Mayor Edgardo C. Labella has taken a leave of
absence for three weeks beginning June 9, 2021 after realizing that it is
important to focus on his recovery so he will become strong again to serve his
constituents in Cebu City.
“I promise you that I will come back stronger. Stay
safe, Sugbuanon,” Labella said in a press conference.
He said he will take a leave of absence because
he has to heed the advice of his doctors that he needs a complete rest.
He added that starting June 9, 2021, Vice Mayor
Michael “Mike” Rama will be the acting mayor and will lead in handling the Cebu
He said that last January 2021, he was rushed
to the hospital for an ear infection. But that was not all.
He said that while he was in the hospital, and
after thorough tests, he was told that he had sepsis or blood infection.
“I almost died,” Labella said.
“I was strongly advised back then to take a
couple of months off work in order to rest and fully recuperate,” Labella said.
But he said he cannot afford to rest amid great
challenges faced by the City of Cebu, recalling that last January 2021 we
experienced a second surge of Covid-19 cases.
There were several things to attend to, hence,
he decided to continue to work.
“My health momentarily took a back seat,”
He added that considering that Covid-19 cases now
manageable, and the continuing vaccination of the people, he is finally heeding
the advice of his doctors.
“I would like to announce that I will be taking
a leave of absence for three weeks starting June 9, 2021,” Labella said.
I will take this opportunity to pay greater
attention to my recovery. During the 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,” Labella said.
He said he strongly believed that Rama will be
able to perform the functions as acting mayor within the bounds allowed by law.
Rama was the mayor of Cebu City from 2010 to 2016 and Labella was his (Rama)
At the same time, Labella also entrusted City
Administrator Atty. Floro Casas to keep all operations running in city hall.
“Even as I focus on my recovery, I will
continue to monitor the City,” Labella said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO