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Badian police chief assures tourists it is safe to visit the town

Despite of the travel advisory issued by British Embassy to avoid travelling to the town, Badian police assures the public and the tourists of their safety when visiting their town. Badian Police chief Senior Insp. Bonifacio Pareja issued a Public Advisory on Sunday, May 14, after the British Embassy in Manila issued an updated travel advisory […]

Posted: May 15th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

40k troops to thwart terror threats to Asean summit

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Manila — The government will deploy 40,000 security and emergency personnel to thwart terror threats to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila this coming week, according to government officials. Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor Jr., director general for operations of the Asean 2017 National Organizing Council, said the government did not want […]

Posted: April 23rd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

STAY VIGILANT

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Police and military officials on Saturday assured that Cebu is safe but urged the public to remain vigilant in the wake of the firefight that claimed nine lives in Bohol this week as well as several unverified reports of terrorist sightings in the province circulating through text and on social media. The assurance came amid […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Watchful week ahead

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It started as early as last Monday; but we can expect thousands of Metro Cebu residents to troop to bus terminals, seaports and airports for the annual Holy Week break. But this year’s observance would be different in Cebu province owing to last Tuesday’s encounter between government troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and also […]

Posted: April 12th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Australia warns citizens vs terror threats in Cebu, Bohol

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THE Australian government has advised its citizens traveling to the Philippines to exercise a “high degree of caution,” citing “high threat of terrorist attack and the high level of crime.” In a travel advisory issued Monday, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged its citizens planning to visit Bohol or Cebu to “exercise heightened […]

Posted: April 11th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

‘Bato’ confirms CV terror threat

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But describes police intelligence reports as ‘generic’   Following Sunday’s travel advisory from the US Embassy for American citizens to review travel plans in Central Visayas, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, on Monday, confirmed that terror groups were indeed planning to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas. In a press […]

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

Biz leaders: Cebu safe, secure

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TRAVEL ALERT, REPORTED TERROR THREATS Following Cebu’s successful hosting of meetings for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) 2017 Summit, local business leaders found reports of alleged terrorist threats in Central Visayas hard to believe. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Melanie Ng, who attended one of the Asean meetings last week, […]

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

Reign of terror

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The recent debate between the Catholic Church and the Duterte administration in the war against illegal drugs came amid two major developments: one, an Amnesty International report that accused the government of tolerating not only a culture of impunity but also allowing police to benefit from the extrajudicial killings of indigent drug suspects; and two, […]

Posted: February 8th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

AirAsia PH CEO recalls the 1994 bombing of Philippine Airline’s Flight 434

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(First part) Just before sunrise in Manila, Dexter Comendador, a systems engineer for Philippine Airlines reported for work. He, along with pilots Captain Eduardo Reyes and First Officer Jaime Herrera were scheduled to command Philippine Airlines Flight 434 to Narita, Japan from Manila via Cebu. The three arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) […]

Posted: January 21st, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Terrorists don’t have to kill anyone to win

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Thankfully, our fears of a follow-up bombing after the bombing in Hilongos, Leyte, did not happen during the Sinulog and the Miss Universe pageant’s swimsuit competition. One of the biggest security measures never done in the past, in response to potential terrorist threats, was disabling cell phone signal. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and regional […]

Posted: January 21st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »