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What made the House deliver its promised P13-M bounty for Batocabe's killers?

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers need to be reminded of their pledge to help attain justice for their slain colleague, says Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez

QUEST FOR JUSTICE. In this file photo, the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe speaks during a plenary session on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Term-sharing or graceful exit for Andaya as House majority leader?

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro claims there is a 'gentlemen's understanding' between him and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BYE, BYE MAJO? Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is said to be stepping down as House Majority Leader to give way to Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What made Duterte suspect Bacolod top cop Ebreo of drug links?

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

President Duterte claims Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo demonstrated 'strange behavior' that indicated he was at the very least a 'protector cop'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interviews one of the witnesses of the Batocabe Murder Case along with Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, at the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on January 15, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marijuana patch eases pain for Arroyo

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis which causes pain on her spine

PRO-MARIJUANA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an advocate for medical marijuana. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Why Duterte assistant Michael Dino's chopper landed at Ultra

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler has gathered that the chopper didn't have the permission to land on the track of the Philsports Arena

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Gloria Arroyo’s New Year message may ring truer than others

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:19 AM

'Let us greet the new year with gratitude to God for all His blessings,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has so many things to be thankful for in 2018

COMEBACK. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a political comeback in 2018, when she took over the House leadership from Pantaleon Alvarez, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Arroyo's office

Duterte 'confesses' he molested their maid as a teen

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte bares details of the supposed incident before a large crowd in Kidapawan City, as he attacked the Catholic Church for its 'abuses'

'CONFESSION'. In a speech in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, on December 29, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte told the audience that he molested their family maid as a teenager. Presidential Photo

Duterte alluding to Maria Ressa Time cover? ‘Inyo na ‘yan’

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Time of the what, Time of the magazine, Time – ‘Woman of the Century’ and all, inyo na ‘yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte spares time for a one-on-one interview with various media outlets in Malacañang Palace on December 29. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

‘There’s a time for everything,’ says removed PH Air Force chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

What exactly led to the removal of Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar ahead of his retirement in January 2020?

OUTGOING. Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar is leaving his post 13 months ahead of his retirement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

What do Leni Robredo and Jollibee have in common?

Dec 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo finds herself in the company of several firms, a dead bishop, 'mutant' groups, and even the Philippines' top fast-food chain, among others, all supposedly bound by the same objective

'BUDDIES'. Vice President Leni Robredo and her 'friend' Jollibee, at the inauguration of the the opening of a Jollibee branch along in Naga in March 2017. Photo from OVP

Camarines Norte mayor laments 'disappointing' federalism roadshow in Albay

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Jose Panganiban town Mayor Ricarte Padilla says the speakers failed to meet the basic expectation of the participants, some of whom traveled for over 5 hours to attend the event

ANTI-CORRUPTION CHIEF. Dante Jimenez, Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, addresses the 2nd convention on federalism in Legazpi, Albay, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:36 PM

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back

Not to be outdone by Sara, Duterte raises Malacañang Christmas bonus

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the Office of the President's Christmas bonus to P50,000 after being told by his daughter Sara that she gave her Davao City staff the same amount

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings a song after leading the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony of the Office of the President (OP) at the Kalayaan Grounds in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Also in the photo is Presidential Daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China's surveillance system coming to the Philippines?

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Huawei wants to know what you like to eat, where you want to go, to secure your safety,' says an official of the Chinese tech giant

LOOK: Senate suspends session for U.P. vs Adamson do-or-die game

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Eleven senators are alumni of the University of the Philippines

Photo from Senator Zubiri

Ex-speaker Alvarez, girlfriend celebrate daughter's christening

Nov 23, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Some of the former speaker's colleagues in the House of Representatives were present, including Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres Gomez

NOT A SECRET. Ousted speaker Pantaleon Alvarez beside his girlfriend Jennifer Maliwanag Vicencio. Screenshot from Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas' Instagram profile

Gordon warns BOC’s Guerrero: Beware of ‘treacherous’ customs

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator shows newly-appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero a photo of PDEA officials partying with an ex-cop supposedly involved in billion-peso shabu shipments

WARNING. Senator Richard Gordon gives newly appointed BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero words of advise. Photo of Rey by Darren Langit, Photo of Gordon by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What can bring Cayetano and Arroyo together? Xi Jinping

Nov 21, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appear to be friendly after the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping

ALL SMILES. Once rivals, former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano greets House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:53 AM

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States says it is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Did Grace Poe tap Marcos 'social media strategist' Franco Mabanta as consultant?

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The office of Senator Grace Poe denies that she enlisted the services of self-proclaimed social media strategist Franco Mabanta

CLIENT? The office of Senator Grace Poe denies getting the service of Franco Mabanta, the 'social media strategist' of Bongbong Marcos. Photo from Franco Mabanta's Instagram

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

Back-to-back win? 'Intimidated' Pacquiao speaks at Oxford, Cambridge

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Senator Manny Pacquiao talks about his rags-to-riches story and his political plans before students of two prestigious universities in the United Kingdom

SPEECH. Senator Manny Pacquiao delivers his message before students of the University of Oxford. Photo from Jinkee Pacquiao's Instagram

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

Enrile's profession in his COC for senator: 'Businesswoman'

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

It takes some correction fluid to eventually get it right

'BUSINESSWOMAN.' Juan Ponce Enrile's original certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator lists 'businesswoman' as his profession on the right side of the form. His team later amends this to 'businessman.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Quiboloy lawyer eyed as Bong Go replacement in Malacañang

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Davao City lawyer Charmalou Aldevera, a friend of presidential son Paolo Duterte, is being considered to take over the functions of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Before filing COC, Dela Rosa waits for 'lucky' 11 am

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:42 PM

‘Wala namang masama kung maniwala ka sa feng shui, 'di ba?’ asks senatorial bet Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa as he filed his certificate of candidacy or COC

WITH FAMILY. Former Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa with daughter Marian (left) and wife Nancy, during the filing of his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 12, 2018 at the Commission on Elections office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Resignation? Cayetano posts cryptic photo with Duterte

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'God works in mysterious ways!' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano a day before President Rodrigo Duterte announced Cayetano will run for Congress

MEETING DUTERTE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano posts this photo on Facebook on October 8, 2018, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is resigning. Photo courtesy of Secretary Cayetano

DOTr depicts Bertiz as 'hot-headed' passenger during security checks

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:35 PM

It appears that the Department of Transportation is not taking any of ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz' excuses over the airport security controversy

SECURITY CHECK. Department of Transportation posts a cartoon showing security check reminders. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Bertiz hospitalized due to 'stress' over viral NAIA video

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The chief of staff of ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says the latter underwent angioplasty surgery last year

HOSPITALIZED. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz during a press conference on October 01, 2018 regarding his viral video at NAIA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Brownout hits Department of Energy budget hearing

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Lights go off for about 4 minutes

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

Meet the other family members at Trillanes' homecoming

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Furry members of the Trillanes family steal the spotlight from the opposition senator

HOME AT LAST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is met by his dog, Bruno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes: I'm coming home

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:26 PM

'Lalasapin natin ang ating temporary victory with friends and family,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HOMEWARD BOUND. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is finally going home after 3 weeks in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes says he has no special request if jailed

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The mutineer-turned-senator says he will surrender to authorities when the time comes: 'We are prepared for the worst. Yayakapin ko 'yang eventuality na 'yan.'

PREPARED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is prepared for the worst to come. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmaker’s joke to engineers: Say you know Bong Go or no PRC license

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:07 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz apologizes for his 'inappropriate' remark

ADMIN ALLIES. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz does and Special Assistant to the President bong Go does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Bertiz's Facebook account

How Trillanes' own batch mate arrested him at the Senate

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and his arresting officer, Senior Superintendent Rogelio Simon go way back

BATCH MATES. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV belongs to PMA Batch 1995, while Senior Superintendent Rogelio Simon hails from the PNPA Batch 1995. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Strength as a candidate? 'Beauty,' jokes Nancy Binay

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Turning serious, Senator Nancy Binay says she is surprised that she consistently ranks in the Top 12 amid corruption allegations against her and her family

Enrile's 'ambush': Real or not?

Sep 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Juan Ponce Enrile himself had admitted that his 'ambush' in 1972 was 'staged' to justify the declaration of Martial Law. Yet he later retracted that claim.

JPE. Juan Ponce Enrile talks to Ferdinand Marcos Jr in a two-part video entitled 'JPE: A Witness to History'.

Enrile claims opposition to 'military junta' drove him to leave Ferdinand Marcos

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile also tells Bongbong Marcos that he didn't know the dictator was sick, even though he served the Marcos regime for 20 years

'WITNESS TO HISTORY'. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews Juan Ponce Enrile, former defense minister of his father. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

Koko Pimentel's wedding ninongs: Duterte, Bong Go, Sotto, Pacquiao

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will marry fiancée Anna Kathryna Yu on October 18, 2018, at the Coconut Palace

U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, however, refuses to confirm or deny the visit

Sen. Trillanes with Tindig Pilipinas convenors. A prayer was offered by former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Also present is entertainer Leah Navarro. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On eve of Ompong landfall, Cagayan officials tour Palace upon Bong Go invite

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) Go clarifies on Saturday, September 15, that he invited them two weeks ago, way before Typhoon Ompong, and they proceeded with the trip despite his advice against it

Cagayan mayors in Palace. Sourced Photo

Trillanes changes mind, won't leave Senate just yet

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says it is 'more prudent' to just stay in his Senate office, his sanctuary for over a week now

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV tells the senate media that he is not leaving the senate due to the threat of the AFP that he will be arrested once he leaves the senate premises. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dela Rosa's advice to Trillanes? Go home

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Wala naman talagang order na hulihin siya. Wala pang warrant,' says former Philippine National Police chief and now Bureau of Corrections head Ronald dela Rosa

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as new member of PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque signed statement urging amnesty for Trillanes, other mutineers in 2010

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The statement urges then-president Benigno Aquino III to grant amnesty to the soldiers as they already 'suffered the consequences of their actions' and 'paid their dues'

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Malacañang power vacuum looms as 2019 candidacy filing nears

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:33 PM

At least 3 Palace officials, including presidential aide Bong Go, are reportedly running for senator in 2019. If they file COCs early October, they'll be resigning from their posts.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledges the presence of Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President as he delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Roque told people not to vote for 'self-professed murderer' Duterte

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Way back when, lawyer Harry Roque urged people to oppose Rodrigo Duterte's presidential candidacy 'because the right to life is the most important of all'

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No warrant vs Trillanes yet, Makati court says records kept in 'bodega'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The entire case record of rebellion charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes is being kept in a warehouse in Mayapis Street, Makati City

NO DECISION. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda says no decision will be made today regarding DOJ's petition against Senator Trillanes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler