This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, July 26, 2016.

RIGHT TONE. Though it didn't move people to tears as promised, the president's first SONA was well received by local leaders.
RIGHT TONE. Though it didn’t move people to tears as promised, the president’s first SONA was well received by local leaders.


Finally, mass transit in Cebu

President Rodrigo Duterte promised the traffic-suffering residents of Cebu and Davao will finally get a respite, promising a mass transit system will be realized in his term of office.

“ We shall pursue rail projects in Manila and the major key points in the country. I am not bragging; this is for real. Six years, this will get done. I assure because it is going to materialize. Rail projects like the Davao transit system, the Cebu transit system.” President Rodrigo Duterte.

“ We welcome that. I was very happy to hear that because he mentioned Mindanao first and I was hoping that he would also mention Cebu, which he did. He mentioned us. We can expect that we will not be forgotten.” Rep. Raul del Mar.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Duterte vows to put up mass transit systems in Cebu, Davao


SONA gets positive response in Cebu

President Rodrigo Duterte went beyond the projected 38-minute limit of his first State of the Nation Address, which had people laughing instead of moving them to tears as promised by Malacanang. However, the almost two-hour long speech was received well by local leaders and the local business community.

“I’m definitely glad that President Duterte said he will pursue a more equitable and more efficient tax system to foster investment and job creation. This will level the playing field with our Asean neighbors and foster global competitiveness. He also vowed to cut processing time for permits and licenses. We look forward to the realization of these plans.” Melanie Ng, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“He was really straightforward. He’s really coming out strong. Maybe he’s really the person we’ve been needing all this time…I’m just happy there were no more curses.” Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Local leaders happy with Duterte’s first SONA.

Cebu Daily News: Local politicos laud Duterte’s move to end vindictiveness.

Residents rescue baby dumped in Lapu-Lapu.

Residents rescued a newborn who was placed inside a box and abandoned in front of a sari-sari store in Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City.

“I didn’t notice at first because I was busy. My neighbor called my attention when he heard a noise.” Mussah Ustal, resident who rescued abandoned baby.

Read: Freeman: Cops to probe identity of mother of abandoned baby.

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: DU30 vows no let-up in war against drugs

» Sun.Star Cebu: Undermanned PRC Mandaue overwhelmed by sheer number of LET applicants

» Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 chief admits, group offered services to finish off pushers

» Sun.Star Cebu: Tommy goes on leave, appoints Labella, City Admin as acting mayors

» Sun.Star Cebu: Another pusher bites the dust in Tejero

» Sun.Star Cebu: Mandaue demolishes 73 structures in Mahiga Creek

» The Freeman: Capitol OKs scholarship of PWDs, children of drug surrenderees.

» The Freeman: 40 of Cebu City’s barangay captains sign manifesto against illegal drugs

» The Freeman: 12 die in weekend operations against drugs

» The Freeman: Lawyer clarifies, none of 57 special bodies in Cebu City hall was abolished

» Cebu Daily News: SONA rallyists satisfied with Duterte’s SONA

» Cebu Daily News: What income? Funeral homes see no profit amidst rise of casualties in war against drugs

» Cebu Daily News: Barangay captains hope Tomas reconsiders decision on cash aid, recall of vehicles

» Cebu Daily News: Chief PNP shows funny side in viral video

» Cebu Daily News: PRO 7 head turns down offer by vigilantes to go after drug pushers

Cebu Business News

» The Freeman: AXA sees bullish growth in millenial market

» the Freeman: Mactan airport sees 12 percent increase in traffic

» Sun.Star Cebu: AXA opens ninth branch in Tagbilaran

» Sun.Star Cebu: Metro Gaisano to open new branch in Bais City

Cebu Sports News

» The Freeman: Top bets dominate Shell Cebu chess tournament

» Sun.Star Cebu: Kenyan Olympic medalist helps Tabal prepare for Rio marathon

» Cebu Daily News: Cebuano represents PHL in international karatedo tournament

Cebu Opinion

» The Freeman editorial: Will 911 work in Cebu?

» Atty. Ian Mantijacon: Will bureaucrats follow Duterte FOI?

» Ruben Almendras: Filipinas getting more empowered

» Atty. Josephus Jimenez: Duterte delivers one of the best SONAs

» Bobit Avila: Federalism promotes better governance

» Cheking Seares: Does silence over killings show indifference?

» Nini B. Cabaero: Visayas in the Sona

» Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Democratic institutions face test in Duterte admin

» Publio Briones: Brilliant director overthought Sona

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