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Makati gov’t shutters KTV bar used as prostitution den

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

This follows a raid on Friday in which the bar’s Taiwanese owners and Chinese customers were arrested, and 13 Filipina workers rescued

SHUTDOWN. Makati closes down a KTV bar for doubling as a prostitution den. Photo from the Makati Office of the City Information and Community Relations Department

Police arrest 16 foreigners in raid of hotel penthouse used for prostitution

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Makati police roundup two Taiwanese, who own the KTV bar, and 14 Chinese nationals, who were customers

Photo from Makati Police

IN NUMBERS: Abby Binay’s tech-driven thrust for Makati in 2019

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Mayor Abby Binay harps on her achievements in Makati last year during her State of the City Address

THE CHIEF. Makati Mayor Abby Binay is currently serving her second term in office. File photo from Makati City government

CA upholds ban vs Junjun Binay holding office

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The Court of Appeals denies Junjun Binay's motion for reconsideration against the verdict which found him guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service

DISQUALIFIED. The Court of Appeals upholds its earlier decision finding Junjun Binay guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

4 injured in Makati restaurant blast

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The Bureau of Fire and Protection-Makati says the Chinese restaurant only has a fire safety inspection certificate from 2017

GAS LEAK. Investigators say the Chinese restaurant Judianchuanba in Barangay San Antonio didn’t have a gas leak detector installed, which the fire code requires of establishments. Photo courtesy of Makati police

Makati achieves highest polio vaccine coverage rate in Metro Manila

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Metro Manila itself achieves more than 100% of the vaccination target, with children receiving the OPV, or 109.99% of the target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Husband of kidnapped Chinese woman claims she is back home

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:12 AM

But Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr says they have yet to verify whether Zhou Mei, a POGO employee, is already back home

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

Makati FC vies for Asiana Cup boys under-11 title

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The multi-titled youth football team looks to pick up another crown after ruling the Borneo Cup

WINNING WAYS. Makati FC hopes to cap the year with another crown. Photo release

On Abby Binay’s birthday, father calls her ‘very outstanding’ Makati mayor

Dec 12, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Mayor Abby Binay hosts lunch in city hall for Makati official and several senior citizens to celebrate her 44th birthday

BIRTHDAY GIRL. Makati Mayor Abby Binay (2nd from L) about to blow her birthday cake as she stands together with her husband and Makati 2nd District Representative Luis Campos (1st from L), her father and ex-vice president Jejomar Binay (1st from R), and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo (2nd from R). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Aquino stayed at Makati Med ICU for security reasons

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Nothing out of the ordinary,' says the former president's spokesperson Abi Valte of his health

'ALRIGHT.' Former president Benigno Aquino III is currently at the Makati Medical Center   for an executive check-up. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

Panelo falsely claims Makati kidnapping an 'isolated incident'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Other officials make this claim despite police data showing a rise in kidnappings and a pattern in kidnappings involving Chinese

Chinese abducting POGO workers ‘fairly common’ – Makati investigator

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:10 PM

There is an average of one incident a month, says Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

Chinese woman kidnapped in Makati is POGO employee – police

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) The victim has been identified as Zhou Mei, 28, after her relatives come to the Makati Police to report the incident

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

Actress Gabby Padilla on Duterte: 'Didn’t he promise you safer streets?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The actress tweets after a video of a kidnapping in Makati City – along a commercial road – goes viral on social media

OUTSPOKEN. Actress Gabby Padilla definitely isn't afraid of speaking out. Photo from Gabby Padilla's Instagram

Makati police confirm kidnapping along Paseo de Roxas

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Makati police investigations chief Major Gideon Ines says they are now conducting follow-up operations to trace the suspects

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

Noynoy Aquino in hospital for 'routine procedure,' but 'alright'

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Amid reports that former president Benigno Aquino III will undergo a heart procedure, his spokesperson Abigail Valte says he is 'at the Makati Medical Center for a scheduled checkup and a routine procedure'

'ALRIGHT AND IN HIGH SPIRTS.' Former president Benigno Aquino III's spokesperson allays fears he was rushed to the hospital for a heart procedure. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makati to temporarily stop issuing new business permits to POGO service providers

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mayor Abby Binay imposes the indefinite ban after the recent spike in crimes and prostitution involving foreign workers hired by POGOs

TEMPORARY BAN. Makati Mayor Abby Binay imposes an indefinite moratorium on new service providers of POGOs based in Makati. File photo by Rappler

LOOK: There's a new limited edition Mo' Cookies flavor in town

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Mo' Cookies has mo' in store for the holidays! Have you tried their new Salted Dark White Chocolate cookie yet?

Police seize P2.5B worth of shabu in Makati warehouse

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:07 AM

In one of the biggest drug busts of the Philippine National Police under President Rodrigo Duterte, 371 kilograms of shabu are seized from a Chinese national in Makati City

BUSTED. Operatives of the PNP-DEG seized 371 kgs of suspected shabu worth P2.5 billion after a sting operation at Barangay San Antonio in Makati City on November 26, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati allots P8.07 billion for social services in 2020 budget

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This is nearly half of the P18.047-billion budget for next year passed by the city council and approved by Makati Mayor Abby Binay

2020 BUDGET APPROVED. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo hand a P100,000 check to a centenarian from the city. Photo from Makati City government

Military nurse stabbed dead in Makati City

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The suspect, John Louie Brosas, is a 19-year-old construction worker, whom the victim, 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar, had been helping after taking pity on him

VICTIM. 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar is stabbed in the chest after the suspect, whom she knew, stole her mobile phone. Photo from Makati police

Over 50,000 kids in Makati get polio vaccine, beating DOH target

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Makati City has the highest vaccination coverage rate in the Department of Health's oral polio vaccination drive, followed by Taguig City then Quezon City

VACCINATION DRIVE. The Department of Health says it has reached its target of 95% of some 1.8 million children part of its oral polio vaccination drive. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Makati Subway to get extra $332-million funding from Chinese firms

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Mayor Abby Binay flies to Hong Kong to secure more funding for her flagship project, the Makati Subway

MORE FUNDS FOR SUBWAY. Makati Mayor Abby Binay (center) and City Administrator Claro Certeza during the partnership signing ceremony in Hong Kong for the Makati Subway. Photo from the Makati City government

Makati lone Philippine finalist in World Smart Cities Awards

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay's push to use technology to improve city disaster preparedness and communication is shortlisted in the Innovative Idea category

FINALIST FOR INNOVATIVE IDEA. Mayor Abby Binay is set to share Makati's best practices on disaster risk reduction and management in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Spain. File photo from the Makati City government

'Paint it forward': Volunteers create murals to help remote communities, cancer patients

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'Let's step out of our comfort zone and do something for humanity,' says Climb Against Cancer founder Nini Sacro

AWE. A young girl pauses her biking to take a close look at the murals painted by the community. Photo courtesy of Paul Basco.

Makati to soon get free public WiFi from Globe

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Globe will provide Internet access to 27 barangay health centers, the University of Makati, the Ospital ng Makati, and city hall

FREE WIFI FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Globe CEO Ernest Cu lead the MOA signing to provide free public WiFi access in the city. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

In Abby Binay's Makati, there are free cakes but no sugarcoating

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Abby Binay carries an unspoken burden: to keep city hall corruption-free. Another Binay cannot afford to be hauled off to court.

Abby Binay Makati . Photo from Makati City government

Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

Makati Business Club hopes SC decision step toward Marcos protest dismissal

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The Makati Business Club says dismissing the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo would reduce political and judicial uncertainty

IN PHOTOS: Glorietta 4's Food Choices section reopens, shows off new look and menu

Oct 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Glorietta's OG food court just got a makeover!

Makati police raid hotel used as prostitution front

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Some 35 women are rescued in the near-midnight operation

Photo from Makati Police

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

Supreme Court OKs Elenita Binay's trial over hospital beds case

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The camp of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay says they will appeal

GRAFT TRIAL. A Supreme Court ruling allows the Sandiganbayan to continue its trial of former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay for graft and malversation over the alleged anomalous purchase of hospital beds.

Mapua suspends classes due to 'bomb threat'

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Mapua University declares 'digital day' – all classes will be done online today

BOMB SCARE. Manila cops secure the vicinity of Mapua University in Intramuros, Manila, after a bomb scare on September 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Makati targets over P1B windfall from delinquent real properties auction

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The city also reaches its 2019 revenue collection goals as early as July 31

WINDFALL. File photo of the Makati City Hall.

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Despite its reputation for being a land of employment, Metro Manila continues to register one of the highest unemployment rates in the Philippines

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Hong Kong International Airport designer builds landmark project in Makati

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Foster + Partners designed The Estate Makati with the discerning lifestyle of its future homeowners in mind

Makati police foil kidnap attempt on Chinese gaming employee

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Among the suspects is Zhaochun Chen of China, who tried to bribe the responding cops with P100,000 cash

Makati promises quick service, response via Makatizen app

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Both residents and visitors of Makati can report emergencies and read news about the city through the app

MAKATIZEN APP. Makati City develops an app for its residents and visitors. Background image of Makati skyline from Shutterstock

2 Customs employees hurt in shooting incident in Makati

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says based on initial reports, the attack on the female employees in Magallanes village 'might have been an attempt to abduct or rob the victims'

Image from Shutterstock

Motorcycle-riding cop dies after being struck by cargo truck in Pasay City

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Makati policeman Francis Ecalner is hit by a truck while cruising along South Superhighway

RESPONDERS. Members of the Lifeline Ambulance Rescue bring Patrolman Francis Ecalner. Contributed photo

Makati cops arrest NBI agent who tried intimidating them to free his uncle

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The NBI agent goes to the Makati police headquarters with his service pistol and says his uncle was among those arrested in a drug raid

Police release 3 alleged Chinese kidnappers after victim left PH

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The victim, 24-year-old Lei Kun, already left the country, according to the Chinese consulate

DPWH claims 5-minute Cubao to Makati drive 'possible' by December

Aug 07, 2019 - 3:00 PM

A 'combination' of road and transportation projects is expected to ease congestion in Metro Manila, making the short drive possible, says the government

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fare for Makati subway will be more expensive than MRT, LRT

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:19 PM

(UPDATED) Infradev Holdings president and CEO Antonio Tiu says passengers will need to pay up to 25% more

Tunnel boring machine for Makati Subway System arriving December

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The 10-kilometer Makati Intra-City Subway is expected to be fully operational by 2025

SUBWAY SYSTEM. Makati Mayor Abby Binay looks at the scale model of the routes of the Makati IntraCity Subway with officials of the Philippine Infradev. Photo from My Makati facebook page

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:29 PM

To be qualified for this benefit, the senior citizens will also have to be Blu Card holders for at least 5 years

The Estate Makati: an ultra-luxury development above the rest

Jul 26, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Why The Estate Makati stands out from other luxury properties

East Rembo’s mission to grow their own food

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:29 AM

In this hidden corner of Makati, barangay volunteers are growing pechay, sili, kangkong, eggplant, papaya, and an urban farming movement