Wenceslao: Party dynamics

Supporters of Vice Mayor Michael Rama obviously do not like Mayor Edgardo Labella’s balancing act following his announcement to go on leave for health reasons. He appointed Rama as acting mayor but wanted City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. to ensure the smooth functioning of the City Government bureaucracy. The mayor said he will continue to […]

Bzzzzz: BOPK may field Abellanosa or Ong for mayor. A repeat of Labella-Rama tandem for Barug? Surveys, political developments lead to final choices.

BZZZZZ asked “insiders” of Cebu’s rival parties in Cebu City on probable candidates in the 2022 elections. Here are some names floated around: Tomas, Margot dark horses At Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), for mayor: Representative Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa, who is completing his third and last consecutive term as congressman in the south district; or Franklyn […]

Explainer: Cebu City Council to await reports of mayor, city attorney before responding to Guv Gwen’s move to rescind contract on 93-1 land swap.

AT A GLANCE. [1] The Sanggunian, in a special session Monday, May 3, voted to request the mayor, through Cebu City Administrator Floro Casas Jr., and City Attorney Rey Gealon to submit to the City Council their position on the letter of Gov. Gwen Garcia asking for the return of the title to province-owned lots […]

Bzzzzz: VM Rama told Torni Frank he’d run as Labella’s running mate in 2022. Which might change Mike’s plan, repeatedly announced, not to run for same post.

No, no to same post, then yes? CEBU City Vice Mayor Mike Rama had repeatedly been saying in City Council sessions, which he regularly presides, he would not run for vice mayor in the 2022 election. Last January 12, Bzzzzz reported: Mike “might run for congressman or for mayor again… At least twice before, he […]

Editorial: Samsam’s notes

“I also want to change the messaging in regard to Covid. The messaging has to change for us to be successful in this fight.”—Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. One of the better performing local government units in Cebu in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic is Talisay City. The only time it […]

City collects P7.37B in taxes in 2020

THE Cebu City government collected P7.37 billion in taxes in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella made the disclosure during his first day back in office on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The City’s efficient tax collection in 2020 resulted in Cebu being recognized by the national government as one of 10 […]

Calbayog City mayor shot dead

THE vehicle of the mayor of Calbayog City, Samar was attacked by an unspecified number of armed people at around 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021. Three people died on the spot and one was taken to the hospital. According to the Philippine Information Agency Region 8’s Facebook post, one of the fatalities was […]

DILG: Mayor can work from home

CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella is allowed to work from home. The arrangement is encouraged by the Omnibus Guidelines, according to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, when sought to comment on the situation at City Hall. “The work-from-home setup depends on the employer. And it’s up to the […]

Palma hospitalized for Covid-19

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma was admitted to a hospital in Cebu City on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021, after he tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Monsignor Joseph Tan, Archdiocese of Cebu spokesperson, said Friday, Feb. 19, that Palma remained in stable condition. Before he underwent a swab test, the prelate experienced fatigue and […]

Briones: The denouement

Was Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella aware of what his friend and “brother” Vice Mayor Michael Rama was planning to do, or was he caught flat-footed by the latter’s question during a press conference on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021? No doubt Rama backed Labella into a corner when he asked the mayor to divulge his […]