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Rene Almendras returning as Manila Water president

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Rene Almendras will replace Manila Water president Ferdinand dela Cruz, who has resigned

Ayala to join Metro Pacific in MRT3 rehab proposal

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The two conglomerates are also partners in the operations maintenance and upgrade of LRT1

Ayala, SM team up for alternate to EDSA

Mar 31, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The proposed P25 billion elevated expressway will be owned by both firms and built at no cost to the government

Ayala, 3 foreign airline operators team up for NAIA PPP

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The people who are joining us are coming from a particular core competency and expertise that can add to the project says the president and CEO of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation

HEAD TO HEAD. The country's top businessmen will battle once again for the over $1-billion contract to rehabilitate NAIA. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Ayala eyes infra proposals to help ease Metro traffic

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Our mandate is look for an area where we can do something to alleviate the difficulties the pain points and the congestion says Rene Almendras chief of AC Infrastructure Holdings

PAIN POINTS. With the country facing a significant infrastructure gap, the company committed to invest $1 billion of equity over 5 years. Rappler file photo

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

The President's men, 6 years after

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Whom did President Benigno Aquino III listen to when he had to grapple with policy issues? How was he like to members of the Cabinet? Did he play favorites? How has he evolved in the past 6 years?

PRESIDENT'S MEN. President Benigno Aquino III and some members of his inner circle – Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

Japan to give P16M for PTV4 improvement

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Incoming PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says he is eyeing a former executive of ABS CBN to become PTV4 s news director

CHANGE IS COMING. New programs will be introduced to state-run PTV4 after Japan agrees to give P16 million for its improvement.

Philippines repeats retracted ASEAN statement

Jun 16, 2016 - 2:54 PM

UPDATED The Philippines says the result of this meeting may very well reflect ASEAN s reaction to the decision of the arbitral tribunal

PAL seeks DFA's help on squabble with Kuwaiti government

Apr 14, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Philippine Airlines says Kuwait is preventing it from exercising its rights which are clearly granted under a bilateral air services deal

CAPTIVE NICHE. With more than 190,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait and about 300,000 in Jeddah, PAL has a captive market

New DFA chief, China envoy talk ‘feng shui’

Mar 21, 2016 - 8:53 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says he had a very nice bilateral discussion of issues with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Newly appointed Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras holds his first newe conference as the Philippines' top diplomat on March 21, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

China envoy visits new Philippine top diplomat

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says he and the Chinese ambassador didn t discuss the West Philippine Sea during their first meeting

FIRST MEETING. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) on March 21, 2016, pays a courtesy call on newly appointed Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Almendras is new foreign affairs chief

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED President Aquino appoints his friend and longtime ally to head the foreign affairs department

Express bus service for holiday season starts December 5

Dec 03, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Passengers can ride express buses that will take them straight to Makati from terminals in Quezon City and Mandaluyong

EXPRESS BUSES. Non-stop buses will be ferrying passengers from Quezon City and Mandaluyong City straight to Makati City, with minimum fares ranging from P50 to P80. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Binay: Yolanda rehab a 'management disaster'

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Binay tells typhoon victims Alam ko Dama ko Laki ho ako sa mahirap I know it I feel it I grew up poor

Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

No port congestion problem with return of truck ban – Palace

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says the government aims to launch by end September a truck appointment booking system to regulate the trucks allowed to ply Metro Manila roads

BANNED. Manila traffic enforcers tow a truck on the first day of the city's daytime truck ban in 2014. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Traffic officials told: Tow illegally parked vehicles around EDSA

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:45 PM

But Cabinet Secretary Almendras and MMDA Chair Tolentino say there is resistance against removing illegally parked vehicles in roads connected to EDSA

GRIDLOCK. Commuters stranded in traffic along Commonwealth Avenue during rush hour. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Aquino proposes weekly odd-even scheme to solve PH traffic

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:15 PM

The most radical solution is to cut the number of cars plying the roads – cars with odd and even plate numbers would take turns every week says the President

TRAFFIC. The Japan International Cooperation Agency says traffic will cost the Philippines up to P6 billion a day by 2030. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

ERC appointment raises conflict-of-interest issues

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Sta Ana s appointment comes at a time when the regulatory agency is determining whether power generation companies among them the Aboitiz group’s unit Therma Mobile colluded to jack up prices of Meralco

INSIDE STORY: The real reason behind Petilla’s resignation

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: Sources close to Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla say his resignation was prompted by President Benigno Aquino III’s decision to appoint Geronimo Sta Ana as the 5th commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission

Aquino 'broke protocol' to save Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 29, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine government narrates last minute behind the scenes moves to save 30 year old Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia s death row

STRONG TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gets a chance to confer with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 27, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea

Black Nazarene, Pope visit could worsen port congestion

Jan 06, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Malacañang appeals to importers to bring out as much cargos as they can before Manila port operations are interrupted by upcoming religious events in January

CHALLENGE. The national government says the problem of port congestion could worsen due to operation interruptions in the coming weeks if the public sector does not cooperate. Photo from the ICTSI website

Aquino's previously canceled South Korea trip on again

Dec 09, 2014 - 7:13 PM

UPDATED The President changes his mind and decides to again push through with his trip to the ASEAN Republic of Korea ROK 25th Anniversary Summit

OFF TO CHINA, MYANMAR. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his departure statement during the send-off ceremony at the NAIA terminal II before he departs for the APEC and ASEAN summits, 9 Nov 2014. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino asks: What caused monstrous Metro traffic jams?

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also asks the public for forgiveness and gives assurance the government is doing everything and anything to ease the problem

ROOT CAUSE. President Benigno Aquino III wants to know exactly what caused the monstrous traffic jam over the weekend. Photo from the NLEX Twitter account

Tolentino: MMDA not to blame for NLEX congestion

Sep 05, 2014 - 4:01 PM

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says a new realignment rerouting in Caloocan city is causing the heavy NLEX traffic

CONGESTION. Traffic situation at NLEX as of 9:04 AM on September 5, 2014. Photo from the NLEX Twitter account

Palace steps into row between LTFRB, mayors, MMDA

Aug 05, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras will meet with the concerned parties this week to arrive at a common ground that will break the impasse

Manila truck ban lifted; special lane takes its place

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:26 PM

A 24 hour express lane has been designated along Roxas Boulevard for cargo trucks to allow them to go in and out of the Port of Manila Malacañang announces

The evolving role of PH in Asia

Apr 26, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Rappler talks to Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras about the resolution of the row between Hong Kong and the Philippines over the 2010 bus hostage crisis

Rappler Newscast | April 25, 2014

Apr 25, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Cayetano denounces a report tagging him in a corruption scandal Santiago calls Napoles “damaged goods ” Suspected hijacking in Bali turns out to be a drunk passenger on an Australian plane

Almendras: Palace did spade work in ending HK row

Apr 24, 2014 - 7:41 PM

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says the 7 month negotiations did not largely involve Manila officials but acknowledged the help of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada in ending the row with Hong Kong

MISSION TO HK. Manila Mayor Erap Estrada heads to Hong Kong on Flight PR 318 on Tuesday, April 22. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Hong Kong, Philippines resolve hostage crisis issue

Apr 23, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Even with the agreement the Philippines does not issue an apology – one of the biggest demands of Hong Kong

Erap in HK to bring compensation for hostage victims

Apr 22, 2014 - 2:21 PM

UPDATED Bringing an undisclosed amount of cash and reportedly accompanied by two national officials he says we should take responsibility for the 2010 incident

Obama to arrive in Manila April 28

Apr 11, 2014 - 2:19 PM

US President Barack Obama will leave the Philippines the next day

Philippines ready for China ‘sanctions’

Apr 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says the Philippine government has discussed and prepared for the possible consequences of its pleading against China

Obama to stay overnight in PH

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:18 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and US President Barack Obama will discuss a wide range of issues during the US leader s Manila visit in late April says a Palace official

Palace: Gov't, truckers seek compromise on truck ban

Feb 26, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Attempts to reach a compromise come in the wake of reports of a drop in revenue collections by the Bureau of Customs

BANNED. Manila traffic enforcers tow a truck on the first day of the city's daytime truck ban. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Progress in PH-HK ties: Manila bus hostage gets aid

Nov 20, 2013 - 2:36 AM

Filipino businessmen donate for the facial reconstruction surgeries of a female survivor

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

Leyte evacuees: There’s nothing to return to

Nov 16, 2013 - 6:39 PM

With entire communities destroyed in Leyte evacuees contradict government s statement they will eventually return to Tacloban

Rappler Newscast | November 14, 2013

Nov 14, 2013 - 10:13 PM

Isolated areas in Guiuan go for days without food Cabinet men address charges of slow inefficient relief operations Saño: Help for vulnerable countries

Senate increases Haiyan rehab fund to P15B

Nov 14, 2013 - 11:04 AM

The Senate increases the proposed rehabilitation fund for Yolanda in the 2014 budget to P15 billion

Palace aware of slow relief: 'We're moving'

Nov 14, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Overwhelmed by magnitude of devastation the nat l gov t is unable to give a timeline as to when all areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan will be reached

ALL AFFECTED. Super Typhoon Yolanda affected even local government officials, making clearing and relief operations all the more difficult. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

Budget reallocated; P26.84B available for Yolanda relief

Nov 12, 2013 - 9:30 PM

A breakdown of where the national government will get how much for the immediate needs of the affected provinces according to the budget department

DECIMATED. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the city on November 8, but other areas have yet to be reached. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Palace: Some Yolanda-hit areas yet to be reached

Nov 11, 2013 - 6:30 PM

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson tells Rappler Eastern Samar particularly Borongan and Guiuan are still unreachable by land

DECIMATED. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the city on November 8, but other areas have yet to be reached. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Aquino's Cabinet mobilized for Yolanda

Nov 09, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma says the President has given Cabinet secretaries specific tasks to deal with the destruction left behind by Yolanda

PRIORITY RELIEF. Philippine Air Force helicoper take off from the devastated airport in Tacloban city. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

Almendras' niece is new energy commissioner

Jul 26, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Josefina Patricia Magpale Asirit of the Energy Regulatory Commission is a niece of Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras

Aquino at Ignatian festival: Get out of comfort zone

Jul 20, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Speaking at the 2nd Ignatian Festival at the Ateneo President Benigno Aquino III asks everyone to participate in the positive transformation of the country

LUPANG HINIRANG. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the singing of the Philippine National Anthem during the Ignatian Festival 2013 at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo De Manila University. Photo by Ryan Lim /Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino's presidential management style

Jul 20, 2013 - 2:42 PM

After 3 years President Benigno Aquino III evolves from reluctant to hands on leader and manager

CHANGED MAN. President Benigno Aquino III is a better President and a changed person than when he started in 2010, says those who work with him. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace explains 10-hour meeting

Jun 18, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Secretary Almendras dispels rumors Malacanang held an emergency meeting Monday

PH on 'right track' over China challenge

Feb 20, 2013 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED We will follow the process whether they agree to it or not Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras said

COURT WILL DECIDE The Philippines will take China to international court over their territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Graphic by Mich Garcia

Gov't, MILF to launch 'Sajahatra Bangsamoro'

Feb 06, 2013 - 3:25 PM

The program will bring basic services on health education and livelihood to MILF communities

In this photo tweeted by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, President Benigno Aquino III (R) smiles as he receives the Gong for Peace from Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim (L, partly hidden) during their meeting at Malacañang Palace, October 15, 2012.