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Cebu News Digest: April 20, 2015: Rama wants more roads, bridges in SRP; Despite plane crash, Sta. Fe to make skydiving tourist attraction

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants six infrastructure projects, which include building of bridges and widening of roads, at the South Road Properties (SRP).

Sta. Fe town in Bantayan will continue to make skydiving its newest attraction to foreign and domestic tourists, despite a weekend accident involving a chartered plane.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 20, 2015:

SRP photo taken on August 21, 2013. (Creative Common photo on Flickr by Kathy Woolbright Darza)
SRP photo taken on August 21, 2013. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Kathy Woolbright Darza)

5 new bridges in SRP?

Rama is eyeing five new bridges that will connect SRP to different barangays in Cebu City, particularly:

  • Barangay Ermita
  • Barangay Duljo-Fatima
  • Barangay Inayawan
  • Poblacion Pardo
  • Basak San-Nicolas

In anticipation of traffic congestion in the future as more investor developments are expected to rise in the property, Rama wants:

  • Widening of Jaca St. in Barangay Inayawan
  • Building of a bridge to connect Inayawan to the SRP
  • Widening of Mambaling Access Road

To make these infrastructure projects happen, re-blocking some affected areas in these barangays may be required.

Rama already ordered SRP Management Office chief Roberto Varquez to study this proposal two months ago.

Currently, only two points are accessible for those who want to go to SRP.

“Additional access roads is always good. In the future you want to disperse entry points para dili magka-bottleneck ang mga lugara.” — Rafael Yap, executive director of Cebu City Traffic Operation Management

Skydiving newest attraction in town

Skydiving in Sta. Fe was introduced only before the Holy Week by a group called Cebu Skydiving, with the sport attracting local and foreign tourists willing to pay P18,000 each, according to Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana.

This, despite last Saturday’s accident.

Esgana clarified that there was no plane crash involving a Cessna plane rented by skydivers that supposed crashed at the tip of the runway in Sta. Fe airport.

He said there was only an emergency landing, after the plane’s engine malfunctioned and its propeller slightly damaged. There were no injuries.

The incident, according to the mayor, won’t deter them from pursuing skydiving as a tourist attraction.

“Skydiving has a really big impact on our tourism industry here in the town. The activity can invite more tourists here.” — Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana

CIDG team to hunt 3 former Highway Patrol policemen accused of killing lawyer Noel Archival

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 is going after 3 former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officers charged with the killing of lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides in an ambush in Dalaguete.

Last week, the court issued a warrant against former HPG 7 director Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, former HPG 7 Special Operations Team chief Insp. Joselito Lerion and PO1 Alex Bacani.

Supt. Fermin Armendarez III of CIDG 7 said they are verifying reports the 3 are in Bohol, where Lerion is said to come from, but he said this was unlikely. He said they are likely to be in Luzon.

“Dili sila daling mailhan kay daghan tawo didto. Daghang sad kataguan unlike diri (They can’t be easily identified there because there are lots of people there. They also have several possible hideouts unlike here).” — Supt. Fermin Armendarez III, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu

Iglesia, Lerion and Bacani have been charged with multiple murder cases for the killing of Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and driver Alejandro Jayme during the ambush in Dalaguete Cebu, on February 18, 2014.

They were relieved from their HPG 7 posts last year.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: 4T turn up for ‘Kaplag’ dawn walk

Cebu Daily News: Margot: Chastity’s case clouds Cebu City’s ‘child-friendly’ tag

The Freeman: Second hottest day yesterday in Cebu, so far

Sun.Star Cebu: 59 bishops from 49 countries to visit Cebu in preparation for IEC

Cebu Business headline:

Sun.Star Cebu: ‘PH needs multi-lingual workers’

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Cebu News Digest: April 15, 2015: P116.2 million for security of 2 international events; cedulas worth P50,000 missing from Cebu City Hall

Cebu News Digest: April 15, 2015: P116.2 million for security of 2 international events; cedulas worth P50,000 missing from Cebu City Hall

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is asking the Cebu City Government for P116.2 million to fund security preparations for two international events that will be held in Cebu in the next few months.

Seventy families living in Inayawan landfill, meanwhile, were advised to transfer from what Cebu City officials deem as a danger zone.

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Here are top stories for today, April 15, 2015:

P116 million for security preparations for APEC Summit, IEC

Saying that equipment and mobility of the city’s police force will be “very important” in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the CCPO is asking the City Government for P116.2 million.

The money will be used to buy 120 cars and motorcycles (P101.2 million) and equipment (P15 million). In detail:

  • 50 bullet-proof helmets (P1 million at P20,000 per unit)
  • 50 bullet-proof jackets (P2 million at P40,000 per unit) for the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team and the Motorcycle Riding Unit (MRU)
  • 50 M16 rifles (P7.5 million at P150,000 each) for the use of the SWAT and the MRU
  • P50 bullet-proof jackets for the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG)
  • 60,000 9mm ammunition (P1.32 million at P22 each)
  • 50,000 units of 5.56mm ammunition (P1.45 million at P29 each)
  • one reloading machine
  • 30 multi-purpose vehicles for the MPG (P45 million at P1.5 million per vehicle)
  • 50 motorcycles for the SWAT (P14.5 million at 290,000 each)
  • two units of 4×4 SUVs
  • 30 motorcycles for the Traffic Patrol Group (P18 million at P600,000 each)
  • five units 4×4 SUVs (P11.5 million or P2.3 million each) for Police Stations 4, 7, 8 and 9, and for the City Public Safety Company
  • three sedans (P6.6 million at P2.2 million each) for the police assigned to the South Road Properties

“The CCPO is in dire need of support from the local government unit since the equipment being issued by the Philippine National Police national office is very minimal and not able to cope with the logistical requirements of this police office.” — CCPO officer-in-charge Marciano Batiancela Jr.

Councilor Dave Tumulak, chairperson of the City’s Peace and Order Program, said the items will be reviewed to confirm whether these can be charged to the P400.5-million budget of the City this year for peace and order.

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SECURITY. The Cebu City Police Office says equipment and mobility will be “very important” in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that will be held in Cebu in the coming months. (Creative Commons Photo by the US Defense Department)

10 stubs of ‘cedulas’ worth P50,000 lost in City Hall

The Cebu City Government is investigating the loss of 10 stubs of community tax certificates (CTC) worth about P50,000. Ten City Hall employees will face an investigation, according to City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas, who said they will not take the incident lightly to prevent it from happening again.

Cuevas said the stubs were lost in January but it was discovered only recently by one of the City Treasurer’s Office’s liquidating officers. Two employees have been reported to the Waterfront Police Station, she said.

“I want them to know that this office means business. Kung makasala sila, they have to answer for it.” — Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu

A pile of risks face families living in Inayawan landfill

Because 70 families living in Inayawan landfill are facing the risks of fire, trash slide, storm surge and poor sanitation, they will have to go.

The recommendation is based on the result of the inspection conducted by the disaster team last month after Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee “Lot-Lot” Ignacio-Soon requested them to assess the area.

“It’s really risky for residents there. The pile of garbage is really high. There is also the risk of methane buildup that can cause combustion especially with the summer heat.” — Councilor Dave Tumulak, head of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC)

“People should not live there. It’s inhuman for society to allow that to continue. It’s hazardous to health and poses danger to life and limb.” — Jade Ponce, head of the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB)

For several long-time residents, though, they didn’t feel their lives were in danger at all.

A Korean firm’s unsolicited proposal to develop the landfill as a P3.5 billion commercial mixed-use project at no cost to the city is being reviewed by a joint-venture selection team in City Hall.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Cebu Daily News: Libel rap against Nalzaro to get a full-blown trial

“Well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It’s one of the hazards of the profession. But it’s not the end of the fight yet. There’s still a very long way to go.” — Bobby Nalzaro in a text message to Cebu Daily News

The Freeman: Stray bullet hits Cebu City Hall

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Lamudi offers offline alternative

“While the Internet has proven to be a powerful and effective tool in the house-hunting process, there is still a largely untapped group of homebuyers who prefer to look for property the old-fashioned way. Often they still prefer picking up the phone and calling a licensed real estate broker than searching online.” — Lamudi Philippines statement on “Dial 4 Home” initiative

The Freeman: Hospitality sector upbeat despite rise of condotels

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Cebu News Digest: April 14, 2015: P5 billion worth of Cebu City projects approved, endorsed; mountain of trash threatens Inayawan houses

More than P5 billion worth of projects were approved and endorsed by the Cebu City Development Council. Several National Government agencies want to implement these projects in the city next year.

Fifteen people were rescued from a banca that capsized between Camotes Islands and Danao City yesterday.

Meanwhile, once the agreement is signed in the next two weeks, Geonzon St. in Barangay Apas, Cebu City will be opened, giving Filinvest Land Inc.-managed Cyberzone Cebu Tower and Cebu Asiatown IT Park more access roads.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 14, 2015:

Photo credit: Jeffrey James Pacres (Creative Commons photo on Flickr)
Photo credit: Jeffrey James Pacres (Creative Commons photo on Flickr)

CDC endorses P5B for Cebu City projects

Included in the P5 billion budget are:

P3.37 billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City Engineering District,
P1.5 billion from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Division
P114.7 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Cebu

The projects will now be endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 for their approval. Once approved by RDC 7, it will be forwarded to the National Government for inclusion in its 2016 annual budget.

But before the projects were approved, Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña asked whether the projects were reviewed. She said the Cebu City Government opposed some National Government projects in the past.

She said a review would help government avoid a duplication of projects.

“It is really very embarrassing that we will forward this to the RDC and then there are questions there raised by our very own local government unit. It is awkward. We should have one voice.” — Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña

Mountain of garbage threatens houses in Inayawan

A big mountain of trash is threatening to collapse on 20 houses near the landfill in Sitio Dumpsite, Barangay Inayawan, according to Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon.

Soon visited City Hall yesterday to ask for help in relocating affected families.

“Delikado na gyud nga matumbahan ang mga balay ug mga tawo kay naa’y construction nga seawall near sa area and gipangkuhaan og bato ang foundation and napahak ang luyo sa landfill.” — Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon

The mountain of trash is up to 4 stories high, said Solid Waste Management Board chairman Jade Ponce.

15 saved from banca that capsized between Camotes, Danao City

An unregistered banca with 15 persons on board capsized between Camotes Islands and Danao City before dawn yesterday.

Philippine Coast Guard-Central and Eastern Visayas Commander Enrico Evangelista said the banca left Camotes at 5:30 p.m. last Sunday and capsized around 4 a.m. yesterday.

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 said that unless any of the passengers files a complaint, they cannot ask the banca operator to explain because the vessel wasn’t registered with them.

Cebu Province, 2 property developers in agreement over wall dispute

The wall separating Cyberzone Cebu Tower from the Cebu Asiatown IT Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City will soon be torn down and will have three access roads leading to the IT Park and Gov. Cuenco Ave.

“Once this agreement is signed in the next two weeks, Geonzon St. will be open to Filinvest.” — Provincial Board (PB) Member Peter John Calderon

The PB approved two related resolutions authored by Calderon, authorizing Gov. Hilario Davide III to sign a memorandum of agreement with FLI and the other agreement with CPVDC.

The agreement with CPVDC is “for the provision of pedestrian and vehicular access for ingress and egress to and from the property as well as to and from Cebu IT Park.”

Also, the Cebu Provincial Government will ask the Cebu Property Ventures that manages IT Park to withdraw the case it filed against Cebu City and FLI for their plan to destroy the wall and open Geonzon St.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: 10% of inmates in the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center overstaying and are crowding the jail, says official

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Government permit to build new Cebu City Medical Center to expire in July but City Hall still has to bid out project; official says they will beat deadline

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: Domestic flights down 10% in Central Visayas

The Freeman: BIR has good programs but lacks dissemination

Sun.Star Cebu: Smart Prepaid kicks off ‘Live All Out’ summer promotions

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI asks industry, academe to work on design programs

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Cebu News Digest: March 26, 2015: DBM: Cebu City exceeded cap for debt payments; Palma to PNoy: Apologize to Filipinos for Mamasapano incident

For Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, there is nothing wrong if President Benigno Aquino III has to apologize for his role in the tragic incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao almost two months ago.

Cebu City, meanwhile, exceeded the limit on debt payments in its 2015 budget, according to the Department of Budget and Management.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), meanwhile, announced the schedule of the Sangunniang Kabataan (SK) Elections next month.

Here are the top stories for today, March 26, 2015:

Mayor Miachel Rama Lorega public market
INSPECTION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama inspects construction of the new Lorega public market. (Photo taken from Cebu City Government website)

Cebu City exceeded limit on debt payments: DBM

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the Cebu City Government exceeded the debt cap in its budget for 2015. DBM found parts of the budget inoperative.

When a budget is declared inoperative, Sun.Star Cebu reported today, “it is returned to the local chief executive to be adjusted, and the treasurer is told not to disburse any funds from that budget.”

In a letter to the Cebu City Government, DBM 7 Director Carmela Fernan said Cebu City’s appropriation for debt servicing was P3.2 billion, when the limit should only be P974 million. The 20 percent debt cap was computed based on the City’s 2014 income of P4.9 billion.

“In that case, we stopped disbursing immediately.” — City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas after DBM ruled that more than half of the P405.55-million second supplemental budget in 2014 was inoperative.

Cuevas told Cebu Daily News that with DBM’s move, City Hall can’t push through with the restructuring of the loan for the South Road Properties.

‘Humility amid adversities’

Archbishop Palma said President Aquino should show humility in the face of adversities.

This was his reaction to the President’s refusal to apologize after results of the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) and the Senate that looked into tragedy showed that the President was involved in the operation.

“The Pope often asks the faithful to pray for him because he is a sinner. Even some saints even admit that they are sinners. And so a great person has no qualms to say they are sorry if they are aware of their faults. For me, it’s also a sign of a great man to be sorry if he feels he has (been) remiss.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

According to the Malacañang, there has been no formal discussion on whether the President should issue an apology for the Mamasapano incident.

April election for SK

The Commission on Elections announced that the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election will be on April 25.

Here is the schedule of the election period:

  • April 10 to May 10 – Gun ban
  • April 11, 13 and 14 – Filing of certificates of candidacy
  • April 15 to April 23 – Campaign period
  • April 26 to May 25 – Submission of candidates’ statements on campaign spending and the contributions received

The measure to reset the SK Elections to 2016 was received by the Office of the President on March 4 but has not been signed yet. If the President does not act on it until April 4 or 30 days after, it becomes a law. If this happens, the SK elections will be in the last Monday of October 2016.

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CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of today’s editions of Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, and The Freeman.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City, FLI sort out details of final check

The Freeman: ‘Drug lord’ brother is councilman in barangay where he was arrested

The Freeman: Central Visayas needs 800 megawatts more by 2020

Cebu Business headlines:

MyCebu.ph: OLX Philippines opens office, strengthens campaign in Cebu

The Freeman: British envoy suggests Phl to highlight unique features

The Freeman: Apart from anti-corruption campaign: Good governance also vital to attract more investments

Sun.Star Cebu: Megaworld net income in 2014 up 139% to P21.6B

Sun.Star Cebu: Montebello renovates facility

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Cebu News Digest: March 24, 2015: 6 armed men rob P1.9M from bingo club; Police to heighten security during Holy Week; Concreting of A.S. Fortuna St. to be completed on May 26

In less than 25 minutes under broad daylight, six armed men robbed an electronic bingo outlet in City Time Square on Mantawi Drive in Mandaue City.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 announced that the concreting in A.S. Fortuna Street will be completed on May 26.

Expecting rise of local and foreign tourists in Bantayan Island and of workers going home to their provinces during Holy Week, the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) will set up measures to heighten security during that period.

Here are the top stories for today, March 24, 2015:

E-Bingo Club robbery an inside job?

After robbing E-Bingo Club in the City Time Square yesterday afternoon, six armed men fled on board two motorcycles, carting away almost P2 million in cash.

E-Bingo Club
The E-Bingo Club in City Time Square along Mantawi Drive in Mandaue City was robbed last night by six armed men. (Photo taken from City Time Square Facebook page)

Part of the cash (P1.156 million) came from the club’s vault and the rest from the club’s income for three days (P794,137).

The robbers had locked the seven employees of the club—the security guard, two cashiers, gaming head and three attendants—inside the comfort room. One of the robbers carried a .45 pistol while another carried a KG9 pistol.

Then they fled in the direction of Barangay Subangdaku.

The police received a call for help at 2:14 p.m. Because the robbery looked thoroughly planned, they are not discounting the possibility that someone working inside the bingo place may be involved with the robbers.

CPPO to deploy more police personnel

The CPPO will deploy 120 police personnel in Bantayan Island during the Holy Week due to the increase in the number of tourists going there.

They are also bracing for traffic problems with workers expected to go home to their provinces during the period. Traffic problems may also come in the form of some other towns having activities along the highway during the Holy Week.

“We discourage activities that are done along the highway kay makapasamot sa traffic.” — CPPO Director Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac

Several factors delay road concreting on A.S. Fortuna Street

Since February 15 last year, commuters and motorists have endured the traffic caused by the ongoing road concreting along A.S. Fortuna Street.

But it wouldn’t be long, as DPWH 7 announced that the concreting in A.S. Fortuna Street will finish on May 26.

“Our construction has been delayed because our work during the day is sometimes being cut due to the heavy volume of vehicles passing by.” — DPWH 7 Project Inspector engineer Reymond Catalunia

Another cause for the delay is the movement of pipes owned by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to safer ground to ensure that water supply in Cebu City and some parts of Mandaue City is not cut off.

TOP CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu's 3 English dailies.
TOP CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

Other Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Scholars’ TOR ‘held hostage’

The Freeman: Money behind killing of high school student?

The Freeman: Five men face robbery charges

Sun.Star Cebu: Informer, quick texts helped police capture 7 robbery suspects in 3 towns

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: SMEs paired with potential buyers in DTI’s speed matching event

The Freeman: Revisions in certification scheme to affect PS license holders – DTI

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Cebu News Digest: March 14, 2015: P550M church structure for IEC next year ‘halfway done’; Citom serves warrants to drivers with unsettled traffic violations

Church officials said the construction of the pavilion for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) that will be held in Cebu City next year is “halfway done” and that the construction work is “ahead of schedule.”

Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) has 307 bench warrants for private and public vehicle drivers with unsettled traffic violations. It served seven warrants yesterday and will serve more next week.

Meanwhile, traffic improved significantly in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) when Logarta Street was opened to two-way traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Here are the top stories for today, March 14, 2015:

TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu's 3 English dailies.
TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

Building for IEC halfway done

The P550-million Eucharistic Pavilion will be used for the gathering of the religious during the 51st IEC in January 2016.

But once the gathering is over, the facility will be used as a pastoral center and a new minor seminary for the Archdiocese of Cebu. It would also serve as the “biggest evacuation center” in Cebu.

“I was a bit anxious in the past but when I saw the development in the Pavilion, I’m now very excited about the forthcoming event. From all angles, people know that we are prepared.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

“Cebu is making a miracle, beyond human effort.” — Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the IEC (words were echoed by Palma)

Under a memorandum of agreement, contractor Duros Development Construction fully shouldered the cost of building the pavilion in exchange for usufruct rights over part of the seminary property for 25 years.

The Eucharistic Pavilion is now 50.8 percent complete. The estimated completion date is in September this year.

Citom shows it means business, serves arrest warrants

Citom served seven warrants yesterday to drivers who have unsettled traffic violations. It will serve more warrants, which were issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 7 Judge Francisco Seville Jr., next week.

It has 307 bench warrants for private and public vehicle drivers.

“We prioritized the serving of bench warrants to private vehicle owners to show that they are not exempted.” — Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) operations chief Jonathan Tumulak

Common traffic violations included disregard of road signs, making wrong turns and parking on no-parking zones.

Meanwhile, at least eight erring taxi drivers were reported to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-7 for refusing to comply with the provisional taxi fare decrease.

Sun.Star Cebu: Citom looks for erring drivers
The Freeman: 8 erring cabbies reported in one day – LTFRB-7

2-way flow on Logarta ‘improved traffic’

Citom noted that that traffic improved in the NRA when Logarta St. was opened to two-way traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The new adjustment is the third one implemented by Citom for the NRA. Implemented starting last Thursday, it coincides with the truck ban, giving opportunity for more light vehicles to pass the NRA.

However, jeepney passengers are confused with the several changes made in the rerouting plans since March 5 when traffic in the North Reclamation Area was disrupted by rehabilitation work on the S. Osmeña Road.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Anwar Ahmad on the Mamasapano tragedy: ‘Focus on peace’
The Freeman: Palma: Church still one despite different opinions
Cebu Daily News: Korean Consulate in Cebu set to open
Cebu Daily News: Balili estate lawyer: Keep me out, I didn’t receive a centavo
The Freeman: Illness downs 20 in Toledo

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: PLDT offers custom deals for SMEs

Sun.Star Cebu: PH lags in digital banking in Asia, says survey

The Freeman: Bankers appeal for BSP to accept damaged notes

Sun.Star Cebu: New packages want tourists to go ‘beyond picture-taking’

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Cebu News Digest: March 3, 2015: Lady lawyer denies being mistress, presents more proof against wife of Ronda vice mayor; 11-year-old CVIRAA athlete accuses coach for molesting him

Lawyer Jiecel Tiu presented additional proof against Pearl Ungab, the wife of Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab. Pearl allegedly rammed Tiu’s Toyota Vios with a pick-up then hit her with a baseball bat in Barangay Cogon-Ramos. At the same time, Tiu denied Pearl’s accusations of her being Ronda Vice Mayor’s mistress.

A young participant of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) tournament in Balamban, meanwhile, has accused a coach of molesting him Thursday night in the middle of a regional sports meet.

Due to cheaper raw materials and not necessarily due to the current cheap oil prices, prices of milk have started to drop.

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Here are the top stories for today, March 3, 2015:

Jiecel Tiu Pearl Ungab case
CHASED, RAMMED. Lawyer Jiecel Tiu said Pearl Ungab, the wife of Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab, rammed her car and attacked her with a baseball bat. (Photo posed on Facebook by TV 5 reporter Ryan Sorote)

Accused of being a mistress, lawyer calls on Ronda VM to speak up

Lawyer Jiecel Tiu, who earlier filed a complaint for frustrated murder against Pearl Ungab, presented supplemental affidavit, medical certificate, affidavit of arrest, and pictures of the Toyota Vios owned by Tiu that was allegedly smashed by Ungab to prosecutor Liceria Rabillas

She also urged Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab to speak up about the real score between them to put an end to the issue.

“If you still consider me as a friend, please make a public statement. Just this once, I would like to set matters straight, dili ko kabit (I am not a mistress).” — lawyer Jiecel Tiu

Today, the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor will file a criminal case in court against Pearl for allegedly attacking Tiu with a baseball bat last Feb. 26.

11-year-old athlete: Coach touched my private parts

Ben (not his real name), 11, from Talisay City told the police that a coach had touched his privates and that he received P100 from him with the instruction not to tell anyone what happened.

But Ben told his other teachers that the coach abused him. The incident was reported to the Asturias Police Station’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk last Saturday.

The coach, who is also a high school teacher, will be charged with violating Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Decline in milk prices, no change in costs of other basic goods

Amidst drop of prices of raw materials and the plunging oil prices, prices of milk have started to go down. However, the market rates for basic commodities have remained unchanged.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the price of a 150g Bear Brand powdered milk, for instance, has decreased by 1.96% from P51 to P50 effective early last month while a 150g Birch Tree full cream milk powder will go down 1.72% from P58.10 to P57.10 starting March 15. Price of imported skimmed milk, which accounts at least 50% of price components of powdered, condensed and evaporated milk has also dropped.

The trade department hopes that manufacturers would now think of slashing prices of other basic commodities, such as coffee, noodles and canned sardines.

Top Cebu news stories
TOP CEBU NEWS STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu’s English dailies.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: ‘Too much’ spent on Teachers’ Day, says auditor

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Provincial Board defers discussion, approval of a recommendation to suspend Dumanjug mayor

The Freeman: 2 days after P7M drug bust P6M shabu seized

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: CBM 2015 focuses on bracing entrepreneurs for globalization

The Freeman: Upbeat tourism boosts Lapu-Lapu revenues

The Freeman: Cebu hotels performance at all-time-high in 2014

Sun.Star Cebu: Entry of luxury brands ‘to boost shopping tourism’ in Philippines

Sun.Star Cebu: P4B project to rise in Lapu-Lapu City

Sun.Star Cebu: Radisson Blu sees great year ahead

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Cebu News Digest: March 2, 2015: Woman caught with P1.3M shabu; COA casts doubt on validity of Cebu City’s asphalt procurement

Around P1.3 million worth of illegal substance was confiscated from a mother of three, an alleged big-time drug pusher, at Sitio Buli, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City, early morning yesterday.

According to the Commission on Audit (COA), the Cebu City Government has procured P61.2 million worth of asphalt materials allegedly in violation of existing laws.

To prevent trouble from breaking out, Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes wants a time limit in all disco activities in the city.

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Here are the top stories for today, March 2, 2015:

TOP CEBU NEWS STORIES. Today's front pages of Cebu's English dailies.
TOP CEBU NEWS STORIES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s English dailies.

Duljo-Fatima resident named level-one drug pusher

In a buy-bust operation, the Cebu City Police captured Emelyn Dingal, 49, in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, after being caught with packs of illegal substance that weighed 110 grams and would have fetched P1.298 million.

Dingal was described as a level-one drug pusher who can sell about a kilo of shabu per week.

She was cornered after handing a pack of suspected shabu to a police decoy in exchange for P2,000. Later, the police confiscated from inside her house three large packs, three medium packs and 30 small packs of suspected shabu as well as a weighing scale and P23,000 of suspect drug money.

“Tungod sa kalisod kapit na lang ta sa patalim (The times are hard. I had to do what I could to survive).” — Emelyn Dingal

COA: City did not use its asphalt batching plant

COA said the P61.2 million for Cebu City Government’s procurement of asphalt materials could not be properly validated since the transaction lacks pertinent documents, program of work, plans, inspection reports and inventory of roads/city streets where the paving and retreading took place.

In an audit report, it stated that the Cebu City Government did not use its own asphalt batching plant but instead “procured its bituminous asphalt from private entities, thus defeating the purpose of maintaining the plant and incurring unnecessary maintenance and manpower cost while being utilized.”

State auditors said the procurement of construction materials for paving and retreading of various city streets could not be validated due to absence of documents, thereby casting doubt as to the validity of the deliveries.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama pointed out that there was no proper audit query conducted to determine the exact status of the facility.

“With all due respect, the said COA audit observation is lacking in diligence and somewhat shows the propensity of COA to be judgmental rather than to be inquisitive first. It tends to show a seeming lack of appreciation to local government mandates and service exigencies.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

JVR wants time limit on neighborhood dances in Talisay City

The plan for a time limit in all neighborhood dances in Talisay City came after a number of incidents involving drunk persons were reported in the police station during the weekend because of the fiesta celebration in Barangay Lagtang.

One incident involved a partygoer who was shot in Barangay Lagtang while attending the disco at 4 a.m. yesterday.

“Kutob nalang na alas dose ang mga disco kay kargado gyud sa gubot kana na’ng nangahubog ang mga tawo. So para malikayan na, (ta)gaan nalang nato og limit ang mga disco.” — Talisay City Mayor Johnny V. de los Reyes

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: City Health’s HIV prevention tactic gets questioned by anti-drug abuse council

Sun.Star Cebu: 9 Cebu towns lack fire truck

The Freeman: EVO-Enviro Solutions, Inc. denies selling condemned meat

The Freeman: Police arrest 2 CVIRAA ‘thieves’

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: Developer targets to start Lapu-Lapu project by Q3

Sun.Star Cebu: Fuel ‘just small part’ in power generation

Sun.Star Cebu: ‘PH needs auto industry road map’

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 26, 2015: Capitol endorses study on opening old Philippine Railways as alternative road from Naga to Cebu City

With the hope of decongesting Natalio Bacalso Ave., the Cebu Provincial Development Council (PDC) endorsed the proposal to study the opening of an alternative road.

For the construction of the Cebu City Medical Center, City Councilor Noel Wenceslao asked the Cebu City Council to authorize Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to avail of a grant from the World Bank to cover 90 percent of the cost and apply for a loan to cover 10 percent.

Here are the top stories for today, Feb. 26, 2015:

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CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies today.

Alternative Naga-Cebu City road to be studied

Yesterday, the Cebu Provincial Development Council endorsed a proposal by the Minglanilla town council to study the opening of the old Philippine Railways as an alternative road from Naga to Cebu City.

The proposal sought to fund and to conduct a study on the feasibility of building a road on what used to be the Philippine Railways tracks, which ran parallel to Natalio Bacalso Ave. It was located along the Minglanilla shoreline, about a kilometer away from the main highway. To the south, the track used to stretch all the way to Argao town.

According to Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña, there is a great need for an alternative road since the national highway from Naga to Talisay is seeing heavy traffic and bottlenecks in some areas.

Cebu City to get P120-million loan for CCMC construction; loan to pave way for WB grant

The Cebu City Government’s executive department is looking at availing itself a P120-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

The amount is only about 10 percent of the total estimated cost of the project, which ranges from P1.2 billion to P1.5 billion.

But the loan will pave the way for the City Government to avail itself of a grant from the World Bank’s Support for Strategic Local Development and Investment Project, according to Councilor Noel Wenceslao in a proposed resolution filed by before the City Council yesterday.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Student says police officer lied about ‘assault’ in CR, adds he couldn’t move

The Freeman: City Hall executives walk out

Cebu Daily News: Manhunt underway for fourth suspect

Cebu Daily News: Four APEC meetings in Cebu

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Filinvest turns over to owners units in One Oasis Kasambagan

Sun.Star Cebu: Organization to work with GK on ‘social tourism’

The Freeman: Cebu as “second home” gets additional boost

The Freeman: SMEs told to implement energy saving measures

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 25, 2015: 4 face murder raps for Talisay fastfood shooting; CITOM buys P5M towing truck for campaign against illegal parking; 10-wheeler collision with 6 vehicles causes heavy traffic in Mandaue

Four suspects—three under police custody, the other still at large—were charged yesterday with murder and frustrated murder after the shooting inside a fastfood outlet in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City last week.

The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) yesterday acquired a new towing truck that will enable them to continue its operation of towing illegally-parked vehicles in national roads and city streets.

Mandaue City experienced heavy traffic yesterday after a 10-wheeler Isuzu truck collided with six other vehicles at the corner of H. Abellana Street.

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CEBU HEADLINES. Today's front pages of Cebu's three English dailies.
CEBU HEADLINES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s three English dailies.

No bail for suspects in killing of German, shooting of 2 other foreigners

Talisay residents Ricci Edwin Ramirez, Allan Velos and Roger Cal and Dexci Gomilao, were charged with the death of German national Heinrich Haffner and the injuries caused to French national Julian Maillard and Indian national Cheten Saparaiya who were customers at a fastfood outlets in Talisay City.

Police filed charges of murder, two counts of frustrated murder, and illegal possession of firearms against Ramirez, Veloz, and Cal. No bail was recommended for three arrested suspects.

Gomilao remains at large. Police are still trying to get the full identity of a fifth suspect, known only as “Macmac”.

In yesterday’s proceedings, a previous case against Maillard also surfaced. He was arrested, using a warrant, for a case filed three years ago by his Filipina ex-wife in Siquijor for alleged violations of Republic Act 9262, or the Violence against Women and Children Act.

“Somehow, I’m happy with how the investigation has been conducted. I’m satisfied with how things go although not all the suspects were captured for now.” — Sheila Jane Gimutao, Haffner’s Cebuana girlfriend

Sun.Star Cebu: 4 face murder rap
Cebu Daily News: No bail for 3
The Freeman: Police arrest Talisay shooting survivor

New towing truck for Citom

Since 2014, Citom has been using clamps to seize vehicles illegally parked on the roads and streets.

With a new towing truck that costs the City P5 million, the traffic agency will pursue a massive operation of towing illegally-parked vehicles along roads, sidewalks and barangay access roads.

Doing this will ensure public safety since illegally-parked vehicles are an obstruction to the passage of emergency vehicles in times of crisis or urgencies, Citom said.

“Usa pud ning illegal parking nga naka-cause og traffic kay naka-obstruct man sa dalan maong dili gyud na pwede mo-park sa dalan; 24 hours gyud na.” — CITOM operations chief Jonathan Tumulak

7 vehicles collide; 5 injured

An Isuzu truck owned by Cenapro, Inc. that is based in Jagobiao, Mandaue City was driven by company driver Gerardo Pepito, 52, towards Mandaue City proper.

Due to a malfunctioned braking system, the truck hit a Toyota Revo Wagon then another Isuzu truck still owned by Cenapro, Inc. at the corner of H. Abellana Street, Barangay Canduman and Basak National Highway. It happened at 8:30 a.m.

Pepito’s truck moved forward to hit a multicab that was carrying six persons, including the driver. The multicab hit the second Cenapro truck and another Isuzu van that hit the rear portion of another Isuzu van.

The injured were brought to Mandaue City Hospital and Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City.

Pepito will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple physical injuries and damage to properties. He is currently under police custody.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: City Hall paid wages, but man said he worked as Councilor Carillo’s cook

The Freeman: Less than half of Cebu City councilors attend Charter Day event, was it a snub?

The Freeman: PB backs dropping terminal fees for OFWs

Cebu Daily News: Mayor Rama insists Cebu City is ‘Queen City of PH’

The Freeman: A year after demolition, new CCMC building still on drawing board

Cebu Daily News: ‘Typhoid’ kills 2 in Pinamungajan town

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: Radisson is 100% ready for APEC Summit 2015

The Freeman: Stakeholders must come up with solutions to power crisis

Sun.Star Cebu: Mobile commerce ‘growing in PH’

Sun.Star Cebu: Microsoft offers solutions to make health care workers more efficient

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 14, 2015: To prevent traffic congestion, drivers told bring chalk for road marking during accidents; Vidal supports call for Aquino to resign

The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is asking vehicle drivers to bring chalk that they can use to mark the position of their vehicles in case they get involved in a road accident.

Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal joined the National Transformation Council’s call for President Benigno Aquino III to “step down.”

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TOP STORIES. The front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies today.

Drivers required to bring chalk, crayon for road markings during accident

Starting Monday, Citom will strictly implement an ordinance requiring all vehicle drivers to bring white chalk and waterproof wax crayon for road markings should they figure in an accident.

This is to help prevent traffic congestion caused by road accidents. Drivers of vehicles in an accident are encouraged to place markings on the road, particularly on the exact last position of their vehicles’ tires.

Usually, drivers involved in an accident are required to wait for traffic enforcers for documentation. The waiting takes time, which builds up the vehicles affected by the incident.

Vidal to PNoy: Step down

Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal joined in the call for President Aquino to step down, along with five officials from the Catholic Church and three members of religious groups. Read our story: Cardinal Vidal, bishops tell President Aquino, Binay, entire government to resign.

They joined the National Transformation Council’s call for President Benigno Aquino III to “step down”, following the Mamasapano tragedy last January 25,

“Various assemblies convened by the National Transformation Council (NTC) have strongly articulated that the president should step down. We, bishops of the Catholic and other Christian Churches, have often been asked if there is moral basis to this growing demand. Recent developments have made this call even more urgent and imperative.” — Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Vidal also urged other bishops and religious leaders to join the Catholic Church in praying for God’s guidance “for the renewal of the nation.”

The Archdiocese of Cebu clarified that while Archbishop Jose Palma was present when Vidal read his statement, this did not mean Palma was joining the call for Aquino to step down.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

The Freeman: Ombudsman suspends Soc Fernandez for 3 months for an infraction during his stint as Taisay mayor

Sun.Star Cebu: No more reported hospital admissions for diarrhea in Danao City after outbreak

The Freeman: Cebuana ‘negative’ of MERS-CoV

Sun.Star Cebu: 30 houses destroyed in Talisay fire

Sun.Star Cebu: 2 children drown in Dumanjug lake

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: In Cebu this year: Conglomerate targets to open biggest mall

Sun.Star Cebu: Study identifies four things that constrain PH from growing

Sun.Star Cebu: Biking time in tourism’s biz cycle: operator

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 12, 2015: Cebu City requires contractors to hire workers near project sites; 2 men steal laptop from church; Archdiocese to hold prayer gathering for SAF 44 in March

All contractors of government infrastructure projects in Cebu City will be required to hire part of their workforce from the barangay where the projects will be built.

The Archdiocese of Cebu will hold a gathering next month in time for the 40 days of the 44 Special Action Force policemen who died in an encounter with Moro rebels in Maguindanao.

In Sogod, Cebu, two unidentified men allegedly stole a laptop inside the convent of Sogod Parish.

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UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUE. A Cebu City Council ordinance now requires all private contracts and subcontractors with projects in the city to hire at least 10 percent of their workers from the barangays where the projects will be implemented. (Creative Commons Photo by Flickr user Steel Wool)

Cebu City requires contractors to hire at least 10% of workers in barangays where projects will be implemented

The Cebu City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that requires all private contracts and subcontractors with projects in the city to hire at least 10 percent of their workers from the barangays where the projects will be implemented starting this year.

This is to address the issue of unemployment that remains to be a critical challenge in the country as well as to fulfil the role of the local government in reducing unemployment rate in their areas.

Records from the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) 7 show that around 4,891 new construction projects worth some P7 billion were approved in the first semester of 2013.

“According to the Regional Economic Situationer of Neda 7, the construction industry has been booming in Cebu City since 2011, since there are over 30 planned medium and high-rise buildings set to be built between 2011 and 2015.” — based on the ordinance drafted by Cebu City Councilors Alvin Dizon and Nestor Archival.

Remembering the fallen with a prayer

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the ordained and the faithful will gather together on March 6 to pray for the eternal repose of the 44 elite police troopers.

“We will gather for the SAF troopers. We have already expressed our sympathies to the family. The circumstances that they were in that led to their death were to be frowned upon and we sympathize with the families.” — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

Theft reported in Sogod convent

Two unidentified persons pretending to be cousins of Sogod Parish Priest Reverend Father Eduardo Mercileones allegedly stole a laptop after they were left by a nun who received them inside the convent of the parish last Tuesday.

Sister Lavina Atuban, a nun assigned at the parish rectory, accommodated the two men who said they need Mercileones’ help for their tuition and that they need to talk to the priest.

The priest was not around. The men declined Atuban’s invitation to lunch so the nun left them to do kitchen chores. When she returned, the men were no longer around and the laptop on a table in the convent was already missing.

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CEBU NEWS HEADLINES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s English dailies.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Body approves Tañon Strait management plan despite town mayor’s argument

Sun.Star Cebu: CH grounds ‘home’ to illegal settlers

Cebu Daily News: Gay rights ordinance clears first reading in Mandaue

The Freeman: 4th OFW placed on quarantine for Ebola released

The Freeman: Town councilor suspended over unreturned gun

The Freeman: 7 high school students “possessed” in Barili

The Freeman: ‘Parasite’ tag receives flak

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Secondary cities key to spread growth: USAID

The Freeman: Belgian bag brand Kipling expands presence in Cebu

The Freeman: South American, Middle Eastern countries now top markets for CV

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 11, 2015: Dumanjug mayor calls dolphins, whales, sharks ‘parasites,’ recommends killing some; colorum vehicles proliferating in SRP, says Labella

The government has received reports of colorum vehicles operating along the SRP route from Senior Citizens Park to Kasadya sa SRP to Talisay City. They reportedly collect P10 per passenger.

Meanwhile, in San Fernando, a teenage boy died in a vehicular accident last Monday.

In an environment summit, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia suggested controlling the population of dolphins, whales, and sharks in the Tañon Strait by killing some of them.

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‘Illegal’ vehicles in SRP

Last week, four multicab drivers were apprehended by the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) for “illegally” plying along the South Road Properties (SRP) route.

This, as Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella announced during the meeting of the Police Coordinating and Advisory Council that they have received complaints about colorum vehicles, or those that operate as public transportation services without a franchise, proliferating in SRP.

These vehicles reportedly ferry passengers from the Senior Citizens Park in front of Cebu City Hall to SRP and even up to Talisay City for P10 per passenger. Based on a report from CITOM operations division head Joy Tumulak, the operation of colorum vehicles at the SRP has been going on for almost a month

“We have received complaints that there is a proliferation of colorum vehicles plying the SRP route. These are private vehicles like multicabs, accepting fares… We have to nip in the bud this irregular and illegal act because they don’t have a franchise.” — Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella

Riding in vehicles without a franchise will put passengers at a disadvantage since they will not be covered by insurance in case of vehicular accidents.

PO3 Gregorio Comaingking’s name cropped up as the one giving colorum vehicle operators authority to transport and pick up passengers. He denied allegations, saying he himself and a CITOM officer issued citation tickets against colorum drivers last week.

No public transportation services have been allowed to ply the SRP.

Untimely death

Joseph Encabo, 17, died of severe injuries in a vehicular accident on Feb. 9 in Barangay Sangat, San Fernando, Cebu.

He died at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Carcar City. He was brought there after his motorcycle was hit by another motorcycle driven by Juven Batatas, 23, of Barangay Lantawan, San Fernando.

Based on the investigation, Encabo’s motorcycle was pulled by his friend, John Dave Selgas, 16, after it broke down. Batatas tried to overtake Selgas’ vehicle but his Encabo’s motorcycle instead.

Batatas surrendered to the police after the incident. He is now detained at the San Fernando Police Station pending the filing of a formal complaint.

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COMPETING WITH PEOPLE. Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia called dolphins, whales and sharks “parasites” and recommended that some of the should be killed. (Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Nico Kaiser)

Dumanjug mayor says whales and sharks “parasites,” some should be killed

Addressing participants of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Stakeholders’ Summit in Cebu City, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia called dolphins, whales and sharks “parasites” and recommended that some of the should be killed.

He said that these marine species have caused a decrease in fish catch and compete with people for food by consuming at least two tons of fish a day. Dumanjug is located right by the strait.

He suggested controlling the population of dolphins, whales, and sharks in the strait by killing some of them.

“Imbis ang para sa tawo unta maadto na nila. Di hutdon but kontrolon lang. Kay kung di nimo ma-control ning mga dolphins, shark, and whales, wa nay mahabilin, gagmay na lang ang sa atoa.” — Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Gamaliel Garcia

The Freeman: Town mayor calls them: ‘Parasites’: ‘Kill dolphins and whales’

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Dole cites ‘imminent danger situations’, issues suspension of construction of Visayas Community Medical Center, Chong Hua Hospital

The Freeman: 4 LTO-7 service offices fail to comply with Anti-Red Tape Act

The Freeman: CTU food park goes up in flames 15 people injured in school fire

Cebu Business headlines:

The Freeman: BIR raises 2015 revenue targets of collecting units

The Freeman: DTI speeds up installation of “Go Negosyo Centers”

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 9, 2015: Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Carcar good areas for future development, says study; 2 Cebuano SAF policemen buried

Two Cebuanos of the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were laid to rest yesterday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Cebu. Meanwhile, cops and civilians shave their head to show sympathy for the relatives of SAF commandos.

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Here are the top Cebu News Stories for today, Feb. 9, 2015:

Two Cebuanos SAF policemen buried

On Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, PO2 Romeo Cempron, 33, was laid to rest in Tayud Public Cemetery in Consolacion, Cebu, his hometown, while PO1 Windel Candano was buried in Cebu South Memorial Garden in Talisay City, Cebu.

“He was my greatest teacher before he became a hero for everybody. He is my personal hero.” — Dr. Cristine Cempron, wife of PO2 Romeo Cempron

“Akong ikasulti lang nga dili unta malimtan sa gobyerno ang sakripisyo nilang gibuhat, unsay dapat para niya, unta mahatag sa gobyerno, hustisya.” — Ulysses Llano, childhood friend of PO1 Windel Candano

“Today, as we bid farewell to one of our fallen comrades, we honor their commitment, their service and their dedication.” — Senior Superintendent Prudencio Tom Bañas, chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO) – Central Visayas

More than 20 policemen, civilians and leaders, including former partylist Rep. Pastor “Jun” Alcover Jr., shaved their heads at the Plaza Independencia to show sympathy for the relatives of the 44 SAF cops killed in action during a mission to serve a warrant of arrest on two international terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

PO2 Christopher Lalan, a survivor of the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that killed 44 troopers, will lead the 26 resource persons invited to appear in a Senate inquiry into the bloody incident today, February 9.

PO2 Windel Candano
HONORING THE FALLEN. Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to PO2 Windel Candano, one of the SAF commandos slain in the Maguindanao clash. (Photo by the Cebu Provincial Government)

More urban development recommended for Lapu-Lapu, Danao, Carcar

A study team from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) found that the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Danao and Carcar are good areas for future development given that they have wide areas that are not at risk of floods or landslides.

According to the team, Carcar City has 3,327 hectares available for development, Lapu-Lapu City has 2,069 hectares, while Danao City has 1,429 hectares available.

Smaller available areas for development are available in Liloan, which has 837 hectares; San Fernando, with 832 hectares; and Naga City, with 782 hectares.

Of the 13 local government units studied in Metro Cebu, 76 percent of the area was found not suitable for urban development.

The study team said they found 11,948 hectares or about 10.9 percent of the total area to be “development-suitable” while 72 percent of the study’s territory was in a “slope hazard area”.

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TOP STORIES. The front pages today of Cebu’s English dailies.

Other top Cebu News Stories:

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Developer to double size of Minglanilla reclamation project
Sun.Star Cebu: Filinvest condotel investors get higher Q4 share: company
Sun.Star Cebu: Cordova tourism ‘on the rise,’ says vice mayor
The Freeman: P30M marine culture park project sets off in Cordova

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Cebu News Digest: Feb. 5, 2015: Cebu experiences coldest day for 2015; Australian national, parents in Cordova ‘porn ring’ to face trial

Charges have been filed against an Australian national, his underage girlfriend and parents involved in trafficking and pornographic activities of children in the municipality of Cordova last year.

Meanwhile, Pagasa Mactan, Cebu station recorded this year’s lowest temperature in Cebu on Feb. 4, 2015.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 5, 2015:

Australian national, underage girlfriend charged with multiple accounts

The Office of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor found evidence to charge five people, including Peter James Robinson, an Australian national, and his underage Filipina girlfriend, for their involvement in pornographic activities in Cordova town, Cebu last year.

Robinson, 51, is facing charges of 10 counts of violating Republic Act 7610 that penalizes child prostitution and other forms of child abuse as well as five counts of rape.

A separate charge was also filed against him and his 17-year-old girlfriend for allegedly violating Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act.

“We are not happy that parents are involved because as Filipinos we know that we care for our family. But this should serve as an example to all the other parents that they should not sell their own children.” — Atty. Noemi Truya-Abarientos, spokesperson of the Children’s Legal Bureau

Coldest Day in Cebu
COLDEST FOR THE YEAR. The northeast monsoon is bringing cold mornings to Cebu. The weather bureau said warmer days will start in March yet. (Creative Commons Flickr photo by Marek Papala)

Cebu experiences coldest day in 2015

According to Pagasa (Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Mactan, Cebu station, Cebu experienced the coldest temperature this year at 22.4 degrees Celsius at 5:10 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2015. This is due to a northeast monsoon, which is responsible for the recent cold mornings in Cebu.

Last year’s lowest temperature was recorded on January 25 at 20.8 degree Celsius. Warmer days will start in March when the southwest monsoon takes over, the weather agency said.

No academe support for ‘Cebu Hub for English Excellence’

The Cebu Business Club (CBC) lamented the lack of support for its initiative called “Cebu Hub for English Excellence” (CHELE).

CBC initiated CHELE in December 2010 as an advocacy to develop Cebu as a destination for learners of English as a Second Language (ESL).

At least 10,000 tourists come to Cebu to take up ESL subjects for six months to a year, based on 2011 figures.

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CEBU HEADLINES. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

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The Freeman: Court suspends for 60 days Councilor Editha Cabahug and son, Looc barangay councilor Raul “Kevin” over graft case

The Freeman: Cebu City Council investigates NGO for allegedly asking establishments ‘higher fees’ for garbage collection after landfill closure

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Carillo says ‘opportunistic’ companies profiting from garbage collection crisis, offers to collect trash for a ‘higher fee’

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor Eduardo Gullas III tops the absentee list of Talisay City Council

Sun.Star Cebu: Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center clarifies its wastes are segregated

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