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Japan PM offers PH drug war support

Japan PM offers PH drug war support.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

Japan PM offers Philippines drug war support - Rappler

Japan PM offers Philippines drug war support - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Japan PM offers PH drug war support

Japan PM offers PH drug war support.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Japan PM offers Philippines drug ... - Rappler

Japan PM offers Philippines drug ... - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Barrita: Happy Pinoys in the time of Tokhang

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/eddie-o-barrita" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Eddie O. Barrita /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/small-bites" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Small bites /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> A SOCIAL Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from Dec. 3 to 6 last year showed 91 percent of Filipinos were “very/fairly happy” with life in general. This was at the height of “Oplan Tokhang,” when bodies of slain drug suspects in the war against illegal drugs were piling up. This only goes to show that Filipinos were still happy with life in general even in the time of Tokhang. ••• The survey showed 45 percent were very happy, while another 45 percent were fairly happy. Seven percent were “not very happy,” while only two percent were not happy at all. Perhaps the respondents believed in the tourism department’s promo that “it’s more fun in the Philippines.” Or perhaps Filipinos simply have a happy gene because we can even smile while saying our condolences during a wake. ••• But while we consider ourselves a happy people, the Philippines only ranks No. 72 in the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index in a study of 155 countries this year. The GNH index is based on per capita gross domestic product (GDP), social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make choices, generosity and absence of corruption in government and business. Isn’t it sad that our happiness as a people was not reflected in the GNH index? ••• What makes us happy? You might as well ask why Filipinos drink. Alejandro R. Roces, in “Filipinos are Mild Drinkers,” said Filipinos drink for only three good reasons. “We drink when we are very happy. We drink when we are very sad. And we drink for any other reason,” he said. Look at ourselves. We have survived from a series of calamities, from typhoons to earthquakes, and even the dreaded Tokhang, but we Filipinos still managed to smile and laugh. Perhaps we’re only hiding our sorrows and pain with a smile and a laugh. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated News16 hr. 58 min. ago

Briones: Breath of fresh air

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/publio-briones-iii" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Publio Briones III /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/go" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">On the go /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> YOU must have come across the story of Erwin Macua on Facebook. Or read about his incredible journey in the newspaper. Or seen him on TV. To those who don’t know, he’s the guy who recently received his diploma for a baccalaureate degree in General Education, cum laude, from the St. Theresa’s College (STC). So why has he been garnering much attention? Well, you have the school’s students and alumni to blame for that. They’ve been heaping praises on the man they call Kuya Erwin in social media. The father of three is a security guard at the school for 17 years. In the last three years, he juggled work, manning the school gates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and studies, going to his classes from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the eve of his graduation, Macua even worked the night shift. He admitted that he was tempted to quit many times, but his wife Irenea and their children made him persevere. Macua credited his passion for teaching “to the lessons he learned from observing the diversity of students in school, which had him looking forward to having his own advisory class in the future.” I hope Macua will get the same recognition as that other fellow, who shares his passion in teaching. Jay Kummer “Dodoy” Teberio, too, has been hogging the social media headlines. Almost two weeks ago, he graduated with an education degree at the University of Cebu. And like Macua, he did it the hard way. To help pay for his studies, he sold water on the streets after school. He did this from Grade 6 until his senior year in college. But that’s not why the 21-year-old attracted public attention. To anyone who has stopped at the red light at the corner right before that big mall in the North Reclamation Center, he was a sight to behold; a blend of kitsch and chutzpah, who weaved in and out of traffic in a loud shirt and a straw hat. He was a head-turner, especially to first-timers, who would crane out their necks from the inside of jeepneys to check out this street apparition, who blurted out funny nonsense. But guess who’s having the last laugh? Dodoy has received rewards in kind and in cash from private groups and the Cebu City Government for his hard work. Not only that, he has been chosen as brand ambassadors of the potable water he has been selling and of a bakeshop. Macua has not been doing too bad either. Although he has received job offers from private and public schools, he will continue to man the gates at STC while he prepares for the licensure exam. Macua and Dodoy are roses among the thorns of drug suspects, gun-toting brats, corrupt government officials and political turncoats. And the public needs to recognize that. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Japan gov't gives $6M to support children's education in Mindanao - Inquirer.net

Japan gov't gives $6M to support children's education in Mindanao - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Palace welcomes survey saying 82% of Pinoys feel safer

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang is hopeful that the government’s anti-drug war will gain the support of all sectors, including the clergy, following the rel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Rama wants Palma’s help to clear name

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/rona-joyce-t-fernandez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Rona Joyce T. Fernandez /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> “I am not giving up and I will clear my name.” So said former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama as he continues to seek help from several personalities so he can have a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. This time, he’s also asking for Archbishop Jose Palma’s help. “I wish to have an audience with the President so that I can voice out my concern. I will continue with my efforts because I’m a man who doesn’t know how to give up,” he said. Last March 16, the former mayor sent a letter to Palma as well as to Department of Interior and Local Government chief Ismael Sueno, his cousin Annabelle Rama and Presidential Assistant for Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza, asking them to help him get an appointment with Duterte. He decided to write them after his earlier requests sent to other personalities were left unanswered. Rama said he had sought the help of Secretary Adelino Sitoy, presidential adviser on legislative affairs, to facilitate a meeting with the President during the groundbreaking of the Cebu-Cordova bridge project last March 2. Since his name was first mentioned by Duterte, he also said he made an effort to talk with the President through Bong Go, the head of the Presidential Management Staff, and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino. Up to now, his requests have not been granted. Last month, Duterte once again mentioned the former mayor’s family name in a comment against alleged drug protectors. In Duterte’s speech aired over PTV News last Feb. 24, Rama’s full name was not mentioned. The President identified Rama as governor of Cebu Province. Rama, a lawyer, hopes that there will be evidence to support or dispel the accusations thrown against him. Rama said there is still no complaint filed against him related to the allegation that he protects drug lords. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Maguindanao renews support to Duterte s drug war

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Security officials were elated with the enthusiasm of local executives in enforcing Malacañang’s nationwide program against drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

PH, Japan sign program for drug rehab - Manila Bulletin

PH, Japan sign program for drug rehab - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 24th, 2017

Steady fall in suicides offers glimmer of hope in Japan

TOKYO — Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates.  .....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid baseball fever

DANICA COTO, Associated Press br /> SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye as a growing number of men go blond in support of the island's baseball players who bleached their hair as a bonding ritual ahead of the World Baseball Classic. What began as a joke among team members playing in California has spread across the island in a trend that spiked Tuesday just hours after Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands in 11 innings to reach the championship game undefeated in the tournament, which is held every four years. Puerto Rico will play Wednesday in the final against the winner of Tuesday night's game between the United States and Japan. 'Ever since they began winning, this has not stopped,' said Myrna Rios, a manager at a Sally Beauty Supply store in the capital of San Juan. 'We have run out of the product in most of our stores.' Copper blond, platinum blond, golden blond — all shades of blond (even burnt orange) are turning heads in a U.S. territory where the majority of men have thick, dark hair and are now getting teased about looking like Ken dolls. Those who are bald have opted to dye their beards or goatees in a nod to Puerto Rico coach Carlos Delgado. 'We have been able to unite our country with our blond hair,' said star Carlos Correa, who hit a two-run homer and scored the winning run against the Netherlands. 'That's what we want as players to unite our country, our people, and give them the best.' Men ranging from news anchors to university students to professionals have embraced a trend that has sparked the rallying cry of 'Team Rubio!' or 'Team Blond' in Spanish. Among them is civil engineer Christian Rodriguez, who dyed his beard Saturday after visiting four different pharmacies to find the product he needed. At first, he didn't dye his hair as well because he thought it would be too much at church on Sunday. But he noticed six male churchgoers had dyed their hair blond and decided to take the plunge Tuesday, calling a hair stylist friend to help him go platinum. Rodriguez complained of an intense burning sensation during the two-hour process and sent pictures to his wife, who responded with the emoticon of a monkey with its eyes covered. 'Anything for my island!' he said as he lifted his arm to cheer the team. Rodriguez then sent a picture of his dyed hair to his mechanic, who responded with a selfie taken underneath a car of him smiling with a bleached beard. Puerto Rico's undefeated run to the championship has boosted the spirit of an island mired in a decade-long recession that faces a rocky recovery amid looming austerity measures for its government. Even young students have been sporting blond do's, prompting public schools to suspend them until the island's education secretary stepped in and said in a letter made public Tuesday that they should be allowed to dye their hair during the tournament. 'We wanted to do this to unite the team, and then the people of Puerto Rico, they started dying their hair, too,' pitcher Edwin Diaz said. 'I saw that there were some students that were suspended from school. I think they shouldn't be doing that because it just means that we have united our nation. We didn't think it was going to be this huge, but we were able to accomplish that.' Puerto Ricans are not the only ones going blond. A large number of Dominicans who lost bets to their Puerto Rican friends after their team was defeated are declaring their solidarity to their fellow Caribbean natives by seeking hair dye as well, Rios said. 'A whole bunch of them have come through,' she said with a laugh. 'This has united the island.' ___ AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

Malilong: Of road rage and fair play

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/frank-malilong" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Frank Malilong /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/other-side" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The other side /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> OUR love for the underdog is legendary. So when a person cruising in a Mercedes Benz shoots another who was driving “only” a Toyota sedan, you know who is going to gain condemnation and who is going to get public sympathy. It didn’t help the Benz man’s case that someone took a video of him being the aggressor, firing a gun at an adversary who was visibly unarmed. The recording does not show the events that preceded the shooting but it matters very little to a public that is inured to the sporting concept of a level playing field and of allowing every man a chance to defend himself. Even in road rage. We should not, however, commit the mistake of turning this into a class war, of rich versus poor. I read the comments of readers in Mayor Tommy Osmeña’s Facebook page and a recurring theme was that David Lim Jr. versus Ephraim Nuñal was between strong and weak instead of between guilty and innocent. But if Lim has been demonized, he also has himself partly to blame. It would have been understandable that he fled the scene because he was confused or scared if he showed up at the police headquarters once his mind cleared up later in the day. Lim Jr. has no choice but to give himself up not only because the Cebu city mayor has ordered the police to hunt him down but more importantly so that he can give his side of the story. He cannot lose his case by default even in a trial by publicity. ••• The last two weeks must have been dreadful in Cebuano businessman Peter Lim’s already nightmarish life. Early this month, his brother, David Sr. figured in a traffic accident that killed a fish dealer. And then came David Jr.’s own brush with the law. You can choose your friends but not your relatives but for Peter Lim, the expression offers very little consolation, if at all. The two incidents couldn’t have come at a worse time for him. Not when you’re at the receiving end of repeated accusations from no less than the president himself of being a drug lord. What is sad for Lim is that notwithstanding President Duterte’s frequent mention of his name when discussing the country’s drug problem, no charges have been filed against him. He’s in the same boat with former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama: publicly accused of a crime but without any platform to defend himself and clear his name. In between public appearances to disprove rumors that he has fled the country, Lim has generally kept himself away from the limelight. He has always maintained a low profile even long before the president announced on national television rumors, that to this day remain unproven and unverified, linking him to the illegal drug trade. And then came the two incidents involving his brother and his nephew. He played no part in either incident and yet his name is mentioned almost as frequently as David Sr. and David Jr. and almost in the same light. It’s unfair to the man but as they say, when it rains, it pours. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Modeste scores hat trick as Cologne beats Hertha 4-2

CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press br /> BERLIN (AP) — Anthony Modeste boosted his appeal among suitors with a hat trick for Cologne to end its six-game winless run by beating Hertha Berlin 4-2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The 28-year-old Modeste took his season tally to 22 goals, just one behind league top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund. 'We don't know what we'd do without him,' Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn said. Modeste, who joined Cologne from Hoffenheim in 2015, has already been the subject of transfer speculation this season with Cologne receiving reported offers of up to 50 million euros ($54 million) from China for the French striker. 'For me it was clear that I wouldn't desert my team in the middle of the season,' said Modeste, who held talks with sporting director Joerg Schmadtke. 'Mr. Schmadtke said that we'll talk again in summer,' Modeste said. Schmadtke had told Kicker magazine, 'we will not jeopardize our sporting goals because of a transfer, even if it is a lot of money.' Yuya Osako fired host Cologne into an early lead, though Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein might have done better after letting the Japan forward's strike from distance slip through his fingers. Horn pulled off a good save to deny Vedad Ibisevic and the visitors were to rue the miss when Modeste scored twice in as many minutes. Hertha hadn't time to recover after Osako set up Modeste's first goal in the 35th minute before Modeste beat the offside trap to score again. Hertha was given a lifeline after the break when Horn conceded a penalty with a foul on Niklas Stark, and it was converted by Ibisevic. But any hopes of a comeback were dented when Modeste completed his hat trick in the 63rd on a well-played counterattack involving Marco Hoeger. American defender John Anthony Brooks restored some Hertha pride with a header from a corner with around 20 minutes left, though it couldn't prevent the side's sixth straight defeat away from home. 'I'm happy and satisfied in Cologne, and I want to keep scoring goals,' Modeste said recently. 'You can never say never and I don't know what will happen in future. But I know what I want now, for example to play in the Europa League with Cologne.' Cologne is well-placed to do just that. It moved sixth and above Eintracht Frankfurt, which was held to a scoreless draw by relegation-threatened Hamburger SV in the late game. ___ WERDER BREMEN 3, LEIPZIG 0 Bremen produced another upset to move away from the relegation zone with its fourth win in five games. 'Everyone is keeping pace in the table. You can't allow yourself to relax,' Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said after beating the second-placed team. Zlatko Junuzovic let fly with a curling shot inside the left post to give Bremen a 34th-minute lead. Junuzovic, captain in the absence of the injured Clemens Fritz, was also involved in Bremen's second before the hour-mark. He caught the Leipzig defense asleep with a free kick for the unmarked Florian Grillitsch to score. Florian Kainz sealed it in injury time with his first Bremen goal. Bremen moved 13th, two points clear of Hamburg in the relegation playoff place. ___ WOLFSBURG 1, DARMSTADT 0 If Wolfsburg had known that Mario Gomez can't stop scoring under Andries Jonker, the club would surely have appointed the Dutch coach much sooner. Gomez scored again in Jonker's third game in charge, breaking the deadlock before the interval when Jannes Horn's cross went in off his chest. It was Gomez' 12th goal in eight games under Jonker, including five games for Bayern Munich when Jonker was interim coach in 2011. Both remain unbeaten in their time together. Bottom side Darmstadt dropped 14 points from safety. ___ OTHER GAMES Hoffenheim boosted its chances of Champions League football with a 1-0 win at home over Bayer Leverkusen to consolidate fourth, which would guarantee a playoff for Europe's premier competition. Fifth-placed Hertha dropped five points behind. Freiburg gained more than host Augsburg from their 1-1 draw. It stayed eighth while Augsburg remained in a relegation scrap, level on 29 points with Wolfsburg and Bremen, just two points above Hamburg. Mainz is also on 29 points before hosting Schalke on Sunday. Also Sunday, defending champion Bayern Munich can stretch its lead to 13 points with a win at Borussia Moenchengladbach. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2017

PHOTO | Sofia Millares and PCSupt. Omar Buenafe show support to anti-drug campaign

PHOTO | Sofia Millares and PCSupt. Omar Buenafe show support to anti-drug campaign.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsMar 18th, 2017

Pagcor offers drug rehab center in exchange for casino - Oro bishop

Pagcor offers drug rehab center in exchange for casino - Oro bishop.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2017

Illegal drug use still rampant among barangay workers

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/razel-v-cuizon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Razel V. Cuizon /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE use of illegal drugs among Cebu City barangay workers is still rampant, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak said. His statement came after a total of 50 workers tested positive during the separate surprise drug tests conducted by the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse and Prevention (Cosap) in 11 barangays in the past weeks. Tumulak, who is the deputy mayor for police matters, met yesterday with the barangay captains whose employees were caught using illegal drugs. Although he asked them what their plans are for the workers, Tumulak said it will still be up to the barangay officials what sanction to impose. “They themselves confirmed that they suspect that those workers who tested positive for illegal drug use are really into it based also on the reports of their neighbors,” Tumulak said. In an interview, Basak San Nicolas Barangay Captain Norman Navarro said that he will remove from service those who tested positive. But he will only do this once the confirmatory test result is out. “If they are found positive again, I will just hire new ones for their replacements,” Navarro said. The barangay will allow the workers to undergo a rehabilitation program while they are not in service and once they test negative after, they may be allowed to go back to work, Navarro said. In Barangay Basak San Nicolas, seven garbage loaders tested positive for illegal drug use. Other barangays with workers who are illegal drug users include Guadalupe (16), Labangon (7), Poblacion Pardo (6), Pahina Central (4), Suba (3), Punta Princesa (3), Kinasang-an (2), Quiot (1), Cogon Pardo (1) and Santa Cruz (1). Tumulak said that barangay officials were also asked to monitor where their workers get the supply of illegal drugs and report it to authorities. “This will serve as an eye- opener for workers to stop the illegal drug use because the City Government will not stop the drug tests,” he added. Under City Ordinance 1829, all City Hall workers and officials are required to undergo an annual drug test. An amendatory ordinance was approved by the Cebu City Council in August 2016 to include barangay officials and employees. police , firefighters, and jail officers assigned in the cityin the compulsory drug test as a pre-employment requirement. Dr. Alice Utlang of the Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention said the drug tests were part of their efforts to support the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs. Utlang encouraged other barangays to also submit their workers to a drug test. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

