Rama declares Cebu City under state of morning

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Newly appointed Mayor Michael Rama has declared a state of mourning in Cebu City until Friday due to the passing of mayor Edgardo Labella.

The remains of Labella will be transferred from the Crystal Palace in Lahug to the City Hall today, November 24 for a two-day public viewing before his burial on November 26.

A team composed of his trusted individuals and also the late mayor’s trusted individuals at City Hall is preparing for the three days and two nights event to ensure an organized and seamless flow, said Rama. (

“We anticipate that our constituents, from the hinterlands and the lowlands, would want to view one last time their elected Mayor whose term got interrupted by his untimely death,” he added.

The Cebu City Police Office said some roads near the City Hall will be closed to traffic during the entire duration of Labella’s wake.

Labella, 70, passed away on November 19 after months of being in and out of the hospital.