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ONLY five candidates in Cebu province submitted their report of campaign expenditures before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) so far. The deadline is June 12.

Re-elected Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing of Cebu’s 6th district topped the list with P788,612.40. His expenses came from payments to campaigners, clerks and other staff.

He said he spent P132,650 for his staff members with the rest of the amount covering travel, communication bills, employment of watchers at the polls, campaign materials and rent for headquarters.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Miguel Antonio Magpale reported that he spent P136,825.82 to win re-election in the 5th district while Ramon “Monching” Durano V’s losing campaign for a PB seat in the same district said he spent P104,574.

Losing PB candidate Benjamin Batiquin said he spent P86,288 for his campaign in the 5th district while PB Member Sergio Restauro said he spent P66,000 for his re-election bid in the 1st district. Correspondent Peter Romanillos


THE Cebu City Police Office will deploy more personnel in the city streets to conduct traffic in major chokepoints in the city with the anticipated heavier volume of vehicles next week.

Senior Supt. Mariano Natu-el Jr., acting Cebu City police chief, said private schools are expecting more students to attend classes compared to last Monday’s school opening.

He advised parents to send their children to school early to avoid the heavy traffic.

There were no untoward incidents reported last week, Natu-el said. Correspondent Chito Aragon


THE Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be held in all the cathedrals, shrines, and parishes all over the country at 10 a.m today.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will preside over the Mass and consecration at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu .

Palma said invitations were sent to President Benigno Aquino III, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, the Senate President and other government officials to join the event.

“I hope we will receive blessings from Jesus through Mary. May the country be spared from calamities. May we change for the better and realize the development we have been longing for,” he said.

The national consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is part of the preparation for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country in 2021.

Today’s activity falls on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol

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