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The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Bongbong Marcos, imported Galunggong, PH beats Kazakhstan | Evening wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Roque on Marcos as Duterte successor: What would Alan say?

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano is President Duterte's 'number one preference' as successor, even if he has not mentioned it in public

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

Duterte on his successor, MMDA driver-only car ban, Jordan Clarkson | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte prefers 'the likes of Escudero, Marcos' as successor

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte won't step down as long as Vice President Leni Robredo is in power to take his place, says Malacañang

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

Uson and federalism, National ID law, Demi Lovato | Evening wRap

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Letters show 2016 poll fraud accuser represented Marcos

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Former Biliran representative Glen Chong denies it, saying the Marcos camp nominated him but he did not accept it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo hosts a thank you lunch, manhunt for leftists, Nam Joo-Hyuk | Evening wRap

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

Imee Marcos blocking Fariñas’ bid to retain House leadership

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:02 PM

His vicious conflict with Ilocos Norte's Governor Imee Marcos could cost Representative Rodolfo Farñas his position as House majority leader

CLASH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

Arroyo, Sara Duterte, Imee Marcos meet for ‘thank you lunch’

Jul 30, 2018 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Gloria Arroyo hosts a get-together to show her gratitude to politicians who supported her bid for the leadership of the House of Representatives

'THANK YOU LUNCH.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio meet on July 30, 2018. All photos from Arroyo's office

The women behind the fall of Alvarez

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:09 PM

How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?

Ombudsman Martires, shading threshold, Cesar Montano | Evening wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

HOAX: Viral photo of SONA 2018 rally 'supports' Duterte, Marcos

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The photo is of anti-Duterte protesters along Commonwealth Avenue during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA

SC junks Marcos motion to probe revisors’ outing

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court says the investigation into the Laguna outing of its staff with Vice President Leni Robredo's revisors was already finished even before ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed his motion

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

Ombudsman probing Imee Marcos over questionable projects

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says their investigation would help 'accelerate the finding of facts' on alleged anomalies in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during the resumption of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability inquiry into the Ilocos Government's P66.45-M purchase of motor vehicles on October 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:21 PM

How is the Senate race shaping up a year into the polls? Results of the June 2018 Pulse Asia survey present interesting movements.

Robredo to SC: CCTV can prove Marcos knew about revisors' outing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say one of Bongbong Marcos' revisors, Roderick Miranda, sent food for the people who joined the outing

REVISORS' OUTING ISSUE. Lawyer Emil Marañon III, legal consultant to VP Leni Robredo, files their counter-manifestation with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

SC clears House panel over Ilocos 6 detention

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court also rules that the House panel did not commit grave abuse of discretion in investigating the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Marcos seeks probe into Laguna outing of Robredo revisor, PET staff

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the swimming party indicates a 'conspiracy' between the Presidential Electoral Tribunal staff and the revisor of Vice President Leni Robredo

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Calida drops Comelec, backs 50% shading threshold in favor of Marcos

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Instead of defending the government in the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo, Solicitor General Jose Calida says he is acting as People's Tribune

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Doubtful deliveries, fabricated documents in Ilocos Norte projects – COA

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 audit report of Ilocos Norte is peppered with questionable transactions according to the Commission on Audit

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Vice President's camp points out that determining the shading threshold is an administrative, and not a quasi-judicial, matter so the Comelec 'could directly file its comment' with the PET on Robredo's motion

DELAYS. The camp of Leni Robredo says the Solicitor General's filings are delaying the vice-presidential protest case. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Where Philippine cops go unpunished, just recycled

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police introduces a pattern: reinstating cops who have been dismissed, accused of wrongdoing or dragged into scandals

RECYCLING? Cops sacked during controversies return with positions in the PNP. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

SC fines Robredo, Marcos camps P50k for sub judice

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:03 PM

(3rd UPDATED) The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes unanimously

FINED. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal fines both the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for violating sub judice. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Reus on a mission as Germany seeks to complete escape act

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Germany will only go through to the last 16 if it wins by two or more clear goals against South Korea

GRAND RETURN. Marco Reus finally plays the game he dreamed of against Sweden after he was hit with numerous injuries.

Court drops $5-M Marcos wealth case, leaves it to Calida to pursue

Jun 25, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan says it's the Office of the Solicitor General and not the Office of the Ombudsman which should pursue the forfeiture case

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 18-24, 2018

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Duterte: God is ‘stupid’, Sereno on Midas Marquez and Bongbong Marcos' ambitions

Kroos stunner rescues Germany's World Cup hopes

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Germans hold nerve as Toni Kroos brings the defending champions back from the brink

RELIEF. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during their must-win match against Sweden. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Robredo calls out Marcos revisor for using prohibited item in VP recount

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) Marcos camp spokesperson Vic Rodriguez hits Vice President Leni Robredo for 'her desperate, childish, and obvious attempts to delay, delay, and delay the recount'

REVISION AREA. This is the working area of the revisors from the PET and both the Marcos and Robredo camps for the ongoing VP electoral protest recount. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Marcos presidential bid, term extensions, mental health law | Evening wRap

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Bongbong Marcos eyes return to Malacañang as Philippine president

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos says he aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics, but says the presidency is 'not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on'

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is hugged by his loyalists outside the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Marcos wealth, Duterte defends China, effects of cursing | Midday wRap

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC junks P51-B PCGG claim vs Marcoses, cronies

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The Supreme Court's First Division upholds a 2010 Sandiganbayan ruling which dismissed a PCGG complaint that sought damages from the estate of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

LOOK: Men, women shave heads to call for 25% shading threshold in VP race

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'Nangangamba kami sa posibilidad na hindi lumitaw ang tunay na pasya ng taumbayan noong 2016 elections dahil sa teknikalidad,' says the group

State university students Jhanee, 20 and Pipay, 19, both members of Millennials PH were the first ones to be shaved. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PET begins Iloilo ballot recount for VP protest

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo confirms that 3 ballot boxes from Ajuy town in Iloilo were opened Thursday afternoon, June 7

ELECTION CASE. Vice President Leni Robredo faces an electoral protest filed against her in 2016 by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos.

Past attempts at a national ID system: A battleground of privacy, executive power

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The national ID system has gone through a lot of growing pains on its way to the desk of President Rodrigo Duterte

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 misconceptions about Philippine history

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:10 PM

We throw in the books to set the record straight

Cecchinato stuns Djokovic as Keys, Stephens set up all American semis

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:11 AM

World number 72 Marco Cecchinato becomes the first Italian man to reach the Grand Slam semis since 1978

UNBELIEVABLE. World number 72 Marco Cecchinato celebrates after upsetting 12-time major Novak Djokovic to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the French Open men's semis since 1999. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Sandiganbayan junks case vs ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loan

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The anti-graft court says the Office of the Solicitor General failed to prove that a P57.39-million loan given to a textile company by the Development Bank of the Philippines was a behest loan