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Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

Joy Belmonte asks council for P27 billion for 2020

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Belmonte's proposal is 30% higher than this year's budget, which she plans to fund building new houses for the poor, new classrooms, night market venues, and walkable sidewalks

MORE IN STORE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte laid out several proposals in line with traffic and transport management, social services, automation of process and more for her constituents. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: QC Mayor Joy Belmonte's first 100 days

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Belmonte cites improved delivery of social services and ease of doing business in her first 3 months in office

100 DAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte delivers her first State of the City Address on October 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

Guess who's on Viber?

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Because metro woes are overwhelming

METRO WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte join the panel discussion on making the metro more livable during the 2019 Social Good Summit at the Yuchengco Hall in DLSU on Sept 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Belmonte leads demolition of QC police precinct

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Primary roads, secondary roads, and Mabuhay lanes in Quezon City are now 95% cleared

NO EXCEPTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the demolition of La Loma police community precinct 1 on Tuesday, September 24. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

#2030Now: To make metro areas more livable, mayors need urban planners

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Aside from a rail-based mass transport system, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren also points out the need for pedestrian systems

HIRE URBAN PLANNERS. Practicing urban design consultant Paulo Alcazaren believes traffic is not the problem, rather, it is the lack of an integrated, comprehensive mass transport system. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte, Moreno asked: Does Metro Manila need an elected governor?

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The MMDA chairman is a presidential appointee who coordinates with 17 elected metro mayors

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pangilinan, Belmonte stay on as LP leaders

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:30 PM

It takes the Liberal Party's leadership 4 months to issue the resolution affirming support for two of its key leaders who wanted to resign after the May elections

STILL TRUSTED. LP president Kiko Pangilinan (R) and secretary-general Kit Belmonte (L) will get to retain their posts in the once-ruling party.

On 11th week as mayor, Joy Belmonte visits London for panel on HIV

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Meanwhile, issues regarding the demolition of illegal security structures await Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte back home

LONE ASIAN MAYOR. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte speaks at the Fast-Track Cities 2019 Conference as the only Asian mayor selected for the high-level panel. Photo from Joy Belmonte's FB

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Despite its reputation for being a land of employment, Metro Manila continues to register one of the highest unemployment rates in the Philippines

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Belmonte backs renaming La Mesa Ecopark after Gina Lopez

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Quezon City mayor recalls her last team-up with the late environmentalist: the rehabilitation of the Salam Compound in Barangay Culiat into a tourist destination

GINA LOPEZ ECOPARK. Environmentalists called to rename the La Mesa Ecopark after Lopez to honor her legacy. Photo grabbed from Joy Belmonte's FB page

Belmonte to probe QC official's relative nabbed at city hall for alleged extortion

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The relative is allegedly caught receiving Php175,000 from an establishment inside an office at city hall

CITY HALL ENTRAPMENT. Mayor Joy Belmonte says there is no space in QC for corruption and taking advantage of other people. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Quezon City's quick response programs in the spotlight on Joy Belmonte's 9th week

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Preemptive disaster response measures save the city from massive flooding

ONE STEP AHEAD. QC Mayor Joy Belmonte oversaw declogging operations and vendor registration on the week of August 26-30. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

'Walang maiiwan': Belmonte addresses QC displacement, traffic, and health in the week of Aug 19-23

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte makes clearing operations sustainable by relocating displaced vendors and barangay halls, allocating more buses, and possibly opening up more tricycle routes

LAHAT UUNLAD. On the week of August 19-23, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte addressed displaced vendors and commuters, among others. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Preemptive measures 'spared QC from Ineng floods' – city gov't

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Dredging and declogging activities ordered by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte 'facilitated the speedy flow of rainwater in QC's drainage system,' says a city official

DECLOGGING. Quezon City's DRRMO says pre-emptive dredging and declogging saved the city from Saturday floods. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

QC eyes lease of national gov't properties for displaced vendors, barangay halls

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says the National Housing Authority, for example, can help by leasing out its unused properties so the city can build markets for former sidewalk vendors

LEASE UNUSED PROPERTIES. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte asks national government agencies to allow them to facilities in their unused properties to accommodate those displaced by clearing operations. Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Joy Belmonte condemns Cubao mall's disregard of QC Gender Fair ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

This comes after the Farmer's Market mall in the Araneta Center blocked trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez from using the women's restroom

FIRM STAND. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte condemns the discrimination gainst Gretchen Custodio Diez. Photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Joy Belmonte: Who's 'private organizer' collecting fees from vendors?

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) 200 vendors pay at least P480,000 a month to a company whose administrator could not present a contract nor an updated business permit

ILLEGAL. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte discovers that a private 'organizer' has been collecting fees from vendors under the Luzon flyover without a contract with city hall. Photo from the QC Public Affairs Department

Belmonte defends opposition: Speaking the truth is not sedition

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Last I checked, ang katotohanan ay katotohanan pa rin, at hindi inciting to sedition,' says Liberal Party secretary-general and House Deputy Minority Leader Kit Belmonte

TRUTH NOT SEDITION. Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte defends Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition figures against the sedition complaint filed against them. File photo from Robredo's Facebook page

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

Joy Belmonte won’t entertain endorsement letters for QC employees’ promotion

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'Lahat po ng gustong magpa-promote o ma-promote, ‘wag po kayong magdala ng recommendation letter sa padrino ‘nyo, at hindi na po kayo mapro-promote kahit sino pa man ang padrino mo,' the Quezon City Mayor announces at a meeting

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte addresses the city's Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council on July 19, 2019. Photo from the Quezon City Public Affairs Office Facebook page

Megaworld subsidiary to open 2nd hotel in Boracay

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Housing 442 rooms, the Belmont Hotel Boracay will be opening its doors to tourists in August 2019

Photo from Megaworld Corporation

[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

Joy Belmonte creates solid waste collection task force in QC

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte also travels to New York to attend the Mayors Migration Council

THE MAYOR. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte takes her oath on June 30 2019. File photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

‘Paano ginagastos ang pera ng siyudad?’: QC to do internal audit

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The order comes days after Belmonte delivered her inaugural speech, where she clarified former mayor Herbert Bautista's claim that he left behind P26 billion

TRANSPARENCY. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte joins Vice Mayor Gian Sotto and city hall staff during the flag raising ceremony on July 8, 2019, where her first executive order on forming an Internal Audit Service unit was announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Young metro mayors challenged to make every day World Bike to Work Day

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities urges the mayors to make a plan of cooperation linking Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, and Manila via protected bicycle lanes

CHALLENGE. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities participates in a World Bicycle Day event organized by Manila Moves and other groups in Ortigas on June 3, 2019. The think tank calls for elected young mayors in Metro Manila to make their cities friendly for bike commuters. All photos by AC Dimatatac

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

'Expect tyranny' in House with only 18 elected LP representatives – Kit Belmonte

May 15, 2019 - 7:55 PM

But while the Liberal Party is part of the opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte, its legislators once forged an alliance with the ruling PDP-Laban

LIBERALS. LP lawmakers pose for a picture back when they were trying to lay claim over the House minority bloc in 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Joy Belmonte is next mayor of Quezon City

May 14, 2019 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban endorsed her rival, Bingbong Crisologo, but Joy Belmonte had the backing of outgoing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and the block-voting Iglesia ni Cristo

VICTORY. Quezon City mayoralty candidate Joy Belmonte at the miting de avance of Serbisyong Bayan Party on May 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers, House staff honor ‘the wonderful life’ of Prospero Nograles

May 07, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The closest friends and colleagues of the country's first Mindanaoan speaker remember his closeness to the House staff and his love for the song, 'What a Wonderful World'

TRIBUTE. The House of Representatives holds a Requim Mass and necrological service for the late speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on May 7, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The heat is on for local races

Mar 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Local candidates in Metro Manila sweat it out on the first day of their campaign

ALL-IN. Volunteers hoist political campaign posters in Manila on March 29, 2019, the start of the campaign period for local seats for the May 13 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-LP member Joy Belmonte woos coveted Duterte vote

Mar 30, 2019 - 2:35 PM

But ruling party PDP-Laban chooses to endorse Joy Belmonte's opponent, Bingbong Crisologo, for Quezon City mayor

Serbisyo ng Bayan Party kicked off its election campaign by presenting its complete slate in all of the 6 districts in Quezon City in a big meeting de avance style rally held at the Tandang Sora market in Quezon City. Headed by QC Mayoralty candidate Joy Belmonte and Vice Mayorralty Gian Sotto, they presented their platforms for governance if elected. Endorsed ny Mayor Herbert Bautista and Senate President Tito Sotto, the local candidates raised hands and culminated with a shower of confetti to he crowds cheering. March 29, 2019  Photo by Maria Tan

Tales of 3 cities: family feuds, blurred lines and old vs new

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Sibling rivalry in Makati, challenging a 50 year old dynasty in San Juan and the Belmontes go after Duterte loyalists

Mangudadatu blames Joy Belmonte for his missing photo in campaign display

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) The vice mayor of Quezon City – who is running for mayor against Mangudadatu's friend – denies a hand in the incident, saying the photo for the display was provided by Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Rep. Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu of 2nd District of Maguindanao at a Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, on Friday, August 24, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

QC vice mayor Belmonte files libel complaint vs former gov't officials

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says ex-PCSO chief Manuel Morato and ex-Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Lagdameo maliciously wrote about a case already dismissed by the justice department

COMPLAINT. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte formally complains about an allegedly libelous article written about her by Manuel Morato and Antonio Lagdameo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure

'CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE.' Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara plays a Whitney Houston song to explain her no vote for HB 8858. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

'Pinakawalanghiya': Opposition hits House's draft charter

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'

OPPOSITION VS CHA-CHA. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Ariel Casilao are against the House's draft federal charter.

LOOK: Quezon City congressman Sonny Belmonte resigns from LP

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The 3rd-term congressman, who was House Speaker during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, says he is preparing for a 'quiet retirement' from politics

RETIRING SOON. Veteran politician Sonny Belmonte resigns from the Liberal Party, of which he is a member since 2009. Screenshot from Rappler

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

Baby Arenas is new Batanes caretaker in House

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Deputy Speaker Baby Arenas is replacing Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr as caretaker of the lone district of Batanes

BATANES CARETAKER. Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Baby Arenas is the new caretaker of Batanes. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Jail time now also possible for former mutineers turned Duterte appointees

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte, ex-lawyer of Magdalo, delivers a privilege speech condemning the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

GRANTED AMNESTY. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte was a former lawyer for the Magdalo party. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Top US college tennis coaches to visit Manila

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Young Filipino tennis players get a shot at bringing their talents overseas

EXPOSURE CAMP. Young tennis players get to find out about US college tennis, recruitment process and opportunities, and university admission tips. Photo from AddedSport

Erap Estrada is richest Metro Manila mayor in 2017

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Meanwhile, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is the wealthiest vice mayor in Metro Manila, according to their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

MAYOR ERAP. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the wealthiest mayor in Metro Manila in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler