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Non-ratification of Bangsamoro Law may leave 'fertile ground for extremism'

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:00 AM

To help ensure the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, the government will launch a 'Yes vote' campaign in early December, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Año scolds DILG exec advocating for revolutionary government

Nov 17, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año 'warned' and 'admonished' Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III for campaigning for a revolutionary government

'ADMONISHED'. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III says recently, he has not frequented public forums to discuss declaring a revolutionary government. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

NBI nabs 57 bet collectors of illegal 'Peryahan' stations in QC

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The 'kubradores' or bet collectors work for Globaltech, whose license to operate was revoked by PCSO in 2016

DILG to sue ‘Ang Probinsyano’ if plot is not changed

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

DILG cites a host of legal cases that can be filed if the popular TV series doesn't make the cops look good

LEAD STAR. File photo of 'Ang Probinsyano' main character Coco Martin.

Duterte to Papua New Guinea: Don't let multinational firms take over

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Himself sensitive when foreign leaders comment on Philippine domestic affairs, President Rodrigo Duterte dishes advise to PNG officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to their bilateral meeting at the Premier Village in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 9, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

Sara Duterte's group disowns Tapang at Malasakit DDS Europe

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:24 PM

An advisory from the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance also says that organizations misrepresenting their group will face legal action

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the Serbisyo ng Bayan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago Pledge of Allegiance in Quezon City on November 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte to skip last day of APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cuts short his trip to Papua New Guinea by a day. Cabinet members will represent him in a day's worth of APEC events.

Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against criticism that he was 'lazy' for skipping events at the recent ASEAN Summit in Singapore

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Malacañang Photo

U.S. commits P595M more for Mindanao development programs

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The funds will also be used to assist residents affected by the Marawi siege

PLEDGE. MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr and Acting USAID Mission Director Patrick Wesner display the signed extension of the Mindanao Peace and Development Assistance Agreement. Photo from US Embassy

Duterte likens Magdalo party to ISIS

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'They destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang buwang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the mutineers who are now members of the Magdalo party

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the First Subaraw Biodiversity Festival held at the People’s Amphitheater in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 10, 2018. Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo

Tropical depression outside PAR maintains strength

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The tropical depression is 2,010 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, as of Friday afternoon, November 16

Galvez says gains in Mindanao 'cannot be sustained' without martial law

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr supports another extension of martial law to make victory 'complete' and achievements in Mindanao 'irreversible'

SUPPORT EXTENSION. AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says the extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed to make growth and gains in the area 'irreversible.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Robredo: Marcos ‘confused’ for asking SC anew to stop using ballot images

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp argues her rival ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is merely reiterating his 'previous baseless arguments' without presenting concrete evidence

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Weeks before plunder verdict, Bong Revilla allowed to see dad in hospital

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 1st Division grants the former senator a 5-hour furlough

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New law orders gov't, schools, media to use Filipino Sign Language

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Republic Act 11106 declares Filipino Sign Language as the national sign language of the deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf

Deaf students say a short prayer in sign language before the start of their class during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd investigates starfish-throwing incident in Palawan

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish in a Palawan beach supposedly in late October 2018. Photo from Palawan Supernews Facebook Page

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Imelda Marcos uses No. 8 plate, violating House orders

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Land Transportation Office reiterates there are no Number 8 plates issued for the 17th Congress

VIOLATION. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos uses on November 16, 2018, a coaster with a No. 8 plate in violation of two House orders. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Strengthen human rights awareness of Filipinos, say opposition bets

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Senatorial bets Erin Tañada, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc say Filipinos should be made more aware of human rights. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PDP-Laban's Senate slate to rely on Duterte popularity, party machinery

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III believes PDP-Laban senatorial candidates have no disadvantages in the 2019 elections

Photos of Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Pimentel by Rappler; Photos of Duterte, Go,Tolentino by Malacañang

‘So which is it?’ court asks Imelda Marcos and lawyer

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The former first lady Imelda Marcos presents contradicting excuses for her earlier absence in court

GRILLED. Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division court on November 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Jeers, cheers as Imelda Marcos appears in Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Martial law victims and militant groups call for the immediate imprisonment of the former first lady while Marcos loyalists demand 'justice' for the Marcos matriarch

'JAIL IMELDA MARCOS.' Martial Law victims and militant groups rally outside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Court keeps Imelda Marcos free while deciding post-conviction bail

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Until the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan decides with finality whether or not to grant Marcos post-conviction bail, the former first lady is temporarily free

IMELDA. Former first lady and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos arrives at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Schools to fight SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:22 AM

University professors say the teaching of Filipino and Panitikan in college deepens knowledge that shapes Filipino culture and identity

PETITION. Education and language groups planned to petition the Supreme Court's decision to life a Temporary Restraining Order on a higher education order. Photo of students from Shutterstock

Imelda Marcos shows up at Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) She is appealing for post-conviction bail

