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NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

San Juan to launch city app, e-kiosks for government transactions

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The move is in line with new mayor Francis Zamora's promise to make San Juan a smart city

SMART CITY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora signs a memorandum of agreement for the San Juan city application and electronic kiosks on November 14, 2019. Photo from San Juan Public Information Department

From the air bases to Greenhills: Ex-military doctor heads San Juan public hospital

Nov 03, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The prospect of changing the quality of San Juaneños experience with public health would prove a worthy challenge for San Juan Medical Center Director Joseph Acosta

NEW ROLE. Joseph Acosta served as a doctor in the military for 30 years. Now he takes on a new challenge as San Juan Medical Center's Director. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Francis Zamora: After 50 years, San Juan gets a new captain

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?

CLEARING. To lead the example PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Elleazar along with San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on July 30, 2019, demolish Community Precinct structures at West Crame in San Juan City per president order to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 women rescued from 'prostitution den' in San Juan

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Authorities turn over the 4 women to the San Juan City Social Welfare and Development Office. Mayor Francis Zamora also orders the closure of the establishment.

RESCUED. The San Juan city government together with the San Juan police raid a 'prostitution den' masquerading as a health spa along Santolan Road in San Juan City on October 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

He says his first 100 days have been 'so far, so good,' but that ghosts of the previous administration remain

100 DAYS. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Congressman Ronnie Zamora, and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr on Friday, September 27, lead the groundbreaking of the 22-story high-rise public housing that will rise along Pinaglaban Street in San Juan City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

LOOK: San Juan restores Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, the city’s pride

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is digging through the Spanish-era water tunnels under the memorial grounds, and hopes to open it to visitors by early 2020

 PRIDE OF SAN JUAN. The Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine is getting a P50-million makeover, care of the Department of Public Works and Highways and in coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

LOOK: Martha Stewart plants rice, eats pandesal, shops in Greenhills

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Seems like the lifestyle icon is enjoying her stay in the Philippines!

Applying for GSIS loan program now easier for San Juan City gov't workers

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The San Juan City government and the GSIS sign a memorandum of agreement on the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program for city government workers

LOAN FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS. San Juan City government workers may now apply for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program through the GSIS booth at the San Juan City Hall.

Zamora open to unlocking San Juan's gated subdivisions to public traffic

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:12 AM

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora says he himself lives in a gated subdivision, and he will support the proposal if it will work

SAN JUAN CHIEF. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora hang a no parking sign  in front of the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

San Juan City fails to impose P736M in taxes on businesses

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The Commission on Audit says the city treasurer's office under-collects from 8 big corporate taxpayers

LOOK: 22-story condominium for the poor to rise in San Juan City

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The planned in-city relocation will be 22 stories tall, with units to be as big as 36 square meters

San Juan Mayor Zamora laments city’s huge debt

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The Gomez administration turned over P1.3 billion to Zamora, but most of the amount will be used for projects already bidded out by the previous mayor

TRANSPARENCY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora's first executive order aims for more transparency in the city's expenses. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler


Amid water crisis, San Juan’s Wattah Wattah festival pushes through

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) The San Juan City government pushes through its annual Wattah Wattah festival amid a water supply crisis, but says it reduced the number of water trucks for the celebration

WATTAH WATTAH. Residents of San Juan City on Monday, June 24, 2019, frolic as water from a firetruck is sprinkled on them during the Wattah Wattah Festival in honor of Saint John the Baptist . Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Less water to be used in San Juan's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Less wet, but more tourists for this year's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival in San Juan City

Hundreds of Individuals gather along Sto. Domingo St. in San Juan City on Sunday, June 24, 2018, for a shower of water during the 16th Annual Celebration of the Wattah-Wattah Festival in honor to St. John the Baptist. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Jinggoy Estrada loses in hometown San Juan

May 15, 2019 - 12:26 AM

His half-brother JV Ejercito places 3rd in San Juan City. Grace Poe, a San Juan resident, tops the count.

OUT OF MAGIC 12. Jinggoy Estrada also fails to woo voters in his hometown of San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2010 Bar exam blast survivors win local races

May 14, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Almost 9 years after the 2010 Bar exam blasts, two women prevail in their bids for local positions

COUNCILORS. Two victims of the 2010 Bar exam blast emerged victorious in local races.

House of Estrada falls in May 2019 polls

May 14, 2019 - 7:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Erap Estrada and his family lose in local and national contests

LOSING STRONGHOLDS. Former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada loses the Manila mayoral race, while granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada loses the San Juan mayoral race.

Zamora ends Estrada clan’s 50-year control over San Juan

May 13, 2019 - 9:48 PM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban candidate Francis Zamora defeats Janella Ejercito Estrada, whose relatives have been mayors of San Juan City, starting with her grandfather, former president Joseph Estrada

FRANCIS ZAMORA. Winning San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora is proclaimed at the San Juan Gym dislodging the 50 year reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in San Juan. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

San Juan's only choice in 2019: New blood from old families

May 12, 2019 - 11:26 AM

While both Francis Zamora and Janella Ejercito Estrada are young guns from established families, their promises are completely different

YOUNG BET. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Flying V Arena on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No repeat of 2016: San Juan's Zamora vows victory vs Estrada

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'Paparating na po ang bagong Lungsod ng San Juan,' says PDP-Laban mayoral bet Francis Zamora, as he promises to end the Estrada dynasty

HOPEFUL. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Filoil Flying V Center on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

San Juan's Janella Ejercito Estrada: I did not run because of my name

May 11, 2019 - 9:56 PM

‘Hindi po ako andito sa entabladong ito dahil lang po sa aking pangalan, dahil lang po isa akong Estrada,’ says San Juan City mayoral bet Janella Ejercito Estrada

DYNASTY SCION. Janella Ejercito Estrada leads the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipno (PMP) miting de avance in San Juan City on May 11, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Edu Manzano stands his ground: San Juan can still vote for me

May 09, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'The Supreme Court has already said that Edu Manzano is a Filipino,' says San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano in a Rappler Talk

'I AM A FILIPINO.' Edu Manzano speaks in a Rappler Talk interview about his canceled candidacy and his next steps for the 2019 elections. Rappler screenshot

Comelec cancels candidacy of San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano

May 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections says San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano was not a Filipino citizen when he filed his certificate of candidacy

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Francis Zamora and his promise of a new San Juan

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Will Francis Zamora's promise of a new San Juan be enough against the time-tested name and machinery of the Ejercito-Estrada clan?

Cops arrest businessman who killed brother, woman in San Juan

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Roberto Bañez also fires shots at the family nurse but she survives the attack

SUSPECT. A mugshot of Roberto Banez, who killed his older brother in their own home on April 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Juan police

San Juan bet Edu Manzano: No need to be genius in Congress

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:58 AM

It's the heart that matters, says actor and aspiring San Juan City congressman Edu Manzano

CONGRESS CANDIDATE. Edu Manzano at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally in Plaza ng Masa, San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Old name, new promises? Janella Estrada begins San Juan bid

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Before thousands of San Juan residents, the 29-year-old third-generation Estrada vows to provide affordable healthcare and more housing for the poor

'NEXT IN LINE.' Janella Ejercito Estrada speaks at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally at the Plaza ng Masa on March 30. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: Zamora vows to free San Juan from Estrada dynasty

Mar 30, 2019 - 2:11 PM

San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora seeks to end the 5-decade Estrada dynasty. Rappler's Rambo Talabong files this report.

