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4 more Calabarzon mayors stripped of police powers

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The mayors – from the provinces of Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas – are accused of involvement in the illegal drugs trade

Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 PM

'This is the only major storm that hit the city this year,' Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin says

FLOODING IN TACLOBAN. Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Urduja floods a road leading to downtown Tacloban City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Baguio requires taxi drivers to help passengers load, unload baggage

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It is a ‘moral responsibility’ of the cab drivers, says a resolution of the city council signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan

BAGUIO TAXIS. There's another reason for passengers to admire the honest Baguio cab drivers. Rappler file photo

Makati students, LGU employees to get free Japanese encephalitis vaccines

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Vaccines will be administered to local government employees until end-December 2017, and to public school students, Kinder to Grade 6, starting January 2018

PREVENTION. Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday, November 27, 2017, gets the first shot of the 60,000 free Japanese encephalitis vaccines the city government will provide to public grade school students and local government employees. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Batangas town mayor

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children

RECONSIDERATION. Malvar, Batangas, Mayor Cristeta Reyes, tells the Ombudsman she did not benefit from the municipal government's purchase her children's property. Photo from Malvar's website

LOOK: Mayor Sara Duterte visits Marawi, gives P5-M donation

Nov 16, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The presidential daughter is accompanied by Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, who also gives her city government's pledge of P5 million to Marawi City

Cebu City to use Grab, Uber for official trips, says mayor

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:59 PM

City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says this will achieve two things: save money on official vehicles, and track down where city employees are to make sure they are doing their jobs

EXPERIMENT. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña mandates his employees to use Grab and Uber for official trips to save on money and be tracked down.

Ombudsman ‘very, very late’ in dismissing Iloilo mayor Mabilog – Duterte

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

‘Para kunwari na sinuportahan nila ako, [the Ombudsman] fired and stripped him of his mayorship,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

DISMISSED. The Ombudsman has dismissed Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog for alleged illegal wealth, but President Rodrigo Duterte says it could have been done sooner. Photo from Mayor Mabilog’s Facebook page

Puerto Princesa gov’t asks detained vice mayor to return vehicles

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, who is detained on drug-related charges, continues to perform his functions. Members of his staff are using the vehicles.

HARASSED? The camp of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III (center) says the attempt to confiscate the vehicles used by his office is plain harassment by Mayor Lucilo Bayron. Photo courtesy of Diana Ross Cetenta

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Sara Duterte threatens to shut down Mindanao's tallest skyscraper

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:24 AM

City officials want a boom crane being used in the construction of what will become Mindanao's tallest building to be taken down, after reports of it obstructing aircraft traffic in and out of Davao airport

Image from the Aeon Towers Facebook page

Zamboanga mayor denies curtailing press freedom

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says the city government was exercising its power to ensure that business establishments comply with business permit requirements

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Prove the bank accounts are true, Sara Duterte dares Trillanes

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Before she issues bank waivers, Davao City Mayor Sara Dutertre says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV must first prove veracity of the bank accounts

PROPER FORUM. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, says an Ombudsman investigation gives the family the proper forum to respond to allegations of accumulating wealth illegally. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Maasim mayor Lopez surrenders to Pacquiao

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr surrenders just hours after authorities discovered illegal drugs in his home

SURRENDER. Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr (middle) surrenders to Senator Manny Pacquiao in General Santos City on October 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Manny Pacquiao

Court of Appeals stays 11 dismissal orders against Cagayan de Oro mayor

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Mayor Oscar Moreno faces 24 administrative cases for the rental of equipment during his tenure as governor of Misamis Oriental from 2004 to 2013

MORENO.  Rappler file photo

Small Abellera mulls ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The Davao City councilor, among those tagged in alleged customs corruption, reports back to work a week after he was stripped of chairmanship and membership in city council committees

SENATE APPEARANCE. Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, in this file photo from August 31, 2017, appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee probing the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that got past the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sara Duterte welcomes Ombudsman probe into family's wealth

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Ombudsman says it has found basis to start an investigation into the assets of the President's family based on the complaint of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PROPER FORUM. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, says an Ombudsman investigation gives the family the proper forum to respond to allegations of accumulating wealth illegally. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Surigao del Norte vice mayor punches, chokes newspaper editor

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Dapa Mayor Francisco Matugas Gonzales attacks Edito Mapayo, editor-in-chief of 'Diaryo Balita,' for an unfavorable article published 2 years ago in another paper

Police seize drugs, firearms from Puerto Princesa vice mayor's house

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Police raid the home of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III and find firearms and suspected illegal drugs

RAIDED. Police searches the home of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida, finding drugs. Photo from the Puerto Princesa government official website

Duterte says Trillanes’ evidence vs son, son-in-law is ‘trash’

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:26 PM

In a speech before soldiers in Davao City the President once more defends Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio against allegations of involvement in smuggling

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his speech at the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017. Presidential Photo.

Duterte says lifestyle check shows Jed Mabilog lives in 'palace'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog wants to meet with him

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in illegal drugs in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Iloilo mayor welcomes Espenido: ‘We can learn something from him’

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog is unfazed despite Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido s history of having two mayors dead under his watch

WELCOME. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will greatly contribute to the war on drugs in his city. Photo from Mabilog's Facebook page

Aguirre wants Parojinogs drugs cases transferred to QC

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The fact that they have been in power in Ozamiz City for so long is a clear indication that they have the capacity to influence says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CHARGED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP

QC eyes new ordinance to lessen road crashes

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Quezon City has the most road crashes in Metro Manila with 33 717 incidents of road crashes and 116 fatalities last 2016

Talisay resolves Cobra Ironman 70.3 issue

Jul 30, 2017 - 12:26 AM

Talisay City Mayor Eddie Gullas says he will not ban the international race

Quezon City's Joy Belmonte under fire for initially not suspending classes

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte later admits her shortcomings in this situation and says Quezon City residents deserve a better leader

Police chief resigns, US protesters confront mayor in Australian's slaying

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The fallout intensifies from the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman as Minneapolis s police chief resigns an angry crowd shouts down the mayor and protesters fills streets for the second day in a row

PROTEST. Valerie Castile, center, mother of Philando Castile who was killed by a police officer last year, marches in memory of Justine Damond on July 20, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen / AFP

Arsenio Lacson: Bringing the Estrada, Duterte avatar to life

Jul 14, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Until recently there was no biography of this member of the best president we never had club

What's The Big Idea? Arsenio Lacson: The mayor who would be president

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Athletic and abrasive, Arsenio Lacson cut a towering figure in Manila as the 'tough-talking man with a big heart'

Rappler Talk: Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Leyte earthquake

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:56 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Rappler Talk on Monday 6pm July 10 Bookmark this page to watch the conversation

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Defying stereotypes: Adeline Tuayon Sebastian thrives as basketball ref

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:18 PM

When a woman plays basketball she is often mistaken for being a lesbian but this female ref from Zamboanga acts no different from any other woman when she is refereeing a basketball game

GIRL POWER. Adeline Tuayon Sebastian is tearing down stereotypes as a female basketball referee. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

UV Green Lancers clinch pre-season invitational title in Bayugan City

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The UV Green Lancers beat the UST Growling Tigers by a point to win the Kim Lope Asis Mayor’s Cup Basketball Invitational title

UST Growling Tigers edge out UV Green Lancers with half-court buzzer-beater

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Both teams will face off at the finals of the Kim Lope Asis Mayor s Cup Basketball Invitational 2017

UV Green Lancers open pre-season invitational with back-to-back wins

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The 2016 CESAFI champions are in Bayugan as part of their preparation in defending their title in this year’s upcoming season

ROUT. CESAFI's UV Green Lancers demolishes NCAA's EAC Generals, 95-74. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg to grant $200M to U.S. cities

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The grants will aim to help cities solve problems in key areas including education climate change and public health

SUPPORTING CITIES. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the United States Conference of Mayors at the Fountainebleau Hotel on June 26, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

USPF Panthers '80% ready' for 17th CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tourney

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:16 PM

The team will finalize its lineup after the 2017 Kim Lope Asis Mayor’s Cup Basketball Invitational which kicks off Tuesday June 27

LAST STAGE. University of Southern Philippines' coach says they will have the complete lineup after the tournament in Bayugan. Contributed Photo

Yolanda Museum to rise in Tacloban 4 years after deadly typhoon

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Part of the Tacloban Astrodome which provided refuge to residents during the onslaught of Haiyan in 2013 will be turned into a museum in Leyte s capital

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

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PH's longest serving mayor steps down after 22 years in office

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

How did he circumvent the 3 term limit set by the Constitution and the Local Government Code?

22 YEARS. Mabalacat City mayor Marino 'Boking' Morales was able to keep his post after bypassing the three-term limit rule twice. Photo from the Facebook page of Morales.

Duterte to Marawi ex-mayor: Clear your name or I'll have you killed

Jun 10, 2017 - 3:57 PM

The President says the former mayor Solitario Ali called him in relation to the arrest order against him Duterte instructs him to clear his name before Peace Process Presidential Adviser Jess Dureza

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Ilocos Norte town mayor Arsenio Agustin shot dead

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos condemns the heinous killing of her ally Marcos town mayor Arsenio Agustin

SHOT DEAD.  Mayor Arsenio Agustin of Marcos, Ilocos Norte was gunned down by unidentified assailants on Saturday, June 3. Photo from Agustin's Facebook account

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED A recent poll shows a majority of Americans in every state or 69 of US voters believe the United States should participate in the agreement

WAKE UP, TRUMP. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Paul J. Richards/AFP

The centenarians of Narvacan

May 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

There are 9 residents of Narvacan Ilocos Sur who are 100 years or older They are all women and here are the secrets of their longevity

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Davao City 'on lockdown' after terror attack in Marawi

May 24, 2017 - 3:41 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio says security checks are in place both on land and at sea

MAYOR DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio declares Davao as locked down until further notice due to the clash in Marawi. Rappler screengrab

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

Erap on Quiapo bombings: We have them under control

May 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED Manila City Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada appeals for calm after two bombs terrorized the city s Quiapo district in a span of two weeks

DEADLY SECOND. The explosion last Saturday is the second incident that terrorized the Quiapo district, and this time, it claimed lives.