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Strengthened HIV-AIDS policy nears becoming a law

May 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd to hold 'special' Brigada Eskwela in Marawi on May 22

May 21, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the Department of Education has 'special concerns and interests' in the rebuilding of Marawi as the Islamic city marks one year since the start of the siege

RUINS. Months-long clashes between government troops and homegrown terrorists in 2017  left much of Marawi City in ruins. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Con-Com wants to strip Congress of sole power to impeach

May 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials

No more 'Eat Bulaga!' for Senate President Tito Sotto for now

May 21, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate

Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

May 21, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The special task force will be charged with seizing back assets and pursuing legal action against those suspected of breaking the law in relation to the fund

1MDB TASK FORCE. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vanuatu to permanently evacuate volcanic island

May 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The latest evacuation is not compulsory but the government said it wants those who left to stay away for good and resettle elsewhere. The Council of Ministers has approved 4 permanent settlements on the nearby island of Maewo, which it will lease from landowners.

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ya_ba

1.3% of schools still 'needing support' for coming school year – DepEd

May 21, 2018 - 2:51 PM

At the launch of Department of Education's Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo says among the problems schools face include the availability of classrooms – especially in highly populated areas of Metro Manila

READY. Department of Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo (leftmost) says about 86% of schools are ready for the coming school year. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang accuses husband of Paolo Duterte's ex-wife of fixing cases

May 21, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Palace warns judges and justices about RJ Sumera, husband of Lovelie Sangkola Sumera, the controversial ex-wife of Paolo Duterte

Tuguegarao mayor Soriano acquitted in graft case over terminal permit

May 21, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The embattled mayor gets one case off his back, and continues to serve Tuguegarao City despite suspensions and dismissals the past years

Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano steps down from office. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

LOOK: Thousands of drug war documents piled along Camp Crame corridors

May 21, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The 'confidential' files appear to be stacked sloppily as some boxes look deformed as they were stored

STOCKPILED. Thousands of drug war documents are stacked inside Camp Crame before being screened by the Office of the Solicitor General. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

CDO city election commission suspends overage winning SK candidates

May 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Fourteen winning SK candidates from the city will have their proclamation suspended, or will be reported by the COMELEC to the Regional Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG) for proper action

Duterte fires DOTr official for allegedly dealing with his sister

May 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino is accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in deals with one of his sisters

Morales leaves Ombudsman P17M richer than when she came in

May 21, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The increases in her assets over the last 7 years are attributed to her retirement benefits and pension

ADDRESSING ISSUES. After 3 months of media silence, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales appears in a news conference on April 25, 2017 to address issues concerning cases filed before her office. Photo by Rappler

Koko Pimentel to marry partner in mid-October 2018

May 21, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Resigned Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III has been in a relationship with Kathryna Yu for at least two years now

WEDDING BELLS. Resigned Senate president confirms his wedding with partner Kathryna Yu in October 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in Iloilo for Marcos-Robredo electoral protest

May 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The ballot retrieval process in Iloilo will be held from May 21 to May 25

ARRIVAL. Ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo arrive at the staging area of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the province for the ballot retrieval process. All photos from the Office of the Vice President.

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Con-Com eyes 3 high courts under federal constitution

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Supposedly to make the process of appointing justices less politicized, the Con-Com wants, not just the president, but also Congress and the judiciary, to select justices for the 3 courts

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections

May 21, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The official result gives Maduro 67.7% of the vote, with Falcon a distant second with 21.2%. In the last opinion polls before the vote, the pair are seen as running neck-and-neck.

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Juan Barreto/AFP

Supreme Court employees, judges group hail decision to oust Sereno

May 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

'The interpretation and application of the Constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme Court,' say the employees in a statement read in the presence of justices

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

Maduro rivals should reject result: Venezuela opposition

May 21, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia calls on Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci, who ran against Maduro in the controversial poll, to join opposition calls 'to demand free and democratic elections together'

RESULTS. An election official prints the result of the voting of an electoral machine during the vote counting at a polling station on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Texas Muslims mourn slain Pakistani exchange student

May 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Among the mourners is the Sabika Sheikh's first cousin who lives in the United States. She says Sheikh's relatives are completely devastated.

FUNERAL PRAYERS. A host family member of Sabika Sheikh wipes away a tear while speaking at her funeral prayer service at the Brand Lane Islamic Center on May 20, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maduro eyes reelection amid economic ruin in Venezuela

May 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The latest polls place Maduro neck-and-neck with his main rival Henri Falcon, a former army officer who failed to gain the endorsement of the main opposition

VENEZUELA POLLS. A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas on May 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Second worker in fatal Hanjin shipyard accident dies

May 21, 2018 - 7:46 AM

Both the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) issue suspension orders to Binictican I-Tech, Hanjin's subcontractor, following the accident

HANJIN ACCIDENT. The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporations-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

Filipino nurse stabbed while on duty in Saudi Arabia

May 20, 2018 - 10:10 PM

29-year-old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustains multiple stab wounds on his arms after he is suddenly attacked by a Saudi national

ATTACK. 29-year old emergency room nurse Rolando Mina sustained multiple stab wounds, mostly on his arms, after he was suddenly attacked by a 22-year-old Saudi national while working in a hospital. Screenshot from CCTV video

Malaysia's Najib Razak denies graft charges in visit to home region

May 20, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The scandal-tainted Malaysian leader says the money and luxury items seized were gifts from friends and cash donations for his election campaign

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

ISIS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

May 20, 2018 - 9:44 PM

ISIS jihadists burn their headquarters before boarding buses with their relatives to leave the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

Mayor survives, 4 others killed in Lanao del Norte ambush

May 20, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Unidentified men open fire at the vehicle of Pantao Ragat Mayor Lacson Lantud, who escapes unharmed

Myanmar orders Rohingya to leave tense border zone

May 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The messages, broadcast in Burmese and Rohingya, warned the refugees to 'leave the area under Myanmar's jurisdiction or face prosecution'

Global South coalition tells Facebook: Be fair, accountable

May 20, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Commitments and apologies will no longer cut it and these specific demands are merely the first steps in holding Facebook accountable for its actions,' says a coalition from the Global South

ACCOUNTABILITY. A coalition, composed of representatives from the global south, calls for parity, transparency, and accountability on the part of Facebook, after failing to address issues it has emboldened in Third World nations.

Part of flyover under construction collapses in Imus, Cavite

May 20, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which earlier left Aguinaldo Highway corner Daang Hari Road impassable

Photo from Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi's Facebook page

Trump, Moon discuss North Korea's threat to scrap summit

May 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The two leaders agree to 'work closely' for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

COA questions Bulacan's P20-M payment to government 'consultants'

May 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Up to 81 consultants received P10,000 to P40,000 monthly without a proven expertise, says the Commission on Audit

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

Top PH officials meet U.S. Pacific Command chief in Hawaii

May 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Philippines says the 'deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte administration' has 'lowered tensions' in the South China Sea

TOP OFFICIALS. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and key government officials meet US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris Jr in Hawaii. Photo from the US Pacific Command web site

FULL TEXT: Sermon of Reverend Michael Curry at royal wedding

May 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial. And in so doing, becomes redemptive,' says Reverend Michael Curry in his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

ROYAL WEDDING. Bishop Michael Bruce Curry preaches at the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Photo by Owen Humphreys/Pool/AFP

U.S., China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

May 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,' says China's Vice Premier Liu He

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

From East End to Markle village, divided Brits unite for wedding revelry

May 20, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Families, friends, and neighbors converge to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in the last major royal wedding for a generation

VIEWING PARTY. A royal well-wisher wrapped in a Union Flag watches the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and US actress Meghan Markle on a big screen at the Pear Tree in Edinburgh on May 19, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Corporate counsel, DPWH exec on Duterte's chopping block?

May 20, 2018 - 12:57 AM

'Maybe I'll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow. Ang DPWH nga assistant secretary nga akong brad sa law school, ako pong gipa-resign,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHOPPING BLOCK. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks at the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo