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Lauv will be singing for Manila and Cebu in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:09 PM

We're ready to fall in lauv all over again!

Newsbreak Chats: Election fever, Cebu as 'crime city'

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, October 25, looming electoral issues and the situation in Cebu City

Albayalde welcomes probe into Cebu killings: 'Walang itatago ang PNP'

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:38 PM

'We are always supporting investigations. Wala namang itatago ang PNP diyan,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DEATH SPIKE. Barangay Councilor Roel Mabano is gunned down near the Kalunasan Barangay Hall. He is one of the victims of recent high-profile assassinations in Cebu City. File photo from Cebu City police

Cebu City police chief Royina Garma: Mayor’s hated, Duterte’s trusted

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Royina Garma, Cebu City's first woman police chief, is at odds with Mayor Tommy Osmeña, but she's unperturbed – she has the support of the man in Malacañang

FIRST TOP POLICEWOMAN. Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Royina Garma at her office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

File photo

Tommy Osmeña: Cebu City's own

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The mayor is unfazed by critics calling him names and invoking links to President Duterte. He only has one question for them: how come people vote for me?

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Former barangay captain found dead in Sibonga, Cebu

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand 'Dindin' Bas, the former barangay captain of Lagtang, Talisay City, is found dead by the police after his live-in partner, Charmaine Anton, called them

Policemen visit newspaper office in Cebu, too

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Two policemen drop by the SunStar Cebu office to take photos of its reporters and editors on October 4

SUNSTAR CEBU. The SunStar Cebu office at P. del Rosario Street in Cebu City. Photo by Marchel Espina

Commission on Human Rights to probe Cebu killings

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:12 PM

One of the survivors of the Barangay Malubog killings is under the custody of the Commission on Human Rights-Region 7

After death of call center agent, Cebu City to shuttle employees to work

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is working with the Business Process Outsourcing sector to ensure workers' safety in the city

BPO SECTOR. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena meets with the Business Process Outsourcing representatives to discuss workers' safety in the city. Photo from Osmena's Facebook page

WATCH: How Cebu's skateboarders are fighting for their own space

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Margielyn Didal's victory in the 2018 Asian Games has given hope to the skateboarding community in Cebu

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

Aboitiz companies extend help to 750 landslide-hit families in Naga, Cebu

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

PRESS RELEASE. Other AboitizPower units up north have been similarly busy, specifically in areas without electricity following Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught there.

ABOITIZ STANDS WITH NAGA, CEBU. Aboitiz team members from the conglomerate's Visayan Electric Co., Inc. (VECO) and Therma Visayas Power, Inc. business units quickly mobilized relief efforts in the aftermath of the Naga City, Cebu landslide. A total of 750 families received much-needed food packs, hygiene kits, and rice packs assembled by the Aboitiz team members. Photo from Aboitiz Foundation

Duterte signs law creating 2 new Isabela districts

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs a proclamation creating a special economic zone near the Mactan International Airport in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel on the sidelines of the send-off ceremony for the 250 transport vehicle units of the BJMP at Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna on September 26, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Moffatts are coming to Manila and Cebu

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This will be the iconic 90's boy band's first reunion tour together in 20 years

Naga, Cebu landslide death toll jumps to 56

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The September 20 landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rain, also injures at least 10 people

IN MEMORY. Residents visit the wake of those who died in the huge landslide in Naga City, Cebu. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Twin tragedies: How Itogon and Naga landslides are alike

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Disaster scientist Mahar Lagmay laments that while technology allowed officials to see the problem, it wasn't used to solve it

DOUBLE DISASTER. The Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu landslides are similar despite the distance. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler;Photos by Jirre Carreon, Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide now at 49

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:05 PM

At least 10 others are injured, while it is unclear how many remain missing

Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Governement

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide rises to 42

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing for residents believed to be trapped in their homes

Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Governement

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Naga, Cebu, landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Mayor wants Naga, Cebu, under state of calamity

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) According to reports, the city government has only declared a state of calamity in the villages of Tinaan, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan, and Cabungahan

HELPING OUT. Residents help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide now at 29

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Police report 7 people are injured following the landslide that affected around 24 houses in two different barangays

AFTERMATH. A landslide hits a village in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

IN PHOTOS: Rescuers dig for survivors in Naga, Cebu, landslide

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

A landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains kills at least 3 people and buries dozens of homes in Naga City, Cebu

Residents dig amongst the rubble as they help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

At least 14 dead, dozens missing in Naga, Cebu, landslide

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(5th UPDATE) Days of heavy monsoon rains causes a steep slope of crumbly limestone and soil to collapse into a number of homes early Thursday when many people would still have been in bed

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers carry a resident rescued from a landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Cebu: Groups kick off weeklong anti-Martial Law activities

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The theme of the activity organized by Tindig Pilipinas-Cebu is: 'Remembering Martial Law and Rekindling the People Power'

Arrests, killings not enough to solve Cebu drug problem – regional police

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:32 AM

There has to be intervention too, says Central Visayas police chief Debold Sinas, like rehabilitation and the provision of livelihood to reintegrated citizens

CEBU'S DRUG PROBLEM. Image of Debold Sinas from pnppro7.org. Surrenderees photo from Cebu City PNP PRO 7 Twitter account. File image of Jaime Mata's body from Facebook account of Lymar Tan.

WATCH: Indie-folk singer Vincent Eco on #MoveSessions

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:17 PM

#MoveSessions is an online live jam for up-and-coming artists from schools and communities. Bookmark this page to catch Vincent Eco's performance on Thursday, September 6.

Cebu town police chief sacked after Mayor Blanco killing

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The Ronda town police station is just around 5 meters away from the town hall, where Mayor Mariano Blanco III was killed before dawn

LATEST KILLED. Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco III is the 11th mayor killed in two years. Photo from Cebu Provincial Government

Politics eyed as motive in Cebu town mayor Mariano Blanco killing

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Mayor Mariano Blanco III is killed before dawn in his office in Ronda town, Cebu

SHOT DEAD. Mariano Blanco is slain in an ambush inside his own office. Photo from Blanco's Facebook page

Cebu Pacific now flies daily from Clark to Macau

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Flights from Clark to Macau will be at 9:25 pm daily, with return flights to the Philippines at 12:15 am the following day

MORE FLIGHTS. Budget airline Cebu Pacific increases flights from Clark International Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

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Sep 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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FAST FACTS: Who is Ronda, Cebu mayor Mariano Blanco III?

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:33 AM

In October 2017, Mariano Blanco III was stripped of police powers as ordered by the National Police Commission due to his alleged links to illegal drugs. He was killed almost a year after.

Cebu town mayor Mariano Blanco shot dead

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:39 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Mariano Blanco III of Ronda, Cebu was linked to illegal drugs under the Duterte administration

SHOT DEAD. Mariano Blanco is slain in an ambush inside his own office. Photo from Blanco's Facebook page

Experts warn Cebuanos vs anonymous Facebook pages

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:24 PM

At Move Cebu, journalist Sol Amante says Cebuanos should take posts from anonymous Facebook pages with a 'handful' of salt

Ferry catches fire off Cebu port

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers and crew members of M/V Lite Ferry 28 are safely rescued

Photo from Cebu Port Authority

Ex-Cebu governor Vicente dela Serna dies

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Former governor Vicente 'Tingting' dela Serna was 66

FORMER CEBU GOVERNOR. Former Cebu governor Vicente 'Tingting' de la Serna passed away on September 1, 2018. From the Facebook page of Vicente de la Serna

USC students pledge to fight disinformation, defend press freedom

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Attendees of the #MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age workshop pledge to hold the line

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'If I have to be the bad guy for mentioning that there is a problem, so be it. No problem, this is what I signed up for,' says Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña in response to President Duterte

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

VIRAL: Heartwarming video of Cebu inmates singing 'Pagsubok' at grad rites

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

'It's never too late. As long as you have the grit, then everything will be possible,' says Consolacion Councilor Johannes Alegado, who posted the viral video on Facebook

Inmates from the Municipality of Consolacion in Cebu graduates from Alternative Learning System on August 20, 2018. Photo from Councilor Joannes Alegado

71-year-old businesswoman shot dead in Cebu City

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Junko Hamada, president of Beams Philppines Export Corporation, is shot and killed by two still-unidentified assailants onboard a motorcycle at about 7:30 pm on Friday

Cops fail to arrest Peter Lim in his Cebu homes

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Cops search two of drug suspect Peter Lim's houses in Cebu. He is nowhere to be found.

WHERE IS LIM? Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Araneta to challenge for world crown after Tomogdan KO

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Cebuano power puncher Christian Araneta may just be another world champion in the making

UNDEFEATED. Christian Araneta scores a 16th straight victory. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Join us at 'MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age' forum

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

With new Melbourne route, can Cebu Pacific replicate Sydney success?

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The Philippine-based budget carrier's Sydney record will be hard to beat

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE. The first flight 5J049 arrives in the Tullamarine Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Duterte can't just rely on cops to end drugs – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're very poor in rehabilitation,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

Next on kill list? Mayor Osmeña shrugs off death threats

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'I’m like a security guard – that’s all I am, okay? When there’s a robbery, I have to stay there,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WARNED. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña receives death threats, saying cops are out to kill him. Rappler screenshot