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In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Cebu bettor wins over P100M Lotto 6/42 jackpot

May 22, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The winning combination of 19-34-25-01-04-13 gives a P107, 289, 200.80 payoff

Police officer, two others killed in separate incidents in Cebu in 24 hours

May 22, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A former cop whose daughter is a member of the political party of outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña is killed near a police station

AMBUSH. The body of former police officer Delfin Bontuyan leans on the hood of a taxi after he is ambushed Tuesday, May 22. Photo from the Facebook account of Tommy Osmeña

Davide 'insulted' by Garcia’s warning vs midnight appointments

May 21, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'I don't find it necessary,' outgoing Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III says of the reminder of his successor, Gwendolyn Garcia

CEBU LEADER. Outgoing Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III will take on a new role as vice governor after noontime of June 30, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of the Cebu Provincial Government.

Cebu City cops accused of mauling drug suspect return to posts

May 21, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Without elaborating, Cebu City Police Office director Royina Garma says they did not find sufficient evidence to charge the police accused of mauling Eddie Basillote

Want to be a cadet pilot? Cebu Pacific gives you the chance

May 18, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Ready to spread your wings and fly? The search is on for Cebu Pacific's next batch of cadet pilots

[OPINION] Impunity in Cebu and why covering this election was personal

May 17, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Most people who follow the news noticed that there were at least 3 to 4 shootings happening every day.... I’m no longer watching impunity from a safe distance.

Prosecutor junks vote buying raps vs Cebu SK members

May 17, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'Circumstances narrated by complainants are viewed contrary to human experience when illegal or illicit trade or actions are done,' says the prosecutor

Ex-U.S. Marine in Cebu kills 2, killed by police in shootout

May 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Suspect Dean Torrefranca has a property dispute with his stepson, according to Talisay City police

Daniel Cabrera, boy in viral FB post, graduates from Cebu grade school

May 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Daniel's life has changed since a photo of him studying outside a McDonald's branch to take advantage of electricity spread on social media

Copy-pasting concession posts on Facebook? Tomas Osmeña won't have it

May 16, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña calls out a losing city councilor candidate from Zamboanga City for copying his Facebook message

LOCAL CHIEF. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña at his office in the executive building of their city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOTr to Cebu Pacific: Submit plan to prevent mass flight cancellations

May 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Cebu Pacific canceled around 14 flights a day from April 28 to May 10, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board

CANCELLED. Over 400 daily domestic flights have been cancelled by Cebu Pacific from April 28 to May 10. Photo from Cebu Pacific

‘Cebuano Hotshot’ Dondon Hontiveros scores city council seat

May 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

A winner throughout his basketball career, the 41-year-old claims victory in his first foray into politics in Cebu City

STICKING TO SPORTS. Dondon Hontiveros says he would prioritize developing youth activities and sports in Cebu City. Photo from FIBA

Cebu town mayor who survived ambush secures reelection

May 14, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Lakambini Reluya and her son beat opponents in San Fernando, Cebu

Cebuano actor Richard Yap fails to unseat Del Mar from congressional seat

May 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Please Be Careful With My Heart' star calls his loss a 'disappointing end' to the campaign

SIR CHIEF. The actor loses his bid for congress. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Gwendolyn Garcia returns as Cebu's governor

May 14, 2019 - 5:57 AM

With a huge win, Gwendolyn Garcia comes back as the governor of Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia slams ‘illegal’ suspension during her proclamation speech as Cebu governor on Thursday morning, May 16. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

Labella unseats incumbent Osmeña in Cebu City

May 14, 2019 - 1:22 AM

(UPDATED) While Osmeña remains a popular personality in Cebu politics, Edgar Labella had the backing of President Rodrigo Duterte and his local allies

OFFICIAL. Cebu City Commission on Elections Board of Canvassers Chairman Chauncey Boholst proclaims Edgar Labella as winner of the mayoral race on Tuesday afternoon, May 14. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polls

May 13, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cebu Provincial Police say the suspects were looking for money

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polling hours. Photo from Tommy Osmeña Facebook page

Cebu's Labella denies alleged harassment of rival supporters

May 13, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella denies his involvement in the alleged police harassment of Mayor Tomas Osmeña's supporters

HEATED. After casting his vote, Cebu City vice mayor Edgar Labella hopes he and mayor Tomas Osmeña can forgive each other after the heated campaign. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Malfunctioning VCMs delay voting in Cebu’s biggest barangay

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Despite glitches in the vote counting machines, election officers in Cebu City's Barangay Guadalupe say the voting will close as scheduled

LONG LINE. Voters at the Tisa II Elementary School are given priority numbers and asked to sit at the designated waiting area. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

Masked men monitored intimidating voters in Cebu City’s upland barangays

May 13, 2019 - 3:11 AM

(UPDATED) ‘Residents reported men on motorcycles leaving notes, telling the residents they’re being monitored, and that if they go to vote, the men will return for them’

Arrests, masked police heighten tension in Cebu City

May 12, 2019 - 10:31 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Tomas Osmeña says, 15 to 20 'masked SWAT with no nameplates arrived in full force' and took cellphones and payroll money, and put them in an envelope labeled 'vote buying'

Cebu City at the crossroads: Keep or replace Tomas Osmeña?

May 11, 2019 - 10:46 PM

His challenger, Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, is endorsed by President Duterte. Is that enough to topple someone who's been entrenched in the city for decades?

CEBU CITY'S CHOICES: The challenger Edgar Labella (left) or the reelectionist Tomas Osmeña

Campaign Convos: Ang bili sa Sugbo sa nasudnong piniliay

May 10, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Kada kampanya, balik-balik ra ang mga kandidato sa lalawigan sa Sugbo aron pangulitawhan ang mga Sugbuanon. Ngano kaha? Paminawa ang podcast diri.


Cebu City police prevent journalists from interviewing detained suspects

May 08, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña asks his city's top cop: 'What are you trying to hide CCPO?'

AT ODDS. Combo photo of Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña and Cebu City chief Police Colonel Royina Garma. Rappler photos

Bam Aquino spends birthday with Cebu City's children in conflict with the law

May 08, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'We should be a country of second chances,' Aquino tell the residents Operation Second Chance Center

Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon

Trade association brings first Digital Youth Congress to Cebu

May 07, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Digital YouthCon is also launching first Sprint: Digital Marketing and Creative Student Competition

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

May 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams

[OPINION] The 'nilarang' chever, and other Cebuano delicacies

May 02, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'Street food is almost always a highly localized experience. If you’re not from there – especially if you’re not from there – the least one can do is to show some respect.'

Canceled Cebu Pacific flights for May 2019

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Operational woes continue to hound Cebu Pacific. More flight cancellations are set for May 2019.

Otso Diretso reunites in Cebu City, but local allies still a no-show

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

A barangay captain in Argao, Cebu, however, allows several Otso Diretso candidates to campaign in his village

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) is joined by all 8 Otso Diretso candidates in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

Roxas asks Cebuanos: Can your birthday gift be a vote for Otso Diretso?

Apr 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Mar Roxas celebrates his 62nd birthday on May 13, when Filipinos will also go to polling precincts to vote

BIRTHDAY VOTE? Otso Diretso candidate Mar Roxas (2nd from L) and the slate's other bets do the Otso Diretso hand sign for the cameras in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Reelectionist Cebu City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves

IRREGULAR? Policemen wearing fatigue set up a checkpoint outside Mayor Tomas Osmeña's house, which is not along a major thoroughfare in Cebu City. Photo from Osmeña's Facebook

Canceled Cebu Pacific flights from April 28 to 30

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Cebu Pacific cancels more flights, saying that its operations 'have been severely limited by a number of factors'

This Cebu barangay is ‘not afraid to support Otso Diretso’

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Chanito Quiblat, chairman of Barangay Taloot in Argao, Cebu, says he was approached by volunteers who had ‘no funding, doing it out of love’

SUPPORT. Barangay Taloot Councilor Evangeline Rellin (middle, shown here with candidate Samira Gutoc), says: 'I’m siding with Otso Diretso because I want change. I also see that they are worthy of the position.' Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

All Otso Diretso bets join forces in vote-rich Cebu

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This is only the second time the opposition senatorial ticket will be complete in one city during the 2019 campaign period

OPPOSITION SLATE. All members of the opposition slate Otso Diretso gather in vote-rich Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 injured as fire razes houses in Cebu City

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:18 PM

About 80 houses are damaged, and some are totally destroyed, in Barangay Tejero, in Cebu City

Cebu Pacific: no credit card info accessed in GetGo breach

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Cebu Pacific adds GetGo member points remain secure, albeit locked, until the GetGo application server is fixed

Cebu City Library offers free Spanish classes beginning April 27

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:23 PM

‘Registration will have to be done in person. 40 slots are available, first come first served,’ says Mayor Tomas Osmeña

FREE. The Cebu City Public Library's Spanish classes will go over conversational skills, basic grammar, cultural information, and pronunciation. Photo from the library's website

22-hour water interruptions expected as Cebu’s Jaclupan dam dries up

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The water service in households in the affected areas has been reduced to two hours a day

JACLUPAN. This photo shows Metropolitan Cebu Water District's Jaclupan Facility. File photo from MCWD's website

Donations pour in for fruit vendor paid with fake thousand-peso bill

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:03 PM

A sympathetic resident relates the incident on social media and netizens take time to help

A THOUSAND FOLD. Fruit vendor Solomon Alfranta receives cash donations from netizens soon after he gets paid with a fake thousand peso bill. Photos by Angeline Mabanta

Cebu Pacific's GetGo server breached

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) Hackers' group Pinoy LulzSec claims responsibility for the breach

UNAVAIBLE. Cebu Pacific's GetGo website is currently unavailable. Screengrab from GetGo website

Cebu Pacific resumes Clark flights evening of April 24

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:05 PM

These include flights to and from Hong Kong, Macau, and Cebu

FIXED. The collapsed ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport is fixed as of 6 am, April 24, 2019. Photo from BCDA Group

DNA of self-confessed killer found on Silawan case murder weapon

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:38 PM

DNA test results obtained by Rappler show DNA traces of self-confessed killer Renato Llenes are found on the scissors used to kill Cebu teen Christine Lee Silawan

MURDER WEAPON. The scissors test positive to the DNA of Christine Lee Silawan and her alleged killed Renato Llenes. Sourced photo

Drug suspect killed in Talisay City shootout with police

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Initial police reports say when the suspect realized that he was dealing with law enforcers, he allegedly shot at them

Image via Shutterstock

Prosecutors to consolidate cases vs suspects in Silawan murder

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Ruso Zaragoza, the prosecutor in the case, says the investigation would move faster if the charges were to be consolidated

Image via Shutterstock

AboitizPower begins operating coal plant in Toledo, Cebu

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The coal plant will deliver power to Visayan Electric Company and electric cooperatives, as well as to open-access customers in Luzon and the Visayas

UP AND RUNNING. The Therma Visayas coal power plant in Toledo City, Cebu, is now operational. Photo from Aboitiz Power Corporation

Mother wants Christine Silawan's ex-boyfriend charged

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Lourdes Silawan says she would not sign the affidavit unless her daughter’s ex-boyfriend would be included in the complaint