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Cebu News Digest for Jan. 20, 2016: Roads closed for IEC; ban street parties if you can’t control crowd: mauling victim

A guitarist and marketing professional asked Sinulog organizers to increase police presence and ban street parties if they cannot guarantee the safety of people. Carlo Borromeo was mauled by 5 men during the Sinulog afterparty Sunday night on Ramon Aboitiz St., within the hot spot of rowdy parties in Cebu City after the annual festival.

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After the Sinulog, Cebu is bracing itself for another huge event: the International Eucharistic Congress. Here’s what you need to know this morning:

Increase police presence to control Sinulog crowd: mauling victim

A guitarist and marketing professional asked Sinulog organizers to increase police presence and ban street parties if they cannot guarantee the safety of people. Carlo Borromeo was mauled by 5 men during the Sinulog afterparty Sunday night on Ramon Aboitiz St., within the hot spot of rowdy parties in Cebu City after the annual festival.

Borromeo was driving with his wife when some revelers began painting and scratching his car. He told them to “to stop banging on my car” when he was punched and mauled. He suffered a fractured nose and multiple injuries.

“Every year there are unruly participants who occupy not only the venue but also the street. Those partying end up outside our gate every year. Didn’t our mayor disallow street parties and public drunkenness? It was already 9 p.m. but the crowd was out of control. No authorities controlling the situation.”
Carlo Borromeo

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MAULED. Carlo Borromeo, left, was mauled during the Sinulog afterparty. At right is a photo of what he and his family suspect to be one of the attackers.

 

Plan trips during IEC as roads will be closed

Organizers are advising the public to plan their trips during the International Eucharistic Congress, when major roads in Cebu City will be closed.

On Sunday, the roads surrounding Plaza Independencia will be closed starting at 4 p.m. for an opening mass and the same area will be closed to traffic on Jan. 29 for a procession.

“We request the public to steer clear of the IEC activity areas to avoid inconvenience. Leave early for your destinations and plan your trips ahead by checking the Facebook page of CCTO for alternative routes.”
Rafael Yap of Cebu City Traffic Office

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SM City hands over final payment for SRP property

SM Prime Holdings handed over its final payment for its 30-hectare property at the South Road Properties worth P30 million to the Cebu City government last Jan. 14.

“After they completed their final payment, the next thing to do is to turn over the title of the property to SM. But we still haven’t scheduled the turnover yet.”
Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas

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CEBU HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s English dailies today, January 20, 2016.

 

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