This is the roundup of stories that came out in local publications today, August 23, 2016.

TOMAS AND HIS COLONELS. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena with Colonels Red Derilo and George Ylanan, whose transfers led to a souring of his relationship with the PNP heirarchy. (Photo from Tomas Osmena's FB page)
TOMAS AND HIS COLONELS. Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena with Colonels Red Derilo and George Ylanan, whose transfers led to a souring of his relationship with the PNP heirarchy. (Photo from Tomas Osmena’s FB page)

Is Tomas rift with PNP over?

There seems to be a thawing in the testy relationship between the local police and the Cebu City mayor after Tomas Osmena dropped by the regional headquarters for a brief visit during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration.
Osmena withdrew his support from the local police after some personnel were reassigned without him getting informed and in return, the National Police Commission stripped him of his authority over police matters.

I consider him as a friend. It’s a good sign na nagpunta siya dito. Kahit ako imbitahin niya ako pupunta naman ako. PRO 7 director Chief Supt. Noli Talino.

Osmena did not stay for the speech of Presidential Assistant Michael Dino, who said President Duterte is aware of the conflict between the local police and Tomas.

You are worried because more than 50 firearms were withdrawn. Worry no more as President Duterte has instructed to give Cebu City’s police force a number of firearms. President Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas drops by PNP 7 office but misses Dino’s speech on DU30 giving local cop more firearms

Cebu Daily News: Tomas visits PRO 7 HQ but informs Talino he can’t attend ceremony at PRO 7 HQ

Freeman: Presidential assistant assures Cebu cops that Duterte will take care of their needs

City Council wants soldiers to replace relieved cops

With scores of policemen in the Cebu City Police Office getting reassigned due to alleged drug links, the City Council is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to deploy military personnel to address the shortage of personnel.  Dave Tumulak, the chairman of the City COuncil on Peace and Order, wrote a letter to Duterte asking for military personnel to replace the 80 policemen, saying the PNP process of replacing the relieved cops would take time.

Nabalaka ta kay basin unya simbako, mao ni hinungdan nga kining mga tawo nga nagmugna og mga illegal activities, basin uyya’g modagsa ni sila, mosakay sa panahon nga nagkuwang ang atong kapolisan. Councilor Dave Tumulak.

Read: Freeman: Councilor asks Digong to deploy soldiers in Cebu City.

Related:Sun.Star Cebu: PRO 7 head reports 10 percent drop in crime volume in July

Cebu Daily News: Talino says illegal drugs is the ‘mother of all crimes’

Osmena reassigns Rama appointees to City jail

Two former department heads of Cebu City Hall were reassigned to the Cebu City jail to help in the running of the facilities. Engineers Kenneth Enriquez and Suzanne Ardosa reassignment to the city jail could fast-track any request the city jail management has from City Hall. Enriquez used to head the Department of Engineering and Public Works under Rama, while Ardosa used to head the Department of Manpower Development and Placement.

Hopefully for good sa jail ang gibuhat sa mayor nga gibutangan niya ug engineers kay kung naa mi mga request sa City, sila na mopadangat sa City Hall. Cebu City Jail warden Supt. Jessie Calumpang.

Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Tomas assigns ex-department heads to Cebu City jail.

Other Cebu Stories.

Sun.Star Cebu: Land Bank slashes Cebu City’s interest rate for SRP loan

Sun.Star Cebu: Davide III elated after getting into Du30’s list of top governors

Sun.Star Cebu: Councilor questions Tomas appointment of losing VM bet in Cebu City Zoning board

Sun.Star Cebu: Despite burial of Barok’s brother, Danao police remain vigilant

Sun.Star Cebu: Punta Princesa barangay captain dies at 73

Cebu Daily News: Team Rama to question cash aid distribution

Cebu Daily News: Luigi denies issuing gag order on department heads

Cebu Daily News: Luigi wants contractors to work 24/7 on infra projects to minimize delays

Freeman: Confusion over venue leads to seniors claiming cash aid at City Hall

Cebu Business News.

Sun.Star Cebu: New law requires condominium developers to build socialized housing projects

Sun.Star Cebu: SM investments to boosth company’s investments in retail

Freeman: World Bank lauds PHL’s monitoring system for NSFI

Cebu Sports News.

Freeman: Olympic gold still elusive for the Philippines

Sun.Star Cebu: Leylam acquires players from rival team for Aboitiz Cup

Cebu Daily News: Donaire father and son tandem breaks up anew

Cebu Opinion

Sun.Star Cebu Editorial: Finally, DPWH 7 officials admit, dumpsite stinks

Cebu Daily News Editorial: Hold jail officials accountable for lapses

Ricky Poca: Politics and the distribution of cash aid

Nini Cabaero: OFW’s death shows risk Filipinos face abroad

Checking Seares: PHL can’t leave UN but body can expel us

Frank Malilong: Duterte shouldn’t act prudently on criticisms of drug war

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