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Suspect in Aloguinsan murder charged

Fri, 2022-07-01 10:23
THE 23-year-old suspect in the brutal murder in Aloguinsan town, midwest Cebu has been charged with robbery with homicide and frustrated murder on Thursday afternoon, June 30, 2022.

The suspect identified as James Harvey Nengasca reportedly stabbed his aunt Arsenia Nengasca Alidani several times with a pair of scissors after the victim did not lend him money, which he was supposed to borrow after losing P5,000 in a cockfight on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Related story: Man who stabbed to death his aunt, hurts another arrested in Talisay City

Alidani died after the incident, while James Harvey's other aunt, Belen Nengasca Biton, whom he also attacked, sustained stab wounds and is now recuperating in the hospital.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday, June 29, by the police based on a tip from a concerned citizen in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City.

Operatives from the Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU) headed by Police Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gifter Sucalit, along with Talisay City police, launched the operation that led to the suspect's arrest.

Police were able to recover a .45 caliber pistol and a pack of suspected shabu from the suspect but failed to recover the cash and jewelry that he allegedly stole from Alidani.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Roberto Barnido, chief of the Aloguinsan Police Station, said the inquest proceedings against James Harvey, a former Criminology student, will be done at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

James Harvey's cases will be raffled off in Toledo City Regional Trial Court to determine the judge who will handle it.

Barnido said that Nengasca is in their custody now.

Another case in violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or illegal possession of a firearm and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed today, July 1, by the PIU against the suspect. (TPT)

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NLEX rides Calvin Oftana’s heroics to nab win over Phoenix

Fri, 2022-07-01 08:34
THE NLEX Road Warriors rode the heroics of Calvin Oftana late in regulation to force overtime and eventually snatch a 114-108 win over the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup on Thursday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Phoenix was on its way to completing a remarkable comeback from 19 points down as they led, 102-97, after a tough jumper by Matthew Wright with 18 seconds left in the fourth.

However, NLEX did not give up, finding the Oftana for a three-pointer to slice the deficit to just two. The Fuel Masters had numerous chances to put the game away but missed three of its next four free-throws, which opened the door for Oftana to hit another triple with 2.4 seconds to go to tie the game up at 103-all and send the game to overtime.

The game remained close in the extra session as a three-pointer by Phoenix guard RJ Jazul pulled his team to within one, 108-109, with 43 seconds left. However, NLEX’s veteran forward JR Quiñahan answered with a trifecta of his own to push the Road Warriors’ lead to four, 112-108, with just 27 ticks remaining in the ballgame.

Oftana, the pride of Dumaguete City, finished the match with an impressive stat-line of 22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two blocks to help NLEX win their second game in a row and improve to 4-2.

Quiñahan added 21 markers while Kevin Alas and Don Trollano put up 18 and 17 points, respectively, for the Road Warriors.

“Kailagan naming manalo ng mga ganitong klaseng laro. Lalong tumitibay ang team kapag ganitong mga panalo,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.

Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 19 points, eight assists, and two steals, but it wasn’t enough to keep his team from dropping their third game in a row to fall to 2-5.

Rookie guard Tyler Tio added 18, while Sean Anthony and Larry Muyang had 17 points apiece.
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Gilas women claims bronze medal in FIBA U-16 Women's Asian Championship

Fri, 2022-07-01 08:32
THE Gilas Women will be coming home with the bronze medal after they thrashed Lebanon, 90-68, in Division B of the 2022 FIBA Under-16 Women's Asian Championship on Thursday night at the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman.

The Gilas Women bounced back nicely after losing to eventual champions Samoa in the semifinals on Wednesday, thanks to the all-around efforts of Gabby Ramos who had 20 points, five boards, and three steals.

Kristan Geyl Yumul also found her shooting touch once again, draining six three-pointers en route to putting up 20 points, six assists, three steals, and two rebounds.

Naomi Panganiban also made a living from the charity stripe, making 10-of-13 to finish with a near double-double of 16 points and nine boards.

The Philippines was just ahead by seven at halftime but took full control of the game in the third, outscoring Lebanon, 23-11, to establish a 19-point lead, 67-48. The lead eventually rose to a high of 32, 81-49, as the Gilas Women cruised to the easy victory.

Angelina Maria Bado led Lebanon with 19 points and five rebounds, while Nour Labban had 12.
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Shangri-la Mactan reopens Cowrie Cove

Fri, 2022-07-01 05:13
AN exquisite gastronomic experience is coming up next as Shangri-La Mactan Cebu reopens Cowrie Cove, one of the most sought-after seaside restaurants that showcases flavors of the land and sea. Get lost in exceptional flavors & textures, as the Cove’s world-class culinary team highlights signature creations like their Charred Wagyu, Tuna Kinilaw, and Burnt Octopus End, to name a few.

