An earthquake with an intensity of 3.7 on the Richter Scale rattled the residents of Tabogon, Cebu while intensity 3 was felt in Bogo and other parts of Cebu around 4:51 p.m. yesterday.
WITH so many politicians around, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña likened his and wife Margot's joint birthday party last night to a national political convention. It did have the same elements: a large crowd of 2,000 guests at the SM Trade Hall, speeches peppered with endorsements for 2010, at least 150 lechon and even some celebrity appearances, in this case by boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and his mother Dionisia.
The mayor and Sen. Mar Roxas introduced Vice Mayor Michael Rama as the "future mayor" of Cebu City. The local opposition was nowhere in sight, but the mayor was in such a good mood that he even welcomed a birthday cake sent by businessman Jonathan Guardo.
The mayor thanked his wife for never meddling in the affairs of the city, "unlike the first ladies of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu."
"She is one of the best first ladies you can find. Wala ko kita niya mag apil-apil sa activities sa City Hall." He also presented her with a senior citizen's vest and discount card.
But the most widely applauded senior citizen of the evening was Pacquiao's mother Dionisia, who was welcomed with a standing ovation. She later danced the boogie.
Pacquiao himself sang three songs, posed with guests and later, on his way to the restroom, had to bring his security team along to keep fans from mobbing him.
Also among the guests were Sens. Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Francisco Pangilinan; singer Danny Javier of the Apo Hiking Society; game show host and government executive Edu Manzano; Mayors Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City and Adelino Sitoy of Cordova; businessmen, city councilors and barangay captains.
The mayor, in his speech, paid tribute to Edward and Eleanor Hayco, as well as the 7,700 dancers who recently set a Guinness world record for the largest dance class. He also acknowledged "Raul and Steve" of Houston, who took care of him when he arrived in the United States to begin cancer treatment last year.
VILLAGERS of Buhisan, Cebu City got a fright yesterday morning after a headless corpse was found in a slope.
The man's head was later found some 15 meters away from the corpse.
He was identified as Jun Otum Ngoho, 23, a resident of Sitio Kalumboyan, Barangay Buhisan.
Suspects Richie Subkay, 21, of Pagadian City and a 16-year-old boy surrendered to the Punta Princesa police station past shortly past noon yesterday.
Subkay admitted beheading the victim with just a knife, but police doubt he would have been able to do that with just that weapon. He also did not surrender the knife he allegedly used.
Shirley Autor, 22, told police that at about 1 a.m. yesterday, she was awakened by the minor who was together with the victim and Subkay and they bought from her sari-sari store a bottle of rum and a pouch of concentrated iced tea. The three then allegedly sat and drank outside her store.
At the height of their drinking, Autor allegedly heard the three plan to go to a benefit dance at sitio Punso of the same barangay.
There was nothing heard of the three until the two suspects surrendered to the police almost 12 hours later.
Investigators said on their way to the benefit dance, the suspects and the victim, all already drunk, were allegedly trying to one-up each other on who was among them was the bravest.
The victim eventually got on the nerves of the other two and they killed him.
Police found the lifeless body of the victim was lying prone and his head about 15 meters away.
Police recovered a pair of green rubber slippers, another pair of black rubber slippers, and a half-empty bottle of rum nearby. The area was estimated to be about 50 meters away from Autor's store.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 yesterday warned drivers and leaders of Nagkahiusang Drivers sa Sugbo (Nadsu) that they will be penalized if they will hold a transport strike in Metro Cebu today.
LTFRB 7 Director Romulo Bernardes said that in the last Nadsu-initiated transport strike, the franchises of seven jeepney operators were suspended and six other operators are still under investigation.
Meanwhile, the Cebu City Government is ready for today's transport strike.
City Councilor Gerardo Carillo gave this assurance yesterday after meeting with members of the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) to prepare for the protesting drivers.
Carillo, the CDCC action officer, said command stations will be set up at Vice Mayor Michael Rama's office in the community police action center (Compact) office at the Plaza Sugbu outside City Hall.
The Police Regional Office-7 has formed Task Force Kapayapaan Central Visayas for the security management in the area in relation to the State of the Nation Address of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today.
"Education is the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams," she said. "Everyone must do whatever we can to give our young people a good education and a good start."
In its 16-page report submitted to Arroyo on Sunday, the PTFE informed her about "a significant drop in the incidence of malnutrition among public elementary school children from 21 percent to 17 percent in 2007."
Former President Corazon Aquino herself was being prodded to run for a second term as her stay in Malacañang was about to end.
It was explained to Aquino that the single-term limit did not apply to her since she did not come to power under the present Constitution that bars presidents from seeking reelection.
"But my answer was a categorical no," Aquino remembers telling advisers in an essay in her book In the Name of Democracy and Prayer, an anthology of her selected speeches published in 1995.
"I had not been inaugurated under the present Constitution and it did not bind me in strict terms, but I had campaigned for it and therefore took upon myself the moral obligation to follow, if not its letter then its spirit, that a presidency must accomplish its goal within six years."
Aquino then used her final State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 1991 as an opportunity to say goodbye to the nation aside from spelling out the achievements of her presidency that ended a dictatorship."My term is ending. And so is yours. As we came, so should we go," Aquino first reminded her audience, made up mostly of her allies in Congress who were elected in the first free elections after the Marcos dictatorship.
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, Contador's teammate at Astana, was third overall at 5:24.
The World Bank said the Internet and mobile phones had given businesses a much wider customer base, translating into higher profits.
The Philippines, tagged as the "texting" capital of the world, is one of the top investment sites for firms engaged in IT (information technology) and IT-enabled services. Revenue generated by IT firms reached $6 billion last year, a substantial leap from the $100 million seen in 2001, World Bank said.
More jobs are also being created by the two sectors. As of mid-2008, the report added, the two industries employed 345,000 people in the Philippines, up by more than three times from 100,000 in 2004.