Labella goes on leave to recover from illnesses

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Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella is taking a three-week medical leave starting today, June 9 after he had an ear infection, pneumonia, and sepsis or blood infection.

“While I was at the hospital, and after thorough tests, I was told that I had sepsis or blood infection. I almost died,” Labella recalled the time when he was hospitalized for an ear infection in January.

His doctors advised him back then to take a couple of months off work in order to rest and fully recuperate, according to him. (

The mayor, however, begged off given the resurgence of Covid-19 cases earlier this year.

As the city keeps cases manageable and continues to administer vaccine doses, Labella said he is finally heeding the advice of his doctors.

“I will take this opportunity to pay greater attention to my recovery. During the next three weeks, I will be undergoing a medical workup to make sure there are no more infections in my body. Through this, I will just be in the City of Cebu,” he added.

While Labella is on leave, Vice Mayor Michael Rama will serve as acting mayor while Councilor Donaldo Hontiveros will serve as acting vice mayor.