Love, faith, and politics: these are the themes of today’s Cebu news digest. Here’s what you need to know this morning of Thursday, January 7, 2016:
Thousands join dawn Walk With Jesus to mark start of 451st Fiesta Señor celebration of Sinulog 2016
The religious celebration of the Fiesta Señor started early this morning with a penitential walk by Sto. Niño devotees from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.
Reports indicate a huge turnout of devotees. Police said at the start of the walk that 11,000 turned out for the opening activity. Cebu City Traffic Office operations head Joy Tumulak, however, told a The Freeman journalist after the walk that 300,000 people joined it. He credited the huge turnout to good weather and the early arrival of some International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) participants.
The walk ended with a mass at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño presided over by rector Fr. Jonas Mejares. For the first time in the last few years, devotees were able to see the basilica’s restored belfry, which was damaged by the 2013 earthquake.
Businessman Mario King and wife Haydee King were installed as the Hermano and Hermane Mayores to lead Fiesta Señor church activities.
‘Desperate love’ led woman to kidnap newborn; parents to file charges
Desperate love drove 26-year-old Melissa Londres to steal a newborn baby so she could present it to her boyfriend as theirs, and thus prolong their strained relationship. Now facing kidnapping charges, Londres begged for forgiveness from the parents of Baby Prince Nino Celadenia, whom she kidnapped at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
She denied she stole the baby at first but broke down when her own mother, Mary Jane, arrived at the detention camp.
“I beg forgiveness. Sorry, I had no bad intentions against the baby. I took him because I was afraid my boyfriend would leave me. He was my first love. He really took care of me,” she said.
- Cebu Daily News: Kidnap charge for two
- Sun.Star Cebu: Baby’s parents to press charges
- The Freeman: VSMCC, CIDG, father to file charges: woman faces kidnap raps
- Sun.Star Cebu: She thought a baby would save them
Budget war marks start of the year at the Cebu City Council
The Cebu City Council spent the first session of 2016 the way they did the final sessions of 2015, fighting over the budget. The majority bloc insisted the 2016 budget–at P6.4 billion–was legally passed after acting Mayor Edgardo Labella, of Team Rama, returned the budget ordinance to the council citing it lacked the required number of votes to be valid.
“His (Labella’s) inaction within 10 days means that the approved annual budget is deemed approved. The budget office should be required to enforce the 2016 annual budget.”
Councilor Sisinio Andales
- Cebu Daily News: City Council: Which budget do we use?
- Sun.Star Cebu: Majority bloc councilors assert validity of 2016 annual budget ordinance
- Sun.Star Cebu: Issue on quorum triggers tension at City Council
Mistake found in Capitol bidding for heavy equipment
The Provincial Board ad hoc committee on the bids and awards committee found discrepancies on the bidding for the multi-million heavy equipment deal the Capitol intends to buy, an error which could prevent the governor from getting the authorization to sign the P250.6 million contract with ConEquip Phils Inc.
“The committee found that there were some technical issues. Number one is the computition of the TWG, which is erroneous. This leads us to conclude nga possible nga ang technical working group is not competent.”
PB member Grecilda Sanchez
Issues were raised against the bidding after the BAC awarded the contract to ConEquip, which submitted the highest bid, at P250.6 million.
Other Cebu headlines
» Sun.Star Cebu: Cassava meals kills 6-year-old boy in Dumanjug; brother, sister still under medical observation in hospital
» The Freeman: Public reminded on how to prepare for Sinulog 2016: bring umbrellas, water, and snacks
» The Freeman: Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro tells highway patrol unit: Return vehicle or I’ll sue you
“Some of our establishments here are Middle Eastern tourists’ friendly. Restaurants and hotels’ food outlets too are servingHalal food preparations already.”
Tourism Congress vice president Alice Queblatin