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PCSO charity assistance drops to less than half

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Because of budget constraints, the PCSO can only grant less than 5 of 10 requests from financial help

Filipinos can now apply as assistant language teachers in Japan

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for submitting application materials for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is January 7, 2019

Quiboloy lawyer eyed as Bong Go replacement in Malacañang

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Davao City lawyer Charmalou Aldevera, a friend of presidential son Paolo Duterte, is being considered to take over the functions of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Amazon aims to make Alexa assistant bigger part of users' lives

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:10 AM

'Amazon launched today what I believe is the industry's largest assortment of home automation products,' says analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy

ALEXA-POWERED. An assortment of newly launched devices, including, an "Echo Input," "Echo Show, "Echo Plus," "Echo Sub," "Echo Auto" and "Firetv Recast" are pictured at Amazon Headquarters, following a launch event, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP


Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

Spokesman Ted Te resigns from Supreme Court

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,' Te tells Chief Justice De Castro

The Supreme Court on November 8 rules 9-5 in favor of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

PH to get lion's share of U.S. security aid in Indo-Pacific

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:06 PM

The Philippines is set to receive about $60 million of the nearly $300 million in security assistance that the United States will give the Indo-Pacific region

INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Walter Douglas explains the Trump administration's Indo-Pacific Strategy in a media briefing in Manila on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of US embassy

Lawyers' groups condemn murder of defense attorney Rafael Atotubo

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'The attacks on lawyers are part of this dastardly attempt to dismantle the legal system by means of fear and violence,' says Free Legal Assistance Group chairperson Jose Manuel Diokno

What did lawyers, police do wrong in Makati bar raid?

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Lawyers present during police searches are guided by the following questions: Does the search team have a search warrant? If so, is it valid? If so, is the proper procedure being observed?

DBM clarifies lower budget for student aid

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'We have decreased the budget for some programs because they are already redundant with the Free Tuition Program,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

STUDENT AID. The DBM says financial assistance for students in higher education are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. File photo by Rappler

Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arroyo allies vow pork barrel won't return in 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says Senator Panfilo Lacson's warning against the possible return of pork barrel is just 'speculative'

NO PORK? Allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the unconstitutional pork barrel will not return under her watch. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Children’s council chief charged over P10M worth of ghost projects

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon Uy used as conduit an NGO previously linked to a pork barrel scam

CHARGED. Former Caloocan Representative Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is charged with graft, malversation of public funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents over P10 million PDAF scam. Photo from CWC website

Over 13,800 Filipinos in Luzon evacuate due to monsoon

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units provide around P9.16 million in aid to affected residents

DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The business kits consist of tools and equipments that will help the beneficiaries to 'start a livelihood quickly and become self-employed,' says Acting DOLE Bicol Region Director Rovelinda dela Rosa

ASSISTANCE. Gertrudes Rosales receives cooking equipment from the Department of Labor and Employment Bicol region office. Photo by Mavic/Conde

Civilian deaths in war-torn Afghanistan hit record high – UN

Jul 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The record high death toll comes despite an unprecedented ceasefire by Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month that was largely respected by both sides, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

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Do Bong Go’s donations, billboards violate government ethics code?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The presidential aide gives away an ambulance, branded shoes, and smartphones – all from private supporters. His face and name are displayed in giant and expensive billboards. Is he violating any rules?

The Google tech that may threaten call center jobs

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Google Duplex, the voice assistant that speaks like a human, is reportedly already in testing at a large, unnamed insurance company


CA upholds dismissal from service of ex-DSWD officials

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Court of Appeals says former Social Welfare officials Mateo Montaño and Pacita Sarino are perpetually barred from entering government service over their involvement in the illegal disbursement of pork barrel funds of Quezon City Representative Vincent 'Bingbong' Crisologo in 2009

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority. File photo from CA website

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Brian Cu: Grab driver cancellations down by 50%

Jun 24, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says they have addressed the 'root causes' of unwanted driver behavior

BETTER SERVICES. Grab Philippines country manager Brian Cu says they have addressed the root causes of unwanted driver behavior. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P16B allotted for tertiary education subsidy to cover only 300,000 students

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (Unifast) officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao Sison says 'the poorest of the poor' will be prioritized for the subsidy, which differs from the free tuition scheme

SUPPORT. Unifast officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison says only about 300,000 students will be able to avail of the tertiary education subsidy, which aims to support the cost of tertiary education and differs from free tuition scheme.

No tuition and fees increases in SUCs and LUCs for next 5 years – Unifast

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison says during the 5-year period of review, the government hopes to determine a standard amount that will replace tuition and other school fees

NO INCREASE. Unifast officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison (C) reminds state and local universities and colleges that there will be no increase in tuition and fess for the next 5 years. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 potential group stage highlights

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

From Spain's sudden sacking of its coach to Egypt star Salah's doubtful return, here are some moments to look out for in the global football showpiece

CHAOTIC. Andres Iniesta (left), Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spanish players try to stay focused even as training gets thrown into turmoil after coach Julen Lopetegui got fired on the eve of the World Cup. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Alex Cabagnot cracks Top 10 of PBA's all-time assists leaders

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 AM

'The Crunchman' tallies 2,939 assists to overtake PBA legend Francis Arnaiz

PLAYMAKER. Alex Cabagnot is the only active player in the Top 10 of the PBA's all-time assists leaders. File photo by PBA Images


DOE's P300-M fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers 'still unaudited'

May 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Based on a COA report, it's not clear how the P300 million was used, and how many cards were loaded with cash

Duterte won't visit Marawi for siege anniversary – Bong Go

May 23, 2018 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to commemorate Marawi's liberation, not the start of the siege, says his top aide

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Bong Go: #BabaeAko campaign 'clearly political'

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 PM

'To say that President Duterte is not pro-women and looks down on women is truly unfair,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards the Philippine Legion of Honor to one of the personnel of the Philippine Navy its 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. Assisting the President during the awarding is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FACT CHECK: Bong Go did not raise Philippine flag at Benham Rise

May 18, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and presidential son Sebastian Duterte ride jet skis only around Casiguran Sound on May 15

Quezon City assistant prosecutor ambushed

May 11, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco is driving his red Toyota Innova in Don Antonio Heights when the gunmen attack him

SCENE of the Crime Operatives inspect QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco’s bullet-riddled car at Don Antonio Heights on Friday evening, May 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IBP to appeal Sereno ouster; lawyers called to rise up

May 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, constitutional law experts say it is only Congress which is in a position to challenge the quo warranto

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Google AI tools to help people disconnect from smartphone screens

May 09, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'We want to help people find the right balance and gain a sense of digital wellbeing,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai says at its annual developers conference

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


The top announcements that kicked off the Google I/O 2018 conference

May 09, 2018 - 6:49 AM

Google unveils Android P, improvements for Assistant, and new AI capabilities at its annual conference

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.

Guevarra orders DOJ top officials to resign

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Many of the concerned officials are former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre's fraternity brothers at Lex Taleonis

Newly appointed Department of Justice secretary Menardo Guevara talks to members of the media as he holds his first press conference inside the DOJ in Manila on April 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Uutang muna': For a hair braider, life goes on after Boracay closure

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months

HAIR BRAIDS. Michelle used to braid hair along the shores of Boracay. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PCSO reports P15.98 billion revenue in 1st quarter of 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:06 PM

The amount represents the combined revenue from all Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office products, namely Lotto, Keno, Sweepstakes, and Small Town Lottery

A cook's plight after Boracay closure: From P3,000 to none

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

''Yung pagkain ko ng dalawang beses sa isang araw, isa na lang para makatipid,' according to a cook in Boracay, who also says it would allow him to save money for his children's education

COOK. Hanafi Indar Barani is a cook who moved to Boracay 15 years ago. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Businesses brace for Boracay closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown

INFORMAL ECONOMY. A kid builds a sand castle with "Boracay" on its facade, earning a few pesos from his handwork. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Gov't assistance during Boracay closure not enough' – residents

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:53 PM

There are complaints that the transportation allowance granted by the DSWD is not enough, especially to those travelling to places far from Boracay

LONG LINES. Residents affected by the closure line up at the operations center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Over 3,000 students hospitalized after Dengvaxia shot

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The health department reveals that 1,967 out of the 3,281 patients 'were found to have contracted dengue, as confirmed through clinical and serological tests'

DENGVAXIA UPDATES. Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo holds a press nriefing on Dengvaxia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sandiganbayan bars lawyers of budget exec from withdrawing as counsel

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Lawyers of former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos tell the court they could no longer continue as legal counsel because he has refused to listen to their advice for him to return home

FUGITIVE. Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos is declared a fugitive by the Sandiganbayan after failing to return to the country on January 1. Rappler illustration

UN probes reports of 'serious harm to civilians' in Afghan airstrike

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'Human Rights team on ground establishing facts. All parties reminded of obligations to protect civilians from impact of armed conflict,' the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says in a brief statement

AIRSTRIKE. An Afghan resident is treated at a hospital following an airstrike in Kunduz on April 2, 2018. Photo by Bashir Khan Safi/AFP