Cebu politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Cebu politics


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

Ex-Cebu mayor Loot faces graft charges

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Former Mayor Ma Luisa Loot of Daanbantayan Cebu is the wife of retired police general Vicente Loot whom President Duterte has tagged as a narco general

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

One man's dream ends century-old political dynasty in Bantayan, Cebu

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:30 PM

As a child Art Despi dreamed of becoming mayor This year he fulfilled his dream breaking a political dynasty s streak in the process

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

Suspension order vs Cebu City mayor, 13 others served

May 17, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Councilor Margot Osmeña wife of mayor elect Tomas Osmeña will serve as acting mayor while Councilor James Cuenco will be the acting vice mayor

SUSPENSION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella address city hall members during a morning flag raising ceremony after Malacañang announced they were suspending the mayor, vice mayor and 12 city councilors over the distribution of calamity funds to city hall employees in 2013. File photo by Rappler

Incumbent Cebu mayor who lost by 7 votes won't concede

May 15, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Cordova town also holds special elections for 458 voters

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

#PHVote: When drought, politics, and firearms mix

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Mindanao has always been every government’s Achilles heel but more so this administration

Old rivalries reopen in Cebu’s newest congressional district

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Vying for the congressional seat in the newly created 7th district are provincial board member Peter John Calderon of LP and Pablo John Garcia of One Cebu

NEW DISTRICT. LP provincial board member Peter John Calderon (left) and Pablo John Garcia of One Cebu battle it out for newly created 7th congressional seat. Calderon's photo from Cebu government website; Garcia photo from Rappler files

One Cebu talking to Poe? 'Complete lie,' says Garcia

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:31 PM

The campaign manager of Grace Poe s slate Cebu congressman Ace Durano says he is talking informally with another member of the province based party congressman Benhur Salimbangon

NEW BET? One Cebu, chaired by gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia, denies the party has picked another presidential bet after cutting ties with Vice President Jejomar Binay on March 21, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fact check: Grace Poe on the 3rd Mactan bridge

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:09 AM

A third bridge between Mactan and Cebu islands will happen regardless of who wins the election – because it is already in the pipeline

IN THE WORKS. The plan for the proposed Cebu-Cordova Bridge. Photo courtesy Central Visayas Regional Development Council website

LIVE BLOG: Cebu local candidates' forum, March 19

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The March 19 forum – dubbed Panaghimamat 2016 – features candidates for mayor vice mayor and district representatives in a discussion on youth issues

Cebu groups join forces for PWD-inclusive 2016 elections

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The persons with disability community in Cebu hopes its actions will eventually help amplify the sector s voice in national governance

FULLY-ABLED NATION. Persons with Disability Leaders from all over Cebu Province commit to a disability-inclusive 2016 presidential elections.Photo by JP Maunes

Cebuano millennials to Filipino youth: Engage in elections

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The Cebuano youth set the bar high for youth engagement in the upcoming elections Will the rest of the Filipino youth follow suit?

Cebu City prepares for March 20 presidential debate

Mar 13, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The topics to be discussed include climate change education women s rights and health

LP starts losing southern allies

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:12 PM

The break from LP is apparently triggered by the administration party’s decision to support Alayon Party led by former congressman and ex Talisay City mayor Eduardo Gullas

CHANGING LANES. Mayoral candidate Venci del Mar (2nd from R) and vice mayoral candidate Rolando Yabut (2nd from L) confirm their support for One Cebu’s candidates for Cebu governor, lawyer Winston Garcia (R) and Vice Governor Dr Nerissa Soon-Ruiz. The City of Naga candidates used to be allied with the Liberal Party. Photo by Arni Aclao/Sun.Star

LP members jumping ship? Roxas says it’s better they did

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The ruling party’s presidential bet throws shade at party members who’ve chosen to support other candidates saying it’s better that they’ve shown their ‘true colors’

CEBU SORTIE. Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas visits a shipbuilding company in Lapu-Lapu City on March 3, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Binay entices Cebu: You're 1st in my mega infrastructure program

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The opposition standard bearer also vows to reopen Malacañang sa Sugbo the official Visayas residence of the Philippine president established by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after she won in the 2004 elections

