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MRT3 operations stalled after man falls on tracks

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'At 12:16 pm today, a street vagrant jumped over and fell at the interstation of tracks of Buendia and Ayala,' says MRT3, prompting it to limit operations to just between North Avenue and Shaw Boulevard for over two hours

TRAIN MOVEMENT STALLED. A man jumped and fell to his death on the MRT3 tracks between Buendia and Ayala stations. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 begins trial run of Dalian train

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The 3-coach train will run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm beginning Tuesday, October 15, until November

NEXT DEPLOYMENT. The last Dalian train set to ply the MRT3 tracks was deployed in January 2019. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

LTFRB to demand bus companies to assist LRT2 passengers

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Of the 109 city buses which committed to the augmentation initiative, only 69 have been fielded as of October 9

MORE BUSES NEEDED. Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento urged bus companies to do their part in augmenting the demand for alternative modes of transport to the LRT2, saying it is their duty to serve the public. Photo from MMDA

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 can resume partial operations since safety checks and test runs are completed

PARTIAL OPERATIONS. After suspending operations for 5 days, the LRT2 will resume partial operations on Tuesday, October 8. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Albayalde vows a cleaner police force with police training institute

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'The PNP will see to it that the NPTI will produce only ideal police officers and men and specifically, those who have the moral fiber not to engage in illegal activities,' says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

CLEANER POLICE FORCE. PNPA Homecoming on March 17,2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LRT2 operations remain suspended on October 7

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Safety checks for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 are not yet done

STILL ON HOLD. Commuters will be braving the Monday traffic without the option of taking the LRT2, since partial operations will not resume on October 7. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

LRT2 stops operations from Santolan to Anonas for 'maximum of 9 months'

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says the needed repairs on the damaged substations require 'a highly technical intervention'

NINE MONTHS. Commuters coming from Santolan to Anonas will need to use an alternate mode of transportation aside from the LRT2 in the next nine months. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: 'Think out of the box'

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles

BUSINESS COACHES. Would you pay P300 for a guaranteed space in the MRT3? File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Still no LRT2 operations on October 4

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Because of 'several technical and safety concerns,' the Light Rail Transit Authority says there will still be no LRT2 train service .

OPERATIONS STOPPED. The LRT2 will not be resuming operations until after Friday, October 4, due to several technical and safety concerns. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Overhaul overdue: Daily maintenance fails to prevent MRT3 short circuit

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:16 PM

A joint investigation by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, DOTr, and MRT management shows what caused the September 6 stoppage of the trains

EFFECTIVE TRAIN PREP? An overhead catenary cable was cut due to a short circuit in a train's electrical box, which can happen even with daily train preparation and preventive maintenance. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Train derails in Hong Kong during rush hour

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) MTR suspends subway services between two stations on the line. Intercity services to mainland Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Dongguan and Beijing are canceled for the day.

DERAILED. Rescue workers investigate the scene of a passenger train that derailed during the rush hour outside Hung Hom railway station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

‘Walang pagbabago’: Long lines ensue after MRT-3 breaks down

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Netizens suggest possible solutions to the public transportation crisis as the MRT break downs for almost a full day

A COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE. An ordeal that every commuter faces as MRT-3 breaks down.

1 dead, 30 hurt as train, truck collide near Tokyo

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) The crash derails the train's front carriage and pins the truck to a wall

CRASH. Rescue team work at the crash site, where a train is derailed after a collision with a truck at a crossing in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 5, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension's foundation begins

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation starts piling works at the planned Dr Santos Station in Parañaque City as September 2019 begins

After 19 years of waiting, piling works for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension have finally started yesterday, September 1. Photo from the Department of Transportation

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mandatory ROTC? Fix K to 12 program first, netizens say

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Do you agree with lawmakers that making ROTC mandatory would instill a sense of nationalism and patriotism into the Filipino youth?

Gatchalian says ROTC bill to cost gov't P38 billion a year if passed

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the proposed Reserve Officers' Training Corps bill would cost the government nearly as much as the free tuition law

NOT CHUMP CHANGE. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that the estimated amount for the ROTC bill is as expensive as the free tuition law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa flares up at activist during ROTC hearing

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The senator flies into a rage when a youth activist contrasted the possible release of rape-murder convict Antonio Sanchez, with killings in the war on drugs

UPSET. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa after the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture hearing on the ROTC Act for Senior High School on August 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on mandatory ROTC

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:06 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to ensure the passage of a bill that would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for senior high school students

WATCH: This is what it takes to be a UP Fighting Maroon

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how a high-performance basketball team like the UP Fighting Maroons grind it out in practice

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray gives back during latest visit to the Philippines

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Catriona spends time with the kids of Smile Train and is the guest of the Philippine Army

Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray visits the Philippine Band of Mercy Medical Facility in Quezon City to offer support for children in need of medical assistance. A one year old Cedric Antonio will undergo an procedure to correct his cleft lip. Cedric along with his parents are being assisted by the PBM foundation with the help of donors from different organizations like the Miss Universe Organization as represented by Ms Catriona Gray. August 16, 2019--  Maria Tan

