Trump Twitter tirades deepen Asia alarm over conflict risk

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'If we get into a war it's because of misperception,' says Robert Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University

TRUMP AND KIM. AFP file photos

Day of National Protest, Duterte, Kim | Midday wRap

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Bacolod diocese to ring church bells for 40 days

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 AM

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon says the ringing of church bells is a 'revival of a century-old practice for the departed. Now it becomes even more meaningful, in the context of extrajudicial killings.'

PRAYER RALLY. The Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Patricio Buzon holds prayer rally Thursday night, September 21, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City to mark the 45th anniversary of martial law. All photos by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Duterte proclamation warns against Sept 21 'infiltrators'

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Malacañang tells protesters to be 'vigilant' of persons who will instigate violence during the rallies to provoke law enforcers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the opening ceremony of the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Tent City in Manila Hotel, Manila on September 18, 2017, reiterates that he will remain steadfast in his campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP 'confident' protesters will 'police themselves' on Sept 21

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:15 PM

'We're confident that the protesters will police themselves. We appeal to them not to commit crime,' says PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos

'END EJKs'. Protesters gather in front of Camp Crame, Quezon City to demand an end to killings in police operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

Legarda declares support for peace talks with Reds

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Hague Joint Declaration that guides the framework of the peace process marks its 25th year

PEACE TALKS. Peace with communist rebels was among the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

ASEAN countries urged to boost spending on social protection

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:53 PM

A UNESCAP report says expanding coverage for social protection is among the schemes that could distribute economic growth and limit inequality

VULNERABLE. Only two countries in Southeast Asia allocates more than 6% of their GDP for social protection. AFP file photo

Anti-poverty chief calls to stop mining operations in Lumad lands

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:49 PM

National Anti Poverty Commission secretary Liza Maza issues the statement in time of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

IP RIGHTS. August 9 marks the National Indigenous People’s Day and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Photo by Carl Cesar Rebuta/LRC

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

RECAP: Declarations and statements at the 30th ASEAN Summit

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Here are the declarations and statements announced at the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila

ASEAN treaty on migrant workers: Can PH make it happen in 2017?

Feb 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM

PART 3: All eyes are on the host Philippines to see if it could usher in an ASEAN treaty on migrant workers protection after a decade long impasse

The bleak future of undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

PART 2: ASEAN countries view the issue of undocumented migrant workers differently Singapore and Malaysia view it as a security threat while the Philippines and Indonesia as a matter of human rights

File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Undocumented migrant workers: Hidden and helpless in ASEAN

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

PART 1: Despite ASEAN s decade long intention to protect migrant workers in the region nothing has been done for the undocumented labor migrants who continue to endure hardships in silence

HELPLESS IN ASEAN. Undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN, contributing to their host countries in the region, remain unprotected and neglected.

Political prisoners will be released 'in due time' – Bello

Jan 14, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III says the amnesty declaration covering 434 political prisoners will be part of the end game

OPTIMISTIC. Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III aims to complete talks by August 2017. Rappler photo

Gina Lopez: I really don't like Tampakan open-pit mine at all

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she will review permits given to the 5 9 billion mining project of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated in South Cotabato

MEET THE BEAT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to environment beat reporters on Wednesday, July 27. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gov’t troops prepare for pullout after ceasefire declaration

Jul 26, 2016 - 1:14 PM

The ceasefire declaration takes effect immediately but the troop pullout will take time to complete as government forces would have to walk out of their areas of operation say military officials

GOVERNMENT TROOPS. As had been the practice in the past, government troops will remain vigilant despite a ceasefire declaration on operations against the New People's Army. File photo

Licuanan on Duterte's whistling: I'm willing to suspend judgment

Jun 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

A known women s rights activist Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says she s willing to put together what [Duterte] says and actually what he does

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines, Patricia Licuanan, addresses the opening of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. UN file photo by Loey Felipe

Binay is P1.2M richer in 2015, submits SALN late

May 27, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Binay – whose SALN is received by the Ombudsman 11 days after the April 30 deadline – declares a net worth of P61 48 million for 2015

Aquino's 2009-2015 SALN: Net worth grew by more than 300%

May 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The growth in Benigno Aquino III s net worth is attributed mainly to properties that he inherited

Aquino richer by P400,000, no longer debt-free in 2015

May 14, 2016 - 8:15 AM

In his last annual SALN declaration as the country s leader President Aquino s net worth stands at P68 78 million

5Ps and CCT: How will candidates' anti-poverty promises be funded?

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

When it comes to promises on poverty alleviation the 6 presidential candidates have a lot to offer How feasible those promises are is another story

File photos by Rappler; Mar Roxas photo from Malacañang

2015: Protest against K to 12 at its loudest, reaches the Supreme Court

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Rappler documents the complaints against the senior high school program that will be implemented in 2016 while Education Secretary Luistro thinks there s more excitement than anxiety about the program

INFOGRAPHIC: How to get annulled

Dec 23, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Here s a guide to filing a petition for annulment and how long it could take

PH polls schedule, human rights, China’s pollution | 12PM wRap

Dec 08, 2015 - 2:10 PM

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COP21: Aquino, other leaders told to get act together

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine delegation at COP21 in Paris welcomes the UN climate official s call as the hard work begins

Why did SC justices vote to disqualify Grace Poe?

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:39 PM

And what s the basis of the majority in upholding Poe s status as a natural born Filipino?

ASEAN leaders launch single market community

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:45 PM

ASEAN chairman Malaysian PM Najib Razak says: We now have to ensure that we create a truly single market and production base with freer movement of goods and services

'HISTORIC MILESTONE.' Leaders of the 10-member ASEAN sign the declaration establishing the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.

Aquino dares China: Take lead in sea row pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

President Aquino says Beijing must ensure the swift establishment of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea given its growing economic and political clout in the region

TAKE LEAD. President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the discussions during the 27th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session at the Conference Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

APEC leaders: Intensify efforts for MSMEs, embrace digital economy

Nov 19, 2015 - 9:11 PM

APEC leaders reiterate actions laid out in the Boracay Action Agenda to globalize MSMEs and report progress by 2020

From Basket Case. One of Basket Case's bags that showcase a Filipino painting. Founder Gigi Phua-Lim sells the bags at reasonable prices to make art accessible to the public. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

APEC leaders close summit by condemning terror attacks

Nov 19, 2015 - 4:44 PM

21 Asia Pacific leaders say economic growth is among the most powerful tools to address terrorism s root causes

'FIGHT TERRORISM.' APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III joins fellow world leaders, namely, (L-R) (front row) Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping; Republic of Peru President Ollanta Humala; Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang; United States of America President Barack Obama; Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha; and Chinese Taipei former Vice President Vincent Siew. (back row) Hong Kong, China Chief Executive CY Leung; Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for the traditional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on Thursday (November 19, 2015). Working with this year’s theme: “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World.” The APEC leaders call for increased global cooperation against terrorism. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rodrigo Duterte declaring in a few days?

Oct 09, 2015 - 5:03 PM

Will the Davao City mayor s supporters get the answer they ve been waiting for?

WAITING FOR DUTERTE. His supporters wait with bated breath for his decision on 2016 elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace to UN body: Only PH courts can decide on Gloria Arroyo

Oct 08, 2015 - 11:24 AM

The Philippine government or any international body for that matter cannot interfere nor influence the course of an independent judicial proceeding says Malacañang

DUE PROCESS FOR GMA. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr says former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been accorded due process. File photo by Rodolfo Manabat/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Women are prime movers of inclusive growth – APEC leaders

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:33 AM

They also push for addressing gender disparities in women s labor force participation and strengthening their role in growing MSMEs

VLOG: Chiz Escudero declares VP bid; Grace Poe-Chiz Escudero in 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - 7:38 PM

The Poe Escudero tandem – locked and loaded for the upcoming 2016 elections But what about their action plan?

Chiz Escudero: I accept the challenge to be Grace Poe's partner in 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED The senator says the Poe Escudero tandem will remain without a party: Pilipinas po ang aming partido at mga Pilipino ang aming mga kapartido

Senator Chiz Escudero announces his intention to run as Grace Poe's Vice President in Election 2016 at Club Filipino in San Juan on Thursday (September 17, 2015). Photo by Jazmin Dulay/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Stars, politicians, ordinary folks turn up for Grace Poe

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Her mix of supporters is very much like what her father Fernando Poe Jr had in in 2004

Photo by Czeasar Dancel

FULL TEXT: 'Gusto kong ipagpatuloy ang mga simulain ni FPJ' – Grace Poe

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:47 PM

20 pangunahing layunin at mithiin ni Senator Grace Poe kung siya y mahahalal na pangulo sa 2016

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roxas on Poe’s 2016 run: ‘Thank you, good luck’

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:53 PM

Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas wishes survey front runner Senator Grace Poe ‘good luck’ but his allies draw the line

Festive mood as Poe supporters flock to UP

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Supporters of Grace Poe say they want good governance and a real straight path she would pursue

WARM WELCOME. Supporters welcome Senator Grace Poe at UP's Bahay ng Alumni on September 16. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

FULL TEXT: 'I wanted to continue what FPJ had started' – Grace Poe

Sep 16, 2015 - 7:55 PM

These 20 things are my dream and my purpose to attain if she becomes president in 2016 says Senator Grace Poe

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Grace Poe: I offer myself as your president

Sep 16, 2015 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED Gusto kong ipagpatuloy ang mga simulain ni FPJ the presidential poll front runner refers to her father who was believed to have been cheated in the 2004 elections

OFFERING HERSELF. Senator Grace Poe looks at the Philippine flag before her announcement of her 2016 presidential bid at the UP Bahay ng Alumni on September 16, 2015. Photo by Jazmin Dulay/Rappler

Susan Roces: This presidential campaign will be different

Sep 16, 2015 - 5:38 PM

The showbiz icon says of her and Fernando Poe Jr s daughter Senator Grace Poe: I hope she will live up to her name

MOTHER'S WISH. Like any mother, Susan Roces says, she prays that her daughter's dream will be realized. This time, that dream is a higher post in 2016. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Grace Poe all set to declare 2016 bid

Sep 16, 2015 - 3:57 PM

UPDATED Presidential polls front runner Senator Grace Poe launches her bid for higher office at the UP Bahay ng Alumni where her father also declared his political plans in 2003

SENTIMENTAL VENUE. Posters of Grace Poe are displayed at the VIP entrance of the Bahay ng Alumni, where she is set to declare her plans for 2016. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Child deaths halved since 1990, but UN goal missed

Sep 09, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Only 62 of 195 countries met targets they adopted 15 years ago says a study which measures the world s performance in one of the 8 so called Millennium Development Goals

SC's grant of Enrile bail 'political accommodation'?

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen s strongly worded dissenting opinion reveals that Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin circulated for signing a draft different from the one previously voted upon by the justices

SPECIAL CASE. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says in his dissenting opinion the decision to grant Enrile bail mirrors 'special accommodation.' Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Less deaths, but world still misses MDG on maternal health

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

In 2013 about 289 000 mothers died worldwide That s 800 women dying each day due to preventable causes

UN: 10 more years needed to reach MDG on child mortality

Jul 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

About 16 000 children under 5 die every day in 2015 due to preventable causes such as pneumonia diarrhea and malaria