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Malacañang aspirations? 'Not until I have a mascot,' quips Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Natawa ako doon sa statement,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in response to the comment of top cop Ronald dela Rosa that she has presidential ambitions as early as now

TOO MUCH WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo says she has too much work to think about anything other than her anti-poverty program. Photo by OVP

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From resignation to impeachment: Chairman Bautista's longest day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Andres Bautista's resignation – effective in December 2017 yet – does not stop legislators from voting in favor of his impeachment

IMPEACHED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is impeached on the same day he announces his resignation effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At charter amendments hearing, legislators berate CHR for UN reports

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:16 AM

'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice

DISCOURTESY? The CHR is grilled as a House panel tackles possible revisions to the Constitution. Rappler photo

Oops! PH uses Taiwan logo in event to thank China

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Ironically, the event was to mark a 'new era' of ties between the Philippine and Chinese militaries following years of tension over control of the West Philippine Sea

WRONG LOGO. The Philippine Department of National Defense uses the logo of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense in event with China. Rappler photo

Is it 2019 yet? Speaker Alvarez tells Bacolod to vote 12-0 in senatorial race

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Speaker administers the oath of more than 2,000 Negrenses who have joined the administration's PDP-Laban

SHOW OF FORCE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the oath-taking rites of the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the University Negros Occidental-Recoletos gymnasium in Bacolod City, Thursday, October 5. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:18 PM

'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Guwapo pala kayo sa personal,' Mocha Uson tells Trillanes in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'Baka i-atras ko na kaso ko. Konti na lang bola,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

FACE OFF. Senator Antonio Trillanes and blogger turned Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson face each other during the Senate hearing on fake news.

Why Honeylet Avanceña had lunch with Melania Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Long-time partner of the President, Honeylet Avanceña says the dinner with Melania Trump was 'non-political' but she ends up talking about Marawi and Duterte himself

FIRST LADY. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte with his spouse, Honeylet Avancena before the ASEAN gala night at Sofitel Hotel on April 29, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

Pacquiao defends 'call me anytime' comment on vlogger's live video

Sep 28, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao says he has already forgiven people putting malice into his comments on women's videos, adding that 'only God can judge them'

COMMENTS. Senator Manny Pacquiao defends his comment once again on a woman's Instagram live video. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pacquiao says 'no malice' in comments on 22-year-old Arzaylea's live video

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:01 PM

'Lahat naman puwedeng makipag-usap sa amin. Wala namang malisya doon,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon admits he recommend the appointment of his former executive assistant and legal staff member to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)

Photo from SBMA Director Benny Antiporda's Facebook

CJ Sereno's band of lawyers in her impeachment case

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The lawyer-spokespersons are all volunteers, according to lawyer Carlo Cruz

BAND OF LAWYERS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's lawyers face the media on September 25, 2017 after they filed a verified answer before the House of Representatives hearing her impeachment case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Only 2 Comelec commissioners congratulate Bautista after impeach complaint junked

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00 PM

'Basta ano, dalawa nag-text sa 'kin ng congratulations. 'Di ko na sasabihin [kung sino],' says Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista

Duterte's constant musings on death, resignation

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:40 AM

In recent speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte displays a preoccupation with mortality and quitting the presidency. But to what end?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assures the victims of the fire that broke out in Barangay San Miguel, Manila that they willl receive cash assistance worth P5,000 during his visit at the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in the same barangay on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

What's Mocha Uson doing at UN General Assembly in New York?

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is included in the Philippine delegation to the UN event which is not attended by President Rodrigo Duterte nor PCOO chief Martin Andanar

Manny Pacquiao challenges Aegis Juris fratmen to a fistfight

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:29 PM

'Alam nyo yung mga ganun, yun ang mga duwag eh. Nambubugbog na walang kalaban laban. Kung hindi lang masama, pwede ko sila hamunin, Mr President,' says the world boxing champion

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

UST Law dean Divina insists he's not an active member of Aegis Juris

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Despite a photo of him with members of Aegis Juris, UST law dean Nilo Divina says he has not been actively participating in the fraternity's activities

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Legislators explain yes, no, abstain, non-votes for slashed CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:56 PM

How did your representative explain his or her stand on the controversial move to slash the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000?

SLASH THE BUDGET. Legislators in favor of slashing the CHR budget stand to be recognized during viva voce voting on September 12, 2017. Screengrab from the House livestream

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics

Paolo Duterte's ex-wife Lovelie among President's guests in Malacañang

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED Yet President Rodrigo Duterte claims he hasn t seen for the last 10 years Lovelie Sumera whose family s ukay ukay business gave rise to suspicions that Paolo Duterte is a smuggler

Anti-Marcos legislators invited to Marcos birth centennial

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Two lawmakers – one a former student activist during the Marcos era and the other the brother of a desaparecido — are invited to the late dictator s birth centennial celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS HEIRS. The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos invites decidedly anti-Marcos legislators to their patriarch's 100th birthday. File photo from Marcos video

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:57 PM

From being recognized as the best in Metro Manila the Caloocan Police have now become the most controversial Will they be able to turn the situation around?

AWARDED. Caloocan City Police Station is visited by residents. Rappler file photo

Beyond Senate probes: The bond between 'Doroy' and Risa Hontiveros

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

You know me you know me personally your honor the PNP chief tells the senator whose late husband was his classmate in the PMA

'86 MISTAHS. Senator Risa Hontiveros and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa share a light moment before they officially took on their current posts. Photo from Risa Hontiveros' Twitter account

PNP chief Dela Rosa's next target? Police with bulging tummies

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The chief of the Philippine National Police says the extra pounds are proof of lack of discipline and poor training

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa scolds the Angeles City police involved in a tokhang for ransom operation on a Korean national during his site visit at the Camp Tomas Pepito in Angeles City, Pampanga province on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How the war renamed the bridges in Marawi

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:09 AM

3 bridges separate the battle area from the so called safe zone – and they have been getting new names as the war progresses

CHR's Gascon held at Malaysian airport for 6 hours

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:41 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon denies that the incident was rooted in the tense situation between him and the Philippine government

Aguirre hits 7,000 drug war death figure, but uses it anyway

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Your honor more or less this is a correct figure says Aguirre of Rappler s number of deaths related to the drug war which he earlier criticized

DRUG WAR NUMBERS. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confers with his officials during the budget hearing conducted vy the Senate Committee on Finance on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Who is the real Tita Nanie? 3 out of 4 names stricken off the list

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED Customs broker and fixer Mark Ruben Taguba says Nani Cabato is the alleged real Tita Nanie

Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera during the blue ribbon committee hearing on P 6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China on the Bureau of Customs in Senate. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s son Paolo and son in law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie

Why Jovie Espenido can't be Iloilo's chief of police

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Chief Inspector Espenido is given an officer in charge position because his current rank is not in keeping with requirements for a city as big as Iloilo

OIC ONLY. Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs. Rappler screengrab.

'Imelda Marcos wanted to return 7,000 tons of gold to PH'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Once upon a time the Iron Butterfly admitted to a long time political foe that she wanted to return 7 000 tons of gold to the Philippines

CHIT-CHAT WITH IMELDA. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza recalls a rather surprising conversation with the former first lady. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

'A little bit awkward': De Lima recalls Pimentel visit

Aug 27, 2017 - 7:40 PM

We had a bit of kamustahan and focused more on the legislative agenda not much on my condition inside detention says Senator Leila de Lima

Duterte offered DSWD post to senator 'long before' Taguiwalo CA rejection

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The President hinted at a lady senator that he is considering her to replace Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary

The President then proceeded to meet with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo at the same room. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

As Uber hits the brakes, TNC applicants eye share of riders

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

At stake is a demand of 300 000 phone booked trips per day the LTFRB estimates

WAITING. UBER office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Former mutineer Alejano explains why Faeldon is no longer Magdalo

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The embattled BOC commissioner once asked Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano s help in reforming the Customs He declined

MAGDALO. Representative Gary Alejano represents Magdalo in the House of Representatives. Rappler file photo

Why Duterte can't appoint AFP chief Año as next DILG chief

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:41 AM

The law explicitly prohibits a retired or resigned military or police official from being DILG secretary at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

AFP CHIEF. General Eduardo Año (right) can't be DILG as President Rodrigo Duterte (left) intended. File photo

Philippine News Agency's story on labor dep't uses Dole pineapple logo

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED In its latest mistake the beleaguered PNA uses the wrong logo in its story about the Department of Labor and Employment s pay rules for holidays

THE WRONG DOLE. This screenshot, taken at 9:35 pm, shows the logo of the Dole Food Company in a story about the Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment.

Jovie Espenido's secret to fighting crime? His faith

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Every time the clock strikes 7 Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido s cops band together inside their office not for an operation briefing but to read the bible

A president mediating a marital conflict? 'It's my job,' says Duterte

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Does he think the complaints about Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista affect his 2016 victory? President Duterte says I ve already taken my oath

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma: Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi' ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 25, 2017, reassures the families of the law enforcers that he will raise a P50-billion trust fund to cover the educational expense for their children. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Justice Mendoza, Duterte's frat brother, off to JBC?

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval Gutierrez term at the JBC expired in July and she stays on hold over capacity until her replacement is named by the President

JBC AFTER SC? Retiring Associate Justice Jose Mendoza attends his last flag ceremony at the Supreme Court (SC) on August 7, 2017. Photo by SC PIO's Twitter page

Sereno impeachment case: Publicity first, documents later

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

VACC and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution send a letter request to the SC for copies of court orders and resolutions two days after filing a complaint before the House Secretary General

Bothered by online backlash? DOTr asks if Grab, Uber hired PR firm, trolls

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The LTFRB had been bashed maligned Did any of the two hire ad agencies using minions and all the other to bash the LTFRB? DOTr Assistant Secretary for commuter affairs Elvira Medina asks in a Senate hearing

Grace Poe, husband to marry again after nearly 3 decades

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Neil Llamanzares proposed to Senator Grace Poe on their 26th wedding anniversary on Thursday July 27

Photo from Brian Llamanzares' Instagram account

Duterte hits Teddy Casiño for past 'arrogant' behavior

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Ikaw Teddy yung ulo mo sobrang laki says President Rodrigo Duterte in the middle of a rant against the Left