This is the roundup of stories that came out in the local papers on Feb. 11, 2016.
44-year-old Mactan bridge faces collapse
DPWH warned that should the long-delayed repair of the Mandaue-Mactan bridge be postponed anew, the 44-year-old structure may collapse.
The repair was supposed to start last August but was postponed because of the Apec summit, Christmas season, Sinulog celebration and finally the International Eucharistic Conggres.
It’s possible that it will collapse because the support in the first bridge is so rusty, so we have to hasten the repair. DPWH spokesperson Marie Nillama.
Sun.Star Cebu: Officials eye two shifts to ease bridge traffic.
P375M vs. P2.8B
The Cebu City council is at odds again regarding the suplemental budget. Some members asked the executive department to submit a supplemental budget for the P375 million payment for the South Road Properties, while some also asked a judge to deny a petition that would compel them to discuss the P2.8 billion supplemental budget proposed in 2015.
The P375M supplemental budget is supposed to cover the P188 million amortization the city needs to pay on Feb. 20 and Aug. 20.
There has never an instance when any local government unit has defaulted on its payment. Should this happen, all will be affected. The country’s risk rating may deteriorate. We certainly do not want to be the reason for this catastrophe. Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmena.
Poe reaches out to Cebuanos.
Presidential candidate Grace Poe admitted she lacks the support of local politicians for the 2016 presidential elections and concedes rivals Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay have the upperhand. However, she is hopeful the influential Durano clan will back her bid.
Ace (Durano) is very amiable and intelligent. We are grateful to Congressman Durano. But when it comes to Bakud, any statement of support must comes from them. Sen. Grace Poe.
Other Cebu News:
Cebu Daily News: Dizon quits post after failing to secure support against Labella veto on demolition.
Sun.Star Cebu: Bohol keeps lead in official tally but unofficial count has Cebu City leading in Cviraa.