Latest News
ARTICLE FINDER

Roque on Marcos as Duterte successor: What would Alan say?

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano is President Duterte's 'number one preference' as successor, even if he has not mentioned it in public

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#CJSearch: Is it worth appointing De Castro who has only 2 months to serve?

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Court insiders see an opportunity for Antonio Carpio to accept the nomination when De Castro retires in October

Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

Wanda Teo mistakenly calls magical Surigao river 'Enchanted Kingdom'

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The former tourism chief mixes up popular destinations twice during the Senate hearing investigating her allegedly anomalous ad placements

KINGDOM OR RIVER? Former Tourism chief Wanda Teo mistakenly calls the beautiful Enchanted River in Hinatuan as Enchanted Kingdom, a popular theme park.

Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Detained Senator Leila De Lima wants to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bong Go to play 'coach' in Stephen Baldwin movie about drugs

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The ubiquitous presidential aide will soon be seen on the big screen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a selfie with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin, and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President during a courtesy call on the President at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Manila on August 1, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mother of expelled INC member granted refugee status in Canada

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Fredisminda Menorca is the mother of Lowell Menorca II who allegedly was abducted and detained as ordered by the leadership of the influential church

'Nagparamdam si FPJ,' Grace Poe says after Arroyo speakership

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Taking off from her mother Susan Roces' 2005 statement against former president Gloria Arroyo, Senator Grace Poe says: 'Nakadalawa ka na. Ngayon pangatlo na, baka kailangan nang kalusin'

FPJ'S FAMILY. The late Fernando Poe Jr's daughter, Senator Grace Poe, says that they are not interested in having the National Artist's remains moved to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Pictured above are Grace, her mother Susan Roces and her son Brian Poe Llamanzares at the thanksgiving mass of FPJ's 77th birth anniversary. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Grace Poe

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

Why Mar Roxas' photo was in a Cabinet meeting slide

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Mar Roxas' previous statement about the lack of command and control during the Yolanda crisis is quoted during a Cabinet meeting presentation on the creation of a new disaster response agency

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

'Kill yellows' fiscal now part of DOJ panel in De Lima case

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'Kailangan namin ng may guts,' says the head of the DOJ panel on Darwin Cañete's special assignment

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. Controversial Caloocan City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete gets a special assignment to be part of the DOJ panel handling the drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Edna Batacan, defender of Arroyo, Napoles, wants to clean up Ombudsman

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The 65-year-old Batacan says she knows the Office of the Ombudsman enough to know that there is also corruption inside

OMBUDSMAN APPLICATION. Edna Batacan, a veteran defense lawyer and a sought-after counsel for high-profile public officials, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

No martial law? Police cars blast sirens in Laoag City late night patrol

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:43 PM

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, police cars patrol an empty residential street in Laoag City late at night, as part of the drive against tambays. Police have different views on the propriety of the move.

REGULAR? Sirens are only usually used by cops to part heavy traffic and only for special people and occasions. Rappler screengrab from sourced video

Sereno: Midas Marquez led the rallies against me

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:52 AM

‘Self interest is there, barkadahan is there, factionalism is there,’ ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says in an interview with Rappler

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

To annoy 'detractors,' Sara keeps mum on final 2019 plans

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'The reason I don’t say that I won’t be running for Senate is for my political detractors to feel annoyed,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in Cagayan de Oro City on June 15, 2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Funny questions during the JBC interviews

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

70-year-old retired judge and Judicial and Bar Council member Toribio Ilao gets questions from 'the Twitter' and asks a candidate why he is sporting a moustache

SLAM BOOK. Retired judge and Judicial and Bar Council member Toribio Ilao amused some Supreme Court justice nominees with his funny questions. Screengrab from SC livestream

How tough were the questions for Supreme Court justice applicants?

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The members of the Judicial and Bar Council ask nominees about freedom of expression, judicial independence, and religious freedom. However, some issues like the bloody drug war are not discussed.

Bello has a pending criminal case at Ombudsman

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:52 AM

Ombudsman candidate Silvestre Bello III has pending cases before the office he's vying a top post for

Sec. Silvestre Bello. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Estelito magic: Bong Revilla gets away with new trial delay

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The prosecution begs the Court, ‘do not be hypnotized by Revilla’s chanting of repeated arguments’

STRATEGY. Former senator Bong Revilla huddles with his legal team led by veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The ousted chief justice calls on Tindig Pilipinas to join with other forces, but Senator Hontiveros says they still have a fundamental difference with the Left

TINDIG PILIPINAS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers the key address of the biggest general assembly yet of Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition of opposition groups. Photo by Rappler

Ahead of a decision, Supreme Court removes Sereno from website

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:16 PM

At the Supreme Court’s 117th anniversary celebration, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says the public should accept Sereno’s ouster ‘because that’s how we can move on’

REMOVED. Supreme Court removes from its website ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

After Seoul kiss, Duterte expects to be scolded by daughters

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte makes no mention of the possible reaction of his longtime partner, Honeylet Avanceña, to the incident

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his hand to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as she shows a gesture of respect to her father while on board Philippine Airlines Chartered Flight PR001 on April 9, 2018. The President and his delegation are set to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 in Hainan Province, China slated until April 11, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DFA says Duterte admin made '85 diplomatic actions' – on what?

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This comes after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticized Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for supposedly filing only one protest against China

'DIPLOMATIC ACTION.' The Department of Foreign Affairs says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has undertaken 35 of 85 'diplomatic actions' since the Duterte administration began. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC warns lawyers: Disrupt oath-taking ceremony decorum, face contempt

May 30, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The warning is interpreted as a cautious move against any possible show of opposition towards the Sereno ouster

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Trillanes, Jing Paras face off at Senate

May 29, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'Ang lakas ng loob mo, kinasu-kasuhan mo ako tapos makikipagkamay ka sa akin?' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tells Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras

Piolo Pascual, JM de Guzman grace PNP's #RealNumbersPH event

May 29, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Real Numbers is campaign running for two years now, launched by the Philippine National Police to give the public what it claims to be the real count of casualties in relation to the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

GUESTS. Piolo Pascual and JM de Guzman at the #RealNumbersPH anniversary briefing. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte: Declaring martial law from Russia leaves 'dent' in my record

May 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A day before the martial law and Marawi siege anniversary, President Rodrigo Duterte says it was 'painful' for him to declare martial law from outside the country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City on May 11, 2018. Also in the photo are Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter

May 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Gordon's about-face on PCGG abolition

May 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government just 5 months ago

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

Mon Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: 'Ben to be blamed, not Wanda'

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Mon Tulfo, the eldest among siblings, breaks his silence, saying, 'I am not trying to get Wanda off the hook in a case that might constitute plunder; as I said earlier, I want people to know the inside story'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Wanda Tulfo Teo, Ramon Tulfo, and Ben Tulfo.

Robredo supporters launch #LeaveOurShadesAlone campaign

May 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, a vocal supporter of Leni Robredo, launches the social media campaign in support of the Vice President's vote-shading threshold petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

#LEAVEOURSHADESALONE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts an old photo of her kids and late husband to show her support for the social media campaign launched for her. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

Gov't office chief's partner joins board meetings?

May 09, 2018 - 10:31 AM

This is seen as a violation of a circular issued by the office itself in 2015, which commits to 'confidentiality and integrity, among others

PhilHealth's De la Serna: Rappler report on travel expenses 'not fake news'

May 08, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'Ano po ba yung lumabas na story? If it is the COA Observation Memorandum, it is documented so it's not fake news,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

CONFIDENT. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina de la Serna says she is ready to face President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the issue of her travel expenses. Photo by Rappler

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Robredo on lies: 'Bring it on'

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'I've held my peace before, trusting that truth will prevail. We can no longer let lies go unchallenged,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke of the importance of investing in human skills amid rapid technological advances and disruption, during her message at the Employers Confederation of the Philippines' 39th National Employers Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Marriot Hotel Manila in Pasay City. (Photo by OVP)

OFW rescue video that angered Kuwait came from DFA

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:23 PM

The Kuwait rescue video prompted the Kuwaiti government to summon the Philippine ambassador and hand two protest notes

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

FVR congratulates 'Mr Mogato' for Pulitzer Prize

Apr 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'This is, indeed, an outstanding achievement for any respected journalist – a reflection of the dedication, personal discipline, and hard work you put in your chosen vocation,' former president Fidel Ramos says in his congratulatory letter to veteran journalist Manny Mogato

FVR. Former president Fidel V Ramos lauds journalist Manny Mogato, whom he has known since he was defense chief. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

New PNP chief Albayalde: 'How I wish I could be like Dela Rosa'

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'Nakita mo kung gaano siya kalapit sa mga tao. How I wish I could also be like that,' Albayalde says in his first press conference

NEW CHIEF. PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler