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Jerry Aquino Jr tops Ronda Pilipinas Stage 3

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:47 PM

'It was always my dream to wear the leader's jersey so it was really a dream come true,' says Aquino

BREAKTHROUGH. Jerry Aquino, Jr of Scratch It wins his first overall general classification lead in Ronda Pilipinas. Photo from release

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Russia denies envoy’s meeting with PH military chief related to VFA repeal

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Ties between the Philippines and Russia are independent of any third party, says Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev

COURTESY CALL. Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev meets with AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr at Camp Aguinaldo on February 17, 2020. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Trump commutes corrupt former politician's sentence

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Rod Blagojevich was convicted of essentially selling the senator's seat that had been vacated when Barack Obama won the US presidency in 2008

POTUS. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

WATCH: Derrick Jones tops All-Star dunk delights

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Heat forward Derrick Jones bags the Slam Dunk crown while Kings guard Buddy Hield emerges as Three-Point king

INSANE. Derrick Jones Jr soars and finishes through the legs in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DFA CHIEf. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr during a Senate hearing on the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement  on February 6, 2020. Photo by Voltaire F Domingo/Senate PRIB

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

New AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr: PH can 'move on without VFA'

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:19 PM

(UPDATED) New military chief Felimon Santos Jr says the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement will not be a loss to the Philippines

VFA. Newly confirmed AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos says the Philippines can live without the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United State. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ibon Foundation files complaint vs 3 gov't officials over red-tagging

Feb 10, 2020 - 3:04 PM

The policy research group wants the Ombudsman to punish 3 key officials, including Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, for 'malicious abuse of authority and negligent performance of duties as public officials'

No order from Duterte yet to terminate VFA – Lorenzana

Feb 08, 2020 - 4:57 PM

'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite risks, Duterte orders Locsin to terminate VFA

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte ignores the calls of top security and foreign officials to first review the defense agreement

TERMINATE VFA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang on February 6, 2020. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

FULL TEXT: Locsin on impact assessment of VFA termination

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:16 PM

What is at stake and is the Philippines ready to terminate the VFA?

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin: Risky for PH to terminate visiting forces agreement with U.S.

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No termination yet: Locsin instead wants 'vigorous review' of VFA

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr admits he and defense chief Delfin Lorenzana were not consulted before President Duterte announced his order to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

REVIEW FIRST. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr wants more discussions on the Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pampanga, Iloilo ramp up defenses against spread of coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Though both provinces remain free of the nCoV, they have assigned facilities in case of an outbreak

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

FOCAP co-founder Gabino Tabunar Jr dies

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:14 PM

The journalist passes away after a bout with pneumonia. He was 94.

FOCAP CO-FOUNDER. Gabino Tabunar Jr, one of the founders of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), dies Tuesday, February 4. He was 94. Photo from FOCAP's Facebook page

Sotto shows video on coronavirus conspiracy theory at Senate hearing

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:34 PM

'Meron tayong kasabihan eh. If you want to defeat an enemy, know the enemy. Ano ba itong virus na ito?' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III before showing the video that does not cite any official information or sources

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

With VFA uncertain, U.S. envoy hails military alliance with PH at WW2 event

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:33 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim highlights the benefits to Filipinos of US military presence, now threatened by the President’s order to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement

US ENVOY. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim attends a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the University of Santo Tomas Internment Camp during the final days of World War 2 in 1945. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr resigns

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Rio has yet to address reports that he allegedly left after finding corruption within the agency

Iloilo gov asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from HK amid coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr's request comes on the day the Department of Health confirms the first coronavirus case in the Philippines

SUSPENDED. Iloilo asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from Hong Kong. File photo from Cebu Pacific

Ex-AFP chief Madrigal is new Philippine Coconut Authority board member

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Benjamin Madrigal Jr assumes the post 4 months after he retired as military chief

PCA BOARD. Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr has been named as newest member of the Philippine Coconut Authority governing board. Photo from the Eastern Mindanao Command

New Eastern Mindanao military commander vows strong push vs communist rebels

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'We will break them hard,' Major General Jose Faustino says of his plans in battling communist rebels in the region

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Jose Faustino (left) and Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr (center) on January 25, 2020. Photo from OPAPP

Locsin heeds Duterte, starts 'terminating' VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr eagerly puts President Rodrigo Duterte's words in motion after the Philippine chief warned the US government it had one month to 'correct' Senator Ronald dela Rosa's canceled visa

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

'Good move': Locsin hails Duterte's threats to scrap VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to 'terminate' the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement tests the countries' decades-old military alliance

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr supports the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to consider scrapping the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Actor Cuba Gooding to stand trial in April

