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New Clark City secures hosting rights to Asian Aquatics meet

Philippines Times - 8 hours 51 min ago

NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac, Dec.9 (PIA) -- The Best Aquatics athletes in the continent will converge in 2020 as New Clark City (NCC) secures the hosting rights of the 11th Asian Swimming Championships

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Feature: Know safe and secure online transactions this holiday season

Philippines Times - 8 hours 51 min ago

This holiday season, sales on various products and services are just around the corner.

With just few clicks in the computer and gentle tapping of fingers in mobile phones and tablets, one ca

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DTI warns public vs. fake senior citizen discount cards

Philippines Times - 8 hours 52 min ago

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan warned the public not to patronize the use and issuance of Senior Citizen Elderly Welfare (SCEW) cards which r

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DTI cautions public on the proper handling of LPG cylinders

Philippines Times - 8 hours 52 min ago

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan reminded the public anew on the proper handling of liquefied petroleum gas or LPG to ensure safety and prevent

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Province ‘to break off deal’ with Manila Water

Cebu Sun.Star - 10 hours 25 min ago

FOR failing to cure its alleged breach of contract, the Cebu Provincial Government will terminate its joint investment agreement (JIA) with Manila Water Consortium Inc. (MWCI).

In its regular session on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, the Provincial Board (PB) en masse passed a resolution authorizing Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to sign the notice of termination against Manila Water.

The approved resolution was filed by PB Member John Ismael Borgonia (3rd district), who heads the committee on provincial and municipal properties.

“During our meeting with the PB members last week, we outlined step-by-step how Manila Water, in the past six years that I have not been around, had violated several provisions in the JIA. It’s just rather very significant that presently, the President (Rodrigo Duterte) is also taking action against Manila Water and Maynilad for those agreements which are grossly disadvantageous to the Filipino people,” said Garcia.

The governor had issued a notice of breach/default against Virgilio Rivera, Manila Water president and chairman of the board of directors.

The notice, dated Aug. 29, was received by Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. general manager Constantine Uy on the same day.

Garcia gave Manila Water 90 days to cure the breach it had allegedly committed. The deadline was last Nov. 27.

Garcia, though, was dissatisfied by Rivera’s response, dated Nov. 4.

“They did write back and I wrote back too because in their lengthy explanation and justification, I could find neither acceptable justification nor any legal basis in truth and in fact,” Garcia said.

With the impending termination, Garcia said the Capitol will have to weigh its options on how to proceed with the development of bulk water supply in Luyang River in the northern town of Carmen.

Item 5.8 of the JIA under the termination clause provides that the other party may purchase all of the outstanding shares owned by the party at default.

“Negotiations with Manila Water are off the table... I ensure that the Province, the interest of the Cebuanos, must always be protected regardless of who sits as governor,” Garcia said.

On March 21, 2012, during Garcia’s earlier stint as governor, the Capitol entered into a JIA with Manila Water to manage the bulk water supply.

It had a 49-51 percent profit-sharing scheme in favor of the private partner.

The JIA led to the creation of Cebu Water, a joint investment company, for the construction and development of water supply facilities that would deliver treated bulk water.

The JIA provided an option to engage in retail supply in certain areas and to some areas in the province by tapping the surface water source of the Luyang River.

In 2014, the P1.1 billion water supply project started producing 35 million liters of water daily for homes in Metro Cebu.

Water produced by the Carmen facility was sold to the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD). Cebu Water and MCWD have a 20-year supply agreement.

In September, then MCWD general manager Jose Eugenio Singson Jr. said the 35 million liters of bulk water the MCWD got daily from Luyang River were supplied solely to Lapu-Lapu.

But after nearly five years since the Luyang River started supplying bulk water to homes in Metro Cebu, the Province found that Manila Water had deprived the former of an estimated P150 million worth of revenues.

Aside from reportedly not remitting receivables to the Province, MWCI also allegedly increased the approved tariff rate of P13.95 per cubic meter (cu. m.) to P24.59 per cu. m.

The other three violations include allegations over the increase in the project cost or capital expenditure (capex) from P702 million to P1,003,000,000, and the decrease in project internal rate of return from 19.23 percent to 12.30 percent.

The earned revenues were also reportedly plowed back to the capex of the joint investment company.

These alleged serious and material breaches, which involved the essence of the project, were reportedly not approved and authorized by the JIA parties. Likewise, the board of directors reportedly did not pass any resolution approving and authorizing the same.

