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LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 5:41 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Sep 25, 2017 - 5:41 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, September 25

COA asks Ombudsman to look into 'irregular' BSP purchase in 2002

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says a fire suppression system bought by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2002 was substandard

13-year-old boy shot dead in Pasay

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Jayross Brondial just came out of their house to sit outside when he was shot dead in broad daylight

SHOT DEAD. Jayross Grepal was shot dead in a Pasay neighborhood. Photo from Grepal's Facebook page

Marawi mayor gets emotional seeing houses inside battle area

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra asks the national government to help residents rebuild their 'completely devastated' homes

INSIDE THE MARAWI BATTLE AREA. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra enters the war zone to begin assessment of the work to be done when the fighting stops. Photo courtesy of the Marawi City municipal government

Robredo hits culture of violence in fraternities

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'Mahirap talagang intindihin... Maraming paraan para masukat mo kung gaano ka-desidido iyong isang tao na sumali [sa grupo],' says Vice President Leni Robredo on hazing

DIP. Vice President Leni Robredo's satisfaction ratings dropped by 11 points from 37% in Deecember to 26% in April, based on a survey by the Social Weather Stations. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

CHR urges gov't to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is 'serious in making progress for human rights'

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, September 25

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, September 25

Background photo by Darren Langit

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Transport strike vs jeepney modernization set for September 25

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Stop and Go Coalition says they are against the government’s plan to lend operators P1.6 million for jeepney modernization

Jeepneys are seen as an enforcer manages traffic at a busy street in Manila on May 30, 2017. Jeepneys, once hailed as the 'King of the Road' and a cultural symbol in the Phillipines to rival New York's yellow taxis, may soon disappear from Manila's gridlocked streets, as authorities move to phase out the Philippines' iconic World War II-era minibuses, citing pollution and safety concerns. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY PHILIPPINES-JEEPNEY-CULTURE-TRANSPORT,SCENE

Filipinos still favor U.S over China but 'gap is narrowing' – Pew Research

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:20 PM

At least 78% of Filipinos favorably view United States in 2017 – a 14-point decline from 2015's 92% – compared to China's 55%

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Manila Times columnist falls for fake news

Sep 24, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Manila Times columnist Yen Makabenta's opinion piece used a quote from a fake news website, and goes viral among pro-government supporters

PH welcomes Saudi Arabia's extended amnesty program

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the extension will benefit at least 6,000 undocumented Filipinos

Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:01 PM

The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park

In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP

Marawi generals cross critical bridges in battle area

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Major Generals Rolando Bautista and Danilo Pamonag cross the Bayabao Bridge and Masiu Bridge on Sunday, September 24

Major General Danilo Pamonag, commander of Task Force Trident, crosses a critical bridge in Marawi City. JTF Marawi photo

Human rights, security go together, Cayetano tells UN

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also calls on UN member-states to respect Philippine sovereignty and cautions against 'misinformation' on the war on drugs

AT THE UN. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA on September 24, 2017. DFA/Malacanang photo

DENR eyes to train forest officers on security protocol, gun handling

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:01 AM

This follows two shooting incidents targeting forest protection officers in Palawan

ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler

Citizen advocates raise issues in FOI rollout

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition also reiterates its call for the passage of a Freedom of Information Law

FOI PRACTICE. The Right to Know Right Now Coalition presents its findings on the implementation of the executive order on the FOI on Friday, September 22, in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Cayetano calls Duterte drug war 'rule of law campaign'

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:20 AM

'We refuse to just watch and do nothing as the Philippines becomes a narco-state and as we lose a whole generation to narcotics,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a speech in New York

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter, in his speech during an event at the Asia Society on New York City on September 21, 2017, enumerates the various problems that have hounded the country during the past administration citing that development has been mostly centered in Metro Manila, while issuing authorities of government have the so-called 'incentive attitude' where they fulfill their functions when they receive incentives. He also pointed out that there have been lapses in planning which have led to poor decision-making. The Foreign Affairs Secretary then stated that the main objective of the Duterte administration. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Lanao del Sur

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected, but there are aftershocks

Cimatu honors slain anti-logging official in El Nido

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:02 AM

The slain official was chair of the El Nido Law Enforcement Council and member of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area Management Board

HONOR. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino present the "Bayani ng Kalikasan" award to the family of slain village chief Ruben Arzaga. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH rejects calls by UN member-states for probe into EJKs

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine delegation insists that deaths from police operations 'are not EJKs'

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) air a live webcast from Geneva, Switzerland of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the CHR Central Office in Quezon City on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

Rainshowers due to Nando in parts of Luzon on Sunday

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Tropical Depression Nando will bring moderate to occasional heavy rain to Zambales and Bataan on Sunday, September 24

Surface map analysis as of September 19, 4 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

Duterte to reveal Trillanes bank account 'partners'

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also accuses Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of having multiple bank accounts

WARNING TO TRILLANES. President Rodrigo Duterte address members of the media during a gathering at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on September 22. Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

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

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Black-clad armed men harass towns outside Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The military says it is investigating the presence of 5 to 7 armed men in the town of Bayang in Lanao del Sur

HARASSMENT. Mayor Aslani Pangarungan Balt says about 20 black-clad armed men harassed a military detachment in his town Bayang. Rappler photo

Malacañang defends Cabinet 'right to privacy' in SALN

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'those working in the government, such as members of the Cabinet, still have the right to privacy'

Duterte takes swipe at leftists: 'I don't get them'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:48 AM

'You are not a leftist or a socialist if you do not go against government by force of arms. That's what I don't like about them,' says the President

MEDIA NIGHT. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte talks casually to journalists during a dinner he hosts for them on November 15, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Marawi bishop urges Catholics to adopt communities for rehabilitation

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña presents 'Duyog Marawi,' a rehabilitation program that focuses on healing and peace-building efforts in his city

DUYOG MARAWI. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña (right) and Father Edwin Gariguez (left) present the 'Duyog Marawi' rehabilitation program in a press conference on September 19, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Danilo Concepcion vows UP students can express ideas 'without fear'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'Let reason guide us, but not reason alone; let it be reason tempered with respect, responsibility, and collegiality,' says UP president Danilo Concepcion

THE VOW. Danilo Concepcion takes his oath as UP's 21st president during his investiture on September 20. Photo from UP

Marawi battle area shrinks as troops enclose 3rd bridge

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The war marks its 4th month on Saturday, September 23. At least 887 have died including 151 soldiers, 689 enemies, and 47 civilians.

MARAWI BRIDGES. The Agus River separates the safe zone and the battle zone. Screenshot of a drone video by the Provincial Crisis Management Committee

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: 'Alien' ideology, not Islam, root of PH terror problem

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:47 PM

'It is not Islam. I should know. I would be the last person to condemn the Moro people,' Duterte says at a gathering with reporters on Friday evening, September 22

President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Duterte reiterates his commitment to rebuild much of the city which is destroyed by the ongoing conflict between terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups and government forces. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte’s hometown crafting 'non-politicized' tourism masterplan

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:19 PM

The 6-point 'Davao Turismo Agenda' covers plans for the city’s marketing, product development, tourism force, tourism budget, financing, government relations, and industry support

DOH's tips to protect yourself against the common rainy season diseases

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Here's how you can prevent getting dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza

All graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

4 more Aegis Juris fraternity members placed on immigration lookout list

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 20 the number of frat men on the lookout list as authorities probe the hazing death of UST student Horacio Castillo III

HAZING VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

Suspect in Horacio Castillo killing flew to Chicago – TECO

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan says Ralph Cabales Trangia, suspect in the death of UST law student Horacio Castillo III, was only a transit passenger and did not enter Taipei

HAZING CASE. A suspect in the killing of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III has reportedly left the country.

FULL TEXT: Facebook Messenger chat of alleged Aegis Juris fraternity members

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

An Aegis Juris fraternity member surfaces to confirm he is one of the 7 persons in the viral screenshots of a Facebook Messenger chat where the hazing of neophyte Horacio Castillo III was planned

Redactions in Duterte Cabinet's latest SALNs 'deal-breaker' for FOI – PCIJ

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:43 PM

PCIJ reports that significant details were blacked out in the copies of the December 2016 SALNs of Duterte Cabinet officials

REDACTED. The PCIJ reports that significant redactions were made on the SALNs of Cabinet officials filed in December 2016. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

'PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi' – expert

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The Marawi crisis 'is a failure of government to act based on sound and timely intelligence,' terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna says

MARAWI CRISIS. Smoke billows from houses after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on terrorist positions in Marawi City on September 17, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Mom of Horacio Castillo III wants to meet suspect in son's death

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:52 PM

'Ikuwento niya sa akin paano nila pinatay ang anak ko,' says Carmina Castillo

FAMILY IN MOURNING. Family, friends, and relatives of Horacio Castillo III at the 22-year-old's wake. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vhong Navarro thankful for dismissal of rape complaints

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Director Chito Roño, Vhong's manager, and counsel Alma Mallonga say they are thankful to the DOJ for the dismissal of the complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Here's what you need to know about tropical cyclones and other terms used in everyday weather forecasts

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong