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Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Malaysian opposition groups join forces to win Muslim votes

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:07 PM

United Malays National Organisation president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insists the move would not deepen racial and religious divides

Malay mayor assumes post amid dismissal woes

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after the Department of the Interior and Local Government said the vice mayor can assume the mayoral post in the town of Malay, Aklan

SUSPENDED. Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman. DENR file photo

Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boarcay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay residents want action vs smelly garbage trucks

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Garbage trucks collect the trash in Boracay Island and dump it in a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay town

FOUL ODOR. Open trucks like these collect garbage in Boracay, then dump these in Barangay Kabulihan, Malay town in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Boracay tricycle drivers asked to stop overcharging passengers

May 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We have to put a stop to these reports of a handful of abusive drivers preying on foreign travelers and visitors in Boracay,' says Councilor Maylynn Aguirre Graft

ALLEGED OVERCHARGING. One of the perennial problems in Boracay is the case of tricycle drivers allegedly overcharging foreign and local tourists. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Mayor-elect Cawaling calls for unity in Boracay

May 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'Let us help each other build better relations between the national and local governments,' says Mayor-elect Ceciron Cawaling of Malay, Aklan

UNDERGOING REHABILITATION. Boracay is undergoing continued rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it closed for 6 months in 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Build Malay fire station now, town execs urge BFP

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Malay is one of municipalities in Aklan province without a fire station

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

Presence of stray dogs in Boracay still a public health hazard

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

A Malay town board member is worried the dogs may bite those attending Simbang Gabi

Child abuse charges vs Satur Ocampo 'laughable,' says wife

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

'They just have to invent things to pin people who are trying to do their job,' says Carolina 'Bobbie' Malay

BOOKING PROCEDURE. A policeman gets the fingerprints of former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo at the Talaingod police station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

Coast Guard tells owner to remove sunken vessel off Boracay

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The LCT Bato Twin, which sank last November 4, poses a danger to passing ships

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Malay execs urge town council to fast-track relocation site for Boracay vendors

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Hundreds of vendors barred from the beachfront of the new Boracay, still have no designated area where they can sell their goods and services

VENDOR-FREE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

12 rescued as cargo ship sinks off Aklan

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the 12 were aboard cargo ship LCT Bato Twin, which was carrying sand and gravel to Boracay

Malay execs eye amending rules on pet ownership in mainland, Boracay

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Among the proposed amendments to the ordinance are limiting the number of dogs a person can own and the disposition of stray dogs in Boracay and mainland Malay

BORACAY PET. A man strolls the Boracay shoreline with his dog. Photo from Shutterstock

Boracay beach vendors in limbo, seek help of Malay town officials

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Nobody has told the displaced Boracay vendors where they will work if the plan to clear the famed beachfront of all obstructions is implemented

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR, Malay execs to align Boracay sewage treatment plant guidelines

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Lawyer Richard Fabila, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Boracay, says they will try to align Memorandum Circular No. 2018-006 of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu with local laws

Malay town councilors divided over proposed environmental fee hike in Boracay

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Malay town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf has proposed a P500-environmental fee for tourists in Boracay, up from the current P75, to help sustain efforts to protect the island

TOURIST SPOT. The Malay town council is discussing a proposal to increase the environmental fee for tourists entering Boracay Island. Photo by Adrian Portugal

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay gov't: Allow San Juan revelers to swim in coastal waters

May 30, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Since April 26 – the start of Boracay's 6-month closure – local residents have been allowed to swim only in a designated swimming area in the white beach near Willy's Rock in Station 1

APPEAL. The local government of Malay in Aklan appeals for residents to be allowed to swim in coastal waters on June 24, which marks the feast of San Juan de Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Displaced Boracay workers settle for P323/day for 30 days: 'Puwede na'

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront

LONG LINE. Boracay residents who have not been part of the profiling DOLE conducted earlier this year answer forms so they can apply for jobs. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Security guard stabbed to death on first day of Boracay closure

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Off-duty security guard Jaylord dela Vega is attacked during an afternoon videoke session in a restaurant in Barangay Manoc-Manoc

STABBING. An off-duty security guard is killed on the first day of Boracay closure. Shutterstock photo

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Malay local gov't has given Boracay demolition go signal' – DPWH

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The national government has criticized Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling for not cooperating earlier. President Duterte signs an order declaring state of calamity in the area only on Thursday afternoon.

DEMOLITION STARTS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar supervises more than 100 public works personnel on Thursday, April 26, the first day of Boracay Island’s 6-month closure for rehabilitation. Photo by Aikay Rey/Rappler

Densing to Malay mayor: Don't hold Boracay rehab 'hostage' by not cooperating

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

'He (Cawalig) has to cooperate. We don't want the rehabilitation to be held hostage just by one or two officials,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

PRESS BRIEFING. Government officials hold a press briefing on the eve of Boracay closure. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

Malaysia's Mahathir warns 'monster' PM will cheat to win polls

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Mahathir, who led Malaysia for over two decades, has been spurred out of retirement aged 92 to take on Najib Razak by allegations the premier was involved in an audacious scheme to plunder state fund

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Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Aklan governor seeks to convince Duterte 'no need' for Boracay closure

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND. Local chief executives want to convince the President not to shut down the popular tourist destination. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

BFP says Boracay needs more fire substations

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Bureau of Fire Protection has only one fire substation on the island, which is a top tourist destination

Malay exec urged voluntary demolition of Boracay structures

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Malay town mayor says demolishing illegal structures on their own will help Boracay Island

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad named opposition PM candidate

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The former long-time Prime Minister agrees to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – his former nemesis turned political ally – to become prime minister on his release from prison if Anwar is granted a royal pardon

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech after he was elected as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate during the four-party coalition Pact of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) convention in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Aklan town mourns death of Marine sniper in Marawi siege

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Marine Sergeant Brian Tamboon s family will receive financial assistance from the municipal government of Malay the hero soldier s hometown

Coast Guard stepping up sea patrols in Boracay

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Authorities say they will intensify sea patrols and deployment of assets to protect Boracay Island from any armed groups

Katsa bags to replace plastic bags in Boracay, Malay

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM

These reusable canvas or katsa flour bags are locally sourced and could inspire the communities in Malay to produce eco friendly bags for tourists and residents

Najib destroying Malaysia, stoking racial tensions – Mahathir

Dec 07, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Mahathir: He Najib is destroying this country he is bringing in racism very very serious crime has been committed

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in Putrajaya. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysian PM eyes snap poll, vows fight to the death

Dec 01, 2016 - 3:46 PM

It is the first time Malaysian leader Najib Razak has signaled he may bring forward polls not due until mid 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) arrives to address the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Kuala Lumpur on December 1, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

In anti-Marcos burial rally, Martial Law tales come alive

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Participants in the rally reminisce the time they were fighting against the Marcos regime leading up to the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising

NOT A HERO. Mostly victims during the martial law, protesters oppose the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malaysian PM reshuffles Cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Jun 27, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Analysts say Prime Minister Najib Razak s move could be a sign that a snap election might come in 2017

epa05393894 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 27 June 2016. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reshuffles his lineup cabinet for the third time after the 13th General Election on 05 May 2013. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Luxembourg launches money laundering probe in Najib fund scandal

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:41 AM

The scandal surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deepens further as another country begins an investigation

epa05237672 Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during a speech during the launch of a Children Austism Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2016. Najib Razak, 62, faced criticisms of alleged corruption and mismanagement of hundreds of millions of dollars of debts of a state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) he formed in 2009. EPA/STR

Malaysia's Najib spent 'millions' on luxury goods, election payouts

Mar 31, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Part of the money was reportedly spent at a Chanel store in Honolulu in December 2013

epa04454338 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) waves accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor (R) attend the inauguration of Indonesia's seventh president, Joko Widodo, at the Parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, 20 October 2014. Indonesia's newly inaugurated President Joko Widodo urges Indonesians to unite and work together. Widodo said his government aimed to make Indonesia 'politically and economically independent' but acknowledged tough tasks ahead. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Opponents of Malaysian PM step up drive to oust him

Mar 27, 2016 - 10:20 PM

A coalition led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad is seeking one million signatures for a petition demanding Najib Razak s ouster

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) stands for the national anthem during a rally in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 27, 2016.  Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum said on March 27 they plan to present a petition to the country's Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN

Malaysia's Mahathir sues Prime Minister Najib

Mar 23, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Former leader Mahathir Mohamad accuses current premier Najib Razak of corruption and abuse of power

epa05226764 (FILE A file photograph showing Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak as he prepare to deliver his speech during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 March 2016. Media reports on 23 March 2016 state that Mahathir Mohamad is to sue Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for alleged corruption in public office. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Malaysia's Mahathir quits ruling party over PM's scandals

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED It is a party dedicated to protecting Najib Mahathir is quoted as saying

epa04218502 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, 88-year-old, speaks during the 20th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, 22 May 2014. The two-day annual forum, hosted by Nikkei Inc., aims to bring together political and economic leaders from Asia-Pacific nations to discuss the future and development of the region. The forum is held from 22-23 May. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Ungoverned spaces and extremism

Jan 31, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Governments urgently need to address the precursors that litter the region making it easier for people aiming to emulate or follow ISIS

Indonesian police patrol near the site of a bomb blast earlier in the day, in front of a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, 14 January 2016. Seven people, including five suspected attackers, died in bomb blasts and gunfire in the centre of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday, officials said, in what the country's president described as an act of terrorism. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Tourist complains of poor medical care in Boracay

Jan 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Patients go to Kalibo for medical help because you can t be taken care of in the island a Boracay resident notes

AID STATION. Panay Health Care Center. Image courtesy Nicole Acuña.