Tomas eyes P7 billion fund vs. traffic; HSBC says Philippines less vulnerable to Brexit–Cebu News Digest for June 27, 2016.

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Published on June 27, 2016
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MIKE DID NOTHING. Tomas Osmena wants a P7 billion solution to the traffic problems in Cebu because, according to him, Mike Rama ignored it for six years.

This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 27, 2016.

Tomas says Rama did nothing to solve traffic problem, seeks P7B to solve mess

Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena wants P7 billion worth of projects to solve the traffic mess in Cebu City, which, according to the incoming Cebu City mayor, the administration of Mike Rama has ignored for six years. The projects, half of which will be flyovers and the other half underpasses, were identified by the Japan International Cooperation Agency for a report in 2015 yet.

“We’ll work on that kay wala’y nahimo si Rama sa iyang unom ka tuig (We’ll work on that because Michael Rama has done nothing in his six years as mayor). It will take a long time to cure the traffic problem but we will work on it.” Incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas to look for P7 billion to solve Cebu’s traffic problems.

Cebu traffic
MIKE DID NOTHING. Tomas Osmena wants a P7 billion solution to the traffic problems in Cebu because, according to him, Mike Rama ignored it for six years.

Respect rule of law, groups ask Duterte administration

Fearing the incoming Duterte administration will have a bloody purge of suspected criminals, church and human right leaders in Cebu are hoping the tough-talking incoming president will respect the rule of law. Duterte, who visited Cebu for the second time last Saturday, reminded the church that not everything can be solved by praying; saying hunger sometimes drive people to thievery just to put food on the table.

“The president is, of course, forcefully emphasizing a point. But we trust that he will act according to the norms allowed by law. There is a saying also that prayer compliments work, but does not replace it, and work may find in prayer its right motivation.” Monsigor Joseph Tan, Cebu Archdiocese spokesperson.

“They say that Duterte is an executioner. It’s giving us a bad name. Really? They mention “executioner,” extra-judicial killing. But how about those prisons where they cooked shabu? What should be more shameful than me killing those sons of b…? What should be more shameful?” President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during visit to Cebu.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Church leaders hope tough-talking Duterte will respect rule of law.

HSBC says Philippines relatively safe from effects of Brexit

HSBC, one of the world’s largest UK-based bank, said the Philippines is in a strong position to withstand the effects of Brexit, saying the Philippines only has a .02 percent export exposure to the UK as represented in the gross domestic product.

“The trade exposure to the UK is minimal for most Asian economies, and risks to direct bank financing from UK financial institutions appears manageable.” HSBC Asian Economic Research co-head Frederic Neumann.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Fragile West means no export rebound for PHL.

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Defective charger leads to Lorega fire

» Sun.Star Cebu: Agencies team up to revive program for street children

» Sun.Star Cebu: Osmena bars City Hall workers in simple, cheap inauguration ceremony

» Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte wants demotion for officials caught for corruption for ‘first time’

» Sun.Star Cebu: Jaguar to be buried today

» The Freeman: Fearing for his life, former drug pusher surrenders to Tomas

» The Freeman: Six barangay captains finally surrender vehicles to Margot

» Cebu Daily News: City Council approves ordinance supporting P800 million aid to barangays

» Cebu Daily News: VP Robredo to join Tomas in oathtaking

» Cebu Daily News: Ordinance against noisy mufflers gains support in Lapu-Lapu

» Cebu Daily News: Luigi to renovate, relocate police precincts in Mandaue

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: PH’s adventure market a big boost to German backpack manufacturer

» Sun.Star Cebu: New mall-based clinic to offer Texas-standard dialysis

» The Freeman: DICT deputy assures investors: There is enough talent for all

» Cebu Daily News: Advocates urge MSME entrepreneurs to start small

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano Fajardo makes final lineup of Gilas Pilipinas

» The Freeman: Overlimit tops Dumau Open

» Cebu Daily News: Villareal advances to BMEG tennis

Cebu Opinion

» Wenceslao: Duterte, Trump part of a new wave sweeping globe

» Nalzaro: Mike, MLC should just shut up about CCMC

» Tundag: LeBron James has no character

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