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Jun 28, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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PH 'forever grateful' to Chinese donor for drug rehab center – Ubial

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:40 AM

No matter what the outcome of his investigation [for bribery] is we will forever be grateful to him says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial as tycoon Huang Rulun faces a probe in China

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Metro Manila subway operations 'can begin' even before entire line done

Jun 16, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The Department of Transportation says the planned subway in Metro Manila can begin operations in 2022 as soon as there are two stations built

ON A RUSH. Department of Transportion Secretary Arthur Tugade wants the project to be completed by 2022, before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends. Rappler file photo

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

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Apr 25, 2017 - 4:43 PM

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Duterte administration details 'ambitious' infra plan

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:35 PM

A railway connecting the cities of Davao Surigao and Cagayan de Oro as well as a subway linking Quezon City Mandaluyong Pasig and Taguig are part of the government s basket of solutions to address the country s poor infrastructure

'POVERTY TRAP.' 'We need to undertake these investments for the sake of the next generation of Filipinos – or else they will remain in the same poverty trap that we found ourselves in,' Finance Secretary Dominguez says. Photo from Malacanang

Duterte, Abe may sign Mega Manila subway deal in November

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the two leaders may sign the deal when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comes to Manila for the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

JAPAN'S HELPING HAND. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Malacañang during the Japanese leader's two-day visit to Manila. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region there would be some difficulties says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

ICW: Proses semua pihak yang menikmati uang proyek KTP Elektronik

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:51 PM

ICW juga mendorong agar penegak hukum memproses partai politik dan pihak korporasi yang terlibat proyek tersebut

SEUMUR HIDUP. Petugas Kantor Pelayanan Perizinan Terpadu Satu Pintu (KPPTSP) Kota Banda Aceh melayani warga yang membuat Kartu Tanda Penduduk (KTP) di Banda Aceh, Aceh, Senin, 4 Januari 2016. Foto oleh Irwansyah Putra/ANTARA

Namanya dicatut dalam proyek KTP elektronik, Marzuki Alie lapor polisi

Mar 10, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Marzuki mengaku tidak kenal dengan Andi Narogong orang yang mengadakan logistik proyek KTP Elektronik di Kemendagri

LAPOR. Mantan Ketua DPR, Marzuki Alie melapor ke Bareskrim Polri karena merasa namanya dicatut dalam skandal mega korupsi pengadaan KTP Elektronik. Foto oleh ANTARA

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Jan 06, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Fil-Chinese businessmen funding next mega drug rehab center

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Funds for the center to rise in Bohol are sourced by a Cebu based foundation supportive of President Duterte

REHAB PROGRAM. President Rodrigo Duterte inspects the first phase of the Mega Drug Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija along with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Taiwan indicts ex-head of bank linked to Panama Papers

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:27 PM

McKinney Tsai ex chairman of Mega International Commercial Bank faces 6 charges in total including accepting improper gains money laundering releasing false documents and insider trading

Duterte, Chinese tycoon inaugurate ‘mega’ drug rehab center

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The President thanks Chinese real estate tycoon Huang Rulun for his donation of P1 4 billion for two drug rehabilitation centers

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016.

Auction for Nueva Ecija prison postponed for 4th time

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This PPP project is part of government efforts to fix the Philippines prison system which the International Centre for Prison Studies ranks as the 4th most overcrowded in the world

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dredge report: Firm that built China's islands gets PH deal

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

CCCC Dredging will create 4 artificial islands totalling 208 hectares of reclaimed land in Davao the port city on the southern island of Mindanao where Duterte was mayor the Beijing Youth Daily reports

CHINA'S PROMISE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by China President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Ubial: PH drug problem a 'public health emergency'

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says around P145 million of its Quick Response Fund will be used to address the immediate needs in treatment and rehabilitation centers

DRUG SURRENDERERS. A Philippine policeman (L) stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Taiwan detains ex-head of bank linked to Panama Papers

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Mckinney Tsai offloads stocks ahead of the bank being fined 180 million by US regulators in August according to Apple Daily citing unnamed sources

Taiwan slaps ban, fine on bank linked to Panama Papers

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Taiwan regulators have ordered the removal of executives of a local bank linked to the Panama Papers scandal and barred it from opening overseas branches

Aerial view of the Panama City bay taken on March 23, 2015.  Rodrigo Arangua/File/AFP

Taiwan probes leading bank linked to Panama Papers

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:49 PM

American regulators last week said Taiwan s Mega International Commercial Bank showed indifference towards transactions carried out through Panama

View of a sign outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm offices are placed in Panama City on April 3, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Seize assets of firm in 2004 Comelec deal – SC

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The case involves the nullified P1 2 billion automation deal between the Comelec and Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc in 2004

HIGH COURT. The Supreme Court orders a Makati court to issue a writ of preliminary attachment over the properties of Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Filipino surfer Philmar Alipayo wins West Sumbawa Pro 2016 in Bali

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:06 PM

Philmar Alipayo of Siargao gets the win in the final seconds of the 30 minute finale

Railways are not the way out of Manila traffic mess – expert

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Putting in more railways is important but should not be the priority because they take time says transportation expert Rene Santiago

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Jun 22, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Charice on 'Mega Man' cover, new rock sound

Jun 06, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Charice makes history upon appearing on the cover of Mega Man magazine s June issue where he also talks about his fresh rock sound on his new album Catharsis

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Infra projects to ease traffic to continue beyond 2016 – Palace

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Various infrastructure projects to ease traffic are expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017 but Malacañang says completion won t be affected by the change in administration

ONGOING. The NAIA Expressway Project is one of the infrastructure projects eyed to be completed by 2016 or 2017. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Makati to host Mega Job Fair on December 11

Dec 04, 2015 - 3:54 PM

52 companies will join the job fair including SM Supermarket Goldilocks and Dunkin Donuts

NEW VACANCY. Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña says the job fair is the city government's Christmas gift to its residents. Rappler file photo

NEDA chief: Mega Manila flood masterplan subject to 'refinements'

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Notwithstanding the kind of rigor we exercise during program and project deliberations we acknowledge that there is always room for improvement NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan assures the public and critics of the project

PROBLEM PERSISTS. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson admits in June 2015 that the worsening floods in Metro Manila will not be solved overnight. File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

Over 1M jobs in Metro Cebu by 2050 under roadmap – JICA study

Nov 03, 2015 - 6:19 PM

The full implementation of the Metro Cebu Roadmap is also expected to grow the area s gross domestic product GDP per capita to more than 20 000 by 2050 almost the same level as South Korea in 2010 according to a JICA study

METRO CEBU ROADMAP. “We hope that the Philippine government will approve the roadmap in the same way that they supported the Infrastructure Roadmap for Mega Manila,” JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Noriaki Niwa says. Image from Shutterstock

The incredible adobo gremolata, plus 13 new pasta dishes from Linguini Fini

Oct 29, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Linguini Fini rolls out 14 new dishes including some that inspired by local flavors like the linguini adobo gremolata and the birthday bolognese

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

What to try at The Halal Guys, serving luscious platters and that famous sauce

Oct 08, 2015 - 9:53 PM

Hailing from New York City and now opening their first Manila branch The Halal Guys with their rice platters and sandwiches – and of course the famed white sauce – will surely draw Manila’s foodies

Arema Cronus vs Sriwijaya FC: Habis-habisan mumpung di kandang

Oct 03, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Karena kabut asap masih menyelimuti Palembang Arema Cronus harus menjadi tuan rumah terlebih dulu di leg pertama semifinal Piala Presiden Sabtu 3 Oktober

Korean wind tower to rise in Catbalogan

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The proposed wind tower according to ODIN Energy is about 11 story building with a minimum ground floor area of 113 square meters

SOON TO RISE. The proposed wind tower is seen to generate four times more energy compared to the traditional ones. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

NEDA Board approves IT PPP project

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED The P1 16 billion public private partnership deal will computerize the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry operations and make this available nationwide

FIRST IT. This is the first information technology project under the Philippines' public-private partnership thrust. Image from Shutterstock

San Miguel, Megawide group qualify to bid for reg'l prison PPP

Jul 15, 2015 - 6:45 PM

The new facility will accommodate 26 880 inmates and will include staff housing administrative buildings and areas for rehabilitation

PRISON PRIVATIZATION. A new prison facility will be built to "provide adequate living space, facilities, and address the basic needs of inmates incarcerated in existing penal facilities"

San Miguel, DMCI, Megawide eye regional prison in Nueva Ecija

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The winning bidder will finance design build and maintain the prison facility for 23 years

SMART INVESTMENT. We find Prison PPP as a smart opportunity to invest in. If you look at Australia, the US, and Brazil, investing in prisons is profitable, says one of the interested bidders. Photos from

[Executive Edge] Turning container vans into affordable dorms

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Amid the towering condominiums for the country’s growing middle class Citihub provides affordable halfway mobile house for Filipino workers

Super Mega Manila and urban renewal

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The emergence of Super Mega Manila or GCR requires inward looking redevelopment or urban renewal programs to complement the outward migration of its people and development

Gov’t pursuing Mega Manila subway line along EDSA

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:19 PM

‘I strongly believe that we cannot just rely on road expansion or increasing road capacity We need mass transit ’ DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson says

Aquino: No rematch; let Manny Pacquiao retire

May 14, 2015 - 12:34 PM

He doesn t owe us anything says President Benigno Aquino III as he urged the boxer s supporters not to push him to have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr

BEST TO REST? President Benigno Aquino III says it may be time for Manny Pacquiao to rest, following his injury from his megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. File photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Mayweather on why he hasn't trash talked Pacquiao

Apr 30, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Freddie Roach hazards a guess: I think he knows he’s in a real fight this time And if he talks too much it might blow up in his face

NO TRASH TALK. Floyd Mayweather Jr avoids trash talking Manny Pacquiao before fight night. Screengrab from HBO Sports

Mayweather set for richest sports year ever – Forbes

Apr 03, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Mayweather will likely earn at least 150 million and Pacquiao more than 100 million from the May 2 megafight in Las Vegas says Forbes

MEGA FIGHT PRESSER. The much-anticipated Pacquiao vs Mayweather mega fight press conference is scheduled on May 11. File photos by Kevork Djansezian & Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Confirmed: Sharon Cuneta returns to ABS-CBN

Mar 09, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Sharon was previously with TV 5

Pacquiao feels slow on third day of training

Mar 05, 2015 - 3:31 PM

I feel slow but I m not worried because I still have a lot of time

SLOW. On the third day of training in LA for his bout vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao says he feels a bit slow. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Mayweather has to trade punches with Pacquiao to win, says Tyson

Mar 04, 2015 - 11:00 PM

This guy is all over your face He moves and feints He is in perpetual motion

FIGHT. Mike Tyson says Floyd Mayweather Jr needs to fight, throw punches if he intends to keep his winning record intact. Screenshot from the Facebook video

Pacquiao vs Mayweather kicks off promotion on March 11

Mar 03, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Attracting a pile of attention for years before it was even made organizers did not feel that it was obligatory to spearhead a cross country media tour

MEGA FIGHT PRESSER. The much-anticipated Pacquiao vs Mayweather mega fight press conference is scheduled on May 11. File photos by Kevork Djansezian & Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Mayweather to dominate Pacquiao after six rounds, says Hopkins

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Mayweather going to fight back when he needs to but after that sixth round it s done

Boxer Bernard Hopkins, seen here showing his trademark "executioner" sign, believes Mayweather will dominate Pacquiao after 6 rounds. Photo by Jack Smith/EPA

Scientists warn of 'mega-drought' risk in western US

Feb 13, 2015 - 11:46 AM

The risks and dangers are worse today because of the larger population and greater dependence on water resources scientists warn

DROUGHT. A picture made available on 23 September 2014 shows a lake goer looking for a good fishing spot on the drought-affected Don Pedro Reservoir, as California's three year drought continues, near Chinese Camp, California, USA, 21 September 2014. File Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

Mayweather’s camp confirms mega fight progress

Jan 15, 2015 - 11:55 AM

For the first time during the course of the negotiation a person part of Floyd Mayweather s inner circle confirms signifcant progress on the Pacquiao fight

A person from Mayweather's camp confirms progress in negotiations of the Pacquiao fight. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA