This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, July 25, 2016.
Tomas’s latest move: Seek clearance before meeting City Council.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena issued another memo requiring department heads and heads of officies to seek his clearance before attending any activities. Osmena said this is his way of preventing the Cebu City Council, dominated by members of his rival party Team Rama, from conducting any witch-hunt.
…I will allow them to talk to the media because I think you are more reasonable. Ila man grandstanding is witch hunting, you know. But I will allow media to talk to them anytime. They are not under any restrictions for the sake of public transparency. But the council, no. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas requires department heads to seek his clearance before attending activities.
Cebu Daily News: Tomas bars department heads from appearing before city council without clearance
Official seeks Ombudsman’s help in sacking of 500 barangay health workers.
ABC president Philip Zafra is seeking the help of the Ombudsman to probe the termination of more than 500 barangay health workers by Tomas Osmena. Osmena, citing the need to cut expenses, terminated the services of the BHWs in a July 4 memo. However, he met some of the workers last Friday to announce a one-month extension of their services and that they could reapply after their termination.
It is also worth noting that subsequent news reports purport that a certain councilor allied with the political party of the city mayor was encouraging terminated BHWs to approach City Hall to reapply. What then is the purpose of the BHWs termination if they were also encouraged to reapply. ABC president Philip Zafra.
Read: Freeman: ABC president seeks Ombudsman’s help in sacking of barangay health workers.
Cebu Daily News: Zafra wants Tomas probed over sacking of 500 health workers.
Apas residents sue Capitol over lots.
Twenty-two residents of Barangay Apas sued the Cebu Provincial Government for failing to void the title issued to a private individuals over two lots that they occupy. In 2014, 157 homes in the two lots were demloshed by the court, which said it was owned by Aleth Suico-Magat and her siblings. However, the houses of the 22 residents were spared.
We would like to inform you that sooner or later, we will be a subject of demolition if and when the Province of Cebu will not take steps in protecting its properties. Complaint filed by 22 residents.
Read: Freeman: Apas residents sue Capitol to protect homes
Sun.Star Cebu: Residents blast Capitol over inaction in land dispute
Other Cebu News.
Freeman: Provincial board urges LTO to run after cars with DU30 plates
Freeman: Four killed in latest anti-drug operations
Freeman: PNP uproots P3M worth of marijuana plants
Sun.Star Cebu: ABC urges Duterte to name mayors, cops involved in drug trade
Sun.Star Cebu: Local press council lauds DU30’s FOI
Sun.Star Cebu: Pusher who surrendered to cops gets caught selling drugs
Sun.Star Cebu: PDEA 7 searches for Chinese drug mule’s local contacts
Cebu Daily News: Duterte signs EO on Freedom of Information
Cebu Daily News: Local leaders expect DU30 to focus on war on drugs, federalism in first SONA
Cebu Daily News: Businessmen hopes Digong will spell out economic agenda in SONA
Cebu Daily News: 3 killed in Danao shootout
Cebu Business News.
Freeman: Local retailers urged to improve as foreign brands enter market
Freeman: Telcos announce plan to address slow internet in PHL
Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol lauds organizers of 12th Cebu Goes Culinary
Sun.Star Cebu: Businessmen expect Digong to give more focus on security in first SONA
Cebu Daily News: Tourism official says Cebu needs more convention centers
Cebu Daily News: Foodpanda targets Cebu’s BPO workers
Cebu Sports News.
Freeman: Pinoys rule Wekaf championship
Freeman: Green Lancers boost bond in Sibugay trip
Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano bowlers face world’s best in World Youth Championships
Cebu Daily News: UC wins bronze in national taekwondo tournament
Freeman Editorial: Presidency will tame DU30
Jerry Tundag: Leonen gets favored play in uninformed media over Gloria decision
Bobit Avila: We are seeing the makings of a great president
Korina Sanchez: Church starts “Thou shall not kill” campaign
Bobby Nalzaro: Does Tomas get pleasure in other people’s suffering?
Cheking Seares: The things Tomas cannot take away in vendetta
Also Interesting: Tommy fires back at ‘biased media’ in Facebook post.