'Ridelihood' launched to train motorcycle couriers for free

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The first batch of riders will be trained on Sunday, August 18

House panel OKs Trabaho bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda is expected to sponsor the Trabaho bill for 2nd reading on the same day his panel approves it

BUSINESSES. The Trabaho bill aims to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Aug 12, 2019 - 4:12 PM

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Philippines captures 189 medals in Singapore math contest

Aug 05, 2019 - 6:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine delegation wins 27 gold, 54 silver, and 108 bronze medals at the 15th International Mathematics Contest recently held in Singapore

Filipino gold medalists display the Philippine flag at the awarding ceremony of the 15th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) in Singapore. Photo by MTG

Fare for Makati subway will be more expensive than MRT, LRT

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:19 PM

(UPDATED) Infradev Holdings president and CEO Antonio Tiu says passengers will need to pay up to 25% more

Imee Marcos says she is against mandatory ROTC

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'You don’t need to be a soldier to show your love for the country. There are other ways,' the neophyte senator says

Neophyte senator Imee Marcos faces the media at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado on July 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 children, adult killed in France train-car crash – mayor

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The train linking the city of Reims with Epernay crashed into the car, which appears to have driven into the level crossing when the barrier was closed

CRASH. French gendarmes and firefighters stand at a level crossing on July 15, 2019, after a car and a TER regional express train crashed at the exit of the train station in Avenay-Val-d'Or, near Reims, northeastern France. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/AFP

Pakistan train collision kills 11, injures 78

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The incident takes place in Rahim yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rams into a goods train that stopped at a crossing, a senior government official says

First Filipino Sign Language training held for health workers in Calabarzon

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The training aims to equip health workers with the tools to communicate with patients who have hearing impairment

Photo from DOH Calabarzon

DepEd supports mandatory ROTC – Briones

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:53 PM

‘When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor through bombing, and then the Philippines was next, the first line of defense were the young ROTC graduates while our military forces were yet to be mobilized,’ says the education secretary

CADETS IN FORMATION. Competing cadets in the Ultimate ROTC Challenge 2018 attend the opening ceremony prior to the start of their respective events. Photo by the DND

Senate: No time left to pass mandatory ROTC bill despite Malacañang urgency

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:36 PM

'There is nothing in the certification which would shorten the debate on any measure,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

THE BUDGET IMPASSE IS OVER: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III signs the P3.767 trillion national budget for 2019 “with strong reservations,” paving the way for the transmittal of the enrolled bill to Malacañang. Accompanying Sotto are (from left): Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri. In his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Sotto sought for the disapproval of P75 billion in realignments made by the House of Representatives after the ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on the measure. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/26 March 2019)

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on mandatory ROTC

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte certifies Senate Bill No. 2232 as urgent, saying mandatory ROTC for Grade 11 and 12 students is needed to 'invigorate' the youth's 'sense of nationalism'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media after casting his vote for the midterm elections at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pagbebrainwash at pagkukorap ng kabataan ang ROTC

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Sa kagustuhang maaagang makontrol ang isip ng kabataan, ipapataw ang isang programang lumalabag sa karapatang pantao ng mga bata

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House approves bill requiring ROTC for Grades 11, 12

May 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for both male and female senior high school students

SOON TO BE REQUIRED FOR SHS? A soldier of the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army instructs an ROTC cadet officer on the finer points of the M16 rifle. Photo from Wikipedia

Manila Water interruptions set May 24-25 due to MRT7 construction

May 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Water says 20 barangays in Quezon City will have no water for 10 hours from Friday to Saturday, May 24 to 25

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension 'full steam ahead'

May 07, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The first 5 stations of the LRT1 Cavite extension are expected to begin operations by the 4th quarter of 2021

Photo from DOTr

[ANALYSIS] How the TRAIN law worsened poverty, inequality

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward

Philippines' first hybrid train makes inaugural run

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Rides start on May 6

11 go on trial for Saint Petersburg train bombing

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Ten of the defendants are alleged to have acted as the bomber's accomplices, including by providing him with explosives and false documents

TRIAL. Eleven people accused of taking part in the 2017 terrorist attack on the Saint Petersburg metro are seen inside of a defendants' cage during a court hearing at the Leningrad District Military Court in Saint Petersburg on April 2, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

LRT2, MRT3 give free rides to war veterans from April 5 to 11

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The free ride is also valid for one companion

FREE RIDES. The Light Rail Transit Authority and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will give free rides to Filipino war veterans.

LRT1 lifts ban on liquids

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation removes the ban on bottled water and drinks inside the Light Rail Transit Line 1 stations effective April 2

LIFTED. The ban on liquids inside the LRT1 is now lifted. Shutterstock photo

In Cebu, Serge Osmeña hits part of TRAIN law before Angara

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III says he will move to scrap the fuel excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LRT Lines 1 and 2, meanwhile, will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

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Mar 13, 2019 - 1:32 PM

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As fuel prices rise, Angara says TRAIN law 'benefitted millions of families'

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'Siyempre gustong gamitin yan ng ibang partido o indibidwal for political benefit,' says reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler