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DOLE 7: No new Covid-19 guidelines yet for employees under Bongbong

Thu, 2022-06-30 14:58
THE Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (DOLE 7) still has to wait for the decision from its central office on whether it would continue requiring unvaccinated employees in places under Alert Levels 1 and 2 to undergo Covid-19 testing before they could go back to work onsite under the new administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Malacañang had earlier announced that employees in places under Alert Levels 1 and 2 who would go back to onsite work should undergo Covid-19 testing.

“We should be getting the stand from the central office on this. Whatever is the decision of the new administration, then that will be cascaded to the regional offices,” Dole 7 information officer Luchel Taniza said.

Taniza said they are still waiting for new Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma to give an update on the Covid-19 guidelines for employees.

Taniza added that if their central office will issue labor advisories, it will follow what is mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, outgoing presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar announced that unvaccinated workers who are required to work onsite in private and government entities in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2 must undergo Covid-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing once every two weeks or weekly antigen test.

Government agencies and local government units may cover the cost of Covid-19 testing of their unvaccinated employees, subject to availability of funds and civil service, accounting and auditing rules and regulations, Andanar added.

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Mayor Mike Rama calls for ‘unity’ from opponents, eyes Cebu City attaining Singapore-like status

Thu, 2022-06-30 14:28
CEBU City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama has called for unity from his political opponents because of his dream for the city -- achieving a Singapore-like status.

During his inaugural speech at the Plaza Sugbo on Thursday, June 30, 2022, Rama said that he needs the help of everyone including those opposition councilors who have won the elections.

The inauguration ceremony was not only attended by Rama's allies but also by those who ran under opposition's Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan in the recent elections. These were Councilors Joy Young and Nestor Archival.

In his speech, the mayor recognized the opposition councilors and asked for unity in the city government.

"My council party-mate, without having to talk about the elections, I need your help. The mayor needs all of you, Joy Young, Nestor Archival. Please all stand and face the people. The people need our unity... The general welfare is the supreme law," said Rama.

In a separate interview, Archival clarified that they still belong to the minority bloc and said that they attended the program since it was organized by the City Government.

"Actually, ni tambong mi cause that was the oath taking of Cebu City nga gi organized by the Cebu City Government through the mayor. Wala pa man mi naka take oath gyud, so we intentionally joined the oath taking para ma-official among pagka konsehal," said Archival.

Still fiscalizers

Archival further said they will support the programs of the Rama administration as long as these are for the greater good of the residents.

"We will be supporting whatever is good but being a fiscalizer, the minority will check on the programs whether these have disadvantages to the city," Archival said in Cebuano.

Archival added that he has spoken to other opposition councilors and they have agreed that he will be serving again as the council's minority floor leader.

The other members of the opposition bloc are reelected Councilor Joy Augustus Young, newcomer Jose Abellanosa and returnee Mary Ann de los Santos.


Rama highlighted in his speech that the start of his administration is also the beginning of a new journey in making Cebu City second to none in the country.

The mayor said that this is not impossible now that President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Vice President Sara Duterte, incoming House Speaker Martin Romualdez, and incoming Senate President Mark Villar are on his side.

"They are all on our side... This is not impossible. This is not far-fetched, this is achievable," said Rama.

"Journey with me (as we) transform Cebu City into a Singapore-like (city). Clean, green, orderly, and disciplined," he added.

Rama also pointed out that the future of the city lies in the further development of the South Road Properties wherein he reiterated it will be the venue of the Sinulog Festival 2023.

The development of SRP was a brainchild of former Mayor Tomas Osmena whom Rama acknowledged as his mentor.

"We will make it happen and turn it over to him (Osmena) as our gift for his mentoring by us before," said Rama.
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Church to elected officials: Be faithful to God, people

Thu, 2022-06-30 14:05
AS ELECTED government officials have officially started their term noon of June 30, 2022, a top official of the Catholic Church in Cebu reminded them to be faithful to God and the people.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma told reporters Thursday, June 30, that the people have spoken through their votes and the Church considered this as "God's will."

Now that the newly elected leaders have assumed office, Palma said that being elected is a great honor and privilege but it also goes with responsibility.

The archbishop also reminded the officials, especially those who are serving Cebu, to have a strong faith in God.

"Tungod ang Cebu kay religous kaayo, people have great faith. Dapat ang mga officers should be people who have faith and therefore they should be prayerful," said Palma.

Palma also said that leaders should be mindful that they are public servants since they were selected by the people.

The prelate added that the elected officials should be aware of the dreams and aspirations of those they serve.

"Dapat sayod kita sa pangandoy. The hopes and dreams of the people. You are the leaders of the people, you should know their pangandoy," said Palma.

Palma also assured the elected officials that the Church will be there to support them as long as it is for the goodness of the society.

"We journey with you, basta maayo, kuyog mi. Basta maayo lang. All that brings hope, joy, and peace," he said.

Palma celebrated the Holy Mass for the inauguration of Mayor Michael Rama and other Cebu City officials at the Plaza Sugbo on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
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1.8M national ID cards sent to Central Visayas

Thu, 2022-06-30 13:43
THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Central Visayas has received 1,881,012 national identification cards out of the 5,705,777 individuals who have registered in the region since February 2021.

It said 1,067,226 cards have been distributed to residents in Cebu, out of the 3,638,804 Cebuano registrants.

There were also 463,367 cards sent to Bohol, out of 1,041,042 registrants.

Clare Coronado, public information officer of PSA-Central Visayas, said the card delivery rate has already reached 90 percent in the region, adding that the Philippine Postal Corporation is the one sending the cards to the registrants. (PAC/LMY)

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Model sues manager, events organizer for human trafficking

Thu, 2022-06-30 12:59
A TEENAGE model sued her former manager and an events organizers before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, over claims that they set her up to be sexually abused.

Hannah (real name withheld for her privacy) filed human trafficking charges against her manager Miles Marlon Wafer and events organizer Renato “Jay-r” Yosores Jr.

She alleged that the two connived with each other to set her up that later resulted in her getting raped on Sept. 13, 2021.

But Wafer, in a separate interview, denied Hannah’s allegations, adding that he was willing to face the charges against him in court.

Yosores, however, refused to comment on the issue as he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

Hannah said in the evening of Sept. 13, 2021, Wafer called her to audition for a bikini open, and she was surprised to see Yosores, who had made prior requests for hangouts that she turned down.

Not informed

Hannah stated in her complaint against Wafer and Yosores that it was her manager who told her to go to the hotel for the screening, without telling her with whom she was meeting.

She was not also informed that she was the only one to be screened in the supposed photoshoot.

According to Hannah, she wanted to back out but was unable to do so when Yosores set her up for a diner. She was then led to his car and brought to an inn in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City where she was allegedly raped.

In a separate complaint for rape earlier filed by Hannah, she narrated that while inside one of the rooms, Yosores instructed her to wear a swimsuit and to flirt with him.

She said Yosores boasted of his other models competing for his attention.

She continued that he promised her that he will give her money so that her mother did not have to work hard, and that he would arrange for her to have “sugar daddies.” She added that Yosores even took potshots at her cheap phone, and promised her a better phone if she sticks with him.

Hannah alleged that Yosores then raped her, before sending her home in his car.

The Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) backed Hannah’s quest or justice in the belief that many other girls could be victims of the same scheme by sexual predators.

“There is sufficient cause for us to believe that what there was connivance between Wafer and Yosores. All the circumstances point to the fact that Hannah was led to the lion’s den. She was in such situation where she can no longer resist an impending abuse. The prize dangled before her was a contract for a bikini open where Wafer was expected to get 50 percent of whatever she earns,” said lawyer Kristine Marciana Laplana, legal officer of CLB and assisting counsel of Hannah.


But Wafer, in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Thursday, June 30, denied the allegations filed against him by one of his talents, saying he is innocent of the allegations and he is not afraid to face the charges.

“Basta ako innocent ko aning allegations. Di ko maulaw muatubang sa mga tawo, although grabe ni’g damage sa ako,” he told SunStar Cebu.

(I’m innocent of these allegations. I’m not ashame to face the people, although the damage has a big impact on me.)

Wafer has been in the modeling business for 22 years.

Wafer and Yosores were charged for violating Section 4 (a) of Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti- Trafficking in Persons Act, which is “To recruit, obtain, hire, provide, offer, transport, transfer, maintain, harbor, or receive a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, or sexual exploitation.

CLB is assisting Hannah under its program Strength- Counter-Trafficking in Persons Project with the United States Agency for International Development and the Partnership for Development Assistance. (HIC, PR)
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9 barangays in Cebu get seal of good governance

Thu, 2022-06-30 11:11
NINE barangays in Cebu island passed the 2021 Seal of Good Local Governance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

These include barangays Budla-an in Cebu City, Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City, Tugas in Madridejos town, Subangdaku, Tabok, and Pakna-an in Mandaue City, To-ong and Calambua in San Remegio town, and Mohon in Sogod.

The said barangays were assessed based on six indicators set by the DILG specifically peace and order, financial administration and sustainability, disaster preparedness, social protection and sensitivity, business-friendliness and competitiveness and environmental management.

Bankal Barangay Captain Eduardo Cuizon, who is also the Association of Barangay Captains president in Lapu-Lapu City, expressed happiness over the recognition.

“Of course we are happy that at least our efforts were recognized,” said Cuizon in Cebuano.
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DHL Express opens new service points in Cagayan De Oro and Greater Manila Area

Thu, 2022-06-30 09:00
DHL Express, the world's leading international express service provider, recently opened twelve new service points in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite and Cagayan de Oro, bringing up the number to over 260 service points in the Philippines. The newly opened retail locations aim to address the rising need for logistics services to help consumers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in these areas.

“Over the past two years, there has been a surge in demand for shipping in Metro Manila, Bulacan and even Mindanao. With the opening of these new service points, we are confident of meeting consumer demand so that they can ship globally and conveniently from the location of their choice,” said Nigel Lockett, country manager of DHL Express Philippines.

DHL Express is also collaborating with partners as well as exploring new partnerships to increase the number of service point locations in the coming months. This is part of its efforts to bolster its local network, to support growing demand for cross-border trade.

“We are focused on bringing excellence and convenience to the world of logistics. By increasing the number of service points across the country, we aim to address the needs of individual consumers, and help businesses expand their reach globally,” added Roderick Queppet, commercial head of DHL Express Philippines.

In November 2021, DHL Express opened a service point at Mailmerge SM Grand Central, located at Grace Park, East Caloocan City. The express courier then launched the retail location at Smartmail SM Pulilan, Bulacan in March 2022, and further established its presence at Mailtag HGL Building, North Caloocan, and Wide Wide World Express, in SM Cagayan de Oro in May 2022. The most recent service points opened on June 2022 are at Dearborne Kalayaan Avenue, Rigen Megaworld Alabang West, and at six branches of M Lhuillier in Dasmarinas, Imus, Bacoor, Taguig, and Pasay.

All these service points are strategically located across Calabarzon, Metro Manila and Mindanao. The rapid expansion of the service point network brings DHL Express closer to developed regions, where residents, students, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and MSMEs can enjoy the international courier’s quality service and global network at their convenience. SPONSORED CONTENT.
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Gilas Women go cold in semifinal loss to Samoa

Thu, 2022-06-30 08:38
THE Gilas Women shot blanks from beyond the arc and got waylaid by Samoa, 88-73, in the Division B semifinals of the 2022 FIBA Under-16 Women's Asian Championship on Wednesday evening at the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman.

The loss dashed the Gilas Women’s hopes of competing against the best of the best in Division A. They will take on Lebanon next for the bronze medal.

The Filipina ballers were riding a three-game winning streak heading to the semifinals, including a dominant 94-65 win over Samoa in the group stage matches last Sunday. However, they suddenly struggled to make shots and faced a 48-25 deficit in the first half, a lead that eventually ballooned to 27, 59-32.

The Gilas Women tried to make a game out of it and came within 13 in the fourth, 74-61. But that proved to be all she wrote as Samoa had an answer for ever Philippine rally.

Naomi Panganiban led the Philippines with 15 points, four steals, three assists, and two rebounds. Kristan Yumul—who was averaging 22 points in the tournament before the semis—was held down to just 13 markers. She missed all but three of her 15 three-point attempts.

Ava Fajardo added 14 points, four rebounds, two dimes, and two steals.

All in all, the Gilas Women made just nine of their 41 attempts from the three-point area.

Kira-May Filemu was phenomenal against the Philippines, as she produced 36 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists.

Azaleeah Oloapu contributed 18 points, 19 boards, and seven assists, while Sienna Tutani added a triple-double of 11 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 dimes.
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San Miguel trounces Rain or Shine to regain solo lead in standings

Thu, 2022-06-30 08:36
THE San Miguel Beermen fought off the Rain or Shine E-Painters, 99-93, to regain the solo lead in the standings of the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Six players scored in double-figures for the Beermen led by CJ Perez who had 21 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Marcio Lassiter and Rodney Brondial added 16 markers apiece, while Jericho Cruz added 14.

Simon Enciso chipped in 12 while six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo scored just 10 but added 16 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks.

San Miguel now holds the best record in the league at 5-1.

It was a hard-earned win for San Miguel which saw Rain or Shine pull to within five, 90-95, after two free-throws from Norbert Torres with 1:19 remaining. However, that proved to be the E-Painters’ last hurrah as Cruz and Brondial answered with consecutive baskets to secure the win for San Miguel.

“This game, a tight game, it could develop a lot of character sa team. We are learning how to win games in a tight game,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria after the match.

“Before, alam namin kung paano manalo but we have a lot of original players not in our team. We have a lot of injured players. I’m so happy for the players coming off the bench na nag-istep up sila,” Austria added.

Jewel Ponferada led Rain or Shine with 20 points, while Rey Nambatac had 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
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Cebu City Council OKs P1.2B supplemental budget during final session

Wed, 2022-06-29 22:15
A DAY before the conclusion of the 15th Cebu City Sangguniang Panglungsod, the City Council passed the second supplemental budget (SB2) amounting to P1.2 billion on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Vice Mayor-elect and incumbent councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia said the passing of the SB2 was not rushed; it underwent necessary legal procedures, contrary to the claims of opposition councilors.

Garcia said that out of 12 councilors, seven moved for its approval, four opposed, and one abstained.

The councilors who opposed were Alvin Dizon, Lea Japson, Nestor Archival and Joy Young. These local lawmakers belong to the opposition Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan.

Garcia said the City Council had ample time to pass the second supplemental budget, and all of the opposition councilors’ concerns had been answered by the different department heads.

“We did not rush the approval. We followed all the steps, all the processes,” said Garcia.

The incoming vice mayor further stated that the SB2 should not be delayed since most of its allocation is for health and other basic services.

The Department of Social Welfare and Services has been allocated the biggest chunk of the budget—P154 million for its programs on livelihood, employment and daycare services.

Included also in the SB2 are the financial assistance for persons with disabilities and hospitals, and for the purchase of medicines.

The Department of Public Services will also receive P125.5 million, which includes funds for collection and dumping of garbage and tipping fee.

Meanwhile, the City Health Department will be allocated P58 million for its maintenance and other operating expenses that include salaries of nurses, barangay health workers and doctors. Part of the funds will also be allotted for environmental services and salary differentials.

The other offices that will benefit from the SB2 are the City Agriculture Department (P17.1 million), Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (P11 million), and Cebu City Medical Center (P49 million).
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BSP urges banks to adopt anti-cyber attack measures

Wed, 2022-06-29 21:46
AS FINANCIAL transactions increasingly shift to digital channels, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) enjoins banks and other BSP-supervised financial institutions (BSFIs) to adopt robust control measures against cyber fraud and attacks on retail electronic payments and financial services (EPFS).

Under BSP Memorandum No. 2022-015, “BSFIs should regularly conduct risk assessments of their product features, business rules, as well as application controls, and enforce appropriate enhancements and mitigation measures.”

Further, BSFIs are advised to remove clickable links in communications sent to customers via electronic mail (email) and short message service (SMS) or text messages, and to send notifications through registered mobile numbers or email addresses when requesting changes to customer information.

After thorough risk analysis, BSFIs should implement mandatory notifications for fund transfers exceeding a predefined amount, delays in activating new soft tokens or new device registrations, and a cooling-off period for key account changes.

BSFIs must also personalize SMS messages and emails for banking services; restrict bank officers or representatives from obtaining critical information such as customer passwords, one-time passwords or OTP, or personal information numbers or PIN; create dedicated customer assistance teams for fraud cases; conduct education campaigns against online scams; and adopt strong fraud surveillance mechanisms.

The BSP likewise encourages collaboration among BSFIs and the use of information sharing platforms such as the Bankers Association of the Philippines’ Cyber Incident Database, to expedite fraud investigations and recovery of funds, and proactively address emerging fraud schemes.

“BSFIs may also need to coordinate with law enforcement authorities for the prompt resolution of cybercrimes, especially those involving public safety and security, pursuant to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and other relevant laws and regulations,” the memorandum explained. (PR)

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Tax Notes: Suspension of BIR audits, field operations

Wed, 2022-06-29 21:45
Taxpayers can take a breather as the country’s tax collection agency has suspended tax audits and other field operations as provided under Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) Nos. 76-2022 and 77-2022.

Under the RMCs, all field audits and other field operations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) covered by Letters of Authority (LOA), Mission Orders (MO), Task Forces created through Revenue Special Orders (RSO), Operations Memoranda (OM), or through similar directives shall be suspended starting May 30, 2022. As such, BIR personnel are prohibited from conducting taxpayer visitations, and no new orders to audit shall be made from such date.

However, the suspension shall not cover the following instances: (1) the investigation of cases prescribing on or before October 31, 2022; (2) processing and verification of estate, donor’s, documentary stamps, capital gains, and/or withholding taxes on sale of real properties or shares of stocks; (3) examination of taxes for taxpayers retiring from business; (4) audits of national and local government units, government owned and controlled corporations, including subsidiaries and affiliates; or (5) other matters where deadlines have been imposed or as ordered by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The service of assessment notices, warrants, and seizure notices will still be in effect.

Meanwhile, taxpayers may also voluntarily pay their known deficiency taxes at this period without the need to secure authority from concerned BIR officials.

During this period, BIR personnel shall also be required to update their audit inventory and status.

Please be guided accordingly.


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Dominguez places PCIC under Insurance Commission’s watch

Wed, 2022-06-29 21:45
FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has placed the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) under the supervision of the Insurance Commission (IC) to empower the latter to regularly examine the financial affairs, condition, and business of the state-run agricultural insurance firm.

With Department Order No. 038.2022 signed on June 28, Dominguez said the results of the examination conducted on the PCIC “shall be submitted by the IC to the DOF (Department of Finance).”

In September last year, President Duterte issued Executive Order (EO) No. 148 transferring the PCIC from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to the DOF as an attached agency “for policy and program coordination and general supervision.”

The PCIC Board was also reorganized under EO 148 with the DOF Secretary as chairperson.

Based on this presidential directive and under Section 253 of the Insurance Code, as amended, which mandates the IC to conduct an examination into the affairs, financial condition and method of business of government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) engaged in social or private insurance, Dominguez placed the PCIC under the regulatory oversight of the IC.

“In view of the foregoing, the PCIC is hereby placed under the supervision of the IC. The IC is hereby directed to conduct an examination into the affairs, financial condition, and method of business of the PCIC every three (3) years, or as often as may be directed by the Insurance Commissioner or the Secretary of Finance. The results of such examination shall be submitted by the IC to the DOF,” Dominguez said in his DO.

The order takes effect immediately.

Earlier, a World Bank (WB) study recommending reforms in the PCIC found that the state-run firm’s current approach to agricultural insurance neither provides value for money to taxpayers nor adequate protection to farmers.

The PCIC is also “very exposed to catastrophe losses which are not reinsured,” said the study done by a team from the WB’s Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP).

This study, which was presented recently to the PCIC Board, revealed that while premium subsidies given by the government to the PCIC grew rapidly over the years, agricultural insurance has only reached one-third of the country’s farmers and is not well-targeted to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for their money.

The study also found that PCIC’s premium rating, capital management, financial reporting, and other aspects of its operations are not in line with international best practices.

PCIC’s insurance products are also not suitable for the majority of Filipino farmers, especially for small subsistence holders and growers, the study showed. (PR)
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‘Sex-hungry’ farmer nabbed after running amok

Wed, 2022-06-29 21:40
LOCAL police in Carcar City arrested a 48-year-old farmer for going amok on Tuesday morning, June 28, 2022, after his wife refused to have sex with him.

Residents of Sitio Danikop, Barangay Guadalupe in Carcar City decided to call the police after Ariel (not his real name) had damaged some of their belongings using his bolo.

Lt. Col. Ardioleto Cabagnot, who heads Carcar City's local police force, told SunStar Cebu that when they arrested Ariel, he was reportedly drunk since Monday.

Ariel even attempted to fight off police officers who were trying to pacify him using his bolo. Cabagnot said they eventually pacified Ariel and recovered his 19-inch bolo.

Cabagnot said that during their interrogation, Ariel admitted to police that he was upset after he and his wife had being arguing on his constant drunkenness.

Their argument further extended when Ariel's wife refused to have sex with him.

"Di man daw ganahan ang asawa niya makigdulog kay permi man hubog. Unya isog kaayo kun mohanyo mao nga di na maka-eskor ni miss," Cabagnot added.

(His wife didn't want to have sex with him as he was often drunk. He doesn't even ask his wife nicely for


His wife's refusal led to Ariel to just pick up his bolo and started going amok not just at his house but also in some of their neighbors' houses.

Ariel's wife also told police that she decided to no longer have sex with her husband as she was "traumatized" by his behavior.

Threats to wife, kids

She claimed that her husband would often threaten to kill her and their children. Ariel has nine children with his wife.

She claimed that Ariel would often sharpen his bolo in front of her and her children, and would utter threats against them if they would disobey him.

Aside from his threats, Ariel's wife didn't want to talk to her husband as he often suspects her of having an affair with another man.

Cabagnot said it will be up to Ariel's wife and children if they will sue the suspect for grave threats.

Local police, however, are set to sue Ariel for violating Batas Pambansa 6 for illegal possession of a bladed weapon and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code or for disobeying those in authority.
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Bongbong, Sara thank Cebuanos for huge win

Wed, 2022-06-29 20:47
PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte expressed their thanks to the One Cebu Party for contributing a huge number of votes during the May 9, 2022 elections.

Marcos Jr. and Duterte graced the mass oath taking ceremony of the party which was led by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu on Tuesday, June 29, 2022.

The president-elect said he became a “beneficiary” of the good work done by Garcia and other local leaders in Cebu during the elections on May 9.

Marcos Jr. further stated that his win in Cebu was historic as it has “never fallen to a Marcos to win big in Cebu before.” He also recalled that the only time a Marcos won in Cebu was during the 1969 presidential election wherein Marcos Sr. won against Sergio Osmeña Jr., who was a Cebuano.

Now that he will be assuming the country’s top post, Marcos Jr. said the cry for unity should continue even if the campaign period has already ended.

“Ang sigaw ng pagkakaisa ay hindi pa natatapos. Ipagpapatuloy natin yan dahil ang ating pagkakaisa ay kinakailangan na ngayon at inaasahan ng ating mga kababayan upang tayo naman ay makapagdala ng kaunting ginhawa sa kanilang buhay,” he added.

In joy and in sorrow

In her speech, Duterte assured Cebu’s officials that her office would be open if they needed assistance.

Duterte added that she may not be here in Cebu during joyous moments but she assured that she will be around in times of sorrow.

“Which of course God forbid. We pray that it will never happen in the next six years pero mao kana ang saad nako sa inyoha. Sa inyong kaguol ug kasakit kauban ninyo ko,” said Duterte.

Garcia officially took her oath of office as the governor of the province before Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg.

The other officials who also took their oath were house representatives, board members, mayors, vice mayors, and councilors who were allies of the Garcia-led party.
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3 firms in Central Visayas apply for wage hike exemption

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:59
THREE companies in Central Visayas have sent applications for exemption from the P31 increase in wage for minimum workers in the region.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-Central Visayas said they received the three applications, which include two from corporations based in Cebu but with branches in the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and other areas in the province.

Lawyer Evita Mendoza-Balane, officer-in-charge (OIC) board secretary of RTWPB-Central Visayas, said the first company to file the application is based in Lapu-Lapu City.

She said the wage board has yet to issue a resolution on whether the application is approved or rejected.

The RTWPB 7 is giving employers in the region until August 12 of this year to file for wage hike exemption.
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Cebu guv to attend Bongbong Marcos’ inauguration

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:57
CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will attend the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in Manila on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

“Yes I will be attending. I would also wish to return the favor that they extended to us...,” said Garcia during the mass oath taking of elected officials under the One Cebu party on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Marcos attended Tuesday’s mass oath taking of One Cebu officials held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. Incoming Vice President Sara Duterte was also at the event.

Garcia said she was grateful for the presence of the two highest elected officials of the land in Tuesday’s event.

She added that her daughter, Liloan Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco, may also take her oath as the new secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday, June 30.

“I believe that that would also be the oath taking day for my daughter Christina, so I would like to be present also for both historic events for the Philippines and for Cebu,” Garcia said.

Marcos’ UniTeam and Garcia’s One Cebu parties have united in last May 9 elections. The One Cebu had secured 1.5 million votes for Marcos and 1.7 million votes for Duterte.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank the Cebuanos who rallied to our call that we support the UniTeam because the UniTeam espoused what One Cebu believes in unity, and that was what President-elect Marcos and Vice President-elect Duterte believes in the only way we can move forward is when we get together sama-sama tayong babangon muli,” said Garcia.

Marcos will be the fourth president of the Philippines to be taking oath at the National Museum of the Philippines.

The former Presidents who also took their oath the National Museum were Manuel Quezon (1935), Jose P. Laurel (1943) and Manuel Roxas (1946). (ANV/LMY)

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152 teams join President’s Cup

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:22
ONE hundred and 52 teams have signed up for the Central Visayas Regional Football Association Festival Cup, which will kick off on July 1 at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Organized by the Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA), the President’s Cup is the first football festival in the city since the pandemic halted sports activities two years ago. It will have the Mixed 9 and 11-Under divisions, the Boys 13 and 15-Under, which will be played on Friday.

On Saturday, it will be the turn of the Boys 17 and 19-Under, the Girls 17 and 19-Under and Men’s 21 divisions.

On Sunday, it will be the Men’s and Ladies’ Open and the Men’s 38 and 50-Above divisions.

“This all started when Dr. Alvin Roxas suggested to the CVFA board that we should be the one to start organizing football tournament since some of the other regional FAs have started their own programs due to the lowering of the IATF protocols,” said CVFA president Rodney Orale who hopes to turn this event into an annual affair.

The men’s open attracted the most number of entries with 40, while the Boys 13 and 15 divisions have 16 each.

Aside from the usual powerhouse teams from Cebu, the tournament will also have out-of-town participants from the cities of Naga, Carcar, Dumaguete and San Carlos, and Bohol.

After the event, the CVFA is also planning to concluded the interrupted 2020 season of the Aboitiz Cup by handing out trophies to the winners of the divisions that were finished before the Covid-19 pandemic forced local lockdowns.

“The Aboitiz Group of companies will always be a part of the CVFA journey. Without them, it will be a very big challenge to develop football in Central Visayas,” said Orale of Aboitiz, which has sponsored the longest-running football tournament in the country. (PR)
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Bacanaje tests England in Australia

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:19
Arnel Baconaje will gun for his second straight win as he takes on Aussie prospect Jackson Jon England on Sept. 2, 2022 in Australia.

Baconaje beat journeyman Leonardo Doronio last March 12 in Parañaque City. He will be gunning for his first win overseas after losing to Yasutaka Ishimoto in Japan, Lingjie Xia in China and Ivan Kozlovsky in Russia.

The 24-year-old England is looking to bounce back after suffering a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of unbeaten Paul Fleming on March 23, 2022 in Sydney. The 28-year-old Baconaje is 15-5 with 11 knockouts, while England is 13-2 with eight knockouts.

Meanwhile, featherweight prospect Lorenz Ladrada locks horns with Aussie hard-hitter Dana Coolwell on July 2 in an eight-round contest at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia.

Ladrada is looking for his second straight win after beating Jason Buenaobra by unanimous decision in his last fight on Dec. 4 in Parañaque City.

This will be Labrada’s biggest fight to date and his first international fight.

Coolwell, a former Australian champion, wants to return to his winning ways after losing to Ender Luces in an International Boxing Federation Youth super featherweight fight last April 13 in Queensland. The 23-year-old Coolwell’s other loss is also via a split decision Jake Wyllie last year. The 25-year-old Ladrada is 11-2-1 with three knockouts, while Coolwell is 7-2 with five knockouts.
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Cebuano K-Pop Fans Share How They Balance Academics and Fandom

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:10
Idolizing celebrities and other types of personalities is somewhat of a rite of passage for a person—no matter what their gender, age group, or generation is. You could go ahead and ask your grandmother if she ever had idolized anyone from her time, she would most likely answer you with a sweet “yes.” You could also ask your mom and, she would most likely tell you that she was head over heels for John Lennon, Elton John, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. Ask your dad, and he would probably tell you that he admired David Beckham for his prowess in soccer.

Being a fan is all about admiration and developing a parasocial connection with a celebrity or personality. For a time, the stigma of being a fangirl or fanboy made people think that it was a sort of distraction from the motions of real life. Your parents or even your friends would tell you that your obsession with that certain group or personality is nothing but a mere distraction to your studies.

“It’s just a phase,” they would tell you.

These three K-pop stans (according to Merriam Webster, the word “stan” means excessively enthusiastic and devoted fans) will prove you wrong:

Lucci Tangpos, Cum Laude, Class of 2022

Lucci’s cause of euphoria is BTS. She started stanning the renowned and biggest South Korean boy group in 2021. It started out with wanting to simply know the names of the members.

“It started out with wanting to know them and matching that name to a face or even a hair color because, apparently, it changes a lot for different eras.”

Lucci shared that it was quite challenging for her to stan BTS while also juggling her thesis, internship and other academic responsibilities.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a hindrance to my responsibilities, but if there’s a V-Live (a South Korean live-streaming app) and I’m doing something, all of my academic stuff will be set aside for the meantime,” she shared. However, she also imparted that if there was a clash between her streaming responsibilities and university, she always prioritized her studies first.

Lucci graduated as a Cum Laude in June of 2022.

Kurt Labiste, consistent Dean’s Lister, Class of 2022

Kurt is a classic EXO-L (the official fandom name of the South Korean boy group EXO). He officially became a fan of the third-generation trendsetters in 2019, when he saw a video of EXO’s main rapper, Park Chanyeol, singing. He shared that stanning EXO didn’t hinder him from achieving academic success.

Kurt also shared that after diligently doing school work and/or projects, he rewards himself with watching EXO content (variety show guestings, their music videos, etc.) right after. He expressed how much inspiration he gets from EXO in complying with his requirements.

Kurt shared that EXO offers him comfort at times when he needs it. “Whenever I consume EXO contents, I feel nostalgic but also at the same time, inspired.”

Kurt is set to graduate in July of 2022 with Latin Honors.

Vanessa Leuterio, Cum Laude, Class of 2022

Just like Lucci, Vanessa is a die-hard “Army” (the official fandom name of BTS). She organizes BTS-centered events in Cebu, that congregate Cebuano Armys.

Vanessa shared that she started stanning BTS in March of 2020. She slowly immersed herself in the fandom when she watched some fancams, a video closeup filmed by an audience member during a live performance by a K-pop idol group, of the members. Gradually, interest took over.

She admitted that juggling studies and being a fan is no easy feat. Vanessa attended BTS’ “Permission to Dance” concert in Los Angeles and was in the middle of thesis writing. “When I travelled to L.A. for the concert, it was during the first phase of my thesis. During that time, I really worked hard, given that there was a time zone difference. After the concert, I immediately worked on my thesis,” she recalled.

Vanessa expressed how BTS changed her life. She was able to fully connect with other people and even old friends who were also BTS fans at the events she organized. “Stanning K-pop groups will comfort you on your sad days and can motivate you to be a better person than you were yesterday,” she said.

Vanessa graduated as a Cum Laude in June of 2022.

It’s no question why these Kpop stans are achievers. For one to be a fan, there must be passion and dedication, and these three never ran out of it. It’s no easy feat, but being a fan and a successful student? That’s an achievement!

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