IMELDA MARCOS. To appeal for post-conviction bail, the former first lady makes an appearance at the Sandiganbayan on November 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año warns arrest awaits top NDF consultants in PH

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'I will have them arrested, unless the President will order me not to effect the arrest,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

ARREST WARNING. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

DILG chief wants 'Ang Probinsyano' plot changed to favor PNP

Nov 15, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'It affects the morale of the PNP.... Tinataya nila ang buhay nila diyan,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW PLOT? Newly sworn in DILG chief Eduardo Año wants hit show 'Ang Probinsyano' to be rewritten. Photo from ABS-CBN

PAGASA spots tropical depression outside PAR

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

This tropical depression could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in a few days

50 more establishments in El Nido face closure

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Erring business establishments will be temporarily closed until they fully comply with the requirements, including the self-demolition order on structures encroaching on the easement zone

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Rappler Talk: Jesus Dureza on preparations for the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza speaks to Rappler about what the BOL plebiscite means for Mindanao and what lies ahead should the organic law be ratified

Dureza says martial law extension good for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Extending martial law in Mindanao until after the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on January 21, 2019, could help ensure its success, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

Malolos court affirms conviction and jail time vs Palparan, 2 soldiers

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Palparan’s subordinates wanted lesser jail time for surrendering voluntarily, but this plea is denied by the court

KIDNAPPING SENTENCE. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gutoc on Marawi rehab: Gov't not learning from mistakes post-Yolanda

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Marawi City civic leader Samira Gutoc says the government and the residents should 'co-manage' rehabilitation efforts

REBUILDING. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc gives her assessment of the government's rehabilitation efforts in her hometown. Screenshot from Rappler

Seeking bail, Imelda cites ailments, doctor's order to avoid stress

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Former first lady and now graft convict Imelda Marcos, who is also running for governor of Ilocos Norte, claims to be suffering from ‘multiple organ infirmities’

AILMENTS. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos claims she has 7 ailments and under strict orders to avoid stresfful conditions. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Xi Jinping to visit PH from November 20-21

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The last Chinese president to make a state visit to the Philippines was Hu Jintao in 2005, during the Arroyo administration which also enjoyed strong ties with Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.P. says warring fraternities involved in 2 incidents on campus

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

UP Diliman vice chancellor for student affairs Jerwin Agpaoa says no action has been taken yet, as separate investigations are still ongoing

FRAT WARS. The University of the Philippines Diliman says it does not condone any form of fraternity-related violence. Photo of Malcolm Hall from Shutterstock

5 out of 10 Filipino families deprived of basic education – PSA

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The Multidimensional Poverty Index of the Philippine Statistics Authority reveals cracks in the country's educational system

DEPRIVED. The latest report of the PSA reveals the problematic state of the country's education system. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Locsin says media should verify China weather stations

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr thumbs down the filing of diplomatic protests, because if no one responds, 'it is banging your head against the wall'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from the press after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Abby Binay 'deserves to be reelected' as Makati mayor, says dad

Nov 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Abby is running against her brother Junjun in the 2019 elections. Their father, former vice president Jejomar Binay, says Abby has shown 'very good performance.'

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Vice President Jejomar Binay joins his daughter Makati Second District Representative Abby Binay on stage as she sings him a song during her proclamation rally on March 28. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte has 'minimal involvement' in PDP-Laban affairs

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only got involved in the selection of the 5 PDP-Laban senatorial candidates for 2019, says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

PDP-LABAN. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte is not much involved in the party's affairs. File Presidential Photo

Balangiga Bells to make Korea stopover before arriving in PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The return of the Balangiga Bells 'brings to a close a part of our history, the Filipino-American War in the 1990s,' says Philippine Ambassador Babe Romualdez

BALANGIGA BELLS. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez (right) is shown one of the 3 bells of Balangiga being kept in Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Local officials, businessmen hail gov't decision vs El Nido shutdown

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido officials and business owners welcome the decision of the national government to order the closure only of erring establishments, and not the entire town

EL NIDO. Ei Nido town in Palawan is known for its white sand beaches and limestone formations. Photo by Андрей Бобровский, CC BY 3.0

Duterte at ASEAN Summit: 'What's wrong with my nap?'

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) The 73-year-old Philippine leader says his power naps were 'not good enough' but would get him through the last ASEAN events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to deliver the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Common Statement during the 3rd ASEAN-China Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Assisting the President is Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje Malacañang Photo

Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

CHED to hold order removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:19 AM

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III says they will wait for the Supreme Court's final decision, as groups plan to appeal the recent decision regarding Filipino in the general education curriculum

ON HOLD. The CHED says it will wait for a final decision from the Supreme Court before it implements its 2013 order removing Filipino and Panitikan as required college subjects.

Malay execs urge town council to fast-track relocation site for Boracay vendors

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Hundreds of vendors barred from the beachfront of the new Boracay, still have no designated area where they can sell their goods and services

VENDOR-FREE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is soon returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC