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Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.

POST-IT NOTE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado to respond to issues raised by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

What you need to know about Charter Change

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The public should closely monitor the process of changing the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid abuses, say constitutional law experts

Sereno, staff flew business while Marquez stayed in economy

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The story is related to an accusation against Sereno for being supposedly lavish in her official travels

Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

‘Do you wish Gigi Reyes to be freed?’ and other questions for Enrile

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Not seen as often in public, reporters at the Sandiganbayan ask former senator Juan Ponce Enrile about martial law in Mindanao, his secret to staying strong at 93, and whether he wants freedom for former aide Gigi Reyes

DUO. Marcos-time executives Juan Ponce Enrile and Estelito Mendoza attend a hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, where the former is facing plunder charges over the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

Duterte’s birthday wish for Alvarez: 'I hope you're married for the last time’

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his wish for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the 60th birthday bash of his good friend and ally

ALLIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who turned 60 on January 10, 2018, welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte to his birthday celebration in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Photo from Malacañang

FAST FACTS: Who is Normandie Pizarro, the CA justice who freed Joel Reyes?

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:16 PM

He also acquits Napoles and rejects billion dollars worth of compensation to martial law victims

CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS. Justice Normandie Pizarro has penned some of the Court of Appeals' controversial decisions as of late.

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN

Review of 'Fire and Fury': The international implications

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:20 PM

'Fire and Fury does not diminish the presidency. The occupants of the White House did this on their own with damage to their own reputations'

FIRE AND FURY. Michael Wolff's book on the Trump administration is unflattering and controversial. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

EXPLAINER: How the tax reform law affects Filipino consumers

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Payroll managers start adjusting their systems to reflect the new withholding tax rates. Supermarkets, oil retailers, convenience stores, and even sidewalk vendors begin updating their price lists.

HIKE IN SRPs.The retail price of one-liter bottle of Coca Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 per bottle from the current P31 per liter, in light of the TRAIN law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Detained De Lima wants to learn how to paint

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is taking on new hobbies to cope with her daily struggles inside detention

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Senator Leila de Lima speaks during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the Jack Lam bribery scandal at the Senate on January 23, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Civil union for same-sex couples, ugly, rich people – Speaker Alvarez

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The Speaker says, 'Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property…karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo'

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues to defend two laws he wants Congress to pass. File photo

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Half-empty homes: The teenagers killed in 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind

KIAN LOYD DELOS SANTOS. Kian's portrait in his home

Rappler's top stories of every week of 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:36 AM

These stories range from politics to beauty pageants, from viral videos to online debates

A guided tour of the Federal Republic of the Philippines in the year 2030

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:22 AM

In this fiction piece, we get a glimpse of what the Philippines just might look like around the corner

Newsmakers who died in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Many prominent – and infamous – personalities in news, politics, business, sports, and showbiz have passed away in 2017

Surviving MRT3: Worst train fails in 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) Rappler looks back on some of the worst incidents that happened on MRT3 in 2017

Duterte 'from one sorrow to another' as 2017 comes to a close

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Subukan lang ho namin to fast track everything. You can be very sure of that,' Duterte tells all those affected by tragedies and calamities

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte consoles the relatives of one of the victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall Davao upon hearing the news that their loved ones may have zero chance of survival as the fire inside the mall continues to rage as of dawn of December 24, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The end of the affair? Duterte's romance with the Reds

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Who failed the talks? Both the government and the communist rebels claim betrayal.

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

Martial law in PJs, Trump and Honeylet: Behind the scenes in Malacañang 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:07 PM

What's the funny backstory to how Duterte's martial law proclamation was drafted? Which world leader was Bong Go's most memorable selfie partner? What did Duterte think about Trump's long handshake with Honeylet Avanceña?

Paolo Duterte deactivates official Facebook account

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Shortly after his resignation as Davao City vice mayor, the presidential son shuts down the Facebook account where he earlier posted a furious message addressed to his daughter

Why do Filipinos love to celebrate Christmas?

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Sociologists explain why the holiday season is so widely celebrated in the country

HOLIDAYS. Majority of Filipinos anticipate Christmas and expect the season to be happy, results from an SWS survery show. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria

After ‘inspection trip,’ congressmen conclude: We need cleaner public toilets

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:26 PM

More than 9 months after an 11-day trip to tourist spots, lawmakers adopt a resolution calling for cleaner public restrooms in transportation terminals

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Duterte pokes fun at Trump, Medvedev eating habits during ASEAN dinner

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM

US President Donald Trump turned his salad into 'little mountains' on his plate while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ate everything on his plate without paying heed to his security, shares Duterte about his ASEAN dinner tablemates

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte clinks glasses with US President Donald Trump after the Philippine President proposed a toast during the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines for the for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. Joining the President is his partner Honeylet. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Living heroes: 5 Filipino soldiers who won the Medal of Valor

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Here are awe-inspiring stories of how 5 officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines risked their lives in the battlefield to save their missions from failure and their men from certain death

FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

2017: A year of rejection for Duterte's appointees

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:03 PM

As 2017 ends, Rappler takes a look at the sacked and rejected members of the Duterte administration

Who are behind Trending News Portal?

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:29 PM

For people in their 20s, the brothers Fernando, Ken, and Mark Anthony Hicban seem to have achieved a lot already

Photos from Mark Hicban and Twinmark Media's Facebook page.

What's the share of gov't offices in the 2018 P3.8-T national budget?

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 2018 national budget indicates the priorities of the Duterte administration, with infrastructure, education, and the interior affairs sectors gaining the most

Drug war in 2017: The year of deaths and denials

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Official data shows that 3,993 people were killed in police operations, yet the Duterte administration refuses to tag them as extrajudicial killings. Human rights organizations say the world will not be fooled.

Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

Newsbreak Yearender | 2017: The year of declines

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The year 2017 has been a period of decline in many ways – we saw the decline of peace, human rights and respect for human life, check and balance, democracy, independence and sovereignty

The success, influence of Trending News Portal

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Part 2: TNP appears to be doing well, not just online but in the real world too. But without verification of published content, the dangers are apparent.

Photo of Twinmark Media office from the Twinmark Media Facebook page.

Morales asks for forgiveness in last Christmas with Ombudsman staff

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Morales makes light of the unendorsed impeachment complaint filed against her

Photo by OMB-PIMRB

From power to prison: How 2017 changed the life of De Lima, family

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:05 AM

It's still uncertain whether Senator Leila de Lima could spend Christmas with her family, as it falls on a Monday when visitors are not allowed

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

EOs, proclamations, issuances show Duterte’s priorities

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a total of 530 executive orders, proclamations, laws, and other major documents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Malacañang Photo

Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

ACT Teachers Rep mad over tax reform ‘railroading’ as PDP-Laban ‘parties’

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:36 AM

Representative Antonio Tinio questioned how can the House ratify the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill when only a handful were in the session hall because most PDP-Laban members were in a party

A HANDFUL. Screenshot of session at the time TRAIN was ratified.

EXPLAINER: What's inside the bicam-approved tax reform bill?

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) About P130 billion in proceeds is expected from the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill, which the Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify

TAX REFORM. An overhaul of the tax system was among President Rodrigo Duterte's key promises. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Sereno impeachment: Cracks in the Supreme Court

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'The chief must honestly look at her way of managing, whether she has to change her tone and practices. They need to go into the process of rebuilding trust,' says analyst Tony La Viña

CRACKS. The House impeachment proceedings show the cracks at the Supreme Court as 4 justices air their grievances against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Before the Judicial and Bar Council, how were justices chosen?

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The creation of the Judicial and Bar Council is 'an innovation made in response to the public clamor in favor of eliminating politics from the appointment of judges'

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP