Malilong: Let’s have vaccines first

President Duterte threatened to jail those who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus during a televised address to the nation last Monday. His justice secretary disagreed with him the following day, saying that there is no law compelling citizens to get vaccinated. His spokesman, again showing his mastery of the art of discombobulation, suggested […]

Lightning kills 2 in Mandaue City

TWO men were killed after they were struck by lightning while foraging shellfish in Sitio Pajara, Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City on Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021. Police identified the victims as Rey Cuyam, 28, a resident of Barangay Umapad; and Erwin Hirasol, 33, a resident of Barangay Mantuyong, Mandaue City. Glendo Demape, who works […]

Pastor nabbed for estafa illegal recruitment

A 53-YEAR-OLD pastor of a Christian denomination was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Central Visayas after he was accused of conducting illegal recruitment operations. Bernardo Albarando, also known as Pastor Billy, was arrested in an entrapment in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City on June 10, 2021. NBI 7 Director Renan Oliva […]

Portions of Metro Cebu submerged in floodwater after morning rains

THE downpour on Saturday morning, June 12, 2021, caused riverbanks to overflow in Metro Cebu, flooding several areas and damaging houses and establishments. The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) recorded flooding in Barangays Malubog, Lorega, Ermita and Zapatera. Various waterways in the city also overflowed, including the river in Sitio Pili […]

Duterte to decide on US pact soon

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to decide soon whether to end a visiting forces agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Philippine ambassador to the US said on Friday.  Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said the two countries had spent a lot of time discussing how to improve the military pact on the deployment of troops for war games.  He said an improved version […]

Talks of charging Gwen with insubordination ‘fake’

GOV. Gwendolyn Garcia has been assured by Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino that the national government will not sue her for insubordination for modifying the Inter-Agency Task Force’s testing protocols for arriving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). Garcia and Dino excused themselves from a PDP-Laban […]

Msgr. Cris Garcia, 69

THE former chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship and founder of the Society of the Angel of Peace, Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, has died at the age of 69. A statement issued by his family said he died on Monday, May 10, 2021, while receiving care in Manila for pneumonia, heart failure and acute kidney […]

Private sector to donate vaccines to gov’t if COVAX supplies delayed

Anti-parasitic not a substitute for vaccines says ivermectin advocate Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III said that the private sector would prioritize donating 500,000 AstraZeneca doses to the government if deliveries from the COVAX global facility to the Philippine government are delayed. The Philippines has already received more than 500,000 AstraZeneca doses […]

500th year of victory at Mactan celebrated

THE scant historical data about Lapulapu did not stop the government from making the 500th anniversary of the Victory of Mactan the main event of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines. Dr. Rene R. Escalante, executive director of the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), admitted to the little information on Lapulapu’s personal life. Escalante said […]

Nationwide round-up (04/11/21)

Employers, workers groups say more cash aid needed with another lockdown BOTH employers and employees on Sunday said another week of a strict lockdown in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces will be difficult if no aid will be given to affected sectors, adding restrictive measures cost billions to the economy daily. “You’re looking at […]

Industries told to ‘dance’ with Covid-19 pandemic

THE Cebu IT BPM Organization (Cib.O) said industries must “dance” more efficiently and effectively with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, and innovate to sustain the economy. Cib.O president Pert Cabataña said government must push for development outside the urban areas. “A congested Metro Cebu is a major transmission area for Covid-19, and it will […]