Nestor Archival not sure of mayoralty run; cites need for resources, consultation

Pia Piquero 03/02/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival said he is willing to take on the challenge of running for mayor in the 2025 midterm polls. However, he mentioned that running for the position requires careful…

Contrasting stances? Rama touts independence, Garcia affirms party loyalty amid BRT dispute

Pia Piquero 03/02/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – If Mayor Michael Rama claims to be “an independent mayor,” Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, on the other hand, is “a party man.” This was Garcia’s response to Rama’s claim when…

Mayoral candidate Yogi Filemon Ruiz aims to make Cebu City the ‘best city’

Pia Piquero 03/01/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Visayas (PDEA-7) regional director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, the first to announce his interest in running as a mayoral candidate for the 2025 polls, revealed that he has already…

Rama on Garcia as tandem in 2025, CBRT dispute: ‘I’m an independent mayor’

Pia Piquero 03/01/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama “is an independent mayor.” This was Rama’s answer when questioned about his political relationship with Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the Cebu Bus…

Rama calls for removal of CBRT manager Imbong amid ‘crisis’

Pia Piquero 03/01/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants the project manager of the Cebu Rapid Bus Transit to be removed from his position, citing mismanagement as the reason for the replacement. “I have enough of…

Tommy Osmeña to run for Cebu City Vice Mayor in 2025 elections

Pia Piquero 02/29/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines — (UPDATED) Former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced his plans to run for Vice Mayor in the 2025 midterm elections if his preferred mayoral candidate accepts his endorsement. Osmeña made the announcement in…

Cebu City council seeks halt to CBRT construction due to heritage concerns

Pia Piquero 02/28/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Council resolved to halt the ongoing civil works of the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) project at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, citing concerns that the construction poses a visual intrusion…

Understanding king cobras: Why we should not kill them

Pia Piquero 02/28/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – King cobras, locally known as “banakon,” have recently been stirring residents of local communities in Cebu due to the numerous sightings of these reptiles. From the first reported sighting on December 27 last…

Charter Day bonus for Cebu City gov’t employees ‘still pending’

Pia Piquero 02/28/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Charter Day bonus for Cebu City government employees is still subject to deliberation, meaning there is no definite final date yet as to when it will be given. Councilor Noel Wenceslao, chairman…

Rama wants RPT revision complete by March

Pia Piquero 02/27/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Plans to revise the fair market value of properties in Cebu City, along with the adjustments in real property tax (RPT) calculations, should already be complete by March, Mayor Michael Rama said. Rama said…

Snakebite treatment in Cebu City barangays ‘feasible’ but…

Pia Piquero 02/27/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The distribution of snakebite treatments per barangay in Cebu is feasible. But an expert raised certain concerns. Dr. Beethoven Bongon, a toxicologist at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), spoke to CDN…

King cobra sightings in Toledo: Call for snake treatments in barangays pushed

Pia Piquero 02/27/2024

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Residents of a barangay in a western city in Cebu Province are calling for the availability of snakebite treatments on a per barangay basis.  This was after two more king cobras were seen…

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