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In World War II, 'Operation Pied Piper' revealed trauma of family separations

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Pam and Iris Hobbs are just two of the millions of children in England evacuated from cities and towns during World War II, in what was dubbed 'Operation Pied Piper'

EVACUATION. Policemen and billeting officers help a group of children, evacuated from Bristol, to board a bus at Kingsbridge, Devon, which will take them to their final destination. Photo from Wikipedia by Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

Past attempts at a national ID system: A battleground of privacy, executive power

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The national ID system has gone through a lot of growing pains on its way to the desk of President Rodrigo Duterte

LOOK BACK: Past Charter Change attempts and why they failed

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Charter Change has been brought up by almost every administration since Martial Law

ATTEMPTS. Several administrations have tried to change the 1987 Constitution, which was created over 30 years ago. Photo by Rappler

LOOK BACK: When did the Philippines have a revolutionary government?

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:09 PM

It's only happened twice in the country's history

REVOLUTION. A revolutionary government was declared during the Philippine revolution and under Cory Aquino's presidency. Photo by Rappler

Is the Inquirer's impending sale a Manila Times redux?

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:55 PM

In 1999, Joseph Estrada sues the Manila Times over a corruption story. Months later, the Gokongwei family sells the newspaper to the President's crony.

How did the Philippines celebrate June 12 under Marcos' martial law?

Jun 11, 2017 - 1:30 PM

This is the second time time since the Marcos-era years that a portion of the country marks Independence Day under martial law

Look Back: The 1996 Marcopper mining disaster

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED On March 24 1996 the Philippines saw one of the biggest mining disasters in Philippine history which led to a drastic change in the country s mining policy

DISASTER. Villagers look at mine waste that overflowed from the Boac River after a damaged tunnel of the Marcopper Mining Corp discharged tons of copper mine tailings polluting the Boac River. Photo by AFP

LOOK BACK: When the Philippines didn't have a vice president

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Throughout Philippine history there have been several periods when the president didn t have a second in command

Two years after Mamasapano: What has happened to the case?

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Two years have passed since the Mamasapano encounter but the victims families are still clamoring for truth about the bloody police operation

LOOK BACK: 75th anniversary of the Philippine Executive Commission

Jan 23, 2017 - 3:25 PM

During the Japanese occupation the Philippine Executive Commission was established with Jorge Vargas as its first chairman

THE JAPANESE YEARS. Philippine Executive Commission Chairman Jorge B. Vargas speaks to the Kalibapi in the presence of Lt. Gen. Shigenori Kuroda and Speaker Benigno S. Aquino, in the old Senate Session Hall in the Legislative Building, Manila. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library

Looking back at EDSA II: The political paths of Estrada and Arroyo

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

16 years since the second EDSA People Power Revolution two key players former presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo head in strikingly similar directions

LOOK BACK: High-profile ponencias of retiring SC Justice Arturo Brion

Dec 29, 2016 - 3:27 PM

SC Justice Arturo Brion retires on December 29 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70

LOOK BACK: High-profile ponencias of retiring SC Justice Jose Perez

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:23 PM

The Supreme Court s first homegrown justice retires on December 14 after more than 4 decades serving in the High Tribunal

HOMEGROWN JUSTICE. SC Associate Justice Jose Perez retires from the SC on December 14, 2016, after over 4 decades of service.

LOOK BACK: The 1972 assassination attempt on Imelda Marcos

Dec 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

On December 7 1972 a man wielding a bolo attempted to stab former first lady Imelda Marcos

FAILED ATTEMPT. In 1972, Carlito Dimahilig attempted to stab former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Youtube video screengrab

7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:43 AM

UPDATED Will the worst case of election related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

ONGOING CASE. Justice remains elusive for victims of the Maguindanao massacre. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK BACK: The 1991 flash flood that devastated Ormoc City

Nov 05, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Before the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, Ormoc City faced a powerful storm that submerged parts of the city on November 5, 1991

ORMOC TRAGEDY. Debris, from the forest carried by the flash flood, is piled-up on houses, November 9, 1991, in Ormoc City. Powerful typhoon Thelma caused a nearby dam to burst sending floodwaters rampaging here when it struck central Philippines, November 5, 1991. Photo by Jose Duran/AFP

LOOK BACK: Philippine protests that turned bloody

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Filipinos have the constitutional right to peaceably assemble but these protests against the government sometimes end in bloody clashes with police

DISPERSAL. Activists clash with police while protesting alleged US presence in the country. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK BACK: The Philippine Constabulary under Marcos

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:54 AM

President Duterte says he wants to revive the Philippine Constabulary – the law enforcement force that became notorious for human rights abuses during the Martial Law years

MILITARY RULE. President Ferdinand Marcos meets with military leaders for Martial Law instructions. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library PH

LOOK BACK: When the Senate said 'no' to US bases renewal

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The 1991 treaty between the Philippines and the US would have given the US 10 more years at Subic Naval Base – but 12 senators made the historic decision to vote no

SENATE VOTES NO. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejects a proposal to allow the US 10 more years in the Subic base. Graphic by Nina Martinez, file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

TIMELINE: The short-lived 2010 Truth Commission

Jul 30, 2016 - 7:45 AM

What led to its quick abolition? After a petition by lawmakers allied with Arroyo the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional

Incoming SolGen Calida: How 'in' was he during Arroyo's time?

May 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Lawyer Jose Calida a fellow Davaoeño of President elect Rodrigo Duterte was actually first noticed during the time of President Fidel Ramos

DUTERTE'S SOLGEN. Former justice undersecretary Jose Calida will join the Duterte administration. Photo from Jose Calida's Facebook page

Poll lawyers Macalintal, Brillantes: from GMA-FPJ to Leni-Bongbong

May 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Prior to lawyering for VP contenders Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos the two had already crossed paths

Kim Wong: No stranger to controversy, Senate probes

Apr 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM

In 2001 Kim Wong was summoned to Senate hearings that parallel investigations 15 years later

KIM WONG. Appearing before the Senate, Kim Wong denies any links to money laundering operations. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gambling on politics

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Pampanga s Bong Pineda unlike his tamer predecessors has exhibited greater audacity by directly influencing and meddling in politics even at the national level

The troubled times of Angie Reyes

Feb 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

He led the military’s withdrawal from Estrada but also helped cause a mutiny two years later In 2011 the Army general committed suicide at his mother s grave

A cry for justice

Nov 12, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Arming judges for their own protection may not be the ultimate solution Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said in 2007 this creates a false sense of security

SHOT DEAD. Former Cagayan judge Nathaniel Pattugalan was assassinated by two unidentified hired goons. Newsbreak file photo

Remembering the Iglesia-led EDSA 3

Aug 29, 2015 - 8:53 PM

Who were the deal makers and the negotiators of the EDSA 3 uprising in 2001 that attempted to bring back to power Joseph Estrada? Who were the plotters behind the brazen power grab attempt?

STALEMATE. Erap loyalists and anti-riot police come face to face. Newsbreak file photo

Who is Archie Po?

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:54 AM

From the Newsbreak archives: The witness vs former first gentleman Mike Arroyo is a well connected businessman

SENATE HEARING. Archibald Po (left), president of Lion Air Inc, during a Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing in August 2011 investigating the alleged anomalous and irregular acquisition by the Philippine National Police of light operational helicopters in 2009 from Manila Aerospace Trading Corp.

The Lord of Makati: Can Binay explain his wealth?

Sep 16, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Corruption is an issue that has been raised against Jejomar Binay in every election since 1988 but proves immaterial to voters according to this Newsbreak investigative report published March 28 2001


Michael Marcos Manotoc

Mar 18, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Among the Bar passers Michael Manotoc son of Representative Imee Marcos is the first Marcos to attend UP Law School after his grandfather s presidency

Photo from Newsbreak archives

Letters from Bubby Dacer

Jan 26, 2014 - 12:06 PM

The recent civil case ruling in the US that awards damages to the family of murdered publicist Bubby Dacer calls to mind letters he wrote many years ago

Fixing the party list

Apr 06, 2013 - 4:06 PM

More than a decade later the Carpio decision brings the party list back to its intended concept

NEW GUIDELINES. SC introduced new parameters in determining what groups could qualify for the partylist system.

Jonas Burgos: Trapped in a web of lives

Apr 03, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Unless you forgive you can’t do things objectively I am single minded on one objective: to recover Jonas alive

GOOD OLD DAYS. Jonas Burgos with his family. File photo from Newsbreak

The forgotten problem of Sabah's halaw

Mar 04, 2013 - 12:48 PM

Their thirst for justice could take various forms and may be exploited by groups willing and able to organize a critical mass

A royal past eroding

Mar 03, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Maharlika Village in Taguig was once the showcase of Muslim respectability The foiled Bicutan jailbreak has the community fighting stereotypes all over again

Loan sharks fund election campaigns, LGUs

Nov 20, 2012 - 5:25 PM

Local execs have been misusing their IRA for a long time as collateral to loan sharks to fund campaigns and this time to invest in a ponzi scheme

The return of Rudy Fariñas

May 28, 2012 - 11:53 PM

They ve seen the worst of me now is the time to see the best of me says the once troubled Rudy Fariñas

On Shaky Ground

Nov 14, 2008 - 12:39 PM

The tools of small scale mining have advanced from just picks and shovels to drilling machines excavators and powerful explosives Many small miners risk running afoul of outdated laws