2 patay, 1 nawawala sa flashflood sa isang falls sa Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021   •   215

Natagpuan na ang bangkay ng dalawa sa tatlong indibidwal na napaulat na nawawala sa pagragasa ng tubig sa Tinubdan Falls sa Catmon, Cebu noong Linggo.

Ayon sa Catmon Police, natagpuan ang katawan ni Kenth Jude Monterola, 17, bandang alas-9 ng gabi habang ang bangkay naman ni Princess Alastra, 7, ay nakita noong Lunes ng alas-11 ng umaga.

Patuloy pang pinaghahanap ang isa sa mga biktima na kinilalang si Jacel Alastra, 32, at ina ni Princess.

Ang tatlo ay tinangay ng malakas na agos nang rumagasa ang tubig sa talon kung saan sila naliligo kasama ang iba pa nilang kasamahan.

Sa inisyal na imbestigasyon ng mga otoridad, makulimlim na at may inaasahang pag-ulan sa lugar at maaari umanong unang bumuhos ang ulan sa itaas ng bundok at bumaba ang tubig papunta sa nasabing talon.

Babala naman ng mga otoridad sa publiko na mag-ingat sa pamamasyal at paliligo sa mga talon, ilog at mga kahalintulad na  pasyalan lalo na kung maulan ang panahon dahil sa posibilidad ng biglang pagragasa ng malakas na agos ng tubig.

Bojo village in Cebu among UN’s 2021 ‘best tourism villages’ in the world

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – An area in Cebu has been recognized as one of the world’s “Best Tourism Villages” this year by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Visayas office said.

The DOT said the Bojo village in Aloguinsan, Cebu was among this year’s 44 communities in 32 countries that made it to the UNWTO list.

Bojo was the lone winner from the Philippines.

“Congratulations to Bojo, Aloguinsan, Cebu for being chosen as one of the World’s Best Tourism Villages for 2021 by the UNWTO. From more than 170 nominations submitted by 75 countries, Bojo, Aloguinsan shined bright as the lone winner from the Philippines,” the agency said in its social media account.

In its website, the UNWTO said the initiative was launched “to advance the role of tourism in safeguarding rural villages, along with their landscapes, natural and cultural diversity, and their local values and activities, including local gastronomy.”

It said the villages chosen this year “stand out for their natural and cultural resources as well as for their innovative and transformative actions and commitment to the development of tourism in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

The UNWTO said the villages were evaluated by an independent advisory board based on a set of criteria, including cultural and natural resources; promotion and conservation of cultural resources; economic, social, and environmental sustainability; tourism potential and development and value chain integration; governance and prioritization of tourism; infrastructure and connectivity; and health, safety and security.

“Tourism can be a driver of social cohesion and inclusion by promoting a fairer distribution of benefits throughout the territory and empowering local communities,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili was quoted as saying in its website.

“This initiative recognizes those villages committed to making tourism a strong driver of their development and wellbeing,” he added.

The awarding ceremony held in Madrid, Spain last December 2 was attended and represented by the Spain Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Philippe Jones Lhuillier and Asec. Verna Esmeralda C. Buensuceso.

The complete list can be viewed here.

The UNWTO said the next edition will open in February 2022.

4 kilograms of shark teeth seized in Mactan, Cebu

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a parcel containing 4.98 kilograms of extracted shark teeth misdeclared as plastic components for fashion accessories.

The shipment, which was seized in BOC Cebu-Subport of Mactan on Tuesday (August 31), was discovered through x-ray imaging which prompted the X-Ray inspection project team (XIP) to mark it for further verification.

Accordingly, BOC authorities conducted a physical examination on the parcel together with representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and DHL Express Cebu.

The BFAR representative confirmed the contents of the parcel to be shark teeth and not plastic components as declared and records show the shipment had no import permit issued by BFAR.

Acting District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.

The seized articles will be disposed of in accordance with existing customs laws and regulations after undergoing seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe on slay of Cebu radio commentator Cortes

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Friday said he has directed the Cebu Provincial Police Office to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of radio commentator Reynante “Rey” Cortes.

Eleazar said police investigators will look into the killing of Cortes, including threats that the victim may have had received.

“All angles will be investigated to determine the motive in the crime, especially if this was related to his profession,” the PNP chief said in a statement.

“The local police will also investigate if there were threats to his life prior to the incident,” he added.

Initial investigation showed that Cortes was shot dead on July 22 by an unidentified gunman after his radio program.

He was killed in front of the station DYRB Radyo Pilipino along N. Bacalso Avenue in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City.

Cortes was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Eleazar said investigators are coordinating with Cortes’ family, friends, and colleagues for information that could help the probe.

He also joined calls for justice in the killing of Cortes and underscored that threats and attacks against journalists have no space in a democratic country.

“Nananawagan tayo sa mga maaaring makapagbigay ng impormasyon sa kasong ito, makipagtulungan kayo sa mga awtoridad upang agarang maresolba at mabigyan ng hustisya ang pagkamatay ni Cortes,” he said.

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

info@untv-newsandrescue.com (General inquiries)

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.