PRAYERS FOR THE POLLS. Supporters pray over PDP-Laban San Juan candidates led by mayoral candidate Francis Zamora in the Plaza ng Masa on Friday, March 29. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

San Juan’s Zamora: I am ‘official’ Duterte candidate, not Estrada

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the rival mayoralty candidates in San Juan City: Francis Zamora and Janella Estrada

RUNNING AGAIN. Francis Zamora is running for mayor of San Juan City after losing to Guia Gomez in 2016 and failing to redo the election through a now-lapsed recall petition. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WiFi for all: Zamora wants to turn San Juan into a ‘smart city’

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:55 PM

San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora says a 'San Juan City App' will also allow residents to conduct business with the city government and quickly call for help from cops, firefighters, and hospitals

'CONNECTED CITY.' Aspiring mayor Francis Zamora vows to install WiFi accessible to all San Juaneños.

FPJPM endorses 7 senatorial candidates

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The group, which campaigned for the late actor Fernando Poe Jr for president 9 years ago, is endorsing mostly Sara Duterte's candidates

Sara Duterte endorses San Juan mayoral bid of Janella Ejercito

Feb 27, 2019 - 3:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, endorsed the mayoral candidacy of his party mate Francis Zamora. Between father and daughter, whose blessing will sway San Juan voters?

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trader arrested for shooting gun inside Greenhills Shopping Center

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrested Alvin Baunto for firing his gun 3 times inside the busy commercial area

INDOOR SHOOTING. A vendor fires his gun inside Virra Mall at the Greenhills Shopping Center. Photo courtesy of Greenhills Shopping Center

Suspected drug peddler arrested in San Juan

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The San Juan Drug Enforcement Unit finds 26 sachets of shabu or P21,000 worth of illegal drugs in the home of suspect April Vanessa Nuyda

Notorious female drug peddler in San Juan City nabbed. Photo courtesy of San Juan Police

After failed recall petition, Zamora runs again for San Juan mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Former vice mayor Francis Zamora seeks to replace Mayor Guia Gomez in San Juan. He is up against the current vice mayor, Janella Estrada.

ANOTHER TRY. Francis Zamora at the San Juan Comelec office to file his certificate of candidacy for mayor. Photo courtesy of Zamora

San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Zamora urges Guia Gomez to accept San Juan recall election

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora questions Mayor Guia Gomez's 'refusal' to receive the notice of recall elections even after the Christmas season

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora discusses the recall petition against incumbent mayor Guia Gomez. Photo from Office of Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora

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

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Recall petition filed vs San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez

May 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

UPDATED The petitioners – supporters of former vice mayor Francis Zamora – say they gathered 30 000 signatures to back the petition

SIGNATURE DRIVE. The petitioners say they gathered 30,000 signatures for the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com


Sandiganbayan allows Jinggoy Estrada to get medical tests

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

UPDATED The former senator who remains detained over the pork barrel scam is complaining of pain in his left knee

ALLOWED TO HAVE CHECKUP. Sandiganbayan Fifth Division allows former Senator Jinggoy Estrada a one-day medical furlough at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan.

Gov't prosecutors appeal acquittal of JV Ejercito on graft

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Citing grave abuse of discretion by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan government prosecutors are moving for the reversal of the court’s resolution

PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION. Senator JV Ejercito faces criminal charges for alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan City mayor. Rappler file photo

JV Ejercito, 5 others acquitted of graft

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:54 PM

The senator however faces another case for technical malversation charged before another division of the anti graft court Sandiganbayan

ACQUITTED. A division of the Sandiganbayan acquits Senator JV Ejercito of graft charges. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Prosecutors press suspension of JV Ejercito, San Juan execs

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:22 PM

The Office of the Special Prosecutor says the Sandiganbayan resolution ordering the preventive suspension of the senator and 2 incumbent San Juan City officials has become final and executory

HARD QUESTION. Senator JV Ejercito says he does not want to comment on whether or not Senator Jinggoy Estrada is capable of committing plunder. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

San Juan City still 'Ejercito-Estrada country' but...

May 11, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Members of the Ejercito Estrada clan emerge victorious in the local elections in San Juan City but the race is not as tight as before