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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 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

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

Mayors on Duterte list deny links to drugs

Aug 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Several local officials accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement in the drug trade vow to prove their innocence

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

Comelec defers Cebu City Hall execs suspension

Apr 15, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista says they decided not to rule on the request of the Department of Interior and Local Government DILG to grant an exemption on the suspension order during election ban

DEFERRED. The Commission on Elections will deliberate the suspension order against Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and 13 other city officials issued by Malacanang after the May 9 national and local polls. File photo by Renante Tomas/Rappler

#NoWater: Cebu homes run dry

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:52 PM

A state of calamity has been declared in both the city and province

Image courtesy Paulo Andrade / Rappler

Cebu City gov't, private sector meet to address water shortage

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Attendees of the emergency meeting include representatives from the MCWD SM Malls Gaisano Country Mall and Castle Peak Hotel and the National Irrigation Administration among others

COLLABORATION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama invites residents and representatives from the private sector to collaborate in addressing the city's water shortage. Photo by Kent Pepito/Rappler.com

Cebu City mayor Mike Rama on suspension: Why did media know first?

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:09 PM

This is the second suspension order Rama has received after serving a 60 day suspension last December for ordering the demolition of the center island in Barangay Labangon

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. Photo by Kent Pepito/Rappler

Cebu City declares state of calamity due to water shortage

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:41 PM

UPDATED The MCWD says it will buy close to 10 000 cubic meters per day from bulk water suppliers

Cebu local bets don’t support Anti-Dynasty Bill

Mar 19, 2016 - 6:50 PM

If we have an Anti Dynasty Law we should have a law that if your father is a lawyer you’re not allowed to be a lawyer says mayoral candidate Tomas Osmeña

POLITICAL DYNASTY. Mayoral candidate Tomas "Tomy" Osmeña, son of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña Sr, says voters should not disregard candidates just because they are part of a political family. Screen grab from Rappler's livestream.

Cebu City mayor seeks dismissal of 7 cops accused of bribery

Feb 18, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Three suspects were arrested in a drug raid in Barangay Duljo Fatima and several packs of shabu were confiscated The arrest and seizure of the drugs however were not reported in the police blotter with the suspects eventually let go

SEEKING COPS' DISMISSAL. Photo courtesy of the Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Cebu City mayor returns to work after 60-day suspension

Feb 08, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Mayor Michael Rama who is from the opposition UNA faces 2 other administrative complaints but he can no longer be suspended due to an election ban that started January 10

THUMBS UP. Mike Rama says he is looking forward to returning as the 'serving mayor' of Cebu City after a 60-day suspension. Photo from the Cebu City PIO's Facebook page

Malacañang suspends Cebu Mayor Mike Rama

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:41 PM

The opposition UNA of which Cebu Mayor Mike Rama is a member says the move is pure harassment from the ruling Liberal Party

SUSPENDED MAYOR. Mike Rama when he was proclaimed as Cebu's chief executive after the 2013 polls. The Palace recently ordered his suspension. File photo by Renante Tomas/Rappler

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?

Cebu City mayor: Trees, center islands have to go to ease traffic

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:14 PM

The plan is based on a careful study and is not a whimsical move for upcoming international events in the city the mayor says

NOT WHIMSICAL. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama says only a portion of the Pope John Paul II Avenue near the archdiocesan seminaries will be cleared of center islands and trees, based on a study on easing traffic in the area. Photo by Dale G. Israel/Rappler

An open letter to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:32 AM

A heritage advocate writes to save the trees along Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City from being uprooted for road widening purposes

Photo from Ka Bino Guerrero

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

Cebu City senior citizens to get P2,000 aid

Apr 23, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Mayor Michael Rama distributes the cash gifts despite criticisms that he could be doing this to win support for the 2016 elections

After quake, Yolanda, 'thankful' Cebu celebrates Sinulog

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

After a tumultuous year of disasters – both natural and man made – Cebuanos look forward to celebrating during this year s Sinulog festivities

PREPARATIONS. Vendors outside the Basilica del Santo Niño look forward to a busy week thanks for the feast of the child Jesus. Photo by Rappler

Canvassing troubles in Cebu

May 14, 2013 - 12:17 PM

As of 9 40 am the Provincial Board of Canvassers had only received returns from 20 out of 51 cities and municipalities

EMPTY CHAIRS, EMPTY TABLES. Media wait for the canvassing of votes at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Tuesday, May 14. Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Cebu: Long lines but peaceful voting

May 13, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Re electionist Cebu Mayor Michael Rama is running against LP stalwart Rep Tomas Osmeña a scion of the powerful Osmeña clan

EARLY BIRDS. Voters showed up as early as 6 am at Guadalupe Elem School in Cebu City to check voter lists. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/RAPPLER

Cebu local bets now part of ‘Team Buhay’

Apr 26, 2013 - 3:23 PM

In Cebu anti RH crusaders bring their campaign to the gubernatorial and mayoral races

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

'Loudspeaker' of the House: Rep Annabelle Rama?

May 18, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Controversial celebrity Annabelle Rama visits Cebu to officially register as a voter there

CEBU VOTER. Annabelle Rama registers as a Cebu City voter Friday. Photo from the Twitter account Joel Rama del Prado