Here are the top stories in Cebu today, May 7, 2016.

BRUISED. Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez posted these photos on his Facebook account after getting beaten by Loy Madrigal, who in turn accused him of shooting at his vehicle. (Photo taken from Mayor Ramirez’s Facebook page)

Medellin mayor cries harassment after getting mauled in Bogo City motel; former Capitol security officer says Ramirez shot at him

THREE days before the elections, things are heating up in Northern Cebu after Medellin mayor Ricardo Ramirez and former Capitol security chief Loy Madrigal figured in a brawl in Gabrielle’s Court motel in Bogo City. Ramirez accused Madrigal, whom he described as the “Chief Goon” of the Martinez political clan, of beating him up and posted pictures of his bruised face on Facebook. Madrigal said the mayor attacked him first and shot at him. He has filed a case of attempted murder against Ramirez. Police are reported to be in pursuit of Ramirez.

I was beaten up by the chief of a political warlord private army and the warlord happens to be the Liberal party’s district boss here in Northern Cebu. Ricardo Ramirez on Facebook.

There’s no reason here for politics. Number one Ricky is not running for any seats here in Bogo. Number two: I’m not running for an office, so iyaha lang ng gigamit karon ni Ricky kaning parte sa politics, you know Ricky is a piece of (expletive), he’s a piece of trash, I don’t know ngano pa man daghan OA ang mo-tolerate niya. Loy Madrigal.

Video posted by Loy Madrigal on Facebook:

Read: Freeman: Medellin Mayor, ex-Capitol security consultant figure in brawl in motel

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops hunt Medellin mayor for shooting former Capitol security officer

Pabling files graft charges vs. Davide

Former Cebu second district representative Pablo Garcia filed graft complaints against Gov. Hilario Davide III, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and other officials for allegedly releasing a portion of his pork barrel funds worth P72.87 million for their own projects in 2015. Garcia accused Davide of malversation of public funds, falsification of public documents. He said Davide and Magpale released the P38.53 million of the P72.87 million sourced from Garcia’s Priority Development Assistance Fund for their own programs.

This is an unmitigated, deceitful and diabolical emasculation and falsification of the decision of the Supreme Court as to give it vastly different meaning and implication. Pablo Garcia’s complaint vs. Davide et. al.

They’re seeking media attention. They want a world record for filing the most number of useless cases. Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Former Gov. files graft charges against Davide.

Cebu Daily News: Pabling sues Davide, Magpale for using his pork barrel funds.

Comelec satisfied with final testing of vote-counting machines.

A test on the vote-counting machines yesterday showed the vote receipt matched the votes shaded on the ballots, ensuring the integrity of the machines. The test was done in front of journalists, watchers and other onlookers at the Guadalupe Elementary School. Ten volunteers, selected at random, filled out sample ballots and all nine confirmed that the vote receipts reflected their choices. One ballot was rejected as fake.

There’s a rule for replacement. If the ballot will be rejected, for reasons not attributable to the voter, the BEI will give him another chance. Once only. Comelec Region 7 Director Jose NIck Mendros.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Comelec conducts final testing of vote-counting machines.

Sun.Star Cebu: Comelec seals vote-counting machines after final testing.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Radio broadcaster accuses Talisay traffic chief of harassment

» Sun.Star Cebu: Instead of bomb, cops find P1.1M worth of shabu in abandoned motorcycle

» Sun.Star Cebu: BOPK bet wants Rama disqualified for giving P7.2 cash incentive to barangay officials

» Sun.Star Cebu: Cops hunt for more suspects in slaying of Tuburan mayor’s bodyguard

» Sun.Star Cebu: Schools ready but principals express concern over low water supply for Election Day

» The Freeman: Tom O’s allies junk Roxas for Duterte

» The Freeman: Tom O says witness divulged Rama’s plan to cheat on May 9

» Cebu Daily News: Cops intensify operations vs. vote-buying in Dumanjug

» Cebu Daily News: Muslim groups announce support for Mike Rama

» Cebu Daily News: Pag-asa suspends cloud seeding operations due to safety concerns

Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Carmen Copper lets go of 551 employees as part of restructuring move

» Sun.Star Cebu: Biz group, brokers agree on guidelines for BOC extended hours

» The Freeman: BSP urges public to avoid defacing banknotes

» The Freeman: Despite lack of permit, sale of smartphones in sidewalks a big hit

» Cebu Daily News: Metro Retail eyes P2 billion capital expenditure

Cebu Sports News

» Sun.Star Cebu: USC takes over Cesafi leadership

» Cebu Daily News: UV, Ateneo open Batang PBA campaign with easy wins

» Freeman: Unheralded Tapales, 24, eyes WBO bantamweight title vs. Sor Singyu


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