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MMDA, Caloocan City Hall tear down 2 barangay halls

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Caloocan City officials demolish a pair of barangay offices built on sidewalks

DEMOLITION. A Caloocan barangay is torn down. Photos from Caloocan PIO

SC rules against Manila gov't in expropriation case

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:14 PM

The SC says that while housing is 'one of the most serious social problems” that the Manila city government needs to address, LGUs don’t have 'unbridled authority' to exercise its power to solve this problem

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Metro Manila road reblocking and repair: June 29 to July 2

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Here's a list of roads in Quezon City, Manila, and Pasig that will be affected by the road reblocking and repair this weekend

BUMPER-TO-BUMPER traffic along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

WATCH: Nanay Ely, the 82-year-old crocheter of Tayuman

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Nanay Ely is just one of thousands of Filipino indigent seniors who continue to work to make ends meet

PAGASA on Metro Manila class suspensions: Don't compare cities

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Hindi naman dapat ikumpara eh Sa atin kasi nagsisisihan tayo says PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano on the Quezon City WalangPasok issue

Residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, wade the knee-deep flood in Veterans Village Thursday, brought by Habagat southwest monsoon, while Tropical Storm "Gorio" was estimated at 595 km East Norteast of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum sustained wind of 85km/h and gustiness of up to 105 km/h. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

Manila police nab 3 suspects in Quiapo blast

May 31, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Halid Macatanong who is suspected of setting off the second bomb in Quiapo on May 6 is arrested in Subic Freeport in Zambales

HIDING. The three suspects are arrested in Subic Freeport, 3 hours away from Manila.

32 Manila barangay officials on drug watchlist, 1 killed last week

May 30, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Barangay Chairman Angelito Sarmiento is killed inside his home by unidentified gunmen

TARGETED. Barangay officials are not new victims of the drug war, with one already killed in October 2016.

QC Council exempts 1,714-unit SMDC project from zoning law

May 19, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The Quezon City Council reasons that the condominium complex will not damage the surrounding community and will even help in development as it aims to provide affordable housing

EXEMPTED. SM Development Corporation has been exempted in constructing an 11-building condominium complex at the north of Quezon City.


Manila to relocate 7,000 families in esteros

May 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Manila city government is looking into reclaiming a portion of Manila Bay for its housing project with China s Shanghai Nanjiang Group

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Former Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri faces 8th graft charge

May 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

All this graft cases – filed within the last 2 months stem from the unauthorized awarding of million peso projects to contractors in road and drainage projects

Quiapo is next in Erap’s street clearing drive

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Authorities in the Philippine capital city of Manila go after ‘unruly vendors motorists and pedestrians’

CLEANUP. The area of Plaza Miranda and Quiapo Church – shown here being cleaned up by employees of the Manila City Hall Department of Public Services in January 2016 – will be among the targets in the city government’s campaign to clear the streets of illegal vendors and undisciplined motorists and pedestrians. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Snapshot of a city: Ortigas Center at a glance

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Fast facts on the people places and things that make up the Ortigas Center

No way to go but up: A look into Metro Manila’s CBDs

May 16, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Makati BGC and Ortigas Center: What makes each business district unique and thriving?

VLOG: Grace Poe's anxiety turns to peace

May 09, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Senator Grace Poe ranks second in a tight presidential race

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Erap vs Lim vs Bagatsing in Manila race

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

A re electionist a former mayor and a congressman fight for the mayoralty of the city of Manila

Case closed, but no suit against driver in viral video

Jan 28, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The victims have yet to come forward to file a complaint authorities say

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT. The screenshot of the video shows the driver of the Innova trying to flee after hitting a motorcycle driver. Screengrab from niceguynic's video.

Roxas gets Guia Gomez's nod in San Juan

Jan 18, 2016 - 6:55 AM

UPDATED The San Juan City mayor sides with LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II as the Ejercito Estrada clan gears up for a heated electoral battle against another equally influential political family: the Zamoras

WARM WELCOME. Administration presidential bet Mar Roxas (L) greets San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez (R) prior to the flag-raising ceremony at the San Juan City Hall, January 18, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

#FreeFromFear: UN campaign seeks safer PH cities for women

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:21 PM

Women are often harassed on the streets and a UN organization hopes to change that

PERSONAL STORIES. Women write their experiences of sexual harassment which are then shared online as part of the #FreefromFear campaign. Photo from the UN Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme

Erap: Allow vegetable gardens of poor on your land

Nov 18, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The Manila mayor encourages the rich and landed residents to let poor families use their perimeter walls as vertical vegetable gardens to help solve the problem of hunger

Carpio on Manila zoning laws: Applying for variance 'rule' instead of exception?

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:33 AM

During the oral arguments on the controversial Torre de Manila SC justice Antonio Carpio says applying for a variance to get around the limits of Manila s zoning laws appears to be the rule rather than the exception

49-STORY STRUCTURE. The high-rise building is the subject of a petition before the High Court, with critics saying it violated both heritage and local zoning laws. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SC justice questions Torre de Manila zoning permit

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks why DMCI started constructing Torre de Manila in 2012 when it was only granted variance to build beyond the allowed height 2 years after

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on August 11 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SolGen now declares Torre de Manila illegal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Reversing an earlier position the Solicitor General is now saying Torre de Manila should be demolished

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Index shows local governments make PH more competitive

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:07 PM

The Manila is the country’s most competitive city while Davao del Sur heads the provinces according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

FAST FACTS: Pasig City

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:21 AM

To commemorate Pasig City s July 2 founding anniversary here are some interesting facts about one of the country s oldest local government units

Manila admits RH violation under former mayor Atienza

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Global legal advocacy organization Center for Reproductive Rights calls on the city of Manila to execute an express repeal of the two ordinances which the United Nations says gravely and systematically violated women s rights

Manila urged to stop street sale of poisonous substances

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Chlorine and oxalic acid in granular form are repacked without proper labeling and sold by street vendors in Ilaya Sta Elena and Tabora for at least P20

'POLICE STREET VENDORS.' Street vendors in Manila use bicycle with side car as rolling stores. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes

#OplanPagyanig: Marikina to lead nationwide quake drill on March 27

Mar 24, 2015 - 7:02 PM

The city is the ideal setting for the drill since the West Valley fault runs through its metropolitan areas

Poster from Marikina DRRMO

After Frederico: 'No more children at RAC'

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The Reception and Action Center in Manila can only resume its operations after meeting standards of government run residential facilities

Probe of Frederico’s former shelter pushed in House

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Aside from Manila s Reception and Action Center RAC lawmakers also want to look into the state of all other child shelters in the country

CHILDREN'S WELFARE. A poster used by NGOs and children's rights advocates during a protest calling for the closure of Manila RAC. All photos from Bahay Tuluyan

Chinatowns in PH

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Planning to visit different Chinatowns in the Philippines? Rappler lists down where you ll see them

BUSY STREETS. The streets of Chinatown, Binondo are packed with revelers and festival-goers. Rappler file photo

PH's key cities 2nd most densely populated in East Asia

Jan 26, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Other cities and municipalities make urban development difficult due to bureaucracy and lack of infrastructure says a new World Bank report

Filipino members of a demolition team tear down houses during an eviction of illegal settlers in Manila, Philippines, April 23, 2014. Around 500 families were affected as the government plans to expand a major thoroughfare according to the official of an urban poor group. Photo by Francis Malasig / EPA Photo by Francis Malasig / EPA

Petitioner in case vs Erap won't appeal SC ruling

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Lawyer Alicia Vidal says she is heeding her lawyer s advice to move on since 11 Supreme Court justices have thumbed down her petition

MANILA'S CHOICE. Mayor Joseph Estrada, surrounded by jubilant city hall employees, says the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the disqualification case against him honors the mandate given to him by Manileños. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Erap thanks SC: ‘Voice of people is voice of God’

Jan 21, 2015 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED With the dismissal of the disqualification case against the Manila mayor the mandate given by Manileños prevailed over technicalities and legalities says the vice mayor

MANILA'S CHOICE. Mayor Joseph Estrada, surrounded by jubilant city hall employees, says the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the disqualification case against him honors the mandate given to him by Manileños. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Miriam on EDCA, Manila earthquakes, de Lima on Ashley Madison | The wRap

Dec 01, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago tells the Senate: take a position on the Philippine US defense deal How vulnerable is the city of Manila to earthquakes? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima wants adultery site Ashley Madison blocked in the Philippines

Quezon City road repairs: November 22-24

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:26 PM

At least 9 Quezon City roads will undergo repairs this weekend

File photo by AFP

The Lord of Makati: Can Binay explain his wealth?

Sep 16, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Corruption is an issue that has been raised against Jejomar Binay in every election since 1988 but proves immaterial to voters according to this Newsbreak investigative report published March 28 2001

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Isko Moreno: Port congestion preceded Manila truck ban

Sep 09, 2014 - 11:55 AM

The Manila Vice Mayor says while the Manila truck ban may have contributed to port congestion better foresight of policymakers could have deterred it

Trucks carrying shipping containers arrive at Manila's international container port on April 10, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Century Properties open to settlement with Okada group

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:02 PM

The company is willing to settle a partnership dispute with the Japanese billionaire and resume talks on their casino joint venture

Photo shows the artist's rendition of the Okada group's Manila Bay Resorts in the Entertainment City in Manila

Learning from Manila

Aug 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Walking through the city after all is a school itself for spirituality politics history and the humanities

Part of Roxas Boulevard closed for July 2 quake drill

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Expect heavier than usual traffic in the city of Manila on Wednesday July 2 Motorists advised to take Taft Avenue

Back to school for 20.9M public school students

Jun 02, 2014 - 6:55 AM

Aside from Yolanda rehabilitation efforts the education department is also working on ways to mitigate a common problem of schools in urban areas: overcrowding

Still no Palace apology despite HK visa sanction

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says he will continue to speak to the Hong Kong government to convince them to take back the sanction on visa free privileges

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Hong Kong curbs PH's visa-free privilege

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Hong Kong limits the visa free privilege after it got a negative message from the Philippines over the 2010 hostage crisis

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Backlash vs OFWs in HK feared over PH refusal to apologize

Nov 06, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Party list group Anakpawis says Hong Kong might stop hiring Filipino workers as well as impose economic sanctions if PH gov t continues to play hard ball

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Century Properties signs casino deal with Okada group

Nov 01, 2013 - 2:46 PM

The Antonio led firm and Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada s group partner to develop land within the government owned gaming hub in Manila

NEW DEAL. The Okada and Antonio family groups forge an agreement involving the casino and tourism project at the Entertainment City. This photo shows the artist's rendition of the Manila Bay Resorts

HK to Manila execs: Sorry not enough

Nov 01, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Hong Kong wants Manila to grant all its 4 demands in relation to the 2010 hostage crisis

READY TO RUMBLE. Manila mayor Erap Estrada — in full "battle gear" — speaks to bus operators about the Manila bus ban. "Susugirin niyo raw [kasi] kami," he says in jest. Photo by Rappler/Leanne Jazul

DFA on Erap's HK apology: Aquino's stand prevails

Oct 24, 2013 - 4:55 PM

The foreign affairs department says President Aquino s repeated refusal to apologize to Hong Kong should be enough guidance for everyone

READY TO RUMBLE. Manila mayor Erap Estrada — in full "battle gear" — speaks to bus operators about the Manila bus ban. "Susugirin niyo raw [kasi] kami," he says in jest. Photo by Rappler/Leanne Jazul

China to PH: Don't forget HK hostages

Oct 08, 2013 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED China backs the survivors demands after President Benigno Aquino III refuses to apologize over the 2010 hostage crisis in Manila

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Prison official killed in Bilibid

Sep 17, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Prison Superintendent III Francisco Abunales was killed infront of his quarters by unidentified men riding a motorcycle