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PH to open 4 'mega' coronavirus swabbing centers in Metro Manila, Bulacan

May 04, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the sites will be able to conduct 5,000 tests daily once they open within the week

SWABBING CENTER. The massive indoor venue is set to become a swabbing center where coronavirus tests will be conducted. Photo from Wikipedia

LOOK: PH's top fashion magazines spotlight coping with the coronavirus

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Preview and Mega's covers tackle the theme of unity and hope

Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Colleagues, friends pay tribute to publishing pioneer Sari Yap

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Bianca Gonzalez, Tim Yap, Leo Posadas, and Liza Ilarde pay tribute to Sari, who founded the homegrown fashion magazine 'Mega'

'Mega' founder Sari Yap dies

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 'Mega' founder battled cancer for years, according to friends

LOVE AND LIGHT. Sari Yap died on September 9. Photo from Sari Yap's Facebook page

My 'Mega' memories: How it was working with Sari Yap

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'A lot of people wouldn't know who I am and what I could do if it not for Sari Yap'

Maxine Medina faces backlash for being part of MEGA Magazine’s equality campaign

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:41 PM

People note that Maxine had spoken against transwomen joining pageants in the past

MAXINE MEDINA. The beauty queen faces backlash for appearing in a MEGA Magazine campaign about equality. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

DPWH: Pampanga road, bridge closed to traffic over earthquake damage

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways says no damage was reported in national roads and bridges, and other infrastructure facilities in Mimaropa and Region 1

DAMAGED. DPWH officials lef by Public Wrks Secretary Mark Villar inspects the approach to the Floridablanca-Consuelo Bridge which sustained damaged after the strong earthquake in parts of Luzon on April 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of DPWH

One winner in record $1.6 billion US lotto jackpot

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A single ticket holder from South Carolina wins the mind-blowing $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot

MIND-BLOWING. Mega Millions lottery tickets sit inside a convenience store in Lower Manhattan, October 23, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Mega Man to be adapted into live-action Hollywood film

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The news comes hot on the heels of the release of 'Mega Man 11,' the latest game outing of the hero

MEGA MAN IS BACK. The Blue Bomber is getting the live-action movie treatment. Image from Capcom.

LOOK: Claudine Barretto reunites with niece Dominique Cojuangco in Mega PH Ball

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Claudine and Dominique pose for the cameras during the event

2 killed in mudslide at Baguio condominium construction site

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Patrick Lachica and Hanna Hurago are human resources personnel of the construction firm laying down the foundation for the Mega Pines condominium project

RETRIEVAL. Baguio 911 responders, fire personnel, and volunteers retrieve the victims’ bodies from under mudslide at Sandico Street, Baguio City, on June 13, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Mega Man's 30th anniversary brings new game, rereleased collections

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Capcom announces a late 2018 release for 'Mega Man 11' in addition to rereleasing all the games in the series for multiple platforms.

MEGA MAN 11! Capcom's Blue Bomber makes a return. Image from Capcom.

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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DDB chief Dionisio Santiago asked to resign

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The DDB chairman is asked to resign after his remarks criticizing the mega drug rehabilitation center funded by a Chinese tycoon

Marawi clash, Huang, Farinas | Evening wRap

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Katerina Francisco

Huang, Iqbal, Facebook | Midday wRap

Jun 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Zak Yuson

PH 'forever grateful' to Chinese donor for drug rehab center – Ubial

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:40 AM

No matter what the outcome of his investigation [for bribery] is we will forever be grateful to him says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial as tycoon Huang Rulun faces a probe in China

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Metro Manila subway operations 'can begin' even before entire line done

Jun 16, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The Department of Transportation says the planned subway in Metro Manila can begin operations in 2022 as soon as there are two stations built

ON A RUSH. Department of Transportion Secretary Arthur Tugade wants the project to be completed by 2022, before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends. Rappler file photo

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

LIVE: The Dutertenomics Forum

Apr 25, 2017 - 4:43 PM

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Duterte administration details 'ambitious' infra plan

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:35 PM

A railway connecting the cities of Davao Surigao and Cagayan de Oro as well as a subway linking Quezon City Mandaluyong Pasig and Taguig are part of the government s basket of solutions to address the country s poor infrastructure

'POVERTY TRAP.' 'We need to undertake these investments for the sake of the next generation of Filipinos – or else they will remain in the same poverty trap that we found ourselves in,' Finance Secretary Dominguez says. Photo from Malacanang

Duterte, Abe may sign Mega Manila subway deal in November

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the two leaders may sign the deal when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comes to Manila for the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

JAPAN'S HELPING HAND. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Malacañang during the Japanese leader's two-day visit to Manila. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region there would be some difficulties says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

ICW: Proses semua pihak yang menikmati uang proyek KTP Elektronik

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:51 PM

ICW juga mendorong agar penegak hukum memproses partai politik dan pihak korporasi yang terlibat proyek tersebut

SEUMUR HIDUP. Petugas Kantor Pelayanan Perizinan Terpadu Satu Pintu (KPPTSP) Kota Banda Aceh melayani warga yang membuat Kartu Tanda Penduduk (KTP) di Banda Aceh, Aceh, Senin, 4 Januari 2016. Foto oleh Irwansyah Putra/ANTARA

Namanya dicatut dalam proyek KTP elektronik, Marzuki Alie lapor polisi

Mar 10, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Marzuki mengaku tidak kenal dengan Andi Narogong orang yang mengadakan logistik proyek KTP Elektronik di Kemendagri

LAPOR. Mantan Ketua DPR, Marzuki Alie melapor ke Bareskrim Polri karena merasa namanya dicatut dalam skandal mega korupsi pengadaan KTP Elektronik. Foto oleh ANTARA

Pulse Asia survey, Ombudsman, Snapchat | Evening wRap

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Fil-Chinese businessmen funding next mega drug rehab center

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Funds for the center to rise in Bohol are sourced by a Cebu based foundation supportive of President Duterte

REHAB PROGRAM. President Rodrigo Duterte inspects the first phase of the Mega Drug Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija along with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Taiwan indicts ex-head of bank linked to Panama Papers

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:27 PM

McKinney Tsai ex chairman of Mega International Commercial Bank faces 6 charges in total including accepting improper gains money laundering releasing false documents and insider trading

Duterte, Chinese tycoon inaugurate ‘mega’ drug rehab center

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The President thanks Chinese real estate tycoon Huang Rulun for his donation of P1 4 billion for two drug rehabilitation centers

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016.

Auction for Nueva Ecija prison postponed for 4th time

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This PPP project is part of government efforts to fix the Philippines prison system which the International Centre for Prison Studies ranks as the 4th most overcrowded in the world

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dredge report: Firm that built China's islands gets PH deal

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

CCCC Dredging will create 4 artificial islands totalling 208 hectares of reclaimed land in Davao the port city on the southern island of Mindanao where Duterte was mayor the Beijing Youth Daily reports

CHINA'S PROMISE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by China President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Ubial: PH drug problem a 'public health emergency'

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says around P145 million of its Quick Response Fund will be used to address the immediate needs in treatment and rehabilitation centers

DRUG SURRENDERERS. A Philippine policeman (L) stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Taiwan detains ex-head of bank linked to Panama Papers

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Mckinney Tsai offloads stocks ahead of the bank being fined 180 million by US regulators in August according to Apple Daily citing unnamed sources

Taiwan slaps ban, fine on bank linked to Panama Papers

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Taiwan regulators have ordered the removal of executives of a local bank linked to the Panama Papers scandal and barred it from opening overseas branches

Aerial view of the Panama City bay taken on March 23, 2015.  Rodrigo Arangua/File/AFP

Taiwan probes leading bank linked to Panama Papers

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:49 PM

American regulators last week said Taiwan s Mega International Commercial Bank showed indifference towards transactions carried out through Panama

View of a sign outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm offices are placed in Panama City on April 3, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Seize assets of firm in 2004 Comelec deal – SC

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The case involves the nullified P1 2 billion automation deal between the Comelec and Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc in 2004

HIGH COURT. The Supreme Court orders a Makati court to issue a writ of preliminary attachment over the properties of Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Filipino surfer Philmar Alipayo wins West Sumbawa Pro 2016 in Bali

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:06 PM

Philmar Alipayo of Siargao gets the win in the final seconds of the 30 minute finale

Railways are not the way out of Manila traffic mess – expert

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Putting in more railways is important but should not be the priority because they take time says transportation expert Rene Santiago

Duterte on business, Roxas’ SOCE, Brexit battle | 6PM wRap

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Charice on 'Mega Man' cover, new rock sound

Jun 06, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Charice makes history upon appearing on the cover of Mega Man magazine s June issue where he also talks about his fresh rock sound on his new album Catharsis

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Infra projects to ease traffic to continue beyond 2016 – Palace

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Various infrastructure projects to ease traffic are expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017 but Malacañang says completion won t be affected by the change in administration

ONGOING. The NAIA Expressway Project is one of the infrastructure projects eyed to be completed by 2016 or 2017. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Makati to host Mega Job Fair on December 11

Dec 04, 2015 - 3:54 PM

52 companies will join the job fair including SM Supermarket Goldilocks and Dunkin Donuts

NEW VACANCY. Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña says the job fair is the city government's Christmas gift to its residents. Rappler file photo

NEDA chief: Mega Manila flood masterplan subject to 'refinements'

Nov 04, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Notwithstanding the kind of rigor we exercise during program and project deliberations we acknowledge that there is always room for improvement NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan assures the public and critics of the project

PROBLEM PERSISTS. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson admits in June 2015 that the worsening floods in Metro Manila will not be solved overnight. File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

Over 1M jobs in Metro Cebu by 2050 under roadmap – JICA study

Nov 03, 2015 - 6:19 PM

The full implementation of the Metro Cebu Roadmap is also expected to grow the area s gross domestic product GDP per capita to more than 20 000 by 2050 almost the same level as South Korea in 2010 according to a JICA study

METRO CEBU ROADMAP. “We hope that the Philippine government will approve the roadmap in the same way that they supported the Infrastructure Roadmap for Mega Manila,” JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Noriaki Niwa says. Image from Shutterstock