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Cebu City gets 21 new garbage trucks

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Cebu City outsources some of its garbage collection, but with the additional trucks, Mayor Edgar Labella says he would consider canceling its contract with a third-party provider

WASTE. Cebu City acquires 21 new dump trucks to improve waste collection. Photo from Mayor Edgar Labella's Facebook page

Who was David Navarro, the mayor from Mindanao killed in Cebu City?

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:16 PM

While Navarro appears on narcolists released by Duterte 2 times, he denied being linked to the drug trade

ARRESTED. Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental David speaks to local media on an alleged assault incident in Cebu City a day before he is shot dead in broad daylight. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DepEd probes teacher who allegedly molested Palaro athlete

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Family of the 14-year-old dance sport athlete vows to file charges

Cebu hospital faces probe for demanding deposit from injured cop

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, principal author of the recently passed Enhanced Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, promises to get to the bottom of how Chong Hua Hospital dealt with PO3 David Naraja Jr

INVESTIGATION SOUGHT. Senator Risa Hontiveros, at the 888 News Forum in Cebu City Tuesday, November 7, 2017, seeks an investigation into a private hospital that allegedly asked an injured policeman for deposit before treating him. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr/Rappler

2 kids, man killed in Cebu flood

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The victims have been swept by flood when the footbridge they were standing on collapses

RIVERSIDE. Sitio Riverside Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, is flooded after a heavy downpour before noon of September 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak

Peter Lim's nephew surrenders over road rage

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:03 AM

UPDATED David Lim Jr who is the prime suspect in a road rage case in Cebu City surrenders early Tuesday March 21

PRIME SUSPECT. A mugshot of David Lim Jr., taken March 21, 2017. Photo courtesy Police Regional Regional Office 7

Cebu City: An insider's itinerary

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:27 PM

What makes Cebu City beautiful are its creative people who find ways to make it livable alive and living

Photo by Jona Branzuela Bering

Ombudsman affirms graft charges vs Garcia over 'anomalous' CICC

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says there is no truth to the former Cebu governor s allegation that the charges are politically motivated

GRAFT CHARGES. Roughly a month before election day, reelectionist Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan.

Associates, brothers of alleged Cebu drug lord 'Yawa' surrender

Jul 02, 2016 - 10:06 PM

According to Osmeña the 5 are wanted for allegedly killing witnesses who cooperated with police in finding Rowen Yawa Secretaria allegedly among Cebu s top drug lords

Leni Robredo to swear in Cebu mayor-elect Osmeña

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Cebu City Mayor elect Tomas Osmeña has remained loyal to his party even as many of his local party mates have switched to President elect Rodrigo Duterte

PARTY MATES Cebu City mayor-elect Tommy Osmena (middle) with Vice President-elect Leni Robredo (right) and Senator Bam Aquino in Cebu City in November 2015. Photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter page

Residents protest proposed coal plant in Cebu City

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The residents of Barangay Sawang Calero fear their families health would suffer if Ludo Power Corporation s coal plant is built

Ombudsman files graft charges vs Gwen Garcia, Cebu execs

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:11 PM

UPDATED The provincial officials are found to have paid the contractor in full for the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center just a day after the contract was awarded

GRAFT CHARGES. Roughly a month before election day, reelectionist Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan.

Cebu debate: Roxas, Duterte most talked about on Facebook

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The social media site also says concerns about transparency and corruption are the most discussed

More #PiliPinasDebates2016 tweets for Cebu debate than CDO

Mar 21, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Over 1 6 million tweets are sent as Filipinos weigh in on the second presidential debate for the May 2016 elections

Cebu debate: Education, health on agenda, but not discussed

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Presidential candidates were able to tackle a few issues during the debate but they weren t asked about two key matters supposedly on the agenda

Cebu presidential debate: Litmus test of character

Mar 21, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Millennial advocates and experts say the debate was intense but lacked substance

Behind the scenes during the delay in the 2nd Presidential Debate in Cebu.

Pro-BBL Roxas hit for 'Muslim na mananakop' line in debate

Mar 21, 2016 - 11:37 AM

The LP standard bearer was answering a rival s insinuations that he doesn t enjoy President Benigno Aquino III s trust

ONLINE FLAK. The ruling party's standard-bearer is criticized for his use of a pejorative term during the presidential debate in Cebu City. Screenshot from the TV5 screen

Rule on documents: Who missed what in Cebu debate meetings

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:35 AM

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay says they should not be criticized for asking whether documents are allowed onstage

More fireworks in 2nd presidential debate despite delay

Mar 21, 2016 - 7:15 AM

The presidential candidates are on attack mode during the whole debate

#PiliPinasDebates2016: Highs and lows on social media

Mar 21, 2016 - 1:55 AM

UPDATED Who were the most talked about candidates online? Check out the social media highlights of the second leg of PiliPinasDebates2016

Duterte sweeps Rappler online polls for Cebu debate

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:43 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte consistently ranks 1st in our polls while Vice President Jejomar Binay is consistently last

Poe to Roxas: Isn't Mamasapano proof Aquino doesn't trust you?

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:22 PM

The second presidential debate puts the LP standard bearer in a familiar situation: having to defend the mistakes of the current administration

MAMASAPANO DEBACLE. Senator Grace Poe and LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas face-off during the 2nd presidential debate. Rappler screenshot

Duterte tests Poe: What would you do if China attacked?

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City mayor presses Poe to answer his question directly

Screengrab from TV5 livestream

Netizens slam 'Binay country' banner in Cebu

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:13 PM

The controversial banner is put up just as Cebu was hosting a global Catholic event

IEC 2016: 5,000 take 1st communion in special Mass

Jan 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED About 500 of the 5 000 who receive their first communion are street children

1ST COMMUNION. At the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, thousands of students and street children get to receive their First Communion. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Pope's envoy to Cebu youth: 'You can become president, doctors'

Jan 30, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Don’t blame yourself don’t blame your parents don’t blame your situation says Yangon Archbishop Charles Maung Bo to the less fortunate

PNP to Cebuanos: Help protect IEC visitors

Jan 24, 2016 - 12:14 PM

About 6 000 police officers and 2 000 personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines are deployed to protect participants of the International Eucharistic Congress

WELCOME TO CEBU. Delegates of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) are pictured at the San Carlos Seminary grounds, January 23, 2016. Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Tillor, ex-drug user, finishes top among locals at 2016 Cebu Marathon

Jan 11, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Noel Tillor who put his drug issues behind him with the help of running finished 4 minutes ahead of the second placer in the local 42K category

PAINTING FINISH. Noel Tillor finished ahead of the pack among locals. Photo by PJ Estan

Ombudsman: Dismiss ex-Cebu execs over CICC anomalies

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales orders the Cebu Governor to immediately implement the decision

'ANOMALOUS PROCUREMENT.' The Cebu International Convention Center was built for the 12th ASEAN Summit in January 2007. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of members of provincial bids and awards committee involved in procurement for the project. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

The dead, the dying, and the woman who prays for them

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:30 AM

On occasions like All Souls Day when the nation pays its respects to loved ones who have gone on to the afterlife Lorna prays for those who passed on from HIV related complications

Loreta, a former bar girl turned social worker who acquired HIV from having unprotected sex with one of her customers, visits the grave of her former partner who committed suicide due to his habitual 'shooting' behavior. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Binay party to launch in Cebu, awaits Honasan

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Binay will lead the oath taking of 700 local candidates from Western Visayas Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE LAUNCH? Will Vice President Jejomar Binay launch his party in Cebu along with his tandem with Senator Gregorio Honasan II? File OVP photo

Early campaigning in Cebu? 'We're not hiding that,' says Roxas

Aug 24, 2015 - 9:00 PM

But the administration’s presidential bet says there’s nothing wrong with that since no government funds were used for a Gathering of Friends in Cebu City

CEBU LAUNCH. Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas at 'A Gathering of Friends' in Cebu City. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

COA hits Cebu water provider over P90M 'illegal' perks

May 29, 2015 - 9:36 AM

According to state auditors Metro Cebu Water District employees gave themselves illegal allowances bonuses and other incentives

DOTC taps Korean firm for Cebu bus rapid transit project

Apr 21, 2015 - 6:07 PM

Kunhwa firm of Seoul South Korea will undertake the detailed engineering design and construction supervision contract for the project

Cebu: Tales of a city-walker

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Finding new routes means seeing the old buildings the people the whole place in a new perspective writes Jona Bering about walking Cebu City

BOC to probe customs police in Cebu football brawl

Mar 21, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Enrico Mongaya a customs police was caught in photos stabbing the neck of a teenage football player but says he was only breaking up the fight

Screenshot from the SunStar Facebook Page

#PHvote Special: UNA in Cebu

Feb 12, 2013 - 3:57 PM

We ll be getting updates from our team on the ground at Plaza Independencia in Cebu City as well as tweets from UNA party representatives