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Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

May 27, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Cyclone Mekunu triggers massive floods in Oman, where 49,000 Filipinos live and work

A picture taken on May 26, 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / Oman OUT

Family receives remains of OFW found in Korea septic tank

May 27, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Angelo Claveria, a 34-year-old OFW, was found dead in a septic tank in South Korea in April, after he was allegedly murdered by a Filipino co-worker

MURDERED OFW. The remains of murdered Filipino overseas worker Angelo Claveria are now with his family in Iloilo. Photo courtesy of DFA

Mayor of Buenavista, Bohol shot dead at cockpit arena

May 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol is the second mayor in Bohol killed in less than a year

'Hindi kami kriminal': Motorcyclists hold unity ride vs 'unfair' policies

May 27, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Motorcycle riders deliver a letter to Malacañang, seeking a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss their issues

Photo from Darren Langit/Rappler

Capiz residents to plant one million trees in one day

May 27, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Emilyn Arboleda Depon, acting provincial environment and natural resources officer of Capiz, says residents from 17 LGUs 'will go up just to plant trees simultaneously'

TREE-PLANTING. A million fruit-bearing and native trees will be planted on barren land, such as this, by a million Capiznons for Arbor Day in Capiz on June 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of Emilyn Arboleda Depon.

Light-heavy rain in Caraga, Davao on May 28

May 27, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The tail-end of a cold front will affect the two regions in Mindanao on Monday, May 28

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

COA temporarily lifts P79.9-M notice of disallowance vs ER Ejercito

May 27, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Commission on Audit orders the lifting of the notice only to grant the former Laguna governor due process by reviewing his submissions and affidavits

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Posters of Philippine heroes unveiled for Filipinos abroad

May 27, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'Sharing the words of our great Filipino forebears not only to our kababayans abroad…is our way of honoring their contributions,' says Project Saysay's Stacy Danika Alcantara Garcia

PROJECT SAYSAY. Jose Rizal is one of the Filipino heroes featured in the posters received by the DFA from Project Saysay. Courtesy of Project Saysay

DOJ suspends prosecutors who freed suspected jewelry smugglers

May 27, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says complaints against the 3 Pasay City prosecutors will likely be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Police strengthen efforts to protect Boracay, Carabao islands

May 27, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We should protect Boracay from outside Boracay,' Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr says, adding that the memorandum of understanding formalizes 'the cooperation of security forces and marketing of Hambil as a tourist destination'

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Protesta de Mayo

May 26, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Militant activists hold their own version of the annual Catholic tradition

PROTESTA DE MAYO. Human rights group Karapatan leads and alternative Santacruzan (Mayflower Festival) dubbed Protesta de Mayo at the UP Sunken Ganden on May 26, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

85 families in wetlands to be relocated outside Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The environment department is currently studying how to relocate 85 families to Sitio Corong in Barangay Cogon, Malay, which is located in mainland Aklan

ISLAND. There are 9 wetlands in Boracay, but 5 have illegal structures on it. Photo by Adrian Portugal

Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

May 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

This comes after the government discovered 16 establishments that had installed their own pipes, which flush wastes directly under the beachfront

EXCAVATED. Trainees from the 3rd Infrantry Division of the Philippine Army excavate illegal sewerage pipes in Boracay Island on May 25, 2018. Photo from DENR

2 Filipina nurses killed in Australia car crash – DFA

May 26, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The Filipina nurses were on their way to an El Shaddai anniversary event in Melbourne when the accident happened, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Locator map of Wallaroo, Australia

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Remember the Marawi evacuees who tied the knot? They're pregnant!

May 26, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are among 40 Marawi families who continue to live in tents in Pantar town a year after the siege. They are making plans to find a better home after the baby comes out in June.

PREGNANT! Marawi tent dwellers Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are 8 months pregnant and expecting in June. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

Group of mostly Duterte allies will pick Marawi contractor – PCIJ

May 26, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Majority of the selection committee members lack experience 'in evaluating public contracts on technical and financial merits,' says a PCIJ report

DepEd official to file charges vs fake Palarong Pambansa page creator

May 26, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali denies shaming fat teachers after a fake Facebook page attributes a made-up remark to him

FIGHTING A FAKE PAGE. DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali will not tolerate a Facebook page that is spreading a false quote against him. File photo by Rappler

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

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

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DOE's P300-M fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers 'still unaudited'

May 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Based on a COA report, it's not clear how the P300 million was used, and how many cards were loaded with cash

Displaced Maranaos in Marawi find healing in gardening

May 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'This is like tending to a newborn child,' says Nor-Aine Tantuas, one of the internally displaced persons living in Marawi City's Sagonsongan relocation site

HEALING IN GARDENING. Wafah Tantuas pourS water into the chili plants that she tends to with her mother Nor-Aine. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Longing': Images of Marawi evacuees

May 26, 2018 - 8:07 AM

An International Committee of the Red Cross delegate visits the Saguiaran evacuation center and the Sagonsongan transitional site, and captures in photographs the longing for family and home of those displaced by the conflict

Women can’t stand threats? Netizens tell Duterte to ‘go back to the last century’

May 25, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Social media users point out that it's already 2018 and the President's 'sexist stereotyping' and misogynistic remarks are not acceptable

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

DSWD awards P1B Marawi contracts to suppliers with limited capacity

May 25, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Since the awarding of contracts, however, Tacurong Fitmart, Ororama Supercenter, and Ace Centerpoint have yet to complete the delivery of relief goods, according to a PCIJ report

RUINS. Residents allowed to visit their destroyed houses at the main battle area carry salvageable belongings they collected as they pas a destroyed building in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljbe/AFP

Guevarra extends Sister Patricia Fox’s deadline to leave PH

May 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

In Guevarra’s order, Australian nun Patricia Fox has until June 18 to leave the Philippines

EXTENDED. DOJ allows Sr. Patricia Fox to stay until ... Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

May 25, 2018 - 7:01 PM

With rising petroleum prices, the government is eyeing to revive a fuel subsidy program – which remains unaudited – for jeepney drivers towards the end of 2018

SUBSIDY. The transportation department is looking at giving subsidies to jeepney drivers amid higher oil prices.

An ill-fated meeting with a presidential sister

May 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'How can you say 'no'?' says sacked transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino about his decision to speak in person with the President's younger sister Jocellyn

Marawi's silent heroes: Scout Rangers remember their days on the battlefield

May 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

New recruits to the First Scout Ranger Regiment of the Army write journals about their drastic transition from training to actual combat – against terrorists at that

 Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DTI sees lower sales in IFEX 2018

May 25, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry opens more slots to MSMEs to feature their products in IFEX 2018, but at the cost of possible lower sales this year

FRESH PRODUCE. A participant of the 12th International Food Exhibition cooks fresh, locally-produced vegetables for potential business partners to tase. Photo by Ralf Rivas

Floirendo pleads not guilty to graft, allowed to travel with Duterte

May 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Floirendo will go to South Korea with President Duterte in June

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

As China builders face scrutiny, further delays hit Marawi rehabilitation

May 25, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Negotiations with the Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium is taking time. The Swiss challenge is moved to May 30, pushing again the schedule of the city’s rehabilitation.

LOOTED. Bolawan Dimayon, Hassan Dimayon and their son shift through what was left of their house in Barangay Daguduban. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Sacked DOTr exec apologizes to Duterte for 'embarrassing' him

May 25, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino says he made no deals with Jocellyn Duterte, the President's younger sister, and stresses he only wants what's good for the Mindanao Railway Project

Guevarra stops state protection for Janet Napoles

May 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This is Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's first major decision in the pork barrel scam

STATE PROTECTION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stops the state protection of Janet Lim Napoles.

Australian nun Patricia Fox appeals to DOJ to let her stay in PH

May 25, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The nun will not leave the country despite an Immigration order for her departure on Friday, as her lawyers claim the appeal means the order is on hold

Sr. Patricia Fox files a petition at the DOJ on May 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Labor group pushes for wage increase amid higher prices

May 25, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Partido Manggagawa says a majority of wage earners 'gained nothing' from the tax reform law and ended up 'devastatingly hit' by inflation

HIGHER PRICES. In this file photo, a protester holds a placard with a slogan "Train to Gutom," alluding to higher prices brought by the effects of the tax reform law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


LOOK: Japanese destroyer ‘Setogiri’ arrives in Manila

May 25, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which has arrived with a helicopter and about 200 officers and crew, will be docked overnight at Pier 15 in South Harbor

Photo credit: Philippine Navy

Grab asks LTFRB: Reimpose P2-per-minute charge

May 25, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Grab Philippines argues that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's suspension of the charges is an 'infringement' of the equal protection clause guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution

COA flags DOJ for undocumented payroll, unauthorized accounts

May 25, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Resigned justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he 'has no participation whatsoever' in the transactions flagged, including P27-million worth of payroll without supporting documents, and P65-million worth of accounts maintained without authority

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

Duterte: I believe in women's competence, but not in all aspects

May 25, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) 'Itong mga babae, prim and proper man 'yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan wala na, tunaw na 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte has been under fire for his derogatory remarks against women and their capabilities but he says such comments were just sarcastic remarks. File photo from Malacanang

Presidential Security Group to have new chief on May 30

May 25, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Colonel Jim Niembra will formally assume the post on May 30, replacing Brigadier General Lope Dagoy who takes command of the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Leyte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte breaks bread with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy and the personnel of the PSG during the Christmas Party in Davao City on December 15, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOT

Ombudsman Morales begins farewell: Don't be silent

May 25, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'If we find ourselves continually abused and without recourse, isn’t it because, with our silence and inaction, we gave our consent?' says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

HUMAN RIGHTS. 'Thou shall not kill,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says, as she urges the Philippines to 'go back to basics.' File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DENR wants El Nido's groundwater tested

May 25, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'We will call the attention of the DOH to have El Nido's groundwater tested,' says Natividad Bernardino, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mimaropa

Here’s how Robredo debunks 'fake news' vs her

May 25, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo launches a series of videos where she addresses every false claim being spread about her online

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS.' Vice President Leni Robredo will no longer tolerate any lies being spread about her. Photo by OVP

A first after Mamasapano: CIDG probes SAF over allowances mess

May 25, 2018 - 8:08 AM

It's the latest addition to the investigations already being pursued by the Ombudsman and the Senate