This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, August 17 2016.

NOT SAFE. Pokemon Go players stay at Ayala Center Cebu past the mall's closing time of 10 p.m. Citing the game is inherently dangerous, the Provincial Board wants it banned in school premises all over the province. (Photo from Pokemon Go Cebu FB page)
PB WANTS BAN. Pokemon Go players stay at Ayala Center Cebu past the mall’s closing time of 10 p.m. Citing the game is inherently dangerous, the Provincial Board wants it banned in school premises all over the province. (Photo from Pokemon Go Cebu FB page)

Capitol wants schools to ban ‘dangerous Pokemon Go’

STUDENTS who love the latest online craze Pokemon Go may have to wait to get home before they get to play the game as the Cebu Provincial Board is eyeing a ban on the game in school premises. The board passed a resolution last Monday asking the Department of Education to issue a memo regarding the ban, saying the “havoc” associated with the game.

Pokemon Go has already created havoc, even in just few weeks of its release, linking to incidents like robbery of gadgets, a man falling to an alley in an effort to capture the character, and a man was even shot and killed while playing the game in the US. The province of Cebu could not afford to wait for incidents of similar nature to be happening to young children, hence there is an urgent need to ban the playing of Pokemon Go within school premises.  Board Member Glen Bercede in his resolution proposing the Pokemon Go ban.

Read: Freeman: Capitol cites ‘urgent need’ to ban Pokemon Go in schools.

Team Rama, BOPK clash over financial aid.

A Cebu City councilor is questioning City Hall’s plan to distribute the P2,000 financial aid to senior citizens in private residences by private individuals and not through the barangays. Councilor Jose Daluz said he wants City Hall to follow the ordinance on the financial aid and not distribute it by other means as it would put the city funds–and the disbursing officers–at risk.

We have a valid ordinance. The distribution of the financial assistance is sourced from public funds, thus it should be given in areas which are public in character like barangay halls, sports complexes or schools. Why would a private citizen be involved in the giving of the cash aid? Councilor Jose Daluz III.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Team Rama accuses BOPK of politicizing financial aid to seniors.

Freeman: Tomas revokes Labella’s memo on cash aid, cash aid to seniors no longer coursed through barangays

Brisk business: PDEA says drug trade in jail worth 1 kilo a week.

PDEA 7 director Yogi Filemon Ruiz says the sale of drugs in jail is so brisk that pushers can dispose as much as one kilo a week. PDEA 7 says it has identified the personalities behind the drug trade, while the new warden said he will be enacting more changes to flush out drugs in the facility.

We have 500 to 1,000 visitors a day. One of the ways to control the entry of contraband is to limit the number of visitors so there will be thorough inspections. Supt. Jessie Calumpang, Cebu City jail warden who replaced the sacked Supt. Johnson Calub.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: PDEA 7 says syndicate in Cebu City Jail sells 1 kilo of shabu a week

Related: Cebu Daily News: New warden to correct lapses, vows to stop drug trade in jail.

Cebu Daily News: Acting provincial jail warden resigns from post; Gov. Davide sits as acting warden.

Other Cebu News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: PNP probes links of slain cop to Loot, Garbo

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Liloan stops cargo vessel that anchored in marine sanctuary from leaving

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Monday night blaze destroys 130 houses in dense area of Barangay Pusok

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte asked not to divert all flights from the Visayas to Clark

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Toledo judge grants conditional release of Tiamzon, Austria

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: City council asks Tomas to reconsider stance on police aid

➤ The Freeman: Talisay, Cebu eye ordinance to regulate sale of butane canisters

➤ The Freeman: Cheques worth P4.5 million issued to cops, officials found in residence of Albuera mayor; PNP suspects cheques are payola of ‘drug lord’

➤ Cebu Daily News: FB photos trigger DENR probe on alleged oil spill in Alegria

➤ Cebu Daily News: Tomas has to go to Duterte if he wants police control back

➤ Cebu Daily News: CHR says number of casualties in drug war has risen to 132

Cebu Business News

➤ The Freeman: Visa firm expands base as Canada increase target of immigrants to 305,000

➤ The Freeman: State firm eyes national registry of credit data in early 2017

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Sugbu Mercado draws crowd in second location in Ayala

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: European chamber reminds DU30: ‘Business is watching you.’

➤ Cebu Daily News: Expert says federalism will be useless if there is still corruption in government.


Cebu Sports News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Donnie Nietes, 34, hopes to dominate flyweight division

➤ The Freeman: University of Cebu stuns Ateneo de Cebu, stays undefeated in Cesafi


Cebu Opinion

➤ Cebu Daily News editorial: Bull-headed Duterte needs to tone down his words

➤ The Freeman Editorial: Gross mismanagement hounds Cebu’s penal system

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Capitol should rethink plan on Provincial Jail management

➤ Bobit Avila: Transfers to other areas won’t change corrupt cops

➤ Korina Sanchez: What’s in a name? Change Libingan ng Bayani

➤ Jerry S. Tundag: Where Marcos ends up buried won’t change situation for pro and anti Marcos

➤ Atty. Josephus Jimenez: San Miguel issues statement with huge P1 billion donation to government

➤ Raymund Fernandez: Truth, the latest casualty in the war on drugs

➤ Bong Wenceslao: CPP makes two crucial moves

➤ Eddie Barrita: Business is good in Cebu City Jail’s drug trade

➤ Bobby Nalzaro: Still on the MCIAA lot deal, whistle blower answers airport lawyer

➤ Orlando Carvajal: Supreme Court must speed up justice system

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