Quake prompts mayor’s order

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:16 p.m.

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.

Shabu worth P2M seized from ex-con

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:13 p.m.

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 Rama won’t allow bike runs unless conditions are met

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:07 p.m.

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.

‘No damage in airport, but Cebu is vulnerable’

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

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.

Village chief: I did not know...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

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.

...as PNP official mulls charges vs. kids’ parents

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:05 p.m.

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.

Agencies prepare security plan for Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:04 p.m.

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.

Laguindingan airport seen as busiest regional air transport hub

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:19 p.m.

THE arrival of a huge airliner at Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental is seen as a sign of the airport's potential as the region's busiest regional transport facility.

A Cebu Pacific Air Bus A320 operated by Tiger Air landed Sunday night at Laguindingan, the first time a wide-body commercial jet arrived there.

Alert raised in Oro for Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:18 p.m.

WITH the start of Holy Week, Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) has increased security especially in crowded places like the Guadalupe Shrine in Barangay Agusan and in Malasag in Barangay Cugman.

Police Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of Cocpo, said security has been tightened at pilgrimage sites.

Nutrition Council taps LGUs to promote nutritional change

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:16 p.m.

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Northern Mindanao is pushing for "replication strategy" by engaging outstanding performing local government units (LGUs) to serve as coaches and mentors.

LGUs that produced positive results on nutrition have been recognized through the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award on nutrition in the country.

UC to open med school in June

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:15 p.m.

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.

Mayors, Capitol, Rafi sign MOA

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:04 p.m.

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.

First batch graduates from Carcar college

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:03 p.m.

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.

Relocation should be planned by community, suggests solon

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:01 p.m.

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.

‘Drunk,’ man shot dead

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

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.

P1.4-M speed boat against illegal fishing

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

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.

Sagada faces tourism woes

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:59 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A tourism boom has hit the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province.

Tracey Santiago, head of secretariat of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines said the influx of tourists in Sagada is giving locals a tourism problem.

Gov. Davide announces reelection bid

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

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.

Special trips to and fr. Camotes

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

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.

NCCA wants to give faces to epic heroes

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

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.

Shooting, stabbing kill 2

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

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.

Buzz: Questions 20 on SAF 44to PNoy from Makabayan

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:51 p.m.


... THE 20 QUESTIONS THE MAKABAYAN BLOC IN THE HOUSE WANT PNOY TO ANSWER, which means the president might not have given the last word last March 27 on the Mamasapano controversy.

One way scheme up in Kennon Road

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:49 p.m.

TO LESSEN traffic congestion, Kennon Road will be open for one-way traffic only from April 1 to 3.

While trip from Manila was made faster because of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, going up to Baguio was made slower because of the different road construction done in the city.

Fongwan alarmed over Sto. Tomas fires

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is alarmed over a series of forest fires in the province.

The governor is asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to furnish his office with the official report of damages inside Sto. Tomas forest.

LTO to enforce no plate, no travel policy

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

UNREGISTERED vehicles will not be allowed to travel starting Wednesday, April 1.

The Department of Transportation and Communication-Land Transportation Office will strictly implement the "No Registration, No Travel" policy starting Wednesday to ensure all vehicles will bear their identities in this peak season of traveling.

Women installed as town police chiefs in Benguet

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

CAMP DANGWA,Benguet — Every March, different forms of recognition and honor to women are done by the government as part of the International Women’s Month.

In Benguet, three women were installed as chief of police by the Provincial Police Office (PPO) to lead the maintenance of peace and order in the towns of Bakun, Sablan and La Trinidad.

16 killed in fresh clashes in Maguindanao

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao -- Fresh clashes on Sunday in Maguindanao left 16 people, including four soldiers and a commander of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), dead, the Philippine Army said Monday.

Safety in sea travel

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard Davao Station has stepped up measures to ensure safety of sea travelers who are spending the Holy Week and summer vacation on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Other than close monitoring of motorized boats servicing the Davao City Samal/Talikud Island route, the Coast Guard is also set to deploy more than 50 personnel in various jetty ports in the city as part of its Operation Ligtas Byahe Kwaresma 2015.

Honor student hurt in landmine blast

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

A GRADUATING honor student failed to attend the school's commencement exercises after she was critically hurt in a landmine explosion that hit sitio Totoy in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley last week.

Fighting for her life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City is 12-year-old Marcelyn Domicillo, a consistent honor student at New Totoy Elementary School in Monkayo.

32 NPA rebels yield since January

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

AT LEAST 32 members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government authorities since January this year, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported.

Eastmincom spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner said two of these 32 surrendered recently, contributing to the six percent reduction of the NPA strength in Eastmincom areas.