Ombudsman Morales: Janet Napoles' witness protection won't affect cases

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the development will not affect the multiple counts of plunder and graft Janet Lim Napoles is facing before the Sandiganbayan

PDAF SCAM CASES. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is against the bid to place alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles under the Witness Protection Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA affirms Masbate's Lanete barred from public office

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals rules on the condonation doctrine that Rizalina Seachon Lanete invoked – the same doctrine being cited by Cebu's Gwendolyn Garcia in a separate case

Masbate governor and former representative Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members after she voluntarily surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on February 20. Lanete is facing graft and plunder charges in her alleged involement in the multimillion pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Football's laws body approves VAR for World Cup

Mar 05, 2018 - 3:32 PM

100 days before the start of World Cup 2018 in Russia, the International Football Association Board okays the use of video assistant referee technology

VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

Mar 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The desire to avoid ferociously disputed calls appears to have tipped FIFA to support using VAR at this summer's World Cup in Russia

TRAILBLAZER. 2018 French refeere Amaury Delerue (front) takes part in a presentation of video assisted refereeing (VAR) before the French League Cup football match between Nice and Monaco at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, southern France. Photo by Valery Nache/AFP.

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

LOOK: Robin Padilla supports Bong Go at frigates hearing

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing

Senators amp up praise for Bong Go during frigates hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide

The Senate committee on National Defense and Security hearing on the controversial frigate deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Bong Go rails against Rappler, Inquirer in Senate hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Para na rin kayong nakapatay ng tao. Makonsensya naman kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte's aide tells the media

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Some Bong Go supporters clueless about frigates controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

While Special Assistant to the President Bong Go attracts a large crowd of supporters at the Senate, some of them don't understand why Go was called to the hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go faces Senate on frigate deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

With a large gathering of supporters outside the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide arrives for the hearing on the P16-billion Navy warships deal

ARRIVING AT THE SENATE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go (center) speaks to supporters outside the Senate, February 19, 2018. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

Government allocates P404 million to cover 3-month stay of Mayon evacuees

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Tolentino says of the P404 million budget, at least P105 million is already with the provincial government of Albay, as well as with the 3 cities – including 6 municipalities – affected by the Mayon volcano eruptions.

SHELTERS. People staying in an evacuation shelter due to the eruptions of Mayon volcano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'

US ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Philippine drug war rights record

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

James A Walsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department, the US still provides support in such areas as 'drug demand reduction programs'

ANTI-DRUG OPS. A crime scene in Manila is sealed off by policemen after a raid in November 2016. Rappler file photo

What's it like using smart speakers in the PH?

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'When our service provider had connection problems in our area, Google Assistant would repeat to me every 30 minutes that it 'couldn’t find the internet''

GOOGLE HOME. The search giant steps into the smart speaker arena with the 2016 release of this device. Screenshot from Google.

Licuanan proud of leveling opportunities in public, private education

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Many of the first batch of scholars in state universities and colleges graduated with honors. It shows that 'talent and intelligence is normally distributed, but opportunity is not,' former CHED Patricia Licuanan says.

LICUANAN's LEGACY. Former chairperson Patricia Licuanan talks to Rappler about what she believes is her legacy in CHED. File by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-Iloilo lawmaker indicted over P14.7-M pork scam

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approves the filing of one count of graft against former Iloilo 5th District representative Rolex Suplico

OMBUDSMAN. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales wants to file all necessary charges in court connected to the PDAF scam before she retires in July 2018. Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Q&A: Ousted PH Navy chief Ronald Mercado on the warships deal

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'Everyone in the Navy wants that frigate because it's a combat ship. Anong mangyayari sa Navy natin kung walang punch, 'di ba? You cannot have only a transport ship. We should have a punch,' says Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

If invited, Bong Go says he'll attend Senate probe on frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate has not made clear its plans to invite President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide

Bong Go 'not aware' of Palace meeting on Navy frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The trusted Palace aide was supposedly clueless about a meeting arranged by his own undersecretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines the documents presented by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go following his participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Informal Dialogue at the Furama Resort in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

[EXCLUSIVE] Undersecretary in Bong Go's office confirms letter on frigate deal

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Former Palace official Lloyd Christopher Lao says the letter and meeting with Navy officials are a 'usual course of action' in Secretary Bong Go's office

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go upon his arrival at the NCCC Mall Davao in Davao City to check the situation of the fire that hit the mall on December 23, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte calls Rappler 'fake news outlet'

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte launches a fresh tirade against Rappler to defend his aide, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte provides gifts to one of the wounded soldiers from the Army General Hospital who broke bread with the President at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The additional P330 million will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities for young people

LIFE IN AN EVACUATION CENTER. A Maranao child cuts open an icepop with a knife inside a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, neighbouring province of Marawi. The lack of water and sanitation facilities adds to their burden as they try to cope with life in crowded evacuation centers. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Google, Amazon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple – all these brands are pushing virtual assistant technologies, potentially the new way people will be interacting with computers and appliances

GOOGLE HOME. Pictured is Google's stylish smart speaker, the Home. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

LG adds Google AI in 'smart home' push

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:41 AM

'2018 will be the tipping point for the smart home and, more important, for the smart connected lifestyle,' says LG US marketing vice president David Vanderwaal

CLOI. LG Electronics's CLoi robot, a smart device with virtual assistant functions, is displayed during a LG press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/AFP

Virtual aide market a 'wildfire' at CES gadget show

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Researchers expect sales of smart speakers to double to $3.8 billion in 2018 compared to last year

GOOGLE ASSISTANT. A woman sits in a Las Vegas Monorail car with a Google ad prior to the CES 2018 on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9 to 12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. Photo by Alex Wong/AFP

LA Tenorio now 15th in PBA's all-time assist leaders

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Tenorio believes he can crack the top 10 if he remains healthy

HELPING HAND. To some, being the 15th all-time assists leader in the PBA is proof of a player’s passing ability. To LA Tenorio, it is simply a sign that he’s been around a long time. Photo by PBA Images

Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Iloilo Representative Treñas over graft

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'It is part of the judicial process which should be respected. I will coordinate with the Office of the Speaker for its implementation,' says Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas

Photo from Treñas' website

CBCP appeals for continued aid in aftermath of Vinta

Dec 31, 2017 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We can be with the Lord by extending all we can – our help and assistance to these people,' says Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles

FLOODING. Police rescue residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes at Northern Mindanao on December 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

DSWD drive shows 'right and responsible way' to help homeless families

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:31 PM

#HelptheHomelessPH campaign seeks to make the public understand why homeless people stay in the streets and to redirect their perception about giving alms on the streets

raise public awareness on the real plight of homeless families

DSWD extends financial aid to families affected by Vinta

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

DSWD distributes cash aid to affected areas in the municipalities of Bacolod Kalawi, Madalum, Wato Balindong, and Tugaya in Lanao del Sur

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Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

A Filipino humanitarian's #GiftofHope to the Rohingya, other refugees

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'The good thing is Filipinos are resilient. We learn from every mistake, we convert threats to opportunities, and we are able to still give when we ourselves have outstanding needs. Those are our traits.'

REFUGEES. More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh within 100 days since the renewed outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

COA to DSWD-NCR: Pay supplier of PDAF-funded project

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:46 PM

'The declaration of unconstitutionality of the PDAF…was not intended to evade the duty of the government to pay valid obligations,' says the Commission on Audit

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Building projects through ODA not in conflict with PPPs – ADB

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:05 PM

While the Duterte administration favors official development assistance over public-private partnerships, the Asian Development Bank says PPPs 'will continue to be a way of doing business'

SC's Leonen: Drug list violates fundamental rights

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'If it is done by your government, when there is an official process that does that, then would you say that there is a fundamental right that is violated?' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

SC Chief Justice Sereno directs Dela Rosa to appear for EJK oral arguments

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno is also calling the heads of the DILG, PDEA, DDB, Napolcom and PNP-IAS to appear during oral arguments on November 28

Solicitor General Jose Calida with other lawyers in defence of the government attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: Circulars declared unconstitutional won't stop gov't from fighting drugs

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:06 PM

The Associate Justice says adjusting the government's program against illegal drugs so it does not necessarily alienate communities it is supposed to protect would also clarify the rights of individuals vis-a-vis the power of government

Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman Jose Manuel Diokno leads other lawyers as they attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines' foreign aid disbursements decline in 2016

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Department of Transportation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Land Bank of the Philippines, and National Irrigation Administration are the top 4 agencies that failed to meet disbursement targets for 2016

UNMET TARGETS. The decline in disbursements reflects the planning and implementation capacities of project management offices. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:39 PM

'The sea around Southeast one of the most important areas for world maritime transportation but unfortunately the threat of international terrorism, piracy and so on is present,' says Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, during a visit to the Philippine Coast Guard

BOATS FROM JAPAN. The Philippine Coast Guard receives 3 high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from Japan, which it showcased at the 15th Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise on November 16, 2017. Photo from PCG

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'

Duterte sets aside P500M for treatment, housing of injured soldiers

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:27 AM

The Philippine leader tells soldiers who lost their limbs that they should aspire to be like South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first double-leg amputee to compete in Olympic track events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the wounded soldiers who are among the beneficiaries of the Karne, Isda Supply Suporta sa Masa at Ekonomiya (KISS ME) Project during its launching at the Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on November 7, 2017. MARCELINO PASCUA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO