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Jinggoy Estrada loses in hometown San Juan

May 15, 2019 - 12:26 AM

His half-brother JV Ejercito places 3rd in San Juan City. Grace Poe, a San Juan resident, tops the count.

OUT OF MAGIC 12. Jinggoy Estrada also fails to woo voters in his hometown of San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2010 Bar exam blast survivors win local races

May 14, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Almost 9 years after the 2010 Bar exam blasts, two women prevail in their bids for local positions

COUNCILORS. Two victims of the 2010 Bar exam blast emerged victorious in local races.

House of Estrada falls in May 2019 polls

May 14, 2019 - 7:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Erap Estrada and his family lose in local and national contests

LOSING STRONGHOLDS. Former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada loses the Manila mayoral race, while granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada loses the San Juan mayoral race.

Zamora ends Estrada clan’s 50-year control over San Juan

May 13, 2019 - 9:48 PM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban candidate Francis Zamora defeats Janella Ejercito Estrada, whose relatives have been mayors of San Juan City, starting with her grandfather, former president Joseph Estrada

FRANCIS ZAMORA. Winning San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora is proclaimed at the San Juan Gym dislodging the 50 year reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in San Juan. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

San Juan's only choice in 2019: New blood from old families

May 12, 2019 - 11:26 AM

While both Francis Zamora and Janella Ejercito Estrada are young guns from established families, their promises are completely different

YOUNG BET. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Flying V Arena on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No repeat of 2016: San Juan's Zamora vows victory vs Estrada

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'Paparating na po ang bagong Lungsod ng San Juan,' says PDP-Laban mayoral bet Francis Zamora, as he promises to end the Estrada dynasty

HOPEFUL. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Filoil Flying V Center on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

San Juan's Janella Ejercito Estrada: I did not run because of my name

May 11, 2019 - 9:56 PM

‘Hindi po ako andito sa entabladong ito dahil lang po sa aking pangalan, dahil lang po isa akong Estrada,’ says San Juan City mayoral bet Janella Ejercito Estrada

DYNASTY SCION. Janella Ejercito Estrada leads the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipno (PMP) miting de avance in San Juan City on May 11, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Edu Manzano stands his ground: San Juan can still vote for me

May 09, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'The Supreme Court has already said that Edu Manzano is a Filipino,' says San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano in a Rappler Talk

'I AM A FILIPINO.' Edu Manzano speaks in a Rappler Talk interview about his canceled candidacy and his next steps for the 2019 elections. Rappler screenshot

Comelec cancels candidacy of San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano

May 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections says San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano was not a Filipino citizen when he filed his certificate of candidacy

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After 10-month grind, San Juan emerges as new MPBL king

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

San Juan caps a grueling MPBL Datu Cup run by conquering Davao Occidental in a thrilling finale

GAME HERO. Mike Ayonayon explodes for 33 points to bag the Finals MVP. Photo release

#TheLeaderIWant: Francis Zamora and his promise of a new San Juan

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Will Francis Zamora's promise of a new San Juan be enough against the time-tested name and machinery of the Ejercito-Estrada clan?

Cops arrest businessman who killed brother, woman in San Juan

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Roberto Bañez also fires shots at the family nurse but she survives the attack

SUSPECT. A mugshot of Roberto Banez, who killed his older brother in their own home on April 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Juan police

Barangay secretary in Ilocos Sur shot dead

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Arthur Aquino Alviar, the barangay secretary of Lapting, is shot 5 times as he was leaving his house to go to the plaza on Saturday evening, April 13

San Juan bet Edu Manzano: No need to be genius in Congress

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:58 AM

It's the heart that matters, says actor and aspiring San Juan City congressman Edu Manzano

CONGRESS CANDIDATE. Edu Manzano at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally in Plaza ng Masa, San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Old name, new promises? Janella Estrada begins San Juan bid

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Before thousands of San Juan residents, the 29-year-old third-generation Estrada vows to provide affordable healthcare and more housing for the poor

'NEXT IN LINE.' Janella Ejercito Estrada speaks at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally at the Plaza ng Masa on March 30. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: Zamora vows to free San Juan from Estrada dynasty

Mar 30, 2019 - 2:11 PM

San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora seeks to end the 5-decade Estrada dynasty. Rappler's Rambo Talabong files this report.

PRAYERS FOR THE POLLS. Supporters pray over PDP-Laban San Juan candidates led by mayoral candidate Francis Zamora in the Plaza ng Masa on Friday, March 29. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

San Juan’s Zamora: I am ‘official’ Duterte candidate, not Estrada

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the rival mayoralty candidates in San Juan City: Francis Zamora and Janella Estrada

RUNNING AGAIN. Francis Zamora is running for mayor of San Juan City after losing to Guia Gomez in 2016 and failing to redo the election through a now-lapsed recall petition. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WiFi for all: Zamora wants to turn San Juan into a ‘smart city’

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:55 PM

San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora says a 'San Juan City App' will also allow residents to conduct business with the city government and quickly call for help from cops, firefighters, and hospitals

'CONNECTED CITY.' Aspiring mayor Francis Zamora vows to install WiFi accessible to all San Juaneños.

San Juan in La Union declared coal-free

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Resolution No. 03-2019 bans the construction, development, and operation of coal-fired power plants in San Juan, La Union

COAL-FREE. The municipal council of San Juan in La Union passes an ordinance declaring the municipality coal-free. Photo courtesy of Tina Antonio

FPJPM endorses 7 senatorial candidates

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The group, which campaigned for the late actor Fernando Poe Jr for president 9 years ago, is endorsing mostly Sara Duterte's candidates

LA Tenorio adds ‘Letran assistant coach’ to long list of duties

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'It’s fun and very exciting to teach college players. They’re really listening,' says Ginebra star and new Letran deputy LA Tenorio

NEW ROLE. LA Tenorio (right) may have joined the Letran coaching staff, but the PBA veteran says playing for Ginebra is still his priority. Photo from Letran’s Facebook page

Duterte endorses Zamora, Sara backs Estrada in San Juan mayoral race

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:30 AM

So who really is the Duterte administration’s bet?

FATHER’S CHOICE. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora, the rival of his daughter Sara’s bet, Janella Ejercito. Photo from Zamora’s Twitter

Sara Duterte endorses San Juan mayoral bid of Janella Ejercito

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, endorsed the mayoral candidacy of his party mate Francis Zamora. Between father and daughter, whose blessing will sway San Juan voters?

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police investigate killing of bowling gold medalist

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) Bowling coach Angelo Nathaniel Constantino is gunned down in his workplace in Greenhills, San Juan

COACH. Coach Angelo Constantino at the World Bowling Coaching Conference in November 2018. Photo from the Facebook Page of Angelo Constantino

5 killed in Batangas road crash

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Two of the fatalities in the San Juan collision are minors

COLLISION. The crash happens in Barangay Laiya-Aplaya in the town of San Juan, Batangas, on January 4, 2019. Photo by Ylou Dagos/Rappler

Ateneo presidents hit lawmakers for 'railroading' Charter Change process

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 5 Ateneo presidents urge lawmakers to include all sectors in dialogues to establish 'credibility and trust' in federalism debates

APPROVAL. Ateneo presidents slam lawmakers in the House of Representatives for passing the draft federal constitution on final reading with little discussion. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Cops raid shabu lab in North Greenhills

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) The shabu laboratory, discovered in a rented house in the posh San Juan subdivision, is estimated to produce 30 kilos of illegal drugs a week

SHABU LAB. Metro Manila top cop Director Guillermo Eleazar show the media items found in a rented house in North Greenhills, San Juan, that has a shabu laboratory, on December 6, 2018. Photo courtesy of NCRPO

Wreck of Argentine submarine found year after going missing – navy

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Ocean Infinity finds the ARA San Juan in the Atlantic Ocean

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. Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive. Relatives of the missing sailors reacted with grief and anger to the news after holding out hope since the sub was reported overdue at its Mar del Plata base on November 17, two days after the explosion.  / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

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