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Makati subway project promises 6,000 jobs

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Here are the features and promises of Makati's Public Rail Transport, which is expected to be completed by 2023

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Nov 09, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

PNP fines 15 Landmark Makati guards for wearing Christmas costumes

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Donning costumes is illegal when you're a security guard on duty, says the Philippine National Police

FINED. Security guards wearing uniforms akin to the sentinels at the Buckingham Palace are given fine tickets by the PNP. PNP photo

Suspect in Circuit Mall motorcycle theft surrenders

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The suspect, a trainee in the Makati city auxiliary security force, gives himself up

SURRENDERS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay presents to media Noel Bartolome, the suspect in the motorcycle theft case in Circuit Makati. Rappler Photo

Makati says Phoenix Bangkal station had no business permit

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Phoenix Petroleum however says it had complied with all required permits and it even voluntarily closed down the station which was the source of a gas leak last week

GAS LEAK. Firefighters discover the Phoenix Petroleum station along Evangelista street in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City is the source of a gas leak. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MPBL's Makati squad: New name, bigger goal

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:25 PM

After getting a shot in the arm, Makati Super Crunch aims for the MPBL title

NEW KITS. The Makati Super Crunch unveil their new uniforms for the MPBL Datu Cup. Photo by Roy Luarca


Companies hiring PWDs to join Makati job fair

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Mayor Abigail Binay says even non-residents of Makati can come to the job fair on November 9

Makati gas station owners summoned after Phoenix gas leak

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Acting City Administrator Michael Camiña says owners need to be reminded of safety guidelines for gasoline stations to prevent future leaks

INSPECTION. Firefighters warn of an explosion if diesel fumes accumulate too much aboveground. Photos from Makati police

Quezon City, Pasig road reblocking and repair: November 2-5

Nov 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Expect traffic slowdown in these 5 areas over the weekend

Makati City spends P30M as of September this year for free movies of seniors, PWDs

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:29 PM

All in all, Makati earmarks P40 million in 2018 for free movie tickets

FREE MOVIES. The cinemas of Century Mall is one of five partners of the Makati government in the free movie tickets program for senior citizens and PWD.

Court excludes key witness in Elenita Binay corruption case

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Ernesto Aspillaga says he threw out an alleged handwritten note by Binay pre-selecting a contractor

OFFICE FIXTURE CASE. A key witness is excluded in the P72 million graft case against former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for allegedly rigged office fixture purchases. Photo by Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senators praise judge's ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Judge Soriano 'chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,' says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

PRAISED. Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano in his office. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang insists it can still void Trillanes' amnesty with Makati court ruling

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Palace says Judge Soriano’s conclusion that it was within President Duterte’s powers to issue Proclamation No. 572 means the administration can resort to legal remedies to ensure Trillanes’ arrest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOCUMENT: Makati Judge Andres Soriano's decision keeping Trillanes free

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Soriano contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte and says Trillanes filed his application form and admitted guilt to be eligible for the amnesty eventually granted to him in 2011

TRILLANES DECISION. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano hands down the highly-anticipated decision on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on October 22, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes hails Makati judge for 'single-handedly' restoring rule of law

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:35 PM

'Tayo po ay nabubuhayan ng loob na meron pong pag-asa sa ating bayan. He is personified by Judge Soriano at this point,' opposition Senator Trillanes says of the Makati RTC Branch 148 presiding judge

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati judge contradicts Duterte, says Trillanes filed for amnesty

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 says Duterte is within his power to issue the proclamation, but its factual basis is wrong

JUDGE ON SPOTLIGHT. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano junks a government request to send back to jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo of Soriano by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and photo of Duterte by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential photo

Trillanes scores victory, court junks arrest warrant

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) Saying his court is 'powerless' to undo an earlier ruling dismissing the coup charges against the opposition senator, Makati Judge Andres Soriano rejects a justice department plea to arrest President Duterte's chief critic

Sen. Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Bodega is where creative twists to Filipino food favorites are done right

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Curious to see how Greek Chicken Inasal and Jalapeno Sisig would taste like?

Man charged with 99 counts of rape arrested in Makati

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The 47-year-old accused is Makati City's most wanted

ARRESTED. Makati's most wanted person, Louie Guevarra, is arrested on October 19, 2018, for 99 counts of rape. Photo courtesy of the Makati Police

Instagram goals: Rustan's Makati gets the Tiffany treatment

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The high-end department store along Ayala Avenue pays homage to the iconic jeweler's signature blue hue

TIFFANY BLUE. The jeweler's signature shade covers New York City in a campaign for its Paper Flowers collection. Photo courtesy of Rustan's Makati

Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Makati judge skips a conference in Tagaytay to finish what is arguably the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE MAN. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands to decide on the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Junjun Binay formalizes bid for Makati mayor vs sister Abby

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:50 AM

His running mate is Makati City 1st District Representative Monsour del Rosario

'TELENOVELA.' Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr explains why he won't attend ay Senate hearing. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Battle vs Junjun for Makati mayor to 'divide' Binay family, says Abby

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay says her younger brother Junjun should 'give her a chance' to be reelected

A DIVIDED FAMLY? The Binay family was in full force when Abby filed her COC as Makati mayor in 2016. Will the clan remain intact after the 2019 polls? File photo from the Office of the Vice President Media Affairs

Binay allows children Abby and Junjun to slug it out in Makati

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) Declaring he's not the final arbiter in the siblings' squabble, ex-vice president Jejomar Binay says it's the 'people of Makati' who will decide who's worthy to lead the city

BINAY VS BINAY. The two children of ex-vice president Jejomar Binay, incumbent Mayor Abby Binay Campos and ex-mayor Junjun Binay, are both gunning to be the city's local chief executive in 2019.

