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Abduction of Cebu Coed a Hoax



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The claims of a female college student that she was kidnapped on Monday was all made up.

Carbon Police Station chief Jacinto Mandal, whose jurisdiction included the vicinity of the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) where the alleged abduction occurred, on Tuesday said the 21-year-old working student of a local university made up the story because of money problems.

Cebu City Police Office Director Joel Doria, meanwhile, ordered the filing of a criminal case against the student.

Mandal said the student confessed that she allegedly lost the Php4,000 books sales entrusted to her by their dean and she needed money to replenish the amount. But Mandal believed the student did not really lose the money but had actually spent it for personal use.

Police investigation revealed that the fake kidnap victim had earlier tried to borrow money from a classmate claiming that her father in Leyte was sick and needed financial help for his medication, which also turned out to be a lie.

The father was not sick and Mandal believed the student lied as she was already desperate to replenish the money she had spent.

Her very concerned father and mother arrived from Leyte early Tuesday dawn only to find out about the truth.

On Monday morning, the student was reported to have been kidnapped by three unidentified foreigners and two Filipinos while on her way to school along Leon Kilat Streeet here near the CEC campus.

Her brother sought the help of the police after receiving text messages from the fake victim that she was forced inside a van with plate number PMQ 128.

However, when police went to investigate the area, they found no trace of a commotion and suspected that no kidnapping had ever taken place.

Investigators also traced the plate number, which is registered to a Toyota Fortuner owned by a woman based in Caloocan City.

As communication through text and Facebook messenger between the student and her elder sister continued despite the alleged abduction, Mandal said he instructed the older sister to tell the student to come home because they already knew about her problem and that she was already forgiven.

Around 8 p.m. Monday, the student was found in northern Liloan town where she sought help from a resident in Barangay Jubay as she claimed to have escaped from her kidnappers.

But during the interrogation, the student admitted that she was never kidnapped. She confessed that she was just roaming around the city the whole time and took a passenger jeepney to Liloan later in the afternoon of Monday.

The family of the student made a public apology on Tuesday, especially to the parents who were worried over the incident.

They said they never thought the student could do such a thing as she was a responsible daughter and very active in church activities. (With reports from Michelle Bugtai/PNA)

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment



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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t




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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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Sinulog 2018 Draws 1.4-M Crowd




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More than 1.4 million revelers crowded the streets of Cebu City for this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday.

Newly-installed Police Regional Office-7 Director, Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, made the crowd estimate around 3 p.m. when the people’s turnout was at its peak.

Communication again became a problem as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) re-implemented a city-wide signal shutdown from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but the signal was fully restored by 9 p.m.

Organizers and police used two-way hand-held radios for communication.

Quenery said the signal shutdown had to be implemented to ensure the safety and security of Sinulog revelers, guests and participants.

The Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade started at around 8 a.m. was participated in by 30 contingents, including those from out of town — Pangalao of Panglao (Bohol), Buyugan of Abuyug (Leyte), Tribu Kalivungan of North Cotabato, and Katbalogan of Samar and Leyte.

Several showbiz personalities from Manila joined the Grand Parade such as “Kapamilya” stars Maja Salvador and Bea Alonzo.

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A Grand Finale, which was a musical presentation of the old and future Cebu, and a fireworks display culminated the Fiesta Señor celebrations.

No untoward incident was reported during the Sinulog Grand Parade, said Quenery minutes before the parade ended at the Cebu City Sports Center.

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Cebu Landmasters Eyes P7-B Reservation Sales This Year




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Listed property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) targets to hit Php7 billion in reservation sales this year, up 52 percent from Php4.58 billion posted last year.

CLI attributed its exceptional performance last year mainly to newly-launched residential projects, which are now almost fully sold.

“In 2018, we will continue to expand our footprint in the Visayas and Mindanao, and develop projects that respond to the growing market in these areas,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse.

The company will launch this year 20 new developments, among them two residential subdivisions, three residential condominiums, three offices, one hotel and one industrial park in Cebu; two residential condominiums and a hotel in Bacolod; and a residential condo in Iloilo.

It also plans to fortify its foothold in Mindanao where it will launch two residential subdivisions and one residential condominium in Cagayan de Oro, while a central business district and two residential condominiums will be unveiled in Davao.

The upcoming projects boost CLI’s total number of projects to 66 from 46 last year, as it continues to strengthen its brand in its niche markets.

Soberano is confident of meeting performance targets set for the year and beyond.

The company targeted to book Php1.7 billion in profit and Php5.3 billion in revenue in 2018.

It expects that hikes in household income resulting from the newly approved package 1 of the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will be channeled to housing.

CLI said government spending in infrastructure was also expected to unlock land values outside Metro Manila and stimulate business in the countryside.

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