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Eight arrested, 2 girls rescued in buy-busts

Eight arrested, 2 girls rescued in buy-busts CEBU, Philippines — Eight individuals were arrested and two minor girls were rescued in different drug operations yesterday morning in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City. Those arrested later said their drugs came from people inside the New Bilibid Prisons. At around 11:05 a.m., operatives led by Police Captain Nazarino Emia, deputy chief of …

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Drainage masterplan needs P8.2B

Drainage masterplan needs P8.2B CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City Council has asked the Regional Development Council and the Office of the Presidential Assistant of the Visayas to lobby for the P8.2 billion budgetary requirement for various infrastructure projects in the Integrated Drainage Masterplan in the city. Last Tuesday, Councilor Jerry Guardo delivered a privilege speech on the status …

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Bank depositors hit by online card fraud

Bank depositors hit by online card fraud Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) – September 12, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Several depositors of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) have complained of the unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts. Most of the victims are employees of the Cebu provincial government whose payroll accounts are with UCPB. The bank management, …

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Professor harassed by “cop”

Professor harassed by “cop” CEBU, Philippines — A professor of the University of the Philippines was allegedly harassed by a policeman for wearing a Mao cap. Professor Noe Santillan, UP faculty and vice president of the All UP Academic Employees Union (APAEU) said he was confronted and later intimidated by a policeman in plainclothes over the cap. Santillan had …

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Talisay eyes setting speed limit for drivers

Talisay eyes setting speed limit for drivers Gabriel C. Bonjoc (The Freeman) – September 11, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — As a way of lessening the number of vehicular accidents involving speedy driving, Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas is contemplating on implementing a speed limit in the city. Gullas came up with the proposal following the …

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Tomas to fight for BRT, SRP cost

Tomas to fight for BRT, SRP cost CEBU, Philippines — For now, former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña has no plans of running for any public office in the next elections. Osmeña was seen paying his respects to his grandfather, Don Sergio Osmeña, Sr., whose 141st birth anniversary was commemorated by the Cebu City government yesterday. “I’m not thinking …

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Province thanks city for role in Pasigarbo

Province thanks city for role in Pasigarbo Lorraine L. Ecarma (The Freeman) – September 10, 2019 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The Province of Cebu extended its gratitude to the City of Cebu for its pivotal role in ensuring the success of the recent Pasigarbo sa Sugbo. In a resolution passed by the Provincial Board, the Province of Cebu …

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Jail sans parole

CEBU, Philippines — Amid furor over heinous crime convicts getting out of prison early under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, Congress should consider passing new legislation that would give trial courts the leeway to render “life sentences without parole” to extremely ruthless criminals, said Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas. Gullas said that America, for one, has more than 50,000 …

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