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Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Tropical depression Urduja, Duterte on rogue cops, Legarda on DSWD | Evening wRap

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

DSWD, LGUs provide P2.09-M aid for Urduja victims

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided assistance to affected families in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City on December 18, intended for victims of the on-slaught of Tropical Depression Urduja. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Clark airport maintenance among PPP projects set for rollout in 2018

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:36 PM

The PPP Center is also eyeing 5 to 8 water projects under some local government units

Dela Rosa looking for donors to fund PNP body cameras

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:40 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa searches for 'well-meaning Filipinos' who are willing to donate to the police force

READY TO ACCEPT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he has been raising funds himself to buy body cameras for cops. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte warns at least 60 corrupt cops: Leave PNP or else

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

'I am starting the purging,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his bid to weed out abusive cops from the police force which he recently ordered back into his drug war

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the during the ceremonial demilitarization of confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms at the Headquarters Philippine Army (HPA) Grandstand in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City on December 13, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continue to serve the country. He then reiterated his vow to provide the best military equipment to the troops while he also assured that he will improve the welfare of the soldiers and their families. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDNETIAL PHOTO

PNP chief Dela Rosa asks: 'Why fear martial law?'

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Desisyon niya 'yan, hindi ko siya papangunahan, it is dependent on his own determination. Anyway, bakit, takot na takot ba kayo sa martial law?,' asks PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

31 dead, 49 missing due to Urduja

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says most of the fatalities and the missing persons are from Biliran

Some residents stand guard with their houses in coastal barangay 54-A Magallanes in Tacloban City. Heavy winds and rainfall pound the region as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16.

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

Jason Perkins not satisfied with PBA debut despite near double-double

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:34 AM

Perkins finishes with a minus-13 plus-minus rating in 22 minutes, the lowest on the team

ROUGH DEBUT. Jason Perkins had 10 points and 9 rebounds in his PBA debut but admits he has much to learn as a rookie in the PBA. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Erik Spoelstra passes Pat Riley for most wins in Miami Heat history

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Coach Spo gets his 455th win in what he calls an 'old-school, tough' manner against the Clippers

MENTOR. Despite passing Riley for most wins in franchise history, Spoelstra says 'he's still my coach.' Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images/AFP

19 injured in Urduja's onslaught – NDRRMC

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The injuries are sustained mostly from falling debris, vehicular accidents, and landslides

​Businesses close and trees topple as heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City. Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ex-wife arrested for murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Sherra Wright-Robinson is charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder

ARRESTS MADE. The arrest of Wright's ex-wife on conspiracy and first-degree murder charges comes on the heels of another man's indictment in connection with his death. File photo/AFP

Dela Rosa has secret mission from Duterte before he retires

Dec 17, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The top cop says he might extend for 6 or even 9 months if he does not fulfill the goal given to him by President Rodrigo Duterte

CONFIDENTIAL MISSION. President Duterte talks to PNP chief Dela Rosa.File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

UN council weighs measure rejecting U.S. Jerusalem decision

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:11 AM

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead

HOLY CITY. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

Westbrook nets triple double for never-say-die Thunder

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Westbrook overcomes a poor shooting night to overcome the 76ers in triple overtime

NO QUIT. Russell Westbrook played 52 minutes in a triple-overtime victory over the 76ers. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Urduja strands thousands in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Nearly 7,000 passengers are stranded in areas affected by Tropical Storm Urduja

Porzingis eases injury fears as MRI comes back negative

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Porzingis remains questionable for the Knicks' next game against the Thunder

NEGATIVE. Kristaps Porzingis was diagnosed with a twisted knee but an MRI scan shows no structural damage. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

From power to prison: How 2017 changed the life of De Lima, family

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:05 AM

It's still uncertain whether Senator Leila de Lima could spend Christmas with her family, as it falls on a Monday when visitors are not allowed

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

4 more Calabarzon mayors stripped of police powers

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The mayors – from the provinces of Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas – are accused of involvement in the illegal drugs trade

EOs, proclamations, issuances show Duterte’s priorities

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a total of 530 executive orders, proclamations, laws, and other major documents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Malacañang Photo

LeBron James 'humbled' to learn he was Lonzo Ball’s idol growing up

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Even as reporters pressed him for answers, LeBron James is keeping what was said to Lonzo Ball a secret between them

RESPECT. LeBron James can relate to the situation Lonzo Ball finds himself in as a rookie under pressure. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

What did LeBron James tell Lonzo Ball after the game? Only they know

Dec 15, 2017 - 3:05 PM

LeBron James takes time out to chat with Lonzo Ball, the Lakers rookie with the pressure of the world being heaped on his shoulders

WHISPERS. LeBron James and Lonzo Ball covered their mouths like De Niro and Pesci in the movie Casino to keep their private conversation private. Screenshot from YouTube

WATCH: Kristaps Porzingis leaves Knicks game with knee pain

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The Knicks star is optimistic that the injury isn't serious

UNICORN HURT. Kristaps Porzingis left the game early with knee pain in the third quarter. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Hospitalized kid's wish to LeBron James: 'Can you dunk on Lonzo for me?'

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:41 AM

'I got you," LeBron James tells young Andrew

POSTER BOY. One hospitalized kid's wish was to see the polarizing Lonzo Ball end up on the business end of a LeBron James dunk. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

UN blames Damascus for 'golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy for Syria, says 'we did not have real negotiations,' blaming in particular the government delegation's apparent lack of interest in discussing anything besides the fight against 'terrorism'

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

Duterte generals see no reason for nationwide martial law

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Three generals advising President Rodrigo Duterte see no reason to expand martial law to include Luzon and the Visayas

MINDANAO ONLY. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says there is not reason to expand martial law to cover the entire country

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Sereno calls out lawyer for ‘untrue’ accusation of delay in solving case

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno

VACC. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Kyrie Irving returns from injury, drops 33 in win over Denver

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Short-handed Denver couldn't keep pace with the Boston Celtics

BACK WITH A VENGEANCE. Kyrie Irving returned with a fury, scoring 33 points to lead Boston to victory. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder thumps Pacers in Paul George's return to Indiana

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Russell Westbrook posts his ninth triple double of the season in a 100-95 victory

BALL OUT. Paul George was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball in his first game in Indiana since being traded 5 months ago. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:43 PM

The High Court in the South African capital of Pretoria orders Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial inquiry into the allegations that have hung over him and his associates

REPRIMANDED. This file photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech during a closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

Duterte to extend Dela Rosa's term as PNP chief

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) After two to three months of extension, top cop Ronald dela Rosa will take over the Bureau of Corrections

LONGER SERVICE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is expected to remain in his post a few more months after he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

Kawhi Leonard's return spoiled as Spurs stumble against Mavs

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:58 PM

In New York, Porzingis scores 37 as the Knicks beat the Lakers in overtime

COOLED DOWN. Kawhi Leonard made his long-awaited return from injury but could not stop San Antonio from an upset defeat in Dallas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Pistons coach Van Gundy blasts team as 'embarrassing' after seventh straight loss

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Pistons tumble to a 14-13 loss, flirting with an even record

NOT PLEASED. Stan Van Gundy described the blowout loss to Denver as one of the worst losses he had experienced as a coach - but took responsibility for the loss. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron ties career-high with 17 assists to lead Cavs over Hawks

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:09 PM

LeBron James matches his career-high for assists in a single game as the Cavs win their ninth straight home game

TOP SCORER. LeBron James also contributed 25 points to lead the Cavs in scoring. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Dimaporo questions removal of local officials' power over cops

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The National Police Commission earlier stripped some Mindanao local chief executives of their power over police, citing various reasons

WHY REMOVE THOSE POWERS? Lanao de Norte 1st District Representative Mohamad Kalid, during a joint session for the request to extend martial law, questions earlier moves to strip Mindanao chief executives of their authority of local police units. Screenshot from the House website

Dela Rosa to be next BuCor chief

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says top cop Ronald dela Rosa may have failed to meet public expectations in leading the Philippine National Police but it would be 'a waste' not to give him another government position

Congress ratifies P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Funds for anti-drug campaigns – the DILG's Masa Masid and the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel – are scrapped

Duterte on martial law extension, Dela Rosa on Carpio, Ongpin case | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

PH underemployment rate drops to lowest in 10 years

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Underemployment refers to workers wanting to spend more hours at work to earn more

LABOR DAY. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa on calls to drop Tokhang term: 'What's in a name?'

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:58 PM

'What is important is the result, anong nangyari sa kampanya mo. Wala iyan sa pangalan,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

JUST NAMES. Dela Rosa speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler