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Cebu News Digest: March 13, 2015: 60-year-old tanod in Carcar dies after trying to break up catfight; Taxi driver to LTFRB: I did not threaten couple with knife

A 60-year-old barangay tanod in Carcar City died when he tried to break up a fight between two women. Cesar Pantonial was kicked in the crotch by one of the women and was declared dead upon arriving at the local hospital.

Joel Ramos, 45, driver of SD taxi, was more upset about being lambasted on Facebook than getting fined P1,000 for overcharging, saying the negative publicity is distressing his family.

In light of the conflicting claims, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) asked both sides to bring witnesses when the first formal hearing is scheduled.

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Dave Seyjorca, who accused taxi driver Joel Ramos of threatening him and his wife with a knife, posted an account of their experience on his social media account.

Here are the top stories for today, March 13, 2015:

Death by kick

Cesar Pantonial, a tanod of Barangay Ocaña in Carcar City, was declared dead upon arriving at the local hospital after he was kicked in the crotch allegedly by Rosarie Sarsa, one of the two women who were fighting.

Sarsa denied doing so, claiming she fainted from the injuries received from her neighbors she had a fight with.

She was looking for her husband, Robin, earlier that day when she saw Alicia Padin, 40, her neighbor. She suspected Padin of having an affair with her husband. Padin, irked, confronted Sarsa. The confrontation turned violent and worse when Padin’s two daughters, husband and mother joined the fight.

Pantonial, who happened to be passing by, tried to break up the fight. During the incident, he got kicked in the crotch and passed out.

The police is preparing a homicide complaint against Sarsa.

“How can I kick him (Pantonial) when I was on the ground being mauled by Alicia and her companions.” –Rosarie Sarsa

Driver, passenger face off at LTFRB

Facing his accusers at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-7, Joel Ramos, driver of SD Taxi, denied the allegations that he threatened his passengers with a knife after he was told to follow the P10 flag down cut.

Ramos, 47, from Consolacion, challenged the couple to present the CCTV footage taken from the security camera of the establishments at the Cebu I.T. Park where the alleged incident happened.

“Di na tinuod nga giti-unan nako siya og kutsilyo. Wa na nahitabo… Naa man gyud nay CCTV ang I.T. Park, ipatan-aw nila og naa ba koy dala nga kutsilyo. Ako pa man gani ang nagsulti niya nga kung naa kay reklamo adto reklamo sa LTFRB.” –Joel Ramos

Due to conflicting claims, LTFRB asked both sides to bring witnesses when the first formal hearing is scheduled.

“Gipakauwawan ko niya ug gihimong criminal sa iyang Facebook nga ako daw ang tawo nga angay pugotan ug ulo sa ISIS… Akong pamilya ug akong mga igsoon ug my kaliwat, akong anak, nauwaw.” –Joel Ramos

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Sun.Star Cebu: Filinvest turns over 633 units for social housing

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Cebu News Digest: March 12, 2015: Court orders Balilis to refund Capitol P37.8 for submerged property; 3 fires hit Cebu City in one afternoon

The court has ordered the estate of Luis Balili, Amparo Balili and lawyer Romeo Balili to return to the Province of Cebu P37.81 million, the amount Capitol paid for the submerged and mangroves areas of their property in the City of Naga that the former administration purchased.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Raphael Yrastorza Sr. said:

“Whether or not plaintiff knew of the submerged areas, the law would not allow the other party to take advantage of the ignorance of the party affected.”

Halfway through the Fire Prevention Month in March, three fires were reported in Cebu City yesterday. One was in South Road Properties (SRP), another in Barangay Guadalupe and the third in Barangay Sambag I.

Here are the top stories for today, March 12, 2015:

‘Simple justice’

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Raphael Yrastorza Sr. ordered the estate of Luis Balili, Amparo Balili and lawyer Romeo Balili to return P37.8 million to the Cebu Provincial Government. This is the amount Capitol paid nearly seven years ago for a property in the City of Naga, which turned out to be submerged (80,124 sq. m.) and covered by mangroves (14,402 sq. m.).

In his 16-page decision dated Feb. 16, 2015, RTC Branch 14 Judge Raphael Yrastorza Sr. wrote:
“It is only simple justice, therefore, that the defendants should return what plaintiffs claimed; otherwise, it would be an injustice to allow defendants to be unjustly enriching themselves at the expense of the plaintiff (Cebu Province) for the value of the submerged area of 80,124 square meters on Lot SP-07-01-000048, and the mangrove area of 14,402 square meters on Lot SP-07-01000062, a total of 94,562 square meters, at P400 per square meter.”

“In the case at bar, defendants who received the benefits are not entitled to it and there is no legal right to receive it, considering that the areas supposedly sold to plaintiffs are inalienable and indisposable parts of public domain.”

Atty. Balili said he will file a motion asking the court to reconsider its decision.

Speaking for Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, lawyer Christina Frasco said that the decision confirms that former governor now Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia should not be held liable for relying on the titles of the properties when the Province acquired these.

3 fires reported in Cebu City in 1 day

A grass fire was reported at 1:12 p.m. near the San Pedro Calungsod Shrine in SRP. The fire was put out at 1:46 p.m.

Another grass fire broke out in a subdivision in Barangay Guadalupe eight minutes later. Residents doused the fire before Cebu City firetrucks arrived.

At 2:24 p.m., another fire was reported in Barangay Sambag I, which began inside a room of a two-storey boarding house owned by Virginia Ngosiok. The blaze was controlled after 11 minutes.

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Cebu Daily News: Cabrera: Don’t let remaining trees die, plant more
The Freeman: 2 cities share traffic burden in new scheme
Cebu Daily News: Cab driver denies poking knife; passengers
The Freeman: Complaint filed vs hospital staff over ‘malpractice’
The Freeman: Mayor, et al face raps over abattoir deal
Sun.Star Cebu: Filinvest turns over 633 units for social housing

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The Freeman: Paramount Property Ventures Inc. allocates P.5B for more projects in Cebu