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

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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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.

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

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

We throw in the books to set the record straight

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

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

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

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May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Robredo: Marcos and I could both lose votes due to 50% shading threshold

May 29, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'Nakakagulat na ayaw niyang malaman iyong tunay na saloobin ng mamamayan, ano ba talaga iyong boto. Bakit kailangang itulak na 50%?' says Vice President Leni Robredo on her rival Bongbong Marcos

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo wants the PET to consider a 25% vote shading threshold for the VP protest recount. But her rival Bongbong Marcos wants it at 50%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte curious about VP vote recount: 'Tutal gusto ko mag-resign'

May 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses interest in the ongoing recount for the 2016 vice presidential race after a quip about wanting to resign

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. Also in the photo is outgoing AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marcos to SC: 'Injustice' to change ballot shading rules in VP recount

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos goes to the SC on May 9, 2018 to visit his supporters there who are calling for the truth to prevail in the VP recount. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in Iloilo for Marcos-Robredo electoral protest

May 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The ballot retrieval process in Iloilo will be held from May 21 to May 25

ARRIVAL. Ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo arrive at the staging area of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the province for the ballot retrieval process. All photos from the Office of the Vice President.

Robredo slams plan to abolish, transfer PCGG to Calida's office

May 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Dagdag rin sa ating pangamba na mauwi ang pagsasawasto ng naging kasalanan ng pamilyang Marcos sa sambayanang Pilipino sa kasalukuyang Solicitor General,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. In her speech, VP Leni called on the students to use their talents, education, and idealism to make the country a better place for the less fortunate and underprivileged youth. (Photos by OVP)

No 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish PCGG – Roque

May 17, 2018 - 4:28 PM

'Wala pong revisionism diyan dahil lahat ng katungkulan ng PCGG, ipagpapatuloy po ng Office of the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies there is 'historical revisionism' in moves to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG. Malacañang file photo

House OKs bill abolishing agency hunting Marcos ill-gotten wealth

May 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If the bill is passed, the powers of the Presidential Commission on Good Government would be transferred to Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had defended the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

'Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids' season 2: The second day of performances

May 07, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Here's what happened on Day 2 of the performances

FACT CHECK: Duterte did not end contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 11:50 PM

What President Duterte signed on May 1, Labor day was an EO against illegal contractulization, not an order banning all forms of contractualization

Robredo calls out Philippine Star reporter for 'fake news' on VP protest

May 03, 2018 - 10:16 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Marami nang opinyon na na-shape dahil sa panlilinlang. Naging tahimik na tayo for much too long,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she vows to immediately call out and correct any misinformation against her

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during the Wednesday Forum of the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church on May 2, 2018. Photo by OVP

[OPINION] Marcos and Duterte: Strongmen’s changing playbook

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Threats to a free press have returned in different forms. There is no other way ahead but to stay the course.

PCGG did not sell any ill-gotten property in 2017 – COA

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:20 AM

PCGG chief Reynold Munsayac says he was held back by the notice of charge that the COA issued on past sales of the agency

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The Marcos compromise

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Since Robredo and Sereno are fighting their battles in the same theater, it’s easier to detect the conspiratorial hands at work in their cases

Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

Apr 27, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The absurd war on drugs is taking our classmates and we will not allow it anymore,' says Jesus Medina, a student leader from the University of Guadalajara

PROTEST. Mexican students take part in a massive protest against violence in Mexico and the murder of three film students who were Kidnapped, tortured and murdered in western Jalisco State last month, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on April 26, 2018. Photo by  Ulises Ruiz/AFP

NP to field Imee Marcos, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano in senatorial elections

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar denies rumors her husband, former senator Manny Villar, is running for Manila mayor next year

2019. The Nacionalista Party is set to field 3 women candidates for the senatorial elections next year. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Real Madrid in pole position after Asensio winner at Bayern

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The Spanish club puts one foot in the Champions League finals after Marco Asensio goal completes comeback

ADVANTAGE. Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio (right) challenges Bayern Munich's Javier Martinez as Real gets the win and advantage for the return game in Madrid. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

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Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos to PET: No intention to violate gag order on VP protest

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

SC wants Comelec, Bongbong Marcos to comment on shading threshold in VP race

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) This is in relation to the ongoing pilot recount in the electoral protest that Marcos filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

The Supreme Court holds yearly summer sessions in Baguio where they hold office all month of April. Photos by Lian Buan/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Paano nakakaltasan ng boto sa recount si Robredo?

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Nasa gitna ng isyu ang 'shading threshold' – gaano kalaking bahagi ng oval sa balota ang naitiman ng botante – para bilangin ang boto niya para sa bise presidente

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Imee, Jinggoy show up with Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada are both eyeing a possible Senate candidacy in 2019

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada show up at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening. Screenshot from RTVM

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

Lawyer Oliver Lozano dies

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Oliver Lozano, who served as legal counsel of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, dies of a heart ailment at age 77

Oliver Lozano, 1940-2018

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Coming together

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why the divisions between us when one fight clearly overtops all others? Is there any doubt our nation has begun its descent into authoritarianism?

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Apr 05, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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Robredo asks SC to stop 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Supreme Court to consider ballot ovals shaded by 25% as valid votes, based on updated standards set by the Comelec in the 2016 elections

FIGHTING FORM. Vice President Leni Robredo, accompanied by her lead counsel Romulo Macalintal, attends a Mass at St Scholastica's College on April 2, 2018, as the ballot recount begins in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler