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San Miguel open to MRT7 redesign as QC stops construction

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:20 PM

San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang says no aboveground structure has been built yet at the planned Quezon Memorial Circle Station of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7

CONSTRUCTED STOPPED. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on February 19, 2020, orders a temporary stop on the construction of the MRT7 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: Traffic schemes for Alabang, Balintawak starting February 14

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The traffic adjustments will give way to construction works for the Skyway extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects

MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Heavy traffic along South Luzon Expressway Northbound due to construction of Skyway near Alabang on September 26, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Joy Belmonte backs ABS-CBN, cites 'long-standing relationship' with QC

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:10 AM

'Aside from being one of our city’s top taxpayers, ABS-CBN employs thousands of our city’s constituents,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

SUPPORT FOR ABS-CBN. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says thousands of her constituents would suffer if ABS-CBN's franchise will not be renewed. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City arrests 111 in crackdown against illegal gambling

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:56 PM

The Quezon City Police District conducts raids against video karera, cara y cruz, card games, and other forms of illegal gambling

CRACKDOWN. Over a week after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered a full-scale operation against illegal gambling, 62 raids have already been conducted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo open new cat cafe in QC

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:50 PM

The couple are owners of cat cafe Litterbucks

Court orders QC govt to pay P6M to Payatas dumpsite tragedy victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) The court awards P110,000 worth of damages to each of the 56 plaintiffs, relatives of those who died in the tragedy

TRAGEDY. Rescuers retrieve another body from the smoldering heap of garbage that crashed into a cluster of homes at the Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City on July 11, 2000. In the background, a backhoe delicately sifts through the rubbish in hopes of finding more survivors. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray, Rachelle Ann Go, Jo Koy get stars at Eastwood Walk of Fame

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:56 PM

9 celebrities get their own stars at the Walk of Fame

Another TRO issued against motorcycle taxi pilot rider cap

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:26 PM

A Quezon City court issues a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order against the biker cap, saying it would cause 'irreparable injury' if implemented

ANOTHER ANGKAS WIN. Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas is allowed to keep its 27,000-strong biker fleet a little longer due to a 20-day temporary restraining order against the biker cap. File photo by Jire Carreon

Belmonte: No sanctions for supermarkets with ASF-tainted meats

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is set to issue an executive order to prevent ASF-tainted meats from entering supermarkets

NO SANCTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte defended two supermarkets who were found to have ASF-tainted meats, saying they were cooperative with the local government. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Ampatuans start to appeal guilty massacre verdict

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:27 PM

(UPDATED) Unsay and Zaldy opt to go straight to the Court of Appeals, while Anwar Sr and his sons file a motion before the Quezon City court

APPEAL. The convicted members of the Ampatuan clan have started appealing their guilty verdicts in the 2009 massacre. File photo from Supreme Court PIO

QC getting 1,500 CCTV cameras under 'Safe Philippines'

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Despite claims of the project's potential security risks, the DILG collaborates with another city to provide its China-backed surveillance system

SURVEILLANCE. More CCTV cameras will be installed along major roads and areas in Quezon City. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quezon City designates 180 zones for fireworks use, displays

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:52 PM

A team of barangay officials and volunteers will man each zone

COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte encourages the public to enjoy the fireworks displays sponsored by the city government across the city. File photo by Ben Nabong

Quezon City assists 80 street dwellers during Christmas

Dec 27, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The city government also helps 6 Aeta families return to their hometowns

REMINDER. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says rescued street dwellers were sent back to their hometowns and warned against violating the city's ordinances on mendicancy. Photo from Joy Belmonte's Facebook page

Quezon City Hall employees to get salary raise in 2020

Dec 23, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte says over 4,500 employees will get higher salaries by the second quarter of 2020

SALARY INCREASE. Quezon City Hall employees will have higher salaries by the second quarter of 2020. Photo from Wikimedia

LOOK: Enjoy fresh sashimi delivered to your doorstep from this stall in Cubao

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:30 PM

There's nothing fishy going on here – just trays of fresh salmon, tuna, and uni sashimi at affordable prices from JAAM Seafoods Trading

Trial of the decade: Who is Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes of the Ampatuan massacre case?

Dec 19, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) The promulgation marks the end of an almost 10-year trial

ASF contained in Quezon City? Belmonte says no new cases in past 30 days

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte says that the disinfection process will continue despite the containment of the dread disease in her city

CONTAINMENT. Around 50 pigs from illegal backyard raisers in Barangay Bagong Silangan have been culled on Sunday, September 15. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Oh Wonder returns to Manila for fan meet

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:13 PM

The London-based pop duo is set to serenade their Manila fans once again on December 13 and 14

Quezon City targets zero new HIV cases by 2030

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The city government increases to P12 million the allocation for its HIV program in the 2020 budget for treatment and virus containment

GET CHECKED. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, along with city councilors, got tested for HIV as the city government launched the Zero at 2030 campaign. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC children's agenda will address mental health, LGBT discrimination

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Other items on the agenda include bullying, teenage pregnancy, and sexual harassment, among others

NEW CHILDREN'S AGENDA. The children of Quezon City identified emerging issues that will be included in the city's governance agenda, such as mental health and LGBT discrimination. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

ASF-infected pigs 'secretly buried' in U.P. Campus, residents say

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Quezon City African Swine Fever Validating Team denies the burial was done secretly, saying consultative meetings were held with barangay officials, hog raisers, and the UP administration

SECRET BURIAL. A Pook Arboretum resident points to the site where ASF-infected pigs were supposedly buried last November 21, without the knowledge of the residents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Tension rises in progressives’ forum as Parlade gate-crashes

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of the Quezon City Sports Club

TENSION. Army Major General Antonio Parlade is booed out of an event of progressive groups on November 27, 2019. Photo sourced by Rappler

Quezon City allocates nearly half of 2020 budget to social services

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:07 PM

'We are balancing between growth of the city and the welfare of our people,' says Assistant City Administrator for Finance Don Javillonar

GROWTH AND WELFARE. The Quezon City government, under the leadership of Mayor Joy Belmonte, is now putting the prime on social services instead of infrastructure. Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Local bakery Manu Mano makes sourdough pandesal, Auro salted tablea brownies

Nov 26, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Ready to get that bread? Local, artisanal, and freshly-made by hand every day are Manu Mano's pandesal, loafs, and baguettes, all made from sourdough!

Robredo: QC barangay shows 'it takes a village' to solve drug menace

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay Culiat in Quezon City to understand how local officials, the police, civil society, and the private sector contributed to its anti-illegal drug campaign

VP IN BARANGAY CULIAT. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Sultan Hadji Nur Hassan, chairman of Salam Compound, a Muslim community in Brgy Culiat, Quezon City, which used to be known for its high drug affectation. Among those with Robredo in the meeting is 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Photo by OVP

A jollier experience awaits at the Jollibee Level Up Joy store

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Jollibee opens new Level Up Joy Store in Katipunan with modern store design, exciting innovations

No ‘Christmas moratorium’ for QC street vendors – Belmonte

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'They cannot always insist on what has been customary in the past when there is a directive from the national government that we are bound to uphold,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

EMBRACE CHANGE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged street vendors to be open to alternatives to their displacement apart from a 'Christmas moratorium'. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Building back better: QC helps Cotabato assess damage after earthquakes

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Instead of extending financial aid and relief goods, the Quezon City government conducts consultations and damage assessment in affected LGUs

BUILD BACK BETTER. Quezon City engineers assessed government facilities and private establishments in local government units that were affected by the earthquakes in Cotabato. Photo from QC DRRMC

QC to open night market, forms organization for displaced street vendors

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The vendors will also be members of the Suki sa Kyusi club, which will give members access to workshops on entrepreneurial mindset, financial literacy, visual merchandising, and food safety

RESTORING LIVELIHOODS. Displaced vendors will now be able to continue their livelihood again in a night market dubbed 'Sari Sari Kyusi'. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

QC youth innovation program to grant advocates on community projects

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership opens applications for their youth grant program until November 30

From Bicol to Manila: How Biggs made it big

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The Bicol favorite is finally in Manila

POPS Burgers: Underrated goodness

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:30 AM

What make a really good 100% angus beef burger? Just ask Pops – Katipunan's secret gem.

Menu, prices: Bicol's Biggs is now in Metro Manila

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Here's what you can expect from Biggs' first Metro Manila branch!

CJ Peralta defends QC judge who issued search warrants vs activists

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:13 PM

'From what we have gathered she followed all the rules,' Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta says of Quezon City Judge Cecilyn Burgos Villavert

CJ MEETS THE PRESS. Chief Justice Diosdado holds an hour-long press conference on November 8, 2019, for the traditional CJ Meets the Press event of the Supreme Court. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court extends Ampatuan massacre judgment to December

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'We have waited for ten years, the 30 days is a short time to wait,' private prosecutor Nena Santos says of the 30-day extension to promulgate the decision

JUSTICE NOW. Signs calling for justice and conviction of the Ampatuans posted at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

Ibon Foundation alarmed over 'police inspection' notice

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Colonel Joaquin Alva, who is now the chief of staff of the PNP Legal Service, denies making the call. He has been out of Metro Manila police for 8 years.

Fearing more raids and arrests, progressive groups get CHR to inspect offices

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Karapatan deputy secretary-general Roneo Clamor says this is 'to deprive the police any opportunity to plant evidence' against activists

MMDA, QC gov't shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The city government will develop a 'matrix' to determine the validity of all the bus terminals' documents

CLOSED. The Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue was shut down by the MMDA and the QC Government after it was discovered that they had fake documents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Cop shot dead in Quezon City

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed the police officer as he was driving along Barangay Teachers Village on Tuesday night, November 5

Police investigators examine the bloody body of a Quezon City Police District cop after he was ambushed by unidentified riding in tandem at the corner of Malingap and Mapagkawanggawa streets in Quezon City on Tuesday night, November 5. Photo by Ben Nabong

Police arrests 3 in raid of Bayan office in Tondo

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Police secure search warrants in the raids in Bacolod City, and Paco and Tondo in Manila from QC RTC Branch 89 Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert

African swine fever spreads to Novaliches in Quezon City

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'I didn't want it to reach Novaliches. I wanted it to be controlled because that's a very big area,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

ONE MORE CASE. Barangay Gulod in Novaliches was added to the list of ASF-positive barangays in Quezon City, as confirmed by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Undas exodus 'generally peaceful,' says QCPD Chief

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Police reports note there were barely any long lines at majority of the bus terminals in the city, except from Five Star station which had an average of 1,500 passengers

NO CONGESTION. At Araneta bus terminal on the even of Undas, there were only around 120 people and no lines. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

QC veterinarian refutes DA claim that the city is ASF-free

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

While 6 infected barangays are cleared of African swine fever, around 2,000 pigs have not yet been culled in Barangay Payatas

NOT YET CLEARED. Quezon City Veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that hog raisers in Barangay Payatas have not been cooperative in culling procedures. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ateneo de Manila campus gets bomb threats

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Ateneo de Manila University and the PNP conduct an evening and morning sweep of the campus, and find no irregularities

Belmonte calls for sectoral, responsible water use amid interruptions

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Water augmentation will not be necessary yet, say water concessionaires

CONSERVE WATER. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urges stakeholders and constituents to implement a sectoral approach in conserving water, which involves appropriate water collection and recycling methods and handling illegal connections and leaks. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

What we loved about Batcon 2019

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Batman-focused convention showed love for both Batman and fans of the caped crusader

photos by Iñigo de Paula

LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

Second-in-command no more, Joy Belmonte reshapes the Quezon City ideal

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

‘If you have a mayor who faces head-on the problems of the people and provides solutions, which barangay official wouldn’t be inspired and motivated to do the same?’

Joy Belmonte shuts down illegal massage parlor disguised as spa

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says city officials and police are closely monitoring '99 other spa establishments' in the city

CLOSED. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte closed down Dragon Spa along E. Rodriguez for operating without a business permit since 2018, and violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2012.