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Rappler's latest stories on Makati


50 Chinese arrested over illegal POGO operations in Makati condo

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Hua Xin company operates without permits from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Makati city government

Makati bans drinking in public during health crises, calamities

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Establishments will still be allowed to sell liquor, but consumers in Makati City can only drink the alcoholic beverages at home

Makati Business Club again urges lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Equal treatment of all companies – especially by regulators, prosecutors, and lawmakers – will signal that rule of law prevailed,' says the Makati Business Club

Members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines holds a candle lighting protest at the Sgt. Esguerra gate of the ABS-CBN compound on July 3, 2020. The National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN to stop the operations of Sky Direct and TV Plus on June 30. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Abby Binay shuts down Skye Bar for violating quarantine protocols

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Makati City government spokesperson Michael Camiña also says charges have been filed against the arrested bar goers

BUSTED. Over a hundred people are arrested in a rooftop bar in Makati for gathering under quarantine. Photo from Makati police

Over 100 arrested in Makati bar, including celebrity KC Montero

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Montero claims that he and his wife were only there to have a meal, and that they did not know that bars were not yet allowed to operate

More than 100 alleged party-goers, including actor/host KC Montero, were invited to the Makati City Police Station for questioning after they were apprehended for violating the ban on mass gatherings and proper social distancing at an alleged party in a high-rise restaurant and bar in Makati City on Sunday night, June 28. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

85,000 Makati public school students to get free learning modules, internet load

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the learner's package and free internet load will benefit all public school students from preschool to senior high school. Teachers will get free internet load as well.

SCHOOLS PRE-PANDEMIC. Grade school students sing the national anthem before the coronavirus pandemic hit the Philippines. File photo photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SC greenlights prosecution of construction firm chief over Makati parking building

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Supreme Court's Second Division does not give weight to the argument of Hilmarc's Construction chief Efren Canlas that he, as a private individual, cannot be charged for violation of Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

MASSIVE OVERPRICING. The Senate wants Binay charged with plunder over 'an alarming pattern of overpricing' of the Makati parking building 2. File photo

16 foreigners arrested for 'partying' in Makati bar

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Police say they caught 15 Cameroonians and 1 Nigerian violating social distancing rules and drinking beer at a bar

RAID. Police raided the Evolution bar in Makati following complaints from the establishment's neighbors. Photo from Makati police

Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Ressa and co-accused Reynaldo Santo Jr, former Rappler researcher-writer, receives a guilty verdict. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

Cash aid program helped sprout home businesses in Makati, says Abby Binay

May 30, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the city government has released a total of P1,035,810,000 in financial assistance to 207,162 qualified residents

CASH AID FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay holds a virtual press conference on May 11, 2020. Screenshot from My Makati's Facebook page

IN PHOTOS: Makati police raid illegal COVID-19 clinic, arrest 2 fake doctors

May 27, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Cops say there were 4 patients in the illicit infirmary

Two Chinese "doctors," who were allegedly running an unregistered cling being used as a COVID-19 treatment facility, were arrested in Makati City on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Makati Police

PH gov't moves to deport Javier Parra

May 22, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says it has filed charges against Javier Salvador Parra for 'undesirability and for 'overstaying'

ENCOUNTER. Javier Salvador Parra confronts policeman Senior Master Sergeant Roland Madrona before he is arrested on Sunday, April 26. Rappler screenshot

Makati to give P5,000 per qualified resident under economic aid program

May 11, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Around 500,000 Makatizens are set to benefit from the cash aid, which the city government will be distributing through electronic money transfer app GCash

CASH AID FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay holds a virtual press conference on May 11, 2020. Screenshot from My Makati's Facebook page

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati

May 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino

RAID. Cops do an inventory of items seized from the Makati raid on Tuesday, May 5. NCRPO photo

LOOK: Portion of Makati mall parking building collapses

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:31 PM

(4th UPDATE) Makati City Spokesperson Michael Camiña says there are no reported injuries following the incident at the SMDC Jazz Mall

Portion of Jazz Mall along N. Garcia collapsed on Thursday, April 30, 2020 investigation still going on. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gamboa: Police officer's use of force necessary vs 'bulky' Makati resident

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'It is very clear that enough force was applied,' says Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa on the Dasmariñas Village incident

ARREST. Makati policeman Roland Von Madron attempts to arrest Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra on April 26,2020. Rappler screenshot

Police file complaint vs Makati resident for resisting arrest, cursing cops

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Makati police accuse Javier Salvador Parra of unjust vexation, direct assault, and disobedience to authority, and not wearing a face mask

ARREST. Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona attempts to arrest Javier Salvador Parra in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City. Rappler screenshot

Dasmariñas Village residents: We back lockdown rules, but not rights abuse

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:01 PM

The Dasmariñas Village Association says it's investigating the April 26 incident, emphasizing balance between residents' rights and government's COVID-19 response

ARREST. A Makati cop tries to arrest Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra on Sunday, April 26. Rappler screenshot

Makati man went berserk, cursed police – PNP

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Javier Salvador Parra says he intends to file a criminal case against Makati police as his lawyer studies it

ASSAULTED. Javier Salvador Parra gets a check up after he was tackled by a Makati cop to the ground in an attempt to arrest him on Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Parra

Binay orders Makati police to probe assault of private village resident

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Makati City government spokesperson Michael Camiña says the appropriate charges will be filed against those found accountable 'after a full investigation'

DASMA INCIDENT. A Makati police officer is seen tackling Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra to the ground on April 26, 2020. Screenshot from Parra's video

Man in private village assaulted, nearly arrested without warrant by Makati police

Apr 27, 2020 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Javier Salvador Parra is told to pay a P1,000 fine because his house staff was not wearing a face mask while watering plants within their property

TACKLED. Parras is thrown to the ground by a Makati police offiical. Screenshot from Parras video  TACKLED. Parras is thrown to the ground by a Makati police offiical. Screenshot from Parras video

Sacked guards get over half of Makati City’s P24.9-M payment to security agency

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The Commission on Audit affirms its decision ordering Makati City to pay P24.9 million to Triforce Services Incorporated

University of Makati students top Knowledge Channel's mini docu competition

Apr 19, 2020 - 2:18 PM

While the awarding ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 10 winning documentaries will be featured on Knowledge Channel in May

WINS. Class Project, a mini documentary competition, announces winners and finalists on April 17. Screenshot from Knowledge Channel's video

Makati City shoulders cremation of residents who succumb to COVID-19

Apr 14, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The Makati City government partners with a company which will provide two crematories

Photo by Makati City government

University of Makati cancels graduation rites due to coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:14 PM

The University of Makati says its second semester will end on May 19, except for its law school

Makati City requires wearing face masks in public places

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Establishments and transport services may refuse anyone not wearing face masks, according to the city ordinance

POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2,000 solo parents in Makati to receive P1,000 in aid amid coronavirus lockdown

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The inclusion of solo parents as beneficiaries of Makati's financial assistance program follows earlier announcements that some 6,800 registered tricycle and jeepney drivers would be receiving financial aid

Photos from Makati LGU

Pacquiao quarantines before receiving village memo

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Manny Pacquiao says he has decided to quarantine at home after the Senate's special session last Monday

QUARANTINE. Manny Pacquiao decides to stay at home even if he's showing no symptoms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pacquiao residence on lockdown after viral video with Pimentel

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'Please be a model example,' writes Barangay Dasmariñas head to Manny Pacquiao as coronavirus-positive Koko Pimentel attends his party

SELF-QUARANTINE. Manny Pacquiao is forced to stay at home in his residence due to his contact with Koko Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: Public safety relies on everyone's discipline to follow quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's statement comes after two high-ranking government officials allegedly breached home quarantine protocols

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III fields questions at a press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ex-law dean offers help in suing Pimentel for quarantine breach

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:16 PM

'May this also serve as a needed reminder that the rule of law is superior to the rule of any public official,' says lawyer Rico Quicho, whose offer to help is out of 'disbelief and frustration' over the DOJ's 'double standards'

DRAFTING COMPLAINT. Former Law Dean Rico Quicho offers help in filing a complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach. Rappler photo

Philippines' Toyo Eatery is among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:45 PM

This is the second time Chef Jordy Navarra's Filipino restaurant makes it to the annual list

Makati Medical Center reaches full capacity for coronavirus cases

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Close to 70 patients, including those who have tested positive for the virus and those waiting for results, are currently confined at the hospital

MAKATI MEDICAL CENTER. The hospital reaches full capacity for coronavirus cases. Screenshot from

'Compassion': DOJ not investigating Pimentel quarantine breach without complaint

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The justice department also rules out a warrantless arrest, as Secretary Guevarra appeals for compassion

COMPASSION. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler‹

Makati Med denounces Pimentel's 'irresponsible, reckless' protocol breach

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The Makati Medical Center slams Senator Koko Pimentel's actions, saying he 'added to the burden' of the hospital by violating his home quarantine and exposing health workers to possible infection

RESIGNATION. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III resigns from his post on May 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati gov't employees, contract workers to get paid during lockdown

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:51 AM

All 9,406 workers will receive their salaries, says Mayor Abby Binay

MAKATI CITY HALL. Photo from Wikipedia.

Abby Binay OKs cash assistance to over 5,900 tricycle drivers in Makati

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says they are also preparing a financial package for jeepney drivers in the city

MANAGING THE OUTBREAK. Makati Mayor Abby Binay deliver a speech before members of the City Council. File photo from Makati City government

Makati under community quarantine, curfew set from 8 pm to 5 am starting March 16

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the City Council will also sign a resolution declaring a state of calamity so the city can tap into its Quick Respond Fund to combat the novel coronavirus

NOW UNDER QUARANTINE. An unusually empty mall in Makati City on March 14, 2020, hours before the community quarantine takes effect in Metro Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makati, Pasig, Quezon City take precautions vs novel coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:25 PM

'We must make decisions based on set protocol and guidance from experts in the field, not public opinion or pressure,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

PRECAUTIONS. People on a bus in Metro Manila wear face masks to help prevent themselves from catching the novel coronavirus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Art in the Park 2020 postponed amid coronavirus spread

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:00 PM

They hope to reschedule the event at a latter time in 2020

POSTPONED. The annual event is postponed as novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines rise. Photo from Art in the Park's Facebook page

Cop under PNP chief’s office shot dead in Makati

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Major Jeffrey Dalson is killed on the spot by riding-in-tandem killers

LINE UP. Quezon City Police lined up during a briefing on August 8, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Retired teacher dead after being run over by truck in Makati City

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Police say a transit mixer truck ran over 67-year-old Myriam Tagudan as she crossed Kalayaan Avenue in Barangay East Rembo in Makati

A retired teacher dies after was ran over by a transit mixer truck in Makati City on March 3, 2020

Man killed, wife hurt by fellow Chinese in Makati shooting

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Police say the couple and the suspects were dining together in a VIP room at the Jiang Nan Hot Pot in Barangay Bel-Air before the incident

SHOOTING. An injured Zheng Kai checks on her the body of her husband, Yin Jian Tao, after the suspects have fled the restaurant in Makati City on February 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of Makati Police

Makati Business Club: 'Strong' U.S. ties important for PH economy, security

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:59 PM

The Makati Business Club expresses concern over the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, saying it may 'affect other security agreements'

ALLIES NO MORE? The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LGBTQ+ groups hit Oplan X-Men’s ‘targeted harassment’ against transgender women

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Camp Queer points out 'Oplan X-Men' is only one example of the routine denial of transgender people's right to exist in public spaces

Business groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The business groups note the critical role of a free press in economic development

COA tells Makati City gov't to pay balance of Hilmarc's 2013 contract

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The Commission on Audit tells the Makati City government to pay the P53.2 million balance for Hilmarc's work on the air conditioning system of the second building of the city hall

2 Makati cops fired over alleged ‘transgender profiling’

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) Makati City police chief Rogelio Simon confirms that Patrolman Timmy Paez and Police Corporal Juliel Atal are relieved from their posts

LOOK: GrabKitchen opens first branch in Glorietta

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:15 PM

GrabFood's 'central kitchen' lets you mix and match orders from 6 GrabFood merchants, all in one place – Coco, 24 Chicken, Recovery Food, Frank & Dean, Omakase, and Mister Kabab