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PH a province of China? 'Not now, not ever,' envoy says

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua slams the 'province of China' banners as a 'vicious attack' on President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy

'PROVINCE OF CHINA.' Banners that read, 'Welcome to the Philippines, province of China,' were spotted around Metro Manila on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Philippines' legal victory against China at The Hague. Contributed photo

Duterte: China never asked PH for 'one square of real estate'

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks of a 'blueprint' of plans being made by China: 'I am sure, at the end, China will be fair and the equity will be distributed'

President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking for the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge with Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and other officials in Manila on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOTr underspends P12B due to policy shifts

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade clarifies that the department's low disbursement rate does not mean they were 'negligent'

CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade explains the results of the 2017 COA report on DOTr in a press briefing on July17, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PAGASA warns of more monsoon rain on July 18

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The southwest monsoon is being enhanced by Tropical Storm Henry (Son-Tinh) and a low pressure area which could become Tropical Depression Inday

Consultative Committee 'impeaching' Robredo via new constitution

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'This could only be described as a reverse power grab or a sort of impeachment-via-new-constitution,' says UP political science assistant professor Gene Pilapil in the charter change Senate hearing

Vice President Leni Robredo witnessed the turnover of land titles to 447 families at Camp O' Donell Resettlement Site in Barangay Cristo Rey, Capas, Tarlac Province on Wednesday, July 4. VP Leni also visited the Capas Bahay Pagbabago drug reformatory center, which was hailed as a model facility by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for its holistic reformation program and well-maintained facility. Photos by OVP

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Wednesday, July 18

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Wednesday, July 18

Leonen: I did not ask Duterte for chief justice post

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'That's pure false,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen of RJ Nieto's Facebook post

CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen refutes social media rumors that he asked President Rodrigo Duterte for the vacant chief justice post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends Polangui mayor, 4 councilors

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

For operating an open dumpsite, the Ombudsman suspends Mayor Cherilie Mella-Sampal and 4 Sangguniang Bayan members for one year

 An open dumpsite in Daraga Albay.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Marikina River reaches 2nd alarm on July 17

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The river's water level rises on Tuesday, July 17, due to heavy rain from the southwest monsoon

PNP taps cops for disaster response as floods hit cities

Jul 17, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine National Police activates its disaster response units as the southwest monsoon triggers heavy rain and flooding

ACTIVATED. More cops are tapped in disaster response operations by the PNP. File photos by Ben Nabong, Kevin dela Cruz/Rappler

What's in Consultative Committee's new transitory provisions

Jul 17, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The Con-Com's modified transitory provisions ban President Rodrigo Duterte from reelection, call for the election of a new Transitory President, and expand the membership of the powerful Transition Commission

Supreme Court reprimands Sereno over quo warranto statements

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The reprimand is a lighter sanction against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno because the Supreme Court earlier indicated the possibility of disbarment

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Slow’ demolition of illegal Boracay structures

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

In the wetlands, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported 5.29% accomplishment in demolishing 29 of 548 illegal structures 3 months into Boracay's rehabilitation

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Supreme Court recommends Martires as Ombudsman

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Associate Justice Samuel Martires gets unanimous votes from the Supreme Court for a recommendation to be Ombudsman. Screengrab from JBC

IN PHOTOS: Flooded areas in Metro Manila on July 17

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Heavy rain from the southwest monsoon triggers floods in the country's capital region

Residents walk through waist-deep flood at Barangay Doña Imelda in Quezon City due to heavy rains brought by the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Tropical Depression Henry on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Customs forfeits $11 million aircraft

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Custom chief Isidro Lapenña says the importation of the airliner was 'attended by fraud'

Chinese research vessel docks in Davao

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yuan Wang 3, which arrived in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown on July 16, is used for tracking and support of satellite and intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to tracking web sites

'ROUTINE.' The Chinese research vessel 'Yuan Wang 3' docks at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City July 16-19, 2018 – an activity that the Philippine Navy says is routine, but which alarms Duterte administration critics. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Henry intensifies into tropical storm as it leaves PAR

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Though Tropical Storm Henry (Son-Tinh) is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the southwest monsoon is still affecting the country

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

Tropical Depression Henry on way out, but monsoon brings rain

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and Western Visayas are rainy due to the southwest monsoon

How employers, schools can prepare students for work

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:14 AM

'It doesn’t matter how good you are in your own vacuum, what matters is how good you are in reference to your partner,' says Philippine Business for Education Executive Director Love Basillote

ALIGN. Philippine Business for Education Executive Director Love Basillote urges the government, employers, and the education sector to develop a national plan to ensure students are ready to enter the workforce. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Tropical Depression Henry makes 3rd landfall in Cagayan

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Henry continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which is bringing rain to Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and Western Visayas

Tropical Depression Henry makes landfall in Cagayan

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:20 PM

Henry maintains its strength as it hits Cagayan's Camiguin Island on Monday evening, July 16

Noynoy Aquino 'perplexed' by NBI Dengvaxia findings vs him

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III laments the lack of due process, saying he was not informed of the specific charges against him

PNoy Comelec presser-March-15-2018-02. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, July 17

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Tuesday, July 17

Parents of students given Dengvaxia can get info via mobile apps

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua says parents can download the Abizo Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System application or the RSVP Kaizala application by end-August to receive alerts from DepEd and DOH, and get information on how to respond to symptoms

MONITOR. Deped and DOH launch Dengvaxia monitoring mobile applications to keep track on health status of students who got the Dengue vaccine. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Tropical Depression Henry threatens northern Cagayan

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Henry is 105 kilometers east southeast of Calayan, Cagayan as of early Monday evening, July 16

NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Federalism is the spoiler of the Cordillera autonomy party

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Thirty-one years after the Cordillera Administrative Region was created, the region has not moved toward autonomy – and the Duterte government’s barnstorming of federalism may derail it once again

CA upholds PAL's early retirement of female flight attendants

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:51 PM

A 20-page decision from Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez reverses the decision of the Makati regional trial court that says that an earlier retirement age for the female flight attendants is discriminatory

4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in Cordillera encounter

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The encounter is said to be ongoing at the border of Mt. Province and Abra

ENCOUNTER. Photo by Jing Day-asen

Tropical Depression Henry slightly intensifies

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Henry now has maximum winds of 60 km/h and gustiness of up to 75 km/h. It continues to enhance the southwest monsoon.

Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nafisa Pundog, identified by authorities as the wife of Abu Dar, has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device

NABBED. Nafisa Pundog is arrested in what is believed to be her safehouse in General Santos City. Military photo

Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad spend a bulk of their meeting discussing security concerns

SC finds same-sex marriage lawyer guilty of contempt for improper attire

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court reprimands young lawyer Jesus Falcis III for not wearing a suit and tie to a preliminary conference attended by justices

Attorney Jesus Falcis III prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Women’s groups to Duterte: 'Huwag ka nang mag-SONA'

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:08 PM

According to the group of women advocates, the previous state of the nation addresses delivered by President Rodrigo Duterte do not encapsulate the 'real state of the nation'

SONA. Participants sing Babae during a community singing at the #EveryWoman SONA ng Kababaihan event at the UP Bahay ng Alumni held on July 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Want to end killings? Police need your help – PNP chief Albayalde

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'If only the community will take active part in the solution of crimes, and crime prevention for that matter, probably mawawala itong sinasabi nating mga killings,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Cram. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Nueva Ecija mayor Bote killed over P96-M ecotourism contract – PNP

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Ferdinand Bote was allegedly ordered killed by a certain Christian Saquilabon over a project for the Minalungao National Park in General Tinio

CONTRACT PROBLEMS? General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

10 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

With a new director and a presidential promise to keep the speech within 35 minutes, will this year's SONA be a big change from the last two?

DUTERTE SPEAKING. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte attending SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

At least one member of the First Family will be present at President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio listens as her father President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 at the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why PNP pulled out Trillanes' police security

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Philippine National Police says it is conducting a 'comprehensive review' of its security details

SECURED AGAIN. The PNP sends back 2 cops to guard Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tropical Depression Henry, monsoon to bring more rain

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Henry is enhancing the southwest monsoon while on its way to extreme Northern Luzon

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte's SONA for 3rd time

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to the Liberal Party like ex-president Noynoy Aquino, says she will attend President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

NOT ATTENDING. Former President Benigno Aquino III also skipped his successor Rodrigo Duterte's first two SONAs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Majority of Filipinos reject shift to federalism now – Pulse Asia

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Only two out of 10 Filipinos support moves to change the 1987 Constitution at this time, according to a June survey conducted by Pulse Asia

Customs chief Lapeña suspends 5 BOC officers in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Using fake papers, over a hundred containers are released from the Mindanao International Container Terminal in the past 6 months

BUSTED. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña (left) and Cagayan de Oro BOC Collector Jamail Marohomsalic show one sack of smuggled white sugar from Thailand. The smuggled goods were seized happened at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Tropical Depression Henry speeds up, maintains strength

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Henry is heading for extreme Northern Luzon and is expected to be in the vicinity of the Babuyan Group of Islands on Monday evening, July 16

Tropical Depression Henry off to extreme Northern Luzon

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 AM

Henry maintains its strength before dawn on Monday, July 16, with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h

Tropical Depression Henry slows down over PH Sea

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 AM

Henry, located 710 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, is now moving at a much slower 10 km/h from the previous 25 km/h