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Police nabs 2 pushers, seizes P800K shabu

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 18:07
OVER P800 million worth of illegal drugs was seized during anti-narcotics operations in Talisay City, Cebu on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

At 12:48 a.m., e-bike driver Junjie Labuca Cabuenas, 26, yielded 80 grams of shabu in Barangay Cansojong. The contraband’s value was pegged at P544,000.

Talisay police chief Lt. Col. Randy Caballes said Cabuenas had been included in the list of personalities involved in illegal drug trade, or high value individuals. The suspect was caught in August 2019 for drug charges but he was released in November 2020.

Caballes said Cabuenas had a contact from Cebu City Jail who instructed him where to source the illegal drugs.

The suspect reportedly can dispose of 100 grams of illegal drugs in his barangay, Cansojong.

In Barangay Tangke, Kharyl Requeron Cabando, 26, was caught at 10:48 p.m. Operatives seized 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000.

Cabando reportedly started selling illegal drugs in October last year and she could dispose of 50 grams per week. Her contact came from the Cebu City Jail also, according to Caballes.

Suspects will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
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Job opportunities abound as NorMin charts path to recovery

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 17:17

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment Region Northern Mindanao (DOLE-10) opened some 3,600 job opportunities in Northern Mindanao as part of its economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an interview on Saturday at the podcast of the Cabinet Officer for Regional

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CBM 2022 launches 6 months of business activities

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 17:07
ORGANIZERS of the annual Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2022 has outlined several business activities for six months starting June to make known that Cebu is back to business, stronger than before.

Anchored on the theme, “Go Cebu!” with the tagline “Realign, Reinforce, Rebuild,” this year’s CBM 2022 envisions to help make businesses strong so it could create jobs and make a stronger local economy.

“As we are all witnessing a transition into a post-pandemic society, we are inviting you to further Cebu’s business stronghold. Enclosed in our CBM 2022 calendar of events that would entice the public to be more proactive in our clamor for collectively accelerating progress,” said Brigitte Carmel Lim, CBM 2022 overall chairperson.

Lim said the CBM 2022 team which was formed early in February this year decided to make “Go Cebu” as its theme as it connotes simplicity and power. It also sends a strong message of a resilient island amid the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Collaborating with fellow changemakers in a hybrid approach, the CBM will gather stakeholders in the areas of tourism, information and communications technology- business process management, entrepreneurship and creative industry to showcase informative and engaging programs as well as provide opportunities and draw strength from each industry.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Charles Kenneth Co said the theme sits well with the chamber’s vision to become Cebu’s engine of growth despite the local and global crises.

“Amid the uncertainties and unknowns I continue to see an unbelievable commitment and resiliency of industry players, rising above and claiming victory in these challenging times,” Co said.

“This year we will deliver meaningful activities that will contribute to the competitive advantage of Cebu,” he added.


In June, a travel and tour exhibit will be mounted from June 10 to 12; Go Tech Cebu, a roundtable discussion and summit on June 16; Founders Hour on June 17; and Cebu Food and Wine Festival on June 18.

Activities in July include Go Invest Cebu: Meet your Negosyante Icons on July 7; Go Invest Cebu: An Entrepreneurs’ Summit and CEO Networking Night on July 8; and Go Race Cebu: The Safari Experience on July 30.

By August, the CBM will host a tourism summit on Aug. 11.

In September, the organizers will mount activities for animation on Sept. 2 and 3; video games on Sept. 9 and 10; film on Sept. 16 and 17 and original content on Sept. 23 and 24.

In October, a creative hub inauguration will take place on Oct. 18; investors’ primer on Oct. 20; and a grand expo and exhibit on Oct. 20 and 22.
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DTI approves price increase on 82 basic, prime goods

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 17:06
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued the new Suggested Retail Prices (SRP) for 218 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) of basic necessities and prime commodities.

Of the total 136 SKUs or 62 percent retained their Jan. 27, 2022 SRP Bulletin prices, while the DTI approved a minimum increase for 82 basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs) in its latest SRP list.

These products include bread, canned fish, potable water in bottles and containers, processed milk, locally manufactured instant noodles, coffee, salt, laundry soap, detergent, candles, flour, processed and canned pork, processed and canned beef, vinegar, fish sauce (patis), soy sauce, toilet soap, and batteries. The guide includes additional SKUs such as Bareta Bar White (360g) and Bareta Bar FabCon (360g).

While prices of 86 percent or 71 out of the 82 SKUs adjusted their prices from two percent to 10 percent, the price increase is still less than the global price movement of raw materials.

To illustrate, the prices of major raw materials like tamban (for canned fish products), mechanically deboned meat (for processed meat products), buttermilk (for processed milk), and palm oil (for toilet paper and instant noodles) increased by 0.56 percent to 32.14 percent. Additionally, fuel prices went up by 28.84 percent.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez underscores the agency carefully evaluates the requests for price adjustments from the manufacturers of BNPCs under the DTI’s jurisdiction.

“It is imperative that the DTI and the industry collaborate to ensure the consumers of high-quality products at affordable prices,” he said.

“Despite the adjustments in several basic and prime goods, the DTI assures the public that all increases in the SRPs were kept to a minimum level to provide consumers with reasonably-priced goods amidst the pandemic,” said Trade undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

The DTI issues the SRP list to continuously guide consumers and retailers in their purchase and sale of basic and prime goods.

The public may refer to the most recent SRP list of basic and prime goods before going to the supermarkets and grocery stores.

The price guide is accessible via the DTI website. Consumers are also enjoined to report retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that sell basic necessities above their SRPs. (with PR)
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Editorial: Arboreal notes for the ‘morrow

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 16:17
The communal planting of trees is referred to as “Arbor Day,” first initiated in 1805 by a local priest mobilizing his parish in the village of Villanueva de Sierra in Spain, according to

In the Philippines, President Manuel Roxas signed Proclamation No. 30 in 1947, institutionalizing Arbor Day to be observed every second Saturday of September.

Republic Act 10176, also known as the Arbor Day Act of 2012 signed into law by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, mandates local government units (LGUs) to spearhead green activities on June 25.

From the standpoint of climate, tree-planting is more appropriate in June than in September. Arborists advise that, among the factors to consider in planting a tree, climate is crucial.

As pointed out by the International Society on Arboriculture (ISA) on its website, trees can grow year-round in tropical and subtropical areas.

Periods of dormancy—in between the dropping of leaves during fall and the breaking of buds in early spring—are “ideal” for planting trees, according to the ISA.

Based on the country’s rainfall and temperature, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Administration (Pag-asa) classifies the country’s climate into two seasons: rainy (June-November) and dry (December-May).

The dry season can be further distinguished as the cool dry season (December-February) and the hot dry season (March-May).

Last May 9, when millions of Filipinos trooped to public schools to vote, the heat and humidity in crowded classrooms and narrow corridors were exacerbated by the glare and lack of shade in treeless environs.

Instead of being discouraged, Filipinos desiring to nurture and sustain the country’s resources for the generations to come should take these stark experiences of a dry and arid present as a challenge to prepare for a green and sustainable future.

Arboreal wisdom handed down generations underscores the necessity of preparations before the actual planting of trees.

In choosing a site, it is as essential to consider the receptiveness of people aside from variables affecting the soil’s moisture, slope, light availability, and other conditions.

To paraphrase a folk adage, it takes a community to go beyond planting and move on to nurturing trees and creating green spaces.

Not everyone is a tree hugger. Some don’t want to wait for the years it takes for a tree to reach maturity. Others view trees as potential hazards, disastrously toppling from a rotten core or interfering with power lines.

The security-conscious suspect trees as harboring snakes, poisonous spiders, and other pests. Homeowners dislike leaf-fall that adds to ground-cleaning chores and requires regular clearing and cleaning of gutters and roofs.

A tree can be different things according to different perceptions.

Thus, the principle of the “right tree in the right place” requires, in the arboreal and social dimensions, patience and perseverance to work on the ground: providing accurate information, checking misperceptions, engaging with opposition, and creating alliances.

Time and effort invested in preparing a site before the actual planting of a tree are not wasted, being crucial for lessening “transplant shock,” which involves “slowed growth and reduced vitality following transplanting,” according to the ISA.

When a tree is balled and burlapped for transfer from the nursery to the site, transplanting frequently involves the loss of a tree’s roots and possible damage to the root system.

Through careful handling and sustained follow-up, a tree can recover from the changes and disruptions of transplanting to remind every tree-grazer, paraphrasing the evergreen lines of the poet Joyce Kilmer, that the poem more beautiful than a tree has yet to be penned:

“A tree whose hungry mouth is prest/ Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;// A tree that looks at God all day,/ And lifts her leafy arms to pray...”.
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Liberalized rice trading lowers staple food price for Filipinos

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 15:54
MANILA - The passage and implementation since 2019 of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) has slashed prices of the country's staple food to the current average of PHP39 per kilogram (kg) or a reduction of about PHP7 per kilogram compared to its cost in 2018 when it peaked to a per-kilo retail cost
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Brunch around the world

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 15:48
Have a penchant for fancy airport lounges, or simply want to enjoy a cup of coffee, a delectable meal, or a glass of cocktail in an airport lounge? You don’t need to book a flight anymore! Just sit yourself at the newest brunch and bar place in the city located at Streetscape in Banilad, Cebu City.

Adding to Cebu City’s roster of brunch and bar establishments is Dine, which features modern takes on comfort food, inventive twists on cocktails, good-tasting quality coffee, and airport lounge-inspired interior that will surely charm café-goers.

The buzz this new place is creating is attractive and contagious, and it’s giving Cebuanos more reason to check it out and its customers more reason to keep coming back.

In fact, right after its soft opening, Dine became instant Instagram famous as most posts from young adult Cebuanos were all about this new brunch spot and bar—from the interior and exterior to its well-prepared and aesthetically pleasing food, and enticing cocktails.

As a food establishment that has the same owners and management as Open Kitchen Cebu, a food delivery service that has been serving gourmet meals to its customers’ tables fresh from its cloud kitchen, Dine’s menu is promising, and innovative.

Think of chicken and waffles, steak and egg, beef ragu, ube pancake, lemon pepper and chimichurri wings but make them equally beautiful and delicious and with more zest.

Like for example its best-selling chicken and waffle that boasts on its crispy-on-the-outside-and-fluffy-in-the-inside waffles topped with golden fried chicken fillet, maple syrup and special creamy gravy on the side, what looks like a mashed potato on top is actually a butter infused with maple syrup.

Same with its made-from-scratch three-layer ube pancake which has scooped ube with garnish on top that looks like a scoop of ube ice cream. But if you fancy the classic pancake, you have the liberty to choose your toppings: bacon, eggs and cheese; banana nutella, mangoes and cream, or without topping at all.

According to its executive chef Anna Ng, and head chef Van Roe Vivar, who are both co-owners they took inspiration from all their travels around the world, and added some twists for a unique touch, “Since the pandemic restricted us to travel, we thought of bringing our favorites from our travels to Cebu served in an airport lounge setting to take our taste buds to a trip around the world.”

What’s the best way to complete your brunch than a tall glass of cocktail of your choice? From mimosa, amaretto sour, gin and tonic to sangria, Dine got you covered. Its signature cocktails cranberry gin fizz, and gin and basil smash are surprisingly refreshing. But if you fancy coffee, it serves nothing but a good cup of coffee from The Good Cup Coffee Company.

The Insta-famous café has alfresco and indoor dining spaces, both with designer furniture, green plants, and an overall chill vibe which is ideal for catching up with friends, unwinding after work, or even working—if you need a breath of fresh air, or a drink and food that will help you get your creative juices flowing.

Dine is open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.
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PH urged to integrate cybersecurity in smart city planning

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 15:20
MANILA - Urban planners are urged to integrate cybersecurity investments in smart city blueprints to avoid attacks on the operational technology infrastructure of the country's future smart cities, a cybersecurity firm said.Cyfirma president for delivery and operations Saura
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G7 countries call on Russia to end war on Ukraine

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:55

ISTANBUL - The G7 countries called on Russia on Saturday to end its war against Ukraine, pledging strong support for Kyiv.

"We are steadfast in our support for Ukraine in its defence against Russia's unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression and reiterate our constant call on Ru

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SEAG serves as exposure for Asian Games, Olympics

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:51

MANILA - The 31st Southeast Asian Games here will function as a springboard for Filipino athletes to prime up for the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"We are expecting that the SEA Games will be a great exposure for our athletes going

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Wong delivers PH's lone wushu gold

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:48

HANOI - Agatha Wong saved her best for last to rule wushu's taijijian (taolu) event and give Team Philippines its first gold medal in the sport it used to dominate in the Southeast Asian Games.

Wong bagged the gold barely 24 hours after relinquishing her crown and settling for the silver in t

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Duterte to PMA cadets: 'Be many things at the same time'

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:36

MANILA - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday called on new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to "be many things at the same time" while ensuring they always remained true to their oath.

Speaking during the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Bagsik D

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Duterte to PMA cadets: 'Be many things at the same time'

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:36

MANILA - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday called on new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to "be many things at the same time" while ensuring they always remained true to their oath.

Speaking during the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Bagsik D

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10 tons of mangoes at stake at Guimaras all-you-can-eat fest

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:33
ILOILO CITY - Some 30 tons of sweet mangoes await visitors for the 2022 Manggahan Festival of the province of Guimaras that kicked off at the provincial capitol grounds in the municipality of Jordan on May 14 and will culminate on May 22 to mark the 30th year since the island has become a full-fl
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Monbert Arong scores 109 points as Hogs trample Chameleons in Elite Basketball Cebu

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:33
IN A feat unheard of in modern Cebu basketball history, former Far Eastern University and Southwestern University star Monbert Arong scored an incredible 109 points in the Sure Cleaning Solutions-Hogs 151-126 win over the Chameleons in the Elite Basketball Cebu Season 18 on Saturday, May 14, at the Casals Gym.

It was a breathtaking performance that obliterated the previous single-game scoring record of this league held by ex-University of San Carlos standout Jabby Bautista of 70 points.

Arong, though, did more than just score as he completed a rare triple-double in the game as he also grabbed a whopping 23 rebounds and dished out 11 assists to go with three steals and a block in a performance that will be remembered for many years to come.

The victory also pushed the Hogs to the top of the standings at 5-1, while the Chameleons fell to 1-5.

In the gameday’s other match, the Filipino Homes-Vipers stopped the Raptors five-game winning streak with a 100-95 victory. Ironically, it was former USC big man Mark Encarnado that led the way in stopping the Raptors — a team composed of former Warriors stars — as he tallied a huge double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go with four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot.

The Vipers picked up their second victory in five games while the Raptors dropped to 5-2.
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PH victory over SCS pure law: Locsin

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:32

WASHINGTON - "What is ours is ours."

Thus, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on the Philippines' claim of the South China Sea that was ruled overwhelmingly in its favor by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 12, 2016 - determining that major elements of China's claim

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PH victory over SCS pure law: Locsin

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:32

WASHINGTON - "What is ours is ours."

Thus, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on the Philippines' claim of the South China Sea that was ruled overwhelmingly in its favor by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 12, 2016 - determining that major elements of China's claim

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EJ Obiena strikes gold in Hanoi SEA Games

Cebu Sun.Star - Sun, 2022-05-15 14:04
OLYMPIAN pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena once again showed that he is peerless in the region, as he retained his title with relative ease in the 31st Southeast Asian Games athletic competition at the My Dinh National Stadium on Saturday, May 14.

With his Southeast Asian competitors either failing to clear the bar several times or suffering from cramps from too much exertion, Obiena cleared the bar at 5.4 meters to capture the gold right on his first attempt. It was 40 centimeters better than the five-meter leap of compatriot and eventual silver medalist Hocket delos Santos.

With the gold already secure, Obiena took aim at his own SEA Games mark of 5.45 meters he set in the 2019 Philippine SEA Games. Just like in his previous leap, Obiena cleared the bar for a new SEA Games record of 5.46 meters, trouble free to the loud cheers of a handful of Filipino fans on the sidelines.

“I’m relieved and happy to win the gold. I came here as a favorite and finally delivered. Mission accomplished,” said Obiena, the Asian record holder at 5.93 meters.

The 26-year-old Obiena, currently ranked no. 6 by World Athletics, then tried to obliterate his own Asian mark by setting the bar at 5.94 but failed thrice.

What started out as a good day, however, ended badly for the Philippines as the Gilas men’s and women’s 3x3 teams failed to defend their respective titles.

The Gilas women’s team was beaten by Thailand in the semifinals, 14-21. Thailand eventually won the gold at the expense of Vietnam, while Gilas was shut out, losing to Indonesia 10-16 in the battle for third.

The quartet of Janine Pontejos, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro, and Angelica Surada, who also lost by the same score to the vastly-improved Thai side last Friday, finished with an even 3-3 mark in the eliminations for the No. 4 spot in the semifinals, being ranged anew against the Thais.

Meanwhile, the Gilas men’s team of Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Jorey Napoles, Marvin Hayes, and Reymar Caduyac lost to Thailand 17-21 in the semifinals and settled for the bronze after beating Indonesia 14-10.

Basketball action takes a one-day break before the start of the 5-on-5 tournament on Monday.

The Gilas Pilipinas men’s squad, backed by a robust mix of players from the PBA, Japan B. League, and the cadet pool of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, arrived here early Saturday morning.

The Gilas Pilipinas women also arrived here, even going to the 3x3 tournament to support their teammates that will also be playing in the 5-on-5 battle.
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67% of election returns, COCs already transmitted to Senate

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 13:49

MANILA - The Senate is on standby Sunday for 56 more Election Returns (ERs) and Certificates of Canvass (COCs) expected to arrive anytime, out of the 173 that the joint session of Congress will canvass starting May 24 to determine the next President and Vice President.

On the sixth day after

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Germany accuses Russia of waging 'grain war'

Philippines Times - Sun, 2022-05-15 12:55

BERLIN - Germany on Saturday accused Russia of waging a "grain war," endangering global food security.

Addressing a news conference at the end of the G7 foreign ministers' meeting at the Baltic resort town of Weissenhaus, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Moscow was consciously trying t

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