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LUDO Golf Tournament raises P6 million for Cotabato earthquake victims

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 32 min ago

The LUDO Golf Tournament that was held last January 17 at the Cebu Country Club golf course managed to raise a whopping P6 million for the benefit of the earthquake victims in Cotabato.

The tournament attracted 257 golfers from all over the country for two days of camaraderie and sportsmanship. In the end, several teams were declared champions in their respective divisions.

The troika of Dr. Jose Flordelis, Ben Dapat, and General Jack Jacaban captured the Overall Lowest Net title with the lowest gross of 47. The team composed of Evans Tumaliwan, Ramon Durano IV, and Jufil Sato claimed the Division A crown after tallying a net of 52.

The Division B title went the way of the team of Santiago Antonio Go, Tining Martines, and Mark Anthony Dy after it fired in a net of 48. The Division C championship was earned by the team of Antonio Wee Jr., Ven Lacustales, and Dr. Arnold Tan which garnered a net score of 48.

“We extend our congratulations and gratitude to the winners and participants of this year’s LUDO Golf Tournament. The spirit of sportsmanship was made even more meaningful with the Php 6 million we raised for the benefit of the province of Cotabato,” said Douglas LuYm, Founder and Chief Organizer of LUDO Golf Tournament.

“LUDO Golf Tournament is proud to promote Cebu as a premier sports destination in the region and we remain committed to continuing this legacy of organizing sporting events for a cause in honor of my grandfather Cayetano LuDo.”

The advocacy-driven LUDO Golf Tournament raised P5 million in 2019 for Naga and P7 million in the year prior for Marawi. Donations are made directly to families of those affected.

The tournament also supported local entrepreneurs in Cebu by sourcing handloom towels from Cebu Technological University made of hablon from Argao and backpacks from a small scale business in Lapu-Lapu City as giveaways.

At the awarding ceremony, over 50 raffle prizes were given away with Leo Saberon driving home the grand prize, a brand-new Toyota Rush.

LUDO Golf Tournament was presented by LUDO Corporation, Mactan Electric Company, Petron, SMC Global Power, and S-ang Corporation and co-presented by Korea Electric Power Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, San Roque Power Corporation Philippines, and Team Energy Strength in Synergy. Hole-in-one sponsors were BMW, Isuzu, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, and Toyota. The event was also supported by Landers Superstore Cebu which gave free membership cards to participants. (JNP)

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McAloney all set to officially become part of the NLEX Road Warriors

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 11 min ago

The PBA dream of Cebuano big man William McAloney is on the verge of coming to fruition as he is set to sign a rookie deal with the NLEX Road Warriors.

The left-handed big man, who is currently been playing for Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol in the MPBL, has been tendered a one-year deal by the Warriors.

McAloney, a product of the University of San Carlos, has been exclusively attending NLEX practices ever since he was selected 15th overall in the PBA Draft late last year. Apart from making adjustments to his game, McAloney said the transition to this level has been a learning experience.

For one, the players he faces up against on a daily basis are just as tall and strong as he is.

“It’s okay. Pero lahi lang jud didto kay ang mga bantayanan nako kay dagko na jud ba. Unya kinahanglan na jud ko mutira didto sa gawas kay kung dili, kasab-anan man ko,” disclosed McAloney of what practices have been like under fiery head coach Yeng Guiao.

While in Cebu, McAloney has established himself to be a solid presence in the shaded lane on both ends of the floor, averaging nearly 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. However, in NLEX, he is trying to become more of an outside threat.

“Siguro sa Cebu man gud, more on post moves ko but pag-abot didto sa NLEX kay I’m playing the four position. So mao akong adjustment na ginabuhat, to become more of an outside threat,” McAloney shared. (JNP)

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UST head coach Aldin Ayo looking for high-character players in Cebu tryouts

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 25 min ago

University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers Aldin Ayo will be on the lookout for high-character players when he oversees the tryouts at the City Sports Club-Cebu on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

UST, the UAAP Season 82 runners-up, is looking to infuse its loaded roster with some more talent from down south. Thus, Ayo himself will be conducting the tryouts on Saturday, which begins at 7 a.m. and will last until 10 in the morning. Another session will be held at 3 p.m.

Ayo said that while they always appreciate skilled players, high-character players will be prioritized.

“Of course, talent and skills. But more than those traits, we prioritize character,” answered Ayo when asked what he will be looking for come the tryouts this weekend.

Joining him in taking look at the players is UST’s Cebuano strength and conditioning coach, Joph Cleopas.

UST currently has a couple of former Cesafi standouts in their fold. Former University of San Jose-Recoletos center Dave Ando is on the collegiate team while ex-University of Southern Philippines Foundation forward Rojan Montemayor is playing for the high school squad. (JNP)

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Former Cesafi MVP Rey Suerte tows Batangas City to win over Navotas in MPBL

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 47 min ago

Former Cesafi MVP Rey Anthony Suerte drained one clutch shot after another to push the Batangas City-Tanduay past the Navotas-Unipak Sardines, 72-68, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday night, January 23, 2020.

With the Athletics down one, Suerte — a product of the University of the Visayas — drained a triple from the left wing and then, got a foul off of Navotas’ Kojack Melegrito that led to two made free-throws to put Batangas City in front, 69-66, with 1:39 left.

Osama Abdurasad’s lay-up with 39.4 seconds left trimmed the Athletics’ lead to one. But Suerte once again came to Batangas’ defense, making another three-pointer from the same spot where he made one earlier to push the lead back to four points, 72-68, with 16 seconds remaining.

Abdurasad missed a three-pointer while Cebuano forward Jason Melano stole the ball off a pass from Joesel Prudente to seal the deal for the Athletics.

Suerte – who scored Batangas’ last eight points – finished the game with 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds for the Athletics, who are now in a three-way logjam in the fifth spot of the South Division with Iloilo and Zamboanga, possessing identical 16-11 cards.

Melano fired in 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, and a block while Ryusei Koga and Jeff Viernes chipped in 12 and 11 points in the victory.

Mark Guillen and Mikey Cabahug, meanwhile, led Navotas with 13 points apiece. The Unipak Sardines-backed squad dropped to a 7-21 standing in the North Division.

The Scores:

Batangas City-Athletics (72) – Suerte 13, Melano 12, Koga 12, Viernes 11, Olivares 7, Grimaldo 5, Santos 4, Sara 3, Tungcab 3, Bragais 2, Rogado 0

Navotas-Unipak Sardines (68) – Guillen 13, Cabahug 13, Taywan 11, Gonzales 6, Melegrito 5, Bondoc 5, Abdurasad 5, Matillano 4, Andaya 4, Bautista 2, Evangelista 0, Prudente 0 (JNP)

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DOT Regional Office to relocate inside Clark Freeport

Philippines Times - 8 hours 54 min ago

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Luzon signed a lease agreement with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for its relocation inside Clark Freeport

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NEDA eyes sustained poverty reduction in Central Luzon

Philippines Times - 8 hours 54 min ago

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is optimistic that Central Luzon will sustain its momentum in terms of poverty reduction until 20

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PSA: Central Luzon, one of the better regions in PH

Philippines Times - 8 hours 54 min ago

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Central Luzon is one of the better regions in the Philippines in terms of poverty incidence among populat

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ELCAC initiatives boost peace, progress

Philippines Times - 8 hours 54 min ago

SAN JOSE, Jan. 23 (PIA6) -- Various endeavors implemented under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) are geared toward the community's peace, progress and devel

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Pablo John to review law on use of mother tongue

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 10 min ago

DEPUTY Speaker Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, 3rd) has asked for a review of the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education program of the Department of Education which refers to the form of schooling that begins with the language that is most familiar to the children.

“I think it should be revisited, reviewed and if necessary, a bill should be filed to amend that portion of the law,” Garcia said on the sidelines of the House committee on Visayas Development meeting held at the Provincial Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

“If necessary, we will file a bill to amend the law because it does say there in the law that the first stage of education should be in the mother tongue. The same law also says that education should be globally competitive,” Garcia added.

Last December 2019, the lawmaker’s eldest sister Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, announced that the Provincial School Board approved a resolution implementing a moratorium on the use of Cebuano and Filipino in teaching the core subjects beginning June 2020.

The move came after the Philippines ranked poorly in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

Conducted every three years since 2000, Pisa is a worldwide study intended to evaluate educational systems by measuring the scholastic performance on mathematics, science and reading of 15-year-old students.

The Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension, the main subject assessed, out of 79 participating countries.

It also placed second lowest in Math and Science.

Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 was meant to strengthen the Philippine education system and its curriculum.

The law also increased the number of years for basic education.

Section 2(c) provides that the State shall “make education learner-oriented and responsive to the needs, cognitive and cultural capacity, the circumstances and diversity of learners, schools and communities through the appropriate languages of teaching and learning, including mother tongue as a learning resource.”

Section 2(a), on the other hand, provides that the State shall “give every student an opportunity to receive quality education that is globally competitive based on a pedagogically sound curriculum that is at par with international standards.”

“I don’t know how to balance those two purposes,” said the younger Garcia.

“I believe that a lot of the decline, especially in our comprehension, has to do with these frequent changes in the educational system,” he added. (RTF)

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Metro Pacific Investments sets toll fees for Cebu-Cordova bridge

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 33 min ago

A MONTH after Typhoon Ursula pummeled towns and cities in northern Cebu with strong winds and heavy rains on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2019 and Christmas Day, recovery efforts in the towns of Daanbantayan and Sta. Fe are underway.

In Daanbantayan, Mayor Sun Shimura said they are conducting a revalidation of affected households after their last count recorded 31,000 families were affected by the typhoon.

The number is 4,000 more than the 27,000 affected families initially reported last December.

“We are now more or less 60 percent in our recovery efforts. We’re okay. We’re getting there,” Shimura said in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, on the sidelines of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Northern Escapade trail.

The Municipal Government had called for a two-day meeting from Jan. 21 to 22 to consolidate the number of damaged and destroyed houses.

“We’re really going into the barangay and community level,” Shimura said.

Six hundred fisherfolk also received sheets of plywood from the Municipal Government to repair their fishing boats.

The Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Cebu chapter, for its part, donated 100 sheets of galvanized iron to help the affected households start anew.

Some of the galvanized iron will also be used to repair damaged roofs of schools, particularly the Daanbantayan Central Elementary School and Daanbantayan National High School.

Shimura said the Municipal Government also spent around P1.2 million on tarpaulins which can be used by affected families to build temporary homes while waiting for emergency funds from the National Government.

In the neighboring town of Medellin, officials are asking the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas to fast-track the repairs of their fish hatchery which was badly damaged by strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ursula.

Medellin Vice Mayor Juan Alfonso Lim said the multispecies hatchery in Barangay Kawit is considered a prime source of livelihood for their residents especially those living in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, approximately 51.5 kilometers from Daanbantayan in the town of Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Mayor Ithamar Espinosa said Typhoon Ursula showed how the people of Sta. Fe can be resilient.

“Our rehabilitation efforts and validation works are ongoing, but our people have already started rebuilding their homes on their own. We are rising as a town, even in our own ways,” he said.

Espinosa said the barangays that had incurred the most damage were those located on Kinatarcan Island.

Earlier, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia offered to rebuild covered courts in barangays Hagdan and Langob as well as an evacuation center in Barangay Kinatarcan.

“We’re just waiting for an update from the Capitol on the construction works for these government structures,” Espinosa said.

In its latest report, the Municipality of Sta. Fe recorded 2,408 damaged houses in barangays Poblacion (99), Talisay (61), Okoy (196), Balidbid (138), Maricaban (65), Pook (241), Hilantagaan (123), Kinatarcan (254), Langub (465) and Hagdan (766).

Destroyed houses, on the other hand, were placed at 204, broken down as follows: Talisay (1), Okoy (10), Balidbid (4), Maricaban (1), Hilantagaan (6), Kinatarcan (33), Langub (35) and Hagdan (114). (RSR)

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Northern Cebu mayors vow to go after illegal fishing

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 33 min ago

TO PROTECT the waters off northern Cebu towns from illegal commercial fishing, the mayors of San Remigio, Sta. Fe, Medellin and Bantayan have formed an alliance with Oceana Philippines.

