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Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:35 AM

The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more

Shokhista Karimova, accused of involvement in the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, reacts during the sentencing hearing at a court in Saint Petersburg on December 10, 2019. A military court in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to long terms including life in prison for involvement in a 2017 attack on the Russian city's metro system. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte again pushes for a national land use law during a December 2 Cabinet meeting where he is shown the National Economic and Development Authority's draft bill

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Lacson says pork-free national budget an ‘impossible dream’

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

After flagging some P20 billion in dubious items in different agencies’ budget proposals, the senator says he finds the hunt for ‘pork' funds ‘more exciting than irritating'

HIDE AND SEEK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he finds the yearly hunt for questionable items in the proposed national budget 'more exciting than irritating.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Voting on 2nd reading, lawmakers give their nod to the 3rd package under the Duterte government's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

TAX REFORM. Lawmakers are on the move to amend the country's real property valuation system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] A correct move for our stock market?

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:27 PM

The proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act appears unsound, and Congress may want to rethink it before it's too late

Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PopCom: Amend RH law provision on minors' access to birth control

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III says minors who already have children should be allowed to access family planning methods without their parents' permission

pt2 / news / Dec 20 / 191212_contrceptives03.jpg PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A member of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines , Inc. shows some sample of oral and injectable contrceptives at their office in Quezon City on Wednesday. With the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, contrceptives and sexual education will be available in health centers all over the country.

WATCH: Safe spaces extend to physical, online spaces following 'Bawal Bastos' law

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

With newly signed implementing rules and regulations, legislators and the police back the Safe Spaces Act to penalize acts of sexual harassment, especially for women and LGBTQ+

FAST FACTS: How does the Safe Spaces Act protect you?

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Safe Spaces Act, now fully enforced, protects everyone from sexual harassment both in physical and online spaces, and not just by persons in authority

Esperon says no need to extend martial law if Human Security Act is amended

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Security officials are also considering the opinion of local government units in assessing whether another extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

As per the Anti-Child Pornography Act, internet service providers are mandated to report to the police any obtained knowledge of child porn distribution or access using their servers

REMOTELY DAMAGING. 80% of children are at risk of being sexually exploited online. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The university has been under fire for its supposed failure to address complaints of sexual harassment posted anonymously by students on an online freedom wall

FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM

As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times yet remain pending at the House committee level.

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by AFP

Gatchalian: Proof-of-parking bill can instill responsible car ownership

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the proposed bill, Metro Manila-based people who want to buy vehicles will be required to provide an affidavit stating that they are in possession of a parking space for the intended purchase

Heavy traffic was still seen on EDSA on the fourth day of the strict implementation of MMDA's yellow lane policy on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:46 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

Polish court orders compensation for 1980s victim of pedophile priest

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:55 AM

A court in Poland says: 'Sexually abusing minors unaware of the criminal nature of the acts perpetrated on them is to treat others in a humiliating and inhumane manner, which is the same as torture'

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Supreme Court rules: Gov't nurses should be salary grade 15

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:44 AM

But the High Court says it cannot compel the government to implement the adjustment to the new salary grade because this needs another law for the budget

NURSES' PAY. A petition at the Supreme Court seeks to increase the salary of public nurses in the Philippines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court rules some lump-sum discretionary funds as legal

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Four kinds of 'lump-sum' discretionary funds from 2014 are declared as constitutional for constituting singular correspondence

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

DSWD signs implementing rules for laws on adoption, gov't feeding programs

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The laws provide for absolving adoptive parents from tampering with their child's birth record, and institutionalizing government feeding programs bringing healthy meals for undernourished schoolchildren

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

SC: To avoid recycling, police can destroy seized drugs with no court cases

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta proposes amendments to Republic Act 9165 of the Dangerous Drugs Act

SEIZED DRUGS. Court administrator Midas Marquez tells the Senate that seized drugs with no court cases can be destroyed by the police on their own discretion. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Pia Cayetano seeks 'sweet spot' for Citira bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Senate ways and means committee chairperson Pia Cayetano plays coy on the bill seeking to change the current fiscal incentives regime, but quips that like love, 'wala ring forever'

HIV-positive OFWs could surpass 7,000 mark in 2019– ACTS-OFW

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:58 PM

ACTS-OFW urges early testing and treatment for OFWs who suspect they might have acquired HIV

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes Citira bill on 3rd reading

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A total of 170 members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of the Duterte administration's 2nd tax reform package

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.

'Noisy naysayers' vs Citira bill proven wrong by numbers, says DOF

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua says the surge in investment pledges in the 1st half of 2019 refutes claims of critics of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act

Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says naysayers of the Citira bill are proven wrong by numbers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp on attack vs Abante: 'Brazen assault on our free press'

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'This attempt to intimidate and silence Abante...must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,' says the spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House passes bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:50 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the Pifita bill 'grossly favors the rich who make fortunes out of thin air in the financial sector'

House OKs bill easing restrictions on foreign professionals in PH

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro slams the bill as a 'worse form of liberalization among professionals' in the Philippines

2nd tax reform package renamed Citira, hurdles 2nd reading in House

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The House of Representatives approves the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) on 2nd reading

Online lending execs face charges for shaming users, data privacy violations

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The National Privacy Commission says these lending firms targeted 'the privacy of persons, practically making a profit out of people's fear of losing face and dignity'


House pushes bill allowing foreigners to own public utilities in PH

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

House committee on economic affairs chair and the bill's sponsor, Sharon Garin says foreign direct investment could provide the capital necessary to improve public service

House bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes approved on 2nd reading

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Tax Act (Pifita) bill is the 4th package of the Duterte administration's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

PEZA urges Congress not to 'tinker' with tax perks for investors

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:50 PM

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza says the current incentives are already 'globally competitive' and could help the Philippines attract investors as companies avoid the US-China trade war

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'The target is by end of 2030, [renewable capacity] should be 15,000 megawatts. However, based on our assessment, around 7,000 MW was recorded from 2011 to 2017,' says Department of Energy official Mylene Capongcol

Guevarra: No backdoor for 'undeserving' convicts

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the review of the GCTA law's implementation was prompted by 'the very real danger posed to the peace of the community by the early release' of vindictive convicts

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra addresses the launch of the Bacolod City Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center on August 30, 2019 Photo by Marchel Espina/Rapler

Islamic banking now more accessible under new law

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Islamic banks differ from regular banks as they adhere to Shari’ah law and its economic principles

Camarines Norte State College converted into university

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The state college becomes the University of Camarines Norte through Republic Act No. 11399

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

No one left out: Schools required to provide neutral desks for students

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Left-handed students get a helping hand from a law that requires schools to use classroom desks suitable for both the left-handed and right-handed

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

COA to Laguna hospital: Fix waste storage and disposal

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit finds that the Laguna Medical Center violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Health Care Waste Management Manual