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Photos show darkening of Duterte's complexion in recent months

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Photos of President Rodrigo Duterte show the darkening, and then graying, of his complexion from his first month in office to October 2018

LIST: Who’s running for mayor, vice mayor in Metro Manila for 2019?

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Here is a list of tandems and other aspirants expected to face off in the 2019 elections in the National Capital Region

13 Senate campaign virgins spice up 2019 elections

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

These first-time Senate hopefuls – lawyers, Duterte appointees, a reporter, civic Muslim leader, former soldier, long-time local chiefs – promise to shake up the midterm polls

LOOK: Political dynasties use party list as backdoor to Congress

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Here are some people with familiar family names, trying to get to the House of Representatives without running in district polls

Senator Manny Pacquiao joins his brother Bobby and 2 others as they file their certificate of acceptance of nominees under OFW Family Club. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIST: 2019 Senate hopefuls facing cases, complaints, probes

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Rappler lists the senatorial aspirants who are facing cases, complaints, or probes, as well as those who have been acquitted or the cases against them dismissed

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: Harry Roque's days of indecision on Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Even President Rodrigo Duterte admits to having been frustrated by his former spokesman's changing plans on running for senator

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Luntiang Pilipinas is an environmental party which aims to raise awareness on the value of trees and the environment among Filipinos

NO SENATORIAL BID. Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque will run as Luntiang Pilipinas party-list representative in the 2019 elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

IN CHARTS: Boracay is bursting at the seams

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Boracay has exceeded its capacity in terms of population, infrastructure, and waste generated

CAPACITY. The carrying capacity study of the DENR showed the many ways Boracay exceeded its capacity. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Rice prices in the Philippines

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:54 PM

A kilo of rice costs almost P50, and even P66 in Sulu, as of the 4th week of September 2018

FAST FACTS: What is Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria, an autoimmune skin disease, affects around 1.8% of the world's population

CHRONIC HIVES. Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria is characterized by red, swollen patches on the skin that cause severe itching. Photo from Shutterstock

FAST FACTS: How poor do Filipinos rate themselves?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Here’s how poor or hungry Filipinos have perceived themselves to be through the years

Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila on March 22, 2016.  Roughly one quarter of the nation's 100 million people live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on about one US dollar a day, according to government data. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Why usual dissenter Leonen leans toward Duterte in ICC pullout case

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal

JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against judicial dictatorship if the High Court nullifies right away President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guidelines for filing certificates of candidacy

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

(UPDATED) From October 11 to 12 and October 15 to 17, aspirants for national and local posts formalize their bids for the May 2019 elections

FAST FACTS: Philippine inflation rate over the years

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In using historical inflation data, the base year of the data should be taken into account

From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

In 2006, Imee Marcos recalled the secrecy that shrouded the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' deteriorating health – to douse doubts about his ability to govern

What to expect when Boracay reopens on October 26

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Planning to visit Boracay when it reopens? Here's what you should know.

NEW BORACAY? Top tourist hotspot Boracay Island will be open again to the public starting October 26. Photo from the Department of Tourism

'Growth' found in Duterte's endoscopy? Doctors explain what it means

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Three specialist doctors, including National Scientist Ernesto Domingo, explain terms related to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest admission about the state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his delegation hold a working lunch meeting with Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and other Jordanian officials at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FAST FACTS: Who is incoming DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista?

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:00 PM

From guarding the President to commanding the Philippine Army, retiring Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista continues to hold key positions in the Duterte administration

NEW DSWD SECRETARY. Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista was appointed as secretary of social welfare and development by President Duterte on Thursday, October 4. File photo by Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is Saint Padre Pio?

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Saint Padre Pio is known to many as a pious priest and a stigmatist. His incorrupt heart relic is set to visit the Philippines Friday, October 5.

'PRAY, HOPE, AND DON'T WORRY'. Saint Padre Pio's religious devotion has inspired many people over the years. Photo from Shutterstock

LIST: Biggest lotto jackpots won in PH

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The biggest Filipino lotto winner to date is a balikbayan from Olongapo City who won the whopping P741-million Grand Lotto jackpot in 2010

Latest mayor killed: Who is Alexander Buquing of Sudipen, La Union?

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

Sudipen, La Union, Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing is the 12th mayor killed since July 2016

DOCUMENT: Sara Duterte's sworn report vs Midas Marquez

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio submits to the Judicial and Bar Council her opposition to Court Administrator Midas Marquez's application for Supreme Court associate justice

OPPOSITION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte opposes Court Administrator Midas Marquez' application to the Supreme Court.

[ANALYSIS] Philippine courts dribble, stall on Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Balangiga Massacre

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Balangiga Massacre of September 28, 1901, is considered as one of the bloodiest events during the Philippine-American war

EDITORIAL CARTOON. The editorial cartoon of the New York Evening Journal on May 5, 1902, depicting soldiers carrying out the order of General Jacob H. Smith to kill Balangiga males over the age of 10. Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Who's who: Candidates vying to replace former SC justice Martires

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

From posh hotels to the Senate: The 3 times Senator Trillanes was arrested

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The September 2018 arrest is not the first for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who has been previously arrested in connection with the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and 2007 Manila Peninsula siege

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III listens as PNP Dir. Guillermo Eleazar presents the arrest warrant being served by Makati police chief Superintendent Rogelio Simon to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Makati RTC Branch 150 Executive Judge Elmo Alameda ordered the arrest of Sen. Trillanes based on rebellion charges. (Photo: JOSEPH VIDAL/SENATE PRIB)

Twin tragedies: How Itogon and Naga landslides are alike

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Disaster scientist Mahar Lagmay laments that while technology allowed officials to see the problem, it wasn't used to solve it

DOUBLE DISASTER. The Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu landslides are similar despite the distance. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler;Photos by Jirre Carreon, Rambo Talabong/Rappler

What's the role of the Commission on Audit in protecting taxpayers' money?

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Commission on Audit ensures that hard-earned taxpayers' money is spent properly. Meticulous auditing has led to exposure of corruption in government.

IN CHARTS: Most Filipinos still marry before 30

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Brides are younger than grooms. When it comes to foreigners, Filipino men tend to marry Australian brides. Check out other marriage trends here.

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

How Imee Marcos got away from paying $4M in damages for Trajano death

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Because the Supreme Court said the lower court sheriff was not diligent enough in serving the summons personally on Imee, the Honolulu court's ruling on the 'wrongful death' of student Archimedes Trajano was unenforceable here

SPARED BY TECHNICALITY. The Supreme Court in 2006 voided a lower court proceedings that sought to compel Imee Marcos pay $4 million in damages for the "wrongful death" of student Archimedes Trajano. Photo of Imee Marcos by Darren Langit, and Supreme Court facade by LeAnne Jazul

LIST: False claims of Juan Ponce Enrile on Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Former Marcos defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile, the architect and implementor of Martial Law, also wrongly claims that there were no massacres during that time

MARTIAL LAW. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews ex-defense minister and Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. Screenshots from Bongbong's YouTube account

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

Myanmar's truth defenders: Who are journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo?

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Aside from their investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown in Rakhine, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have extensively covered other human rights issues in the country before

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

How are the Jonas Burgos and Palparan cases different?

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Witnesses showed up in court against Jovito Palparan, while witnesses for Jonas Burgos disappeared during trial. Will they resurface after the conviction of the major general?

NO CONVICTION. The army major charged for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos 11 years ago was acquitted in 2017 because the witnesses did not show up during trial.

Palparan's guilty verdict: Who is Malolos Judge Alexander Tamayo?

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

During his first year presiding over Branch 15, Tamayo found Armando Padilla guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter, sentencing him to death. The case was appealed and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Posters of kidnapped UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Effects of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Sep 15, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council and MMDA enforced new traffic policies regulating provincial buses and driver-only cars in EDSA. Are these working?

TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV came into the spotlight as a military officer going against the Arroyo administration. His battle continues today as President Duterte issues a proclamation revoking his amnesty.

Left photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP, right photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COMPARISON: Typhoon Ompong and previous Philippine typhoons

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:47 PM

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Ompong may potentially become a super typhoon. Here's how it compares to previous destructive typhoons that hit the country.

Will Typhoon Ompong be the same as Super Typhoon Lawin?

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Like Lawin, Ompong is set to hit Northern Luzon and might intensify into a super typhoon. Here's how they might be similar.

Photo by Aj Ponce

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:23 PM

AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV go through similar processes, as former president Ramos also created a committee in 1994 to decide on amnesty applications

AMNESTY PROCLAMATIONS. Six presidents have signed proclamations creating a committee to evaluate and decide on amnesty applications.

LIST: False claims of Duterte, Panelo about legal issues on Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

LEGAL CLAIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo make false claims about the issue of the Trillanes amnesty during their tête-à -tête on September 11, 2018. Screenshot from PTV4

EXPLAINER: What the Supreme Court TRO denial means for Trillanes

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts

The Robin Padilla-Sonny Trillanes standoff: Contrasts, parallels

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) The verbal scuffle between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Robin Padilla reminds us of their history as prisoners

TIMELINE: Gov't gaps, retractions in voiding Trillanes amnesty

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week

On the Trillanes case: Who is Judge Elmo Alameda?

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Judge Elmo Alameda has also handled the serious illegal detention case against Janet Napoles and the homicide case against ex-Batangas governor Jose Leviste

'HIGH-PROFILE' CASES. Judge Elmo Alameda of Makati City RTC Branch 150 is no stranger to high-profile cases. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Trillanes case: Who is Judge Soriano of Makati?

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Soriano convicted two Magdalo mutineers of coup charges, but his decision was later reversed by the Court of Appeals

Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano issued an order setting for hearing the motion to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order for Senator Trillanes, August 5, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: OFWs in Israel and Jordan

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Overall, there are an estimated 76,000 overseas Filipino workers residing in Israel and Jordan