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Cebu Governor Garcia takes back EO permitting motorcycle backriding

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:53 PM

No less than President Duterte says exempting only Cebu from the ban on motorcycle backriding is discriminatory

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Ban on motorcycle backriding stays, Duterte tells Cebu's Gwen Garcia

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'As much as I would like to accommodate Governor Garcia, if I begin to give exception to one, I will open myself to charges of anti-graft law,' Duterte says

BACKRIDING. Passenger rides Angkas in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu province allows motorcycle backriding while under GCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:13 PM

The executive order of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, however, does not allow motorcycle taxis or habal-habal in the province

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Pandemic delays Cebu's plans to replace Cebuano with English in teaching

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia originally wanted new learning materials produced in time for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year

Cebu province to stop requiring PCR test for discharge of COVID-19 patients

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Coronavirus patients can be discharged from the hospital as long as they are deemed 'clinically well,' says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

SWAB TEST. A man is swab tested for coronavirus in Cavite. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

GCQ in Cebu province takes effect on May 20

May 18, 2020 - 5:59 PM

While the province is downgraded to a general community quarantine as a 'moderate-risk' area, the province remains on lockdown until May 20 pending a new executive order

CHECKPOINT. Police man a checkpoint in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law

May 07, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

CEBU GOVERNMENT. The Cebu Provincial Capitol. Photo by Ryme26/CC BY-SA

Task force to draft rules for Cebu's 'new normal' post-quarantine

Apr 30, 2020 - 2:02 PM

The coronavirus pandemic underscores the need to boost agricultural production in Cebu, which had been largely relied on imports, says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

'NEW NORMAL'. File photo of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meeting with local officials to discuss provincial response to the novel coronavirus disease. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Cebu province earmarks half of monthly IRA as financial aid to local gov't units

Apr 20, 2020 - 12:47 PM

This is the second tranche of financial assistance that LGUs under Cebu province will receive from the provincial government

Members of the Cebu City Health Workers along with the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) conducts temperature check as motorists line up in Jones Ave. cebu City is under Community quarantine to stop the spread of the Corona virus disease. (PHOTO BY: GELO LITONJUA)

Cebu vows cash aid to residents stranded outside the province

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Information is available on the Stranded Cebuanos Assistance Center Facebook page

Sitio Zapatera in Barangay Barrio Luz with at least 9,000 residents is on lockdown after several residents were found out to be infected by Covid19. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

On letting foreigners leave via Cebu: Gwen says Locsin does not 'need to beg'

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:29 PM

'I am trying to spare the Philippine tourism from a justifiable retaliation in the future,' the DFA secretary says

PLEADING. DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin 'begs' Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia to let foreigners pass through Cebu to leave the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler and the Office of Gwen Garcia

Cebu province distributes P376 million to LGUs affected by lockdown

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:03 PM

How much funds cities and towns will get depend on their population and municipality ranking

DISINFECTION. workers  File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Swiss, German travelers reportedly enter Cebu despite province-wide lockdown

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Citing her sources, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that the foreigners landed in the general aviation area of the Cebu-Mactan International Airport. They later checked in at two hotels in Mactan.

24-HOUR QUARANTINE. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meets with local officials on response to the novel coronavirus. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Cebu province begins strict lockdown on March 30

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:24 PM

With the borders closed, travel will not be allowed among towns and cities, including Cebu City

TEMP CHECK. A Cebu City health worker conducts temperature checks on jeepney passengers. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Cebu province to be placed on lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATE) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says the lockdown will take effect once she signs the executive order 12 to 24 hours from Wednesday afternoon, March 25

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A passenger gets temperature checked upon arriving in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu bans use of airconditioning in PUVs

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says the novel coronavirus is more likely to thrive in enclosed spaces

CHECK. Cebu City health workers along with city police conduct temperature checks in Jones Ave. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

'Bagsakan centers' for indigents, displaced workers to be set up in Cebu

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The centers will also impose a purchase quota, such as limiting buyers to only two kilos of rice each

STOCKING UP. Consumers are seen buying goods at a market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu imposes flight ban on Legazpi, Clark, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The ban was imposed in the hopes of preventing the novel coronavirus from reaching Cebu province, which still has zero cases of infection

PRECAUTION. File photo of a now standard temperature check at the entrance of buildings. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu province suspends road clearing to assert autonomy

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'Is this a collaborative partnership or is this a dictatorship?' Garcia asks the DILG

TRAFFIC. Motorists experience moderate to heavy traffic in Osmena Blvd Cebu City during rush hour. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu imposes mandatory quarantine on arrivals from Iran, Italy

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The Cebu provincial government directive is on top of the travel restrictions endorsed by the DOH

Cebu to start screening domestic passengers after coronavirus cases confirmed in Metro Manila

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Currently, only passengers from international airports are scanned for high fever

SCANNING. Scanners at the Mactan Cebu International Airport check temperatures of arriving passengers. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

No Alegria Oil Field proceeds yet for Cebu, says Gwen Garcia

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:45 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia asks the Department of Energy for a breakdown of the total gross proceeds and operating expenses to see how much host LGUs should really receive

Cebu readies another quarantine area amid coronavirus threat

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:58 AM

The quarantine facility in Barangay Busay, Cebu City, will only be used in case of a spillover of people being monitored for the novel coronavirus in the two Department of Health-designated hospitals in the province

SAFETY MEASURE. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal monitors arriving passengers using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu bans pigs, pork products from Mindanao

