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Duterte attends baptism of Lord Allan Velasco's daughter Sara

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The grand floral-themed affair is also graced by tycoon Ramon Ang, senators Bong Go and Sonny Angara, and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attends as a mentor in the baptism of Sara Velasco at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City on September 22, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Lord of the Rings' series to start filming in New Zealand

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Amazon's upcoming 'Lord of the Rings' TV series will be shot in Auckland, New Zealand, home to Peter Jackson's original 'LOTR' films

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

APPROVED. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Lacson says 4 Chinese drug lords released from Bilibid in June

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Immigration says the 4 Chinese nationals are currently detained in their warden's facility for deportation

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cayetano, Velasco, Romualdez 'show unity' before 18th Congress opens

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says there will be no rift in the House to ensure that President Rodrigo Duterte's agenda is prioritized

Cayetano meeting with lawmakers ahead of SONA. Photo by Alan Cayetano's office

Cayetano: I am ‘sincere’ in following term-sharing deal as Speaker

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:33 PM

'I just want to say: I am sincere in following the President’s 15-21 formula,' says Cayetano to first-time lawmakers while orienting them about President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda

CAYETANO. Former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for the Taguig's first district confressional seat, is at the CP Sta. Teresa Elementary School in Taguig City. FIle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Cayetano to PDP-Laban bloc: Join me in 'very exciting journey'

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'I hope you stay beside me and not behind me. We will do this together,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells the lawmakers

photos from Cayetano's office

Duterte says Cayetano is next House Speaker, to share term with Velasco

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also announces that Leyte congressman Martin Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 House speaker bets agree to respect Duterte's choice

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the speakership hopefuls will 'settle the issue between them' should President Rodrigo Duterte still refuse to give his blessing

MEETING IN TOKYO. Three rivals for the speakership meet with President Rodrigo Duterte during his trip to Tokyo, Japan in May. File photo from Senator Bong Go

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hugpong endorses Davao City's Isidro Ungab for House Speaker

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) So far, 6 congressmen are vying to be Speaker of the House in the 18th Congress

ASPIRANT. File photo of Isidro Ungab. From his Facebook account

Duterte says he greenlighted Cayetano-Velasco term-sharing

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte confirms he proposed the term-sharing agreement but maintains he is sticking to his recent decision to let House members decide on the next Speaker

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cayetano claims Velasco backed out of term-sharing agreement for Speaker

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'I am deeply disappointed that after we both expressed full agreement with the President's proposal, Representative Velasco and his wife are now making a turnaround,' says Taguig City-Pateros congressman-elect Alan Peter Cayetano

TERM-SHARING THUMBED DOWN. Taguig City-Pateros Representative-elect Alan Peter Cayetano is open to share terms if he becomes Speaker, a scenario his opponents are against. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Romualdez: I'm a 'strong contender' for Speaker

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The allies of Leyte 1st District representative-elect Martin Romualdez claim he has the numbers to secure the speakership, with one lawmaker pegging it at 178 votes

MULTI-PARTY CAUCUS. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez meets with more 30 legislators representing different political parties on June 26, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

PDP-Laban, 3 major House blocs support Velasco for Speaker

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Several members of the party-list bloc say their members have yet to decide on a candidate, even after 1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero signed the manifesto of support as party-list coalition president

LEADING BET? Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco has strengthened his bid for the highest post in the House of Representatives. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

At least 40 PDP-Laban lawmakers back Velasco for Speaker

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Aurelio Gonzales Jr, another PDP-Laban speakership bet, also throws in the towel and supports Lord Allan Velasco's bid for the highest post in the House of Representatives

THE CHOSEN ONE? Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco gets the support of at least 40 of his PDP-Laban  party mates. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Next House Speaker? Cayetano open to 'share' terms with Velasco

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:38 PM

'They don't have the same experience that I fortunately have. Not only with running with the President but being involved [in the government] for the last 27 years,' says incoming Taguig City congressman Alan Peter Cayetano

NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER? Incoming Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano says the President 'chose' him to be the next House Speaker. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte meets with Pacquiao to discuss PDP-Laban Speaker bet

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The President will choose from 3 names – Lord Allan Velasco, Dong Gonzales, and Pantaleon Alvarez

PDP-LABAN BET. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Senator Manny Pacquiao to discuss their party PDP-Laban's candidate for House Speaker in the 18th Congress. Photo courtesy of Senator-elect Bong Go

Duterte meets with Speaker hopefuls in Japan

May 29, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Three rivals for the speakership – Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, and Alan Peter Cayetano – meet with President Rodrigo Duterte while in Japan for an official trip

P1 million for every speakership vote? Velasco, Alvarez deny bribing lawmakers

May 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez, the ousted speaker who wants another shot at the post, claims other candidates for the speakership are handing out P500,000 to P1 million to buy votes

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco are among the lawmakers who want to be Speaker in the 18th Congress. File photo of Alvarez by Rappler, photo of Velasco from his Facebook page

Lord Allan Velasco vows to be the ‘listening Speaker’ of the House

May 28, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says the support of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio 'sealed the deal' for his speakership bid

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco wants to be the next leader of the House of Representatives. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page  SPEAKERSHIP RACE. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco wants to be the next leader of the House of Representatives. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Duterte tells Paolo: Vie for speakership, I'll resign

May 27, 2019 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he is not taking any sides when it comes to the speakership bids of Alan Peter Cayetano, Lord Allan Velasco, Pantaleon Alvarez, and Martin Romualdez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte spurns Alvarez peace offer, says Cayetano made 'veiled threat'

May 22, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Davao City mayor claims Alan Peter Cayetano, another one vying for the speakership, warned her against supporting the speakership bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with his children, reelectionist Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and vice mayoral candidate Sebastian Duterte, during his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HNP-HTL) campaign sortie at the Davao City Recreation Center on May 10, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Paolo Duterte for Speaker? Ask the President, says Sara

May 21, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says the question on Paolo's interest for speakership 'should best be addressed by our father because he is the President and our patriarch'

HOUSE SPEAKERSHIP. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says she is not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next House Speaker. Sara Duterte file photo by Maria Tan/Rappler, Paolo Duterte file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Will the Duterte-backed Velascos prevail in Marinduque?

May 11, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Velascos are relatively new to the political game in Marinduque, taking on the Reyes dynasty. But one thing they have that the Reyeses don’t – a resounding endorsement from President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with Former Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go and the birthday celebrants Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and his wife Rowena Velasco during the celebration at the Marinduque State College on November 3, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte allies hit 2019 campaign trail on big bikes

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Whether it’s a flair for drama or the need for speed they find reason to set loose their big bikes on the campaign trail

Self-confessed Cebu drug lord shot dead in Quezon City

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Police say Franz Sabalones was shot in the head upon leaving his car in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Central Visayas' alleged number 2 in the drug trade Franz Sabalones has surrendered to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

WATCH: The life of a younger 'Tolkien' inspires in upcoming biopic

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Nicholas Hoult stars as a younger J.R.R. Tolkien in this feature film on the renowned author's formative years

From Rings to Ringo: 'LOTR' director Peter Jackson helms Beatles documentary

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:57 AM

Peter Jackson's upcoming documentary tells the story of how The Beatles' 1970 album 'Let It Be' came to life

El Chapo's secret messages to his wife and lover revealed

Jan 10, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman spied on both his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, and the lover, Agustina Cabanillas Acosta, using a surveillance system installed in encrypted Blackberries he gave them

EL CHAPO'S WIFE. File photo of Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the founder of the former Guadalajara Cartel Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, outside federal court in New York on April 17, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

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Nov 09, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Velasco as 'next Speaker'? Sara Duterte says she'll back dad's choice

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) (UPDATED) Asked if she supports the speakership bid of Alan Peter Cayetano, the Davao City Mayor says, 'Whoever President Duterte wants, we will support them'

Political parties Serbisyo ng Bayan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago headed by Sarah Duterte and Joy Belmonte held a Pledge of Allegiance and vowed to to support each other candidates in the coming elections. The gathering which was held at the Trinity gym in Quezon City was attended by Imee Marcos, Pia Cayetano, Harry Roque, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, Jiggy Manicad and other candidates vying for elected positions in the coming elections. November 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dutertes call Lord Allan Velasco as next House Speaker | Midday wRap

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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In Marinduque, Dutertes call Lord Allan Velasco the next House Speaker

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

If reelectionist Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco aspires to be Speaker in the 18th Congress, he will likely go against Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

PARTY OF THE NEXT SPEAKER? President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) attends the birthday celebration for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco (2nd from L) on November 3, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Brother Eddie's Jesus Is Lord Church marks 40th anniversary

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of Jesus Is Lord Church, says injustices continue in the Philippines because not everyone recognizes God

JIL ANNIVERSARY. Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Brother Eddie Villanueva stresses the importance of knowing and acknowledging God as he slams the 'vicious cycle' and 'rampant injustice' in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte on illegal drugs, lotto winners, Facebook breach | Midday wRap

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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Democrats say hacking attempt was unauthorized 'test'

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:06 PM

DNC Chief Security Officer Bob Lord said the party and its security partners 'now believe it was built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test on VoteBuilder,' the party's crucial computerized files on voters

BOB LORD. Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo Bob Lord speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 at Pier 36 on May 15, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Lorde, SZA and more rock Jakarta’s We The Fest 2018

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The 2018 edition of the Indonesian music festival boasted a massive lineup that included Vince Staples, Miguel, James Bay, Honne, Eric Nam and more

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Duterte meets with Brother Eddie Villanueva

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Jesus Is Lord founder Brother Eddie Villanueva, one of the religious leaders who condemned his 'God is stupid' remark

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

Duterte on UN Human Rights Chief, DOLE on Jollibee, Sison on resumption of peace talks | Evening wRap

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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ABS-CBN runs poll on LOTR 'remake' and fans aren't having it

Apr 04, 2018 - 1:34 PM

It's a hypothetical 'Lord of the Rings' remake but the reactions are as real as they can get

LOOK: Cardinal Tagle washes feet of Chito Soganub, Demafelis parents

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The 12 chosen migrants, refugees, and displaced peoples cry as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle wash their feet on Maundy Thursday 2018

WASHING OF THE FEET. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washes the feet of rescued Marawi priest Father Chito Soganub on Holy Thursday. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Listen to OFWs, refugees who left because of love – Tagle

Mar 29, 2018 - 7:57 PM

'Kilalanin sila.... Sa kanilang paglisan, sana hindi sila mag-isa. Samahan sila sa paglalakbay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases