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9 dead as truck crashes into a ravine in Cebu town

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(4th UPDATE) Seven of the 9 fatalities are children, with a 40-year-old female – mother of one of the children – and a 20-year-old male also dying in the crash

Cebu dengue death toll highest in the Visayas

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Although the number of deaths is mainly attributed to Cebu being the most populated island, Cebu City Councilor David Tumalak calls on local officials to be prepared

Garcia promises to decongest overcrowded Cebu jail

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The jail is famous for its viral dancing inmates after posting videos to YouTube in 2007

INSPECTION. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia speaks to a female inmate at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Stocks to Watch: 3 property stocks to consider buying

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Buy, sell, or hold? Rappler's very first weekly stock outlook looks at 3 property companies, as the sector appears set for greater heights.

Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

3 killed in riding-in-tandem shootings in Metro Cebu

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:16 PM

The killings happen in a span of less than 24 hours

Prankster sends 25 boxes of pizza to Cebu City mayor's office

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 PM

While the mayor’s secretary forgot how much they paid, Labella's staff say they pooled their money to pay the order instead of rejecting it

Outgoing Cebu City top cop Garma takes one last jab at Osmeña

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Stripping her office bare isn't one of the things police colonel Royina Garma will do before stepping down as Cebu City police director

LEAVING OFFICE. Police colonel Royina Garma says she's not taking anything from the Cebu City Police Office before stepping down. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

‘No kill order,’ says new Cebu City top cop Gemma Vinluan

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Colonel Vinluan says her orders to police are to neutralize, 'but not to kill' suspects

NO KILL. New Cebu City Police Chief Gemma Cruz Vinluan says police should only use enough force to apprehend suspects and not kill them. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

German trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City arrested

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:23 PM

A police report says his two-year-old son was among the pornographic images found in the evidence gathered by police

TRAFFICKING. Police arrest German online trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City. Photo by IJM

Gemma Cruz Vinluan takes over as new Cebu City police chief

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) New Cebu City Police Office Director Gemma Vinluan and retired director Royina Garma are classmates at the Philippine National Police Academy's Kapanalig class of 1997

NEW CHIEF. Gemma Cruz Vinluan addresses the Cebu City Police Office as its new director. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Cebu City judge inhibits from South Road Properties sale case

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Judge Soliver Peras notifies the 15th Cebu City Council about his inhibition on its first session

SOUTH ROAD PROPERTIES. 2017 image from Wikipedia by Oyvind Holmstad

Osmeña’s lawyer says 'not true' mayor's seal removed from office

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Amanda Virgil Ligutan, Osmeña’s legal counsel, says it was City Engineer Mejilito Cajes – a complainant in the case against Osmeña – who took the seal out of the mayor’s office on June 25

STRIPPED. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña leaves his office stripped down to the tiles. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Trader's error causes Cebu Pacific shares to fall 38%

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

From around P90 apiece, Cebu Pacific's stock price plummets to P58 on Tuesday, July 9


Flexible workspace operators KMC, Regus to expand in the Philippines

Jul 04, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The demand for flexible workspaces continues to grow in the Philippines. Two operators are stepping up to the challenge.

EXPANSION. KMC's new flexible workspace at Robinsons Cyberscape Gamma in Ortigas Center is just one of the 4 new offices the company will be launching in the Philippines. Image from KMC

Enjoy a lifestyle of fun and free travels with the new CEB GetGo Prepaid Card

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Use it to travel, dine, and shop to earn points for free flights

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DILG to probe Osmeña, says stripping mayor’s office 'uncalled for'

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:13 AM

'The act of even removing what are considered immovable objects like ceiling, walls, and the tiles is already bad faith,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Pia Wurtzbach headlines fashion show in Cebu for HIV/AIDS awareness

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'Etuf: Cebu’s Premier Fashion Auction for HIV/AIDS Advocacy' happens on July 6

Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

Garcia’s first order as governor: Stop Cebu Capitol center project

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The building project, which conservationists oppose, is funded by a P1.3-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines during Hilario Davide III's term

PRIORITIES. Newly-installed Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia orders a stop to the pet project of her predecessor and now Vice Governor Hilario Davide III. Photo from Garcia's Facebook

Labella assures Cebuanos city library will resume 24-hour services

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Cebu City Public Library stops its 24-hour services – an initiative of former mayor Tomas Osmeña – citing manpower shortage

LIMITED HOURS. The Cebu City Public Library says it doesn't have enough people to man the place 'round the clock like it used to. Photo from CCPL Facebook

Labella vows to solve flooding, waste disposal, traffic in Cebu City

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The new mayor says he will hold office in his old room as vice mayor after his predecessor, Tomas Osmeña, stripped bare the mayor's office before leaving

NEW MAYOR. Edgardo Labella (with wife Joycelyn) starts his term as mayor of Cebu City on June 30, 2019, asking other city officials to set aside politics and work with him for the city's welfare. Photo from Mayor Labella's FB

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

In this store, you can trade plastic trash for food and clothing

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Plastic Barter store aims to help solve Cebu City’s plastics problem and provide jobs to former prisoners and dumpsite dwellers

Mandaue City places 3 sitios under state of calamity due to fire

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Local officials say 1,200 families have been displaced by the fire

FIRE. Fire razes several areas in Mandaue City on June 27, 2019.Photos from Mandaue City PIO Facebook page

PDEA-led team seizes P4.4M worth of marijuana plants in Toledo City

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Naval Forces Central Central Command and the Cebu Provincial Police Office aid PDEA during the operations in Barangay Tungkay, a mountainous village

JOINT OPERATION. A team led by PDEA Central Visayas burn marijuana plants in Toledo City, Cebu, on June 26, 2019. Photo from PDEA Central Visayas FB

70-year-old businesswoman killed by riding-in-tandem in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting of Erlinda Garcia, a native of Aloguinsan town

No more special task force for Cebu town mayor killed in hospital

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Cebu Provincial Police Office backtracks, saying Ricardo Ramirez' killing does not fit the parameters of a special investigation task force

SLAIN. Former Medelin, Cebu mayor Ricky Ramirez. Photo from the Facebook page of Municipality of Medellin Cebu

Cargo ship capsizes off Cebu, 12 crew members rescued

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Central Visayas Lt. Michael John Encina says one person sustained minor injuries during the accident

CAPSIZED. A ship carrying 12,000 liters of oil capsizes at the SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard, Central Visayas

Cebu City police chief Garma appointed PCSO general manager

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Royina Garma says she has opted for early retirement from police service to take up the post as a civilian

ASCENSION. President Rodrigo appoints Police Colonel Royina Garma General Manager of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 2018 RTVM screenshot.

Comelec upholds decision disqualifying winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Alvin Arcilla argues he is not disqualified and his 3rd term is not counted because he was suspended during his last term in 2016

Vivant eyes water, infrastructure projects in Cebu

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Although Arlo Sarmiento describes 2018 as 'challenging,' he reveals Vivant had the 'highest income so far' since the company’s incorporation

Vivant Corporation president and chief executive officer Arlo Sarmiento (seated center) says they intend to pursue energy and infrastucture projects in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Vivant Corporation

With Osmeña on way out, Rico’s Lechon eyes return to Cebu City

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:49 PM

'With the new political landscape, the Cebuanos expect you back in Cebu City, Rico's!' the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas' page says in a Facebook post

Rico's Lechon owner Enrico Dionson meets with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Mike Dino. Photo from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas.

Police form special task force to probe into ex-Cebu town mayor’s slay

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Cebu Provincial Police says the ‘manner of killing’ was ‘alarming’

Ex-Cebu town mayor shot dead inside hospital

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Police say armed men stormed a private hospital in Medellin, Cebu, to kill former Medellin town mayor Ricardo 'Ricky' Ramirez

SLAIN. Former Medelin, Cebu mayor Ricky Ramirez. Photo from the Facebook page of Municipality of Medellin Cebu

Old habits die hard: In Cebu, Gloria Arroyo walks out over political questions

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Even retirement has not made the former president ease up on the kinds of questions the media can ask

Cebu Pacific orders 31 Airbus planes at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The planes that Cebu Pacific ordered, worth $6.8 billion, will allow the airline to 'continue offering the lowest fares' due to improved passenger capacity

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

All incoming Cebu City bets meet SOCE deadline

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:03 AM

An election lawyer said that losing candidates do not need to file a SOCE. The winning candidates, on the other hand, have 6 months to file theirs.

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Cebu City COMELEC Board of Canvassers Chairman Chauncey Boholst, proclaims Edgardo “Edgar” Labella as mayor on Tuesday afternoon, May 14. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Arroyo revisits RO-RO ports in Cebu ahead of retirement

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo goes on a 'sentimental journey' in her final week as a congresswoman

FINAL SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY AS SPEAKER IN CEBU. SGMA visited Cebu today on her final sentimental journey as Speaker. She visited two of the Roro ports built during her time as President in southern Cebu namely Taloot port in Argao and Liloan port in Santander. In a media briefing, the Marina reported that as a result of her initiatives as Speaker arising from the House's oversight functions, a total of 19 new missionary Roro routes were established in different parts of the country this year. Four of the 19 are already operational while 15 are just waiting for the arrival of the ships that will service the routes. It was also revealed that nine more new missionary routes will be opened based on the recommendation of the shipping Industry. SGMA said she is happy that the Roro project has been revived by the present adminstration and that she is extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro System which she established when she was President in 2003. There are currently 140 Roro routes all over the country servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers. / Credit photos to Arroyo's office

Comelec disqualifies winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Comelec says Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla is on his 3rd and final term now, and should not have run in 2019

LAST TERM. The Commission on Elections says Councilor Alvin Arcilla has maxed out his term limit. Photo from Arcilla's Facebook

Cebu City council voids Cebu South Road Properties sale

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) This is the second motion approved in a week by the Osmeña-allied city council to invalidate the South Road Properties transaction from 2015, despite a court ruling upholding it

SOUTH ROAD PROPERTIES. 2017 image from Wikipedia by Oyvind Holmstad

Cebu Pacific to begin Manila-Shenzhen flights on July 1

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Cebu Pacific's Manila-Shenzhen route will have flights 4 times a week, beginning July 1

BAGGAGE POLICY. Cebu Pacific will be implementing a new check-in baggage policy starting January 15, 2019. Photo from Cebu Pacific

Kapa-Community Ministry Cebu office raided

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The raid comes 3 days after a fire destroyed the office in Compostela town in northern Cebu

[OPINION] Back in Cebu: Why local voices matter in covering the news

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The cultural, religious, socio-economic backgrounds of reporters shape the way they view the world – and in turn greatly impacts their perspective and how they report the stories

Incentives of Didal, Cebuana athletes delayed

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Almost a year after making the country proud in the Asian Games, skateboarding star Margielyn Didal and 3 other Cebuana athletes still await their bonus

GOLDEN. Margielyn Didal emerges as one of the surprise standouts in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from PSC

Accused in murder of Christine Silawan pleads not guilty

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The accused in the killing of a high school student in Lapu-Lapu City pleaded not guilty during his arraignment

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

Drug suspect arrested in Talisay City bust alleged member of int'l syndicate

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Mark Navarrete is arrested in buy bust along with Ruferd Gella and Juanito Amahan Jr

Photos courtesy of Talisay City Police

Osmeña council allies move to invalidate sale of South Road Properties

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Outgoing Mayor Tomas Osmeña insists these properties were sold during the time of mayor Michael Rama for prices below their market value

British man found dead in fish sanctuary in southern Cebu town

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Initial police investigation suggest Ian Parkinson, a tourist, drowned in Dalaguete

Famous falls in Samboan, Cebu, close for a month for rehab

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:11 PM

This is to let Aguinid Falls 'naturally recover from the devastating effects of the on-going El Niño phenomenon and mass human entry' from June 17 to July 17, 2019

Photo from the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office Facebook page