- City Hall warns 7 centers of possible closure
THE Cebu City Legal Office has warned seven establishments that their businesses will be shut down if they continue to disregard the City Government's order to adopt security measures.
"We will give them the opportunity to answer the notices because they might be in the process of hiring guards and installing security cameras but they should update us on where they are now," said City Attorney Jerone Castillo.
- P20T in cash lost in separate heists in Bogo, Daanbantayan
ROBBERS took P20,000 in cash in separate incidents in Bogo City and in Daanbantayan town last Wednesday.
In Bogo, a lone gunman robbed Bogo Help Shoppe Pharmacy in Barangay Lourdes at 4 p.m., taking away P15,000 cash.
The robber, who was armed, was caught on a security camera of an adjacent establishment.
Cashier Gemma Pantunial told the police that the robber went inside the pharmacy and pointed a gun at her while demanding for the money. She was allegedly told to put the money in the bag, which she heeded.
- Vidal’s health improves: Palma
RETIRED Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal’s health is improving after he was hospitalized almost week ago for pneumonia.
In a press conference yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told reporters that the 83-year-old retired prelate is slowly recovering in the Perpetual Succour Hospital (PSH).
Palma said that during his visit to check on Vidal yesterday, the retired prelate told his successor that his health was improving.
“I am improving. I am doing fine,” said Palma, quoting Vidal.
- NBI raids ‘drug dens' in Talisay, Cebu City
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 arrested 11 persons, including a minor, and seized 243 packs of suspected shabu in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City and Barangay Calamba, Cebu City yesterday morning.
The two NBI agents who led the operations said the suspected shabu has a street value of about P60,000.
- Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno
- Obenieta: Nothing new for Noah
IT happened that wine overflowed out of water, thanks to a miracle worker. A certain solution, however, could be irresponsible if we would be dependent solely on divine intervention.
- Editorial: Laude, LGBTs and the VFA
THERE is something in people’s reaction to the killing of transgender Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude that already smacks of what is called OA (overacting). No wonder the Olongapo City prosecutor last Tuesday said: “We focus on the criminal aspect, not on the side issues.”
The prosecutor was reacting to the request of Laude’s family that he be referred to as “Jennifer” in the proceedings and documents. A day after, some of Laude’s relatives and their legal counsel, together with his German fiancé, got involved in a confrontation with soldiers guarding the suspect, Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton of the United States Marines.
- SC’s decision supports STC
CEBU (Updated) - Five students in Cebu who were barred from joining their high school graduation rites in March 2012 for posting allegedly lewd photos on Facebook have lost an appeal before the Supreme Court (SC).
The SC said that the St. Theresa’s College (STC) “cannot be faulted for being steadfast in its duty of teaching its students to be responsible in their dealings and activities in cyberspace, particularly in online social networking, when it enforced the disciplinary actions specified in the Student Handbook.”
- Politicos urged: Donate, attend but stay low-key
POLITICIANS may donate or attend an international religious gathering in Cebu in 2016, but organizers are appealing to them to avoid treating it like a campaign event.
“We don’t want this International Eucharistic Congress to be a way of advancing the winnability or political agenda of a person,” Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told reporters in a press conference yesterday.
Organizers of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) are still waiting for donations for the event, for which they will need an estimated P300 million.
- SC allots P336M for new Court of Appeals Visayas building
THE Supreme Court (SC) has allocated about P336 million for the construction of a new Court of Appeals (CA) Visayas Station, which will be built on a 7,123-square-meter lot at the Cebu City-owned South Road Properties.
“It will be a reality,” said Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, during the 10th founding anniversary of the CA Visayas Station at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday.
Themed “Upholding Honesty and Integrity in the Pursuit for Excellence,” the event was attended by CA Visayas Station personnel and officials, Cebu judges, prosecutors and Capitol and City Hall officials.