This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, July 11, 2016.

Magazine names Cebu as 6th best island in the world.

A monthly travel magazine based in New York City has named Cebu as the sixth Best Island in the World based on its survey of its readers. Cebu got 88.65 points in the survey conducted by T+L and was described as an island offering “excelling diving and island-hopping.” T+L said hiking, swimming with whale sharks, and diving from the top of a waterfall are just a few of the activities visitors can try in Cebu.

“There is never a dull moment in Cebu…it is perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on recreational activities.” — T+L reader on World’s Best Awards survey.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: New York City travel magazine cites Cebu as sixth-best island in the world.

The World’s Best Islands according to T+L are:

  1. Palawan, Philippines
  2. Boracay, Philippines
  3. Ischia, Italy
  4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  5. Santorini, Greece
  6. Cebu, Philippines
  7. Maui, Hawaii
  8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
  9. Kauai, Hawaii
  10. Bali, Indonesia
GOOD NEWS FOR THE WEEK. Here's something to start your week right, a New York City-based magazine has named Cebu as No. 6 in its list of the World's Best Islands. Photo above is of Capitancillo in Bogo City.
GOOD NEWS FOR THE WEEK. Here’s something to start your week right, a New York City-based magazine has named Cebu as No. 6 in its list of the World’s Best Islands. Photo above is of Capitancillo in Bogo City.


SWAT cop caught in Toledo drug den

Just days after Toledo City mayor John Osmeña criticized his police officials of having no “balls” to go after illegal drugs, the city’s police force caught a SWAT officer suspected of coddling drug pushers in raid last Saturday night. P02 Ronjie Nadorra, who was assigned in Bogo City, is the first cop caught in the act in Cebu since President Rodrigo Duterte took office last June 30. He was formerly assigned at Naga City, but was transferred due to numerous advances and suspicions of drug use.

“In my own assessment, it was clear in his movements and expressions that he used drugs.” — Supt. Richard Oliver, Bogo Police Station Chief.

Read: Cebu Daily News: SWAT office caught sniffing shabu.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cop nabbed in Toledo drug bust.

Other news on the war against drugs

Sun.Star Cebu: Latest tally, 3 killed in anti-drug operations in Talisay, Dalaguete, Asturias.

Sun.Star Cebu: 175 yield to authorities in Minglanilla, vow to leave drug trade.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cuenco says 2006 probe did not clear Peter Lim.

Freeman: PRO 7 head wants 70 police chiefs to explain lax effort in battle vs. drugs.

Freeman: 3 days after vowing to leave drug trade, teen pusher nabbed with P367,000 worth of shabu.

Cebu Daily News: Intel chief says Jaguar’s right hand man has taken over drug trade.

Cebu Daily News: Drug den owner faces charge.


Cebu City Hall to hire new “non-partisan” teachers

Councilor Joy Young wants to replace 280 day care workers in Cebu City with college graduates who will then be told to stay off politics.  Young said the appointment of day care workers have become a political exercise and most are fielded during the campaign period.

“Every barangay elections, the day care workers are replaced. We trained them, then they are replaced, that’s why I’m angry. I warned them that I don’t want them to get involved in politics, if they are asked to join campaigns, they may as long as they don’t make much noise.” — Councilor Joy Young.

Read: The Freeman : 280 day care teachers to lose jobs.

COA suspends Cebu City’s cash incentive program

The COA wants the giving of P30,000 bonus to Cebu City Hall workers due to the absence of individual accomplishment, appraisal or evaluation reports from the Civil Service Commission. Under the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence, each regular and casual employee in Cebu City is entitled to P30,000 worth of bonus.

“Cash incentive granted should have been supported with individual evaluation reports assessing the performance and conduct of each employee by means of the agency Praise committee’s established system of incentives and awards.” —  COA in memo to Cebu City.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: COA blocks P30,000 incentive to Cebu City Hall workers
Cebu Daily News: City Hall must prove workers deserve P30,000 bonus–COA memo

Other Cebu News

» Sun.Star Cebu: 2 killed in street accidents

» Sun.Star Cebu: Gullas reinstates Dr. Bacaltos as Talisay College head

» Sun.Star Cebu: Osmeña wants probe on workers who use middlemen, cites mysterious P18M to ‘invisible’ supplier

» Sun.Star Cebu: Naga opens new Olympic-size swimming pool

» The Freeman: Barangay captain accused of coddling Jaguar seeks help from Team Rama

» The Freeman: Cebu City starts processing recipients of free medicine

» Cebu Daily News: As plastic ban starts, Mandaue urges wet market goers to bring own eco bags


Cebu Business News

» Sun.Star Cebu: Developers hope Robredo will streamline process for permit

» The Freeman: Asian Development Bank head backs DU30’s 10-point economic agenda

» The Freeman: Mandaue Chamber to consult members on city’s plastic ban

» Cebu Daily News: Tuburan’s fishing, farming sectors get boost from LGU


Cebu Sports News

» The Freeman: Mexican shatters Pagara’s unbeaten record, world title hopes

» Cebu Daily News: Pagara vows to comeback after crushing defeat

» Sun.Star Cebu: Olympian to make pro debut in Who’s Next boxing series


Cebu Opinion

» Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Violence will only lead to more violence

» Bong Wenceslao: Osmeña should focus on governance, not influence peddling

» Cheking Seares: Who’s the real Peter Lim the drug lord?

» Anol Mongaya: Fr. Romano was also an anti-drugs advocate

» The Freeman Editorial: Robredo’s strange way into Duterte cabinet

» Bobit Avila: Did Noynoy allow PHL to become a narco-state?

» Korina Sanchez: Two more days until UN court releases judgement on West Philippine Sea.

» Jerry Tundag: Instead of probing police ops, Senate should summon PNoy first.

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