2nd Makati court's decision on Trillanes' case out anytime

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Makati Regional Trial Court 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano says the case is now considered submitted for resolution

ANYTIME. The decision on the Department of Justice's very urgent motion with Makati RTC Branch 148 to issue an arrest warrant and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes will be released anytime. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes camp insists on proper hearing at Makati court

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes' lawyer Rey Robles says that testimonial evidence should be considered by the Makati Regional Trial Court during the proceedings

PROPER HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's camp argues there should be a proper hearing of the factual issues of the case. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Junjun Binay ‘strongly considering to run’ for Makati mayor vs sister Abby

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former Makati mayor Junjun Binay slams his older sister Abby, saying the incumbent local chief executive is 'not carrying the Binay brand'

RUNNING AGAIN? Former Makati mayor Junjun Binay is mulling running against his sister Abby, the incumbent local chief executive. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Trillanes appeals Makati court's arrest warrant, hold departure order

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 should properly hear the factual issues of his case

ARRESTED. Philippines senator Antonio Trillanes (L) leaves a police station after being arrested in Manila on Septbember 25, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Guevarra: Up to Duterte if he wants to review other amnesties

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'For now, the focus is on Senator Trillanes,' says the justice secretary

Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agency on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Reporter testifies with amnesty officials: I saw Trillanes apply

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:06 PM

GMA News Online news editor Mark Merueñas, who was a defense reporter in 2011, takes the stand before Makati Judge Andres Soriano

TRILLANES AMNESTY. Former DND ad hoc committee secretariat head Colonel Josefa Berbigal is the one of the main defense witnesses to attest that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed his application form for amnesty. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The Uniqlo global flagship store at Glorietta 5

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:43 PM

It’s the biggest Uniqlo store in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

GLOBAL FLAGSHIP. Creations by Filipino artist and Uniqlo Philippines ambassador Leeroy New are featured in the global flagship store in Manila. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Schools slam military for linking them to Red October plot

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

(2nd UPDATE) University officials, students, and professors say the AFP endangers the lives of their community members with its ‘baseless and dangerous’ accusation

BASELESS. Students and school officials hit the AFP for "baseless" claims that endanger the lives of university members. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2nd Makati court defers decision on Trillanes arrest

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Makati RTC branch 148 has set another hearing on October 5, lawyer Rey Robles confirms

STILL FREE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV remains free after the Makati RTC Branch 148 deferred its decision on the DOJ request to issue an arrest warrant against him on September 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bailable for now but Trillanes faces tough challenge at 2nd court

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:37 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Trillanes is not granted a petition for bail at Branch 148: 'We're slightly more hopeful but we have to expect for the worst'

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  is surrounded by journalists as he posts bail at a Makati court on Septbember 25, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Makati court issues arrest warrant, HDO vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:03 PM

(5th UPDATE) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda grants the request by the Department of Justice for an arrest warrant and hold departure order on Tuesday, September 25

AMNESTY PROOF. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV presents evidence and documents on his amnesty application during a press conference on September 24, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge reopened, reconstruction reset

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Bowing to public clamor, the Department of Public Works and Highways reopens the 'Rockwell bridge'

REOPENED. The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was reopened to the public on September 25, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[Right of Way] Caught on cam: A motorist's Makati mishap

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:19 PM

What went wrong here?

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati to be closed starting September 23

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bridge will be replaced by one with 4 lanes, set to be completed in 2021

REPLACE. The Department of Public Works and Highways will replace Estella-Pantaleon bridge. Wikicommons photo by Judgefloro

Trillanes: I will 'surrender' if arrest warrant issued

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the two Makati City judges handling motions against him can either show 'the Philippine judicial system is still working' or show 'Duterte has control over everything'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Court handling rebellion case asks Trillanes for actual amnesty form

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati RTC Branch 150 presses the lawyers of Senator Trillanes to provide a copy of the actual application form for amnesty

Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No warrant again, Trillanes can rest easy this weekend

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:26 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes, however, still believes there is a standing order from the President to arrest him without a warrant

DOJ to court: 'Simply ignore' case dismissal, get Trillanes out of his 'hole'

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Justice takes a swipe at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for 'having the propensity to hole up in an enclosed building, establishment, or an institution'

Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Still no warrant: Trillanes buys more time from 1st Makati court

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Trillanes holds his breath for what Judge Elmo Alameda of the 2nd Makati court will say on September 14 about rebellion charges, held before as a continuing crime

SIGH OF RELIEF. Atty Rey Robles, lead counsel for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, is granted more time to comment on the latest pleading filed by the DOJ on September 13, 2018, before the Makati RTC as state prosecutors continue to seek the arrest of the senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Still no warrant, as judge tells DOJ to give Trillanes due process

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The second court in Makati, like the first one, refuses to instantly issue a warrant of arrest against the senator, and instead sets the motion for hearing

DUE PROCESS. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 tells the DOJ that its request to issue a warrant of arrest against Trillanes without setting a hearing first will prejudice the senator's right to due process. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

COA demands refund of P45M Makati intel funds under Junjun Binay

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Binay and 3 other former city officials are held liable by the auditors

Mayor Junjun Binay during a presscon inside their home in Makati. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler