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Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio enforcers 'arrogant, unprofessional' – Magalong

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The mayor of Baguio City sends a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta about the 'bully' judge Nelson V. Largo

Balancing fisheries production and protection in Tañon Strait

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What drives Ybarra Laruga to protect Tañon Strait, apart from the need to support his family, is his memory of a time of abundance

FISH WARDEN. Ybarra Laruga of Tanjay, Negros Oriental, has been involved in the campaign to enforce fisheries laws in the Visayas for more than 22 years. All photos courtesy of Oceana

'We were screaming.... Everyone was crying': Tulunan residents recall earthquake

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Residents are reeling from two massive earthquakes that hit Tulunan, Cotabato, in a span of two weeks. They say the latest earthquake was 'scary' and 'traumatic.'

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Makati still Philippines' richest local government unit

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Makati City reports total assets of P230.833 billion in 2018 – an increase of P34.26 billion from 2017 largely due to the value of road networks in 6 barangays

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

San Juan in La Union declared coal-free

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Resolution No. 03-2019 bans the construction, development, and operation of coal-fired power plants in San Juan, La Union

COAL-FREE. The municipal council of San Juan in La Union passes an ordinance declaring the municipality coal-free. Photo courtesy of Tina Antonio

Weary Venezuelans go to polls with record low turnout predicted

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The elections come one month before President Nicolas Maduro begins his second 6-year term after winning an election in May termed illegitimate by political opponents, the European Union, the United States and most of Latin America

VOTING. A man votes at a polling station in Caracas during Venezuela's municipal council elections, on December 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Richest LGU Makati breaches P100-B mark in assets

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Makati dislodges Quezon City as the richest local government unit in 2017, based on the Commission on Audit's Annual Financial Report on LGUs

VIRAL: Heartwarming video of Cebu inmates singing 'Pagsubok' at grad rites

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

'It's never too late. As long as you have the grit, then everything will be possible,' says Consolacion Councilor Johannes Alegado, who posted the viral video on Facebook

Inmates from the Municipality of Consolacion in Cebu graduates from Alternative Learning System on August 20, 2018. Photo from Councilor Joannes Alegado

CHECKLIST: What cities and municipalities should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Every city and municipality should be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed when dealing with earthquakes and other major disasters

Negros Occidental execs urge PNP to solve mayors' killings

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'If the PNP can’t protect the mayors, how can the ordinary people feel secure?' says Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives

LOCAL CHIEFS. Mayors in Negros Occidental strongly condemn the killings of local chief executives in the country. Photo courtesy of Teresa D. Ellera

Security guard stabbed to death on first day of Boracay closure

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Off-duty security guard Jaylord dela Vega is attacked during an afternoon videoke session in a restaurant in Barangay Manoc-Manoc

STABBING. An off-duty security guard is killed on the first day of Boracay closure. Shutterstock photo

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

Bohol town ordinance penalizes trouble-making drunkards

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Trinidad town's new ordinance aims to promote public health and to 'discipline people who are habitual drunkards and who cause detrimental act to public morale and safety'

ANTI-DRUNK LAW. Local officials of Trinidad in Bohol want less incidents caused by drunkenness in their town. Photo from

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

Caught on camera: Ex-town engineer in Cagayan shot dead

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen kill 53-year old Antonio Lingan Malenab, a former town engineer of Solana, Cagayan, while he is driving in Tuguegarao City

GUNMEN. Two motorcycle-riding men shoot dead former Solana, Cagayan, Antonio Lingan Malenab, on the road in Tuguegarao City on October18, 2017. Screengrab from The Northern Forum video

Davao City is newcomer in PH's 10 richest cities in 2016

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that Quezon City, Cebu, and Cainta, Rizal topped the lists of richest cities, provinces, and municipalities, respectively

SC sacks for immorality judge in Duterte's narcolist

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:44 AM

To pave the way for its investigation, the SC rejects an attempt by Judge Exequil Dagala to resign in 2016

SACKED. The Supreme Court (SC) sacks a trial court judge over immorality and gross misconduct charges. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Marawi humanitarian crisis grows even as battleground narrows

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:11 PM

A Maranao asks government to send more doctors medicines and drinking water for her fellow evacuees whose number has already reached about 360 000 MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz reports from Marawi City

Local gov't seeks end to flooding problem in El Nido

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Officials of the tourist town have to hurdle an obstacle to their planned storm drainage system – convincing owners of residential homes tourist inns and business establishments to observe the setback required by law

FLOODING. Some areas in the famous tourist town of El Nido is prone to flooding. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Prisoners escape from Jolo detention cell

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED Of the 14 prisoners who escaped 3 were killed and one injured during pursuit operations

City hall experiences: The good and the bad

Apr 16, 2017 - 9:30 AM

What are the most common experiences of taxpayers in Metro Manila while transacting with their respective city halls?

News Briefs: March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday March 27

News Briefs: February 9, 2017

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 9

7 dead after heavy rains in Zamboanga del Norte

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Seven people are now reported dead in Zamboanga del Norte with one person reported missing

FLOOD. Residents wade through chest-deep flood water in Roxas town in Zamboanga del Norte to reach higher ground. Contributed photo

Hackers attack San Francisco transit agency, hold data hostage

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Aside from reportedly holding 2 112 of the transit agency s machines hostage the hacker is now threatening to release sensitive data unless its ransom is paid

Cities highest-earning LGUs in 2015

Nov 02, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Quezon City and Makati were the top earners overall while Bulacan and Negros Occidental reported the highest revenues among provinces according to COA s 2015 Annual Financial Report on Local Government Units

5 local government units awarded for child-friendly practices

Sep 26, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The LGUs receive the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities

CHILD'S RIGHTS. Malacañang and DSWD awards 5 local government units with best practices in upholding the rights of the children.

Rome the top prize as Italians vote in test for Renzi

Jun 05, 2016 - 9:36 AM

3rd UPDATE More than 1 300 municipal councils will be elected in a two round ballot to be completed on June 19

epa05346651 Forza Italia (FI) party leader Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot for the municipal elections at a polling station in Rome, Italy, 05 June 2016. Local elections are underway across Italy including mayoral votes in Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

China arrests 6 over fake infant formula

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

State media reports say more than 17 000 cans of the counterfeit product were sold

Local elections 2016: Know your candidates and localities on Rappler

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Rappler PHvote’s coverage of the 2016 local elections is a collaboration among journalists researchers tech specialists artists volunteers and voters who care to deepen the discourse through online engagement

IN PHOTOS: Hinuklog: The Passion of Christ in Mindanao

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Pilgrims together with local and foreign tourists flock to Medina every Lent to witness the Hinuklog now a major religious event in Mindanao

A soldier at the play laughs on Jesus Christ, as he punish Christ in the play.

Conservation area in Rizal threatened by land grabbing?

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:28 PM

The Masungi Georeserve accuses the police and local government of working with land grabbers

Court acquits ex-Sulu vice governor Estino of homicide

Feb 10, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The Sandiganbayan First Division says prosecutors did not have enough evidence that Munib Estino shot dead a constituent in 2010 when he was mayor of Panglima Estino town

ACQUITTED. The anti-graft court says there is no sufficient evidence against former Sulu Vice Governor Munib Estino over the fatal shooting of a resident of Panglima Estino town in 2010.

Aquino makes pitch for Roxas, Robredo in final LMP speech

Feb 10, 2016 - 2:33 PM

If you think that we were on the right path for the past 6 years why change it? President Aquino asks the League of Municipalities of the Philippines

2016 PITCH. President Benigno Aquino III endorses administration bets Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo in his final speech as guest of honor at the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Explosion hits Isabela mayoralty bet's house

Feb 09, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Although Councilor Lanie Uy of Jones Isabela is challenging re electionist Mayor Leticia Sebastian police say politics is not the only motive for the attack

BLAST. Councilor Lanie Uy's hardware store, which is attached to her house, is attacked February 7, 2016, with a grenade. She is running for mayor against the incumbent. Photo courtesy of Jun Domingo

LP's 2016 kick-off: Capiz, Iloilo, NCR, Bicol

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:44 AM

It s going to be a 4 province hop for the ruling Liberal Party next week

AQUINO'S ANOINTED. Liberal Party (LP) chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, and the LP-led coalition's Senate slate. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Manny Pangilinan group bags P28B Cebu toll bridge contract

Jan 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

An 8 25 kilometer toll bridge that will connect mainland Cebu and the southern coast of Mactan Island is expected to be completed by 2020

ADDRESSING CONGESTION. The toll bridge project is envisioned to decongest traffic in two existing bridges between Mactan and Cebu: Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mandaue Bridge. File photo by EPA

Beijing's second red alert issued due to choking smog

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The capital s environmental bureau orders factories to close and pulls half of all private cars off the streets as bad air floods into the city for the third airpocalypse of the month

HAZY HORIZONS. A view of a hazy horizon along a main road in Beijing, China, 19 December 2015. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Only P62M out of P1.12B given to poorest LGUs – COA

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:07 PM

The Municipal Development Fund Office says it could not easily release funds because of the criteria for good performance which most LGUs struggle with


Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Nueva Ecija mayor of graft

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera is sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison for entering into a service contract with Priva Power where his wife is an incorporator stockholder and director

CONVICTED. Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera has been sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison. Photo from

Farmers turn Typhoon Yolanda wastes into livelihood

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Green charcoals are still black in color but are more friendly to the environment

Residents want mayoral bet in Negros Occidental disqualified

Oct 27, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Complainants tell the Comelec that Ramon Lacson Jr a known businessman in Bacolod City has not resided in Salvador Benedicto town even for a single day

Roxas' pitch to mayors in Iloilo: I'll give you a Visayas president

Sep 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas goes all out in the Visayas but reportedly evades questions about post Yolanda shelter

VISAYAS PRESIDENT? Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and President Benigno Aquino III during an event in Cebu. File photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Roxas: 'Daang Matuwid needs defending'

Aug 14, 2015 - 7:49 PM

During a visit to Davao City the administration standard bearer warns against politicians and other groups who want to revert the country to the old ways

DAVAO VISIT. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with Archbishop Romulo Valles. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Boy killed, 2 injured in another bus mishap in Negros Occidental

Jul 24, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The accident involves another Ceres bus from the same company that figured in another fatal accident earlier in the week

Roxas to Luzon mayors: Remember when we worked together

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Speaking to nearly 700 municipal mayors the Liberal Party s presumptive standard bearer says Mar Roxas fulfilled his promise to you…each and every one of you

MAYORS AS ALLIES. Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who is believed to be running for president in 2016, reminds members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in Luzon of how he helped their localities in the past. Photo courtesy of the DILG Department of the Interior and Local Government

Index shows local governments make PH more competitive

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:07 PM

The Manila is the country’s most competitive city while Davao del Sur heads the provinces according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index