Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?
In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online
It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person
(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
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.
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 does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.
How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?
To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill?
Arrests, seizures, and killings are counted. How about Filipinos who have been saved from drug use?
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.
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'
'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
President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?
'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?'
The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within
(UPDATED) Nearly two years' worth of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys tell different stories about President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity
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.
With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10
Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University
The presidential aide gives away an ambulance, branded shoes, and smartphones – all from private supporters. His face and name are displayed in giant and expensive billboards. Is he violating any rules?
Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut or P89.878 million in airing cost for tourism segments, while documents show Bitag is also entitled to production cost
(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.
Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea
The proposed charter creates a powerful Federal Transition Commission which, according to a Con-Com member, lacks safeguards against abuse
The Department of Tourism says foreign visitor arrivals still grew in May despite the closure of Boracay as they went to other destinations in the country
The Consultative Committee's draft constitution is just one step in a long arduous process towards revising the Constitution and shifting to a federal system of government
EXCLUSIVE: A complete copy of the draft constitution includes an entirely new article on 'National Security and Public Order.' Here are highlights of each article.
President Rodrigo Duterte's practice of hurling shocking insults at his critics has been a defining feature of his governance style. He has used it to control discourse, destroy the reputation of his enemies, and strike fear in those who would dissent.
The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.
Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police introduces a pattern: reinstating cops who have been dismissed, accused of wrongdoing or dragged into scandals
(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office
Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice
Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda – or 'Madame' – is the first openly transgender cop in the Philippine National Police. She handles criminal probes at the Quezon City Police District.
The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office
(UPDATED) Privacy experts warn that maintaining a record history in what could otherwise be a beneficial identification system may pave the way for 'dataveillance'
Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.
From October 2017 to May 2018, the Philippine National Police counts 880 killings carried out by motorcycle-riding shooters
Executives of one Chinese company even got to present their proposed reclamation project in Manila Bay during a full Cabinet meeting, Rappler learned
Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has 2 contracts with the House of Representatives and 2 with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation
The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida
Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza
Midway through the work of President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee, here's a look at what's in their proposed constitution so far
'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
'When all else fails, God forbid, please keep the institution to its minimum standard, nothing below,' Conchita Carpio Morales tells her successor
Officials of the barangay, the smallest government unit in the Philippines, are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since mid-2016. Barangay officials have the power to decide on who lives, who survives; whether to submit to orders, to resist or to adapt.
Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison
In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion
Just what is satire – and does one escape accountability for spreading false information by using this literary genre as excuse?
The government creates an adjudication board – the Land Dispute Arbitration Committee (LDAC) – to address concerns arising from the large-scale land titling program. There are many ways it could turn into a nightmare.