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War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rage on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

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,

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Halfway mark: How Consultative Committee's proposed charter is shaping up

May 22, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Midway through the work of President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee, here's a look at what's in their proposed constitution so far

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'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

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

The search for the next Ombudsman

May 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'When all else fails, God forbid, please keep the institution to its minimum standard, nothing below,' Conchita Carpio Morales tells her successor

OMBUDSMAN. Conchita Carpio Morales, the 5th Philippine Ombudsman in history, will retire on July 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Resist, adapt, submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war

May 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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.

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

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

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

SATIRE VS FAKE NEWS: Can you tell the difference?

May 15, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Just what is satire – and does one escape accountability for spreading false information by using this literary genre as excuse?

Messy land ownership in Marawi complicates rehabilitation

May 15, 2018 - 8:46 AM

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.

The Supreme Court post-Sereno: Better off or not?

May 13, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Perhaps, an old torch will be finally rekindled: one which will light the way for a more vigilant citizenry that is sober, analytical, and organized enough to demand decency and a true passion for justice from all of government,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Contrary to OIC claim, PhilHealth rents housing for its officers

May 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Documents and photos contradict the claim of interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna that PhilHealth 'doesn't have a service apartment' so she has to stay in hotels

EXPLAINER: How SC majority tried to close all doors for ousted Sereno

May 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What happens to LGUs that don’t enforce the smoking ban?

May 10, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The DILG has monitored 450 cities and municipalities that are not enforcing President Duterte's Executive Order 26, but the agency has yet to file any administrative cases against officials

Tobacco-producing LGUs in Ilocos Sur fail to implement smoking ban

May 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The DILG says Candon City and Santa Cruz town have 'full compliance' with the smoking ban executive order, but Rappler's visits to the two areas show otherwise

SIGN OF SMOKERS. The front lawn of the Candon City Hall is littered with cigarette butts. All photos by Mara Cepdea/Rappler

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Next year's elections will test if President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement is the magic that can give his relatively unknown allies a fighting chance

DUTERTE MAGIC? The 2019 senatorial elections will test if the charisma of President Rodrigo Duterte's charisma will rub off on his  chosen candidates. Malacañang file photo

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former SAF chief faces plunder charges over P59.8M in unreleased allowances

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Former and current members of the Special Action Force (SAF) file charges against former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad and other finance officials over nearly two years’ worth of allowances that were not distributed to police

ELITE UNIT. SAF troopers who were deployed in Marawi get a hero's welcome at Camp  Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 25, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler traces President Rodrigo Duterte's decision-making on Boracay, from the video presentation that started it up to the Cabinet meetings where a 6-month closure was finalized

Sereno comes out swinging in SC orals: Did it help her?

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:19 PM

If Sereno was sending a message of strength to her supporters with her performance in the oral arguments, then the justices were trying to send a message too, either to the public, or the Senate

WALANG ATRASAN. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells her supporters "walang atrasan! (no giving up)" as she greeted them outside the Supreme Court in Baguio City after the oral arguments on the quo warranto petition against her on April 10, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN CHARTS: How deadly are Metro Manila roads?

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:09 PM

An MMDA study reveals that 4 in every 100,000 Filipinos died due to road crashes in Metro Manila in 2017

CRASH. Rescuers attend injured victims inside a vehicle during the #MMShakeDrill in June 2016. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

PNP Academy beatings: Tradition turning into tragedy

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Rappler interviews alumni from different batches of the PNP Academy, revealing how a treasured tradition recently wound up as tragedy

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

Tug-of-war between Evasco, NFA's Aquino continues

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.

Introducing the new Bong Go: Media-shy to media-savvy

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The presidential aide, who had shunned the spotlight and hated being quoted by press, has been giving media interviews and even honored a speaking engagement

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Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

Jabidah and Merdeka: The inside story

Mar 18, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The officers who participated in the Jabidah massacre have not fully come clean. In the end, it may have left a legacy of lying and cover-up in the military.

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Is the Philippines in step with Russian online propaganda warfare?

Mar 10, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The same techniques detailed in Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump indictment are pervasive here and have accomplished the same goal as the Russians': sow discord

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

Can a psych report be used in the Sereno impeachment?

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:30 PM

A clinical psychologist says psychological assessments – in the case of candidate Rodrigo Duterte then and Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno now – should only be used for their intended purpose

From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Rappler looks into all the instances when Malacañang restricted the access of reporters covering the Palace beat and compares them with President Duterte's recent order

Bots, Assange, an alliance: Has Russian propaganda infiltrated the Philippines?

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) A Russian-linked Twitter account used to interfere in polls in Spain is now tweeting exclusively about the Philippines – one of several disturbing developments that may suggest Kremlin propaganda in the country

Senate probe exposes root of frigates deal mess

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise

PACKED ROOM. The Senate Session Hall was packed with supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

De Lima says no regrets in love, no fear of death

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'I fell in love. I fell out of love. We were happy for a time,' says Senator Leila de Lima about Ronnie Dayan, her former lover turned accuser

ONE YEAR. The photo taken a year ago on February 23, 2017, during Senator Leila de Lima's press conference after an arrest warrant was issued against her. File Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

De Lima: One year of living and surviving in jail

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:16 AM

A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic has learned to live the life she said she does not deserve – with the help of her family, friends, and cats

FIRST YEAR IN JAIL. Senator Leila de Lima has learned to live with life she says she does not deserve, after being imprisoned for alleged drug trafficking charges.

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

Sereno tries to balance self-defense, healing wounds in SC

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces battles inside and outside the Supreme Court

Gwen Garcia and the Balili property: A tale of two controversies

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu

EMBATTLED. The former governor and current deputy speaker faces yet another controversy over her stint as Cebu governor. File photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

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

Online influencer culture and politics: What happens when the two meet?

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Digital influencers as endorsers of brands are nothing new. But what happens when a politician is the product?

Can the Philippine gov't protect you from revenge porn, hackers?

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The government has a lot to learn from Israel – a cybersecurity powerhouse – on how to protect its people from cybercrime and cyberattacks

Why worry about Filipinos online being 'most ignorant'?

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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

COPS AND ROGUES. Research by a Filipino sociology graduate student suggests trolls can act as both rogues and cops online.