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Migrant life in Qatar: Ladies in waiting

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

Photo by OM

IN PHOTOS: How migrant workers in Qatar spend their day off

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:46 PM

For migrant workers in Qatar, Fridays are the one and only day they have to themselves

Photo by OM

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Only 2 Comelec commissioners congratulate Bautista after impeach complaint junked

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00 PM

'Basta ano, dalawa nag-text sa 'kin ng congratulations. 'Di ko na sasabihin [kung sino],' says Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista

Duterte's constant musings on death, resignation

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:40 AM

In recent speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte displays a preoccupation with mortality and quitting the presidency. But to what end?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assures the victims of the fire that broke out in Barangay San Miguel, Manila that they willl receive cash assistance worth P5,000 during his visit at the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in the same barangay on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

What's Mocha Uson doing at UN General Assembly in New York?

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is included in the Philippine delegation to the UN event which is not attended by President Rodrigo Duterte nor PCOO chief Martin Andanar

No cause more worthy: Ka Pepe Diokno's fight for human rights

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is regarded as the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

LIST: Marcos and the number 7

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Here are 7 instances where the number 7 figured in the life (and post-death) of the former president and dictator

Gone too soon: 7 youth leaders killed under Martial Law

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) On the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, we look back at some of the bright, idealistic youth leaders whose lives were cut short under the Marcos regime

LIVES CUT SHORT. Some of those who died under the martial law regime were bright, idealistic youth leaders.

Manny Pacquiao challenges Aegis Juris fratmen to a fistfight

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:29 PM

'Alam nyo yung mga ganun, yun ang mga duwag eh. Nambubugbog na walang kalaban laban. Kung hindi lang masama, pwede ko sila hamunin, Mr President,' says the world boxing champion

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

UST Law dean Divina insists he's not an active member of Aegis Juris

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Despite a photo of him with members of Aegis Juris, UST law dean Nilo Divina says he has not been actively participating in the fraternity's activities

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aegis Juris, the UST frat allegedly behind latest hazing death

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

One of the 3 fraternities based in the UST Faculty of Civil Law, Aegis Juris subscribes to the motto 'Do no injustice, suffer no injustice'

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Legislators explain yes, no, abstain, non-votes for slashed CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:56 PM

How did your representative explain his or her stand on the controversial move to slash the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000?

SLASH THE BUDGET. Legislators in favor of slashing the CHR budget stand to be recognized during viva voce voting on September 12, 2017. Screengrab from the House livestream

Who is Rodante Marcoleta, the man behind the motion for CHR's P1,000-budget?

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:14 PM

SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta believes the Commission on Human Rights is not validly created even if its creation is provided for in the 1987 Philippine Constitution

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics

From Hello Garci to 'Big Brother': Who is Allen Capuyan?

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:22 PM

A 2005 Newsbreak report identifies retired Colonel Allen Capuyan as the number one suspect behind wiretapping operations conducted by an army unit during the Arroyo administration

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Paolo Duterte's ex-wife Lovelie among President's guests in Malacañang

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED Yet President Rodrigo Duterte claims he hasn t seen for the last 10 years Lovelie Sumera whose family s ukay ukay business gave rise to suspicions that Paolo Duterte is a smuggler

Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints

The workers make a queue to go to the stadium to see the final of the Workers cup 2016. It's their main entertainment in the whole year. Photo by OM

Anti-Marcos legislators invited to Marcos birth centennial

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Two lawmakers – one a former student activist during the Marcos era and the other the brother of a desaparecido — are invited to the late dictator s birth centennial celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS HEIRS. The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos invites decidedly anti-Marcos legislators to their patriarch's 100th birthday. File photo from Marcos video

WATCH: A look inside Qatar's labor camps

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the city center

Powerful, dangerous, what are Chinese triads?

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Chinese triads started with extortion before branching out to more lucrative crimes such as human trafficking illegal drugs trade and prostitution among others

(FILES) This file photo taken 27 December 2006 shows a group of 97 members of a Chinese triad on trial at a gymnasium in Luodi, central China's Hunan province 27 December 2006, in the province's biggest ever criminal trial, where seven gang leaders were sentenced to death while four others received suspended death sentences and the rest with various jail terms. The gang was convicted for robbery, illegal possession of guns, drug trading, gambling, extortion and blackmailing activities and had bullied local residents with violent attacks. CHINA OUT GETTY OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / AFP

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ties that bind: Who are Mans Carpio, Paolo Duterte connected to?

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Here s the cast of characters as they relate to presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son in law Mans Carpio in the shabu smuggling controversy

What the Lumad are fighting for

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Know more about the plight of the Philippines largest indigenous group through these stories images and videos

Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:57 PM

From being recognized as the best in Metro Manila the Caloocan Police have now become the most controversial Will they be able to turn the situation around?

AWARDED. Caloocan City Police Station is visited by residents. Rappler file photo

Presidential son-in-law: Who is Manases Carpio?

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Manases Carpio President Duterte s son in law is involved in private legal practice as part of the Carpio Duterte Lawyers firm

Beyond Senate probes: The bond between 'Doroy' and Risa Hontiveros

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

You know me you know me personally your honor the PNP chief tells the senator whose late husband was his classmate in the PMA

'86 MISTAHS. Senator Risa Hontiveros and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa share a light moment before they officially took on their current posts. Photo from Risa Hontiveros' Twitter account

PNP chief Dela Rosa's next target? Police with bulging tummies

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The chief of the Philippine National Police says the extra pounds are proof of lack of discipline and poor training

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa scolds the Angeles City police involved in a tokhang for ransom operation on a Korean national during his site visit at the Camp Tomas Pepito in Angeles City, Pampanga province on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kian and Carl: What the deaths of two boys have in common

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED Kian delos Santos 17 and Carl Arnaiz 19 – handcuffed kneeling – were killed by Caloocan policemen two days apart

BOYS KILLED. Kian delos Santos (L) and Carl Arnaiz are boys both killed in police operations for supposedly fighting back. Photos from their Facebook pages

How the war renamed the bridges in Marawi

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:09 AM

3 bridges separate the battle area from the so called safe zone – and they have been getting new names as the war progresses

Blood needed: With PH blood supply below target, patients seek help online

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With the Philippines blood supply still falling short of the target patients in need of blood turn to online networks to look for kind hearted strangers willing to donate

CHR's Gascon held at Malaysian airport for 6 hours

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:41 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon denies that the incident was rooted in the tense situation between him and the Philippine government

Random drug testing of students will make minors 'open targets'

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:30 PM

With the rising number of minors killed in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs human rights groups are worried about the implementation of mandatory random drug tests among high school students

Jovie Espenido sans the uniform

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Before becoming a cop Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido ran a small town sari sari store Now he dreams of becoming the chief of the Philippine National Police

MODEL COP. Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido takes a break after being awarded by the Philippine National Police. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: How Uber got suspended and why it matters

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Who was wrong in the Uber saga? What does the controversy say about the country s transportation problems?

Aguirre hits 7,000 drug war death figure, but uses it anyway

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Your honor more or less this is a correct figure says Aguirre of Rappler s number of deaths related to the drug war which he earlier criticized

DRUG WAR NUMBERS. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confers with his officials during the budget hearing conducted vy the Senate Committee on Finance on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

SNAPSHOT: Qatar's labor market

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Labor migrants comprise about 90 of Qatar s population

The boyfriend system

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Zina laws treat sex out of marriage and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment But without means to seek legal recourse it is mostly low skilled migrant woman who face charges

The workers watch Qatari families enjoying themselves on a Friday. Photo my OM

Who is the real Tita Nanie? 3 out of 4 names stricken off the list

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED Customs broker and fixer Mark Ruben Taguba says Nani Cabato is the alleged real Tita Nanie

Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera during the blue ribbon committee hearing on P 6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China on the Bureau of Customs in Senate. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Saving Angkor: Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s work in reviving Cambodian heritage

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Yoshiaki Ishizawa wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2017 for his decades long work conserving Angkor Wat and reviving Cambodia s sense of culture and identity

FACT CHECK: How 4Ps funds are paid out to beneficiaries

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM

From the central office money is directly downloaded to the Landbank of the Philippines and other service providers to facilitate payment of the cash grants

PANTAWID PROGRAM. Can 4Ps provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives? Photo by RAPPLER/Leanne Jazul

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s son Paolo and son in law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie