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What the Gretchen Fullido complaint tells us about sexual harassment

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Power imbalance is a key issue in any sexual harassment complaint, says an expert

The Unravelling of Harry Roque

Oct 13, 2018 - 8:45 AM

It's been a crazy week for the presidential spokesman. But will a few days define the course of his 2019?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that P19-million worth of assistance has been released to the families and individuals affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption in Albay. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cebu City police chief Royina Garma: Mayor’s hated, Duterte’s trusted

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Royina Garma, Cebu City's first woman police chief, is at odds with Mayor Tommy Osmeña, but she's unperturbed – she has the support of the man in Malacañang

FIRST TOP POLICEWOMAN. Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Royina Garma at her office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Tommy Osmeña: Cebu City's own

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The mayor is unfazed by critics calling him names and invoking links to President Duterte. He only has one question for them: how come people vote for me?

Silent addiction: How Filipinos fall prey to the online gambling market

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Foreign online casino sites not regulated by Pagcor are easily accessible in the Philippines, leaving Filipinos at risk of gambling addiction

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:00 PM

There's more dim sum in the metro, but the Chinese have driven up rent for locals and brought in a gambling contagion

Will Indonesia ride-hailing giant Go-Jek enter PH?

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The multibillion-dollar firm plans to introduce ride-hailing services for sedans, SUVs, AUVs, and taxis in 3 Philippine cities as part of its $500-million overseas expansion drive

Months after Uber left, where are the new ride-hailing firms?

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Almost 6 months have passed but the new firms have yet to make a dent in the ride-hailing market

Recent JBC interviews had less tough questions on SC decisions

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The last JBC interviews also saw odd questions about the applicants’ love lives and belated decisions to bear children

JBC. (From left to right) Judicial and Bar Council members retired judge Toribio Ilao, retired justice Jose Mendoza, Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro (ex-officio chairman) and Atty Milagros Fernan-Cayosa. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

Itogon: When the land of promise buried its people

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

A disaster had been brewing in Itogon, Benguet, long before Typhoon Ompong came

EARTH WOUNDED. Rescuers struggle to improvise their passage as the landslide cut off a main road in Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society

Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) In the days leading up to Typhoon Ompong, what could have been done to prevent the tragedy in Itogon, Benguet?

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte handled Trillanes fiasco from Israel, Jordan

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Who was the most surprised at President Duterte's order revoking Senator Trillanes' amnesty? His own Cabinet.

3,000 pairs: The mixed legacy of Imelda Marcos' shoes

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:45 PM

From Marlet Shoes to Christian Dior – this is the good and the bad of the shoe collection Imelda Marcos left behind

Shoe collection of former First Lady Imelda Marcos on display at the Shoe Museum in Marikina City, September 18, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Crackdown on missionaries fuels dictatorship fears

Sep 21, 2018 - 12:16 PM

By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?

DEPORTATION CASE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

Is the Philippines ready to address mental health?

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

With an increase in mental illnesses and suicide cases among the youth, experts say everyone has a crucial role to play in fostering mental wellness

A cry for help: Mental illness, suicide cases rising among youth

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rappler speaks to psychiatrists, psychologists, and life coaches who say mental health illnesses and suicide cases among the youth have drastically increased

Not just a joke: The social cost of Duterte's rape remarks

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:05 PM

What are the real consequences when a president makes light of rape? A gender studies expert explains.

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz: Fighting to empower East Timor's poor

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Mana Lou says the poor in her country 'have a lot of things, but they don't know what to do with them because of lack of education'

Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations

'Bigger than Jonas': Edita Burgos carries torch for grieving women

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'The search is not just for Jonas but also for all victims...and if I find him, I will continue working for the disappearance of enforced disappearances'

Interview with Edita Burgos in Quezon City on August 27, 2018

Poor law implementation denies desaparecidos justice

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Hailed as comprehensive by advocates, the Anti-Enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 still faces several challenges, including lack of funding and overall improper grasp of the concept of human rights

Did Duterte have his facts right on Nayong Pilipino deal?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

President Duterte is angry over the draft contract on the NayonLanding casino resort. Was he aware of final contract details when he moved to scrap the project?

The scale model of Nayon Landing, the $ 1.5 billion Filipino-inspired integrated leisure and entertainment resort at the Entertainment City in Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The test of legacy for Chief Justice De Castro

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:14 PM

She penned the decision that convicted Joseph Estrada of plunder, and was part of the division that forfeited in favor of the government $8 million worth of Marcos Swiss bank accounts

What did lawyers, police do wrong in Makati bar raid?

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Lawyers present during police searches are guided by the following questions: Does the search team have a search warrant? If so, is it valid? If so, is the proper procedure being observed?

Anarchy of billboards in Metro Manila

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:00 PM

They are big, bright, and not very pretty. Billboards reign supreme with a new king on the rise: LEDs.

ADVERTISING. Billboards are a common sight along EDSA. Shutterstock file photo

Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Why the government is pushing for 2nd TRAIN package

Jul 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Economic managers aim to cut corporate taxes and push for a simpler fiscal incentive scheme, so what's stopping them? Two Goliaths: politics and money.

What Duterte government’s P100M subsidies can do for PGH patients

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With quicker turnover of patients, funds for medical tests, and access to free medicine in a matter of days, the Philippine General Hospital can treat more indigents

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:22 PM

How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

The women behind the fall of Alvarez

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:09 PM

How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?

The long wait to 'Zero Hunger'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill?

No 'real number' on drug rehab: Here's why

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Arrests, seizures, and killings are counted. How about Filipinos who have been saved from drug use?

NO REHAB NUMBERS? The Duterte government has no accomplishment number for all its rehabilitation efforts. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman; Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.

Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcomed the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte admin revives Arroyo policies, controversies

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'

LONG-TIME ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walk on the center aisle of Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City on January 8, 2017, as principal sponsors in a wedding ceremony. Malacañang file photo

Strong political will? Experts hit 'very slow' rollout of transportation projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:32 AM

'Transport infrastructure should be delivered as soon as possible especially now with the Build, Build, Build. But is the government ready and equipped to deliver all these plans?' asks UP Professor Dayo Montalbo as the Duterte administration marks its third year in office

The Philippine economy's health under Duterte

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Duterte in surveys: After two years, honeymoon persists

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Nearly two years' worth of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys tell different stories about President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity

Hits and misses of Duterte’s infrastructure push

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The National Economic and Development Authority has identified 75 flagship projects under the government’s Build, Build Build program. Only 7 have started construction in 2018.