2 men from Salvador Benedicto get 80 years each for rape

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:27 p.m.

A REGIONAL Trial Court in Bacolod City sentenced on Thursday two men from Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental to 80 years of imprisonment each after they were found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl almost 15 years ago.

Dante Librando and Winnie Pescador were convicted for two counts of rape and will suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 40 years in prison for each count without eligibility of parole with all of its accessory penalties.

Mayor corrects treasurer’s report on land tax revenues

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:26 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella corrected the statement of City Treasurer Giovanni Balalilhe regarding the city's collection on real property taxes.

Balalilhe had earlier told reporters the collection in January 2015 was down by 50 percent.

11 new lawyers from USLS, UNO-R

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:25 p.m.

ELEVEN law graduates from two Bacolod universities passed the 2014 Bar Examinations, according to the results released by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

There are seven new lawyers from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) and four from University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R).

Puentevella to meet with vendors affected by road concreting

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella will meet today with the vendors at the People's Market to listen to their complaints on the road concreting from the junction of Barangay 10 going to the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco) port.

Puentevella said that he understands the predicament of the vendors because their income was affected by the rerouting brought about by the road development in the area, but it is also necessary to the city's hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) next month.

Bacolod approves incentives, awards for honor students

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of Bacolod City has approved on third reading the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito that will grant awards and incentives to graduating honor students of private and public elementary and secondary schools.

The ordinance was approved during their special session Tuesday.

Boy, 15, drowns in Kabankalan river

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

A GRADE 7 pupil drowned while swimming with his four classmates at Barangay Carol-an River in Kabankalan City Tuesday.

Police identified the fatality as Jemson Moreno, 15, and a resident of Barangay Orong, Kabankalan City.

Filipinos urged to observe Earth Hour, Earth Day

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 01:51 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a resolution reaffirming the Senate's support for the objectives of the Earth Hour and Earth Day and encouraging Filipinos to observe these celebrations to combat the effects of climate change in the country.

"This year, Earth Hour has a global focus on climate change. Given our vulnerability to natural disasters, the objectives of these celebrations are particularly relevant to our country," Angara said.

3 elections in 2016

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

CEBU -- Next year will see the country holding three elections -- the presidential on May 9 and the barangay and youth on October 31.

UC grad places 5th in 2014 Bar Exams

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

A UNIVERSITY of Cebu graduate is the lone examinee from Cebu law schools who made it to the top 10 of the 2014 Bar exams.

With a rating of 84.5 percent, Michelle Liao, a certified public accountant, placed fifth among the 1,126 Bar passers. Only 18.82 percent of the 5,984 examinees made it.

Filinvest hands over P141.8M to Cebu City as last payment for SRP lot

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:27 a.m.

FILINVEST Land Inc. (FLI) has paid off the 10-hectare lot in the South Road Properties (SRP).

FLI Area general manager Allan Alfon turned over yesterday a check for P141.8 million to Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas and City Legal Officer Jerone Castillo.

El Nino to affect Davao City's 11,000 farmers

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THE Davao City Agriculturist Office has requested the Department of Agriculture (DA) to conduct cloud seeding to ease the effects of El Nino.

In a letter to the DA’s regional office, City Agriculturist Rocelio T. Tabay, said El Nino could affect at least 7,000 hectares of land planted to rice, corn, vegetable and other high-value crops.

Order leaves Aloguisan mayor, VM ‘jobless’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THE mayor and vice mayor of the southwestern Cebu town of Aloguisan failed to stop their suspension for six months and one day.

This, after the Court of Appeals (CA) denied the motion for reconsideration of Mayor Cynthia Moreno and her husband, Vice Mayor Augustus, and ordered the couple to cease performing their functions “immediately upon receipt” of the order signed by DILG 7 Director Ananias Villacorta.

OFW hit-and-run victim returns to Cebu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

CEBU -- Teresita Castro flew to Dubai in March 2013 to work as a domestic helper, but a road accident left her paralyzed less than a month later.

Aquino’s lies on Mamasapano ‘dragged down his ratings’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

BAYAN Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Thursday blamed the decline in President Benigno Aquino's trust and performance ratings on his failure to accept accountability in the Mamasapano incident.

The ratings will “will further decline as President Aquino continues to lie on his accountability on the Mamasapano incident," Zarate said in a statement.

Another policeman relieved for using shabu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

A MEMBER of the Bunawan police was relieved Wednesday after he tested positive for shabu use. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Sr. Insp. Milgrace Driz refused to name the officer pending the result of a confirmatory test.

Chief Insp. Simplicio Sagarino Jr., Bunawan police chief, said the policeman has been in the force for 18 years.

Moms own up role in porno

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

TWO mothers who were charged in court for allegedly engaging their children in pornography admitted that they violated the anti-human trafficking law.

Althea (real name withheld) said she regretted allowing her two daughters and son to pose naked for Australian national Peter James Robinson.

Grudge possible motive in recent killings in city

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Davao City police is looking at personal grudges as a possible motive in the rash of killings in the city.

Based on initial investigation, most the stabbing or shooting victims are involved in crimes, so a personal grudge or vendetta could have triggered the incidents, Davao police spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz said.

Davao mayor reconstitutes water resource management body 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reconstituted the Davao City Water Resource Management Task Force to “protect and conserve” water resource areas in the city.

Duterte recently signed Executive Order (EO) 10, which amends EO No. 37 series of 2012 that created the group.

P32M for Davao feeding program

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region turned over a check for P32 million to Davao City government as assistance to the city's Supplementary Feeding Program.

The check was handed over last Monday by DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon to the City Mayor’s Office chief of staff Nathaniel Dalumpines.

Businesses must accept any govt-issued ID for senior citizens

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:20 a.m.

THE Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (Osca) in Davao City is planning to set a monitoring body to ensure business establishments grant discounts to senior citizens.

Davao City Osca head Azucena Bajao said her office will also remind establishments they have to accept "any valid government issued ID in lieu of the Osca ID that they are issuing."

Davao terminal expects up to 60,000 passengers 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

THE Davao City Land Transport Terminal (Dcott) expects from 50,000 to 60,000 passengers daily during Holy Week and the summer season.

Dcott General Manager Alejandro Alilin said terminal usually handles 35,000 to 40,000 passengers daily, but the volume started to rise last March 21 because of the school break.

Ateneo de Davao grad places 4th in bar exams

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

A GRADUATE of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) College of Law placed fourth in last year’s bar exams.

Gil Garcia II had a rating of 84.55, putting him in a tie with University of the Philippines' Mark Leo Bejemino and De La Salle University Lipa's Reginald Laco.

DILG shuns view on payment for city scholars

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:07 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Central Visayas refused to issue a reply on whether or not the Cebu City Government is allowed to release the P135-million payment for city scholars to the Asian College of Technology (ACT).

This, pending the resolution of the administrative and criminal case that Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa is facing.

Rama pushes loan plan to pay SRP foreign debts

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:06 a.m.

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama will still push through with his plan to take out another local loan to pay off the City Government’s outstanding balance for the South Road Properties (SRP).

This, despite the findings of the Department of Budget Management (DBM) that the City has exceeded the dept cap in its budget appropriations this year.

2 more suspects eyed in shooting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

THE police are looking for two more suspects involved in last Wednesday's attempt on the life of Babag, Cebu City Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito.

Supt. Romeo Santander told reporters that they will file murder complaints against Charles Garces and Froilan Orlanez before the Office of the City Prosecutor today.

Officials mull Bohol-Cebu-Negros link

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

WHY not build bridges to connect Bohol with Cebu, as well as Cebu with Negros Oriental?

These proposals came up during a “bottom-up budgeting” discussion last Wednesday between Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and the mayors of Central Visayas Region.

Conserve even after Earth Hour: DENR

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:34 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 urged the public to go “beyond the hour” during the annual observation of Earth Hour tomorrow.

Dr. Isabelo Montejo, DENR 7 director, said that if the public cooperates to switch off their lights and other non-essential appliances for an hour, it could make a significant impact in their campaign to mitigate the effects of climate change.

P116,000 lost in 3 fires

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

TWO houses, three stalls and a commercial building were damaged in three fire incidents in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu last Wednesday.

No one was reported hurt in all three incidents.

Kids ‘know little’ about US landing in Talisay, Cebu

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

AT LEAST three students, who were among those who witnessed yesterday’s commemoration of the arrival of the American forces in Talisay City’s coastline on March 26, 1945, admitted that they do not know much about the history of the Talisay landing. The students said they were only there because they were required by their schools to attend the activity.

TCC sets grad rites of 800 students today

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

THE Talisay City College (TCC) will push through with its commencement rites this afternoon, despite the controversy hounding some of its programs.

Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes told reporters that after a meeting earlier this week, the TCC’s board of trustees approved the conferment of degrees, titles and diplomas for 838 graduating students.