Guests are invited to indulge in a sumptuous selection of fresh seafood, succulent meat platters and Asian-inspired dishes amid a glorious view of the Mactan channel.

Bask in a warm, coastal breeze with a refreshing drink in hand as Cowrie Cove reintroduces its Happy Hour selections, available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Memorable get-togethers and familiar flavors await friends and family as the well-loved 5-star resort, launches its buy-one-take-one offer on selected beers, mocktails, cocktails and wines.

Enjoy curated dining amid elegant interiors, by the Cove. For table reservations, contact Shangri-La Mactan Cebu through (6332) 231 0288 or For more resort updates, follow Shangri-La Mactan on Facebook and Instagram. SPONSORED CONTENT.
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Inflation likely hit a fresh 3-year high of up to 6.5%, BSP projects

Thu, 2022-06-30 21:01
INFLATION is projected to have hit a fresh three-year high this month as prices of basic goods continued to increase, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Thursday.

Outgoing BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said inflation is likely to settle within the 5.7-6.5 percent range in June, with the lower end already higher than the three-year high of 5.4 percent recorded in May.

A 5.7 percent inflation would be the highest since the 5.2 percent the country recorded in December 2018, while 6.5 percent would be the highest since the 6.9 percent in October 2018.

“The continued increase in domestic oil prices, upward adjustments in electricity rates, higher prices of key food items, and peso depreciation are the primary sources of inflationary pressures during the month,” Diokno said in a statement.

On Tuesday, oil firms implemented another round of price hikes to mark the fourth straight week of increases for gasoline, and fifth for both diesel and kerosene.

“Looking ahead, the BSP will continue to monitor closely emerging price developments to enable timely intervention to arrest emergence of further second-round effects, consistent with BSP’s mandate of price and financial stability,” Diokno added.
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Meet the new BSP Governor: seasoned economist Felipe Medalla

Thu, 2022-06-30 21:01
VETERAN economist Felipe Medalla is the new governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) starting Friday, July 1, 2022.

Medalla has been a member of the BSP’s Monetary Board since July 2011.

He had also served as socioeconomic planning secretary and the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority from 1998 to 2001 during the administration of former President Joseph Estrada.

He is replacing incumbent BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno who has been appointed as Finance secretary.

Medalla holds a PhD in economics. He served as dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics as well as Vice president for planning and finance of the UP System.

The BSP said the seasoned economist has written papers on the effects of economic policies on poverty and problems in the measurement of Philippine economic growth, among others.

The Marcos administration is grappling with skyrocketing inflation and debt.

The Philippines’ debt-to-GDP is at 63.5 percent while inflation hit 5.4 percent in April.

In an earlier interview with Bloomberg, Medalla said there could be two more rate hikes by August as inflation continues to soar.

The BSP earlier hiked interest rate by another 25-basis points to 2.50 percent.
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Mendoza: Time to leave for Williams?

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:59
Was it her last Wimbledon match?

Could be. Might be. Or, should be?

Serena Williams said nothing about leaving the game for good after her 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) defeat at the hands of the unseeded Harmony Tan of France.

But the handwriting on the wall was just too obvious.

She has lost the foot work.

She has lost the venom of her strokes.

She has lost it all—save for a heart that, sadly, wasn’t enough to will her spirit to win.

At 40, Williams was being commanded to leave the scene.

She couldn’t match the endurance of a 24-year-old debutante too eager and madly determined to make history.

Despite her being a nondescript, Tan was aware of Williams’ utter vulnerability.

The knees weren’t there anymore.

No one stays in top form forever. Father Time isn’t blind.

Despite her 23 Grand Slams going to Tuesday’s match against Tan, Williams has become but a fraction of her old self.

Oh, yes, she managed to hit winners deep into the corners—but they came sporadically. Consistency wasn’t just there, anymore.

Age betrays us all, including the toughest of warriors like Williams, who pitifully huffed and puffed during crucial moments against her younger, lighter and evidently more fleet-footed opponent.

Last year, Williams also lost her Wimbledon first match after injuring herself and left the grass courts in tears.

This year, her 98 previous Wimbledon victories vanished against Tan’s big heart and youthful bravado in their match lasting three hours and 14 minutes, thoroughly draining all of Williams’ energy and stamina.

And Tan had also guile tucked under her built.

She took a six-minute bathroom break after losing the second set by a 6-1 rout that leveled the match at 1-1. It was a disguise to break Williams’ momentum.

Leading 5-4 in the third, age gobbled up Williams’ usually powerful serve, giving Tan all the elbow room to force a 6-all tie-break en route to razing a 1-4 deficit for a 10-7 victory and a historic Wimbledon debut.

“I’m so emotional now,” said Tan. “She’s a superstar. I thought if I could win one game, it would be really good for me.”

Williams has spent the last five years chasing Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles.

Time to stop?

“That’s a question I can’t answer,” Williams, a seven-time singles Wimbledon winner, said. “I don’t know. Who knows?”

Father Time does.
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DepEd eyes Cebu model for future Palaro Summer Clinic

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:58
CEBU City’s hosting of the upcoming Palarong Pambansa Boxing VisMin Cup could become the model of future Palarong Pambansa events if ever the outcomr will be successful.

“If this will be successful, it’s going to be part of our recommendation and format for our future tournaments,” Director of Palarong Pambansa Secretariat Joel Erestain said in a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

With the Covid-19 virus still lurking around, Erestain could make Cebu City’s hosting a model for the new normal in huge multi-sporting events like the Palarong Pambansa.

“This competition would help us decide to retweak future events. The virus still here and we have limited face-to-face competion. It could become the new norm. Safety and health of the athletes is always the primordial concern. That’s the priority of the LGU,” said Erestain.

The Palarong Pambansa Boxing VisMin Cup will be on July 12 to 15 at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Around 80 boxers from eight elite teams from Visayas and Mindanao are competing in eight different classifications.

The teams that will be participating in the boxing tournament are Cebu City, Cebu Province, Cebu North, Davao Region, Cagayan De Oro City, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City and Ormoc City.

Before the tournament, three-star judge and referee Ludy Ceriales will be conducting a national boxing refresher course on July 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Sara Duterte-Carpio is set to grace the opening of the boxing tournament on July 12.

“As far back as a month ago we had a letter of request to formally invite the vice-president elect. We actually knew the plans a month ago. This an honor in behalf of Cebu. We are excited for this added responsibility and we are up for the challenge,” Cebu City Sports Commission Commissioner John Pages said.
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Yaw-Yan kicks off Summer Clinic

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:53
YAW-YAN Ardigma Cebu kicked off the second batch of the Yaw-Yan Summer Clinic last Tuesday, June 26, 2022, at the Yaw-Yan Ardigma Gym at the 4th floor of the Coast Pacific Downtown Center in Sanciangko Street, Cebu City.

The Summer Clinic, themed “Kabataan Iwas Droga”, offers the following courses: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Arnis/Eskrima, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and Yaw-Yan Combat Self Defense. Enrollment for the second batch of the Summer Clinic is still ongoing. Students will be training under the guidance of Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu founder and chief executive officer Master Benigno “Ekin” Caniga Jr., who’s considered as the father of Cebu MMA.

Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu is one of Cebu’s top MMA gyms. Caniga Jr. is the pioneer of Cebu MMA and developed elite MMA talent that have fought in the country and Asia’s biggest MMA organizations, the likes of ONE Championship and URCC.

Yaw-Yan Ardigma is known as “Arnis Pandigma” or what the late Grandmaster Napoleon “Nap” Fernandez, the Yaw-Yan creator, called “furykane”. The Ardigma movements are patterened on arnis stick. Ardigma is one of the three major Yaw-Yan revisions by Fernandez.

Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu just recently opened to the public after closing down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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DOF to focus on ‘broad-based growth’ in next 6 years

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:49
DEPARTMENT of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the agency substantially contributed in initiating reforms that will prepare the Philippines for the new economy and sustain its post-pandemic recovery.

This as he handed over leadership at DOF to his successor, former Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno,.

Unveiling his priorities as the new Finance secretary, Diokno said that under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the DOF has set out out “three overarching goals that we hope to achieve by the end of his term: reduce the deficit-to-GDP ratio to three percent, achieve upper-middle-income status, and bring poverty incidence to single-digit” levels.

Diokno said achieving these priorities is possible by pursuing a strong broad-based growth for the next six years, and implementing a fair and efficient fiscal consolidation plan anchored on sustaining the country’s growth momentum.

Under his leadership, Diokno said the DOF will promote inclusive growth by adopting the government’s risk management and vaccination strategy in dealing with the pandemic; continuing to invest heavily in infrastructure, education and healthcare; and sustaining strong economic fundamentals by maintaining fiscal discipline and building on the current reform momentum.

“I know fully well that the road ahead is going to be difficult. But I also see a lot of opportunities for the Philippines to move forward and settle among our high-flying Asean peers. I will build on the work of my predecessor, Secretary Sonny, and move to even greater heights for the Filipino people we all serve,” Diokno said.

Dominguez said Diokno is the “best possible choice” to succeed him because the former BSP chief possesses “the skills, the insight and the dedication” to take on the demanding job of secretary of Finance.

“Ben, I am handing over to you not only the heavy responsibilities of this post but also the talented staff of the Department. They are equipped with the skills needed to help you face the challenges we now confront and will encounter in the future,” Dominguez said during a turn-over ceremony in Manila.

Referencing the title of former President Diosdado Macapagal’s book, “A Stone for the Edifice,” which means continuously building on the successes of one’s predecessor in the endless task of nation-building, Dominguez said he can proudly say that on his watch, the DOF has accomplished this by pursuing policy continuity and using the achievements of previous administrations to introduce much-needed economic reforms.

Dominguez said that over the past six years, the DOF ensured adequate funding support for President Duterte’s centerpiece infrastructure modernization program “Build, Build, Build” modernized the tax system through the enactment of the various components of the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP); gained much headway in broadening the domestic capital markets; and received the highest credit ratings ever for the country through fiscal discipline.

All these reforms achieved during the Duterte presidency helped greatly in cushioning the shock of the pandemic on the Filipino people and the economy, and enabled the government to protect lives and secure financing for Covid-19 vaccines even before these were developed, Dominguez said.

“The challenge in the immediate future is for the economy to outgrow the added debt. With this, the Department of Finance prepared a fiscal consolidation and resource mobilization plan to help manage the debt, continue the reforms, and sustain the recovery. We trust that the succeeding team will find this input somewhat useful,” Dominguez said. (CSL, PR)
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Bank lending expands 10.7 percent in May: BSP

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:48
BANK lending continued to grow as the outstanding loans of universal and commercial banks, net of reverse repurchase placements with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), expanded by 10.7 percent in May.

The central bank said Thursday the total is higher than the 10.1 percent increase the previous month.

Outstanding loans to residents grew by 10.6 percent for the month, data showed.

Meanwhile, growth in consumer loans to residents accelerate rose 8.5 percent driven by the increase in credit card loans and salary-based general purpose consumption loans, the central bank said.

“With the ongoing normalization of its monetary policy settings, the BSP will continue to ensure that the expansion in credit and liquidity proceeds in line with the outlook for inflation and economic growth while remaining consistent with the BSP’s price and financial stability objectives,” BSP said.

The central bank earlier raised the country’s benchmark interest rate to 2.50 percent to temper soaring inflation. (CSL, PR)
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Cebuano tasters treated to Diageo Rare and Exceptional spirits

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:39
DIAGEO Rare and Exceptional whiskies delighted the palates of Cebuano at the recently concluded whisky tasting event held in the Queen City of the South.

The event gathered 40 spirits aficionados to try the whisky collections of Diageo, owner of more than 200 brands of rare and exceptional spirits. Hosted by Mandaue-based Charlton Trade and Enterprise, a wines and spirits distributor in Cebu, the whisky tasting event featured four of Diageo’s rare and exceptional whiskies.

Served before the Cebuano tasters were single-malt Scotch whiskies Teaninich-17 Year Old from Highlands, and Glen Elgin-18 Year Old and Inchgower-27 Year Old, which are both Speyside Special Releases; and the blended Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royale, after savouring a five-course plated dinner at the event held at the Maple Room of the Oakridge Executive Club in Mandaue City on May 12, 2022.

“Whiskies can be mysterious on their own and you will need to taste them before you judge them,” said Catherine M. Seniedo, General Manager of Charlton Trade and Enterprise and, addressing the guests in her welcome remarks.

The tasters were treated to the rich and light sweetness of Teaninich-17 Year Old, finishing with lengthy and warming spicy oak-wood; Glen Elgin-18 Year Old which comes in hotter and spicier at the front of the palate but moves into a honeyed sweetness, culminating in a nut brittle and a touch of oaky smoke.

Inchgower-27 Year Old has loads of oak character with tropical fruit peels, orange oil, and orchard apples, not to mention a little nutmeg warmth along with walnuts and cashews—and capping into marzipan and orange oil wrapped in one.

An exceptionally balanced whisky is the very smooth Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royale, that begins with the nuttiness of dark chocolate, with vanilla that comes through a long, satisfying finish.

“It’s not simply about how the drink looks or how much they cost,” Seniedo said in her welcome remarks during the event, adding that tasting events are a great way for spirits aficionados to tell certain brands apart. “There’s nothing better than tasting whiskies in the company of tasters who have more history with drinking than you,” she added, also explaining that being in their company helps one train the palate and understand the meaning behind the flavors of the whisky.

Diageo releases special limited editions yearly. Special Releases, like the Glen Elgin-18 Year Old and the Inchgower-27 Year Old presented at the tasting event, usher this year’s new collection. They include small releases from important closed distilleries and come in tiny quantities, which are certainly less known but offer the rarest of flavors.

Charlton Trade and Enterprise and aim to upscale the Cebuanos’ whisky culture, and for the guests that night to also appreciate the commitment of John Walter & Sons to supreme quality and well-crafted whiskies. (PR)
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The Pursuit of Excellence

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:33
As a catalyst for change and social responsibility, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) top executive and chief financial officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla is truly a cut above the rest. After all, she is the only Filipina to win the prestigious Campaign’s Women Leading Change Awards for Asia-Pacific.

Her innate compassion, leadership, and heart for service managed to prove her commitment to excellence with all the distinctions and awards she has been receiving as a proven trailblazer in the field of sustainability. It’s no wonder that the MPIC Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer’s unrivaled competency in her field of professional expertise have landed her key corporate positions starting from the enclaves of telco giants PLDT and Smart.

Finance expert. Sustainability maverick. Chaye is indeed a rare breed.

Chaye has marked her niche through years of hard work. She studied grade school and high school in Cebu. Her time as a student in Colegio de la Immaculada Concepcion-Cebu sparked in her the values that drive her unending pursuit of compassionate service and social commitment through sustainable development. She finished her accounting degree at De La Salle University in 1989 and earned her Master of Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. She also attended the Executive Education Program of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Recently, she was distinguished as the only winner from the Philippines in Campaign’s Women Leading Change Awards for Asia-Pacific. This award recognizes Chaye among the outstanding women who lead, inspire, and motivate greatness in their respective fields from the Asia-Pacific countries.

Catalyst for change

As the first Chief Sustainability officer of the country’s leading infrastructure investment company, she has truly proven herself as a catalyst for change towards advancing sustainable development goals and driving strategic growth.

This award comes on the heels of another distinction where she became part of the Prince of Wales’ Global CFO Leadership Network and the only Filipino and only woman to join the founding members of the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Asia Pacific Chapter.

The A4S was established in 2004 by Charles, the Prince of Wales, to “make sustainable business, business as usual.” The organization works with the finance and accounting community to inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models, transform financial decision-making to reflect the opportunities and risks posed by the climate crisis and other EESG issues, and scale up action to transition to a sustainable economy.

She was also the only Filipina awarded as one of the Woman Super Achievers at the 5th World Women Leadership Congress in Mumbai, India.

Passion projects

Early on, when “sustainability” or “sustainable development” were only buzz words pushed by world leaders, Chaye formed Gabay Guro, a passion project involving friends that started in 2007 and had since become a by-word for the pursuit of excellence among teachers. It is the education arm and flagship program of MVP Group of Companies’ “Gabay Advocacies for a Sustainable Philippines” that tirelessly aims to help build the nation “one teacher at a time.”

Gabay Guro has changed the face of education advocacy with a fresh approach to the pillars of learning – scholarships for over 52 partner schools for teaching degrees, housing, and educational facilities, training, livelihood programs, broadband computerization, and teachers’ tributes. There are over 2,000 Gabay Guro scholars across the country, with an extremely high percentage of graduates, most of whom graduate with honors.

It was in 2019 when she wore the hat as chief sustainability officer of PLDT, a role that led her to launch various sustainability programs such as the environmental stewardship program Gabay Kalikasan. Since then, she has gotten more colleagues and employees involved in multiple projects, getting their unwavering support in pushing sustainability as one of the core pillars of the company.

Though the work of pushing for sustainability has its fair share of challenges in the corporate set-up, Chaye bravely pressed on, knowing that the responsibility of ensuring a sustainable world falls largely on the shoulders of the world’s enterprises. She and her team took baby steps to gradually integrate sustainability programs into the company’s operations.

Always intent on making a difference, Chaye is a strong advocate for, the country’s fastest-growing health app, which provides doctor consultations with affordable scheme and provides help in this challenging time of the pandemic, where users are allowed to pay less through its acclaimed Healthsaver’s Plan for online doctor consultations 24/7. mWell also serves as a wellness guide and was recently honored in Singapore as the Best Initiative in Technological Innovation in The Asset ESG Corporate Awards, one of the world’s leading and longest-running honors in the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) space.

Through sheer grit and hard work, Chaye has earned the distinction of a true blue sustainability trailblazer for her ability to create programs and policies for a greener future and integrate sustainability in business to achieve significant progress in preserving and protecting the people and the planet.
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Baser Amer sinks floater to lift Blackwater past Meralco

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:23
The Blackwater Bossing continued their remarkable turnaround, this time beating the Meralco Bolts, 90-89, in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup on Thursday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Bossing guard Baser Amer landed the biggest blow as he sank the game-winning floater with 1.2 seconds remaining in the thrilling match. Down one after Chris Newsome canned a short stepback jumper, Amer got the ball after a timeout, drove to his right before rising up and sinking a high-looping jumper that shoved Blackwater into the lead.

With no timeouts remaining, Newsome was forced to heave a prayer from halfcourt that wasn’t answered, giving Blackwater their fourth win in five games in what is the franchise’s best start in its short stint in the PBA.

Blackwater head coach Ariel Vanguardia said the victory is a huge one for his team, especially as it came against a battle-tested Bolts squad.

“I don’t want to take the credit away from the boys. That’s a semifinal, finals team that we’ve faced head on. They led in the beginning. We caught up. We led two times by double digits. They caught up. They are very disciplined, and they are very hard to stop. It came down to the last possession,” said Vanguardia.

It was a fitting finale to what was an exciting game that saw four lead changes in the last minute. Down by 10, 73-83, Meralco rallied uncorked a 14-2 run sparked by Bong Quinto’s 10 points to seize the advantage, 87-85.

However, Blackwater guard JV Casio hit a tough triple from the left wing to give the Bossing back the lead before Newsome’s jumper allowed Meralco to regain it, setting the stage for Amer’s heroics.

Rookie big man Renato Ular continued his incredible play in the big league, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 boards. Casio also had 19 while Rey Suerte and Rashawn McCarthy pitched in 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Newsome had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists for Meralco, which dropped to an even 3-3. Bong Quinto added 18 points and eight assists.
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Tell it to SunStar: Continuing our ecumenical journey in the pursuit of a just and enduring peace

Thu, 2022-06-30 20:14
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:13)

We, Clergy, Religious and Lay from various denominations and generations gathered in Cebu City from June 27 to 29, 2022, for the 10th Ecumenical Church Leaders’ Summit of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP)[1]. We come from all over the Philippines for our first physical gathering since the Covid-19 pandemic, which started in 2020.

Our gathering comes on the eve of the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. The six years under President Duterte have been marked by the war on drugs and the war on “terrorism.” When the Duterte government unilaterally terminated the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and then created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), human rights violations significantly increased and the climate and culture of impunity in the country worsened. As the war on drugs felled innocents, so did red-tagging, arrests based on trumped-up charges, and other rights violations take place.

There is desecration of God’s gift of human dignity. There is unpeace.

On June 30, 2022, President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was sworn into the highest office in the land. Based on our history, the prospects of peace under a Marcos presidency seem to us quite dim. But we are inspired by our guest speakers —former Chief Justice Hilario Davide; Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza, the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines; human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares; theologian Dr. Melba Maggay of the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Cultures; Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, National Director of Caritas Philippines; and our sisters and brothers who brought their testimonies from the ground—to NEVER GIVE UP hope, and continue to work for a just and enduring peace! They exhorted us to be creative, use lessons learned, rediscover the resources of our faith and culture, build friendships and bridges, keep speaking truth to power, continue our critical and principled engagement, and link up and work with the growing movement for change and good governance.

We are encouraged and inspired by the commitment of the women and youth of faith to be PEPP’s co-sojourners for just peace. We will also persistently work with the Citizens’ Alliance for Just Peace[2] in calling for the resumption of the GRP-NDFP formal peace talks.

For the formal peace negotiations to proceed in earnest, we appeal to the incoming lawmakers to pass a resolution in both houses of Congress to support the formal peace talks. We also appeal to them to repeal the Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 as a serious impediment to peace.

The incoming administration has banked on the rhetoric of unity, but there can be no true unity when there is no peace. Thus, we call on President-elect Marcos Jr. and his government to resume the GRP-NDFP formal peace talks, which address the roots of the armed conflict; respect the work and agreements that have been entered into by past leaderships; and employ a “whole-people-and-country approach.” We also demand a stop to the practices of red-tagging, filing of trumped-up cases against dissenters, and extrajudicial killings; the release of all political prisoners; and the abolition of the NTF-ELCAC. Above all, we remind the incoming leaders to respect the sovereign Filipino people, and ensure that human rights and the rule of law are respected at all times.

This comes with our prayer to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
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CCC now a part of CTU

Thu, 2022-06-30 19:09
CONSOLACION Community College (CCC) is now one of the satellite campuses of Cebu Technological University (CTU).

This after a bill making the college an extension campus of CTU has been approved in Congress.

The announcement was made by the Municipal Government of Consolacion, northern Cebu, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

The CCC will now be called Cebu Technological University-Consolacion Campus as stated in Republic Act no. 11800, otherwise known as Cebu Technological University-Consolacion Campus Act.

Under RA 11800, CCC will now be under the full supervision of CTU. All assets, real and personal, personnel, and records of the community college, as well as liabilities or obligations, shall be transferred to the state university.

As the community college now transitions into a state university, it can now offer bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral programs.

On December 20, 2019, the Consolacion municipal council, led by Vice Mayor and now Mayor-elect Teresa Alegado, passed a resolution requesting Cebu Sixth District, now Mandaue City Lone District Rep. Emmarie Ouano-Dizon to sponsor a bill converting CCC into one of the satellite campuses of the CTU.

The town’s municipal government believed that the absorption of CCC into CTU would provide positive socio-economic benefits to the less fortunate students who can now attain a college education at a lesser cost.

CTU now has about 23 campuses spread across Cebu Island.

The regulation shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the “Official Gazette” or newspaper of general circulation.
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Gullas to expand medical services

Thu, 2022-06-30 19:06
TALISAY City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas has vowed to extend more hospital and medical services to his constituents as he bared his plans for the first 100 days of his second term in office.

As he begins his second term, Gullas said he wants the services offered to constituents during his first term including free hospitalization, burial assistance, free medical laboratory exams and medicines and scholarship programs to cover more people.

“Sa atong first term, ang atong gibuhat niini nga serbisyo like for example sa ilahang laboratory ang Aksyon Agad Center igo ra mohatag ug referral sa Hi Precision libre na ka nga magpa-laboratoryo. Libre na usab ang lungon, ang haya ug ang paghatud sa patay (In our first term, services were for example, in their laboratory, the Aksiyon Agad Center would just give them a referral to Hi Precision for free laboratory services. Coffin was also free, including the wake and burial for the dead),” said Gullas.

“Within the first 100 days hopefully by July ganahan ko balikon ang atong (I’d like to renew our) MOA (memorandum of agreement) with the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development),” Gullas added.

Gullas said he will continue the partnerships with the Cebu South Medical Center for hospital services, two funeral parlors in the city for burial assistance and Hi Precision for free diagnostic services.

Medical aid

At present, indigent patients admitted at the Cebu South Medical Center, formerly Talisay District Hospital, just need to approach the Aksyon Agad Center before checking out of the hospital to settle their bills.

The mayor said the free services offered by the City Government can be expanded to reach out to more constituents.

Gullas said he also wants the City to offer other services like CT scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and sign a partnership agreement with pharmacies located in front of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on B. Rodriguez Street, Cebu City to make medicines accessible for his constituents admitted in the VSMMC.

Livelihood projects

Gullas said during his first 100 days, he will coordinate with the Lagtang Livelihood Center for livelihood courses for Tesda scholars from Talisay.

“In my first 100 days, we will introduce around seven to nine new courses. Once these courses get accreditation, these will get funding from the government for the free Tesda skills training for the Talisaynons,” Gullas said.

Gullas said he was hopeful that all the 18 to 20 courses at the Tesda-accredited facility will get accreditation.Regarding the holding of face-to-face classes, Gullas said he has talked with school officials in the city for the repair of classrooms that were damaged by Typhoon Odette last December 2021.(TPT)
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EXPLAINER: Absence or lack of evidence acquits ex-councilor Rodolfo Cabrera on Cebu City P28-M condo project. Taking part in Sanggunian sessions, signing deed as acting mayor 'not enough evidence.' Earlier, same charges vs Alvin Garcia, Rico...

Thu, 2022-06-30 17:47
KEY POINTS. [1] Of the five persons -- all members of Cebu City's PBAC or pre-qualification awards and bids committee -- charged with corrupt practice on October 16, 2012 before the Sandiganbayan over a 1997 P26.64-million project, two were earlier acquitted for "inordinate delay": former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia and former city councilor Rico Rey Holganza.

The cases against former city treasurer Eustaquio Cesa and private individual Pura Cimafranca, an NGO representative, were archived because they disappeared and couldn't be found. Also archived was the case against another former city councilor (1992-2001), Laurito Malinao, who died in 2008, four years before the Ombudsman filed the information.

The 25-year-old case thus proceeded only against Rodolfo Cabrera, a councilor until 1998.

[2] Ombudsman prosecutors alleged at least five wrongdoings and defects of the medium-rise, low-cost condominium that Octa Builders built in February 1997 and finished in May 1998. The list is topped by the accusation that the P26.6-million project cost the City 49.54 percent more because it was allegedly only worth P17.8 million.

[3] Prosecution's total evidence -- the Sandiganban Second Division said in a decision promulgated last June 24 but announced Monday, June 27 -- "failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt" there was "manifest partiality or evident bad faith" on the part of Cabrera.

The anti-graft court also found no "undue injury or unwarranted benefit" as the condo was delivered and the project accepted, with the deed of conveyance signed on June 2, 1998.

ALLEGED BUT NOT PROVED. What ailed the project? The ombudsman prosecutors alleged but failed to prove:

* It was not approved by the Cebu City Development Council;

* No publication, no approved agency estimate, no public bidding;

* Contract price was 49.54 percent higher than the actual cost;

* Contractor Octa Builders had no license and was not qualified in capitalization and experience.

* Octa Builders didn't give a performance bond.

Those, plus the legal infirmities of the land swap the City entered into with Cebu Technological School so as to obtain the site for the condo. SunStar reported in October 1998 that the city legal officer found out that the exchange of lots was not approved by Commission on Audit, with the news report considered as complaint that led to the Visayas ombudsman investigation and filing of information before the Sandiganbayan.

NOT ENOUGH. The Sandiganbayan ruling provided a tutorial of sort on how prosecution could fail. It found no evidence or the lack of it, not enough to send anyone to jail.

The Second Division led by its chairperson Oscar Herrera Jr., in its 16-page ruling, said, among others:

[] Cabrera's participation was limited to his presence at City Council sessions that authorized the contract with Octa Builders and appropriated P28 million for the project. The Sanggunian, the decision said, decided as a collegial body to exchange lots for the site of the condo, direct the payment, and authorize then mayor Garcia to sign the contract.

The minutes of the Sanggunian sessions didn't even show that Cabrera acted as member of the bids and awards committee, the ruling said. When he, as acting mayor at the time, signed the deed of conveyance for the condo, the deal was already forged between the City and the contractor.

[] Ombudsman prosecutors presented documents on the transactions but the documents by themselves didn't show the "manifest partiality" and the "bad faith." The papers were not sufficient, the Sandiganbayan said. There was no proof the contract was "grossly disadvantageous" to the City.

The prosecutors either didn't have the evidence or they did their job poorly. The Sandiganbayan didn't say that but its multiple references to the failure of evidence tells the public why.

'INORDINATE DELAY.' The "radical relief," first adopted by the Supreme Court in Tatad vs Sandiganbayan, would dismiss a criminal complaint against an accused "due to the delay in the termination of the preliminary investigation."

It has let off the hook a number of public officials, including a few from Cebu, who were charged with for corruption. In 2018 though, in People vs Sandiganbayan, the SC abandoned the formula that included fact-finding investigations in determining inordinate delay. It's no longer "mere mathematical reckoning" but "through examination of facts and circumstances surrounding the case." The prosecution has to explain the delay and show that the accused person or persons weren't prejudiced.

WHY NOT FOR CABRERA. Ex-councilor (1992-1998) Holganza's motion to dismiss on the ground of inordinate delay was granted September 30, 2016; ex-mayor (1995-2001) Garcia's own motion, on June 22, 2021.

Ex-councilor Cabrera said he "repeatedly" filed the same pleadings but his motions were rejected by the anti-graft court "on procedural grounds." His evidence on inordinate delay comprised a big part of his defense, arguing that the charge against him should've been dismissed as he and co-accused Garcia and Holganza were "similarly situated."

Probably Cabrera could've been cleared on the basis of inordinate delay, but he got something better because he was acquitted on something more: there was court finding of no "evidence beyond reasonable doubt" against him. But then the reason Cabrera was acquitted could've applied to his co-accused too.
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New Zealand waylays Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

Thu, 2022-06-30 17:35
The undermanned Gilas Pilipinas basketball squad got ambushed by a sharp New Zealand squad in a massive 60-106 loss in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Thursday at the EventFinda Stadium.

Playing with just 11 men, the Gilas Pilipinas got behind early and just could not keep up with the Tall Blacks, who with the win, completed a four-game sweep of Group A. The Gilas, on the other hand, will not have much time to recoup, as they will take on India on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

New Zealand, the Philippines, and India will all move on to the next round which starts in August.

The Tall Blacks imposed their will, going up by 10 after the first, 23-13, before breaking the game wide open in the second, thanks to a 24-8 run that put them in front, 47-21. Things turned from bad to worse in the second half as Cebuano big man Carl Tamayo injured his knee and had to be carried out of the ballgame.

Six players scored in double-figures for New Zealand led by the 15 points of Dion Prewster. Finn Delany had 14 while Ethan Rusbatch and Jordan Ngatai added 12 apiece.

Tamayo led the Gilas with 16 points and six rebounds, while NCAA MVP Rhenz Abando added 11 markers.

The Philippines completely struggled with their shot, making just 21 of 62 from the field for a terrible 33% shooting clip.
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Court clears Camotes town mayor, vice mayor of illegal possession of firearms charges

Thu, 2022-06-30 17:29
SAN Francisco, Camotes Island Mayor Alfredo “Al” Arquillano Jr. and his brother, Vice Mayor Aly Arquillano, have a good reason to celebrate.

Aside from securing twin victories during the May 9, 2022 elections, the brothers were acquitted of charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives that were filed against them in 2019.

On June 24, 2022, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 90 in Danao City decided to dismiss the case filed against the Arquillano siblings after prosecutors failed to prove their guilt.

“The instant case is hereby dismissed for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Perforce, accused Aly Aranas Arquillano and Alfredo Aranas Arquillano are hereby acquitted,” Presiding Judge Josefa Pinza Ramos said in her decision.

Brothers’ arrest

Alfredo and Aly, who were both mayor and vice mayor in 2019, respectively, were arrested by operatives of the Cebu Provincial Intelligence Branch after police found several firearms and a hand grenade in the brothers’ rooms during a rainy day in their house in Barangay Poblacion, San Francisco.

The arrest of the brothers were based on a search warrant issued by Barili RTC Branch 10 Judge Leopoldo Cañete.

Both brothers were charged for violating Republic Act (RA) 9516 and RA 10591. They were able to post bail for their temporary liberty.

Demurrer to evidence

Before their case was dismissed, the two brothers filed a demurrer to evidence, asking the court to dismiss the cases against them due to insufficient evidence.

They cited several instances: the evidence taken from their house was “inadmissible” to court, that the search warrant issued by Cañete was illegal and that the prosecution failed to establish that they had committed a crime. (ANV / TPT)
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