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Malapascua Island execs press Cebu gov on eco-tourism plan

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CEBU CITY  Officials of Barangay Logon, known popularly as Malapascua Island off Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu, have asked Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III to implement the eco-tourism development plan that has been stalled for several years.
Barangay Logon Captain Rex Novabos said they want Davide to implement at least the components of the Malapascua Island Eco-Tourism Development Plan (MIEDP).
These include the construction of the barangay port or wharf, circumferential road, police headquarters and police outpost in the island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province.
Novabos said implementation of the MIEDP is “necessary for the development of Malapascua Island into a world class tourist destination.”

VP Binay, mayor-son, 20 others face plunder raps

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QUEZON CITY - A former political opponent has filed plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr., in connection with the alleged overpricing of a construction of a parking building in 2007.
In a nine-page affidavit filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, lawyer Renato Bondal, who was the younger Binay's opponent in the 2013 elections, and Nicolas "Ching" Enciso VI, a former candidate in Makati, accused the two Binays and 21 other respondents of allegedly overpricing the construction of the New Makati City Parking Building along F. Zobel St. in Barangay Poblacion.
The complainants said at least P1.56 billion was paid for the construction of the building but data from the National Statistics Office showed that it should have only cost P245 million "or an enormous overprice of more than P1.314 billion."
 Mayor Binay  said he and his father, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, will remain focused on their works as they will not be distracted by “fabricated complaints that are clearly connected to the 2016 elections.”
“The Vice President and myself will remain focused on our work. We will continue working to improve the lives of our people, especially the poor,” the mayor said in reaction to the filing of a plunder complaint before the Ombudsman by a group composed of personalities whom he described as “perennial contenders and serial losers in Makati elections.”
MANILA -- The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has extended for 20 days the temporary restraining order (TRO) it earlier issued preventing the appointment of Atty. Amado Valdez as acting president of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).
This as a restive PLM community urged Atty. Artemio Tuquero to resign as PLM president to save the university from the backlash of the invalidation of his assumption as PLM president without appointment from Mayor Joseph Estrada due to old age of 82 and failure to meet the qualifications for the post.
Ang Pamantasan, the school student publication, has published a special issue exposing the untenable positon of Tuquero. 
In a two-page order dated July 21, 2014, Manila RTC Branch 24 Presiding Judge Liwliwa Hidalgo-Bucu has extended for 17 days the TRO earlier issued by Manila RTC First Vice Executive Judge Reynaldo Alhambra, which was effective for only three days.
Because of the extended TRO, former Justice Secretary and retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Artemio Tuquero will remain as PLM president at least for a period of 20 days.
Manila RTC Branch 24 Presiding Judge Liwliwa Hidalgo-Bucu has decided to extend the TRO after summary hearings were held on July 14 and 18, 2014 where both Tuquero and Valdez took the witness stand.

Philippine population hits 100 million

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KALIBO, Aklan -- Don't look now but the Philippine population will be officially 100 million next week.
The Commission on Population (Popcom) said it was expecting that the population reach 100 million on July 27.
The POPCOM-Western Visayas said it was anticipating that the 100th million Filipino to be born in the said date may be coming from either of the six provinces under the Western Visayas region and Iloilo City.
Popcom will award seven starter kits worth P5,000 each if a baby will be born at least around 12:06 of July 27. The said government agency has prepared at least one kit each for the six provinces and the city of Iloilo.
Among the criteria provided are: a child should be born in a government accredited hospital facility; born through normal or spontaneous delivery; parents must be a resident of the provinces in the region; and the health facility must observe Philippine Standard Time certified by the attending doctors.
Submission of name of child born on or nearest said time and date will be accommodated at the POPCOM regional office in Iloilo until August 4.

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