Study: Students frequent lodging houses for sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 06:15 p.m.

A SURVEY conducted by Mass Communication students of the West Visayas State University among 100 taxi drivers in Iloilo City showed a high incidence of premarital sex among college and high school students, and even among elementary pupils.

A report on "Survival Sex in Iloilo City" by Professor Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman during a City Council committee hearing also showed the rampant survival sex for pay, especially during midterm and finals seasons.

PNPA raises age limit due to K to 12 program

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 06:06 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has raised the age limit for incoming applicants for admission to the police institute.

Police Chief Inspector Richie Yatar, PNPA public affairs chief, said the academy will accept only 18 years old and above applicants from its previous required age of 17 due to the effect of the K to 12 program.

SK elections moved to October 2016

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 05:55 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has approved the bill that seeks to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year.

Aquino seeks ‘deepest understanding’ over Mamasapano

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 05:35 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III asked for "deepest understanding" over the botched anti-terrorism operation that claimed the lives of 67 people, including 44 police commandos, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao two months ago.

MILF 'loses' credibility to talk peace with government

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 05:12 p.m.

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) move to absolve some of its members involved in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers showed they cannot be trusted in peace negotiations, detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada said on Thursday.

Capitol awaits Agri office's cloud seeding fund

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Wednesday that they are still waiting for the budget from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to fund the possible cloud seeding operation to induce rains in the province.

“Cloud seeding operation is very costly that's why we are asking for budget from the DA and the province will provide a counterpart fund,” he said, adding that the agency also has technical capability to conduct the operation.

Audit commission ruling 'puts NGC case to rest’

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

THE lifting of the disallowance by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the construction and site development of the New Government Center (NGC) “finally puts to rest the unending malicious accusations of the political detractors” of former mayor and now Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Atty. Joselito Bayatan said in a statement that Leonardia “finally proves his good faith and all honesty in providing the people of Bacolod a decent and well honored government center to improve public service.”

Health office to hold free clinic at dumpsite

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) will hold on Saturday a free clinic at the dump site in Barangay Felisa.

Dr. Jovy Vergara, assistant city health officer, said they received complaints from the residents on different health concerns with the unabated burning at the open dump site and sanitary landfill.

Guv to look into Pace vs Fortu controversy

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will look into the controversy between the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) and Provincial Accountant Merly Fortu over the former’s P100,000 fund request for the holding of the Employees Day during the Panaad Festival next month.

"We will look into the matter. She may have no budget anymore or there could be violations. If it would be disallowed by the Commission on Audit who will pay it?" the governor said.

Congress-BIR partnership eyed to improve tax policy

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

THIRD District Rep. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental assured the public of partnership between Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to improve the national policy environment on taxation.

"I enjoin all of you to continue your good work here and rest assured that we in Congress shall also fulfill our part in ensuring substantial resources in the country’s coffers without sacrificing the respective needs and welfare of the local industries and ordinary citizens," Benitez said in his message read by Bacolod City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya during the kick-off of the BIR Tax Campaign at SMX Bacolod Convention Center on Wednesday.

15 market blocks face closure

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:52 p.m.

FIFTEEN blocks in three public markets in Bacolod City have been recommended by the City Assessor’s Office for possible closure due to the tenants’ failure to pay their rental dues.

City Administrator Rolando Villamor said on Wendesday that they have issued demand letters to delinquent stall awardees or lessees in the three public markets and Manokan Country.

'Oplan Semana Santa' to start next week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:51 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) will implement the “Oplan Semana Santa 2015” starting next week.

Supt. Calixto Mabugat, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said he ordered all the station commanders to intensify the checkpoint operations within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

2 drug users fall, pusher escapes

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:51 p.m.

WHILE trying to arrest a suspected drug pusher Tuesday evening, police stumbled into his house and found two alleged drug users there instead.

Senior Inspector Edencio Gregorio, chief of Manapla Municipal Police Station, said his personnel were running after Rodolfo Daiz, who was earlier caught selling a suspected shabu to a police-poseur buyer, but got into his house and found two persons allegedly using the illegal substance.

Fisherman found dead, 5 missing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:50 p.m.

THE body of a fisherman was found along the shoreline of Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental on Monday evening, while his five companions are still missing.

Police identified the fatality as Maximo Entong, 41, of Barangay 2, Hinoba-an town.

Top 9 most wanted in Bacolod City falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

THE 9th most wanted person in Bacolod City's Police Station 3 was arrested by operatives after he was stabbed by an unidentified assailant in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.

Arrested was Jhan Bencil Cedie Bibar, alias Glowie Bibar, 21, of Purok Sulom, Eroreco, Barangay Mandalagan.

San Beda law grad tops 2014 bar exams; UC places 5th

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:16 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- A law graduate of San Beda College topped the 2014 Bar examinations while a University of Cebu (UC) graduate placed fifth, the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Thursday.

Cebu City told: Slash budget by P2B

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:29 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The City budgeted too much for its debt payments this year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said after reviewing the 2015 budget and find parts of it inoperative.

Cebu City, FLI sort out details of final check

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:28 a.m.

THE turnover of what was supposed to be Filinvest Land Inc.’s (FLI) final payment to the Cebu City Government did not push through yesterday, while officials tried to sort out issues regarding their records and withholding tax.

City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas confirmed that the City did not receive the check from FLI amounting to P134 million.

Cebu City unsure about securing loan for P1.5-B hospital

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

SOME councilors worry that the Cebu City Government would not be able to comply with requirements to obtain a P120-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

One of the seven requirements for the loan is a seal of good housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Youth elections set on April 25

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:24 a.m.

THE Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election will be on April 25, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Cebu City village chief escapes murder try

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

BABAG Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito escaped death during a shootout carried out yesterday afternoon by three men who were hired to kill him for allegedly owing somebody P6 million.

‘Is brother liable for failing to stop illegal activities?’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

A POLICE official will ask the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 to investigate the brother of a suspected drug lord for allegedly failing to stop his sibling’s illegal activity.

Supt. Romeo Santander, chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO)-City Intelligence Branch (CIB), said the brother, who is a barangay councilor, knew about the involvement of Darwin Tibay in the illegal drug trade.

Palma to Aquino: It’s okay to ask for apology

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma sees nothing wrong if President Benigno Aquino III has to apologize for his role in the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao almost two months ago.

“Why would you be embarrassed if you feel or believe that you have done something wrong?” Palma said.

Group faces plaint for ‘robbing’ trader

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:35 p.m.

COMPLAINTS were filed yesterday against seven men and a woman who were arrested for allegedly robbing a businesswoman inside her house in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday.

Marites Amit, a 51-year-old casino financier, and personnel of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) filed the complaints for robbery and carnapping before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor's Office shortly before noon.

CA halts order allowing firm to collect fee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has stopped an arbitration body from enforcing an order for the Provincial Government to pay a contractor about P100 million for projects implemented in the previous administration.

In a March 20, 2015 resolution, the CA 19th Division granted the writ of preliminary injunction sought for by the Capitol against the final consolidation award issued by the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) on Nov. 21. 2014, which favored the payment claim of contractor Duros Development Corp. (DDC).

Legal views on payment sought

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:51 p.m.

TO SETTLE everything in one venue, the Cebu City Council is asking the lawyers of Asian College of Technology (ACT) and the City Legal Office to sit with them in a conference at City Hall to address concerns on the payment for the school.

The development came after the Council called for an executive session yesterday with the City Scholarship Committee to shed light on the reports that the City has yet to pay some schools where the City scholars were enrolled.

Movement for a Livable Cebu launches ‘Siyagit Sapa!’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:50 p.m.

AFTER its successful fight against the construction of more flyovers in Metro Cebu, the Movement for a Livable Cebu (MLC) launched “Siyagit Sapa!”, an advocacy to clean up clogged waterways.

400T lost in robbery, theft incidents

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

MORE than P400,000 in cash and several items were lost in separate incidents in Metro Cebu early this week.

In Mandaue City, a branch of Julie’s Bakeshop was robbed by an unidentified man armed with a knife in Barangay Labogon, Mandaue City last Tuesday night.

Bogo honors cops for anti-drug drive

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:45 p.m.

THE Bogo City Government commended members of the Provincial Intelligence Branch of the Cebu Provincial Police Office responsible for a major anti-narcotics operation last January.

The team, led by SPO1 Reynaldo Solante, seized over P650 million worth of shabu last Jan. 23 and nabbed six suspects, including Joel Sumabong, who had been linked to several crimes.

Mall heist suspect repeats guilty plea

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

ROBBERY suspect Dionisio Cabatingan yesterday maintained he participated in a robbery at the Robinson’s Place in Cebu City that killed two security guards and three suspected robbers in 2011.

Cabatingan, also known as Junjun Cabando, pleaded guilty to the robbery with homicide charge during his re-arraignment at the sala of Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Navarro.