This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, August 16, 2016.
No Joy in quitting
CEBUANO Olympian Mary Joy Tabal said she almost gave up near the finish line in the Rio Olympics but refused to quit just so the Philippines wouldn’t see a DNF next to its name. Tabal, who was aiming for a 2:40 finish, crossed the finish line in Rio at a pedestrian 3 hours, two minutes and 27 second for 124th place. Twenty-four other runners failed to finish the event.
At the 32K, I felt that it was too painful already and I said I will stop now. But my coach, who was pacing outside the course, screamed at me saying that all of us participants are in pain. This is the Olympics….When I was in the last 3K, another runner collapsed. I just prayed that I won’t collapse because I am almost there. Mary Joy Tabal.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Joy shows never-say-die spirit.
Cebu Daily News: Coach to Joy in Olympics: Every one’s in pain, don’t stop!
Sun.Star Cebu: Diaz lauds ‘ate Joy;’ Cebuano runners, triathletes praise tough marathoner
Sun.Star Cebu: Philippine Sports Commission willing to support Tabal if she aims for Tokyo 2020 slot
Addicts visit city jail to use drugs
In an interesting twist, PRO 7 regional director Noli Talino said drug users voluntarily go to the city jail to use drugs since they feel safer there rather than in the usual places that are continously being subjected to constant raids.
The information we received recently was that shabu was sold at a cheaper price inside the city jail because users fell safe inside. They don’t have to fear arrest. PRO 7 director Noel Talino.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Cops say shabu sold cheaper in jail because users feel safe in facility.
Sun.Star Cebu: BJMP officials suspect women complicit in smuggling of drugs in jail.
Freeman: Capitol blasts inutile jail warden during PB session.
Back from the US, Tomas won’t recall vehicles from cops
The pissing contest between Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena and the PNP has toned down a bit after the mayor decided not to recall the vehicles issued to the police. The PNP recently stripped Tomas of his deputation authority and removed his three bodyguards.
I’m not inclined to do it because I do not like to compromise the safety of the Cebuanos. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.
Read: Freeman: Osmena changes mind, decides not to recall city-issued vehicles to police.