The town mayors signed a memorandum of agreement with Oceana Philippines, an international ocean preservation advocacy group, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the San Remigio Municipal Hall.

According to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) officer-in-charge Alfeo Piloton, illegal fishing is still a problem in the seas off northern Cebu, in Tañon Strait.

Some municipal mayors in northern Cebu allowed commercial fishing in Tañon Strait, which Piloton said is “a big no-no because it is a protected area.”

Tañon Strait is a protected seascape as it serves as a marine wildlife reserve for breeding, feeding and resting of marine mammals.

The illegal commercial fishing does not not only take away the livelihood of small-time fisherfolks, it also affects the fish population, said Piloton.

Fighting illegal fishing, the Bfar promised to provide patrol boats to the local government units in northern Cebu. (RSR)

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Councilor proposes to regulate TNVS, TNC on Cebu City roads

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 34 min ago

DUE to increasing public demand for the services of ride-hailing apps, Cebu City Council majority floor leader, Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia is seeking to regulate the operations of Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) and Transport Network Companies (TNC) within the city’s roads.

Garcia filed an ordinance that would require TNC and TNVS to register for accreditation at the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) before they can be allowed to operate in Cebu City.

“There is a compelling need for the Cebu City Government to intervene in order to ensure safety and protection of the riding public. Thus, there is a need to require all TNC and TNVS to register and have themselves accredited by the Cebu City Government should they conduct their operations within the city’s territorial jurisdiction,” Garcia said.

Under the proposed ordinance, an accreditation board tasked to screen and accredit TNC and TNVS will be created.

The board will then draw up a list of requirements for TNVS and TNC seeking to register in Cebu City as well as decide on the cost of their accreditation.

There are two major TNCs currently operating in Cebu: Grab and Angkas.

But Garcia expects more ride-hailing companies to operate in Cebu City in the coming years.

Under the proposal, a fine of P5,000 will be charged per violation of the ordinance.

Every instance of operating within Cebu City without registration is counted as a single and separate violation.

The CCTO and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be tasked to promulgate the implementing rules and regulations under Garcia’s proposal.

Garcia noted that most people now opt to use ride-hailing apps due to the current traffic situation in the city.

An Angkas driver who spoke on condition of anonymity said he supports Garcia’s proposal provided that the registration will not involve fees as this could lead to corruption.

“I am for it, but it should not have a payment,” the Angkas driver said.

The draft ordinance was referred to the Cebu City Council committee on laws for further review.

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Northern towns begin recovery

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 34 min ago

A MONTH after Typhoon Ursula pummeled towns and cities in northern Cebu with strong winds and heavy rains on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2019 and Christmas Day, recovery efforts in the towns of Daanbantayan and Sta. Fe are underway.

In Daanbantayan, Mayor Sun Shimura said they are conducting a revalidation of affected households after their last count recorded 31,000 families were affected by the typhoon.

The number is 4,000 more than the 27,000 affected families initially reported last December.

“We are now more or less 60 percent in our recovery efforts. We’re okay. We’re getting there,” Shimura said in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, on the sidelines of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Northern Escapade trail.

The Municipal Government had called for a two-day meeting from Jan. 21 to 22 to consolidate the number of damaged and destroyed houses.

“We’re really going into the barangay and community level,” Shimura said.

Six hundred fisherfolk also received sheets of plywood from the Municipal Government to repair their fishing boats.

The Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Cebu chapter, for its part, donated 100 sheets of galvanized iron to help the affected households start anew.

Some of the galvanized iron will also be used to repair damaged roofs of schools, particularly the Daanbantayan Central Elementary School and Daanbantayan National High School.

Shimura said the Municipal Government also spent around P1.2 million on tarpaulins which can be used by affected families to build temporary homes while waiting for emergency funds from the National Government.

In the neighboring town of Medellin, officials are asking the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas to fast-track the repairs of their fish hatchery which was badly damaged by strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ursula.

Medellin Vice Mayor Juan Alfonso Lim said the multispecies hatchery in Barangay Kawit is considered a prime source of livelihood for their residents especially those living in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, approximately 51.5 kilometers from Daanbantayan in the town of Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Mayor Ithamar Espinosa said Typhoon Ursula showed how the people of Sta. Fe can be resilient.

“Our rehabilitation efforts and validation works are ongoing, but our people have already started rebuilding their homes on their own. We are rising as a town, even in our own ways,” he said.

Espinosa said the barangays that had incurred the most damage were those located on Kinatarcan Island.

Earlier, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia offered to rebuild covered courts in barangays Hagdan and Langob as well as an evacuation center in Barangay Kinatarcan.

“We’re just waiting for an update from the Capitol on the construction works for these government structures,” Espinosa said.

In its latest report, the Municipality of Sta. Fe recorded 2,408 damaged houses in barangays Poblacion (99), Talisay (61), Okoy (196), Balidbid (138), Maricaban (65), Pook (241), Hilantagaan (123), Kinatarcan (254), Langub (465) and Hagdan (766).

Destroyed houses, on the other hand, were placed at 204, broken down as follows: Talisay (1), Okoy (10), Balidbid (4), Maricaban (1), Hilantagaan (6), Kinatarcan (33), Langub (35) and Hagdan (114). (RSR)

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Metro Pacific Investments sets toll fees for Cebu-Cordova bridge

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 34 min ago

METRO Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) hopes to collect toll fees of from P85 to P300 for the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX)—a bridge that would connect Cordova to Cebu City that is currently under construction.

The fee would be P85 for class A vehicles, P160 for class B vehicles and P300 for huge trucks.

According to the Toll Regulatory Board of the Department of Transportation, class A or class 1 vehicles are those with two axles and have an overall height of up to 7.5 feet.

Class B vehicles are those with two axles and an overall height of more than 7.5 feet, including class A vehicles with trailers. Class C are trucks with three or more axles and a height greater than 7.5 feet.

The CCLEX is a P30 billion bridge project whose Cordova side starts in Barangay Pilipog. The bridge runs across the Mactan Channel and ends at the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) in Cebu City.

Halfway done

Officials said the bridge is halfway done after the completion of the substructure of the main bridge’s two towers.

CCLEX is expected to handle 50,000 vehicles daily, said Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. president and general manager Allan Alfon in a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.

Aside from easing the traffic in the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the first Mandaue-Mactan Bridge (officially the Sergio Osmeña Bridge), Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho said the CCLEX would accelerate growth in her town as it could facilitate trade activities.

She said the market value of the land in Cordova is now P5,000 per square meter, 10 times more than the previous value of P500 per square meter.

She hopes that by the time the third bridge opens for public use, the resolution to name it the “Señor Sto. Niño Bridge” would already be approved by Congress.

Completion date

COWI-DCCD project manager Robert Uthwatt said the project is eyed to be completed by the middle or third quarter of 2021. COWI-DCCD is the design consultancy firm behind the third bridge project.

For the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the country in 2021, Alfon said they would light eight crosses from the bridge’s four towers. He said these would be functional in time for the celebration in April next year.

Bridge design

CCLEX is designed for vehicles with speed of 80 kilometers per hour. It would have a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters, allowing large sea vessels to pass under the bridge. It would have two lanes in each direction.

Uthwatt said simultaneous activities at the project site are the concreting and construction of columns and piers for the bridge’s on-ramp and bored piling for the off-ramp alongside the CSCR.

Gabion placement and embankment works are also underway for the permanent causeway. Work on the precast yard is also ongoing, and castings of girders or beams have already started.

A total of 1,871 persons have been fielded for the project.

Extending expressway

Jose Ma. Lim, MPIC president and chief executive officer, said while CCLEX is under construction, they are also looking into prospects of extending the expressway in Mactan Island, possibly crossing all the way to Lapu-Lapu City.

“As you expand the network, the coverage of the road, the more impact it would have in terms of generating additional profit contributing to the improvement of mobility within the area. We also would like to look at the Cebu Island side on what other roads we can construct, to complement the CCLEX,” he said.

