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Malacañang: Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Rep. Garcia  

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has no authority to dismiss Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia.

This is the reaction of Malacañang on the Ombudsman’s order to dismiss Garcia on her alleged grave misconduct in connection with the Balili project in Cebu when she was still the governor of the province.

Presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque said that it is only Congress that can suspend or dismiss any of its members based on the anti-graft and corruption rulings of House of Representatives through a two-thirds vote in the plenary.

He also believes that the Supreme Court will not approve if ever the Ombudsman would file a mandamus to compel Congress to implement the order.

“That is the discretion. That is not ministerial so the Supreme Court might dismiss the mandamus,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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5 arrested in Cebu for selling turtle stew

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Raw and cooked turtle meat confiscated by authorities in a joint raid led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources | Courtesy: DENR-7


CEBU CITY, Philippines — Five people have been arrested in a raid on Tuesday (December 11) in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City for selling pawikan larang or turtle soup.

An estimated 94.5 kilos of raw turtle meat and 20 kilos of cooked turtle stew were confiscated in the joint operation launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Bureau of Investigation and Cebu City Prevention Restoration Order Beautification Enhancement Office.

This has prompted the DENR to intensify enforcement of wildlife law in Region 7.

The agency warned the public anew that buying or selling of turtle dishes is prohibited and will be meted out with appropriate sanctions.

Green sea turtles are considered endangered species that face extinction unless measures to protect them are strictly implemented. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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Local gov’t holds pre-emptive evacuation due to TD Samuel

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Local authorities in Biliran Island, Cebu

The local government of Buhisan, Cebu City held a pre-emptive evacuation of residents due to the threat of a possible landslide posed by Tropical Depression Samuel.

One hundred fifteen residents or 25 families were temporarily evacuated from the landslide-prone area.

“Ilalagay sila sa barangay hall sa Buhisan then some of the family members will be left behind sa kanilang mga residence,” said, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief Nagiel Bańacia.

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office is on red alert status.

Trips of ships remained cancelled.

“Continue pa rin yung cancellation of trips plus yun pong ating VTMS, yung vessel traffic monitoring system natin here in our headquarters also pronouncing or announcing the continuous cancellation ng trips natin. This is one way to reach and inform other vessels na bawal maglayag,” PCG Central Visayas Station spokesman LT Junior Grade Michael John Encina

Meanwhile, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Samar Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office has prepared a total of 360 food packs for affected families residing in flood and landslide-prone areas.

These include the towns of Gandara, Hinabangan, Sta. Rita, Calbiga, Calbayog, Catbalogan, San Jorge, Pinabacdao and Paranas.

Some areas in Biliran experienced power outages due to damaged power lines after fallen trees and posts.

“Wala pa po kaming naitalang na-landslide or flooding incidents pero sabi ko nga po kanina we are encouraging our local DRRM officers na sila po ay mag precautionary measures na po sa kaniya-kaniyang mga nasasakupan,” said Civil Defense Officer II Sher Rysiah Saises via phone patch.

The Office of Civil Defense said there are 348 stranded passengers and 140 stranded rolling cargos in various ports in the region such as Ormoc, Liloan, San Ricardo where trips were cancelled. — Archyl Egano | UNTV News & Rescue


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Sing your heart out in Cebu’s karaoke bus

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Passenger Mary Jane Jabonero singing onboard the karaoke bus

Heading to Cebu this long weekend? Don’t miss their famous karaoke bus.

A Cebu-based bus driver thought of a way to reduce the travel stress of his passengers and decided on offering free music entertainment.

Agripino Sentillas, a driver for 13 years has installed a karaoke machine seven months ago inside his bus en route Sibonga-Carcar in southern Cebu.


 Bus driver Agripino Sentillas

“Ako lang din nag-isip nito dahil gusto ko rin ang umawit. Doon nga sa amin ay talagang umaawit,” said the bus driver.

Passengers who have to sit through half an hour of land travel can sing their hearts out to their favorite tracks. Great singers can even avail free rides with their perfect scores.

“Kung makaka-score sila ng 100, libre talaga sila pero mayroon ding mga pasahero na nagsasabi hayaan mo na kasi nasiyahan din naman kami,” said the bus driver.

It comes as no surprise that the bus has become a hit among Cebuanos because after all, Cebu is the home of Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales and Asia’s s Phoenix, Morrisette Amon among others.

As travelers continue to flock to the Cebu South Bus Terminal for the long weekend, the bus driver expects to have more exciting fun-packed road trips ahead. -Yssa Jalmasco (with a report from Gladdys Toabi)

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