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  • Sun.Star Cebu front page for October 31, 2014
  • Lorna Santos gets life imprisonment
  • Woman gets life

    A 39-YEAR-OLD woman was convicted yesterday of qualified trafficking almost four years after she was arrested for helping run a prostitution den in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.

    Judge Toribio Quiwag of the Regional Trial Court Branch 27 in Lapu-Lapu City sentenced Lorna Santos to life in prison and ordered her to pay a penalty of P2 million.

    Quiwag acquitted Lorna’s sister, Sheila, 34, for lack of evidence.

  • Sun.Star Cebu wins 2 in CMMA

    SUN.STAR Cebu took home Best Investigative Report and Best News Photograph honors at the 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) last Wednesday in Pasay City.

    “Cordova: Cybersex Capital?” was named Best Investigative Report in the country during ceremonies held at the GSIS Theater on Roxas Blvd.

  • 2M suffer ‘catastrophic expenses’

    ABOUT two million people or two percent of the 100 million Filipino population are spending 40 percent of family income for “catastrophic expenses” in a situation where members are suffering from dreaded diseases like cancer and heart attack.

  • RTC dismisses damage suit vs. 3 policemen

    REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Simeon Dumdum upheld the dismissal of the damage suit a bus company filed against three policemen and a councilman from Samboan town, Cebu over alleged illegal arrest and seizure of its bus in 2008.

    Dumdum upheld the decision of the Municipal Trial Courts in Cities, which dismissed the complaint filed by D’Rough Riders Inc., which sought for damages and attorney’s fees against police officers Marlon Gumabao, Edward Keith Barrameda, Henry Roda and town councilor Elmer Tocao.

  • Only 30 LGUs have contigency plans to be followed when disaster strikes

    ABOUT 30 out of 51 local government units in Cebu have started crafting contingency plans for calamities, said provincial disaster risk reduction management officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.

    But most of these plans are “oido-oido” or drafted based on assumptions instead of scientific risk assessment studies, he said. Some northern Cebu towns have this type of plans, he added.

  • Authorities probe hospital fire, promise to get it done in 30 days

    FIRE investigators are looking at the possibility that the fire at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital last Tuesday night was caused by faulty electrical wiring or welding work.

    Chief Insp. Rogelio Bongabong Jr., fire marshal of the Cebu City Fire Department, said they are getting more witnesses who can help shed light on the incident.

  • 4-day traffic rerouting on

    TRAFFIC around the 11 cemeteries in Cebu City was rerouted yesterday and will last until Sunday, in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

    At the Pardo Cemetery, Dela Victoria St. and Sabellano Road will only be open to pedestrian traffic. A designated parking area will be established on J. Tabura St. and at the offset bay on N. Bacalso Ave.

    Vehicles coming from Katipunan St. and headed for Labangon Cemetery will use A. Lopez St. and Balaga St.

  • ‘Let’s DOH It’ official dies from organ failure

    FORMER senator and Department of Health (DOH) secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failures brought about by pneumonia yesterday at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. He was 79.

    Roby Alampay, Flavier’s son-in-law, said Flavier was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined in Intensive Care Unit. He was surrounded by his wife Susan and their four children and their respective families.

    Flavier was admitted at the NKTI last Sept. 10.

    As of press time, Alampay said there were no details yet on Flavier’s funeral arrangements.

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