Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

'Sequel to Corona': 7 articles of impeachment readied vs Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The House justice committee will vote on the committee report on Monday, March 19

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

Bohol authorities alarmed over large-scale scam banking on federalism, Duterte

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The lookout for a province-wide scam follows the arrest of a group leader enticing people to join a self-styled movement dubbed the 'People's Congress' and the 'Anti-Graft League of the Philippines – We Support Federalism'

SCAM ALERT. Chief Inspector Roland Desiree Lavisto (in the blue PNP shirt), chief of Ubay, Bohol's police station, spoke to thousands of participants to a so-called 'People's Congress,' notifying the crowd that their assembly was linked to a money-making group claiming to be supporters of President Duterte. PNP hand-out photo

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

De Lima medical test shows 'benign' liver mass

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima assures supporters there is 'nothing to worry about,' adding there is no need for an operation

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Drilon praises Bong Go's basketball skills: 'Magaling talaga'

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon joke that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go wants to run for the Senate so he could join the winning Senate Defenders basketball team

Photo from Bong Go

Senate honors Freddie Aguilar for 'lifetime contributions' to PH arts

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Singer-composer Freddie Aguilar is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte

SENATE LAUDS FREDDIE AGUILAR: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right) presents a copy of Senate Resolution 658 recognizing Filipino singer and composer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar (2nd, left) for his “lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture,” Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Aguilar was accompanied by his wife, Jovie Aguilar (left). (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/AYA/13 March 2018)

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss this Tuesday

A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

Senate: 'Physically impossible' to OK barangay polls postponement

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Congress has only 5 session days left, as it is set to go on break from March 24 to May 13. The elections are scheduled on May 14.

House panel tackles bill vs late-night karaoke, loud sound systems

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:24 AM

House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee

BILL VS LATE-NIGHT KARAOKE. A House committee will begin discussing the proposal to bar loud sounds affecting residential areas to protect public health and welfare. Image of women in karaoke bar from Shutterstock

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

China's Xi Jinping calls for military loyalty to new constitution

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The rubber-stamp parliament of China on Sunday endorsed Xi's move to abolish rules limiting heads of state to 10 years in power

POWER. A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People after a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Gordon orders release of Faeldon from detention

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon orders the release of Nicanor Faeldon, who was earlier cited in contempt for disrespecting the Senate

Photo by Angie de Silva

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

Experts agree: Supreme Court will have last say on Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course, or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Christian groups troop to Senate vs landmark SOGIE bill

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sotto seeks Senate probe into alleged poll fraud in 2016

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, citing his source, alleges that there was early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate leaders slam 'unconstitutional' petition to oust Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno can only be removed through impeachment, while Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the petition is 'a slippery slope'

China downplays lifting of presidential term limit

Mar 04, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'It is conducive to uphold the authority of the Central Committee of the party with comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unify leadership,' says a party spokesman

TERM LIMIT ISSUE. China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on December 5, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP pool

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is

5 cool gadgets at Mobile World Congress that aren't phones

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Phones are the star of the show but there is no lack of interesting devices found at MWC 2018

BISECU. A host holds a mobile phone used to lock a Bisecu Smart Bike Lock on a bycicle at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: The new ASUS ZenFone 5 unveiled

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:30 AM

ASUS' flagship for 2018 arrives with an iPhone X-like notch, and AI capabilities

ZENFONE 5. ASUS is ready for 2018 with their new device. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

LIVE: ASUS' ZenFone 5 event at MWC 2018

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The stream starts at 2:30 am, Wednesday, February 28

Senate nominates Whang-od for National Living Treasures Award

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Also known as the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, the award is the highest honor given by the state to traditional folk artists

AWARD. The Senate nominates Apo Whang-od Oggay for the National Living Treasures Award. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate now in 'preparation mode' for Sereno impeachment trial

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the chamber might convene as an impeachment court by May but the trial might start end July

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators, NFA Council blame Jason Aquino for NFA rice price hike

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Senators and the inter-agency National Food Authority Council say NFA Chief Jason Aquino caused panic among traders and consumers alike

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Huawei launches new tablet, laptop in flagship phone hiatus

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Huawei will be launching the P20 smartphone on March 27 instead

Huawei Mate 10 Pro drives a Porsche at MWC 2018

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Huawei's AI-powered smartphone flexes its muscle at the world's biggest phone show

PHONE SMARTS. Picture taken of a Porsche Panamera car driven by the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 26, 2018, on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Sister Act: U.S. women stampede toward elected office

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Twice as many women are on track to run for Congress in 2018 compared to 2016

PLANNING TO RUN. Lindsay Brown, a woman who wants to run for Congress, speaks during an interview with AFP at the her house on February 20, 2018, in Clark, New Jersey. Kena Betancour/AFP

Specs, prices: Alcatel’s 5 new phones unveiled at MWC 2018

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Alcatel licensee TCL has officially revealed its phones for 2018 – the Alcatel 5, 3V, 3X, 3, and 1X

NEW FROM ALCATEL. Alcatel renews its aim at the budget to midrange market with their phones for 2018. All photos from official Alcatel website

Roque refutes Drilon, says barangay polls will push through

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'Strange' is how Malacañang describes the claim of Senate Minority Leader Drilon that administration lawmakers want the barangay and SK polls postponed again

BARANGAY POLLS. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the barangay and SK elections will push through as far as Congress is concerned. File photo by Rappler

Vivo shows off APEX concept with retractable cam, half-screen fingerprint sensor

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The concept phone called the Vivo APEX ambitiously repositions the front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner and earpiece, eliminates any need for bezels

APEX CONCEPT. The concept phone touts a retractable camera and half its screen being capable of identifying fingerprints. Photo from Vivo

Aquino in Dengvaxia hearing, People Power anniversary, Samsung Galaxy S9 | Midday wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Specs, price: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:18 AM

Check here for a listing of the product specifications and features of Samsung's Galaxy S9

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9. Will you be grabbing one? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Samsung unveils Galaxy S9, announces starting price of P45,990

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:02 AM

Samsung shows off the new Galaxy S9 in the Philippines alongside its global launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

GALAXY S9. While physically identical to the S8, the S9 carries various improvements such as a variable aperture feature and 960 frames-per-second slow-mo video capture ability. Screenshot from Rappler video

The Nokia 8110 4G: Here's what you need to know

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:15 AM

Yes, folks, it'll come with Snake, but that's not all it's packing!

NOKIA 8110 4G. It's the banana phone, reloaded! Screen shot from YouTube.

LIVE: Galaxy S9 and S9+ unveiling at Samsung Unpacked

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Watch Samsung show the world its new flagship at 1 am, Monday, February 26, Manila time

UNPACKED. Screenshot from Samsung official website

HMD brings out the Nokia 8110 4G, more new devices at Mobile World Congress 2018

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Nokia's got a suite of new phones for users. Here's the rundown on their press conference.

NOKIA SAYS THANKS. Nokia begins its livestream by thanking its fans for being committed to the brand. Screen shot from livestream.

Alleged official Galaxy S9 video accidentally leaks before reveal

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Android tech blog 9to5Google reports that Samsung accidentally uploaded the alleged launch video that touts its next flagship as 'the perfect phone for business'

S9 SILHOUETTE. An alleged official S9 video leaks a day before the official reveal. Screenshot from Slashleaks/YouTube

U.S. Democrats release counter-memo over Russia probe

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Democrats' document is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russia investigation

FBI HQ. The FBI headquarters is seen on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

6 more phones we might see at MWC 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:14 PM

From LG to Vivo, here are some more phones that are rumored to make a showing at the world's biggest phone show

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

RH 2.0? Why Lagman thinks it's easier to pass divorce bill

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'Divorce is the exception, not the general rule,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, champion of the proposed measure

DIVORCE CHAMPION. Edcel Lagman leads the change for the passage of the divorce law. Photo by Rappler