PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: McDonald's celebrates new beginnings in Marawi and Albay for National Breakfast Day

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Evacuation centers in Marawi and Albay greeted their mornings with free Longgadesal breakfast sandwiches from the famous chain

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

Silliman president to politicians: Protect Benham Rise, not personal interests

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Silliman University President Ben Malayang says talks on the resource-rich continental shelf should be a matter of national interest, instead of politicians pursuing personal interests

INTERESTS. Silliman University President Ben Malayang calls on politicians to protect Benham Rise and not personal interests. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

PNP taps Grab drivers in war vs riding-in-tandem shooters

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The move comes as the PNP wages a war against riding-in-tandem shooters

ROAD SAFETY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa puts a sticker to a Grab vehicle to certify its driver as a road safety ambassador. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: National Breakfast Day 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:35 AM

Catch our livestream from McDonald's Sta. Clara, Bulacan branch on March 19, 7am - 8am

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

IN PHOTOS: PNP Academy's Lakans, Lakambinis come home

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy holds its annual alumni homecoming at Camp Marcelo Castañeda in Silang, Cavite

HOMECOMING. PNPA alumni take a class photo at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite. All photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police heroes remembered at PNPA Alumni Homecoming 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'You are standing on sacred grounds,' says DILG officer in charge Eduardo Año

LAST SALUTE. PNPA chief Joseph Adnol (center) leads the wreath laying ceremony for fallen PNPA alumni. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

UN 'failed to prevent' Syria crimes – opposition

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:49 PM

'Let us not forget that the party that holds direct responsibility for the crimes are the Syrian regime and the countries that continue to stand by it,' says Nasr al-Hariri, president of the Syrian Negotiation Commission

CHIEF OPPOSITION. In this file photo, Syria's opposition chief negotiator Nasr al-Hariri attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister in Moscow on January 22, 2018. Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV/AFP

IN PHOTOS: PNPA alumni adopt PNP chief Dela Rosa, Senator Ejercito

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:09 PM

National Capital Region Police Office chief Oscar Albayalde also joins Dela Rosa and Ejercito as the newest 'adopted' alumni of the PNPA

Ateneo Lady Eagles turn back NU with a sweep

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Both teams stand on identical 6-3 records in the UAAP Season 80 Women's Volleyball tournament

SWEEP. The Lady Eagles swept the first round leaders National University. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Helen Clark on leadership and global change

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks to Clark about leadership and empowerment, as well as how her views of the world have changed

Golden State Warriors fall to Kings with Durant out, Casspi hurt

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Golden State Warriors miss the services of stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant due to injuries

PILING WOES. The Golden State Warriors, who are already without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson due to injuries, will also miss Kevin Durant. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

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

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

Toronto Raptors rally to win 11th straight

Mar 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

DeMar Derozan takes charge with 29 points for the Toronto Raptors, who rested All-Star guard Kyle Lowry

Rib injury sidelines Durant for 2 weeks

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:04 PM

An MRI reveals that Kevin Durant has an incomplete rib cartilage fracture

SIDELINED. Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated after 2 weeks due to his rib injury. File Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

United Nations launches $1 billion Rohingya refugee appeal

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:56 PM

UN refugee agency head Filippo Grandi says the immediate concern was mobilizing life-saving aid for refugees, especially with monsoon season approaching and tens of thousands of people living in areas prone to landslides and floods

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. Myanmar Rohingya refugees look on in a refugee camp in Teknaf, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, on November 26, 2016. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

The NBA Finals contender no one talks about

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Quietly and methodically, the Raptors have established dominance over the league this season, leaving broken records in their wake

FIRST. The Toronto Raptors are the first NBA team to claim a ticket to the playoffs. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

DENR to remove illegal structures in Coron Bay

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will begin issuing violation and eviction notices to erring establishments next month

CORON SEAPORT. Outriggers docked at Coron Bay. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

PH transmits to UN notice of withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'The decision to withdraw is the Philippines’ principled stand against those who politicize and weaponize human rights,' reads the formal notice

Colombia government and ELN rebels resume peace talks in Ecuador

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The latest round of talks, being held in a hacienda run by the Jesuit religious community outside Quito, are aimed at agreeing a new ceasefire that would pave the way for a final peace agreement

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2018 is seen a symbolic round table placed at Bolivar square in Bogota, during a demonstration asking for the reactivation of the peace talks, between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla, which were suspended after a string of deadly attacks in the country. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Trump to oust national security advisor HR McMaster – report

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

The Washington Post reports that US President Donald Trump is discussing potential replacements for National Security Adviser HR McMaster, but is willing to take his time

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Ateneo Blue Eaglets aim high as top seed of 11th NBTC season

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Forthsky Padrigao will join the Blue Eaglets as the champion team will be without key players Dave Ildefonso and Joaqui Manuel in the tournament

HEADLINE. Kai Sotto of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets headlines the 11th NBTC Season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Young San Beda squad hopes to retain NBTC title

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:26 PM

The younger Cubs are more excited for this competition instead of feeling the nerve-racking pressure to make it to the finals for the 4th straight time

South Korean ex-president Lee admits taking $100,000 from spy agency

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ex-president Lee Myung-bak denies most corruption charges but admits taking off-book funds from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) via a presidential aide, Yonhap news agency says, citing a prosecution official

LEE MYUNG-BAK. Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak (C) leaves the prosecutors' office in Seoul on March 15, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

11th NBTC season to showcase talents of 32 teams in new format

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Aside from giving more exposure to the high school teams, NBTC aims to produce alumni like Troy Rosario and Jeron Teng who have taken their talents to the PBA and Gilas

11TH SEASON. The NBTC expands to over 80 cities across the Philippines in its 11th season. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Washington Wizards comeback cast spell on Boston Celtics

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Bradley Beal leads the way for the Wizards, scoring 34 points with 7 rebounds and 9 assists

ALL-AROUND. Bradley Beal finishes with a near-triple-double for the Washington Wizards. File photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors lose Klay Thompson to fractured right thumb

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Thompson sustains a fractured right thumb originally diagnosed as a sprain

INJURED. In this file photo, Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles past Tim Frazier #8 of the Washington Wizards. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

'#ENOUGH': U.S. students stage walkout against gun violence

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:56 PM

(UPDATED) According to the #ENOUGH campaign, students from more than 3,000 schools nationwide took part in demonstrations on Wednesday, March 14

AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. Students from Harvest Collegiate High School stand in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on poisoning of ex-spy

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Britain will brief council members during the open meeting at 1900 GMT on the nerve agent that left ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition, the British mission to the United Nations says

ESPIONAGE. A police officer stand in front of a cordon in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 11, 2018, as investigations continue in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

NAPC's Liza Maza to DOJ: CPP-NPA not terrorists

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03 PM

NAPC's Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw the petition tagging CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization, which formally ended Duterte's romance with the Left

WITHDRAW. NAPC Lead Convenor Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw their petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Sharon Garin on why legislators must ‘earn their keep’

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When she talks to Rappler, it’s not the politics and internal dynamics Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin zooms in on, but the hard work that’s seldom aired live or broadcast on primetime news

PNP to issue 'guidelines' on subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The guidelines will be limited to how policemen will serve subpoenas, says PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan

JUST A VISIT. Cops go around Tondo, Manila to exhibit its relaunched Oplan Tokhang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ano ang Rome Statute ng International Criminal Court?

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Dinidinig ng International Criminal Court ang mga kaso gaya ng genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, at crimes of aggression

ICC. Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, and Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan of the Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court. Photo from the ICC-CPI

DBM: National ID system to improve delivery of gov't services

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'Everybody will benefit especially those who receive government assistance. We can weed out fake IDs,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

NATIONAL ID. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he is hopeful the Philippine Identification System will be rolled out within a year. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

UN receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:36 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the UN response to allegations of misbehavior by peacekeepers and UN personnel whose mission is to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones

MINUSCA. A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, June 20 2014. File photo by Catianne Tijerina/UN UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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

Aguirre orders probe into NBI panel, Con-Com on political dynasty, Trump sacks Tillerson | Midday wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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CHR to Malacañang: Stop attacks on human rights defenders

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with local chief executives from Luzon at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga on March 7, 2018, reiterates his strong stance against corruption and illegal drugs. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Alejano to Dela Rosa: Craft rules for subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Gary Alejano, a soldier-turned-legislator, is among the sponsors of the now-controversial law that returns to the police the power to issue subpoenas

CONSCIENCE? Gary Alejano, among the authors of a bill that restored subpoena powers to the PNP, says an IRR must be crafted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

Malacanang on Peter Lim, Barangay & SK elections postponement, Umali on articles of impeachment | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

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NEDA committee approves Mindanao flood control infra, Metro Manila bridges

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

These projects, which will be elevated to the NEDA Board for confirmation, are estimated to cost a total of P66.57 billion