In today’s news, the Land Transportation Office said banning motorcycles from the SRP will not solve the spate of accidents in the area and would, instead, worsen traffic. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama was displeased by the comment and retorted that what the agency should do is help City Hall implement that ban. I know what I am talking about, Rama said.

Cebu City-based alumni of the Philippine Military Academy yesterday called on the government to reject the Bangsamoro Basic Law after Sunday’s encounter between police and the MILF left more than 40 policemen dead.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, January 29, 2015

LTO: Motorcycle ban in SRP not effective; Rama: LTO should help enforce ban

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama expressed displeasure yesterday with the Land Transportation Office’s stand on his plan to ban motorcycles from the South Road Properties (SRP) as a way to address accidents in the area.

LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco said banning motorcycles from the SRP will not be an effective solution and would, in fact, worsen traffic. Tancinco said that what the City needs to do is study its traffic plan to come up with an “absolute” solution.

“The mayor knows what’s his talking. I will continue to stand, as the mayor, I have that responsibility that carries an obligation and the power emanating from the constitution but I cannot execute my responsibility (without some help from the national agencies).” — Mayor Michael Rama.

“Kun i-allow nato ang mga motorcycles, suyopon sa mga kasakyan nga tupad tungod sa kakusog pa dagan. Whoever these people from LTO, they should study physics – the aerodynamics and the Boyle’s law para makasabot sila ngano.” — Mayor Rama.

The Freeman: LTO should help solve SRP motorcycle problem – Rama

Mayor Michael Rama

JUST DRAMA. Mayor Michael Rama on the decision by 4 Cebu City councilors to return their P20,000 calamity assistance: “Too late the hero. They should not have accepted it at all. I just find it a little bit of a drama… Tell them to join showbiz.” (Photo taken from Cebu City PIO Facebook page)

4 Cebu City councilors return P20,000 calamity aid after COA ruling; Rama: Drama, they should join showbiz

Cebu City Councilors Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Sisinio Andales, Nida Cabrera and Nestor Archival returned the P20,000 calamity assistance they received to the City Treasury Office yesterday. The 4 got the money along with other City officials and workers as calamity assistance after the 2013 earthquake and Super typhoon Yolanda.

“During the filing of the case, I asked CTO to deduct the amount from my salary but they were unable to do it that is why I am returning this now.” — Cebu City Councilor Nida Cabrera

Cebu City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas said the money will go back to the City’s general fund.

Mayor Michael Rama said the decision by the councilors will not weaken their appeal of the COA disallowance.

“Too late the hero. They should not have accepted it at all. I just find it a little bit of a drama… Tell them to join showbiz.” — Mayor Michael Rama

PMA alumni in Cebu call on government: Reject Bangsamoro Basic Law

Philippine Military Academy alumni in Cebu are calling for the rejection of the Bangsamoro Basic Law following Sunday’s encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“With the latest development regarding the murder of the 50 SAF personnel, it is our collective humble opinion that the so-called Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) suffers (from) constitutional and legal infirmities and should, thus, be rejected. Otherwise, the worse or worst is yet to come.” — the Philippine Military Academy Cebu Squad Inc. said in a letter to the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court.

Cebu policemen wore black armbands yesterday to show sympathy with the slain policemen.

Cebu City News Front pages

FRONT PAGES. The top stories in today’s editions of Cebu City’s 3 English dailies.

Other Cebu news headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: Process of getting part of $250-million WB grants for post-Yolanda rehab of LGUs ‘meticulous’

Sun.Star Cebu: Group behind 30-storey building sues Mayor Rama, 3 City Hall officials for refusal to issue building permit

Sun.Star Cebu: Police arrest 7 persons for making fake checks, lot titles

The Freeman: Talisay Council defends budget cuts before Governor Davide

“Gikuha namo ang P350 million kay if we will include that in the budget, mura mi’g ma-technical ba nga tabla ra og amo na siyang gi-authorize nga mo-utang og P350 million. Unya ang council di man gusto mo-utang og P350M.” — Talisay Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante on decision to remove the P350 million allocation for the construction of a new Tabunok Public Market, which the council scrapped.

Sun.Star Cebu: City-owned property in Budlaan not safe for relocation; Councilor Cabrera warns location is a ‘multi-hazard area’

Cebu Business Headlines

Sun.Star Cebu: DOT hopes for more Cebu grantees of tourism grant to fund skills trainings

Sun.Star Cebu: Mactan airport working to increase number of guests, holds promotions, invites other international carriers

The Freeman: BIR in Cebu steps up collection efforts to meet new target

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