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Labella takes 3 weeks sick leave

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 City Government.

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,” Labella said.

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) vice mayor.

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