March, 2017


Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr said there are plans to fix the Philippines’ runway in disputed Pag-Asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “You just wait. We are repairing that,” Esperon told reporters after a Senate hearing this week. Pag-Asa Island is the … Source: Politics

Duterte wishes his mother saw him become president

MANILA, Philippines – During a gathering of pro-Duterte women on the last day of March, Women’s Month, President Rodrigo Duterte recalled the sacrifices of one particular woman in his life: his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte. The 72-year-old Duterte regretted that his mother never got to see her difficult son become … Source: Politics

Cop remembers 4-year-old son

IT never entered PO1 Emmanuel Martinez’s mind to hurt Danilo Remulta. Even when the suspected drug addict had just stabbed his four-year-old son Emmanuel Jr., whom the policeman called Man-man. “I focused on saving my son’s life,” said Martinez, who belongs to the City Drug Enforcement Unit. His efforts, though, proved futile, and his son, who wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, died. Source: Local News

Gov't conducts earthquake drills

DESPITE the bad weather, employees of the Cebu Provincial Government garnered passing marks during the first quarterly simultaneous earthquake drill yesterday. Aside from the Capitol, military and non-military personnel also held their own drill at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command headquarters in Camp Lapu-Lapu yesterday. The drills starting at 9 a.m. As Capitol employees were flocking out of their offices, rain started to pour. This didn’t stop emergency responders from continuing with the program until noon. Source: Local News

CCPO to deploy additional 500 cops

SOME 700 police officers will be deployed in Cebu City for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings. Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Joel Doria said that more meeting venues have been added in Cebu City, which called for the deployment of additional policemen to secure these, as well as tourist spots delegates might visit during their stay. These tourist places may not be closed to the public, he said. Doria said that they will also tap force multipliers to help guard summit participants. Source: Local News

Projects to ease traffic pushed

MANDAUE City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing and Rep. Jonas Cortes (Cebu, 6th District) met with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar for the implementation of projects that can help address the traffic problem in the city. Among those tackled during the meeting held a few weeks ago were the proposed tunnel on United Nations Ave., a tri-level road and a coastal highway. Source: Local News

CCDC okays P14.3B projects for 2018

THE Cebu City Development Council (CCDC) has endorsed P14.3 billion worth of projects for Cebu City next year. Among those that CCDC approved during their full council meeting yesterday were the construction of a skyway or an underpass on Archbishop Reyes Ave. to Gov. Cuenco Ave. (P7.32 billion); Cardinal Rosales Ave. to F. Cabahug St. (P1.97 billion); and Salinas Drive to J. Luna Ave. (P3.12 billion). Source: Local News

Whirlwind damages shelter of fire survivors

A WHIRLWIND hit the temporary structures of the fire victims inside the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) compound yesterday morning. According to the Mandaue City Command Center, three structures collapsed while four persons, including a child, were injured after they were hit by debris. At 11:12 a.m., families noticed strong winds hit the CICC grounds until it reached their shelters, which were made of light materials. The whirlwind lasted for about a minute. Source: Local News

Barangay captain seeks help to clear name

“I AM still traumatized by the controversy that tarnished my name. I am now seeking justice.” This was the pronouncement of Busay, Cebu City Barangay Captain Amilo Lopez, who sent a letter last Wednesday asking the assistance of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas in finding out who leaked his drug test result last year. Lopez tested positive for illegal drug use during a surprise test administered by the City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) last October. Source: Local News

A female trailblazer

LAWYER Mundlyn Misal-Martin became the first female lawyer to head the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu Chapter. She was elected president last Feb. 25. Among the current legal issues she seeks to resolve is the overstaying of inmates by launching a program that will focus on decongesting the jails. Misal-Martin, a graduate of the Southwestern University College of Law, also said she wants to connect with government institutions, assist and mentor new lawyers, and enhance the legal aid program. Source: Local News