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Bank of Commerce’s P7.5B maiden bond issuance oversubscribed

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:28
BANK of Commerce (BankCom), the banking arm of San Miguel Corp., successfully listed its maiden issuance of P7.5 billion two-year Series A Bonds on the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx), with aggregate orderbook exceeding the original target issue size by more than three times. The strong demand prompted BankCom to increase its issue size from the original P3 billion to P7.5 billion and end the offer period on July 12, 2022, ten days ahead of the original closing date.
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UnionBank posts P6.1 billion net income in 1H 2022

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:27
UNION Bank of the Philippines registered a net income of P6.1 billion for the first six months of 2022. This is 27 percent lower year-on-year due to extraordinary trading gains recorded in the same period last year. Quarter-on-quarter, net income rose 32 percent to P3.5 billion in the second quarter of 2022 from P2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2022. The bank’s earnings performance translates to a return on beginning equity of 10.7 percent.

As of end-June 2022, total assets stood at P875 billion, or 19 percent higher than in the same period last year. Total loans and receivables are up 13 percent to P381 billion, while total deposits are 12 percent higher at P555 billion.

“Our first half performance highlights the strength of our core businesses and validates our retail-focused strategy. We have also accomplished major milestones geared towards achieving our aspirations of becoming the country’s best retail bank. UnionDigital started commercial operations that will allow us to offer financial services to the underserved consumer segment. We also received regulatory approvals to be the legal owner of Citi’s consumer banking business in the Philippines. Starting August 1, we will be able to accrue the value of the acquired Citi consumer banking business to UnionBank,” said Edwin R. Bautista, UBP president and chief executive officer.
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URC posts P6.5 billion net income, record high sales in first half of 2022

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:26
UNIVERSAL Robina Corp. on Friday said its net income for the first half reached P6.5 billion, which is lower than in the same period in 2021 due to the gains in sale of idle assets last year.

Its net sales hit a record high of P71.1 billion in the first half, up 23 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, URC said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

“We are very pleased to see the strong performance of the business as we exit the first half of 2022 with record high sales. We anticipate sales momentum to be maintained as consumer demand continues to be resilient across the region,” URC president and CEO Irwin Lee said.

“At the same time, we are closely watching demand signals given the inflationary environment... We remain confident that we will be able to continue increasing our absolute profits as we couple strong topline growth with our reinforced cost savings initiatives,” Lee added.

URC’s portfolio includes Jack N’ Jill, Nissin Cup Noodles, and C2, among others.
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PhilHealth to cover 144 dialysis sessions until December 31

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:21
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Friday announced that it is increasing the limit for dialysis coverage from 90 to 144 sessions, which can be availed of until the end of the year.

In an advisory, PhilHealth said its board of directors recently approved an increase in hemodialysis coverage sessions.

This can be used by hemodialysis patients until December 31, 2022.

“PhilHealth will immediately issue the necessary guidelines through a circular,” the state health insurer noted.

“For the meantime, it is directing all its regional offices and concerned healthcare facilities to continue honoring all availments beyond the 90-session limit as duly prescribed by a PhilHealth accredited physician,” it said.

Such actions were taken by PhilHealth in 2020 and 2021.
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Murder of radio broadcaster still unsolved a year later

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:18
MORE than a year has passed since radio broadcaster Reynante “Rey” Cortes was gunned down in broad daylight but police investigating his murder have yet to identify his killer.

Cortes was gunned down by an unidentified assailant outside the station of radio DyRB in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City on July 22, 2021 just after airing an episode of his radio commentary program.

Due to lack of evidence, local police officials in Cebu City admitted that they decided to turn over all of the Cortes case files to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG 7).

Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy police director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they decided to turn over their case files to CIDG 7 as it was a policy of the Philippine National Police to turn over unsolved cases to the CIDG if their investigations are not concluded after six months.

Though they were able to pinpoint possible persons of interest in the case, Parilla lamented that they had insufficient evidence to prove that they were involved in Cortes’ murder.

Parilla further lamented that the lack of sufficient evidence prevented them from pursuing a case against those persons of interest. A person of interest is a person believed to be possibly involved in a crime but has not been charged or arrested (Merriam-Webster).

SunStar Cebu tried to get CIDG 7’s side on the matter but their head was still on official leave as of this writing.

Clinging to hope

For Cortes’ surviving family, it was thankful to the local police for diligently investigating the case.

Kitt Matus-Cortes, the murdered broadcaster’s widow, told SunStar Cebu that she thanked CIDG 7’s investigators for continuously updating them with their investigation.

“To be fair to CIDG [investigators], they have been diligent in investigating my husband’s case. They even visited us twice just to follow-up with the case,” Kitt said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Kitt said that during her husband’s death anniversary last July 22, she and her children held a simple celebration at Cortes’ gravesite.

Kit said she has remained hopeful that her husband’s killers will be brought to justice. (with JKV)
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Dengue claims girl, 4; Talisay dengue deaths now at 4

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:17
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl from Barangay Biasong is the latest person to die of dengue in Talisay City since January this year, a local health official said.

Dr. Lino Alanzado, head of the Talisay City Health Office, has urged the public to observe precautionary measures to prevent more dengue cases or deaths from occurring again.

Alanzado told reporters that during an interview with the girl’s mother, they had learned that it took some time before the girl was brought to the hospital for treatment.

“Pag-interview namo sa mother kanang dili lang sad siya sure kon dengue na ba to kay naghilanat ra og kadiyot, unya mokaon sad ang bata. By the time nga nadala siya sa district hospital, luya na gyud ang bata,” Alanzado said.

(When we interviewed the mother, she was not sure if it was dengue because the child only had fever for a while and had not lost her appetite. By the time she was taken to the hospital, she was already weak.)

“Medyo ulahi lang gyud ang bata nga nadala sa ospital mao nang wala na gyud natabang,” he added.

(It was already late when she was brought to the hospital, that’s why her state could not be helped anymore).

Still high

Alanzado said the dengue cases in the city are still high based on their monitoring.

From Jan. 1 to July 2 of this year, Talisay City has 394 cases with four deaths, according to the data provided by the Talisay City Health Office.

To prevent more cases and deaths from happening, Alanzado said he and his personnel have been continuously reminding the city’s 22 barangays and their constituents to implement measures such as eradicating mosquito breeding grounds and regularly cleaning their surroundings.

Alanzado added that they have been conducting fogging operations across the city, especially in areas where dengue cases are prevalent.

Alanzado also advised parents to immediately bring their children to a nearby medical facility if their fever last two or more days.

Dengue cases in PH still rising

In the national level, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that dengue cases continue to rise in all parts of the country, with the numbers almost doubling those of last year.

Data show that as of July 9, there were already a total of 73,909 dengue cases reported nationwide.

“This is cumulatively 96 percent higher compared to the reported cases during the same period last year, which is around 37,000 cases,” said DOH Deputy Spokesperson Dr. Beverly Ho in a virtual press briefing.

She said most of the cases reported came from Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and the National Capital Region.

Ho said there were also 299 dengue deaths reported all over the country, as of July 9.

In a bid to help stop the continued surge in dengue cases, the DOH urged the public anew to practice the “4S” strategy.

The 4S stands for Search and Destroy breeding places; Secure self-protection; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas.

“Let us not allow mosquitoes win this rainy season by preventing dengue from happening,” said Ho. (BBT, TPM / TPT )
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166K Cebu City residents get 1st booster shots

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:12
OVER 166,000 individuals from Cebu City have already received their first Covid-19 booster shot.

Data from the Cebu City Health Department revealed that the 166,241 individuals who got their first booster shot were part of the 848,708 city residents who already completed the first two Covid-19 vaccine doses provided during the beginning of the Covid vaccination campaign.

Aside from those who got their first booster, around 13,450 people living in the city were able to secure their second booster shot, Cebu City Health Department chief Dr. Jeffrey Ibones said on Friday, July 29, 2022.

As for the pediatric vaccination, Ibones reported that 46,835 children aged five to 11 have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose; 37,569 children have already gotten their second dose.

For children ages 12 to 17, 76,472 of them have gotten their first dose; 68,535 others have gotten their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; and 1,801 in the same age group have been vaccinated with their first booster shot, Ibones said.

Ibones further said that they are still holding vaccination across the city to ensure that all of the residents will be protected against Covid-19. The city has Covid-19 vaccination sites at the City Hall and at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu Business Park.

Aside from their vaccination sites, Ibones added that they are also bringing their “Toktok Bakuna” campaigns to other areas in the city to bring Covid-19 vaccination closer to their constituents.(PAC / JKV)
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After Rama, MCWD also wants out of court case

Fri, 2022-07-29 21:22
THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) has asked the court to remove it as one of the defendants of an injunction case to reverse the decision of then Cebu City mayor Edgardo Labella to terminate three of the water district's board members in 2019.

MCWD filed a three-page manifestation before the Cebu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 a few days after Mayor Michael Rama, through his lawyers, filed a similar manifestation to remove the city government as one of the defendants of the case.

But Amando Ligutan, counsel for former MCWD board members Augustus “Jun” Pe Jr., former city attorney Ralph Sevilla and lawyer Cecilia Adlawan, said that while MCWD is not a traditional defendant in the case, it cannot easily remove itself as a party to the case due to its role as an "unwilling co-plaintiff."

"It’s another plot twist to the MCWD boardroom drama. This time it is MCWD that wants to tap out of the case. But it cannot. It seems our opponents are capitulating one after the other. It is preposterous for the main agency involved in the case to get out of the case. It is at the heart of the controversy, and it wants out? How foolish could that be?" Ligutan said in a statement sent to reporters on Friday, July 29, 2022.


In November 2019, Sevilla, Pe and Adlawan filed a petition for temporary restraining order (TRO) and injunction against Labella and officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) after they and two other board members were terminated from their post the previous month over allegations that they failed to address the water crisis at that time.

Aside from Labella, named as respondents in the petition were then acting LWUA Administrator Jeci Lapus and LWUA employees Roberto San Andres, Eileen dela Vega and Cristina Marcelina, who were appointed as MCWD's interim board members.

LWUA had stepped in after Labella fired MCWD's board members. Lapus, as interim MCWD board chairman, then appointed San Andres, Dela Vega and Marcelina as interim board members.

The complainants argued that Labella’s act of terminating them had been done “without any valid cause and without due process,” as well as “with evident bad faith” as the three complainants were appointees of Labella’s political opponent, former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña.

On Feb. 17, 2020, former South Road Properties manager Jose Daluz III, lawyer and SunStar Cebu columnist Francisco Malilong Jr. and engineer Miguelito Pato started their duties as the new chairman, vice chairman and secretary of MCWD, respectively, replacing the interim BOD that LWUA had formed. Lawyer Manolette Dinsay and human resource practitioner Jodelyn May Seno later completed the new board.

On March 16, 2020, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7 issued a 20-day TRO in favor of the three MCWD board members, which allowed them to resume their posts.


In its three-page manifestation filed on July 22, 2022, MCWD, through its legal department, said it is pulling out of the case after the court sought its manifestation in view of the deaths of Labella and Lapus last year. Labella died on November 19, 2021 while Lapus died on July 11 of the same year.

On February 11, 2021, MCWD had pleaded to RTC Branch 7, where the case was originally lodged, to dismiss the case against the water district.

MCWD, through affirmative defense, argued that Pe, Sevilla and Adlawan failed to state a cause of action against them.

On March 17, 2021, MCWD filed another motion with the RTC Branch 7 to resolve their affirmative defenses and their plea to drop them as one of the case's defendants.

Four days later, RTC Branch 7 informed MCWD that the case had been re-raffled to another court, particularly RTC Branch 17.

"At present, there has been no court resolution on Defendant MCWD's motion dated March 17, 2021," MCWD said.

Keep MCWD in case

But the three former MCWD board members, through Ligutan, urged RTC Branch 17 to dismiss MCWD's manifestation.

In an eight-page reply, Ligutan argued that MCWD's manifestation should be dismissed as the motion they filed was considered "ultra vires" or beyond their scope of power as it was done without authority by the three ex-board members, who had been reinstated to their post after a temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by the court in favor of them.

He said the March 17 motion filed by MCWD was raised to the court two days after the latter issued a TRO in favor of the three former board members.

Ligutan argued that the March 17 motion filed by MCWD was made without authority from the three board members who had been reinstated through the court's intervention.

"Here, plaintiffs (Pe, Sevilla and Adlawan) did not authorize the signatories of the instant motion to file the same on behalf of defendant MCWD. As such, the instant motion is filed ultra vires as it is without the authority of plaintiffs," Ligutan added.

Ligutan also argued that while MCWD is not a defendant in the case, it cannot remove itself as a party to the case due to its role as an "unwilling co-plaintiff" according to the Rules of Court.

According to Section 10 of the Rules of Court, an "unwilling co-plaintiff" is a person or organization that became a defendant in the case if "the consent of any party who should be joined as plaintiff cannot be obtained."

Ligutan added that MCWD cannot be removed from the case as it is considered an "indispensable party" that is necessary for the case to be finally concluded.

"Lest MCWD forget, the central issue of this case is whether or not its board of directors, herein plaintiffs (Pe, Sevilla and Adlawan), were legally removed by defendant Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella. MCWD is one of the original plaintiffs who filed this present complaint. It is now impleaded as an unwilling co-plaintiff," Ligutan said.

"One could just imagine a situation where MCWD is in fact dropped as a party to the case, and the Honorable Court may eventually decide to permanently reinstate plaintiffs as members of the MCWD board of directors. By that time, it would be very convenient for MCWD to ignore the order by claiming it is not a party to the case," he added.

Cebu City Government

Earlier this month, City Attorney Eugene Orbita and lawyer Ferdinand Cañete filed a manifestation informing RTC Branch 17 in Cebu City that Mayor Rama “decides not to adopt or continue and is not adopting or continuing the action of his predecessor, defendant Edgardo C. Labella.”

This, after the Court asked whether Rama would maintain the act of defendant Labella and substitute the latter in the case.

Explaining his decision, Rama told SunStar Cebu last week that he did not want his name or even the city government to be part of the case as he had not been in favor of Labella’s act of terminating the board directors.
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Seares: Two House deputy speakers -- Duke Frasco, Raymond Mendoza -- are from Cebu, repeating 2007-2010 record of Pablo Garcia, Raul del Mar. Among 8 Cebuano deputy speakers so far, 3 are Garcias.

Fri, 2022-07-29 20:41
CEBU has two deputy speakers of the House of Representatives in the current 19th Congress for the term from 2022 to 2025. They are Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco of Cebu’s Fifth District and Representative Raymond Democrito Mendoza of party-list TUCP or Trade Unions Congress of the Philippines.

The last time Cebu had two deputy speakers was 15 years ago, in the 14th Congress, 2007 to 2010, when Pablo Garcia of Cebu’s Third District and Raul del Mar of Cebu City’s First District held the position and title. The two congressmen, now both deceased, were among five House deputy speakers at the time.

The current deputy speakers from Cebu took their oath before Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez this week: Mendoza last July 26 and Frasco, July 27.

‘ONLY A HANDFUL’ THIS TIME. The two Cebuanos are among only nine deputy speakers. Speaker Romualdez promised last July 16 there would be “only a handful” of deputy speakers during his term. But the number of deputies could go up, as it did in the last two Congresses: 20 in the 17th Congress and 42 (!) in the 18th Congress, just before this Congress.

Only one deputy speaker in the Eighth and Ninth Congress, two in the 10th, six in the 11th, three in the 12th, five each in the 13th and 14th, six each in the 15th and 16th, then, boom, 20 in the 17th and 42 in the 18th Congress.

OTHER DEPUTY SPEAKERS. Mendoza and Frasco are the seventh and eighth House deputy speakers from Cebu, counting from 1987, the start of the post-Edsa Eighth Congress.

The earlier six in the Cebu roster were, in the order of the term or terms served:

[1] Antonio Cuenco, from 1987 to 1992, Eighth Congress, deputy to Speaker Ramon Mitra.

[2] Eduardo Gullas, 1998 to 2000, 11th Congress, to Speaker Manny Villar;

[3] Raul del Mar, 2004 to 2007, 13th Congress, to Speaker Jose de Venecia; 2007 to 2010, 14th Congress, to Speakers de Venecia and Prospero Nograles.

[4] Pablo Garcia, 2007 to 2010, 14 Congress, to Speakers de Venecia and Nograles.

[5] Gwendolyn Garcia, 2016 to 2019, 17th Congress, to Speakers Pantaleon Alvarez and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

[6] Pablo John Garcia, 2019 to 2022, 18th Congress, to Speakers Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Alan Velasco.

RECORD HOLDERS. Only two from Cebu so far achieved the record of serving two terms as deputy speaker under two Congresses: Raul del Mar, 13th and 14th Congress, and Pablo Garcia, 14th and 15th Congress. It was in the 14th Congress that Cebu first had two, among a total of five deputy speakers, a feat repeated in the current Congress, which is also two, but out of nine.

The Garcias are the only family from Cebu that produced three deputy speakers: father Pablo and children Gwen and PJ, in a span of 15 years.

Other than the deputy speakership, the second highest ranking office in the House, Partylist Congressman Mendoza holds another record of sort: having served five consecutive terms and is now serving his sixth term, non-stop, uninterrupted by term limit.

[Related story: July 5, 2021 Explainer: Cebu’s Rep. Raymond Mendoza of TUCP party-list is serving 5th consecutive term, may start his sixth in 2022. How his party ‘beat’ term limit.

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PH logs first Monkeypox case; CV ready to handle outbreak

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:50
THE Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Friday, July 29, 2022, the first case of Monkeypox in the Philippines.

In a press conference in Malacañang, Health Undersecretary Beverly Ho said the patient was a 31-year-old returning overseas Filipino.

The patient, who was tested and confirmed on July 28, has already been tagged as recovered.

Ho said the case’s 10 close contacts are not showing any symptoms of the disease but they are in quarantine. She said the quarantine period is between 14 to 21 days.

She said systems are in place to detect Monkeypox-carrying travelers to the country. She said it is being led by the Bureau of Quarantine.

“Monkeypox is caused by a micro-organism different from Covid-19; investigation of recent Monkeypox cases in other non-endemic countries indicates potential transmission through sexual contact,” said Ho.

“It spreads mostly by intimate sexual contact with those who have rashes and open lesions. It is not like Covid-19 which spreads mostly through air,” she added.

Ho advised the public to be more cautious about whom they interact with, especially sexual intimate contact.

She said discussion about the country’s access to Monkeypox vaccines is ongoing.

Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. instructed the DOH to strengthen information dissemination about Monkeypox, especially on how to avoid getting infected.

Monkeypox is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

Central Visayas

Last Tuesday, July 26, Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu) said they had received two suspected cases of the viral disease, a two-year-old boy from Bohol and a 26-year-old male from Cebu.

Fortunately, both suspected cases yielded negative results in the test on the samples submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and a laboratory in the region, Cañal said during a press briefing.

Cañal said the region is ready to handle a Monkeypox outbreak.

“Yes, we are (ready), because we have already gone through Covid (coronavirus disease) where there were deaths left and right and all of our hospitals had been flagged, especially (when) the delta (variant struck). We really responded well when the Omicron surge happened,” Cañal said in a mix of Cebuano and English, referring to the Covid-19 waves from the second to third quarters of 2021 and in the first quarter of 2022.

The Resu official said hospitalization was not necessary for monkeypox cases unless there were complications.

“Isolation is really the important thing (to do) once we have these cases,” she said.

“The containment measures are easier because the transmission is by direct contact. It’s not airborne. It’s not droplets. It cannot be transmitted even if you are one foot away but out of reach, meaning it’s easy to contain,” DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said.

Cañal said Monkeypox is associated with a history of travel and that the DOH Central Office already had a list of the countries with the most number of cases of the disease.

First on the list is the United States, followed by Spain, then Germany, the United Kingdom and France. These countries have the most cases, numbering in the thousands.

Cañal said Monkeypox is similar to chickenpox or at times, measles “because it will always come first with fever and then there are also skin lesions.”

It starts with rashes that eventually break out into blisters.

“Sa monkeypox lang kay naa siya’y lisay-lisay, which sometimes di makit-an sa chickenpox pero makit-an sa measles,” Cañal said.

Cañal said the three are viral diseases that usually start with a fever that subsides after three to four days. But after another three to fours days, the skin rashes or pus-filled lesions will emerge, which causes the public to panic.

Suspected cases

Dr. Cañal noted that the two suspected cases in the Central Visayas had no history of travel.

In the case of the two-year-old child in Bohol, the current clinical presentation was leaning toward chickenpox, while for the 26-year old male in Cebu City, the possible medical presentation was folliculitis, a disease involving rashes that resulted in skin lesions.

A barangay health worker alerted Bohol health authorities to the case, while in Cebu, the report on the suspected case came from a hospital.


The official said surveillance was number one among the measures in responding to any outbreak. She recommended the training of more barangay health workers in the region to identify and assess any notifiable disease and report it immediately.

“Our networking is good. We’ve slowly established that not only the hospital will be able to report, but also the local government units down to the grassroots. Actually, we started the training last year. In fact, we have a Regional Advisory to train all the barangay health workers and midwives about cases. This is not highfalutin training but focused on syndromic. If anyone feels these symptoms, it should be reported,” Cañal added.

Global emergency

Last July 24, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries a global emergency.

Although monkeypox has been established in parts of central and west Africa for decades, it was not known to spark large outbreaks beyond the continent or to spread widely among people until May, when authorities detected dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

WHO’s top monkeypox expert, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, said last week that 99 percent of all the monkeypox cases beyond Africa were in men, and that of those, 98 percent involved men who have sex with men. Experts suspect the monkeypox outbreaks in Europe and North America were spread via sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain. / SUNSTAR PHILIPPINES
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Capitol to send aid to Ilocos LGUs

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:41
THE Cebu Provincial Government has committed to extend financial aid to areas in northern Luzon that were affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the area on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The Province is currently assessing the damage caused by the tremor before releasing the financial assistance to some local government units (LGUs) in the province of Abra, the quake’s epicenter.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the extent of damage caused by the quake will be made as their basis in giving the cash assistance.

“We are still asking for additional information on the number of affected LGUs and the extent of the damage,” said Garcia in a mix of Cebuano and English.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government Central Office said 200 LGUs in 15 provinces in northern Luzon were affected by the quake; while 58 landslides were recorded by the agency. (TPT)
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Editorial: Domino effect of violence

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:39
Just five days after Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) shooting suspect Chiao-Tao Yumol was arrested, his father Rolando Yumol was shot dead outside his home in Lamitan City, Basilan on Friday morning, July 29, 2022.

Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot Rolando at least four times, hitting him in different parts of his body.

Though the Philippine National Police (PNP) has yet to complete its investigation on Rolando’s killing and it said it’s “speculative” to link the incident to the Ateneo shooting, one could not help but think that Rolando’s death could be a case of vengeance killing, related to what the younger Yumol had done—the shooting to death of former Lamitan City mayor Rose Furigay and two other people, namely Furigay’s aide Victor Capistrano and the school security guard Jeneven Bandiala. Furigay’s daughter Hannah, a graduating law student, was wounded in the rare on-campus shooting.

Yumol is now facing multiple criminal charges in court for his involvement in the fatal AdMU shooting. If convicted for the three counts of murder, he could be facing multiple life sentences. Before he attacked the Furigays, the doctor had been charged with over 70 cyber libel cases for allegedly spewing lies about Rose Furigay and her husband Roderick, the current Lamitan mayor, on social media, mostly on Facebook, that the couple were involved in the illegal drug trade and corruption. The allegations came after Rose, then the Lamitan City mayor in 2018, implemented the order that closed Yumol’s clinic, which operated without a permit.

The other cases filed against the doctor were frustrated murder, carnapping and illegal possession of firearms.

As for the suspect’s firearms, police recovered a 9mm pistol registered to Chao-Tiao with an expired license and a .45 pistol with silencer registered to a Philippine Army officer in Patikul, Sulu. The soldier told the police that his gun had been missing since November 2019.

Could the AdMU shooting have been prevented had the police acted right away on the doctor’s expired firearm registration? The PNP has a database on licensed gun owners and it has an extensive campaign on loose firearms. Could the attack also have been prevented if the soldier’s missing gun (if what he was saying was true) had been recovered right away?

Violence begets violence; however, killing someone who is innocent is never right; killing someone just because the person is kin to a man who had committed murders is beyond evil.

There is no justice in revenge killing. It will only keep the domino effect of violence going, perpetuating a culture of violence that has long beset this country.

The PNP has a duty to solve the murder of Rolando Yumol and bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Tell it to Sunstar: CCPC hails signing of FOI ordinance, trusts problems in implementation will be solved

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:38
The Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) applauds the signing of the Freedom of Information (FOI) ordinance by Cebu City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama.

Last June 1, CCPC appealed to the City Council “to finish its work” on the ordinance before the term of the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod was to end last June 30. And the City Council did, with councilor, now Congressman, Eduardo “Edu” Rama Jr. as principal author. And on July 28, Mayor Rama signed Ordinance 2657 into law.

The new ordinance is similar to the Ordinance 3273, authored by then councilor Jose Daluz III, which the 14th Sanggunian passed but Mayor Rama’s predecessor vetoed in 2017.

It is another step toward institutionalizing access to information, which started with President Duterte’s executive order of July 23, 2016 that “operationalized” access to information in the executive branch. The City ordinance seeks to provide the local mechanism for Cebu City Government offices “where the people’s right to information is upheld.”

It has been a painfully slow program for FOI, thus the local media’s applause for each step taken on the road to better access, which the ordinance promises to provide, subject only to valid exceptions or limitations provided by the Constitution and laws and ordinances.

QUALIFIER. CCPC notes though that the approved ordinance does not include the qualifier that the Press Council had proposed in its appearance before the City Council and dialogue with then councilor Edu Rama and in published statements, namely: That the procedure shall not mean that Cebu City Government offices and their officials will require release of information, verbally or in a document, to go through the procedure prescribed in the ordinance. The FOI ordinance shall not do away with routine flow of news and information through press briefings, conferences and news releases. The city administration shall even encourage unilateral release of documents in hard copy or through emails and digital news sites, as long as they don’t fall under the exceptions listed under the ordinance.

CCPC hopes to see the FOI ordinance serve its avowed intent and purpose. We cannot rule out problems in implementation but the mayor, by executive order, or the City Council, by amendment, will have the option and means to solve them. We trust in their genuine wish to make the ordinance work.
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Rest and relax: MiCasa Garden and Kuyang Café

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:34
People have been flocking to the mountains to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, move away from all the noise, gaze at the sights, and just take a moment to breathe. In fact, various spots like mountain cafés, restaurants and even resorts have opened up in the highlands of Cebu but none are quite like MiCasa Garden.

Nestled in the mountains of Sitio Gaang, Barangay Paril in the north district of Cebu City is MiCasa Garden, the perfect retreat for anyone looking to recharge and heal in nature.

After just a 30-minute trip from the city, fresh air, cool mountain breeze, and the most gorgeous view of Paril’s nature-rich landscapes are what will greet visitors once they step foot on the property.

The garden and camping ground has everything any camper could need—tents, sleeping bags, teepee huts with air conditioning, a café with a good menu selection and WI-FI!

Even if you’re not looking to stay the night, the café right beside the garden, Kuyang’s Café, is a breath of fresh air and a great place to put your feet up, dine on some good food and just chill with friends and family, making this the perfect spot to rest and relax.

Not convinced yet? Here are some of things you could expect at MiCasa Garden and Kuyang’s Café:

Relaxing atmosphere

MiCasa Garden is the perfect escape from the city where you get to just breathe in the luscious gardens teeming with all sorts of plants and flowers, which fill the air with this refreshing, natural aroma and add to the place’s relaxing atmosphere.

The open landscape makes for a peaceful time with barely any sound to accompany one except for birdsong, the sounds of a gentle breeze and the subtle swaying of branches and leaves. A few minutes at the place and people will soon forget about the loud city and its traffic.

Cozy and carefree camping experience

The campsite offers a comfortable spot to set up and settle for a cozy and carefree stay with tent and sleeping bag rentals available for use. Glamping is also an option with MiCasa Garden’s intimate teepee huts, which feature comfy mattresses and cozy bean bags.

Campers can also take their furry companions with them as the campsite allows pets, provided that they are leashed, hand-carried or in a carriage.

Guests are encouraged to practice “clean as you go,” to ensure the best quality experience possible.

A feast for the eyesand stomach

One thing that enhances the camping experience is the food and dining experience at MiCasa Garden’s adjoining café, Kuyang Café.

The cafe offers a range of dishes from burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood meals and sizzling plates, to more familiar Filipino favorites like pork sisig and sinigang. Owner Efren Nemeño especially recommends the spare ribs with garlic, stir-fry squid, pochero and lechon kawali.

Aside from variety, and affordable prices, one can also expect to taste freshly made meals. With its farm-to-table concept, the café serves the freshest meals made with homegrown ingredients gathered from local farms in the area.

Good coffee

Nemeño has been in the café business for over seven years, his experience starting with the opening of the first Kuyang Coffee Shop on J. Alcantara St., Cebu City. He eventually moved on to opening another Kuyang Café up in the mountains beside his good friend’s garden and camping site, MiCasa Garden.

His café brews coffee with high-quality beans sourced from Baguio for that true Filipino coffee taste unlike the coffee one would usually get at mainstream coffee shops.

Good times with friends and family

Given that it’s situated along a popular biking route, this spot is the best rest stop for biking enthusiasts to catch their breath, grab a drink and even catch up with a few friends. Kuyang Café also has open mic karaoke for anyone feeling the urge to sing their hearts out and just have a blast.

Bookings for parties, events and get-togethers are accepted.

With its stunning views, nature-rich location and chill, intimate atmosphere, MiCasa Garden and Kuyang’s café is the ideal destination for anyone looking to take a break from the city and reconnect with oneself. It can also be a place where you can be with loved ones and just peacefully coexist with nature.

MiCasa Garden is open for bookings all week, including weekends. Kuyang Café is open Wednesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Diagan challenges Ngiabphukhiaw for WBC ABC strap

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:29
GAREN Diagan attempts to bring home a belt back to the Philippines as he challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council (ABC) light flyweight king Danai Ngiabphukhiaw on July 30, 2022 at the Suanlum Night Bazaar in Bangkok, Thailand.

Diagan is eager to return to his winning ways after losing to April Jay Abne in their rematch last March 19 in Cebu. He was knocked out by Abne in five rounds.

The 26-year-old Diagan beat Abne via a first round technical knockout last year also in Cebu. Diagan has a knack for defeating young unbeaten prospects as he gave Abne, Arvin Magramo and Jake Amparo their first career defeat.

The 22-year-old Ngiabphukhiaw is a one-time world title challenger. He fought WBC minimumweight champion Panya Pradabsri and lost via a lopsided unanimous decision last year. He bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Suriya Kraimanee and won the vacant WBC ABC belt with a fourth round knockout of Vijes Oak last April 30.

Diagan is 8-2 with four knockouts, while Ngiabphukhiaw is 11-3 with six knockouts.
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Ligas, Victoriano gun for regional belts in Vietnam

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:28
BEN Ligas and Jules Victoriano are gunning for regional belts on July 30, 2022 at the Grand Ho Tram Strip in Vung Tau City, Vietnam.

Ligas challenges World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 3 Olimjon Nazarov for the latter’s WBO Oriental flyweight strap.

Ligas could break into the WBO rankings if he scores a huge upset over Nazarov, who’s closing in on a world title shot.

Though coming in as an underdog, the 24-year-old Ligas is a very talented fighter. He beat the likes of Alphoe Dagayloan, Cristoval Furog and Roland Jay Biendima. He also settled for a draw with world ranked Miel Fajardo.

The 36-year-old Nazarov has been patiently waiting for his title shot but doesn’t have much time left and can’t afford to lose.

Since his loss to Dagoberto Aguero in 2017, Nazarov won his next 14 fights. Some of his victims in his run are Pinoy fighters Jerome Baloro, Michael Mendoza, Orlie Silvestre and Ivan Soriano.

Ligas is 14-2-2 with nine knockouts; Nazarov is 27-5 with 15 knockouts.

Victoriano, on the other hand, takes on hometown hero Hong Quan Dinh for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Asia lightweight belt.

The 25-year-old Victoriano won his last two contests, beating Jetro Pabustan and Dave Barlas.

Dinh, in the meantime, won his last six straight fights.

The 24-year-old Dinh won the IBF Asia belt with a unanimous decision against Pinoy Delmar Pellio on April 23.

Victoriano is 11-4 with eight knockouts; Dinh is 8-1-1 with four knockouts.
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Martin defends WBA Asia belt vs. Tondo

Fri, 2022-07-29 19:27
FAST-RISING prospect Carl Jammes Martin makes the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super bantamweight belt on July 30, 2022 against Tanzanian challenger Charles Tondo at the SM City Lazaro in Manila.

Martin is coming off his toughest test against experienced Ronnie Baldonado last March 12 in Parañaque City. Martin was knocked down in the second round but he weathered the storm and stopped Baldonado in the 11th round to win the vacant WBA Asia belt.

Martin is quickly rising up the world super bantamweight ladder. He’s currently rated No. 11 by the WBA, No. 13 by the International Boxing Federation No. 14 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 19 by the World Boxing Council.

The 23-year-old Tondo looks to upset Martin, who’s being considered by some pundits as the next big thing in Philippine boxing.

Tondo is coming off a unanimous decision defeat against unbeaten Brit Dennis MaCann in their WBO Youth super bantamweight bout in England last March 19. Tondo has a solid chin and has never been knocked out in his career.

The 23-year-old Martin is 19-0 with , while Tondo is 12-5-2 with five knockouts.

In the undercard, WBA No. 12 light flyweight Miel Fajardo (8-1-2, 7 KOs) tests his mettle against former world title challenger Richard Claveras (19-9-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout; Jose Roda Jr. (7-1-2, 1 KO) locks horns with journeyman Eduardo Mancito (18-13-2, 9 KOs); Aldren Jake Tayaban (1-0, 1 KO) takes on newcomer Mark Louie Santiago; John Vincent Lauriaga makes his pro debut against Louie Jay Albino (1-1); and Arjhay Recto slugs it out with fellow debutant Jake Acude.
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DIVE7 festival in Negros Oriental set July 28-31

Fri, 2022-07-29 16:25
THE next big dive festival in Central Visayas will be at the Municipalities of Zamboanguita and Dauin in Negros Oriental on July 28-31. Organized by the Department of Tourism- Central Visayas (DOT7), the DIVE7 Festival is expected to draw hundreds of Philippine and international SCUBA divers and enthusiasts.

The festival, developed as part of the DIVE7 program, is generating high interest from various dive communities affected by restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dive festival was launched last year and has attracted both experienced and beginner divers.

This year’s Negros Oriental leg of the festival kicks off along the Zamboanguita coastline and closes in Dauin. Underwater and beach clean-ups will be done at both municipalities.

Participants may take diving lessons from certified instructors of dive shops accredited by the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD). A list will be available at the event. The mermaiding experience or SCUBA lessons with full face mask will also be available with the first fourteen (14) given free of charge.

Highlighting the festival is an underwater photography contest envisioned to capture the marine kaleidoscope that has flourished over the two-year COVID-19 hiatus, says DIVE7 Program Head Gloriece Do.

The competition is open to amateur and professional underwater lensmen of all nationalities, provided that the participant is residing in the Philippines at the time of registration. Participants can keep their shutters going throughout the duration of the multi-activity event. All entries must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. on July 31.

Various subjects and concepts will be showcased in the competition, including nudibranchs, swimming with the turtles, frogfish, wide seascapes and marine life behavior, in the open and compact camera categories. Photos of people with purpose, featuring practices that benefit the reef, community or tourism, especially awareness and advocacy actions, may also be submitted under their specific competition category.

Cooperating with the DOT7 for the Dive Festival are the PCSSD, Tourism Promotions Board, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Province of Negros Oriental, the two municipalities, Zamboanguita Diving and Leisure Resorts Association, Negros Oriental Dive Association, and the Dauin Resorts Association.

Online registration is available via For updates on the DIVE7 Festival and other events under the program, participants may also follow the official FB page DIVE7 DOT Central Visayas
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Over 280 Mandaue youth benefit from Spes

Fri, 2022-07-29 15:59
AT LEAST 287 youths in Mandaue City benefited from the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes), a program initiated by the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) Mandaue and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Central Visayas.

Musoline V. Suliva, Peso manager, told SunStar Cebu on Monday, July 26, 2022, that these beneficiaries comprise out-of-school youths, children of displaced workers, children affected by calamities, and those with families having below P154,000 annual net income 15 to 30 years old.

Applicants would need to go to the Peso office and submit the necessary requirements, including a certificate of low income for those parents who are wage earners, a certificate of indigence (non-wage earners), and a photocopy of the report cards of their last school attended.

They will undergo screening and evaluation to see if they really qualify for the program, said Suliva.

Suliva said the program aims to provide temporary employment to these disadvantaged youths to augment their family's income to assure they would be able to pursue their education.

Under Spes, the indigent students chosen will undergo full-time work for eight hours in 20 days until they resume school.

They will be assigned clerical, encoding, messenger duties, computer and programming jobs, and customer service in the public and private sectors.

Beneficiaries will be given a salary following the prevailing minimum wage in the city, of which 40 percent will be shouldered by DOLE and 60 percent by their local government unit (LGU).

They will also be entitled to other government-mandated benefits such as one-year insurance from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), among others.

Suliva also said there might be possibilities they will be absorbed by their employers after they have completed the program, though it is not an assurance.

The Spes program, initiated originally by DOLE a couple of years back, was re-started in Mandaue City in 2021, and about 200 indigent students benefited from it in 2021. (HIC)

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Over 900 police personnel to be deployed for Ironman 70.3 in Lapu-Lapu

Fri, 2022-07-29 15:48
MORE than 900 police personnel are set to be deployed for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Sanchez, director for Operation Management Unit of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO), told SunStar Cebu that as of Friday, July 29, about 936 police personnel are expected to be deployed in various areas in the city starting August 4 to August 7.

He said around 60 personnel will be assigned for the arrival of delegates or participants on August 4 and 5, while 125 uniformed men will be deployed for the Ironkids event on August 6.

During the main event on August 7, about 751 personnel will be deployed in various areas, said Sanchez.

But the director said there may be reinforcements of personnel amid the series of meetings in preparation for the big event.

Aside from those personnel assigned, there will be security personnel designated in Barangay Punta Engaño, Mactan, Maribago, Agus, Marigondon and Suba Basbas.

The barangay captains of these villages have coordinated with police personnel and have assigned their tanods together with force multipliers to ensure peace and order in their respective communities.

"Ang amo lang nga kami sa security amo gipaninguha nga magmalamposan ni nga maong event kay dako kini nga pasigarbo ug dungog nga anhi gi held sa Lapu-Lapu City ang maong kalihokan," Sanchez said. (GDC)

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