Cebu City’s Congressman Raul del Mar passes away at 79

Marje Pelayo   •   November 17, 2020   •   755

MANILA, Philippines — Both houses of Congress expressed their deep condolences for the passing of Cebu City North District Representative Raul del Mar on Monday evening (November 16).

His death was confirmed in a statement of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC).

The 79-year-old lawmaker died in a hospital in Manila.

The Senate on Tuesday (November 17) adopted a resolution expressing the Upper Chambers’ deepest condolences to Del Mar’s family.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Allan Velasco noted the late Congressman’s dedication to his duty even while in the hospital.

“While in the hospital, Representative del Mar still proved his passion and commitment to public service, attending virtual plenary sessions and public hearings of the House of Representatives in order to fulfill his duties and mandate as a lawmaker. Never a day in his job was he absent,” said Velasco.

“His contributions to Congress and the nation cannot be overstated, having served a total of nine terms as congressman since 1987. He was a mentor to me and many others. He would have been a deputy speaker under my term. 

Del Mar, who authored ‘Cebu Press Freedom Day law’ and the expanded Sotto Law.

He was born in Cebu City on March 20, 1941.

Cebu City limits cemetery visits to fully vaccinated people during Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

Visit to cemeteries in Cebu City during the period of Undas on November 1 and 2 will only be limited to individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an order released by the city government.

In a post on its Facebook page, the city government said the policy is contained in the Directive No. 10-14-01 recently issued by Mayor Michael Rama.

In the order dated October 15, Rama said that only five visitors per grave will be allowed at any given time.

Visitors are also advised to stay at a maximum of one hour inside the cemetery and “must be considerate to those who are still outside and are waiting to be granted entry.”

Rama’s order also stated that bringing of food, eating, and drinking of alcoholic beverages inside the cemetery premises are prohibited.

Any form of gambling and other recreational activities are also prohibited.

A categorized, scheduled, and regulated open house admission regardless of vaccination status will be allowed on Oct. 18 to 31, and from Nov. 3 to 5, the city government said.

The national government earlier ordered the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2 in anticipation of the influx of people amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

16 cadavers stored in abandoned building in Cebu City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 16 cadavers in a state of decomposition were discovered inside an abandoned building in Cebu City.

Most of the bodies were stored inside freezers while some were left lying on the floor.

The local government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

According to Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, the cadavers were temporarily placed there after funeral homes refused to process them due to the overwhelming number of bodies being brought to their establishment.

Tumulak said, the building is formerly known as St. Bernard Funeral Homes.

According to reports, there are allegedly three funeral homes that are dumping cadavers in the building oftentimes during late night or at dawn to avoid being seen.

Residents nearby are also complaining about the pungent smell coming from the said building.

The official said they will check on the death certificates to verify reports that at least three of the bodies had died from COVID-19.


IATF bars NCR Plus, cities of Cebu, Davao from entering Region 6

Robie de Guzman   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has temporarily suspended inbound passenger travel to Western Visayas (Region 6) for people coming from the areas of NCR Plus, Cebu City, and Davao City, Malacañang said on Monday.

In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the suspension of inbound passenger travel will last until April 10.

Roque said IATF’s decision is in response to the request of local officials in Region 6 amid the surge in cases in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Western Visayas is composed of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. World-famous Boracay Island is also located in Western Visayas.

Local government units in Region 6 last week separately issued executive orders closing off provincial borders, as well as for the imposition of curfew and liquor ban in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively called as NCR Plus – were initially placed under enhanced community quarantine (EQC) from March 29 to April 4 to restrict the public’s mobility and curb the rise in coronavirus cases.

It was later extended to April 11 by the national government.

Davao City has been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) while Cebu City is under modified GCQ for the month of April.

The Philippines has so far recorded 795,051 infections with 646,100 recoveries and 13,425 deaths.


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