Friday, August 3rd, 2018

 

President's health: Touchy topic for Duterte, public concern for Constitution

MANILA, Philippines – The President’s health has always been an issue of great public interest because it concerns the capability of the Chief Executive to lead the nation. Health is of particular concern for President Rodrigo Duterte, the oldest Philippine president upon assumption. Duterte, … Source: Politics


Are we alone? The question is worthy of serious scientific study

Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. On the one hand, to be alone in this vast universe is a lonely prospect. On the other hand, if we are not alone and there is someone or something more powerful out there, that too is terrifying. As a NASA … Source: Politics


Land swap deal closed

NEGOTIATIONS to give security of tenure to some 4,000 urban poor families, which took 13 years, ended yesterday when Cebu City and Cebu Province officials signed the land swap deal. The families who will benefit from the deal will soon have to start paying the City Government for the lots, an obligation they did not fulfill with the Province in the past. Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Gov. Hilario Davide III signed the Deed of Donation and Acceptance between the City and the Province, which formalizes the exchange of lots coveredRead More


Ungab’s widow tags Calumba as gunman

WAS PO3 Eugene Calumba the killer of Ronda Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab? Ungab’s widow, Pearl, sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 yesterday and said she believes that Calumba, who allegedly tried to ambush Tejero Councilor Jessielou Cadungog, was the same person who ambushed them last Feb. 18. Calumba was shot and killed by William Macaslang, the driver and bodyguard of Cadungog, when he allegedly pulled out a gun during an attempt to shoot the barangay official’s vehicle last Monday. Superbalita Cebu tried to callRead More


Police chief scoffs at, questions search of Cadungog’s house

THE police chief of Cebu City questioned the move of Tejero Barangay Councilor Jessielou Cadungog’s family to let village officials search their house last Thursday night. The family of Cadungog requested barangay officials to search their house after learning that the police have applied for a search warrant, after a police official tagged the councilor as a possible narco-politician. They are afraid that the police would plant evidence if a warrant is secured by the court. Cadungog is facing a murder complaint for the shooting of an anti-drug operative ofRead More


42 more cops sent to Tangke to curb illegal drugs

MORE than 40 police officers were sent to Barangay Tangke in Talisay City to quell the illegal drug trade there. The 42-member platoon from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) will stay in the coastal barangay for an indefinite period until the Police Regional Office 7 pulls them out, said Talisay City Police chief Marlu Conag. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 denied it is placing Barangay Tangke under its control with the move and said the assignment was in response to some barangay officials’ request. Supt. Reyman Tolentin, PRORead More


In mayor’s view, CCPO, PDEA chiefs have a lot to live up to

HE remains willing to give the police a chance, but recent attacks have made Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña look back at how well previous chiefs of the police force and an anti-drug agency handled peace and order. “We’re always willing to talk. I give my reports every day. They don’t give their reports to me. Don’t question me on what I’m doing. I’m only telling the people what to do,” the mayor told reporters. He was responding to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, who earlier said that as the fatherRead More


More police arrive in Tangke

MORE than 40 police officers were sent to Barangay Tangke in Talisay City to quell the illegal drug trade there. The 42-member platoon from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) will stay in the coastal barangay for an indefinite period until the Police Regional Office 7 pulls them out, said Talisay City Police chief Marlu Conag. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 denied it is placing Barangay Tangke under its control with the move and said the assignment was in response to some barangay officials’ request. Supt. Reyman Tolentin, PRORead More


Rallos’ kin free to seek any agency’s help, police chief says

THE family of a slain Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 official can ask any agency for help in investigating the crime, a police official said. “If they trust other law enforcement agencies, they are free to go there. But we are just telling you, don’t close your eyes to what’s happening. Who are these people na nababaril at namamatay at (who were shot and killed or) na-e-engage during police operations?” said Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Senior Supt. Royina Garma. The family of Baby Earl Rallos, a PDEARead More


3 suspended over illegal collection

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas has suspended for three months without pay two Cebu City village officials over the allegedly illegal collection of electricity and parking fees in 2016. Abegail Marie Cinco, graft investigation and prosecution officer, found Inayawan Barangay Captain Lutherlee Ignacio-Soon and Loida Elman, the market administrator, liable for simple misconduct. “Respondents’ collection of electric and parking fees without the requisite ordinance and failure to issue receipts for the payments made for the annual business clearance constitute misconduct,” read Cinco’s decision. The case stemmed from the complaint filedRead More