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Hundreds of pro-lifers join walk to jumpstart activities
against the revival of the death penalty

The odds are evident and the revival of the death penalty is imminent. Despite not getting the support of most of the lawmakers, pro-life advocates in Cebu refused to give up. At dusk yesterday, at least 800 people walked from the Cebu City Hall grounds down to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, carrying lighted candles and […]

Posted: February 18th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Palma considers replicating two drug rehab programs for surrenderers

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Archbishop Jose  Palma celebrates Mass for the 25 drug surrenderers who completed the six-month drug rehabilitation program at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subandako, Mandaue City. The Church activity was held last Friday.
CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma is planning to replicate two existing drug rehabilitation programs in Cebu namely SuGod SuGod (Surrender to God) Drug Recovery Program of the Love of God Community, and Labang (Lahat Bangon). “If possible, these two programs should be replicated and spread throughout the archdiocese so that in our own ways, we could […]

Posted: February 18th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Pro-life advocates rally against death penalty, extrajudicial killings

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Pro-life advocates gather at Plaza Sugbo in Cebu City to oppose plans to revive the death penalty and extra-judicial killings.

CEBU CITY–A least 800 pro-life advocates gathered in downtown Cebu City on Saturday afternoon to oppose the reinstatement of the death penalty and the spate of extrajudicial killings amid the government’s war on drugs. “We are here to stand up; to speak up for what is right,” said Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, vice president of […]

Posted: February 18th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

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A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Anti-death penalty senator: We do not have the numbers

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Forum against revival of death penalty. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (center), who is against the revival of the death penalty,  explains his stand on moves at Congress to bring back the inhuman punishment. Pangilinan was in Cebu on Friday to attend the public consultation on the issue  at the University of San Carlos Law building. Lawyer Regal Oliva (left) and human rights lawyer Democrito Barcenas (not in photo),  also showed their opposition to bring back death penalty in the country during the forum.

As he echoed calls for legislators not to revive the death penalty, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan also said that he was not optimistic about the chances of the anti-death penalty advocates from preventing the administration in bringing back what he considered a cruel and inhumane penalty. Speaking to students and members of nongovernment organizations at […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

P6M drugs seized as shabu supply continues

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PDEA-7 Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz shows the items confiscated from alleged big-time drug dealer Rogelio Romo, a resident of Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City. One kilo of shabu, valued at P6 million, was kept by Romo inside a Chinese tea package. Drug dealers have resorted to several ways to avoid detection. Romo is shown here with his back to the camera. (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

For as long as there are users and buyers, there will always be a steady supply of illegal drugs in the country even with government’s strong efforts to go after drug dealers. The admission came from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7), following the arrest of yet again, another big-time suspected drug […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Lamppost whistleblower mulls filing more charges against DPWH officials

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The cost of the contract for these decorative lampposts along the sidewalk of the North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, was declared “bloated and excessive” in a Commission on Audit report. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

WHISTLEBLOWER Crisologo Saavedra intends to file more charges against officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) following a ruling by the Commission on Audit (COA) which found DPWH-7 officials liable for overpriced lampposts. “I am happy to hear about it. Justice is partly served,” Saavedra told Cebu Daily News over the phone […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Imposter nabbed by NBI agents for extortion

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Extortion suspect Avednigo Origenes avoids the cameras as he takes a nap inside the NBI cell. (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

A MAN posing as a special investigator of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was arrested at the parking lot of a mall in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City on Tuesday evening. Avednigo “Amboy” Origenes allegedly extorted half a million pesos from a man whom he arrested for a traffic violation in October last year. Recovered […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

PDEA in Cebu seizes P6M shabu hidden inside a one-kilo tinfoil tea bag made in China

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(PDEA-7) confiscated more than 1 kilo of suspected shabu from Rogello Romo which has an estimated value of P6 million in Lapu-Lapu City.  (PHOTO BY JUNIE MENDOZA)

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) arrested a suspected drug supplier in an operation in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City past 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Rogelio Romo, 56, did not resis arrest. Recovered from his possession were one kilo of shabu valued at P6 million, two digital weighing scales, assorted drug […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

NBI nabs fake investigator

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  CEBU CITY–A man pretending to be a special investigator of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was arrested in an operation inside a restaurant in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City on Tuesday night. Avednigo Origenes, 40, allegedly extorted at least P500,000 from a man whom he arrested for a traffic violation in October last year. […]

Posted: February 16th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »