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Makati Business Club expresses concern over Maria Ressa’s arrest

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:29 AM

'A brave and free press is an ally in the fight against corruption that we and the government espouse in order to encourage investment badly needed to generate employment and wealth creation that is truly inclusive,” says the MBC

IN PHOTOS: Iloilo City leads first nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Around 5,000 to 8,000 people in Iloilo participates in shake drills in their area

DUCK. Local army and police officials duck, cover and hold during a simulation at the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler

D-League: Ex-FEU stars carry Wangs; San Beda downs NCAA rival Perpetual

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Arvin Tolentino and Axel Iñigo team up as Wangs Basketball rolls past Trinity University of Asia

NEW TERRITORY. Arvin Tolentino sill continues to control the game even in the PBA D-League scene as he notches a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by PBA Images

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to look into Duterte Youth's party list campaign

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Kontra Daya raises potential conflict of interest if National Youth Commission chief Ronald Cardema is still involved in Duterte Youth, which has also nominated his wife and another relative

SUPPORTERS. Duterte Youth, a group composed mostly of ROTC cadets gather at the Luneta on November 25, 2016 to express their support to the president and the Supreme Court decision on the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P., DLSU only PH schools in latest Asia Pacific university rankings

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The De La Salle University makes its debut in the Times Higher Education Asia Pacific University Rankings, while the University of the Philippines climbs in rank and is now in the 101-110 bracket

PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITIES. The University of the Philippines and De La Salle University make it to the latest Times Higher Education Asia Pacific University Rankings.

FAST FACTS: How the new Corporation Code makes business easier

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The amended Corporation Code allows the formation of a corporation by a single person and grants a perpetual corporate term

Wutip now a typhoon outside PAR

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Typhoon Wutip remains unlikely to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but PAGASA advises the public to monitor updates in case of any changes

From SPO1 to sergeant: New law gives military rank names to police

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The new naming convention means cops will be referred to as police generals, colonels, captains, or sergeants. President Rodrigo Duterte had said the previous naming convention was confusing.

The PNP has increased its visibility and security alert in the Metro following the recent bombings in Lamitan, Basilan. Heightened security measures and inspections are conducted in bus terminals coming in and out of Cubao in Quezon City. August 2, 2018

Act now on water security, groups tell gov't ahead of El Niño

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:30 PM

As an extended dry season looms, the private sector is on the move to keep water supply sufficient

Farmers in Sangay, Camarines Sur inspects his farm affected by drought. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

A passion for virtual reality: VR Philippines and growing the niche

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Rappler talks with Cristopher David of VR Philippines about virtual reality and augmented reality technology and the passion that's put into breaking it out of niche status

VIRTUAL REALITY. A delegate enjoys a virtual reality experiences at a stall on the sidelines of the NASSCOM Technology Leadership Forum 2019, in Mumbai on February 20, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

DOH: Enough funds to implement universal health care law

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also renews his appeal for lawmakers to pass measures to sustain the new law, such as higher taxes for tobacco and alcohol products

ENOUGH FUNDS. Health officials and lawmakers give assurances of adequate funding for the Universal Health Care Law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Gov’t income and jobs for Filipinos ‘lost’ to Chinese workers – Villanueva

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva reprimands Pagcor: ‘Wala kayong masyadong ginagawa to regulate and vet these foreign nationals working here’

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva hits the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for its laxity in regulating Philippine Online Gaming Operations companies. Photo from Office of Joel Villanueva

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Government to settle for 93% rice self-sufficiency rate

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The unimpeded rice importation will mean that the locally produced rice should not fill up the Philippines' rice demand

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: Otso Diretso to rely on 'unmatched dedication' of Cebu volunteers

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Basta tayo ang gagalaw, walang imposible,' tells members of the Ahon Laylayan Coalition in Cebu City, where she campaigned for opposition senatorial candidates

PRODUCT OF VOLUNTEERISM. Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the Ahon Laylayan Coalition in Cebu City on February 21, 2019.  Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: CCTV clips show businessman Yulo before, after EDSA shooting

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:58 PM

There is one problem: The shooting could not be seen

BEFORE THE ATTACK. Businessman Jose Luis Yulo stops by a Shell before he was shot dead along EDSA. Screenshot from CCTV released by NCRPO EPD

Metro Manila Subway groundbreaking set for February 27

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Philippine transportation officials are in Japan to inspect equipment and iron out details for the construction of the subway

GROUNDBREAKING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspects the scale-model of the tunnel-boring machine that will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Otso Diretso goes door-to-door in vote-rich Cebu

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The opposition senatorial candidates are banking on word of mouth to help secure votes in the May 2019 elections

Photo byMara Cepeda/Rappler

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Princeton alumni, students call for end to 'intimidation campaign' vs Maria Ressa

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:30 PM

A hundred graduates call on government officials, policy makers, and businesses to 'press' the Philippine government to end its harassment of Maria Ressa and the Philippine press

STOP HARRASMENT. Princeton graduates call for an end to the 'clear intimidation campaign' the Philippine government has mounted against fellow alumni Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Universal healthcare: Why we’re still not quite there yet

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:20 PM

If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development

Panelo says Catriona Gray may be 'misinformed' about bill on criminal liability age

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Miss Universe Catriona Gray should not be swayed by administration critics who oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Catriona Gray homecoming

Duterte signs law giving mothers 3 months of paid leave

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:27 PM

(UPDATED) Solo mothers get an additional 15 days of paid leave, according to the Expanded Maternity Leave Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

Otso Diretso 'realistic' yet 'all fired up' to campaign in vote-rich Cebu

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:50 AM

With Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III attending another commitment, the Otso Diretso bets will bank on their volunteers during their first visit to the province that boasts more than 3 million voters

THE OPPOSITION. Otso Diretso's senatorial ticket marches to their proclamation rally 's venue in Naga City, Camarines Sur on February 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hugpong Senate bets 'willing' to debate issues – Sara Duterte

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Around 20,000 people attend the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, organized by the Umali political clan

Think twice about lowering age of criminal responsibility – Catriona Gray

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The Filipina beauty queen has worked with and for children in impoverished communities in the past

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines poses for photos during a press conference in Manila on February 20, 2019. - A parade in Gray's honour will be held in Manila on February 21. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

NDRRMC to hold 1st nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill for 2019 is set for Thursday, February 21, at 2 pm

PREPARED. Kindergarden school children from the San Vicente Elementary School in UP Diliman in Quezon City participate in the school's regular earthquake drill aimed at keeping the kids ready and disaster prepared on February 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH appeals to Israel over deportation of Filipino kids, mothers

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Philippines requests that Israel deport overstaying Filipinos 'in an orderly and benignant manner, especially since children may be involved'

ISRAEL TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte strikes his signature pose with the members of his Cabinet as they meet with the Filipino community in Israel at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Rappler, NUJP ask Duterte to lift coverage ban

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The now one-year order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Rappler from covering his events 'has gone on too long,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

#TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Catch Rappler and Ateneo School of Social Sciences' #TheLeaderIWant Senatorial Forum on March 4 at Leong Hall in the Ateneo de Manila University

One year banned from President Duterte’s events

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

All Rappler reporters, including provincial correspondents, have been barred from covering the President for an entire year. This sets a worrying precedent that threatens press freedom.

National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa dies

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Mañosa, known as the 'Father of Philippine Neo-vernacular Architecture,' was named National Artist in 2018

NATIONAL ARTIST. Acclaimed architect Francisco Mañosa dies. Image courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

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

DepEd to get P50-M school maintenance fund for elections

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says the fund will be used for security and cleanup efforts during and after elections

FUNDS. The DepEd gets funds for the upkeep of schools in the May 2019 polls. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

BPI net income inches up to P23.08 billion in 2018

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Philippines' 3rd largest bank reports slightly higher earnings in 2018 amid the tightening of the central bank and high inflation

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Duterte signs universal health care law

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The measure intends to provide health care for all Filipinos so financial problems will not get in the way of seeking medical attention

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New tax amnesty law has no spirit, says expert

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:35 PM

For tax expert Mon Abrea, President Rodrigo Duterte should have thrown out the tax amnesty law completely, as it is now unable to execute its main goals

PAGASA monitors Tropical Storm Wutip outside PAR

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Wutip seems unlikely to affect the Philippines, says PAGASA on Wednesday, February 20

New law includes new definition of EJKs

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:32 PM

In the new law protecting children in armed conflict, extrajudicial killings are committed by 'state actors' and cover any violation to the right of life as embodied by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

League of Filipino Students gather at the steps of Palma Hall on August 11 as part of a nationwide “Day of Action” against the spate of extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte governments' war on illegal drugs.

PAGASA warns of 'full-blown' El Niño in 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Weak El Niño conditions are already present in the tropical Pacific, says the state weather bureau

A woman walks under the dried trees at the Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The state weather bureau recently warned of a possible dry spell or drought conditions in Luzon and the Visayas due to El Niño in the coming months. The chance of El Niño developing by early 2019 has increased to more than 90 percent based on latest forecasts of international climate monitoring agencies, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) said. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

LRT2, MRT3 lift ban on liquids

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Light Rail Transit Line 1 will continue to implement the ban

LIFTED. The MRT3 now allows liquids more than 100 ml. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators hit NYC chief for targeting 'rebellious' scholars

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Kung may sisipain [sa puwesto] dapat siya at 'di ang mga estudyante,' says Senator Francis Escudero on National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Cardema

Nerwly appointed National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cardema takes his oath before House Speaker Gloria Arroyo witnessed by congressmen on September 5, 2018, at the Speakers Office in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Chel Diokno: Duterte worse than Arroyo in human rights violations

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. Chel Diokno of the Otso Diretso slate says the Duterte administration is worse than the Arroyo administration in terms of human rights violations. Rappler screenshot

Assess lawyers, judges regularly – IBP executive VP

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Assessing lawyers and judges regularly is important to maintain judicial independence, says IBP executive vice president Egon Cayosa

Duterte signs law creating PH Sports Training Center

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Philippine Sports Training Center targets the country's grassroots programs for national teams

DREAM COME TRUE. The Philippine Sports Training Center law mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

Sara Duterte, HNP bets appear at opposing parties' rallies in Isabela

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The President's daughter says she attended the activities of two political rivals to 'make friends with a lot of people' for her party's senatorial bets

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate holds a rally at the ITC Grounds in Santiago City, Isabela on February 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana