Cebu News Digest: March 5, 2015: Heavier traffic expected in North Recla today; Former law student, old case surface vs. Ronda vice mayor

Heavier traffic is expected along the North Reclamation Area starting today, as some public vehicles on the S. Osmeña Blvd. route will be diverted as concreting work continues.

A former law student claims that Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab of Ronda town is father of her child. She filed a sexual harassment case against the politician. Pearl, the vice mayor’s wife, is facing charges for attacking lawyer Jiecel Tiu with a baseball bat last week over allegations of infidelity.

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S. Osmeña Blvd
This stretch of road will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City. Motorists coming from the Mandaue City side of the North Reclamation Area will have to turn right to the access road going to the Aboitiz football field.

Here are the top stories for today, March 5, 2015:

Traffic rerouting today

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will start implementing the next phase of its road-widening project on S. Osmeña Blvd.

This is expected to cause heavier traffic along the North Reclamation Area (NRA), prompting the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to advice the public to leave their houses earlier than usual to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Here are some route changes:

  • Public utility jeepneys (PUJ) with route number 12I, or those bound for SM City Cebu from Barangay Labangon, and 03Q jeepneys from Barangay Mabolo will not be allowed to use Cabahug St., the road between the Total gas station and the City-owned Block 27 lot in NRA.
  • 12I jeepney drivers will have to turn left to Kaoshioung St., left to A. Soriano Ave. then back to Kaoshioung St. and proceed to their usual route while 03Q jeepneys will be asked to take J. Luna St. and turn right to Humabon St. toward the SM PUJ terminal and back to their usual route.
  • Vehicles coming from the Mandaue City side of the NRA will have to turn right to the access road going to the Aboitiz football field and turn left to Logarta St. before turning right on either F. Cabahug St. or Kaohsiung St.
  • Trucks going inside the Cebu International Port will be directed to take Logarta St. and turn left to Cabahug St. and cross S. Osmeña Blvd. to enter the port.

Private vehicles bound for Mandaue City may pass through S. Osmeña Blvd. since the northbound lane is open to vehicular traffic. Those coming from Lapu-Lapu City may take the ferry.

Another incident against Ronda vice mayor surfaces

Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab’s former law school student filed a sexual harassment case against him last December. She posted a “Dear John” message on her Facebook account saying she would pursue her complaint which is about to be resolved by the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Ma. Theresa Casiño confirmed that the case is now due for resolution.

In the earlier investigation, Ungab denied the 27-year-old woman’s allegations that she was forced to have sex with him when he, as her law professor in Southwestern University in 2013, refused to release her grades.

In response to this development that happened after his wife, Pearl Ungab, attacked lawyer Jiecel Tiu with a baseball bat last week over allegations of infidelity, the vice mayor wants to maintain his silence.

Meanwhile, Tiu wants the court to suspend proceedings in the slight physical injuries against Pearl Ungab, while her bid to pursue a more serious case against the vice mayor’s wife is being reviewed.

Cebu Daily News: Vice mayor’s new thorn
Sun.Star Cebu: Injuries ‘not slight’; lawyer asks for review
The Freeman: Tiu: Reconsider downgrade

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor asks for investigation on police officers allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade
The Freeman: Cebu has highest number of underweight children
Cebu Daily News: 100 more beds for interim CCMC; Mayor wants to expand space
The Freeman: Rama endorses 4 names as Binay’s runningmate
The Freeman: Osmeña to sue RSP Gubalane

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: Port congestion ‘now affecting business’
Sun.Star Cebu: App built by students will soon allow people to order rice, veggies
Sun.Star Cebu: Japan’s second largest bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. set to open in PH
The Freeman: January 2015 BIR 13 collection falls short of target
The Freeman: Cheap oil price has minimal impact to power cost – Veco


Cebu News Digest: Feb. 3, 2015: Citom to motorists: Avoid S. Osmeña Blvd.; 17 shipowners in Cebu cut passenger, cargo fares; 6 hospital workers under investigation for cadaver gnawed by rats

Following the long congestion last the weekend, the Cebu City Government partially opened a part of the S. Osmeña Blvd. but still advised motorists to avoid it.

With the steady drop of fuel prices since June, 17 shipowners, including banca operators, in Cebu have filed their notices to lower passenger and cargo fare. The fare cuts are effective starting Feb. 1.

Meanwhile, an investigation is going on at Cebu City Medical Center to check on the case of a cadaver that was allegedly gnawed by rats in the hospital’s holding area.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 3, 2015:

CCMC corpse rats
Golddy Amor Siton was shocked to see the body of her brother, Harold Siton, whose nose was allegedly gnawed by rats inside the hospital’s holding area for cadavers. (Photo by Ryan Sorote of News5)

Citom tells motorists to find alternative routes; Cebu Port Authority opens its road to vehicles

While the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) partially opened a part of the S. Osmeña Blvd. after last weekend’s complaints of traffic congestion, Citom still advised motorists to avoid it and find alternative routes.

“We asked motorists to take alternative routes because we are still expecting some congestion. We are continuously monitoring the area since S. Osmeña is a vital arterial highway.” — Atty. Rafael Yap, reinstated Citom executive director

  • People from Mandaue City going to Cebu City and vice versa can use the Mandaue North Road.
  • Those from Mandaue City heading to Cebu Business Park will take F. Cabahug Street.
  • People coming from A.S. Fortuna will have to take the Banilad-Talamban corridor.
  • Those coming from downtown area can take M.J. Cuenco Avenue towards Sikatuna Street then Baclig Avenue to J. Luna Street.

“We don’t want to repeat the Saturday’s performance because that was four-hour congestion.” — Atty. Rafael Yap

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said that the Cebu Port Authority agreed to open its road and remove its fence. This move is seen to ease traffic on S. Osmeña Blvd.

“If (the) fence is lost, you will already see a beautiful wide range of road towards Plaza Independencia. That will bring beauty in that area.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

17 shipowners in Cebu, including banca operators, cut down passenger and cargo fare

The fare cuts, which were effective starting last Feb. 1, ranged from 1.17 percent to 14.28 percent, depending on the operational cost of the shipping company.

  • George and Peter Lines cut down fares by 1.63 percent;
  • Lapulapu Shipping Lines, 4.55 percent;
  • Roble Shipping Lines, three percent;
  • Lite Shipping Lines, 3.5 percent;
  • Danilo Lines Inc., 2.7 percent;
  • Trans Asia Shipping Lines, 14.28 percent;
  • Cokaliong Shipping Lines, 1.09 percent;
  • Gabisan Shipping Lines, 3.22 percent;
  • Medallion Transport, two percent.

Motorized bancas owners who did the same include Sea Highway Carrier, Dragon Star Highway, Siti Inter-Island Cargo and Services, Manuel H. Sarraga, Gliser Omolon, Gregoria E. Pogoy, Eduardo D. Quijano, and Ernest Sonobos.

Cadaver gnawed by rats in CCMC; hospital calls it “isolated case”

Six personnel are now under investigation after the family of deceased Harold Siton was allegedly found with four big rats gnawing at his nose inside the cadavers holding area of the Cebu City Medical Center.

CCMC Director for Administration Rey Cris Panugaling emphasized that what happened is an “isolated case,” saying that the holding area, a container van, is made up of steel and is enclosed.

The hospital is now investigating the case.

Feb. 3 Cebu news headlines
BANNER STORIES. The front pages of Cebu Daily News, The Freeman and Sun.Star Cebu today.

Other top Cebu News Stories

Sun.Star Cebu: Disaster managers at Mandaue City are requesting for more ambulances to add to the city’s only one ambulance that is already considered obsolete

The Freeman: UV offers free education to children of slain SAF members from Cebu

The Freeman: Swiss national allegedly commits suicide in Talamban home

Sun.Star Cebu: DOH in CV: Mandaue City Hospital followed proper procedures on Jocelyn Coliflores just before she died

Cebu Business headlines

The Freeman: Minglanilla Reclamation and Industrial Park still awaiting approval

Sun.Star Cebu: RK Franchise Consultancy says convenience stores, gas business most contested franchises


Cebu News Digest: Feb. 2, 2015: Rama tells DPWH to speed up S. Osmeña Blvd. work, it’s a ‘disaster area’; Bantayan, Camotes will have own airports: Governor Davide

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama walked 3 kilometers yesterday along with Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and other City Hall and traffic officials to inspect S. Osmeña Blvd. yesterday. Rama described the road as a “disaster area” and said government response should be similar to that to a crisis.

The City will close part of the road today and motorists have been told to avoid the place.

Meanwhile, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said Bantayan and Camotes Islands will soon have their own airports. He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines have already inspected the 2 towns for possible locations of the facilities.

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Mayor Rama S. Osmena inspection
INSPECTION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama (seated) after inspecting S. Osmeña Blvd. along with Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella (4th from left) and other Cebu City Officials. (Photo posted taken from Mayor Rama’s Facebook page)

Rama tells DPWH to fast-track S. Osmeña Blvd. work, it’s a ‘disaster area’; road closed to vehicle traffic today

Describing the situation in the area as a “crisis,” Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama yesterday asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to fast-track work on the road concreting of S. Osmeñea Blvd.

Rama described the place as a “disaster area” that is prone to accidents due to the craters on the road caused by the road concreting works.

“There has to be an intervention done in that area. It has to be approached as if it is in crisis.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

Rama, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and other officials from the Cebu City Hall as well as the City Traffic Operations Management walked the area yesterday to check on its condition as well as the traffic situation.

Rama and the City officials also decided to close part of the boulevard today to prevent motorists from passing areas with the big crates. Traffic enforcers will close the northbound lanes of part of S. Osmeña St. beside Radisson Blu Hotel and the SM parking lot today. The southbound lane will be open to 2-way traffic.

The road closure is also meant to facilitate covering of the craters with asphalt and paving of the road.


Cebu Provincial Sports Commission
SPORTS COMMISSION. Members of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission take their oath before Governor Hilario P. Davide III (from left) Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Ramil Abing, Provincial Board Member Celestino Martinez III, PB Member Peter John Calderon, Randulph Su, Jessica Honoridez, Nimrod NL Quiñones, Chairman Michel Lhuillier and vice chairman Raul D. Alcoseba. (Photo taken from the Cebu Provincial Government Facebook page)

Bantayan, Camotes to have own airports

The islands of Bantayan and Camotes will soon have their own airports, said Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.

Davide said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sent teams to the islands on Thursday to inspect possible locations for the new airports. He said he already talked to Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete about the project.

The governor said he and Villarete will wait for the final report from CAAP to complete the plan of building the 2 new airports.

“There are specific provisions in the concession agreement that do not allow us to operate airports that are competing with Mactan in the next 25 years, but it excludes Bantayan and Camotes. And that’s why we are looking at these with the Department of Tourism and MCIAA and CAAP who are very interested in upgrading the facilities of Bantayan and Camotes. You know the potential of these two islands.” — MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete

Fire destroys P1 million worth of properties in Prince Hypermart in Daanbantayan, Cebu

Fire broke out at the Prince Hypermart in Daanbantayan, Cebu at 11:45 a.m. last Saturday. Daanbantayan Fire Station officer-in-charge Roger Loro told Sun.Star Cebu the blaze may have been started by a cigarette or spontaneous combustion by a pile of boxes due to the hot temperature.

Loro said they had to call for fire trucks from nearby towns because their own unit broke down since May. The firefighters arrived at 12:30 p.m. and put out the flames at 12:45 p.m. The fire destroyed grocery supplies inside the stockroom.

Cebu newspapers
FRONT PAGE NEWS. Today’s front pages of Cebu’s 3 English daily newspapers.

Cebu mayors say they facilitated release of P2B assistance, not a congressman

Northern Cebu mayors yesterday denied the report by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that a congressman facilitated the release of close to P2 billion for typhoon Yolanda survivors who lost their homes.

Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana denied that the request of a congressman led to the allocation of the funds. He said he did not see any congressman in any of the meetings with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) headed then by Panfilo Lacson.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. said it is unfair for a politician to claim that he facilitated for the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) when the mayors were the ones who requested for it.

“We attended three to four seminars with OPARR, we submitted the list of survivors, and we set the amount. That’s why DSWD should also give credit to where credit is due.” — Bogo Mayor Junie Martinez

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayors say they facilitated release of P2B assistance

Other top Cebu news stories

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama creates new Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for infrastructure; Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos out

Sun.Star Cebu: Broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro wants 2 Cebu City prosecutors to inhibit themselves from handling libel complaint filed by former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña against him

The Freeman: City Hall to meet with convenience store owners over violations to City Hall ordinance against selling of liquor within 100 meters from schools and hospitals

Sun.Star Cebu: Msgr. Binghay on killing of 44 SAF policemen: seek justice without bloodshed, no finger-pointing

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: Aboitiz food unit Pilmico helps Yolanda survivors rebuild livelihood after devastation

The Freeman: Aboitiz unit helps revitalize livelihood in northern Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu: Premium mattress distributor Dunlopillo opens in Ayala Center Cebu, optimistic about Cebu buyers

The Freeman: Apple One planning 3rd project in Cebu in Punta Engaño, Mactan Island