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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

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

'Builders' vs 'destroyers'? Cebu City's Osmeña, Labella trade barbs

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella remain at odds over the Isla dela Victoria project

WAR OF WORDS. Mayor Tommy Osmeña and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella exchange words over a project in the Cebu SRP. Osmeña photo from Rappler Talk, Labella photo from Facebook, Isla dela Victoria photo from Cebu City official website

Over 5,000 sign up for free Japanese classes at Cebu City Public Library

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The library is also planning to offer Spanish, Mandarin, and German language classes, says reelectionist mayor Tomas Osmeña

Man posing as Panelo on Facebook arrested in Cebu

Feb 26, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The online impostor of Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo sought 'donations' from the Cabinet official's wealthy friends

ARRESTED. Jose Villafuerte is arrested for posing as Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo online and conning people into giving 'donations.' Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-barangay captain in Cebu survives ambush attempt

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

One of the assailants killed is identified as PO3 Eugene Alcain Calumba

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Cebu City police chief sure cops did not fire gun that killed Skyler

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cebu City chief Royina Garma says the stray bullet that took the life of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is not from a police pistol

CONFIDENT. Superintendent Royina Garma is sure police did not fire the gun which killed Skyler Abatayo. Photo from Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

Skyler Abatayo hit by stray bullet after doing school assignment

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The four-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-drug operation in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City

KILLED. 3-year-old Skyler Abatayo was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.