Central Visayas police maps out safety measures for Holy Week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

MORE than 6,000 police officers will be deployed in religious sites and terminals to secure the public during Holy Week, which will officially start on Palm Sunday, March 29.

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 announced that it has undertaken security measures for the celebration, including the distribution of flyers and assigning of hotline numbers that public may call for assistance.

Love triangle triggers Consolacion shooting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

JUST as Fritzie Llones chose Junrey Suan, she lost him.

Llones told police that her estranged lover, Michael Yuson, barged inside her room in Barangay Poblacion Oriental, Consolacion last Wednesday night.

‘Celebrations’ for free at SRP

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

TWO cities afflicted with disasters in 2013 have been graced with the presence of evangelist Will Graham.

Graham will start the Cebu leg of Celebrations, the crusade-style event the evangelist is known for, today.

Police mulls 3rd angle in shooting

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

POLICE investigators have identified a possible mastermind behind the shooting that killed a 15-year-old girl and severely wounded her mother in Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City last Saturday.

Senior Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin, chief of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), said they are looking at a new possible motive behind the attack, but he refused to provide details.

Gica pushes Garcia’s suspension, cites law

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

DUMANJUG Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica filed a motion for execution asking the Provincial Board (PB) to implement the six months suspension against Mayor Nelson Garcia as penalty for grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority case.

Gica filed his motion last March 18.

Myanmar Government observes tax scheme

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:27 p.m.

MYANMAR officials and civil society organizations visited Cebu Capitol yesterday and went through a half-day lecture on revenues generated by tax from mines and minerals from Cebu officials.

Acting Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial said they shared with Myanmar government officials the sharing scheme between local and national governments, and the rate of tax from national wealth.

Buzz: Binay sells self as ‘lawyer president’

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

Vice President Jejomar Binay pushed his candidacy for president in 2016 by telling the lawyers gathered at the national convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Cebu City March 20-22 that he’d be the first lawyer president “after a hiatus of 30 years.”

The last lawyer chief executive fled the country in 1986 after People Power 1 threw him out of Malacañang. The lawyer president was Ferdinand Marcos, martial law despot who bent and twisted rule of law that only a lawyer could.

Carnival set at Jadewell area

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:21 p.m.

SHOULD the Jadewell parking in Burnham Park be used as space for an amusement park?

This is the question yet to be answered by the City Government now that the Jadewell area in Burnham Park is being eyed for several uses this summer.

Mayor: Road works are not city’s projects

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:14 p.m.

ONGOING road works in Baguio City are not the city government's projects.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan clarified the ongoing road rehabilitation in the different parts of the city, already causing monstrous traffic, is not the project of the city government but of the Department of Public Works and Highway-Central Office.

Baguio mayor pushes barangay merging

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

THE problem on funding for the honorarium of barangay tanods and street sweepers may be solved eventually if the number of barangays is decreased.

This was highlighted by Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently stressing the merging of small barangays is seen as a permanent solution to sustain funds needed for the benefit of appointed barangay workers for peace and order and sanitation.

Award winning director conducts film appreciation workshop

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

STUDENTS and film enthusiasts from Baguio City and Benguet were treated to a free film showing and workshop by award winning director Brillante Mendoza at the SM City Cinema recently.

The students viewed "Captive" by Mendoza, which is top billed by European actress Isabelle Huppert as Therese Bourgoine, one of the captives in the 2001 kidnapping incident in Palawan where Muslim terrorist group Abu Sayyaf took numerous people hostage from the Dos Palmas resort.

Prosecutor: Co-pilot wanted to ‘destroy’ Germanwings plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

PARIS -- As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings co-pilot "intentionally" sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said Thursday.

LTO to implement ‘No Registration, No Travel’ rule starting April

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the “No Registration, No Travel Policy” for four-wheeled motor vehicles starting April 1 this year.

LTO Central Luzon Transport Regulation Officer III and Operations Division OIC Narciso Maniacup said on Thursday that as per the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), all four-wheeled motor vehicles must be registered, or at least be in the seven day registration period, beginning next month.

Pamintuan to Angeleños: Participate in Earth Hour

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called on all Angeleños to actively participate in the annual Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, by turning-off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"Let us use our power to 'change climate change'," said Pamintuan, quoting the slogan of Earth Hour.

Santiago named PH most outstanding mayor

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:17 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago has been chosen as one of the country's most outstanding mayor for the year 2015 by the prestigious worldwide organization Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).

The mayor personally received this recognition from the SMI officials headed by president Harry Tambuatco and chairman Karl Maclean at Makati Sports Club last March 25.

San Fernando aims to become preferred tourism destination in Asia

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando is looking at becoming "a preferred tourism destination in Asia" by 2022.

This was bared by Mayor Edwin Santiago during a breakfast forum with mediamen on Thursday at Heroes Hall, where he said that City Government plans to achieve this by conceptualizing better tourism packages and reviving its heritage district, while at the same time "building a livable, ecologically-balanced and economically-viable city through effective and socially inclusive governance" that will enhance local quality of life.

Police: Frustrated slaying of prosecutor job related

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The frustrated killing of Prosecutor Antonio Buan of the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan is allegedly job related due to his handling of several high profile cases reportedly involving Muslim personalities.

Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police provincial director, said this was the result of a thorough investigation conducted by the Bulacan Intelligence Branch and City of San Jose Del Monte police.

LGUs responsible for land survey fund liquidation

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:59 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair Jejomar Binay clarified that it is the responsibility of local government units to liquidate the land survey funds granted to them.

The vice president issued the statement following reports that 28 LGUs have failed to submit liquidation reports of funds transferred by HUDCC amounting to P28,322,107.47 as of December 2013.

Express exits in NLEx, SCTEx to open for Holy Week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two express exits will be opened at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) on Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.

Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) Communication Specialist Francisco Dagohoy said the express exits will address traffic congestion in toll plazas especially during Lent, when the number of motorists going out of Metro Manila to North and Central Luzon is expected to double.

Lumads to pray for peace, lesser suffering

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:56 p.m.

ILIGAN CITY -- Fearful that the renewed violence will spread into their communities, leaders of the indigenous peoples in southern and central Mindanao will hold on Saturday, March 28, simultaneous rituals that will invoke divine guidance to have the peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continue.

Today, it has been one year since the landmark Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed between the government and the MILF, formally transforming their relationship from that of adversary to peace partners.

Deles, Ferrer, Iqbal honored for peace work

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Bucking a political firestorm, Xavier University officials awarded government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal for “walking the difficult path for peace.”

Less emergency, cramped classes in Oro this June

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

STUDENTS in the elementary and secondary levels for academic year 2015-2016 are assured of classrooms, as the City Government through the local school board (LSB) with the Department of Education (DepEd) made an initial inventory of constructed classrooms under the present administration.

Dulce Tiro Potenciano said by the start of classes in June, an additional 309 new classrooms await the students in Cagayan de Oro's public schools where more than 93,000 of elementary and about 33,500 high school students are expected to enrol.

Guv lauds DILG’s ‘Operation Listo’

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the launching of the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) "Operation Listo: Tamang Paghahanda, Tamang Aksyon" held at the Oxford Hotel in Clark, on Tuesday.

Integrated in the program is the Disaster Preparedness Manual, a complete agenda of primary planning for local government units to have a systematic and accurate course of action, with aligned and improved local plans and preparations prior to or during a catastrophe.

Comelec proclaims Rivilla duly elected mayor of Paniqui

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc released with finality its decision on the case of Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla versus Rommel David and proclaimed the former as the "true winner" of the 2013 mayoralty election here.

On March 16, The Department of Interior and Local Government-Tarlac, together with the Paniqui Police, served the notice to David, who since January, was sitting as mayor of Paniqui.

Armm allocates P8M for Basilan school

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

AUTONOMOUS Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Governor Mujiv Hataman announced Thursday he will allocate P8 million to build a new auditorium for the Basilan National High School (BNHS).

Hataman made the announcement during the 62nd graduation ceremonies of the BNHS in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan, where he was the guest speaker.

NPAs leave behind dead comrades in Compostela

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

THE body of a slain New People's Army (NPA) rebel was discovered in a remote village of Compostela Valley after he was left behind by his comrades, a top military official said Thursday.

The body was discovered by villagers amid thick vegetation Wednesday at Sitio Totoy in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo.

2 drug pushers fall in Dapitan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

GOVERNMENT agents in Dapitan City arrested two men on suspicion of being drug traffickers and seized P15,000 worth of shabu from them, police reported Thursday.

Arrested by a team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the police were James Gozo, 30, of Gutalac; and Christian Lansang, 29 of Dipolog City.

Customs names new Zamboanga district collector

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) appointed on Thursday Major Jerry Loresco as acting district collector in Zamboanga City.

Loresco, the Customs investigation division chief in Manila, replaced Miguelfio Saquisame, who was reassigned to the main office.

Cayetano reveals threat to life for anti-BBL stance

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:31 p.m.

SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano revealed Thursday receiving intelligence information about a possible threat to his life in connection with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Cayetano withdrew his support for the BBL after the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao left 44 Special Action Force commandos dead.

File murder raps vs Moro rebels, DOJ urged

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 07:01 p.m.

MANILA -- A lawmaker is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file multiple murder charges against the Moro rebels who took part in the bloody Mamasapano encounter, which claimed the lives of 44 elite police commandos.