This is the roundup of stories that appeared in local publications today, Feb. 22, 2016.
Presidential bets vow to tackle poverty.
The five leading candidates for the 2016 presidential election joined the first public debate in 24 years and presented their visions for the country. The debate, the first of three, had Vice President Jejomar Binay, Mar Roxas, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Among those discussed were the candidates’ plans to tackle poverty, corruption and even the rice smuggling cartel.
Sus, Ma’am. I’ll do it in three to six months. Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the rice smuggling cartel.
Sun.Star Cebu: Presidential bets present vision for PHL.
Taxi fare reduction
COMMUTERS will get another break after the Land Trasportation Franchisin and Regulatory Board promised to reduce the taxi fare by P1 this week. Negros Oriental Rep. Manuel Iway said LTFRB will reduce the add-on fare to P2.50 from P3.50 for every 300 meters. Iway also said the flag down rate–currently at P30 with the automatic P10 deduction–will be recalibrated to P30 from P40.
A lot of arguments happen between passengers and drivers so it’s better to calibrate the flagdown rate to P30. Manuel Iway, Negros Oriental First District representative.
Freeman: LTFRB to reduce taxi fare this week.
Tom asked: Where are the 25 patrol cars?
Former councilor Joy Pesquera, who is running for a seat in the City Council again, is asking former Mayor Cebu City Tom Osmena where the 25 patrol cars are that he bought for the city. In an online post, an account named Jocelyn Pesquera said Osmena bought five patrol cars for Talamban, Banilad, Tabunan, Buhisan and Guadalupe last Jan. 17, 2013 at P648,000 each.
Why are they questioning that? If they see something wrong, then file a case. The burden of proof is with her who posted that. Tomas Osmena, former Cebu City mayor.
Read: Tom refutes Pesquera’s accusation on patrol car purchase.
Other Cebu News:
Sun.Star Cebu: Cops kill suspect in death of intelligence officer.
Sun.Star Cebu: One Cebu candidate slams rumors of Ouano’s death.
Sun.Star Cebu: Parents of triplets get aid from government, candidates.
Freeman: Church reminds faithful to pray during Lenten vacation.
Freeman: Greenpeace urges voters to choose pro-environment leaders.
Freeman: Cebu City honors traffic group, outstanding workers, officials.
Cebu Daily News: Rama wants election posters removed.
Cebu Daily News: Carmelite nuns recall sheltering Cory prior Edsa 1
Cebu Daily News: 50 CPDRC inmates learn new skills under ALU-TUCP program.
Cebu Business News:
Sun.Star Cebu: Retail, tourism boost Region 7 economy.
Sun.Star Cebu: Executive says PH needs better infrastructure to boost auto industry.
Freeman: Remittance expected to surge despite tension, drop in oil prices in Middle East.
Freeman: Demand for Cebuano products in China rises.
Cebu Daily News: Family-owned restaurant opens new branch in Cebu.
Cebu Sports News.
Sun.Star Cebu: Tabal wins SM2SM run.
Freeman: San Roque wins Girls 23 division of Thirsty Cup.
Cebu Daily News: Meralco extends undefeated run.