The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu
Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec
The Presidential Spokesman changes his tune on at least 3 issues he championed as private lawyer – the West Philippine Sea, extrajudicial killings, and press freedom
Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?
The government has a lot to learn from Israel – a cybersecurity powerhouse – on how to protect its people from cybercrime and cyberattacks
The results of a 2017 Ipsos survey on the Perils of Perception may explain in part Filipinos' aggressiveness on social media and the quick spread of fake news
While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it
Pageant advocates respond to criticisms of sexism by insisting beauty contests empower women in more ways than one
Rappler explores the country's fixation with beauty pageants, and the debate on whether they are harmful or helpful to women
More than a year after Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidency, controversy after controversy hound members of his family, heightening the nation's fascination with them
The PNP's latest initiative, which it prepares to roll out in 2018, involves more than just strapping another gadget to cops who conduct raids and arrests
If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?
'Fire and Fury does not diminish the presidency. The occupants of the White House did this on their own with damage to their own reputations'
Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind
In this fiction piece, we get a glimpse of what the Philippines just might look like around the corner
Who failed the talks? Both the government and the communist rebels claim betrayal.
Sociologists explain why the holiday season is so widely celebrated in the country
Here are awe-inspiring stories of how 5 officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines risked their lives in the battlefield to save their missions from failure and their men from certain death
As 2017 ends, Rappler takes a look at the sacked and rejected members of the Duterte administration
(3rd UPDATE) The 2018 national budget indicates the priorities of the Duterte administration, with infrastructure, education, and the interior affairs sectors gaining the most
Official data shows that 3,993 people were killed in police operations, yet the Duterte administration refuses to tag them as extrajudicial killings. Human rights organizations say the world will not be fooled.
In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds
Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?
It's still uncertain whether Senator Leila de Lima could spend Christmas with her family, as it falls on a Monday when visitors are not allowed
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a total of 530 executive orders, proclamations, laws, and other major documents
'The chief must honestly look at her way of managing, whether she has to change her tone and practices. They need to go into the process of rebuilding trust,' says analyst Tony La Viña
If President Rodrigo Duterte is to be believed, a BIFF sub-leader may succeed Isnilon Hapilon as the top leader of the Islamic State in the entire Southeast Asia
Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.
Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region
President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.
Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin denies she forced the implementation of the controversial dengue vaccination program even if others had opposed it
Roque's first month as spokesman shows he enjoys better access to President Rodrigo Duterte than his predecessor, a boon to the media and the public
May 23, 2017 starts as a normal day for residents living on Abu Musa al-Ashari Street in Marawi City. Little do they know their street will be the site of the city's biggest crisis.
In several schools across the country, police officers trade guns for chalks as they help mold young minds to stay away from illegal drugs
Questions about the drug war and a lack of textbooks hound schools as Filipino students learn about the dangers of drugs inside the classroom
The struggle against disinformation and fake news in Southeast Asia goes hand-in-hand with the fight to keep democratic spaces online open
'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler
World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East
From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit
China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.
The Summit hosting is a 'diplomatic gift' to Duterte and a win for China
The non-interference principle that governs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leads to inaction on human rights violations rampant among its member-countries
With over 300 million monthly active Facebook users in Southeast Asia, various countries in the region, including those under military or one-party rule, have already seen how Facebook has negatively impacted their democracies
Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries
Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?
'There are only a few of us who do this. We are lawyers, we need to find ways to make the law more meaningful and closer to justice.'
Children and adults alike inside the Navotas Public Cemetery grab the opportunity to make money doing odd jobs that come with the Undas rush
They are fathers, brothers, sons, friends, and as their comrades in the PNP know them, heroes
After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?