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Osmeña appoints former officials as consultants


CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña appointed four former officials to sit as city consultants. He said as soon as he gets the majority in the council, they will start working as consultants. One of the new consultants is former councilor Alvin Dizon who was appointed to handle the city’s Anti-Discrimination Commission, which includes the lesbian, […]

Posted: May 25th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

The sweet life with Raquel Choa


It was the perfect Saturday night in March for a gathering of about a hundred Philippine ambassadors, their spouses, and Foreign Affairs officials in a private residence atop the mountain barangay of Pung-ol, Cebu City. Crispy prawns, bam-i (a Cebuano noodle dish), country style beef pot roast, and Cebu lechon were among the myriad of […]

Posted: May 23rd, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

CHEd officials to join dialogue on drug tests

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Representatives of the regional Commission on Higher Education (CHEd-7) will attend the national public consultation on the proposed policies and guidelines and procedures for drug testing. Regional CHEd Director Freddie Bernal said the drug-testing policy will apply to incoming and current students and is a requirement. “We will choose 17 schools to send their representatives. […]

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

Tining says Cebu village officials not keen on firearms


NOT all barangay officials in Cebu province want to carry firearms even if it’s allowed under the Local Government Code. In yesterday’s 888 News Forum, Provincial Board (PB) member Celestino “Tining ”Martinez said the Local Government Code provision allowing barangay chairpersons to carry firearms isn’t practiced as policy in the province. Martinez, also president of […]

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

Mandaue Hall officials, workers test negative for drug use


ABOUT 26 of 40 department heads and officials tested negative in a surprise drug test at the Mandaue City Hall grounds yesterday morning. City Administrator Danilo Almendras said City Hall employees and department heads were reminded last Friday to attend a meeting after the weekly flag-raising ceremony. Almendras said some department heads were in Tacloban, […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Clear villages of drugs, officials told

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Barangay officials were warned anew by the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) that they will face administrative charges if they fail to clear their areas of drug users and pushers. The warning came amid Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III’s admission that clearing the barangays of drugs is a “tall order” that can only be […]

Posted: April 19th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Gov’t officials from Basilan raise alarm bells in hotels

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Employees of a budget hotel in Cebu City were alarmed by the presence of a group of at least 10 persons speaking a “different language,” prompting them to alert the police yesterday. “Naghinala yong nasa hotel. (The hotel employees were suspicious),” said Senior Supt. Joel Doria, director of the Cebu City Police Office. Operatives of […]

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

Officials bare Holy Week preps


  Mandaue City Police deputy director for operations Supt. Jimmy Aguisanda announced measures to ensure a peaceful celebration of Holy Week. At the Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT), where around 114 buses will ply northern Cebu towns, a K9 unit and SWAT personnel will be conducting regular inspections. CNBT manager Zosimo Jumao-as said the bulk […]

Posted: April 10th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Just drop the fare surge scheme


Last Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposed passenger jeepney fare rate increase at Cebu Normal University in Cebu City drew little interest from the public who are either resigned to it or simply don’t want to be inconvenienced with having to argue with transport operators determined to raise their fares this year. In fact, one […]

Posted: April 6th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »



WRONG NAMES A military official committed a faux pas during a speaking engagement when he mispronounced not one but two names of local officials as he introduced them. Instead of (Vice Gov. Agnes) Magpale, he read out the name as “Magpala” while an official with a family name of Jalad was called “Salad.” SCARED OF […]

Posted: April 3rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »