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

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

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

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

P1.5 million worth of alleged fake motor engines

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

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

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

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

Under watch for a possible deadly disease

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

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

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

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

Rose prices go up

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

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

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

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

Other top Cebu News Stories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cebu Business headlines:

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

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

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