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Dimple Star Bus owner appears at CIDG after Duterte's order of arrest

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Dimple Star Bus owner Hilbert Napat appears before the CIDG after President Rodrigo Duterte orders his arrest

INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte, SAP Bong Go, and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III inspect the crash site where Dimple Star Bus fell. Photo courtesy of SAP Bong Go

Ahead of maintenance, MRT3 has more trains but more breakdowns

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:40 PM

More trains are now available to the commuting public but it still suffers from more breakdown incidents on the same week

WAITING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station and patiently waits for another train. File photo by  Darren Langit/Rappler

Atio Castillo case, Carpio’s SALN, Catalan elections | Evening wRap

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Cops should always carry their guns, even when off-duty, says PNP chief

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To prevent crimes, the PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa wants policemen to carry their guns at all times, even when they are off-duty and in civilian clothes

WHO'S NEXT? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters at the PMA homecoming in Baguio City. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross

VISITA IGLESIA. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miagao, Iloilo, is one of the churches featured in Rappler's Virtual Visita Iglesia this year. Screen grab from 360-degree video by Fung Yu

PNP-PDEA team seizes P50M worth of shabu in Alabang drug bust

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:32 PM

After the entrapment operation at the parking lot of Alabang Town Center, the police do a followup operation and arrests the alleged supplier, a Chinese suspect only identified as Mr Lin

DRUG BUST. Police show off the arrested drug sellers at a press conference on March 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO

At Dimple Star bus crash site, Duterte orders nationwide crackdown on illegal buses

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) The President also orders the arrest of the operator of Dimple Star Bus, after one of its units crashed in Occidental Mindoro, killing 19

Brotherhood up to the end: Aegis Juris fratmen surrender together

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'I see these 10 accused and I see the suffering of my son. They put in their own hands the life of my Atio,' says Carmina Castillo

Ten members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity voluntary surrenders before the NBI on March 23, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

P2P bus schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Here are the operating days of P2P buses during the observance of Holy Week this year

Sarah Elago on why being young and being a dissenter matters

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'I’m still a full-time activist who just happens to be a congresswoman,' the newbie legislator tells Rappler

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Tips for Holy Week commuters

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Commuting for the Holy Week? DOTr Assistant Secretary for Commuter Affairs Elvira Medina has some tips before hitting the road

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carpio rebuffs Sereno: I submitted all 10 required SALNs

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Carpio requests a certification from the JBC and sends the media a copy. According to the document, the JBC has on file Carpio’s SALN for a period of 10 years, from 2001 to 2011.

CONFLICT? Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffs the claim of f Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he did not submit all of his SALNs. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Comelec official denies threatening Ateneo de Davao professor

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'I never made any wrongdoing,' says Commission on Elections Regional Director Remlane Tambuang

ZONE OF PEACE. The facade of the Ateneo de Davao University. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

10 Aegis Juris fratmen now in NBI custody

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says all 10 were 'picked up' by an agent in one location, and arrived at the headquarters in Manila around 11 am on Friday, March 23

IN CUSTODY. Aegis Juris fratmen are now with the NBI. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LTFRB suspends entire Dimple Star bus fleet

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Operations of the Dimple Star Bus fleet are suspended for 30 days, following the fatal crash in Occidental Mindoro

INSPECTION. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III inspects the Dimple Star bus crash site in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on March 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of DOTr-LTFRB

Napoles to Sandiganbayan: BJMP’s greyhound team harassed me

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Napoles submits a BJMP incident report as part of the requirement to prove there is a need to move her to a safehouse

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Mar 23, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Fratmen in Atio Castillo case want Manila judge to inhibit

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The fratmen allege that Judge Alfredo Ampuan is the brother-in-law of Dante Jimenez, head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, who assisted the Castillos during the preliminary investigation

PNP kill 13 drug suspects, arrest over 100 as Duterte quits ICC

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The suspects are killed in the northern province of Bulacan. A police statement adds more than 100 arrests were also made.

Senate approves bill creating 8th district for Cavite

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senators concur with House Bill 5367, which seeks to give General Trias City its own congressional district, and reorganize the current 6th and 7th districts

Chief Justice Sereno: 'No one will be safe' if I'm ousted

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

'Everyone will have to look for a political patron to save [themselves] from incessant harassment, threats, and bullying,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno during the Women vs Strongman forum at the UP School of Economics on March 22, 2018

Manila court orders arrest of 10 fratmen in Atio Castillo slay

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'This Court finds probable cause and that there is necessity for placing all the accused under custody in order not to frustrate the ends of justice,' says Manila RTC Branch 40 Presiding Judge Alfredo Ampuan

Lorenzana gives top PH economists security briefing

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Former finance secretary Roberto de Ocampo gives a glowing assessment of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's performance as defense chief

BRIEFING ECONOMISTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gives the Foundation for Economic Freedom a briefing on the national security situation. Rappler photo

Swedish national dies in electrocution accident in Bohol resort

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Bengt Gustaf Ludvig Linne accidentally steps on a wet pathway with an exposed power wire

A PLACE TO RELAX. The Alona Beach area in Barangay Tawala, Panglao town has been one of the most frequently visited places in Bohol by both foreign and domestic tourists. File photo by Mike Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Undeclared Korean SUV found in shipment at Davao port

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Findings of an x-ray scan conclude a vehicle was placed in between declared items. The scan is verified on Wednesday during a physical inspection.

