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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Reelectionist Cebu City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves

IRREGULAR? Policemen wearing fatigue set up a checkpoint outside Mayor Tomas Osmeña's house, which is not along a major thoroughfare in Cebu City. Photo from Osmeña's Facebook

Duterte's tirades won't stop Tommy Osmeña from supporting Bong Go

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The Cebu City mayor denies his endorsement of the former presidential aide is a concession to Chief Executive Rodrigo Duterte

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

'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

Poe courts vote-rich Cebu: Ensure Senate is balanced, well-represented

Mar 30, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'Ang Senado...hindi pwedeng galing sa isang partido lang. Kung hindi, walang mangyayari dahil puro approve-approve lang o kaya puro disapprove,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Cebu

SUPPORT? Senatorial bet and survey frontrunner Grace Poe says Cebuano voters are 'thinking voters.' Photo from Poe's Twitter account

LOOK: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down Imee Marcos tarp

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

‘Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of Sinulog,’ says the mayor, who has ordered a team to take down other such tarpaulins along the parade route

A FAVOR. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down a Sinulog-themed tarpaulin by Imee Marcos since "Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization" of the annual festival. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook Page.

Tommy Osmeña: Cebu City's own

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The mayor is unfazed by critics calling him names and invoking links to President Duterte. He only has one question for them: how come people vote for me?

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'If I have to be the bad guy for mentioning that there is a problem, so be it. No problem, this is what I signed up for,' says Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña in response to President Duterte

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

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

Next on kill list? Mayor Osmeña shrugs off death threats

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'I’m like a security guard – that’s all I am, okay? When there’s a robbery, I have to stay there,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WARNED. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña receives death threats, saying cops are out to kill him. Rappler screenshot

Cebu killings rose after new police chiefs came – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Osmeña is referring to Cebu and Central Visayas top cops Royina Garma and Debold Sinas

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says killings rose after change of leadership in local PNP. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Rappler sits down with Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña

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Mar 22, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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Should LGUs regulate habal-habal, motorcycle ride-sharing apps?

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:21 PM

A technical working group is formed to deliberate on possible amendments to the law to make way for the services provided by apps like Angkas and GrabBike

ANGKAS. Services of apps like Angkas and GrabBike have been suspended because laws to regulate the use of motorcycles for hire are not yet in place. File photo

Cebu City uses TNVS system to stop misuse of gov't vehicles

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:06 PM

'The days of government employees abusing taxpayer-owned vehicles are finally Uber,' Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña introduces a move to ensure the proper use of government vehicles. Photo from Cebu City PIO

Cebu City mayor to BDO: You can't fool us

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

A janitor in city hall pays about P5 000 a year in taxes this BDO branch pays city hall P2 000 a year One guesses: Who is richer? asks Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

ALIS DIYAN. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña tells BDO 'We will not miss you,' in a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Friday, February 10.

Cebu to shut down cellular signals during Sinulog

Jan 13, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says the network shutdown is necessary for security and gives assurances that police and medical personnel will remain easily reachable

SAFETY MEASURES. The Cebu City government is undertaking security measures in preparation for this year's celebration of the Sinulog Festival. Rappler file photo

Over 300 Cebu politicians join PDP-Laban

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Majority of ex Cebu City mayor Mike Rama s local allies join PDP Laban but Rama who was on President Rodrigo Duterte s drug list does not switch parties

Osmeña challenges Dela Rosa: Name the 'trusted police colonel'

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:34 PM

PNP Director General Ronald Bato Dela Rosa accuses one of Osmeña s trusted police colonels of accepting money from drug lords But Dela Rosa wouldn t name names

Osmeña's police escorts moved to Bohol

Aug 11, 2016 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED PNP Central Visayas Director Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña s police escorts will start reporting to the Bohol provincial police office on Friday August 12

CEBU CITY MAYOR. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has lost his handpicked security escorts. Photo from Tomas Osmena's Facebook page

Cebu City's Osmeña defends record fighting drugs, crime

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:09 PM

The mayor cites the arrest of most wanted pushers in Cebu City the building of rehab facility the allowances of cops and provision of vehicles They don t consider that support?

DEFENDING HIS RECORD. Photo from Tommy Osmena's Facebook page.

Cebu City mayor stripped of supervision powers over police

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:50 PM

3rd UPDATE The National Police Commission revokes Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña s supervision powers over police after he withdraws support for his city s police officers

STRIPPED. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has been stripped of his supervision over the local police

Is he top 'drug lord' Peter Lim? 9 things about the Cebu businessman

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:17 AM

There are hundreds of Peter Lims in Cebu but there is only one who had been accused of being a drug lord in the Visayas and the subject of a congressional inquiry in 2001 Here are 9 things we know about him

DRUG TRADE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a matrix of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division

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

Robredo swears in Osmeña as Cebu City mayor

Jun 29, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Tommy never abandoned me Vice President elect Leni Robredo says in her speech after administering the oath to incoming Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

OATH. Vice president-elect Leni Robredo administers oath to incoming Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña. Also in the photo is former interior secretary Manuel 'Mar' Roxas. Photo by JM Alarcon/Rappler

Hundreds attend funeral of alleged top Cebu drug lord

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Central Visayas alleged top drug lord is killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in Metro Manila on June 18

Cebu's top drug lord killed in Las Piñas

Jun 18, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Cebu City mayor elect Tomas Osmeña makes the announcement on Facebook He congratulates Cebu police for tracking down Jeffrey Jaguar Diaz

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

Cebu City: Mayor Osmeña, who 'inspired' vigilante killings, is back

May 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The returning mayor praises cops who killed robbers in Cebu then tells Davao s Rodrigo Duterte: Duterte 0; Osmeña 1 Mr President your turn old friend

Acting Cebu City mayor Margot Osmeña stops fund releases

May 17, 2016 - 10:26 PM

Osmeña stopped all check payments and told barangay captains and department heads to return all vehicles issued by the City Government

Cebu City polls: Rama to file petition vs Osmeña's win

May 11, 2016 - 2:16 AM

Michael Rama plans to question Tomas Osmeña s win in the Cebu City mayoral race saying it is unbelievable

PROCLAIMED. Cebu City Board of Election Canvassers led by Cebu City Election Officer South District Edwin Cadungog (right) proclaims Tomas Osmeña as mayor-elect. With them are Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Liceria Rabillas (2nd from left) and Cebu City Schools Superintendent Bianito Dagatan (right). Photo via Sun.Star/Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

Osmeña is Cebu City's mayor-elect

May 10, 2016 - 7:25 AM

Osmeña makes a comeback after he lost to Michael Rama in the May 2013 mayoral race

RE-ELECT. Tomas Osmeña is all smiles as the Comelec Board of Canvassers proclaimed him as mayor-elect of Cebu City early Tuesday morning. File photo by Rappler

In Cebu, barangay chiefs who are LP allies back Duterte

May 06, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan to which the barangay chiefs belong is officially supporting Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas

Memorable quotes on the Cebu campaign trail

Apr 10, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Here are some of the craziest funniest and strangest but most memorable lines said in Cebu by national and local candidates

Tommy Osmeña's birthday message to Cebu: 'Think of your future'

Jul 26, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Is the former mayor eyeing his old seat again?

Will he run for mayor again? Tommy Osmeña is cancer-free

Apr 29, 2015 - 7:15 AM

‘Thank you for all your prayers ’ form Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña posts on Facebook ‘Time to come back to city hall ’ a supporter replies

COMEBACK? Former Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña posts a photo of his consultation at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he was cleared of cancer, prompting supporters to ask him to run for mayor again in 2016. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook account