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Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Senators welcome possible entry of foreign telco player

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:35 PM

But Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the focus should not be on China alone, as there are other foreign and local companies keen on entering the market

Human Rights Summit: Lawyers go all out vs war on drugs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:52 PM

'The challenge now is to go beyond legalese, to realize the relevance of our profession at this point in our history,' says Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

SUMMIT. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will hold a summit alongside other law groups to address legal concerns in the government's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Still blaming Aquino admin? Time to prove yourself, Poe tells DOTr

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, tells transportation officials that they've been in office for over a year already but they have yet to show 'concrete steps' to improve MRT services

MRT3. Senator Grace Poe says it's time for current officials of the Department of Transportation to 'prove' themselves. File photo from the Metrostar Express website

Customs bureau foils smuggling of wildlife species

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

7 packages bound for Taiwan contain 123 Chinese softshell turtles mixed with live eels, says the Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. A turtle (pictured above) is among the species seized from packages bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Bureau of Customs PIAD

Aquino defends Purisima as Mamasapano 'resource person'

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Was he performing the role of the chief, PNP? Was he ordering anybody? Did I tell anybody to follow him?'

MAMASAPANO DEFENSE. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks to media after posting bail for charges linked to the botched 2015 Oplan Exodus. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Slow Yolanda rehab? Remember what we did right too – Aquino

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

'Baka naman puwedeng maalala rin ang nagawa naming tama,' says the former president

AQUINO ADMIN. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the Meeting on Yolanda Rehabilitation on January 09, 2014. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino again blames Napeñas for Mamasapano mistakes

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says that at that time, he had no reason to believe that the former SAF chief would lie to him

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno Aquino III presents his case on the Mamasapano encounter in a news briefing in his home in Quezon City on November 10, 2017. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Former president Aquino to skip ASEAN events

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:03 PM

After posting bail in relation to Mamasapano-linked charges, the former leader says it’s part of the retirement process

ASEAN DUTIES DONE. President Benigno S. Aquino III Listen to the speech of Secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon during the 7th ASEAN-United Nations Summit at the Conference Hall 1 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 22, 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Duterte more trusted than his 3 predecessors – survey

Nov 10, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Of the 4 Philippine presidents since the administration of Joseph Estrada, President Rodrigo Duterte has the highest trust and performance ratings, according to Pulse Asia

Sandiganbayan finds probable cause to put Aquino on trial

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) About an hour after former President Benigno Aquino III posts bail, the anti-graft court announces it has found probable cause to put him on trial

MAMASAPANO. Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino posts bail at the Sandiganbayan on November 10, 2017 for graft and usurpation of authority charges over the Mamasapano bloodbath. Photo by Rappler

Aquino's Mamasapano cases raffled to Sandigan appointee's division

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:11 PM

'More than just our gratefulness to those who appointed us, we have a sworn duty and that should be the foremost consideration,' says Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang who also chairs the Third Division

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov't to enforce West PH Sea ruling

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'We suggest that the government use its ASEAN chairmanship to rally our allies and friends to this end – for our people, for our fisherfolk,' senators say ahead of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

Aquino on war on drugs, Tropical Depression Salome, Angkas shutdown | Evening wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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PDEA quota, Tropical Depression Salome, Trump tweets in China | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:33 PM

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End to illegal drugs in Duterte term 'nearly impossible,' says PDEA chief

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they can only succeed if they can add 1,000 operatives a month. He also needs a P3.5-billion budget.

PDEA chief sets monthly drug war 'quota' for regional offices

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:21 AM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino wants his regional offices to conduct 30 to 40 anti-drug operations per month

Rappler Talk: PDEA on leading the drug war without the PNP

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Rappler sits down with PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to ask him how the drug war has been without the PNP

Aquino 'only did what he deemed was best' during Mamasapano – LP

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The political party of former president Benigno Aquino III comes to his defense after the Office of the Ombudsman filed charges against him at the Sandiganbayan over the botched Mamasapano operations

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Former President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the €œMedalya ng Katapangan€ to the family of a fallen SAF trooper during the Necrological Service at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

New blood: Liberal Party welcomes 'non-politicians' into fold

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The once-ruling party, the target of criticism by President Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters, welcomes more than 100 new members

NEW MEMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the oath taking of new LP members on Tuesday, November 7. Photo from the Liberal Party

Aquino charged, Suspect in Grab driver killing, Twitter 280-character limit | Midday wRap

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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

APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Ombudsman files charges vs Noynoy Aquino over Mamasapano

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) The former president is facing charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015

President Benigno S. Aquino III honors the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on January 30, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

'No politics' in EDSA march against killings

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Nobody here is destabilizing,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he and several other opposition members join the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday protest

Vice president Leni Robredo attends the mass at the Edsa Shrine For the “start the healing” campaign led by the CBCP on November 5, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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SAF kin, VACC want SC to bring back homicide charges vs Aquino

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:52 PM

VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio wants the High Court to review the Ombudsman's decision to junk the 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide filed against ex-president Noynoy Aquino

APPEAL. Felicitas Nacino, mother of slain SAF member Nicky Nacino, files an appeal before the Ombudsman against former president Benigno Aquino III on July 19. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

WATCH: Rappler receives Democracy Award from National Democratic Institute

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:09 AM

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WATCH: Discussion on disinformation vs democracy at the National Democratic Institute

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:53 PM

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Duterte, PDEA to discuss anti-illegal drug measures

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:17 PM

This comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan and the Philippines will cooperate to come up with counter measures against terrorism and illegal drugs

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech prior to his departure at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017. Malacanang photo

Rappler gets award from Albright's pro-democracy group

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Rappler is set to receive the highest honor from the US-based National Democratic Institute, chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Philippines AirAsia picks Clark airport over NAIA as its main hub

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:55 AM

With Clark International Airport fees waived and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport unable to handle expansion plans, Philippines AirAsia chooses a new hub for its operations

NAIA no longer among 'worst airports' – survey

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Meanwhile, 4 regional airports in the Philippines remain among the top 25 best airports in Asia

NOT ANYMORE. Latest survey released by travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports showed that NAIA is no longer included in the top 20 worst airports in the world, and even in the top 5 worst airports in Asia 2017. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former education secretary Lourdes Quisumbing dies

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Quisumbing, a member of the Cabinet of the late president Corazon Aquino, was the Philippines' first female education secretary

EDUCATOR. Dr Lourdes Reynes Quisumbing is known for her stint as education secretary during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino. Photo from Miriam College

Pimentel, Sara Duterte, Odette | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:17 PM

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Get to know PDEA, the 'sole agency' now in charge of Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's dream of a drug-free Philippines now lies solely on the shoulders of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Are they up to the task?

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR (PDEA) agent hold an inventory of suspected shabu and paraphernalia at the drug den in Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Thursday, during the first drug operation by PDEA after the PNP suspended its operation on drug war. At least 30 sachet of alleged shabu, drug paraphernalias and one home made shootgun "sumpak" were confiscated during raid and arrested 14 suspected drug users and pushers. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Opposition senators claim staff, LP emails hacked

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV presents screenshots to show hackers seemingly planting evidence to link the opposition to 'imaginary' destabilization plots

File photo from Senate PRIB

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

#PugadBaboy: The peace negotiator

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

P5-M shabu, 'green book' found in Sarangani mayor’s home

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr is not on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte

MAASIM MAYOR. The PDEA says Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr is a suspected drug lord. Photo from the Facebook page of Aniceto Lopez Jr

Aquino camp denies role in UPLB political action vs Marcoses

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:16 PM

'Pasensiya na kay Senador Bongbong Marcos dahil 'di namin kayang sumang-ayon sa pantasya niyang pagbigyan at pansinin sila,' says Abigail Valte, spokesperson of former president Benigno Aquino III

Aquinos behind UPLB ‘political action’ vs Marcoses – Bongbong

Oct 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on his belief the Aquinos are behind the UPLB gathering: 'Who in the past years had nothing to do except destroy the names of the Marcoses?'

MARCOSES VS AQUINOS? Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the Aquino family had something do with a recent gathering of Marcos supporters at UPLB. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte, Uson, Cimatu | Evening wRap

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Mocha Uson says rules on fairness don't apply to her

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:27 PM

'I'm a blogger, not a journalist,' Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson tells Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, when he asks if she ever tried to get the side of people she has attacked in her blog

'I'M A BLOGGER'. Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson attends the Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 25-October 1, 2017

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website