This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 1, 2016.
Let’s all dance to the tune of change.
Local leaders, and even the local chapters of militant groups, are echoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for change during his inauguration yesterday in Malacanang. Bayan-Central Visayas chairman Jaime Paglinawan said a coalition of farmers, workers, students, women, drivers and other sectors, have drafted a 15-point people’s agenda, which their counterparts in Manila presented to Duterte yesterday.
“Naglaum mi nga sa dihang paglingkod ni Duterte, maghatag og bag-ong color ug kinabuhi diha sa mamumuo, sa mga kabus ug ingon man sa atong ka-estyudyantehan nga ang mga palisiya dili unta kontra-katawhan, kon dili mga palisiya nga maghatag og kasiguraduhan ngadto sa mga katawhan.” — Father Ray Gelloagan, United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
“That (reducing red tape) is precisely what I wish the president will work on. It is Congress that passes all of these laws that is very hard to work with. So now, it is a mess. We’re going to change things. We don’t care if they have clearances. Just pay your taxes.” — Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena.
Tomas to cut City Hall’s politicized payroll; cites ambulances having 20 personnel each as example of waste of funds
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena warned employees that he will not be afraid to boot out employees caught for corruption, even if they are his appointees. Osmena said he has suspended almost 400 employees since his first year as mayor who were caught for corrupt practices. He also cited the Cebu City Medical Center as one of the most-corrupt department in City Hall, citing the numerous instances of medical supplies getting stolen.
I have the intention to bring down our payroll. It’s very bloated. Its so politicized and I don’t know what they are doing. For instance, every ambulance has 20 personnel. They can’t even fit inside the ambulance. — Mayor Tomas Osmena.
Mike to sue for libel people who accused him of using drugs
Former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama said he and his family has been hurt by accusations that he is into drugs and coddled drug lords and is asking his allies to sue the accusers for libel. During a speech in the oath-taking of Team Rama councilors, the former mayor asked his allies–especially the lawyers–to check those who accused him of being into illegal drugs.
My family has been hurt, wounded and my relatives in America has been teeling me why I am not making an issue about it. Wala gyud ko magtuo jasta akong mga paryente, wala magtuo nga mamahimo kong addict after 24 years of serving the public. Former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama.
Other Cebu Stories
» Sun.Star Cebu: 84 pushers, addicts turn themselves in to Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu police as Digong takes office
» Cebu Daily News: Gullas vows to improve Talisay’s services, promises free health care for seniors, PWDs
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