Mall guards under fire: CHR to probe robbers’ slay

CEBU, Philippines — Did the police commit lapses in the deaths of four out-of-town men who were among those accused of robbing P136 million worth of cash and jewelry from five establishments inside Mandaue City’s J Centre Mall on Saturday night? The Commission on Human Rights-7 hopes to get an answer as it launches an investigation into the deaths of …

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Capitol, firm inks “profit” deal

Capitol, firm inks “profit” deal Gregg M. Rubio (The Freeman) – October 22, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The Capitol and a coal-fired power plant in Toledo City are set to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that would define the sharing of financial benefits from the total electricity sales of the latter. The Provincial Board yesterday passed …

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Ozamis robbery gang hits Mandaue: Four mall heist suspects killed

CEBU, Philippines — Four of 15 suspects of the robbery at J Centre Mall in Mandaue City evening on Saturday, October 19, were killed while five others were arrested during hot pursuit operations by the police. Three of the suspects were killed in Bogo City while another was killed in Sogod located three towns away. Bogo and Sogod are in …

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Public playgrounds hazardous to kids

Public playgrounds hazardous to kids CEBU, Philippines — High levels of lead, a potent neurotoxin, have been discovered on public playground equipment in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue and the municipality of Consolacion. According to the Ecowaste Coalition, the painted play equipment containing dangerous amounts of lead poses a serious lead poisoning risk for young children, prompting …

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Almost 100 families left homeless: Girl killed in fire

Almost 100 families left homeless: Girl killed in fire Rowena D. Capistrano (The Freeman) – October 20, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  A 14-year-old girl perished in a fire that hit a small cluster of houses right beside the Cebu City Sports Center in Barangay Sambag 1 dawn Saturday. Senior Fire Officer 3 Oliver Tautho identified the girl …

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Toledo coal plant warned over stench

Toledo coal plant warned over stench Lorraine L. Ecarma (The Freeman) – October 20, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has warned the management of a coal plant in Toledo City to address the leaking of gas that has reportedly caused foul smell in the area or risk facing consequences. The spontaneous combustion portion of Therma …

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16 Others also acquitted:

16 Others also acquitted: Cebu,Philippines – After over a decade, the Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Lapu-Lapu City mayor Arturo Radaza and 16 others of graft charges over the alleged purchase of substandard and overpriced computers in February 2005.     In a 47-page decision dated October 18, the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division ruled that the prosecution failed to prove beyond …

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Council OKs purchase of anti-rabies vaccines

Council OKs purchase of anti-rabies vaccines Alicia Ivy L. Chua (The Freeman) – October 19, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City Council has approved the purchase of 8,000 vials of anti-rabies vaccines amounting to P4.4 million to be charged against the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) funds. The Cebu City Government, through the help of …

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