This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 7, 2016.
2 Mandaue City Hall workers lose jobs over online game
TWO employees at the Mandaue City Hall lost their jobs after they were caught playing an online game during working hours. Mandaue City mayor Luigi Quisumbing, who posted a photo of the two on Facebook, said the two workers assigned at the City Planning and Development Office were caught playing Dota by an employee, who took a photo and sent it to his lawyer Mae Elaine Bathan.
“This photo of the incident was taken a few days ago, but we have been receiving reports that this has been the practice of some employees. we know who they are. They just lost their jobs this morning. I’m sure everybody knows that they should not be doing this.” — Mayor Luigi Quisumbing.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Playing Dota at work leads to Mandaue City Hall workers’ dismissal.
Freeman: Quisumbing fires workers for playing online games at City Hall.
Build dams to battle floods
The Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board is recommending three things to battle the flooding menace in Cebu. Engr. Fortunato Sanchez Jr says Cebu needs to implement an integrated drainange network plan, resolve road right of way issues and to build big dams to battle floods.
“There is a dire need for all stakeholders to act on (drainage plan) esepcially as Cebu City is a densely-populated city made vulnerable to floods since it is surrounded by mountainous barangays. Rainwater from the sloped areas will seep through the city heading to the open sea.” — Engr. Fortunato Sanchez Jr.
Read: Freeman: Metro Cebu Development Board wants integrated drainage plan to battle flooding problems.
Cebu Daily News: DPWH secretary vows swift, relentless action to solve Cebu’s flooding, traffic woes.
Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH blames clogged drainage for Cebu’s flood menace.
Retired police general Loot is a multi-millionaire
Daanbantayan mayor and former police general Vicente Loot is a multi-millionaire with over P110 million assets, based on the latest SALN he filed. Loot, one of the five generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte who allegeldy protected drug lords, listed 10 vehicles, a sports car, two jet skis, a speedboat, 12 house and lot units, four agricultural lots, beach front properties, a lending company and a cockpit arena as some of the properties he owned when his wife Maria Luisa, the former Daanbantayan mayor, submitted a SALN in 2011.
“I really want to clear my name. Whatever they want to happen, I will oblige. And I welcome any investigation to be conducted just to find out the truth. I and my wife are used to being accused of being drug protectors by political opponents. We really don’t care about it. But this one is different. The accusations came from the mouth of the President and it hurts.” — Former police general Vicente Loot.
Read: Cebu Daily News. Daanbantayan mayor wants to meet DU30, PNP chief to clear name
Related News: Sun.Star Cebu: Talisay City mayor praises DU30, but urges public not to judge 5 generals.
Sun.Star Cebu: Gen. Loot vows to prove that he never coddled drug lords.
PRO 7 says 49 percent of barangays in Region 7 infested with drugs
Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas of PRO 7 said 1,189 of 2,446 barangays in Region 7 are infested with drugs based on their records in the first quarter of the year. In Cebu City, all 80 barangays face a drug proble, while in Mandaue 27 villages have junkies or drug pushers.
“There are identified drug users or drug pushers in these barangays.” — Senior Supt. Rey Lyndond Lawas.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 records show all barangays in Cebu City face drug menace.
Other news on the war against drugs
Sun.Star Cebu: 3 more pushers die in latest police ops in Bacayan, Lahug.
Sun.Star Cebu: Catmon mayor’s younger brother joins surrenderees in war vs. drugs.
Sun.Star Cebu: Toledo mayor wants Dumpit as police chief, cites lack of faith in current chief in battle vs. drugs.
Sun.Star Cebu: CIDG nabs minor, 6 others in drug rain in Lapu-Lapu City.
Freeman: Tomas questions removal of Commendador, threatens to stop anti-drug ops if PNP reshuffle continues.
Freeman: PNP’s operation tukhang nets 97 more pushers, users.
Cebu Daily News: PNP officers in Lapu undergo suprise drug test.