It was one bad news after another in Cebu yesterday: 93 families left homeless after a fire hit Basak San-Nicolas and at a time when the community was grieving over the death of their leader George Rama.

At the South Road Properties, Miami law firm for wrongful death cases recorded another accident, leading a traffic official to remind people: the new speed limit there is 40 kph.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for today, January 27, 2015:

Basak-San Nicolas fire
BASAK-SAN NICOLAS FIRE. The late afternoon fire left 93 families homeless. (Photo by Atty. Fionah Bojos)

Fire burns 51 houses in Basak-San Nicolas, leaves 93 families homeless

A late afternoon fire left 93 families in Sitio Colo-Isla Verde in Barangay Basak-San Nicolas yesterday. The fire department said the fire burned 51 houses, which were mostly made of light materials, and caused an estimated P500,000 in damages.

Fire officials said they had a hard time reaching houses in the crowded community and had to connect their hoses.

Most of the displaced families were relocated to the Basak Community School Gym in a nearby sitio.

George Rama, father of Lumad Basakanon, dies

George Rama, barangay captain of Basak-San Nicolas and the person behind the renowned Lumad Basakanon, died yesterday of pneumonia. He was 66.

George is a cousin of Mayor Michael Rama, who had told reporters even before George’s death that his cousin was in ill health. Barangay affairs unit head and former councilor Eduardo Rama, Jr. said the doctor told them his uncle’s pneumonia led to sepsis or blood infection.

George usually accompanies Lumad Basakanon in their performances and many noted his absence in the recent Sinulog, when they topped street dancing and won fifth place in the free interpretation category.

“He was the first city councilor responsible for the massive cleanup after the Sinulog. Even if he’s no longer around I think his legacy and memory will forever live in the minds and hearts of his constituents and the Cebuanos in general. He mobilized people to have total cleanup, one thing that will never be forgotten.” Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella

Another accident at the SRP; traffic official reminds drivers: speed limit is now 40 kph

A car headed to Talisay City hit the center island near the Mambaling Access Road junction at 9:15 a.m. yesterday. The driver is safe.

City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) operation division chief Joy Tumulak said the driver, Bryan Obeso, heard an irregular sound coming from his engine. He took his eyes off the road when he put his head closer to the steering wheel to listen closer, Tumulak said.

Tumulak reminded motorists that the speed limit at the SRP is 40 kilometers per hour (kph) compared to the previous speed limit of 60 kph. The new speed limit was imposed by Mayor Michael Rama last week after a spate of vehicular accidents in the area.

Tumulak said they have deployed traffic enforcers and mobile patrol units in the area to enforce the new speed limit.

Cebu top news stories January 27
FRONT PAGES. The top stories bannered in the front pages of Cebu’s 3 English dailies.

Other top Cebu news stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Talisay City declines Cebu City’s request to dump garbage; Mayor Johnny de los Reyes says they might allow it later after they upgrade the facility

Sun.Star Cebu: Auditors disallow release of P84 million as calamity assistance; notice issued to City Treasurer’s Office OIC Diwa Cuevas and Agapita Cesa

Sun.Star Cebu: Former congressman Antonio Cuenco to Ribomapil “Dodong” Holganza Sr.: ‘We will not forget you, freedom fighter’

The Freeman: Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Noel Gillamac orders thorough investigation on fire that burned Danao City Police Station following reports service firearms were lost in the blaze

The Freeman: Arrest of Joel Sumabong, the alleged leader of the Sumabong-Ancero criminal group, will lead to solution of many crimes in northern Cebu, police said

Cebu Business Headlines

Tsuneishi launches its first ‘eco-ship’ in Balamban

Sun.Star Cebu: 2016 elections ‘could slow down’ investments in the Philippines: banker

The Freeman: Islands Souvenirs Inc. reports increase in Sinulog Festival t-shirts sales

Max Limpag is a journalist, blogger, and developer based in Cebu. He started as a reporter covering Cebu City Hall in 1996. He has written on technology for various print and digital publications since...

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