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actor is accused of inappropriately touching one of the women in a restaurant in Manhattan in September 2018

US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 22, 2020 in New York City. - Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr is facing trial over accusations he groped a woman in New York. Gooding, 51, was originally charged with forcible touching, a crime that can come with a sentence of up to a year in prison if convicted.A judge is expected to decide if additional women can take the witness stand in the actor's trial. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

COA rejects ex-PNP chief Razon's motion in procurement case

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Audit says former Philippine National Police chief Avelino Razon Jr's participation in the transactions in 2007 was 'not ministerial'

Antonio Parlade Jr is new Southern Luzon military commander

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The Army general is a known anti-communist hardliner

NEW SOLCOM COMMANDER. Major General Antonio Parlade Jr is the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command. He is known for his hardline stance against communist rebels. Photo from Parlade's Twitter page

Malacañang defends Phivolcs amid criticism over Taal eruption warnings

Jan 16, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is satisfied with state volcanologists' response to the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano

TAAL ERUPTION. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. shows to media the Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division room during a press conference on January 15, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Cavite lawmaker wants House probe into gov’t response to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Congressman Elpidio Barzaga Jr also says charges should be filed against 'unscrupulous persons' who raised the prices of face masks, food, and other supplies

Evacuees get off trucks of the DPWH and PNP after evacuating from their homes due to the eruption of Taal volcano in Batangas on Monday, January 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Bugbugin mo ako!': Locsin faces off with protesters at DFA

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Confrontation between Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and protesters cools down after a woman pleads with Locsin to bring her sister home

FACE-OFF. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. confronts protesters outside the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Pasay City on January 10, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japan to provide additional P2B to fortify Metro Manila bridges vs earthquakes

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Fresh funds will go to the strengthening of the Lambingan and Guadalupe bridges

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (center) pose for a photo after the exchange of diplomatic notes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Duterte appoints housing secretary, space agency chief

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:20 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario will head the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development while DOST's Joel Marciano Jr will lead the Philippine Space Agency

HOUSING SECRETARY. New Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario also serves as Marawi rehab czar. Screenshot from Rappler talk

Mandaluyong court issues 72-hour TRO vs motorcycle taxi rider cap

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Angkas biker Rommel Villanueva, one of the petitioners, says this decision is proof justice is on their side

INITIAL VICTORY. The 72-hour temporary restraining order against the cap on Angkas bikers is seen as an initial victory for those who have been rendered jobless. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Military ‘intensifies’ intel on terror groups amid Iran-U.S. crisis

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The military says it is looking out for the security of US and Iranian citizens in the Philippines

MONITORING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it has intensified intelligence gathering on groups that might launch sympathy attacks in the wake of the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

AFP ‘ready to deploy anytime’ to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:55 PM

In case violence escalates in the region, the Philippine military says it will deploy aircraft and vessels to take Filipinos out of Iran and Iraq

EMERGENCY MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte summoned security officials on Sunday, January 5, to discuss the security situation in the Middle East. Photo from Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

No mention of West Philippine Sea in new military chief’s speech

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr praises President Duterte’s ‘localized peace talks’ with communist guerrilla fronts, and vows to focus military efforts on stamping out the rebellion

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr was installed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 4, 2020. Screengrab from RTVM

Locsin, new China envoy ring in 2020 together

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'

2020. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr celebrates the new year with newly appointed China Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila

Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu to make 1st official visit to PH

Jan 03, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to visit the Philippines from January 8 to 9

OFFICIAL VISIT. Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to make his first official visit to the Philippines in January 2020. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Veteran intelligence officer Felimon Santos Jr is new military chief

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr is currently the chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao City

NEW MILITARY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr, a veteran intelligence officer, will replace General Noel Clement as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army

Motorcycle taxi TWG accuses Angkas of 'emotional blackmail'

Dec 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) The government's technical working group addresses Angkas executive George Royeca in an open letter posted on social media

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

Locsin downplays U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:52 PM

'Sovereignty is indivisible. Give up one aspect – like a judicial trial... you may as well give up national security to China,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

PH AUTHORITY. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. downplays US sanctions vs Philippine officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima's detention. Photo by Angie de Silva

‘Don’t muddle the issue,’ Angkas hits back at government

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca says Angkas is concerned about commuter safety

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

FALSE: Convicted Ampatuan brothers are ‘Liberal Party members’

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The masterminds of the Ampatuan massacre were officials of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, the party of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They were kicked out of the party after the massacre.

[EDITORIAL] Ang anino ng backhoe sa Ampatuan massacre

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The sad truth is this: the trial of the decade does not reform, overhaul, or even change the injustice that's still prevalent in our society today