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BBL needs a push from Duterte to become law before SONA

May 19, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Congress has 6 session days left to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns sine die on June 2. It is ambitious but doable.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (L) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez (R) listen. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed July 24 to press on with his controversial drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he outlined his vision of an "eye-for-an-eye" justice system. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

U.S. Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

May 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination

Sotto as Senate president? Reorganization looms ahead of Duterte's SONA

May 18, 2018 - 1:26 AM

A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him

OUSTER? Talks are rife Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to replace Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III next week. Sourced photo

Fresh minds wanted: How to kickstart your career at Accenture

May 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Accenture is looking for young, digitally-savvy minds to join the workforce of the future

Congress authorizes NHA to redistribute Bulacan housing units

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The NHA can now award the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan to low-salaried government employees and poor families, including members of urban poor group Kadamay

HOUSING. Seen here are Kadamay members who had occupied the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Past, present senators honor Ed Angara and his contributions to PH

May 16, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Senators then and now recall the significant contributions of former Senate president Edgardo Angara to the country

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

2018 barangay, SK election winners to serve for only 2 years

May 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

One election lawyer argues it's the risk that candidates took, while another says it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution

VOTE COUNT. Teachers and poll clerks start tallying the ballots for the 2018 barangay and SK elections at the Araullo High School in Manila on May 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition seeks Senate's united stand on jurisdiction on Sereno

May 15, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed resolution is meant 'to inform the Supreme Court of the sentiment of the Senate insofar as the legal issue is concerned'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, supported the motion of the Senate Ethics Committee rejecting the ethics case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus in September 2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of involvement in the narcotics trade. “She did not violate the Senate rules and it is not related to De Lima’s official function. We moved for the dismissal of the case without prejudice to reviving the case in the future," Drilon said. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/AYA/20 February 2018)

Senate grieves ex-Senate president Edgardo Angara's death

May 15, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate is set to hold a necrological service for its former leader on Wednesday, May 16

House to await resolution of Sereno motion for reconsideration before plenary vote

May 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

'Out of respect to a co-equal [branch] that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the House of Representatives should wait for the resolution of the motion for reconsideration, if one is filed,' says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

WAITING HOUSE. The articles of impeachment against Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom the SC ousted as chief justice on May 11, 2018, is still pending at the House of Representatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Con-Com eyes giving president power to declare war without Congress

May 03, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Such power may be given if 'Congress is unable to convene,' according to a proposed provision for a new constitution being studied by the Consultative Committee

Senators want info drive amid public sentiments vs cha-cha, federalism

May 02, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Opposition senators say the government should listen to Filipinos' voices and instead focus on solving gut issues

Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

Alvarez says gov't must work harder to educate Filipinos on charter change

May 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

In response to a Pulse Asia survey, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calls for an intensified information campaign to sway Filipinos who are against amending the 1987 Constitution

WARM WELCOME. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (L) and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III greets supporters gathered at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City for a mass oath-taking on April 6, 2018.

'Walang bago': Makabayan lawmakers unimpressed with Duterte EO on endo

May 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao

EO NOT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte is depicted as a devil during the Labor Day protest on May 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros hits 'reckless' Duterte appeal for OFWs to leave Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

A handout photo released on February 20, 2018 by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Kuwait Times, shows Filipino workers trying to get amnesty waiting outside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City.  Philippine President earlier this month announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait, after the murder there of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis. / AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Labor groups light candles to call for better working conditions ahead of May 1

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:43 PM

ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay urges Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work harder to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for Filipino laborers

REMEMBERING. Union workers light candles to remember their colleagues who died or got injured due to work accidents. Photo from Alan Tanjusay's Facebook page

Bar Exam 2017 results, Boracay closed, Macron in U.S. | Midday wRap

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Amid talks of an executive order against contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III changes his tune and passes the buck to Congress to pass a law instead

NO EO. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says there will no longer be an executive order against contractualization. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Lacson slams Gordon, likens mouth to 'incontinent anus'

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'Somebody who has a mouth like an incontinent anus with a defective sphincter pylori can indiscriminately destroy reputations,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

'INCONTINENT ANUS.' Senator Panfilo Lacson slams Senator Richard Gordon for his 'unreasonable comments' against him.

Will Duterte sign EO vs contractualization on April 16?

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

After being postponed twice this year, will the executive order against contractualization finally get President Rodrigo Duterte's approval?

NO TO 'ENDO.' President Rodrigo Duterte promises labor groups that he will sign an executive order stopping end of contract scheme. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

House panel mulls declaring Boy Scouts of the Philippines as NGO

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:14 PM

A technical working group will consolidate 4 bills recognizing the Boy Scouts of the Philippines as an independent, voluntary, and autonomous organization

MEMORIAL. In this file photo, scouts commemorated in 2013 the 20 Boy Scouts and 4 scoutmasters who died in a plane crash in 1963. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Con-Com proposals 'highly persuasive' to Duterte partymates – Malacañang

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Malacañang defends the importance of the Consultative Committee after former solicitor general Florin Hilbay says it has no constitutional value and is merely a 'deodorizer' of Charter Change

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel files bill on cheaper political ads

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

A similar bill was already passed on third and final reading in the House of Representatives

KOKO PIMENTEL. The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino hits 'Dick Gordon show,' draft report on Dengvaxia

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'In legislative inquiries that I participated in, the process is [to] gather facts then arrive at a conclusion. The Dick Gordon show started with a conclusion and tried to produce facts to support it,' former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez wants House to impeach Sereno in May

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also says the impeachment proceedings would become moot and academic if the Supreme Court approves the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO OUSTER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set on having the House of Representatives impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno next month. File photo from House

Sereno on quo warranto petition, Bureau of Immigration bribery scandal, Zuckerberg apologizes | Midday wRap

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte vs Sereno, La Viña on Nix, Duterte ‘loves’ Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

I still do: Alvarez won't give up on divorce bill

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are 'ongoing' talks to make sure the controversial divorce bill will see the light of day

HOUSE SPEAKER. Alvarez continues to push for the passage of the divorce law. Photo courtesy of the House media bureau

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential vote

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Julius Maada Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, wins 51.81% of ballots in last month's election, according to official results

NEW PRESIDENT. Julius Maada Bio (L) prepares to take the oath of office as new president of Sierra Leone on April 4, 2018 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Saidu Bah/AFP

PH tourism board cancels World Street Food Congress 2018 – organizers

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:06 PM

The event organizers are planning for the next WSFC, but details have not yet been announced

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Labor group to Malacañang: Don't pass fight vs contractualization to Congress

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

'Ending contractualization is a political promise of the President. It is sad that Malacañang is now expecting that promise to be fulfilled by Congress,' says Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa

END CONTRACTUALIZATION. Labor groups urge government to end contractualization in a protest held in front of the Department of Labor and Employment on March 15, 2018. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Vote count row delays Sierra Leone presidential race result

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:34 PM

'Final results are expected within 72 hours,' says Albert Massaquoi, external relations officer at the National Electoral Commission

ELECTIONS. Men look at results of Sierra Leone run-off presidential election on April 1, 2018 ouside the polling staion in Freetown. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Zuckerberg on U.S. Congress testimony, Duterte on fake medicines, PNP on PNPA beatings | Evening wRap

Mar 28, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Mark Zuckerberg planning to testify before U.S. Congress – report

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Facebook sources say the social media network's CEO will be testifying within a matter of weeks, and is now crafting a strategy for the testimony

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018. World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

Sierra Leone court halts preparations for presidential run-off

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The order stops the National Electoral Commission from working until 'the hearing and determination' of the High Court

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

U.S. Senate passes huge spending bill to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 23, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Triggering a 3rd government shutdown of the year would have been a deep embarrassment for the Republican-led Congress ahead of mid-term elections in November

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives

36,000 jobs, P56 billion 'at stake' if Boracay closed for a year

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'More than the effect of closure [on] individual business entities, the contribution of this to the country's economy cannot be disregarded,' say Boracay Island stakeholders

ECONOMIC IMPACT. Aerial inspection of Boracay Island by Department of Tourism (DOT) shows overcrowding and over-development concerns. Photo from DOT

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 22, 2018

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:50 AM

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An Egyptian fisherman uses a pole to row along the River Nile near Abou Shosha village in the Qina governorate, some 600 kilometres south of the capital Cairo on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

U.S. lawmakers clinch spending deal to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:46 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan hails the $1.3 trillion spending bill as marking 'the beginning of a new era for the United States military,' while minority leader Chuck Schumer says it will fulfill Democratic priorities

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

France's Macron invited to address U.S. Congress in April

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:36 PM

'This is a special opportunity to build on the historic relationship between our countries, and to reaffirm our commitment to defeating terror both domestically and around the world,' Speaker Paul Ryan says

EMMANUEL MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor give a joint press conference at the end of a European Union summit in Brussels on December 15, 2017.  File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva