- Drug paraphernalia, TV sets seized in City Jail
OTHER than the 2,717 inmates, the Cebu City Jail male dormitory was also found to have at least seven TV sets, a computer, improvised knives and tools commonly used in sniffing shabu.
“Oplan Galugad”, a surprise inspection early this morning by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7, however, did not find any actual shabu or other illegal drugs.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 brought a K9 unit that sniffed not only the insides of the dormitory but also the garbage outside the prison building. The beasts also found no trace of shabu.
- Rama now back as mayor; 60-day suspension ends
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama reported back to his office Monday, February 8, as the 60-day suspension imposed on him by the Office of the President in December last year has ended.
Rama’s suspension was an offshoot of the administrative complaint filed by Barangay Labangon chief Vic Buendia over the allegedly unlawful demolition of a median structure or center island and a street-lighting project on Katipunan St.
- UN ‘trouble’ likely when bridge repairs start today
LEAVE the house early and take alternative routes. Traffic managers of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City urged motorists to heed this advice, and to take note of changes in the traffic scheme to avoid getting stuck in traffic today.
Repairs on the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge will start this morning and are expected to cause congestion on UN Ave., which is connected to the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge.
- Robber scores ahead of Naga sports meet
THEY went there for sports, but one to three robbers also arrived and held them at gunpoint, threatened to kill them if they moved, and bound their legs with shoelaces in a public school in the City of Naga, Cebu yesterday dawn.
The incident marred the month-long security preparations by the city police to secure delegates of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet, before any match could start.
School principal Abundio Benitez, 58, said it was his “most traumatic” experience in more than 20 years of joining the annual sports meet.
- Majority of Sto. Niño devotees believe they can make a political difference
THE Cebuanos’ faith in the Sto. Niño influences devotees’ political participation, including their choices in the upcoming elections, a study by the Department of Political Science of the University of San Carlos (USC) shows.
The study revealed that devotees are against vote-buying and the church’s endorsement of any political candidates.
It also showed that the devotees want their next leaders to be “honest, approachable and helpful.”
- Rama’s preventive suspension ends today
THE 60-day preventive suspension imposed on Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama by the Office of the President will end today.
It was last Dec. 10 that the suspension order against Rama over the allegedly unlawful demolition of a median structure and a street-lighting project on Katipunan St. was served by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It was an offshoot of the administrative complaint filed by Labangon Barangay Captain Vic Buendia against the mayor.
- Judge Inday laid to rest
“MOMMY, farewell. In God’s good time, we shall meet again.” These were the parting words of former House deputy speaker Pablo “Pabling” Garcia to his wife, retired Judge Esperanza “Inday” Fiel Garcia, who was laid to rest yesterday.
Emotions filled the Angelicum Garden of Angels in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City when Pabling spoke for the last time to his wife.
Before his personal message, Pabling read Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How Do I Love Thee.”
- Murder try driven by personal conflict - cop
POLICE are looking into a personal conflict, not politics, as the motive in the murder attempt on the chief of Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City last Saturday.
Senior Supt. Arnel Amor Libed, acting Lapu-Lapu City Police Office director, said his office gathered a statement from the victim and found evidence that pointed to personal conflict as the motive.
He said the attack was not politically-motivated.
- LTFRB asked to provide fare matrix to jeepney drivers
A RESIDENT of Barangay Apas, Cebu City is asking the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to ensure that the new P6.50 minimum jeepney fare, which will start today, will be properly implemented.
Anne Serana Martel lamented that the past reduction on fares has not been properly enforced, so, passengers have always been wrongly charged.
Martel appealed to LTFRB to require jeepneys to secure a fare matrix to guide the passengers.
- Towns ask Capitol for P22.9M
THE Provincial Planning and Development office (PPDO) is preparing a detailed engineering plan for some eco-tourism projects proposed by five local governments in the south and mid-west parts of Cebu Province.
“We will try so that each municipality will get a funding allocation,” said Benjamin Joseph Yap of the Capitol’s Cebu Promotions and Investment Office (CIPO).
Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino said that the executive department “can always request for a supplemental budget, if the project is worthy.”