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Barangay, SK elections moved to December 2022

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The law postponing the polls – and giving barangay officials 5 years in power instead of two – is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in a Malacañang ceremony

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bill moving barangay, SK polls to 2022 now up for Duterte's signature

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Both chambers of Congress ratify the bicameral conference committee report on the measure

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: 2022 elections not a factor in accepting anti-drugs post

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Vice President says even her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will suffer if she already thinks about the next elections

ON THE JOB. Vice President Leni Robredo visits a far-flung barrio in Tanay, Rizal, for her anti-poverty program on November 7, 2019, a day after she was  named co-chair of the anti-drugs body. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill postponing barangay, SK elections to December 2022

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) The consolidated version of the House and Senate bills will immediately be sent to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

House now wants to postpone barangay, SK polls to December 2022

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Lawmakers approve on 2nd reading the amended House bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is now similar to the Senate version

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers want to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate approves postponing barangay, SK elections to 2022

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:38 PM

There are 21 senators who supported the measure seeking to postpone village and youth polls to December 5, 2022

POSTPONEMENT. The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed bills seeking to postpone the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to either December 2022 or May 2023. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Navigating the new globalization

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:30 PM

It is only through cultivating a high-trust society that this whole-of-society approach to development could work

By 2022 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Neil Etheridge out for 2 World Cup qualifying games

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Azkals keeper Neil Etheridge will miss the Philippines' first two matches in the World Cup Qualifiers due to injury

RECOVERY. Neil Etheridge picks up a hamstring injury that will sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

Azkals to face China, Syria in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Odds may be against them but the Philippine Azkals hope to be one of the top 4 Asian countries who will see action in the 2022 World Cup

THROWBACK. The Philippine Azkals make the  Asian Cup for the first time. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Smartmatic still wants to be part of Philippine elections

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Despite criticism from President Rodrigo Duterte, Smartmatic still hopes to be chosen for future polls, showing off its available technology

DICT proposes faster, more transparent way to hold PH elections

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

From using barcode stickers to totally junking Smartmatic's vote counting machines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology proposes new ways to make the Philippine elections faster and more transparent

Lawmakers to Comelec: Don't let problems in 2019 polls happen in 2022

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We can't have something like this happen in the 2022 presidential election. We might have a revolution,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

POLL COMMISSIONERS. Comelec commissioners headed by Chairman Sheriff Abas (far left) appear at the hearing of joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler​

After tough loss in midterm polls, Otso Diretso has eyes set on 2022

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The disappointing defeat of the opposition senatorial candidates only pushes the slate to continue the fight beyond the halls of the Senate

The Otso Diretso candidates raise each other's hands for the last time on the campaign trail on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/rappler

Duterte says Comelec should junk Smartmatic machines

May 30, 2019 - 9:46 PM

'Dispose of that Smartmatic and look for a new one that is free of fraud,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Protesters againsts Smartmatic rally outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

2022 campaign starts now – election lawyer

May 14, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon says the campaign for the 2022 elections starts on the first day after the midterm elections

EMIL MARAÑON. The election lawyer talks about technical difficulties experienced by voters on election day. Rappler screenshot

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Scenarios: 2022 looms over tight midterm race

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has endorsed 4 out of 7 reelectionist senators: Pimentel, Villar, Angara, and Ejercito. Will he anoint one of them to be his successor?

President Pacquiao in 2022? ‘No plan’ but wants own national party

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao wants to turn his local party, People's Champ Movement, into a national political party in 2022

Senate Blue Ribbon committee Chairman Senator Richard Gordon at the hearing on the Misuse of Government Funds of the General Santos City Road Right-of-Way project, September 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Face-off with Sara Duterte in 2022? Robredo 'still busy' being VP

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Asked about a possible showdown with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 presidential election, Vice President Leni Robredo says she is focused on her current duties

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke with representatives of various sectoral groups in a multisectoral dialogue organized by the Kaya Natin Movement in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

Sara Duterte to decide on presidential bid by 2021

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:21 PM

For now, the presidential daughter urges her supporters to stop calling her the 'next president' as this can make her the target of those eyeing the presidency

UNDECIDED. Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says there are factors to consider before deciding on a presidential bid, like funds and machinery. Here, she kicks off her party’s senatorial campaign in San Fernado, Pampanga, on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

eSports' 2022 Asian Games medal status put on hold

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:04 PM

An Olympic Council of Asia official says eSports needs to have 'one international federation' before it can be included as an official medal sport

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Cayetano denies Kuwait OFW video was for politicking

May 03, 2018 - 2:10 AM

'Bakit, nandoon ba ako sa video? Kung gagamitin ko sa pulitika eh di ako na ang pumunta do'n, ako na ang nag-rescue,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

OFW RESCUE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies in an interview on May 2, 2018, that he meant to use an OFW rescue video for politicking. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Drive for Olympic status threatens esports split

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:51 PM

One side believes that Olympic inclusion strengthens the legitimacy of esports while another thinks that it will cause the sport to lose its soul

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock


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Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games

Oct 31, 2017 - 3:01 PM

For a city facing LGBT discrimination, winning the bid to host the 2022 Gay Games is a milestone for Hong Kong's campaign for equal rights

MILESTONE. Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to host the Gay Games. Photo by Aaron Tam/AFP

Qatar, FIFA urged to protect 800,000 workers from desert heat

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Human Rights Watch also calls on the Gulf state to investigate workers' deaths and make those findings public

TIME OUT. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Australia, Oceania will compete at first Asian Games in 2022

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Athletes from Australia and the rest of Oceania have been invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, Australian Olympic chief John Coates says.

NEW POWERHOUSE. Australia, which won 8 gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will add tough competition to the Asian Games beginning in 2022. Photo by François-Xavier Marit/AFP

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints

The workers make a queue to go to the stadium to see the final of the Workers cup 2016. It's their main entertainment in the whole year. Photo by OM

SNAPSHOT: Qatar's labor market

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Labor migrants comprise about 90% of Qatar's population

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

Ubial urges LGUs to help stop PH malnutrition time bomb

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

We are at a crossroads where decision and actions must be made that will have an impact on our children and the children of the future says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

FIGHT VS MALNUTRITION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial leads the launch of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022l in Iloilo City on Tuesday. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

DICT launches PH 5-year nat'l cybersecurity plan

May 02, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The cybersecurity plan is the agency s initiative to lift the Philippines cybersecurity capabilities and know how to global standards

NEDA Board approves dev't plan, vows 'inclusive growth' under Duterte

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Through the Philippine Development Plan 2017 2022 the Duterte administration aims to boost GDP growth to 7 8 and reduce the overall poverty rate to 14 in 6 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Malacañang Photo

PH gov't opens draft development plan to public comments

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority gives the public the chance to give comments and suggestions on the plan until 12pm of January 12 2017

OPEN TO PUBLIC. The National Economic and Development Authority released the draft Philippine Development Plan for public review. Photos from NEDA website

Qatar's workers seek security with labor law change

Dec 12, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Qatar is expected to announce the end of its controversial kafala sponsorship law replacing it with a contract based system for workers

A migrant worker carries a pole at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Stringer/AFP

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Nov 16, 2016 - 8:58 PM

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Pacquiao for president in 2022? 'Not on my mind yet'

Nov 16, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Hindi ko naman sinabi na sarado na Ang pagiging president Panginoon ang naglalagay diyan says the neophyte senator

PEOPLE'S CHAMP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call to the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 14, 2016 after successfully capturing the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Jesse Vargas recently. SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

BPOs need to 'level up' as protection against Trump – NEDA

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:42 PM

With US President elect Donald Trump threatening to bring American firms back home Philippines NEDA says BPOs need to diversify out of call centers

Fire at under-construction Qatar shopping complex

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:59 PM

UPDATED Local media says the fire broke out at the construction site of the Mall of Qatar Authorities say they have completely contained the fire and that there are no injuries

Beijing wins vote to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Jul 31, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Beijing will become the first city to host the Summer and Winter Olympics after defeating Almaty Kazakhstan by a narrow margin for the rights to stage the 2022 Winter Games

HISTORY. China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong speaks during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Vincent Thian/Pool/AFP

Beijing, Almaty in final showdown for 2022 Winter Olympics

Jul 31, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Favorites Beijing and Almaty staged their final pleas to the International Olympic Committee as they seek to host the 2022 Winter Olympics

BID TIME. China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong (C) speaks during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Vincent Thian/Pool/AFP

Swiss prosecutors probe 53 'suspicious' transactions in FIFA case

Jun 17, 2015 - 5:22 PM

Attorney general Michael Lauber says the cases have been reported under Switzerland s anti money laundering alert mechanism

EYE ON FIFA. Swiss attorney General Michael Lauber speaks during a press conference on June 17, 2015 in Bern. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Football: Computer data seized at FIFA HQ

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Swiss authorities are investigating the 2010 FIFA vote that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar

View of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 19 March 2010 Alessandro della Bella/EPA

Russia, Qatar may lose World Cups 'if bribery found'

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:52 AM

The comments by the head of FIFA s auditing and compliance committee come as bribery claims mount against disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. The FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, 14 November 2014. Walter Bieri/EPA

Australian football chief says 2022 World Cup race 'not clean'

Jun 03, 2015 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Football Federation Australia chief: We ran a clean bid I know that others did not and I have shared what I know with the authorities

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. A file picture dated October 29, 2007 of the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquaters in Zurich, Switzerland. Steffen Schmidt/EPA