Tabal gets closer to Olympic dream; Friends, family turn funeral into protest; Dalaguete mayor faces graft charges–Cebu News Digest for June 8, 2016

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Published on June 8, 2016

This is the roundup of the top news stories in Cebu today, June 8.

PROCESS. Mary Joy Tabal will follow the process and ask Patafa for reinstatement in the national team so she can join the Rio Olympics. (Photo from Motor Ace's FB page)
PROCESS. Mary Joy Tabal will follow the process and ask Patafa for reinstatement in the national team so she can join the Rio Olympics. (Photo from Motor Ace’s FB page)

Destination Rio

Mary Joy Tabal’s dream of joining the Philippine team in the Rio Olympics is a step closer after her handler, Jonel Borromeo of Motor Ace Philippines, said they are willing to follow the process for the marathon queen’s reinstatement in the national team. Tabal, who met the Olympic qualifier in the ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon last May 29, resigned from the national team last year. She was greeted with a victory party during her return last June 6.

We are going to follow the procedure, which is to send a letter of reinstatement. We will start the process on June 7, and hopefully we can submit the letter in the afternoon. I think we have a good chance. We are doing the proper process with no shortcuts. Jonel Borromeo.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tabal thanks supporters during victory party.

Cebu Daily News: Motorace, Patafa discuss Tabal’s reinstatement to national team.

Funeral of man killed in anti-drugs raid turns into protest

Families and friends of 22-year-old John Jason Montes, one of the three slain during an anti-drug operation in Bohol, turned his funeral march into a protest. They said Jason is innocent and was not involved in drugs. Before he was laid to rest at the Calamba cemetery, his casket passed by Cebu City Hall as a protest against incoming mayor Tomas Osmena, who has given more than P200,000 to cops for recent anti-crime drives.

I have no problem if that’s how he’s going to do it. (To give rewards.) But innocent lives like that of my son should be spared. Victor Montes, John Jason’s father.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Family, friends cry out justice for Cebuano slain in Bohol.

 

Related: Cebu Daily News: Despite clearing cops of overkill in Bohol ops, CHR to proceed with probe.

Dalaguete mayor indicted for graft

Despite winning another term, Dalaguete City mayor Ronald Allan Cesante may not be able to assume office after he was indicted for graft by the Office of the Ombudsman. Cesante allegedly allowed his wife to use four market stalls for free since 2004, without any contract or rental payment. He was already meted a nine-month suspension over the same case by the Ombudsman last year.

It (suspension) will continue. The Ombudsman’s latest decision has no effect on thte suspension. The administrative case is different from the criminal case. DILG 7 director Rene Burdeos.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Suspended Dalaguete mayor indicted for graft.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol buys P28 million worth of vehicles for elected officials

» Sun.Star Cebu: 200 families in Calamba lose homes in demolition

» Sun.Star Cebu: International group wants 8 reclamation projects in Cebu stopped

» Sun.Star Cebu: DENR nab 2 men selling 10 kilos of turtle meat

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops identify suspects in ambush of pastor

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops probe whether drug group got guns from police

» Sun.Star Cebu: Most candidates fail to file report on poll expenses

» The Freeman: Dengue cases in Cebu drop in first five months

» The Freeman: Rains improve MCWD water supply but still not enough to meet demand

» Cebu Daily News: Cops say slain pastor mistaken for informant

» Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 says intensified anti-drug operations has led to departure of one syndicate

» Cebu Daily News: CPDRC eyes sentence reduction for inmates who behave

» Cebu Daily News: Rains stall bridge repair but contractor still confident of meeting deadline

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Business Month to hold tourism fair

» Sun.Star Cebu: Local sector says there is no real estate bubble in Cebu

» Cebu Daily News: Company wants to put up water desalination plant in Mactan

» Cebu Daily News: Former OFW worker shares challenges in putting up BPO company

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: 11 join UCI training

» The Freeman: ALA relaunches boxing show

» Cebu Daily News: USJ-R meets UV in Partners Cup final

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