SMUGGLED. Customs officials find an undeclared Hyundai sports-utility vehicle stuffed in between a used dump truck and a tractor head. Photo from BOC Davao

Parent who threatened Ateneo de Davao prof is Comelec Davao region chief

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Hindi 'nyo ba alam na ako ang director ng Comelec?' Commission on Elections regional director Remlane Tambuang allegedly tells campus security when he sees them in the hall outside the office where the incident happened

13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives

Makabayan bloc leads petition to block Sereno ouster

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'The filing of this present Quo Warranto Petition is nothing but an attempt [to] circumvent the constitutional process and to wrest the power to "oust" or remove an impeachable public official away from Congress and [the] Filipino people,' say the intervenors

OUST SERENO? Groups and individuals ask the High Court to junk outright a petition that would invalidate Sereno's appointment. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IBP seeks dismissal of quo warranto petition vs Sereno

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says its intervention will note that under the 1987 Charter, 'impeachment is the only mode of removal of an impeachable officer for an impeachable offense'

SERENO. In this file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during a forum at St. Scholastica's College in Manila, in celebration of International Women's Day. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kabayan's Salo changes tune, endorses Roque for Senate

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's former nemesis in the House endorses a possible bid for the Senate in 2019

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announces that the scholarship program for medical students and midwifery are now available in three partner schools in Cebu and Visayas during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018. YANCY LIM

On Duterte's orders, NFA Council speeds up rice procurement

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ateneo de Davao to file complaint vs parent who threatened professor

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'When a parent accompanied by relatives and bodyguards comes in brandishing statements like ‘We are a family of lawyers and killers!’ or ‘We can take down this school’ – these are statements the ADDU as a University can only take very seriously,' says ADDU president Father Joel Tabora SJ

PH, China agree on 'prudent' cooperation on joint sea exploration

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

LETTER. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi after he passed on a hand-written letter from President Rodrigo Duterte to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2018. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Ex-Isabela mayor's alleged hitman nabbed

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Philippine National Police - Cagayan Valley Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino says Ronnie Dela Cruz is allegedly a 'gun for hire' and member of the private armed group of former Gamu Mayor Fernando Cumigad

UNDER ARREST. Alleged ex-Isabela mayor's hitman nabbed. Photo courtesy of PNP-Cagayan Valley

Senate approves cityhood of Sto. Tomas town in Batangas

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Lawmakers in the plenary express their support and agreement to convert Sto. Tomas into a city, making it the 4th city in the province of Batangas

Duterte appoints Melvin Mitra as PCUP commissioner

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

With Mitra's appointment, Duterte has replaced all the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor officials he fired back in December 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#DuterteLive: MRRD-NECC event in Pasay

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Davao City disqualifies NPA members, lawbreakers from accident fund

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Duterte-Carpio says the move will 'further strengthen the program’s processes and to ensure the efficient delivery of its services to qualified residents of Davao City'

LINGAP INELEGIBILITY. Davao City photo by Abraham Magnawa from Shutterstock

Kiko Pangilinan says no issue with Sharon Cuneta, Duterte meeting

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Walang problema sa akin do'n. Ang differences namin ng Pangulo, trabaho lang at hindi personal,' says the senator

Photo from SAP Bong Go

3 charged over grenade attack during Abra town fiesta

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The police escorts of Abra Representative Joseph Sto Niño Bernos and his wife, Mayor Menchie Bernos, were killed, while the couple and 34 others were injuired in the January 25 incident

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

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19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Duterte wants more Muslims to join police, military

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says there should be more Muslims in the Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippine Military Academy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages more Muslims to join the police force. Malacañang Photo

Revilla asks Supreme Court: Do something, I’m the only one left in jail

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The former senator and now plunder defendant files an urgent motion before the High Court requesting for ‘interim measures,’ one of which is provisional liberty

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza as they continue wit their strategy of going the Supreme Court route. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre: Existing Sandiganbayan charges vs Napoles have ‘defects’

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

'It seems that we have discovered defects in the charges in the Sandiganbayan against her. The charges here are plunder, and plunder is a charge against a government official,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre in a mix of English and Filipino

NOT MOST GUILTY. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II believes there is a "most guilty" personality in the pork barrel scam that would qualify Janet Napoles as a state witness.

Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte lists down demands for OFW protection in Kuwait

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Philippine leader wants Kuwait to ensure OFWs get 7 hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and won't have their passports confiscated by their employers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) at the Postbank Center, Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on January 18, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO