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How Marcos treated dissent: Punishing rumors and summoning reporters

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The late strongman Ferdinand Marcos signed a presidential decree that sought to jail ‘rumor mongers.’ It was repealed by Corazon Aquino.

PRESS FREEDOM. Ferdinand Marcos's clampdown on the free press is documented in Philippine jurisprudence, beginning with the decree he passed penalizing 'rumor-mongering' with imprisonment.

What do court administrators in the judiciary do?

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Office of Court Administrator supervises over 2,600 judges and 25,000 court personnel across the Philippines

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:14 PM

A constant companion of Rodrigo Duterte when the latter was Davao City mayor, Quiboloy is recently detained in Hawaii for undeclared cash and rifle parts found on his private plane

FAST FACTS: Who is Eduardo Manalo, special envoy for OFW concerns?

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:17 PM

Manalo has served as the Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister since 2009

NEW POSITION. INC leader Eduardo Manalo assumes a new position as President Duterte’s Special Envoy for OFW concerns.

FAST FACTS: What's in the PCOO budget?

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

PCOO's funds in the national budget include those for attached agencies such as the Philippine Information Agency, RTVM, and the National Printing Office

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

FAST FACTS: DOH's Expanded Program on Immunization

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

READ: Text of Hague court ruling affirming PH rights over Mischief Reef

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'Mischief Reef... fall within areas where only the Philippines possesses possible entitlements to maritime zones under the Convention.... Accordingly, the Philippines – and not China – possesses sovereign rights with respect to resources in these areas,' reads the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

FAST FACTS: Who is Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Carandang, who leads the investigation into President Duterte's alleged ill-gotten wealth, is no stranger to high-profile cases

SUSPENSION ORDER. Malacañang orders the suspension of Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang who leads the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

Tax calculator: Compute your new income tax

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here's a step-by-step guide to compute for your new income tax under the tax reform law

INCREASE. Majority of taxpayers can expect higher take-home pay starting in January 2018.

Why campus journalists should go beyond classrooms

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:58 PM

In the course of Philippine history, several campus publications stayed true to this role of shaping public opinion. They’ve gone beyond the 4 walls of the classroom and tackled the same issues hounding the country.

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Press freedom advocates argue that the Campus Journalism Act has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

EXPLAINER: Can SC reverse ruling on deputy ombudsman?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang can now challenge the suspension order before the Supreme Court

SUSPENDED. Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang is suspended by Malacañang form 90 days. Can he challenge it?

TIMELINE: The case of Rappler's SEC registration

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:28 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events surrounding the SEC registration case of Rappler

PRESS FREEDOM. The SEC's move to strike down Rappler was considered an attack on the freedom of the press. Photo by Rappler

How the 'new' Oplan Tokhang should be done

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The PNP releases new guidelines for Oplan Tokhang. Will these be enough to stop the blood from flowing?

Why 1987 PH Constitution unclear on Congress' Charter Change vote

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) Framers of the 1987 Constitution we spoke with say members of the committee on amendments and revisions forgot to adjust a provision in their final draft to reflect a bicameral congress voting on charter change. The Supreme Court can clarify that now.

Can you remove 'harmful' info about yourself that's online?

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Landmark cases in Australia and the European Union invoking the principle of 'The Right to be Forgotten' involve only Google, as a search engine, and not news media outlets

How media outlets get their license to operate

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:48 PM

As private companies, media entities must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission

MEDIA. Rappler's license to operate was approved by the SEC in 2012. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines. The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst against the media since Martial Law.

What you need to know about Charter Change

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The public should closely monitor the process of changing the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid abuses, say constitutional law experts

FAST FACTS: Who is Normandie Pizarro, the CA justice who freed Joel Reyes?

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:16 PM

He also acquits Napoles and rejects billion dollars worth of compensation to martial law victims

CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONS. Justice Normandie Pizarro has penned some of the Court of Appeals' controversial decisions as of late.

EXPLAINER: How the tax reform law affects Filipino consumers

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Payroll managers start adjusting their systems to reflect the new withholding tax rates. Supermarkets, oil retailers, convenience stores, and even sidewalk vendors begin updating their price lists.

