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Add'l honoraria for teachers depends on availability of funds

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 09:00

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday said additional honoraria for teachers who served extra hours to address technical glitches and other issues during the May 9 polls will depend on the availability of funds.

"First condition is the availability of funds...Second, we hav

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Add'l honoraria for teachers depends on availability of funds

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 09:00

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday said additional honoraria for teachers who served extra hours to address technical glitches and other issues during the May 9 polls will depend on the availability of funds.

"First condition is the availability of funds...Second, we hav

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Letran nips Mapua to move closer to NCAA men’s basketball title

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 08:49
THE Letran Knights inched closer to capping off a perfect season with a championship, as they edged the Mapua Cardinals, 68-63, in Game One of the NCAA Season 97 men’s basketball finals on Sunday, May 15, at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Trailing for most of the game and playing without MVP frontrunner Rhenz Abando who hurt his ankle in the third canto, the Knights found the resolve to rally and eventually nab the lead, 63-62, after a floater by Jeo Ambohot with less than a minute left in the game.

Then, after stopping Mapua on the other end, Louie Sangalang got fouled and split his free-throws for a 64-62 advantage. Another fantastic defensive stand by Letran then led to a basket by Brent Paraiso which came off a gorgeous pass by Fran Yu, which gave the Knights a 66-62 lead with just 15.3 ticks remaining in the match.

“Again, di na-give up yung mga players natin kahit na wala si Rhenz Abando. Very off kami sa three-point area, so ang ginawa namin talagang we decided to attack the shaded lane,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan. “In the end nasuklian kasi na-foul out yung bigs nila.”

Paraiso led Letran with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Sangalang added 14 markers, seven boards, and two blocked shots.

Abando finished with 13 points and seven rebounds before exiting the game with a sprained ankle with 3:20 left in the third. His status for Game Two remains uncertain.

It was a sorry loss for Mapua, which led by as much as 10 points in the first half. They also held a 62-58 lead with 3:18 remaining in the game before Letran amped up their defense and finished the game with a 10-1 run.

Warren Bonifacio led the Cardinals with 10 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. (JNP)

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Carlos Yulo leads charge as PH jostles with Thailand for 2nd place in medal standings of Hanoi SEA Games

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 08:40
CHAMPION gymnast Carlos Yulo continued his stellar showing in the 31st Southeast Asian Games as he won gold medals in the floor exercise and rings events of the gymnastics competition at the Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

As a matter of fact, gymnastics gave the Philippines’ campaign a boost as Fil-American Aleah Finnegan added the women’s vault gold to Team Philippines’ harvest, scoring her second victory after leading the women’s squad to the team title last Saturday, on top of a silver in the women’s all-around.

Also winning gold medal were Kim Mangrobang, who added the women’s duathlon title to her victory in the triathlon last Saturday; wushu practitioners Agatha Wong and Arnel Mandal; Fil-Am William Morrison in shot put; and the dancesport tandem of Stephanie Sabalo de Leon and Michael Angelo Marquez in the Latin dance.

The eight-gold haul, which matched the team’s output last Saturday, jacked up the country’s total to 20, the same output of Thailand so far, but the Filipinos have more silver medals – 22 to 20.

Host Vietnam moved out of reach with a haul of 58-41-41, with the Philippines having harvested 20-22-39, Thailand 20-20-37, Indonesia 17-26-16, and Malaysia completing the top five with 16-11-29.

“I’m very happy, I didn’t expect to win. But I’m proud of my performance,” said Yulo, who scored 15.200 in the floor exercise and 14.400 in the rings.

He returns to action Monday, competing in the vault, where he is the current world champion; high bar and parallel bar.

Finnegan, a 19-year-old Missouri native who competed for the US national team that won in the Pan American Games in 2019, scored 13.133 in the vault, spoiling the golden bid of hometown bet of Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu who settled for the silver with 13.033.

She vies in the floor exercise and balance beam on Monday in the last day of artistic gymnastics action, which has so far propped up the Philippine campaign with five gold and two silver medals.

Less than 24 hours after winning her third straight SEA Games triathlon crown, Mangrobang, 30, became the first Pinoy athlete to capture back-to-back gold medals, ruling the women’s duathlon at the Tuan Chau Peninsula in 2:13.12.

Wong, who lost her stranglehold in wushu’s taijiquan event last Saturday, bounced back with a big victory in the taijijian event, scoring 9.71 points to frustrate two Vietnamese entries at the Cau Giay Gymnasium.

Later in the day, Arnel Mandal made it a double celebration for the Philippines, winning the wushu team’s second gold by beating Laksmana Pandu Pratama of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s 56kg sanda 2-0 to join Wong, a 19-year-old beauty whose smile can melt hearts, on the podium.

Morrison, 25, back to defend the title he won in 2019 in the Philippines, heaved the heavy metal ball to 18.14 meters, way off his former winning throw of 18.38, but way ahead of the Thai second placer who had a throw of 17.32m and the Malaysian bronze winner who had 17.20m.

The victory of De Leon and Marquez in the Latin dance led to one gold, three silver and two bronze production by the country’s dancesport bets. (JNP)

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Metro Manila, 85 other areas under Alert Level 1 until May 31

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 08:00

MANILA - Metro Manila and 85 other areas will remain under the lowest Alert Level 1 classification from May 16 to 31, Malacanang announced Sunday night.

Acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (

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Mobile phone purchase surge not linked to vote-buying

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 20:09

MANILA - The surge in mobile phone sales in Surigao del Sur cannot be automatically attributed to vote-buying, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Sunday.

Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said reports that popular mobile phone brands were sold out in three shopping malls

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Comelec initiates investigation on 'faulty' vote counting machines

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 19:38
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has initiated the conduct of a probe into defective vote counting machines (VCMs) following the May 9 national and local elections and even before President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement.

“Even before the pronouncement of the President, we already initiated the investigation of the VCMs. In fact, the national tech support center was already reviewing the tickets... inannounce po ni Comelec Commissioner (Marlon) Casquejo na nag-meeting po ang project management office together with the DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology), and the Comelec advisory committee,” Comelec acting spokesperson Rex Laudiangco said in a press conference on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

“At sinangayunan ng Comelec advisory council ang move ng commission to initiate our own investigation of the VCMs,” he added.

During his Talk to the People, which was aired on Thursday morning, May 12, Duterte said while he sees no irregularity in the conduct of the election, the Comelec should still probe election fraud allegations in order to allay the public’s doubt.

The just concluded polls were criticized after several VCMs malfunctioned, causing voters to camp out to polling centers.

The delays brought about by defective VCMs reportedly denied several people to vote.

The Comelec earlier said around 1,800 VCMs and SD (secure digital) cards malfunctioned during the election days.

Some voters assumed that the fraud happened when the VCMs and SD cards broke down in the middle of the process and had been replaced.

Out of the 97,315 VCMs used in the election, 96,981 were refurbished machines.

No more VCMs in 2025

Casquejo earlier said the agency will discard these refurbished VCMs.

“I think this is the last dance for our VCMs. We will not use them anymore in the 2025 (midterm) elections,” said Casquejo.

“Even if they say the budget for the 2025 elections is small, we will insist that we would not use these VCMs for the succeeding elections. The VCMs have reached their limit, (their) life span,” he added.

Earlier, Laudiangco maintained that no electoral fraud happened on May 9, noting the testament of poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on the accuracy of the result.

The PPCRV said there was a 98.39 percent match rate between the second batch of the encoded physical copies of election returns (ERs) and the electronically transmitted results from the Comelec’s transparency server.

But Laudiangco revealed that the DICT foiled over 20,000 attempts to attack the Comelec’s website, including the one carrying election results.