Lawyer cleared of allegations

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/gerome-m-dalipe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Gerome M. Dalipe /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> STATE prosecutors cleared lawyer Jonnah John Ungab of allegations that he was coddling suspected drug lord Roland “Kerwin” Espinosa. The Office of the Assistant Prosecutor in Baybay City, Leyte dismissed for lack of evidence and jurisdiction the complaints for violation of the Revised Penal Code, Code of Conduct and Ethical standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against Ungab. “After a careful study of the records of this case, this office finds the absence of jurisdiction and substantial evidence which would support to indict the respondent of the offenses in court,” read the resolution penned by Prosecutor Michelle Marie Polo-Tesorero. The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, Albuera, Leyte police station chief, against Ungab before the Department of Justice 8. Espenido accused Ungab, who is also the vice mayor of Ronda, Cebu, of being a drug protector of Kerwin, the suspected top drug personality in Eastern Visayas. Replying to charges, Ungab argued that his relationship with Kerwin was “purely professional and legal.” Ungab said he handled Kerwin’s case when the latter appealed his conviction for illegal drugs in 2008. The trial court’s decision was later reversed and Kerwin was acquitted in 2009. Ungab also handled Kerwin’s petition for nullity of marriage in 2015. He also served as the legal consultant when Kerwin’s father, the late Rolando Espinosa Sr. filed for a certificate of candidacy for mayor of Albuera. In the resolution, Prosecutor Tesorero said Ungab could not be held liable just because he served as the Espinosas’ lawyer and consultant at the same time. “For the purpose of filing an information in court, probable cause refers to facts and circumstances diffident to engender a well-founded belief that a crime has been committed and that the respondents probably committed it,” the resolution read. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2017

Metro roundup

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/kevin-lagunda" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Kevin A. Lagunda /a> /div> div class="field-item odd"> a href="/author/johanna-o-bajenting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Johanna O. Bajenting /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> strong>Police support Inter-Agency body vs. drugs /strong> The Police Regional Office 7 welcomed the creation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Chief Supt. Noli Taliño said it is better to address the drug problem with the help of other agencies. “It will now be a whole-government approach,” he said. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 15 creating the ICAD last week. The committee is composed of 19 agencies. ICAD is also mandated to seek the Office of the Ombudsman’s help in the investigation and prosecution of public officials who are involved in illegal drug activities. strong>Worker died in weekend shooting /strong> A laborer was shot dead last Sunday evening on General Genes St., Barangay Suba, Cebu City. Police identified the victim as Marino Campos, 42, who succumbed to gunshot wounds in the head. Campos was about to rest on a table when the unidentified gunman appeared and fired at him. The gunman fled. In an initial investigation by the Cebu City Police Office’s Homicide Section, Campos had a fight with an unidentified person a few months ago. Police are looking into the possibility of a personal grudge as the motive behind the murder. strong>Afternoon blaze destroys 1 house, damages 2 others /strong> A fire razed a house and damaged two others in Sitio Sto. Niño, Barangay Casili, Consolacion last Sunday. The blaze started at the second floor of the house owned by Jamael Diampoan at 12:10 p.m. The house was destroyed. The flames spread and damaged the houses of Annabelle Busa and Nita Retoring. No one was hurt. Firefighters prevented the blaze from damaging other houses at 12:17 p.m. The fire was put out at 12:30 p.m. Investigators of the Consolacion Fire Station are eyeing electrical misuse as the cause of the blaze. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2017

Probe on suspected 16 dealers

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/johanna-o-bajenting" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Johanna O. Bajenting /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) will validate the identities and market of the 16 suspected drug lords operating in Cebu and being monitored by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7. Supt. Artemio Ricabo, CCPO deputy director for administration, said that PDEA 7 is the agency authorized to declare a level/category of a certain drug player, if he or she is a drug lord or just a small-time player. “If that’s their declaration, then we will follow them. Because the role of the police is to support the PDEA,” he said. Chief Insp. Cristopher Navida, head of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB), admitted that they are looking into several drug personalities operating in the city. “Many personalities surfaced but they don’t reside here in Cebu. What we established so far is that they are detained in the National Bilibid Prisons and that their transactions are spontaneous and made through phone calls,” he said in Tagalog. Navida said that the CCPO and PDEA have the same qualifications for personalities to be called high-value targets but they use different terms. “In terms of amount confiscated, we can tell that the person falls into the level of a drug lord,” he said. In months of surveillance and anti-drug operations, the CCPO has not yet named a drug player as a drug lord, Navida said. He added that they are monitoring old and new drug players who may be part of the 16 drug lords operating in Cebu. In the PDEA’s list, there were 17 suspected drug lords allegedly operating in Cebu; one of them, Marwin Abelgas, was arrested last Friday in Talisay City allegedly in possession of P20-million worth of shabu. Three other drug lords are also allegedly based in Bohol. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2017