This is the roundup of top news stories today, Feb. 23, 2016.

WHY SHOULD I? Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama says there's no need for a debate between him and Tomas Osmena.
WHY SHOULD I? Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama says there’s no need for a debate between him and Tomas Osmena.

Rama turns down Tomas’ debate challenge.

SHORT of declaring himself a sure winner, Cebu City mayor Mike Rama says there’s no need for him to engage in a debate with rival Tomas Osmena, saying a debate is usually for presidential bets only.

“Don’t equate me with presidential (candidates) because in the presidential (elections), all of them are candidates for president. They have not become president. Me, I have become a mayor and this is my second term as a mayor. So, therefore dili ma pareha,” Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

“I hope this happens, although I am doubtful. I am willing to go to any debate on five minutes’ notice. No notes, no preparation required. No questions are off limits. Full transparency.” former mayor Tomas Osmeña in a Facebook post.


UP Cebu to use different format in second presidential debate

Cebu City will host the next presidential debate on March 20 at the University of the Philippines Cebu and organizers promised a new format.

Organizers will also hold a voters’ education campaign at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. before the debate, which will start at 5 p.m. Only 300 people will be allowed inside the Performance Arts Hall of UP Cebu but the area outside the venue can accomodate up to 1,500.

“It would be different here. Even the topics given by the Comelec are different, which will include Climate Change, education, women’s rights, and health, among others, are different from that in Cagayan de Oro City.” UP Cebu Dean Liza Corro.


Winston eyes graft charges vs. Davide, Magpale

ONE Cebu gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia is planning to file charges against Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale for the alleged misuse of the Typhoon Yolanda funds. Garcia said the donation and relief goods were used for politicking as these were distributed in unaffected areas.

Davide denied the charges.

“Why should you listen to that Garcia? All he does is bark and bluff.” Gov. Hilario Davide III.



Other Cebu news:

Sun.Star Cebu: 150 families lose home in Mandaue blaze

Sun.Star Cebu: Slain suspect’s kin accuses cops of shooting Oyao in cold blood

Sun.Star Cebu: CICC too unstable to be used as satellite check-in for MCIA

Sun.Star Cebu: Judge allows residents to re-build in UP lot

Freeman: Rama wants better coordination in demolitions

Cebu Daily News: PNP honors slain intelligence officer

Cebu Daily News: Capitol to grant retroactive increase to workers

Cebu Daily News: Ouano family dispel rumors on patriarch’s death, asks for prayers

Cebu Daily News: Sen. Trillanes vow to stop drug menace in Cebu in just six months


Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: Business leaders want issues, not mud-slinging, in next presidential debate

The Freeman: Slow process derails world bank-funded rural development projects

The Freeman: Exporters urged to maintain online presence to retain competitive edge

Cebu Daily News: New group in Cebu hopes to fund local startups

Cebu Daily News: SM Prime Holdings reports 54 percent growth in 2015


Cebu Sports News

Sun.Star Cebu: Motor Ace Philippines puts up pro team to help athletes with potential

The Freeman: ERCO wins third straight men’s open crown in Thirsty Cup

Sun.Star Cebu: Undefeated Tepora hopes to break into world rankings


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