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Ferro to recommend gradual downgrade of Cebu City ECQ

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A gradual downgrade from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) would be ideal for Cebu City. This is the what Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) director,…

Report about hard lockdown for 3 days not true – Ferro

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There is no truth about the circulating rumor or report about a three-day lockdown, which is said to be implemented before the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) of Cebu City will be lifted. Police…

Rama not keen on GCQ for Cebu City after July 15

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama is not keen on having Cebu City be downgraded from its enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status after July 15, 2020. In a virtual press conference on Saturday,…

Militant groups: Denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal a blow to press freedom

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Militant groups in Cebu have condemned the outcome of the voting by members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises on Friday to deny the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)…

DOH – 7 reports more recoveries than new COVID-19 cases on July 10

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH – 7) reported more recoveries than new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) last Friday, July 10. DOH – 7’s latest COVID-19 case bulletin…

Cebu City solons lament House panel decision to deny ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Two lawmakers from Cebu City lamented the decision of a House panel to deny media giant ABS – CBN their franchise renewal last Friday, July 10. Representatives Raul Del Mar and Rodrigo ‘Bebot’…

104-page CHR report lists Duterte ‘attacks’ on rights defenders

Patricia Denise M. Chiu 07/11/2020

The Duterte administration has legitimized violence against human rights defenders (HRDs) in the country, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said in a report released on Friday in one of its most scathing assessments of the President’s…

PCW on former commissioner: Epitome of an empowered woman

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As it moves forward with a new leader, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) honored its former chairperson, Dr. Rhodora Masilang-Bucoy, for leading the agency within a span of nearly four years. PCW,…

Basak Pardo execs not liable for ‘hantak’ incident — CLO

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Legal Office (CLO) found no fault on the Basak Pardo barangay officials over the public gathering of residents in Sitio Ulap in the barangay on July 3, 2020. Cebu City…

Implement ‘no tigbakay, no fiesta celebration’ policy, local execs told

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The barangay and municipal fficials of Cebu Province should help monitor and implement the “No tigbakay and no fiesta celebration” policy despite the downgrading of the province’s quarantine status to modified general community…

Border checkpoints, police patrols to continue even under MGCQ

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police will continue to conduct checkpoints and do patrols even as Cebu Province shifts to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on Friday, July 10, 2020. Police Colonel Roderick Mariano, director of Cebu Police…

Rama proposes columbarium in barangays to address lack of burial sites

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama is proposing that the city should have clustered columbaria for barangays to address the lack of burial space due the rising deaths brought by the Coronavirus Disease…

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