CEBU ALLIANCE. The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) formally seals its alliance with One Cebu in Cebu City on February 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of the UNA

Occidental Mindoro mayor sacked over P2.9-M tobacco fund misuse

Jan 14, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also affirms the recommendation of Cebu prosecutors to file grave coercion charges against Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr and two others over an incident in 2010 involving his rival

DISMISSED. San Jose Mayor Jose Villarosa has been dismissed from the service and perpetually barred from re-employment in government. Photo from the Municipality of Occidental Mindoro Facebook page

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

LP allies in Cebu 'satisfied' with Poe-Escudero

Oct 01, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Bakud Party led by the influential Durano family of the 5th district of Cebu hosts senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero to listen to the tandem s platform

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Roxas warns vs 'malubak na nakaraan' and 'untested' bets

Aug 24, 2015 - 2:53 PM

The administration s 2016 bet visits vote rich Cebu and takes a jab at election rivals

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Political bigwigs to gather for Cebu congressman's wedding

Mar 06, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Who cares about party lines? On March 7 Cebu 6th District Representative Luigi Quisumbing marries Maricar Hofileña the teenage crush whom he only saw again after 20 years

LONG LOVE STORY. ‘Yes, there are politicians, but these are people we know and have come to respect,’ says Cebu congressman Luigi Quisumbing of his wedding to his teenage crush Maricar Hofileña on Saturday, March 7.’ Photo courtesy of Quisumbing

Cebu gov blocks reinstatement of Gwen Garcia appointee

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III says he cannot reinstate Marivic Garces as provincial social welfare chief pending a final court ruling on her case

ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT.  Cebu Governor Hilario 'Junjun' Davide III will exhaust all legal options in the reinstatement bid of an appointee of his predecessor. Rappler file photo

Can LP end the Garcia dynasty in Cebu?

May 09, 2013 - 9:42 AM

Can the LP muster the alliances strength and perks to end the Garcia dynasty in Cebu?

Cebu's Garcia vs Davide: Continuity or change?

May 07, 2013 - 10:38 AM

In Cebu LP s Junjun Davide is challenging the Garcias 18 year hold on the capitol Will Cebuanos choose change or continuity?

Vlog: Can LP beat the Garcias in Cebu?

Feb 20, 2013 - 5:47 PM

Team PNoy campaigns at Liloan town a Cebu an area that supported suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in 2010

Team PNoy and the Durano clan at a campaign rally in Liloan, Cebu. RAPPLER/Carmela Fonbuena

Gwen Garcia, 5 others guilty of grave misconduct - Ombudsman

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The findings are in connection with the 2008 purchase by the Cebu government of the Balili Estate

SUSPENDED. File photo of suspended Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

Binay attends Sinulog, visits Gov Garcia

Jan 20, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Binay is in Cebu Sunday January 20 to attend the annual Sinulog Festival He also visited of UNA allies in the province including suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

Cut off water, electricity in Cebu capitol?

Jan 04, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Long time critic Rep Tomas Osmeña makes the recommendation to increase the pressure on suspended Cebu City Governor Gwen Garcia

entrance to the office of the governor silent and peaceful

Cebu's Sugbo TV files complaint vs acting governor

Jan 03, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Sugbo TV is said to be a pet project of suspended Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

Cebu's Garcia warns police against tailing son

Jan 02, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Suspended Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia says she will hold police responsible should anything happen to her son

Palace: We'll deal with Cebu's Garcia after holidays

Dec 29, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Will Suspended Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia be evicted before the end of the year?

Cebu and Garcia suspension: Whose battle is it?

Dec 23, 2012 - 12:42 PM

The suspension of Cebu Gov Garcia has evolved into a sensational mix of politics personalities governance and the law

Cebu capitol standoff like a 'chess game'

Dec 22, 2012 - 8:49 AM

Cebu s police chief says the standoff in the capitol remains volatile with suspended Gov Gwen Garcia s continued refusal to leave

Gwen Garcia stays put after asking for TRO

Dec 21, 2012 - 11:24 AM

Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia refuses to leave the capitol 3 days after her suspension

Cebu politics: When Dad's presence is enough

Oct 01, 2012 - 9:29 PM

Junjun Davide the Liberal Party s gubernatorial bet in Cebu is the first to file his candidacy in the province