This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, July 13, 2016.
Improved internet services leads to GDP growth.
AN online firm sees the government’s initiative to roll out free public WiFi spots around the country and the president Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to telcos to improve internet service as a boost for online commerce. The free public WiFi project of the Department of Science and Technology covers 1,435 Classes 1 and 2 municipalities. World Bank studies also show that every 10 percent increase in broadband internet penetration translates into a 1.38 percent increase in a country’s gross domestic product.
It’s a clear win together (initiative)…(public WiFi) would benefit the whole community…for everyone to become better and informed consumers. OLX Philippines general manager Giancarlo Bonsei.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Philippine economy to boost from public WiFi.
Freeman: Slow internet hinders online biz in PHL.
Tomas fires 540 health workers.
Close to 600 barangay health workers were fired by Mayor Tomas Osmena, becoming the latest casualties in his cleansing of Cebu City Hall. However, Philip Zafra of Tisa and Ramil Ayuman of Apas will defy the order of Tomas, which they say will affect their barangay’s health services.
All barangay health workers who are receiving salary and/or honorarium from the city government are terminated from service effective today. All officers in charge of the concerned departments and/or agencies are hereby directed to implement this order immediately. Tomas Osmena memo terminating barangay health workers.
We have to be circumspect. Just because the barangay captain is from the ooposition, he would also go after the barangay because in that sense, te services will be paralyzed. We are here to serve, but they are making it difficult for us. Tisa barangay captain Philipp Zafra.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: After daycare workers, it’s the turn of 540 health workers to lose jobs.
War against drugs
In the latest war against drugs stories, 30 police officers will preceive close to half a million peso as a reward from the Capitol, while a Cebu City councilor wants Osmena to shed light on his alleged relationship with slain druglord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz. Osmena earlier admitted that Jaguar tried to contribute millions to his campaign.
Ang iyang pag-angkon maoy pagmatuod nga suod nga managhigala sila si Mayor Osmena ug si Jaguar. Councilor Jun Alcover.
War against drugs update.
Sun.Star Cebu: 30 cops share P500,000 reward for efforts against drugs; 67 face relief over inaction.
Sun.Star Cebu:Alcover wants Osmena to explain relationship with Jaguar.
Sun.Star Cebu: Drug lord who surrendered to NBI pleads not guilty to drugs, gun charges.
Sun.Star Cebu: Cop caught in drug den passes drug test, but still not off the hook.
Sun.Star Cebu: Man kills two in drug-induced rage
Sun.Star Cebu: 14 canyoneering guides in Badian test positive for shabu in surprise drug test
Sun.Star Cebu: Cambinocot addicts take up farming.
Cebu Daily News: Members of 2 police agencies face mass relief over failure to deliver in fight vs. drugs.
Cebu Daily News: Alcover asks, why did Jaguar offer money to Tomas?
Cebu Daily News: Flag 7 to help monitor extra-judicial killings.
Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 to prove who owns island allegedly used as shabu lab
Cebu Daily News: BIR to conduct probe on Peter Lim, ex-general Loot.
Other Cebu News.
Sun.Star Cebu: Metro Cebu urges squatters relocation, widening of rivers to battle flooding problem
Sun.Star Cebu: COA calls out Cebu Province’s failure to implement 51 projects
Sun.Star Cebu: Province sold P214 million worth of land without approval
Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City councilor mulls lawsuit against Lastimosa over Peter Lim insinuations
Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu traffic office to go after dispatchers
Freeman: Rep. Gullas to refile bill for Cebu’s LRT system
Cebu Daily News: UNCLOS rules, China’s 9-dash line has no legal basis
Cebu Daily News: City Hall to set up help desk for LGBT community
Cebu Business News.
Sun.Star Cebu: PHL to lure back teachers who worked abroad
Freeman: BIR relies on voluntary compliance with suspension on tax audit
Cebu Daily News: Foreign direct investments grow $2.2 billion
Cebu Sports News.
Freeman: Up next for ALA–Nietes vs. Estrada
Sun.Star Cebu: Casimero to defend belt in London
Cebu Daily News: Toring siblings leaves SWU for Adamson
Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: UN tribunal did not address issue on military facilities
Orlando Carvajal: The legacy of Fr. Romano
Bong Wenceslao: Duterte should act on tribunal’s ruling
Eddie Barrita: PHL’s game today–surrender or die
Freeman Editorial: National ID system should be rejected
Bobit Avila: Will VP Robredo seek probe on husband’s death?
Korina Sanchez: Death tally shows vigilantism is alive in our country
Jerry Tundag: Probe on killings must involve PNoy