All’s well that ends well: Rama on Labella; No Labella-Rama for mayor-vice mayor in 2022

All is well between Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and Vice Mayor Michael Rama, the latter told The Freeman in an interview aired via Facebook Live. “For me friendship-wise, partymate-wise, between the two of us, the mayor and myself, all’s well that ends well,” Rama said in the interview aired last night. But in the…

Rama asks Labella: Tell people true state of your health, Cebu City needs “visible and active leader”

Vice Mayor Michael Rama yesterday asked Mayor Edgar Labella to finally put to rest rumors spreading about his true state of health by telling people about his condition. Labella has not been reporting to City Hall, saying his doctor asked him to work from home to stay away from crowds as he recovers from an…

President Duterte names former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama a drug protector

MIKE RAMA. The former mayor was linked to drugs by President Duterte. (Photo taken from Mike Rama’s Facebook page)

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier today named former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama as one of the country’s drug protectors, along with several judges, politicians, and police officials. Duterte read the names during the wake in Davao City of soldiers killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army. In a post on his official Facebook…

Cebu News Roundup for Feb. 23, 2016: Rama declines challenge to debate with Tomas; Cebu hosts next presidential debate; Garcia mulls charges vs. Davide

WHY SHOULD I? Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama says there's no need for a debate between him and Tomas Osmena.

This is the roundup of top news stories today, Feb. 23, 2016. Rama turns down Tomas’ debate challenge. SHORT of declaring himself a sure winner, Cebu City mayor Mike Rama says there’s no need for him to engage in a debate with rival Tomas Osmena, saying a debate is usually for presidential bets only. “Don’t equate…

Facebook post leads to taxi driver’s suspension; 5T cops to secure Sinulog, IEC; PNP orders transfer of 3 chiefs in Cebu

VIRAL COMPLAINT. Photos on the incident as posted on Facebook. (From Cebu Flash Report FB page)

Taxi driver accused of demanding P2,000 from passenger. A viral post over Facebook led to the suspension of a taxi driver, who allegedly demanded P2,000 from a passenger whose child vomited inside his cab.

Top Cebu news stories in 2015: politics heats up, traffic worsens, Cebu pulls off successful APEC hosting, economy continues strong growth

SRP Accident. SRP accidents like this one, when a car went up in flames after hitting a motorcycle, has forced the City Government to impose strict safety measures at the area. (Photo by Jojo Abcede)

With 2016 being an election year, local politicians started bracing for a showdown and jockeying for positions in 2015. Alliances were forged, strengthened, and, for some, broken.

Workers ask for P145/day salary increase in Central Visayas: Cebu News Digest – July 14, 2015

TOKEN INCREASES. The Cebu Labor Coalition accused the Central Visayas wage board of merely granting workers token pay increases. (Creative Commons Photo by Jocelyn Kelly)

A labor group filed a petition yesterday for an across the board P145 increase in the daily wage of Central Visayas workers. The Cebu Labor Coalition (CELAC) filed the petition with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7. The wage board last increased salaries in Central Visayas in November 2014, according to a…

Man shot in IT Park; classes in Cebu suspended on certain APEC meeting dates; Korean divers still missing: Cebu News Digest for July 7, 2015

A shooting was reported early today in the IT Park in Lahug. Posts on Facebook by various users reported that the victim was shot in front of the i1 building. No other details were available as of the writing of this article but below are some posts on the incident. Some Facebook posters at the…

Tomas accuses Mayor Rama of bankrupting Cebu City; De los Reyes claims Rep. Gullas influencing students to enlist as Talisay voters: Cebu News Digest July 6, 2015

SOUTH ROAD PROPERTIES. An aerial shot of the SRP that former mayor Tomas Osmeña posted along with his criticism of how Mayor Michael Rama has handled the project and the city’s finances. (Photo taken from Osmeña’s Facebook page)

Politics is heating up in Cebu with elections less than a year away. In today’s news, former mayor Tomas Osmeña accused Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama of wasting government funds while Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes claimed 1st District Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas asked students of the University of Visayas, which his family…

Cebu News Digest: Jan. 31, 2015: Rama wants to transfer City Hall to SRP; 75 tons of underwater garbage removed from SRP

VIEW FROM CITY HALL. The park near the Cebu City Hall. At upper left in the photograph is Compañia Maritima. Mayor Rama wants to transfer City Hall to a government complex he is planning to build at the South Road Properties and turn the current building into a “modern” museum.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants to put up a government complex at the South Road Properties (SRP) and turn the current City Hall into a museum. Still at the SRP, a month-long cleanup has recovered 75 tons of garbage. Meanwhile, City Hall is set to hold another bidding for the construction of the Cebu…

Cebu News Digest Jan. 10, 2014: Leyte storm survivors return to dance Sinulog; Mayor Rama threatens to sue City Council for economic sabotage

RELIGIOUS FOCUS. This year’s Sinulog Grand Parade will highlight the religious foundation of the festival.

The Sinulog grand parade will focus on its religious roots as it marks its 35th year this 2015. The festival was officially launched yesterday with a parade that started at the Basilica del Sto. Niño. Previous winner and crowd favorite Tribu Lingganay from Alang-Alang town in Leyte province will join the grand parade again after…

Cebu News Digest Jan. 7, 2015: More Sinulog contingents, leaner crowd; barangay captain shot dead; Rama still hopes Pope will visit Cebu

SINULOG IS HERE. Organizers say they expect more contingents to join this year’s Sinulog grand parade. (Photo by Teddy Uy used with permission from the Sinulog Foundation)

Sinulog organizers say the visit by Pope Francis next week will impact Sinulog attendance. Those in Luzon or Leyte would likely attend papal visit activities rather than fly to Cebu for the Sinulog. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and some local government and church officials, however, still talk up hopes for the pope to swing…