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IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Iloilo City’s first female OIC mayor dies at 94

May 14, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Former Iloilo City OIC mayor Rosa 'Tita' Caram has died, according to members of her family

ILOILO CITY LEADER. Rose Caram, Iloilo City’s first female mayor OIC. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Joe Espinosa III

Treñas returns as Iloilo City mayor, defeats brother-in-law

May 14, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the polls no longer in the way, can brothers-in-law Jerry Treñas and Jose Espinosa II work together?

Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III casts his vote at V. Montes Elementary School along Zamora Street, Iloilo City Proper. Photo by Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay/Rappler

Homecomings and queues: Ilonggo politicians troop to polls early

May 13, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Some of the political figures seen voting in Iloilo are Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, and Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE. Garin, Drilon, Trenas, and Espinosa are some of the politicians who voted in Iloilo for the midterm elections.

Ilonggo voters: Who can continue what former Mayor Mabilog started?

May 12, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Who among the mayoral bets of Iloilo City will continue the growth trajectory charted by ex-mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog?

Brothers-in-law clash over Iloilo City mayoralty seat

May 10, 2019 - 9:30 AM

With ex-mayor Jed Mabilog out of the picture, former political allies Rep. Jerry Treñas and incumbent Mayor Jose Espinosa III are vying for the post of local chief executive

MAYORAL CANDIDATES. Former allies now turned rivals, (FROM THE LEFT) incumbent Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Rep. Jerry Treñas vie for the mayoral seat in the upcoming polls. Photos by Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay

Ilonggos appeal for expansion of fact-checking efforts to provinces

May 05, 2019 - 10:05 PM

At the #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age forum, local groups discuss how to counter disinformation

DISCUSSION. Francis Allan Angelo, the Editor in Chief of the Daily Guardian, talks during a panel discussion of #MoveIloilo: Social Good in the Digital Age on April 29. Photo by Rachel Beatizula/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Iloilo City leads first nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Around 5,000 to 8,000 people in Iloilo participate in shake drills in their area

DUCK. Local army and police officials duck, cover and hold during a simulation at the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler

Albayalde orders Garins to surrender all their guns

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the Garins' licenses to own and possess firearms are cancelled as of December 27

FATHER AND SON. Congressman Oscar 'Richard' Garin Jr (L) and his father Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin (R). Photos from Representative Garin and Mayor Garin's Facebook pages

[OPINION] 4 things kids learned from a journalism class

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Being a citizen journalist comes with a very big responsibility

Things we learned from journalism class. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong

Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

DoubleDragon plans 3.9-hectare industrial hub in booming Iloilo

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM

With the rising cost of traffic and congestion in Metro Manila, property developers like DoubleDragon are looking at alternative cities to expand their landbank

INDUSTRIAL HUB. DoubleDragon's planned industrial hub in Iloilo will have a capacity of 22,000 square meters of leasable space once fully developed. Image from DoubleDragon

Megaworld set to open Festive Walk Mall in Iloilo

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The P2.2-billion, 3-level mall at the Iloilo Business Park is opening this coming April

Photo by Megaworld

COA orders Iloilo execs, employees to return P46-M illegal cash perks

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says sourcing part of the cash perks from the city's calamity funds is illegal

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Iloilo Representative Treñas over graft

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'It is part of the judicial process which should be respected. I will coordinate with the Office of the Speaker for its implementation,' says Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas

Photo from Treñas' website

Ombudsman issues 2nd dismissal order vs Iloilo City’s Mabilog

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Mabilog is a subject of a lifestyle check due to accusations from the President that he is linked to the drug trade in Iloilo City

WELCOME. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will greatly contribute to the war on drugs in his city. Photo from Mabilog's Facebook page

Ombudsman ‘very, very late’ in dismissing Iloilo mayor Mabilog – Duterte

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

‘Para kunwari na sinuportahan nila ako, [the Ombudsman] fired and stripped him of his mayorship,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

DISMISSED. The Ombudsman has dismissed Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog for alleged illegal wealth, but President Rodrigo Duterte says it could have been done sooner. Photo from Mayor Mabilog’s Facebook page

Ombudsman dismisses Iloilo Mayor Mabilog over questionable wealth

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:59 AM

The case stems from a complaint that questioned the P8.9-million increase in Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog's net worth from 2012 to 2013

NARCOPOLITICIAN? Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog is named by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the 150 government officials involved in illegal drugs. Photo from Iloilo City Government

Duterte on Mabilog, Roxas and Drilon, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte to Iloilo Mayor Mabilog: 'You're next'

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also admits he personally ordered the raid that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017, tackles the enormity of the illegal drug problem on the country and how he intends to address the issue. Malacañan Photo

Iloilo mayor Mabilog charged with graft over towing project

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The Ombudsman also indicts former Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II, who allegedly connived with the mayor to set up a towing firm that would bag a government contract

SICK LEAVE. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog goes on sick leave after President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his accusation against the mayor for having drug links in the city the President calls the 'most shabulized' in the Philippines. Photo from Mayor Mabilog's Facebook page

Duterte, Dela Rosa, Abu Sayyaf | Midday wRap

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte himself cancelled Espenido’s Iloilo assignment – Dela Rosa

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:28 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says President Rodrigo Duterte himself revoked his own order assigning Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City

DUTERTE'S ORDER. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa faces the media after their flag raising ceremony in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Espenido's reassignment to Iloilo City cancelled – PNP

Sep 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

2ND UPDATE Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas will take over the Iloilo City post according to Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag

APPOINTMENT CANCELLED. Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs. Rappler screengrab.

Iloilo's 'most wanted drug personality' killed in police raid

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Philippine National Police has marked Richard Prevendido as a national target while the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has tagged him as a high value target

DRUG LORD. Richard Prevendido is blacklisted by the PNP, PDEA, and the local government unit of Iloilo City. File photo from PNP

Drilon says no talks of protection for Iloilo Mayor Jed Mabilog

Sep 01, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says he only talked to his second cousin to inform him of the news that Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido has been reassigned to Iloilo City

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Mayor Jed Mabilog on lifestyle check: 'I have nothing to hide'

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog assures President Rodrigo Duterte that not a single centavo of dirty money was spent on building his dream home

NO DIRTY MONEY. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog disputes allegations of ill-gotten wealth. Photo from the Facebook page of Jed Patrick Mabilog

Duterte says lifestyle check shows Jed Mabilog lives in 'palace'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog wants to meet with him

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in illegal drugs in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dela Rosa: Espenido should be in Ozamiz, not Iloilo

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa says Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido has not finished his job in Ozamiz City

POLICE CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa faces media after a command conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Espenido on Mabilog, Robredo, Kim Jong-Un | Midday wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Duterte, Aguirre, Callamard | Evening wRap

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Narcopolitician or 'best' mayor? Who is Iloilo City's Jed Mabilog?

Aug 28, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Aside from his drug links, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog has been accused of having unexplained wealth by former allies

Iloilo mayor welcomes Espenido: ‘We can learn something from him’

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog is unfazed despite Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido s history of having two mayors dead under his watch

WELCOME. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will greatly contribute to the war on drugs in his city. Photo from Mabilog's Facebook page

WATCH: #MoveSessions features Ilonggo band Pretzels

Jul 28, 2017 - 7:50 PM

MoveSessions is an online live jam that showcases the talent of up and coming artists from communities and schools Bookmark this page to catch Pretzel s performance at 7pm on Friday

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring Ilonggo band The Nephrons

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:44 PM

MoveSessions showcases the talent of up and coming artists from communities and schools Bookmark this page to watch the live jam at 7pm Thursday July 27

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring Ilonggo band Ember

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:42 PM

MoveSessions showcases the talent of up and coming artists from communities and schools Bookmark this page to watch the live jam at 7pm Wednesday

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring Ilonggo artist Aenri

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MoveSessions is an online live jam that showcases the talent of up and coming artists from communities and schools

Tour on two wheels: Seeing Iloilo City's historic sights by bike

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:40 PM

A local biking community hopes to promote cycling by holding visi tours – a tour by bike to the famed tourist spots of the city

NIGHT RIDE. Members of the iFOLD biking group regularly hold night rides to explore the city. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Iloilo officials share new plans to ensure road safety

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Projects include the Iloilo City traffic handbook and the intelligent traffic system

PROJECTS. Local officials shares projects in Iloilo City aimed at ensuring road safety. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Why are road projects scheduled during rainy season?

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:13 AM

According to Engr Ray Macalalag the procurement process and budget season prevent them from ensuring the timely implementation of road projects

ILOILO ROADS. On Saturday, July 22, MovePH conducts a #SaferRoadsPH forum to talk about making Iloilo roads safer. All photos by Vee Salazar/Rappler

#SaferRoadsPH: What factors affect road safety in Iloilo?

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:49 PM

In Rappler’s SaferRoadsPH Forum local officials discuss the factors that affect the road conditions of Iloilo and what can be done to prevent accidents

ROAD SAFETY. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says the LTO should be stricter in issuing driver's license

With nearly 5,000 crash incidents, how do we make Iloilo roads safer?

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:52 PM

The province of Iloilo home to 1 81 million people records nearly 5 000 road crash incidents in the first half of 2017

LIVE: #SaferRoadsPH on making Iloilo roads safer

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Sign up if you want to join the SaferRoadsPH activity at the Nursing Review Center University of San Agustin in Iloilo City on July 22 from 12 pm to 5 pm

Long way to go for Iloilo City's speeding ordinance

Jul 01, 2017 - 6:03 PM

The Iloilo city government temporarily suspends the enforcement of the speed limit ordinance

GUN POINT. Traffic personnel has been using a newly-procured speed gun by the Iloilo City Government to monitor speeding vehicles at the Diversion Road since June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch Iloilo: Stop corruption, big or small

Nov 23, 2016 - 9:48 PM

UPDATED This is about restoring the trust and confidence of the general public to the government and the agencies that serve the people says one panelist in Rappler s anti corruption forum in Iloilo

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. JC Alejandro of Kabataan party list, JJ Cordova of the Jaro Archdiocese Social Action Center, and Rex Donasco of the Association of Stall Owners and Transient Vendors share their anti-corruption efforts during the #NotOnMyWatch forum at the PHINMA University of Iloilo on November 19, 2016. Michael Bueza/Rappler

#NotOnMyWatch: List of Iloilo execs punished for corruption

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The NotOnMyWatch anti corruption caravan heads to Iloilo City

#NotOnMyWatch anti-corruption caravan goes to Iloilo

Nov 14, 2016 - 3:55 PM

How can the public use technology and social media to fight corruption? Find out as the NotOnMyWatch caravan runs in Iloilo City from November 18 to 19

How can we use technology to fight corruption? Find out by joining the #NotOnMyWatch caravan in Iloilo City on November 18 to 19!

2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

Sep 13, 2016 - 12:05 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial: All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization

Iloilo woman tests positive for Zika virus

Sep 05, 2016 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The case of this married woman who is in her 40s is the first confirmed local transmission in the Philippines this year Doctors have been dispatched to Iloilo to look for other cases

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA