This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, Aug. 2, 2016.

LONG LINE. Arriving passengers from the airport face a long wait for regular taxis. (Photo from
LONG LINE. Arriving passengers from the airport face a long wait for regular taxis. (Photo from

Taxi operators: ‘We don’t want change, stop Uber, Grab.’

AS more and more people are taking to ride-sharing apps like Uber, Grab and U-Hop for convenience, a group of taxi operators want the DOTC and LTFRB to stop issuing certificates of public convenience to transportation network firms like Uber, Grab and U-hop. The petition, signed by Richard Cabucos, Richard Corominas, Chiquito Obeso, Cardinal Lim, Peter Coromoinas, Mariano Terence Blanco, Paul Corominas, Mayo Perez, Michael Lee and Glenn Batiancila, said the issue a matter of “life and death for the riding public.”

What is at stake here is not only the right of petitioners, but also the welfare nad safety of the public, as well as the integrity and sanctity of the fundamental law of the land…Indeed, the ruling of this court on this case will practically be a matter of life and death for petitioners, and in the long-term, the public. Petition signed by taxi operators.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Metro Cebu taxi operators want LTFRB, LTO to kick out Uber, Grab

Sun.Star Cebu: Grab offers riding public alternative to taxis

From the web: Getting a taxi in Cebu is sometimes a horrific experience.

Cebuano lola wins P272 million jackpot.

A 60-year-old lola based in Cebu got the break of the lifetime after picking the right numbers in the PCSO 6/55 draw, and becoming the solo winner of the P272,868,832 jackpot price The winning combination of 13, 35, 24, 09, 06 and 53 was purchased at a lotto outlet at Ayala Center Cebu.

Use the money wisely. Mo-share pud but not necessarily mopahibawo ikaw ang nakadaog. PCSO Cebu general manager Glen Jesus M. Rada.

Read: Sun.Star Superbalita: Lola wins P272 million lotto jackpot.

For fear of vigilantes, City Council wants military in the streets.

The Cebu City council will pass a resolution asking the AFP to work with the PNP to keep the peace in the streets. Councilor David Tumulak says the move will also show the city will not tolerate the presence of death squads, who have been blamed for the death of pushers in recent days.

This is part of the AFP’s community relations. We’re happy that they’ll be partners with PNP. This is also one way to assure the public that order and safety can be maintained…We’re calling out to those identified themselves as members of the death squad to entrust to the police the law because it can’t be used for personal interest. We’re also fearing for the civilians who might be dragged into the situation. Cebu City councilor Dave Tumulak.

You know, I don’t really think there’s such a thing as a death squad. But there’s such a thing as death squats. These are people who are suyaon. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City councilor wants military to battle death squads.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Ombudsman sacks Tining over fertiziler scam

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas willing to back Cebu LRT plan as long as City Hall won’t spend for it

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Team Rama asks Tommy O, justify need to sell SRP

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: War on drugs results to 27 casualties in Region 7

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Robber resists arrests, gunned down

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: 4 Moalboal cops face charges for alleged mauling

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Tommy O to provide allowance to PDEA and NBI

➤ The Freeman: Blaze burns down five homesin Banilad

➤ The Freeman: 130,000 beat deadline for SK election registration

➤ The Freeman: Provincial board condemns disrespectful Sto. Nino meme

➤ Cebu Daily News: Bohol traders showcase new Banana-based product

➤ Cebu Daily News: Delos Santos denies sacking CCMC employees, says they are under review

➤ Cebu Daily News: Whistleblower urges Ombudsman to review MCIAA’s P590M lot purchase

➤ Cebu Daily News: Cops urge ma to pursue kidnapping charges against stewardess who took baby

Cebu Business News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Fashion retailer sees bright prospect for Asia

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu Business Club uneasy over ending contractualization

➤ Freeman: Improved purchasing power boosts Cebu retail industry

➤ The Freeman: DILG names Cebu City as top 10 most competitive cities in the Philippines

➤ Cebu Daily News: Sta. Fe hopes island will become tourism enterprise zone

➤ Cebu Daily News: Cebu Customs exceed target thanks to power imports.

Cebu Sports News

➤ Sun.Star Cebu: Former Olympian urges government to increase support for boxers

➤ The Freeman: Salud wants Tapales in Pacquiao undercard

➤ Cebu Daily News: Tabal leaves Japan for Rio Olympics

Cebu Opinion

➤ Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: The problem with PNP’s Operation TokHang

➤ Publio Briones: Airport trip

➤ Cheking Seares: It’s obvious cops know who the vigilantes are

➤ Nini Cabaero: Save party-list system, don’t abolish it

➤ Freeman Editorial: Former diplomats set undiplomatic behavior

➤ Bobit Avila: Fight the war on drugs with rehab centers

➤ Atty. Ian Vincent Manticajon: Peace process requires patience, leadership

➤ Ruben Almendras: Rio spends billions for Olympics

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