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Robbery eyed in ambush of Fil-Chinese businessman

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is now leaning towards robbery as the motive in the ambush-slay of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Barangay Cubacub last Sunday night.
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American charged for trafficking, abuse

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has charged an American national before the court for allegedly hiring a 15-year-old girl for purposes of sexual exploitation in exchange for money.
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1 thousand fruit-bearing trees planted

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
Around 1,000 fruits bearing trees were planted in Magsico, an upland barangay of San Fernando, Cebu yesterday.
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BOC launches info system to improve service

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
Aiming to ease the process of doing business with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the office launched its modernized information systems dubbed as “The Improved BOC: Seamless and Simplified.”
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Drug recovery facility opens in Pinamungajan

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Cebu provincial government now has its own 106-bed inpatient treatment and rehabilitation facility in Pinamungajan, Cebu that can cater to severely-affected drug users.
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Top 100 Cebuano Personalities - Sotero Cabahug

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
Sotero Cabahug received the title as “Governor of the Year” at the end of his term for warding off political persecutions, allowing him to give tangible improvements, in his three years as governor of Cebu.
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Ramirez: The mayor who ‘put Medellin on the map’

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
Former Medellin mayor and outgoing municipal councilor Ricardo “Ricky” Ramirez may have died in a brutal fashion late Tuesday night inside the hospital he was staying, but, to some residents and supporters, his legacy will live on.
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Tomas: No ‘midnight deal’ in waste project

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
There was no “midnight deal” when outgoing Mayor Tomas Osmeña issued a certificate of acceptance to Metro Pacific Investments Corporation last month for a solid waste management contract with the city government.
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Ramirez killed in detention

Cebu Freeman - 6 hours 31 min ago
Former Medellin mayor and incumbent councilor Ricardo “Ricky” Ramirez was killed near midnight Tuesday at the Bogo-Medellin Medical Center where he was under hospital arrest for unlicensed firearms and drug paraphernalia.
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Duterte steps into contest for House speakership

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
After saying he would stay out of the issue, President Duterte has decided after all to endorse someone for speaker of the House of Representatives.
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Pagasa warns of stronger cyclones due to El Niño

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday warned the public to brace for stronger tropical cyclones this year due to the prevailing El Niño phenomenon.
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Ex-Cebu town mayor gunned down in hospital

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
A former town mayor of Medellin, Cebu allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade was shot dead by armed men inside his room at a local hospital, police reported yesterday.
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Duterte is pro-Filipino, not pro-China – Lorenzana

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday insisted that President Duterte is pro-Filipino and denied the claim of critics that the Chief Executive is defending China over the recent sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea.
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Vietnam skipper narrates rescue

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
The captain of the Vietnamese ship yesterday corroborated the story of the 22 Filipino fishermen who were rescued near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea after their boat was hit by a Chinese vessel on June 9.
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Fishermen want Recto Bank exclusive for Pinoys

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
The 22 fishermen left adrift at sea for hours after their boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank last June 9 are urging President Duterte to declare the area their exclusive fishing ground, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday.
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UP jumps 28 spots in world rankings

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
The University of the Philippines has climbed 28 spots and secured its highest rating yet in the latest list of best universities in the world released by international higher education information provider Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
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2 Pinoys killed in New Zealand as train rams car

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
Two Filipinos, who arrived in New Zealand just last week to work as fruit pickers, died while three others were injured in a car-and-train crash at a rural town near Bay of Plenty yesterday.
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‘No need to invoke MDT in Recto Bank incident’

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
The hitting of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at midnight of June 9 in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea was not an armed attack on the Philippines, hence not covered by the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday.
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Free internet, clean restrooms required at transport hubs

Philippines Star - 6 hours 31 min ago
Owners of land transportation hubs are now required to provide passengers free internet access and clean sanitary facilities.
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From mayor to inmate: Ramirez unraveled

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2019-06-19 23:44

BEFORE Medellin Councilor Ricardo Ramirez was murdered while under hospital arrest at the Bogo-Medellin Medical Center Tuesday, he was a man who made Medellinons proud of who they were.

Ramirez began his political career as a councilor of Medellin on July 1, 1992, serving two terms until May 1998.

He became the town’s vice mayor from 1998 until 2007, mayor for nine years from 2007 to 2016, and again councilor in 2016.

Ramirez was cited for putting the town on the tourism map when it was chosen as one of the top 10 most visited towns in Central Visayas in 2014 by the Department of Tourism 7.

But in 2017, Ramirez’s fortunes changed.

He was arrested by Provincial Intelligence Branch operatives for possession of unlicensed firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia in his house in Barangay Caputatan Sur, Medellin on July 26, 2017.

He was detained at the Medellin Municipal Jail, but he was rushed to Cebu Doctors’ Hospital in Cebu City on Aug. 11, 2017 after his blood pressure shot up.

His lawyer, Innocencio Dela Cerna, successfully filed a motion before Regional Trial Court Bogo City Judge Antonio Marigomen for his transfer to the Bogo-Medellin Medical Center.

On Feb. 20, 2019, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology 7 members raided his hospital room through a greyhound operation, seizing items not allowed in a hospital’s premises including bottles of imported liquor, reams of cigarettes, lighters, cellular phones, wireless charges, a deck of cards and a portable speaker.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 subjected Ramirez to a drug test, which yielded negative results.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, with whom he had had political differences, extended his condolences to Ramirez’s bereaved family Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

“I was also shocked. I knew him because we were able to meet when he was still mayor. I’m hoping for an immediate investigation,” Davide told reporters.

In 2013, then mayor Ramirez asked Davide to resign from office over allegations of mishandling the Typhoon Yolanda aid distribution.

The following year, Ramirez hit Davide anew, this time ordering the municipal treasurer to hold off any remittances due to the Capitol until the latter could repair and rehabilitate the provincial roads and bridges in Medellin.

In 2015, Ramirez and Davide met at the Capitol to discuss Medellin’s infrastructure needs.

Both claimed to have discussed the matter amicably, even landing on the front page of Superbalita Cebu’s Jan. 15, 2015 issue for shaking hands after years of political bickering. (WBS, RTF, VLA)

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