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Estelito Mendoza’s ‘magic’ continues: Dichaves cleared in plunder case

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Jaime Dichaves, who owned up to the Jose Velarde accounts, is cleared by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan even without a full-blown trial

WINNING STREAK. Estelito Mendoza continues a winning streak as Jose Dichaves is acquitted of plunder.

From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

In 2006, Imee Marcos recalled the secrecy that shrouded the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' deteriorating health – to douse doubts about his ability to govern

Ex-presidents Estrada, Arroyo: Ed Angara's work 'larger than life'

May 16, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Edgardo Angara was a giant among legal luminaries and a skillful public servant. He wore many hats and he wore them well,' says former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her eulogy

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

Sibling rivalry: Jinggoy, JV to run for senator in 2019

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The estranged half brothers are so far set to run for the same post, with neither of the two expressing intention to back down

Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

The Philippines' beauty pageant obsession: Who benefits?

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women

LOOK BACK: Past Charter Change attempts and why they failed

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Charter Change has been brought up by almost every administration since Martial Law

ATTEMPTS. Several administrations have tried to change the 1987 Constitution, which was created over 30 years ago. Photo by Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte, Estrada send flowers to Marcos' grave for Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The late strogman's children Imee, Bongbong, and Irene also offer flower wreaths at their father's tomb at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

UNDAS OFFERING. President Rodrigo Duterte sends a flower wreath at the tomb of ex-president Ferdinand Marcos. All photos from the Marcos Centennial Facebook page

MMDA eyes Pasig River sludge for Manila land reclamation

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:21 PM

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim says the sludge can be used as infills for land reclamation

COOPERATION. MMDA chairman Danny Lim proposes to use the soil build up of the Pasig River to be used for Manila City's many reclamation projects.

Manila to relocate 7,000 families in esteros

May 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Manila city government is looking into reclaiming a portion of Manila Bay for its housing project with China s Shanghai Nanjiang Group

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Erap on Quiapo bombings: We have them under control

May 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED Manila City Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada appeals for calm after two bombs terrorized the city s Quiapo district in a span of two weeks

DEADLY SECOND. The explosion last Saturday is the second incident that terrorized the Quiapo district, and this time, it claimed lives.

Jerika Ejercito engaged to Spanish boyfriend

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Jerika confirms her engagement to triathlete Miquel Aguilar Garcia via Facebook

Duterte jokes Erap on birthday, 'Balik kita sa kulungan'

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Duterte recalls in jest how Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada called him low class during the 2016 national elections

ERAP'S BIRTHDAY. President Rodrigo Duterte at the birthday celebration of former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on April 19, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Estelito Mendoza and his 2017 comeback in plunder cases

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:37 PM

He got Gloria Arroyo and Juan Ponce Enrile out of detention This year Marcos time solicitor general Estelito Mendoza has so far managed to postpone Bong Revilla s trial and Jaime Dichaves arrest warrant

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for new plunder client former Senator Bong Revilla. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#AnimatED: Gyera ng mga kerida

Apr 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Ito ba’y bahagi ng nagbabagong hugis ng pulitika? Wala na silang pakundangan sa dangal ng institusyong kanilang kinakatawan?

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

Looking back at EDSA II: The political paths of Estrada and Arroyo

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

16 years since the second EDSA People Power Revolution two key players former presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo head in strikingly similar directions

Jinggoy Estrada: Erap suffered asthma, not pneumonia

Dec 26, 2016 - 5:35 PM

My father suffered an asthma attack due to overfatigue and because of the weather says the detained Estrada

Erap hospitalized due to pneumonia

Dec 23, 2016 - 12:50 PM

According to Senator JV Ejercito his father s condition is already improving

HOSPITALIZED. Former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has been hospitalized due to pneumonia

Estrada fires all Manila traffic enforcers for extortion

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says many employees of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau are allegedly involved in extortion and other illegal activities

Manila police tailing 82 drug pushers

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada orders police to go all out and rid the city of illegal drugs

WAR VS DRUGS. Manila Mayor Erap Estrada is backing the Manila police's pursuit of suspected drug users in the city. File photo by Rappler

Erap wins close Manila mayoral race over Lim

May 10, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Joseph Ejercito Erap Estrada is elected for a second straight term as Manila mayor

MAYOR ANEW. Joseph Ejercito 'Erap' Estrada is Manila mayor anew. He is seen here during his miting de avance over the weekend. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Mar 31, 2016 - 7:37 PM

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No deal with Erap on Jinggoy's case after endorsement – Poe

Mar 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Poe who is running on a platform of good governance is being supported by politicians accused of corruption She says an FOI law is needed to determine if government officials engaged in illegal transactions

NO DEAL. Presidential bet Grace Poe says there was no deal made between her and godfather Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to free Senator Jinggoy Estrada from detention. Photo by Jay Morales

Grace Poe and the long road to Erap's endorsement

Mar 29, 2016 - 2:27 PM

On choosing Poe over Binay the former president says it is high time to give chances to younger politicians

ROAD TO ENDORSEMENT. Reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada endorses his goddaughter, presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Binay on Erap's endorsement of Poe: 'We're still friends'

Mar 29, 2016 - 2:19 PM

UPDATED He got me as his vice president I cannot forget that says Vice President Jejomar Binay explaining the strength of his friendship with former president Joseph Estrada

EX-POLITICAL ALLIES. Former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada attends the birthday party of erstwhile political ally Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2014. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Erap vs Lim vs Bagatsing in Manila race

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

A re electionist a former mayor and a congressman fight for the mayoralty of the city of Manila

Erap, Alfredo Lim hit for 'trashy' proclamation rallies

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

The EcoWaste Coalition reminds candidates in local elections to heed the government led drive to clean up after campaign events

'DIRTY' CAMPAIGN. EcoWaste Coalition slams Joseph 'Erap' Estrada for not keeping his proclamation rally in Manila clean. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Grace Poe: Erap's anointed one

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Grace Poe gets the endorsement of her godfather Joseph Estrada who has chosen her over his longtime friend Vice President Jejomar Binay

Roxas: ’Natural' for Erap to pick Poe

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:09 PM

The administration bet is relying on former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim to help him win votes in the Philippine capital

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Erap endorses 'my goddaughter' Grace Poe for president

Mar 28, 2016 - 6:11 PM

UPDATED The former president and now reelectionist Manila mayor also endorses Bongbong Marcos for vice president and names 12 senatorial candidates from different parties whom he is supporting

GODDAUGHTER. Former president and now reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada announces at his proclamation rally at Liwasang Bonifacio on March 28, 2016, Grace Poe as his presidential bet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-senator Loi Estrada hosts lunch for Binay in Zambales

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:00 PM

It is unclear however if the wife of former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is supporting Binay She tells reporters that her family is divided on the upcoming polls

HOSTING THE VP. Vice President Jejomar binay poses beside former Senator Loi Ejercito-Estrada after having lunch in her Zambales home. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How did SC justices decide key cases in 2014-2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:29 PM

We look back at landmark decisions by this batch of SC justices – between the latest appointment of Jardeleza in August 2014 and Villarama’s early retirement in January 2016

Roxas, Poe, Binay, Duterte? Estradas undecided

Dec 11, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Caught in a fierce battle with ex allies for control of San Juan the Estrada family weighs its options for 2016

NO POLITiCS, JUST SERVICE. Mar Roxas is joined by San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez and her son, Senator JV Ejercito at the launch of a housing project in the city. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Estrada 'very likely' to endorse Poe's presidential bid

Dec 06, 2015 - 3:55 PM

The former president turned mayor is backing his late friend s daughter over his ex running mate

