Iglesia endorses Osmena, Labella; Cops deployed for poll duties; Trouble in Tuburan–Cebu News Digest for May 6, 2016

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This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, May 6, 2016.

LOCAL CHOICES. Iglesia Ni Cristo, which boasts of bloc voting, has reportedly endorsed Tomas Osmena and Hilario Davide. (Photo from iglesianicristo.net)
LOCAL CHOICES. Iglesia Ni Cristo, whose members are said to vote by bloc, has reportedly endorsed Tomas Osmena and Winston Garcia. (Photo: Iglesianicristo.net)

Iglesia Ni Cristo chooses Osmeña over Rama

The influental Iglesia Ni Cristo has released its list of local candidates it will support in the local elections and former mayor Tomas Osmena got the sect’s support. However, Mayor Mike Rama is unfazed despite not getting INC’s endorsement.

I’m very grateful especially that they are voting as a bloc. If each member can bring two voters each, okay na oi. Tomas Osmeña

I can’t do anything. But the last time, they supported my opponent, but I won. It shoud have been additional votes though. Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

Read: Cebu Daily News: Iglesia chooses Osmena over Rama, Davide over Garcia

PRO 7 deploys 1,500 cops

PRO 7 director Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador reminded the 1,500 policemen deployed for election duties to remain professional and avoid partisan activities. Majority of the policemen–940–will be deployed in Cebu Province, while 490 will be assigned in Bohol. They are from the regional training center, regional headquarters, Regional Public Safety Battalion and the Police Office from Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City.

I know this is a difficult job for us, but I am confident with your training and our preparations. Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr.

Read: Freeman: PRO 7 chief reminds cops to stay apolitical

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops told to use only ‘necessary force’ in election duties

Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 head says 2016 elections ‘very crucial’

Armed men in Tuburan

Witnesses told policemen that armed men openly carry high-powered firearms in the mountain barangays of Tuburan, one of the election hotspots in Cebu. This was the latest development after Luduvico Oroquero, a former barangay captain identified with mayoralty candidate Daphe Lagon, was arrested for the ambush of Rene Cangmaong, a personal body guard of reelections Democrityo Diamante. Cops also found a cache of firearms reportedly owned by Oroquero.

We have ordered intensified checkpoints and we are monitoring areas where possible eruption of violence might happen. PRO 7 Chief Supt Patrocinio Comendador.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Cops intensify checkpoints in Tuburan.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops arrest suspect in shooting of Tuburan mayor’s bodyguard.

Freeman: Diamante cries harassment after ambush on bodyguard.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Comelec asks for additional P5.7M from Cebu City Hall

» Sun.Star Cebu: Eduardo Gullas III top absentee in Talisay City with 60 missed sessions

» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City spends P39M for new traffic lights, CCTV

» Sun.Star Cebu: Diola expresses concerns on surveys, says voters may not go through ‘search for truth’

» Sun.Star Cebu: Rama turns over P33.6M projects in four barangays

» The Freeman: Pitalo chapel needs P1.4M for rehab

» The Freeman: Carcar City’s anti-crime czar arrested for illegal possession of firearms

» The Freeman: Liloan mayor, 12 officials face charges over ‘overpriced garbage hauling contract’

» Cebu Daily News: One Cebu wants five cops transferred

» Cebu Daily News: Rama denies allowing City Hall workers to process ‘green cards.’

» Cebu Daily News: Lapu-Lapu City mayoralty candidate files estafa case vs. Soon-Ruiz

» Cebu Daily News: BOPK vows to increase scholars’ stipend from P10K to P50K.

» Cebu Daily News: 2 USC graduates in top 10 of Civil engineering exam.

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Furniture makers to re-think design to remain competitive

» Sun.Star Cebu: DOE 7 assures of stable power supply for May 9 polls

» The Freeman: Inflation grew by 1.1 percent in April

» The Freeman: Central Visayas has P90 billion worth of long-term projects

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu Chamber extends support to NBI

» Cebu Daily News: Developers urged to tap leisure market

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Golfers laud LJ Go’s triumph in the US

» The Freeman: Flame It Burger celebrates 14th anniversary with 2nd fun run

» Cebu Daily News: CCSC hopes to extend summer grassroots program

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