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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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
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
After jeepney fares were slashed to P7 in Central Visayas, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will now look into cutting the fares for taxis and buses. In Talisay City, former mayor Soc Fernandez and Mayor Johnny de los Reyes exchanged stinging words over the cut in the budget for the mayor’s office.
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Here are the top Cebu news stories for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:
LTFRB studies cutting taxi, bus fares; P7 minimum jeepney fare takes effect today
After the minimum fare for jeepneys was cut to P7, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has asked its regional offices to simultaneously hold public hearings on a petition to cut fares for taxis and buses.
The P7 minimum fare will take effect in Cebu and throughout Central Visayas starting today.
The LTFRB will hold simultaneous consultations on January 16 on petitions to:
Cut taxi flagdown rate to P30 from P40 and the charge for succeeding 300 meters to P2.50 from the current P3.50.
Cut bus fare to P1.80 per succeeding kilometer from the current P2.
Fire broke out in the Greenwich branch at the ground floor of SM City Cebu. TV 5 Cebu reporter Ryan Sorote shared in his Facebook page that the outlet where a water dispenser was plugged in sparked a fire, blanketing the mall in thick smoke. Sorote shared the photo below in his Facebook page. You can watch Sorote’s report in the TV 5 newscast this afternoon.
Soc, JVR exchange words in tense Talisay Charter Day event
Former mayor Soc Fernandez and current Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes provided verbal fireworks in a tense Charter Day event.
Fernandez shared the story about how Talisay became a city through the efforts of former congressman and former mayor Eddie Gullas. He then defended the city council for cutting the P1.08-billion budget proposal of Mayor de los Reyes to just P539.941 million.
De los Reyes then criticized the councilors for being anti-poor and cited how he used the intelligence funds to dole out money to the poor as a way to prevent crime. The council slashed his intelligence fund of P10 million to just P100,000.
“Ang akong IF (intelligence fund) is for peace and order. Tan-awa ang criminality kung dili nako gukdon. Kung ang tao maipit gani sa problema, manulis na sila. Mao sa dili pa sila makahimo ug krimen, ako na lang silang gihatagan.” Talisay Mayor Johnny de los Reyes as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu. (The paper’s translation: (My intelligence funds are for peace and order. A person who is desperate ends up robbing others. So before they can commit crimes, I give them some help to prevent illegal acts).
“Dili gyud makaingon sila nga gilaslasan namo nga way rason. Nakatigum pa gani ang syudad sa among paglaslas.” Former Mayor Soc Fernandez, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu. (The paper’s translation: (No one can accuse us of slashing the budget for no good reason. The City has even saved as a result of the cuts we made)
President dismisses admin raps filed by ABC against Mayor Rama for being “moot”
President Benigno Aquino III has dismissed a complaint filed by the Cebu City Association of Barangay Councils against Mayor Michael Rama in 2012. The complaint for grave abuse of authority was filed over a P5-million budget allocation to barangays in 2012.
The complaint was dismissed because Rama was re-elected mayor and “is no longer amenable to administrative sanctions,” according to the November 20, 2014 order.
“The rule is that local elective officials cannot be subjected to disciplinary sanction for administrative misconduct committed during a prior term. The underlying theory is that each term is separate from other terms, and that the re-election to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him therefor,” according to the decision.
“Mao naman kaha na? I can’t rebut the decision of the president. But we hope the decision of the Ombudsman would be to our favor because we believe strong ang ground sa case against the mayor.” — former ABC president and now Barangay T. Padilla councilor Michael Ralota who filed the complaint.
Mayor Rama vetoes 20 “inappropriate provisions” on budget ordinance
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has vetoed several provisions of the budget ordinance covering the P13.4-billion annual budget for the year.
Rama had asked for P18.9 billion as budget for 2015 but the council only approved P13.4 billion.
“While I firmly believe in the complementary roles of the executive and legislative branches in crafting and monitoring the annual budget, I am mindful of legal fiats and jurisprudential rulings stating that the budget remains the sole responsibility and accountability of the executive department. Any provision to the contrary is again a usurpation of my exclusive authority.” — Mayor Michael Rama.
Among the items he vetoed was special condition set by council for the release of P720 million in financial assistance to senior citizens. The council required the mayor’s office to release P1,000 monthly to senior citizens, who are supposed to receive P12,000 as annual assistance. Rama, however, said monthly releases will be inconvenient to senior citizens and goes against a council resolution passed in 2012 that calls for lump sum or installment releases.