Last Monday, a street caroler who claimed to have been bewitched by his aunt, went on a shooting rampage, killing his cousin and two friends and hurting his niece. In Mandaue City, police said they are powerless to deal with drag racers who are described to be endangering the lives of motorists.

Following news reports of a dead man whose nose was allegedly gnawed by rats inside a hospital facility, the Department of Health-Central Visayas asked Cebu City Medical Center to stop using the large cargo container for holding dead bodies.

Meanwhile, Barangay Basak-San Nicolas captain George Rama was laid to rest yesterday at the Cebu Memorial Park after he succumbed to pneumonia sepsis.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, February 4, 2015:

Sambag II Fire
SAMBAG II FIRE. Fire razed this boarding house on Tambis St., Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City early Tuesday morning. Fire investigators estimated property damage at P150,000. (Photo posted on Facebook by Ryan Sorote of TV 5)

Shooting rampage kills three, hurts minor

Thirty-year-old Renato Cabradilla shot dead his cousin Gerardo Tangayan, 46, and siblings Jeffrey Cabucayan, 23 and Jerome, 19, and hurt his niece, Rejel Tangayan, 16, in the process.

This shooting rampage took place last Monday in the mountain barangay of Buot, Cebu City.

The suspect blamed his aunt for casting a spell on him, damaging his health, although he admitted to planning the killing. He and his aunt had a spat over land owned by their grandparents.

“Dili ko moinom. Dili ko magdrugs. Wala gyud koy bisyo. Pero mura ko og adik-adik tan-awon. Wa nako kasabot. Mura ko gikan nikatkat og pito ka bungtod. Ing-ana kasakit akong lawas ” — Renato Cabradilla, as quoted in Sun.Star Cebu. (I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t have any vice. But I look like an addict. (I don’t understand. I feel like I climbed seven mountains. That’s how much my body aches).

The police are now preparing complaints for three counts of murder and frustrated murder against Cabradilla.

Illegal Drag racing continues in Mandaue; authorities ‘powerless’ to stop activity

Drag racing continues to happen in Mandaue City, particularly the North Reclamation Area and authorities are powerless to stop it, The Freeman reported.

Police Officer 2 Rosendo Ortalla Jr. of the Mandaue City Police Office Traffic Division confirmed to the newspaper that illegal drag racing still persists. He said they find it hard to stop the illegal racing because the participants just park their motorcycles by the roadside as soon as police enforcers are spotted.

He said the racers are not afraid of them because they could only issue citation tickets that carry a P200 fine. Mandaue traffic enforcers cannot issue temporary operator’s permits (TOPs) or confiscate licenses because their deputation by the Land Transportation Office 7 had expired.

Traffic Efficiency Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) chief Edwin Ermac said traffic enforcers are only fielded up to 9 p.m. and the skeletal force that remains are assigned to towing operations.

A taxi driver shared with The Freeman that he nearly hit the center island of the North Reclamation Area last Monday to avoid a motorcycle that took part in a drag race.

“Kataw-an ra gyud ta ana nila kun mo-issue ta og citation ticket kay dili man ta makakuha sa ilang lisensya. Ang P200 pwede ra sad dili bayran ug huwaton lang nila nga ikiha sila sa korte unya ang outcome igo ra pud silang pamultahan gihapon og P20.” — TEAM Chief Edwin Ermac

DOH Central Visayas tells CCMC not to use a cargo container for dead bodies; CCMC cannot comply yet

The Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas asked Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) officials to stop using a cargo container to keep dead bodies. Also, DOH urged the Cebu City Government to fast-track the construction of a new CCMC building.

These recommendations were provoked by the news of a family allegedly discovering a dead relative with nose gnawed by rats inside the container that is parked in front of the Bureau of Fire Protection compound along N. Bacalso Ave.

However, Rey Cris Panugaling, CCMC chief of operations for administration, said they cannot comply with the DOH advice yet because they have no other area to hold the bodies in.

Basak Barangay Captain George Rama laid to rest

Barangay Basak-San Nicolas captain George Rama was laid to rest yesterday at Cebu Memorial Park.

George, 66, was Basak San Nicolas barangay captain from 1989 until he was elected city councilor in 2001. In 2007, he ran again for barangay captain and held the post until his death last Jan. 26. He died of pneumonia sepsis.

“He is leaving an imprint of an exceptional public service. I am so proud of him because he is not only the protector and defender of Rama clan but also of the entire Barangay San Nicolas. I love him so much because he fought to defend and protect us without minding his own life.” — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, cousin of George Rama

  • Sun.Star Cebu: With dancing, stories, crowd says goodbye
  • The Freeman: George Rama laid to rest
Feb. 4 front pages of Cebu newspapers
TOP STORIES. Today’s front pages of Cebu Daily News and Sun.Star Cebu.

Other top Cebu News Stories

The Freeman: Public urged to report motorcycles bought at a cheap price and without proper documents

The Freeman: Comelec to save big on postponement of SK elections supposedly scheduled for Feb. 21, 2015

Sun.Star Cebu: P189 million in farm-to-market-road projects of Capitol near fruition: official

Sun.Star Cebu: DENR stops Pinamungajan from cutting 65 trees for hospital expansion project

Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor Rama can’t appropriate funds for Colon revitalization project through an executive order; only City Council has power to do so, says Department of Interior and Local Government official

Cebu Business headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: PAL cuts 227 customer service jobs in Manila, Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI warns public against 43 freight forwarders, subjects of complaints about undelivered balikbayan boxes

The Freeman: SEC advises public to be cautious with financial investments that guarantee high returns within a short time

The Freeman: Cebu as education tourism destination far-fetched, academe remains uncooperative

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