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In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

Senate panels push for salary hike for gov't workers

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15

NEW SALARY HIKE. Government workers would receive a new round of salary hike in 2020, if the proposed measure is passed into law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Instead of bidding, COA chief wants shopping portal for common supplies

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'The focus has really been more on accountability. But has this greater focus on accountability achieved its purpose?' says audit chairman Michael Aguinaldo

PROCUREMENT. COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo proposes using the system of the government fares agreement to the procurement of common use supplies. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto's politics: Open to compromise but never to corruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:28 PM

As with any battle, preparation is key, says the young mayor of Pasig City as he tries to overhaul decades of rigid bureaucracy and patronage politics in his hometown

VICO'S POLITICS. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announces the new scholarship program to be offered to residents of Pasig during his visit at the Pasig City Science High School on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Senate approves bill granting night pay to gov't workers

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Año supports end of Mindanao martial law

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:48 PM

'Normalcy has returned to the entire region,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, backing Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's recommendation against another extension of martial law in Mindanao

RECOMMENDATION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP NHQ In Quezon City. September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) Different local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) by evacuating residents ahead of its landfall

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

At the forefront of Europe’s battle for tech transparency

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Europe is already home to some of the world’s strictest data privacy laws. The EU thinks it can do much more

TECH TRANSPARENCY. Image adapted from header graphic by Aigerim Ismagulova for Coda Story.

Multi-billion SEA Games 2019 fund follows Cayetano where he goes

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The money trail shows SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano has control over the budget regardless of which agency the money is lodged under

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their site visit on October 16, 2019 at New Clark City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila business reporter Ralf Rivas, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms junking of P1-B Marcos case

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government loses again

MARCOS COUPLE. President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. File photo from Presidential Library and Museum Flickr account

DILG urges mayors to suspend classes for SEA Games 2019

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:39 AM

In anticipation of heavy traffic, class suspensions are recommended for schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon

SUSPEND CLASSES. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that a memorandum circular has been issued urging mayors to suspend classes in areas with SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo did not get anything confidential from us – DILG

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says Robredo did not gain any information regarding drug lords and drug syndicates

NEED TO KNOW. While the Department of the Interior and Local Government was open to giving Vice President Leni Robredo information on the anti-drug campaign, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año allowed it on a need-to-know basis. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangasinan State University officials face probe for not posting bid award notices

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends that the Ombudsman investigate school officials for not complying with the law when they purchased office supplies worth P2.144 million

[PODCAST] Paano naiipit si Robredo sa drug war ni Duterte

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Ano ang gustong mangyari ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa kampanya laban sa droga? Pakinggan sa talakayan nila Rambo Talabong, Mara Cepeda, at Jodesz Gavilan.

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Año says China-funded Safe Philippines project will be 'all-Filipino'

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The national government will handle all the data gathered by the surveillance system project, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

ALL FILIPINO? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that after providing the equipment, Chinese contractors will not be handling the Safe Philippines project. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BCDA, Malaysian firm ink questionable P11-billion SEA Games deal

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Part 1: (UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC flags the return-of-investment and profit-sharing schemes of the BCDA-MTD Capital Berhad deal, but the BCDA insists it's 'very advantageous to the government’

The “starting block” at the oval of the Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games.

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

Besieged by protesters, Lebanon assembly postpones session

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:40 PM

From early morning, hundreds of noisy demonstrators and riot police have faced off and at times scuffled outside the assembly in Beirut, with activists also trying to block MPs' convoys

PROTEST. Lebanese anti-government protesters shout slogans in front of a barrier near parliament headquarters in the capital Beirut on November 19, 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't supporters march in Hong Kong after week of chaos

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:39 PM

A group of around 500 people, mostly middle-aged and senior citizens, rally outside the Hong Kong government's headquarters to show support for the police

Supporters of the Hong Kong Police Force participate in a pro-law enforcement rally outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. China's President Xi Jinping warned November 14 that protests in Hong Kong threaten the "one country, two systems" principle governing the semi-autonomous city that has tipped into worsening violence with two dead in a week. Ye Aung THU / AFP

Makati allots P8.07 billion for social services in 2020 budget

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This is nearly half of the P18.047-billion budget for next year passed by the city council and approved by Makati Mayor Abby Binay

2020 BUDGET APPROVED. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo hand a P100,000 check to a centenarian from the city. Photo from Makati City government

Robredo wants 'clear' baseline data on drug problem by end-2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:53 PM

While Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledges the challenges on the ground, she says collecting the data is needed to determine whether the anti-drug campaign is effective

BASELINE DATA NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the  law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

QC youth innovation program to grant advocates on community projects

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership opens applications for their youth grant program until November 30

Duterte's golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.


DBM to endorse EO on new salary hike for gov't workers

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Senator Ralph Recto urges the Department of Budget and Management to issue an executive order instead of asking for a law, so the salary adjustments can be made by January 2020

SALARY HIKE. Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget and Management is 'open' to taking the executive route for the salary hike of government workers, instead of allowing Congress to pass it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Conclusion: Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:35 AM

The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat

Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Part 1: Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.

DILG's new anti-drug info system excludes data on killings

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System aims to address 'disinformation' in the international community, but will not include data on drug war killings

EXCLUDED. A new information system containing consolidated figures of the anti-illegal drug campaign has been given a soft launch, but has excluded data on the killings made during anti-drug operations. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Citing legit warrants, DILG says no crackdown on militant groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says it's the police's job 'to monitor communist groups'

NO CRACKDOWN? Department of the Interior and Local Government Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the raids and arrests made in progressive groups' offices are just 'in furtherance of a warrant of arrest issued by a competent court.' Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Renewed live fire in Iraq capital as blackout, sit-ins persist

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Mass rallies have continued in the capital and across Iraq's Shiite-majority south, despite a renewed internet blackout and violence that has left nearly 280 dead

MORE PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters wearing Guy Fawkes maskes hold up a banner with revolutionary slogans in English during continuing anti-government protests in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on November 6, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The agency identifies the aspects of ICAD's work where the Vice President could put to use her years of experience working with grassroots organizations

AN ASSET. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that Vice President Robredo has the competency to lead the demand reduction side of the anti-illegal drug campaign. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DILG panel to file administrative charges vs 13 'ninja cops'

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The summary dismissal proceedings can be completed within 45 days, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW EVIDENCE. The DILG-Napolcom joint review committee has found new evidence to merit administrative cases against the 13 'ninja cops' in the 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

DILG threatens Gwen Garcia: We can sue you

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:50 PM

DILG's RJ Echeverri warns Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia after she complains about the low ratings given to Cebu towns for their road clearing operations

THREATS. A DILG assistant secretary threatens to file charges against Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for criticizing the department over its road clearing assessment. Photo from Province of Cebu's Public Information Office/Subgo News

No hard evidence to file admin case vs Albayalde over ninja cops – Año

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Command responsibility merits Oscar Albayalde's removal from his post, but this becomes moot since he has stepped down, says DILG chief Eduardo Año

NO HARD EVIDENCE. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says current allegations against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde are just "words against words". Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Agony continues for families shut out from Bilibid

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'Anong mangyayari sa loob? Hindi natin nakikita, kasi nandito tayo sa labas. Maawa naman si General Bantag. Iyong rasyon, parang pagkain ng aso,' says a convict's wife, whose last visit was October 4

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

DOLE expands gov't internship program

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment's government internship program is now open to those over 30 years old, victims of armed conflict, rebel returnees, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] NEDA official accused of sexual harassment still in office

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It has been nearly 9 months since the report was submitted to the Office of the President for a resolution. The silence from Malacañang is deafening.

One year of Panelo, the showbiz spokesman

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Count on Salvador Panelo to whip out every trick up his sleeve to defend the President. But who defends Panelo when he faces the specter of delicadeza?

Barangay captains could be sacked for allowing road obstructions – DILG

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Even if cities and municipalities are given passing marks in the road clearing operations, it doesn't mean specific barangays in their jurisdictions are off the hook

FIVE DAYS. DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño presents a sample show cause order to be issued to 99 Manila barangay captains. They will be given five days to respond. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: How regions scored in the road clearing operations

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:35 PM

A quarter of towns in the Zamboanga Peninsula fail to comply with the directive, while NCR maintains its high compliance rate

CLEARED. Will cities and municipalities across the country maintain cleared public roads? Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

IAS separation from PNP may not be necessary – DILG

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The Internal Affairs Service calls for separation from the PNP following the 'ninja cops' controversy

SEPARATION? A house bill seeks to make the Internal Affairs Service independent from the Philippine National Police. Photo from PNP

Challenges of local governance we don’t always see

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Which, by the way, also present challenges in reporting