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Cebu News Digest: March 25, 2015: Suspected drug lord caught in Inayawan; LTO-7 to strictly implement ‘no registration, no travel’ policy on cars

Police caught a suspected drug lord, an elusive target, in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City on Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday next week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO)-7 will start strictly implementing its “no registration, no travel” policy.

“Don’t stay under the sun for more than 20 minutes.” This was the warning issued by the PAGASA Mactan Chief Meteorologist Al Quiblat, which is the same health advisory released by the Department of Health.

Here are the top stories for today, March 25, 2015:

‘Drug lord’ with ‘new look’ nabbed

Darwin Tibay, 48, was arrested inside his house during a buy-bust operation at 12 p.m.

Distributing one kilo of shabu a week, he is considered as one of the five alleged drug lords in Cebu City.

Confiscated from Tibay in yesterday’s operation were 91 small packs and two medium packs of what appeared to be shabu, estimated to be worth P120,000 in the streets.

Tibay said he was once a drug lord but claimed he has left the trade.

What the police found interesting was Tibay’s new look. He now has straight hair, slender figure and an improved nose, making him younger compared to the photo the police has been keeping with them.

LTO to drivers: No car registration, no travel

LTO-7 Director Arnel Tancinco said that LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan, Jr. issued Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1927 dated March 20, 2015 for the implementation of the “no registration, no travel” policy starting April 1.

LTO 7
Starting April 1, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Central Visayas will strictly implement the “no registration, no travel” policy. (Creative Commons photo by dbgg1979.)

Here are the provisions of the memorandum:

• No four-wheeled vehicles can be used, driven, or operated on the roads without being duly registered with the Land Transportation Office pursuant to Republic A0ct 4136 (Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 and other applicable rules and regulations).
• Any vehicle without license plates shall be stopped and the driver must present the Certificate of Registration and Official Receipt of the vehicle.
• If only the CR/OR are presented, a fine of P5,000 shall be imposed for failure to attach the plates.
• In case of special plates, the driver must present the OR for the payment.
• If without CR/OR, the driver must present the certificate of stock reported and sales invoice which must be dated within seven days on or after the date of the sales invoice and certificate of insurance cover, which must be dated on or after the date of the sales invoice.
• If at the time of apprehension the date of the sales invoice exceeds 37 days from the date of purchase, the vehicle shall be impounded.
• In the absence of any of the above, the vehicle owner shall be fined the amount of P100,000 for using an unregistered vehicle while the driver shall be fined the amount of P1,000 and cited for reckless driving.

‘Protect self from heat’

Prolonged exposure to the sun for more than 20 minutes or more can cause skin problems and even heat stroke.

“Make sure you take shelter after 20 minutes, wear sun protection and do not go out when you have no important thing to do outdoors.” PAGASA Mactan Chief Meteorologist Al Quiblat

The advice resulted from the recorded temperature yesterday. Based on PAGASA records, yesterday’s temperature peaked at 32.1 degrees Celsius but the heat index (how the heat is actually felt) was at 36 degrees.

According to Quiblat, this is just the beginning because the temperature can still go up until May.

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