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CA affirms Jason Ivler’s 40-year jail time in road rage case

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The court also increases damages due the family of Renato Ebarle Jr, whom Ivler killed in 2009

ROAD RAGE. Jason Ivler is found guilty of killing Renato Ebarle Jr following an incident of road rage in 2009. Photo from EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

Views of med societies weigh more than FEC, individual doctors – Garin

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin explains why she did not heed the warning of several public health experts regarding the now-suspended dengue vaccination program that she had launched

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin speaks during a Rappler Talk interview on December 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Duterte vows speedy aid for Biliran, Urduja-affected areas

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders the Department of Public Works and Highways to finish repairing two damaged bridges in Biliran in less than 30 days

Tropical Depression Urduja now over West PH Sea

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Palawan remains under signal no. 1 but Urduja (Kai-tak) is already moving away from the country

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'For heaven's sake, let's get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,' says Bishop Pablo David

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa looking for donors to fund PNP body cameras

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:40 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa searches for 'well-meaning Filipinos' who are willing to donate to the police force

READY TO ACCEPT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he has been raising funds himself to buy body cameras for cops. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte warns at least 60 corrupt cops: Leave PNP or else

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

'I am starting the purging,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his bid to weed out abusive cops from the police force which he recently ordered back into his drug war

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the during the ceremonial demilitarization of confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms at the Headquarters Philippine Army (HPA) Grandstand in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City on December 13, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continue to serve the country. He then reiterated his vow to provide the best military equipment to the troops while he also assured that he will improve the welfare of the soldiers and their families. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDNETIAL PHOTO

Duterte on Isabelle's photo shoot: Just a 'small matter'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:35 PM

'Wala naman ako doon,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the controversial pictorial session of his granddaughter in Malacañang

Napoles kin ask court to reduce P22-M bail over Malampaya scam

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:10 PM

From bail of P22.310 million each, the accused are requesting that they pay only P690,000 each

BAIL. Napoles' children John Cristopher and Jo Christine ask the court to pay only P690,000 each instead of the original bail of P22 million each.

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

PNP chief Dela Rosa asks: 'Why fear martial law?'

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Desisyon niya 'yan, hindi ko siya papangunahan, it is dependent on his own determination. Anyway, bakit, takot na takot ba kayo sa martial law?,' asks PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

31 dead, 49 missing due to Urduja

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says most of the fatalities and the missing persons are from Biliran

Some residents stand guard with their houses in coastal barangay 54-A Magallanes in Tacloban City. Heavy winds and rainfall pound the region as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16.

Duterte to visit Urduja-affected Biliran

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members are expected to visit Biliran where 26 died in landslides triggered by heavy rain

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 84th Anniversary Celebration at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos City on December 8, 2017, gives his assurance that he and his administration will strive hard to give a comfortable life for the Filipinos. Malacañan Photo

Legarda open to DSWD post after term ends in 2019

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:20 PM

'Can I say, I am thinking about it?' says Senator Loren Legarda on talks she would be the next Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary

DSWD? Senator Loren Legarda says she is open to a DSWD post after her term ends in 2019. File photo from Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Urduja weakens; tail-end of a cold front brings rain

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Calabarzon, Bicol, Aurora, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon are affected by the tail-end of a cold front

Tropical Depression Urduja makes landfall for 6th time

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Meanwhile, another tropical depression which is outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility has weakened into a low pressure area, says PAGASA

Only Palawan under signal no. 1 ahead of Urduja's 6th landfall

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:10 AM

Aside from Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak), the tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon are also bringing rain on Monday, December 18

Satellite image as of December 18, 5 am. Image courtesy of NOAA

Tropical Depression Urduja heads for Cuyo Island in Palawan

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Only 3 areas remain under signal no. 1 – Palawan, Aklan, and northern Antique

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 18

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, December 18

Duterte on same-sex marriage: 'We can change the law'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Ako gusto ko, same-sex marriage,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his speech during a gathering of the LGBT community in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao during the 7th LGBT Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte threatens communist rebels who 'molest women'

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he received reports that some New People's Army members have been committing sexual abuse

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, gestures as he reiterates his vow to stop graft and corruption as well as to eradicate the scourge of illegal drugs in the country. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants LGBT representation in anti-poverty body

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is looking for a 'bright' and 'honest' person to represent the LGBT community in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, invites the LGBT community to nominate a worthy candidate from their community who is capable of taking a seat at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tropical Depression Urduja makes 4th landfall in Aklan

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Only southern Occidental Mindoro, southern Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, Aklan, and northern Antique remain under signal no. 1

26 dead in Biliran landslides after Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) Sofronio Dacillo, provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, says the deaths occurred in 4 towns in Biliran at the weekend

PH gov't stands by decision not to declare holiday ceasefire with NPA

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:20 PM

'Declaring a SOMO now is not to the nation's best interest as it would only expose our defenders to enemy attacks and embolden them to commit more atrocities,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Tropical Depression Urduja changes course toward Aklan

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:01 PM

After making landfall in Eastern Samar, Masbate, and Sibuyan Island, there could be two more landfalls for Urduja (Kai-tak) in Aklan and Palawan

Sereno camp insists allegations vs her 'not impeachable offenses'

Dec 17, 2017 - 5:20 PM

A spokesperson of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says statements made inside and outside the hearings of the House justice committee 'were purely hearsay, personal opinions, innuendos, and optics'

CHIEF JUSTICE. The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno insists the allegations against her are not impeachable offenses. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

19 injured in Urduja's onslaught – NDRRMC

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The injuries are sustained mostly from falling debris, vehicular accidents, and landslides

​Businesses close and trees topple as heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City. Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Fewer areas under signal no. 1 as Urduja moves near Romblon

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak) is now in the region of Mimaropa after earlier hitting Eastern Visayas

Travel advisory: Cancelled flights, December 17, 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for the latest air and sea travel advisories related to Tropical Depression Urduja (Kai-tak)

Planes are parked at the tarmac of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila on August 5, 2010. Noel Celis/AFP

Stranded passengers due to Urduja now over 16,000

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:22 PM

At least 118 vessels, 1,711 rolling cargoes, and 37 motor bancas are also stranded

STRANDED. Thousands of passengers are stranded due to typhoon Urduja. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Tropical Depression Urduja weakens again over Masbate

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is in the vicinity of Mobo, Masbate as of late Sunday morning, December 17. Its maximum winds are down to 55 km/h.

‘Posisyon o paninindigan?’: Robredo's most memorable quotes in 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has so far refused to become opposition leader, but this past year she has made strong statements against policies of the Duterte administration

STORY OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-Asa at Assumption Iloilo, Iloilo City on November 15. Photo by OVP

Urduja weakens into tropical depression

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

But PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio warns: 'Kahit humina 'yung bagyo, 'yung pag-ulan nandiyan pa rin....Andiyan 'yung banta ng pagbaha dahil alam po natin saturated na 'yung lupa sa Visayas'

Dela Rosa has secret mission from Duterte before he retires

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The top cop says he might extend for 6 or even 9 months if he does not fulfill the goal given to him by President Rodrigo Duterte

CONFIDENTIAL MISSION. President Duterte talks to PNP chief Dela Rosa.File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja still over Samar

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is in the vicinity of Calbayog, Samar early Sunday, December 17, moving west at 13 kilometers per hour

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly weakens again over Samar

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:59 PM

But several areas remain under signal no. 2 due to Urduja (Kai-tak)

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

The week in photos: December 9-15, 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:43 PM

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

A boy looks at a rainbow during a sunset in Bogota on December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA

COA slams Bohol LGU over 12 vacant positions

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Commission on Audit says this failure to fill 12 vacant positions 'contradicts sound public administration and good governance'

Negros Occidental, Pampanga now sister provinces

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:41 PM

'This is just the beginning of a better future,' says Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr

SISTER PROVINCES. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, along with the board members of the two provinces, during the signing of sisterhood agreement at the provincial capitol of Bacolod City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Like Aquino, Garin denies knowing Sanofi's spotty record

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin says she was surprised Sanofi Pasteur was found guilty of corruption, bribery, and false product claims

DEFENDING DENGVAXIA. Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin defends the dengue vaccination program she launched at the tail-end of her term. Screenshot by Rappler

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

LOOK: Duterte cartoon appears on 'The Simpsons'

Dec 16, 2017 - 6:57 PM

A new 'Simpsons' episode shows the awkward handshake between Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump during the ASEAN Summit

CAMEO. President Rodrigo Duterte appears on The Simpsons Season 29 "Mueller Meets Trump" episode. Screengrab from Animation on Fox YouTube

Most wanted man of Western Visayas nabbed in Marikina

Dec 16, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Antonio Aquino, a native of Negros Occidental, is arrested after evading authorities for 14 years

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly weakens after landfall

Dec 16, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is crossing San Jose de Buan, Samar as of late Saturday afternoon, December 16

Travel advisories: Flights, boat trips cancelled due to Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for the latest air and sea travel advisories related to Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

PUMMELED. €‹Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler