This is the roundup of stories and columns that came out in local publications today, August 25, 2016.

NEW TUNE. Roderic Espina, who reportedly bragged to hotel staff of his connection to Kerwin Espinosa, cries and cites marital differences as his reason for staying in a pension inn, where he was arrested for drugs. (Photo from Kevin Lagunda's twitter account)
NEW TUNE. Roderic Espina, who reportedly bragged to hotel staff of his connection to Kerwin Espinosa, cries and cites marital differences as his reason for staying in a pension inn, where he was arrested for drugs. (Photo from Kevin Lagunda’s twitter account)

Son of former Maasin City mayor brags about Kerwin connection, gets nabbed

Cebu cops scored another big time pusher after nabbing Roderic James Palermo Espina, the son of former Maasin City mayor Edgarino Espina and a suspected cohort of drug lordo n the run KErwin Espinsoa. Kerwin is the son of current Albuera Leyte mayor Rolando. Chief Supt. Noli Talino of the PRO 7 said Espina reportedly smuggled drugs into Cebu and has been paying P20,000 a month since February to stay in a pension house.

Management at the inn started suspecting Espina after he refused staff to clean his room and after he bragged that he knew Espinosa, who has been on the run since being named by Duterte.

The police got information from someone and we verified it. And then Bingo! We got him…Kerwin’s cohorts transfer from one place to another so that the police would have a hard time tracking their whereabouts. It’s possible some of them are hiding in Cebu from Leytel;. WE were supposed to conduct a drug bust operation. But he opened the door and there were contraband found inside his room. Of course, the police can arrest him. PRO 7 director Chief Supt. Noli Talino.

Read: Cebu Daily News: Loose lip lands son of former mayor in jail.

Sun.Star Cebu: Suspicious management seeks help of cops on client who bragged about Kerwin connection

Freeman: Careless pusher falls in drug bust in Lorega inn.

Alcover files charges against Osmena.

Cebu City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. wants the Ombudsman to put Cebu City mayor Toas Osmena under temporary suspension for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices ACt, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and two other laws. Alcover said Osmena’s reward-system for cops was a violation of the due process and his appointment of Councior Margot Osmena as deputy mayor violated the law on nepotism.

His acts do not speak well of a local chief executive who is mandated to implement the law. Cebu City Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Cebu City mayor faces four charges in Ombudsman.

Cebu Daily News: Alcover files nepotism charges, 3 others against Osmena.

Lapu-Lapu puts up work program for Oplan Tokhang surrenderees

Some 60 surrenderees have started working in the Material Recovery Facility program of the Lapu-Lapu City government in an effort to help them wean out their dependency on drugs. The program, which has 57 participants, is part of Lapu-Lapu City’s effort to rehabilitate its 1,700 drug users who surrendered in Oplan TokHang. They report from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and those who show positive attitude will be recommended to private companies.

We give them allowance, enough to sustain para sa ilang pamilya. Lapu-Lapu City mayor Paz Radaza.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Lapu-Lapu gives drug users a new lease on life.

Other Cebu News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Cops arrest Jaguar’s cousin in drug bust

Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas wants quicker redesign of CCMC building

Sun.Star Cebu: Church official encourages De Lima to stay out of Senate hearing

Freeman: Margot says Rama admin failed to utilize P2.8M fund for street children

Freeman: Gov. Davide to restor visitation privilege of inmates

Freeman: Vice Gov also receives death threat over anti-drug operations

Cebu Daily News: Margot dismisses Alcover’s ‘nuisance suit.’

Cebu Daily News: Off duty cop kills robber in Colon

Cebu Daily News: Argument over parking space leads to fatal shooting of executive

Cebu Business News.

Freeman: Capitol to develop Cebu’s edge in eco-tourism industry

Freeman: Plantation Bay to open two-storey shopping facility

Sun.Star Cebu: DTI to complete rollout of Negosyo Centers in 100 days

Cebu Sports News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Ateneo not targeting overall title in Milo Little Olympics

Sun.Star Cebu: USJ-R faces surging Warriors in Cesafi

Cebu Opinion

Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Tomas conveniently blames reporters on ‘non-withdrawal’

Freeman Editorial: Church failed in improving Philippine’s moral compas

Cebu Daily News Editorial: Distribution of cash aid becomes a political exercise

Publio Briones: Osmena blinks first in staring contest vs. Cops

Bong Wenceslao: Senate hearting reveals nothing earth-shattering

Checking Seares: A riveting telenovela produced by the president

Frank Malilong: Con Con vs. Con Ass

Atty. Josephus Jiminez: Nothing immoral when a single cabinet member falls in love with driver

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