HIKE IN SRPs.The retail price of one-liter bottle of Coca Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 per bottle from the current P31 per liter, in light of the TRAIN law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Rappler's top stories of every week of 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:36 AM

These stories range from politics to beauty pageants, from viral videos to online debates

Newsmakers who died in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Many prominent – and infamous – personalities in news, politics, business, sports, and showbiz have passed away in 2017

Surviving MRT3: Worst train fails in 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) Rappler looks back on some of the worst incidents that happened on MRT3 in 2017

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

House of Representatives boasts 2,100 measures processed since June 2016

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The list includes 29 bills passed into law

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE. Members of the 17th Congress gather at the House plenary hall on December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What's inside the bicam-approved tax reform bill?

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) About P130 billion in proceeds is expected from the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill, which the Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify

TAX REFORM. An overhaul of the tax system was among President Rodrigo Duterte's key promises. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

Before the Judicial and Bar Council, how were justices chosen?

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The creation of the Judicial and Bar Council is 'an innovation made in response to the public clamor in favor of eliminating politics from the appointment of judges'

Who is ex-SC Associate Justice Flerida Ruth Romero?

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Romero – who died on December 8 – played a key role in drafting the Family Code of the Philippines, and was an expert in civil and labor laws

FLERIDA RUTH ROMERO, 88. The retired Supreme Court Associate Justice served from 1991 to 1999. Photo from SET website.

FACT CHECK: Calida says during Tokhang police don't barge into homes

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court that the police do not 'insist and just move on to the next house' if individuals do not want to let them in. Media coverage of at least 5 drug war deaths show otherwise.

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about vaccine company Sanofi Pasteur

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:19 PM

More than a year after its release of Dengvaxia, the world’s first dengue vaccine, Sanofi advises the public the vaccine poses more risks for recipients who have had no prior infection

RISK. Pharmaceutical companuy Sanofi pasteur issued new findings against it Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Rappler

Sereno impeachment: RCAO, JDO, and Midas Marquez

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The Regional Court Administrator's Office and Judiciary Decentralized Office involve a complex issue of decentralization that has hounded the Supreme Court for years

FAST FACTS: Who is SC Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro?

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro has vied for the position of Chief Justice twice

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice's impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday voted to allow justices and employees invited by the committee to testify in its hearings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Destabilization or ripe for suspension? Day 2 of SC drug war oral arguments

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Here are highlights of the second day of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of Oplan Tokhang in the government's war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Did Sereno leave the country?

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Several websites claim that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno left the country but her camp says she went on a provincial trip from November 24 to 25. Social media posts by participants in the events she attended during the day she supposedly left also confirm this claim.

How similar are the Sereno and Corona impeachment cases?

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno comes 5 years after her predecessor, the late Renato Corona, was removed from office

Sereno impeachment: Summary of the Chief Justice's earnings, expenses

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:05 PM

A lawmaker wants Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to present proof of her purchases, such as receipts

SALN ISSUE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson says that the chief magistrate has no non-disclosures to speak of as the House of Representatives hears her impeachment case.

From Arroyo to Duterte: Who is new ERC Chairperson Agnes Devanadera?

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:06 PM

No stranger to politics and the government, new ERC Chairperson Agnes Devanadera is perhaps best known as the first woman solicitor general in the Philippines under the Arroyo administration

Can Duterte declare a revolutionary gov't? Here's what you need to know

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Under a revolutionary government, a person or a group can express dissent through a 'counter revolution' – an opening for civil war, says UP Political Science associate professor Aries Arugay

After 8 years, what's next in the Maguindanao massacre trial?

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Almost a decade has passed since the death of 58 in the Maguindanao massacre – will justice be served soon?

REMEMBERED. Candles are lit in remembrance of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

What has happened to the Maguindanao massacre trial 8 years later?

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

8 years and 3 administrations later, no convictions have been made

NEVER FORGET. Justice remains elusive for the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre 5 years since the gruesome crime. Photo by Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: The Maguindanao massacre, 8 years later

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:52 AM

Here's the status of the Maguindanao massacre trial in numbers