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Tuguegarao mayor Soriano acquitted in graft case over terminal permit

May 21, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The embattled mayor gets one case off his back, and continues to serve Tuguegarao City despite suspensions and dismissals the past years

Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano steps down from office. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Duterte adviser prevails upon military to release arrested Lanao mayor

May 19, 2018 - 9:41 AM

The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms

MAMAO'S LETTER. Secretary Abdullah Daba Mama-o asks the military to release a mayor arrested for possession of high-powered firearms

Messy land ownership in Marawi complicates rehabilitation

May 15, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The government creates an adjudication board – the Land Dispute Arbitration Committee (LDAC) – to address concerns arising from the large-scale land titling program. There are many ways it could turn into a nightmare.

Davao City barangay poll candidates openly associate with politicians

May 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Comelec is helpless in enforcing pre-election rules

NOGRALES ENDORSEMENT? Bago Aplaya candidate Bobot Dujali are shown with PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles in his campaign poster. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

SC orders permanent closure of Inawayan landfill in Cebu City

May 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The High Court junks the appeal of Mayor Tomas Osmeña

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Zamboanga City footbridge collapses during officials’ inspection

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco appeals to the House of Representatives to probe the 'poor state' of NHA's housing project for families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege

Zamboanga footbridge. Credit to Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato/Zamboanga City government

Sara Duterte clarifies she has 'no opinion on divorce'

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:23 PM

When President Duterte claimed she opposed divorce, the Davao City Mayor says many 'did not understood that it was a joke'

SILENT ON DIVORCE. File photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during their recent trip to China. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Densing to Malay mayor: Don't hold Boracay rehab 'hostage' by not cooperating

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

'He (Cawalig) has to cooperate. We don't want the rehabilitation to be held hostage just by one or two officials,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

PRESS BRIEFING. Government officials hold a press briefing on the eve of Boracay closure. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DepEd probes teacher who allegedly molested Palaro athlete

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Family of the 14-year-old dance sport athlete vows to file charges

Vigan manages logistical nightmare that is Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said that his city has only 47 hotels with 1,015 rooms or a maximum capacity of 4,738. There are 17,000 athletes in Palaro 2018.

Peace adviser welcomes Sara Duterte’s opposition to resumption of peace talks

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Dureza says 'we should respect the statements of Mayor Sara because she knows also why she has to say it'

RESPECT. President Duterte's peace adviser, Secretary Jesus Dureza, says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's stance against the resumption of talks with the communists is an input to be respected despite being contrary to her father's latest directive. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Spreading ‘humor’ is economic sabotage – Bohol mayor's memo

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online

After library, Cebu City's sports complex will now be open 24/7 too

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:26 PM

A BPO worker tries the tack used by another netizen. He relays his request for improved services via Cebu Mayor Tommy Osmeña's Facebook page, and it's immediately granted

BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:25 PM

BDO Unibank, owned by the Philippines' richest man Henry Sy Sr, argues it has a legal right to request that the Department of Justice designate an acting prosecutor

IN QUESTION. BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with more than 1,000 operating branches and over 3,000 ATMs nationwide. Photo from Wikipedia

Cebu Mayor Osmeña threatens disbarment case vs Aguirre

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) This is over BDO Unibank tax cases. But Justice Secretary Aguirre threatens a countersuit, saying the Cebu mayor has no evidence he accepted money from anyone.

BDO CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II finds a foe in Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña over the tax cases that against Banco De Oro (BDO).

Loboc mayor faces graft complaint before Ombudsman

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba is also accused of violating the executive order on freedom of information (FOI) issued by President Rodrigo Duterte

15 months after Espinosa slay, Marvin Marcos parties in Camp Crame

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos joins the anniversary party of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

SPOTTED. Marvin Marcos sits with regional chiefs of the CIDG. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Moreno remains Cagayan de Oro mayor as CA stops dismissal

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 22nd Division Mindanao Station issues a TRO and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

SAME CONTRACT, SEVERAL CASES. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno faces the media on February 8, 2018, after the appellate court temporarily stops the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against him over the same contract when he was still governor of Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Phivolcs warns Mayon still dangerous, far from peak explosion

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

New magma is pushing to the crater, says Phivolcs' resident volcanologist in Bicol, as nearly 20,000 families remain in evacuation camps

BFP trainees from Regions 4A, 5 & 8 walk like duck as part of the Fire Basic Rescue Course (FBRC) in Ligao City, Albay. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida rehashes Binay issue to defend Carandang suspension

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.

IN DEFENSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida defends Malacañang's suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court ruling taking away the President's power to discipline a Deputy Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sara Duterte drops plan to run for Davao City congresswoman

Jan 26, 2018 - 7:08 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter says she wants to preside over the completion of government projects in the city

Rappler file photo by Mick Basa

Basilan town mayor arrested for rebellion

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Mayor Jamar Mansul Hadji Muhtamad town, Basilan, is arrested as he is set to fly to Malaysia

ARRESTED. Mayor Jamar Mansul is on the defense department's list of security threats. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Ex-Lanao del Sur mayor on Duterte’s drug list indicted for non-filing of SALN

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Rasmia Macabago, former mayor of Saguiaran town in Lanao del Sur, says she didn't file her SALNs from 2007 to 2010 because she didn't know of any local official who did

INDICTED. The Ombudsman charges Rasmia Macabago for failing to file her assets list during the 3 years she was mayor of Siguran, Lanao del Sur. In this file photo from August 2016, she surrenders to the CIDG Major Crime Investigation Unit at Camp Crame after President Rodrigo Duterte includes her name on the drug list. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte’s party mate is new Davao City vice mayor

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Councilor Bernard Echavez Al-ag takes his oath as the new vice mayor before Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

PULONG'S REPLACEMENT. Councilor Bernard Echavez Al-ag, a party mate of the Duterte, is sworn in as the new vice mayor of Davao City on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Negros Occidental vice mayor, husband released from police detention

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The provincial prosecutor does not find sufficient evidence to file charges of illegal possession of explosives, firearms, and drugs against Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo her husband

Duterte accepts son Paolo's resignation

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Paolo Duterte's resignation from his post as Davao City vice mayor 'effective immediately'

Sara Duterte to dad's critics: I won't run for senator, just don't annoy me

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The feisty Davao City mayor and presidential daughter says her 'slot' in the Senate race is open to 'yellows,' as long as her father's enemies don't annoy her

Duterte has 15 days to accept or reject son Paolo’s resignation

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Paolo Duterte sends his resignation letter to Malacañang via courier

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Paolo’s resignation: ‘Napuno na siguro’

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his son, the vice mayor of Davao City, 'considered it most unfair to him' to be summoned to Congress' drug smuggling probe 'for nothing'

DENIAL. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (left) and Maneses Carpio (right) face the Senate probe into smuggling. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Duterte, son Paolo to discuss his resignation as Davao vice mayor

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Malacañang is waiting for the President and his son to talk

Netizens on Paolo Duterte's resignation: 'Good example' or 'preps for higher office'?

Dec 25, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Social Media users are reacting to the sudden announcement of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's resignation

President Duterte knew Paolo wanted to resign – Mayor Sara

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says her brother will go 'back to private life and spend time with his children'

FAMILY. Davao City Vice Mayor (left) says his parents, mother Elizabeth and father President Rodrigo Duterte have taught him the value of delicadeza, which led to his decision to resign on Christmas Day 2017. Malacañang file photo

‘Delicadeza’: Paolo Duterte resigns as Davao City vice mayor

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte's son says the scandals where his name has been dragged are 'closely tied to my failed first marriage,' where 'the other person is incorrigible'

Rappler file photo

Davao City cancels Christmas, New Year feasts to condole with fire, flood victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'This is not the time for merrymaking,' says Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has also asked the city council to declare Davao City under state of calamity

EMPLOYEES TRAPPED? Authorities are verifying reports that at least 10 employees of NCCC Mall of Davao are still inside as fire rages on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

37 feared dead in Davao City mall fire

Dec 24, 2017 - 7:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Davao Mayor Sara Duterte says firemen found one body as the blaze was brought under control Sunday, December 24

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

San Juan recall petition: Zamora accuses Mayor Gomez of hiding

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Guia Gomez asks the camp of defeated mayoral bet Francis Zamora: Why can't you wait for the 2019 election?

INDIGNANT. Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to the media, with Barangay Captain Sophia Gil to his left. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grenades, firearms found in Negros Occidental vice mayor's car

Dec 21, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Police find the grenades and firearms by the gearshift of the car of Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo

Negros Occidental vice mayor harassed at checkpoint, detained

Dec 20, 2017 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo of Moises Padilla town says Chief Inspector Allan Reloj is getting back at her for abuse of authority and planting of evidence charges previously filed by her supporters

Roel Abelgas' talent rubs off on chess youngsters

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Abelgas' patience allows him to see the inner talent of his students in chess

LIVING HIS TEACHINGS. Abelgas continues to show prowess in chess which rubs off onto his students. Photo from Facebook

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