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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

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

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/

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

LOOK: San Juan restores Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, the city’s pride

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is digging through the Spanish-era water tunnels under the memorial grounds, and hopes to open it to visitors by early 2020

 PRIDE OF SAN JUAN. The Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine is getting a P50-million makeover, care of the Department of Public Works and Highways and in coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

LOOK: Martha Stewart plants rice, eats pandesal, shops in Greenhills

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Seems like the lifestyle icon is enjoying her stay in the Philippines!

Applying for GSIS loan program now easier for San Juan City gov't workers

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The San Juan City government and the GSIS sign a memorandum of agreement on the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program for city government workers

LOAN FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS. San Juan City government workers may now apply for the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan program through the GSIS booth at the San Juan City Hall.

Zamora open to unlocking San Juan's gated subdivisions to public traffic

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:12 AM

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora says he himself lives in a gated subdivision, and he will support the proposal if it will work

SAN JUAN CHIEF. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora hang a no parking sign  in front of the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

San Juan City fails to impose P736M in taxes on businesses

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The Commission on Audit says the city treasurer's office under-collects from 8 big corporate taxpayers

LOOK: 22-story condominium for the poor to rise in San Juan City

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The planned in-city relocation will be 22 stories tall, with units to be as big as 36 square meters

San Juan Mayor Zamora laments city’s huge debt

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The Gomez administration turned over P1.3 billion to Zamora, but most of the amount will be used for projects already bidded out by the previous mayor

TRANSPARENCY. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora's first executive order aims for more transparency in the city's expenses. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

Amid water crisis, San Juan’s Wattah Wattah festival pushes through

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) The San Juan City government pushes through its annual Wattah Wattah festival amid a water supply crisis, but says it reduced the number of water trucks for the celebration

WATTAH WATTAH. Residents of San Juan City on Monday, June 24, 2019, frolic as water from a firetruck is sprinkled on them during the Wattah Wattah Festival in honor of Saint John the Baptist . Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Less water to be used in San Juan's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Less wet, but more tourists for this year's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival in San Juan City

Hundreds of Individuals gather along Sto. Domingo St. in San Juan City on Sunday, June 24, 2018, for a shower of water during the 16th Annual Celebration of the Wattah-Wattah Festival in honor to St. John the Baptist. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Jinggoy Estrada loses in hometown San Juan

May 15, 2019 - 12:26 AM

His half-brother JV Ejercito places 3rd in San Juan City. Grace Poe, a San Juan resident, tops the count.

OUT OF MAGIC 12. Jinggoy Estrada also fails to woo voters in his hometown of San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2010 Bar exam blast survivors win local races

May 14, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Almost 9 years after the 2010 Bar exam blasts, two women prevail in their bids for local positions

COUNCILORS. Two victims of the 2010 Bar exam blast emerged victorious in local races.

House of Estrada falls in May 2019 polls

May 14, 2019 - 7:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Erap Estrada and his family lose in local and national contests

LOSING STRONGHOLDS. Former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada loses the Manila mayoral race, while granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada loses the San Juan mayoral race.

Zamora ends Estrada clan’s 50-year control over San Juan

May 13, 2019 - 9:48 PM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban candidate Francis Zamora defeats Janella Ejercito Estrada, whose relatives have been mayors of San Juan City, starting with her grandfather, former president Joseph Estrada

FRANCIS ZAMORA. Winning San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora is proclaimed at the San Juan Gym dislodging the 50 year reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in San Juan. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

San Juan's only choice in 2019: New blood from old families

May 12, 2019 - 11:26 AM

While both Francis Zamora and Janella Ejercito Estrada are young guns from established families, their promises are completely different

YOUNG BET. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Flying V Arena on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No repeat of 2016: San Juan's Zamora vows victory vs Estrada

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'Paparating na po ang bagong Lungsod ng San Juan,' says PDP-Laban mayoral bet Francis Zamora, as he promises to end the Estrada dynasty

HOPEFUL. San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora of the PDP-Laban party holds their miting de avance at the Filoil Flying V Center on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

San Juan's Janella Ejercito Estrada: I did not run because of my name

May 11, 2019 - 9:56 PM

‘Hindi po ako andito sa entabladong ito dahil lang po sa aking pangalan, dahil lang po isa akong Estrada,’ says San Juan City mayoral bet Janella Ejercito Estrada

DYNASTY SCION. Janella Ejercito Estrada leads the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipno (PMP) miting de avance in San Juan City on May 11, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Edu Manzano stands his ground: San Juan can still vote for me

May 09, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'The Supreme Court has already said that Edu Manzano is a Filipino,' says San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano in a Rappler Talk

'I AM A FILIPINO.' Edu Manzano speaks in a Rappler Talk interview about his canceled candidacy and his next steps for the 2019 elections. Rappler screenshot

Comelec cancels candidacy of San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano

May 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections says San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano was not a Filipino citizen when he filed his certificate of candidacy

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

#TheLeaderIWant: Francis Zamora and his promise of a new San Juan

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Will Francis Zamora's promise of a new San Juan be enough against the time-tested name and machinery of the Ejercito-Estrada clan?

Cops arrest businessman who killed brother, woman in San Juan

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Roberto Bañez also fires shots at the family nurse but she survives the attack

SUSPECT. A mugshot of Roberto Banez, who killed his older brother in their own home on April 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Juan police

San Juan bet Edu Manzano: No need to be genius in Congress

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:58 AM

It's the heart that matters, says actor and aspiring San Juan City congressman Edu Manzano

CONGRESS CANDIDATE. Edu Manzano at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally in Plaza ng Masa, San Juan City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Old name, new promises? Janella Estrada begins San Juan bid

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Before thousands of San Juan residents, the 29-year-old third-generation Estrada vows to provide affordable healthcare and more housing for the poor

'NEXT IN LINE.' Janella Ejercito Estrada speaks at the Team One San Juan proclamation rally at the Plaza ng Masa on March 30. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: Zamora vows to free San Juan from Estrada dynasty

Mar 30, 2019 - 2:11 PM

San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora seeks to end the 5-decade Estrada dynasty. Rappler's Rambo Talabong files this report.

PRAYERS FOR THE POLLS. Supporters pray over PDP-Laban San Juan candidates led by mayoral candidate Francis Zamora in the Plaza ng Masa on Friday, March 29. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler