A QUAKE that struck minutes before 10 a.m. yesterday prompted Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to order the faster construction of emergency exits in public schools.
It was fortunate, Rama said, that most schools were no longer holding classes when the earthquake occurred.
AT least 200 grams of suspected shabu worth P2 million were seized from an ex-convict during a buy-bust on A. Lopez St. in Barangay Calamba, Cebu City last night.
Operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and Pasil Police Station arrested Arman Jaca, 25, who allegedly sells shabu to small-time dealers and users in Calamba.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants no more bike runs in the city unless organizers meet several conditions.
The mayor said he was “upset” over how the bike run went during the Earth Hour celebration last Saturday night, especially at the Fuente Osmeña area.
GENERAL Manager Nigel Paul Villarete of Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) said there was no damage to the airport facilities after the 4.8 magnitude earthquake yesterday morning.
However, Villarete said that yesterday’s earthquake should serve as a reminder of Cebu’s vulnerability to disaster and the people must be cautious.
DULJO Fatima Barangay Captain Elmer Abella admitted he knows the owner of the house that police raided in his barangay last Friday night, but he said he is not aware it was used as a drug and gambling den.
He did not know that drug users, including minors, would buy and sniff shabu in the house located some 30 meters from the barangay hall, that is why he had nothing to report to the police about it, he said.
THE parents of five boys who were caught in a pot session with adults may be held liable under the law, a police official said.
Insp. Arieza Otida, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO)-Women and Children's Protection Desk, said they are mulling charges against the parents of five boys, aged 9 to 14.
HELP desks and additional security personnel are already in place for Holy Week.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has directed all airports, seaports and bus terminals to have help desks to protect and respond to the problems of the traveling public during the observance of Holy Week.
A NEW medical school will open in Cebu this year.
The University of Cebu (UC) School of Medicine will open in June, and tuition discounts await top college graduates who will pursue medicine in the university.
TOWN and city mayors under the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Capitol and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) for its road map projects.
National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Director Efren Carreon said they have two options for funding assistance: development assistance from foreign agencies and the National Government.
A CHOREOGRAPHER and a parish youth council member were among the pioneering batch of graduates in Carcar City College last Saturday, and both are proud to be the only degree holders in their clan and family.
Daniel Amistad, 20, a choreographer from Barangay Liboron, is third in a brood of five and the only degree holder in the family and among cousins on his mother and father’s side.
CEBU City Councilor Alvin Dizon wants the City Government’s resettlement plan to be done on-site, and that it should be a “people’s plan,” developed by the community itself.
In a privilege speech during the regular session Wednesday last week, Dizon said that this year the City Government appropriated P300 million for lot acquisition and P250 million for site development. He thinks that the relocation sites are still not liveable.
A 36-YEAR-OLD man died in a shootout with police in Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City last Sunday dawn.
The fatality was identified by police as Arvin Basaca, a resident of Sitio Paradise, Barangay Tabok.
THE Mandaue City Government bought a P1.4-million speed boat to fight illegal fishing.
Mayor Jonas Cortes yesterday turned over the boat to the Mandaue City Bantay Dagat Association.
GOV. Hilario Davide III will seek reelection in 2016, denying reports that he is at odds with Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
He said his running will validate how he did in his first term as governor.
DANAO City expects a tripling of passengers bound for Camotes Island during the holy week.
This is why Jomalia Shipping Company will be available for 24 hours on Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, said Ramonette Mahinay, Danao City public information officer.
IN the Ilokano epic Biag ni Lam-ang, students might remember Lam-ang as the character with extraordinary strength and his ability to speak soon after birth. But few probably recall how he looks or what his skin tone is.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will soon change that with the help of Filipino artists and illustrators.
TWO persons died in shooting and stabbing incidents in Balamban and Tuburan last Sunday.
At 8 p.m., Gally Pahamutang, 48, was stabbed to death by his neighbor Guillermo Genteroliso, 59, in Barangay Maghinay, Tuburan, police said.
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CONCERNED parents, not barangay officials, gave the information that led to the fall of a drug den, the rescue of five boys in a pot session, and arrest of 11 adults in Barangay Duljo Fatima, Cebu City last Friday night, a police official said.
Supt. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch (CIB) chief, said that no Duljo Fatima official communicated with the police before they received tips from the parents about the illegal activities.
WILL you plant more trees, segregate your trash and take shorter showers?
These, some Cebu City Hall Government officials said, are among the things people can do to go beyond Earth Hour, which took place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. last Saturday.
ONE year and four months after super typhoon Yolanda devastated Bantayan Island, the port in Sta. Fe is once again fully operational and ready to accommodate thousands of visitors expected to spend their vacation on the island during Holy Week.
Sta. Fe Mayor Jose Esgana said one of the port’s two ramps was rehabilitated after it was damaged.
CEBU CITY -- Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma yesterday asked the faithful to participate in all religious activities related to Holy Week during a concelebrated mass for Palm Sunday at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma invited good Samaritans to be part of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) by hosting a delegate or two in their home, whether foreign or Filipino, for the duration of the event.
In his letter, copies of which were distributed to Roman Catholic church parishes, Palma said the historic event on Jan. 24-31, 2016 will bring to Cebu thousands of foreign delegates from various countries and local delegates from other parts of the Philippines.
TO STEP up the fight against illegal drugs, the Mandaue City Government intends to help fund police operations.
Supt. Josefino Ligan, chief of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) City Intelligence Branch, said that Mayor Jonas Cortes pledged the City will give P5,000 per month for all six police stations and P10,000 per month for the headquarters.
POLICE arrested three suspected drug pushers and eight alleged users in separate anti-narcotics operations in Consolacion and in the cities of Bogo, Talisay, and Naga last Saturday.
At 7:30 a.m., Joseph Mirambel Guevarra, 18, was caught in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sambag, Bogo City.
THE South Road Properties Management Office (SRPMO) seeks to purchase P58.4 million worth of equipment for the upkeep of the facilities inside the 300-hectare property and to ensure security, peace and order in the area.
Among the items that the office wants to purchase are P3.5-million closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, 25 digital handheld radios amounting to P2 million and two patrol cars worth P1.9 million.
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama cannot release the financial assistance for senior citizens on a monthly basis, said the City Legal Office.
In his reply to lawyer Reymelio Delute, City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo said that the provision of the City’s budget ordinance that mandates the monthly release of the financial assistance for senior citizens was vetoed by Rama early this year.
THREE armed men took away more than P200,000 in cash and jewelry from a businesswoman in Sitio Laray, Barangay Pitogo, Consolacion last Saturday night.
Police identified the victim as Marilou Rombaiz Hiyas, who sells chicken in the town’s public market.
AN intelligence officer said one of the eight suspects in robbing a casino financier in Lapu-Lapu City was allegedly involved in robbing bank employees in Northern Mindanao early this month.
AS THE saying goes, boys will be boys, regardless of their age and occupation. So observers were not surprised about the reaction of male local government officials to a young and pretty woman in their midst. The only question in the observers’ minds was, who would make the first move and how.