things that constrain PH from growing

Sun.Star Cebu: Biking time in tourism’s biz cycle: operator

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 13, 2015: ‘Fake’ engines seized in Mandaue; Cebuana, Italian tourist in Cebu under watch for MERS-CoV; Buyers told to expect prices of roses to shoot up by 100%

More than 100 alleged fake pump boat engines were seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and National Capital Region through a search warrant issed by…

More than 100 alleged fake pump boat engines were seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and National Capital Region through a search warrant issed by the Regional Trial Court Branch 46 in Manila.

A Cebuana is now being watched by the Department of Health (DOH)-7 for possible infection of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The Italian tourist remains at large

For Valentine’s Day, buyers are told to expect prices of roses, the most saleable product on this occasion, to shoot up by 100 percent or more.

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Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 13, 2015:

P1.5 million worth of alleged fake motor engines

NBI-7 and National Capital Region agents raided Weld Industrial Sales’ warehouse in Barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City and seized 150 alleged fake motor engines.

This was a result of an investigation prompted by a complaint filed by Manila-based Solanda Enterprises, the sole distributor of the product in the Philippines since 1983.

The “fake” engines are said to be worth about P1.5 million. According to Solanda Enterprises, they have been receiving complaints from their customers since last year that the motor engines would easily get damaged.

Weld Industrial Sales is run by Joy Bagaluyos and Anne Jamaica Chueya. It sells Robin EY Series engines that powers motor bancas and water pumps. But farmers and fishermen have complained that the engines easily break down less than a month after they started using it. The genuine engines are said to be in good condition in the first five years of use.

Under watch for a possible deadly disease

A Cebuana and an Italian tourist are now being watched by the Department of Health (DOH)-7 for possible infection of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The two were in the same flight with the nurse from Saudi Arabia who tested positive of the disease, said DOH-7’s Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU). They were among the 225 passengers on board Saudi Airlines Flight 860. The two took a connecting flight from Manila to Cebu on February 1.

The female resident of Cebu City was already located and is now confined at an undisclosed hospital while the tourist remains at large.

RESU-7 chief Dr. Dino Caing said they were directed by the National Epidemiology Center in Manila to locate the two MERS-CoV persons under investigation.

Rose prices go up

Rose prices are inflated during Valentine’s Day because of a spike in demand.

Many city-based flower shops have doubled the price of premium rose bouquets from P500 or below to P1,500 to P1,800. A half-dozen bouquet is sold for P800 from P300 while a set of three roses is now P500 from P150. Single long-stemmed roses are sold at P100 to P150 from P50.

BANNER STORIES. The top stories in today's issues of Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, and The Freeman.

BANNER STORIES. The top stories in today’s issues of Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, and The Freeman.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: 200 couples say “I do” with Vice President Jejomar Binay as mayor

Sun.Star Cebu: After testing positive for drugs, undergoing rehab, former Cebu City Hall worker seeks re-employment

Sun.Star Cebu: Naga City cop to face probe for allegedly forging signature of police chief

Sun.Star Cebu: City Hall ‘needs to adjust’ additional budget

The Freeman: Dumanjug mayor clarifies comments on marine animals, says government should not totally ban commercial fishing in Tañon Strait

Sun.Star Cebu: Police arrest theft suspect through Facebook’s help

Sun.Star Cebu: 147 employees of Cebu Mitsumi Inc. downed by stomach pains and diarrhea, 49 taken to hospitals

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: DOT supports Cebu’s eco-tourism zone bid

Sun.Star Cebu: Robinsons Galleria to open later this year

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 12, 2015: Cebu City requires contractors to hire workers near project sites; 2 men steal laptop from church; Archdiocese to hold prayer gathering for SAF 44 in March

All contractors of government infrastructure projects in Cebu City will be required to hire part of their workforce from the barangay where the projects will be built. The Archdiocese of…

All contractors of government infrastructure projects in Cebu City will be required to hire part of their workforce from the barangay where the projects will be built.

The Archdiocese of Cebu will hold a gathering next month in time for the 40 days of the 44 Special Action Force policemen who died in an encounter with Moro rebels in Maguindanao.

In Sogod, Cebu, two unidentified men allegedly stole a laptop inside the convent of Sogod Parish.

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Here are the top stories for today: Feb. 12, 2015:

Cebu City Construction

UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUE. A Cebu City Council ordinance now requires all private contracts and subcontractors with projects in the city to hire at least 10 percent of their workers from the barangays where the projects will be implemented. (Creative Commons Photo by Flickr user Steel Wool)

Cebu City requires contractors to hire at least 10% of workers in barangays where projects will be implemented

The Cebu City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that requires all private contracts and subcontractors with projects in the city to hire at least 10 percent of their workers from the barangays where the projects will be implemented starting this year.

This is to address the issue of unemployment that remains to be a critical challenge in the country as well as to fulfil the role of the local government in reducing unemployment rate in their areas.

Records from the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) 7 show that around 4,891 new construction projects worth some P7 billion were approved in the first semester of 2013.

“According to the Regional Economic Situationer of Neda 7, the construction industry has been booming in Cebu City since 2011, since there are over 30 planned medium and high-rise buildings set to be built between 2011 and 2015.” — based on the ordinance drafted by Cebu City Councilors Alvin Dizon and Nestor Archival.

Remembering the fallen with a prayer

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the ordained and the faithful will gather together on March 6 to pray for the eternal repose of the 44 elite police troopers.

“We will gather for the SAF troopers. We have already expressed our sympathies to the family. The circumstances that they were in that led to their death were to be frowned upon and we sympathize with the families.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

Theft reported in Sogod convent

Two unidentified persons pretending to be cousins of Sogod Parish Priest Reverend Father Eduardo Mercileones allegedly stole a laptop after they were left by a nun who received them inside the convent of the parish last Tuesday.

Sister Lavina Atuban, a nun assigned at the parish rectory, accommodated the two men who said they need Mercileones’ help for their tuition and that they need to talk to the priest.

The priest was not around. The men declined Atuban’s invitation to lunch so the nun left them to do kitchen chores. When she returned, the men were no longer around and the laptop on a table in the convent was already missing.

Cebu front pages

CEBU NEWS HEADLINES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s English dailies.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Body approves Tañon Strait management plan despite town mayor’s argument

Sun.Star Cebu: CH grounds ‘home’ to illegal settlers

Cebu Daily News: Gay rights ordinance clears first reading in Mandaue

The Freeman: 4th OFW placed on quarantine for Ebola released

The Freeman: Town councilor suspended over unreturned gun

The Freeman: 7 high school students “possessed” in Barili

The Freeman: ‘Parasite’ tag receives flak

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Secondary cities key to spread growth: USAID

The Freeman: Belgian bag brand Kipling expands presence in Cebu

The Freeman: South American, Middle Eastern countries now top markets for CV

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 11, 2015: Dumanjug mayor calls dolphins, whales, sharks ‘parasites,’ recommends killing some; colorum vehicles proliferating in SRP, says Labella

The government has received reports of colorum vehicles operating along the SRP route from Senior Citizens Park to Kasadya sa SRP to Talisay City. They reportedly collect P10 per passenger….

The government has received reports of colorum vehicles operating along the SRP route from Senior Citizens Park to Kasadya sa SRP to Talisay City. They reportedly collect P10 per passenger.

Meanwhile, in San Fernando, a teenage boy died in a vehicular accident last Monday.

In an environment summit, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia suggested controlling the population of dolphins, whales, and sharks in the Tañon Strait by killing some of them.

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‘Illegal’ vehicles in SRP

Last week, four multicab drivers were apprehended by the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) for “illegally” plying along the South Road Properties (SRP) route.

This, as Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella announced during the meeting of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council that they have received complaints about colorum vehicles, or those that operate as public transportation services without a franchise, proliferating in SRP.

These vehicles reportedly ferry passengers from the Senior Citizens Park in front of Cebu City Hall to SRP and even up to Talisay City for P10 per passenger. Based on a report from CITOM operations division head Joy Tumulak, the operation of colorum vehicles at the SRP has been going on for almost a month

“We have received complaints that there is a proliferation of colorum vehicles plying the SRP route. These are private vehicles like multicabs, accepting fares… We have to nip in the bud this irregular and illegal act because they don’t have a franchise.” — Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella

Riding in vehicles without a franchise will put passengers at a disadvantage since they will not be covered by insurance in case of vehicular accidents.

PO3 Gregorio Comaingking’s name cropped up as the one giving colorum vehicle operators authority to transport and pick up passengers. He denied allegations, saying he himself and a CITOM officer issued citation tickets against colorum drivers last week.

No public transportation services have been allowed to ply the SRP.

Untimely death

Joseph Encabo, 17, died of severe injuries in a vehicular accident on Feb. 9 in Barangay Sangat, San Fernando, Cebu.

He died at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Carcar City. He was brought there after his motorcycle was hit by another motorcycle driven by Juven Batatas, 23, of Barangay Lantawan, San Fernando.

Based on the investigation, Encabo’s motorcycle was pulled by his friend, John Dave Selgas, 16, after it broke down. Batatas tried to overtake Selgas’ vehicle but his Encabo’s motorcycle instead.

Batatas surrendered to the police after the incident. He is now detained at the San Fernando Police Station pending the filing of a formal complaint.

Dumanjug mayor

COMPETING WITH PEOPLE. Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia called dolphins, whales and sharks “parasites” and recommended that some of the should be killed. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Nico Kaiser)

Dumanjug mayor says whales and sharks “parasites,” some should be killed

Addressing participants of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Stakeholders’ Summit in Cebu City, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia called dolphins, whales and sharks “parasites” and recommended that some of the should be killed.

He said that these marine species have caused a decrease in fish catch and compete with people for food by consuming at least two tons of fish a day. Dumanjug is located right by the strait.

He suggested controlling the population of dolphins, whales, and sharks in the strait by killing some of them.

“Imbis ang para sa tawo unta maadto na nila. Di hutdon but kontrolon lang. Kay kung di nimo ma-control ning mga dolphins, shark, and whales, wa nay mahabilin, gagmay na lang ang sa atoa.” — Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia

The Freeman: Town mayor calls them: ‘Parasites’: ‘Kill dolphins and whales’

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Dole cites ‘imminent danger situations’, issues suspension of construction of Visayas Community Medical Center, Chong Hua Hospital

The Freeman: 4 LTO-7 service offices fail to comply with Anti-Red Tape Act

The Freeman: CTU food park goes up in flames 15 people injured in school fire

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: BIR raises 2015 revenue targets of collecting units

The Freeman: DTI speeds up installation of “Go Negosyo Centers”

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 9, 2015: Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Carcar good areas for future development, says study; 2 Cebuano SAF policemen buried

Two Cebuanos of the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were laid to rest yesterday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Cebu. Meanwhile, cops and civilians shave their head to…

Two Cebuanos of the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were laid to rest yesterday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Cebu. Meanwhile, cops and civilians shave their head to show sympathy for the relatives of SAF commandos.

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Here are the top Cebu News Stories for today, Feb. 9, 2015:

Two Cebuanos SAF policemen buried

On Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, PO2 Romeo Cempron, 33, was laid to rest in Tayud Public Cemetery in Consolacion, Cebu, his hometown, while PO1 Windel Candano was buried in Cebu South Memorial Garden in Talisay City, Cebu.

“He was my greatest teacher before he became a hero for everybody. He is my personal hero.” — Dr. Cristine Cempron, wife of PO2 Romeo Cempron

“Akong ikasulti lang nga dili unta malimtan sa gobyerno ang sakripisyo nilang gibuhat, unsay dapat para niya, unta mahatag sa gobyerno, hustisya.” — Ulysses Llano, childhood friend of PO1 Windel Candano

“Today, as we bid farewell to one of our fallen comrades, we honor their commitment, their service and their dedication.” — Senior Superintendent Prudencio Tom Bañas, chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO) – Central Visayas

More than 20 policemen, civilians and leaders, including former partylist Rep. Pastor “Jun” Alcover Jr., shaved their heads at the Plaza Independencia to show sympathy for the relatives of the 44 SAF cops killed in action during a mission to serve a warrant of arrest on two international terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

PO2 Christopher Lalan, a survivor of the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that killed 44 troopers, will lead the 26 resource persons invited to appear in a Senate inquiry into the bloody incident today, February 9.

PO2 Windel Candano

HONORING THE FALLEN. Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to PO2 Windel Candano, one of the SAF commandos slain in the Maguindanao clash. (Photo by the Cebu Provincial Government)

More urban development recommended for Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Carcar

A study team from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) found that the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Danao and Carcar are good areas for future development given that they have wide areas that are not at risk of floods or landslides.

According to the team, Carcar City has 3,327 hectares available for development, Lapu-Lapu City has 2,069 hectares, while Danao City has 1,429 hectares available.

Smaller available areas for development are available in Liloan, which has 837 hectares; San Fernando, with 832 hectares; and Naga City, with 782 hectares.

Of the 13 local government units studied in Metro Cebu, 76 percent of the area was found not suitable for urban development.

The study team said they found 11,948 hectares or about 10.9 percent of the total area to be “development-suitable” while 72 percent of the study’s territory was in a “slope hazard area”.

February 9 newspaper headlines

TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu’s English dailies.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Developer to double size of Minglanilla reclamation project
Sun.Star Cebu: Filinvest condotel investors get higher Q4 share: company
Sun.Star Cebu: Cordova tourism ‘on the rise,’ says vice mayor
The Freeman: P30M marine culture park project sets off in Cordova

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 6, 2015: Mandaue traffic enforcers relieved over alleged extortion; Council to CITOM on Banilad-Talamban: Study first before holding road experiment; ‘Honesty’ café offers Cebu delicacies

Instead of giving a citation ticket, two traffic enforcers from Mandaue City allegedly extorted money from a foreigner. This was caught on video that was uploaded to YouTube. Meanwhile, Cebu…

Instead of giving a citation ticket, two traffic enforcers from Mandaue City allegedly extorted money from a foreigner. This was caught on video that was uploaded to YouTube.

Meanwhile, Cebu City councilors agreed on the need for a scientific study of traffic in the Banilad-Talamban corridor after noting that the “no left turn” policy being implemented there is not supported by data.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 6, 2015:

Mandaue traffic extortion

EXTORTION? Part of the video uploaded to Youtube that allegedly shows 2 Mandaue traffic enforcers asking for P2,000 from a foreigner instead of issuing a citation ticket for taking a u-turn on a portion of the North Reclamation Area where it is not allowed.

Mandaue traffic enforcers accused of extorting foreigner

On Jan. 27, 2015, a foreigner uploaded a four-minute video of two Mandaue City traffic enforcers for allegedly asking him and his girlfriend P2,000 instead of giving them a citation ticket. Here’s our story on the incident, it includes the video and screengrabs of it: Caught on video: 2 Mandaue traffic enforcers accused of extorting P1,500 from foreigner over traffic violation

For not issuing the ticket to the couple who ignored a No U-turn sign on Ouano Avenue in Mandaue City on Jan. 18, 2015, the enforcers, Arman Gallardo and Gringo Pinados, have been relieved of their posts.

The two enforcers have denied the allegation, saying they did not issue a citation ticket that comes with a P200 fine after the girlfriend asked them for consideration.

Edwin Ermac, chief of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), explained that Team personnel are generally considerate to foreigner because they might not be familiar yet with the city’s local traffic rules and regulations.

“They have to prove to the investigators that they did it in good faith and not because they were given money.” — TEAM chief Edwin Ermac on the failure by traffic enforcers Arman Gallardo and Gringo Pinados to issue a citation to the foreigner who accused them of extortion

Still, he urged the foreigner to file a complaint. He said the video clip, with its poor audio, is not enough proof the traffic enforcers extorted money.

Scientific study to solve Banilad-Talamban traffic congestion recommended

The Cebu City Council, in an executive session, recommended that a scientific study, including vehicular count and other related statistics, be made on Cebu City traffic to guide city planners on how to effectively solve the congestion in the Banilad-Talamban (BanTal) corridor.

In the same session Thursday, businessman Bunny Pages said experts’ opinions are needed to address the heavy flow of traffic in BanTal. He heads the BanTal Task Force created by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

“What we’re doing now is just experimenting and not getting the whole picture. We need experts to map the whole thing out. We need assistance.” — Businessman Bunny Pages, who also heads the BanTal Task Force created by Mayor Michael Rama

Bogo accident

DRIVER FELL ASLEEP. This SUV slammed into this truck parked on the national highway in Bogo shortly after midnight yesterday. Police said the driver, Marianne Harman, told them shortly after the accident that she fell asleep on the wheel. (Photo taken by Bookie Batuigas and posted on the Medellin local government Facebook page)

1 dies as SUV crashes into parked truck in Bogo City

A sports utility vehicle (SUV) slammed into a parked truck on the national highway in Bogo City at 1:45 a.m. yesterday, killing the passenger and leaving the driver with serious injuries.

Bogo City police investigator SPO3 Rogel Layson said Carmela Abayon, 16, of Barangay Cogon West, Carmen died during the accident. He said the driver, Marianne Harman, 32, of Barangay Poblacion, Medellin, sustained serious physical injuries and was taken to a hospital in Cebu City.

The victims were on their way home to Medellin from Cebu City. Layson said the SUV was running at least 80 kilometers an hour, quoting bystanders. It slammed into the truck, which was loaded with polyvinyl chloride pipes and was parked by the roadside after it encountered engine trouble last Wednesday.

Police said they were able to talk to Harman right after the accident and she told them she fell asleep on the wheel.

‘Honesty’ cafe inventory now includes torta, other delicacies

Noy Honesto, the self-service cafe at the Cebu Provincial Police Office headquarters, now offers Cebu delicacies, such as torta from Argao, chicharon (pork crackling) and bocarillo (sweetened dried coconut) from Carcar City, and ampao and masi (sweet dumplings) from Liloan.

The cafe relies on customers to leave their payment and collect the correct change even if no one is around to serve them. This initiative is the first of its kind for a police office in the region.

“This promotes honesty and transparency and should also be reflected in every government organization.” — Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III

“So far, with our operation, there is no discrepancy yet. Usahay naa pa gani sobra nga P5, basin ang uban i-keep the change na lang.” — CPPO director Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac

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TOP STORIES. The front pages of Sun.Star Cebu and Cebu Daily News today.

Other top Cebu News Stories

Sun.Star Cebu: Many Yolanda survivors ‘not qualified’ to receive shelter assistance

The Freeman: Recycling plant now producing fluff fuel

Sun.Star Cebu: Special bid committee to focus on rebidding of new Cebu City Medical Center

“There is no reason to stop a project on the basis of fears that we could not have funds. We will not build outright, it will progressively build. We really need a hospital. It’s the mayor’s prerogative to bring and implement the project because it’s within his mandate.” — Mayor Michael Rama on the building of the new CCMC

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor Michael Rama wants representative of Paglaum Basurero out following controversy group is facing on alleged garbage collection fee they are getting from private establishments

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City Councilor Editha Cabahug and son: We will serve suspension, we just did our job

The Freeman: Cebu police officers shave head to show sympathy for Special Action Force members killed in Maguindanao encounter

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: DOST encourages businesses to avail themselves of P45 million fund for machinery, equipment upgrading

The Freeman: APEC 3rd senior officers’ meeting to focus on inclusive economies

Sun.Star Cebu: Pages, Dionson families collaborate on new Rico’s Lechon branch

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 5, 2015: Cebu experiences coldest day for 2015; Australian national, parents in Cordova ‘porn ring’ to face trial

Charges have been filed against an Australian national, his underage girlfriend and parents involved in trafficking and pornographic activities of children in the municipality of Cordova last year. Meanwhile, Pagasa…

Charges have been filed against an Australian national, his underage girlfriend and parents involved in trafficking and pornographic activities of children in the municipality of Cordova last year.

Meanwhile, Pagasa Mactan, Cebu station recorded this year’s lowest temperature in Cebu on Feb. 4, 2015.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 5, 2015:

Australian national, underage girlfriend charged with multiple accounts

The Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor found evidence to charge five people, including Peter James Robinson, an Australian national, and his underage Filipina girlfriend, for their involvement in pornographic activities in Cordova town, Cebu last year.

Robinson, 51, is facing charges of 10 counts of violating Republic Act 7610 that penalizes child prostitution and other forms of child abuse as well as five counts of rape.

A separate charge was also filed against him and his 17-year-old girlfriend for allegedly violating Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act.

“We are not happy that parents are involved because as Filipinos we know that we care for our family. But this should serve as an example to all the other parents that they should not sell their own children.” — Atty. Noemi Truya-Abarientos, spokesperson of the Children’s Legal Bureau

Coldest Day in Cebu

COLDEST FOR THE YEAR. The northeast monsoon is bringing cold mornings to Cebu. The weather bureau said warmer days will start in March yet. (Creative Commons Flickr photo by Marek Papala)

Cebu experiences coldest day in 2015

According to Pagasa (Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Mactan, Cebu station, Cebu experienced the coldest temperature this year at 22.4 degrees Celsius at 5:10 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2015. This is due to a northeast monsoon, which is responsible for the recent cold mornings in Cebu.

Last year’s lowest temperature was recorded on January 25 at 20.8 degree Celsius. Warmer days will start in March when the southwest monsoon takes over, the weather agency said.

No academe support for ‘Cebu Hub for English Excellence’

The Cebu Business Club (CBC) lamented the lack of support for its initiative called “Cebu Hub for English Excellence” (CHELE).

CBC initiated CHELE in December 2010 as an advocacy to develop Cebu as a destination for learners of English as a Second Language (ESL).

At least 10,000 tourists come to Cebu to take up ESL subjects for six months to a year, based on 2011 figures.

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CEBU HEADLINES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

Other top Cebu News Stories

Cebu Daily News: After complaints of rats eating a dead man’s nose, rebuilding of hospital needed

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Council asks Mayor’s Office to defer new bidding for CCMC construction, wants Mayor Rama to explain why he declared failure of first bidding and what happened to 2nd lowest bid

The Freeman: Court suspends for 60 days Councilor Editha Cabahug and son, Looc barangay councilor Raul “Kevin” over graft case

The Freeman: Cebu City Council investigates NGO for allegedly asking establishments ‘higher fees’ for garbage collection after landfill closure

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Carillo says ‘opportunistic’ companies profiting from garbage collection crisis, offers to collect trash for a ‘higher fee’

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Eduardo Gullas III tops the absentee list of Talisay City Council

Sun.Star Cebu: Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center clarifies its wastes are segregated

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: Quick closure on Mamasapano incident to benefit PH economy

Cebu Daily News: Amid low oil prices, consumers told to expect drop in prices of basic commodities by last week of Feb or early March

Cebu Daily News: Neda confident Cebu will thrive in 2015 Asean Economic Integration

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 4, 2015: Illegal drag racing continues in Mandaue City; ‘Bewitched’ street caroler kills cousin, friends in shooting rampage

Last Monday, a street caroler who claimed to have been bewitched by his aunt, went on a shooting rampage, killing his cousin and two friends and hurting his niece. In…

Last Monday, a street caroler who claimed to have been bewitched by his aunt, went on a shooting rampage, killing his cousin and two friends and hurting his niece. In Mandaue City, police said they are powerless to deal with drag racers who are described to be endangering the lives of motorists.

Following news reports of a dead man whose nose was allegedly gnawed by rats inside a hospital facility, the Department of Health-Central Visayas asked Cebu City Medical Center to stop using the large cargo container for holding dead bodies.

Meanwhile, Barangay Basak-San Nicolas captain George Rama was laid to rest yesterday at the Cebu Memorial Park after he succumbed to pneumonia sepsis.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 4, 2015:

Sambag II Fire

SAMBAG II FIRE. Fire razed this boarding house on Tambis St., Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City early Tuesday morning. Fire investigators estimated property damage at P150,000. (Photo posted on Facebook by Ryan Sorote of TV 5)

Shooting rampage kills three, hurts minor

Thirty-year-old Renato Cabradilla shot dead his cousin Gerardo Tangayan, 46, and siblings Jeffrey Cabucayan, 23 and Jerome, 19, and hurt his niece, Rejel Tangayan, 16, in the process.

This shooting rampage took place last Monday in the mountain barangay of Buot, Cebu City.

The suspect blamed his aunt for casting a spell on him, damaging his health, although he admitted to planning the killing. He and his aunt had a spat over land owned by their grandparents.

“Dili ko moinom. Dili ko magdrugs. Wala gyud koy bisyo. Pero mura ko og adik-adik tan-awon. Wa nako kasabot. Mura ko gikan nikatkat og pito ka bungtod. Ing-ana kasakit akong lawas ” — Renato Cabradilla, as quoted in Sun.Star Cebu. (I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t have any vice. But I look like an addict. (I don’t understand. I feel like I climbed seven mountains. That’s how much my body aches).

The police are now preparing complaints for three counts of murder and frustrated murder against Cabradilla.

Illegal Drag racing continues in Mandaue; authorities ‘powerless’ to stop activity

Drag racing continues to happen in Mandaue City, particularly the North Reclamation Area and authorities are powerless to stop it, The Freeman reported.

Police Officer 2 Rosendo Ortalla Jr. of the Mandaue City Police Office Traffic Division confirmed to the newspaper that illegal drag racing still persists. He said they find it hard to stop the illegal racing because the participants just park their motorcycles by the roadside as soon as police enforcers are spotted.

He said the racers are not afraid of them because they could only issue citation tickets that carry a P200 fine. Mandaue traffic enforcers cannot issue temporary operator’s permits (TOPs) or confiscate licenses because their deputation by the Land Transportation Office 7 had expired.

Traffic Efficiency Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) chief Edwin Ermac said traffic enforcers are only fielded up to 9 p.m. and the skeletal force that remains are assigned to towing operations.

A taxi driver shared with The Freeman that he nearly hit the center island of the North Reclamation Area last Monday to avoid a motorcycle that took part in a drag race.

“Kataw-an ra gyud ta ana nila kun mo-issue ta og citation ticket kay dili man ta makakuha sa ilang lisensya. Ang P200 pwede ra sad dili bayran ug huwaton lang nila nga ikiha sila sa korte unya ang outcome igo ra pud silang pamultahan gihapon og P20.” — TEAM Chief Edwin Ermac

DOH Central Visayas tells CCMC not to use a cargo container for dead bodies; CCMC cannot comply yet

The Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas asked Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) officials to stop using a cargo container to keep dead bodies. Also, DOH urged the Cebu City Government to fast-track the construction of a new CCMC building.

These recommendations were provoked by the news of a family allegedly discovering a dead relative with nose gnawed by rats inside the container that is parked in front of the Bureau of Fire Protection compound along N. Bacalso Ave.

However, Rey Cris Panugaling, CCMC chief of operations for administration, said they cannot comply with the DOH advice yet because they have no other area to hold the bodies in.

Basak Barangay Captain George Rama laid to rest

Barangay Basak-San Nicolas captain George Rama was laid to rest yesterday at Cebu Memorial Park.

George, 66, was Basak San Nicolas barangay captain from 1989 until he was elected city councilor in 2001. In 2007, he ran again for barangay captain and held the post until his death last Jan. 26. He died of pneumonia sepsis.

“He is leaving an imprint of an exceptional public service. I am so proud of him because he is not only the protector and defender of Rama clan but also of the entire Barangay San Nicolas. I love him so much because he fought to defend and protect us without minding his own life.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, cousin of George Rama

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Feb. 4 front pages of Cebu newspapers

TOP STORIES. Today’s front pages of Cebu Daily News and Sun.Star Cebu.

Other top Cebu News Stories

The Freeman: Public urged to report motorcycles bought at a cheap price and without proper documents

The Freeman: Comelec to save big on postponement of SK elections supposedly scheduled for Feb. 21, 2015

Sun.Star Cebu: P189 million in farm-to-market-road projects of Capitol near fruition: official

Sun.Star Cebu: DENR stops Pinamungajan from cutting 65 trees for hospital expansion project

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor Rama can’t appropriate funds for Colon revitalization project through an executive order; only City Council has power to do so, says Department of Interior and Local Government official

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: PAL cuts 227 customer service jobs in Manila, Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI warns public against 43 freight forwarders, subjects of complaints about undelivered balikbayan boxes

The Freeman: SEC advises public to be cautious with financial investments that guarantee high returns within a short time

The Freeman: Cebu as education tourism destination far-fetched, academe remains uncooperative

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