UNICEF, Zamboanga sign plan to help evacuees

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE United Nation Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Zamboanga City have signed an agreement for a work plan to provide coordinated, strategic planning for UNICEF’s emergency and development programming in the city.

The memorandum of understanding for the plan was signed Friday by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and UNICEF Country Director Lota Sylwonder.

600 join Earth Hour in Zamboanga

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

ABOUT 600 people in Zamboanga City took part in Earth Hour, a global call to action to change climate change, last Saturday.

The participants, coming from the different sectors and national government agencies, converged at Plaza del Pilar for the hour-long shut down of power, and song and poetry performances.

Bad cops told: Leave Davao City

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned once again policemen involved in criminal activities to leave the city or they might just get killed.

Gun holders avail of licenses

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:25 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Gun holders in the region have sought to have their firearms licensed.

The Police Regional Office conducted a three-day caravan starting March 18 in Abra as part of the License To Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF).

Mayor junks probe into alleged fraud

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan stressed the Baguio City Government cannot investigate the alleged irregularities during the 2013 elections saying a case has already been filed relevant to the issue.

"It might be misunderstood if we do that because there is already a pending case," he said stressing it is better for the city government to just wait for the progress and result of the case filed.

Baguio council okays accord on resiliency program

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 07:59 p.m.

THE Baguio City Council confirmed last Monday the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the city's participation in the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program.

Signed March 2014 by Mayor Mauricio Domogan for the City Covernment and regional director Victorino Aquitania for the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia, the MOU facilitates the city’s participation in the ACCCRN program to "build resilience to climate change."

Philippines loans hit $11.3B in 4th quarter

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 04:53 p.m.

THE Philippine loans to finance its huge projects and programs have surged to $11.29 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said Sunday.

Dole: No plans for mass OFW repatriation yet in Yemen

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 04:36 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Sunday that there are no plans yet to implement mass repatriation procedures for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Yemen despite the worsening situation there.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they are closely coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regarding how to go about the ongoing mandatory repatriation in Yemen.

Sex education pushed to combat HIV surge

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 02:12 p.m.

AMID the continued surge in the number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the country, advocates are renewing calls for the adoption of appropriate sex education in schools.

In a recent media forum, people living with HIV (PLHIV) advocate Wanggo Gallaga said there is an immediate need for schools to include sex education modules in order to encourage those with risky sexual behaviors to practice safe sex.

Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:55 p.m.

SINGAPORE -- Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.

After prison, a degree

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

ONCE a fugitive for three years and a prisoner for seven years, a former political detainee graduated this month from college.

Espina: Find ‘awol’ cops

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:16 a.m.

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina is mulling the creation of a team to find three former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 members tagged in the death of lawyer Noel Archival.

Keep fit, outrun felons, Espina reminds police

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:41 p.m.

HONOR the slain 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen by being true to the service, praying, and staying fit, the acting head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) told Region 7’s police.

After prison, a degree

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:13 p.m.

ONCE a fugitive for three years and a prisoner for seven years, a former political detainee graduated this month from college.

Farmers advised: Insure animals

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

FARMERS and poultry owners need to be on guard against diseases that threaten pigs, goats, chickens and other farm animals during the dry season, said the Cebu Provincial Veterinary Office.

Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy, who heads the office, said heat stroke, pneumonia, and orf or sore mouth infections are among the diseases that might affect these animals.

Fly high, contribute to PH

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

GEN. Leonardo Espina, acting chief of the Philippine National Police, yesterday urged graduates of an aviation school to "contribute positively to the country."

Harm reduction or drug aid?

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants to review the harm reduction program implemented in the city's red-light district.

Rama said he wants to sit down with the members of the Cebu City Anti-Drugs Abuse Council (Cadac) to review its position on the program implemented by the City Health Department (CHD) in Barangay Kamagayan.

Barangays report status to constituents

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:59 p.m.

BARANGAYS all over the country held their first barangay assembly for the year yesterday.

Cebu City Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Phillip Zafra said that residents should be well informed about the status of their barangays.

4 born to endemic pig species

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:57 p.m.

FOUR piglets were added to the critically endangered Visayan warty pig (scientific name, Sus cebifrons) at the Negros Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

The first two of the four piglets were born from breeding pair Julio and Olivia on March 18. The remaining two piglets were born from Amor, also sired by Julio, on March 20, said Dr. Joanne Mae Justo, curator of the center.

Espina: Find ‘awol’ cops

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:46 p.m.

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina is mulling the creation of a team to find three former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 members tagged in the death of lawyer Noel Archival.

Espina said he already gave out the order to locate Senior Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, former HPG 7 director; Insp. Joselito Lerion, former HPG 7 Special Operations Team chief; and PO1 Alex Bacani.

Asturias loses police chief, musician to heart attack

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:45 p.m.

KNOWN to his fellow police officers as a skilled musician, Senior Insp. Glen Devocion, Asturias Police Station chief, died of heart failure yesterday morning. He was 46.

Devocion left behind his nine-month-pregnant wife Irene, 27, and sons aged six and one.

Tighten security, businesses told

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:44 p.m.

CEBU -- Police officials advised operators of businesses that involve large sums of money to be more vigilant because a robbery group from Mindanao has set foot in Cebu, based on intelligence reports.

Minglanilla all set for Kabanhawan on Easter Sunday

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:41 p.m.

ORGANIZERS of the Sugat-Kabanhawan in Minglanilla town are all set for the upcoming festival, which will culminate on Easter Sunday.

Police Chief Insp. Richard Gadingan, Minglanilla town police chief, said they already completed all the preparations needed for the festival.

Group reaches out to gov’t for support

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

THE Hemophilia Association of the Philippines Inc. of Cebu (Hapi-C) yesterday urged the government and the private sector to support their advocacy to help people who are suffering from the blood disorder.

In a press conference, Dr. Lynda Mae Lepatal said that hemophilia is a hereditary bleeding disorder affecting males that can potentially lead to chronic disability.

Drug bust nets 3 big-time 'pushers'

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

THREE suspected big-time drug pushers were arrested on Friday in a dug bust in Ma-a, Davao City as local authorities have intensified anti-illegal drug campaign in the city.

Suspects were identified as Edwin Canadalla Duy, 40, a businessman and resident of Malakas, General Santos City; Rizaldy Gonzales Banluta, 36, event organizer, of Narra Street in Matina; and Laila Espinosa dela Cruz, of Deca Homes in Cabantian, Davao City.

Drug suspect killed in police shootout

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

A DRUG bust led to a shootout that killed a suspected notorious pusher at Times Beach in Ecoland, Davao City Saturday.

The suspect was identified as Allan Belida Said, 38, who hails from Cotabato and transient resident of Times Beach.

Red alert up ahead of NPA anniversary

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE military and police under Eastern Mindanao have raised red alert ahead of the 46th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA) today, March 29.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner, in an interview earlier, said though there were no major threats monitored, it has been routine to place the region under red alert.

Man faces murder raps after attacking couple

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the City Prosecutor's Office after he attacked a couple killing the husband and wounding the wife in a hacking incident at Purok Pag-asa in Barangay Megcawayan in Calinan, Davao City on March 26.

Gilbert Escobar is facing murder and frustrated murder charges after he killed Melindo Sosmeña and hurt the latter’s wife, Chello. Escobar surrendered to authorities.

2 more drug suspects sued

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:19 p.m.

CHARGES have been filed before the Davao City Prosecutor's Office against two drug suspects who were arrested in a drug bust in Barangay Sasa on March 25.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are: Eric Bahian, 37, resident of New Pandan, Panabo City; and Regine Secuya, 20, resident of Barangay Dagatan on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Cop, outlaw killed in shootout

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

A POLICEMAN and a lawless group leader were killed in a shootout in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Saturday.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Sofronio Ecaldre said the shootout occurred around 4 p.m. Friday in the village of Benuatan, Dinas town.