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Court clears activists in quarantine case, use of 'broad' law improper

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:28 PM

(UPDATED) This is the first known case where the justice department's interpretation of the public health law is thrown out by a court

CLEARED. Former Anakpawis representative Ariel Casilao (3rd from left) and 6 others who were arrested on April 19 for allegedly violating quarantine rules during a relief package distribution are cleared of charges by a Bulacan court. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

Police seize P5.1B worth of shabu in Bulacan

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police earns praise from President Duterte for the buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of 3 suspects, including a Chinese

POLICE CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa earns praise from President Rodrigo Duterte for a drug bust operation in Marilao, Bulacan on June 4, 2020. Photo from the Philippine National Police

Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna dies

May 29, 2020 - 1:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'Today, Bocaue lost its finest public servant. Mayor Joni was relentlessly serving Bocaueños during this lockdown despite her medical condition, which eventually [cost her] her life,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, the mayor's brother

BOCAUE MAYOR. Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna died on May 28, 2020. Photo from the official Facebook page of Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna

4 drug suspects dead, 9 arrested in Bulacan anti-illegal drugs operations

May 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Authorities say all the alleged shootout happened in the wee hours covered by the curfew imposed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province

DRUG WAR. Personnel from Scene of Crime Operatives cordon off an area where an alleged shootout between the police and a suspected drug pusher happened. Photo from Bulacan Police Provincial Office

Bulacan farmers group sells 4 tons of produce online since lockdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The online Bagsakan farmers market is launched on March 21 on Facebook. Farmers bring their crops to pick up points in Quezon City once a week.

21 arrested for holding illegal cockfight in Bulacan amid lockdown

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Ten alleged drug traders are also arrested in 3 Central Luzon provinces

Bulacan congressman Henry Villarica gets coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:07 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Bulacan 4th District Representative Henry Villarica is in 'stable' condition

POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Bulacan 4th District Representative Henry Villarica. Photo courtesy of the Team Villarica Facebook page

Baliuag, Bulacan mayor tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Mayor Ferdie Estrella says he first experienced fatigue and had the colds last week

WATCH: Metro Manila in enhanced community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:17 PM

Rappler's field teams give live updates on the final minutes before the Luzon-wide community quarantine

WATCH: The first Monday morning of the Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:39 AM

Rappler's field teams are at the outer borders of Metro Manila with its neighboring provinces in the north, east, and south

WATCH: Traffic builds up on first morning of Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Too many people overwhelm government forces during the Duterte government's 'community quarantine'

FIRST MORNING. At the Malanday-Meycauayan border in Valenzuela, soldiers manning the checkpoint report they have no thermal scanners on the first morning of the Metro Manila lockdown, March 15, 2020. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler.  FIRST MORNING. At the Malanday-Meycauayan border in Valenzuela, soldiers manning the checkpoint report they have no thermal scanners. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler.

3 suspects nabbed as drug buy-bust in Bulacan yields P4M in shabu

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Investigators say the suspects were included in the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUY-BUST. The three suspects in a drug buy-buy-bust operation in Bulacan. Photo by Randy V. Datu

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Bulacan police conduct multiple anti-drug operations from February 3 to February 9

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Bulacan launches a massive anti-crime drive in keeping with the President's campaign promise of intensifying the country's anti-drug campaign. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

'Give Bulacan fisherfolk hope by standing for truth and integrity' – church leaders

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:09 AM

Religious leaders and members of various faiths offer their 'continued moral support' for the fisherfolk communities threatened by San Miguel Corporation's aerotropolis project

FISHING. A fisherman from Sitio Kinse, where the mangrove trees are still thick because them residents guard it. Photo by Mavic Conde

Police on lookout for illegal firecrackers ahead of New Year revelries

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Making, selling, and using illegal firecrackers come with heavy penalties, and selling any pyrotechnic material to minors is prohibited, the Philippine National Police warns

FIRECRACKERS. The Philippine National Police will be inspecting firecracker sellers for illegal items. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LOOK: Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles, cups, utensils in Bulacan

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The creation of an eco-lamp Christmas tree in Baliwag, Bulacan, is part of the town's campaign to recycle and create items from waste

LIGHT UP. An eco-lamp Christmas tree was lit up at Heroes Park in Baliwag, Bulacan on Saturday night, December 7. Photo by Patrick Valisno

Watching U2 in Manila? Here's your Philippine Arena survival guide

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Making a rock n’ roll pilgrimage to watch U2? Here are tips for having the best experience.

PHILIPPINE ARENA. The massive indoor venue is set to host the first-ever U2 concert in the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Misamis Oriental bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pig carcasses retrieved along Marikina River

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'There is no slaughterhouse or piggery in Marikina. The dead pigs could have been from the upstream of Rizal,' says Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro

HOG REMAINS. Pig carcasses are fished out of the Marikina River Thursday, September 12. Photo courtest of Marikina PIO

Drug war widow fights back: ‘Cops murdered my husband’

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Drug war widow Mary Joy Sta Rita accuses 13 cops from Pulilan, Bulacan, of conspiring to murder her husband Jerson in the guise of a buy-bust operation

COMPLAINT. Mary Joy Sta Rita at the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, September 6. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

San Miguel gets Bulacan airport project without bid challengers

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Without any challengers for its unsolicited airport proposal, San Miguel Corporation is set to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan

Central Luzon top cop disagrees with Amnesty International report

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Central Luzon police chief tells human rights group that 4 cops have been killed and 12 seriously injured by suspected drug personalities

GCash to help reforest, protect 300-hectare area in Ipo watershed

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:15 AM

GCash, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund-Philippines, will work on the reforestation, management, and protection of the forest in Ipo watershed in Bulacan

Poe stresses importance of 'independent' Senate in Bulacan sortie

May 09, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'Ayaw 'nyo ng isang Senado na sunud-sunuran lang,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Bulacan, the 6th most vote-rich province in the country

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe goes on a motorcade with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Senator Joel Villanueva in Bulacan. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Christian Natividad on his big promises for Bulacan

May 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Rappler sits down with Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad on his plans for Bulacan

Building on gains vs new ideas in battle for Bulacan governor

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Vice Governor Daniel Fernando and Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad present their grand plans for the province in a forum organized by Victory Christian Fellowship

GUBERNATORIAL FORUM. The two leading Bulacan gubernatorial candidates face off in an election forum organized by the Victory Christian Fellowship Bulacan. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Pampanga businessman Levy Laus, 2 others dead in Bulacan helicopter crash

Apr 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(4th UPDATE) A helicopter owned by Liberato 'Levy' Laus crashes into a fishpond in Malolos City, Bulacan. Laus, his aide, and the pilot die in the crash.

CRASH SITE. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection try to salvage the wreckage of the crashed helicopter in a fishpond at Barangay Anilao in Malolos, Bulacan on Thursday, April 25. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: For his children’s sake

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Eric Marcelino prays that his annual devotion will keep his family safe from illness

Otso Diretso to Bulacan youth: Will you vote for somebody who lies about college degrees?

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:43 PM

The opposition senatorial candidates hit administration bet Imee Marcos for lying about graduating from Princeton University and the UP College of Law

Photo by Mara Cepeda

Bulacan drug war: Cops say he fought back, his wife says it was an execution

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:51 PM

EXCLUSIVE: In November 2018, Jerson Sta Rita is identified as a drug suspect and killed by cops during a drug operation on the same day

NANLABAN? Security Guard Jerson Sta Rita is killed by cops in a buy-bust operation in November 2018. Sourced photo

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

DOTr, San Miguel to finalize Bulacan Int'l Airport deal

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The Bulacan International Airport inches closer to construction, but will still have to go through several layers of scrutiny by government agencies

Mayoral bet in Bulacan surrenders after 20-hour standoff with SWAT team

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Local police are trying to serve an arrest warrant for qualified theft, but Andre Santos locks himself up in his house in Marilao town in Bulacan

ARRESTED. Suspect Andre Santos of Marilao, Bulacan, surrenders to the police after holding out overnight, from December 6 to 7, 2018. He is served an arrest warrant over charges of qualified theft. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

COA to Guiguinto ex-officials: Pay back P747k spent on iPads

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The purchase of high-end gadgets amounts to 'unnecessary expenditures' especially since the LGU already went beyond its 2012 budget by P50.85 million

Soldier kills teacher during class in Bulacan grade school

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Education says the students who witnessed the shooting incident are undergoing psychological debriefing

Some Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna buses to be converted into city operations

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:20 PM

This would mean faster travel time for passengers, according to the Department of Transportation

Passengers cue for seats on provincial buses for the Holy Week break. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bocaue police chief arrested for extortion

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Police say Superintendent Juwen Dela Cruz of Bocaue, Bulacan asked for an iPhone X in exchange for the release of a confiscated Montero SUV

Palparan's guilty verdict: Who is Malolos Judge Alexander Tamayo?

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

During his first year presiding over Branch 15, Tamayo found Armando Padilla guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter, sentencing him to death. The case was appealed and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Posters of kidnapped UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mother of disappeared UP student Sherlyn Cadapan speaks of her politicization in the 8 years since her daughter's disappearance. Even after Jovito Palparan's conviction, she hopes her daughter is alive.

'SHOW ME THE EXECUTIONER.' Linda Cadapan, mother of disappeared UP activist Sherlyn Cadapan, speaks at a rally before the NBI where Jovito Palparan is being held. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

LOOK: Wading, uh, wedding in floodwater

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:14 AM

'For better or for worse,' flood can't stop this couple's wedding at Santo Rosario Church in Hagonoy, Bulacan

Screenshots from Tere Bañarez Bautista's video

LOOK: Proposed road network projects in Bulacan

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The proposed road network projects in Bulacan are seen to help boost the economy of Central Luzon

PROJECTS. NLEX and DPWH expands their road network plans. Image from NLEX

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The company says its guards come from 'professional security agencies.' Workers earlier claimed goons started the violence on July 30.

HEIGHTENED SECURITY. More security personnel guard the gate of the industrial complex where the NutriAsia plant is located. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

14 killed, 92 arrested in Bulacan anti-crime drive

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:39 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The arrested includes 3 minors allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade

19 detainees from NutriAsia protest walk free

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Though they have been freed, they still face complaints for physical injury, alarm and scandal, and illegal assembly

FOR RELEASE. A day after the violent dispersal of striking workers in NutriAsia in Meycauayan, Bulacan on July 31, 2018. Photo by Naokira Mengua/Rappler

Bulacan police detain 19 after violent NutriAsia dispersal

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Striking workers and security personnel of condiments company NutriAsia are pointing fingers on who started the violence

DETAINED. University of the Philippines-Diliman student Jon Bonifacio talks to their legal cousel on July 31, 2018 at the Meycauayan Police Station. Photo by Naokira Mengua/Rappler

NutriAsia protesters violently dispersed despite regularization talks

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) The dispersal occurs at the picket line of the group across from NutriAsia's Marilao plant in Bulacan

HURT. Violent dispersal of Nutriasia protesters on July 30, 2018. Photo from Anakbayan

LOOK: Why NutriAsia workers are on strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Some outsourced workers at NutriAsia’s facilities are paid P380 a day

CONTRACTUAL. Jornel Quiza, 28, had spent long years working with NutriAsia, hired through contractor B-Mirk. All photos by Jane Bautista/Rappler

Caloocan police chief sacked after Kian slay now Bulacan's top cop

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna is now chief of the Bulacan Provincial Police Office