AN INTERNATIONAL group that responds to marine ship pollution accidents wants the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to check shellfish found in Cordova, Cebu’s coastal waters.
Nicky Cargilia of the International Tankers Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) said the tissue samples they took from shellfish in Cordova showed petroleum hydrocarbon levels that go beyond the European Union (EU) standards.
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested yesterday while two others were invited for questioning for the death of florist Daniel “Jun” Cañete.
The fingerprints of Benjie (name withheld for being a minor) matched the prints lifted from the victim’s drawer inside his flower shop on Sikatuna St., Cebu City.
Engr. Nigel Paul C. Villarete, manager of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), will have his hands full parrying five charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman. The gravest among them is plunder.
The cases alleged that more than P1 billion in goods and infrastructure projects were awarded to winning bidders but the transactions were grossly disadvantageous to the government. Wow! That’s a lot of money.
Also charged with Villarete are the directors of the MCIAA Board identified as Achilles S. Ponce, Glenn B. Napuli, Catherine P. Sepulveda, Venus B. Casas and Michael M. Bacarisas.
A GOVERNMENT prosecutor was reported as saying he was interested only in the killing of the transgender Filipino, Jennifer (or Jeffrey) Laude, and whether suspect U.S. serviceman Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton killed her. Sex would've nothing to do with his investigation of the murder in Olongapo City.
Unfortunately for the state lawyer, sex would've a lot to do with it.
Assigned sex at birth and sexual orientation of the victim, the Marine's date with Laude, the link of sex to the killing and its brutality would necessarily drag sex into the picture.
VICE President Jejomar Binay is at it again, transforming a serious issue into a spectacle. He continues to snub invitations by the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee for him to attend the hearings that tackled allegations of him engaging in shady deals while he was mayor of Makati City. Instead, he has dared Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to a debate.
Somebody asked me why Binay chose Trillanes instead of the more vocal Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. Well, Trillanes is a mere former soldier while Cayetano is a lawyer.
AFTER weeks of drifting like a boat that slipped its mooring, lawyer Reymelio Delute seems to be moving in the “right” direction in the administrative case he filed against some Cebu City Government officials. He recently asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which is hearing the case, to place Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella under preventive suspension.
Delute is finally simplifying matters.
IN CEBU, we have the so-called Cebu Gamecock Breeders and Cockers’ Association (CGBCA) that has long been perpetuating the social entertainment of elitist gentlemen from the top to the lowest level of our provincial society. Yet strangely enough, when news came out that the Central Visayas game fowl and poultry group was to hold an industry related exposition, CGBCA wasn't part of it.
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THE passage of the ordinance that seeks to establish shared priority bike lanes in Cebu City has been stalled, following several questions about the project’s implementation.
The proposed ordinance, also known as the “Tindak Sugbo Lanes Ordinance,” was on its final deliberation at the City Council yesterday when its author, Councilor Nida Cabrera, decided to have it deferred.
CEBU - Church officials in the Visayas are urging the Holy See to include Bohol as part of Pope Francis’s itinerary when he visits the country next year.
Bohol bore the brunt of the damage caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that also struck Cebu on October 15, 2013, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
The quake killed many people in Bohol and damaged or destroyed its 25 heritage churches.
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 yesterday said that it is consulting manufacturers, assemblers and dealers of cars, trucks/buses and motorcycles on the implementation of the “No Registration, No Run Policy.”
On Nov. 10, no new completely built units (CBUs) of cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), utility vehicles (UVs) and rebuilt trucks, buses and motorcycle will be allowed to ply the streets without valid registration documents, said LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco.
THE Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corp. (CPVDC) warned the Cebu City Government of a possible lawsuit if the latter demolishes the perimeter fence on W. Geonzon St. at the Asiatown IT Park.
CPVDC lawyer Julius Neri made this threat during an executive session with the Cebu City Council yesterday.
The council called for representatives of Barangay Apas, the City Legal Office, CPVDC
and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) to discuss their respective stand on the issue concerning W. Geonzon St.
TEN persons who were caught in simultaneous raids in southern Cebu towns were charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor yesterday morning.
The Cebu Provincial Police Office’s (CPPO) Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) filed complaints for illegal possession of firearms and violating Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act for most of the suspects.
The suspects are Erwin Amandoron, Esteban Salonoy, Vicente Asinjo, Randy Belda, Michael Manriquez, Hermigildo Capala, Lucino Quevedo, Alvin Coronel, his father Mario Coronel and Timoteo Amaca.
PROVINCIAL Board (PB) Member Grecilda Sanchez Zaballero wants all Capitol department heads to explain how they spent the budget allocated for their offices for 2014.
Zaballero said she wants to know why only up to 50 percent of the allocation for projects for this year was spent as of this month.
Before the PB tackles the proposed P3-billion budget for 2015, the department heads will be called to explain how they implemented the projects for the current year.
THE Cebu Provincial Government will set guidelines for naming and renaming of public places, streets and structures within the province.
Provincial Board (PB) Member Miguel Antonio Magpale’s proposed measure was passed on first reading and was referred to the committee on arts and culture.
THIS case should serve as a warning to court workers who engage in moonlighting.
The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended for three months without pay its own personnel for lending money to low-income court workers at high rates while in office.
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