This is the roundup of stories and columns that came out in local publications today, August 25, 2016.
Son of former Maasin City mayor brags about Kerwin connection, gets nabbed
Cebu cops scored another big time pusher after nabbing Roderic James Palermo Espina, the son of former Maasin City mayor Edgarino Espina and a suspected cohort of drug lordo n the run KErwin Espinsoa. Kerwin is the son of current Albuera Leyte mayor Rolando. Chief Supt. Noli Talino of the PRO 7 said Espina reportedly smuggled drugs into Cebu and has been paying P20,000 a month since February to stay in a pension house.
Management at the inn started suspecting Espina after he refused staff to clean his room and after he bragged that he knew Espinosa, who has been on the run since being named by Duterte.
The police got information from someone and we verified it. And then Bingo! We got him…Kerwin’s cohorts transfer from one place to another so that the police would have a hard time tracking their whereabouts. It’s possible some of them are hiding in Cebu from Leytel;. WE were supposed to conduct a drug bust operation. But he opened the door and there were contraband found inside his room. Of course, the police can arrest him. PRO 7 director Chief Supt. Noli Talino.
Alcover files charges against Osmena.
Cebu City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. wants the Ombudsman to put Cebu City mayor Toas Osmena under temporary suspension for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices ACt, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and two other laws. Alcover said Osmena’s reward-system for cops was a violation of the due process and his appointment of Councior Margot Osmena as deputy mayor violated the law on nepotism.
His acts do not speak well of a local chief executive who is mandated to implement the law. Cebu City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr.
Lapu-Lapu puts up work program for Oplan Tokhang surrenderees
Some 60 surrenderees have started working in the Material Recovery Facility program of the Lapu-Lapu City government in an effort to help them wean out their dependency on drugs. The program, which has 57 participants, is part of Lapu-Lapu City’s effort to rehabilitate its 1,700 drug users who surrendered in Oplan TokHang. They report from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and those who show positive attitude will be recommended to private companies.
We give them allowance, enough to sustain para sa ilang pamilya. Lapu-Lapu City mayor Paz Radaza.