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READ: Lawmakers explain votes on Mindanao martial law extension

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:25 AM

How do senators and lawmakers justify their vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31?

READ: Lawmakers explain votes on Mindanao martial law extension

Congress a 'mere echo chamber' after martial law extension – Drilon

Jul 23, 2017 - 6:05 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon argues there is no evidence presented to establish the necessity of putting the entire Mindanao under a longer martial rule

Congress a 'mere echo chamber' after martial law extension – Drilon

Martial law has 'no strategic contribution' to anti-terrorism ops – Hontiveros

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:51 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros believes government troops do not need an extended period of martial law to quell the rebel forces in Mindanao

Martial law has 'no strategic contribution' to anti-terrorism ops – Hontiveros

Congress must uphold 'civilian supremacy' over the military – Tinio

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:42 AM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says history has proven that armed rebellion is not the solution to address the problems in Mindanao

Congress must uphold 'civilian supremacy' over the military – Tinio

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:35 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro believes there was no valid ground for the government to declare martial law in Mindanao in the first place

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:27 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman maintains President Rodrigo Duterte had no sufficient factual basis in declaring martial law in Mindanao

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

By extending martial law, Congress blind from history's lessons – De Jesus

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:19 AM

'Hindi puwedeng magbulag-bulagan ang Kongreso sa kawalan ng mga kongkretong batayan ng rebelyon at threat to public safety,' says Gabriela Represenative Emmi de Jesus as she opposed the martial law extension

By extending martial law, Congress blind from history's lessons – De Jesus

Martial law a 'clear and present danger' to Mindanaoans – Brosas

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:17 AM

'Paano kung gayon magiging lunas ang isang bagay na lalong nagpapalala ng sakit?' asks Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas as she opposed the martial law extension in Mindanao

Martial law a 'clear and present danger' to Mindanaoans – Brosas

Restoring peace in Mindanao a battle for all Filipinos – Tugna

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:13 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna argues the country 'must win at all costs' against the terrorists attacking parts of Mindanao

Restoring peace in Mindanao a battle for all Filipinos – Tugna

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:11 AM

'Kalabisan ang pagpataw ng martial law,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate as he explains his no vote for the extension of the Mindanao martial rule

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:01 AM

'Paano kung masanay tayo?' asks Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte as he warned against the possible effects of an extended martial law

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

11 EDSA bus stations in danger of closure – MMDA

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:31 AM

The 11 bus stations allegedly violate government rules and regulations, the MMDA says

11 EDSA bus stations in danger of closure – MMDA

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Iran – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Gilas Pilipinas aims to finish strong against Iran at 5 pm on Sunday, July 23, in Taipei, Taiwan

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Iran – Jones Cup 2017

WATCH: Congress agrees to extend martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The overwhelming vote for the extension is not surprising, as President Duterte counts majority of lawmakers as allies. Mara Cepeda files this report.

WATCH: Congress agrees to extend martial law in Mindanao

PAL, Cebu Pacific offer support for Marawi troops

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:48 PM

This means all of the Philippines' 3 main domestic carriers now have initiatives to support troops in Marawi City

PAL, Cebu Pacific offer support for Marawi troops

WATCH: Men's choir performs Ryan Cayabyab's 'Da Coconut Nut' on plane

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Catch the dance moves and great voices of the Baylor University Men's Choir as they perform the catchy tune

WATCH: Men's choir performs Ryan Cayabyab's 'Da Coconut Nut' on plane

3 Filipinos win gold medals at Asian Schools Chess Championship

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:54 PM

One winner is a 7-year-old whose father comes from Marawi

3 Filipinos win gold medals at Asian Schools Chess Championship

LIST: How the 17th Congress voted on the martial law extension

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

A total of 261 lawmakers voted in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao, 18 voted against it, and zero abstained

LIST: How the 17th Congress voted on the martial law extension

Aquino says dispute with China can't be fixed 'now na'

Jul 22, 2017 - 6:05 PM

'Let's just be reasonable about it,' former president Benigno Aquino III says of the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

Aquino says dispute with China can't be fixed 'now na'

Liberal International leader visits De Lima in jail

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:18 PM

But another Liberal International leader – the organization president – is barred from visiting detained Senator Leila de Lima

Liberal International leader visits De Lima in jail

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lawmakers vote 261-18 to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Samira Gutoc-Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations, unburied bodies, and Muslim women being forced to undress in inspections by the military

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Gilas Pilipinas blows out winless India by 31 points

Jul 22, 2017 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine national team knocks down 17 3-pointers with every player fielded in scoring at least two points

Gilas Pilipinas blows out winless India by 31 points

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The administrator of martial law in Mindanao assures lawmakers that there is no plan to expand martial rule to Luzon and Visayas

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:36 AM

These 3 bills still await President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Visa-free entry to Israel is one of the ways that the Jewish people have repaid the 'moral conviction' of former Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon

How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

DOLE's help sought to solve Silliman University labor dispute

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The dispute between Silliman University and its teachers leads to a strike on July 19 and the suspension of classes for elementary and high school levels on the following day

DOLE's help sought to solve Silliman University labor dispute

WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Watch the special session of both branches of Congress live

WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law in Mindanao

A message from Grab Philippines

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'No final decision has been made and this means that there will be no apprehensions, and Grab will not deactivate any units without PAs'

A message from Grab Philippines

With nearly 5,000 crash incidents, how do we make Iloilo roads safer?

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:52 PM

The province of Iloilo, home to 1.81 million people, records nearly 5,000 road crash incidents in the first half of 2017

With nearly 5,000 crash incidents, how do we make Iloilo roads safer?

Duterte to make warrantless arrests even without martial law

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:53 PM

The President also says the idea of extending martial law until December came from security officials, not him

Duterte to make warrantless arrests even without martial law

Banking sector backs Metrobank to pull through P900 M fraud case

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says Metrobank is well-capitalized enough to deal with the situation, although it will conduct an investigation into the bank’s internal controls

Banking sector backs Metrobank to pull through P900 M fraud case

Duterte says he'll never visit 'lousy' America

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Duterte makes the declaration as he expresses anger at a US Congress human rights commission hearing where various advocate groups assailed his bloody war on drugs

Duterte says he'll never visit 'lousy' America

120,000 signatures back Grab, Uber petition vs LTFRB

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The petition appeals to the LTFRB to lift its moratorium on processing temporary permits for new Grab and Uber drivers

120,000 signatures back Grab, Uber petition vs LTFRB

Is DOJ turning a blind eye to EJKs? De Lima and Aguirre exchange claims

Jul 21, 2017 - 6:56 PM

"I've always been relevant. How can concern for EJKs and our rights be ever irrelevant?" says Senator Leila de Lima responding to Secretary Aguirre's criticism.

Is DOJ turning a blind eye to EJKs? De Lima and Aguirre exchange claims

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs India – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a must-win game against India at 1 pm on Saturday, July 22, in Taipei

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs India – Jones Cup 2017

Gilas falls to Lithuania for third Jones Cup loss

Jul 21, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Philippines couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Lithuanians

Gilas falls to Lithuania for third Jones Cup loss

Top China diplomat Wang Yi to visit Philippines

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making a rare official trip to the Philippines

Top China diplomat Wang Yi to visit Philippines

LTFRB lost Grab, Uber accreditation papers

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED)The LTRFB board under the Duterte administration has been looking for the documents since it assumed office, says board member Aileen Lizada

LTFRB lost Grab, Uber accreditation papers

U.S. lawmakers, Duterte, Bennington | Midday wRap

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

U.S. lawmakers, Duterte, Bennington | Midday wRap

SC gave Duterte too much leeway, Lagman tells justices

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

(UPDATED) In his motion for reconsideration, Representative Lagman says the martial law ruling 'emasculated' the Court's jurisdiction to review the factual basis of a martial law proclamation

SC gave Duterte too much leeway, Lagman tells justices

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

'I had to declare martial law otherwise I would be a candidate for impeachment also,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers fighting in Marawi

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says the Marawi conflict has long-term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia, including greater cooperation among extremists, and more violent attacks

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Duterte to Joma Sison: 'Let's stop talking'

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:13 AM

(5TH UPDATE) 'Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years. It's what you want,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells his former teacher

Duterte to Joma Sison: 'Let's stop talking'

WATCH: Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III talks about his realizations a year after office, the state of the nation during the first year of the Duterte administration, and charges filed against him by the Ombudsman

WATCH: Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Aklan towns vulnerable to flooding, landslides identified

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The identification of towns highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides is based on geohazard mapping and assessment

Aklan towns vulnerable to flooding, landslides identified

Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:36 AM

'I certainly believe, very strongly, that a man with the human rights record of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House,' a US lawmaker says

Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing

U.S. lawmakers probe Duterte's bloody drug war

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:42 PM

'It is paramount that human rights violations are not an unintended consequence of the war on drugs,' US Congressman Randy Hultgren says

U.S. lawmakers probe Duterte's bloody drug war