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Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

PODCAST: Ano ang dapat mong malaman tungkol sa Metro Manila water crisis?

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Walang magawa ang mga residenteng apektado kundi maghanap ng paraan upang makaipon ng tubig na gagamitin sa araw-araw. Paano tayo dumating sa puntong ito?

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of seminarians 'supporting' death penalty

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary is in fact against death penalty

Rappler Talk: Dr Jose Ramon Albert on election surveys

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:44 PM

On Wednesday, March 20, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Dr Jose Ramon Albert, statistician and senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, about election surveys

Manila Bay rehab: Why the bay can't be saved in 6 months

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:05 PM

If the Pasig River case is to be followed, it will take years – or even decades – to save Manila Bay

IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Who will come out to vote in the 2019 midterm elections?

DEMO. A resident tries the vote-counting machines to be used for the 2019 polls. Photo by Boy Zabal

FALSE: Wife of Joma Sison is sister of Senator Leila de Lima

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Senator Leila de Lima has only one sister named Caroline de Lima; 'Julieta' is not her sister. Her two other siblings are Vicente de Lima II and Vicente de Lima Jr.

FALSE: Mar Roxas 'leaves' Otso Diretso

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Roxas has not left the Otso Diretso slate, says campaign manager Senator Kiko Pangilinan

FALSE: Villegas says acquit suspects in Cebu teen's rape-slay case

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Villegas himself denies issuing a statement on acquitting the suspects in Christine Silawan's killing, calling it 'fake' and a 'ridiculous lie'

FALSE: Photo of a Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally drawing a massive crowd

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

A quick reverse image search reveals that the photo is that of devotees of the Black Nazarene during a procession held in Manila on January 9, 2013

Corruption, mismanagement issues hound PNR chief Junn Magno

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno appoints one person to 'incompatible' and 'crucial' positions, leading to no checks and balances in the agency

Campaign Convos: Rappler reporters’ 2019 campaign podcast

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

It's going to be a crazy 2019 campaign season! Rappler's campaign reporters bring you a podcast to make sense of it all.

How the PNP plans to replace the NBI clearance with their own

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Would you rather get your clearance from the police or the NBI?

FALSE: Final testing of ballot machines found flaws, misleading results

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Comelec says it has not yet conducted the final testing and sealing of vote counting machines

COA raises red flags over PNR 'illegal use' of funds

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Railways uses P50.9 million of the proposed Manila-Sorsogon projects to pay for its security services

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

FALSE: 'Video of 3 suspects' in rape-slay case of Cebu teen

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:10 PM

A video embedded in several websites is a report about a rape case in Bulacan, not in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.  FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Sin is known for his influence in Philippine politics, while Villegas is also known for speaking out on social ills. File photo from CBCP

Manila Bay rehab: The challenge of cleaning up the nation's waste

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The bay's age-old problems will take time to solve

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

Otso Diretso turns to volunteers to boost struggling campaign

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:00 AM

With no steady funds and few political allies, the opposition senatorial ticket heavily banks on volunteers. Will it be enough?

Three Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, Atty. Romy Makalintal, Atty. Chel Diokno and Sam Gutoc and representatives of Atty. Florin Hilbay and Rep. Gary Alejano, ahf a dialogue with the residents of Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City, March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PODCAST: Ang pagkalas ni Duterte at Pilipinas sa Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ang pagkalas na ito ay tila pagbasura sa ginawang pagsisikap ng mga human rights advocates na mapasama tayo sa ICC, isang prosesong tumagal nang 11 taon

PAGKALAS. Magiging epektibo ang pagkalas ng Pilipinas sa International Criminal Court sa March 17, 2019.

Duterte vs the Church: Do the times call for a Catholic vote?

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:12 PM

A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

Roxas shares same anecdote on vendors' plight in Bacolod sorties

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Mar Roxas shares stories of vendors burdened by rising expenses to push for the repeal of the excise tax on fuel

'MR PALENGKE'. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas with vendors and customers during his market visit to Bacolod City on March 13, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mar Roxas

Duterte throws out decade-long fight for the International Criminal Court

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:06 PM

It took 11 years under 3 presidents for the Philippines to finally become a member of the International Criminal Court. That ends under President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Can the budget be adjusted post-bicam? What Supreme Court says

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The post-bicam itemization of the lower chamber must satisfy the requirement of the Supreme Court when it comes to line-item budgeting

FALSE: Villegas says not voting Otso Diretso 'betrays' God

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:27 AM

No, Archbishop Socrates Villegas does not mention Otso Diretso, or any specific candidates or parties, in the video uploaded on his Facebook page

FALSE. Screenshot of the post of the claim which twisted the statement of Archbishop Soc Villegas

Poor National Railways? Thousands suffer as PNR cancels 713 trips in only 2 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: As the Philippine National Railways, with its inadequate resources, proudly opens new train routes in Metro Manila, it cancels hundreds of trips monthly without informing the public

MISLEADING: Sara Duterte claims law doesn't require that senators be honest

Mar 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

But the 1987 Constitution, which lists down requirements for senators, also explicitly demands that public officials, including senators, to be honest

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lonely Hearts Club scam

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Online scammers will take your money and leave you broke and heartbroken

MISLEADING: P185 total cost of processing land titles in DENR

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The misleading post was originally circulated in July 2018 and had already been called out by the DENR as 'incomplete, misleading, and erroneous'

When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In 5 cities in Metro Manila, Sara Duterte endorses local candidates different from those endorsed by her father's political party. She's flexing political muscle but how will two competing Duterte endorsements affect local polls?

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Risk consultant Daniel Wagner on China's vision for the world

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:03 PM

On Thursday, March 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Daniel Wagner to discuss the risks countries face in dealing with China

Scenarios: 2022 looms over tight midterm race

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has endorsed 4 out of 7 reelectionist senators: Pimentel, Villar, Angara, and Ejercito. Will he anoint one of them to be his successor?

NO PROOF: DAR’s ‘single-day, biggest’ 11,443-hectare land distribution

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:30 PM

DAR failed to provide exact data pointing to the said 11,443 hectares as the agency’s record-setting land distribution

MISLEADING: Without President Duterte, no Filipino-made train

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The DOST engineering team started developing the first hybrid electric road train in 2012. It hit the rails of the Philippine National Railways in March 2019.

MISLEADING. Screenshots of the claims posted in different pro-Duterte pages giving credits to Duterte for the first Filipino-built train.

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Lazaro Javier?

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

The new Supreme Court associate justice was against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and does not consider President Duterte anti-women

Where do ashes for Ash Wednesday come from?

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:01 PM

No, they don't burn random leaves or pieces of paper for Ash Wednesday

MAKING ASHES. Father Jerico Habunal, parish priest of Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish in Poblacion, Muntinlupa City, burns old Palm Sunday branches to be used during Ash Wednesday on March 6, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MISLEADING: 'Midterm legislative achievements' of Aquino, Duterte

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Counting only landmark laws and laws of national significance, both presidents have an almost equal number: at least 57 for Duterte and 58 for Aquino

Screenshots of claims offering a comparison of laws approved during the midterms of Presidents Aquino and Duterte

FAST FACTS: Who is Benjamin Diokno?

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Get to know Benjamin Diokno, the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor

NEW BANGKO SENTRAL GOVERNOR. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has been appointed as the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Auditors flag P3.6B in Philippine Coast Guard transactions

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:11 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine Coast Guard has to answer for billions worth of allotments without contracts, while some projects remain unliquidated

RED FLAGS. Internal auditors notice P3.6 billion worth of red flags in the Philippine Coast Guard's transactions.

FAST FACTS: Who is Wilfredo Keng?

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) The sons of Chinese philanthropist Huang Rulun – President Duterte's 'good Samaritan' – and Wilfredo Keng are incorporators of Century Hongyu Property Ventures Corp

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Newsbreak Chats: Disinformation, elections, and Rappler cyber libel case

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Newsbreak team sits down on Thursday, February 28, to discuss disinformation, efforts to prevent it from spreading, and the Rappler cyber libel case

#PHVote: Campaign rules for 2019 midterm elections

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Here's a guide for voters and poll watchers on what candidates should follow during the campaign

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen begin to take flesh in the form of death threats. What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

FALSE: CNN's Anderson Cooper called Mar and Korina a 'corrupt couple'

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Anderson Cooper himself denies on Twitter calling the couple 'corrupt'

FALSE: Alejano says OFWs 'sold their souls to Duterte'

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano reiterates that the quote is false and is just propaganda. The claim had already been proven false and is being rehashed.

A screenshot of the photo of Alejano with his supposed quote against the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)