Rama surprised by Labella’s return to work


Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella’s decision to report back for work surprised Vice Mayor Michael Rama.

Rama, whose designation as acting mayor was only until January 22, said Labella told him Saturday of an extended leave.

He served as acting mayor for three days starting January 20 through a memorandum while Labella was on leave due to ear infection. (

Last Monday, Labella returned to work but is overseeing the city from home as advised by his doctor.

“My doctor has advised me to stay at home for a few more days so as to minimize contact with people and make a full recovery from the ear infection. So I have been working from home today, catching up on all the paperwork,” the mayor wrote on Facebook.