Re/Discovering Cebu, one story at a time

Tomas to Cebuanos: ‘SM, Ayala stole your land;’ MCWD starts pipe repar under Mandaue-Macan bridge; Danao hands P200 reward for Barok’s surrender–Cebu News Digest for June 29, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 29, 2016. Tomas targets consortium, calls Ayala, SM, ‘thieves.’ Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena vowed…

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

BATTLE VS. BIG BUSINESS. Tomas Osmena said he will fight SM, Ayala and Filinvest over the sale of the SRP. (Photo from Tomas Osmena's Facebook account)

BATTLE VS. BIG BUSINESS. Tomas Osmena said he will fight SM, Ayala and Filinvest over the sale of the SRP. (Photo from Tomas Osmena’s Facebook account)

Tomas targets consortium, calls Ayala, SM, ‘thieves.’

Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena vowed to make Cebu City No.1 again and also reiterated a post-election vow to rescind the P10 billion sale of a 26.3 hectare slice of the Southroad Properties to Ayala Land, Cebu Holdings INc. and SM Prime Holdings.

Tomas, who is returning to Cebu City after a six-year absence, also vowed to deliver free medicines to senior citizens and warned drug dealers and errant City Hall employees that he will be harsh against them.

Gikawat sa SM, Ayala ug Filinvest ang inyong yuta. Maningkamot gyud ko, musukol gyud ko aron mubalik ang kaugmaon sa atong syudad. Tomas Osmena in his inaugural speech.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas vows to go after SM, Ayala and Filinvest over SRP sale.

No Comments on Tomas to Cebuanos: ‘SM, Ayala stole your land;’ MCWD starts pipe repar under Mandaue-Macan bridge; Danao hands P200 reward for Barok’s surrender–Cebu News Digest for June 29, 2016.

Hero’s burial for suspected drug lord; Kasperksy lab cautions Pinoys over mobile attacks; DPWH backs Tomas P7 billion traffic plan—Cebu News Digest for June 28, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 28. Hero’s burial for suspected drug lord. RELATIVES and friends of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz turned out…

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

PAID MOURNERS. Thousands of neighbors and relatives of Jeffrey Diaz attend the funeral of the slain suspected drug lord. Though some say they went their on their own accord, police say others were enticed by money to attend the funeral. (Photo from Netjourno Facebook page)

PAID MOURNERS. Thousands of neighbors and relatives of Jeffrey Diaz attend the funeral of the slain suspected drug lord. Though some say they went their on their own accord, police say others were enticed by money to attend the funeral. (Photo from Netjourno Facebook page)

Hero’s burial for suspected drug lord.

RELATIVES and friends of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz turned out by the thousands for the burial of the slain suspected drug lord who was likened to Robin Hood by his neighbours in Duljo Fatima. Unlike the literary character who stole from the rich to feed the poor, Jaguar, according to the police, was one of the top drug lords in the region and was slain during a shootout with police operatives in Las Pinas last June 17. During his burial, thousands wearing shirts printed “Jeffrey ‘Jaguar’ We will Miss You joined the procession, causing a traffic jam. Some say they went their voluntarily, while some claimed they were paid P800.

Jaguar was just one of those slain in the latest spate of operations against suspected drug personalities in the country.

He helped me when my father and son got sick; he only asked for the prescription and immediately gave me cash. Virigilo Zamora, one of the mourners of Jaguar.

Gipang lista mi didto gihatagan ko ug P800, ambot lang katong uban kay kami naa man. Ayaw’g saba ako nag-ingon ha. Resident who requested anonymity during Jaguar’s funeral march.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Thousands bury Jaguar.

Cebu Daily News: Cops say most who joined Jaguar funeral were there for the money, not to sympathize

Related stories on fight against drugs:
Sun.Star Cebu: Cops, former junkies hold anti-drug rally in Fuente Osmena.

Sun.Star Cebu: Another pusher dies in shootout in Mambaling.

Sun.Star Cebu: PDEA nabs 6, seize P178K worth of drugs in Barangay Apas.

Sun.Star Cebu: 2 confidential agents nabbed with shabu in SRP checkpoint.

Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 won’t ask for copy of confessed drug lord’s list of protectors

Malware attack in PH increases

A leading security company say the Philippines is No. 7 in the world in terms of mobile malware. Kaspersky Lab said two in every 10 users in the Philipines faced a mobile threat in the first quarter of 2016, a jump of 10 percent from 5.1 percent in the final quarter of 2015.

With 119 million Filipino mobile phone subsrcibers, it is not surprising that the Philippines is now among the top 10 most attacked countries with mobile malware among 213 nations included in Kaspersky Security Network. The main goal of cyber criminals is to earn and with millions of active smartphone users in the country, the Philippines is like an overflowing pot of gold. Anthony Chua, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Security expert warns PHL smart phone users to be security conscious.

DPWH backs Tomas plan to solve traffic woes.

DPWH will help pay for the P7 billion project Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena wants to be implemented in Metro Cebu to solve the traffic woes. Citing a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Osmena said P7 billion worth of flyovers, underpasses are needed to solve the traffic problem in Cebu.

As for funding, some will be sourced from DPWH and others may be from the other funding institutions that will be tapped by Mayor Osmena. Engr. Nicomedes Leonor of the Cebu City District Enginnering Office.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH supports Osmena’s P7 billion traffic solution.

Other Cebu Stories.

Sun.Star Cebu: COA finds P6.2 billion deficit in City Hall’s 2015 operations, transactions

Sun.Star Cebu: Rep. Garcia scolds DSWD officials during launching of anti-poverty program

Sun.Star Cebu: Despite returning city-owned vehicles, barangay officials still face charges

Freeman: 25 families face demolition in Mambaling

Cebu Daily News: Capitol to build P40 million more worth of classrooms

Cebu Daily News: City Hall to release cash aid to senior citizens on June 30

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue Chamber maps out five-year plan for new leaders

Sun.Star Cebu: College buddies promote wearable blankets to battle sudden infant death syndrome

Freeman: Stock market volatility to rise due to jitters over Brexit

Cebu Daily News: Cebu based developer hopes to get into Mid-East, European market

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano qualifies to US Junior golf championships

Sun.Star Cebu: Tabal hopes to become Asia’s top marathoner

Freeman: Convergys Converters take ePerformax Reds to hoops school, 87-72

Cebu Daily News: Cebuanos win nine gold medals in national taekwondo championships

Cebu Opinion.

Briones: Why was inmate allowed to attend Jaguar’s wake?

Cabaero: the two kinds of mourners in Jaguar’s wake

Malilong: Tomas revives his pet project

 

No Comments on Hero’s burial for suspected drug lord; Kasperksy lab cautions Pinoys over mobile attacks; DPWH backs Tomas P7 billion traffic plan—Cebu News Digest for June 28, 2016.

Tomas eyes P7 billion fund vs. traffic; HSBC says Philippines less vulnerable to Brexit–Cebu News Digest for June 27, 2016.

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 27, 2016. Tomas says Rama did nothing to solve traffic problem, seeks P7B to solve mess Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena wants…

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 27, 2016.

Tomas says Rama did nothing to solve traffic problem, seeks P7B to solve mess

Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena wants P7 billion worth of projects to solve the traffic mess in Cebu City, which, according to the incoming Cebu City mayor, the administration of Mike Rama has ignored for six years. The projects, half of which will be flyovers and the other half underpasses, were identified by the Japan International Cooperation Agency for a report in 2015 yet.

“We’ll work on that kay wala’y nahimo si Rama sa iyang unom ka tuig (We’ll work on that because Michael Rama has done nothing in his six years as mayor). It will take a long time to cure the traffic problem but we will work on it.” Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas to look for P7 billion to solve Cebu’s traffic problems.

Cebu traffic

MIKE DID NOTHING. Tomas Osmena wants a P7 billion solution to the traffic problems in Cebu because, according to him, Mike Rama ignored it for six years.

Respect rule of law, groups ask Duterte administration

Fearing the incoming Duterte administration will have a bloody purge of suspected criminals, church and human right leaders in Cebu are hoping the tough-talking incoming president will respect the rule of law. Duterte, who visited Cebu for the second time last Saturday, reminded the church that not everything can be solved by praying; saying hunger sometimes drive people to thievery just to put food on the table.

“The president is, of course, forcefully emphasizing a point. But we trust that he will act according to the norms allowed by law. There is a saying also that prayer compliments work, but does not replace it, and work may find in prayer its right motivation.” Monsigor Joseph Tan, Cebu Archdiocese spokesperson.

“They say that Duterte is an executioner. It’s giving us a bad name. Really? They mention “executioner,” extra-judicial killing. But how about those prisons where they cooked shabu? What should be more shameful than me killing those sons of b…? What should be more shameful?” President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during visit to Cebu.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Church leaders hope tough-talking Duterte will respect rule of law.

HSBC says Philippines relatively safe from effects of Brexit

HSBC, one of the world’s largest UK-based bank, said the Philippines is in a strong position to withstand the effects of Brexit, saying the Philippines only has a .02 percent export exposure to the UK as represented in the gross domestic product.

“The trade exposure to the UK is minimal for most Asian economies, and risks to direct bank financing from UK financial institutions appears manageable.” HSBC Asian Economic Research co-head Frederic Neumann.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Fragile West means no export rebound for PHL.

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Defective charger leads to Lorega fire

» Sun.Star Cebu: Agencies team up to revive program for street children

» Sun.Star Cebu: Osmena bars City Hall workers in simple, cheap inauguration ceremony

» Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte wants demotion for officials caught for corruption for ‘first time’

» Sun.Star Cebu: Jaguar to be buried today

» The Freeman: Fearing for his life, former drug pusher surrenders to Tomas

» The Freeman: Six barangay captains finally surrender vehicles to Margot

» Cebu Daily News: City Council approves ordinance supporting P800 million aid to barangays

» Cebu Daily News: VP Robredo to join Tomas in oathtaking

» Cebu Daily News: Ordinance against noisy mufflers gains support in Lapu-Lapu

» Cebu Daily News: Luigi to renovate, relocate police precincts in Mandaue

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PH’s adventure market a big boost to German backpack manufacturer

» Sun.Star Cebu: New mall-based clinic to offer Texas-standard dialysis

» The Freeman: DICT deputy assures investors: There is enough talent for all

» Cebu Daily News: Advocates urge MSME entrepreneurs to start small

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano Fajardo makes final lineup of Gilas Pilipinas

» The Freeman: Overlimit tops Dumau Open

» Cebu Daily News: Villareal advances to BMEG tennis

Cebu Opinion

» Wenceslao: Duterte, Trump part of a new wave sweeping globe

» Nalzaro: Mike, MLC should just shut up about CCMC

» Tundag: LeBron James has no character

No Comments on Tomas eyes P7 billion fund vs. traffic; HSBC says Philippines less vulnerable to Brexit–Cebu News Digest for June 27, 2016.

‘Whose good taste? Employees question Capitol dress code; COA questions P963 million expenses in Cebu City; Cebu News Digest for June 24, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 24, 2016. Employees question Capitol’s ‘good taste’ Capitol workers are questioning new guidelines implemented that is…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 24, 2016.

GOOD TASTE LEAVES BAD TASTE.  Some workers are questioning the latest policy meant to promote a look of professionalism among Cebu Capitol employees. (Photo from www.cebu.gov.ph)

GOOD TASTE LEAVES BAD TASTE. Some workers are questioning the latest policy meant to promote a look of professionalism among Cebu Capitol employees. (Photo from www.cebu.gov.ph)

Employees question Capitol’s ‘good taste’

Capitol workers are questioning new guidelines implemented that is supposed to promote a look of professionalism among workers. The guidelines disallow “purple, black or unnatural shades of lipstick, nail art or overly bright nail color, and see through blouses. The guidelines, issued by provincial administrator Mark Tolentino, also called for “proper undergarment” and disallows “see-through tops or blouses.”

A male employee, who also requested anonymity, said some provisions are too personal, like the color of the lipstick. The employee also wants to know the exact definition of ‘in good taste,’ and who says that one style is in bad taste. Sun.Star Cebu on its report on Capitol’s new guidelines.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Caught by surprise, Capitol’s memo on ‘good taste’ leaves bad taste on some workers.

No Comments on ‘Whose good taste? Employees question Capitol dress code; COA questions P963 million expenses in Cebu City; Cebu News Digest for June 24, 2016.

Rama urges Osmeñas to finish CCMC construction; Will Barok sing? Man jailed for selling 4 girls–Cebu News Digest for June 23, 2016.

Here’s what you need to know today, June 23, 2016. Rama urges Osmeña couple to finish construction of CCMC building After Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña suspended the construction…

Here’s what you need to know today, June 23, 2016.

Rama urges Osmeña couple to finish construction of CCMC building

After Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña suspended the construction of the 10-storey Cebu City Medical Center, outgoing and suspended mayor Mike Rama is asking Osmeña to reconsider her decision, saying the building is essential to the poor. Osmeña suspended the construction because the project does not have a building permit.

CCMC should be helped by all. I wish it should not be stalled because time is of the essence to address the plight of the poor. I hope that instead of looking for faults, the City Government should be helping rectify the deficiencies for as long as it will not compromise the integrity of the building. former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Mike hopes Osmena will reconsider decision on CCMC building.

Cebu Daily News: Rama asks, don’t stall CCMC project.

FOR THE POOR. Outgoing Cebu City mayor Mike Rama hopes construction of the CCMC will continue as the new hospital will benefit the poor. (Photo from Mike Rama's Facebook page)

FOR THE POOR. Outgoing Cebu City mayor Mike Rama hopes construction of the CCMC will continue as the new hospital will benefit the poor. (Photo from Mike Rama’s Facebook page)

Police expect suspected drug personality who surrendered to divulge information

PRO 7 director Patrocinio Commendador hopes Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro, the right-hand man of the slain Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz who surrendered to the NBI in Manila, will divulge what he knows of Jaguar’s drug operations. Alvaro was with Diaz when he was slain by policemen in Las Pinas and turned himself in to NBI Bohol four days later. He was brought to Manila before getting escorted by the NBI back to Cebu.

If there is any revelation, then we welcome any revelation. On that matter, I just hope this will not be used for political ends. PRO 7 director Patrocinio Commendador.

We’re just lucky that he surrendered to us and with this, we are hoping for a succesful operation in the campaign against illegal drugs. He surrendered to us because he wants to help the government. Atty. Rennan Augusto Oliva of NBI Bohol.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Authorities anticipate confession of Jaguar’s right-hand man.

Cebu Daily News: NBI, Police await vital info from Barok.

Related: Freeman: Tommy meets pushers, users; urge them to quit

Cebu Daily News: Even before start of term, Tommy touts 3 of 4 top drug lords now out of action.

Man gets 20 years for sex trafficking

Seven years after he was arrested, Gaudisio Gerra was found guilty for selling four girls in Lapu-Lapu City for sex. Gerra was convicted by Lapu-Lapu RTC Branch 27 judge Toribio Quiwag and sentenced to 20 years and was also ordered to pay a fine of P1 million.

It is a manifestation of one of the most flagrant forms of violence against human beings…It is exploitation, coercion, decelption, abduction, rape, physical, mental and other forms of abuse. Judge Toribio Quiwag in six-page decision convicting Gerra.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Court sentences man to 20 years in jail for selling four girls.

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: BFP 7 to probe reported delay in response to Naga fire that killed three siblings

» Sun.Star Cebu: Grade 2 pupils spot classmate with shabu

» Sun.Star Cebu: Suspect in killing of pastor killed in shootout

» Sun.Star Cebu: Death of Jaguar, intensified anti-drugs campaign lead to increase in price of shabu

» Sun.Star Cebu: CHR asks PRO 7 for copy of report on Jaguar’s death

» Sun.Star Cebu: Council changes heart, revives P6 billion budget

» The Freeman: Court asks CDN to respond to Castro’s libel complaint

» The Freeman: Cebu City Task Force on street children launches program for street kids

» The Freeman: Capitol eyes P1 million savings in going paperless

» Cebu Daily News: Shabu found in shoe of grade 2 pupil in Mandaue

» Cebu Daily News: Expert assesses damage to Monad shoal

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PHL won’t be affected by Brexit

» Sun.Star Cebu: DTI announces new rules on controlled chemicals

» The Freeman: Business leaders urge repeal of law prohibiting foreign vessels from moving cargoes, people between island

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Coach sees K12 improving quality of high school competition

» The Freeman: Cebuana makes international gymnastics debut

» The Freeman: Citing NCR, Visayas dominance, Milo organizers scrap national finals for Little Olympics

» Cebu Daily News: SWU double-checks high school team’s eligibility to avoid last year’s fiasco

No Comments on Rama urges Osmeñas to finish CCMC construction; Will Barok sing? Man jailed for selling 4 girls–Cebu News Digest for June 23, 2016.

Mass transport in Cebu; 3 siblings die in Naga City fire; Cops want Jaguar’s assets seized–Cebu News Digest for June 22, 2016

Business leaders push for mass transport system from Carcar to Danao CEBU business leaders joined the two-day economic summit initiated by incoming president Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City recently, hoping to…

CEBU CONCERNS. CCCI president Melanie Ng and a few other businessmen represent Cebu in the two-day consultative summit in Davao City. (Photo from Melanie Ng's Facebook page)

CEBU CONCERNS. CCCI president Melanie Ng and a few other businessmen represent Cebu in the two-day consultative summit in Davao City. (Photo from Melanie Ng’s Facebook page)

Business leaders push for mass transport system from Carcar to Danao

CEBU business leaders joined the two-day economic summit initiated by incoming president Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City recently, hoping to include local concerns in the Duterte administration’s 10-point economic agenda. The delegation was led by Cebu Chamber of Commerce Inc. president Melanie Ng and among their proposals were a mass transport system from Carcar to Cebu to Danao, and P6 to P7 billion Cebu Mananga Dam 2.

This initiative (summit) is good because it makes everyone, the business community, take part in creating the economic plans for the country. Melanie Ng, CCI president.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano business sector bats for mass transport system, new Mananga dam.

Freeman: Cebu Business leaders join Duterte’s policy-making session

Tragic Monday night in Naga City

Three siblings died after their two-storey house in Barangay Colon, Naga City burned down late Monday night. Allison Lee, 19, Ace Andre, 13, and Angel Lavigne, 9, were found at the ruins of their house during an inspection by fire investigators, who suspect the wiring may have gotten soaked during the rain last Monday dawn

They kept screaming for help but the flames were so big that I couldn’t get back inside. I got rattled. Survivor Eivyrenz Ruiz.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Three siblings die in Naga City fire.

Police wants Jaguar’s assets seized

Days after conducting an operation that killed Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, police officials are now targeting his multi-million assets and want them seized in favor of the government. PRO 7 director Sr. Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr said they want the properties and bank accounts of Diaz seized by the government so they won’t be used to jump-start another drug empire.

We will destroy their apparatus. We must disable them so they could not launch any counter-offensive. PRO 7 director Patrocinio Commendador Jr.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Fearing reprisals, Cops eye freeze on Jaguar’s accounts, properties

Related: Sun.Star Cebu: Jaguar’s right-hand man surrenders to NBI days after boss’s death.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops secure Jaguar’s compound for slain suspect drug lord’s wake

Cebu Daily News: 2 relatives of Jaguar face drug raps

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PNP exhumes body of infant who died at VSMCC to determine cause of death

» Sun.Star Cebu: Presidential assistant for Visayas wants Digong to look into Metro Cebu’s traffic problems

» Sun.Star Cebu: Seven barangay captains who ignored Margot’s order face charges

» Sun.Star Cebu: Swiss national dies in failed escape attempt

» The Freeman: Lapu-Lapu to ban noisy mufflers

» The Freeman: After council’s rejection of first proposal, Margot won’t submit any revised budget

» The Freeman: Prosecutor dismisses Castro’s concubinage complaint against estranged husband

» The Freeman: Cebu City pays P240 million for SRP loan

» Cebu Daily News: Bonus of City Hall employees in limbo due to latest budget impasse

» Cebu Daily News: Stakeholders reach compromise on Monad Shoal

» Cebu Daily News: Organizers hope to attract 50,000 in Duterte’s thanksgiving concert

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Microsoft Excel developer to hold seminar

» Sun.Star Cebu: Business sector lauds Go Negosyo head’s appointment as DTI secretary

» Cebu Daily News: Sugbo Mercado to open at Cebu Business Park

» The Freeman: German backpack specialist banks on PHL’s tourism market

Cebu Sports Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City to host another grand dancesport tournament

» The Freeman: Demecillion to defend WBF Title in Who’s Next

» Cebu Daily News: Skaters in Cebu hold convention

Cebu Opinion

» Carvajal: Focus should be on limit on spending, not SOCE deadline

» Wenceslao: Will Marcoses get preferential treatment in Digong inauguration?

» Barrita: Mid-way into 2016, Cebu City Hall still operating on re-enacted 2015 budget

» Nalzaro: Did Minnie Osmena decline offer for DOT post?

» Tundag: The two worlds of Leni Robredo

» Atty. Jimenez: Labor front faces turbulence in Digong admin

No Comments on Mass transport in Cebu; 3 siblings die in Naga City fire; Cops want Jaguar’s assets seized–Cebu News Digest for June 22, 2016

Jaguar had no plans to surrender; PRO 7 warns drug lords to be afraid; Ex Finance secretary supports higher VAT—Cebu News Digest for June 20, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local papers today, June 20, 2016. Police say slain suspected drug lord Jaguar had no plans to surrender The Police…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local papers today, June 20, 2016.

STILL IN IT. Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar, told radio reporters he had quit the drug trade and was planning to surrender in his final interview days before he was death. Cops say he was still active and had no plans to quit. (Photo from Wangwang Cebu's Facebook page)

NEW LEAF. Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar, meets with DYRF reporters in an exclusive interview, where he said he has left the trade. (Photo from Wang-Wang Cebu’s FB page)

Police say slain suspected drug lord Jaguar had no plans to surrender

The Police Regional Officie belied reports that top drug personality Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz was planning to quit the trade and surrender to authorities.

We are dismantling whatever structure Jaguar had i his criminal sydicate….So far, we see that drug personalities have fled. We expect that someone will take Jaguar’s place but won’t have as large a reach. PRO 7 director Patrocinio Comendador Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 says Jaguar had no plans to surrender.

Related: Freeman: Reporter recalls final interview: Jaguar expected to die.

Sun.Star Cebu: Neighbors mourn drug lord’s death, say he was a generous man.

PRO 7 warns drug lords: be very afraid

PRO 7 head Patrocinio Comendador says the death of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz should send a chilling message to drug lords that the cops will chase them wherever they go.

With his death, the drug trade will be severely affected. Their drug organization will be in chaos. As what I have said, we will not stop with Jaguar. We will chase the rest of the drug operators in here. PRO 7 Patrocinio Commendador Jr.

Read: Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 brushes off speculations Jaguar was silenced.

Former finance secretary supports move to increase VAT

Former finance secretary and current Phinma Corp CEO Ramon del Rosario Jr. expressed support for the Duterte administration’s plan to increase the Value Added Tax. Del Rosario, who served as Finance secretary from 1992 to 1998 also hoped Duterte will lover the income tax rate for both individuals and corporations.

I’m in favor of the idea of increasing VAT from 12 to 15 percent, and reducing income tax rate both for individual and for corporations down to a level of 25 percent. Ex Finance secretary Ramon del Rosario Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Former finance secretary favors increasing VAT, lowering income tax.

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas wants public involved, urges citizens to text him drug pushers’ names

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops score anew, nabs 5 in weekend anti-drug ops

» The Freeman: Hontiveros thanks Cebuanos, takes oath before Davide

» The Freeman: Due to tough anti-drug stance, Tomas faces death threats

» The Freeman: Cops look into grudge angle in shooting of San Fernando mayor’s brother

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu City Hall to rehire casuals

» Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 blasts ex-NBI 7’s speculation on Jaguar’s death

» Cebu Daily News: Social worker recalls journey from being a druggie to a social worker

» Cebu Daily News: Broadcasters reiterate, Jaguar wanted to start a new life

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Phinma to spend P400 million to renovate SWU

» The Freeman: Startup offers digital laundry service

» The Freeman: Local tourists boost tourism’s growth

» Cebu Daily News: Tourism, IT and BPO make Region 7 fastest growing region in country

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Fifa urges PFF to include provinces

» The Freeman: Azkals shoot for Suzuki Cup finals in 2016

» Cebu Daily News: Aboitiz Cup to open on Aug. 28

Cebu Opinion

» Wenceslao: Public will get tired of ‘rubouts’

» Nalzaro: Jaguar’s death shows ‘crime does not pay’

» Tundag: Comelec breaking its own rules

No Comments on Jaguar had no plans to surrender; PRO 7 warns drug lords to be afraid; Ex Finance secretary supports higher VAT—Cebu News Digest for June 20, 2016.

