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Trader arrested for shooting gun inside Greenhills Shopping Center

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrested Alvin Baunto for firing his gun 3 times inside the busy commercial area

INDOOR SHOOTING. A vendor fires his gun inside Virra Mall at the Greenhills Shopping Center. Photo courtesy of Greenhills Shopping Center

Suspected drug peddler arrested in San Juan

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The San Juan Drug Enforcement Unit finds 26 sachets of shabu or P21,000 worth of illegal drugs in the home of suspect April Vanessa Nuyda

Notorious female drug peddler in San Juan City nabbed. Photo courtesy of San Juan Police

Lyceum overwhelms Letran, coasts to 2nd straight NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez lead the Lyceum charge as the Pirates get another shot at the championship

WELL DONE.  Lyceum Pirates stars Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez celebrate after sending JP Calvo and the Letran Knights home. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Balanza expects Letran to 'play like a champion' vs Lyceum

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Recovering Knight Jerrick Balanza believes Letran can overcome Lyceum's twice-to-beat semifinal advantage

EXCITEMENT. Jerrick Balanza is more than excited to return to the court with the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA Final Four: Lyceum vs Letran

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The Lyceum Pirates look to quickly dispatch the Letran Knights for a return stint in the NCAA Finals

SEMIS SHOWDOWN. Mike Nzeusseu and the Lyceum Pirates shoot for an NCAA Finals berth against Bong Quinto and the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After failed recall petition, Zamora runs again for San Juan mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Former vice mayor Francis Zamora seeks to replace Mayor Guia Gomez in San Juan. He is up against the current vice mayor, Janella Estrada.

ANOTHER TRY. Francis Zamora at the San Juan Comelec office to file his certificate of candidacy for mayor. Photo courtesy of Zamora

Letran clinches 3rd seed in NCAA thriller over Perpetual

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Bong Quinto delivers in the clutch as the Knights streak to their sixth straight victory

CARDIAC GAME. Bong Quinto and the Letran Knights survive a down-to-the-wire duel versus Edgar Charcos and the Perpetual Help Altas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran clinches first NCAA Final Four in two years

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:24 PM

This is also the first playoff appearance for Letran head coach Jeff Napa since he took over from champion coach Aldin Ayo

LEADER. Despite a cold shooting night, Letran team captain Bong Quinto still contributed across the board with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks en route to their first Final Four appearance since their NCAA Season 91 title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balanza proves to be Letran’s lucky charm in unlikely win

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:14 PM

A month after his brain surgery, Jerrick Balanza shows up at the game to surprise his Letran teammates

FEELING BETTER. Letran's Jerrick Balanza says he pleaded for clearance from his doctor just so he can watch the Knights play. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran edges Lyceum after overturned shot call

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:53 PM

In a bizarre ending, the Letran Knights pull off an upset over the Lyceum Pirates in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

ESCAPE. Bong Quinto drops 20 points in Letran's controversial one-point victory over Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

5,000 people threatened by Arayat landslides refuse to leave homes

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:17 PM

About 80% of those in San Juan Baño village earn their living by planting vegetables and fruits on the mountain, and the proposed relocation site is 'too far away'

MOUNT ARAYAT. File image by Judgefloro from Wikipedia.

CSB absorbs stunning loss to EAC, slips out of top 4

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The EAC Generals pull off an upset over the CSB Blazers in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

UPSET. Blazers captain Yankie Haruna scatters a team-high 18 points yet CSB still winds up falling short against lower-ranked EAC. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran bench steps up for hold on No. 3 spot

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Jeremiah Taladua and Fran Yu chip into Letran's season-high bench output of 44 points

STEP UP. Jeremiah Taladua comes off the bench to leave an impact of a team-high 15 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

San Beda denies late Letran surge, sweeps Knights in rematch

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The Letran Knights spearhead a massive 19-0 run to almost overcome Beda's 22-point lead in the 4th

KEY PLAYER. The San Beda Red Lions slip past Letran's comeback even without star Robert Bolick. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Letran dedicates win to ailing birthday boy Jerrick Balanza

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:33 PM

The Knights hope to continue the on-court battle even as Jerrick Balanza fights to recover from a brain tumor

CHEERLEADER. Despite his illness, Jerrick Balanza continues to cheer for the Letran Knights. Photo from Balanza’s Twitter account (@Iamjerrick07)

Letran scores emotional win over Arellano

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The Knights triumph despite playing with heavy hearts as teammate Jerrick Balanza recently got diagnosed with a brain tumor

TOP KNIGHT. Letran ace Bong Quinto drives past a phalanx of Arellano defenders. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brain tumor sidelines Letran player Jerrick Balanza

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Letran starter, who needs to undergo an operation to remove the tumor, will be out for the rest of the season

SAD NEWS. Jerrick Balanza hopes to be back from a brain surgery by November. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pirates escape Knights before Lions showdown

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:09 PM

Lyceum stays unbeaten heading into the rematch of last year's NCAA finals versus San Beda

CLOSE CONTEST. Lyceum's JV Marcelino and Letran's Bong Quinto battle for possession during their teams' tight NCAA duel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Manila Water proceeds with water service interruption

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Manila Water to cut water supply for 14 hours in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Quezon City

Napa wants Letran to scale NCAA's San Bedan 'Everest'

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:32 PM

'Letran, andito na. Humanda na kayo,' Napa warns the rest of the NCAA

TO THE LIMIT. The Letran Knights fell short of securing solo second spot after losing to the San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


San Beda drops rival Letran in OT thriller

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The defending champion Red Lions get the better of fierce rival Knights in their first NCAA showdown this season

UNSTOPPABLE. San Beda's Robert Bolick wriggles past the defense of Letran's Bonbon Batiller. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: The house where suspects kept kidnapped Letran student

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Inside this house, the police say a 19-year-old victim was hogtied and denied food and water almost 3 days

RESIDENTIAL SAFE HOUSE? The 19-year-old Letran student was kept hogtied in one of the small rooms of this 4-story house in Balut, Tondo, Manila City. Locals say the home belongs to the family of student suspect Ferdinand dela Vega Jr. Rappler photos

Letran breaks silence on kidnapping, vows to help in probe

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Of the 10 suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom case, 7 are from Letran, including the alleged mastermind

HELP PROMISED. Colegio de San Juan de Letran vows to help cops and the 19-year-old victim's family in the resolution of the kidnapping case.

4 arrested for kidnapping fellow student

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) The victim, a 19-year-old Letran student, is rescued in Manila after the mastermind – his classmate – confessed during interrogation

KIDNAPPED. A 19-year-old Letran student is kept inside a small room in Tondo, Manila by no less than fellow students. PNP photo

Letran completes comeback over CSB for solo 3rd

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Knights pick up their 3rd win in 4 outings in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

Letran clamps down on the defensive end to stop St. Benilde. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA: Lyceum stretches perfect run to 5

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The Lyceum Pirates stay solo on top as the Arellano Chiefs and Letran Knights climb to a share of 3rd pkace

VICTORIOUS. Just a few days after their face-off, Lyceum and Arellano pull off separate victories. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Benilde, Letran pick up maiden wins

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Blazers clamp down late on Mapua as the Knights turn back San Sebastian in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

VETERAN LEADER. Bong Quinto powers Letran past feisty San Sebastian. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Teammates turn rivals Charcos, Batiller take the NC floor

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Former UE players Edgar Charcos and Bonbon Batiller find themselves on opposing sides this time

STILL FRIENDS. There may be on-court banter but Perpetual's Edgar Charcos (left) and Letran's Bonbon Batiller like the challenge of going up against each other. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perpetual trips Letran in NCAA thriller

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The Altas slip past the Knights to bounce back from a narrow loss to defending champion San Beda

TOP PERFORMER. Perpetual standout Edgar Charcos splits the defense of the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MPBL: Resilient Cardona not done with basketball

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:59 PM

After many personal controversies, the former PBA player says he's ready to work his way back on the hardcourt

SECOND CHANCE. Mac Cardona hopes to make the most of his basketball comeback. Photo by JR Isaga/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

Streaking Letran drops NCAA rival San Sebastian in FilOil Cup

May 28, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Letran Knights now tote a 4-2 record, while the San Sebastian Stags slipped to 3-2

FilOil: CSJL vs AdU May 15. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gov't puts trash traps, warns 'esteroristas' in Pasig River

May 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

SEA OF TRASH. Volunteers collect garbage in the San Juan River. Photo courtesy of PRRC

Zamora loses time as SC requires Comelec response in recall election vs Gomez

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Zamora is running out of time in his bid for a recall election to claim the mayoral post in San Juan

San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Zamora urges Guia Gomez to accept San Juan recall election

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora questions Mayor Guia Gomez's 'refusal' to receive the notice of recall elections even after the Christmas season

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora discusses the recall petition against incumbent mayor Guia Gomez. Photo from Office of Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora

Will Jinggoy run for Senate? ‘Not sure, but I’m going around town’

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Despite facing plunder charges, the former senator figures in the winning circle should senatorial elections be held now, according to surveys

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

San Juan recall petition: Zamora accuses Mayor Gomez of hiding

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Guia Gomez asks the camp of defeated mayoral bet Francis Zamora: Why can't you wait for the 2019 election?

INDIGNANT. Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to the media, with Barangay Captain Sophia Gil to his left. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) The navy has shifted its mission from rescue to recovery

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Argentine sub reported short-circuit in last message – report

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The final contact with the ARA San Juan, which has 44 crew members on board, was on November 15

HOPING FOR THE BEST. View of supportive messages for the 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine hanging outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 22, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

No trace of Argentina sub, 12 days after it vanished

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:25 AM

A total of 15 countries, including the United States, Britain, Russia and France, are helping to search for the ARA San Juan, which has 44 crew members on board

DARK DAYS. A black ribbon hangs next to supportive messages for the 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 24, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Crew members' relatives mourn as Argentina searches for missing submarine

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:34 AM

A religious service is held outside the Mar del Plata naval base, where the submarine was based, to support grieving friends and relatives

WAITING. View of supportive messages for the 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine hanging outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 22, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Argentina says abnormal noise heard after sub's last contact as hopes fade

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:46 AM

The clock is ticking down on hopes of finding alive the 44 crew members now missing for a week despite a massive search of surface and seabed, amid fears their oxygen had run out

LOVE AND HOPE. View of supportive messages for the 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine hanging outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 22, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Worries over oxygen supply on missing Argentina submarine

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The sub's disappearance grips the nation, and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri visits the relatives – troubled by earlier false hopes – and prays with them

OFF TO SEARCH. Argentina's Navy destroyer ARA Sarandi sails off to take part in the search of missing submarine ARA San Juan, from the north breakwater of Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 21, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

A total of 14 vessels and 10 aircraft are helping search for the submarine, missing since November 15

STILL WAITING. Military personnel lower the Argentine national flag during sunset at 'Arquitecto Mariani' small square in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 20, 2017.  Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are working to pinpoint the exact location of what is emitting the signals,' presuming it could be the missing ARA San Juan, Argentina's defense ministry says

San Sebastian Golden Stags secure 4th seed place over Letran Knights

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:41 PM

The Golden Stags will face the 3rd seeded Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Friday, October 27

FINAL FOUR. The Letran Knights complete the final four of the NCAA Season 93. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jeo Ambohot saves Letran, ousts Arellano in must-win thriller

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights drop the Arellano Chiefs from contention in a back-and-forth 70-68 thriller