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Chavit Singson wins as mayor, ends Zaragoza reign in Narvacan

May 14, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Ilocos Sur political kingpin dominates Edgardo Zaragoza with a margin of close to 10,000 votes

KINGPIN. Despite having his eligibility to run as Narvacan mayor questioned, Chavit Singson triumphs. Photo by Rappler


LOOK: Chavit Singson, Ed Zaragoza show who's fit enough to be mayor of Narvacan

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The two candidates for mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, agree to a dare made by a local radio station: who can walk kilometers long and not get exhausted?

‘PEACE WALK.’ Rivals for the mayoral post, Edgardo Zaragoza (left) and Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson, test each other’s stamina during a walk for peace on March 25, 2019. Singson, 77, and Zaragoza, who is turning, 68, both say they are not too old to serve as mayor. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Miss Universe Philippines franchise stays with Bb Pilipinas – report

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Miss Universe Organization also says it will be working with Chavit Singson's group

Catriona Gray homecoming

Chavit Singson has yet to 'accept' Miss Universe PH franchise – report

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:09 PM

In a previous interview published on 'The Philippine Star,' the former governor had said that the Philippine franchise 'is already with [him]'

Chavit Singson: Miss Universe Philippines franchise 'already with me'

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:18 PM

The former Ilocos Sur governor says a formal announcement will be made by the Miss Universe Organization soon

Miss Universe PH franchise still with Bb Pilipinas

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'It's still with us,' BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta tells reporters

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

NTC junks motions of Sear, PT&T for 3rd telco bid

Nov 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Sear and PT&T can still appeal the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission, but with a price tag of P10 million per appeal

Blockbuster to lackluster: #TelcoSerye drama leaves people puzzled

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A contest with a single qualifier, an exciting legal drama, and romantic promises. These and a hodgepodge of twists are perfect for a #TelcoSerye.

IN CHARTS: Telco promises of Chavit Singson vs Dennis Uy-China Telecom

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chavit Singson's Sear Telecom intends to spend a whopping P540 billion, and promises 100% national coverage and lightning speeds, should its bid be considered

Fight not over: PT&T, Chavit Singson's Sear appeal 3rd telco bid

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Chavit Singson accuses Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and China Telecom of 'misleading' the public

Uneven playing field? Disqualified bidders slam 3rd telco rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

PT&T and Sear Telecom both need to pay a non-refundable appeal fee of P10 million, if they choose to file motions for reconsideration on their disqualification

BIDDING FOR THIRD. Members of the selection committee evaluate documents of new 3rd telco player-aspirants. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Only Dennis Uy-China Telecom bid qualified, 2 others incomplete

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The bid documents of the Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium are deemed qualified, while Sear Telecom and PT&T are both disqualified, which the two can still appeal

Chavit Singson promises cheapest 3rd telco service

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Kung P100 ang presyo nila (Globe or Smart), kami P5 lang. Dapat nga libre ang Wi-Fi,' says Chavit Singson, president of the LCS Group

Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Chavit Singson’s bid for the 3rd telco slot

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The Luis Chavit Singson Group and ARMM-based company TierOne Communications join forces to bid for the country's 3rd major telecommunications slot

Chavit Singson running for mayor of Narvacan

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:23 AM

This is an election #throwback as Singson will run with Pablito Sanidad, his running mate in the 1971 elections that ended the Crisologo dynasty in Ilocos Sur

Chavit Singson and Pablito Sanidad file their COCs for mayor and vice mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Mau Victa

Chavit Singson, Dennis Uy, to bid for 3rd telco

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Contenders can buy the bid documents for P1 million per set and need to cash out some P700 million worth of participation security

Court junks libel case filed by Chavit Singson vs 'Newsbreak 5'

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Judge Corpus Alzate of Vigan City cites the right of the accused, composed of Newsbreak editors and writers, to a 'speedy trial' in the 11-year-old case

CASE DISMISSED. A Vigan City court dismisses a 2006 libel case filed against then Newsbreak editor in chief Marites Dañguilan Vitug (in photo), along with other editors and writers of Newsbreak, over a Newsbreak special report on then Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH will not host 66th Miss Universe pageant

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says that the country will not host the 2017 pageant

FAST FACTS: Tobacco funds in the Philippines

May 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Use of tobacco funds by local government units has long been marred by issues of corruption

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Miss Universe, confidently beautiful and tax-exempt?

Jan 30, 2017 - 11:55 AM

UPDATED Will winners in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant be required to pay taxes? How about the pageant s organizers? The Tax Whiz fills us in

IN PHOTOS: Candidates, guests, stars at the Miss Universe 2016 Governor's Ball

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:19 AM

Gloria Diaz Gretchen Barretto Pia Wurtzbach and more at the Miss Universe 2016 Governor s Ball

GOVERNOR'S BALL GUESTS. Manny Pacquiao, Gretchen Barretto, and Gloria Diaz were some of the guests at the Miss Universe 2016 Governor's Ball. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Miss Universe candidates share impressions, memories of PH

Dec 09, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Deshauna says she will miss Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach when she crowns her successor in January while Tania talks about her Filipino roots

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Updates: Miss Universe pageant in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:30 PM

More details on what to expect as the Philippines makes plans to welcome candidates from around the world for the Miss Universe pageant in 2017

Chavit Singson secures major sponsors for Miss Universe 2016

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The group of Chavit Singson secures commitment from Philippine Airlines SM Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada and Solar Entertainment among others the tourism chief says

INVESTOR INTEREST. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says her department is getting a lot of private sector interest for Miss Universe 2017. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Gambling on politics

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Pampanga s Bong Pineda unlike his tamer predecessors has exhibited greater audacity by directly influencing and meddling in politics even at the national level

Bongbong in Vigan: Allies campaign for Binay-Marcos ticket

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Will key supporters Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and cousin Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez influence Bongbong Marcos to abandon Miriam Santiago?

'I'm not my father's copycat' – Bongbong Marcos

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is asked what legacies of his father the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos he intends to continue

GMA-7 exceeds 2015 revenue, ratings target

Dec 10, 2015 - 8:45 PM

GMA chief Felipe Gozon says that since the network is already ahead in ratings it expects a higher share in political ads for the 2016 elections

ELECTION YEAR. GMA Network expects higher revenue in 2016 than this year due to election-related advertisements. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

GMA-7 rejects Pacquiao, Singson acquisition offers

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

For now GMA 7 stakeholders want to focus on growing the business and increasing its value says CEO Felipe Gozon

REJECTED. Manny Pacquiao, Chavit Singson, and Ramon Ang were among the rejected suitors who offered to acquire a stake in GMA Network

GMA's Felipe Gozon: No to offers for now

Nov 05, 2015 - 8:32 PM

GMA is on the verge of really taking off That means we ll not be entertaining offers until we reach the ceiling says the network s chairman

VERGE OF TAKING OFF. 'We will not be entertaining offers until we reach the ceiling,' GMA Chairman Felipe Gozon (3rd from left) says. In the photo are GMA executives. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Chavit Singson speaks at #MayPac presscon

Apr 30, 2015 - 10:11 AM

The former governor sits alongside the fighters their trainers and top executives onstage

SINGSON SPEAKS. Former governor Chavit Singson speaks at the final press conference on the megafight between Floyd Mayweather Fr and Manny Pacquiao. Screenshot from press conference

Gov't: Revive Chavit Singson's graft cases

Sep 19, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Prosecutors say the long time it took the Ombudsman to evaluate the case of former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson should not overshadow his diversion of P26M in public funds

Court acquits Chavit Singson of graft

Aug 20, 2014 - 6:05 PM

The court finds merit in the ex governor s argument that he was deprived of his constitutional right to a speedy disposition of cases

Napoles’ ‘tell-all’ favors Enrile, Estrada and Revilla

May 31, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The crux of the defense strategy is to prove that none of the witnesses could claim personal knowledge about acceptance of the alleged kickbacks from the scam

TROJAN PIG? Are the Napoles affidavits of any value to the prosecution?

Anti-graft court: Corona, Chavit can't leave PH

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:24 AM

The former Chief Justice faces charges for discrepancies in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth and amassing illegal wealth while Singson is accused of public fund misuse

Cast in Erap plunder case: Where are they now?

Apr 24, 2014 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) Here's the latest on 9 personalities who figured in the plunder trial of former president Joseph Estrada

No closure yet on Erap Estrada’s plunder case

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:31 AM

13 years ago Estrada was indicted for plunder The Sandiganbayan s 2013 compliance report says he still owes the government over P400 million roughly US 9 million

Erap mugshot on April 25, 2001

How Jinggoy got away in his first plunder charge

Feb 11, 2014 - 6:15 AM

Lessons from the first plunder charge that involved Jinggoy and his father show it takes more than anecdotal evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt

NBI probes Chavit Singson, daughter for wild duck hunting

Nov 25, 2013 - 2:23 PM

The wild ducks killed by the Singsons for sport appear to be Philippine wild ducks

FOR SPORT. An Instagram post shows Chavit Singson and daughter on a wild duck hunting trip. Screengrab from Change.org

#PugadBaboy: Hayup na stem cells punchline 2

Jul 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Politicians stem cell treatments and the walking dead

#PugadBaboy: Hayup na stem cells

Jul 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Politicians who went through stem cell treatment and Ilocano favorites

#PugadBaboy: Hayup na stem cells punchline 3

Jul 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Stem cell treatments politicians Ilocano favorites and Louis Vuitton

Chavit, Savellano misused P26M tobacco funds – Ombudsman

Jul 05, 2013 - 12:51 AM

The two former governors of Ilocos Sur released a total of P26M to a private entity as financial assistance from funds intended for tobacco farmers

P1 billion in tobacco funds misused

Jul 04, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Auditors found Ilocos Sur – mostly under Luis Chavit Singson – misused misappropriated or failed to account for at least P1 3 B of the tobacco fund

WHITE ELEPHANT. Funded by the tobacco tax collection, this tomato processing plant in Ilocos Sur has not processed a single tomato. Photo by Aries Rufo

Tobacco enriches, corrupts northern PH

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:08 PM

Tobacco enriches and corrupts in the dry sun drenched northern Philippines where family fortunes as well as political empires are built on the golden leaf

TOBACCO IMPACT. A worker prepares tobacco leaves for curing at a homemade barn in Candon town, Ilocos sur province, northern Philippines. AFP photo taken in May 2013

Singsons still dominate Ilocos Sur

May 14, 2013 - 4:54 PM

Chavit s sons secure gubernatorial and congressional seats

UNA, Chavit and ‘going against history’

Apr 22, 2013 - 7:37 PM

UNA gets together with Singson who you ll admit it really delivers votes according to Vice President Binay

Erap wants Isko Moreno as running mate for Manila

Apr 25, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Former President Joseph Estrada names Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno as his possible running mate in 2013

Strange bedfellows seek sin tax reform

Mar 05, 2012 - 9:14 PM

Unlikely political allies joined together to push for reforming the tax on tobacco and alcohol

UNLIKELY PARTNERS. Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares announce their support for reforming sin taxes. Photo by Katherine Visconti.