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Can progressives win Senate seats this time?

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Warring unions join forces for the first time in decades to push for the pro-worker agenda that Duterte has failed to deliver. Will this be enough of a game changer?

Five labor leaders running for Senate seat in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, collectively known as the Labor Win gather in Plaza Miranda for a proclamation rally on February 14, 2019.. Labor Win is composed of labor leaders Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montaño, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares and Leody De Guzman. Photo courtesy of Defend Job PH

Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

Downsides of beauty: The risks of cosmetic surgery

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Sometimes there's a costly price to pay in efforts to be beautiful and to remain young-looking

Can Otso Diretso do a repeat of Robredo’s 2016 victory?

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Otso Diretso has so far successfully maintained the image that they are indeed opposition candidates. This is good for securing command vote for the coalition'

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

How Duterte's political style is hurting PDP-Laban in 2019

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The administration is said to have 3 different senatorial slates: PDP-Laban, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and President Rodrigo Duterte's own list called 'Du It Pilipinas'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is given a warm welcome by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III upon his arrival at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Building in Pasay City for his attendance to the first anniversary celebration of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Cares and the PDP-Laban Leaders’ Reunion on August 15, 2018. Also in the photo is Davao del Norte First District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Manila Bay cleanup: High hopes, murky plans

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The recent photos of Manila Bay are Instagram-worthy, but don’t get too excited just yet. We have a long, long way to go.

Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Bangsamoro plebiscite: How Cotabato City was won

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible

Land of promise: Why the Bangsamoro plebiscite matters to you

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:00 PM

For many in the Bangsamoro region, the ballot they will tick on January 21 is no ordinary piece of paper. It's their chance at peace, prosperity, and self-determination.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

A new jihad: Helping Marawi

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM

With the crucial rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City moving slowly, experts warn that sentiments of the Moros may be shifting

The sight of a ruined city of Marawi can be used by extremists for their recruitment propaganda. "The narrative is slowly morphing, slowly morphing into something like a monster", warns Acram Latiph, an expert on Peace and Development at the Mindanao State University.

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The systematic delay in solving killings does not help the Duterte administration in a landmark legal battle before the International Criminal Court

Seeds of insurgency: The youth of Marawi

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

As grievances persist from generation to generation, so do challenges in protecting young Filipino Muslims from radicalization

Residents of Marawi come home to almost nothing five months after the city's liberation, April 7, Saturday. Evacuees from the city are given a schedule of 3 days to retrieve whatever they can from their homes. Residents found their life's work either destroyed, burnt, or looted.

6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) The new Bangsamoro government is within grasp. Will there be last-minute hitches?

PEACE SIGN. MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was ad the last address of Mujiv Hataman as ARMM Governor at the Office of the Regional Center in Cotabato City on December 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Dennis Uy's growing empire (and debt)

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Dennis Uy is on a buying spree for companies. But can he sustain it?

Trillanes and the Magdalo: All grown up 15 years after Oakwood

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte's most popular nemesis in 2018 – opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV – comes from a political party that has learned its lessons in and outside the barracks

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Speaker: A missed chance for redemption?

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo now has the means – and the platform – to change how the public perceives her, but political observers say she has been too busy with being 'GMA as usual'

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The generals' coup in 2018: Duterte breaks up with Reds

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

Don't let 'experts' online fool you: Here's how

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Rappler reviews the 2018 headlines of The Daily Sentry, a website known for publishing false or misleading claims, to see how disinformation can spread through the abuse of the label 'expert'

Beauty pageants in the Philippines: Changes, what's next?

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Asia is the next market for the beauty pageant industry

Beauty pageants in the Philippines: Empowerment or objectification of women?

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Filipinos love pageantry and the wins are coming in

Photo by Ben Nabong

Lawmakers, engineers request P5B in road users’ tax funds

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

House Majority Leader Andaya Jr's list shows the requests of legislators and engineers approved by the graft-riddled Road Board, but the funds have not been released to them

CAMPAIGN FUNDS? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is reserving Road Board funds for administration candidates in 2019.

Despite new friends, Philippines sticks it out with U.S. in 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Engagements by the Philippines in 2018 show it is not moving away from the US despite President Rodrigo Duterte's rhetoric

2018 blockbuster: Red October plot vs Duterte

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The President declares a plot against him, and the police-military establishment follows with vague details and changing timelines. What's with Red October?

2018: Democracy in decline

Dec 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Newsbreak, Rappler’s research and investigative arm, has pursued stories to track the Philippines' slow but steady descent to authoritarianism, in a bid to stem it and call attention to this worrisome trend

'Boys will be boys': Locker room talk and online harassment

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Online spaces have made the locker rooms bigger – and more sinister

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:21 PM

With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a test fire on one of the sniper rifles donated by the Chinese government while the troops conduct a sniping capability demonstration during his visit at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija on November 22, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:40 PM

High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.

House OKs Legarda son's nationwide power franchise in 4 months

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Leandro Leviste denies allegations he quickly got a 'mega franchise' because of his mother's help and influence

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

EL NIDO: Garbage woes threaten the future

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

An increase in the volume of garbage due to the influx of visitors adds to the environmental woes already threatening El Nido’s booming tourism industry

El Nido: Tourism's boon and bane

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:27 PM

As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido

Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Bullied and harassed by China in the West Philippine Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forced to strike 'cordial' ties with the staunch ally of its commander-in-chief

FRIENDS. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi stand in attention to welcome the return of a Philippine Navy team from China on November 8, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PROFILE: Shades of Duterte in China's Xi Jinping

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is visiting the Philippines, shares many things in common with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

#CJSearch: How chief justice applicants voted on P7-B Delfin Lee scam

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Bersamin and Bernabe voted to grant bail to the Globe Asiatique owner; Carpio and Reyes dissented; Peralta inhibited

DELFIN LEE CASE. The chief justice applicants were split in deciding the 7-5-2 ruling that downgraded the estafa charges against property developer Delfin Lee.

Blockbuster to lackluster: #TelcoSerye drama leaves people puzzled

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A contest with a single qualifier, an exciting legal drama, and romantic promises. These and a hodgepodge of twists are perfect for a #TelcoSerye.

Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'

Road to Marawi rehab: What caused months of delay?

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Failed talks with private firms and insistence on an ill-fitting joint venture agreement for the city’s reconstruction delay the start of rehabilitation efforts

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

The unpredictability of Supreme Court Justice Bernabe

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Bernabe often votes with a nuance. She is respected in the High Court because of her collegial virtues.

CJ SEARCH. Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe applies for chief justice.

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

In Panglao: Tourism funds waste management and conservation

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Tourism brings in revenues also spent to curb the garbage problem

Where children in Marawi play

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:45 PM

To families who have returned to Marawi City, a child center is a place for play and healing

Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

New system for old problems: Panglao's struggle with solid waste

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Old and new problems pose challenges to Panglao’s waste management system

Garbage in paradise: The price of Panglao’s rise as tourist destination

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Panglao, often promoted as an alternative to world-famous Boracay, has a long history of neglecting solid waste

CLEAN-UP. Children often volunteer with Plastic Free Bohol in picking up trash along the coastlines of Bohol. Photo by Ben McCormack

At the Bureau of Customs: How Isidro Lapeña was outplayed

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration

PROMOTED OUT. Isidro Lapeña is sent out to a higher office after controversy sparked during the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. BOC PIAD Photo.

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure