4 dead, 6 missing after Cebu mining pit collapsed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 22, 2020   •   653

MANILA, Philippines — At least four were confirmed dead, while six others are still missing after a mining pit in Barangay Biga, Toledo City, Cebu collapsed on Monday (December 21).

The victims’ bodies were recovered by authorities on Tuesday (December 22) during a rescue operation.

The said mining pit of Carmen Copper Corporation collapsed Monday afternoon. In a statement the mining corporation said the landslide occurred due to the heavy rains brought by tropical depression Vicky.

“As of this time we are in close coordination and communication with the affected immediate families and will continue to extend the needed support and assistance,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is also investigating other factors that could have triggered the landslide. Carmen Copper Corporation is among the biggest mining companies in Toledo City, Cebu. AAC

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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

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.

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.

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