Laurio faces Tran for IBA belt in Vietnam

PRINCE Andrew Laurio eyes his first championship belt and faces Vietnamese veteran Van Thao Tran for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) bantamweight title on Sept. 30 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.After a three-fight slump before the Covid-19 pandemic, the 23-year-old Laurio bounced back with back-to-back stoppage wins over Ranelio Quizo and Rolly Dorong.Laurio’s […]

Senate OK’s bicam report postponing village, youth council elections to Oct. 2023

THE SENATE has ratified the bicameral conference committee report postponing village and youth council elections to October 2023 from December this year.  During the plenary session on Wednesday, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” G. Ejercito said the consolidated version of Senate Bill No. 1306 and House Bill No. 4673 used the Senate version as working draft.    […]

EXPLAINER: Proposal in Cebu City Council seeks to grant itself power to investigate, subpoena persons and documents, punish with contempt. Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos filed ordinance; laws committee chief Rey Gealon backs it. Problem: Is it within Sanggunian’s powers?

WHAT MARY ANN WANTS. Minority Councilor Mary Ann C. de los Santos last September 7 filed a proposed ordinance that would:[] “Define the powers Cebu City Council en banc or through its committee to conduct investigation in aid of legislation,” namely to gather documents; issue subpoena to testify and to submit a document, and punish […]

EXPLAINER: What snags P54M payment for 2021 disaster expenses: conflicting data from city treasurer on available funds. Councilor de los Santos cites disparity between treasurer’s certification and closed-door briefing to Cebu City Council.

THE Cebu City Council Wednesday, September 7, 2022, deferred approval of the payment of more than P54 million for the rental of vehicles and other expenses during the pandemic and after Typhoon Odette. The reason: conflicting pieces of information on the city’s funds for disaster response.WHICH IS WHICH. Treasurer Mare Vae Reyes had certified on […]

Bill creating council to address labor issues referred to appropriations panel

THE House Committee on Higher and Technical Education referred a measure on Tuesday creating a council to address the skills mismatch in the workforce, underemployment, and unemployment to the Appropriations committee to verify that the resulting initiative can be funded. House Bill 979, filed by Baguio Rep. Mark O. Go, tasks the council with setting […]

EXPLAINER: Would Councilor de los Santos revise tag on Cebu City P50M grant to Luzon LGUs as ‘misplaced display of charity”? Balance of disaster fund is P201M, not P8M as earlier claimed by minority leader Archival. Without standards though, how much is too much?

ATTACK ON P50M AID TO QUAKE-STRUCK LGUs. Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos, in a privileged speech Wednesday, August 17, criticized the amount of P50 million as aid for earthquake-hit local governments in northern Luzon, which the City Council earlier approved in a special session. De los Santos called it “misplaced display of […]

House panel approves postponement of village, youth council elections to Dec. 2023

A HOUSE of Representatives committee on Tuesday voted to postpone the village and youth council elections by a year to December 2023. The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, chaired by Mountain Province Rep. Maximo V. Dalog, Jr., approved a still unnumbered substitute bill setting the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to Dec. […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council OKs P50-million aid to quake-struck local governments in Luzon. Amid questions of haste, wrong document and wisdom in giving away funds, the City itself has to cope with its share of disasters.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. At the special session Friday, August 12, members of the Cebu City Council, including two from the minority Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), said they were in favor of helping the cities and towns in northern Luzon that suffered damages from the July 27 magnitude-7 earthquake.The minority only questioned the size of […]

Seares: The word that Councilor Alcover’s resolution misspelled.  No queen or king in Cebu City Council.  NBI’s ‘command case.’

COUNCILOR PESQUERA’S CORRECTION. Cebu City Councilor Jun Alcover misspelled a word in his resolution. And Majority Floorleader Joy Pesquera corrected it during the Sanggunian session Wednesday, August 27. For all the people watching the live-streamed proceedings to hear as well.Kons Joy didn’t specify the word, which must have sent curiosity-seekers scrambling to find out what […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City cites lower bid in picking Docast and JJ  for P383M  2021  garbage deal  even though  ‘unqualified.’   Carcar City says lands were low-priced even though seller was then VM  Nice Apura.  COA says law, rules can’t be violated to get low cost.      

IN TWO reports involving the 2021 spending of two Cebu local governments, among the audits released this week, the Commission on Audit (COA) struck down the two local government units’ (LGUs) argument that lower price of procured goods or services justifies the selection of a contractor or supplier even though it is not qualified.[1] Cebu […]

EXPLAINER: COA findings were long preceded by questions of Mayor Rama, Sanggunian on defects of P383.5M Cebu City garbage contract. Rama gave ‘ultimatum’ in June 2021 to Docast and JJ.

COA’S REPORT ON GARBAGE DEAL. The Commission on Audit (COA) report on Cebu City’s spending in 2021 — first news-broken by media specialist Max T. Limpag — includes the finding that there were “several indications of irregularities” in the procurement and project implementation of the P383.531 million purchase order for the services of two companies […]

EXPLAINER: Markets chief required to explain disruption of mass at Carbon — but only in writing. Minority move for his appearance before Sanggunian shot down, under new House rules that limit grilling by councilors.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The disruption of a Catholic Mass celebrated at Carbon Market in Cebu City Monday morning, July 18, 2022, amid the eviction of market vendors from their current location was raised before the City Council Wednesday, July 20.During its regular session, Minority Floorleader Nestor Archival Sr. in a privileged speech said he wanted […]

Editorial: United Cebu City

As he wants Cebu City to achieve a “Singapore-like” progress, Mayor Michael Rama somewhat has extended a laurel of peace to his political opponents when he called for unity.This as the mayor, now on his third non-consecutive term, said in his inaugural speech on Thursday, June 30, 2022, that he was aiming to transform the […]

Cebu City Transportation Office eyes implementing no-contact apprehension

THE Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) will push for a no-contact apprehension policy once the upgrading of the P250 million Intelligent Transport System will be finished.CCTO spokesperson Paul Gotiong told SunStar Cebu Sunday, June 26, 2022, that they are now closely coordinating with the contractor for the progress of the project.The modernization will scrap the […]

Seares: Markets chief Raquel Arce apologizes to Councilor Archival multiple times for her ‘harsh’ words. P1.2B extra budget ‘on bullet train’; move to delay City Council special session foiled.

TO DELAY SESSION OR NOT. A special session of the Cebu City Council called by Mayor Mike Rama Friday, June 24 approved to refer to the committee on finance supplemental budget #2 for P1.2 billion. That sailed through quickly but the question whether the special session would be improper if not illegal — because it […]

EXPLAINER: Why Cebu City Council tarries on declaring state of calamity for ‘Agaton.’  State of calamity unlocks funding.  State of preparedness isn’t in the law or ordinance, is unclear on what it means.  

AT A GLANCE. [] The Sanggunian has delayed the declaration of a state of calamity. If the issue is put to a vote, however, administration Barug will get its way; it dominates the City Council.[] “Agaton” is gone. The declaration is to meet the law’s requirement for the disaster fund to be used for rehabilitation […]

EXPLAINER: Carbon Market vendors tell City Council what caused the project’s troubles: Megawide shut them out. Kons Raymond Garcia disputes (1) process of city’s paying for MW’s loss in rentals, (2) claim that settlers own sitio Bato.

PRESIDENTS of two vendors associations told the Cebu City Council at a public hearing by its committee on finance Wednesday, March 30, a common complaint: the Carbon Market vendors were not consulted by Megawide Construction Inc. in the planning and implementation of the controversial project.VENDORS ‘EXCLUDED.’ Erwin Gok-ong, chairman of the Cebu Market Vendors Multi-purpose […]