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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

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Once established, PhilSA will be the main government agency to take up activities and issues related to space science, space technology, and applications

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MISLEADING: 'Midterm legislative achievements' of Aquino, Duterte

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Counting only landmark laws and laws of national significance, both presidents have an almost equal number: at least 57 for Duterte and 58 for Aquino

Screenshots of claims offering a comparison of laws approved during the midterms of Presidents Aquino and Duterte

Gov’t to launch national ID by December

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Select residents of the National Capital Region, Calabarzon and Cordillera Administrative Region will be the first to get their hands on the national ID

PILOT. National Statistician Liza Grace Bersales says they plan to launch the national ID system by December. Photo from NEDA


CHR: Makati cops in strip-search video violated Anti-Torture Act

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police 'to open a transparent investigation' to hold the perpetrators accountable

Agriculture department blames banks for poor growth

May 28, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data reveals loans extended toward agriculture and agrarian reform are nowhere near what the law mandates

FARMERS. A community finishes a palay season after harvest in Pangasinan. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Education, infra to get bulk of proposed 2018 nat'l budget

Jul 15, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The second national budget crafted under the Duterte administration the proposed P3 77 trillion budget is 12 4 higher than last year

FAST FACTS: What does the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas do?

May 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is named BSP governor. Rappler takes a look at the role of the BSP as he steps in, along with some of the issues he may face ahead.

NEW CAPTAIN. The BSP welcomes a new governor - Nestor Espenilla Jr.

BSP gives public more time to exchange old peso bills

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Filipinos now have until June 30 2017 to exchange their New Design Series NDS banknotes After June 30 these bills will have no monetary value

NEW DEADLINE. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo shows old and new banknotes in a press conference. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Globe Telecom targets 500 more LTE 700 MHz cell sites by end-2016

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:05 AM

Globe Telecom accelerates the deployment of cell sites using the 700 MHz band amid a court battle against the Philippine Competition Commission regarding the San Miguel telco buyout

SPEED UP. These cell sites are expected to substantially improve mobile Internet experience of customers in the region. Image from Shutterstock

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?

Senior high school: No youth left behind?

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

All eyes are on the government as it fully implements the K to 12 program Will learners get the best out of senior high school or will some of them end up leaving formal education as critics predicted?

SEC rejects PSE's request for exemption over PDS merger

Mar 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The decision leaves the planned merger between the local equities market and the local bond market in limbo

Why do Filipinos need a mental health law?

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:39 PM

In a country mired by various problems advocates fear that the government will put mental health on the back burner

BI probes 'unauthorized' release of 22 arrested Chinese workers

Jul 28, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Immigration officials say the 21 Chinese workers reportedly have Cagayan Economic Zone Authority special visas while another one is unaccounted for

IMMIGRATION. This photo shows the facade of the Bureau of Immigration's main office. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Perils of being a sign language interpreter in the PH

Jul 10, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Sign language interpreting is a back breaking job but is also one of the most noble professions in the world Without interpreters deaf persons would be disenfranchised

Looking back: First anti-trafficking law in Southeast Asia

May 26, 2015 - 3:52 PM

On May 26 2003 the Philippines enacts the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act the first law of such kind in Southeast Asia What has happened since then?

Conclusion: The OPM bill – what it means to musicians, fans

Apr 02, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Proponents of the bill claim that the industry needs it immediately Opponents allege it s an attempt to rush a bill into law before people can make sense of what it actually does

ONGOING ISSUE. Skarlet/Myra Ruaro talks about the OPM Development Act during a Pinoyhiphoppaz Organization event. Photo provided by Rome Jorge

Shell IPO late by 12 years now — DOE

Oct 05, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Pilipinas Shell cites poor market condition for the IPO delay although a government resolution says it is not bound to list itself at the stock exchange

IPO. Shell's IPO may happen soon, if all goes according to plan. File Photo.

PH mining transparency report to be released in December

Sep 04, 2014 - 1:59 PM

The report will disclose mining contracts revenue streams and export data of major mining companies and show how much mining contributed to the Philippine economy

DTI: Price hikes inevitable due to port congestion

Aug 20, 2014 - 4:51 PM

But the government assures the public it will ensure that traders recover their costs reasonably

INEVITABLE. Higher port and other transport changes on imported materials and products would increase prices of some commodities, especially in the Christmas season, the Department of Trade and Industry says. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena / EPA

House scrambles to pass bills on last session day

Jun 06, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Congress ratifies the bicameral report on the expansion of science and technology scholarships and other priority bills on the last session day

Third-termers. House honors graduating representatives. Photo by Rappler

Nullify Mining Act or just the DENR order?

Apr 17, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Justice Velasco says amending the department order could be the better option

LAST SAY. Like in any other case, the High Court has the final word on electoral disputes. This, however, affects political configuration.

PH may lose GSP eligibility in US

Apr 12, 2013 - 1:35 PM

Due to complaints on labor rights the country may lose the preferential entry of 1 billion worth of exports from the Philippines to the US

DRIED MANGOES. An entire rack devoted to selling dried Philippine mangoes in one of the shops on Waikiki in Honolulu. Hawaii. Photo by Cai Ordinario

FOI in ICU: A call for rescue by Aquino

Jan 28, 2013 - 11:54 AM

President Aquino has both power and duty to fulfill his promise and to do his part to save a bill that will enable the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people to information and to transparency and accountability in government

Christmas time, theater time

Nov 08, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Here s an idea for a great [Christmas] family bonding activity

THEATRICAL FIX. The 4th National Theater Festival begins today and runs until Nov 18. Details below. Image from the CCP website

Sotto: Stop paranoia on cyber law passage

Oct 08, 2012 - 6:19 PM

Sen Vicente Sotto III delivers a privilege speech to defend himself from criticism over the cybercrime law

Guingona wants online libel repealed

Sep 21, 2012 - 4:21 PM

Senator TG Guingona plans to have parts of the law repealed

Lawmakers criticize BIR, Customs for missing targets

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Opposition lawmakers chide the finance department for its agencies revenue collection shortfalls as the 2013 budget face uphill battle in Congress

US arrests child pornographers in PH

Jun 09, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Pornographers prey on children through social media sites authorities say