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Cignal-Ateneo, Valencia-San Sebastian to meet in D-League semis

May 27, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Cignal-Ateneo clamps down on the shooters of ChaDao-FEU, while Valencia-San Sebastian survives Che'lu in overtime

RELIABLE. Angelo Kouame continues to be a steady presence inside for Cignal-Ateneo in the PBA D-League. Photo from PBA Images


FALSE: Photo of Kabataan party 'supporting ROTC'

May 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The photo is a manipulated version of Pinoyweekly's 2015 photo showing Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other members of the party protesting tuition hikes

‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet

May 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

When senator-elect Bong Revilla's wife tweeted demanding Good Manners and Right Conduct and respect toward her husband, she didn't know what was coming

Background photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte appoints CA justice Henri Inting to Supreme Court

May 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Henri Jean Paul Inting, who hails from Davao City, is the younger brother of Comelec commissioner Socorro Inting

NEW JUSTICE. Henri Jean Paul Inting is the latest Duterte appointee into the Supreme Court. Photo from Supreme Court of the Philippines/YouTube

Senate approves franchise of Legarda son's solar company

May 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

A total of 16 senators vote in favor of the measure granting a franchise to the solar firm of Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste upon his arrival at the Solar Philippines Factory for its inauguration at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on August 23, 2017. Also in the photo is Senator Loren Legarda. Malacañan Photo

POC in chaos: Vargas fires Cojuangco, other officials from posts

May 27, 2019 - 6:03 PM

With barely 6 months before the country hosts the SEA Games, the Philippine Olympic Committee is reeling in another leadership crisis

FEUDING. POC president Ricky Vargas reacts on the 'last straw' against him. Photo from SBP Facebook

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to investigate IBP over 'Bikoy' issue

May 27, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says in a 3-page letter filed with the office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin it was 'highly improper' for the IBP to allow political use of their premises

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Angara sponsors bill seeking to increase tobacco taxes

May 27, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Senate ways and means committee report proposes a starting tax rate of P45 per cigarette pack in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

2 defeated mayors in Negros Occidental file petitions for recount

May 27, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Their winning rivals ask Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor to accept the election results and move on

PROTESTS. Losing mayors Joselito Malabor of Isabela (left) and Magdaleno Peña of Moises Padilla, both in Negros Occidental, file petitions for recount with the La Carlota regional trial court. Sourced photos

Trillanes denies links to Bikoy: 'He failed our vetting process'

May 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says priests approached him to ask help for Peter Joemel Advincula or Bikoy, but he decided against it due to Bikoy's 'confusing' claims and lack of evidence

Senator Antonio Trillanes III at the senate inquiry on the uldates and franchise issues of the third telco, Mislatel, January 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gary Valenciano: PDEA's call to ban 'Amatz' may set limits on free expression

May 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Once you start limiting what people can say in a song, what’s to stop anybody from limiting (how they) express themselves in other ways,' Valenciano says

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Another petition filed vs ‘oppressive, unfair’ EDSA provincial bus ban

May 27, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, like AKO-Bicol before him, argues with the Supreme Court that the MMDA has no police or legislative power to implement this regulation

Edsa, Kamuning, Cubao in Quezon City on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

KWF's Almario hits universities removing Filipino as a subject

May 27, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Chairman and National Artist Virgilio Almario says schools should not use the Supreme Court's decision to renege on their duty to cultivate Filipino as the national language

KWF PRESIDENT. Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino  Virgilio Almario answers questions from media on May 27, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DTI expects $5 billion in signed deals from Duterte's Japan trip

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also says the deals could generate around 80,000 jobs for Filipinos

BULLISH OUTLOOK. Having secured $1.24 billion in pledges last month and looking to bag another $5 billion in business deals, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that Japan remains bullish on the Philippines' growth.

NOW: Senate session - May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Senate session today, May 27

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PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

KWF: State universities responsible for cultivating use of Filipino

May 27, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Chairman Virgilio Almario urges public universities to teach and offer more courses in Filipino language

CULTIVATE FILIPINO. Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino president Virgilio Almario Chairman holds a presscon at the National Commission for Culture and Arts on May 27, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler‹

Sagip Saka Act for farmers, fisherfolk signed into law

May 27, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Aside from other perks, the new law requires the government to provide capital to agriculture and fisheries graduates to help them pursue enterprises related to their course

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Barangays in Ormoc City hit by fly infestation

May 27, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Residents blame the swarms of flies to the outbreak diarrhea in their areas

Photo from Ormoc City Gov't FB page

Le Tour de Filipinas will be a tactical race

May 27, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The 10th Le Tour de Filipinas will cover 822.2 kilometers of paved road down south of Manila, split into 5 stages

GRUELING RACE. The 10th edition of Le Tour de Filipinas will run for 5 days. Photo from Le Tour de Filipinas' Facebook page


Cynthia Villar still richest senator in 2018

May 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar's declared net worth rises to P3.72 billion in 2018, with zero liabilities

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Budget delay kept 420,000 Filipinos poor – economic team

May 27, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the budget impasse showed 'how politicking could harm people'

'He's the President': Albayalde defends Duterte PMA rape joke

May 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

'He's the President, hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang dapat niyang sabihin at hindi,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, a member of the PMA class of 1986

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Oil prices to go down on May 28

May 27, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The rollback on Tuesday, May 28, will reflect the latest movements in the global market

PNP begins Bikoy probe vs Trillanes, LP members

May 27, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The Philippine National Police has yet to receive a revised sworn statement from Peter Joemel Advincula, the man also known as Bikoy

PROBE BEGINS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde (R) says they are waiting for the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang garapal na oportunismo ni Ronald Cardema

May 27, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Isang surot si Cardema na nagsasamantala sa marupok na sistema ng eleksiyon

Defending champ Ginebra turns back Meralco for maiden win

May 26, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The Gin Kings find redemption from a shock conference-opening loss by storming back from 15 points down to deck the Bolts

DEFEND THE CROWN. Scottie Thompson and Barangay Ginebra are now on the right track for their title defense. Photo from PBA images


Ray Parks says Blackwater 'for real' after unbeaten start

May 26, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Mired at the bottom last conference, the Elite get off to a hot start for a surprise early lead in the Commissioner's Cup

LIVING UP TO THE BILLING. Ray Parks has been tearing it up for the Blackwater Elite, averaging 23.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 steals in his first 3 PBA games. Photo from PBA Images


COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding

Blackwater still spotless, keeps Columbian winless

May 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Alex Stepheson and Ray Parks deliver the one-two punch as the Elite claim an early lead in the standings

BIG PROBLEM. Alex Stepheson dominates on both ends of the floor for the Blackwater Elite. Photo from PBA Images


Landbank wants to cover more agrarian reform beneficiaries

May 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Land Bank of the Philippines eyes more farmer-beneficiaries after its loans for small farmers and fisherfolk went up to P13 billion in the first 3 months of 2019

Farmers from La Trinidad, Benguet maintain to water there strawberry and vegtetable because of summer heat where they use to get their daily living. The water was come from a water irrigation of the province. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte sits out diploma distribution of PMA Class of 2019

May 26, 2019 - 5:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hands out diplomas to only two of 261 Philippine Military Academy cadets during their graduation

SEATED. President Rodrigo Duterte spent most of the diploma distribution sitting. Screengrab from RTVM

Valedictorian of PMA Class 2019 honors mother in her speech

May 26, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Dionne Mae Umalla, 21, delivers a heartfelt valedictory speech, as she recounts the sacrifices of her mother, a retired teacher in Ilocos Sur

The Members 261 cadets of the “Mabalasik” Class of 2019 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

May 26, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes that underclassmen of the Philippine Military Academy committed rape. This is not the first time the President has joked about the serious crime.

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

May 26, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court will no longer accept further pleadings and motions on the case

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manila on November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Disheartening but unsurprising: On the 2019 midterm elections

May 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the rise of populism worldwide and growing assertiveness of authoritarian regimes everywhere, it is possible that we are now entering the reverse wave period – the Philippines included

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Terrence Jones shrugs off ejection after monster game

May 26, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The former NBA player says his only worry is to win games for TNT

MONSTER. Terrence Jones puts up another 40-point game as the TNT KaTropa record their second straight win. Photo from PBA Images


Jones drops another 40-point game as TNT topples Alaska

May 25, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The former NBA player flashes all facets of his game to catapult the KaTropa to their second straight win

BEAST. Terrence Jones continues to impress for the TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images


Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

Guiao rues 'ugly break' as NLEX remains winless

May 25, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The fiery mentor says he is not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating

BREAKS OF THE GAME. Yeng Guiao and the Road Warriors have yet to crack the winning column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup after two games. Photo from PBA Images


Grab celebrates 7th year with P7-M promos, rewards

May 25, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Grab Philippines will also launch carpooling services within Makati and Ortigas zones in June, and between those zones in July

7TH YEAR. Grab give away rewards, promo codes, and discounts on its 7th year in business. Photo from Grab

Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

NorthPort comes up clutch to survive all-Filipino NLEX

May 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The Batang Pier improve to 2-0 while handing the Road Warriors their second loss in as many games

SPARKPLUG. Robert Bolick comes off the bench with a team-high in points scored. Photo from PBA Images


Corrales-Nelson surpasses Lydia de Vega's 200m PH mark

May 25, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Filipino-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson shatters the 33-year-old record of the Philippine athletics legend

YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

Katarina Rodriguez is new Save the Children Philippines Ambassador

May 25, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Katarina is the first ambassador of the organization for the Philippines

'Spider-Man' breaks silence; asks PBA to drop Tubid, Nabong penalties

May 25, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Paolo Felizarta admits there would not have been a commotion had he not stormed the court and inadvertently hurt June Mar Fajardo

SPREAD THE LOVE. Despite everything that happened to him, 'Spider-Man' says everyone is capable of loving. Screenshot from Spidey Manila's Youtube channel