CCLEC is a subsidiary company of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., the toll road arm of MPIC, a publicly listed infrastructure holding company. (WBS)

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Chasing elusive justice

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 34 min ago

MURDER is a thief, while justice is a ghost for San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya.

A year after she lost her husband Councilor Ricardo “Nonoy” Reluya Jr. and two other persons in a gun attack, Reluya is still waiting for the law’s arms to catch the culprits.

The perpetrators remain in shadows—their identities, unknown; their motives, undetermined.

Reluya led a vigil on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2020, exactly a year after the fatal attack.

The local executive and her supporters demanded justice for the murders of Ricardo and San Fernando municipal employees Ricky Monterona and Allan Bayot.

On Jan. 22, 2019, Reluya was aboard a van with her husband and other San Fernando municipal workers, including Bayot and Monterona, when a group of masked assailants attacked them in Talisay City, Cebu.

Reluya and her two bodyguards survived the attack.

Ricardo was the barangay captain of Panadtaran and president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) in San Fernando. As ABC president, he sat as ex-officio member of the Municipal Council.

He was a candidate for vice mayor of the town in the May 2019 elections. His son replaced him and won in the polls.

Mass offering

Last Wednesday, Reluya and her supporters offered a Mass at San Isidro Labrador Parish in Barangay South Poblacion for the fatalities and held a vigil dubbed “Light a candle for Justice, Peace and Protection.”

Fr. Melton Medida officiated the Mass, which was attended by Reluya’s relatives and supporters. In his homily, the priest urged the relatives of the victims to be patient.

After the Mass, a unity walk was held in the town center.

Reluya, in an interview, said she had been praying every day, asking for justice for the murder of her husband, Monterona and Bayot.

She prayed that the perpetrators would be bothered by their conscience and surrender to authorities.

During the activity, Reluya and her supporters lit candles that were formed to read “Justice.”

Aside from Ricardo, several San Fernando officials were killed in separate shooting incidents—councilors Alfonso Donaire IV, Reneboy Dacalos and former ABC president Johnny Arriesgado.

In the wake of the killings, then San Fernando vice mayor Fralz Sabalones went on an indefinite leave. His brother, self-confessed drug lord Franz Sabalones, was shot dead in April 2019. ( FMD / KAL)

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Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur officials learn festival management in Cebu

Cebu Sun.Star - 9 hours 34 min ago

CEBU Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III and his executive assistance Charlton James Canoy welcomed the representatives of the Local Government of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur on Jan. 17, 2020.

The Bayugan City officials paid a courtesy call on Davide in the latter’s office at the Capitol compound in Cebu City. They were in Cebu City for a five-day experiential learning on festival management as the Bayugan City Government plans to participate in the Sinulog Grand Parade in 2021.

The City will hold its 36th Kahimunan Tu Bayugan Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in honor of the Holy Child.

Bayugan City tourism officer-in-charge Anna Lee Macahilos led the group in Cebu City. The other members in the tour included P/Lt. Col. Jerome dela Cruz, Major Elpidio de Castro Jr., Jeanne Maningo, Leo Saul, Dan Ralph Subla, Rodel Olita, Lorena Mondejar, Ruby Caburnay and Charlito Ocio Jr.

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PNP chief to pro-7 chief: ‘you’re strike one’: 3 cops play golf, sacked

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 32 min ago
Three senior police officers in Central Visayas have been relieved from their posts effective yesterday after they were spotted playing golf on weekdays in violation of newly-installed PNP chief General Archie Gamboa’s directive.
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Second test shows boy negative of coronavirus

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 32 min ago
In what may be considered as a good development, the five-year-old boy from Wuhan, China who earlier tested positive for a strain of coronavirus in Cebu City has tested negative in a subsequent check, the Department of Health said yesterday.
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CCMF recovers firearms from mountain villages

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 32 min ago
At least 21 assorted loose firearms and 57 bullets were recovered by the Cebu City Mobile Force (CCMF) last Wednesday from the different barangays in the city.
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