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TIMELINE: The 'liberation' of Marawi

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Look back at the government's actions and the military's challenges and triumphs to retake Marawi City from terrorists

LIBERATED. Soldiers raise the Philippine flag in Marawi on the day President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of the city from terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Mocha Uson: Fake news victim or fake news peddler?

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

These are the types of news that PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson likes to share

FACT CHECK: Barangay Loyola Heights bans alcohol sale – report

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Is selling alcohol now prohibited in Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City?

The hanging fate of OFWs buried in debt

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The burden of reporting illegal recruitment falls on workers. But with little to no legal recourse, what comes next?

OFW debt trap: Less money, more problems

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Workers whose jobs abroad are secured through murky loans and payment schemes leave hopes for a better life buried deep in debt

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Duterte's 'war in Malaysia' makes audience do double take

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The President was likely referring to the war in Marawi but the mistake causes a small stir among his audience, composed of diplomats and foreign policy experts

What's inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:46 AM

At the Senate hearing, the Manila Police release screenshots of Facebook Messenger exchanges between fraternity members planning a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

COVER-UP? Recently publicized chat box exchanges may point to a concealment that goes beyond the contemporaries of Horacio Castillo III

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire that triggered the war in Marawi City

HAPILON'S SAFE HOUSE. A raid on this safe house in Basak Malutlut on May 23, 2017 triggered the war that has dragged on for nearly 5 months. Rappler photo

FAST FACTS: Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Vidal played key roles in both the 1986 People Power Revolution and EDSA II revolt in 2001

ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS. Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, 86. Photo from Facebook page of Cardinal Vidal

FAST FACTS: Who is Mahmud Ahmad?

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The Malaysian terrorist reportedly facilitated the funding for the Marawi attack and recruited fighters for ISIS

MALAYSIAN FIGHTER. Mahmud Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi.

Malacañang aspirations? 'Not until I have a mascot,' quips Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Natawa ako doon sa statement,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in response to the comment of top cop Ronald dela Rosa that she has presidential ambitions as early as now

TOO MUCH WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo says she has too much work to think about anything other than her anti-poverty program. Photo by OVP

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:50 PM

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

EXPLAINER: What's the reason for the 2-day transport strike?

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Transport groups hold the two-day transport strike – the third staged this year – to oppose the government's jeep modernization program

MODERNIZATION. Jeepneys are seen as an enforcer manages traffic at a busy street in Manila on May 30, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Pets for mental wellness: How dogs play a role in healing, therapy

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:10 PM

More than just the warm, fuzzy feelings that dogs bring, therapy dogs can help put patients at ease and encourage them to be more open to the treatment process

THERAPY DOG. Bubu the golden retriever works as a therapy dog at the Ateneo's office of guidance and counseling, helping students relieve stress and anxiety. All photos by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Why are Filipinos supporting Duterte's drug war?

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Despite concerns and controversies, 7 in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration's drug war led by the Philippine National Police

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Understanding Duterte's decline in SWS, Pulse surveys

Oct 14, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Don't make the mistake of comparing SWS net ratings (48%) with Pulse Asia's gross ratings (80%). They are apples and oranges.

Filipino entrepreneur brings a taste of Pinoy food to Qatar

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog opens her first restaurant knowing that for Filipinos working abroad, there’s nothing like a cooked meal reminiscent of home

NEW BUSINESS. Dahlia Agbanlog in JKCMom cafe, which she opened last summer. Photo by OM

Get to know PDEA, the 'sole agency' now in charge of Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's dream of a drug-free Philippines now lies solely on the shoulders of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Are they up to the task?

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR (PDEA) agent hold an inventory of suspected shabu and paraphernalia at the drug den in Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Thursday, during the first drug operation by PDEA after the PNP suspended its operation on drug war. At least 30 sachet of alleged shabu, drug paraphernalias and one home made shootgun "sumpak" were confiscated during raid and arrested 14 suspected drug users and pushers. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

From resignation to impeachment: Chairman Bautista's longest day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Andres Bautista's resignation – effective in December 2017 yet – does not stop legislators from voting in favor of his impeachment

IMPEACHED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is impeached on the same day he announces his resignation effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What happens to Ubial after CA rejection?

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Unlike other rejected Cabinet officials, health secretary Paulyn Ubial is a career official who has served two decades in government

REJECTED. Outgoing health secretary Paulyn Ubial during her confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

How does the PH fare in mental health care?

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Those suffering from depression don’t exhibit the symptoms more obviously compared to those suffering from psychotic disorders like schizophrenia

CRITICAL HEALTH ISSUE. Mental health is one of the DOH's priorities this year, and it has worked to scale up its community mental healthcare systems.

At charter amendments hearing, legislators berate CHR for UN reports

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:16 AM

'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice

DISCOURTESY? The CHR is grilled as a House panel tackles possible revisions to the Constitution. Rappler photo

Oops! PH uses Taiwan logo in event to thank China

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Ironically, the event was to mark a 'new era' of ties between the Philippine and Chinese militaries following years of tension over control of the West Philippine Sea

WRONG LOGO. The Philippine Department of National Defense uses the logo of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense in event with China. Rappler photo

Who is Larry Gadon, the man behind one Sereno impeachment complaint?

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:20 PM

From the legal team of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, lawyer Larry Gadon is now a part of the Pro-Duterte Constitutional Reformers to Federalism

Is it 2019 yet? Speaker Alvarez tells Bacolod to vote 12-0 in senatorial race

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Speaker administers the oath of more than 2,000 Negrenses who have joined the administration's PDP-Laban

SHOW OF FORCE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the oath-taking rites of the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the University Negros Occidental-Recoletos gymnasium in Bacolod City, Thursday, October 5. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:18 PM

'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Guwapo pala kayo sa personal,' Mocha Uson tells Trillanes in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'Baka i-atras ko na kaso ko. Konti na lang bola,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

FACE OFF. Senator Antonio Trillanes and blogger turned Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson face each other during the Senate hearing on fake news.

How much does it cost to work abroad?

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

From 'Gang of Five' member to VACC lawyer: Who is Jacinto 'Jing' Paras?

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto 'Jing' Paras has been tagged as a member of the 'Gang of Five' which reportedly received bribes from major cellular networks in 2001

Did Carandang commit breaches, and can the President remove him?

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The provision granting the President the power to remove a Deputy Ombudsman was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2014

 CONFIDENTIAL. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang maintains he observed confidentiality in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

How OFWs can avoid getting buried in debt

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:49 PM

For migrant workers, failing to pay off loans can mean jail time and loss of income

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

Why Honeylet Avanceña had lunch with Melania Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Long-time partner of the President, Honeylet Avanceña says the dinner with Melania Trump was 'non-political' but she ends up talking about Marawi and Duterte himself

FIRST LADY. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte with his spouse, Honeylet Avancena before the ASEAN gala night at Sofitel Hotel on April 29, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Are there grounds for a president's resignation under the Constitution?

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The Constitution doesn't spell out acceptable grounds for a president's resignation, and in recent history, one president's resignation has also raised legal questions

CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte challenges the Ombudsman and the Chief Justice to resign and submit themselves to an investigation. File photo from Malacanang

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Omar Maute tells his hostage Lordvin Acopio: 'Gawin mo na lang itong trabahong ito na parang humanitarian [work]. Dahil kapwa mo sila tao. Huwag mo gawin ito dahil captors mo sila.'

MAUTE HOSTAGE. Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio was held captive for 117 days. Rappler photo

Pacquiao defends 'call me anytime' comment on vlogger's live video

Sep 28, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao says he has already forgiven people putting malice into his comments on women's videos, adding that 'only God can judge them'

COMMENTS. Senator Manny Pacquiao defends his comment once again on a woman's Instagram live video. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pacquiao says 'no malice' in comments on 22-year-old Arzaylea's live video

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:01 PM

'Lahat naman puwedeng makipag-usap sa amin. Wala namang malisya doon,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon admits he recommend the appointment of his former executive assistant and legal staff member to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)

Photo from SBMA Director Benny Antiporda's Facebook

CJ Sereno's band of lawyers in her impeachment case

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The lawyer-spokespersons are all volunteers, according to lawyer Carlo Cruz

BAND OF LAWYERS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's lawyers face the media on September 25, 2017 after they filed a verified answer before the House of Representatives hearing her impeachment case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

How Sereno answered her impeachment complaint

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:02 PM

None of Larry Gadon’s documents, though authentic, support his allegations, according to Sereno’s chief lawyer Alex Poblador

VERIFIED ANSWER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno files an 85-page verified answer before the House of Representatives explaining point-by-point why the impeachment complaint against her must be dismissed.

What you need to know about the Anti-Hazing Law

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:01 PM

The Anti-Hazing Law penalizes members of organizations only if an applicant suffers any physical injury or dies

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