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Trapped for 110 days in NAIA, Estonian finally flies home

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:47 AM

'To the travelers who might get stuck like me, don’t be afraid or don’t be ashamed to go public with the problem. You have to make the situation known…because I believe this is a violation of my rights,' says Estonian Roman Trofimov

STRANDED. Estonain Roman Trofimov boards a flight departing the Philippines after being trapped in NAIA for 110 days due to grounded flights and lockdown restrictions. Photo from Trofimov's Facebook

NAIA rehab talks fail as PH withdraws consortium's proponent status

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The NAIA Consortium is out. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says there are two other potential proponents for the upgrade project.

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Deadlock? Gov't rejects revisions to NAIA rehab

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The NAIA Consortium says it can only move forward with the project 'under revised conditions' due to the coronavirus pandemic

NAIA REHAB. Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. AFP file photo

Ninoy Aquino’s sister says renaming airport is denial of country’s history

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:33 PM

'The blood he shed on the airport’s tarmac symbolized the ultimate sacrifice he made as he fought for a return to democracy in the Philippines,' says Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo hits 'ill-timed' proposal to rename NAIA: 'We're in the middle of a pandemic'

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alam naman natin why it was named Ninoy Aquino International Airport. So 'yung tanong: Where is our sense of history?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

PANDEMIC. A face mask-wearing Vice President Leni Robredo visits the partners, volunteers, and drivers of her office's free shuttle service for frontliners on April 14, 2020. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

In the middle of pandemic, Paolo Duterte, 2 other lawmakers want to rename NAIA

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kris Aquino signs new contract with Cornerstone

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Kris initially signed with the agency in 2018

KRIS AQUINO. The TV host and actress seems to be ready for a showbiz comeback. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FALSE: Cory Aquino's libel suit vs Beltran was not deemed press freedom issue

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:49 AM

Accounts and articles show that the libel case was seen as an attack on press freedom

PARTLY FALSE: Cory Aquino to blame for media ownership provision in 1987 Constitution

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The section that allows only Filipino citizens to own mass media in the country is also in the 1973 Constitution ratified under the Marcos administration

Aquino: Why not use cybercrime law to go after trolls, purveyors of fake news?

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'Parang pilit na pilit,' former President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III says of the cyber libel conviction of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer, Rey Santos, Jr

Aquino's contested cyber libel law gets new claws in ruling vs Rappler

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Supreme Court dissenters warned against a cyber libel law that takes its definition from a 1930 statute, but will be applied to the internet age. They were overruled. The Rappler ruling is a new threatening development.

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr were handed a guilty verdict for cyberlibel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How to help locally stranded Filipinos near NAIA who want to go home

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Relocated to the covered court of nearby Villamor Airbase Elementary School, the stranded passengers need personal protective equipment such as face masks

Loclly Stranded Individuals set up mats to stay on under the Skyway flyover near the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on June 11, 2020, as they wait for available flights back to Mindanao after they were stranded in Metro Manila following the implementation of the ECQ. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

All 123 COVID-19 patients discharged from Ninoy Aquino Stadium

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The Ninoy Aquino Stadium undergoes disinfection and repairs after discharging all its quarantined patients

NO DEATHS. Ninoy Aquino Stadium houses 123 patients who have fully recovered from coronavirus infection. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wants Aaron Aquino to head Clark International Airport Corporation

May 27, 2020 - 10:28 AM

After leading the country's top anti-narcotics agency, Aaron Aquino is asked to helm a government corporation in charge of developing the second gateway to Metro Manila

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino gestures during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Duterte appoints Wilkins Villanueva as PDEA chief

May 26, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Villanueva, who leads the PDEA's Northern Mindanao office, replaces Aaron Aquino as chief of the country's top anti-drugs agency

Former senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta dies

May 15, 2020 - 9:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta was a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon,' Malabon Mayor Lenlen Oreta says in a statement announcing his mother's death

LAWMAKER, ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION. Former senator Tessie Aquino Oreta pushed for better education, the welfare of teachers, and women's empowerent when she served the Senate and the House of Representatives. Photo from Flickr

3 Filipino chess players suspended for fair play violation

May 11, 2020 - 10:06 PM finds Rizalyn Tejada, Heather Chelsea Murillo, and Jethro Aquino violated the fair play policy during a tournament

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NAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11

May 09, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Manila's international airport will maintain its limit of 400 passengers daily

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: Aquino signed premium contribution hike for OFWs

May 07, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act into law, which has a provision for the premium hike for direct contributors, including OFWs

MIAA lost P1.8 billion in revenues due to lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:52 PM

Airport chief Ed Monreal says MIAA's year-to-date revenue has gone down by P1.8 billion

LOCKDOWN. A general view of empty airline check-in counters inside the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Aquino: Duterte created own 'unnecessary problem' in ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 7:55 AM

'This administration has put itself into a corner unnecessarily. If there is a significant and sustained support for the reopening of ABS-CBN, it will happen.'

In marking Senator Leila de Lima’s 1,000 day in detention, former president Benigno “NoynoY” Aquino, hundreds of human rights advocates at the UP Diliman church on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH temporarily suspends all flights starting May 3

May 03, 2020 - 9:27 AM

(2nd UPDATE) CAAP says international flights that wish to land or depart from the Philippines should request for an exemption at least 36 hours before the scheduled departure from the airport of origin

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers line up outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as they wait for their flights out of the country on March 19, 2020, File photo by STR/AFP

‘He gave generously’: Aquino’s tribute to late tourism chief Mon Jimenez

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III remembers Jimenez as someone who ‘helped unify the majority of our people towards achieving the successes that we could be proud of as a nation’

President Benigno S. Aquino III is received by DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr, Heads of International Tourism Organizations , Members of Diplomatic Corps upon arrival at the Philippine International Convention Center for the attendance to the Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN Tourism Forum. (Photo: Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Kris Aquino's son Bimby turns 13 with a simple celebration

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:06 PM

His dad, James Yap, also wishes him a happy birthday from miles away

Police, military now in charge of some major national quarantine facilities

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A military general says they are also preparing backup personnel, the way they 'prepare for casualties in battle'

MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL. The COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, photographed on April 7, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: SEA Games 2019 venues convert into quarantine centers

Apr 02, 2020 - 5:27 PM

From hosting the 2019 SEA Games, these venues will be used to test and treat coronavirus-positive patients in the Philippines

CONVERSION. Ninoy Aquino Stadium is set to be repurposed as a coronavirus quarantine facility. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

8 dead as medical evacuation plane crashes during takeoff at NAIA

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,' says the Manila International Airport Authority

A Lion Air (West Wind 24) aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with eight passengers on board caught fire while about to take off from runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Aifrport in Parañaque City on Sunday night. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Remaining Manila flights to be at NAIA Terminal 1 starting March 28

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Terminals 2 and 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be closed to commercial operations beginning 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28

Passengers queue up outside as they wait for their flights out of the country at Manila's international airport on March 19, 2020, after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. - President Rodrigo Duterte on March 16 ordered most of the 55 million people on the main island of Luzon, which includes the capital Manila, to stay at home for the next month after social distancing measures failed to keep people away from one another. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Manny Pangilinan exits P102-billion NAIA Consortium

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan's departure from the 'super consortium' comes as his businesses face regulatory risks under the Duterte administration

FALSE: Noynoy Aquino to ‘finally be arraigned’ for Mamasapano

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The former president was already cleared of all charges in September 2019

[OPINION] EDSA did not fail us – but something else did

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'If the aftermath of EDSA did not lead to ample social changes, this is not a blot on EDSA'

Jerry Aquino Jr tops Ronda Pilipinas Stage 3

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:47 PM

'It was always my dream to wear the leader's jersey so it was really a dream come true,' says Aquino

BREAKTHROUGH. Jerry Aquino, Jr of Scratch It wins his first overall general classification lead in Ronda Pilipinas. Photo from release

Coco Martin, Angel Aquino urge House to 'tackle ABS-CBN franchise issue'

Jan 29, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Coco and Angel are members of Artists Task Force ChaCha, which also includes other members of the industry such as Jaime Fabregas, Bituin Escalante, Jun Sabayton, and Ricky Lee

SIGNATORIES. Coco Martin and Angel Aquino are among the artists who urged the House of Representatives to take action on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. File photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NAIA on 'road to recovery' as flight operations back to normal

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Airport authorities will not implement the two-hour closure for regular runway maintenance on Wednesday, January 15, to allow airlines to mount more flights, as some had to cancel flights earlier due to the Taal Volcano eruption

NORMAL OPERATIONS. Airport Chief Ed Monreal says the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now on normal operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NAIA targets partial operations on January 13

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM

NAIA is no longer experiencing ashfall. Departure flights will be prioritized on Monday, January 13, to free up aircraft parking slots.

NAIA flights 'on hold' due to Taal Volcano ash eruption

Jan 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ash reaches NAIA's runways and ramps. The suspension of flights will remain in effect 'until further notice.'

Passenger planes are parked while others taxi at the departure building of Manila international airport on December 3, 2019, hours before the deadline of the closure of the airport due to Typhoon Kamurri. - Typhoon Kammuri lashed the Philippines with fierce winds and heavy rain, as hundreds of thousands took refuge in shelters and the capital Manila prepared to shut down its international airport over safety concerns. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

PDEA chief: Robredo's drug war report 'a mere political attack'

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'She has dismissed and ignored all of our government's accomplishments and efforts for the past 3 years,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

'SADDENED.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino takes offense in Vice President Leni Robredo's drug war report. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thatcher approved Corazon Aquino asylum request – archives

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:36 AM

But Britain's protection was ultimately not needed after the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino's rival in the 1986 snap presidential elections, steps down

REMEMBER CORY. Corazon Aquino, the wife of the slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 03, 1985 in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll February 7. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

‘F!’ hosts Angel Aquino, Daphne Oseña, Cher Calvin reunite after 10 years

Dec 25, 2019 - 12:30 PM

The 3 former hosts of ABS-CBN lifestyle show 'F!' get together for dinner

FALSE: 'Photo' of unfinished footbridge 'during Aquino administration'

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The unfinished footbridge is built in Thailand, not in the Philippines

Real estate agent killed, daughter injured in Benguet shooting

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Lorna Simon Aquino is shot by an unidentified man, while her daughter Karen Aquino Santiago is wounded trying to shield her from the attacker

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A petty dictator

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The significance of Cory’s book cannot be overemphasized. Her stature alone lends it the poundage of truth needed to crush the creeping conspiracy to not only distort, but flat-out falsify the history of the period to rehabilitate its villains.

‘Disappointed’ Robredo hits PDEA's Aaron Aquino for being two-faced

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Vice President reveals a closed-door meeting with the PDEA chief where Aquino supposedly said he needed her in the ICAD because other agencies do not listen to him

TWO-FACED AQUINO. Vice President Leni Robredo holds her first and only joint press conference with PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino as ICAD co-chairs on November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Jetstar plane stuck at NAIA runway

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(5th UPDATE) The Tokyo-bound plane gets stuck at the grassy portion of the runway following a mishap during takeoff. Airport authorities say the incident is expected to have a 'very minimal' effect on runway operations.

Aquino stayed at Makati Med ICU for security reasons

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Nothing out of the ordinary,' says the former president's spokesperson Abi Valte of his health

'ALRIGHT.' Former president Benigno Aquino III is currently at the Makati Medical Center   for an executive check-up. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Maynilad on revoked extension of deal: 'Very grave concern'

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Both Maynilad and Manila Water tell lawmakers they found out about the cancellation only on the same day the MWSS announced it in a House hearing

'VERY GRAVE CONCERN.' Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez is against the cancellation of the extension of their concession agreement with the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino in hospital for 'routine procedure,' but 'alright'

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Amid reports that former president Benigno Aquino III will undergo a heart procedure, his spokesperson Abigail Valte says he is 'at the Makati Medical Center for a scheduled checkup and a routine procedure'

'ALRIGHT AND IN HIGH SPIRTS.' Former president Benigno Aquino III's spokesperson allays fears he was rushed to the hospital for a heart procedure. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Baby found dead in NAIA Terminal 3 restroom

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority orders a review of security camera footage within the vicinity of the restroom

NAIA TERMINAL 3. File photo from Wikimedia Commons