SUPPORT. Presidential candidate Grace Poe now has the support of Manila mayor Joseph Estrada. Photos by Jansen Romero and Joel Leporada/Rappler

Erap: Allow vegetable gardens of poor on your land

Nov 18, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The Manila mayor encourages the rich and landed residents to let poor families use their perimeter walls as vertical vegetable gardens to help solve the problem of hunger

Plunder defendant Jaime Dichaves allowed to travel abroad

Nov 16, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The self confessed owner of the dummy Jose Velarde account is a co defendant in the plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada Nearly 15 years later he has yet to undergo trial

LOYAL FRIEND. Jaime Dichaves is the self-confessed owner of the dummy Jose Velarde account that contributed to the downfall of former President Joseph Estrada

Will Mar Roxas seek Erap, INC support for 2016?

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:48 AM

The LP standard bearer says he wants ‘everybody’s support’ but stresses he draws the line when an endorsement comes with a price

'NO QUID PRO QUO.' Mar Roxas says endorsements are welcome but not if they come with a price. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: The vice candidates

Oct 28, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Erap ready to endorse 7 senatorial bets for 2016

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:36 PM

Estrada s choice for a presidential bet is down to two: his goddaughter Senator Grace Poe and his kumpare Vice President Jejomar Binay

INTERVIEW. Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada speaks to the press. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Erap seeks reelection as Manila mayor

Oct 14, 2015 - 12:59 PM

Manileños march with Estrada from city square Liwasang Bonifacio to the Comelec office in a motorcade complete with a band balloons banners and flags

CANDIDATES. Manila Mayor Erap Estrda (left) and his Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan show a copy of their candidacy certificates. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler RUNNING MATES. Manila mayor Joseph Estrada shows up at Liwasang Bonifacio with running mate Honey Lacuna-Pangan. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Alfredo Lim runs for Manila mayor again

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:28 PM

The ruling Liberal Party is fielding former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim who says he is running in response to public clamor for restoration of free basic services

MAYORALTY BID. Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim wants a comeback to as the Philippine capital's chief executive. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Erap to run for president if Poe, Binay disqualified

Oct 13, 2015 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED The Manila Mayor says he still has time to consider a presidential bid before December 2015 depending on the results of the legal cases filed against Poe and Binay

RUNNING? Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada says he has until December to decide on whether he will run for president. Photo by Buena Bernal

Bagatsing runs for Manila mayor, vows pro-business policies

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Amado Bagatsing joins the bitter battle between Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and former Mayor Alfredo Lim

MAYORALTY BID. Amado Bagatsing files his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Zamoras, Estradas clash for control of San Juan

Oct 07, 2015 - 7:35 PM

The Estradas consider this a betrayal by the clan of a former ally

Erap endorses leftist leader Neri Colmenares for senator

Sep 30, 2015 - 4:43 PM

UPDATED Former President Joseph Estrada who has popularized the slogan Erap para sa mahirap touts the pro poor agenda of the Makabayan bloc

Isko Moreno quits as Manila traffic czar, contemplates 2016 run

Sep 28, 2015 - 6:59 PM

The Manila vice mayor ranks 17th 22nd among preferred senatorial contenders in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2016 elections

RESIGNATION. Manila Vice Mayor Isko Morena resigns as traffic czar. Rappler file photo

#AlDub: 14 celebrity fans

Sep 22, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada Charice Judy Ann Santos Megan Young and more cannot get enough of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub

ALDUB FANS. Count Derek Ramsay, Charice Pempengco, and Claudine Barretto as fans of the Alden and Yaya Dub tandem. Photo of Derek Ramsay by Tiffany Jillian Go/Rappler, Photo of Charice Pempengco by Alexa Villano/Rappler, Photo of Claudine Barretto by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

Erap to attend China WWII parade

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:16 PM

Estrada will attend in his capacity as mayor of Manila and not as a representative of the national government

GOING TO CHINA. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada in a file photo. File photo/Rappler