Cebu News Archive

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Special Report CSU: The men in blue

From the older-existing elite force of Men in Black, otherwise known as the Special Weapons and Tactics team or SWAT, came a special class of policemen of Cebu City called the Men in Blue, which belongs to a group officially named as the Crime Suppression Unit or CSU.

The CSU, created seven months ago, is exclusive to the Cebu City police force and no other group of the same composition, training, and mission exists anywhere in the country.

By Ryan P. Borinaga July 24, 2005 - 12:00am
Chiong: Glo won't pardon five sentenced suspects

The mother of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong who were abducted and killed last July 16, 1997, is confident that President Gloria Arroyo will not grant executive clemency to five of the seven convicts in the case already sentenced to death.

Thelma Chiong, head of the Cebu-based Crusade Against Violence, said she is confident Arroyo will turn down any request for executive clemency by those already sentenced to death by the Supreme Court.

July 24, 2005 - 12:00am
Korean boy, 9, drowns in pool

A nine-year-old Korean boy drowned while swimming in a pool at the Aqua Cainta Resort in barangay Pooc, Talisay City, last Thursday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Jay Hyong Choi, a student of Success English Learning Academy located in Forest Hills in Banawa, barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

An investigation conducted by policemen led by SPO1 Kenneth Abella revealed that Choi was together with 20 other Korean children who had just checked-in at the resort last Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Shabu lab case 4th witness confirms seized items are for making shabu

The prosecution yesterday fielded its fourth witness, and the samples of the chemicals taken during the raid at a warehouse in Umapad, Mandaue City, that authorities have alleged as a large laboratory for the making of shabu.

S/Insp Mutchit Salinas, of the Philippine National Police Regional Crime Laboratory, testified in court that she was one of the members of the team that conducted the examination of all chemicals and other equipment seized in the raid.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Water resource management board to be created

Fresh from a two-week working trip to the Netherlands, Mayor Tomas Osmeña yesterday said that the city and provincial governments have started discussions for the creation of the Cebu Water Resource Management Board.

This new body will be distinct from the present Metro Cebu Water District Board, and will have a legal section to handle matters for joint projects with other entities, as provided for in the local government code.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Night high schools to have 5th year

Despite protests from parents, night classes in public high schools in Cebu City will observe a 5th year by next year.

Cebu City Schools Superintendent Leonilo Oliva sees the need for an additional year in night public high schools to meet the required class days.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Van with 3 RHD cars now under Customs

The Mandaue City police yesterday afternoon formally turned over the 40-foot container van found to contain three right-hand drive cars to the Bureau of Customs in compliance with the order handed by the court.

Supt. Emmanuel Ughoc, deputy director for operations of the Mandaue City Police, said Mandaue City Regional Trial Court judge Ulric Cañete ordered them to turn over the van.

Ughoc told The Freeman that they informed the court of the implementation of the search warrant last Thursday.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Transport strike Monday

Two large transport groups yesterday said they will hold a transport strike this Monday, in time with President Gloria Arroyo's State of the Nation Address, as they joined the call for her resignation.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Health workers join call for GMA to quit

The Alliance of Health Workers in Cebu has joined the call for President Gloria Arroyo's resignation and concedes to the proposal of forming a transitional council composed of patriotic and progressive forces.

Health Alliance for Democracy spokeswoman Rosalie Bajado said that health workers do not believe that due process can be assured through an impartial impeachment proceeding by a largely pro-administration Congress.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am
Talisay workers told to speed up services

Talisay City Mayor Socrates Fernandez yesterday ordered all department heads to immediately act on all requests and complaints filed at the City Hall within 10 days of receipt, this after receiving reports that the city hall does not act on complaints.

In his Memorandum Order No. 2005-66, Fernandez said that there are many complaints from the public that their application papers, requested projects, documents and their necessary approvals are placed under ambiguity and unreasonable response time.

July 23, 2005 - 12:00am