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Typhoon Paolo begins to move away from PH

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Paolo (Lan) is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Sunday, October 22

Pulse Asia on ‘unequal’ enforcement, Marawi aid, Japan Emperor | Evening wRap

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:08 PM

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Biased law enforcement? Duterte says shabu users mostly poor

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:38 PM

President Duterte reacts to a survey that shows people believe only the poor suffer from his drug war: 'The millionaires, they do shabu in yachts or they go to the airport to do cocaine or heroin'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urges the public to report corrupt or inefficient government workers in his keynote speech during the Davao Investment Conference 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 21, 2017. Malacañan Photo

IN PHOTOS: Marawi soldiers fight the biggest battle of their lives

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Here are some of the images captured by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa's since the beginning of the war in the southern Philippines

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Funeral procession set for Cardinal Vidal’s burial on October 26

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Vidal will be buried beside the tomb of the late Cebu Archbishop Julio Cardinal Rosales, inside the mausoleum ordered built by Rosales in 1983

CARDINAL VIDAL. Ricardo Cardinal Vidal's wake started on October 18, 2017 in the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Tugade corrupt? Duterte doubts it

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his San Beda law classmate and appointee amid speculations that a Cabinet official will be axed

After a week, Cayetano still unsure if UK offered money

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The foreign affairs secretary says he is 'still checking' this claim even if his own agency has said 'there is no new offer of direct monetary assistance to the Philippines' from the UK

'STILL CHECKING.' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano remains unsure as of October 19, 2017, if the United Kingdom recently offered money to the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte claimed. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

WATCH: First batch of Marawi soldiers come home

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:24 PM

They were the first in when clashes broke out in May

Typhoon Paolo slightly intensifies; LPA now gone

Oct 20, 2017 - 5:50 PM

PAGASA says Paolo (Lan) already has maximum winds of 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 180 km/h, while the low pressure area off Mimaropa has dissipated

LIST: Roads to avoid on Sunday, October 22

Oct 20, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Authorities advise motorists to plan routes ahead of the 4th ASEAN convoy dry run which will begin in the morning and may last until early evening

PRACTICE RUNS. Convoys will disrupt traffic on October 22, 2017, in preparation for the ASEAN Summit in November. Rappler file photo

South Korean tourist drowns in Coron

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The 58-year-old tourist is declared dead on arrival at the Coron District Hospital

TOURIST SPOT. A boat docked at CYC Island in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Lawrence Ruiz/Wikimedia Commons

Malacañang says only EU aid with conditions to be rejected

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella is unsure if the Philippine government will also refuse Marawi aid offered by the European Union

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella responds to United Nation rapporteur’s statement about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 23. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Peso weakens, Mahmud Ahmad dead, DBM usec fired | Midday wRap

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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More Pinoys frown on Duterte govt’s 'unequal' enforcement of law

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) But the government gets majority approval on its work on most urgent national concerns, topped by its response to the needs of calamity victims and fighting criminality, the latest Pulse Asia survey shows

WAR ON DRUGS. A street vendor is gunned down in Mandaluyong File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler.

More rain in Bicol, Mimaropa, Visayas due to Typhoon Paolo

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Paolo (Lan), already located 860 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, is now moving north northeast

Bad roads, flooding, illegal drugs top local concerns

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

A new Pulse Asia survey says majority of respondents from Metro Manila cite illegal drugs as their most urgent local concern, but this is not the case for the rest of Luzon

File photos by Rappler

Duterte still unaware of 2013 amendment to Pangilinan law

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:41 AM

The President still does not have his facts right when it comes to the amended Juvenile Justice Act of 2006. It's unclear if Duterte was told about the amendment but ignored or forgot about it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference (PBC) and Expo concluding ceremony at the Manila Hotel on October 19, 2017, reiterates his vow to eliminate corruption in government, purge the country of illegal drugs and deal with the enemies of the state. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trillanes says he only presented 'facts' in meeting with U.S. senator

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:11 AM

'Be assured that I pushed for the interests of our country. But let me emphasize that the interests of our country are not necessarily the same as the interests of Mr Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

FANNING THE FLAME. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns against politicians and communist groups supposedly fanning anti-Aquino sentiment after Mamasapano. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Super Typhoon Lawin’s ground zero: A year after

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:00 AM

A year after Super Typhoon Lawin hits Cagayan province, not much of the damaged government infrastructure has been rehabilitated

A mother and her son cross a floating bridge in Barangay Cabasan in Penablanca The bridge was destroyed by Super Typhoon Lawin last and has yet to be rehabilitated. Photo by Raymon Dullana

4th Infantry Division deploys new battalion to fight insurgents in south Bukidnon

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The 88th Infantry Battalion will be operating from Maramag, Bukidnon

European Union grants, Trillanes meets Rubio, Brexit | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Mahmud Ahmad dead – Duterte

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:28 PM

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla also confirms the Malaysian terrorist who helped finance the Marawi siege was killed by troops

Malacanang Photo

Duterte fires DBM undersecretary for 'corruption'

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno confirms that the official is Gertrudo De Leon, an appointee of the President's

Lucio Tan denies ever funding destab plots vs gov't

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has insinuated the tycoon has been supporting efforts to undermine past administrations, and dares the businessman to do the same now

LUCIO TAN. This photo taken on May 11, 2016, shows Filipino-Chinese tycoon and owner of flag carrier Philippine Airlines Lucio Tan arriving in Davao City, on the southern island of Mindanao to meet Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte dares West to take 'lead role' in PH drug war

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In a speech tinged with sarcasm, President Rodrigo Duterte challenges Western countries to solve the Philippine drug war 'the civilized way'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and the officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during his visit at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Current PUV modernization program not the answer – think tanks

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 PM

IBON Foundation and AGHAM - Advocates for Science and Technology for the People say the program does not address the 'lack of public mass transport system'

PUV MODERNIZATION. Committee of Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento preside the House hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program and on the transport strike led by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit

#DuterteLive: 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Exposition of the PCCI

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:55 PM

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Cayetano defends 'official' bloggers with him at UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:45 PM

'Kung wala ang bloggers, paano 'yung coverage namin?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

UN SPEECH. Foreign Alan Peter Cayetano is viewed on the monitors of the UN media center as he speaks at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2017, Philippine time. Malacañang file photo

PUV modernization: Planning, readiness issues raised at House hearing

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Transportation officials say President Rodrigo Duterte gave a deadline merely to press the 'urgency' of the PUV modernization program

MODERNIZATION PLAN. DOTR Usec. Artemio Tuazon Jr. (right) and Asec. Mark de Leon (left) attend the Congress Committee of Transportation hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PAGASA warns of floods, landslides as Typhoon Paolo strengthens

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Bicol, the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and ARMM should watch out for serious flooding, landslides, strong winds, and lightning

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

Marawi evacuees to get DSWD aid for 2 months after returning home

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Food packs will be given to those who stayed in evacuation centers and those who fled to homes of relatives or friends

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced residents lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:52 PM

A bridge collapses as the Banica River in Dumaguete City overflows

Marawi homecoming, Lorraine Badoy, Facebook cybersex | Midday wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Trillanes meets with US Senator Rubio on Duterte drug war, PH-US ties

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, says his discussion with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV included the issue of protecting human rights amid the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines

MEETING.

LTFRB has no timeline yet for PUV modernization program

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

In a House briefing, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also could not tell lawmakers how many jeepney drivers would be displaced

WHERE'S THE PLAN? Lawmakers press LTFRB Chairperson Atty. Martin Delga lll on the timeline for the government's jeepney modernization plan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Sex trafficking in the digital age

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09 PM

A study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 sex traders use the internet to seek potential clients

A family's tale of terror, hope, faith during the Marawi siege

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

'It took almost 5 minutes to cut through. I screamed inside my head, holding back my tears as they commanded us to shout, Allah Wakbar,' says Ronnel Samiahan, recalling the beheading of a fellow hostage that they were forced to watch

BACK TO BUKIDNON. Ronnel Samiahan (right) with his family in their home in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Photo by Linus Escandor

Caught on camera: Ex-town engineer in Cagayan shot dead

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen kill 53-year old Antonio Lingan Malenab, a former town engineer of Solana, Cagayan, while he is driving in Tuguegarao City

GUNMEN. Two motorcycle-riding men shoot dead former Solana, Cagayan, Antonio Lingan Malenab, on the road in Tuguegarao City on October18, 2017. Screengrab from The Northern Forum video

Manila one of the least safe cities globally – Safe Cities Index

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Manila ranked number 55 out of 60 major cities in the 2017 edition of the Safe Cities Index

CITYSCAPE. This general view shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by high-rise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.

Marawi terrorists raped 15-year-old hostage in front of mother

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Another female hostage fears the terrorists killed her husband because he worked for the government, according to a documentary of the government

BATTLE AREA. Local terrorist groups in Marawi used hostages as human shield. Rappler photo

Zamboanga City under state of calamity

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) The City Council declares a state of calamity in Zamboanga City which has experienced massive flooding, as well as damage to agriculture and infrastructure, due to heavy rains

CITY DISASTER COUNCIL. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco presides over the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Hapilon’s kin, 2 more Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Basilan

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:20 AM

For this year, a total of 124 Abu Sayyaf members have surrendered to government forces

SURRENDER. Ben Salim Sahin, cousin of slain ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon, surrenders to government forces in Basilan. Photo via Richard Falcatan

Duterte insists on UK aid offer after DFA clarification

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano backs President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the DFA may not be aware of aid offers made to other departments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the inmates during his visit to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After transport strike, House panel tackles PUV modernization

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Representatives from both sides – the government and transportation groups – have been invited to the transportation committee's hearing

TRANSPORT STRIKE. PUV drivers and operations hold a 2-day strike in response to a PUV modernization program being pushed by the government. File photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

LIVE: House briefing on PUV modernization

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

Watch the briefing live on Rappler on Thursday, October 19