COVID-19 cases hit 1.35M

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,833 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 1.35 million. The death toll rose by 110 to 23,385, while recoveries improved by 3,441 to 1.26 million, it said in a bulletin. There were 61,776 active cases, 1.2% of which were critical, 92.2% were mild, 3.7% did not show […]

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 […]

Editorial: Pro-active in downpour season

Into the first few weeks after the Philippine weather bureau announced the start of the rainy season this month, the downpours in varying scale and intensity have already unleashed another cycle of flooding and landslides in our midst. A bit shortly before the bureau’s announcement, Tropical Storm Dante sent off heavy rain earlier than downfall, […]

Libre: Freedom

Freedom is a cause worth fighting for. People sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom. It is important for those who enjoy the freedom won from rulers and aggressors to mark the event with meaningful activities. On June 12, 2021, the Philippines observes the 123rd anniversary when Emilio Aguinaldo raised the flag of the […]

Quijano; A tale of two LA Teams (Part 2)

What a difference a week can make. Last week, the Los Angeles Clippers were teetering on the edge of disaster, down 0-2 after losing all their home games against the Dallas Mavericks. Their cross-town rivals the defending champions, the Lakers were 1-1 against the Phoenix Suns and looked poised to run over the Suns with […]

46 TPUJs given permits to operate again

FORTY-SIX traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJs) were issued permits by the Cebu City Jeepney Task Force (CCJTF) to ply the streets again. The 46 TPUJs were able to secure permits after the Cebu City government started its One-Stop Balik Pasada Program hub at the Plaza Sugbo since Monday, June 7, 2021. The program runs until […]

7,450 more Filipinos get coronavirus

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 7,450 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 1.26 million.  The death toll rose by 181 to 21,537, while recoveries increased by 2,382 to 1.17 million, it said in a bulletin.  There were 60,794 active cases, 1.3% of which were critical, 93.9% were mild, 2% did not show symptoms, 1.6% […]

‘Dante’ claims 4 lives

THE death toll from Tropical Storm Dante has climbed to four, with three more persons found dead in Mindanao and Leyte, Eastern Visayas as the storm caused massive flooding, flash floods and landslides. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) listed the fatalities as a one-year-old child and a 71-year-old male from Panoraon […]

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Saudi Arabia

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has temporarily suspended the deployment overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Saudi Arabia after reports that outbound OFWs were obliged to pay for their own coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests and other health safety measures. Based on a memorandum addressed to Labor Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia dated May 27 […]

Probe dismantles 54 more STL booths in Cebu

MORE booths of illegal small town lottery (STL) in Cebu City were dismantled and confiscated by the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) team more than a week since the operation started. Probe chief Raquel Arce said as of May 27, 2021, a total of 54 booths of illegal STL were confiscated and dismantled. […]

60K persons ‘fully vaccinated’ in Region 7

IN CENTRAL Visayas, 60,460 individuals have been fully vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as of Monday, May 24, 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 reported on Tuesday, May 25. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, said 52,205 of those fully vaccinated are health care workers (priority A1), while […]