This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 27, 2016.

CHR 7 to probe drug suspects death in police shootings

The Commission on Human Rights will investigate cases of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in Region 7, 24 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte said “human rights shouldn’t be used to destroy a country.” Leo Villarino, the CHR-7 chief investigator, said they were ordered by their Manila office to investigate the deaths of drug suspects who were killed in “shootouts with policemen.”

We need to look into what police say are cases of shootouts. These investigations are covered by the memo from the CHR central office. We already sent subpoenas to concerned police units for them to provide us with their own investigation reports. Leo Villarino, CHR 7 chief investigator.

Read: Cebu Daily News: PRO7 chief welcomes CHR probe on death of drug pushers.

PROBE. The Commission on Human Rights 7 will investigate at least eight cases of deaths of drug suspects during police operations. (Photo from Gregyboi Magdadaro's Facebook page)
PROBE. The Commission on Human Rights 7 will investigate at least eight cases of deaths of drug suspects during police operations. (Photo from Gregyboi Magdadaro’s Facebook page)

DILG to suspend mayors who fail in anti-drugs war

DILG secretary Ismael Sueno said mayors and governors may face administrative charges if they don’t support the campaign against illegal drugs. Sueno, who said they plan to put up four rehabilation centers in Cebu for the anti-drug effort, said the mayors and governors may face serious neglect of duty charges should the drug problem in their LGUs worsen after six months.

We will suspend them and we will lift their deputation powers over the police…By the end of December–the sixth month since our intensified campaign against illegal drugs started–we will go after mayors and governors in areas where illegal drugs are still rampant. And we will suspend them. DILG secretary Ismael Sueno.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: DILG secretary warns LGUs of penalties if they waver in fight against drugs.

Freeman: DILG secretary urges mayors, governors to take action against drugs

Cebu Daily News: Inept mayors, governors to lose Napolcom deputation powers.

Experts study rail options in Cebu

A team of experts from Singapore is doing a feasibility study for the proposed LRT plan in Cebu according to Michael Dino, the presidential assistant for the Visayas. The study for the LRT, announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his SONA last Monday, is expected to be finished in October.

It’s a very good plan, to focus on the public transport system in Cebu. We’ve long wanted it to materialize. We in the local government units should also do our share. Here in the Province of Cebu, we will try our best to accomplish what the President wants. Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Experts study LRT system in Cebu.

Freeman: Local leaders, businessmen welcome LRT plan for Cebu

Cebu Daily News: Dino says multi-billion LRT project in Cebu to be built through Private Public Partnership.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Officials respond to Duterte’s orders in SONA

» Sun.Star Cebu: Three dead in latest operations against drugs

» Sun.Star Cebu: Inmate walks away from jail by pretending to visitor

» Sun.Star Cebu: CCUVA members stage anti-Osmena rally in front of City Hall

» Sun.Star Cebu: Archdiocese to open doors to recovering addicts

» The Freeman: 4 men, including teen, among latest casualties in drug war

» The Freeman: City Council asks DILG to investigate Osmena’s ‘questionable memos’

» The Freeman: Cordova mayor’s husband files libel charges against radioman for ‘drug lord’ tag

» Cebu Daily News: Alcover wants Osmena probed for ordering recall of guns, vehicles

» Cebu Daily News: Confessed drug lord Barok now out of isolation

» Cebu Daily News: Central command welcomes truce with communist rebels

» Cebu Daily News: Cebuanos welcome Duterte’s plan to cut taxes.


Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Local leaders laud Duterte’s move for faster, free Internet

» The Freeman: CCCI head lauds DU30’s plan to provide financing for MSMEs

» The Freeman: Analyst changes projection for PHL telecom industry

» Cebu Daily News: Tax reform will make PHL more competitive


Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: SWU Cobras returns to Cesafi high school basketball

» The Freeman: Tapales eyes world title in Thailand fight

» Cebu Daily News: USJ-R to play with just 10 men in Cesafi basketball


Cebu Opinion

» Sun.Star Cebu: Does PHL have the resources to fulfill DU30’s promises?

» Orlando Carvajal: Duterte shows his bias for the poor in Sona

» Bong Wenceslao: Du30’s unilateral ceasefire pins CPP in a corner

» Bobby Nalzaro: Duterte changes stance on media

» The Freeman editorial: Did Duterte clear Peter Lim in SONA?

» Korina Sanchez: Duterte stays true to form in first SONA

» Jerry Tundag: Don’t question silence over EJK, instead pay more attention to it

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