Laudiangco said they were able to identify some Internet Protocol addresses involved in the attacks and deeper investigation for the filing of charges against the individuals involved is underway.

Rejected ballots in Cebu City

The Comelec in Cebu City clarified that it has yet to summarize the total number of ballots rejected during the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Marilou Paredes, the acting election officer of Comelec Cebu City South District, said the rejected or spoiled ballots were placed inside a separate envelope after the conduct of the elections.

Paredes added that they will count these ballots as part of the electoral board’s report.

In a recent interview, Paredes said that there were about 15,000 ballots that were labeled as “rejected ballots” by VCMs.

However, Paredes clarified that these were the number of attempts that the ballots were fed in the VCMs and do not directly mean that these ballots were rejected.

There were instances that the ballots were not immediately accepted by the VCMs so the poll workers will have to reinsert the ballot until the machine receives it successfully, said Paredes.

Paredes also explained that ballots could be rejected by the VCMs if the security marker gets smudges while the voter is shading the ballots.

Based on the result of the election, Paredes said the number of rejected ballots will not affect the standing of the winners.

The election officer also urged the candidates, including those who did not win, to submit their Statement of Contribution and Expenditure (Soce) on or before June 8.

Paredes said that the winners of the recent elections will be barred from assuming office should they fail to submit their Soce.

Those candidates who did not win should also file their Soce, she added.

According to Paredes, if the losing candidates failed to submit their Soce and decided to run in the next election, their candidacy will not be allowed by the Comelec.

The 2022 national and local elections in Cebu City produced a voter turnout of 83.82 percent, which is higher than the 76.10 percent turnout in the 2019 midterm elections. (TPM / SunStar Philippines, IRT)
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Paz Radaza defends drainage projects in Lapu-Lapu City

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 19:38
OUTGOING Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza has acknowledged the absence of outfall in all her drainage projects in the city but she stressed that it is still better than having no project at all to address the long-standing problem of flooding in the city.

Radaza made the statement after reelected Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, whom she challenged in the mayoral race but lost, pointed out that the former’s drainage projects have no outfall, the place the drainage empties into a body of water—a sea, a river or a lake.

The outgoing lawmaker noted how difficult it was to construct a comprehensive citywide drainage system that would totally solve flooding because it would take a long period of time to do so.

“While there is no outfall yet, the drainage will serve as an artificial water catchment to collect the rainwater and to prevent flooding in residential areas. The point is, the flooding problem would not be solved if only the outfall is constructed. The problem would not be solved if there’s no project at all,” she said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Radaza said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) already knew about the problem about the outfall and it would not implement the drainage projects if these are not suitable.

Radaza said it does not mean that when there is no outfall, they would stop the construction of the drainage project, which she said is slowly being implemented part by part.

The City Government, she said, had implemented drainage projects without an outfall.

Radaza said constructing an outfall is also a problem in other cities in the country as it takes a huge amount of budget.

Unlike the City Government, Radaza said her office has no “power of expropriation” to acquire lots for the construction of an outfall.

She said the problem can only be solved once they continue to construct drainage in different areas in the city and other facilities needed such as outfall.

Radaza, however, asked the constituents for forgiveness amid the inconvenience brought about by the construction of drainage projects in the city.

She said DPWH had given the contractors a long period of time to complete the construction of the drainage projects since this involved a lot of work.

“In spite of our sufferings, we can expect the roads will be orderly and the flooding problem will be solved after the completion of the drainage projects,” she said in Cebuano.

Radaza expressed her gratitude to the DPWH for the inclusion in their plans for a comprehensive drainage system in the city.
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Garcia gets more votes in 2022 general elections than in 2019 midterm polls

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 19:33
CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia exceeded the votes she received in the 2019 midterm elections after she got more than 500,000 votes in this year’s general election.

The four-time governor was proclaimed winner on Tuesday, May 10, a day after the elections, after securing a historic 80.80 percent of the votes or 1,478,436 votes, beating former tourism secretary Joseph Felix Mari “Ace” Durano, who garnered only 18.66 percent of the votes or 341,155 votes, and Nito Magnanao, who got 0.53 percent or 9,812 votes.

The reelected governor, who got the mandate to serve a fifth term, received 591,146 more votes in the May 9 elections. She had a total of 887,290 votes in the 2019 elections, according to the Philippine News Agency.

When asked for his comment about Garcia’s triumph, Acting Cebu Elections Supervisor Jerome Brillantes said most Cebuanos may have chosen the governor because of her performance.

Garcia will govern Cebu Province for another three years, along with reelected Vice Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, the running mate of Durano who secured 60.60 percent at 788,081 votes, beating the governor’s running mate, Dr. Maria Theresa “Doc Tess” Heyrosa, who garnered 46 percent of the votes or 716,450 votes, and John Enad, who got 3.38 percent or 62,784 votes.

Garcia served as governor for three terms from 2004 to 2013, then Cebu third district representative from 2013 to 2019 before returning to the Capitol in 2019 for her fourth term. Davide was the governor from 2013 to 2019.
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Finland's entering NATO could affect Russian-Finnish ties: Putin

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 19:31

MOSCOW - The leaders of Russia and Finland on Saturday discussed the issue of Helsinki's admission to NATO and its possible affects to relations between the two countries.

According to a Kremlin statement, President Vladimir Putin talked to his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto over the phon

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'Consuming too much data, information causes digital obesity'

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 19:30

ANKARA - Consuming too much data, information, and media may lead to digital obesity, which could bring about negative effects on people's lives, according to an expert.

"Digital obesity is basically about overconsuming (of information), not giving enough rest. It is basically the same as con

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Cebuana working student in USA set to graduate at top of her class

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:57
A CEBUANA working student will graduate with flying colors as summa cum laude with a degree in accountancy at Kean University in New Jersey, USA.

Wynell Omaña Morga, 22, of Green Village, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, will receive the highest academic honor an institution can give for an undergraduate course during the university’s commencement exercise on May 19, 2022.

“It was very unexpected, but it’s my ultimate goal. I just tried my best so that regardless of what the results were, I had no regrets,” said Morga.

For a working student in a foreign land like her, achieving such a feat takes a whole lot of hard work and dedication. She burned the midnight oil to complete schoolwork and maintain straight A+ grades.

Morga worked an average of eight hours per day on weekdays and 12 hours per day on weekends as a food service worker at Roosevelt Care Center, while enrolled as a full-time student at Kean University.

“I paid for my tuition fees and books so I had to ensure that I had enough work hours to afford my bills. To do so, I had to stack my classes on certain days and make sure that I had days off on the weekdays. These days off and the weekends were basically my workdays. I worked 12-hour shifts and then I would do my school work as soon as I got home,” said Morga.

All that hard work and sacrifices paid off when she earned a degree on Bachelor of Science in Accountancy minor in Finance as a Summa Cum Laude, and was even one semester ahead of her batchmates.

Growing up in Cebu, Morga needed to adjust to a totally different culture when she and her mother, Milagrosa, moved to the US six years ago.

Morga completed 10th Grade at the University of Cebu Main Campus, and enrolled at the John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in New Jersey for Senior High School.

“I got here in the US when I was in my junior year of high school (Grade 11) and I had this perception that high schools in the US can be very intimidating. So, the first few days of school, I was very nervous because I had no idea how everything worked. In fact, I couldn’t sleep the night before the first day of class,” she said.

With the help of her new friends, Morga was quick to adapt to the new culture.

After senior high school, Morga took and passed the entrance exam at Kean University.

“Meeting new friends and getting to know more people was definitely the main thing that helped me adjust. They taught me how things work which is also why culture shock wasn’t really an issue for me,” she said.

Her family’s support gave Morga the fuel and desire to dream. “I dedicate this one to my family,” she said.

Morga still works at Roosevelt Care Center while doing a tax internship for 1-800Accountant. She even got a full-time offer from an accounting firm.

She plans to take up a master’s degree in Accountancy and take the Certified Public Accountant licensure exam in the US this year.
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Finland prepares to apply to NATO on May 18: top diplomat

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:55

STOCKHOLM - Finland may apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on May 18, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"Our permanent representative to NATO in Brussels will do this [apply] possibly on Wednesday. If talks with NATO begin, they w

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Comelec eyes to proclaim winning senators, party-lists Tuesday

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:48

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), is eyeing to proclaim senators and party-list representatives by Tuesday.

Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said as of Saturday, May 14, the NBOC has canvassed 86.13 percent or 14

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What a priest told Bongbong Marcos

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:36
ON OCT. 22, 2021, a picture of then presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos being anointed by a well-known priest in Cebu went viral on social media.

Msgr. Roberto Alesna, parish priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish in Talisay City, received heavy criticism for the act from people he knew and didn’t know, in public comments and in private messages.

To them, he had breached the constitutional provision on the inviolability of the separation of the Church and State, and that by anointing Marcos he was endorsing him for the presidency.

The picture, posted on a digital news page, simply said Marcos led the inauguration of his campaign headquarters in Barangay Luz, Cebu City on that day. The priest was unnamed, but he was captured anointing Marcos.

Alesna told SunStar Cebu on Feb. 19, 2022 in a casual talk during a birthday party about the photo and how the caption left out what he said to Marcos.

He asked SunStar Cebu to publish the photo with the right context if Marcos wins the presidency. On May 9, 2022, Marcos did.

“This is what I told Bongbong when I was anointing him with the Holy Oil: If by the grace of God you’d be given the opportunity to become the next President of the Philippines, remember that by this anointing, you are anointed to serve our beloved country, the Philippines and the entire Filipino people and not just your family, relatives and friends.”

Alesna said after he had blessed the headquarters, Marcos asked for his blessing. He said he could not deny Marcos this. He said he knew the Marcos history and carefully chose his words.
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Yee wins sprint finish, 5K crown

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:36
FRANKLIN Ferdie Yee edged out Mark Mahinay in a dashing neck-to-neck finish in the 2022 Cebu City Summer Run at the Cebu City Sports Center on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Yee crossed the finish line in 16 minutes and 39 seconds, just a step ahead of Mahinay to win the men’s 5-kilometer crown in a thrilling sprint finish between Cebu’s two rising runners.

Mahinay settled for second place, while Kenyan Josep Mururi nabbed third place with a time of 16:52.

Lizane Abella of Spectrum Runners Club reigned in the women’s 5K after clocking in 21:21. Junior triathlete Nicole del Rosario came second in 21:47 and Jasrain Noval finished third in 22:09.

Spectrum’s Asia Paraase stamped her class in the longer distance, winning the women’s 10K crown in 42:17. Cherry Andrin clocked in 43:03 and Rue Reinhart Pañibon timed in 48:21 to take second and third places, respectively.

Veteran Kenyan runner Eric Chepsiror ruled the men’s 10K race in 33:10. Prince Joey Lee took second place in 33:17 and Jerome Casinillo was third at 34:24.

Multisport athlete and TikTok influencer Joland Olmila emerged as the fastest runner in the men’s 3K, breasting the tape in 9:21. Darwin Lucaylucay (9:23), Ionmar Salingsing (9:25) finished as runners-up.

Jessica Caser (9:43) won the women’s 3K, Devie Kaye Obcial (9:50) came second and Jessel Ochia (10:12) was third.

The run organized by Coco Running and supported by the Cebu City Sports Commission under the leadership of chairman John Pages had a separate category for the grassroots athletes of Cebu City.

Renz Parong (23:40) and Jheremae Abalo (29:36) were awarded champions in the men’s and women’s Grassroots 5K, respectively.

John Lloyd Leyson (24:43) and John James Abalos (25:39) finished second and third in the men’s division, while Mae Anne Mejo (33:44) and Mitchloni Dinauanao (37:56) were runners up in the distaff side.

Erian Culango (12:38) won the women’s 3K and Cris Maverick Juarez (18:15) topped the mixed 3K for 8-Under.

More than 1,100 runners suited up for the fun run, which was only the second running event held in Cebu City since the Covid-19 pandemic.
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PMA valedictorian inspired by father's military career

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:30

FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City - Krystlenn Ivany Quemado, valedictorian of this year's Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class "Bagsik-Diwa" (Bagong Sibol Kinabukasan Didigma Hanggang sa Wakas), did not have it easy even if she is a military officer's daughter.

As the daughter of Col. Nicolas Qu

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Tapales destroys Estrella in California

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:22
FORMER world champion Marlon Tapales made quick work of Mexican journeyman Jose Estrella after knocking him out in two rounds last Sunday, May 15 (PH time), at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The 30-year-old Tapales unleashed a vicious body shot that dropped Estrella to the canvas. Estrella tried to stand up but was counted out by referee Ray Corona at the 1:39 mark of the second round.

Tapales won his third straight fight and improved to 36-3 with 19 knockouts.

The 32-year-old Estrella got knocked for the ninth time in his career and dropped to 23-19-1 with 16 knockouts.

Tapales is the No. 1 ranked super bantamweight by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). He’s waiting to challenge the winner of the world championship fight between IBF and World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight king Murodjon Akhmadaliev and Ronny Rios set on June 25 at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

Tapales is also ranked No. 9 by the World Boxing Organization.

Tapales is the former WBO bantamweight champion. He won the belt with an 11th round knockout of Panya Uthok in Thailand in 2016.
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Two men caught for stealing telco wire

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:12
TWO men were arrested for allegedly stealing the cable wire of a telecommunications company in Sitio Sangi, Barangay Calajoan in Minglanilla town, Cebu on Sunday morning, May 15, 2022.

Minglanilla police chief Maj. William Homoc identified the suspects as Jovel Laila Codera, who is 21 and a resident of Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, and Jesthier Anog Lindayao, who is 19 and a resident of Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue City.

Codera and Lindayao have six companions who eluded arrest.

The suspects were caught in the act of cutting the cable copper wire of Innove by Ramil Mandanat Manlosa, 29, and Romeo Baricuatro Manlosa, 52. The Manlosas work as part of the Bantay Cable team of Globe Telecommunications.

Recovered from the suspects was a 50-meter cable copper wire worth P78,000.

The suspects will be facing charges for theft. (GDC)
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Cebu logs few crime incidents from March 25 to May 10

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:11
POLICE recorded only 150 crime incidents in Cebu Province from March 25 to May 10, 2022.

This was a 76.5 percent decrease from 639 cases recorded in the same period in 2019 and 73.3 percent decrease from 563 cases in 2016.

Local candidates’ campaign period started last March 25 and it ended on May 7. The Election Day took place on Monday, May 9, which the police described as generally peaceful.

The Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) recorded only 30 physical injury cases in the March 25-May 10 period (174 in 2016 and 166 in 2019); 22 rape cases (35 in 2016 and 58 in 2019); and 23 robbery cases (112 in 2016 and 91 in 2019).

Data from CPPO excludes numbers from the police offices of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities.

The CPPO records further showed that there were only 55 theft cases from March 25 to May 10 (186 in 2016 and 264 in 2019); four homicide cases (five in 2016 and six in 2019); 12 murder cases (28 in 2016 and 30 in 2019); and three motorcycle theft cases (23 in 2016 and 21 in 2019).

CPPO Director Col. Engelbert Soriano said their security preparations for the general elections contributed to the drop in the crime incidents in the province for 55 days.
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