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Daily Archives: September 19, 2020

Heavy rains destroy P3.7 million worth of mangoes

Heavy rains destroy P3.7 million worth of mangoes Sanden J. Anadia (The Freeman) – September 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  Moderate to heavy downpours in the past few days have caused an extensive damage to a two-hectare mango farm in Barangay Mabini, Cebu City. Joel Baclayon, City Agriculture Department (CAD) chief, said at least 205 mango trees …

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IATF closes cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

IATF closes cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 (The Freeman) – September 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  To avoid the influx of people visiting the tombs of their departed loved ones on All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day next month, the government has ordered the mandatory closure of all cemeteries and columbaria in the country …

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1,683 arrested for illegal gambling since January

1,683 arrested for illegal gambling since January Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) – August 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — At least 1,683 individuals have been arrested for illegal gambling activities, including illegal cockfighting or “tigbakay,” in Cebu province since January, police records showed. Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Colonel Roderick Mariano said that of that number, …

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Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks Masbate, kills 1

Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks Masbate, kills 1 Le Phyllis F. Antojado (The Freeman) – August 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Masbate province and was felt in parts of Luzon and Visayas Tuesday morning, damaging homes, roads, and bridges and killing at least one person and injuring several others. A three-story house collapsed …

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The Freeman at 101: Journalism in the time of pandemic

CEBU, Philippines — “I‘m not going to lie — I’ve thought about quitting a few times ever since the lockdown,” reveals Cebu City Hall beat reporter Alicia Chua. “I admit there were times when I felt like I wanted to quit, too, because of the draining situation and news,” reinforces Mary Ruth Malinao, Alicia’s partner in the beat. “Gradually, as …

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Cashless transactions in PUVs pushed

Cashless transactions in PUVs pushed Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) – July 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Cebu’s riding public will soon fully adopt a cashless system to help reduce COVID-19’s risk exposure. Cebu-based firm ZettaSolutions Inc. has developed ZPay, a mobile-friendly application that has an e-voucher that serves as the riding public’s fare load. Gaudencio Tabinas …

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Caindec warns drivers: Windshield signs illegal

Caindec warns drivers: Windshield signs illegal Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) – June 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO)-7 has reminded vehicle owners and drivers that placing of unofficial or unauthorized passage signages, stickers and certificates on windshields and/or other parts of the motor vehicle is stricly prohibited as part of the re-instated …

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Five NPA rebels killed in gunfight

Five NPA rebels killed in gunfight Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) – June 19, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Five suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter Thursday dawn between the communist guerillas and the government troopers in Sitio Talingting, Barangay Luyang, Mabinay town in Negros Oriental. Joint operatives of the …

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