After jeepney fares were slashed to P7 in Central Visayas, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will now look into cutting the fares for taxis and buses. In Talisay City, former mayor Soc Fernandez and Mayor Johnny de los Reyes exchanged stinging words over the cut in the budget for the mayor’s office.
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Here are the top Cebu news stories for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:
LTFRB studies cutting taxi, bus fares; P7 minimum jeepney fare takes effect today
After the minimum fare for jeepneys was cut to P7, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has asked its regional offices to simultaneously hold public hearings on a petition to cut fares for taxis and buses.
The P7 minimum fare will take effect in Cebu and throughout Central Visayas starting today.
The LTFRB will hold simultaneous consultations on January 16 on petitions to:
- Cut taxi flagdown rate to P30 from P40 and the charge for succeeding 300 meters to P2.50 from the current P3.50.
- Cut bus fare to P1.80 per succeeding kilometer from the current P2.
Sun.Star Cebu: LTFRB studies taxi, bus fare cuts
While you were sleeping….fire broke out
Fire broke out in the Greenwich branch at the ground floor of SM City Cebu. TV 5 Cebu reporter Ryan Sorote shared in his Facebook page that the outlet where a water dispenser was plugged in sparked a fire, blanketing the mall in thick smoke. Sorote shared the photo below in his Facebook page. You can watch Sorote’s report in the TV 5 newscast this afternoon.
Soc, JVR exchange words in tense Talisay Charter Day event
Former mayor Soc Fernandez and current Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes provided verbal fireworks in a tense Charter Day event.
Fernandez shared the story about how Talisay became a city through the efforts of former congressman and former mayor Eddie Gullas. He then defended the city council for cutting the P1.08-billion budget proposal of Mayor de los Reyes to just P539.941 million.
De los Reyes then criticized the councilors for being anti-poor and cited how he used the intelligence funds to dole out money to the poor as a way to prevent crime. The council slashed his intelligence fund of P10 million to just P100,000.
“Ang akong IF (intelligence fund) is for peace and order. Tan-awa ang criminality kung dili nako gukdon. Kung ang tao maipit gani sa problema, manulis na sila. Mao sa dili pa sila makahimo ug krimen, ako na lang silang gihatagan.” Talisay Mayor Johnny de los Reyes as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu. (The paper’s translation: (My intelligence funds are for peace and order. A person who is desperate ends up robbing others. So before they can commit crimes, I give them some help to prevent illegal acts).
“Dili gyud makaingon sila nga gilaslasan namo nga way rason. Nakatigum pa gani ang syudad sa among paglaslas.” Former Mayor Soc Fernandez, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu. (The paper’s translation: (No one can accuse us of slashing the budget for no good reason. The City has even saved as a result of the cuts we made)
- Sun.Star Cebu: 2 mayors provide ‘fireworks’ in Talisay Charter Day rites
- The Freeman: JVR, Soc clash on trimmed budget
President dismisses admin raps filed by ABC against Mayor Rama for being “moot”
President Benigno Aquino III has dismissed a complaint filed by the Cebu City Association of Barangay Councils against Mayor Michael Rama in 2012. The complaint for grave abuse of authority was filed over a P5-million budget allocation to barangays in 2012.
The complaint was dismissed because Rama was re-elected mayor and “is no longer amenable to administrative sanctions,” according to the November 20, 2014 order.
“The rule is that local elective officials cannot be subjected to disciplinary sanction for administrative misconduct committed during a prior term. The underlying theory is that each term is separate from other terms, and that the re-election to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him therefor,” according to the decision.
“Mao naman kaha na? I can’t rebut the decision of the president. But we hope the decision of the Ombudsman would be to our favor because we believe strong ang ground sa case against the mayor.” — former ABC president and now Barangay T. Padilla councilor Michael Ralota who filed the complaint.
- The Freeman: President dismisses admin raps vs Mike
Mayor Rama vetoes 20 “inappropriate provisions” on budget ordinance
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has vetoed several provisions of the budget ordinance covering the P13.4-billion annual budget for the year.
Rama had asked for P18.9 billion as budget for 2015 but the council only approved P13.4 billion.
“While I firmly believe in the complementary roles of the executive and legislative branches in crafting and monitoring the annual budget, I am mindful of legal fiats and jurisprudential rulings stating that the budget remains the sole responsibility and accountability of the executive department. Any provision to the contrary is again a usurpation of my exclusive authority.” — Mayor Michael Rama.
Among the items he vetoed was special condition set by council for the release of P720 million in financial assistance to senior citizens. The council required the mayor’s office to release P1,000 monthly to senior citizens, who are supposed to receive P12,000 as annual assistance. Rama, however, said monthly releases will be inconvenient to senior citizens and goes against a council resolution passed in 2012 that calls for lump sum or installment releases.
- Sun.Star Cebu: Rama vetoes budget items
Other top Cebu news stories
- Sun.Star Cebu: Some out-of-town contingents, including Placer in Masbate, Alang-Alang and Abuyog in Leyte, start arriving in the city
- The Freeman: Out-of-town groups start arriving in city
- The Freeman: South Bus Terminal gets ready for influx of Sinulog revelers
- Sun.Star Cebu: Mayor Michael Rama asks business along Sinulog route to let people use their CRs
- The Freeman: Security, cleanliness are top priorities for Sinulog
- Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH 7 to test temporary steel bridge in Dumlog, Sibonga on Friday; official says work already at 70% and buses, other vehicles can proceed with normal route heading to the south
- The Freeman: Psychiatric patient stabs Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center guard in the back
Cebu Business News
Carcar City women earning more making raffia bags, corsage than making shoes
A Japanese is selling raffia bags and corsage handmade by women in Carcar City, allowing them to earn more: from P20 a pair working on espadrilles shoes to P200 or even up to P900 creating bags.
“In one week, kung mag concentrate lang jud sila sa paghimo, they can produce three bags.” — Lucil A. Barbieros, Sekiya local proprietor. She said this means the women can get P2,000 a week.
- Sun.Star Cebu: Raffia bags making allows Carcar women to earn more
Other business stories
- The Freeman: Technology key role in bringing financial services to people who have never been served by traditional banking
- The Freeman: Economist Bernardo M. Villegas says property bubble unlikely in the Philippines
“Some ignorant American [real estate] analysts are saying that the Philippines is facing threats, they don’t know what they are talking about.” — Economist Bernardo Villegas, as quoted by The Freeman.
Max Limpag is a journalist, blogger, and developer based in Cebu. He started as a reporter covering City Hall in 1996. He has written on technology for various print and digital publications since 1999 and twice won the Philippine Blog Awards for technology and sports. He co-founded the new media start-up InnoPub Media.