MCWD starts rationing water; Duterte supporters call critics desperate; Labor group calls for end of contractualization–Cebu News Digest for May 2, 2016.

Duterte backers call critics desperate

DESPERATE. A group of supporters of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the critics of the Davao City mayor are getting desperate. (Photo from Rodrigo Duterte FB page)
DESPERATE. A group of supporters of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the critics of the Davao City mayor are getting desperate. (Photo from Rodrigo Duterte FB page)

With Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s representative and Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ face-off over the alleged billion-peso bank transactions of the Davao City mayor just hours away, a group of supporters of the fiesty mayor say Digong’s critics are getting desperate and is calling for fellow Duterte-believers to back the mayor.

The opponents are becoming more and more miserably desperate. As supporters of Duterte, we must not stand idly while pitbulls and attack dogs (of rivals) attempt to thwart a Duterte victory, which is, in essence a victory of the nation. Erico Bucoy, Duterte’s Visayas campaign manager.

Read: Freeman–Digong dares fellow candidates to reveal bank transactions in past 20 years

MCWD starts water rationing

MCWD has started rationing water in certain ares in Metro Cebu as its water supply deficit has increased to 30,000 cubic meters, from a deficit of 20,000 cubic meters last month. MCWD has also declined applications for new connections in 46 areas that have been experience low to no water pressure.

In one day, the affected areas might just have one or two hours of water supply. MCWD public affairs head Charmaine Rodriguez Kara.

Read: Cebu Daily News: MCWD’s water deficit increases by 50 percent.

Labor group calls end for ‘endo.’

Labor groups in Cebu celebrated the International Labor Day with a march and a call for the end of contractualization. Aside from calling for a minimum wage of P750 nationwide, they also lashed at the Aquino administration’s inaction against contractualization.

We are disappointed with the Aquino administration because these problems have not been addressed under his term. Nino Olayvar, Anakbayan Cebu vice president.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Workers want higher wages, security of tenure.

Freeman: Labor group promote bets in May 1 rally.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Telcos urge netizens to secure accounts after ComeLeaks

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu hosts conference on Cebuano language

Sun.Star Cebu: Neighbor accuses Dancing Sto. Nino owner of theft

Sun.Star Cebu: San Fernando promotes town’s two water falls

The Freeman: Two face charges for illegal recruitment

The Freeman: Winston presents 7-point plan to address youth concerns

The Freeman: LP bets in 3rd district face accusation of tapping 4Ps for campaign

Cebu Daily News: Carbon Market contractor told to finish job by June 30

Cebu Daily News: Telcos to meet Rama to show progress vs. redundant poles

Cebu Daily News: Pinamungajan chief faces probe after cop caught in drug den

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandani bay opens gallery for 20-hectare project in Mandaue

Sun.Star Cebu: Bankers assures clients of confidentiality after Trillanes expose

The Freeman: Investments in Cebu reach P7.7 billion in first quarter

The Freeman: Investments, remittances boost PHL’s economy

Cebu Daily News: NEDA chief says PHL still on target to reach 2016 goals

Cebu Daily News: Group starts processing financial aid for start ups

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Abellana, St. Theresa’s College win U18 title in BRO Cup

The Freeman: Cebuanos shine in Alaska IronKids

Cebu Daily News: Tillor wins Borneo Marathon



Duterte, One Cebu seal alliance; Cops catch former election officer in Toledo office; Capitol touts corruption-free admin — Cebu News Digest for April 21

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, April 21, 2016.

SIGNED. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cebu City late Wednesday night to seal his alliance with One Cebu. (Photo from Cebu for Duterte Facebook page)
SIGNED. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flew to Cebu City late Wednesday night to seal his alliance with One Cebu. (Photo from Cebu for Duterte Facebook page)

DU30, One Cebu seal political alliance

DAVAO City mayor Rodrigo Duterte dropped by Cebu City to join his allies of One Cebu in the formal launch of their alliance. Duterte arrived in Cebu City at 12:03 a.m. from a sortie in Aklan together with vice presidential bet Alan Peter Cayetano.

The alliance of the two parties will further strengthen Mayor Duterte’s candidacy in Cebu and at the same time, allow us to carry One Cebu’s candidates in areas where we have also fielded candidates. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III in a statement.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte, One Cebu seal alliance.

