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Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter

May 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters

TIMELINE: The many times Duterte and Sereno clashed

May 20, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Rappler lists the instances President Rodrigo Duterte and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have locked horns since 2016

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Who is Ronnie Albao of the Tourism Promotions Board?

May 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Cesar Montano's most trusted man in the Tourism Promotions Board started out in government as an executive assistant in the office of then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 1998

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Gordon's about-face on PCGG abolition

May 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government just 5 months ago

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

The search for the next Ombudsman

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'When all else fails, God forbid, please keep the institution to its minimum standard, nothing below,' Conchita Carpio Morales tells her successor

OMBUDSMAN. Conchita Carpio Morales, the 5th Philippine Ombudsman in history, will retire on July 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

FACT CHECK: Bong Go did not raise Philippine flag at Benham Rise

May 18, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and presidential son Sebastian Duterte ride jet skis only around Casiguran Sound on May 15

FACT CHECK: Old news clips used in 'latest update' on complaints vs Trillanes

May 18, 2018 - 4:28 PM

A video in a blog post mentions ethics complaints and cases being faced by or prepared against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. However, the blog post falsely claims that these have already reached the courts courtesy of Senator Vicente Sotto III.

FACT CHECK: No quo warranto petition against Duterte Cabinet

May 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business

May 17, 2018 - 2:11 PM

On Thursday, May 17, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Roberto 'Bob' Herrera-Lim on how the situation in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of investors

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

Resist, adapt, submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war

May 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Officials of the barangay, the smallest government unit in the Philippines, are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since mid-2016. Barangay officials have the power to decide on who lives, who survives; whether to submit to orders, to resist or to adapt.

FACT CHECK: Kenya president didn’t say Duterte is ‘strongest man in the world’

May 16, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Uhuru Kenyatta’s supposed statement on Rodrigo Duterte was first posted by a pro-Duterte site on February 21. The summit, where the Kenyan president spoke, happened on February 23 yet. He didn’t mention the Philippine president.

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

SATIRE VS FAKE NEWS: Can you tell the difference?

May 15, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Just what is satire – and does one escape accountability for spreading false information by using this literary genre as excuse?

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Messy land ownership in Marawi complicates rehabilitation

May 15, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The government creates an adjudication board – the Land Dispute Arbitration Committee (LDAC) – to address concerns arising from the large-scale land titling program. There are many ways it could turn into a nightmare.

The Supreme Court post-Sereno: Better off or not?

May 13, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Perhaps, an old torch will be finally rekindled: one which will light the way for a more vigilant citizenry that is sober, analytical, and organized enough to demand decency and a true passion for justice from all of government,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Contrary to OIC claim, PhilHealth rents housing for its officers

May 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Documents and photos contradict the claim of interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna that PhilHealth 'doesn't have a service apartment' so she has to stay in hotels

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

EXPLAINER: How SC majority tried to close all doors for ousted Sereno

May 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: New barangays electing first set of officials during May 14 polls

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 20 barangays were created since the last barangay elections in 2013

Simulation of Barangay and SK Elections at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Actor Bill Pullman didn’t laugh at Robredo for ‘copying’ movie speech

May 11, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The 'laughing' tweet by the actor from the film 'Independence Day' was posted in February in response to a different post, not the Philippine Vice President's May 7 speech

What happens to LGUs that don’t enforce the smoking ban?

May 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The DILG has monitored 450 cities and municipalities that are not enforcing President Duterte's Executive Order 26, but the agency has yet to file any administrative cases against officials

'Pro hac vice': Can SC oust Sereno without setting bad precedent?

May 10, 2018 - 6:28 PM

It's a doctrine that literally means 'for this moment' and will quell fears that the quo warranto can be abused in the future

QUO WARRANTO. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes a comeback to the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018, ending her indefinite leave two days before the SC votes on the quo warranto petition seeking to remove her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Tobacco-producing LGUs in Ilocos Sur fail to implement smoking ban

May 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DILG says Candon City and Santa Cruz town have 'full compliance' with the smoking ban executive order, but Rappler's visits to the two areas show otherwise

SIGN OF SMOKERS. The front lawn of the Candon City Hall is littered with cigarette butts. All photos by Mara Cepdea/Rappler

Robredo supporters launch #LeaveOurShadesAlone campaign

May 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, a vocal supporter of Leni Robredo, launches the social media campaign in support of the Vice President's vote-shading threshold petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

#LEAVEOURSHADESALONE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts an old photo of her kids and late husband to show her support for the social media campaign launched for her. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

FACT CHECK: Davao Region, not city, is '2nd fastest growing economy' in PH

May 09, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The claim was sourced from a presidential media briefing which refers to Davao Region, and not Davao City

Gov't office chief's partner joins board meetings?

May 09, 2018 - 10:31 AM

This is seen as a violation of a circular issued by the office itself in 2015, which commits to 'confidentiality and integrity, among others

PhilHealth's De la Serna: Rappler report on travel expenses 'not fake news'

May 08, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'Ano po ba yung lumabas na story? If it is the COA Observation Memorandum, it is documented so it's not fake news,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

CONFIDENT. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina de la Serna says she is ready to face President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the issue of her travel expenses. Photo by Rappler

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: 'Sizeable majority' of Filipinos currently not in favor of federalism

May 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

A blogpost claims that majority of Filipinos are open to shifting to a federal system. Pulse Asia survey results show that this is wrong.

LIST: Tasks for China consortium in P17.2-B Marawi contract

May 06, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The government is poised to spend P17.2 billion to rehabilitate the former battle area in Marawi City. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in June.

Screenshot of Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation on April 12, 2018

FACT CHECK: Duterte did not end contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 11:50 PM

What President Duterte signed on May 1, Labor day was an EO against illegal contractulization, not an order banning all forms of contractualization

FACT CHECK: Labor groups not shamed by signed EO on contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 6:53 PM

While Duterte signed an EO on contractualization on Labor Day, labor groups who rallied at Mendiola say the order backed employers, not Filipino workers

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for April

May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what they mean for the public: Boracay's 6-month closure, diplomatic crisis with Kuwait, corruption in the PNP-SAF, disinformation and propaganda in the Philippines

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

PhilHealth OIC spends P627k for travels amid P9-B net loss in 2017

May 02, 2018 - 8:09 PM

State auditors ask PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna to explain the 'irregular' allowances she received, amounting to almost a million pesos in 2017

Photo from Philhealth website

Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job

May 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

In this video, the last in a series of conversations about press freedom, journalists Ed Lingao, Jason Gutierrez, Inday Espina-Varona, Ezra Acayan, and JC Gotinga speak about facing threats against the press, and why it's important to keep reporting

FACT CHECK: Wanda Teo claims no hand in P60M ads, but DOT contract specified Bitag

May 01, 2018 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) The audit report says the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on Kilos Pronto, the show produced by the brother of Tourism Secretary Teo

ADS CONTROVERSY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo finds herself in the middle of a controversy after an audit report flags P60 million worth of ad placements paid to her brother's production company. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler


IN NUMBERS: Problematic barangays, local areas in PDEA's drug list

May 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

In their own categories, Bicol region, Albay province, Manila City, Guinobatan town, and Barangay Centro Oriental in Polangui have the most drug-linked barangay officials

NARCO-LIST. The PDEA releases 207 names of barangay officials they claim to be involved in the illegal drugs business

TIMELINE: Duterte’s promise to abolish endo

May 01, 2018 - 9:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After nearly two years of delays, President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day 2018 signs an executive order against contractualization. However, he repeats the EO will 'not be enough' and that Congress should pass pending bills on security of tenure.

PROMISE. Although ending contractualization is among the key campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte, delays in the past 2 years have left labor groups frustrated. Photo by Rappler

IN NUMBERS: What you need to know about the Philippine labor sector

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The employment rate in the country is at 94.7% as of January 2018

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.

Robredo on lies: 'Bring it on'

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'I've held my peace before, trusting that truth will prevail. We can no longer let lies go unchallenged,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke of the importance of investing in human skills amid rapid technological advances and disruption, during her message at the Employers Confederation of the Philippines' 39th National Employers Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Marriot Hotel Manila in Pasay City. (Photo by OVP)

FACT CHECK: Old, unsourced photo used in Boracay cleanup story

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:06 PM

A blog post on the current garbage situation in Boracay uses a stock photo taken in 2012 without putting a caption or naming the source