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Key personalities who will make or break the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

From the Muslim rebel who witnessed the long road to a Bangsamoro Organic Law to a powerful family determined to keep towns they influence out of the new Bangsamoro region, here’s the cast of characters who play a role in the upcoming Mindanao plebiscite

Power brokers in the Bangsamoro region

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Rappler identifies the key groups and clans that have shaped and influenced the region over the years. What's in store for them in the future Bangsamoro autonomous region?

What you need to know about the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Answers to 5 questions to get you up to speed before voting day on January 21

Photo by Manman Dejeto / Rappler

About to adjourn, Senate yet to probe China deals, other controversial contracts

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH tips to protect yourself against flu, pneumonia

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Here's how you can avoid diseases which are common during cold weather

Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

Survey says: How 2019 senatorial bets are faring so far

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Reelectionists and former senators are in the lead, some newcomers are gaining ground, while the rest still have to catch up if they want to be in the 'Magic 12' in the May 2019 polls

Things to know about the Feast of the Black Nazarene

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The yearly feast is expected to gather millions of devotees in the country’s historic capital

Devotees at the blessing of replicas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What to expect as gov't operates on a reenacted budget

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) All new government projects will be delayed and expansion plans for some key services and programs will be affected until the 2019 budget is passed

RECYCLED. The government operates this year with a budget enacted for 2018.

Who is Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo?

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:02 PM

(UPDATED) He was a vice mayor who ascended to the mayoral post after the incumbent died in the middle of 2018

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Rappler's top stories of every week of 2018

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

We list down the stories most read and most reacted on by Rappler readers

Newsmakers who died in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(UPDATED) We lost a number of Filipino icons and newsmakers in 2018 in various fields, from politics to sports, from business to showbiz

FALSE: Father of Ateneo Bully a 'police scalawag'

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Queries into databases of previous and current police personnel, including those who are absent without leave, yield no one with the reported name of the parent of the alleged bully

Philippine democracy in 2018: Where do we fall in world rankings?

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas

A Staple Problem? History of rice crisis in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years

2018 moments when Duterte made us ask, 'Is he serious?'

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

From shutting down an island for half a year to reviving ancient barter trade, President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to implement some crazy-sounding policies

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

When journalists become the story: Attacks against media in 2018

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Cases of intimidation and violence against journalists continue to spread with the 'climate of hatred' that has persisted against journalism globally


LIST: Over 40 face drug charges for multibillion-peso shabu shipments

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The 40 consist of former and current law enforcers, Customs and importing industry employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

READY FOR COURT. The PDEA formally accuses personalities involved in multibillion-peso shabu shipments of crime before the DOJ. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Know the difference between commonly confused legal terms

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Legal terms are sometimes confused with each other, even by trial judges and media practitioners

TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:25 PM

After a release order and 4 years of imprisonment, former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr will be free, following his acquittal

FREE. Former Senaror Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 07, 2018, to attend hearing in his plunder case promulgation. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Global HIV/AIDS cases still on the rise

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The number of HIV-positive individuals continues to rise globally despite maximum efforts done to suppress the disease

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang?

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Rosmari Carandang is appointed to the Supreme Court after making it to the short list at least 5 times

FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin?

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Lucas Bersamin is appointed as top magistrate on his 9th year in the Supreme Court. He is retiring in 10 months.

MARTIAL LAW. Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin says the 1987 Constitution is not enough to address present-day threats to the safety of Filipinos. Photo from the Supreme Court

TIMELINE: Seeking justice for Kian delos Santos

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) The death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos triggers massive condemnation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs

A thousand came for the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos as he is laid to rest on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: PH-China deals signed during Xi Jinping visit

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Malacañang releases 7 of the 29 agreements signed between the Philippines and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. See the released documents here.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

From Abe to Xi: Comparing leaders' PH visits under Duterte

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Starting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe's official visit, President Duterte has hosted 4 other leaders, including Xi Jinping. How do these visits compare to one another?

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'A friend in need': China's promises to PH

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler lists over 100 agreements and pledges that have been made between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

What you need to know about DepEd's foreign language electives

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The education department says its Special Program in Foreign Language 'aims to enhance the ability of learners to engage in meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace'

From princeling to president: Who is Chinese President Xi Jinping?

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership is driven by his vision of the 'Chinese dream' – the great renewal and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in all aspects

STRONGMAN. Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched various reforms to achieve the 'Chinese dream' but his leadership continues to be marred by controversies. File Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


From duets to sea disputes: When Chinese presidents visit Philippines

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Remember the duet of Fidel V. Ramos and Jiang Zemin, or the awkward walk of Noynoy Aquino and Xi Jinping?

PH-CHINA DUET. Chinese President Jiang Zemin (L) and Philippine President Fidel Ramos (R) sing a duet number with a string quartet at a state dinner for Jiang in Malacañang Palace on November 26, 1996. Photo by AFP

‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

Latest vice mayor killed: Who is Balaoan's Al-fred Concepcion?

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The killing of Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion ends his more than two decades of working in government

Lahat ba ng bus kailangang dumaan sa PITX?

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Pinag-utos ngayon ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board ang pagbabago sa ilang ruta ng mga bus

TERMINAL. Nag-test run ang DNS Transport sa Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange noong July 23. Retrato mula sa DNS Transport

LIST: Available routes at Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Here are the available routes as of November 12

TERMINAL. The mega-terminal in Paranaque opens November 10, 2018. Photo from DOTr

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

Bakit kailangan ng fare matrix bago makasingil ng P10 pamasahe sa dyip?

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Tanging ang mga dyip na may bagong fare matrix lamang ang puwedeng maningil ng P10 na pasahe

DAGDAG PASAHE. P10 na ang bagong singil sa pamasahe sa mga dyip. Retrato ni Maria Tan/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is DFA chief Teddyboy Locsin?

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, is a lawyer, media personality, and diplomat rolled into one

TOP DIPLOMAT. The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, attends the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit and EU-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on October 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

LIST: Potential 3rd telco bidders

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:42 PM

10 companies are poised to slug it out on November 7 for the 3rd major telecommunications slot. Get to know their track record and financial health.

4 things you need to know about the 2019 Senate hopefuls

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Most of those running for senator are male, married, and approaching their senior years

PUBLIC OFFICE. For the 2019 elections, 152 Filipinos filed their certificates of candidacy for senator.

LIST: All Saints' Day traditions across the globe

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

From visiting graves to flying kites, people from all over the world have their own unique traditions to remember and honor the dead

PHILIPPINES. Filipinos flock to cemeteries to visit the graves of departed loved ones. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Run free: Where to send off departed pets in Metro Manila

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Pets, like humans, deserve decent farewells on their final days on earth

MAN'S BEST FRIEND. Pets are considered family in the Philippines. File Photo from Shutterstock

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

A new customs chief, DFA chief, spokesman a year for Duterte

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Less than 3 years in power, President Rodrigo Duterte has already had 3 BOC commissioners, 3 presidential spokesmen, and 3 foreign secretaries

IN NUMBERS: Global threats to press freedom in 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least 75 journalists have been killed in the past 10 months in countries all over the world

CENSORSHIP. The brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just one among many other violent threats to press freedom in 2018. Left photo by Ozam Kose/AFP; Right photo from Shutterstock

Did you know that some PH cities have more Facebook users than actual population?

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Iloilo City has the highest number of Facebook users with 223.22%-334.83% of the population actively using the social media platform monthly, followed by Cebu City

P11-B shabu slip: Who is Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban?

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:05 AM

The embattled Customs intelligence officer is part of Duterte’s drug list, and has emerged in the House and Senate probes as facilitator of the shipment of the controversial magnetic lifters

ONLY SUSPECT? Jimmy Guban is ordered arrested by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Graphics by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler