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People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Valenzuela City’s pandemic response: ‘Everything has to happen now’

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’

LEADING. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian speaks with construction frontliners who are building the city’s testing laboratory. Photo from Valenzuela City’s Facebook

#KopyahanNaTo: Valenzuela replicates Pasig's mobile palengke

Mar 29, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Valenzuela uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads

MOBILE PALENGKE. Valenzuela's mobile palengke uses e-trikes instead of trucks for its narrow roads. Photo from Mayor Rex Gatchalian's Twitter page

Future of gov't transactions? Valenzuela City launches online permit system

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian says he is willing to share the 'Paspas Permit' system with other LGUs for free

SETTING THE STANDARD. Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian launches the Paspas Permit system, which was lauded by Department of Trade Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez as a benchmark for transactions with government agencies. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

CA clears Rex Gatchalian over Kentex fire

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ruling comes after the Sandiganbayan dismissed criminal charges against the Valenzuela city mayor The CA puts the responsibility of enforcing compliance with the fire code on the Bureau of Fire Protection

Valenzuela execs, BFP officials, charged over Kentex fire

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Investigators say Kentex should have been shut down because of its delinquent status General manager Ong King Guan is also among those charged

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roxas spokesman: 'We will win this the honest way'

May 09, 2016 - 1:12 AM

Edwin Lacierda urges the public to report to Comelec alleged incidents of vote counting machines wrongly crediting votes to Mar Roxas

LIBERAL PARTY. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Mar Roxas' campaign spokesperson Barry Gutierrez talk about the issues that the Liberal Party faces a day before elections. Rappler screengrab, screengrab from Twitter/dawende

Why Grace Poe quickly rejected Roxas’ call for unity talk

May 08, 2016 - 11:55 PM

It was because Mar Roxas was saying one thing and Liberal Party spokesman Edgar Erice was saying another says Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian

POE SPOKESMAN. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian makes a final pitch for presidential candidate Grace Poe. Rappler screengrab

From LP to GP: Albay Governor Salceda endorses Grace Poe

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Grace Poe s camp welcomes the endorsement while the Liberal Party seems unfazed saying they are confident of the Bicolanos support for their bets

LOOK: 'Fake' SSN? Poe shows Boston College ID to disprove it

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:18 PM

After digging through tons of old documents stored since 2006 this ID was finally found As in just now the presidential candidate s spokesman tells Rappler

STUDENT NUMBER. Poe presents proof that the supposed fake social security number - 005-03-1988 - is her student number in Boston College, where she graduated in 1991. Photo by Poe camp

Poe tweaks strategy after Duterte snatches lead

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Presidential bet Grace Poe s messaging now includes peace and order – the core of Rodrigo Duterte s campaign She also limits engagements with the media

Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is welcomed by supporters in Catarman, Northern Samar, Thursday, April 7, 2016. She, her vice presidential running mate Senator Chiz Escudero and senatorial slate held a motorcade rally in Catarman and Borongan. Photo by Allan Penaredondo (Poe-Chiz Media Bureau)

Poe, Escudero prepare volunteer lawyers for election day

Mar 12, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The 1st National Convention on Saturday March 12 aims to train members of their legal team to effectively safeguard clean and honest polls

Can Duterte-Cayetano win in Valenzuela City?

Mar 10, 2016 - 5:01 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t meet with Mayor Rex Gatchalian who also happens to be the spokesman of his rival Grace Poe

Decline in Grace Poe's ratings not significant – campaign manager

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Campaign manager Ace Durano says latest poll results show that presidential candidate Grace Poe remains with a strong and stable base support

Senator Grace Poe during a campaign sortie in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on Friday, Mar 4, 2016. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Valenzuela mayor, 6 others ordered dismissed over Kentex fire

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:28 PM

But Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian is able to secure a temporary restraining order stopping the Ombudsman s dismissal order

MOURNING. Church workers join relatives of the 72 fire victims of the Kentex Manufacturing Inc. in Valenzuela in a candle lighting during a mass for the 9th day of the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Presidential bets: NPC support for Grace Poe 'not solid'

Feb 29, 2016 - 6:10 PM

But the camp of Poe hits back If they do not believe in the cohesion of the NPC why did they all court the party in the first place?

NPC SUPPORT. Presidential bet Senator Grace Poe during a meeting with the Nationalist People's Coalition in 2015. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Grace Poe maintains lead in January Laylo survey

Feb 09, 2016 - 12:59 AM

In the survey released on February 9 the start of the campaign period Vice President Jejomar Binay and administration standard bearer Mar Roxas are tied for 2nd place

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poe camp to Comelec chief: ‘Put your house in order’

Jan 09, 2016 - 5:00 PM

We believe that the actions of Commissioner Guanzon is wrong as she is usurping the powers reserved for the en banc says Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian

'DISARRAY.' Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Senator Grace Poe's spokesman, says the Commission on Elections is in 'disarray.' Rappler screengrab

Poe camp: Grace didn't order exhumation of 'parents' in Guimaras

Dec 30, 2015 - 3:55 PM

3rd UPDATE Nalulungkot ako na kailangan pa umabot sa ganito para mapatunayan pagkatao ko Senator Grace Poe is quoted as saying

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Senator Grace Poe's campaign spokesman, says the presidential candidate did not order the exhumation of the bodies of her possible biological parents. Photo by Jansen Romero

What now for Grace Poe? 3 things to expect

Dec 23, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The next battleground for the presidential aspirant is the Supreme Court

ROAD TO SC. The camp of Senator Grace Poe questions the timing of the release of the decision by the Commission on Elections en banc. Despite this, the camp maintains they will fight it out until the Supreme Court. Photo from the Office of Sen. Grace Poe. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Poe camp to Comelec: Apply Duterte ruling to Grace Poe case

Dec 17, 2015 - 2:50 PM

The senator s camp says the poll body should also accept her honest mistake in her 2013 certificate of candidacy

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

‘More potent’ petition seeks to bar Poe from Palace forever

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:16 PM

We expect a victory also the petitioner s camp says a day after a Comelec division disqualified Poe

LEADING ASPIRANT. Philippine presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe addresses the crowd during the announcement of the senatorial lineup of their independent party for the 2016 elections in Manila, Philippines, on October 29, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec to decide if 2016 ballot will include Grace Poe

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:02 PM

This story is not yet over the Comelec spokesman says referring to a Comelec division s disqualification of Poe

DISQUALIFIED BET. The Commission on Elections says leading presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe can no longer run for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

VLOG: Poe camp rejects Comelec DQ ruling

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Senator Grace Poe plans to appeal the decision before the Comelec en banc

Grace Poe: I'm disappointed, but fight is far from over

Dec 01, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The presidential bet says she s confident the Comelec en banc will side with the interest of the people

Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Duterte on presidency, Poe’s SET case, Paris attacks | 6PM wRap

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:40 PM

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American president? Poe camp reacts to Duterte

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:21 PM

Grace Poe s spokesman Rex Gatchalian reiterates the senator is a natural born Filipino and that there was nothing political about the decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal

NOT POLITICAL. The camp of Grace Poe responds to the remarks of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who said he now considers running as president an option because he 'cannot accept an American president,' referring to Poe. Rappler file photos

NPC leadership downplays support for Poe-Chiz tandem

Jul 22, 2015 - 2:19 PM

NPC secretary general Mark Llandro Mendoza expresses the party s continuing commitment to support President Benigno Aquino III

'ALL OPTIONS ARE OPEN': NPC secretary-general Mark Mendoza says he expects members to toe the line once the leadership reaches a decision

Valenzuela shuts down businesses with no fire safety certificate

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian also orders other business establishments to present their valid FSICs within 7 days from receipt of the directive

epa04747281 Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Kentex fire: Palace eyes raps vs Valenzuela officials

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian cites 3 memorandum circulars to clear city officials and pass the blame on to the Bureau of Fire Protection

RECKLESS IMPRUDENCE RESULTING IN HOMICIDE. President Benigno Aquino III shows where the fire started at the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory that killed 72 factory workers in Valenzuela City. Lauro Montellano Jr./Malacanang Photo Bureau

Review of Fire Code sought after deadly Valenzuela blaze

May 21, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar who filed a resolution seeking the review says the Kentex tragedy shows that people have not learned from the Ozone Disco fire that killed 162 people in 1996

Valenzuela fire: Relatives identify victims' belongings

May 20, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Families of the 72 workers killed in last week s factory fire help identify the personal items left at the accident site as investigators continue the DNA testing

LOOKING FOR A LOVED ONE. Irenea Pohanes, 44, looks for the personal effects of her niece, 22-year-old Jerylyn Calago, who died in the industrial fire that hit Kentex Manufacturing Corporation. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Valenzuela defends issuance of business permit to Kentex

May 19, 2015 - 5:06 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection never sent word that the factory did not comply with safety standards after the city government issued a provisional business permit

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, May 14, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Kentex offers fire victims 'negligible' compensation

May 15, 2015 - 11:35 PM

Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian says the owner of the factory where at least 72 died in a fire is victimizing the workers twice over

epa04747281 Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Death toll in Valenzuela fire climbs to 72

May 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

4th UPDATE Authorities have retrieved 72 bodies from the fire gutted Valenzuela footwear factory mostly burnt beyond recognition

Filipino policemen carry a body in a body bag following a fire at a footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Valenzuela fire death toll rises to 31

May 13, 2015 - 2:52 PM

3rd UPDATE The Bureau of Fire Protection BFP says the latest figure is still unofficial as the entire factory would have to be scoured by authorities prior to the release of an official casualty count

NPC solons take oath, vow continued support for LP

Jun 28, 2013 - 7:11 PM

President Benigno Aquino III swears in winning Nationalist People s Coalition solons in a move to extend their alliance into the 16th Congress

LEADING THE OATH. President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to newly-elected government officials of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), Nacionalista Party (NP), National Unity Party (NUP) and Liberal Party (LP) solons. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Waiting for Loren

May 07, 2013 - 7:30 AM

If she is as admirable as her fellow lawmakers trumpet her to be she should answer the questions on her New York property point by point patiently to every one who wants to understand

 Natashya Gutierrez

Are there cracks in Team PNoy?

Feb 19, 2013 - 5:54 PM

NPC spokesperson Rexlon Gatchalian dismisses rumors it has split from Team PNoy but admits to having issues with the Liberal Party in local races

Congress, not Senate, for Sherwin Gatchalian

Sep 26, 2012 - 10:43 AM

Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian is running for congressman of the 1st district of Valenzuela not for senator