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  • 7 Cebu LGUs still under Alert Level 1 status
    TALISAY City and six other towns in Cebu Province remain under Alert Level 1 status starting June 1 to June 15, 2022.Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7), said Talisay City and the towns of Alcoy, Borbon, Oslob, Pilar, Santander and Tudela will remain under Alert Level 1 status for the said period.Loreche clarified this on Saturday, May 28, a day after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced the alert level status of local government units (LGUs), where only the three highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu were mentioned as… Read more »
  • Husband and wife become colleagues in Congress
    FOR the first time in Cebu’s political history, a married couple will sit as members of the House of Representatives at the same time.Cebu congresswoman-elect Daphne Lagon and her husband, reelected Ako Bisaya Party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon, won in their respective races in the May 9, 2022 polls.Daphne, a neophyte politician, got 82,443 votes in a five-way race for the Cebu 6th District congressional seat. She will succeed outgoing Cebu Rep. Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon, who won the congressional seat for the newly created lone district of Mandaue City.Daphne’s husband, Sonny, was successful in his reelection bid as party-list representative of… Read more »
  • VSMMC unveils new facade, logo
    AFTER more than a century since it started operation, the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on B. Rodriguez Street in uptown Cebu City is now sporting a new look.The management of VSMMC headed by its medical chief, Dr. Gerardo Aquino, unveiled the tertiary hospital’s new facade and its giant logo located at the lower left of the main building on Friday night, May 27, 2022.“The unveiling of the new façade also entails the rebranding of the external appearance of VSMMC enhancing its reputation to the stakeholders, being true to its mantra, Quality Service, Our Pride,” the VSMMC management said… Read more »
  • Mandaue police to gun owners: Renew permits
    THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) has reminded responsible gun owners to renew their gun licenses to avoid being fined or sued.Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rodulf Oriol, MCPO deputy director for operations, reiterated that gun owners must religiously renew their gun permits to avoid facing charges and the risk of arrest.In their recent “Oplan Katok” operation on Thursday, May 26, 2022, the MCPO had collected 31 loose firearms surrendered to them by a security agency in Guizo, Mandaue.Oriol urged gun owners to renew their guns’ licenses before these would expire to avoid inconvenience.Under section 19 of Republic Act No. 10591, also… Read more »
  • LGUs urged: Impose 'No CCTV, no business permit' policy
    THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged local government units (LGUs) nationwide to enact ordinances prescribing the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems as a requirement for the issuance of business permits to establishments catering to a large number of customers, and to those which are risk or hazard-prone.In a statement posted on DILG’s website, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, who is also the concurrent chairperson of the National Peace and Order Council, said that as people return to their pre-pandemic ways, public safety must be a priority of LGUs and “CCTVs are applicable technologies… Read more »
  • 4 injured after 2 motorcycles collided in Balamban
    FOUR individuals got injured in a road accident along the national highway in Barangay Buanoy, Balamban town, southwest Cebu on Saturday morning, May 28, 2022.Staff Sergeant Readan Lara, investigating officer of Balamban Police Station, said the incident took place when a certain Perlito Villahermosa, 35, branch manager ofTranscycle Mart, of Barangay Cabiangon, Pinamungahan town, southwest Cebu, lost control of his motorcycle as he overtook another vehicle, hitting the motorcyclefrom the opposite direction driven by Yul Narsico, 39, pastor of Oasis Pentecostal International from Barangay Mainggit, Toledo City.Both Villahermosa and Narciso along with their respective wives, Urtalen, 33, and Annalyn, 42,… Read more »
  • Charges readied vs suspect in killing of vegetable vendor
    POLICEMEN are now readying charges that will be filed against the suspect in the killing of a 67-year-old vegetable vendor in Barangay Greenhills, San Fernando town on Thursday, May 26, 2022.Larry Lantape Sabellano, 37, a sand and gravel extractor, was arrested by the police during a hot pursuit operation on Friday at 5 p.m., May 27, 2022, in Purok Moringa, Sitio Cogon, Barangay Greenhills.The knife used in the murder, however, was not recovered by the police.Sabellano was tagged by two female witnesses as the one who robbed and killed vegetable vendor Diomedesa Lapera Gedaro, a widow whose head was nearly… Read more »
  • Suspected ‘salvage’ victim found in Consolacion
    A MAN believed to have been salvaged was found around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, along the road in Paseo Begonia, Purok 7, Barangay Sacsac, Consolacion, northern Cebu.The victim had gunshot wounds to the forehead and back of the head. Duct tape also covered his face, while both of his hands were tied.The man had tattoos all over his body of various people’s names and gangs. He was also wearing a t-shirt with the name of a certain fraternity.Police Major Jude Librando Cebrero, Consolacion police chief, said that during the initial investigation, people in the area reportedly heard… Read more »
  • Woman, 56, nabbed in Toledo drug bust
    A 56-year old woman was arrested for allegedly peddling illegal drugs in Sitio Apid, Barangay Cantabaco, Toledo City in southwest Cebu on Saturday dawn, May 28, 2022.Master Sergeant Leodines Leduna, team leader of the Drug Enforcement Unit of Toledo City Police Station, identified the suspect as Maria Theresa Manalili, married and a resident of Barangay Cantabaco.Leduna said that they conducted the buy-bust operation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) against Manalili after receiving reports about her involvement in illegal drug activity.Manalili was arrested in her house at 1:15 a.m.Leduna said Manalili has been included in… Read more »
  • Man mauled for middle finger gesture in Carcar
    A 27-year-old male helper was mauled by his three neighbors after making a "dirty finger" sign in Sitio Danao 1, Barangay Valencia, Carcar City on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., May 26, 2022.Harrison Abapo Abendan, 27, single, was brought to the hospital after sustaining wounds in the different parts of the body, including head and knees.His attackers Jason Berallo Navarro, Meljhon Bacalso Lapinid, both 19 years old, and Meljhon's father Francisco, 47, a construction worker, were arrested by the police.Lieutenant Colonel Ardioleto Cabagnot, chief of Carcar City Police Station, told Sunstar Cebu that the suspects and the victim had long been… Read more »
  • Suspect in San Fernando vegetable vendor's killing nabbed
    THE suspect in the killing of a vegetable vendor in San Fernando, Cebu was arrested Friday, May 27, 2022.Police Major Efren dela Cruz Diaz Jr., chief of the San Fernando Police Office, identified the suspect as Larry Lantape Sabellano, 37, a resident of Sitio Cogon, Barangay Greenhills, San Fernando.Sabellano was nabbed around 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, after witnesses identified him as the person who killed Diomedesa Lapera Gedaro, 67, also a resident of Barangay Greenhills.Gedaro was found dead in a ravine near her house in Barangay Greenhills, San Fernando Thursday morning, May 26. Her neck was almost cut with… Read more »
  • Housing demand to continue amid hike in interest rate
    INSTEAD of just renting, a real estate developer encourages Filipinos to pursue buying their own houses as this will give them good returns in the future.“Real estate rewards those who invest early,” said Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) executive vice president and chief operating officer Franco Soberano, in a recent virtual briefing.He said the value of residential properties usually appreciates at least 30 to 40 percent from the time of pre-selling to completion, allowing it to counter interest rate volatility.Acquiring one’s own space is also wiser as one puts his money to work, unlike renting, he said.Recently, the Monetary Board of… Read more »
  • Congressional funding needed before new Mandaue jail can be completed
    CONGRESSIONAL funding is still needed before the old city jail facility in Mandaue City can be converted into the new campus of the city’s community college.This was what Mandaue City congresswoman-elect Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon said when SunStar Cebu asked her about the project on Friday, May 27, 2022.Dizon, who will represent the newly created Mandaue City lone district starting June 30, said she plans to seek funds for the transfer of the city’s jail from its current location in Barangay Looc to its new location in Dungguan, Barangay Basak.Once the city jail is transferred to Basak, the Mandaue City government… Read more »
  • Liloan earns highest COA audit rating anew
    THE Municipality of Liloan, Cebu has earned the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the fourth time since 2017, Liloan City Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco announced.The COA granted an “Unmodified Opinion” to the Local Government of Liloan per examination of its 2021 Financial Statements.This was relayed to Frasco in a letter signed by COA State Auditor Arcel M. De Arca transmitting its Independent Auditor’s Report.Under the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions, auditors issue an unqualified or unmodified opinion when they conclude that financial statements, as a whole, are free from material misstatements, which could arise… Read more »
  • Cebu City remains safe amid bomb threats, say police
    THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has assured residents that the city remains safe amid text messages circulating on social media on Thursday, May 26, 2022, on threats to bomb at least four establishments in the city.The CCPO, however, is tightening its security measures following a bomb explosion inside a passenger bus in Koronadal City, South Cotabato past noon Thursday.Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, CCPO’s deputy director for operations, clarified that the threat to bomb the Qimonda Building at the North Reclamation Area where the Cebu City Hall of Justice is located, the Cebu City Legislative building, Carbon Market and the… Read more »
  • New uniforms at work help long-lost sisters find each other
    AFTER years of being colleagues at work, two government employees have discovered that they are long-lost sisters and it is all because of uniforms and the contact-tracing efforts of Lapu-Lapu City Epidemiologist Grace Mary Chan-Carungay.Medical Technologist (MedTech) April Arado Pausal, 40, and her 62-year-old midwife sister, Elizabeth Arado, are both workers of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Office (CHO).The two did not know that they are sisters until their meeting on Tuesday, May 24.“Awkward and happy kay wala na ko magdahom (because I am no longer searching),” said April to describe her feelings when she met Elizabeth.For five years, they had… Read more »
  • Kenneth Ian Lucero is new DILG Cebu provincial director
    LAWYER Kenneth Ian Lucero has been appointed new director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cebu provincial office.Lucero paid a courtesy call to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in her office at the Capitol after his appointment and expressed his desire to work closely with the governor for the betterment of Cebu."Isip bag-ong (As new) provincial director sa probinsya sa Sugbo (of the province of Cebu), I assure the honorable governor Gwen Garcia and the Cebu Provincial Government nga naa mi diri (that we in the) DILG Cebu Province nga mo (are here to) serve as development partner… Read more »
  • No expiring vaccines in Central Visayas for June
    THERE are no expiring vaccines in Central Visayas for the month of June 2022.Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas, said they received about 11,083,947 doses of vaccines and that 10,036,335 doses have so far been distributed to different local government units (LGUs) in the region, as of Friday, May 27, 2022.Loreche said the 1,047,612 doses are currently in the custody of DOH-Central Visayas for the vaccination of the national government agencies' employees and their respective families, and also in case an LGU needs additional allocation. (MKG) Read more »
  • Over P1M lost in 3 fires in Mandaue
    OVER P1 million worth of property was damaged in separate fire incidents that happened in Mandaue City in the fourth week of May.The Mandaue City Fire Office (MCFO) recorded a total of P1.11 million in damage from three fire incidents that occurred in Barangays Tabok, Labogon and Basak.The latest incidents began with a fire at a warehouse building on Mabugat Road in Barangay Tabok at 1:23 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022.The cause of the fire, which originated from a Bunbury Mixer Machine inside a warehouse building, has yet to be determined.The MCFO said the fire immediately engulfed the warehouse as… Read more »
  • DOH: We don’t give incentives for bad vaccine experience
    THE Department of Health (DOH) has dismissed rumors that the government will give incentives and awards to individuals who have allegedly fallen victim or have had bad experiences with coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines.The DOH made the clarification in an advisory after learning that there are pieces of information or messages circulating as false promises and offers of vaccine incentives.“We urge everyone to always check official DOH sources before forwarding anything,” it said, as it urged the public to delete chain messages.“Instead of spreading false and unverified rumors, let’s be responsible and do our part in sharing the right information. Let’s… Read more »
  • City Hall mulls filing criminal case vs person behind bomb threat
    THE Cebu City Government is mulling on filing a criminal case against the person behind the multiple bomb threats received via text message Thursday, May 26, 2022.Acting Mayor Donaldo Hontiveros said Friday, May 27, that personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) have already presented their suggestions and recommendations to solve the incident that caused a disturbance in four different areas in the city.Hontiveros added that filing a criminal complaint will serve as a lesson to these culprits and would further suppress other individuals from creating panic in the community.Councilor Philip Zafra, chairman of the committee on peace and order,… Read more »
  • 95 percent of poll workers paid
    ONLY about 600 poll workers in Cebu Province who served during the recently concluded general elections have yet to recieve their honorarium and allowances.Jerome Brillantes, acting elections supervisor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu Provincial Office, told SunStar Cebu that as of Friday, May 27, 2022, around 95 percent of poll workers or 11,400 individuals had been able to get their honorarium.Brillantes said the province, excluding the three highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, had more than 12,000 poll workers that served during the May 9 elections.He said the distribution is expected to be completed by next… Read more »
  • Hontiveros acting mayor anew as Rama takes leave
    VICE Mayor and councilor-elect Donaldo “Dondon” Hontiveros is the acting mayor of Cebu City from May 26 until June 3, 2022.Hontiveros said on Friday, May 27, that Mayor Michael "Mike" Rama is on "special leave" for one week.In Rama’s letter to Hontiveros, he did not mention his reason for taking the one-week leave. Hontiveros also did not say Friday the reason behind it.Rama has kept his seat as Cebu City mayor following the May 9 elections.He got 239,656 votes, while his opponent, Margot Osmeña, wife of former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña, got 202,446 votes.Rama’s runningmate, Raymond Garcia, also won… Read more »
  • Cebu police: Only 1 person behind bomb threat
    THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) revealed that only one person was behind the threat to bomb four areas in Cebu City that was sent via text message Thursday, May 26, 2022.Areas threatened to be bombed were the Qimonda Building on North Reclamation Area where the Cebu City Hall of Justice is located, the Cebu City Legislative building, Carbon Market and the newly opened Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).Court sessions and work at City Hall were suspended after the threat.The CCPO is now coordinating with the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (Racu)-Central Visayas to trace the person behind the threat that turned to… Read more »
  • Comelec to Cebu City poll bets: Submit Soce before deadline
    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City reiterated its reminder to candidates who ran during the May 9, 2022 national and local elections to submit their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce) on or before June 8.Marilou Paredes, acting election officer of Comelec Cebu City South District, said Friday, May 27, 2022 that so far, only Pie Abella of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan has filed a Soce.Abella ran for councilor for Cebu City's South District but did not make it to the top eight.Despite this, Paredes said losing candidates should still file their Soce so that they will not… Read more »
  • Security guard nabbed for molesting minor in Liloan
    A SECURITY guard was arrested for allegedly molesting a minor in Sitio Fatima, Barangay Jubay, Liloan town, northern Cebu on Thursday evening, May 26, 2022.Master Sergeant Girlie Echaluce of the Women and Children's Protection Desk of Liloan Police Station identified the suspect as Fermen Abear, 38, a security guard from Queen Capila Agency, and a native of Argao town in southern Cebu but currently residing in Barangay Basak, Mandaue City.Echaluce told SunStar Cebu that the mother called for help around 10:50 p.m. Thursday after her 12-year-old daughter was allegedly molested by the security guard of an apartment where they reside.The… Read more »
  • Mandaue village prepares for heavy rains, flooding
    A VILLAGE in Mandaue City, Cebu has reminded its residents not to throw trash on the streets, as it conducted Wednesday, May 25, drainage suctioning and cleaning to prepare for heavy rains.Barangay Centro in Mandaue City, led by its village chief Ignacio Cortes, started the cleanup of the village’s drainage lines as a precautionary measure against flooding now that the rainy season has started.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced on May 18 the start of the rainy season.Data from the Mandaue City Engineering Office showed that Barangay Centro is among the flood-prone villages in the city. The… Read more »
  • Bike rider dies after hitting fire hydrant in Bogo
    A 23-YEAR-OLD motorcycle rider died after hitting a fire hydrant along the national highway in Barangay Cogon, Bogo City at 2:10 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022.The victim identified as Jhon Pagubo Nuñez, a construction worker from Purok 1, Tagnonok, Barangay Salag, Tabogon town, reportedly overtook a tanker truck but instead crashed into a fire hydrant after losing control of his motorcycle, according to Lieutenant Colonel Florendo Fajardo, chief of Bogo City Police Station.The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, died instantly due to the impact.He was brought to the nearest hospital but was declared dead by attending physician.The police… Read more »
  • Police: Vegetable vendor’s killer might be from the same village
    POLICE believe that the person responsible for the killing of a vegetable vendor in San Fernando, Cebu is a resident of the same barangay where the victim was residing and might had been monitoring the victim’s movement.The vegetable vendor was found dead in a ravine near her house in Barangay Greenhills, San Fernando around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022.She was identified as Diomedesa Lapera Gedaro, 67. Her neck was almost cut with only a skin holding it.Staff Sergeant Paul Baclay of San Fernando Police Station, in an interview with SunStar Cebu, said they went to the area after receiving… Read more »
  • Carbon, CCLEX, 2 other areas in Cebu City get bomb threat
    COURT sessions and work at City Hall were suspended after a threat to bomb four areas in Cebu City was sent via text message Thursday, May 26, 2022.Areas threatened to be bombed were the Qimonda Building on North Reclamation Area where the Cebu City Hall of Justice is based, the Cebu City Legislative building, Carbon Market and the newly opened Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).Police received a call on the bomb threat at Qimonda Building at 1:57 p.m. Thursday. The building houses all the courts in Cebu City.Personnel of the Mabolo Police Station led by Police Major Francis Renz Talosig, along… Read more »
  • Kin of woman who died giving birth to seek investigation from NBI 7
    RELATIVES of a woman from Toledo City who died after giving birth want the doctor who attended to her before she died stripped of her medical license.Joevinel Magno, 34, said his family is planning to seek the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) to conduct an independent investigation to determine if there is negligence involved in the death of his live-in partner, Immaline Villarino, 34.Villarino was brought to the Toledo City General Hospital (TCGH) on May 11 after she suffered of high blood pressure just four days before she was set to give birth.But… Read more »
  • Rama warns public following multiple bomb threats
    CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama encouraged the public to continue to be more watchful and careful after the series of bomb threats received by authorities in Cebu City on Thursday, May 26, 2022.Rama told SunStar Cebu that he is in constant communication with the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to monitor the threats in the city.Rama said that he just spoke with Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, the deputy director for operations of the CCPO, as they are "continuously keeping track of the numbers""I was telling him (Parilla) nga tan-awa na kay it was technology motivated and that somehow should… Read more »
  • 5 upland Cebu City barangays to benefit from Lusaran water project
    THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will be lifting the suspension of the processing of water service applications in five upland barangays in Cebu City once an ongoing bulk water project will be completed there on September 2022.In a statement, MCWD officials said once the Lusaran Bulk Water Project will be completed, it can deliver around 15,000 cubic meters (cbm) of water per day.The MCWD said they temporarily "suspended" the processing of water service applications in Barangays Busay, Lahug, Apas, Camputhaw and Capitol Site in Cebu City as there is no adequate supply to serve the existing demand for water… Read more »
  • Live-in partner among 3 charged with murder of real estate agent
    A LIVE-IN partner of a real estate agent who was shot dead in San Remigio town in northern Cebu was among those charged with murder on Thursday, May 26, 2022.Aside from Melissa Amodia Bofel, 47, of Barangay Poblacion, San Remigio, also charged with murder were Grace "Boy" Fable, 54, of Barangay Victoria, San Remigio, and Rowen Cose, 29, of Barangay Maravilla, Tabuelan, who drove the motorcycle ridden by gunman Verlito Maralas Marianito, 54, of Barangay Victoria.Police Executive Master Sergeant Jojanesky Ynot of San Remigio Police Station said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that Bofel and Fable were tagged by… Read more »
  • Replacement for collapsed Clarin Bridge to fully open in 2 weeks
    A MONTH after the old Clarin Bridge collapsed last April 27, 2022, killing four people, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to open a new bridge in Loay, Bohol to two-way traffic in less than two weeks.In a statement Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the DPWH said the target was to complete the paving of access ramps for the new Clarin Bridge by June 7, 2022.The estimate comes following Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil Sadain’s visit to the construction site along Tagbilaran East Road on Wednesday.Sadain is in charge of the DPWH’s Unified Project… Read more »
  • Cordova mayor-elect Didoy Suan sworn into office
    AFTER being declared the winning mayor of Cordova town, Cebu on May 9, 2022, Cesar “Didoy” Suan, along with winning councilors, took the oath of office on Wednesday, May 25.Of all the mayors in Cebu province, Suan was the first mayor-elect sworn into office.The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier said there is nothing wrong with winning candidates taking oath before June 30, as long as they officially assume their respective positions by 12:01 p.m. of June 30.This meant that the oath taken by elected Cordova officials is valid.Lawyer Jerome Brillantes, acting election supervisor of Comelec-Cebu, said winning candidates can now… Read more »
  • NBI raids networking company, seizes P1.5-M goods, equipment
    ABOUT P1.5 million worth of goods, networking equipment, and supplies were confiscated by the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) from a networking company during a raid Wednesday, May 25, 2022.The raid was conducted at the MTC Shang Building on ML Quezon Highway, Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.The company was identified as JSTORE Innovation Worldwide Corporation.Agent-in-charge Arnel Pura told reporters in a press conference Thursday, May 26, that the company has over a thousand employees in its 114 branches nationwide.The company started operating in 2016, and its main branch is the one located at MTC Shang Building.Pura… Read more »
  • More Mandaue fishermen get Dasig Sugbo cards
    MORE fisherfolk affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in Mandaue City received their Dasig Sugbo cards provided by the Cebu Provincial Government on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.Seventy-two fishermen got their cards, which were distributed by the Mandaue City Government officials and Agriculture office at the Pajara Park, which is located at the foot of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.Wednesday’s activity was the second round of distribution done by the City, as 72 other fisherfolk received their cards earlier, said Mandaue City Agriculturist Grace Go.Each of the card is worth P2,000 and can be used in buying grocery items in affiliated mall partners,… Read more »
  • 16 hospitalized after passenger bus turns on its side in Bohol
    A PASSENGER bus turned on its side after reportedly losing its brake in Barangay Lomboy, Loboc town, Bohol.This was confirmed by Staff Sergeant Christopher Asilo of Loboc Police Station.At least 16 persons, including the bus driver and conductor, were brought to the hospital after the accident, which occurred along a national road in Barangay Lomboy Thursday morning, May 26, 2022.The Southern Star Bus Transit Inc. bus came from Tagbilaran City and was on its way to Ubay town.Asilo said that based on their initial investigation, the accident was caused by a brake failure. (BBT, TPT) Read more »
  • Traffic summit to tackle monorail, subway for Cebu
    A COMPREHENSIVE and realistic master plan that will improve the traffic situation of Cebu City may be crafted by July 2022.This, as the Cebu City Traffic Summit will most likely be scheduled at the start of Mayor Michael Rama's new term in July, Councilor James Cuenco, chairman of the committee on transportation, told SunStar Cebu Thursday, May 26.The traffic summit is one of Rama's "21 gun salute projects" to honor his predecessor, the late mayor Edgardo Labella.Cuenco said the proposed traffic summit will be inclusive and include all stakeholders and neighboring cities in Metro Cebu.The councilor added that they will… Read more »
  • Cebu City to release senior citizens cash aid on May 28
    THE Cebu City Government is set to release P181 million worth of financial assistance to senior citizens on Saturday, May 28, 2022.City Treasurer Mare Vae Reyes said Thursday, May 26, that 90,788 senior citizens are qualified to receive their monthly cash assistance of P1,000 each.Since the disbursement of the money was delayed due to the election ban, Reyes said the qualified senior citizens will receive P2,000 for the months of April and May.Reyes added that their office will try to make the distribution every month just like before the pandemic.Other departments in the City Hall will also augment the personnel… Read more »
  • CPPO reiterates call against obscene TikTok video
    A TOP police official of Cebu province has reiterated his call on all Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) personnel to avoid posting TikTok videos on Facebook with their police uniforms on.Colonel Engelbert Soriano, head of the CPPO, said he discouraged his men from posting their TikTok video on social media just like what the Lanao policeman did.The Lanao policeman acted as gay in his TikTok video while wearing his PNP uniform.The PNP main headquarters in Camp Crame earlier warned its men not to post TikTok videos that would destroy the image of the police. (AYB) Read more »
  • Cebu City trike fares stay at P15 for max of 3 passengers
    TRICYCLE drivers and operators in Cebu City will be allowed to collect a fare of P15 for at least two months due to high fuel prices and limited passengers.City Councilor James Cuenco, chairman of the committee on transportation, met with the different tricycle drivers and operators in the city on Wednesday, May 26, 2022, to discuss fare rates and other concerns of the sector.Areas in Cebu City that have tricycles are Inayawan, Punta Princesa, Laray, Guadalupe, Pasil and Mambaling.Cuenco said they have agreed to retain the P15 fare from the initial P10 fare before the Covid-19 pandemic.However, tricycle drivers are… Read more »
  • DOH 7 licensing division sent to Toledo to look into mother-child case
    THE Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas has sent its Regulations Licensing and Enforcement Division (RLED) personnel to the Toledo City General Hospital following reports about the death of a mother and her baby.The mother and child reportedly died due to medical negligence committed by some health personnel of the Toledo City General Hospital.The Toledo City General Hospital has vowed to conduct a thorough investigation on the matter.DOH-Central Visayas Director Jaime Bernadas told SunStar Cebu that he has not yet received any communication regarding the incident, but added that he will check with the regulations divisions for any progress… Read more »
  • Drug offender on probation arrested anew in Bohol
    A 36-YEAR-OLD construction worker, who has been placed on probation, was arrested back by police in Loay town, Bohol for not appearing in court.Police Staff Sergeant Donald Curan, duty investigator at Loay Police Station, said they arrested Aris Villa Bantugan, 36, through a bench warrant issued by Judge Samuel Biliran of the Regional Trial Court Branch 50 of Loay town at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022.Villa was sentenced to prison on February 14, 2021 for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.On November 5, 2020, he was placed under probation after being released from… Read more »
  • 84 active Covid-19 cases in Central Visayas
    CENTRAL Visayas has only 84 active coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases more than two weeks after the recently concluded local and national elections.Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7), told SunStar Cebu that the region only logged eight new Covid cases on May 25, 2022, or 16 days after 2022 elections.This brought the total number of active cases to 84.Of the new cases, Loreche said four were recorded in Cebu Province, two in Cebu City, and one each in Talisay City and Negros Oriental.Loreche earlier said they would have to wait for… Read more »
  • Fire wrecks motorcycle shop in Mandaue
    A MORNING fire wrecked a motorcycle shop along North Road, Highway, Barangay Labogon, Mandaue City on Thursday, May 26, 2022.The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) in Mandaue City received an alarm at 9:40 a.m. that Premio Mandaue caught fire.The fire was placed under control at 9:49 a.m.Fire out was declared at 9:58 a.m.Defective wiring was seen as the reason for the fire, the manager of the shop said.Investigators have yet to disclose the estimated damage brought by the fire. (HIC, LMY, JGS) Read more »
  • Man jumps off Marcelo Fernan Bridge
    A 31-YEAR-OLD man was rescued by personnel of the Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) after he jumped off Marcelo Fernan Bridge on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.The man (name withheld to protect his identity) was only identified as a resident of San Remigio, Cebu.Investigation revealed that the man is mentally disabled and was earlier admitted to a hospital in Bogo City, Cebu also for trying to commit suicide.His family earlier reported him missing as he allegedly escaped from the hospital, rode a bus, went to the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, and jumped off it.CDRRMO Operations head Felix Suico… Read more »
  • 68-year-old grandma, 5 others arrested in buy-bust in Dumaguete
    A WIDOWED grandmother and five others were nabbed inside a drug den by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) in Barangay Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2022.Leia Alcantara, spokesperson for PDEA 7, identified the suspects as Elviera Sabido, 68, a widow, allegedly the owner of the drug den, and Jickie Romano, 23, who was said to have sold the illegal drugs to their customers who were also arrested during the raid, namely, Christian Balasabas, 21; Jaype Bautista, 25; Kathlyn Maligdong, 40; and Rojim Tipay, 27.Seized from the drug… Read more »
  • NPA rebel surrenders in Negros Oriental
    A MEMBER of a communist group operating in Negros Oriental turned himself in to the Canlaon City police on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.Ka Rodgen, a member of the Section Guerrilla Unit (SGU) under Central Negros 1, also surrendered his .38 revolver.Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Andeza, chief of Canlaon Police Station, along with members of 62nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, personally accepted the rebel.Andeza said Ka Rodgen surrendered because he saw that the government is serious in its campaign against terrorism.Andeza added that the former member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) also had former comrades who were… Read more »