This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 1, 2016.

SUPPORT FOR HOUSE DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) with his sons and daughters during his first day in Malacanang. (Malacanang photo)
SUPPORT FOR HOUSE DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) with his sons and daughters during his first day in Malacanang. (Malacanang photo)

Let’s all dance to the tune of change.

Local leaders, and even the local chapters of militant groups, are echoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for change during his inauguration yesterday in Malacanang. Bayan-Central Visayas chairman Jaime Paglinawan said a coalition of farmers, workers, students, women, drivers and other sectors, have drafted a 15-point people’s agenda, which their counterparts in Manila presented to Duterte yesterday.

Naglaum mi nga sa dihang paglingkod ni Duterte, maghatag og bag-ong color ug kinabuhi diha sa mamumuo, sa mga kabus ug ingon man sa atong ka-estyudyantehan nga ang mga palisiya dili unta kontra-katawhan, kon dili mga palisiya nga maghatag og kasiguraduhan ngadto sa mga katawhan.” — Father Ray Gelloagan, United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

“That (reducing red tape) is precisely what I wish the president will work on. It is Congress that passes all of these laws that is very hard to work with. So now, it is a mess. We’re going to change things. We don’t care if they have clearances. Just pay your taxes.” — Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Freeman: Militants pin hope on Duterte’s call for change.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cebuano politicos, business leaders support Digong’s call for change.

Related news:
Sun.Star Cebu: Tough-talking Digong vows to cut red tape in government, wants redundant processes removed

Cebu Daily News: CCCI head lauds Duterte’s strong message in inaugural speech.

Cebu Daily News: CA staff celebrate Duterte’s inauguration by showing unity.

Cebu Daily News: VP Robredo calls for national unity, vows to work for the poor.

Tomas to cut City Hall’s politicized payroll; cites ambulances having 20 personnel each as example of waste of funds

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena warned employees that he will not be afraid to boot out employees caught for corruption, even if they are his appointees. Osmena said he has suspended almost 400 employees since his first year as mayor who were caught for corrupt practices. He also cited the Cebu City Medical Center as one of the most-corrupt department in City Hall, citing the numerous instances of medical supplies getting stolen.

I have the intention to bring down our payroll. It’s very bloated. Its so politicized and I don’t know what they are doing. For instance, every ambulance has 20 personnel. They can’t even fit inside the ambulance.  Mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas Osmena warns City Hall workers he will go hard on corruption.

Cebu Daily News:Tomas vows to streamline City Hall operations, to get rid of unwanted employees.


Mike to sue for libel people who accused him of using drugs

Former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama said he and his family has been hurt by accusations that he is into drugs and coddled drug lords and is asking his allies to sue the accusers for libel. During a speech in the oath-taking of Team Rama councilors, the former mayor asked his allies–especially the lawyers–to check those who accused him of being into illegal drugs.

My family has been hurt, wounded and my relatives in America has been teeling me why I am not making an issue about it. Wala gyud ko magtuo jasta akong mga paryente, wala magtuo nga mamahimo kong addict after 24 years of serving the public. Former Cebu City mayor Mike Rama.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Rama asks allies’ help in filing libel case against accusers.

Freeman: Rama urges allies to continue fight in City Hall.

Other Cebu Stories

» Sun.Star Cebu: Rival camps in Barili sing song of unity

» Sun.Star Cebu: 84 pushers, addicts turn themselves in to Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu police as Digong takes office

» Sun.Star Cebu: Slain drug lord offered P5M to neutralize would-be killers

» Sun.Star Cebu: Davide promises to be transparent in new term

» The Freeman: Courts suspend hearings in July for records disposal

» The Freeman: Davide out at detractors in oath-taking speech

» The Freeman: PRO 7 chief urges addicts, pushers who surrender to bring drugs

» Cebu Daily News: Quisumbing to tackle traffic, garbage and drug problem as new Mandaue mayor

» Cebu Daily News: Veteran Sonny O won’t jump political parties

» Cebu Daily News: Gullas vows to improve Talisay’s services, promises free health care for seniors, PWDs

» Cebu Daily News: Self-confessed drug lord Barok gets unwanted Aussie as cell mate


Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Gaisano capital puts up new convention center to address rising demand

» Sun.Star Cebu: Megaworld to spend P10 billion for five hotels

» The Freeman: Cebu business leaders sing praises over Duterte’s speech

» Cebu Daily News: Investments, improved infrastructure to help Region 7 hit tourism target


Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Rotarians hope to raise P9 million in anti-polio triathlon drive

» The Freeman: Pagara brothers hope to score twin victories in US card

» Cebu Daily News: SWU joins League of Champions


Cebu Opinion

» Orlando Carvajal: Jaguar’s generosity may have been for self-interest

» Bong Wenceslao: Robredo in for a challenging time as VP

» Cheking Seares: Duterte pulls surprise with vow to adhere to due process

» The Freeman editorial: Metro Cebu traffic needs special attention

» Jerry Tundag: Duterte hits the right notes in inaugural speech

» Bobit Avila: Duterte shows presidential side in inauguration


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