Thursday, August 9th, 2018


Sara Duterte says Mocha Uson should be 'more circumspect' about federalism video

MANILA, Philippines – The President’s own daughter said Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson should have thought twice before posting about the controversial federalism jingle. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, speaking at a youth environment group event in Camarines Sur on Thursday, August 9, said Uson’s role as government official … Source: Politics

Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows to help party in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to help PDP-Laban in the 2019 elections, as he met with the two warring factions of the ruling party Thursday night, August 9. (READ: PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls ) Duterte met with the group of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, party president, and that of lawyer … Source: Politics

PDEA agents killed were ‘cost of war on drugs’

PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. yesterday said the killing of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Cebu is among the “costs” of the government’s war on drugs. “It’s the cost of war on drugs,” he said. In the Philippine National Police (PNP), there have been 87 policemen killed including agents of PDEA and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), he said. “There is always a risk on the lives of law enforcer. (But) We will not take it sitting down. We will go after those who killedRead More

Editorial: Not a good time for council

IT NOW looks like the tumultuous election of officers of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) in Cebu City weeks ago was just a warm up to what should turn out to be a politically charged final months of the terms of office of incumbent city officials. The other day, the Cebu City Council produced a tumultuous session as contentious as that in the ABC polls. The opposition Barug Team Rama attempted to block efforts by the administration Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) to assert its newly acquired majority in theRead More

PDEA agent’s attacker a cop?

COULD one of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 officer Von Rian Tecson’s gunmen be a policeman? Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said yesterday that he received an unconfirmed report on the identity of the gunman who was shot by Tecson before the PDEA agent died of gunshot wounds in Barangay Perrelos, Carcar City August 8. Other developments: * The parents of Tecson went to see Gov. Hilario Davide III and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 for help in the investigation of their son’s death. * The CebuRead More

Validity of resolutions approved after session adjournment questioned

CEBU City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, who presides over the City Council, said the continuation of the regular session Wednesday night that was initiated by the majority bloc was “not proper, not authorized and illegal” and anything that was approved during that proceeding is invalid. Mayor Tomas Osmeña, though, said that approval of the two resolutions covering the P18-billion Kawit Island development and the proposed Binaliw landfill project was valid. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 Acting Director Maria Loisella Lucino explained that in parliamentary rule, a bodyRead More

Carvajal: Dubious legacy

WITH the self-executing provisions banning dynasties, setting up systems of genuine political parties, and insuring proportionate representation, the ConCom (Consultative Commission on Charter Change) stands squarely on the social analysis that exclusive control of the nation’s policy-making bodies by an elite few is right at the very core of what ails Philippine society. Those essential provisions must, therefore, be in the new charter or federalism will be as useful to the country’s forward movement as flat tires to a car’s. The other provisions for fiscal federalism (who collects what andRead More

Bounty on CCPO chief

CEBU City Police Office (CCPO) Director Royina Garma said she is taking precautions after she received a report that someone put a P20-million bounty on her head. “Hindi ko alam (I don’t know). I was told lang na mag-ingat (to be careful) because of that,” she said. According to Garma, big-time drug lords in the National Bilibid Prison put up the bounty a week after she assumed office because her anti-drugs operations will affect the drug trade of their allies in Cebu City. “You know Cebu City is not aRead More

City dad, 3 tanods sued

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 yesterday made good its threat against Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak and three other unidentified tanods for allegedly mauling a police asset who drove the motorcycle that slain PO3 Eugene Calumba was riding. SPO4 Reynaldo Romero, case investigator, filed cases against Tumulak and three others for grave threats, physical injuries, and grave coercion. Assisted by his lawyer Inocencio de la Cerna, complainant Michael Banua filed the complaints against Tumulak before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor. Tejero Barangay Councilor Jessielou CadungogRead More

ConCom: No fiscal risks under federalism

A MEMBER of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to amend the 1987 Constitution assured that no “fiscal nightmare” will occur under the proposed federal form of government. In a statement, ConCom spokesperson Ding Generoso assured that fiscal administration is “quite clear” in the draft federal constitution with both federal and regional governments getting an equal share of the country’s top four sources of revenue. Generoso issued the statement after hearing Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez say that the proposed federal system could become a nightmare for the country, particularly in theRead More