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Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

[ANALYSIS] Hard choices in Slip Zero, Barangay 20, Tondo, Manila

May 13, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Hindi po kami namamalimos sa gobyerno. Marunong kaming mag-hanapbuhay. Pero ngayon nawala sa amin yun. Paano na kami, paano na ang pamilya namin?' asks community leader Bernadette Sabalza

LOOK: Hospital at forefront of coronavirus fight celebrates 10th anniversary

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:56 AM

With patients arriving in droves due to the pandemic, the medical staff are left with no choice but to stay put and celebrate among themselves in a simple but meaningful way

SUIT UP, RANGERS. Medical staff share a light moment to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the medical facility. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Isko Moreno on Manila's battle vs coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Watch the interview with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday, March 23, at 9 am

[OPINION] When pride marches back to Manila

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:50 PM

'We could eventually encourage the City of Manila to enact the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and, to some extent, reorient the stance of the city mayor, particularly his views on transgenders'

Manila bans roadside laundry, 'visual clutter' in new ordinance

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Manila's Tapat Ko-Linis Ko Ordinance also prohibits hanging laundry outside windows and using sidewalks for plants, trees, and planters

DAILY CHORE. A woman hangs laundry from a window outside her shanty in Manila. A new city ordinance bans hanging clothes to dry on windows and other areas that cause ‘visual clutter.’ File photo by Luis Liwanag/AFP

[OPINION] Carlos, the Prompter

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Heritage advocate and Intramuros senior tourism operations officer Jeffrey Yap recalls meeting and working with Carlos Celdran

Manila City closes Isetann Mall for misrepresentation, lack of permits

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Isetann Mall owner Tri-Union Properties Incorporated is found operating as a lessor 'without the necessary business permit' and misrepresenting its employee count and business area

CLOSING ISETANN. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno serves a closure order for the Isetann mall in Recto, Manila on October 9, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Puppy love: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla donate cages to Manila City Pound

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:18 PM

The celebrity couple are also animal lovers!

Rappler Talk: Isko Moreno on remaking Manila

May 18, 2019 - 5:03 PM

After toppling political giant Joseph Estrada, Isko Moreno promises Manila the moon and the stars. How will he do this? Watch his interview live on Rappler.

PNP tags Manila, 4 other Metro Manila cities as election hotspots

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, and Pasay are also listed as election hotspots

ELECTION HOTSPOT. Policemen implement a stricter Comelec checkpoint in Binondo, Manila as the NCRPO deploys 14,000 police and set up more checkpoints in Metro Manila at start of the campaign period on February 12, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

LOOK: P790,000 found at Manila City Jail raid

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The raid yields no illegal drugs but authorities discover cash-stuffed plastic containers in a sealed room

Members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Manila Police District and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducts Oplan Linis Piitan, formerly operation greyhound and oplan galugad, at the Manila City Jail on September 29, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Raid at Manila City Jail

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'Greyhound' operations before sunrise inside the Manila City Jail yields drug paraphernalia, assorted weapons

Policemen from the Manila Police District, BJMP and PDEA conduct a massive Greyhound operations (Oplan Galugad) at the Manila City Jail on June 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:39 PM

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Aegis Juris fratmen transferred from NBI to Manila City Jail

May 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) In ordering the transfer, a Manila judge cites the rule that an arrested person should be brought to the 'nearest police station or jail'

Members of Aegis Juris fraternity is being taken out of NBI Detention cell for their transfer to Manila City Jail in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Alfredo Lim joins Duterte’s PDP-Laban

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says, however, that the ruling party has yet to decide whether Lim will be its mayoral candidate in Manila against incumbent Joseph Estrada

MEMBER. PDP-Laban President Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim took his oath as a member of the ruling party.

3 Philippine hotels receive 2018 Forbes 5-Star award

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Nüwa at City of Dreams Manila, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino are all 5-Star properties, according to the Forbes Travel Guide

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WATCH: Nanay Ely, the 82-year-old crocheter of Tayuman

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Nanay Ely is just one of thousands of Filipino indigent seniors who continue to work to make ends meet

MMDA eyes Pasig River sludge for Manila land reclamation

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:21 PM

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim says the sludge can be used as infills for land reclamation

COOPERATION. MMDA chairman Danny Lim proposes to use the soil build up of the Pasig River to be used for Manila City's many reclamation projects.

Gambling addiction: How the Philippines prevents, handles 'problem gamers'

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Local casinos are practicing minimum responsible gaming standards set by regulators But compared to global practices the Philippines seems to be just catching up

RESPONSIBLE GAMING. About 220 gamblers in the Philippines turned to a to self-exclusion program, volunteering to be banned from casinos in an attempt to go cold turkey. Rappler file photo

Manila police nab 3 suspects in Quiapo blast

May 31, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Halid Macatanong who is suspected of setting off the second bomb in Quiapo on May 6 is arrested in Subic Freeport in Zambales

HIDING. The three suspects are arrested in Subic Freeport, 3 hours away from Manila.

32 Manila barangay officials on drug watchlist, 1 killed last week

May 30, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Barangay Chairman Angelito Sarmiento is killed inside his home by unidentified gunmen

TARGETED. Barangay officials are not new victims of the drug war, with one already killed in October 2016.

Manila police ordered to double security around Malacañang

May 24, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Manila Police District says it is on full alert to prevent the clashes in Marawi City from spilling over to the nation s capital

PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here at Malacañang Palace on March 31, 2017. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. Malacañang file photo

Manila to relocate 7,000 families in esteros

May 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Manila city government is looking into reclaiming a portion of Manila Bay for its housing project with China s Shanghai Nanjiang Group

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Erap on Quiapo bombings: We have them under control

May 08, 2017 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED Manila City Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada appeals for calm after two bombs terrorized the city s Quiapo district in a span of two weeks

DEADLY SECOND. The explosion last Saturday is the second incident that terrorized the Quiapo district, and this time, it claimed lives.

City hall experiences: The good and the bad

Apr 16, 2017 - 9:30 AM

What are the most common experiences of taxpayers in Metro Manila while transacting with their respective city halls?

Barbers vs Pichay, Manila City Jail, Bhumibol of Thailand | 6PM wRap

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:44 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

Jail gang holds ‘noise barrage’ vs anti-illegal drugs policy

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:34 PM

UPDATED Some 200 inmates stage a noise barrage at the Manila City Jail over a new jail policy to segregate drug suspects from other inmates

NOISE BARRAGE. Inmates belonging to Batang City Jail call for help as they take cover on the roof after policemen and jail guards violently pacify their noise barrage inside the Manila City Jail, Quiapo, Manila against the jail warden Supt. Gerald Bantag. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila police tailing 82 drug pushers

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada orders police to go all out and rid the city of illegal drugs

WAR VS DRUGS. Manila Mayor Erap Estrada is backing the Manila police's pursuit of suspected drug users in the city. File photo by Rappler

No way to go but up: A look into Metro Manila’s CBDs

May 16, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Makati BGC and Ortigas Center: What makes each business district unique and thriving?

WATCH: Erap vs Lim vs Bagatsing in Manila race

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

A re electionist a former mayor and a congressman fight for the mayoralty of the city of Manila

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door in Manila City Jail

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:19 AM

We re all like Judas but we re all like Jesus too Cardinal Tagle says

SHEPHERD AND FLOCK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits the residents of the Manila City Jail on Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Erap: Allow vegetable gardens of poor on your land

Nov 18, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The Manila mayor encourages the rich and landed residents to let poor families use their perimeter walls as vertical vegetable gardens to help solve the problem of hunger

University Belt eyed as ‘no-walk zone’ due to Lando

Oct 18, 2015 - 7:56 PM

The Manila City government also turns the Manila Bay area into a ‘no walk zone’ due to Typhoon Lando Koppu

'NO-WALK ZONE.' Filipinos carry their belongings along Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines, on October 18, 2015, as Typhoon Lando (Koppu) slams into the northern Philippines. Manila Bay is eventually declared a 'no-walk zone' due to Lando. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Carpio on Manila zoning laws: Applying for variance 'rule' instead of exception?

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:33 AM

During the oral arguments on the controversial Torre de Manila SC justice Antonio Carpio says applying for a variance to get around the limits of Manila s zoning laws appears to be the rule rather than the exception

49-STORY STRUCTURE. The high-rise building is the subject of a petition before the High Court, with critics saying it violated both heritage and local zoning laws. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/ Mark Z. Saludes/

Pedestrian musings: The destruction of mobility in the metro

Aug 22, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Who are the pedestrians? Has Manila ever had a truly ambulant culture? If not then what ends have the spaces for the people served all along?

JAMPACKED ROADS. This is the view from the footbridge in Katipunan, Quezon City, during rush hour. Photo courtesy of John Labella

Manila 'rubout' was planned, says police asset

Jul 20, 2015 - 9:12 PM

A police informant recounts to the National Bureau of Investigation how the plan to capture an alleged robber resulted in an execution

FAST FACTS: Pasig City

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:21 AM

To commemorate Pasig City s July 2 founding anniversary here are some interesting facts about one of the country s oldest local government units

Erap surprised by Binay’s VP offer

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Estrada is known to be dead set on seeking re election as mayor of Manila He had also given his blessings to his 2013 running mate Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno to aim for the Senate

April 1 non-working day in Manila city gov't offices

Mar 31, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada declares the holiday which gives city employees a 5 day holiday this Holy Week

Travellers International nets P5.45B in 2014

Mar 20, 2015 - 4:54 PM

The gaming and entertainment complex operator reports its net doubles from 2013 despite a decline in net revenues

The Battle of Manila through monuments, markers

Mar 03, 2015 - 3:32 PM

The memory of the Liberation of Manila in 1945 lives on as a reminder of the fight for the freedom we enjoy and cherish today

MEMORARE MANILA 1945. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

From Cebu to Manila: Bisaya in the big city

Feb 21, 2015 - 6:03 PM

I always will be a Cebuano but I am now a Manileño too

Cezar Mancao to surrender? Clears Lacson, Erap

Feb 07, 2015 - 12:28 PM

The former police officer charged for the 2000 murder of publicist Bubby Dacer says he was forced to implicate former senator Lacson and former president Estrada

FUGITIVE. In this file photo, former Police Senior Supt Cezar Mancao attends a court hearing on the Dacer-Corbito case.Photo by Danny Pata

The return of Baywalk’s banished ‘bedspacers’

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Strange how a day before Pope Francis comes to Manila 100 or so people seem to have vanished They seem to have magically disappeared from the same place where the sea swallows the sun

LEFT IN THE DARK. Manila Bay is the site of many majestic sunsets. It is also home to about 100 Baywalk bedspacers, whose future remains bleak. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

'Caged' street kids for papal visit? No such thing, says gov’t

Jan 15, 2015 - 3:39 PM

Top government officials deny a report saying street children in Metro Manila were locked up in filthy detention centres to keep the streets clean for the Pope s arrival

A student activist holds a placard to welcome Pope Francis in Manila, the Philippines, 14 January 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Manila suspends classes, city hall work for Nazareno

Jan 05, 2015 - 10:08 AM

The Executive Order does not cover work in national government offices and private offices or in select frontline and security services

The statue of the Black Nazarene is taken by carriage through crowds of devotees in Manila, Philippines 09 January 2011. Francis R. Malasig/EPA