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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

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 »

Mandaue police to intensify drug rehabilitation program


AMIDST the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) temporary suspension of its campaign against illegal drugs or “Oplan Tokhang”, the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is eyeing to intensify its rehabilitation program for the city’s drug surrenderers. MCPO spokesperson Police Chief Insp. Mercy Villaro said that their efforts to restore and gradually reintegrate drug dependents to the […]

Posted: February 4th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

VM Fortuna: Rehabilitation of Cabancalan wetland, not drainage, can solve flooding


THE Mandaue City government expressed worry over the Cebu City government’s plan to construct a drainage system as a remedy to control the floods in Barangays Banilad and Talamban in Cebu City, and Cabancalan and Mandaue side of Barangay Banilad. Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna said the best solution to this problem is to […]

Posted: January 20th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Provincial Capitol: Of prison breaks and other problems

Elite policemen were called on to augment security at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) amid reports that a group was poised to spring out confessed drug lord Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro and that contraband continues to slip inside the province-run jail.  The 20 members of the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) of  the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) were stationed at CPDRC last August as the jail heightened its security status with movements of prisoners closely monitored. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO).

(Conclusion) Known globally as the jail facility that houses the dancing inmates, unknown to the world, the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) has been plagued with various issues: from the escape of inmates, to the continued presence of contraband items like laptops and cell phones, to the deaths of at least eight prisoners […]

Posted: January 5th, 2017 in Headlines,Special Feature | Read More »

Of drugs and renewal


I t was Christmas Eve. I left the house telling my husband Jeff that I will come back before 10 p.m. “I really just need to do these interviews. Dinner is prepared. Please feed the children,” I told him before I finally closed the main door. My destination was the Love of God Community Charismatic […]

Posted: December 30th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

A different kind of surrender

Rafaelito and Fe Barino (second and third from right), prime movers of the Duros Group of Companies, announce the site of the future development of Surrender to God (SuGod) Village, a health and wellness retreat farm that will employ happily recovered, drug-free individuals. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

CONCLUSION (A four-part series on why there is hope for drug users and pushers) Katherine (not her real name) started using shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) last February. She was only 14 years old and wanted to get the attention of her parents who had parted ways. A cousin, who sold illegal drugs, saw her crying and […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Quezon under state of calamity

Typhoon Nina destroys houses made of light materials in Quezon province. (CONTRIBUTED).

Lucena City, Quezon — Quezon province has declared a state of calamity after typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) destroyed an estimated P150 million worth of public and private properties. The state of calamity declaration was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a special session held Wednesday so that local government agencies could tap emergency funds […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Nation | Read More »


Cynthia Green (standing) facilitates one of the sessions in the 10-day drug recovery and renewal program. She said it is a privilege to know these people and develop a special bond with them. (CDN/Cris Evert B. Lato Ruffolo)

(A four-part series on why there is hope for drug users and pushers) PART III How do you deal with drug addicts with a desire to change? According to Rene Francisco, co-developer of the Surrender to God (SuGod) drug recovery and renewal program, most of the time, they just need someone to listen to them. […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Headlines,Special Feature | Read More »

A different kind of surrender

Rene Francisco, co-founder of IT Works Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in Ozamiz City, builds good rapport with SuGod participants because he too was a former drug addict. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

PART 2 (A four-part series on why there is hope for drug users and pusher) Rene Francisco, 57, was an addict whose addiction to drugs and alcohol started in high school, back in Ozamiz City. Sent to the best schools, Rene always ended up at the guidance counselor or principal’s office. His parents, Jun and […]

Posted: December 27th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Firecrackers destroy CPDRC drainage

A firecracker, which people in the area believed was an improvised explosive, damaged a portion of a canal located outside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA).

POLICE are warning people who carelessly throw firecrackers of being arrested after the concrete drainage of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) was damaged allegedly by an explosion caused by firecrackers on Monday afternoon. Residents living near the jail facility believed that it was an improvised explosive device since the sound is not […]

Posted: December 27th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »