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Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.

POST-IT NOTE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado to respond to issues raised by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

The success, influence of Trending News Portal

Dec 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Part 2: TNP appears to be doing well, not just online but in the real world too. But without verification of published content, the dangers are apparent.

Photo of Twinmark Media office from the Twinmark Media Facebook page.

What is Mocha Uson's top source of news?

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:37 PM

What is Trending News Portal (TNP) and what kind of content does it produce? Here's a closer look at the data.

The Fifth Man

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM

The police call it an encounter. The survivor says it was an execution. Forensic evidence says he may be right.

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

Mocha Uson: Fake news victim or fake news peddler?

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

These are the types of news that PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson likes to share

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

The Impunity Series

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Rappler’s series of investigations documents the drug war as it continues to be fought across the first year of Duterte's presidency

Duterte's foreign trips cost thrice more than predecessors'

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:24 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The government spends at least P386 2 million 7 72 million on foreign trips during Duterte s first year in power In one trip expenses shoot up to P31 8 million 636 000 a day

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go as he arrives at the Franciso Bangoy International Airport in Davao City prior to his departure for a series of state visits to three countries in the Middle East including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar which kicked off on April 10, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Rape within the family: The Philippines' silent incest problem

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Incest rape happens far more often in the country than official data shows but it remains to be an unspeakable secret within families – leaving girls to suffer repeated abuse for years inside their own homes

INCEST RAPE. Lori was just 7 years old when she was raped by her uncle for the first time. Photo by Dyl Tolentino

Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

May 02, 2017 - 7:03 PM

EXKLUSIBO: Kilala ng mga kaanak ng mga natokhang kung sino ang bumaril sa mga anak nila – at nakahanda silang pangalanan siya

Witnesses name Manila policeman behind drug-related summary killings

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Witnesses interviewed during the 3 month investigation led by Patricia Evangelista name Police Officer 3 Ronald Alvarez of the Delpan Community Precinct as the alleged killer behind at least 4 drug related deaths

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war s dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they re willing to speak his name

Will anyone live in these NHA housing units in Pagadian?

Apr 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Substandard and small houses and the lack of water and electricity scare police and soldiers from moving into a Pagadian housing project

WHITE ELEPHANT? The unused housing units at the Kagitingan Village in Pagadian City. Photo by Gualbert Laput

More 'DDS whistle-blowers' coming forward?

Mar 09, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Will more people join the likes of Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascanas?

WHISTLEBLOWER. Will more people join the likes of Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas (in photo)? Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lascañas warns PNP: One day, you'll feel the pain I feel

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The self confessed hitman of the so called Davao Death Squad warns cops of a suffering that comes once you ve killed for the wrong reasons

LOYALIST TURNED WITNESS? Arthur Lascañas talks to Rappler days after his testimony before the Senate. Rappler photo

Lascañas to Duterte: Killing 'not the ultimate solution'

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Says Lascañas in Filipino: We cannot play the role of God deciding who will live and who will die That is so wrong

SolGen moves to acquit Napoles in Luy detention case

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:33 AM

PCIJ reports that this heralds a policy shift in how the Duterte administration wants to deal with Napoles and other lawmakers accused of misusing pork barrel funds

Janet Lim Napoles (center) stand before the RTC Judge in Makati City Tuesday as she listen the verdict of her case (Serious Illegal Detention) filed against her by Benhur Luy. Napoles was found guilty and sentence for a lifetime jail. Photo by: JOEL LEPORADA

U.S. lists Yasay among former American citizens

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The name Perfecto Rivas Yasay Jr appears in the US government s Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate

Inside Martin Andanar's man cave

Jan 26, 2017 - 5:36 PM

An apologist of the President and a public official who gets paid by taxpayers’ money, Andanar is embarking on a dangerous path of propaganda and media control

Murdered Korean cremated as ‘Jose Ruamar Salvador, Filipino’

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:33 PM

The crematorium staff say they learned that Ruamar Salvador was actually Korean Jee Ick Joo only last January 18 when agents from the NBI paid a visit to St Nathaniel

Part 2: The battle of the land titles

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Two investigations – one in Manila and another in Quantico Virginia – on the documents related to the Ragua heirs land claim in Quezon City yield interesting and possibly far reaching results

CONTESTED PROPERTY? An aerial view of SM North Edsa and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Image from Google Maps

Part 1: 'Rightful' owners of prime lot in QC fight back

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Heirs of the purported owner of the prime lot where SM North EDSA and Trinoma Mall now stand want to get back what they believe to be legally and rightfully theirs

Oplan Cyber Tokhang on Facebook: ‘Extrajudicial reporting’

Dec 01, 2016 - 9:23 AM

Facebook can no longer ignore the fact that there are continuous and organized attempts to game its system

Fake accounts, manufactured reality on social media

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Suspicious and fake Facebook accounts share common practices, forming a nest that spreads and repeats lies and propaganda

Millions of dollars paid to free Indonesian hostages

Sep 21, 2016 - 3:37 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Despite the denial of the Philippine and Indonesian governments that ransom was paid millions of dollars were given to the Abu Sayyaf Group for the release of Indonesian hostages over the past few months

Looking back: Skirting the au pair ban

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:34 PM

For the au pairs who paid off immigration personnel then the bribery was part of what they had to do to get out of the country It was an arrangement that was mutually beneficial

FACT CHECK: Dead ex-mayor, non-legislator also in Duterte list

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Spelling errors and wrong information mar the list of local government officials alleged to be involved in the illegal drug trade

FACT CHECK: One judge in Duterte list already dead for 8 years

Aug 07, 2016 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED Rappler is crowdsourcing information on the 158 government officials listed as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade How accurate is this list?

Kuwento ng dalawang au pair sa Europa

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:30 PM

As au pairs Christy and Jhoy wanted to improve their lives What they found instead was heartbreak maltreatment and a future in limbo

Alone, pregnant, in hiding

Jul 30, 2016 - 11:19 AM

How do you go on a cultural exchange program and end up a pregnant undocumented migrant?

Au pairs walk back to the train after shopping at Loppemarked, a weekend flea market in Gentofte, a wealthy suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 22, 2016. The women were buying secondhand clothing and gifts to send to their families back home, a common practice of overseas Filipino workers. The Philippines extends duty-free privileges to balikbayan boxes. (photo copyright Allison Shelley)

Lapuz explains plagiarism: Failure to cite source 'unallowable'

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Taking full responsibility for his acts Lapuz says My heart aches my heart feels agony and sorrow for these sins of commission and omission in my writings

CHED head? Lapuz plagiarized parts of his UST book

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] Editors of an academic journal find that some parts of Jose David Lapuz s book were lifted without attribution or acknowledgment of the original sources

Do you know of au pair scams?

Jul 07, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Share with us your experiences or your stories Help save another Filipino from being victimized

RCBC money-laundering scam mirrors sins of the past

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:40 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] Documents obtained by Rappler show executives of RCBC Securities knew of irregular transactions by a rogue trader early on but failed to take action

What's going on? Is the ARMM voters' list padded again?

Mar 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Just right after the 2012 general voters list cleanup in ARMM the region reports a high 27 increase in its voting population – higher than the national average – in 2016

Part 6: Recto: Certified fake

Jan 01, 2016 - 3:00 AM

[The annulment business] Fake annulments are easy to detect Beware of fakes from Recto

Part 5: Annulment scam

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[The annulment business] When someone promises a quickie annulment, chances are they’re just faking it

Part 4: Bribery in annulment mills

Dec 30, 2015 - 9:30 AM

[The annulment business] ‘The buck stops with the judge’

Part 3: Cavite: Haven for paid-for annulments?

Dec 29, 2015 - 9:30 AM

[The annulment business] A web of relationships, from fixer to judge, slowly unravels

Part 2: Cotabato court issues spurious annulment documents

Dec 28, 2015 - 10:15 AM

[The annulment business] The Supreme Court dismisses erring judge Cader Indar who issues quick decision on cases brought to him

Part 1: The annulment business

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Judges and court staff collude in annulment mills

WATCH: 'World-class' prices for Binay's parking building

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:03 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] Toilet fixtures in the controversial Makati parking building cost way beyond current retail prices

Part 2: Sex abuse case: Jesuits asked to pay $16M

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] In the Philippines very rough and possibly outdated estimates say about 3 of the country’s priests may have committed sexual misconduct

Part 1: Ex-Jesuit accused of sexual abuse

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:52 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] This marks the first time that a formal complaint about sexual abuse has been put on record with the Society of Jesus Philippine Province

Did PDP-Laban bet Diño err in filing COC for president?

Oct 24, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Diño s COC indicates he is running for Pasay City mayor Will it crush efforts to push for a Duterte presidential candidacy given candidate substitution rules?

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Volunteers against Crime and Corruption chairman Martin Diño files his candidacy for president under PDP-Laban. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Ex-INC minister rescued after 'illegal detention'

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Lowell Menorca says in a video that he was illegally detained at the Iglesia ni Cristo central compound from July 25 to October 21 and that everything he said in a Net 25 interview was scripted

ABDUCTED? Former INC minister Lowell Menorca denies he was abducted in an INC interview, but his brother says Lowell said things under duress. Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News