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on live hogs and pork products from all regions in Mindanao beginning February 13

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Cebu now under state of preparedness over novel coronavirus threat

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

The Cebu provincial government designates 4 facilities to be used to quarantine Filipinos coming from mainland China

SIMULATION. Emergency responders in Cebu practice responding to a possible novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu to quarantine passengers from mainland China for 14 days

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The 14-day quarantine is to be able to monitor possible carriers of the virus during the incubation period

QUARANTINE. Passengers arriving from China will go through a thermal scanner and be placed under quarantine for 14 days. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu capitol to minimize aircon use to save money, fend off virus

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:39 AM

Solar panels will be installed at the provincial building, while trees will be planted within the capitol compound

File photo by Dale G. Israel/Rappler

After Cebu gov’t cancels contract, water consortium denies it breached contract

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says they have discovered alleged multiple violations, and that the consortium has failed to pay the provincial government's share

WATER. The Cebu provincial government and Manila Water Resources Incorporated squabble over contract terms for a bulk water project. Photo from Manila Water

Gwen Garcia asks Cebu schools to stop teaching in Cebuano

Dec 18, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The Cebu governor asks the local school board to pass a resolution reinstating English as the medium of instruction in K-12 schools

BASIC EDUCATION. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia blames mother tongue and Filipino instruction for low reading comprehension scores. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pork from Eastern Visayas not allowed in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia warns those caught violating the anti-African Swine Flu ordinance that she will have them jailed for 6 months

Meat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

66 structures near Cebu beach town to be demolished

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Thirty-seven commercial establishments who own or lease 66 structures in barangays near the beach are given a notice of violation for being within the 3-meter easement of the shoreline

BEACH TOWN. Environment officials find 66 structures violate easement restrictions on the popular Moalboal beach. P199/Wikimedia Commons

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

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.

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

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Tensions flare as lawmakers rush to approve barangay poll postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'Ang kapal ng mukha 'nyo para sabihin na hindi self-serving ang proposal,' a lawmaker tells a panelist supporting the bid to postpone the barangay polls again

TENSION IN THE HOUSE. Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams Liga ng Barangay president Edmund Abesamis as 'thick faced' in a House hearing on March 12, 2018, about proposals to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

Garcia rallies House: Stand together vs 'illegal encroachment' of Ombudsman

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The embattled lawmaker says that the Constitution and existing laws not only lack provisions that say the Ombudsman may sanction her, it contains provisions that explicitly make it illegal

EMBATTLED. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia calls on her colleagues in the House to rally against an Ombudsman decision against her. Screenshot from the House livestream

Only Congress can remove its members – Roque

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque questions the decision of the Ombudsman against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, saying its release came 'at a time when such actions could be given political color'

Garcia hits Ombudsman: Dismissal 'leverage' for impeachment case

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The former Cebu governor says the Ombudsman's decision goes beyond the Cebu land deal

No dismissal of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia – Alvarez

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Wala akong makita sa Constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa, walang provision na nagsasabi na puwedeng gawin yun,' says the House Speaker

NO DISMISSAL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they won't be implementing a dismissal order against deputy speaker Gwen Garcia (center). File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

One Cebu members, Liberal Party mayors transfer to Duterte's PDP-Laban

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, founder and president emeritus of One Cebu party, will lead members in the mass oath taking with PDP-Laban Friday, November 17

JUMPING SHIP. Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia leads their political clan from One Cebu Party to PDP-Laban.

Congresswoman files resolution over Tabal's exclusion from SEA Games

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Gwendolyn Garcia files a resolution ordering an investigation into why the Philippines’ first female Olympic marathoner has been dropped from the SEA Games roster

LONG RUN. A Cebu congresswoman wants to inquire whether there are adequate laws available to athletes to appeal 'unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory decisions' by national sports associations after Mary Joy Tabal has been left off the SEA Games team. File photo

Gwen Garcia wants House probe into viral drug raid at Cebu jail

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 PM

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says the Cebu provincial jail turned from epic jail to epic fail under Governor Hilario Davide III

DAVIDE'S FAULT? Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screengrab from

'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

'NO CONFLICT.' Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Gwendolyn Garcia, and Estrellita Suansing hold a press conference on February 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

House committee drops use of 'extrajudicial killings' in probes, reports

Sep 18, 2016 - 5:57 PM

The House committee on public order and safety has approved a motion to use deaths under investigation – instead of extrajudicial killings – in future hearings investigations and reports

Newly formed group Stop The Killings Network held a metro wide, simultaneous candle lighting dubbed as #lightforlife. Rob Reyes

House leaders urge De Lima to attend probe into Bilibid drug use

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says they are also planning to invite Senator Leila De Lima s former bodyguard and driver who allegedly has links to drugs

DRUGS PROBE. The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, lead by Senator Leila de Lima, conducts a public hearing on extrajudicial killings on August 22. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: The 12 Deputy Speakers of the 17th Congress

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The House leadership appoints 7 more deputy speakers as the 17th Congress prepares for a shift to federalism

5 women lawmakers are new House deputy speakers

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:07 PM

The House of Representatives now has 10 deputy speakers

NEW DEPUTY SPEAKERS. The House of Representatives names 5 new deputy speakers on August 15. Photos of Albano and Garin courtesy of House of Representatives media, photo of Garcia from, photo of Cayetano by Rappler, photo of Arroyo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA