Lawmakers push for exemption of system losses from VAT

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:58 p.m.

TWO party-list lawmakers are pushing for the exemption of system loss component in the sale of electricity from the expanded Value Added Tax (e-VAT).

Misamis Oriental town gears up for Hinuklog

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:07 a.m.

ON Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the people of Medina in Misamis Oriental will re-enact the passion of Christ in the town’s streets and on stage.

More than 250 out of school youths, tricycle drivers and students have been rehearsing their roles for the Hinuklog, Medina’s Lenten presentation.

Envi group calls on public to help fight forest fires

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:06 a.m.

COTABATO CITY – An environmental protection advocacy group is calling on the public to help fight forest fires and to continue planting trees.

The Balik Kalikasan Advocacy Group (BKAG) raised the call after a dry spell has been noted in Cotabato since January.

Duterte hands off in cement mix company probe

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:57 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday refused to comment on the complaint filed by a city councilor against a construction material company that allegedly dumps waste materials to Davao River.

"Let the investigation proceed," Duterte said in his Sunday television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

Passenger vans ordered: Remove window tint

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:56 a.m.

OPERATORS of public utility vans in Davao City have been ordered to remove the tint on their windows. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued the order to vans plying the Cotabato City-Davao City route.

"I've warned you many times. I will task police authorities to remove dark tints. To make it easier for them, I can order them to remove the entire windows instead,” he said during the Gikan Sa Masa, Para sa Masa yesterday.

Barkers get Duterte warning

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:55 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will have barkers who extort from taxi and jeepney drivers arrested.

The mayor issued the warning after taxi drivers complained that the barkers are demanding P5 for every passenger they pick up.

Sleeping boy stabbed dead; stepfather held

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:55 a.m.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed as he slept in his house in Davao City on Sunday.

Killed was Jhondhyle Mora Barrio of Excess NHA in Maa. Police arrested his stepfather, Crispel Perote Rosalita, 33, as a suspect. Investigators said the boy’s 10-year-old sister Jhondishy, found her brother with a pillow covering his face and blood oozing from his neck.

Participants to Mt. Apo trek limited

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:50 a.m.

PARTICIPANTS to the Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge will be limited to ensure the 250 people per trail requirement on the country's highest peak is strictly followed.

Sta. Cruz Tourism Officer Julius Paner said 70 climbers from 40 teams have signed for the event on April 25-26.

AirAsia vows safety is 'utmost priority'

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:49 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of AirAsia Zest said the safety of the airline’s passengers is its "utmost priority."

"My commitment to the public is that everyone in my staff has safety as priority so we always look at it and improve our system. Accidents (involving the airl;ine group) do not held us back, it actually wants us to push stronger and push harder look at more ways and look at more processes and train people," AirAsia Zest CEO Joy C. Caneba said Friday.

Parents ‘led cops’ in Duljo drug bust

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:05 a.m.

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.

After Earth Hour, what’s next?

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:04 a.m.

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.

Sta. Fe port's ramp fixed

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:51 p.m.

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.

Holy Week a time for renewal, grace: Palma reminds faithful

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:40 p.m.

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.

‘Seize chance to host delegate’

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

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.

Cops get funds to fight drugs

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

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.

11 nabbed in Naga, Bogo, Talisay raids

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

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.

P58M fund for SRP sought

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

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.

Distribution of cash aid for seniors can’t be done every month: Castillo

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

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.

3 pull heist, cart P200T from trader

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

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.

Man in Lapu-Lapu heist a ‘lookout’

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

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.

Buzz: Boys will be boys

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

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.

Romero renews call for Abaya’s ouster

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling for the ouster of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for failing to fully develop the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Romero issued the statement supporting the call of various organizations and businessmen in Pampanga and Central Luzon for Abaya to resign from his post as chief of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Help in protecting environment -- SM Pampanga

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The SM City Pampanga joined this year's observance of Earth Hour urging mall-goers to do their share in protecting the environment by cutting on their energy consumption and practicing healthy environmental choices.

SM City Pampanga joined other SM Supermalls in the country, along with its international malls in China, in switching off their lights for at least an hour in solidarity with the Earth Hour initiative.

San Fernando water district hosts talks on green initiatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:26 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) hosted discussions over the weekend on its environmental initiatives on water conservation and environmental protection at the Benigno Aquino Hall over the weekend.

CSFWD general manager Jorge Gumba said that the initiative is part of the water utility's World Water Day commemoration. The event aims to tap sectoral support in water conservation initiatives. The discussions involved local barangay officials in the capital city.

Congress urged to help end Mindanao's agony

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

About a thousand residents, many of whom from the ranks of youth, marked the start of Christendom’s observance of Holy Week by taking part in an early morning “Walk for Peace” on Sunday.

The participants walked at least two kilometers to dramatize their call not to abandon the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

BCDA-CJHDevco dispute might reach Congress

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:54 p.m.

THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevco) dispute may reach the Senate for inquiry.

Senator Francis Escudero, in a press conference Saturday, said he is willing to author a resolution calling for the Senate inquiry.

RDC execs undergo culture seminar

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Cordillera is one yet still diverse.

The Regional Development Council held a seminar on cultural heritage March 25 to 27 for members of the council, including the private sector to learn more about the varied cultural practices in the region.

Mayor orders 24-hour work monitoring

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:27 p.m.

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan called on the Traffic and Transportation Management Council (TTMC) for an emergency meeting on the ongoing road improvement projects being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here.

The road project is part of the P668-million fund allotted for road rehabilitation, repair and improvement of drainage systems for the Summer Capital, which was supposed to have been implemented early this year but was slightly delayed to accommodate crowd-drawing activities.

Troops rescue would-be trafficking victims

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:25 p.m.

FOUR women illegally recruited to work in Malaysia were rescued by authorities in Tawi-Tawi last Friday and their recruiter arrested, the military said.

The four, identified only as Marilou, Clarisa, Claiza, and Ritz, were aboard a ferry moored at the Chinese Pier in Bongao town, according to Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer.

2 NPAs surrender in Bukidnon

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

TWO New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered in Bukidnon ahead of the NPA's 46th anniversary.

The surrender of Ronnie Lino, who is known as Ka Rey to his comrades, and Genden Gutual Jr., known as Ka Jun-Jun, brings to 32 the number of communist rebels that have surrendered since last January in Eastern Mindanao.