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Viral post leads to DPWH action; BF of slain woman linked to 2 drug lords seek protection; Lastimosa seeks reversal of libel conviction–Cebu News Digest for October 3, 2016.

This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, October 3, 2016.

DPWH inspects SRP viaduct after FB photo goes viral

DPWH began working on the viaduct “gaps” after a Facebook post by a citizen went viral. DPWH 7 director Ador Canlas told Sun.Star Cebu that he had the gap investigated to allay fears and ordered another round of inspection.

ACTION. This Facebook post showing "gaps" at the SRP led to an inspection by the DPWH. (Photo from the Facebook account of Darrs Diaz)
ACTION. This Facebook post showing “gaps” at the SRP led to an inspection by the DPWH. (Photo from the Facebook account of Darrs Diaz)

It is our initial assessment that the existing expansion joints are in serviceable condition. Nothing alarming. The section concerned is still very much passable to all types of vehicles. Engr. Nonie Paylado, DPWH 7 design department chief.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: DPWH acts on viral post to allay fears of motorists passing SRP.

Freeman: DPWH confirms gaps at viaduct have loosened, but says bridge still safe.

Boyfriend of slain woman linked to Jaguar, Kerwin seeks police protection

The 21-year-old boyfriend of Annalou Llaguno, who was shot dead last Friday, wants the protection of the Cebu City police. Llaguno, 30, has been linked to the groups of both Jaguar Diaz and Kerwin Espinosa. She is also the nephew of Cresotomo “Tata Negro” Llaguno, a suspected drug lord killed in 2010.

Nabalaka ko sa akong security. Igo ra sad ko nakig relasyon niya. Wla sad ko nag sunod-sunod niya. Wala sad ko kahibaw unsa sad siya. John Joseph Romarate.

Read: Cebu Daily News: BF of woman linked to two drug lords seeks protection.

Sun.Star Cebu: Kin says slain woman had bag with P200,000 during ambush

Leo Lastimosa seeks reversal on libel conviction

Broadcaster Leo Lastimosa wants his libel conviction reversed, contending that the character in his column on ‘Si Doling Kawatan’ did not refer to then governor Gwendolyn Garcia. His lawyer also argued that convicting Lastimosa for satire will discourage citizens from questioning authorities through literary works in the likes of Jose Rizal’s El Filibustirismo and Noli me Tangere.

I am sincerely hoping that the Court of Appeals can see beyond the might and influence of the complainant and the helplessness of the respondent and consider the implication of curtailing the right to freedom of expression. If they sustain the lower court, they will discourage citizens from challenging the powers by writing another Noli (Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Leo Lastimosa.

Read: Freeman: Broadcaster cites Jose Rizal’s works in defense of column against Garcia

Other Cebu News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Miriam’s supporters hold mass at Cathedral

 Sun.Star Cebu: New Cebu port only needs one more approval for go-ahead

 Sun.Star Cebu: Teachers urged to catch up with tech developments to keep in touch with students

 Sun.Star Cebu: Gov. Davide OKs plan to conduct drug tests for teachers, students

 Sun.Star Cebu: Business rivalry eyed in death of trader in Sibugay

 Cebu Daily News: Mandaue Chamber president calls for sobriety, says it’s business as usual

 Cebu Daily News: City Council eyes new P4,000 allowance for public school teachers

 Cebu Daily News: Political colors shine anew in distribution of cash aid to Cebu City seniors

 The Freeman: Loan sharks make a business out of council’s aid to senior citizens

 The Freeman: Osmena dares Rama anew to take lie detector test on drug links

 The Freeman: Provincial jail seeks religious groups help in rehabilitating inmates

 

Cebu Business News

 Sun.Star Cebu: Consultant says PHL steel industry has huge untapped potential

 Sun.Star Cebu: Lapu-Lapu city honors 25 top taxpayers

 Cebu Daily News: Merger of two hotel firms to benefit tourism industry

 The Freeman: Regional Development Council bats for power grid interconnection

Cebu Sports News

 Sun.Star Cebu: PWDs join dragon boat competition in Argao

 Cebu Daily News: USC rules athletics competition in Cesafi

 The Freeman: East teams beat West rivals in Cesafi All-Star contest

Cebu Opinion

Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Aloguinsan shows community support is secret to sustainability

Cebu Daily News: Duterte’s Hitler remarks uncalled for

 The Freeman Editorial: Addressing Habal-habal

 Bong Wenceslao: US rethinks military strategy in Asia

Bobby Nalzaro: Let’s not pick a fight with the US

 Atty. Pachico Seares: What’s our foreign policy end game?

 Anol Mongaya: Duterte still enjoys solid support from mass base

 Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos: Advocacy and democracy

 Gerard Pareja: Words on words

 Bobit Avila: Duterte should stop arming his detractors with more weapons

 Korina Sanchez: Why would Duterte even compare himself to Hitler?

 Jerry S. Tundag: To be lectured by Obama, a supposed ally, is something Duterte cannot take

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