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Melindo wins IBF interim belt in Pinoy Pride 39

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision…

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Milan Milendo (right) hits Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with a left in their 12-round fight (Photo by Albert Flores)

AFTER two failed tries and a disastrous comeback that had him woefully overweight, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured a world title after beating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. by unanimous decision for the interim IBF world lightflyweight title at the Cebu Coliseum.

Melindo, who lost to Javier Mendoza on May 30, 2015 for the IBF light flyweight belt and to Juan Francisco Estrda for the WBO version of the belt, withstood the game Thai for 12 rounds,using his counterpunches to earn the points win. Two judges saw a narrow, 115-113, win, while the other hand it 117-111 for Melindo, who improved to 35-2-0 with 12 KOs.

Sakkrekin, who shook his head as the decision was announced, dropped to 31-5-1.

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

BODY SHOT. Milan Melindo won most of the exchanges against his Thai foe to carve a unanimous decision win. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Validation

“I would like to thank God almighty first of all and the Aldeguer family for giving me this opportunity,” Melindo said in his post-match interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

The comeback win was validation for ALA Boxing’s faith on Melindo, whose last fight in Bacolod City was a disaster. He was supposed to fight Max Flores of Mexico at a catchweight of 110 pounds, but he came almost five pounds over the limit and was forced to give 35 percent of his purse to his foe. That fight could have earned him a shot for Akira Yaegashi’s IBF crown.

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

ON TARGET. Though he kept missing against the Thai who showed excellent head movement, Milan Melindo also connected on a few occasions. (Photo by Albert Flores)

But now that the Cagayan de Oro-born fighter is the interim title, a fight with Yaegashi is in the horizon.

In the undercard, Albert Pagara’s road to redemption started with a tough unanimous decision win over Raymond Commey, 99-91, 99-91, 99-91. Pagara, now 27-1 with 18 KOs, lost to Cesar Juarez in eight rounds in his last fight and wasn’t also impressive in his comeback. The crowd let him know it and booed him, while a few praised Commey, who dropped to 16-3.

Early knockout

Albert’s brother Jason was more impressive, needing only one round to beat Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua to improve to 40-2 with 25 KOs.

Jason stalked the Nicaraguan all throught the round before connecting to the body to end the night of the Nicaraguan, who dropped to 28-11-1.

Twenty-year-old Jeo Santisima also won via knockout, ending the night of Rex Wao of Baguio City in the fifth to improve to 12-2 with 11 KOs. Wao, who tried to shrug off Santisima’s powerful punches, turned his back from Santisima, forcing the referee to end the fight. In the other bouts, Jimmy Paypa (19-3-1) beat Jerry Nardo (21-10, 11KOs) in three rounds; Kevin Jake Cataraja (5-0), 4KOs) stopped John Kenan Villaflor (6-2-2, 2KOs) in the first; Gringo Jakosalem decisioned Fabio Marfa in six rounds and Virgel Vitor stopped Jonathan Francisco in four rounds.

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo's left jab connect to Sakkreerin's head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

DODGE THIS. Milan Melindo’s left jab connect to Sakkreerin’s head. (Photo by Albert Flores)

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Accident ends laborer’s dream for family; Karen leaves thousands stranded; Cops vet complaint vs. Ronda VM–Cebu News Digest for October 17, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 17, 2016. Death ends family’s dream The family of the 42-year-old laborer who died when the…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 17, 2016.

Death ends family’s dream

The family of the 42-year-old laborer who died when the wall in a construction site collapsed, is mourning the death of the family bread winner. Elvin Bongo died 25 hours after he was rushed to the hospital. He left behind a 42-year-old wife Marissa, who just recovered from a rare disease, and four kids, Marvin (24), Alvin Mark (16), Elmarie (12) and Christian Jay (9). Elvin received a salary of P300 per day, which is less than the P352 minimum wage mandated by law. During weekends, he would return home to continue the construction of his own home.

Hapit na gyud niya mahuman ang bungbong. Iya na gud tong gipamiltan og mga gamit para matapakan. Marvin Bongo, son of Elvin.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Laborer’s hospital bill reaches P151,000.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Construction accident ends life of family breadwinner.

Sun.Star Cebu: Dole 7 cites numerous violations in construction cite

Typhoon Karen leaves passengers stranded

Thousands of passengers were stuck at the Cebu port as Typhoon Karen hit Luzon last Sunday. The passengers were waiting for clearance from the Philippine Coast Guard to allow their vessels to sail.

They are just sleeping in the cots inside the ship. They cannot leave until the typhoon signal is cleared. PCG Commander Agapito Bibat.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Storm leaves 2,000 passengers stranded in Cebu ports.

CCPO chief says cops validated complaint vs. Ronda vice mayor

Cebu City Police Chief says police usually validate the complaints and investigate if a person is accused of being in the drug trade. This was his reaction to the statement of Ronda vice mayor John Ungab, who denied being a coddler of Roland Espinsa. Ungab said the payments listed in his ledger was for his professional fees as a lawyer.

When we receive complaints against the accused, vina-validate muna natin yan and follow a process of investigation. Unless the accused is caught in the act, ipapa-investigate muna natin yan. CCPO chief Joel Doria.

Read: Cebu Daily News: CCPO chief vets complaint vs. Ronda vice mayor.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Suspected Nubain vials turn out to be harmless

 Sun.Star Cebu: 3 years after quake, Mandaue still waiting for new market

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City to pay Iglesia ni Cristo P33 million for road expansion

 The Freeman: DepEd to hold early registration for Grade 11 students

 The Freeman: Provincial Board backs emergency powers for Duterte

 The Freeman: Body of man who jumped off ship found in Mandaue

 Cebu Daily News: Gunmen on bike shoots pusher in Alcantara

 Cebu Daily News: Bamboo trade slowly dying

 

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Business sector targets zero corruption in private industry

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano’s passion to be unique drive car sales

 The Freeman: Globe CEO keeps spot in Power 100 list

 Cebu Daily News: Government urged to support creative sector

Cebu Sports News

 The Freeman: Ateneo wins Cesafi crown for fourth straight year

 Sun.Star Cebu: Magis Eagles win Cesafi football title for the first time in 4 years

 Cebu Daily News: Cebu Daily News: USC, USPF near volleyball finals

Cebu Opinion

 Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: The fight against breast cancer

 The Freeman Editorial: Convenient excuse for the City’s garbage problem

 Cebu Daily News Editorial: President Duterte’s tunnel vision

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Cop tag Ronda VM as drug protector; Osmena invites justices to visit landfill; Davide urges DOH to help in fight vs. dengue–Cebu News Digest for October 14, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 14, 2016. Ronda vice mayor tagged as drug lord protector RONDA Vice Mayor John Ungab is…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 14, 2016.

PROFESSIONAL. Ronda vice mayor John Ungab (right) shown here with PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, said he only helped Kerwin Espinosa with his legal cases. (Photo from John Ungab's FB page)

PROFESSIONAL. Ronda vice mayor John Ungab (right) shown here with PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, said he only helped Kerwin Espinosa with his legal cases. (Photo from John Ungab’s FB page)

Ronda vice mayor tagged as drug lord protector

RONDA Vice Mayor John Ungab is in the news again for the wrong reasons, again. Ungab, who figured in a highly-publicized marital spat that resulted to his wife banging the car of his alleged mistress with a baseball bat, was tagged as one of the protectors of Roland Espinosa. A complaint was filed against the vice mayor based on a list of personalities who allegedly receive protection money from the drug lord.

Ungab said his relationship with Espinosa was purely professional as he was one of his clients.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Police file charges against Ronda vice mayor for ‘protecting’ drug lord

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Pag-asa warns Cebu of more flooding until March; CA urges Cebu City officials to talk over Inayawan issue; Survey shows rampant corruption–Cebu News Digest for October 13, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 13, 2016. Pag-asa warns LGUs, act now vs floods PAG-ASA Mactan officer-in-charge Engr. Alfredo Quiblat is…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 13, 2016.

ACT NOW. Floods hit downtown Cebu again after a heavy rainfall. Pagasa Mactan is urging LGUs to implement drainage projects because Cebu will experience abnormal rainfall until March.

ACT NOW. Floods hit downtown Cebu again after a heavy rainfall. Pagasa Mactan is urging LGUs to implement drainage projects because Cebu will experience abnormal rainfall until March.

Pag-asa warns LGUs, act now vs floods

PAG-ASA Mactan officer-in-charge Engr. Alfredo Quiblat is urging LGUs to fast-track their drainage projects as more rains–like the ones that induced flooding in recent days–are expected for the next few months. Heavy rainfall affected the towns of Cordova, Consolacion, Lilo-an, Compostela, Minglanilla and Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu and Talisay cities. Quiblat said Cebu is expected to experience “near to above normal” from October until March.

Downtown Cebu was hit by heavy flooding during recent days and the solution of mayor Tomas Osmena is to hire a technical staff to study putting up a five-storey catchment basin under the Cebu City Sports Center football field and Fuente Osmena.

We have to hire a technical staff to study it. That place is, my best guess,to meet our objectives, which includes saving on right of way cost, which will be the costliest part. Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Freeman: Tom wants study in putting up of catchment basin under Fuente Osmena, CCSC football field.

Related: Cebu Daily News: Pagasa warns Cebuanos to expect heavy rains this week.

CA urges Cebu City officials to talk anew and find solution to Inayawan dumpsite

The Court of Appeals urged parties fighting over the Inayawan landfill issue to talk and come up with a win-win solution. CA Cebu executive justice Gabriel Ingles deferred in issuing a Temporary Environmental Protection Order to pave the way for both parties to find a common ground.

The Court’s viewpoint on this issue is also impelled by the concern that any precipitate issuance of a TEPO would have far-reaching consequence on the collection of garbage in the entire city. It would certainly be counter-productive if by issuing a TEPO to close the Inayawan landfill, it would then be the whole of Cebu City that would suffer as a result due to the lack of an alternative solution to the waste disposal problem. Court of Appeals resolution.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: CA urges contesting parties in Inayawan dumpsite to find solution.

Corruption still rampant in Cebu

AN SWS survey on businessmen showed that corruption is still rampant in Cebu, with the Bureau of Customs identified as one of the most corrupt. The survey was conducted in the closing months of President Aquino’s term. However, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Glenn Soco is hopeful the new administration can end the corrupt practices in the public sector.

We are optimistic that he can do it because of his no-nonsense and strong-willed approach. MCCI president Glen Soco.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Corruption rampant in final days of Aquino admin

Other Cebu News.

 The Freeman: Talisay boosts security for fiesta

 The Freeman: Osmena blasts squatters, says its not good policy to reward illegal settlers

 The Freeman: Congressman Abellanosa says hundreds of scholars can testify for him

 The Freeman: DOH 7 blasts Cebu Province’s move in declaring dengue outbreak

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City to avoid using chemicals in fight vs. dengue

 Sun.Star Cebu: Name of Cebu cop in Duterte drug list pops up in drug bust

 Cebu Daily News: Radaza open to Osmena’s proposal to ban private cars in bridge

 Cebu Daily News: Operators of ‘happy ending’ spa to face charges

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu chamber to send investment mission to Japan

 Sun.Star Cebu: Businessmen blasts Cebu LGUs lack of sincerity vs. corruption

 The Freeman: Despite Du30’s tirades, foreign investors still consider PHL as ideal destination

 Cebu Daily News: Cebu retailers start preparing for Christmas rush

 

Cebu Sports News

 The Freeman: UV vs. USC game to decide SWU’s fate in Cesafi

 Cebu Daily News: Melindo to banner Pinoy Pride 39 in November

 Sun.Star Cebu: 3 Cebuanos try luck in Hong Kong

 

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CHR 7 defends Duterte from ‘serial killer’ tag; boy’s family says cops planted gun; Tomas blames Pesquera for P57 million fine–Cebu News Digest for October 11, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 16, 2016. CHR defends President Duterte; no evidence yet to link president to EJK The Commission on…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 16, 2016.

UNFAIR. The Commission on Human Rights 7 says it is unfair and premature for a French newspaper to pin the extra judicial killings on Duterte.

UNFAIR. The Commission on Human Rights 7 says it is unfair and premature for a French newspaper to pin the extra judicial killings on Duterte.

CHR defends President Duterte; no evidence yet to link president to EJK

The Commission on Human Rights, the favorite target of President Rodrigo Duterte and his die-hard supporters, defended the president against the serial killer tag by a French Newspaper.

CHR is investigating versions and incidents of alleged extrajudicial killings. But the commission has not reached the point of saying that the President is behind the killings. No conclusions have been made yet. It’s unfair and premature to say that he is a serial killer. CHR 7 chief investigator Leo Villarino.

Read: Cebu Daily News: CHR says it’s premature and unfair for French paper to tag Duterte as serial killer.

Kin say cops framed 15-year-old

The family of the boy whom police accused of being a drug lookout is planning to file charges against the cops, accusing them of framing the kid. The family also claimed the sister of the boy saw the police place a loaded handgun inside the shorts of the boy.

They ran past our house. We got scared when we saw one of them armed. We didn’t want to get hit. He was really pale. I thought he would die. Thank God, he was saved. Boy’s aunt.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Family claims police planted gun in boy

Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 chief says boy wounded in legitimate operation.

Freeman: Teachers, neigbhors of 15-year-old says injured teen not into drugs.

SC orders Cebu City to pay private claimant of SRP lot

The Supreme Court ordered Cebu City to pay businessman Roque Ting P57 million for his private land that ended up as being part of the South Road Properties. This after the SC denied Cebu City’s petition for a review of a Jan. 3, 2008 decision by the RTC, awarding the businessman P33.7 million for the value of his lots, P3.9 million for his warehouse and rest house, P60,000 for attorney’s fees and P30,000 for litigation expenses. An interest of six percent per year was also added. Mayor Tomas Osmena said Cebu City will pay the amount and blamed opposition councilor Joy Pesquera for blocking a settlement deal.

We will have to pay because they (the bank) will have to garnish it. If not, we will owe more. Ego-tripping man si Pesquera and (Mike) Rama. Now, who pays the price? Will they pay for it? No. Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Osmena blames Pesquera for blocking P13.5M settlement after SC orders City to pay private claimant P57 million.

Freeman: Tomas to include P57 million in 2017 budget

Cebu Daily News: Osmena says City has no choice but to pay P57 million.

Other Cebu Stories

 Sun.Star Cebu: Rep. Del Mar bats for construction of second runway in MCIA

 Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas says P10.7 billion BRT will push through despite new traffic study

 Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City says it’s too early to judge effectiveness of plastic ban

 Sun.Star Cebu: Gunmen kills 39-year-old ex-con in San Nicolas

 Sun.Star Cebu: Talisay City mayor confident council will approve budget

 Sun.Star Cebu: 2 pushers die in Danao shootout

 The Freeman: Davide confirms P350-million sale of CICC to Mandaue City

 The Freeman: Provincial Board declares Dengue outbreak, but cautions against panic

 The Freeman: Duterte appoints Cebuana as head of PHL Commission on Women

 Cebu Daily News: Tomas blasts P170 million traffic study

 Cebu Daily News: Supporters say drastic changes under DU30 will last

 Cebu Daily News: Cebu City turns over aerial ladder truck to BFP

 Cebu Daily News: Province to probe delays that led to child’s death

 Cebu Daily News: TESDA invites drug surrenderers to take advantage of gov’t programs

 

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu: DOT to shelve ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ campaign

 Sun.Star Cebu: Organge Brutus banks on customer loyalty, consistent taste to remain popular

 The Freeman: DOLE remind firms to reduce contractualization in the workforce by 50 percent

 Cebu Daily News: Forum urges private sector to get involved in boosting employment

 Cebu Daily News: Dole says 600 contractuals in Region 7 got regular jobs

Cebu Sports News

 The Freeman: UV, Ateneo battle for Cesafi survival

 Cebu Daily News: SWU’s Tallo dares UV, pick Cobras as finals opponent

 Sun.Star Cebu: University of Cebu sweeps Cesafi table tennis crowns for 16th straight year

 

Cebu Opinion

 Cebu Daily News Editorial: Are emergency powers really needed?

 Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Osmena’s empty love for scholars

 The Freeman Editorial: Why would Cebu City mayor interfere with Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu traffic?

 Atty. Pachico Seares: Mayors required by law to deliver SOCA

 Nini Cabaero: Traffic in IEC

 Publio Briones: Teenagers are the ideal criminals

 Ricky Poca: Mixed reviews for Duterte’s first 100 days

 Ruben Almendras: Is media too soft, or too hard on Duterte?

 Bobit Avila: We need to implement traffic reforms now

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Cebu traffic is bad, but not that bad; Teen injured in police shootout; Tom blocks SRP plan–Cebu News Digest for October 10, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 10, 2016. Traffic problem yes, but no traffic crisis BUSINESS leaders in Cebu support multi-sectoral solutions…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 10, 2016.

WHAT IN A WORD. Business leaders say reports of Cebu having a traffic crisis may lead to loss of investments.

WHAT IN A WORD. Business leaders say reports of Cebu having a traffic crisis may lead to loss of potential investors.

Traffic problem yes, but no traffic crisis

BUSINESS leaders in Cebu support multi-sectoral solutions to the traffic situation in Metro Cebu but cautioned government against calling it a “traffic crisis” as it could lead to a loss of potential investors. Melanie Ng, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and Dondi Joseph, the Cebu Business Club president, both acknowledge the problem but say “there is no crisis yet.”

There is indeed a major traffic problem in Cebu and in order for us to mitigate the worsening situation, we have to act fast…the problem is multi-dimensional and needs to be a ddressed with a traffic development plan that encompasses road and transport infrastructure development, enforcement and discipline. Melanie Ng, CCCI president.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Business leaders acknowledge traffic problem, but cautions against calling it a crisis.

Teen injured in shoot-out with police

A 15-year-old boy was injured in a reported shootout with police last Saturday but the boy’s family is denying the charges. He also denied owning a gun or being involved in the drug trade.

Our personnel stopped and declared that they were the police and suddenly the minor ran away….There was a brief chanse and when the police saw him lifting his hand with the gun, they returned fire. Chief Insp. Christopher Navida

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Family of boy injured in shootout with cops deny charges.

Freeman: Cops to probe how minor got a gun.

Tom blocks council’s move on SRP

Mayor Tomas Osmena won’t agree to the Cebu City council’s move to register a 26-hectare mixed-use development in the South Road Properties with the Philippine Economic Zone as a special economic zone. The council approve the resolution last week allowing the consortium of Ayala, Cebu Holdings and SM Prime Holdings to make the move with PEZA.

Apparently, we had a major mistake approving these PEZA buildings because there’s abuse. Abuse comes in two forms. One they are not exporters, unsay ilang gi-export? Why should they get PEZA approval? Are they exporting something? Daghang buildings nga walay ka-parkingan, actually naa pero gamay kaayo. That will have an effect down the road so the answer is no. Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Freeman: Tom opposes council’s move to have SRP area declared as economic zone

Other Cebu Stories.

 Sun.Star Cebu: City scholars got ket hike in grant if sale of SRP lot is revoked

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cops search for SUV in hunt for ex-cop’s killers

 Sun.Star Cebu: Blind students hope to get scholarships from capitol

 Sun.Star Cebu: Notorious bike thief in Duljo-Fatima falls

 The Freeman: Carmen residents oppose Capitol’s landfill project

 The Freeman: USJ-R students hope viral video can unite 97-year-old with family.

 Cebu Daily News: Cebu urges traffic officials to include LGUs in consultation

 Cebu Daily News: Barangay secretary, tanod nabbed in pot session in Pinamungajan

 Cebu Daily News: Landslide hits Manipis anew

 Cebu Daily News: LTO to process five-year licenses in Cebu starting Nov. 2

 

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu; 60-year-old recalls humble start of food business

 Sun.Star Cebu: Owwa offers support to 2,243 OFWs displaced in Saudi

 Cebu Daily News: DTI to roll out MSME development plan

 The Freeman: Business consultant offers tips on becoming a millionaire

 

Cebu Sports News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Don Bosco, Ateneo nab top two spots in Cesafi football

 The Freeman: UV ends SWU’s win streak in Cesafi basketball

 Cebu Daily News: USJ-R beats SWU in Cesafi volleyball finals preview

 

Cebu Opinion

 Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: The importance of technology in today’s education

 The Freeman Editorial: The touch and go fight against Dengue

 Cebu Daily News Editorial: Duterte admin silencing media to submission

 Bong Wenceslao: Observations on a barangay assembly

 Bobby Nalzaro: Shocking revelations of Albuera town mayor

 Atty. Checking Searies: Duterte a serial killer? No way

 Anol Mongaya: 100 days of Duterte’s other war?

 Lloyd Suarez: Pasado si Duterte

 Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos: Where are we going?

 Korina Sanchez: Duterte burning an important bridge

 Jerry S. Tundag: Who cries for Leila?

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Cebu province declares dengue outbreak; Ex-policeman links de Lima to Jaguar; member sues charity group over P7 million–Cebu News Digest for October 7, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 7, 2016. Provincial health official cites abnormal increase in declaring outbreak AN increase of almost 140…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 7, 2016.

ABNORMAL. The Provincial Health Office cited an abnormal increase in the number of dengue cases in the province in declaring an outbreak.

ABNORMAL. The Provincial Health Office cited an abnormal increase in the number of dengue cases in the province in declaring an outbreak.

Provincial health official cites abnormal increase in declaring outbreak

AN increase of almost 140 percent in Dengue cases has led the Cebu Provincial Health Office to declare a dengue outbreak. Last year, Cebu had 2,834 cases from January to September but this year, the number rose to 6,808, an increase of 140 percent. The number of fatalities also rose to 125 from 36 last year.

We have a dengue outbreak because the number of cases is more than the previous. There is an unusual increase of cases and more people are getting sick…This (140 percent increase) is a relative quantity compared to the previous rate. It is an outbreak and it is abnormal. Dr. Nino Ismael Pastor, PHO chief on public health.

Read: Freeman: Cebu Province health official says dengue outbreak stretching office’s capacity beyond limits.

Cebu Daily News: Provincial doc says sanitary inspectors ‘burn out’ with dengue outbreak.

Convicted ex-cop of Cebu links De Lima to drugs

Convicted Cebu policeman Engelberto Durano linked former Justice Secretary Senator Leila de Lima to the drug trade in the National Bilibid Prison. Durano testified before Congress and said he personally delivered P1.5 million to De Lima. He also said Ronnie Dayan, de Lima’s former driver and alleged lover, offered protection for Cebuano drug lord Jeffery “Jaguar” Diaz.

Sometime in January 2014, I told Jaguar about Ronnie Dayan’s offer for protection in exchange for money and Jaguar was very interested. I gave Ronnie the contact number of Jaguar and that’s how their link started. ronnie told me that if I needed protection in our illegal drug business inside the jail, we just have to help Secretary De Lima win as Senator. Engelberto Durano.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Convicted policeman says De Lima received money from slain Cebu drug lord Jaguar.

Freeman: Ex-cop confirms De Lima’s drug links in testimony

Member sues priest, group for failing to account for P7 million

A member sued 11 officials and priests of a charitable group based in Carcar City and asked them to account for the P7 million the group spent since 2002. Vince Perez of Carcar City filed the case against the foundation, which was established in 2001 but allegedly hasn’t held any elections for the past 10 years.

The acts of respondents in controlling millions of pesos belonging to the foundation are without authority and thus must be declared null and void. Petition of Venus Perez.

Read: Freeman: Member sues charitable group, cites ‘illegal acts’ of officers.

Other Cebu News

 The Freeman: Driver of alleged hitman surrenders to Talisay City cops to clear name

 The Freeman: Osmena offers P35,000 hospital and medicine assistance to cops

 The Freeman: Traffic Office warns of monstrous Mabolo traffic due to Marian visit

 Cebu Daily News: Councilor urges malls to man CCTVs

 Cebu Daily News: Optical Media Bureau seizes P36 million worth of pirated discs

 Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH mulls cutting trees in Cebu City streets

 Sun.Star Cebu: Moalboal police nabs right hand man of drug kingpin

 Sun.Star Cebu: Gaps in Talamban flyover no cause for alarm

 Sun.Star Cebu: PNP, CHR 7 hold forum on human rights issues

Cebu Business News

 The Freeman: PHL Accountants group urges easing of bank secrecy law to fight money laundering

 Sun.Star Cebu: DTI exceeds target for registration

 Sun.Star Cebu: DTI working on road map for start ups

 Cebu Daily News: DOT official urges PH to retain ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippine’ tourism campaign

Cebu Sports News

 The Freeman: CIT-U Wildcats stuns USJ-R in Cesafi quarterfinals

 Cebu Daily News: Cepca to hold cash-rich tournament on Oct. 15

 Sun.Star Cebu: Danao City bids for Palarong Pambansa

Cebu Opinion

 Sun.Star Network Pooled Editorial: Extreme caution ahead after Digong’s 100 days

 The Freeman Editorial: Rama admin erred on garbage deal

 Cebu Daily News Editorial: Put premium on riders’ safety in legalizing habal-habal

 Orlando Carvajal: It seems Malacanang press corps tailors questions for answers it want

 Bong Wenceslao: Government, Reds tackle social, economic reforms in Oslo

 Pachico Seares: Is de Lima a victim or a criminal?

 Frank Malilong: GSIS’ dress code is a disservice

 Fernando Fajardo:The peso’s fall and its impact to economy

 Atty Ruphil Banoc: Duterte’s out-of-the box war

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Cebu City to punish trash violators; Tomas turns down teachers’ allowance on Teachers’ Day; Davide urges CPPO director to stop EJKs–Cebu News Digest for October 6, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 6, 2016. Cebu City warns residents: Segregate or else The Department of Public Services has started…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 6, 2016.

FINE. Aside from those who throw garbage indiscriminately, Cebu City will also punish those who fail to segregate trash. (Photo from Nimrod Quinones' Facebook page)

FINE. Aside from those who throw garbage indiscriminately, Cebu City will also punish those who fail to segregate trash. (Photo from Nimrod Quinones’ Facebook page)

Cebu City warns residents: Segregate or else

The Department of Public Services has started imposing penalties on people who don’t abide by Cebu City’so ordinance on the segregation of garbage. First-time violators have seven days to pay a compromise fee of P500 or undertake community service. Repeat offenders will face a fine ranging from P1,000 to P5,000 or imprisonment between one and six months.

Once and for all, we can set guidelines. Right now, people think that garbage collection is 24 hours. They think they are allowed to dump their garbage on the streets anytime…We have been apprehending violators. We range between 10 and 15 apprehensions in a day. Cebu City environmental consultant Nida Cabrera.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Cebu City goes hard on those who disregard trash ordinance.

Related: Sun.Star Cebu: Starting Oct. 16, Cebu City to collect garbage at night only.

Tomas thumbs down teachers’ allowance on Teachers Day

Cebu City Tomas Osmena said he is not amenable to Cebu CIty providing P4,000 as cost of living allowance to the 5,000 teachers in the City. He made the pronouncement during a press conference on Oct. 6, which is also Teachers Day.

The proposal was raised by Councilor Jose Daluz III, who wanted the P4,000 allowance to be granted starting January next year.

In the plate of money here, they’re last in line. Students come first ,senior citizens come second…Which would you prefer, one teacher gets P4,000 a month or one student can’t go to college? I’m not Santa Claus. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas not amenable to P4,000 allowance for teachers.

New CPPO director urged to probe EJKs in province

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III told newly-appointed CPPO director Supt. Eric Noble that while he supports the campaign against drugs, he doesn’t condone extrajudicial killings.

I told him point blank I don’t condone EJK. If there is EJK dapat imbestigahan sa police. Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Davide warns new CPPO director to probe EJKs.

Other Cebu News

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops arrest Albuera town mayor who has been staying at police station

 Sun.Star Cebu: Jail officials suspect female visitors as source of drugs in jail

 Sun.Star Cebu: Stalled truck worsens already horrific Bantal traffic

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Police probe official over drug payola

 Sun.Star Cebu: BIR to check businessman over ‘illegal gold bar trade’

 SunStar Cebu: Abellana teacher faces charges over illegal collection

 The Freeman: Cops kill 2 suspected hit men in Talisay City shootout

 The Freeman: DENR warns Cebu Flowerpecker may be extinct, cites absence of sighting in 15 years

 Cebu Daily News: Cebu City urges Barangay officials to submit promissary notes on disallowed incentives

 Cebu Daily News: Cops urges inmates to help stop drug trade in jails

 Cebu Daily News: Irate Davide dares critics to attend bidding on P250 million heavy equipment

 Cebu Daily News: Ombuds urges DILG to enforce suspension of Tudela mayor

 

Cebu Business News

 The Freeman: Oppo offers new phone for ‘selfie-loving’ Pinoys

 The Freeman: Despite warnings, clients still fall for phising scams

 Sun.Star Cebu: SWU announces new developments

 Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH eyes new road conecting new port and Marcelo Fernan bridge

 

Cebu Sports News.

 The Freeman: PCBL board approve inaugural games in Cebu

 Cebu Daily News: USJ-R faces CIT-U for final semis slot in Cesafi basketball

 Sun.Star Cebu: PSC to drop regional eliminations for Batang Pinoy

 

Cebu Opinion

 Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Mayor Osmena’s ‘sue me’ dare

 The Freeman Editorial: Police gets unfair potrayal in media

 Cebu Daily News Editorial: Uncertainty in the time of Duterte

 Bong Wenceslao: In fairness to Duterte

 Pachico Seares: Shame on all that public shaming stance

 Frank Malilong: Duterte should show restraint

 Publio Briones: Mandaue PUV drivers show selfish stance

 Bobit Avila: Why we should discipline motorists

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Alcoy mayor suspended over P21,000; Osmena dares landfill owner to sue City Hall; Councilors want cash aid distribution probed–Cebu News Digest

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 5, 2016. Ombudsman clears Rama, suspends Alcoy mayor over cash advance BELEAGUERED former Cebu City mayor…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 5, 2016.

NO MERIT. The Ombudsman dismissed a complaint against Mike Rama over a rally staged at City Hall for lack of merit. (Photo from Mike Rama's Facebook page)

NO MERIT. The Ombudsman dismissed a complaint against Mike Rama over a rally staged at City Hall for lack of merit. (Photo from Mike Rama’s Facebook page)

Ombudsman clears Rama, suspends Alcoy mayor over cash advance

BELEAGUERED former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama got a break after the Ombudsman cleared him and two other officials over an allegedly illegal protest held in City Hall last year. The office dismissed the complaints filed by Patricio Salado, retired Col. Felix Mangyao against Rama, Joel Garganera and ABC president Philip Zafra for lack of merit. On the other hand, the Ombudsman ordered Alcoy mayor Michael Angelo Sestoso for one month and one day over his failure to liquidate the P21,078 in travel expenses for a trip to Boracay in 2010 yet.

Respondent’s failure to liquidate his cash advance for a period of over five years is a clear display of carelessness and failure to give proper attention to the task expected of him. Eleanor Tayad-de Mira, graft investigation and prosecution officer.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Rama gets a break, Alcoy mayor faces suspension for 2010 expenses

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor says his documents went missing in treasurer’s office.

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Viral post leads to DPWH action; BF of slain woman linked to 2 drug lords seek protection; Lastimosa seeks reversal of libel conviction–Cebu News Digest for October 3, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 3, 2016. DPWH inspects SRP viaduct after FB photo goes viral DPWH began working on the…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 3, 2016.

DPWH inspects SRP viaduct after FB photo goes viral

DPWH began working on the viaduct “gaps” after a Facebook post by a citizen went viral. DPWH 7 director Ador Canlas told Sun.Star Cebu that he had the gap investigated to allay fears and ordered another round of inspection.

ACTION. This Facebook post showing "gaps" at the SRP led to an inspection by the DPWH. (Photo from the Facebook account of Darrs Diaz)

ACTION. This Facebook post showing “gaps” at the SRP led to an inspection by the DPWH. (Photo from the Facebook account of Darrs Diaz)

It is our initial assessment that the existing expansion joints are in serviceable condition. Nothing alarming. The section concerned is still very much passable to all types of vehicles. Engr. Nonie Paylado, DPWH 7 design department chief.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH acts on viral post to allay fears of motorists passing SRP.

Freeman: DPWH confirms gaps at viaduct have loosened, but says bridge still safe.

Boyfriend of slain woman linked to Jaguar, Kerwin seeks police protection

The 21-year-old boyfriend of Annalou Llaguno, who was shot dead last Friday, wants the protection of the Cebu City police. Llaguno, 30, has been linked to the groups of both Jaguar Diaz and Kerwin Espinosa. She is also the nephew of Cresotomo “Tata Negro” Llaguno, a suspected drug lord killed in 2010.

Nabalaka ko sa akong security. Igo ra sad ko nakig relasyon niya. Wla sad ko nag sunod-sunod niya. Wala sad ko kahibaw unsa sad siya. John Joseph Romarate.

Read: Cebu Daily News: BF of woman linked to two drug lords seeks protection.

Sun.Star Cebu: Kin says slain woman had bag with P200,000 during ambush

Leo Lastimosa seeks reversal on libel conviction

Broadcaster Leo Lastimosa wants his libel conviction reversed, contending that the character in his column on ‘Si Doling Kawatan’ did not refer to then governor Gwendolyn Garcia. His lawyer also argued that convicting Lastimosa for satire will discourage citizens from questioning authorities through literary works in the likes of Jose Rizal’s El Filibustirismo and Noli me Tangere.

I am sincerely hoping that the Court of Appeals can see beyond the might and influence of the complainant and the helplessness of the respondent and consider the implication of curtailing the right to freedom of expression. If they sustain the lower court, they will discourage citizens from challenging the powers by writing another Noli (Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Leo Lastimosa.

Read: Freeman: Broadcaster cites Jose Rizal’s works in defense of column against Garcia

Other Cebu News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Miriam’s supporters hold mass at Cathedral

 Sun.Star Cebu: New Cebu port only needs one more approval for go-ahead

 Sun.Star Cebu: Teachers urged to catch up with tech developments to keep in touch with students

 Sun.Star Cebu: Gov. Davide OKs plan to conduct drug tests for teachers, students

 Sun.Star Cebu: Business rivalry eyed in death of trader in Sibugay

 Cebu Daily News: Mandaue Chamber president calls for sobriety, says it’s business as usual

 Cebu Daily News: City Council eyes new P4,000 allowance for public school teachers

 Cebu Daily News: Political colors shine anew in distribution of cash aid to Cebu City seniors

 The Freeman: Loan sharks make a business out of council’s aid to senior citizens

 The Freeman: Osmena dares Rama anew to take lie detector test on drug links

 The Freeman: Provincial jail seeks religious groups help in rehabilitating inmates

 

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Consultant says PHL steel industry has huge untapped potential

 Sun.Star Cebu: Lapu-Lapu city honors 25 top taxpayers

 Cebu Daily News: Merger of two hotel firms to benefit tourism industry

 The Freeman: Regional Development Council bats for power grid interconnection

Cebu Sports News

 Sun.Star Cebu: PWDs join dragon boat competition in Argao

 Cebu Daily News: USC rules athletics competition in Cesafi

 The Freeman: East teams beat West rivals in Cesafi All-Star contest

Cebu Opinion

Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Aloguinsan shows community support is secret to sustainability

Cebu Daily News: Duterte’s Hitler remarks uncalled for

 The Freeman Editorial: Addressing Habal-habal

 Bong Wenceslao: US rethinks military strategy in Asia

Bobby Nalzaro: Let’s not pick a fight with the US

 Atty. Pachico Seares: What’s our foreign policy end game?

 Anol Mongaya: Duterte still enjoys solid support from mass base

 Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos: Advocacy and democracy

 Gerard Pareja: Words on words

 Bobit Avila: Duterte should stop arming his detractors with more weapons

 Korina Sanchez: Why would Duterte even compare himself to Hitler?

 Jerry S. Tundag: To be lectured by Obama, a supposed ally, is something Duterte cannot take

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3-year-old dies in fire a week before birthday; Private schools to lose P150B due to K12; Free coffee samples down 29 students–Cebu News Roundup for September 29, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 29, 2016. 3-month-old, 3-year-old perish in noon blaze Kimberly Llorga, 27, left for work so she…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 29, 2016.

DEADLY. The bodies of the two children were found pinned under GI sheets. (Photo from CCTN Facebook page)

DEADLY. The bodies of the two children were found pinned under GI sheets. (Photo from CCTN Facebook page)

3-month-old, 3-year-old perish in noon blaze

Kimberly Llorga, 27, left for work so she could save for her son’s birthday on Oct. 5, but there won’t be any celebration as three-year-old Terrence John and three-month-old Bryle Cedric were trapped and killed in a noon blaze at Sitio Hillside in Barangay Talamban at noon yesterday.

Kato si Terrence sweet kaayo to na bata. Suod kaayo na sa akong mama. Ang katapusang nasulti niya nako kay, ‘Ma, ig-birthday nako dad-i ko’g pizza ha. Wa ko ga-expect nga ing-ani ang mahitabo…Nagkurog ko didto sa akong trabahoan kay akong gihuna-huna ang akong mga anak. Niulo ko diritso aron ma-secure ilang safet ba. Wa na ko’y naabtan. Pagmahay nako wa nako na-save akong anak. Wa nako sila masalbar. Kimberly Llorga.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Ma regrets failing to save two kids from deadly fire

Freeman: Narrow roads prevent firetrucks from reaching fire scene quickly.

Cebu Daily News: Toll from deadly fires in Cebu rises to 26 after Talamban blaze.

Private schools to lose P150 billion due to K12

The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines says its members will lose more than P18 billion per year–or P150 billion in eight years–due to the implementation of the K to 12 program. The losses are due to the absence of the first-year college enrollees this year and next year. In turn, there would be no sophomores in the succeeding years, and no juniors in the year after that. The first graduates of the K12 program will be in college in 2019, a year where universities will have no juniors and senior students in college.

We are ready for the challenges. I just down’t know how long we can survive given the limited support given by the government. Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada, CEAP legal counsel.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Private schools want gov’t to recognize problem on K12

Free coffee samples get students ill

Twenty-nine students of Concord Technical Institute were hospitalized after experieince stomach pains caused by drinking free samples of Kopiko 78C coffee. The samples were reportedly only for college students and most of those hospitalized were high schoolers.

Wala man mi kahibalo dili diay mi pwede, mao to niinom ko apan pipila ka gutlo kay naglain ako pamati, nalipong ko ug kasukaon. Pero ang uban mga classmate nako kay gikalibang ra nila human sila nakainom. Tami-is siya pirmero imno, per madugay kay pait kaayo. 14-year-old victim.

Read: Freeman: Free coffee samples down 29 students.

Other Cebu Stories

Sun.Star Cebu: RTC judge orders Capitol to answer losing bidders’ charges

 Sun.Star Cebu: PB hears charges vs. Minglanilla, Tabogon mayors

 Sun.Star Cebu: Eight houses in relocation site face danger of collapse due to soil erosion

 Sun.Star Cebu: Trucks haul less trash due to new segration policy

 Sun.Star Cebu: Fiscal office employee nabbed for theft of CPU

 The Freeman: Police prepares for Simala’s miraculous Mary’s visit to IEC

 The Freeman: Lack of open spaces a hindrance to evacuation

 The Freeman: Half of Cebu City households fail to segregate garbage

 Cebu Daily News: Lawyer says Peter Lim is in Cebu, hasn’t left the Philippines

 Cebu Daily News: LGUs uge to set up reliable early warning system

 Cebu Daily News: Lumber store owner, truck driver among casualties in drug war

 

Cebu Business News

 The Freeman: PHL Russia-Business Assembly backs Digong’s plan to ally with Russia, China

 The Freeman: ECCP says clean energy is vital for economic growth

 Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu business community wants Dole to stop implementation of P125 wage increase

 Cebu Daily News: Business group pins hope on Duterte’s 10-point economic agenda

 

Cebu Sports News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Coach Duenas recalls tough 13-year journey in running

 The Freeman: Tabal gets payback in Milo marathon

 Cebu Daily News: Former junkie finds new light, life in running

 

Cebu Opinion

 Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Inclusion in list validates Aloguinsan’s approach

 The Freeman Editorial: No real reform in tax package

 Cebu Daily News: Duterte apology casts doubt on watch list

 Bong Wenceslao: If we want to duel with US, get advice from people who battled US imperialism

 Pachico Seares: Clinton won, but did Trump lose?

 Frank Malilong: Angry Digong flirts with the reds

 Publio Briones: What’s wrong with kids these days?

 Elias Espinosa: Are we ready to align with the reds?

 Fr. Roy Cimagala: How to tackle addiction spiritually

 Ligaya Rabago-Visaya: Let’s support Bisaya films

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Cebu makes it to list of world’s best tourist sites; Accused cops face hearing; 4 docs face charges for infant’s death–Cebu News Digest for September 28, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 28, 2016. Cebu river in one of world’s best FINALLY, some good news for Cebu. Aloguinsan…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 28, 2016.

WORLD'S BEST. The Bojo River in Aloguinsan is the only tourist site from the Philippines to make it to the prestigious list. (Photo from cebu.gov.ph)

WORLD’S BEST. The Bojo River in Aloguinsan is the only tourist site from the Philippines to make it to the prestigious list. (Photo from cebu.gov.ph)

Cebu river in one of world’s best

FINALLY, some good news for Cebu. Aloguinsan was included as one of the world’s top 100 sustainable tourism destinations, the only entry from the Philippines. The endorsement was given by Green Destination, an online partnership endrosed by the United Nations World TOurism Organization, National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund.

We are a fourth-class municipality. Sa among kagamay, we are recognized in the world. Nindot sa feeling. The recognition given to us can boost our tourism industry as well as our economy…the recognition will have a tremendous impact on us. Aloguinsan tourism officer Shane Manigos Navarro.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Aloguinsan makes it to world’s top 100 sustainable tourism destinations.

Freeman: Bojo river in Aloguinsan makes elite list of tourism destinations.

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Gunmen kill 2 in Cebu; After death of cousin, Yawa’s younger brother surrender to cops; Fire hits Cebu Pacific plane–Cebu News Digest for September 27, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 27, 2016 ‘He only went down to pick up his shirt’ Three more men were killed…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 27, 2016

AND ANOTHER ONE. Another victim to the spate of killings attracts curious onlookers in Cebu City.

AND ANOTHER ONE. Another victim to the spate of killings attracts curious onlookers in Cebu City.

‘He only went down to pick up his shirt’

Three more men were killed by unidentified gun men in Cebu, including one who only went down to the street to pick up a shirt. The two killed were a 19-year-old furniture maker and a 35-year-old woman who was killed at 9 a.m. in Punta Princesa.

The victim was working on the second floor when his shirt fell on the road. He went down to retrive it. A few seconds later, his co-workers heard gunshots. When they went down to check, he was already lying on the ground. PO1 Winston Ybanez.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Death toll in Region 7 rises to 131

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Drug lord tags Derilo, Ylanan as protectors; CPPO reports 10 percent drop in crime; accident kills 1 in Toledo City–Cebu News Digest for September 26, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 26, 2016. Sabalones name 2 former Cebu City police officers, ex Carcar police chief as protectors…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 26, 2016.

Sabalones name 2 former Cebu City police officers, ex Carcar police chief as protectors

A self-confessed drug lord who surrendered to police after getting tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte has named two former Cebu-based high-ranking police officials among his protectors. Franz Sabalones, a level 2 drug lord who operates in the Visayas, named former Regional Intelligence Division chief Rex Derilo and former Regional Special Operations Group head George Ylanan as among the 18 policemen who received protection money from him.

Derilo was assigned in Zamboanga, while Ylanan was sent to Northern Mindanao. Their reassignment last July was what prompted Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena to withdraw his support from the police as the two were active in his war against drugs.

During my stint as (intelligence division head), I arrested and neutralized a significant number of drug personalities. Most of them were under Franz. I can’t afford to destroy the reputation and respect I established by serving the people. Rex Derilo.

We are still validating their level of involvement. But obviously, they are involved in the drug trade. Internal Affairs service deputy Inspector General Leo Angelo Leuterio.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Drug lord tags Derilo, Ylanan as protectors.

Freeman: PDEA 7 among those named by drug lord as protectors.

Cebu Daily News: Former Carcar City chief of police named as drug lord’s protector.

Cebu province reports 10 percent drop in crime

SUPT. Brindo Nacario, the Cebu Province Police Office chief of operations and plans, said crimes in the first eight months of the province dropped to 11,424 from 12,858 last year. Nacario also said index crimes (crimes against persons and properties) dropped by 17 percent to 3,444 from 4,152 last year and non-index crimes dropped by 8.34 percent to 7,980 from 8,706 last year. He attributed the decrease to the aggressive anti-drug drive of the police.

Addicts wo are high on drugs are bold enough to commit crimes against persons such as homicide, murder and physical injury. Supt. Brindo Nacario.

Read: Freeman: Cebu Province says anti-drug drive has led to 10 percent decrease in crimes.

Bus accident claims 1 in Toledo city

ONE person died while five others were injured as a speeding bus hit a truck in Magdugo, Toledo City on Saturday. Eduardo Llogan, 48, was pronounced dead on arrival on the hospital, while five others were injured after a Calvo Bus Liner bouned for Cebu City hit a mini dump truck at 4 p.m. The dump truck was on reverse and on its way to unload sand and gravel when it was hit by the bus driven by Apolinario Bacarro.

There was ongoing construction of the drainage beside the road so when the truck moved backward to unload the sand and gravel, instead of stopping, the bus ran through it. The bus driver should ahve stopped to let the dump truck through but instead, he pushed on, which caused the accident. PO3 Julius Sanchez, Toledo Police Station traffic investigator.

Read: Freeman: Bus accident kills 1 in Toledo City.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cop blames bus driver in fatal accident

Other Cebu News Stories

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: 3 gun men kills high school student in Pasil

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: COA disallows P.5M road works due to officials failure to submit workers’ IDs

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: DENR 7 asks animal lovers to adopt animals in Cebu City zoo

➤ The Freeman: Councilor Guardo eyes incentives for Cebu City athletes in international meets

➤ The Freeman: DOJ junks Osmena’s libel case vs. Bobby Nalzaro

➤ Cebu Daily News: One of Oyao brothers killed in his own store

➤ Cebu Daily News: Pagasa warns of floods, landslides in Cebu

Cebu Business News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: DTI teams up with Cebu Chamber for mentorship program

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Local pastry chain goes gluten-free to attract health-conscious customers

➤ The Freeman: Local seafood exporters bear brunt of Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii

➤ Cebu Daily News: MCWD urges real estate sector to cooperate to conserve water

➤ Cebu Daily News: Cebu Creative Council head encourages designers to innovate

 

Cebu Sports News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: First-time participant wins Milo marathon Cebu elims

➤ Cebu Daily News: Nietes wins flyweight debut in US

Cebu Opinion

➤ The Freeman Editorial: Failure to act on dumspite led to Writ of Kalikasan filing

➤ Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Media-literate citizenship

➤ Cebu Daily News Editorial: Drug war has attracted international attention to PH

➤ Bong Wenceslao: Taking community service seriously

➤ Pachico Seares: Would SC appease victims of Martial Law?

➤ Jerry Tundag: Traffic is not a school problem

➤ Atty. Josephus Jimenez: double talk on endo

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3 peopled killed daily in Region 7 since July 1; Pushers getting tech-savvy; Workers in non-BOPK allied barangays fail to get paid–Cebu News Digest for September 23, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 23, 2016. Region 7 kill toll hits 232 since July 1, almost 3 per day PRO…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 23, 2016.

ANOTHER ONE. Cebu recorded 12 dead in 24 hours in the battle against drugs. Late last night, another pusher was found dead in Basak Pardo. This guy wasn't included in the previous tally of 12. (Photo from Wang Wang Cebu's Facebook page)

THREE PER DAY. Since July 1, Region 7 has reported 232 deaths in the drug war, an average of three deaths per day.

Region 7 kill toll hits 232 since July 1, almost 3 per day

PRO 7 reported 232 deaths since July 1, or a day after President Rodrigo Duterte took office. Of the 232, more than half of the deaths are under investigation. PRO 7 also said 2,032 drug personalities have been arrested, 989 of whom are pushers. Close to 75,000 have also surrendered under Oplan Tokhang.

One hundred six were killed in action, while 126 were killed under investigation. PRO 7 regional director Noli Talino.

Read: Freeman: PRO 7 reports 232 deaths in drug war since July 1

Cebu Daily News: Jeep dispatcher is latest victim in drug war

Pushers using Viber, banks for drug deals

PDEA 7 revealed that new players have joined the drug trade in Cebu, using banks and social media apps to avoid getting busted by police. Instead of face-to-face payment, PDEA 7 said pushers now have buyers pay through banks.

We deposit the payment in the bank, take photo of the deposit slip and send the photo to the supplier via Viber. PDEA 7 regional director Yogi Ruiz on new style of buy-bust operation.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: New players step in as Bilibid drug supply is crippled.

Freeman: Dealers now demand 50 percent payment via bank for drug deals.

Conflict with City Hall leaves barangay workers unpaid

A change in the administration has led to the delays of honorarium for barangay workers from Tisa and Apas, whose barangay captains are allied with losing mayoraly bet Michael Rama. Tisa barangay captain Philip Zafra said they have complied with all requirements but the workers in his barangay still haven’t been paid for almost four months. He also said only barangays whose leaders are allied with Mayor Tomas Osmena got their honoraria released on time.

My appeal to the concerned departments is that they should work on this and really pay attention on the honorarium of our barangay workers because they are not playing around, they are working. They have families to feed. What would they do when they haven’t received their honorarium for how many months? They might not want to work anymore, it can really affect our services. Tisa barangay captain Philip Zafra.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Workers in barangays allied with Rama fail to get salary for four months.

Sun.Star Cebu: Officials, workers of non-BOPK barangays unpaid since Tomas took over City Hall

 

Other Cebu News.

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: After pissing contest with Napolcom, Tomas regains control over city police

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Cops nab 8 in latest anti-drug operations

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Talisay City police collars seven, including a minor, in drug bust

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte supporters to launch caravan, want de Lima to resign

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: PIA urges local media to help government spread information in grassroots level

➤ The Freeman: Zika victim in Cebu is five months pregnant

➤ The Freeman: Working student falls in Tejero drug bust

➤ The Freeman: Painter arrested after making bomb joke in first day of work

➤ Cebu Daily News: Shabu prices in Cebu double

➤ Cebu Daily News: Davide follows Digong’s cue, issues EO on FOI in Capitol

Cebu Business News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Architect opens showroom for high-end brands

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Author Solutions eye expansion in Cagayan de Oro, Davao

➤ The Freeman: SM Seaside opens Sky Park

➤ Cebu Daily News: Cafe Laguna eyes expansion in US

➤ Cebu Daily News: DTI urges consumers to report retailers that violate price ceiling

 

Cebu Sports News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Argao to hold 2nd Dragon boat competition

➤ Cebu Daily News: SWU Cobras win 11th straight game in Cesafi

➤ The Freeman: Hundreds join 25th Jawad Cup

Cebu Opinion

➤ Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: More information on Zika should be relayed to avoid panic

➤ The Freeman Editorial: Jail congestion a result of slow justice system

➤ Orlando Carvajal: Why PHL needs federalism

➤ Bong Wenceslao: Turn zoo over to private sector, don’t close it

➤ Atty. Checking Seares: Contrasing probes in Congress, Senate

➤ Frank Malilong: Interesting tales from Bilibid, gambling and bribery

➤ Bobit Avila: Why can’t we put an end to war on drugs?

➤ Korina Sanchez: Resolve issue with China first before purchasing arms

➤ Jerry Tundag: Tables turn on Leila de Lima

No Comments on 3 peopled killed daily in Region 7 since July 1; Pushers getting tech-savvy; Workers in non-BOPK allied barangays fail to get paid–Cebu News Digest for September 23, 2016.

Flush out trolls; Governor urges residents to help fight against mosquitoes; MCDB wants school for traffic cops–Cebu News Digest for September 22, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 22, 2016. Flush out trolls In a forum on How to deal with online trolls, one…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 22, 2016.

BURN THEIR HABITAT. A media official suggested that to eliminate trolls, media companies may eliminate comment section.

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. A media official suggested that to eliminate trolls, media companies may eliminate comment section.

Flush out trolls

In a forum on How to deal with online trolls, one of the activities of the Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration, a speaker said dealing with vicious comments by online trolls is a key challenge for news outlets. To deal with trolls, companies can consider retiring the comments section and shifting discussions to social platforms.

Trolls have become part of the conversation, whether we like it or not. People on social media deserve to air their comments, to be heard. Criticism is encouraged, but not to the point of hurting others. Nini Cabero, Sun.Star Network Exchange editor-in-chief.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Let online media be a sphere for consensus, not a toilet bowl for excrement.

Cebu Daily News: Trolls a challenge to true freedom of speech.

Worry about dengue, not Zika

After DOH confirmed the first case of the local transmission of the Zika virus, Gov. Hilario Davide III ordered a clean up drive against chikungunya, dengue fever and Zika, which is all carried by the same mosquito type. Though a DOH official clarified that the Zika virus is only dangerous to pregnant women as it has an effect on the fetus, the agency is still pushing for a clean-up drive to battle the diseases, including dengue, which remains the most dangerous form of mosquito-born disease.

Dengue remains the most dangerous. For quite a long time, we did not have a panic or scare. Don’t be scared of Zika because it’s mild. Dengue has a vaccine…We’re asking everyone, especially in our homes, to please throw away empty containers that may accumulate water. Include in your cleaning all your downspouts, kitchen pit traps and restrooms...DOH Region 7 director Dr. Jaime Bernadas.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Province, DOH to conduct clean-up drive vs. mosquitoes.

Cebu Daily News: Cebu City Health department to put up preventive measures vs. Zika.

Metro Cebu Board wants school for traffic enforcers

The Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board and Tesda 7 will create the Metro Cebu Traffic Enforcement Academy, an agency that hopes to professionalize traffic enforcement in Metro Cebu. The MCTEA is expected to start with its first batch next year and unlike the present job-order traffic enforcers, the graduates of the school will have benefits and will have a chance of becoming regular employees of the LGU.

We all know that most traffic enforcers in Metro Cebu are job order employees and they do not enjoy the full benefits required by law. We want to make sure that as we move forward, our efforts on traffic regulations and enforcements are well-coordinated. People don’t see boundaries anymore, whether it’s Mandaue, Cebu City or Lapu-Lapu. Everybody considers it as one Cebu in terms of traffic problems. Lynn GLoria Madrona of the MCDCCB.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Metro Cebu hopes to improve standard of traffic management with school for enforcers.

Freeman: School for traffic enforcers sought for Metro Cebu

Other Cebu News.

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Government officials urges local media to report on ‘poor brothers and sisters’

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Labella urges executive branch to include welfare of animals in closure plan for zoo

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Seek Council OK before dealing with CPA

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Big-time pusher falls in shootout with Toledo police

➤ The Freeman: Task force nab ship with sharks

➤ The Freeman: Private individuals who are Tomas allies and issue public documents may be guilty of usurpation of authority

➤ Cebu Daily News: Only registered Mandaue City residents can avail of relocation

➤ Cebu Daily News: Students revisit Martial Law era to avoid revisionism

➤ Cebu Daily News: Ombudsman dismisses sea marshalls’ complaint vs. Sta. Fe mayor

➤ Cebu Daily News: Alcover urges Mining Board to probe quarrying in city barangays

 

Cebu Business News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: DTI official assures latest Duterte tirade won’t affect EU-PH relations

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Tsunieshi unveils hybrid cars in Balamban

➤ Cebu Daily News: Demand grows for innovative architectural designs

 

Cebu Sports News

➤ The Freeman: Emils ball club boosts Macrohon fiesta

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuana confident of winning medal in world poomsae event

➤ Cebu Daily News: Cebu press workers hold Press Freedom Run

 

Cebu Opinion

➤ The Freeman Editorial: Most workshops are nothing but junkets

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Zoos may be a prison but animals shouldn’t be treated as junk yard items

➤ Cebu Daily News: Why is it necessary to rebuild Cebu Medical Center

➤ Cherry Ballescas: Never forget what happened in Martial Law

➤ Josephus Jimenez: US-PH relations not perfect, but US stood by us

➤ Bobit Avila: De Lima exposed as a narco-politician

➤ Jojo Bersales: Why the Marcos dictatorship failed

➤ Publio Briones: Closure may bode well for Cebu City zoo

➤ Bong Wenceslao: What caused de Lima’s downfall?

➤ Pachico Seares: Recognize and act on danger of ‘recurring Martial Law’

➤ Frank Malilong: Despite numerous arrests, why do people still make bomb jokes?

No Comments on Flush out trolls; Governor urges residents to help fight against mosquitoes; MCDB wants school for traffic cops–Cebu News Digest for September 22, 2016.

Gunmen hits 3-year-old in the leg in shooting attempt at pusher; DOH confirms Zika case in Cebu; Cebu City implements new garbage scheme–Cebu News Digest for September 21, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 21, 2016. Gunmen hits 3-year-old in Consolacion drive by shooting Three assailants on a motorcycle hit…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 21, 2016.

POLICE PROMISE.  This file foto shows police checking on a victim of one of the shooting incidents in Cebu. The police has promised to probe the case of a 3-year-old girl in Consolacion, who was hit when gunmen opened fire on a suspected pusher.

POLICE PROMISE. This file foto shows police checking on a victim of one of the shooting incidents in Cebu. The police has promised to probe the case of a 3-year-old girl in Consolacion, who was hit when gunmen opened fire on a suspected pusher.

Gunmen hits 3-year-old in Consolacion drive by shooting

Three assailants on a motorcycle hit a suspected drug pusher and a three-year-old during a shooting incident in Consolacion. Michael Molina was hit several times while standing near a barbecue stand during the assualt and is now in critical condition during the Monday night assault. The three-year-old girl was hit in the leg and was admitted to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, where the slug was removed.

There are no vigilantes in town…His relatives told me that he went back to the illegal drug trade. He did not listen to their advice. Consolacion police chief Senior Insp. William Homoc.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: 3 assailants hit confessed pusher, 3-year-old in Consolacion.

Cebu Daily News: Child gets hit in the leg in drive-by shooting in Consolacion

No Comments on Gunmen hits 3-year-old in the leg in shooting attempt at pusher; DOH confirms Zika case in Cebu; Cebu City implements new garbage scheme–Cebu News Digest for September 21, 2016.

TV5 Cebu workers lose jobs; Cebuana Olympian loses spot in national team; Another family-run cyberporn operation discovered in Cordova–Cebu News Digest for September 9, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 9, 2016. Cebu journalists mull case after Aksyon Bisaya closure AKSYON Bisaya aired their last episode…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 9, 2016.

GOODBYE. TV5 journalists surprise their viewers after announcing the telecast last September 8 was to be their last. (Photo from Glen Soco's Facebook page)

GOODBYE. TV5 journalists surprise their viewers after announcing the telecast last September 8 was to be their last. (Photo from Glen Soco’s Facebook page)

Cebu journalists mull case after Aksyon Bisaya closure

AKSYON Bisaya aired their last episode yesterday due to cost-cutting measures of TV 5. Reporter LEsley Caminade-Vestil said Aksyon Bisaya was dissolved but the reporters will still gather breaking news for their national broadcast. There was also no termination of services but an offer of separation of benefits.

Another TV5 staff, who requested anonymity, told Sun.Star Cebu they are thinking of filing a complaint against the management before the Department of Labore and Employment as they suspect the move of the management was done to avoid complying with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to end contractualization. Downsizing meant TV5 management won’t have to hire them as regular employees.

It was so sudden that I feel for the employees. Glen Soco, TV 5 news anchor.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: TV5 staff mulls labor case against management.

No Comments on TV5 Cebu workers lose jobs; Cebuana Olympian loses spot in national team; Another family-run cyberporn operation discovered in Cordova–Cebu News Digest for September 9, 2016.

Sue Stinky Cebu City; Reporter accuses Lapu police of threatening him; USC eyes rehab of Tejero creek

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 8, 2016. Stinky Cebu? Sue City Hall AN official of the Department of Environment nad Natural…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, September 8, 2016.

Stinky Cebu? Sue City Hall

AN official of the Department of Environment nad Natural Resources told residents and businessmen affected by the stench of the Inayawan landfill that they can sue the CEbu City government for violating Republict Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management ACt of 2001.

Engr. Marco Andrew Silveron, chief of the Solid Waste Management Section of EMB 7, said RA 9003 requires LGUs to implement solid waste management programs and the closure of open dumpsites.

If residents living there are affected by the dumpsite’s operations, they have the right to file a complaint against the LGU if they fail to implement the law. Engr. Marco Andrew Silveron.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu:  DENR says residents can sue Cebu City for violating law on open dumpsite.

Related: Freeman: Cebu City lawyer says Mayor Osmena has final say on Inayawan closure.

Cebu Daily News: Labella to seek new, cheaper deal with private landfill in Consolacion.

No Comments on Sue Stinky Cebu City; Reporter accuses Lapu police of threatening him; USC eyes rehab of Tejero creek

Cebu now Stinky City of the South; Dawn fire kills 3 in Mandaue; Davide, Garcia exchange charges over provincial jail–Cebu News Digest for September 2, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today September 2, 2016. Stinky dumpsite leads to 60 percent drop in sales RESIDENTS, students and workers near…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today September 2, 2016.

WELCOME TO THE STINKY CITY OF THE SOUTH.  Students of UC use face mask to ward off the foul stench of the Inayawan dumpsite.  (Foto from Nuel Crucio's Facebook page)

WELCOME TO THE STINKY CITY OF THE SOUTH. Students of UC use face mask to ward off the foul stench of the Inayawan dumpsite. (Foto from Nuel Crucio’s Facebook page)

Stinky dumpsite leads to 60 percent drop in sales

RESIDENTS, students and workers near the reopened Inayawan landfill are complaining of the foul smell of the dumpsite. With Cebu City councilors still debating on the dump site operations, members of the business community have sought the help of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, who will raise the matter with the Department of Environment. Businessmen reported a 60 percent slide in sales when the dumpsite reopened.

I know it’s really bad. But you know, the anapog (limestone) will help. But the council is sitting on that because the council wants us to spend P20 million a month to help the Consolacion dumpsite. I will not help them. We’re not going to clsoe it. We’re going to try to mitigate the smell. They will spray it. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.

I will probably deliver a privilege speech or I will file a reso immediate closure of the landfill but I’ll give them 15 days to look for another alternative kung aha ilabay. Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Tomas blames Council for sitting on ‘anti-stench’ solution for stinky dumpsite.

Sun.Star Cebu: Osmena cites P20 million monthly expenses in reopening of Inayawan dumpsite.

Freeman: UC students wear masks to battle Inayawan stench.

No Comments on Cebu now Stinky City of the South; Dawn fire kills 3 in Mandaue; Davide, Garcia exchange charges over provincial jail–Cebu News Digest for September 2, 2016.

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