This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, April 29, 2016.
Rama to business community: Let’s team up
Re-electionist Mike Rama promised to get the local business community involved if he gets elected to another term as Cebu City Mayor. Mayor Rama told a forum organized by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry that he would promote participatory governance and will meet with the CCCI to discuss their issues and concerns.
Remove the avenue of corruption, remove bureaucracy and red tape to make it easier for business. It’s the discretion of offices that’s really causing corruption. Mayor Mike Rama.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Rama woos businessmen, vows to tap them as partners.
Comelec identifies 8 election hotspots in Cebu
The Commission on Elections has identied 8 hotspots in Cebu–22 overall in Central Visayas. According to the Comelec these areas have a history of intense political history and additional security will be needed. The eight hot spots in Cebu are Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Carmen, San Francisco, Dumanjug, Tuburan and San Fernando.
These areas will receive more than the normal deployment of police officers. Based on the instructions of our regional director, we will be fielding forward deployment or contingency forces to preempt any possible problem that may erupt on election day. Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Comelec names problem areas in Cebu.
3,000 Cebu voters lose chance to vote in malls
Some 3,000 voters in Cebu City would have had the chance to vote in May 9 in the relative comforts of the mall if not for the reversal on the ruling allowing for mall voting. SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu would have served as voting centers had the moved push through; 1,503 voters from Barangay Luz were re-assigned to Ayala and 1,582 from Barangay Mabolo were re-assigned to SM.
That would have been a pilot project. It would have been a chance to advance our electoral process because we want to reach that point where we are allowed to vote just anywhere. Our voting will be automated. So as of now, we will only have automated counting. Comelec North District officer Atty. Edwin Cadungog.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cancelled mall voting affects 3,000 Cebu voters.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Cancelled mall voting won’t affect Cebu voters