Margot eyes Cebu City Mayorship

FORMER Cebu City councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña is the official standard bearer of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK). Osmeña’s candidacy was confirmed by her husband, former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña, in his official Facebook page on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. On his FB page, the former mayor said his wife’s candidacy as mayor […]

Bzzzzz: Still a surprise, if Tomas or Margot runs for top city post. Bimbo Fernandez to file COC for mayor or VM but not against Osmeña couple. Sara, Leni still have to speak up on final decision.

Surprise to Bebot, Ong supporters THAT former mayor and Bando Osmeña–Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) chief Tomas Osmeña or his wife Margot might run for any of Cebu City’s top posts has long been speculated on early enough. Tomas is known for keeping his cards to his chest, to the point of putting off the filing of […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council wants to find out Mayor Labella’s true state of health, invites him to next session. DILG says only the courts can decide if mayor refuses disclosure.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The Cebu City Sanggunian Wednesday afternoon, September 29, passed a resolution “inviting” Mayor Edgardo Labella to its next regular session on October 6, also a Wednesday. It will be the second City Council invitation to the mayor whose latest medical leave — his seventh since he assumed office — is to expire […]

Durano kin shift support to Gwen

BLOOD is thicker than water, but not where politics is concerned. A week before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections, Sogod town’s mayor and vice mayor have shifted their allegiance to the One Cebu provincial political party led by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, from the Bakud party run by […]

EXPLAINER: Saavedra wants City Council to ‘appoint’ VM Rama as mayor. It cannot. But it can look into Labella’s frequent leaves and C.A. Casas’s authority.

WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE. Last September 8, Crisologo Saavedra, who calls himself “an advocate against corruption and protector of taxpayers,” filed a letter-complaint with the Cebu City Council, asking it to investigate Mayor Edgardo Labella for his frequent leaves of absence and his administration’s bidding on a P248-million traffic light systems and the second phase of […]

Editorial: Qs7: Seven questions City Hall reporters didn’t ask: Why Mike Rama talks a lot, how his love life is, if ‘gwapohay’ or singing match with rival matters, and who’s running the City

CEBU CITY Vice Mayor Michael Rama, as vaccines convenor and often the acting mayor, has been more seen and heard during the pandemic than Mayor Edgardo Labella, given the mayor’s frequent leaves of absence and work-from-home stints. In the flurry of media questions about the vaccination campaign and the Department of the Interior and Local […]

Qs7: Seven questions City Hall reporters didn’t ask: Why Mike Rama talks a lot, how his love life is, if ‘gwapohay’ or singing match with rival matters, and who’s running the City.

CEBU City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, as vaccines convenor and often the acting mayor, has been more seen and heard during the pandemic than Mayor Edgardo Labella, given the mayor’s frequent leaves of absence and work-from-home stints. In the flurry of media questions about the vaccination campaign and the Department of the Interior and Local […]

Editorial: Destroying public trust

The persistence of SunStar Cebu columnist Bobby Nalzaro in asking about Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella’s physical state could have pushed the latter’s son to tell the veteran journalist about the condition of his father. Jaypee Labella divulged that his father had suffered a mild stroke during his hospital stay last August; however, there was […]

Nalzaro: Is Mayor Alegado’s mindset ‘development first, conservation later’?

The local government units (LGUs) of Dumaguete City and the municipality of Consolacion, Cebu are facing the same problem. And this is about their respective multi-billion proposed reclamation projects. Dumaguete City, in partnership with a private developer, E.M. Cuerpo Inc., is planning to develop a 174-hectare reclamation project called “Smart City.” Consolacion, also in partnership […]

Bzzzzz: Barug has picked its 2022 slate ready, except for Congress bets. Most likely, a Rama-Garcia duo. ‘October surprise’ from Tomas Osmeña?

‘Yes, I am not running’ DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio was thus quoted as saying Thursday, September 9: “Yes, I am not running for a national position as we both agreed only one of us will run for a national position in 2022.” Two things why you might take that with a bagful of […]

Qs7. Seven questions on VM Rama’s political plan: about his ‘desire’ to run again for mayor in 2022 and the city’s problems besides Covid. No Barug breakup, Mike says.

CEBU City Acting Mayor Michael Rama just announced his political plans for next year’s elections, the first aspirant to announce his “desire” to run for city mayor. Mike Rama won the mayorship in 2010 under the BOPK banner and in 2013 under Team Rama but lost in 2016 to perennial rival Tomas Osmeña of BOPK. […]

EXPLAINER: City Council adopts proposed MOA to ‘cure’ defects of Carbon Market deal and asks Labella to renegotiate. Will mayor push for new terms? If he does, will Megawide agree?

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The Cebu City Sanggunian in its regular session Wednesday, September 1, 2021, decided to submit to Mayor Edgardo Labella a proposed MOA or memorandum of agreement aimed to “cure” defects in the joint venture agreement (JVA) of the City with Megawide Construction Corp. on developing Carbon Market. In effect, Mayor Labella and […]