Tuesday, March 13th, 2018


‘Sack Aguirre, chase big-time drug peddlers’

AT least two local officials expressed dismay at a justice department task force’s resolution to drop criminal complaints against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim and Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. It should be a reminder to the authorities to go after big-time drug sellers, said Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca, who heads the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office. It ought to be enough for President Rodrigo Duterte to dismiss Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, said Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña in a separate interview. Source: Local News

CIDG 7 hopes Lim case will go on after review

WE did our best. This was the statement of Supt. Royina Garma, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7, after a Department of Justice (DOJ) panel dismissed the conspiracy and drug trafficking case against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim. Source: Local News

Less than 1% conviction rate in ‘17 cases so far

OUT of the 4,423 drug-related cases filed by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in 2017, 59 were dismissed and only 11 led to convictions. Supt. Ryan Devaras, chief of the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB), admitted that technicalities during the inventory of illegal drugs after operations were often the cause of dismissal, whether in the prosecutor’s level or in court. Source: Local News

Outcome of Lim’s case gives Mike Rama hope

FORMER Cebu City mayor Michael Rama is hopeful that his name will be removed soon from a list of alleged drug protectors named by President Rodrigo Duterte nearly two years ago. This, after a Department of Justice panel resolved to dismiss the conspiracy and illegal drug trafficking case against Peter Lim, Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. and several others for lack of evidence. Source: Local News

Church detour seen to ease south traffic

THE parish priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (Lourdes Shrine) is happy that Barangay Punta Princesa and the Cebu City Government accepted their offer to open the church road to ease traffic. Fr. Randolph “Randy” Figuracion of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) said the church road will be accessible from E. Sabellano St. to F. Llamas St., traversing the grotto area, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., it will be accessible from F. Flamas to E. Sabellano. The churchRead More

Mayor wants Zafra out

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is against the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In his news conference, Osmeña said he also wants incumbent Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Phillip Zafra replaced in the City Council. He said that having a Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) candidate sit as ex-officio member in the council would help the administration secure the majority. Zafra is a member of the opposition. Source: Local News

Editorial: Naming-and-shaming’s limits

MORE than most people, former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama and retired police generals Vicente Loot and Marcelo Garbo are probably watching the developments in government’s case against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim and detainee Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. Source: Local News

Healthcare in US costs almost twice as much as other rich nations

MIAMI, USA – The United States spends almost twice as much on healthcare as other rich nations, largely because everything from drugs to devices to doctors’ pay simply costs more, researchers said on Tuesday, March 13. The study by researchers at Harvard University and the London School of Economics disputes … Source: Politics

Carvajal: Foolhardy

REFUSING to listen to her co-workers’ call for her to resign is foolhardy of Chief-Justice-On-Leave Ma. Lourdes Sereno. She is not reading correctly the writings on the wall. She can insist all she wants that impeachment is the only constitutional way to remove her. But she needs to see that the nation’s court workers, a good number of them anyway, are sincerely telling her that resignation might be the more honorable way of preserving “judicial independence” and preventing its being “undermined.” Source: Local News

Nalzaro: Peter Lim’s agony will continue

THE resolution dismissing the drug charges against Cebuano businessman Peter Lim and self-confessed druglord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. by the Department of Justice (DOJ) has raised the eyebrows of some citizens and netizens. That is expected because Mr. Lim is perceived to be a ‘big fish’ in the illegal drug trade. That is, if he is indeed into the said illegal activity. Source: Local News