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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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6 dead in a landslide in City of Naga, Cebu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

(Updated) CEBU, Philippines – Six were declared dead in a landslide in Barangay Tinaan in the City of Naga in Cebu province on Thursday, September 20.

Days of heavy rain triggered the side of the mountain in Sitio Sindulan in Barangay Tinaan to erode, according to PCInsp. Roderic Ylan Gonzales of City of Naga Police, covering about 20 houses with residents still trapped inside.

Three of the fatalities were initially identified as Beatriz Hope Echavez (4), Olivia Maratas (63) and Rose Ann Lubiano. The three other victims are yet to be identified, according to Jules Regner, PIO of PDRRMO-City of Naga, Cebu.

Authorities are now racing against time to rescue the remaining residents under the rubble.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III personally visited the site to check on the needs of the emergency workers and the waiting families.

Meanwhile, Barangay Tinaan and four other barangays Naalad, Cabungahan, Mainit, and Pangdan were all placed under a state of calamity due to the disaster. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

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Mayor of Ronda town in Cebu shot dead

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco III in Cebu City

CEBU, Philippines – Mayor Mariano Blanco III of Ronda City in Cebu was shot dead early dawn of Wednesday (September 5).

Based on the initial police report, four armed men got off a white van and stormed the municipal hall, ordering the guards to drop down and face the ground.

Seconds later, gunshots were heard from inside the Mayor’s office.

The suspects immediately fled the crime scene.

Mayor Blanco was rushed to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

“Sa pagkakaalam ko, nung nag-uusap kami, may banta sa kanya. May mga motor daw na dumadaan at tumatambay dyan. Sa aking palagay, kompyansa lang siguro sya na wala lang iyon, na hindi nya lang iyon binigyang pansin. Ang sa kanya lang noon bakit nandun sila tapos tatawag sya kung ano ang kailangan nila sa munisipyo,” explained Vice Mayor Rocky Gabatan.

Blanco was among the local executives being linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drugs trade.

Authorities immediately launched an investigation into the incident. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte calls on Cebu mayors to report drug problems directly

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. | PCOO/Richard Madelo


CEBU, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged over 200 mayors of Cebu to report directly to him or to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) all drug problems within their jurisdiction.

The President specifically emphasized the drug menace in the country, especially in Cebu province.

“Itong Talisay. Mauubos kayo diyan ng paunti-unti. Pulis ninyo dito sa Cebu mga adik. Halos lahat pati ang inyong mga opisyal. Maging ang inyong PDEA imbes pataas ang ranggo, yun pa ang distributor,” President Duterte said.

The President also warned local executives not to get involved in corruption and in any kind of illegal activity.

He assured them that by doing their duty faithfully, he will support and defend them if criticisms arise.

“You have to improve on your performance as mayor. You are the president there or representing me as president of your own republic. So you have to enforce the law against all. You avoid corruption because if it reaches the DILG and the recommendation, I cannot help you. But if you do your duty tapos magkaroon kayo ng kaso just like the police, I will support and defend you.” President Duterte said.

Once again, the President emphasized his objection to building a new casino in the country.

“I will not allow gambling. I am not issuing any franchise for gambling in the entire Philippines…I hate gambling. Ang nandyan na dito you enjoy it because you will not have it in other places. No more gambling” President Duterte said. – Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue


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