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  • LBC heeds order; City cancels closure plan

    THE management of LBC Express has complied with the security requirements on its branches set by the Cebu City Government and avoided getting a closure order from City Hall.

    This, as the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) is set to serve today another “notice to institute security measures, explain and revoke business permit” to at least 79 branches of pawnshops, courier firms, money transfer and money changer shops.

  • Davide wants Magpale as running mate in 2016 polls

    CEBU Governor Hilario Davide III said he will have only Vice Governor Agnes Magpale as his running mate in seeking reelection in 2016.

    “O.A. Only Agnes,” said Davide when asked if he has considered another person as his running mate in the 2016 elections, aside from Magpale.

  • Buzz: PNP chief grades self ‘9’: ‘Hesus, Maria Purisima’

    PNP Director General Alan Purisima graded himself “9” when asked by Senate committee on public order Sen. Grace Poe.

    Don’t blame him, a Senate watcher notes. Purisima isn’t very good at figures. He “contracts his assets and bloats his liabilities.” He gets a P12-million house in Camp Crame for free from contractor friends and gets to buy high-end cars cheap.

    The figures he gives, including his rating of himself, should be counter-checked. If not disputed, he’d come out dry-cleaned after the Senate hearings.

    Questions, questions

  • Cebu fire kills 2 siblings

    CEBU -- Two siblings died after they got trapped when their house caught fire in Sitio East Binabag, Barangay Tayud, Consolacion Wednesday morning.

    Jerah “Mikay” Balmores, 5, and Ralfh “Raffy” Balmores, 6, were found lying on top of each other inside their room.

  • Council holds shortest session amid talks of reorganization

    IN AN unusual turn of events, the Cebu City Council ended its regular session yesterday without tackling the items in its agenda.

    While council sessions usually last five to six hours, yesterday’s adjourned after about an hour.

  • Another bidding needed for PAF facilities

    ANOTHER bidding will have to be conducted for the replication of Philippine Air Force (PAF) offices and facilities, which will be affected by the construction of a new passenger terminal at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

    This, after the two construction firms that participated in the first bidding for the P800-million replication project failed in the post-qualification stage.

  • Expat’s wife says she’s only after welfare of her kids

    BUSINESSWOMAN Marites Lampert said she was only protecting the interest of her minor children who legally own the house and lot in an upscale subdivision, which she is accused of grabbing.

    In a statement sent to Sun.Star Cebu, she said she will prove she is innocent of the “false and baseless” charges against her.

  • Film helps raise awareness about cyberporn in PH

    A MOVIE about a young Filipina commercial sex worker and the computer avatar Sweetie was launched yesterday to kick off celebrations for National Children’s Month and Anti-Child Sex Tourism Week in Cebu.

    The Filipino-Dutch film titled “Lilet Never Happened” is a true-to-life story of a 13-year-old Filipino girl Lilet who attempted to commit suicide. Lilet was introduced by a psychiatrist to Jacco Groen, the film’s writer/director.

  • ‘Demolish footbridges to address flooding’

    AT LEAST 24 footbridges built along Mahiga Creek, including those funded by the barangays and have been considered obstructions, will be removed by the Cebu City Government.

    However, since Mahiga is located within the boundaries of two cities, Cebu City Government is asking the Mandaue City Government to help remove these.

    The footbridges, some of which are made of concrete, reportedly block the flow of water from the creek to the sea. These, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said, are among the causes of the flooding problem in the North Reclamation Area.

    Mandaue’s help

  • CA grants ex-budget officer’s plea

    FORMER provincial budget officer Emme Gingoyon received an early Christmas gift.

    The Court of Appeals (CA) has overturned the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Gingoyon for grave misconduct over the Cebu Provincial Government’s purchase of the Balili property in the City of Naga in 2008.

    In a 29-page decision, the appeals court pointed out that Gingoyon has not been charged with any offense in his 28 years in government service. Instead of dismissal from service, the CA ordered Gingoyon suspended for one year without pay.

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