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Leni Robredo thanks Naga officials for continuing legacy of Jesse

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas mahusay pa sa kaniya, kaya lalong napalawig iyong kaniyang legacy,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Naga officials following the footsteps of her late husband Jesse

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo sepaks during the commemorative program for the 7th death anniversary of her late husband Jesse Robredo held at the Museo ni Jesse Robredo in Naga City on August 18, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Incentives of Didal, Cebuana athletes delayed

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Almost a year after making the country proud in the Asian Games, skateboarding star Margielyn Didal and 3 other Cebuana athletes still await their bonus

GOLDEN. Margielyn Didal emerges as one of the surprise standouts in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from PSC

DOJ starts probe into cops’ alleged role in prosecutor slay

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The family of Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco comes face to face with the accused

SLAIN PROSECUTOR. Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco was shot to death at Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City on May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Velasco family

In Baguio, bonfires and Christmas trees sometimes go together

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Past Christmas trees at the Upper Session Road rotunda were hits and misses. This year's batch have been likened to the iconic Royal Pine car freshener.

COOKIE-CUTTER CHRISTMAS TREE. Workers from the City Buildings and Architecture Office install the Christmas trees on top ofSession Road. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

SC clears the way for 500% hike in property valuation in Quezon City

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) City Administrator Aldrin Cuña says the QC Fair Market Values Ordinance can be implemented 15 working days after the Supreme Court decision

Batang Pinoy postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and host Baguio have moved the 2018 Batang Pinoy opening to September 17

Sara Duterte returns to Japan for urban planning lessons

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and other Davao City officials are in Japan as part of the city government's partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency

JAPAN LESSONS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio heads to a nearby river system in Tokyo, during a visit with other Davao City officials to study Japan's urban planning efforts. Photo courtesy of Councilor Maria Belen Acosta

Quezon City gov't shuts down Dimple Star Bus terminal, ticketing office

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Herbert Bautista says the closure is due to the bus company's non-compliance with the city's business permit requirements

CLOSED. Quezon City Mayor issued a closure order to Dimple Star Bus terminal and ticketing office along EDSA and Araneta Center-Cubao on March 26, 2018. Photo by Fortunato Madamba/Rappler

COA orders Iloilo execs, employees to return P46-M illegal cash perks

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says sourcing part of the cash perks from the city's calamity funds is illegal

Cebu City uses TNVS system to stop misuse of gov't vehicles

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:06 PM

'The days of government employees abusing taxpayer-owned vehicles are finally Uber,' Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña introduces a move to ensure the proper use of government vehicles. Photo from Cebu City PIO

Makati launches digital payments card for gov't transactions, purchases

May 30, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The Makatizen Card launched by the city government in partnership with Globe and iBayad functions as an ATM card and a valid government ID

DIGITAL SWISS KNIFE.  The government of Makati City along with Globe and iBayad launch the all-in-one Makatizen card. Photo from Globe Telecom

QC approves Metro Pacific-led group's waste-to-energy project

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The project can convert Quezon City s municipal solid waste into renewable energy that would be enough to power as many as 90 000 homes

RENEWABLE ENERGY. The unsolicited project involves the construction of an integrated solid waste management facility capable of processing and converting up to 3,000 metric tons per day of Quezon City’s municipal solid waste into 42 megawatts of renewable energy

News Briefs: March 1, 2017

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 1

Kentex fire: Ombudsman wants charges vs Gatchalian reinstated

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Prosecutors say the anti graft court overlooked some facts and circumstances which if taken into account would have led the court to a different conclusion

KENTEX FIRE. Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Part 2: The battle of the land titles

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Two investigations – one in Manila and another in Quantico Virginia – on the documents related to the Ragua heirs land claim in Quezon City yield interesting and possibly far reaching results

CONTESTED PROPERTY? An aerial view of SM North Edsa and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Image from Google Maps

Part 1: 'Rightful' owners of prime lot in QC fight back

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Heirs of the purported owner of the prime lot where SM North EDSA and Trinoma Mall now stand want to get back what they believe to be legally and rightfully theirs

Quezon City to build P100-M hospital for urban poor

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The 100 bed capacity Rosario Maclang General Hospital will be in Barangay Batasan Hills and will mostly cater to residents of the city s second legislative district

RWM collaborates with PAGCOR, DOH, Davao City govm't for world-class rehab center

Dec 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

This will be the first DOH compliant treatment and rehabilitation center in the country and will be built on a 1 9 hectare property in Brgy Malagos Davao City

COA disallows P597M cash aid program of Cebu City gov't

Aug 18, 2016 - 10:37 PM

The audit report released Thursday August 18 says the city government failed to observe the correct procedures for cash grant releases

DOF to file charges vs Laoag treasurer over missing P85-M fund

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Laoag City Treasurer Elena Asuncion has reportedly fled to Hawaii with her city s money The Department of Finance has asked the National Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies to get to the bottom of the case

MISSING FUNDS. Of the over P88 million of the Laoag City government’s funds, only P2.64 million are left in the form of time deposits

'Longest painting' by 6,000 artists finds home in Dapitan

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:11 PM

7 344 meters long Fishes of the Ocean could have held the world record as the longest continuous painting on canvas but it did not receive help from government

LONGEST PAINTING. 77 rolls of canvas bear  'Fishes of the Ocean,' which has been transferred from Quezon City to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Online petition urges Cebu officials to junk coal plant project

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Residents are concerned that the proposed coal plant would harm their health

‘Pedal for the Planet’ at the main Earth Hour switch-off

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Bikes e vehicles renewables plus other low carbon solutions are event highlights

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

University Belt eyed as ‘no-walk zone’ due to Lando

Oct 18, 2015 - 7:56 PM

The Manila City government also turns the Manila Bay area into a ‘no walk zone’ due to Typhoon Lando Koppu

'NO-WALK ZONE.' Filipinos carry their belongings along Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines, on October 18, 2015, as Typhoon Lando (Koppu) slams into the northern Philippines. Manila Bay is eventually declared a 'no-walk zone' due to Lando. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Kids with iPhones got jobs meant for poor students in Pampanga LGU

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Most of the beneficiaries of the special employment program implemented by the San Fernando city government used iPhones and tablets and lived in exclusive subdivisions say state auditors

Art instructor runs for Makati mayor

Oct 13, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Jimmy Jumawan says he has a high regard for suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and vice mayor turned acting mayor Kid Peña

Makati city gov’t starts audit of casual employees

Sep 17, 2015 - 5:28 PM

The Makati Action Center audits more than 1 700 casual workers to investigate the alleged ghost employees

ARE YOU A 'GHOST?' A Makati city hall casual employee is asked to name her direct supervisor and two of her barangay officials. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makati city hall workers to receive cash incentive

Sep 16, 2015 - 6:29 PM

Councilor King Yabut says that acting Mayor Kid Peña unfairly accused the city council of delaying the process to grant the incentive to employees

SALARY BONUS. The cash incentive that Makati city hall workers will be receiving is also mandated by Executive Order No 181. Photo from Wikipedia

An ordinary way to be extraordinary

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Good governance transparency accountability and people empowerment can also turn the whole country into a happy place

LTFRB clarifies Premium Taxi timing, unregistered Uber clampdown

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Neither DOTC nor LTFRB owns Premium Taxis We just regulate them LTFRB chief Winston Ginez clarifies

MISINFORMED. There has been confused social media outrage on the timing of Premium Taxi category public consultation and scheduled unregistered Uber, GrabCar clampdown, LTFRB's Winston Ginez says. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Korean wind tower to rise in Catbalogan

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The proposed wind tower according to ODIN Energy is about 11 story building with a minimum ground floor area of 113 square meters

SOON TO RISE. The proposed wind tower is seen to generate four times more energy compared to the traditional ones. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Gerry Limlingan: 'I'm not Binay's henchman'

May 22, 2015 - 10:26 AM

The financial adviser of Vice President Jejomar Binay insists that he and his brother are legitimate businessmen not involved in any irregular activities

Planned 'green' school to worsen Katipunan Ave traffic?

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:52 AM

The jam packed road already home to 3 major schools will soon have another school residents fear will only worsen traffic congestion

Oil price hike, logistics fears over Pandacan depot move

Nov 26, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla discusses possible repercussions of the Supreme Court decision

SC orders transfer of Pandacan oil depot

Nov 25, 2014 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED Resolving an issue that 3 administrations failed to address for more than a decade the court gives oil companies 45 days to submit a comprehensive plan and relocated within 6 months

CONTROVERSIAL DEPOT. Energy officials and oil company workers inspect a biodiesel overhead tank inside the Pandacan Oil depot. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Ebeng Baloloy: Binay’s Girl Friday

Nov 08, 2014 - 8:58 PM

Binay s most trusted aide Ebeng Baloloy is likely to bring Binay s secrets to her grave

NCR local governments: How much they spend to be online

Oct 14, 2014 - 8:25 PM

The Internet bills of the 16 cities and one municipality of Metro Manila range from P7 000 plus a year to almost P11 million according to state audit reports for 2013

Binay's 'dear friend' got P1.3B contracts in 4 years

Oct 11, 2014 - 7:54 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] Vice President Jejomar Binay s close associate Gerry Limlingan has been allegedly monopolizing security and janitorial services in the city of Makati

Lost and found in Valenzuela

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:40 PM

What happens when one is forced to choose between an abusive home or a life in the streets? LGUs must step up to intervene Here s what Valenzuela City is doing

iMove for 2015: Fighting hunger, injustice, and beyond

Aug 21, 2014 - 6:24 PM

How can Filipinos move toward a better 2015 and beyond?

MOVE. A network of Filipino advocates are calling on leaders and citizens to 'move' for a better 2015. Image from ShutterStock

Manila invites monks to pray for killed Luneta hostages

Aug 07, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Buddhist monks will pray at the Quirino Grandstand – the site of the hostage drama – for 12 hours on August 9 for the victims and for the greater good of the Philippines

Lessons from Quezon City's flood drills

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Are you living in flood prone areas? Here s what you need to know

ON THE GO. The emergency aid team in action

Erap to oil firms: Shut down Pandacan depot by 2016

Apr 03, 2014 - 9:16 PM

Doing what mayors before him failed to do Mayor Estrada tells Chevron Petron and Shell to clear the oil depot by January 31 2016

Erap sings to sister city: I left my heart in San Francisco

Feb 19, 2014 - 8:42 PM

Edwin Lee the first Asian American elected mayor of San Francisco in California visits sister city of Manila for the first time – and is charmed by its famous mayor

Former QC Mayor Mel Mathay dies at 81

Dec 25, 2013 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The former 3 term Quezon City mayor dies from sudden cardiac arrest

Photo from Mayor Mel Mathay Facebook page

Aquino visits ComVal, Zambo, Leyte

Dec 22, 2013 - 4:02 PM

Three days before Christmas President Aquino visits areas previously stricken by disaster and conflict to check on the progress of rehabilitation

An immigrant's take on the Rob Ford saga

Nov 14, 2013 - 6:13 AM

I thought I had seen it all when it came to politics I certainly didn t expect a crack cocaine smoking arrogant pathological liar of a mayor Not in Toronto the good Not in Canada

Ayala vows to make Pasay PH's 'most modern' city

Oct 30, 2013 - 11:17 PM

Ayala Land adds spice to its proposal to Pasay City challenging rival SM Land in the Manila Bay reclamation project