BIR to buy P4.4M power generators

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:13 p.m.

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is purchasing four power generators worth P4.4 million to enable the agency to continuously serve its clientele despite the rotational brownouts besetting this region.

BIR regional director Alert Alocilja said one of the four generators is a 500-kilo-volt-ampere worth P3.4 million that will be installed at the regional office in Zamboanga City.

Painstaking recovery mission at Alps crash site

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The ravine echoes with helicopter rotors, the scrape of metal on stone, the rumble of sliding scree as the remnants of Germanwings Flight 9525 dislodge from the mountainside.

Maritime cops intercept smuggled rice shipment

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

OPERATIVES of the Regional Maritime Unit-Zamboanga Peninsula (RMU-9) have intercepted a wooden-hulled ferry loaded with an estimated closed to a million peso worth of smuggled rice off Zamboanga City.

Senior Superintendent Shepard Reyes said the shipment was intercepted at 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Tictabon village.

Trichograma lab to help Zambo farmers

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:10 p.m.

THE Office of the City Agriculture announced that a trichogramma laboratory has just been opened in Zamboanga City and is seen to serve the local farmers.

City Agriculturist Diosdao Palacat said the laboratory, which is located in the village of Vitali, will help local corn farmers in increasing their harvest with the use of environment-friendly and egg-based parasitoids also known as trichogramma.

Angeles cops warn public vs motorcycle theft

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:16 p.m.

ANGELES CITY --- "Padlock when you park" signs were posted in front of establishments to warn motorists to secure their respective motorcycles before leaving them in parking areas and along the streets.

This is in connection with the Lambat Bitag, an intensified anti-criminality campaign the city police implemented recently.

Bayan: Aquino out now

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:14 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) – Gitnang Luzon is calling for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III.

During a media briefing at the Holy Family Academy here Saturday, the group disclosed their "final verdict" on Mr. Aquino.

Local artists to create new arts hub

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:04 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Local artists in this city have joined hands to rehabilitate a two-decade abandoned building and turn it into a new arts hub in the heritage district.

The old CSSI building at 1246 Miranda Street is designed to be an eco-friendly contemporary arts hub that will serve as a venue for arts practitioners in Pampanga and a nesting ground to harness young potential artists in the city.

Senate to start deliberations on Pagasa modernization in May

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 05:39 p.m.

THE Senate will start its deliberations on the bill modernizing the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) once sessions resume in May, Senator Ralph Recto said Saturday.

Recto, chairman of the Senate committee on science and technology, said the bill upgrading Pagasa's equipment, staff pay, research capabilities, and communication reach will be the "best birthday gift on the weather bureau's 150th year."

Lawmaker proposes global ID system for OFWs

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 04:35 p.m.

A LAWMAKER has proposed to establish a Global Identification System for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that will identify OFWs as legitimate workers to protect them from unnecessary abuse and exploitation during their employment outside of the county.

Under House Bill (HB) 5539, Representative Juan Johnny Revilla (OFW Family party-list) said the issuance of an OFW Card will serve as the primary and only identification card for all OFWs as well as the linkage to various government agencies where they can access their services.

Santiago wants public officials liable for past actions

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:48 p.m.

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking to make public officials liable for crimes committed during their past terms of office.

Santiago filed Senate Bill 2716 aims to amend Republic Act (RA) 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, to make any elective official liable for any violation committed during a prior term despite re-election.

Iligan City has new mayor

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:31 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sworn in Vice Mayor Roderic Marzo as Iligan City mayor on Friday.

Energy company: ‘We haven’t harmed the environment’

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

THE Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said on Friday that they have not harmed the environment in their geothermal explorations after Bishop Vicente Navarra of the Diocese of Bacolod said the destruction they left at the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park (MKNP) will never be restored.

Another lot eyed as Bacolod City dumpsite

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:17 p.m.

BACOLOD CITY -- Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Friday that they are planning to use another lot as a sanitary landfill after residents complain of the hazardous smell at a dumpsite in Barangay Felisa.

Philippines to resume works in South China Sea

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:10 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine government could not be stopped from its decision to resume repair and construction works in its claimed territory in West Philippine Sea or South China Sea despite recent warning of China.

Labor sector: P11.50 wage increase outrageous

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:07 p.m.

A LABOR sector is opposing the P11.50 increase in daily minimum wage for workers in Western Visayas approved by the region's Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

Street vendors to return to central market

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will order the return of fish and meat vendors, who earlier left Bonifacio Street, inside the central market this week.

Security guard, 2 others post bail

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:58 p.m.

A SECURITY guard and two others involved in a shooting incident at Lopue’s Mandalagan Annex in Bacolod City were released from detention after they posted bail on Friday.

Woman shot by own brother

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:56 p.m.

A WOMAN was injured after she was shot by her brother inside her house at Sitio Nabalasa 2, Barangay Canlusong, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental Thursday evening.

5 boys caught sniffing shabu in Cebu

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 03:18 a.m.

FIVE boys were caught having a pot session with adults when the Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) operatives barged inside a drug den in Barangay Duljo Fatima, Cebu City last Friday night.

City Hall to ask BIR for tax refund

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:09 a.m.

CEBU City will ask for an exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to get back the tax that one of its investors in the South Road Properties recently withheld.

City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo received last Thursday a check for P134 million from Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) Area General Manager Allan Alfon.

3 teens saved from flames in Cebu

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:08 a.m.

FIREFIGHTERS rescued three teenagers during a fire that razed five houses and an eatery on Duterte St., Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City yesterday afternoon.

Collector falls

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:07 a.m.

POLICE arrested last Thursday afternoon a toll collector in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Don Juan Climaco Sr., Toledo City.

Insp. Jovito Labra, Toledo City police deputy chief, identified the suspect as Mercy Gonzales, 43.

Bus terminal built sans bldg. permit

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

THE Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) was built without a building permit and this was discovered only recently by the Capitol, owner of the facility.

Capitol Public Information Officer Ethel Natera said that the issue came up when the Province tried to secure an electrical permit from Cebu City Hall to upgrade the electrical systems inside the CSBT.

Dark airport, bike ride on Earth Hour

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

SEVERAL activities initiated by various groups and establishments are taking place tonight as the world observes Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

In Cebu City, biking enthusiasts may join in the Habagat Earth Hour, a 10-kilometer ride organized by Habagat that will start at 8 p.m., or 30 minutes before non-essential lights are switched off for an hour.

2 men face charge for slay attempt on Babag captain

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

AN ATTEMPTED murder complaint was filed against two men who tried to kill Babag Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito last Wednesday on Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City.

The suspects, Charles Garces and Froilan Orlanez, opted not to file a counter-affidavit so the complaint will now be elevated to the Regional Trial Court.

Up to lawyer/priest which career path to take, says Palma

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

THERE is nothing wrong with being a lawyer and a priest at the same time.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma gave this reaction after learning that former radio reporter and priest Fr. Domingo “Dan” delos Angeles, Jr. was among those who passed the 2014 Bar examinations.

‘Reflect, pray during Holy Week’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma urged Catholics to spend their Holy Week in prayer and reflection, instead of leisure.

He said that Catholics in Cebu should participate in the religious activities lined up for the Holy Week to strengthen their faith. He said leisure activities, like going to the beach and malls, should not be the focus of the faithful.

Coliform in Davao beaches a tourism turnoff

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The high levels of coliform in beaches are not only an environmental problem but for tourism too, an official said.

Mayor instructs health officials to help persons with HIV in jail

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:18 p.m.

TWELVE inmates from the Cebu City Jail tested positive for HIV.

Jail warden Johnson Calub confirmed that out of 2,442 detained inside the jail facility, 12 inmates were found to carry the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

49 ‘pushers’ arrested since Jan.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:18 p.m.

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) arrested 49 suspected drug pushers since January this year.

Supt. Josefino Ligan, chief of the City Intelligence Branch, said they have confiscated 31 grams of suspected shabu worth P376,000 in 33 anti-narcotics operations in the past 11 weeks.