Honesty prevails as parking boy returns cash to owner

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Andrey Macabuhay returns P7 000 to owner Dindo Lorenzo who dropped the bundle of money at a parking lot

HONEST BOY. Andrey Macabuhay is now famous as the "honest parking boy" from Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Dindo Lorenzo

Families in Bulacan helpless, scared in continuing drug war

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Some residents live in fear as police allegedly continue to plant evidence on some drug suspects to justify their arrest and detention

The death of policing as a profession in the Philippines

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM

While we cannot begrudge the intentions of the President a drug free and crime free Philippines he has transformed the police into the biggest criminal institution in the Philippines

Nothing reckless in massive Bulacan, Manila drug raids – Malacañang

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The Palace calls the death of a Grade 11 student during a Caloocan drug raid an isolated case

NAKPhilippines and the Baclaran Redemptorist Community on Novermber 23, 2016, led the National Day of Prayer and Solidarity for the Victims of Extrajudicial Killings and Their Families. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 18, 2017

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

'TERRORIST ATTACK.' Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Robredo urges public to express outrage vs deadly drug raids

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Vice President says a culture of impunity should not exist: Hindi naman tayo ganyan eh Hindi naman tayo ito

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Malacañang vows 'fair and impartial' probe into deadly Bulacan raids

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Malacañang makes the promise a day after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that future police operations would yield the same results

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella fields questions at a Palace news briefing. Malacanang file photo

Duterte on deadly Bulacan drug raids: 'Maganda 'yun'

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte also says he wants to investigate human rights groups for conspiracy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in illegal drugs in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

32 dead, 107 arrested in Bulacan 'one-time, big-time' operation

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Aside from the casualties and detentions police seize 230 grams of suspected crystal meth or shabu and 765 grams of marijuana leaves

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators enter a home after police conduct a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Providing medical services for relocated informal settlers

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Only around three small operational medical facilities exist in Towerville San Jose Del Monte Bulacan

TOWERVILLE. JCI Manila and other partner groups help renovate one of the three medical facilities in Towerville, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Robin Garcia

Bulacan congresswoman is new deputy speaker for Central Luzon

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Representative Linabelle Villarica in turn will be replaced by Isabela 2nd District Representative Ana Go as chairperson of the House foreign affairs committee

REPLACEMENT. Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica is elected Deputy Speaker for Center Luzon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She replaces Pampanga 2nd District Representative and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was stripped of the post after voting against the death penalty bill. Rappler file photo

#SharePH: Life in different parts of the Philippines

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

People of Zambales prefer to sleep by the shore because their cottages are for rent They would sacrifice comfortable sleep to earn money and accommodate more tourists

DOJ offers witness protection to father of Bulacan massacre victims

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Once admitted into the state s Witness Protection Program Dexter Carlos will also get shelter and livelihood assistance

WITNESS BENEFITS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II meets with Dexter Carlos on July 6, 2017 for his admission into the Witness Protection Program (WPP). Photo courtesy of DOJ

Police in Bulacan massacre go for bankrupt narrative about drugs

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The police follow President Duterte s reasoning about the depravity of drug addicts except the suspect in this horrific crime tests negative for drugs

Police nab lone suspect in massacre of 5 in Bulacan

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:17 PM

After forcing his way into the victims house the suspect stabs to death Auring Dizon 58; her daughter Estrella Dizon 28; and Estrella’s children – Donnie 11; Ella 7; and Dexter Jr one year old

MAP: Where are the unoccupied housing sites for police and soldiers?

May 30, 2017 - 9:05 PM

76 housing sites have been built for the police and the military across the Philippines but they have an occupancy rate of only 13

NHA denies substandard materials used for housing units

May 30, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The National Housing Authority says construction defects and maintenance issues not substandard materials are to blame for poor facilities in housing units

NOT SUBSTANDARD. NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says poor facilities in resettlement sites are due to construction defects and not substandard materials. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

Kadamay takeover poses threats to security, democracy – Alejano

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:57 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claims Kadamay set up checkpoints inside the government housing project in Bulacan making it difficult for beneficiaries and local officials to enter the premises

KADAMAY THREAT? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano joins other lawmakers in a press conference after inspecting NHA housing sites in Pandi, Bulacan a few weeks after thousands of Kadamay on April 25. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

VLOG: Inside a housing unit in Pandi, Bulacan

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The National Housing Authority says a housing unit s land area is 40 square meters while the floor area of the house is 20 square meters

Members of Kadamay will now enjoy living at the government low cost housing they occupied in Pandi, Bulacan the after president Rody Duterte announce Tuesday, at the Philippine Army anniversary to award the to Kadamay members. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bulacan housing payments drop after Kadamay takeover

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:31 PM

Housing officials tell lawmakers some residents refuse to pay the P200 monthly amortisation in Pandi town since Kadamay members are living there for free

GOVERNMENT HOUSING. People go about their day at a governrment housing site in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Job, livelihood fair set for NHA beneficiaries

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The special fair will be conducted in Metro Manila Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog from May 9 to 11

KADAMAY. Members of urban poor group Kadamay in a resettlement site in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't employees, informal settlers to get idle PNP, AFP houses – NHA

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:21 PM

The National Housing Authority asks Congress to approve the re awarding of more than 55 000 idle houses as these were specifically meant for cops and soldiers under the law

RE-AWARDING. NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says idle housing units for the PNP and AFP personnel will be given to government employees such as public school teachers and municipal and barangay employees. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Bulacan informal settlers urge NHA to approve housing applications

Apr 17, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Members of Partido Manggagawa in Bulacan say their applications have been pending with the National Housing Authority for two years and counting

LEGITIMATE. Informal settlers in Bulacan urge the National Housing Authority to approve their application that has been pending since April, 2015. Photo from Partido Manggagawa

News Briefs: April 7, 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday April 7

Sueno, Kadamay, immigration officers | Evening wRap

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte lets Kadamay have Bulacan housing units

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

The President promises cops and soldiers that he will personally supervise a new housing project for them in exchange for the units to be given to Kadamay

PROMISE TO SOLDIERS. President Rodrigo Duterte promises soldiers he will give them bigger houses in exchange for the homes to be given to Kadamay. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Why P600-a-month housing is still a burden to the poor

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Poor families look forward to moving to their government subsidized homes only to realize it s a burden

RESETTLEMENT. A housing project of the National Housing Authority in Caloocan City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Plaridel Bypass Road ready by end-2017 or early 2018

Feb 23, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Construction is ongoing for Phase II of the Plaridel Bypass Road which will link Central Luzon provinces to the North Luzon Expressway cutting travel time by up to 50 minutes

ARTERIAL ROAD. The DPWH shows the progress on the construction of the Plaridel Bypass Road. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

2 dead, 24 hurt in Philippine fireworks blaze

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The fire sets off a series of explosions at a strip of shops that overturned a truck and badly damaged 3 other vehicles on a major road in Bocaue

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze that broke out at a fireworks warehouse in Bocaue, Bulacan, October 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

80% of housing for military, police at Bulacan site left unoccupied

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Only 800 out of 4 000 housing units for the military and the police in Bocaue Bulacan are occupied Residents also report problems with utilities at the housing site

IDLE. Thousands of idle NHA houses were found in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

8990 Holdings to build 14-hectare residential dev't in Bulacan

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The mass housing developer says the residential development will have a mix of townhouse units and medium rise buildings

MASS HOUSING. Under the plan, a total of 819 townhouse units will be developed, while there will be 28 medium-rise buildings offering a total of 3,788 units.

Special holidays in 5 areas in August, September – Malacañang

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Presidential proclamations 26 to 30 declare non working holidays in Davao City Digos City Bulacan Los Baños and Tacurong City

San Miguel buys out partner in $1.6B MRT7 project

Jul 05, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A 100 million deal results in San Miguel owning 100 of the company which will design construct and complete the MRT7

POSSIBLE DELAYS? Ramon Ang (beside former President Benigno Aquino III) says the transportation department has not fully delivered right of way yet. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PBA legend Vergel Meneses loses vice mayoral bid in Bulacan

May 10, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Meneses an independent candidate loses to incumbent Vice Mayor Berting Bituin

#PHVoteWatch: Luck to decide new Bocaue mayor

May 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Joni Villanueva wins the coin toss for the mayoral post in Bocaue Bulacan

Mayoral bets Joni Jjv Villanueva and Kuya Jim Valerio are both tied on top spot with 16,694 votes each. Photos from Villanueva's and Valerio's Facebook pages

#RescueMarch 2016: Responders go the distance to save lives

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Some 700 disaster responders and uniformed men walk from the Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall to Fort Bonifacio to prepare for the worse case scenario in case the West Valley Fault System moves

Miriam Santiago vows to elevate discourse in last presidential debate

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:06 PM

She says presidential candidates should focus on discussing where to get funding for their promises

SHE'S BACK. Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago speaks before graduates of Bulacan State University on Monday, April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

San Miguel Corp forms new company for MRT7

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This company will be in charge of developing the long delayed MRT7 which will run from Quezon City to Bulacan

DELAYS. After MRT7 construction snagged an over 7-year delay due to stalled financial closure and change in terms of the deal, it faces another issue: right-of-way acquisition

3 Bulacan gubernatorial bets face off in university forum

Apr 03, 2016 - 2:52 PM

The forum however suffered from technical problems making the speeches of the candidates incomprehensible

Bulacan gubernatorial candidates (L to R) Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, San Miguel Mayor Roderick Tiongson and former Gov. Josefina Dela Cruz wait for the forum to start. Photo by Jun A. Malig

Binay begins 2-day campaign in vote-rich Bulacan

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:11 PM

Vice president Jejomar Binay beat Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas in Bulacan in 2010

Binay: No more gov’t underspending to raise village execs’ pay

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Supporters of Vice President Jejomar Binay believe he will win big in vote rich Bulacan the home province of his wife

BULACAN SORTIE. Vice President Jejomar Binay addresses supporters at the the San Rafael Municipal Gymnasium in San Rafael, Bulacan, on March 3, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

In Bulacan LP sortie, Balay and Samar 'collide'

Feb 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The presence of Cabinet chiefs in LP political rallies is nothing new But Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr is not associated with the pro Roxas Balay group

BULACAN SORTIE.President Benigno S. Aquino III, Liberal Party chairman, addresses local leaders at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City, Bulacan on February 23, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Roxas: 30 years after dictatorship, why go back?

Feb 24, 2016 - 8:15 AM

During a campaign sortie in vote rich Bulacan LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II warns against the danger of veering away from Daang Matuwid

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos (far left) joins his father Ferdinand Marcos who took his oath of office as Philippine President in ceremonies at Malacanang Palace on Feb. 25, 1986.

After 2 years, Bulacan forest guards paid for a year of work

Feb 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

The MWSS finally pays forest guards whose role is to protect a watershed crucial for Metro Manila s water needs

KEEPING COUNT. Forest guard leader Manny Cruz receives his long overdue salary from MWSS on February 23, 2016. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Hope for 2016, Reporters Without Borders, Iraq vs ISIS | 6PM wRap

Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Court rejects bail for Jovito Palparan

Dec 14, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Citing strong evidence against him a Malolos court denies the bail petition of retired Major General Jovito Palparan who is running for senator

ON TRIAL. Palparan at a DOJ hearing on 07 July 2011. Photo by Geloy Concepcion

Who is running in Central Luzon | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Central Luzon

The first trip

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:35 PM

On Bus 137 the journey is long enough for making new friends