Cebu News Digest for Jan. 8, 2016: Labella to limit bleachers along Carousel route; Duterte visits Cebu, tells Cebuanos to look at his deeds, not words

Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says they will implement changes for this year’s Sinulog celebration to make it safer. The City will also form a Task Force Carousel to make sure the changes are implemented.

Among the changes this year are:

  • No more tents and bleachers along carousel route.
  • No more performances in “sexy outfits” on board the floats.
  • No more throwing of any merchandise or goodies from the floats.
  • Monitoring by DOH of food sold in stalls.

“Along the carousel route, only bleachers for the judges will be allowed. However, these can be set up on the other side of the road, or the portion that is not used by the dancers.”
Acting Mayor Edgar Labella


Sinulog 2016
CHANGES. The Cebu City Government will implement changes on the parade route in a bid to make the celebration safer. (Photo by Rolando Pascua, published with the permission of the Sinulog Foundation, Inc.)

Mandaue warns: Brace for traffic

Mandaue City Officials say traffic will be heavier than usual for the Traslacion–the traditional meeting of the images of the Holy Family–because of the new route. The traslacion usually took the Mabolo-Subangdaku route to Mandaue City but will now pass through the heavily congested AS Fortuna St. on Jan. 15.

“We were caught off guard (by the change.) But we can’t do anything but adjust.”
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes


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Mayor Duterte visits Cebu

Presidential candidate and tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dropped by Cebu City yesterday, to meet with local supporters.

Duterte, whose visit coincided with the Sinulog, admitted he isn’t a religious person and doesn’t go to mass. He visited the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino later in the afternoon.

Duterte in Cebu
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano in Cebu. (Photo by Jonji Gonzales)

“Listen to my cuss words. I even invite you to look at me and relate those words to my character. Behind those words is the real agony and tragedy of the Filipino people.”
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte


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» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes asks public to help police secure IEC, other big events

» The Freeman: Acting Mayor Edgar Labella asks guidance from DBM to help solve conflict in 2016 budget

» The Freeman: Cops unconvinced of notorious pusher’s retirement; says ‘Jaguar’ still supplying drugs

» Cebu Daily News: Judge dismisses Castro’s P50-million libel complaint against sister-in-law PB Member Sanchez

» Cebu Daily News: ‘Stolen baby,’ parents go home, attend investigation of kidnapping suspects

January 8, 2016 Cebu news headlines
CEBU NEWS HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s newspapers today, January 8, 2016.

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Opascor urges DPWH to complement new ports with new road networks

“Barring any problems….we will have a new port by July 2019. However…without the opening of new road networks, the port will be useless.”
Opascor president Tomas Riveral

» Sun.Star Cebu: Balik Cebu to construct 30 bahay kubo in Camotes to boost grassroots tourism

“Equipping the community with the right tourism skill and culture will surely boost tourism in Pilar, Camotes, especially among individual travelers or backpackers. Like Boracay Island, which was a backpackers’ paradise in the past.”
Balik Cebu Committee chairperson Tetta Baad

» Sun.Star Cebu: OLX says more Cebuanos now into online selling, cites 100 percent growth from 43,874 sellers in 2014 to 106,766 sellers in 2015

» The Freeman: BIR threatens four businesses with closure for failing to comply with tax requirements

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu Bankers Club says banks on track to migrate to chip-based cards from magnetic-strip based cards

» Cebu Daily News: CBM kicks off new year with updated version of Cebu Business Month app

Cebu Sports Headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: Three teams battle for overall title in Paramount Property Ventures 2015 tri team championships

» Sun.Star Cebu: WBO Champion Nonito Donaire hopes to wrap up training in Cebu for April 23 title defense

» Sun.Star Cebu: UV high school star Raul Jancork Cabahug spurns juicy offer from Manila, to stay with Baby Lancers

» The Freeman: 250 slots for All Women’s Ultra-Marathon filled up in just 30 minutes

» Cebu Daily News: Rain or Shine fight back in Game 2, 105-97, evens semifinal series with San Miguel at 1-1

» Cebu Daily News: Alaska’s Cebuano star Hontiveros not sure if PBA commissioner is singling him out, but acknowledges Narvasa just wanted to restore order in testy Game 2 vs. Globalport


Man shot in IT Park; classes in Cebu suspended on certain APEC meeting dates; Korean divers still missing: Cebu News Digest for July 7, 2015

A shooting was reported early today in the IT Park in Lahug. Posts on Facebook by various users reported that the victim was shot in front of the i1 building. No other details were available as of the writing of this article but below are some posts on the incident. Some Facebook posters at the area said the victim was shot dead.

@IT Park…when we arrived a while ago i asked Jonas if IT park is as safe as Ortigas,he said yes..but when i saw this man just now,shot 󾓵󾓵󾓵_safe??i dont think so󾍁󾍁󾍁󾍁

Posted by Mylene Barral Alvaro on Monday, July 6, 2015

Here are the top Cebu news stories for July 7, 2015

3 Korean divers still missing

Rescuers failed to find Korean divers Baek Seung Kyoon, Heo Seung Yung, and Kim Eun yesterday, a day after they were reported missing while diving in Mactan Island in bad weather.

The Lapu-Lapu City Government has suspended the dive shop operations of New Grand Bleu Dive Resort, where the 3 stayed as guests.

“The City may have to require the dive shop to explain why the divers were allowed to go out to sea despite the bad weather.” — Andy Berame, Deputy Officer of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Management Office


Woman arrested for kidnapping 3-year-old boy

Genevieve Hope Galag, 25, was arrested yesterday for kidnapping a boy, 3, from Barangay Maguikay in Mandaue City. The boy, who was reported missing Thursday, was found Sunday playing with other children in Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu City.

Galag, a resident of Kamagayan, was identified by a witness as the one who took the boy, according to PO2 Girlee Echaluce of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk of Mandaue City Police Station 4. Two other suspects arrested earlier admitted to police they gave the boy to Galag.


Cebu steps up preparations for APEC meetings, classes to be suspended on certain dates

Top Cebu officials met yesterday to discuss the province’s hosting of key meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in August.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said they are considering suspending classes to help ease traffic during key meetings. While the dates aren’t set yet, he said “what is certain is that there will be days when classes will be suspended.”

Davide met with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday to discuss preparations for the meetings. Davide said they will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to speed up road work, especially on key areas in Mandaue City, to help ease traffic in the metro.

“We are hosting a major international event so we should put our best foot forward.” — Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III


Other Cebu News Headlines

» Ombudsman clears Vice Governor Magpale in grave coercion, graft case over closure of Sugbu TV

» Cebu City deems Vice Ganda concert billboards indecent, takes them down

» Confessed MILF member admits killing 14-year-old, owns up plan to kill Cebu City Hall official

» Left alone in house, 8-year-old girl dies in fire

» Central Visayas still free of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, says health department

Cebu Business Headlines

» Japanese tourists to overtake Koreans as top visitors in Central Visayas in 2 years: DOT 7

» DTI to create program to help communities produce products for travel retail industry

» University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed) opens Cardiovascular Center

» New condominium set to rise in Mactan Island