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Will Dela Rosa get another term extension?

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte can extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa up to January 21, 2019

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bam Aquino, wife welcome 2nd daughter on Valentine's Day

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Best Valentine's Day gift!' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on the birth of his second daughter Consuelo Victoria or 'Coco'

Photo from Aquino's Facebook accout

Gatchalian’s Feb 14 'hugot': No Happy Valentine's Day for me since 2008

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian makes the self-deprecating joke as part of his Valentine's Day greeting during a Senate hearing

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian

Duterte admits sharing table with 'golf course' syndicate

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he knows and interacts with members of a syndicate abusing the public bidding system. What will he do about them?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Custom at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mothers of Dengvaxia kids confront Garin after House probe

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The women would later admit to media that none of their children died but had reportedly fallen ill after vaccination

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin attend a House probe into alleged anomalies in the procurement of dengue vaccines by the Philippine government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why did PNP buy bomb-sniffing dogs instead of body cameras?

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Body cameras seem to be the more logical purchase, so why did the PNP opt to get dogs instead?

PUPS PRIORITIZED. The PNP presents newly acquired K-9 dogs in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Calida as the next Ombudsman? 'No comment'

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Senator Richard Gordon jokes about Solicitor General Jose Calida's rumored next post

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Mocha Uson's Milan trip with Cayetano

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano again requests the presence of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in an official trip abroad

Duterte to Sandra Cam: Stop fighting PCSO GM Balutan

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:53 PM

'Sandra, kaibiganin mo na ‘yan si Balutan. Huwag mo na awayin,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the lady PCSO board member

Duterte says he told Aung San Suu Kyi: Ignore criticism on human rights

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Philippine leader says he 'pities' the democracy icon, who now faces criticism for her silence on the persecution of the Rohingya

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi prior to the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel's marriage with ex-wife now annulled

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Rappler gets confirmation from a source privy to the information, who also says the decision was released this week

NEW LEADERS. It's now official. After months of talks, Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III is now the Senate President of the 17th Congress. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rapple

Duterte frustrated with int'l summits: 'They can't accomplish anything'

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'Kung ganito lang naman, so what’s the use of meeting just once a year?' asks President Rodrigo Duterte about international summits

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is assisted by the members of his cabinet as he prepares to preside over the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Republic of Korea Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Lacson praises 'elevated level of discourse' at Senate Cha-Cha hearing

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'I can’t help but say, I’m proud to be a member of this Senate,' says the senator

'ELEVATED DISCOURSE.' Senator Panfilo Lacson (second from left) praises his colleagues and resource persons as the Senate resumes deliberations on proposals for Charter Change. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

Sereno, staff flew business while Marquez stayed in economy

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The story is related to an accusation against Sereno for being supposedly lavish in her official travels

Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Do you wish Gigi Reyes to be freed?’ and other questions for Enrile

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Not seen as often in public, reporters at the Sandiganbayan ask former senator Juan Ponce Enrile about martial law in Mindanao, his secret to staying strong at 93, and whether he wants freedom for former aide Gigi Reyes

DUO. Marcos-time executives Juan Ponce Enrile and Estelito Mendoza attend a hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, where the former is facing plunder charges over the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte’s birthday wish for Alvarez: 'I hope you're married for the last time’

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his wish for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the 60th birthday bash of his good friend and ally

ALLIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who turned 60 on January 10, 2018, welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte to his birthday celebration in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Photo from Malacañang

Roque says reduction in PCOO personnel, not tiff with Andanar, caused transcript delay

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The contracts of some PCOO personnel, including those belonging to a transcribing division, are not renewed this year because the country is no longer the host of ASEAN

Detained De Lima wants to learn how to paint

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is taking on new hobbies to cope with her daily struggles inside detention

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Senator Leila de Lima speaks during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the Jack Lam bribery scandal at the Senate on January 23, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Civil union for same-sex couples, ugly, rich people – Speaker Alvarez

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The Speaker says, 'Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property…karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo'

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues to defend two laws he wants Congress to pass. File photo

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte 'from one sorrow to another' as 2017 comes to a close

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Subukan lang ho namin to fast track everything. You can be very sure of that,' Duterte tells all those affected by tragedies and calamities

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte consoles the relatives of one of the victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall Davao upon hearing the news that their loved ones may have zero chance of survival as the fire inside the mall continues to rage as of dawn of December 24, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Martial law in PJs, Trump and Honeylet: Behind the scenes in Malacañang 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:07 PM

What's the funny backstory to how Duterte's martial law proclamation was drafted? Which world leader was Bong Go's most memorable selfie partner? What did Duterte think about Trump's long handshake with Honeylet Avanceña?

Paolo Duterte deactivates official Facebook account

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Shortly after his resignation as Davao City vice mayor, the presidential son shuts down the Facebook account where he earlier posted a furious message addressed to his daughter

After ‘inspection trip,’ congressmen conclude: We need cleaner public toilets

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:26 PM

More than 9 months after an 11-day trip to tourist spots, lawmakers adopt a resolution calling for cleaner public restrooms in transportation terminals

Duterte pokes fun at Trump, Medvedev eating habits during ASEAN dinner

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM

US President Donald Trump turned his salad into 'little mountains' on his plate while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ate everything on his plate without paying heed to his security, shares Duterte about his ASEAN dinner tablemates

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte clinks glasses with US President Donald Trump after the Philippine President proposed a toast during the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines for the for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. Joining the President is his partner Honeylet. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who are behind Trending News Portal?

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:29 PM

For people in their 20s, the brothers Fernando, Ken, and Mark Anthony Hicban seem to have achieved a lot already

Photos from Mark Hicban and Twinmark Media's Facebook page.

Morales asks for forgiveness in last Christmas with Ombudsman staff

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Morales makes light of the unendorsed impeachment complaint filed against her

Photo by OMB-PIMRB

Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

ACT Teachers Rep mad over tax reform ‘railroading’ as PDP-Laban ‘parties’

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:36 AM

Representative Antonio Tinio questioned how can the House ratify the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill when only a handful were in the session hall because most PDP-Laban members were in a party

A HANDFUL. Screenshot of session at the time TRAIN was ratified.

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte teases Bebot Bello, go ahead, run for senator

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The President says he has no problem with his Labor Secretary and longtime friend Silvestre Bello III seeking a Senate seat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recognizes the sacrifice of the overseas Filipino workers citing that they have contributed greatly in making the lives of their families and the Filipinos better in his message to the arriving OFWs during the Pamaskong Salubong Para sa OFWs at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga on December 7, 2017. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gadon on drug war: If I were President, I’d kill more

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Gadon says he's considering running for the Senate again in 2019 because ‘a lot of people are pushing me’

Marquez in Gadon’s birthday bash? ‘Explain your friendship'

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

'Their association is eerily too close to gloss over,' says Jojo Lacanilao, Sereno's spokesperson

'NOT REALLY FRIENDS.' Larry Gadon denies Midas Marquez attended his birthday bash and said the Court Administrator is "not really his friend." Photo from Vivian Velez' Facebook Page

2017 Bar questions copied from past exams?

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Legal Education Board (LEB) Chairman Emerson Aquende, however, says 'there is nothing wrong with repeating test questions'

Who is the most 'doting' Philippine Commander-in-Chief?

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers what he believes to be the correct answer during a visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, where he is joined by Hollywood actor Steven Seagal

GIFT-GIVING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his wrist watch to a soldier who celebrated his birthday during the President's visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, on December 1, 2017. Presidential Photo

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

IN PHOTOS: Shirts Duterte supporters wore at the RevGov rally

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Have you heard of the SWORD – Sincere Warriors of Rodrigo Duterte?

Dela Rosa on his first Supreme Court appearance: 'Hindi emotional'

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Hindi emotional, wala masyadong emotions dito,' says the PNP chief after the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

CONFIDENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug opeations. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senators exchange green jokes during debate on cosmetic surgery tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Mr President, Senator [Richard] Gordon wants the exclusion of certain procedures which are related to his name,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says in jest, referring to Gordon's nickname

Mocha in PDP-Laban slate? Alvarez has long admired her – Pimentel

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:41 PM

'Matagal na siyang humahanga kay Mocha,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says jokingly

Mocha Uson's Senate qualification? ‘Genuine heart for Filipinos,’ says Alvarez

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general, says he believes Mocha Uson, who has 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 'would be a very good candidate'

PDP-LABAN BET? Mocha Uson speaks to the crowd present at an April 2017 'Palit Bise' rally at the Quirino Grandstand. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Premier Li tells Philippine media, China welcomes you

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:39 AM

In his visit to Manila, Premier Li Keqiang asks Filipino reporters to make a 'historic contribution' by writing positive things about China-Philippine relations

People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang reacts while discussing matters with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his cabinet during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Zubiri addresses Dela Rosa as ‘Senator Bato’

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:22 PM

'Kahapon niloloko po namin siya na may nakahanda nang upuan sa Senado para sa kaniya,' says Senator Zubiri

SENATOR. Juan Miguel Zubiri says senators have joked that a seat has been saved for teh top cop. Rappler file photo

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Harry Roque bids social media (temporary) goodbye

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Starting November 16, the Presidential Spokesperson's Twitter and Facebook accounts will be handled by PCOO staff

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The many ways ASEAN chair Duterte asked media to leave the room

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

From asking cameramen to 'disappear' to saying the ASEAN Secretariat 'does not like' them, here are the ways President Rodrigo Duterte requested media to let country leaders discuss matters in private

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Squeals, selfies: Trudeau mania hits even gov't officials

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:07 PM

An official from the Presidential Communications Office is seen taking the Canadian Prime Minister's water glass – which he used when he spoke at the podium – and declares she would take it home

ROCK STAR? Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts selfie requests from government staff and ushers. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: Trump flashes 'thumbs up' in photo-op with PH police chief

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The PNP chief, who was once the de facto head of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war, meets the US president

US, PH RELATIONS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and US President Donald Trump meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in manila. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page