Gatchalian files resolution to probe PAGCOR on third-party auditor 

THE SENATE Ways and Means Committee chairman has filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into an allegedly anomalous procurement by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) of its third-party auditor.   “The POGOs’ (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators) questionable selection of its third-party auditor needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian said in Filipino […]

Bike lane violator jailed

THE strict implementation of bicycle lanes in Cebu City has already imprisoned one individual for failure to pay the fine for his violations and for ignoring the summons of the court. The City’s Sugbo Bike Lanes Board (SBLB) will also press charges against 50 violators for not settling their infractions within the given period. The […]

BoC intercepts P9.5-M smuggled onions in Zamboanga  

CUSTOMS and law enforcement authorities seized P9.49 million worth of suspected smuggled red onions inside boats that arrived in Zamboanga City on two separate operations.    In a statement on Thursday, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) said the onions have no Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance from the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry.     BoC […]

Rain mars festivities

THE sudden downpour and strong gust of wind temporarily halted the ritual showdown of the Sinulog sa Carmen but festivities continued as weather conditions later improved on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2023. Organizers decided to pause the performances around 3 p.m. for the safety of the dancers. Despite the challenges, the ritual showdown that featured […]

Why learning to surf can be great for your mental health, according to a psychologist

Disclaimer: This asset is provided by The Conversation. Nothing clears the mind like going for a surf. With the escapism and simplicity of riding waves, it’s no secret that surfing feels good. Now our preliminary study in children and adolescents adds to growing evidence that surfing really is good for your mental health. But you don’t have to have a mental illness to get […]

Police told to stop ‘victim blaming’

SYMPATHIZERS of two activists who were abducted last Jan. 10, 2023 by supposed government agents are calling on the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) to refrain from redirecting the blame on the victims. In a statement, Karapatan-Central Visayas spokesperson Dennis Abarrientos condemned the police for putting the blame on activists Armand Jake Dayoha and […]

Finding Rory, the Boston terrier

By Caryl Vangeli A. Montera ONE’S dog getting lost is probably up there on the list of worst nightmares. Owners shower their pets with a lot of love, and the thought of them out there and away from home—afraid and unsure of what to do—can be quite heartbreaking. This is what happened to Kate Barnido […]

F2F with reality

Firecrackers cackled hellish laughter at their delight in defying the “no fireworks” rule for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Gunpowder-charged homemade bombs whistled mocking warnings, careening mindlessly towards unpredictable targets — not necessarily the sky — sometimes exploding in the hands of some hapless person launching them. Exuberant fireworks danced their giddy extravaganza, lighting up […]

NLRC affirms ruling declaring foodpanda delivery riders in Davao City as regular employees 

THE NATIONAL Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) has affirmed a ruling that recognized seven riders of online delivery service provider foodpanda Philippines as regular employees, according to a group of delivery riders based in Davao City.   The labor arbiter had ruled in favor of the delivery riders saying they had an employer-employee relationship.   The workers’ group, […]

Neri: The Papal Awardees

December 15 was a red-letter day for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu because it saw the Solemn Investiture of the 2022 Knights and Dames to the Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester, Pope and Martyr; the Solemn Conferral of the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Award; and the Rite of Investiture of Papal Chaplains. His Excellency, […]

Most flights back on at Mactan-Cebu airport

OPERATIONS at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) are now returning to normal, but some flights are still canceled due to the “after effects” of the communications blackout on Jan. 1, 2023. MCIA Authority general manager Julius “Jayjay” Neri Jr. told SunStar Cebu that most of the flights scheduled to depart and arrive on Monday, Jan. […]