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Hours after threats, Isko Moreno presents traffic enforcer in viral extortion case

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'We will not stop. We will not tolerate. We will file charges.... Sa susunod, pag kinuha nila pera, marked money na 'yun,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

SUSPECT ARRESTED. A traffic enforcer supposedly involved in an extortion incident is presented to media on July 22, 2019. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

North Korean leader votes in elections with 99.98% turnout – KCNA

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Given the absence of any competition among candidates, elections in North Korea are essentially a political ritual which, observers say, allows the authorities to claim a popular mandate while reinforcing loyalty to Kim's regime

NORTH KOREAN ELECTIONS. People look at a list of candidates during voting for deputies to the Pyongyang City People's Assembly and the Sadong District People's Assembly, as part of local elections in Pyongyang's Sadong district on July 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Won Jin/AFP

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

P5.7M in donations go to Bong Go ‘social media boosting’ for 2019 polls

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Three persons made the ‘in kind’ contributions, according to the senator-elect’s Statement of Contributions and Expenditure

Go buckles down to work: Neophyte Senator Christopher “Bong” Go shows the copy of the summary of the first batch of the bills he filed at the Senate Tuesday. This includes the imposition of death penalty through lethal injection for illegal drug cases and plunder. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/July 2, 2019).

SC to Robredo: Still 'premature' to claim victory in electoral protest

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The High Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, also orders the Comelec to explain why there are missing ballot images from two clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the home province of Vice President Leni Robredo

NO VICTORY JUST YET. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal tells Vice President Leni Robredo it is too early for her to claim she won the electoral case she is facing. File photo by OVP

[OPINYON] Vico at Isko: Governance in the age of social media

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Inihanda ng mga tinalo nilang pulitiko ang botante para sa mga gaya nina Isko Moreno at Vico Sotto – nililinis, inaayos ang mga lugar na pinagpasasaan ng kanilang kapangyarihan

Isko Moreno eyes new slaughterhouse complex in Manila

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno bares plans to build in-city vertical housing, a new slaughterhouse, and an animal clinic on the site of the Vitas Slaughterhouse in Tondo

INSPECTION. Mayor Isko Moreno inspects the Vitas Slaughterhouse in Vitas, Tondo, Manila on July 17, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Whose city is it anyway: On Isko Moreno's cleanup of Manila

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Watching videos of the clearing of the underpass and Divisoria, I can't help but see the violence folded into the act

PNP rule banning presentation of suspects 'mere guidance' – Manila legal office

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'The city mayor has the prerogative to determine how to inform the public of the Manila police's success stories in solving criminality,' says Manila City Legal Office chief Emeterio Moreno

WANTED SUSPECTS. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents to the media 3 wanted suspects arrested for rape and robbery on Monday, July 15. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno wants his name, face removed from food trucks in Manila

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:26 PM

If those behind the food truck want to continue the initiative, Moreno suggests calling it 'Kusina ng Maynila' or 'Kusina para sa Batang Maynila'

MAYOR'S ODERS. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno attends the flag raising ceremony at the newly rehabilitated Bonifacio Shrine in front of the Manila City Hall on July 15, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno wants to institutionalize Nutribun program in Manila

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Manila's new chief also says the city govenment is preparing the design for the new Ospital ng Maynila, which he dreams to be eventually at par with big private hospitals like Makati Medical Center

MANILA CHIEF. Mayor Isko Moreno (center) joins Health secretary Francisco Duque III (lower right) in administering shots of measles and diphtheria vaccines to grade 7 students of Ramon Magsaysay High School in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC declares Koko Pimentel's faction as 'legitimate' PDP-Laban

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 AM

But the Supreme Court does not close the doors to the rival faction filing a direct case against the legitimacy of Senator Koko Pimentel's group

PDP-LABAN. The Supreme Court upheld a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution that recognizes Senator Koko Pimentel's group as the legitimate representative of PDP-Laban in the elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pasig City opens hotline for complaints, public record requests

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Here is how Pasig City residents can access its 24-hour information and complaints service

COMPLAINTS UNIT. The Pasig City government opens a 24/7 hotline and information desk also accessible online in an effort to increase transparency and cut corruption in the bureaucracy. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Smartmatic still wants to be part of Philippine elections

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Despite criticism from President Rodrigo Duterte, Smartmatic still hopes to be chosen for future polls, showing off its available technology

Populist pro-China mayor to face Tsai in Taiwan presidential clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Han Kuo-yu's victory sets up an unpredictable clash as Taiwan goes to the polls in January in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China

HAN KUO-YU. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

LOOK: Isko Moreno wants to build 'Manila civic center'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Are you ready for this, Manila? Parks, green pedestrian walkways, and bike lanes from Rizal Park to Escolta.

BIG PLANS. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno attends the flag raising ceremony at the newly rehabilitated Bonifacio Shrine in front of the Manila City Hall on Monday on July 15, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite PNP ban, Isko Moreno presents suspects to media

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:22 PM

The Philippine National Police has long banned the practice of presenting suspects to media to avoid trials by publicity

WANTED SUSPECTS. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents to the media 3 wanted suspects arrested for rape and robbery on Monday, July 15. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vico Sotto promises to tell 'the good, the bad, the ugly' about Pasig City

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Pasig City Mayor says he would dismiss and punish errant city workers, as he opens a 24-hour public information and complaints desk

MORE TRANSPARENCY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto launches a 24-hour public information & complaints desk to address corruption and lapses in city government services. Photo by Rappler

[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

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Makati to auction properties with unpaid taxes

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Makati's city treasurer prepares the public auction to compel the collection of P5.51 billion in unpaid taxes

UNPAID TAXES. Auditors recommend a public auction of delinquent properties in Makati City. Photo from Wikipedia

Isko Moreno open to Duterte emergency powers for traffic

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says President Rodrigo Duterte should be given a chance to solve traffic problems, but with safeguards in place if ever emergency powers are granted

TRAFFIC WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says President Rodrigo Duterte should be given the chance to solve traffic problems in Metro Manila. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Isko Moreno warns: Businesses without permits face closure

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:19 PM

'Fair advice: lahat ng mall na matatagpuan namin na nagungupahan sa inyo ay walang business permit, pati mall niyo isasara ko,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

WARNING. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno warns businesses operating without a permit in Manila will face closure. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Amoy tae!' Isko Moreno laments state of Bonifacio Monument

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'Sa tabi mismo ng opisina ng alkalde...the seat of power of Manila, tapos ito, amoy tae rito, nagkalat,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as he sees the sight of excrement by the hero's monument

SORRY SIGHT. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno laments the sorry state of the Bonifacio Monument, surrounded by stool only a few feet from the city hall. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

Isko Moreno's clearing operations: Which Manila areas have been covered?

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's promised clearing operations have been regarded as his biggest accomplishment so far

OPEN STREETS. The scene in front of Tutuban Center in Divisoria, Manila after the clearing of stalls ordered by Mayor Isko Moreno on July 6, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Isko Moreno asks Manila jeepney drivers to stop cutting trips

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Manila mayor also promises that the city government will police drivers who are operating without franchises and are found to be disobeying traffic rules

DIALOGUE. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno asks jeepneys drivers during a dialogue on July 9, 2019, to stop their practice of cutting trips, as this inconvenience passengers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Isko Moreno wants solar panels, rain catchers for Manila public schools

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says he wants environmental-friendly practices to to teach children to care for their surroundings

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno asks the city school board to look into adopting environmentally friendly practices. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Walang epal': Isko Moreno orders politicians' names removed from schools

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Lahat ng mga naglalagay na pulitiko ng kanilang mga pangalan...that is not your money. Pera 'yan ng taumbayan,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

NEW ORDERS. Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso orders schools to take down politicians names on its property and facilities. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

‘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

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Isko Moreno to foreigners: Respect our rules

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:37 PM

'Please foreigners, immaterial of where you came from, if you go to Manila, you need to follow simple rules,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno after hearing of a Chinese national who urinated on the street and hit a barangay official

MANILA'S RULES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno reminds foreign nationals to respect Philippine laws and city ordinances when in Manila City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Isko Moreno sacks 9 cops over illegal vendors in Divisoria

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Moreno says new cops at Manila Police District Station 11 would allow for a clean start when carrying out new initiatives of the city, particularly its clearing operations to decongest major 'arteries' of the capital city

CLEANING OPERATIONS. Vendors in Divisoria occupying the sidewalk, after Mayor Isko Moreno orders the clean up of the main road. June 6, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Illegally-parked cars towed as QC starts daily street clearing ops

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Operations against illegal vendors, traffic violators, and other road and sidewalk obstructions will follow

ILLEGALLY PARKED. The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority remove illegally-parked vehicles in Barangay Pinyahan on July 8, 2019. Photos from the QC Public Affairs Department's FB

'Wala nang mayor na natutulog sa Maynila' – Isko Moreno

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'Ang Maynila, may gobyerno. Umaga, tanghali, hapon, gabi, at hatinggabi – 24/7. Kaya, ingat,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during the city government's first flag ceremony

ACTIVE GOVERNMENT. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno promises an active government to Manileños and care for Manila officials. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Ano ang plano ni Isko Moreno sa ambulant vendors ng Maynila?

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:00 AM

‘Papayagan ko sila, ’yong mga taga-Maynila lang. Those who are not from Manila, you have no business using, utilizing our roads at makapamerwisyo ng kapwa.’

INSPECTION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno does the round of Divisoria on July 3, 2019, prior to the street clearing operations. Photo from Moreno's official Facebook page

Greece heads to polls with voters expected to oust Tsipras

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Polls forecast that Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker and scion of a leading Greek political family, will win an absolute majority in Sunday's legislative elections

ELECTIONS. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to overcome a 10-point deficit in opinion polls amid widespread dissatisfaction after years of high taxation. Photo by Milos Bicanski / AFP

Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Elections in the era of charismatic politics

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:00 PM

At the epicenter of this earthquake is a discontented citizenry, and it is as much an agent of change as the unorthodox personalities that have found a way to unlock its swirling passions

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:29 PM

With so many potential challengers to Trump, the Democratic party splits the top 20 candidates into debates on two nights in southern Florida, a key swing state in next year's election

DEBATES. Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Indonesia court rejects bid to overturn Jokowi's victory

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The court throws out the case lodged by ex-general Prabowo Subianto, saying he did not prove he lost the April vote because of widespread cheating and voter fraud

RIVALS. This file photo shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and then presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (C) walk during a peace declaration for the general election campaign at the National Monument in Jakarta on September 23, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Heavy security as Indonesia court set to rule on election-rigging claims

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The court is weighing ex-general Prabowo Subianto's claims the April poll was plagued by 'systematic, structured and massive' electoral fraud, costing him victory

PROTEST. A Muslim protester waves an Islam flag during a rally near the constitutional court in Jakarta on June 27, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Warren leads U.S. Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against number two candidate Bernie Sanders and 8 others on Thursday

DEBATE TIME. Democratic presidential candidates take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

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Jun 26, 2019 - 11:45 AM

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Sara Duterte throws big party after HNP poll victory

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Speaker hopefuls flock to the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, the 'thanksgiving dinner' guest of honor, as the homestretch of the speakership race approaches

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte performs a duet with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mauritania ruling party's Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

Jun 24, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Ghazouani obtains 52.01% of votes cast in Saturday's presidential poll, easily beating main opposition opponents Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid (18.58%) and Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar (17.87%), according to the official figures

GHAZOUANI WINS. In this file photo Mauritania's ruling party's candidate, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, delivers a speech on June 20, 2019 in Nouakchott. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP