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WATCH: PH hands over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Singapore's chairmanship for 2018 will have the tagline 'Resilient and Innovative'

NOW IN HIS HANDS. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds up a symbolic gavel as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks on, during the turnover ceremony of the ASEAN Chairmanship, at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Manila, November 14, 2017. ASEAN Media Pool photo

[OPINION] Why PH needs a millennial opposition

Nov 04, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Today's young people, inexperienced yet ready to fight, must teach their elders that there is more to opposition politics than simply the politics of addition

IN PHOTOS: Sara Duterte launches Tapang at Malasakit Alliance

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Here is a look at the politicians and allies of President Rodrigo Duterte who attended the launch of the new pro-government coalition

ALLIES. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (2nd from left) and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (2nd from right) share a light moment onstage during their coalition's launch. All photos by Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 9-15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

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Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: On 'The Duterte Reader' and identifying Digong

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Historian Leloy Claudio talks to sociologist Nicole Curato, whose book 'The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Duterte's Early Presidency' looks at the presidency through various lenses

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 19-24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:02 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Human rights and the liberal agenda

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

There is no such thing as a democracy that applies the rule of law in some instances and not in others We must fight for human rights for everyone regardless and in all instances regardless

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 28-September 2, 2017

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Duterte slams 'ignorant' Trillanes as 'political ISIS'

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes these remarks as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tags Duterte s kin – his son Paolo and son in law Manases – in alleged smuggling

'POLITICAL ISIS.' President Rodrigo Duterte slams Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as 'political ISIS' for his supposed ignorance. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Nograles son joins PDP-Laban, takes oath before Duterte

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Describing Karlo Nograles as one of the most powerful congressmen President Rodrigo Duterte says We can take advantage of him

KARLO NOGRALES AND RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles after the latter was sworn in as new member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: Franklin Drilon on opposition and rule of law under Duterte

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Watch the interview with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Rappler

In times of crises, be accountable for your stories – veteran journalists

Aug 25, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Don’t make excuses for the mistakes that you made Because once you do that you are caught in a spin says respected journalist Cheche Lazaro

VETERANS. Journalists Cheche Lazaro, Vergel Santos, and Tina Monzon-Palma are interviewed by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on August 24. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Defining journalism in crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Veteran journalists Tina Monzon Palma Cheche Lazaro and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times

Rappler Talk: Koko Pimentel on leading the Senate under Duterte

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

What is it like to become Senate President under the Duterte administration?

Rappler Talk with 'People's' Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:11 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo on Rappler Talk on Thursday afternoon August 17

Lawyer threatens more revelations vs Comelec chief

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Patricia Bautista sought an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte because her husband s actions supposedly involved matters of national security says her lawyer Martin Loon

NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER. Patricia Bautista meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang

Robredo to LP: 'We were made for times such as this'

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Hindi naman tayo natalo kasi iyong laban natin talagang laban na taas noo nating ginawa Vice President Leni Robredo also tells her party mates

REBUILD LP. Vice President Leni Robredo tells her LP party mates that the fight is not lost despite the trials they faced in the past year. File photo from Robredo's office

Crime and due process: Is there room for dialogue and compromise?

Jul 30, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Duterte s popularity and the willingness of Filipinos to embrace change can provide the right atmosphere for improving the criminal justice system

WATCH: Do you agree that ‘change is here?’

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Change the key promise of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 remains elusive to many but others concede things have invariably been altered For better or for worse?

Rappler Talk: HUDCC's Del Rosario on Marawi rehab, housing backlog, Kadamay

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:06 PM

New housing chief Eduardo del Rosario talks about his plans for the rehabilitation of Marawi City addressing the housing backlog and the awarding of houses to Kadamay members

LIVE: Senate hearing on the reinstatement of Marvin Marcos

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:36 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Rappler Talk: Nene Pimentel on federalism, Congress, Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The former Senate president shares his thoughts live on Rappler

WATCH: Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III talks about his realizations a year after office the state of the nation during the first year of the Duterte administration and charges filed against him by the Ombudsman

[Newspoint] The other Marcos phenomenon

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 12-18, 2017

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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CAMP WELCOME. 4th Infantry Division officers welcome President Rodrigo at the 4ID Advance command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo


Towards the abyss

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Duterte may yet preside over the collapse of the democratic republic and along with it the dismemberment of the Philippine nation state

IN DEFENSE OF MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte says he declared martial law in Mindanao to quell the ISIS threat Presidential Photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Defending Democracy Summit 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Watch the livestream of the Defending Democracy Summit on Rappler

Duterte skips PH Independence Day rites in Luneta

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

3rd UPDATE This was supposed to be Duterte s first Independence Day as president

INDEPENDENCE DAY RITES. Vice President Leni Robredo led the flag-raising ceremony with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano beside her, representing the President. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Jonas Soriano on the work of the Cabinet Secretary

Jun 04, 2017 - 10:09 AM

How will the series of shakeups in the Cabinet affect the Duterte administration s effort to deliver on the President s promises?

How I became a 'Yellowtard'

May 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

I am a yellowtard because I would rather take clumsy liberal democrats over a maniacal murderer in Malacañang

Dela Rosa on Senate bid: 'Don't take it seriously'

May 12, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Top cop Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he wants to just relax after he retires next year but he also can t turn down President Rodrigo Duterte if he wants him to serve the government in another capacity

NOT IN HIS PLAN. Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa says that he does not see himself as a part of the Senate.

[Newspoint] Our own Gang of Four and a Half

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Duterte Estrada Arroyo Marcos – they are our own Gang of Four who in the 60s and 70s in its original Communist Chinese incarnation was the ruthless power behind Mao Zedong

Rappler Talk: Ex-Usec Halmen Valdez on Cabinet rift

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez talks about rice the Cabinet and the issues that divide the President s appointees

Duterte’s drug war blinding PH from rising ISIS threat, analysts say

Apr 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Experts believe that not only is this fixation on the drug war allowing these terrorist groups room to operate but may also be the reason the situation has gotten so out of hand

WATCH: Arroyo celebrates 70th birthday

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:31 PM

After years of hospital arrest Gloria Macapagal Arroyo celebrates her 70th birthday as a free woman

Paranoia drives Duterte's politics

Mar 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

This worldview of conspiracies is the laziest kind of thinking that subverts self criticism and does not allow for a vision to flourish

File photo courtesy of Malacañang

Rappler Talk: Danilo Concepcion on leading the University of the Philippines

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:25 PM

What is it like to lead the University of the Philippines in the time of Duterte? Watch this interview with UP President Danilo Concepcion

WATCH: Duterte and the future of Philippine police

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:51 PM

At Camp Castañeda Duterte s message is clear Amid allegations of human rights abuses the President is adamant: Do your job and I ll have your back

Rappler Talk Investigative: Matobato lawyer Jude Sabio on Duterte and the ICC

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Lawyer Jude Sabio is expected to fly to the Netherlands soon to hold President Duterte accountable before the International Criminal Court over alleged extrajudicial killings

Perfect storm in wild, wild Philippines

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

For our sake we better understand what is happening and act collectively to avert the worst outcome

Rappler Talk: Josephine Ramirez-Sato on leadership under the Duterte administration

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:51 PM

The feisty Occidental Mindoro congresswoman talks to Rappler about what the Commission on Appointments looks for in a cabinet official

LIVE: Gina Lopez faces Commission on Appointments

Mar 09, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Will the Environment Secretary get the CA s nod? Watch

STANDING HER GROUND. File photo of DENR Secretary Gina Lopez

TIMELINE: How the Marcoses made their political comeback

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:13 PM

After being forced into exile following the 1986 EDSA Revolution the Marcoses slowly return to politics with members of the late dictator s family now holding government positions

REELECTIONISTS. Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos joins Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos file their certificates of candidacy in October October 16. Photo from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte

SPO3 Arthur Lascañas: 'Blind obedience' ends now

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

Who is retired policeman Arthur Lascañas and can he be trusted?

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Rappler Talk: FVR on Marcos, Duterte, law enforcement and foreign policy

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The nation s elder statesman shares his thoughts on recent events

Inside Martin Andanar's man cave

Jan 26, 2017 - 5:36 PM

An apologist of the President and a public official who gets paid by taxpayers’ money Andanar is embarking on a dangerous path of propaganda and media control