10-year, P92-million rehab of Monad shoal; Workers seek P142 increase; CCMC construction hits snag–Cebu News Digest for June 17, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local papers today, June 17, 2016. Rehab of damaged shoal to cost P92 million Rehabilitation of the coral reefs damanged…

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

COSTLY. An environmentalist group says rehabilitation of Monad shoal will last 10 years and cost P92 million.

COSTLY. An environmentalist group says rehabilitation of Monad shoal will last 10 years and cost P92 million.

Rehab of damaged shoal to cost P92 million

Rehabilitation of the coral reefs damanged by the grounding of M/V Belle Rose will cost almost $2 million (or P92 million) and take up to 10 years. The estimate was given by environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabredo of Philippine Earth Justice, who also added the ship must be removed from the area immediately.

We have to lighten the vessel…we’re in a hurry because it wastes time and they still have to wait for weeks before the sea level rises. Benjamin Cabrido of Philippine Earth Justice Center.

Read: Freeman: Rehabilitation of Monad shoal to last 10 years, cost P92 million.

Cebu Daily News: Coast guard fears more damage if stranded vessel not remove immediately.

Sun.Star Cebu: NGO fears stranded vessel in Malapascua may break apart.

No Comments on 10-year, P92-million rehab of Monad shoal; Workers seek P142 increase; CCMC construction hits snag–Cebu News Digest for June 17, 2016.

Joy reinstated to national team; Woman files sexual harassment complaint vs. NBI personnel; Margot faces kidnapping charges–Cebu News Digest for June 15, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 15, 2016. Tabal gets reinstated to national team. CEBUANA marathoner Mary Joy Tabal can now compete…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 15, 2016.

FOR THE FLAG. Mary Joy Tabal can now concentrate on her preparations for the Rio Olympics after getting reinstated to the national team by Patafa. (Photo from Mary Joy Tabal's Facebook page)

FOR THE FLAG. Mary Joy Tabal can now concentrate on her preparations for the Rio Olympics after getting reinstated to the national team by Patafa. (Photo from Mary Joy Tabal’s Facebook page)

Tabal gets reinstated to national team.

CEBUANA marathoner Mary Joy Tabal can now compete in the Rio Olympics after she was reinstated to the Philippine national team yesterday. Tabal, who qualified for the Rio Olympics after meeting the standard in the Scottiabank Ottawa Marathon last May 29, resigned from the national team last year. She met officials of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association last Monday to discuss her reinstatement.

We have long wanted to protect Mary Joy and we have questioned her racing schedule and its effects on her ability to sustain steady improvements over time. However, we also recognize that she qualified on her own. We put our differences aside, we reinstated her and we have allowed her to follow her training program despite our concerns. And we hope for the best in Rio for the nation. Patafa’s statement on Tabal’s reinstatement.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Joy thanks Patafa for reinstating her in national team.

Freeman: Joy’s handlers welcome Patafa’s move.

Cebu Daily News: No more stumbling block for Tabal’s Olympic stint.

No Comments on Joy reinstated to national team; Woman files sexual harassment complaint vs. NBI personnel; Margot faces kidnapping charges–Cebu News Digest for June 15, 2016.

Jaguar willing to help cops; Margot dares critics–sue me; DepEd welcomes 84,000 new Grade 11 students–Cebu News Digest for June 13, 206.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 13, 2016. Cebu City’s top drug pusher willing to help cops. NOTORIOUS drug pusher Jeffrey Diaz,…

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

NEW LEAF.  Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar, meets with DYRF reporters in an exclusive interview, where he said he has left the trade. (Photo from Wang-Wang Cebu's FB page)

NEW LEAF. Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar, meets with DYRF reporters in an exclusive interview, where he said he has left the trade. (Photo from Wang-Wang Cebu’s FB page)

Cebu City’s top drug pusher willing to help cops.

NOTORIOUS drug pusher Jeffrey Diaz, alias Jaguar said he has left the drug business and is willing to help the police catch other drug personalities. Jaguar also said he is willing to surrender to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte so he and his family’s safety would be assured.

I ask forgiveness to those who I have victimized in the past…I just want to live the rest of my life in peace. I swear on my family’s life that I have stopped pushing. As God is my witness, all I want is to sleep in peace and to be able to walk without fear for my life. Jeffrey Diaz in exclusive interview with DYRF.

Read: Freeman: Cebu’s No. 1 drug personality leaves trade, willing to help police.

No Comments on Jaguar willing to help cops; Margot dares critics–sue me; DepEd welcomes 84,000 new Grade 11 students–Cebu News Digest for June 13, 206.

DOH alarmed by 159 percent increase in Dengue in Region 7; P30K for a pastor’s life; Digong offers P5M per drug lord–Cebu News Digest for June 9, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local papers today, June 9, 2016. Mutated mosquitos, 159 percent increase in Dengue cases Region 7 is now on red…

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

MUTATION. DOH 7 said the dengue-causing mosquito has mutated, allowing it to thrive in more places.

MUTATION. DOH 7 said the dengue-causing mosquito has mutated, allowing it to thrive in more places. This year, 46 deaths were attributed to dengue, a steep increase to the nine reported last year.

Mutated mosquitos, 159 percent increase in Dengue cases

Region 7 is now on red alert after the Department of Health announced a 159 percent increase in dengue cases this year. As of June 4, DOH reported 5,728 cases and 46 deaths from dengue fever, a steep increase to the 2,212 cases last year. There were only nine deaths last year in the same period.

Before, mosquitos only thrived during the rainy season, now they thrive even during summer. Dr. Selby Blanco, DOH 7 Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: DOH places Region 7 on red alert due to steep increase of dengue cases.

Cebu Daily News: DOH 7 issues warning on dengue, ‘mutated mosquitos’

No Comments on DOH alarmed by 159 percent increase in Dengue in Region 7; P30K for a pastor’s life; Digong offers P5M per drug lord–Cebu News Digest for June 9, 2016.

Tabal gets closer to Olympic dream; Friends, family turn funeral into protest; Dalaguete mayor faces graft charges–Cebu News Digest for June 8, 2016

This is the roundup of the top news stories in Cebu today, June 8. Destination Rio Mary Joy Tabal’s dream of joining the Philippine team in the Rio Olympics is a…

This is the roundup of the top news stories in Cebu today, June 8.

PROCESS. Mary Joy Tabal will follow the process and ask Patafa for reinstatement in the national team so she can join the Rio Olympics. (Photo from Motor Ace's FB page)

PROCESS. Mary Joy Tabal will follow the process and ask Patafa for reinstatement in the national team so she can join the Rio Olympics. (Photo from Motor Ace’s FB page)

Destination Rio

Mary Joy Tabal’s dream of joining the Philippine team in the Rio Olympics is a step closer after her handler, Jonel Borromeo of Motor Ace Philippines, said they are willing to follow the process for the marathon queen’s reinstatement in the national team. Tabal, who met the Olympic qualifier in the ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon last May 29, resigned from the national team last year. She was greeted with a victory party during her return last June 6.

We are going to follow the procedure, which is to send a letter of reinstatement. We will start the process on June 7, and hopefully we can submit the letter in the afternoon. I think we have a good chance. We are doing the proper process with no shortcuts. Jonel Borromeo.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tabal thanks supporters during victory party.

Cebu Daily News: Motorace, Patafa discuss Tabal’s reinstatement to national team.

Funeral of man killed in anti-drugs raid turns into protest

Families and friends of 22-year-old John Jason Montes, one of the three slain during an anti-drug operation in Bohol, turned his funeral march into a protest. They said Jason is innocent and was not involved in drugs. Before he was laid to rest at the Calamba cemetery, his casket passed by Cebu City Hall as a protest against incoming mayor Tomas Osmena, who has given more than P200,000 to cops for recent anti-crime drives.

I have no problem if that’s how he’s going to do it. (To give rewards.) But innocent lives like that of my son should be spared. Victor Montes, John Jason’s father.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Family, friends cry out justice for Cebuano slain in Bohol.

 

Related: Cebu Daily News: Despite clearing cops of overkill in Bohol ops, CHR to proceed with probe.

Dalaguete mayor indicted for graft

Despite winning another term, Dalaguete City mayor Ronald Allan Cesante may not be able to assume office after he was indicted for graft by the Office of the Ombudsman. Cesante allegedly allowed his wife to use four market stalls for free since 2004, without any contract or rental payment. He was already meted a nine-month suspension over the same case by the Ombudsman last year.

It (suspension) will continue. The Ombudsman’s latest decision has no effect on thte suspension. The administrative case is different from the criminal case. DILG 7 director Rene Burdeos.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Suspended Dalaguete mayor indicted for graft.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol buys P28 million worth of vehicles for elected officials

» Sun.Star Cebu: 200 families in Calamba lose homes in demolition

» Sun.Star Cebu: International group wants 8 reclamation projects in Cebu stopped

» Sun.Star Cebu: DENR nab 2 men selling 10 kilos of turtle meat

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops identify suspects in ambush of pastor

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops probe whether drug group got guns from police

» Sun.Star Cebu: Most candidates fail to file report on poll expenses

» The Freeman: Dengue cases in Cebu drop in first five months

» The Freeman: Rains improve MCWD water supply but still not enough to meet demand

» Cebu Daily News: Cops say slain pastor mistaken for informant

» Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 says intensified anti-drug operations has led to departure of one syndicate

» Cebu Daily News: CPDRC eyes sentence reduction for inmates who behave

» Cebu Daily News: Rains stall bridge repair but contractor still confident of meeting deadline

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Business Month to hold tourism fair

» Sun.Star Cebu: Local sector says there is no real estate bubble in Cebu

» Cebu Daily News: Company wants to put up water desalination plant in Mactan

» Cebu Daily News: Former OFW worker shares challenges in putting up BPO company

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: 11 join UCI training

» The Freeman: ALA relaunches boxing show

» Cebu Daily News: USJ-R meets UV in Partners Cup final

No Comments on Tabal gets closer to Olympic dream; Friends, family turn funeral into protest; Dalaguete mayor faces graft charges–Cebu News Digest for June 8, 2016

P10 billion project in Mandaue City; CHR sees no overkill in drug suspect’s death; Osmena turns down payment for landfill for now–Cebu News Digest for June 7, 2016

Join venture to put up P10 billion Gatewalk Central project in Mandaue AYALA Land Inc and AboitizLand are planning to pt up P10 billion for their latest joint venture which…

Join venture to put up P10 billion Gatewalk Central project in Mandaue

AYALA Land Inc and AboitizLand are planning to pt up P10 billion for their latest joint venture which will be put up on the former Aboitiz Sports Field in Mandaue City. The Cebu District Property Enterprise INc., will put up Gatewalk Central, which will have an Ayala mall, residential towers and office spaces.

Gatewalk Central

GATEWALK CENTRAL. An artist’s rendition of the planned Esplanade for the Gatewalk Central. (Image taken from Gatewalk Central website)

We (ALI and AboitizLand) have worked together for the concept. When we see opportunities with business groups, we pursue it to further create value and bring in more employment. Cebu Holdings Inc. president Aniceto Bisnar Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Ayala, Aboitiz put up joint venture for P10 billion project in Mandaue City

Cebu Daily News: Group launches multi-billion project in Mandaue City, eyes operations by 2019

CHR forensic team clears cops of overkill allegations

A forensic team from the Commission on Human Rights said there were no signs of overkill or close-range shooting on John Jason Montes, one of the suspects killed by elements of the Police Regional Office 7 during an anti-drug operation in Bohol.

The investigation was done amid allegations of a rub-out and that the suspects were shot in close range. The parents of Montes also want the CHR to dig deeper into the statement of a 10-year-old witness, who claimed their son had already surrendered before he was shot repeatedly by the police.

We need complete and enough evidence before we would let the police answer their allegation. The results of the autopsy has a big impact. We can identify how many wounds there are and identify how he was killed. CHR 7 investigator Leo Villarin.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Forensic team sees no over-kill in Bohol ops.

Margot postpones P32M payment for landfill

Citing the lack of contract, the landfill operator in Polog, Consolacion will have to wait before they can receive the P32 million payment from Cebu City for the garbage disposed. Cebu City pays P700 for every ton disposed in Consolacion, but acting Mayor Margot Osmena said there is no contract between Asian Energy System Corp and Cebu City hall.

There is no contract. So I said we cannot pay you on the basis of just a purchase order. But we also acknowledged that they already provided services. So we are going to correct the documentation. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Landfill operator needs to sign contract before getting P32M payment.

Cebu Daily News: No contract, no payment for Consolacion landfill

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 eyes rewards for cops involved in hunt for Secretaria

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops to look into links between politicos and Bohol drug groups

» Sun.Star Cebu: Pastor who fought drugs gunned down in Bonbon

» Sun.Star Cebu: Rama defends purchase of new emergency vehicle

» Sun.Star Cebu: Muslims include prayers for Digong admin in Ramadan

» Sun.Star Cebu: Margot to submit revised P6 billion budget

» The Freeman: Davide eyes construction of Ciudad project before yearend

» The Freeman: Mandaue allows fire victimes to use CICC as shelter

» Cebu Daily News: Police chief urges drug lords to surrender

» Cebu Daily News: Barangay captains in Talisay deny coddling drug lords

» Cebu Daily News: 1,000 terminated workers mull case vs. Margot

» Cebu Daily News: Margot won’t pay for vehicle issued to Rama

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PHL MSMEs welcome Customs Modernization and Tariff Act

» Sun.Star Cebu: Kepco reports inclusion in list of best power companies

Cebu Sports Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano wins bronze in Asean chess

» Cebu Daily News: Cesafi Partners Cup semis start today

» Cebu Daily News: 2 Cebuanos ditch FEU, return home to Cesafi

No Comments on P10 billion project in Mandaue City; CHR sees no overkill in drug suspect’s death; Osmena turns down payment for landfill for now–Cebu News Digest for June 7, 2016

Gullas warns drug lords: get out; PRO 7 kills 5 in another Bohol raid; Tomas willing to give curfew ordinance a try–Cebu News Digest for June 6, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 6, 2016. Gullas urges drug lords in Talisay to leave city. Incoming Talisay City mayor Eduard…

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

FRIENDLY CHAT. Talisay City mayor-elect Eduard Gullas says he will meet with suspected drug lords of Talisay and urge them to reform or move away. (Photo from Samsam Gullas FB page)

FRIENDLY CHAT. Talisay City mayor-elect Eduard Gullas says he will meet with suspected drug lords of Talisay and urge them to reform or move away. (Photo from Samsam Gullas FB page)

Gullas urges drug lords in Talisay to leave city.

Incoming Talisay City mayor Eduard Gullas is revisiting his list of drug personalities and warned those involved in the drug trade to get out of the city. Gullas, who said he had a similar meeting that yielded positive results in 2001, clarified he won’t offer any money for the death or arrest of a drug lord but is warning them nonetheless to quit.

I am not telling them that they get out from Talisay and go instead to Cebu City. No. Get out from the province. You decide on where to go but do not stay here because I will go hammer and tongs against you. Talisay City mayor-elect Eduardo Gullas.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Gullas to follow rule of law but vows to go hard against drug personalities.

Sun.Star Cebu: Gullas to meet suspected drug lords in Talisay, will ask them to leave.

PRO 7 scores again in war against drugs

SUPT. George Ylanan of the Regional Special Operations Group of PRO 7 announced the death of Davild Anunciado and four of his cohorts during an anti-drug operation in Inabanga, Bohol Sunday morning. Three others were caught alive during the operation that happened eight days after another suspected drug lord, Rowen Secretaria and two others were killed in Getafe, 42 kilometers away from Inabanga. Cops also seized P3 million worth of shabu during the operation against the suspected level one pusher.

We will continue to hunt down drug syndicates until the last of them shall have been accounted for. Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cops kill 5 in latest anti-drug ops in Bohol.

Cebu Daily News: Cops sieze P3 million worth of drugs in Bohol raid.

Freeman: 5 killed in gunfight with police

Tom O willing to revisit curfew ordinance

Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena says the City has more priorities than going after children who break the curfew but is willing to give it a try. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has announced his plans to impose a 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors to keep them away from drugs and other crimes.

If that is the order of the president, we will give it a chance to work. But we have so many other priorities than to run after children. Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tom O to focus on ‘reactive’ and ‘pro-active’ policies

Other Cebu News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: Alayon ditches Roxas’ LP, jumps ship to Digong’s PDP

» Sun.Star Cebu: Margot wants to expands city’s scholarship program

» Sun.Star Cebu: Not wanting to leave her City Hall duties, Margot postpones Tom O’s medical checkup to August

» Sun.Star Cebu: Drug store loses P250,000 to robber

» Cebu Daily News: Ombud asked to probe Sta. Fe councilor for failure to disclose business interests

» Cebu Daily News: Cebuano radioman joins Duterte’s cabinet as press official

» Cebu Daily News: Experts call for urgent action on Cebu’s water crisis

» Cebu Daily News: Capitol eyes landfill in Carmen to solve garbage woes

» Cebu Daily News: Gullas cites lost of trust in asking five department heads to resign

» The Freeman: PB asks candidates to remove campaign posters

» The Freeman: Greenpeace slams planned oceanarium at SRP

Cebu Business News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: DTI offers financing program for startups

» Sun.Star Cebu: British chef to open new restaurant in Cebu

» The Freeman: 152 applicants get hired on the spot in SM job fair

» The Freeman: World Bank consultant urges Cebu to take lead in digital trade

» Cebu Daily News: Advocate urges local real estate developers to go green

» Cebu Daily News: Bo’s Coffee to buy more coffee from Tuburan.

Cebu Sports News.

» The Freeman: SWU wins Shakey’s Girls V-League Cebu crown

» Sun.Star Cebu: Chobie Duenas, Loui Villacin wins Tabuelan triathlon

» Cebu Daily News: UV advances to Partners Cup finals

» Cebu Daily News: Wenceslao loses in tough Davao fight

No Comments on Gullas warns drug lords: get out; PRO 7 kills 5 in another Bohol raid; Tomas willing to give curfew ordinance a try–Cebu News Digest for June 6, 2016.

Tom O pledges to defend cops; IT industry struggles with talent-retention; Margot files charges vs. defiant officials–Cebu News Digest for June 3, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 3, 2016. Tomas unfazed by critics, vows fight against drugs Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmena assured…

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

REWARD. Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmena handed out P155,000 to a team of policemen who killed notorious drug pusher Rowen Secretaria in Bohol. (Photo from Tommy Osmena's FB page)

REWARD. Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmena handed out P155,000 to a team of policemen who killed notorious drug pusher Rowen Secretaria in Bohol. (Photo from Tommy Osmena’s FB page)

Tomas unfazed by critics, vows fight against drugs

Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmena assured police of his support after the Commission on Human Rights launched a probe on their operation in Bohol that killed alleged drug lord Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria. Osmena, who handed out P155,000 to the police team led by Senior Insp. Henrix Bancoleta, also took a swipe against CHR as “Criminals Have Rights” in a Facebook post.

“You know, I’m focused in fighting drugs. I’m not focused about scoring pogi points. I don’t care whether people will like or hate me. I’m only fighting drugs. Never mind the what ifs. Never mind the scenario. Bahala na. That’s it.” — Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmena.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Tom O vows to help cops amidst CHR probe on Sectaria shooting

Cebu Daily News: CHR unfazed by criticisms from Tommy

Talent-retention still among top IT-BPM concerns

Due to the lack of qualified applicants, attracting and keeping talents remain the number one concern in the billion-dollar information technology-business process management sector in the country. IT an Business Association of the Philippines executive director Penny Bonagto said only eight or nine out of 100 applicants are qualified, posing a challenge to companies.

“Our competitors are global and if they’re not happy, they can transfer to another country.” — IBPAP executive director Penny Bongato

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: IT Business Process industry needs more qualified applicants to compete globally

Margot files carnapping charges against defiant captains

Acting Cebu City mayor Margot Osmena filed criminal and administrative charges against 47 barangay captains who failed to heed her order to return the city-issued vehicles. Margot, who filed carnapping and gross insubordination charges among others, also included in the complaint officials who returned their vehicles after the May 24 deadline.

“It’s because the deadline was already given. If I just use a comparison, it’s just like the calamity aid. You know, some councilors paid it back. Even Joy Pesquera paid for Mike Rama, but it didn’t matter anymore sa case.”  Acting Cebu City mayor Margot Osmena.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Margot says ‘please’ didn’t work, files charges against defiant officials.

 

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Margot terminates 60 more job order employees

Sun.Star Cebu: Citing fear of Duterte presidency, hired killer surrenders to cops

Sun.Star Cebu: Arrested pusher prefers to stay in jail, fears getting killed

Sun.Star Cebu: Farmers receive post-harvest equipment from Capitol

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops nab 4, P100,000 worth of drugs in Lapu, Mandaue operations

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue police hold robbery simulation exercise

Cebu Daily News: Cebu Citizen’s Press Council condemns Duterte’s statement

Cebu Daily News: Osmena says manual recount shows minimal discrepancies

Cebu Daily News: LTFRB to inspect school buses during class opening

Cebu Daily News: Davide to stick with LP, but expects mayors to jump to PDP Laban.

Cebu Business News

Sun.Star Cebu: With labor groups watching, IT companies urged to take care of employees’ welfare

Sun.Star Cebu: After purchasing SMC assets, Globe, PLDT expected to improve service

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Business Month to promote Digital Cebu

Cebu Daily News: PHL economy to keep growing under Duterte admin

Cebu Sports News

Sun.Star Cebu: Kids motivate Joy’s Olympic dream

Sun.Star Cebu: Casimero eyes pound-for-pound king Gonzalez in unification bout

Cebu Daily News: SWU beats USC, advances to Partner’s Cup semis

Cebu Daily News: Magsayo to train in Wild Card Gym

 

No Comments on Tom O pledges to defend cops; IT industry struggles with talent-retention; Margot files charges vs. defiant officials–Cebu News Digest for June 3, 2016.

Drug pushers now scared; 4-person council tackles Cebu City budget; Militants want K to 12 suspended–Cebu News Digest for June 2, 2016.

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 2, 2016. Drug prices drop by 60 percent An intensified campaign against illegal drugs and the tough-stance of President-elect…

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 2, 2016.

SHARP DROP. The Police Regional Office 7, led by Chief Supt. Patrocinio Commendador said President elect Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on drugs has led to some pushers dumping their supply at a fraction of the usual price. (Photo from Tommy Osmena's FB page)

SHARP DROP. The Police Regional Office 7, led by Chief Supt. Patrocinio Commendador said President elect Rodrigo Duterte’s tough stance on drugs has led to some pushers dumping their supply at a fraction of the usual price. (Photo from Tommy Osmena’s FB page)

Drug prices drop by 60 percent

An intensified campaign against illegal drugs and the tough-stance of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has led to the drop of prices of shabu in Cebu by almost two-thirds, police said.

Supt. Rex Derilo, the Regional Intelligence Division, said shabu now costs only P60 per small sachet, down from P200 to 300. He attributed the drop to pushers’ fear of being killed once Duterte assumes office and their intensified campaign, which netted them more than nine kilos worth of shabu worth more than P100 million from January to May this year.

We are going after high-value, high quality targets. PRO7 director Chief. Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Pushers sell drugs at low price, fear for their lives.

Sun.Star Cebu: Yawa’s death a big blow to drug operations in Central Visayas

Cebu Daily News: Cops say pushers are scared of Duterte admin

Council of four holds session

A four-person Cebu City council approved a resolution returning the controversial P9.8 billion budget for 2016 and asked the executive department to submit a new one. The P9.8 proposed billion budget was stalled due to disagreement with councilors allied with Team Rama and BOPK. However, the suspension of vice-mayor elect Edgar Labella and 12 others have paved the way for the budget talks to move on.

Considering the new composition of the executive department, this Sanggunian finds it necessary to return the proposed annual budget to the said department for additional revisions to conform with its thrusts and programs. Cebu City resolution..

Read: Cebu Daily News: Council asks executive to make new budget proposal for 2016.

Sun.Star Cebu: Council asks new admin to revise annual budget, rejects proposed P9.8 billion budget

Sun.Star Cebu: Four person Cebu City Council makes historic session

Groups seek cancellation of K12 program

Militant groups want the Department of Education in Central Visayas and the Commisson on Higher Education to stop the implementation of the K to 12 programs since the government has yet to build the facilities for the new students. Alliance of Concerned Teachers in Central Visays president Antonia Lim said some schools do not have the facilities or curriculum for the program. In Cebu, Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud of DepEd said only 371 classrooms have been completed while 639 are under construction. Some parents also joined the rally, saying the K12 program will only be a financial burden.

Where would I get the money to buy their uniforms? I’m having a difficult time looking for their fare and their food. I have to borrow money so they can go to school. Nannete Lawas, 49-year-old mother who joined anti K12 rally.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Militant teachers ask DepEd, CHED to suspend K to 12 program.

 

Other Cebu News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: DENR to open Osmeña Reforestation Project to eco-tourism ventures

» Sun.Star Cebu: Davide suspends canyoneering activities in Badian, Alegria for two months

» Sun.Star Cebu: Court orders 200 families in Calamba to leave their homes

» Margot asks 400 residents in Osmeña Shrine to voluntarily vacate place

» Sun.Star Cebu: 10-year-old asks for help after getting raped by 2 uncles, grand pa

» Sun.Star Cebu: Asian College asks court to junk petition by Cebu City

» Sun.Star Cebu: Kin say man found wrapped in tape not a robber

» The Freeman: Audit shows no anomaly in Cebu City election

» Cebu Daily News: Cops, CHR start probe on operation that led to Yawa’s death

» Cebu Daily News: Bohol pushes for Banacon Island as tourist attraction

» Cebu Daily News: Osmena says houses in Osmena shrine not covered by moratorium

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: IT sector assures Digong admin of support

» Sun.Star Cebu: Golden Prince opens new tower

» Cebu Daily News: IT industry hopes to offer 1 million more jobs to Pinoys

Cebu Sports

» Sun.Star Cebu: PSC chairman backs Tabal’s bid for Rio Olympics

» Cebu Daily News: Despite Patafa hurdle, Joy’s coach stays positive

» Cebu Daily News: Canoy gets new foe in uptown rumble

» Cebu Daily News: Aiba approves plan to allow pros in Rio, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2 next?

No Comments on Drug pushers now scared; 4-person council tackles Cebu City budget; Militants want K to 12 suspended–Cebu News Digest for June 2, 2016.

CHR starts probe on alleged drug lord’s death; Margot orders demolition of structures in Osmena shrine; Pimentel pushes for Federalism–Cebu News Digest for June 1, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 1, 2016. CHR opens probe on allegations of rubout in suspected drug lord’s death in Bohol…

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, June 1, 2016.

PROBE. The Commission on Human Rights 7 said it will probe allegations that PRO 7's operation against Rowen Secteraria was a rubout.

PROBE. The Commission on Human Rights 7 said it will probe allegations that PRO 7’s operation against Rowen Secretaria was a rub-out. (Photo from PRO7 Twitter account)

CHR opens probe on allegations of rubout in suspected drug lord’s death in Bohol

TWO days after suspected drug lord Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria was killed along with two others, the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas will start a probe on allegations that it was a rub-out. Leo Villarino of the CHR 7 is asking his counterpart in Bohol to secure documents while they are waiting for the complaint of the mother of Jason Montes. However, Villarino added that even if the mother of Montes changes her mind and won’t file a complaint, the CHR will still push through with the probe.

We are already gathering the documents, that’s already the start of the investigation. We are just waiting for the complainant to sign the formal statement. CHR 7 investigation division OIC Leo Villarino.

Read: Cebu Daily News: CHR 7 to probe ‘rub-out’ allegations on druglord’s death in Bohol.

Related: Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 to conduct investigation why it took time before cops caught drug lord.

Margot wants structures in Osmeña shrine removed

After informal settlers reportedly burned and cut off some trees in the forested area in Osmeña Shrine, Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña has ordered for the removal of the structures. Osmeña said personnel from the Prevention, Restoration, Order and Beautification and Enhancement team have 10 days to clear the area.

There are already more than 50 structures. There are also demarcation lines to divide the land so most probably, there will be others who would build more structures. Most of them use light materials so that it is easy to construct. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña

Read: Cebu Daily News: Informal settlers have 10 days to leave Osmena shrine

Sun.Star Cebu: City Hall asks 400 residents to leave Osmena Shrine.

Ex-senator Pimentel pushes for federalism

Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. pushed for federalism during a Cebu City forum, which was attended by local mayors. Tuburan mayor Democrito Diamante, the head of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines Cebu Chapter, said most of them support the move because it is advantageous for LGUs.

If people are convinced that this is really for the good of everybody, my hope would be for local governments to have autonomy. Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Pimentel bats for federalism in Cebu forum with local mayors.

Other Cebu News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 monitors 6 cop-protectors of drug lord in Tuburan

» Sun.Star Cebu: 3-member Cebu City council to hold session today

» Sun.Star Cebu: Officials who refused order to return vehicles barred from getting fuel from City depot

» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue eyes rerouting scheme for jeepneys

» Sun.Star Cebu: 21-year-old nabbed for using 10-year-old to steal P60,000

» Cebu Daily News: Margot open to retaining some job-order employees

» Cebu Daily News: Comelec thanks police, military for help in securing polls

» Cebu Daily News: Alcover wants Osmena probed for P50K bounty

» Cebu Daily News: Council urges shipping firms to set up online ticket purchase

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: European chamber hopes Digong will liberalize services sector to ensure global competitiveness

» Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas taps former CIPC head Joel Yu as adviser

» Sun.Star Cebu: SPC willing to bid for Naga Power Plant anew

» Cebu Daily News: Tomas taps former CIPC head for help in boosting BPO sector

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Hayashi-ha tops karate tournament with 28 golds

» Sun.Star Cebu: Velarde takes lead in Asean chess

» Cebu Daily News: ANS, UV rule SBP 3 on 3 tournament

» Cebu Daily News: Joy undeterred by Patafa issue in road to Rio

No Comments on CHR starts probe on alleged drug lord’s death; Margot orders demolition of structures in Osmena shrine; Pimentel pushes for Federalism–Cebu News Digest for June 1, 2016.

Joel Mari Yu back in Cebu City Hall as business advisor; tasked to grow BPO sector

Former Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) chief Joel Mari Yu is joining the administration of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña as business advisor and one of his major tasks…

Former Cebu Investment Promotions Center (CIPC) chief Joel Mari Yu is joining the administration of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña as business advisor and one of his major tasks will be to grow the outsourcing industry.

Yu said he has been entrusted with making sure that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector realize its full potential through whatever ways and means.

During his term as CIPC head, Yu said he was able to contribute to the growth of the IT-BPO sector from the investment side. In collaboration with the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (Cedf-IT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), CIPC helped bring in outsourcing companies to Cebu.

Increase number of workers

This time, Yu said he will be focusing on increasing the number of industry workers.

“There had been no actual count since CIPC closed but the estimate is there are about 135,000 workers in Cebu’s outsourcing sector. Our target is to break that to 200,000 in the next three years,” he told a press conference on the Cebu leg of DTI’s Slingshot Philippines program (see separate story).

JOEL MARI YU. The former Cebu Investment Promotions Center head is back as business advisor of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña. Yu is shown above with Ravi Agarwal of The Tide co-working space during the press conference for the upcoming Slingshot event in Cebu (see separate story). (Photo: MyCebu.ph)

JOEL MARI YU. The former Cebu Investment Promotions Center head is back as business advisor of incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña. Yu is shown above with Ravi Agarwal (right) of The Tide co-working space during the press conference for the upcoming Slingshot event in Cebu (see separate story). (Photo: MyCebu.ph)

Yu said the City Government will look at factors that make people shy away from the industry, including such issues as transport, security, and housing.

According to him, one way of helping workers in the sector will be to inventory boarding spaces in areas where BPO companies operate and come up with a standard rate. Another is to coordinate with IT Parks and long-time BPO locators to come up with a shuttle schedule for employees who keep late hours.

Point man for business, promotions

Mayor-elect Osmeña would also like to address security issues like robbery and mugging faced by BPO workers, he added.

“I’m coming back as his (Osmeña’s) point man for business, economic development, and investment promotions,” he said, citing this involves anything related to bringing in investments and making the economy grow.

Reviving CIPC is possible but he wouldn’t be able to run it because he has already signed up for other things, he added. He cites his consultancy job with the DTI Cebu Provincial Office, which has been ongoing for two years now. He said that helping the Cebu economy through DTI is a much better proposition because the agency, unlike CIPC, can’t be closed.

Politics

“With the years of accomplishment at CIPC, I thought we were insulated from politics. Mike Rama proved me wrong,” he said.

The CIPC stopped operations in 2013, after Rama decided not to fund it.

Yu said he will, at the minimum, have a desk and secretary in City Hall, unlike the full office staff he used to have with CIPC. Still, he said, this will be good for businesses and business promotions because he will be working directly from the mayor’s office.

Yu said several investors immediately contacted him after hearing of Osmeña’s election as mayor to express interest in putting in money in the city.

1 Comment on Joel Mari Yu back in Cebu City Hall as business advisor; tasked to grow BPO sector

Tabal qualifies for Olympics; Dumpit ready to return to police; Margot fires 700 job-order employees — Cebu News Digest for May 31, 2016

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, May 31, 2016. Cebuana running sensation Mary Joy Tabal qualifies for Rio Olympics After failing in her first attempt last…

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, May 31, 2016.

RIO BOUND. After beating the Olympic standard of 2:45, Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal must ask the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association to be reinstated to the national team.

RIO BOUND. After beating the Olympic standard of 2:45, Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal must ask the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association to be reinstated to the national team.

Cebuana running sensation Mary Joy Tabal qualifies for Rio Olympics

After failing in her first attempt last month, Mary Joy Tabal finally shattered her personal best, finishing the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds to qualify for the Olympics. Her previous personal best was 2:48, while the Olympic standard for women’s marathon is 2:45.

Tabal, who is not a member of the national team, will have to write a letter to the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association for her reinstatement. Patafa president Philip Juico said they will confirm if the Scotiabank is indeed an Olympic qualifier before they will let their coaches and board of governors decide whether to get Mary Joy back.

“I was shaking and I felt my whole body was numb. I felt like the world had stopped but I continued on to the cross the finish line to really make it real.” Mary Joy Tabal.

“This will be a collective decision. First we are going to refer this to the coaching staff (of the national team), then we will refer it to the board of directors.” Patafa president Philip Ella Juico on the reinstatement of Tabal to the national team.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Mary Joy tabal smashes own record, qualifies for Rio.

Cebu Daily News: Tabal nails Olympic spot in second attempt.

Ottawa Citizen: Handful of athletes qualify to Rio through Ottawa marathon

Dumpit ready to go after criminals again

After spending six years in jail for homicide, SPO1 Adonis Dumpit is ready to join the police force again. Dumpit visited Police Regional Office 7 director Patrocinio Comendador Jr., who reminded him to process his papers before he can return to active duty. Dumpit was sentenced to six to nine years for the killing of suspected robber Ronron Go.

They should earn an honest living like the rest of us…but if they want to kill me, then I won’t have any choice but to defend myself. SPO1 Adonis Dumpit on criminals.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Dumpit not afraid to go after criminals again

Cebu Daily News: Dumpit visits PRO 7

700 Cebu City Hall employees lose jobs

Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena has fired 700 job-order employees assigned at the various departments in Cebu City, including 155 at the Coastal Management Board. Margot said the workers’ services were no longer needed and added that most of them were hired to be used for Team Rama’s campaign. Some 1,300 will be retained, including those who work at the engineering office and the department of public services, while Osmena admitted that she would replace those terminated with her supporters.

All things being equal ha, who will you choose? For you or against you? I mean, hello Isn’t it exactly what they did? I am not going to say, ‘No, that is not true.” That will be a lie. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Margot sacks 700 job-order employees.

Other Cebu Stories.

» Sun.Star Cebu: COA suspends work on P18M seawall in Barangays Cogon Pardo, Basak San Nicolas due to poor workmanship

» Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 sends team to stop drug shipment in Bohol

» Sun.Star Cebu: Unidentified man found dead, covered in tape with message ‘I’m a robber’

» Sun.Star Cebu: Teachers prepare for class opening

» Sun.Star Cebu: Private, government groups unite for street children

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City barangay captains sign manifesto supporting Digong appointee Michael Dino

» Cebu Daily News: Wife mourns for husband killed in anti-drug operation in Bohol

» Cebu Daily News: Girl who saw shooting of ‘drug lord’ to be taken by DSWD

» Cebu Daily News: Ermita barangay captain to help family of Cebuano slain in Bohol anti-drug op

» Cebu Daily News: Zafra defends use of 4 vehicles

» Cebu Daily News: Osmena questions terminal leave benefits of councilors Joey Daluz, Edu Rama

Cebu Business News.

» Sun.Star Cebu: Tour groups agree with Capitol’s move vs. canyoneering

» Sun.Star Cebu: Businessmen adopt wait-and-see attitude with Digong

» Cebu Daily News: DTI opens Negosyo Center in Southern Cebu

No Comments on Tabal qualifies for Olympics; Dumpit ready to return to police; Margot fires 700 job-order employees — Cebu News Digest for May 31, 2016

500 workers in City Hall may lose job; Mandaue eyes CICC purchase in 6 months; Osmeña questions Rama’s purchase of van—Cebu News Digest for May 30, 2016.

Here are the top news stories in Cebu for today, May 30, 2016. 500 job orders in Cebu City Hall may lose jobs The change in power at Cebu City Hall may…

Here are the top news stories in Cebu for today, May 30, 2016.

500 job orders in Cebu City Hall may lose jobs

TARGET WORKERS. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena warned that 500 job-order employees of Cebu City Hall may lose their jobs. (Photo from Margot Osmena's FB page)

REVIEW OF JOBS. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena warned that 500 job-order employees of Cebu City Hall may lose their jobs. (Photo from Margot Osmena’s FB page)

The change in power at Cebu City Hall may mean trouble for some 500 job order workers, who risk losing their jobs, according to acting Cebu City mayor Margot Osmeña. The acting mayor said Cebu City Hall doesn’t have a clear record of the number of job order workers but said 600 of them charge their salaries with the city’s calamity fund. Of the number of workers, Osmeña said they recognize only 100 of the job order workers. She said that even City Hall’s human resources department cannot give them a list of the workers.

They are not going to be renewed until we find out what they’re working on, unless they are validated. They are supposed to be project-based only. Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña.

A City Hall transition committee member who asked not to be named told Cebu Daily News they found at least 2,000 job order workers assigned to different Cebu City Government offices.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Margot goes after job order workers

Mandaue to buy CICC in 6 months

MANDAUE City is planning to purchase the Cebu International Convention Center, which was damaged by two calamities, in six months. Vice Mayor-elect Carlo Fortuna met with Gov. Hilario Davide III, outgoing Mandaue city mayor Jonas Cortes and Mayor-elect Luis Gabriel Quisumbing to talk about Capitol’s plan to allow Mandaue to buy CICC.

Mandaue will be buying it and part of the commitment after the acquisition of CICC is to continue the plan to establish a product exhibition center and provide offices to the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Trade and Industry. Vice Mayor-elect Carlo Fortuna.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue confident of completing CICC purchase in 6 months

Rama raises more questions after returning 2 vehicles

TWO vehicles with the vanity plate mayor were turned over at the South Road Properties, where all the vehicles owned by the Cebu City are being kept, upon the recall order of Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmena. However, the return of the two vehicles only elicited more questions from Osmeña, who wondered why suspended Cebu City mayor Mike Rama had two vehicles.

“The other (newer) one just came in last March, after his suspension…but still, why will we get a new one when the other one is not that old?” Acting Cebu City Mayor Margot Osmeña.

“He used the other one as a decoy. That’s how paranoid Mike Rama was.” former Cebu City councilor Augustus Pe Jr.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Osmena questions Rama’s purchase of vehicles.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Prosecutor resolves concubinage case vs. two lawyers caught in pension house

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes to restore Cebu City’s rivers

» Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte supporters question appointment of businessman Michael Diño as presidential assistant for Visayas

» Sun.Star Cebu: Family of dead 76-year-old receives wrong corpse

» Cebu Daily News: Police eye vendetta in Cebuano couple’s death in Bohol

» Cebu Daily News: Community mourns ‘generous’ drug lord’s death in Bohol

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu City’s disaster team prepares for rainy season

» Cebu Daily News: Red Lips management applies for new permit under new name

» Cebu Daily News: Tatay Baste returns to CCPO, vows to continue helping street kids

» Cebu Daily News: Church launches book on International Eucharistic Congress

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PLDT says subsidy needed to improve internet

» Sun.Star Cebu: One Paseo promotes lifestyle strip

» Cebu Daily News: Digong, Magpale assure Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry of support

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Nietes stops Garcia in five rounds

» Cebu Daily News: Donnie ready to take on the best in 112 division

No Comments on 500 workers in City Hall may lose job; Mandaue eyes CICC purchase in 6 months; Osmeña questions Rama’s purchase of van—Cebu News Digest for May 30, 2016.

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search