Freeman: Garcia defends Duterte on controversial rape remarks, slams Aquino

Former election officer ‘caught’ getting personal papers in Toledo office at night

Michael Angelo Sarno, the former Toledo City election officer, was “caught” bringing out documents from the Toledo City Comelec office at dawn Tuesday and is now in the middle of a political storm in Toledo City. Sarno was brought to the local police office and had his car searched in the presence of supporters of rivals Mayor John Osmena and Aurelio Espinosa. He was released only after Toledo Election Officer Gallardo Escobar came to his rescue.

Comelec Central Visayas Nick Mendros was angered by the incident, saying Sarno, who has been temporary assigned to Cebu City, asked his permission to go to his office and retrieve his personal files.

What’s the fuss all about? Its still the office of the Comelec even if it is a property of the Toledo City government. The reshuffling is a temporary assignment and it is still his office. What are they scared of? Comelec Director for Central Visayas Jose Nick Mendros.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Cops detain Ex-Toledo election officer

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops clear former Toledo City election officer.

Cebu Capitol touts corruption-free administration

A HUGE banner touting it as a corruption-free institution was mounted at the facade of the Capitol yesterday. Gov. Hilario Davide III said the banner conveys the message his administration is espousing—good and honest governance.

Capitol has faced accusations from rivals recently for improper use of funds; Former governor Gwen Garcia hit the P40 million beautification program, while last year, Capitol faced accusations of irregularity in the bidding of heavy equipment worth P250 million.

The message ‘Corruption-free institution’ isn’t only a mere slogan but a deafening call by the Cebuanos for what we have started. Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Freeman: Anti-corruption banner rises in Capitol.

Other Cebu Stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Winston sees no need to create Metro Cebu Development Authority

Sun.Star Cebu: Bakery’s customers show political color via purchase

Sun.Star Cebu: Casili, Cubacub and Canduman face water shortage

The Freeman: Cops nab P4M worth of drugs in Cebu City, Bantayan

The Freeman: Gica brothers face complaints for arbitrary detention

Cebu Daily News: Councilors question rush in coal power plant

Cebu Daily News: Partido Manggagawa to seek for P100 wage hike

Cebu Daily News: Capitol defends release of funds

Cebu Business News:

Sun.Star Cebu: Local company to supply coconuts in US

Sun.Star Cebu: Insurance Commission says only mature Loyola claims can be processed

Cebu Daily News: Telecom wants standard requirements for cell sites nationwide

Cebu Daily News: DTI imposes price freeze in Cebu due to El Nino

Freeman: Airport project boosts Megawide income by 66 percent

Freeman: Heat leads to 80 percent increase in demand for watermelons

Cebu Sports News.

Freeman: Undefeated Fleming vows to steal the show in Donaire vs. Bedak

Sun.Star Cebu: Mary Joy Tabal wins Athlete of the Year award in SAC-SMB Sports Awards

Cebu Daily News: Cebuanos shine in Asian taekwondo


Cebu News Digest for Jan. 8, 2016: Labella to limit bleachers along Carousel route; Duterte visits Cebu, tells Cebuanos to look at his deeds, not words

Acting Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says they will implement changes for this year’s Sinulog celebration to make it safer. The City will also form a Task Force Carousel to make sure the changes are implemented.

Among the changes this year are:

  • No more tents and bleachers along carousel route.
  • No more performances in “sexy outfits” on board the floats.
  • No more throwing of any merchandise or goodies from the floats.
  • Monitoring by DOH of food sold in stalls.

“Along the carousel route, only bleachers for the judges will be allowed. However, these can be set up on the other side of the road, or the portion that is not used by the dancers.”
Acting Mayor Edgar Labella


Sinulog 2016
CHANGES. The Cebu City Government will implement changes on the parade route in a bid to make the celebration safer. (Photo by Rolando Pascua, published with the permission of the Sinulog Foundation, Inc.)

Mandaue warns: Brace for traffic

Mandaue City Officials say traffic will be heavier than usual for the Traslacion–the traditional meeting of the images of the Holy Family–because of the new route. The traslacion usually took the Mabolo-Subangdaku route to Mandaue City but will now pass through the heavily congested AS Fortuna St. on Jan. 15.

“We were caught off guard (by the change.) But we can’t do anything but adjust.”
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes


Other Sinulog stories:

Mayor Duterte visits Cebu

Presidential candidate and tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dropped by Cebu City yesterday, to meet with local supporters.

Duterte, whose visit coincided with the Sinulog, admitted he isn’t a religious person and doesn’t go to mass. He visited the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino later in the afternoon.

Duterte in Cebu
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano in Cebu. (Photo by Jonji Gonzales)

“Listen to my cuss words. I even invite you to look at me and relate those words to my character. Behind those words is the real agony and tragedy of the Filipino people.”
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte


Other Cebu news headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City Hall tells UP to comply with requirements first before relocating families affected by fire

» Sun.Star Cebu: Although CCTV helped solve baby-theft in VSMCC, Provincial Health Office says cameras are not a priority

» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes asks public to help police secure IEC, other big events

» The Freeman: Acting Mayor Edgar Labella asks guidance from DBM to help solve conflict in 2016 budget

» The Freeman: Cops unconvinced of notorious pusher’s retirement; says ‘Jaguar’ still supplying drugs

» Cebu Daily News: Judge dismisses Castro’s P50-million libel complaint against sister-in-law PB Member Sanchez

» Cebu Daily News: ‘Stolen baby,’ parents go home, attend investigation of kidnapping suspects

January 8, 2016 Cebu news headlines
CEBU NEWS HEADLINES. The front pages of Cebu’s newspapers today, January 8, 2016.

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Opascor urges DPWH to complement new ports with new road networks

“Barring any problems….we will have a new port by July 2019. However…without the opening of new road networks, the port will be useless.”
Opascor president Tomas Riveral

» Sun.Star Cebu: Balik Cebu to construct 30 bahay kubo in Camotes to boost grassroots tourism

“Equipping the community with the right tourism skill and culture will surely boost tourism in Pilar, Camotes, especially among individual travelers or backpackers. Like Boracay Island, which was a backpackers’ paradise in the past.”
Balik Cebu Committee chairperson Tetta Baad

» Sun.Star Cebu: OLX says more Cebuanos now into online selling, cites 100 percent growth from 43,874 sellers in 2014 to 106,766 sellers in 2015

» The Freeman: BIR threatens four businesses with closure for failing to comply with tax requirements

» Cebu Daily News: Cebu Bankers Club says banks on track to migrate to chip-based cards from magnetic-strip based cards

» Cebu Daily News: CBM kicks off new year with updated version of Cebu Business Month app

Cebu Sports Headlines

» Sun.Star Cebu: Three teams battle for overall title in Paramount Property Ventures 2015 tri team championships

» Sun.Star Cebu: WBO Champion Nonito Donaire hopes to wrap up training in Cebu for April 23 title defense

» Sun.Star Cebu: UV high school star Raul Jancork Cabahug spurns juicy offer from Manila, to stay with Baby Lancers

» The Freeman: 250 slots for All Women’s Ultra-Marathon filled up in just 30 minutes

» Cebu Daily News: Rain or Shine fight back in Game 2, 105-97, evens semifinal series with San Miguel at 1-1

» Cebu Daily News: Alaska’s Cebuano star Hontiveros not sure if PBA commissioner is singling him out, but acknowledges Narvasa just wanted to restore order in testy Game 2 vs. Globalport


Cebu News Digest: Jan 30, 2015: City to start arresting drivers going beyond 40 kph at the SRP; Duterte: Suspend peace talks, investigate killing of policemen

Drivers passing the South Road Properties should slow down to 40 kilometers per hour or else they will get arrested, Cebu City officials warned yesterday. Traffic enforcers have started distributing flyers to inform people about the new speed limit, in preparation for the time when they will start arresting violators.

Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the government should suspend peace talks with Muslim rebels and form an independent organization to look into Sunday’s massacre of police commandos in Maguindanao.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, January 30, 2015:

City to start arresting drivers going beyond 40 kph at the SRP

The Cebu City Government has warned drivers that they will soon start arresting those who go beyond the new speed limit at the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) in the South Road Properties (SRP). From the previous speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour (kph), Mayor Michael Rama has ordered it lowered to between 30 kph and 40 kph.

Rama issued the order as part of his demand for safety measures in the area to address a spate of vehicular accidents.

Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) division chief Joy Tumulak said his office and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 have started distributing flyers to inform the public of the new speed limit.

He said they are conducting an information drive to make the new policy known among motorists and so that no one can say they did not know about it when they start arresting people. Tumulak said they will not be announcing when they will start arresting drivers.

“Citom will exert all effort to let the public know. We only gave flyers to those we thought were driving too fast in the SRP. Maybe they weren’t aware of the new speed limit since maybe they haven’t read or heard about it in the news.” — Citom division chief Joy Tumulak as quoted in Sun.Star Cebu

The restriction is based on a 1973 ordinance – City Ordinance 801 or the Cebu City Traffic Code – which states that passenger cars and motorcycles are only allowed a maximum speed of 40 kph when passing national roads and local roads. Under the ordinance, violators will will be fined P500 to P1,000.

Walk for Sympathy
MOURNING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS. Top police officials in Cebu gather before the start of the Walk for Sympathy for PNP-SAF members killed in Sunday’s battle in Maguindanao. (Photo by Ryan Sorote of TV 5)

What MILF did is unforgiveable, says top Cebu City police officer

The desecration of bodies of members of the Special Action Force (SAF) killed in a battle in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday is unforgiveable, according to Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, deputy regional director for operations of PRO 7 and acting director of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).

“We should not forgive them for that. Ang gumagawa lang niyan ay ISIS,” said Capa, who became emotional during yesterday’s press briefing and cried over what is described to be the bloodiest police operation in recent history, with 44 elite police commandos killed.

“I can forgive them because the police and military die in a battle. What I can’t forgive, is, you desecrated the dead. That’s unacceptable. There’s no need to mutilate the dead. You don’t have to cut the heads, take out the eyes and cut the arms. They’re already dead. Just give us the dignity of death.” — Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, who, as a young junior officer of the Philippine Constabulary, signed up for more training with the SAF

Duterte: Suspend peace talks with MILF; form independent body to look into massacre

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said the Philippine Government should suspend peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and form an independent body to investigate Sunday’s killing of police commandos.

Duterte was in Cebu yesterday to promote federalism. He said in a press conference at the University of Cebu that before talks with Muslim rebels resume, authorities must be able to determine who were responsible for the killing of the policemen.

“Justice must be served to the victims. This (massacre) is not a joke for both Muslims and Christians that 44 policemen lost their lives.” — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

People are asking: Where is President Aquino? #NasaanAngPangulo

Duterte: Not a candidate, just promoting federalism

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is going around the country not because he wants to run for president in 2016 but to promote federalism.

Duterte said bulk of the country’s resources goes to Manila and only a little is allotted to Visayas and Mindanao. With federalism, he said, there will be equal distribution of the nation’s wealth

“I am not a candidate for President. I am only visiting several places in the country like Cebu because I am promoting the Federal System of Government, especially that the present government is highly-centralized.” — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, when asked about his plans for 2016

When asked if he will run for president if some businessmen like Augusto Go will bankroll his candidacy, Sun.Star Cebu quoted Duterte as saying he will think about it.

“Manila has been lording it over for centuries now.” — Mayor Duterte, as quoted by Cebu Daily News.

Cebu newspapers front pages
FRONT PAGE NEWS. The front pages of Sun.Star Cebu, The Freeman and Cebu Daily News today.

Other top Cebu news stories

Sun.Star Cebu: Afghan-American accused of forcible sex acts with minor, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and sexual battery in the US arrested in Barangay Sambag I, Cebu City

Cebu Daily News: Mananga 2 dam needed to avert water shortage in Cebu, Japanese consultants say

Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue City to spend P39 million to install more traffic lights, CCTV before November

Sun.Star Cebu: Couple files charges against Highway Patrol Group 7, accuses agency of wrongful seizure of BMW sedan

Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol official asks city, town councilors to support their mayors in applying for World Bank grant to fund post-Yolanda rehabilitation