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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

LOOK: Arroyo gives birthday cakes to House journalists

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez sing 'Happy Birthday' to journalists covering the House and celebrating their birthdays

GREETINGS FORM GMA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stands beside House journalists who are celebrating their birthdays on July to September. Photo courtesy of Perfecto Camero

Robredo’s email address gets spoofed

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa receives a message from what pretended to be one of Vice President Leni Robredo's official email addresses, which goes, 'Fuck you Dilawans :D'

SPOOFING. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa suspects something was amiss after receiving a foul message from one of the Office of the Vice President email addresses.

Robredo’s daughter Jillian off to study in New York University

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:37 AM

A Philippine Science High School graduate, Jillian Robredo will be pursuing her college degree at New York University with a full scholarship

OFF TO COLLEGE. Jillian Robredo (1st from R) is hugged by her older sisters Aika and Tricia before she flies to New York, United States on August 23, 2018. Photo from Tricia Robredo's Instagram

What if Ninoy Aquino met Leila de Lima? Noynoy jokes about their chat

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III imagines a conversation between his father and Senator Leila de Lima, both of whom were jailed by sitting presidents

ICON. Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr was regarded as the staunchest opponent of the dictatorship of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Duterte shares his struggles with smartphones, Viber

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:46 PM

For the septuagenarian President, the struggle with technology is real

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates United States of America President-elect Donald Trump through a phone call at Legaspi Suites in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

Where's the neck brace? Speaker Arroyo shows scars to prove spinal condition

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also says she can only turn her neck slightly to the right due to multiple cervical spondylosis

WEARING OFF OF THE BONES. An old photo of former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wearing her neck brace. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Officials ask Duterte to fire Mocha Uson from PCOO – source

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:54 PM

A letter from 9 PCOO officials, handed to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, asks for the assistant secretary's removal from their agency

Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/PRIB

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