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Francis Zamora: After 50 years, San Juan gets a new captain

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?

CLEARING. To lead the example PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Elleazar along with San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on July 30, 2019, demolish Community Precinct structures at West Crame in San Juan City per president order to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 women rescued from 'prostitution den' in San Juan

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Authorities turn over the 4 women to the San Juan City Social Welfare and Development Office. Mayor Francis Zamora also orders the closure of the establishment.

RESCUED. The San Juan city government together with the San Juan police raid a 'prostitution den' masquerading as a health spa along Santolan Road in San Juan City on October 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

He says his first 100 days have been 'so far, so good,' but that ghosts of the previous administration remain

100 DAYS. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Congressman Ronnie Zamora, and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr on Friday, September 27, lead the groundbreaking of the 22-story high-rise public housing that will rise along Pinaglaban Street in San Juan City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

Rappler Talk: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora promised a new San Juan after ending the Ejercito-Estrada clan's 50-year rule in the city. How did he fare in his first 100 days?

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

LOOK: San Juan restores Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, the city’s pride

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is digging through the Spanish-era water tunnels under the memorial grounds, and hopes to open it to visitors by early 2020

 PRIDE OF SAN JUAN. The Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine is getting a P50-million makeover, care of the Department of Public Works and Highways and in coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

LOOK: Martha Stewart plants rice, eats pandesal, shops in Greenhills

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Seems like the lifestyle icon is enjoying her stay in the Philippines!

Applying for GSIS loan program now easier for San Juan City gov't workers

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The San Juan City government and the GSIS sign a memorandum of agreement on the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program for city government workers

LOAN FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS. San Juan City government workers may now apply for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program through the GSIS booth at the San Juan City Hall.

Puerto Ricans celebrate after governor says he will resign

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:13 AM

The announcement – which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello put into writing – caps two weeks of popular anger against the 40-year old leader

Demonstrators wave flags as they participate in a march the day after the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello resigned from his charge in San Juan, on July 25, 2019. Puerto Rico's embattled governor announced his resignation late July 24, following two weeks of massive protests triggered by the release of a text exchange in which he and others mocked gay people, women and hurricane victims. "I announce that I will be resigning from the governor's post effective Friday, August 2 at 5 pm," Rossello said, in a video statement posted on the government's Facebook page. Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP

Zamora open to unlocking San Juan's gated subdivisions to public traffic

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:12 AM

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora says he himself lives in a gated subdivision, and he will support the proposal if it will work

SAN JUAN CHIEF. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora hang a no parking sign  in front of the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Thousands join fifth day of protest vs Puerto Rico governor

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:25 AM

To the chant of 'Ricky, renuncia!' (Ricky, resign!) large crowds gather in the capital San Juan for the fifth day clamoring for Governor Ricardo Rossello to leave office – which he is refusing to do

New York, NY - February 3, 2018: Governor of Puerto RIco Ricardo Rossello attends at New York stands with Puerto Rico rally at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the Bronx

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

San Juan City fails to impose P736M in taxes on businesses

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The Commission on Audit says the city treasurer's office under-collects from 8 big corporate taxpayers

LOOK: 22-story condominium for the poor to rise in San Juan City

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The planned in-city relocation will be 22 stories tall, with units to be as big as 36 square meters

San Juan Mayor Zamora laments city’s huge debt

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The Gomez administration turned over P1.3 billion to Zamora, but most of the amount will be used for projects already bidded out by the previous mayor

TRANSPARENCY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora's first executive order aims for more transparency in the city's expenses. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler


Marcelino magic dazzles in Lyceum's opening win over Letran

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Lyceum's standout twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino commandeer the Pirates to a thrilling triumph versus the Knights

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Amid water crisis, San Juan’s Wattah Wattah festival pushes through

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) The San Juan City government pushes through its annual Wattah Wattah festival amid a water supply crisis, but says it reduced the number of water trucks for the celebration

WATTAH WATTAH. Residents of San Juan City on Monday, June 24, 2019, frolic as water from a firetruck is sprinkled on them during the Wattah Wattah Festival in honor of Saint John the Baptist . Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Less water to be used in San Juan's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Less wet, but more tourists for this year's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival in San Juan City

Hundreds of Individuals gather along Sto. Domingo St. in San Juan City on Sunday, June 24, 2018, for a shower of water during the 16th Annual Celebration of the Wattah-Wattah Festival in honor to St. John the Baptist. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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