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NCRPO sacks San Juan cops who escorted Mayor Zamora to Baguio

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'I will not condone any wrongdoing of our police officers in the implementation of the community quarantine protocols,' says NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, whose own birthday party violated quarantine rules

DISCIPLINE? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas himself has violated quarantine protocols, allowing his staff to hold a surprise birthday party for him in May 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

San Juan City lifts liquor ban

May 19, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Alcohol sale is allowed again in San Juan City

BAN LIFTED. A liquor store in Metro Manila during the Enhance Community Quarantine on March 31, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Mayors ‘consecrate’ cities to Mary in the middle of pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 5:04 PM

‘In our weakness and confusion, we are not alone,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila

Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso; Makati mayor Abby Binay; Mandaluyong mayor Menchie Abalos; Pasay City mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano and San Juan mayor Francis Zamora attends the consecration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Manila Cathedral on May 13, 2020, which is also the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The city leaders offered prayers and flowers to the image of Our Lady of Fatima. The mass was celebrated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Muntinlupa, San Juan, and Pasay slow to give out coronavirus subsidies

May 05, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Metro Manila local government units have distributed only 38.7 percent of the subsidies for non-4Ps families as of Monday, May 4

EMERGENCY SUBSIDY. Residents of Teachers Village East in Quezon City queue for the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on May 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Año: Jinggoy Estrada violated lockdown rules

May 04, 2020 - 1:10 PM

While former senator Jinggoy Estrada wanted to help, relief operations should be done according to the law, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

FOLLOW RULES. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conferen on Monday, February 17, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada arrested for 'violating' lockdown in San Juan

May 03, 2020 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) San Juan City authorities arrest former senator Jinggoy Estrada as he distributes relief goods. Estrada's daughter says the arrest was politically motivated.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

EAT FRESH HK Street Food delivers frozen siomai, siopao, wontons

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The dimsum resto can deliver their frozen goods around Metro Manila for a flat delivery rate

Zamora not inclined to have coronavirus rapid test in San Juan City

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Francis Zamora says the city government has tried several kinds of antibody rapid test kits but the 'false negative and false positive results' failed to give confidence in their effectiveness

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the inauguration and blessing of 8 COVID-19 modular, lightweight container van facilities equipped with beds and in air condition units and will serve as a staging area for patients line up for admission to San Juan Medical Center COVID ward in front of the SJMC on Monday, April 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 Abra former village chiefs gunned down just days apart

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:11 PM

One of the victims, Leo Barbosa, is the provincial coordinator of Senator Ronald dela Rosa. He's recently seen giving away relief goods on the senator's behalf.

IN PHOTOS: San Juan City opens new coronavirus ward

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora says it is the city's contribution to reducing the burden of secondary and tertiary hospitals fighting the novel coronavirus disease

COVID-19 WARD. Mayor Francis Zamora shows photos of San Juan City's new coronavirus ward on his Facebook page

Isolated San Juan Mayor Zamora assures the public he's okay

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora also assures residents that delivery of services, including the distribution of food packs, have not been disrupted

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Selfless until the end: Dr Rosalinda Pulido's calling to help others

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The 46-year-old doctor didn't hesitate to join frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus

Photos from Ana Evangelista, Donabel Palmes-Virtucio, and Rose Pulido

Francis Zamora self-quarantines after staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:07 PM

This means limited mobility and restrained management for the mayor who oversees San Juan, the city with the highest concentration of coronavirus-positive patients in the country

QUARANTINED. In this file photo, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora speaks to reporters after backing a recall petition in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Rappler Talk: Francis Zamora on fighting coronavirus at ground zero

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Watch the interview on Rappler at 10 am Tuesday, March 24

San Juan coronavirus cases surge to 45

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:21 PM

San Juan has the highest concentration of coronavirus cases in the country, with 45 out of its 120,000 residents testing positive for COVID-19 as of March 23

MORE CASES. The San Juan local government continues its daily disinfection in communities on March 19, 2020, as the city registers a significant number of residents infected by the COVID-19. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

New San Juan Bridge opened to the public

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The San Juan Bridge connects Old Sta. Mesa Street in Manila to N. Domingo Street in San Juan City

A newly-replaced San Juan Bridge also known as Pinaglabanan Bridge in the city of San Juan is now open to motorists.

7 of 33 coronavirus cases in PH are from San Juan

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:05 PM

All cases are showing symptoms of COVID-19 but are in stable condition

Greenhills mall disinfects amid rise in coronavirus cases

Mar 08, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Temperature checks and a health desk are also set up at the Greenhills mall to help customers cope amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak

DISINFECT. Greenhills mall sanitizes premises amid the rise in COVID019 cases. Photo courtesy of GreenBulb Communications

San Juan temporarily closes prayer hall frequented by coronavirus patient

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora says the prayer room will be disinfected and sanitized

CLOSED DUE TO COVID. Members of the Muslim community in San Juan team up to disinfect the prayer room that had been temporarily closed by the local government on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lunacy in our midst

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM

We get a daily dose

Frustrated murder, illegal detention complaint filed vs Greenhills hostage taker

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Alchie Paray is also accused of illegal possession of firearms, explosives, and a bladed weapon

ACCUSED. Alchie Paray (left) is escorted by San Juan City Police chief Colonel Jaime Santos (right) after cops filed criminal cases against Paray on Wednesday, March 4. San Juan police photo

Alchie Paray: What turned a Greenhills guard into a hostage taker

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Paray recalls being threatened by a Greenhills tenant, 'Sinabi ko sa ’yo hindi ka na tatagal dito'

ARRESTED. Policemen lead Alchie Paray, the hostage taker at the V-Mall, to a waiting vehicle after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker refused P1M: 'He needed to be heard'

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Hindi niya tinanggap kasi hindi pera ang kailangan niya eh. Ang kailangan niya marinig lang yung hinaing,' says San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora

DEMANDS. Hostage taker Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Malacañang satisfied with handling of Greenhills hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'For as long as people are alive, we welcome it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HOSTAGE CRISIS. Policemen lead fired security guard Alchie Paray out the V-Mall after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP to inspect outposts of Greenhills hostage taker's security agency

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Philippine National Police will inspect the deployment of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation

OFFICIALS. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and SASCOR security agency apologize to the hostage taker during a a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP backpedals, says Greenhills hostage taker is licensed guard

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Fired security guard Alchie Paray has a license that is not set to expire until 2021

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

San Juan to probe ‘corruption' allegations raised during Greenhills hostage incident

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Kailangan nating mag-imbistiga. Bagamat ito ay isang bagay na pribado, kailangang mangialam ang lungsod dito,' says San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora emerges from the inside the V-Mall after assessing the situation of hostage taking incident at the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: Hostage-taking incident in Greenhills mall

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The hostages have been freed and the hostage-taker has been arrested. Here’s a rundown of events of the March 2 incident at the Greenhills mall.

SWAT personnels escort hostage taker Archie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Greenhills hostage crisis ends

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:19 AM

The crisis lasts 9 hours, ending with the suspect getting tackled to the ground by cops after speaking with the media for around 20 minutes

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker has ‘no record’ of being accredited as guard – PNP

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'He is not licensed,' says San Juan police chief Colonel Jaime Santos

MONOLOGUE. Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker arrested

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Cops tackle to the ground hostage taker Alchie Paray after a pistol is spotted on his waist

ARRESTED. Policemen subdue hostage taker Archie Paray (center) after he surrenders outside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostages freed

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Earlier, the superiors of hostage taker Alchie Paray – a security guard fired for being absent without leave – apologized and offered to resign in a bid to end the crisis

FREED. Hostages walk in a line after being released from inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostage taker's bosses apologize, resign in bid to end crisis

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) The hostage taker has been identified as Alchie Paray, a 40-year-old guard who was fired after apparently going on absence without leave for weeks

APOLOGY. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation apologize during a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker demands to talk to fellow guards, media

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The hostage taker, a former guard of V-Mall, was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks

EVACUATION. Policemen evacuate shoppers and vendors from V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, after a former guard hold dozens hostage in the administration office late morning of March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dozens held hostage at Greenhills mall, ex-guard armed with gun, grenades

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

(8th UPDATE) The suspect is a former security guard provided by the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR

LOCKDOWN. Vira Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, has been locked down as an armed former security guard hold hostage about 30 persons, mostly vendors, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Francis Zamora shuts down slaughterhouse in San Juan

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The slaughterhouse is found to be violating the Clean Water Act of 2004

CLOSED. Mayor Francis Zamora orders the closure of a slaughterhouse in San Juan that was found to be dumping wastewater into the San Juan river. Photo by San Juan PIO

San Juan catches fire, wallops Davao in MPBL finals rematch

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:22 PM

John Wilson and San Juan bag their 23rd win in 26 games with a 19-point romp over Davao Occidental

1000-POINT MAN. John Wilson, who became the first player in MPBL history to score at least 1,000, continues to take charge for San Juan. Photo release


WATCH: San Juan inmates join the 'Tala' dance challenge

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The inmates show off their own 'Tala' dance moves in a Facebook video

Health services prioritized in San Juan's P2.55-B budget for 2020

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:03 PM

About P510 million going to the health department and San Juan Medical Center

SAN JUAN BUDGET. San Juan City gets a budget of P2.55 billion for 2020. Photo courtesy of San Juan City facebook page

NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

San Juan to launch city app, e-kiosks for government transactions

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The move is in line with new mayor Francis Zamora's promise to make San Juan a smart city

SMART CITY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora signs a memorandum of agreement for the San Juan city application and electronic kiosks on November 14, 2019. Photo from San Juan Public Information Department

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

From the air bases to Greenhills: Ex-military doctor heads San Juan public hospital

Nov 03, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The prospect of changing the quality of San Juaneños experience with public health would prove a worthy challenge for San Juan Medical Center Director Joseph Acosta

NEW ROLE. Joseph Acosta served as a doctor in the military for 30 years. Now he takes on a new challenge as San Juan Medical Center's Director. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Francis Zamora: After 50 years, San Juan gets a new captain

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?

CLEARING. To lead the example PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Elleazar along with San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on July 30, 2019, demolish Community Precinct structures at West Crame in San Juan City per president order to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 women rescued from 'prostitution den' in San Juan

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Authorities turn over the 4 women to the San Juan City Social Welfare and Development Office. Mayor Francis Zamora also orders the closure of the establishment.

RESCUED. The San Juan city government together with the San Juan police raid a 'prostitution den' masquerading as a health spa along Santolan Road in San Juan City on October 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

He says his first 100 days have been 'so far, so good,' but that ghosts of the previous administration remain

100 DAYS. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Congressman Ronnie Zamora, and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr on Friday, September 27, lead the groundbreaking of the 22-story high-rise public housing that will rise along Pinaglaban Street in San Juan City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

Rappler Talk: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Mayor Francis Zamora promised a new San Juan after ending the Ejercito-Estrada clan's 50-year rule in the city. How did he fare in his first 100 days?

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler