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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

Central Visayas’ top cop warns police vs joining investment scams

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The police have been monitoring the Cebu operations of Kapa-Community Ministry International, an alleged investment scam

Garcia asks Davide to stop Cebu capitol center works

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:28 PM

The building is being funded by a P1.3-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines

DWARFING THE CAPITOL. This is the artist's rendition of the proposed Cebu Provincial Resource Center, which conservationists say will tower over the historic capitol. Image from the Cebu provincial government website

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

Dwarf sperm whale found dead in southern Cebu town

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The young whale is found in Samboan, one of the 42 municipalities along the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape

Photo from SMARTSeas PH fb page

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

Newsbreak Chats: Cebu killings, election-related violence, and other top stories in May 2019

May 30, 2019 - 4:11 PM

On Thursday, May 30, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss killings that occurred in the past months, and possible developments in the latter half of the Duterte administration that may have implications on justice and human rights

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

2 charred bodies found in Cebu sitio

May 29, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Police in Tuburan, Cebu, say that although the victims have been identified by their relatives, the bodies will still be submitted for DNA confirmation

CHARRED. Police look at the two charred bodies found in Sitio Matnog, Barangay Putat, Tuburan, north of Cebu, on Tuesday, May 28. Photo from Tuburan Police's Facebook page

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] School punishment for boys and girls

May 29, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The cases of Philippine Science High School now and St. Theresa's College Cebu in 2012 show that, when it comes to meting out punishment, an iron hand is used for girls while boys are treated with kid gloves

Endangered green sea turtle found dead in Cebu town

May 27, 2019 - 9:19 PM

This is not the first time that locals have observed motorboat propeller injuries on sea turtles

PROPELLER INJURIES. This is not the first time that locals have observed propeller injuries on sea turtles. Photo courtesy of Kristina Luz Tapales

Cebu cops who killed fellow police in ‘misencounter’ reinstated

May 27, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Officers from the Provincial Intelligence Branch-Police Drug Enforcement Agency, who killed police corporal Feliciano Yballe, will report back to work on June 15

In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Cebu bettor wins over P100M Lotto 6/42 jackpot

May 22, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The winning combination of 19-34-25-01-04-13 gives a P107, 289, 200.80 payoff

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

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.

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

Want to be a cadet pilot? Cebu Pacific gives you the chance

May 18, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Ready to spread your wings and fly? The search is on for Cebu Pacific's next batch of cadet pilots

[OPINION] Impunity in Cebu and why covering this election was personal

May 17, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Most people who follow the news noticed that there were at least 3 to 4 shootings happening every day.... I’m no longer watching impunity from a safe distance.

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

Ex-U.S. Marine in Cebu kills 2, killed by police in shootout

May 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Suspect Dean Torrefranca has a property dispute with his stepson, according to Talisay City police

Daniel Cabrera, boy in viral FB post, graduates from Cebu grade school

May 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Daniel's life has changed since a photo of him studying outside a McDonald's branch to take advantage of electricity spread on social media

Copy-pasting concession posts on Facebook? Tomas Osmeña won't have it

May 16, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña calls out a losing city councilor candidate from Zamboanga City for copying his Facebook message

LOCAL CHIEF. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña at his office in the executive building of their city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOTr to Cebu Pacific: Submit plan to prevent mass flight cancellations

May 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Cebu Pacific canceled around 14 flights a day from April 28 to May 10, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board

CANCELLED. Over 400 daily domestic flights have been cancelled by Cebu Pacific from April 28 to May 10. Photo from Cebu Pacific

‘Cebuano Hotshot’ Dondon Hontiveros scores city council seat

May 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

A winner throughout his basketball career, the 41-year-old claims victory in his first foray into politics in Cebu City

STICKING TO SPORTS. Dondon Hontiveros says he would prioritize developing youth activities and sports in Cebu City. Photo from FIBA

Cebu town mayor who survived ambush secures reelection

May 14, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Lakambini Reluya and her son beat opponents in San Fernando, Cebu

Cebuano actor Richard Yap fails to unseat Del Mar from congressional seat

May 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Please Be Careful With My Heart' star calls his loss a 'disappointing end' to the campaign

SIR CHIEF. The actor loses his bid for congress. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

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

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

Cebu's Labella denies alleged harassment of rival supporters

May 13, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella denies his involvement in the alleged police harassment of Mayor Tomas Osmeña's supporters

HEATED. After casting his vote, Cebu City vice mayor Edgar Labella hopes he and mayor Tomas Osmeña can forgive each other after the heated campaign. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Malfunctioning VCMs delay voting in Cebu’s biggest barangay

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Despite glitches in the vote counting machines, election officers in Cebu City's Barangay Guadalupe say the voting will close as scheduled

LONG LINE. Voters at the Tisa II Elementary School are given priority numbers and asked to sit at the designated waiting area. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

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’

Arrests, masked police heighten tension in Cebu City

May 12, 2019 - 10:31 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Tomas Osmeña says, 15 to 20 'masked SWAT with no nameplates arrived in full force' and took cellphones and payroll money, and put them in an envelope labeled 'vote buying'

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

Campaign Convos: Ang bili sa Sugbo sa nasudnong piniliay

May 10, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Kada kampanya, balik-balik ra ang mga kandidato sa lalawigan sa Sugbo aron pangulitawhan ang mga Sugbuanon. Ngano kaha? Paminawa ang podcast diri.


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

Trade association brings first Digital Youth Congress to Cebu

May 07, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Digital YouthCon is also launching first Sprint: Digital Marketing and Creative Student Competition