Kin of slain Ronda vice mayor cry for justice

admin   •   February 21, 2018   •   3685

Mrs. Pearl Ungab, wife of the slain lawyer

MANILA, Philippines — The family of Ronda, Cebu Vice Mayor Atty. Jonnah John Ungab who was killed in an ambush in Cebu City last Monday, has no words to describe their grief.

“That morning earlier, we received a threat, a text message whether he chooses his life or his client’s,” said Mrs. Pearl Ungab, wife of the slain lawyer.

Their only wish is to attain justice for the death of the vice mayor.

They are also calling on the public to cooperate with and support the investigation the authorities are conducting to hold those behind the ambush accountable.

“I ask you humbly for your assistance who was there on that fateful morning when I held my husband’s head, bloody and fighting for his life,” said Mrs. Ungab.

Ungab’s wife also denied allegations that her husband was involved in illegal drugs.

She explained that he had just served as the counsel of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

“As he always traveled without any sort of protection to threats. Why would he? Because deep inside, he is just fulfilling his duties as a servant of the law. He didn’t steal, proliferate drugs, use drugs and hurt anyone,” said Mrs. Ungab.

Meanwhile, the Cebu City police office created a task force that would focus on the case involving Ungab’s death.

Among the angles authorities are looking into is whether the incident is work-related or not.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has condemned the killing of Atty. Ungab.

The IBP calls on the authorities to resolve Atty. Ungab’s killing which took place a week after a failed ambush on another lawyer in Quezon. — Robbie De Guzman | UNTV News and Rescue

 

UNESCO hails Cebu City as new ‘creative city’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Cebu City as one of the ‘creative cities’ in the world.

UNESCO has designated 66 new cities from around the globe in celebration of World Cities’ Day on October 31.

There are now a total of 246 members that joined the Organization’s Network of Creative Cities.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

Cebu is the second city in the Philippines that has been designated as a creative city by UNESCO after Baguio City.—AAC

Relatives of victims in Negros killings call on Senate for justice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2019

Relatives of victims in the Negros Oriental killings called for justice at the Senate hearing on Tuesday (Aug 27).

In the latest record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the New People’s Army (NPA) was allegedly behind five of the 11 killings in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, based on the record of Senator Risa Hontiveros, there had been 34 killings that happened in Negros Oriental this year which include the 14 farmers massacred in Nene, Sagay City, Negros Oriental last March 30.

READ: PNP Chief relieves Negros Oriental top cops over farmers’ killing

Juthida Callao, the mother of one of the victims, still laments the loss of her child.

“Ang sakit sakit sa kalooban namin na ganun ang ginawa ng NPA sa kanila, (What the NPA did is very painful to us),” she said.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Dangerous Drugs Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa assured they will do all means to curb violence in the area.

“We want to ensure that justice will be served and the perpetrators of the barbaric murders will be punished,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

Cebu City bus drivers, conductors to receive monthly salary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2019

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region-7 (NTWPB) has ordered bus operators in Cebu City to provide their drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary plus other benefits including overtime pay, night differential and other incentives.

NTWBP Region-7 secretary Grace Carreon said that the directive aims to avoid the “boundary system” which often leads to accidents as drivers are forced to work long hours.

“DOLE Department Order 118-12 was issued because of safety considerations that’s why we will give premium to the safety measure,” she added.

Under the boundary system the driver pays the vehicle’s owner/operator a fixed amount commonly called “boundary”, for the use of the unit. Whatever he earns in excess of that amount constitutes as his income.

Chris dela Calzada has been a bus driver for 18 years. He often works overtime but never earns enough to provide for his family.

“Minsan malaki ang kinikita, minsan wala, minsan wala kaming naiuuwi sa amin kasi depende sa dami ng pasahero, (Sometimes the pay is enough but other times we take home nothing. It depends on the number of passengers)” he said. Dela Calzada is looking forward to the implementation of the directive for the assurance of a monthly income.

Bus operators who cannot provide minimum wage and benefits to bus drivers and conductors can no longer renew their franchises.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Ryan Mallari)

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