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Ratziel San Juan
Ratziel San Juan

I cover the Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman for Philstar.com. My writing interests include policy, human rights, and culture.

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Which Miss Universe viewing party takes home the crown?
by Ratziel San Juan - December 9, 2019 - 7:45am
One viewing party should be crowned on the spot for its inventive take and fabulous prizes.
The Silver Lining: How reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray spent her year
by Ratziel San Juan - December 8, 2019 - 3:32pm
Before the queen crowns the new Miss Universe 2019 tomorrow, here’s a quick recap showing the silver lining in Catriona’s year:
Which Miss Universe 2019 candidates are linked to the Philippines?
by Ratziel San Juan - December 7, 2019 - 6:38pm
To save internet detectives the hassle, here’s a guide that shows how the 68th Miss Universe candidates of other countries are connected to the Philippines.
Duterte slammed for 'bullying' ABS-CBN
by Ratziel San Juan - December 7, 2019 - 5:09pm
“The closure of a media outlet over a personal whim and political vendetta has no place in a free, democratic and just society.”
'In good hands': All Filipino designers working with Miss Universe 2019 candidates
by Ratziel San Juan - December 7, 2019 - 3:45pm
Here’s a quick guide to our proudly Filipino designers who will be gracing Miss Universe with their much-anticipated works.
Cary Santiago shares inspiration behind Gazini Ganados' Miss Universe National Costume, evening gown
by Ratziel San Juan - December 7, 2019 - 12:41pm
“The design is not as flamboyant but the details are very intricate. It’s hand-stitched all coming from the same fabric with my signature laser-cut patterns.”
In Photos: Miss Universe unveils new diamond-studded $5-million crown
by Ratziel San Juan - December 6, 2019 - 5:20pm
The crown, composed of 18-karat gold and more than 1,770 diamonds, was sponsored and designed by world-class jeweler Pascal Mouawad.
Anti-graft court orders Marcos cronies to return ill-gotten wealth
by Ratziel San Juan - December 5, 2019 - 9:50pm
The Sandiganbayan ordered the heirs of Marcos cronies to turn over their shares in Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Incorporated (ETPI) to the government.
BCDA on Aeta eviction notice: No forcible demolition in New Clark City
by Ratziel San Juan - December 5, 2019 - 4:45pm
Maniego, who received the notice from the BCDA on Monday, said around 500 Aeta families would be displaced with nowhere to go.
#PinoyPride: Check out Gazini Ganados' Filipino-inspired Miss Universe outfits, accessories
by Ratziel San Juan - December 4, 2019 - 5:06pm
Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados posted a preview of her coronation night attire, paying homage to strong Filipino roots and highlighting the country’s colorful heritage.
Real-life 'Kadenang Ginto': Dimples Romana opens up about family's tragedies
by Ratziel San Juan - December 4, 2019 - 3:46pm
ABS-CBN actress Dimples Romana last week recalled family tragedies early in her life that forced her to grow up quickly and take care of her family.
DepEd welcomes PISA results, recognizes 'gaps' in education quality
by Ratziel San Juan - December 4, 2019 - 1:27pm
The Department said it will take measures to attain quality basic education by launching the “Sulong EduKalidad” which involves reforms in key areas.
Ex-police chief turned LTFRB regional director axed over alleged extortion
by Ratziel San Juan - December 4, 2019 - 12:05pm
Investigation also showed that the LTFRB Bicol region director was also protecting "colorum" vehicles.
Philippines lowest in reading comprehension among 79 countries
by Ratziel San Juan - December 3, 2019 - 9:26pm
The Philippines had an average reading score of 340, more than 200 points below China (555) and more than 100 points less than the OECD average (487).
WATCH: Dimples Romana shares Angel Locsin's witty birthday present
by Ratziel San Juan - December 3, 2019 - 5:53pm
“Kadenang Ginto” star Dimples Romana last week shared the hilarious but touching birthday gift given by her friend and fellow Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin.
Duterte: I'll stop riding motorcycles when I'm dead
by Ratziel San Juan - December 3, 2019 - 1:19pm
Despite a history of health problems attributed to motorcycle crashes, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will never stop riding.
Fact check: Duterte says Constitution doesn't require health disclosure
by Ratziel San Juan - November 30, 2019 - 4:43pm
In a Friday evening interview, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is not required by the Constitution to disclose any serious health problem he might have.
Duterte: Dumping of bodies remark only meant to scare drug lords
by Ratziel San Juan - November 30, 2019 - 3:36pm
The president also said it’s just his manner of speaking and that he would not change it.
Typhoon Kammuri slows down, maintains strength outside PAR
by Ratziel San Juan - November 30, 2019 - 12:02pm
Typhoon Kammuri slightly slowed down and remains outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.
Duterte on failed traffic promise: Congress did not pass the budget on time
by Ratziel San Juan - November 30, 2019 - 11:01am
The president in June said that he would work on cutting travel time along EDSA before 2019 ends.
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