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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.

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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

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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.

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

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Limit speed at SRP to 30 kph-40 kph, city asks drivers; accidents spur strict measures

Cebu City Hall has lowered the speed limit at the South Road Properties to 40 kilometers per hour from the previous 60 kilometers per hour. A spate of accidents, including one where a car went up in smoke after hitting a motorcycle (video below), forced Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to threaten the closure of the SRP to vehicle traffic unless safety measures are in place.

City traffic records have shown an increasing number of accidents at the SRP: 199 in 2010, 256 in 2011, 272 in 2012, and 280 in 2013.

Among the measures ordered by Rama is the lowering of the speed limit to 40 kph.

Joy Tumulak, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) operation division chief, told MyCebu.ph in an interview via SMS that they have installed signs at the SRP with the caution “Slow Down 30 kph.”


(Video clip of accident taken by Jojo Abcede)

Tumulak said a CITOM mobile patrol has been assigned to the area to conduct regular roving at a designated speed. If a vehicle overtakes and goes beyond 30 kph, they will sound the siren and warn the driver through a public address system to slow down.

Tumulak said they will focus on conducting an information drive to tell people about the new regulations at the SRP.

He said the City Government is planning to buy a radar gun for enforcement of the SRP speed limit.

“We would like to appeal to the motorists. What City Hall is doing is for your safety. Dili na lang unta ta magdinakpanay, be a responsible driver.” — CITOM operation division chief Joy Tumulak