SEC warns on unregistered mining entity

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public not to invest in Oriental Peak Mining as the entity is operating without business registration. In its review, the regulator found out that the entity has been soliciting investments for its supposed nickel mining operations. Investors are asked to place their investments online at an […]

EXPLAINER: Lapu-Lapu ex-mayor Arturo Radaza argued he had no part in awarding P83.9M streetlamps contract and the government didn’t suffer loss or injury. Sandiganbayan struck down his defenses.

FORMER Lapu-Lapu City mayor Arturo O. Radaza was among 13 Lapu-Lapu City and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials who were convicted of corruption by the Sandiganbayan in connection with the P83.935 million purchase of 199 decorative street lamps for the 2007 Asean Summit held in Cebu last January 9-15, 2007. His participation, […]

Moises: How can I tell if my fiance is gay?

@BRIDEINDISGUISE: Hi, Singlestalk. I have a sense my boyfriend is gay. Why? We’ve been going out for two years now. But it still feels like he’s keeping me at arm’s length. He’d tell me that a relationship isn’t just about sex. But don’t you think it’s strange for things to fizzle out before it even […]

TikTok search results riddled with misinformation: Report

TIKTOK may be the platform of choice for catchy videos, but anyone using it to learn about Covid-19, climate change or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to encounter misleading information, according to a research report published Wednesday.Researchers at NewsGuard searched for content about prominent news topics on TikTok and say they found that nearly […]

Cybercriminals target fans of shows on big streaming sites

By Patricia B. Mirasol, Reporter STRANGER THINGS fans who chose to watch the mystery series’ fourth season on sites other than the official platform have fallen victims to cybercriminals, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found. “Cybercriminals have always ridden on trends to bait unsuspecting victims even before the pandemic,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for […]

COA: Cebu City’s P383M garbage collection deal ‘irregular’

SOME Cebu City officials may face a disallowance for the payment of P81 million to two contractors for the hauling of the city’s garbage, which state auditors said was an “irregular” deal.The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the P383.5 million contract between the Cebu City Government and Docast Construction and JJ & J Construction and […]

State auditors call out MCWD for ‘excessive’ overtime pay

THE Commission on Audit (COA) has called the attention of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) over its excessive payment of overtime pay to its employees that not only exceeded the water district’s approved budget but also exceeded payment ceilings set by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)In […]

Traffic worker swipes P492K of Mandaue’s funds, sued

A JOB order worker assigned in Mandaue City’s traffic office was fired and sued by the city government after he allegedly made “double payments” of the salaries of other contractual workers in their office last year, causing the government to lose P492,000 in funds.The extra payments, however, did not go to the contractual workers but […]

COA flags Cordova execs over bidding activities

THE Commission on Audit (Coa) has called the attention of the previous administration of Cordova town, Cebu over its procurement activities in 2021, including conducting public bidding for infrastructure projects worth P23.5 million only participated in by and awarded to lone bidders.State auditors also found that the previous Cordova administration led by then mayor Mary […]

COA calls out Lapu officials for release of Covid hazard pay

THE Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the Lapu-Lapu City Government on why it gave P17 million in Covid-19 special risk allowances (SRA) and active hazard duty pay (AHDP) to non-health workers when the funds were intended only for public health workers.In their 2021 audit report, state auditors said the City Government provided Covid-19 SRA worth […]

Construction worker found dead after fishing in Carmen

A CONSTRUCTION worker was found dead near the Luyang Cove in Barangay Luyang, Carmen town, northern Cebu on Monday morning, June 20, 2022.The dead man was later identified as Rosalito Bayo Lumen, 45, a native of Barangay Cahumayan, Danao City.Major Eric Gingoyon, chief of Carmen Police Station, said they received a phone call from Coast […]

Clavel, PB member ‘Tining,’ Radaza convicted of graft

EIGHT officials, including a former Cebu congresswoman, her two children and a former Lapu-Lapu City mayor, were found guilty by the anti-graft court over the alleged misuse of P25 million in pork barrel funds in 2002.In an 86-page decision promulgated on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division found guilty former Cebu representative Clavel […]

SEC warns anew about Leefire, now named Sengre

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned the public against the illegal investment solicitation activities of Leefire Philippines, which has been continuing operations under another name, Sengre. “The records of the commission show that Sengre is not registered with the commission either as a corporation or as a partnership. Further, it is not authorized to […]

New Mexico slams Rust movie firm for ‘willful’ safety failure

NEW Mexico on Wednesday fined Rust Movie Productions LLC the maximum amount possible and blasted the company for “willful” safety lapses leading to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year during the filming of the Western Rust. An investigation by the state’s worker safety agency, which fined the company $137,000, found that the […]

Government should provide free medicines — survey

MAJORITY of Filipinos believe it is the government’s responsibility to provide free medicines to patients who need them, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) national survey.  Commissioned by the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), the survey showed that 78% said that the government “should definitely” provide free medicines, with another 17% […]

PB member Tining, 3 others convicted over P20M agri fund

CEBU Provincial Board (PB) Member and former Bogo City mayor Celestino “Tining” Martinez III and three others were found guilty of graft by the Sandiganbayan for granting themselves loans from a P20 million grant intended for farmers, fisherfolk and other marginalized sectors.Martinez, an ex-officio member of the PB due to his role as president of […]

Ex-Aloguinsan mayor, bookkeeper found guilty by anti-graft court

FORMER Aloguinsan, Cebu Mayor Augustus Caesar Moreno and another town official were found guilty of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act (RA) 3019 for their involvement in the anomalous purchase of food supplies in 2010.In its 38-page decision issued on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, the Sandiganbayan Third Division found Moreno guilty […]

J&J, PCCP develop smoking cessation module 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON Philippines, Inc. (J&J), through its consumer health brand Nicorette, and the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) developed a smoking cessation module for training healthcare practitioners in the counseling and treatment of Filipinos who want to quit smoking.    The online module, launched September, is open by request to all public or private institutions or […]