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Lapu dogs take center stage

ABOUT 200 dogs, mostly imported breeds, joined Lapu-Lapu City’s “Bark For Love” dog parade held in barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, yesterday morning.

The activity is part of the city’s anti-rabies program held as a post-Valentine activity for dog owners. The parade ended at the Liberty Shrine located a few meters from the barangay hall.

It was followed by a dog clinic, dog float competition and a pet blessing. Owners also availed of free rabies vaccination, deworming, neutering and grooming.

Prizes offered include an overnight stay at a resort plus P7,000 cash for the mini-float competition and P5,000 top prize for the dog parade event.

Among those who joined were the Cebu South Dog Club, Southwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, Philippines Veterinary Medical Association Central Visayas Chapter, and Veterinary Medicine Clinicians Society. Correspondent Norman V. Mendoza

Crackdown on obscene tabloids up

THE crackdown on dealers and distributors of tabloids containing obscene photos and stories will continue unabated, the Cebu City’s Anti-Indecency Board (CCAIB) said yesterday.

CCAIB chairperson Lucelle Mercado said last Friday’s operation that led to the arrest of five persons who distributed lewd Manila-based tabloids in downtown Cebu City won’t be the last.

A complaint will be filed against tabloid vendors Rosita Lim, Andres Cervantes and Eldiconda Ministerio; DVD vendor Belal Marcino; and Jacinto Ybanez, a distributor of reading materials.

The suspects are presently detained at the Carbon Police detention cell. They will be facing a complaint before the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office for violating Cebu City Ordinance 1408 or the Anti-Indecency Ordinance.

The suspects will also be charged with violating Article 201 or the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines that prohibits “obscene publications and exhibitions and indecent shows”.

Mercado said the board will convene to decide whether or not to file charges against the editors of the confiscated tabloids Toro, Bagong Toro, Bomba, Remate and Hataw.

Some of these tabloids didn’t mention the name of their editors. Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol

Not the end, Palma says

THE sinkholes and the earthquake that struck Cebu in the past few weeks don’t signal the end of the world, but rather indicate how much work should be done to make it a better place.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma gave this advice to the Cebuano faithful during a homily for the 26th National Migrants Day yesterday at the Mariner’s Court in Cebu City.

“These signs should challenge us to do the best we can to make the world a better place to live in. And this calls for first, conversion in a personal level and of course conversion as a society,” Palma said.

He said the sinkholes in Dumanjug, Ginatilan and Dalaguete towns and the earthquake remind us about the reality of imperfection in the country and the rest of the world.

Palma said that all these signs and danger signals are reminders for us to go back to God. “Don’t believe in reports about the end of the world. The Bible is the first to remind us that only God knows it,” he said. Correspondent Carine M. Asutilla

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