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‘Check shellfish’

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:02

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.

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17-yr.-old suspect in killing of florist under custodial investigation of CIB

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:00

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.

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Espinoza: Plunder case against Villarete, others

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:57

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.

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Seares: The ‘sex’ in Jennifer Laude murder

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:55

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.

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Wenceslao: Binay’s dare and yesterday’s hearing

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:53

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.

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Editorial: Simplifying matters

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:51

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.

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Roperos: Game fowl

Cebu Headlines - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:43

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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Doors that ‘Saigon’ opened for Rachelle

Breaking News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:18
Her "Miss Saigon" character Gigi opened the door to "amazing" opportunities for Rachelle Ann Go. Thus, although she has until May 2015 to play the jaded bar girl, the 28-year-old Filipino singer-actress said she was exploring options that would require her to either stay in London or come home to Manila after her stint in the musical's West End revival.   Rachelle flew in recently for a three-day engagement with a new clothing brand, and met reporters in a media gathering. She said auditions for new cast members for the musical's next run had started. "We were told not to worry because not everyone will be replaced, and that we will be asked if we want to keep our current ...

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A thoroughly Asian fest for the region and beyond

Breaking News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:15
  TOKYO---The Tokyo International Film Festival (IFF), now on its 27th edition, sees more Asian films in its annual lineup in the coming years.   The festival, which opens today (and runs until Oct. 31), recently teamed up with UniJapan and the Japan Foundation (through the Japan Foundation Asia Center), to implement various programs---foremost of which is to include more Asian titles in its different sections.   Tokyo is one of only three Asian fests (along with India's Goa and China's Shanghai) on the list of Top 14 international film festivals drafted by the Federation of Film Producers Associations.   As newer and more aggressive festivals...

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Asia shares boosted by Wall St. rally

Breaking News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00
HONG KONG--Asian markets mostly pushed higher Wednesday, taking a lead from fresh gains in New York and Europe in response to reports that the European Central Bank would widen its stimulus program.   Speculation about further monetary easing in the eurozone pushed the euro lower, while the dollar gave up some of its US gains in early Japanese trade.   Tokyo--which surged almost four percent Monday before losing two percent Tuesday--jumped 2.64 percent, or 391.49 points, to finish at 15,195.77.   Sydney added 1.14 percent, or 60.9 points, to end at 5,385.9 and Seoul closed 1.13 percent higher, gaining 21.69 points to 1,936.97. Hong Kong tacked on 1.37...

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Bike lane in Cebu City ‘may not be feasible’

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:53

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.

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Let Pope visit Bohol, Holy See urged

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:52

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.

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LTO 7 clarifies new policy on registration, new plates

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:50

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.

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City to face lawsuit if it demolishes area fence

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:48

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.

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‘Pushers, gun-for-hire’ face string of cases

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:45

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.

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PB member observes slow implementation of projects

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:38

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.

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Guidelines on naming streets pushed in PB

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:37

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.

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SC suspends officer for moonlighting

Cebu Headlines - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:34

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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Other kidnap victims fear higher Sayyaf ransom demand

Breaking News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:27
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines---The repercussion of ransom being paid to a crime group that held hostage and released two German nationals recently is being felt most by the family of a businesswoman who is still in the hands of the Germans' captors, the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf.   Members of the Abu Sayyaf involved in the Germans' kidnapping had confirmed receiving P250 million to free their captives, but Malacaang repeatedly denied ransom had been paid for the freedom of German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dielen.   Ronald Maravilla, chair of Labuan village here, said the family of Michelle Panes, a market stall owner abducted in August, fear tha...

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