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Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Otso Diretso to ‘work twice as hard’ to pull up survey numbers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The awareness ratings of several Otso Diretso bets go up in double figures in the latest Pulse Asia survey, but less than 5% of respondents say they'd vote for the opposition candidates

MORE WORK AHEAD. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, and Romy Macalintal with former senator Wigberto Tañada Sr representing Erin Tanada at the #YouthVote Forum in De La Salle Medical and Health Institute in Cavite on March 19, 2019. Photo from Otso Diretso Media

Comelec declares Mindanao, 3 areas as election hot spots

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it can place these areas under Comelec control, and direct the augmentation of police and military personnel

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections declares Mindanao and 3 other areas as election spots. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Regulation of occupational therapy signed into law

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:43 PM

To practice occupational therapy in the Philippines, one must pass the examination to be administered by a new 'Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy'

Malacañang doubts Bong Go will be charged for vote-buying

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo believes Bong Go didn't 'induce' people to vote for him when the former presidential aide gave out cash assistance to fire victims

Photo from Bong Go

MRT3 to be closed during Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Preventive maintenance and repair activities will be done during the shutdown as part of the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

Duterte abolishes Road Board

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Motor Vehicle User's Charge will go to a special account in the General Fund which will be monitored by a congressional oversight committee

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Still lagging behind, Alejano seeks ban on release of preelection surveys

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Given a chance, we'll pass a bill that will prohibit such [a] mind-conditioning tool,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet Gary Alejano

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano is proposing to prohibit the release of pre-election survey results. Screenshot by Rappler

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Quezon top cop sacked after death of mayor's son in shootout

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Senior Superintendent Osmundo de Guzman is sacked after Tayabas City cops killed the son of Sariaya town mayor Marcelo Gayeta in an operation

House leadership scrambles to address budget deadlock

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora

HOUSE CLASH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr, and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora differ in their statements in addressing the budget deadlock. File photos by Rappler

Duterte to meet with MWSS officials about water shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

MWSS officials will likely be asked to give an update on what has been done to address the water shortage affecting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, says Malacañang

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fisherman rescued in Ilocos Sur after 5 days at sea

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Pedro Tabucol holds on to a floater after his boat capsizes, and is found by his village's fishermen several days later

RESCUED. Fisherman Pedro Tabucol receivs medical treatment after his rescue. Photo courtesy of DWRS Commando Radio

Can PH return to ICC in the time of Duterte? ‘Yes, through void ab initio’

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Coalition for the ICC uses the same tactic of the Duterte administration and asks the Supreme Court to declare the withdrawal void from the start

ICC WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective on March 17, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Campaign Convos: Rappler's 2019 campaign podcast

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

It's going to be a crazy 2019 campaign season! Rappler's campaign reporters bring you a podcast to make sense of it all.

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

DRUG WAR. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vows to continue her office's preliminary examination into drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from AFP

Chedeng makes landfall in Davao Occidental, becomes LPA

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Tropical Depression Chedeng weakens into a low pressure area after hitting Davao Occidental on Tuesday, March 19

Tropical Depression Chedeng shifts toward Davao Occidental

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chedeng might make landfall in the eastern coast of Davao Occidental between 2 am and 6 am on Tuesday, March 19

U.S. fugitive wanted on child porn charges arrested in Pampanga

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The arrest follows a nearly two-year search for Joel Aquino Pasay, who was indicted in May of 2017 for the receipt of child pornography

Baguio pickpocket, missing since January, found dead

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The body of Joebert Pana Neri is identified on March 17 by his wife Girlie Micua Neri

MRT3 unloads passengers due to smoke emission

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The train line resumes normal operations at 6:35 pm

MRT3. A Metro Rail Transit Line 3 train unloads passengers on Monday night, March 18. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Otso Diretso supporters hope to raise P8 million for campaign volunteers

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan thank the groups who are helping the slate

FUNDRAISING. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc (5th from L) and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan (1st from R) pose with their supporters on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2 killed, child injured in Batangas explosion

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Initial reports revealed that a house used as a manufacturing site for blasting caps and detonators exploded in the municipality of Santo Tomas

BLAST. Recovered from the scene on March 18, 2019, are blasting caps and timed fuse similar to those used for quarrying, mining, and illegal fishing. Photo courtesy of Batangas Provincial Police Office

Remember those suffering from delayed 2019 budget – Briones

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:01 PM

'The economy is hanging, you have 800,000 teachers affected, you have children, learners affected, operations of various agencies of government affected,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

STRETCHED THIN. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says agencies have stretch their resources and operation amid an impasse on the 2019 budget. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Give incentives to companies helping poor LGUs – Otso Diretso

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Florin Hilbay proposes giving tax breaks to companies that would expand operations to the provinces

TALK WITH EXECS. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Florin Hilbay attend the forum organized by FINEX, MAP, MBC, and PCCI on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Tropical Depression Chedeng slows down en route to Davao Oriental

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Moderate to heavy rain will persist in the regions of Caraga and Davao on Monday, March 18

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bong Go rises to 3rd to 5th place in Pulse Asia survey

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Results of the February 24-28 survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte's aide is on a distinct upward trajectory in voters' preferences for the May 13 elections

Photo from Bong Go

SM Pampanga robbery: Burglars dig a hole through drainage, cart away jewelry

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The robbers pass through a creek, then dig their way into the mall's drainage system. Inside, they cart off, as well as, throw away several pieces of expensive jewelry

House recalls version of 2019 budget to end standoff with Senate

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No funds for newly hired teachers without 2019 budget – DepEd

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Education needs to hire some 80,000 teachers for the coming school year

NEW TEACHERS. The Department of Education warns that if the 2019 budget is not passed, funds for some 80,000 newly hired teachers were not included in its 2018 budget.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Supreme Court brings back graft charges vs Parojinog daughter

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The decision comes as a warning to government officials looking to use the inordinate delay defense, which has worked for other defendants in the past

GRAFT CHARGES BACK. Former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Eschavez is shown here being escorted by CIDG as they are transferred to Manila for an inquest on drugs, firearms and explosive charges. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, March 19

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Tuesday, March 19

LTFRB again rejects Go-Jek entry into Philippine market

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reiterates that Go-Jek's local subsidiary does not meet the 60% Filipino ownership requirement

REJECTED. Philippine transport regulators reject Indonesian Go-Jek's entry in the country.

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Panelo thumbs down Pernia-backed 'Department of Water'

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Such a department is not necessary, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, contrary to the view of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

On Wednesday, March 06, 2019, the water level at the La Mesa dam in Quezon City, has reached 69.35 ft. from its 78 ft. normal level due to receding water following months of very little rain. Metro Manila potable water consumers are now experiencing low water pressure and in some areas no water service. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tropical Depression Chedeng to affect Davao, Caraga

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

There are 10 areas in Mindanao under Signal No. 1 as of Monday morning, March 18

Arroyo insists House did nothing unconstitutional under 2019 budget

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'We would never put the President in a position of signing an unconstitutional bill,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House did nothing illegal under the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA raises red flags over PNR 'illegal use' of funds

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Railways uses P50.9 million of the proposed Manila-Sorsogon projects to pay for its security services

Rain from Tropical Depression Chedeng to begin on March 18

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:25 AM

The Davao Region is expected to have rain and gusty winds which may trigger flash floods and landslides

Signal No. 1 in 6 areas due to Tropical Depression Chedeng

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Chedeng is already 725 kilometers east of Davao City as of Sunday evening, March 17

Robredo on China-funded Kaliwa Dam: Bakit uutang tayo?

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the Duterte administration to explain why it is opting for a Chinese loan for the Kaliwa Dam, instead of a public-private partnership

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR seeks barangays' support in keeping Manila Bay clean

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says barangays, as 'frontliners,' must be aware of their critical role in the cleanup of Manila Bay

Tropical Depression Chedeng enters PAR

Mar 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Signal No. 1 is raised in Davao Oriental as of Sunday afternoon, March 17, with Chedeng inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Sandiganbayan suspends Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces a graft case for allegedly pocketing P1.109 million in taxpayers' money through ghost employees

SUSPENDED. Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has to answer charges of hiring and paying fake contractors. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Happy' Filipinos at record low since 2014 – SWS

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:51 PM

A recent Social Weather Stations survey shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos feel happy and satisfied with their lives

HAPPY AND SATISFIED. The Social Weather Stations says at least 80% of Filipinos said they were happy and satisfied in December 2018. Photo from Shutterstock

Ex-Oriental Mindoro governor's firm ordered to return P321-M land

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The Court of Appeals says the company of former Oriental Mindoro governor Rodolfo Valencia should return a P321-million Nasugbu land to its original owner

DEAL REVOKED. The Group Developers, Inc. turns back on its deal with Rodolfo Valencia's company after the latter allegedly failed to follow their agreement with regards to the land's purchase. Photo from rodolfogvalencia.com

Duterte slammed after Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:26 PM

'You can withdraw but you cannot hide,' opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano warns President Rodrigo Duterte

OUT OF ICC. The Philippines pulls out of the International Criminal Court a year after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed loss of trust in the international tribunal. Malacañang file photo

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo