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3 Cebu City Hall workers fail drug test, face sanctions

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Three employees of the Cebu City government are now facing sanctions after they failed to pass the mandatory drug test. Ramil Ayuman, officer-in-charge of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO), confirmed that all three came from their department. The City’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP), in an […] The post 3 Cebu City Hall workers fail drug test, face sanctions appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 24th, 2020

Four Pajo barangay workers fail surprise drug test

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Four barangay workers of Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City tested positive of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) during a surprise drug test today, March 2, 2020, at the barangay’s gym. Gary Lao, City of Lapu-Lapu Office of the Substance Abuse Prevention (CLOSAP) head, told CDN Digital that the four persons were field workers and […] The post Four Pajo barangay workers fail surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

Cebu City Mayor’s Office undergoes surprise drug test

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The drug tests continue at the Cebu City Hall and this time, the Office of Mayor Edgardo Labella has been subjected to a surprise drug test on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. The City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) conducted the surprise drug test on 40 staff and employees of the […] The post Cebu City Mayor’s Office undergoes surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

77 Front-Liners Test Positive for COVID-19 in Cebu City; 4 Die

The Cebu City Hall on Tuesday flew the Philippine flag at half-mast as a sign of respect to 77 city government workers and front-liners infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), of whom four have died. Mayor Edgardo Labella, speaking through lawyer Rey Gealon, said among those who died was City Councilor and former Congressman Antonio […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Surprise drug test in PRO-7 part of internal cleansing program of police

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Around 40 personnel under the Regional Community Affairs Development Division of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) were subjected to a surprise drug test on Wednesday morning, February 5, 2020, at the Sinagtala Hall of the PRO-7 headquarters in Camp Sergio Osmeña here.  Police Lieutenant Colonel Jefferey Caballes, officer-in-charge of […] The post Surprise drug test in PRO-7 part of internal cleansing program of police appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

Cebu City Legal Office to Mayor Labella: Terminate 8 workers, who tested positive for drug use

CEBU CITY — Eight more  job order (JO) and casual workers at the Cebu City Hall stands to lose their jobs. Lawyer Rey Gealon, head of the Cebu City Legal Office (CLO), said their office had recommended to Mayor Edgardo Labella the termination of another batch of eight employees who tested positive for illegal drugs. […] The post Cebu City Legal Office to Mayor Labella: Terminate 8 workers, who tested positive for drug use appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2019

Sinas reminds cops of consequences if caught using illegal drugs

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police officers will face administrative charges and be terminated from service if they will fail the random drug tests for law enforcers and be proven to have used illegal drugs. Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas again gave this warning to police officers about the consequences they would face if they would […] The post Sinas reminds cops of consequences if caught using illegal drugs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

59 Valenzuela city hall workers test positive for illegal drug use

Fifty-nine city hall employees tested positive for illegal drug use, Mayor Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian bared yesterday......»»

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Mandaue traffic personnel undergo surprise drug test

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu—Personnel from the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) underwent a surprise drug test on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) administered the drug test of 200 out of the 244 personnel of TEAM. The 200 personnel were selected through a computer-based random-date generator. “I gathered them first for a […] The post Mandaue traffic personnel undergo surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

Police in Lapu-Lapu undergo random drug testing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Around 200 police officers from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) were made to undergo a random drug test on Monday morning, January 11, 2021, here. Police Colonel Arnel Banzon, director of the LCPO, said that this is done in line with the internal cleansing program of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Banzon also said […] The post Police in Lapu-Lapu undergo random drug testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

80 CCPO cops, personnel undergo surprise drug test

CEBU CITY, Philippines—At least 80 police officers and personnel from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) underwent a surprise drug test on Monday, December 14, 2020. Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of CCPO, told reporters in a press conference that this was in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) campaign […] The post 80 CCPO cops, personnel undergo surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

COSAP: Ecstasy users in Cebu City Hall, barangays draw PDEA’s concern

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) has expressed concern over the number of ecstasy, or euphoria-inducing illegal drugs, among City Hall employees and barangay workers. COSAP head Jonah John Rodriguez told CDN Digital that four individuals have tested positive for ecstasy in three barangays: Suba, Mambaling, and Sapangdaku; […] The post COSAP: Ecstasy users in Cebu City Hall, barangays draw PDEA’s concern appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2020

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Lapu’s LCR employees undergo lie detector test

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- Three workers from the Lapu-Lapu City Local Civil Registrar (LCR) have undergone lie detector tests today, November 12, 2020, as part of an ongoing investigation regarding the theft incident that transpired at the said office exactly a month ago. An estimated P100,000 in cash was carted away by unknown perpetrators during the […] The post Lapu’s LCR employees undergo lie detector test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Cop from Cebu City fails in surprise drug test

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A police in Cebu City failed to pass a surprise drug test that was conducted on Thursday morning, November 12. Police Colonel Josefino Ligan, director of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), announced in a press briefing on Thursday that the drug tests were done in line with the new leadership […] The post Cop from Cebu City fails in surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Ceres Bus drivers undergo seminar, drug testing

CEBU CITY, Philippines—More than 100 Ceres Bus drivers were made to undergo a Skills Enhancement on Defensive Driving Seminar and a drug test on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at the Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) garage at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City. The seminar was conducted in coordination with the Land Transportation Franchising and […] The post Ceres Bus drivers undergo seminar, drug testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Ceres bus drivers subjected to mandatory drug testing

CEBU CITY, Philippines– The operator of Ceres Bus Liner has claimed that they have already started subjecting their drivers to a mandatory drug test in compliance with an order issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7). Joelito Cabanes, admin manager of Vallacar Transit Inc., said that yesterday, November 3, 2020, they have […] The post Ceres bus drivers subjected to mandatory drug testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

Garcia sets deadline for sand, gravel firms to comply with permits, taxes

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial government has reminded firms involved in the processing and distribution of sand and gravel in Cebu province to abide by government mandates. Otherwise, they may face sanctions from the Capitol. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has told sand and gravel crushing plant operators and processors in Cebu province, during […] The post Garcia sets deadline for sand, gravel firms to comply with permits, taxes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Daanbantayan to require returning OFWs to undergo rapid testing

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who will be going home to Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu will be made to undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival. The requirement was decided upon following the rise in cases of the coronavirus disease in Barangay Maya that was traced to have started from an […] The post Daanbantayan to require returning OFWs to undergo rapid testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

Employees of Lapu-Lapu CSWDO undergo surprise drug test

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—A surprise drug test was conducted on 53 employees of the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020. Garry Lao, the chief of the City of Lapu-Lapu Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (CLOSAP), said the surprise drug test was done upon the request of CSWDO head […] The post Employees of Lapu-Lapu CSWDO undergo surprise drug test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

Rise in COVID cases in construction sites worries Cebu City officials

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Local officials in Cebu City will be meeting with construction experts and officials as they race to address the rising number of construction workers who test positive for the new coronavirus. Councilor Joel Garganera, who leads the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said they recently discovered 15 construction workers staying at […] The post Rise in COVID cases in construction sites worries Cebu City officials appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020