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At least 1 dead in pre-dawn fire in Cebu City

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The fire in Barangay Sambag Uno leaves 90 families homeless

CASUALTY. Authorities bring out the remains of  a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the pre-dawn fire in Barangay Sambag Uno, Cebu City on October 19, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Labella's first 100 days: No more business permit 'purgatory' in Cebu City

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella highlights socialized housing and improved traffic flow among his other top priorities

100 DAYS. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Labella to reopen Cebu City night market

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says this is to allow displaced vendors to sell their products only at particular times

NIGHT MARKET. Mayor Edgardo Labella says he's open to reopening the night market in Cebu City. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Environmental lawyer asks court for Writ of Kalikasan to stop tree cutting in Cebu

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stop the cutting of more trees in Cebu

TREES. An environmental lawyer asks for a temporary restraining order on cutting trees in Cebu. File photo by Rappler

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

DILG tells Labella to maintain cleared sidewalks in Cebu City

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Some vendors complain they will earn less at the relocation site due to less foot traffic

CLEARING. Cebu City Mayor speaks with Cebu City sidewalk vendors who were displaced due to clearing operations. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Downtown Cebu City sidewalk vendors given Sunday noon deadline to relocate

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The deadline complies with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to remove obstructions by September 29

VENDORS. Market vendors take up part of a road in Cebu City. Photo from Mayor Edgar Labella's Facebook Page

Another killing on busy Cebu City avenue

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City is hit by a second riding-in-tandem killing this week

KILLED. Francisco Vinluan, 42, is killed by unidentified suspects in Mabolo, Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Osmeña files suit vs Cebu City government, real estate conglomerates over SRP deal

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The ex-mayor also seeks to stop the city from using proceeds from the SRP to fund the local government's P2.5-billion supplemental budget

LAND SALE. Cebu City is funding its budget from partial payment of property sold in 2015. Former Mayor Tommy Osmeña wants to stop it. Road file photo from Cebu City's website

Cebu City top cop's biggest challenge? Demolition, not drugs

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:34 PM

'We aren’t happy when we have to remove our marginalized countrymen from their comfort zones,' Cebu City police director Gemma Cruz Vinluan says

CRIME PREVENTION. Cebu City Police Director Colonel Gemma Cruz-Vinluan speaks to media about her first 55 days in office. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Defense lawyer in Bohol kidnapping trial survives attempted ambush

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Cebu lawyer Innocencio dela Cerna survives the ambush

AMBUSHED. Lawyer Innocencio dela Cerna is ambushed by motorcycle-riding men outside the Cebu City Hall of Justice. File photo by Rappler

Labella focuses on cleaning dirty creeks, obstructed sidewalks

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:18 AM

In his first 60 days, newbie Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella cleans Guadalupe River and clears Colon street of hawkers

CLEANUP. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella focuses on cleaning up rivers and creeks in first 2 months of his term. Photo from Facebook

Best friend of missing Bohol mayor testifies in kidnapping case

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Angela Leyson, a complainant in the kidnapping case, recalls how Gisela Bendong-Boniel was compelled to stay in Bohol overnight by municipal staff to sign 'important documents'

STRONG CASE. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon says Angela Leyson's testimony against defendand Nino Rey Boniel strengthens the kidnapping and illegal detention case. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Europe's most wanted online child sex offender nabbed in Cebu

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The arrest of Nelson Siacor Torayno, a 32-year-old Filipino, was kept from the public for months following his arrest due to ongoing investigations, according to the International Justice Mission

FACE OF EVIL. Nelson Torayno allegedly raped his child victims, filmed the attacks, and sold the videos on the dark web. Photo from the International Justice Mission

Cebu City Public Library resumes 24-hour operations

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The library limited its hours for a month while the administration of new Mayor Edgar Labella looked for new staff to man the round-the-clock operations

LIMITED HOURS. The Cebu City Public Library returns to 24-hour operations. Photo from CCPL Facebook

Osmeña says he was prevented from restoring office to ‘2016 state’

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:32 AM

In his letter, the former mayor says the incident became a 'media spectacle' and he asks Labella to allow the contractors to finish restoring the office

Osmeña photo from Rappler Talk. Labella photo from Facebook. Isla dela Victoria photo from Cebu City official website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Cebu graduate surprises classmates, adviser with hand-drawn portraits

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

A young artist celebrates his bond with his senior high school class in a unique and personal way

Dead body found in upland Cebu City barangay

May 30, 2019 - 7:25 PM

A day before this, two bodies are found burnt on a hillside in Tuburan town, about two and a half hours away from Cebu City

Doctors Without Borders to hold photo exhibit in Cebu City

May 30, 2019 - 12:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The '#WeAreMSF: A Walk-through Photo Exhibit' will showcase photos that capture what the organization stands for and how Filipinos can join its cause

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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