In another development, the Cebu City Council granted the request of the MCWD to look for water in vacant lots owned by the Cebu City Government and the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Areas that the MCWD is eyeing are the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva and Holy Cross Parish at the South Road Properties (SRP), Mary Help of Christians Parish on Buhisan Road in Barangay Basak, San Vicente Ferrer Parish in Barangays Sambag 1 and 2, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish on Escario St. in Barangay Kamputhaw, Archbishop’s Palace on D. Jakosalem St. in Barangay Zapatera and San Carlos Seminary on Juan Luna Ave. in Barangay Mabolo.

The MCWD also wants to conduct water exploration activities at the elementary schools in Barangays Inayawan, Labangon, Pardo, Basak, Bulacao, Punta Princesa, Oprra, Banilad and Kamputhaw, the area beside the Capitol Site Barangay Hall, Apas National High School and an area on Salinas Drive in Barangay Lahug.

The MCWD is requesting a copy of the tax declaration or transfer certificate of title and a copy of a sketch or lot plan of the said lots.

In October, then MCWD general manager Singson sent separate letters to the Cebu City Government and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma about their plan to look for hidden wells.

Singson, in the letter, assured that the exploration activity will not cost the City and the archdiocese anything. If the MCWD cannot find any water in the said areas, the properties will be returned to their normal state.

But if there is a viable source of water in the involved areas, the MCWD will give monetary consideration in the form of royalty or revenue share per cubic meter of water that will be extracted from each well.

In a resolution sponsored by City Councilor Dave Tumulak, he said the MCWD has been trying to find ways to increase the water supply through medium-term and long-term solutions.

Tumulak said some barangays in the city have had “little to no water at all” for the past several months, including Barangays Punta Princesa, Inayawan, Apas and Sambag 1. (RTF, JJL)

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Woman who struck promodizer charged

Cebu Sun.Star - 10 hours 55 min ago

MEDELINA Yamazaki, the woman on the viral video who berated and assaulted a promodizer in one of the malls in Cebu City on Saturday night, Dec. 7, 2019, has been charged with grave threat, malicious mischief, physical injury, unjust vexation and damage to property.

Jennifer Fabillar, the victim, filed the cases at the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, Dec. 9.

She was assisted by representatives from Mia Maison Home Fragrance, her employer.

Sherryl Guevarra, assistant operations manager of Mia Maison, said they will support Fabillar until the end of the case. She said they want justice for Fabillar who is a frontliner of the company.

They also want the victim to undergo stress debriefing, she said.

According to Staff Sgt. Enrique Manolong, investigator of the Mabolo Police Station, Yamazaki told them she got angry when Fabillar admonished her for handling the humidifier.

Fabillar pleaded at her to be careful not to spill the water in the humidifier. Yamazaki got angry when the latter told her to stop and threw the humidifier at Fabillar’s face.

“Yamazaki told me the customer is always right. She also said she could do whatever she wanted with the humidifier since she’d pay for it anyway,” Manolong said in Cebuano.

Manolong said the accused was silent when they took her into custody last Sunday, Dec. 8. However, when they arrived at the police station, she started a commotion and slapped one police officer.

He said he later tried to convince Yamazaki to apologize to Fabillar, but she got angry at him. She said he had no right to tell her to apologize. (JCT)

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Ahong closes ‘stinky’ piggery, poultry den

Cebu Sun.Star - 10 hours 55 min ago

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has ordered the closure of a piggery and poultry den in two villages for operating without permits on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

The City also discovered that the two business establishments emitted a foul smell, violating Ordinance 484-97, or the Comprehensive Environmental Sanitation Code of Lapu-Lapu City. For operating in residential areas, the poultry den and piggery also violated the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Before the business establishments were closed, the City had sent them notices twice last September, ordering them to cease operations for committing several violations.

The poultry den closed by the City was Dolores Egg Poultry in Sitio Ka Maria, Barangay Mactan; it is owned by Ma. Dolores Rivera Osuyos. The owner of the piggery in Barangay Pajac was identified as Henry Sta. Teresa.

Chan said he had received complaints about the piggery and poultry den. His office informed the two business establishments about their violations, but his office was ignored.

The mayor led the closure of the piggery and poultry den with his personnel.

Rivera reportedly obtained a permit for selling eggs, not raising chicken. For his part, Sta. Teresa had never ever obtained a permit for his piggery.

Several residents, including foreigners, near the poultry den fell sick with respiratory-related illnesses due to the stench.

Chan said the city is no longer an agricultural area.

The mayor said he will not give permits to businessmen who would want to operate a piggery or poultry farm in the city. (GCM, RSR)

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Cebu City sees 35 crimes per day in past 10 months

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 3 min ago

CRIME in Cebu City dropped from January until October 2019, with an average of 35 crimes per day, compared to 42 per day in the same period in 2018.

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) recorded 10,724 incidents in the past 10 months—a 16.2 percent decrease from 12,800 incidents recorded in the same period last year.

The CCPO submitted to the City Council its report that covers crime statistics and other matters relating to public safety.

Theft remains the prevalent crime in Cebu City with 1,156 recorded cases. In 2018, the CCPO recorded around 1,817 theft incidents.

As cases of murder, physical injury, robbery and motorcycle theft went down this year, rape incidents increased from 65 cases in 2018 to 68 cases.

Carnapping increased to seven cases from last year’s four.

Out of the 2,045 cases of murder, physical injury, robbery, motorcycle theft, carnapping, rape and theft, the CCPO had already solved 1,230 cases, or a 60.14 percent accomplishment rate.

As to the vehicular and traffic incidents, the complaints filed against drivers for reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries went down from 1,044 to 596. The complaints lodged against drivers for reckless imprudence resulting in damaged properties also dropped from 3,832 to 2,069.

The traffic-related homicide cases, however, went up from last year’s 20 cases to 23 cases in the past 10 months this year.

P/Col. Giovanie Maines, CCPO officer-in-charge, attributed the 16.2 percent decrease of crime incidents to the CCPO’s 5.3 percent crime clearance efficiency and 2.6 percent crime solution efficiency. A case is considered cleared once a suspect has been identified, though not yet arrested or booked.

The police official assured the City Council that the CCPO will train its personnel on how to defend themselves in ambush situations.

The CCPO has 1,051 personnel spread out in the city’s 80 barangays. It has 11 police stations, two sub-stations, 27 police outposts and a tourist police station located between the City Hall and the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. According to Maines, the CCPO has been implementing a 24-hour regular checkpoint.

Meanwhile, residents in eight mountain barangays surrendered 43 unlicensed firearms to the City Mobile Force Company (CMFC). P/Lt. Col. Randy Korret, CMFC chief, said they have been conducting a campaign to recover around 25,000 loose firearms in the city. (JJL, AYB)

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A heroes’ welcome for Cebuano athletes

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 3 min ago

CEBU City Councilor Donaldo “Dondon” Hontiveros asked the skateboarders in the city who are waiting to get their skate park to have more patience as the City Government looks for an alternative site for the project.

Hontiveros made the call after Cebuana Margielyn Didal said the medals she won in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games are a reminder of the need for a skate park.

The councilor said he also asked the City’s finance committee to augment the budget for sports development programs.

With Cebuano athletes reaping several medals in the SEA Games, the City Government will hold a “heroes’ welcome” for the athletes on Monday, Dec. 16, during the flag ceremony.

The Philippines continues to lead the medal tally with 118 gold medals, 87 silver and 91 bronze medals as of 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

In an interview Monday, Hontiveros said the proposed site for the skate park located beside the Fort San Pedro in Cebu City is not ideal since it is in an area near heritage sites.

Hontiveros is the chairman of the City Council committee on games and amusement and vice chair of the committee on youth and sports development.

Hontiveros made the skateboarders understand that the City also cannot let them use the covered court across the San Nicolas Church since the City Market Authority allowed some fish vendors affected by the construction of the Pasil Fish Port to occupy the area.

“Nangayo mi og pasensya. Hangyo lang ko nga patas-an ang ilang pasensya (We are asking for more patience),” said Hontiveros.

He said that for now, they are waiting for the recommendation of the City Planning Office on the possible sites for the skate park.

Mayor Edgardo Labella also encouraged the skateboarders in the city to visit him in his office so he can listen to their sentiments.

It has been a year now since the City, during the time of former mayor Tomas Osmeña, held the groundbreaking ceremony for the skate park.

According to Labella, he also learned that the area is also not suitable for skateboarding. (JJL)

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Police file complaints vs. man with fake kidnap post on FB

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 3 min ago

THE police have filed complaints against the 21-year-old student from Danao City who posted false information on Facebook about his alleged kidnapping.

Brigs Granada Alvaro is facing complaints for violations of Presidential Decree 90 or Unlawful Rumor-Mongering and spreading false information in relation to Republic Act 1175 or the Anti-Cyber Crime Law.

Alvaro posted on his Facebook page in early December that unidentified men in a white van had abducted him in Danao City. The post has been deleted.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Maribel Getigan, chief of the Danao City police station, said Alvaro faces imprisonment for six to 12 years if proven guilty.

Getigan said they pitied the student but they had to file the complaints at the Danao City Prosecutor’s Office to teach him a lesson not to cause panic in social media.

He said it is up to the prosecutor whether to elevate the complaints to the court.

Getigan said they have a strong case against Alvaro.

“There are a lot of fake news that cause panic. One of the reasons we filed a case is that we want them to be responsible when posting such information,” said Getigan. (AYB, RSR)

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Gazini Ganados: Talisay City’s ‘pride and joy’

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 11 min ago

THE Talisay City Government will give recognition to Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados, who made it to the top 20 in this year’s Miss Universe competition held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said Ganados gave the city great pride and honor.

The fashion model, who was crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2019, is also known to advocate care for the elderly and human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome research.

The Philippines’ Catriona Gray took the Miss Universe crown last year.

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was first runner-up, while Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon was second runner-up.

“Even though she didn’t reach the Top 10, for us, Gazini (Ganados) will be forever our own Miss Universe. I assured Gazini that even if she came home empty-handed, the people of Talisay City would always look at her as their queen,” said Gullas.

The mayor plans to meet with the City Council to determine what recognition to grant Ganados.

“She really deserves to be recognized as representing the Philippines. Being on the top 20 and being a Talisaynon is an accomplishment itself,” Gullas said.

The Talisay City Government installed a big screen in the people’s hall inside the Talisay City Hall so the public could watch and cheer for Ganados, who holds a degree in tourism management and health care services from the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City. (FMD, RGT)

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SFI, CCSGB increase contingents’ subsidies

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 11 min ago

THE Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) and Cebu City Sinulog Governing Board (CCSGB) have increased the subsidies to the participants of the Sinulog festival in January 2020.

Elmer Labella, SFI executive director, said the SFI and CCSGB agreed to add P100,000 on top of the existing P400,000 cash aid for the dancing contingents.

Mayor Edgardo Labella, he said, approved the move.

“The SFI and the Sinulog Governing Board, and the mayor himself, agreed to raise the subsidy from P400,000 to P500,000 per participant,” said Elmer, who is the mayor’s brother.

There is a need to increase the financial assistance as prices of raw materials, including wood, used by participants have also increased, according to Elmer.

Ten barangays in Cebu City, while five towns and cities in Cebu Province will benefit from the increase. In Cebu City, the beneficiaries are the barangays of Guadalupe, Basak San Nicolas, Labangon, Cambinocot, Budlaan, Pulangbato, Sapangdaku, Mabolo, San Nicolas Proper and Inayawan. The contingents from Cebu Province that are set to receive the aid are the cities of Carcar, Talisay, Bogo and Lapu-Lapu and the town of Ginatilan. These local government units will join the Tribu Sa Kabataan, the new name of the Sinulog Sa Kabataan.

The Toledo City Government will receive P250,000 as it will only participate in the grand parade.

After the Department of Education (DepEd) opted not to join the Sinulog next month as it was informed late about it, Elmer said they decided to change the name of Sinulog Sa Kabataan.

The SFI and CCSGB also increased the subsidies to the 11 out-of-town contingents from P500,000 to P600,000. Some of the participants are from Negros Island, Bohol, Leyte and towns in Mindanao. Two groups from South Korea are reportedly performing as guests during the grand parade.

The subsidies for the participants will be sourced from the P35 million that was donated by the City to the SFI. The fund includes the prizes for the winners. (PAC, KAL)

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No TRO for 'TRO'

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 11 min ago

THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 has junked former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña’s petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and suspended the hearing on his request for a writ of preliminary injunction on the sale of a 45-hectare lot at the South Road Properties (SRP) in 2015.

Judge Soliver Peras said Osmeña, whose full name is Tomas dela Rama Osmeña or TRO, failed to submit evidence to support the latter’s claim that the contract between the City Government and the consortium of SM Prime Holdings Inc. and Ayala Land Inc. (SM-Ayala consortium) and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), the buyers of the property, was questionable.

“The petitioner did not show that any damage he may suffer from the implementation of the questioned contracts meet the case law standard of grave and irreparable injury. There is no indication that any loss that may be borne from the City’s disposition of its property cannot be mathematically computed,” Peras said in his decision. “As maybe gleaned from the application, such statement is mere speculation. Petitioner did not offer proof that the implementation of the questioned contracts would deny him or the City of Cebu of the value or potential of the SRP lots.”

The judge also ordered “to hold in abeyance the hearing for the application of the writ of preliminary injunction until the motions to dismiss and opposition and other pleadings related thereto have been resolved.”

The court gave Osmeña five days to decide whether he intends to appear before the Philippine Mediation Center to possibly settle the matter amicably.

Peras ordered the motions to dismiss and opposition and other pleadings related to the sale submitted for resolution.

Mayor Edgardo Labella, who is the primary respondent of the case along with the developers, said the case his predecessor filed is similar to the case filed by a Romulo Torres questioning the SRP deal, which was dismissed by the RTC and later junked by the Court of Appeals.

“No TRO for TRO. It has become a fait accompli... This is a victory for the people of the City of Cebu and again there will be no more legal impediment and no stopping the development of the 26-hectare land which is under the consortium. We will be expecting the full implementation of the development,” Labella said, adding that his political opponents have been filing similar cases to try and stop the sale.

City Attorney Rey Gealon shared the mayor’s sentiment, saying nothing will stop the development of the 26-hectare property since the sale was legal.

Earlier, Aniceto Bisnar Jr., president of the ALI-unit Cebu Holdings Inc., announced that the groundbreaking for the 26-hectare development located across the SM Seaside complex is eyed within the first quarter of next year.

The project is expected to generate two million direct and indirect jobs once completed. (PAC, PJB)

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Real property tax drives income up

Cebu Sun.Star - 11 hours 11 min ago

THE Provincial Government has already exceeded its P729.3 million target for locally sourced revenues this year, two months before the books of accounts close.

Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, said the Capitol collected P740.4 million between January and October 2019.

This means revenues for the first 10 months were already P11.1 million or 1.5 percent higher than the income target for the whole year.

“Our intensified collections of real property tax (RPT) is really a huge factor, especially with the support of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia,” Salubre said.

Measures to intensify RPT collection include constant reminders to taxpayers and going after delinquent ones, Salubre said.

In terms of tax revenues, the Province had set an annual target collection of P149.4 million.

Aside from RPT, tax revenues also include collections from amusement, franchise, professional and property transfer, among others.

For the first 10 months of the year, the Province collected P176.4 million in taxes. Collection from RPT made up P72.1 million, which is higher than the P68.9 million the Province had targeted for this year.

The Capitol collected P7.1 million in fines and penalties for RPT, which is higher than the P5.4 million target.

The Capitol also collected P291.1 million from district hospitals during the same period. Its target collection this year is P350 million.

Salubre said they expect the number to rise since they still have to add the income for November and December.

Revenues from district hospitals include a 20 percent share of the income of a Manila-based health care provider specializing in digital radiology, as well as medical, dental and laboratory fees and hospital fees.

At the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), the Capitol collected P56.7 million, which is lower than its target of P65.7 million for the whole year.

With the holiday season around the corner, Salubre said they expect the income to go up as passengers flock to the terminal.

CSBT collections cover toll and terminal fees and stall rentals, among others. (RTF)

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Most wanted ‘carnapper’ nabbed in Catmon town

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
One of the most wanted carnappers in Cebu was arrested Saturday in Barangay Binongkalan, Catmon town.
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Hontiveros assures place for board skaters

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
Cebu City Councilor Donaldo Hontiveros has assured the skateboarding community that there are plans for the implementation of a temporary skate park for them.
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Garcia supports law moving SK, barangay polls

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia has thrown her full support to the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections.
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Province exceeds 2019 income target

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
The Province of Cebu has already exceeded its income target for this year.
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Promodiser firm to press charges

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
The promodiser who got hit by a humidifier that a customer threw at her in the middle of an altercation inside a mall is set to file charges against the suspect.
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Owing to water consortium's violations: Capitol severs deal with firm

Cebu Freeman - 11 hours 30 min ago
The Province of Cebu will terminate the Joint Investment Agreement it has entered into with Manila Waters Consortium, Inc. following the discovery of multiple violations.
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