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#HackSociety 2017: Using tech to help the marginalized

Sep 15, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Five finalists for this year's HackSociety propose ideas to help persons with disabilities, juvenile delinquents, depressed individuals, and ordinary people with limited knowledge of the law

HACKSOCIETY 2017. The second day of the ideathon sees 20 finalists pitch their innovative solutions to society's problems. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pag-IBIG eyes P8.6-billion socialized housing takeouts in Mindanao

Sep 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The projected figure is a challenge for the agency’s accredited developers on the island but Pag IBIG Fund Deputy Chief Executive Officer Marilene Acosta says it is for developers to produce more socialized housing units for its members here

The mother who sold turon to send her 4 children to college

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Istorya ng Pag Asa is an effort to present an alternative narrative to the prevailing trend of negativity and hate through stories of hope optimism and inspiration

Lorna Tambaoan told her life story to Ateneo students during the launch of the Istorya ng Pag-Asa on Wednesday, September 13. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler
Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Pag-IBIG in talks with Ramon Ang on Marawi housing units

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Acmad Moti Pag IBIG Chief Executive Officer says Chairman Eduardo del Rosario will meet with Ang next week to talk about the plan Ang he says might donate houses to help evacuees rebuild their lives from scratch

RAMON ANG. San Miguel Corp president Ramon Ang, DOTC Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the inauguration of NAIA X (expressway) in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

PANOORIN: Pag-awit ni Joey Ayala ng 'Tutubing Bakal'

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Inawit ni Joey Ayala ang Tutubing Bakal para sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika

Customs, Dela Rosa, Cayetano | Evening wRap

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte, Faeldon, West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

Dela Rosa, Bird Flu, Pag-asa Island | Evening wRap

Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Photos show China ships fishing near Pag-asa Island

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:55 PM

CSIS images also show more Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea even as Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano justifies the presence of Chinese vessels there

'ACTIVELY FISHING.' This photo shows one of two Chinese ships that 'appear to be actively fishing, with their nets visibly in the water,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Alejano: Does PH have 'strategy of silence' in West Philippine Sea?

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Have we already adopted the strategy of silence inaction and subservience in West Philippine Sea so as not to offend China? asks opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

WHAT'S THE POLICY? Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano criticized DFA secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over recent statements made concerning the West Philippine Sea. File photo

Cayetano downplays reported China ships near Pag-asa Island

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:22 PM

There are reasons for the presence of certain vessels but the situation in the area is very stable Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

BETTER TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Duterte administration has improved the Philippines' ties with China. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Uber and LTFRB, Shabu smuggling, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

5 Chinese ships spotted near Pag-asa sandbars

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:21 AM

The Chinese may have a sinister plan to occupy sandbars just west of Pag asa that belong to us says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys

Film workers to receive SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig benefits via FDCP

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The FDCP s registry will allow film workers access to basic social services as well as job and learning opportunities

LIZA DIÑO. An impassioned FDCP chair at the kick off of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Photo by Martin San Diego/ Rappler

Pag-IBIG gets COA nod on law firm to handle Globe Asiatique cases

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:37 PM

With over a billion pesos involved in these cases COA says full commitment is extremely necessary to ensure proper representation in courts

LAW FIRM. Delfin Lee and his property firm are accused of double sale to various buyers of subdivision housing units that were also mortgaged or used as collateral for housing loans from Pag-IBIG Fund. File image

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

Fariñas, CA on Lopez, Pag-asa Island | Evening wRap

May 02, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Zak Yuson

Pag-asa is ours, PH says amid China remarks

May 02, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says it is illegal for the Philippines to occupy disputed West Philippine Sea South China Sea islands

Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

May 01, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag asa Island will push through despite China s displeasure

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People s Liberation Army Navy

PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

Pag-asa residents watch China build 'city' in neighboring reef

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:50 PM

They have learned to co exist with the Chinese Their bigger question is when can the Philippine government build facilities to make the island more liveable?

View of Subi Reef from a communication tower on Pag-asa Island as of April 2017. AFP Photo

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED China says it is gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this move by the Philippine government

PAG-ASA TRIP. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a trip to the disputed Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Screen grab from Rappler video

PH military chief says nothing like singing nat'l anthem on Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

It s the first time for the Philippine military chief to step foot on Pag asa the second biggest naturally occurring island in the entire South China Sea

LUPANG HINIRANG. Top Philippine security officials lead the flag-raising ceremony on Pag-asa on April 21, 2017. Rapper photo

PH allots P1.6B to fast track construction on Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The funding mainly covers the repairs of the eroding runway

TOP BRASS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the top officers of the Philippine military visit Pag-Asa Island on April 21, 2017. Rappler photo

Robredo, Pag-asa Island, De Lima | Evening wRap

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Zak Yuson

PH security officials visit disputed island in West PH Sea

Apr 21, 2017 - 1:14 PM

3RD UPDATE China challenges Philippine Air Force planes as they fly over the disputed area – a routine exchange between the 2 countries in the West Philippine Sea

PAG-ASA ISLAND TRIP. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana visits Pag-Asa Island in the disputed Spratlys on April 21, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

U.S. air strike, Duterte, Trump meets Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 07, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

PH military mulls occupying submerged rocks inside EEZ

Apr 07, 2017 - 4:53 PM

That s an order from the President and I intend to carry that out says General Eduardo Año on Friday April 7

LOCALIZED TALKS. Despite the failed negotiations between the government and communists, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to engage in 'localized peace talks' with rebels in communities. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 7, 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

Pag-asa Island, Duterte on Sueno, Trillanes | Evening wRap

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea

Apr 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED The President says there is a need to maintain jurisdiction in the disputed West Philippine Sea

'FORTIFYING' TERRITORIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attend the anniversary of the Philippine army. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Congressmen's trip to West PH Sea cancelled due to rain

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Lawmakers were supposed to go to Pag Asa Island to hold a congressional hearing on a proposal to establish the Spratlys Development Authority

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

In days of darkness, let's highlight stories of hope – Robredo

Mar 12, 2017 - 10:02 AM

The Vice President launches in Baguio a collection of extraordinary stories of ordinary people intending to bring these stories to every nook and cranny of our country

STORIES OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo launches 'Istorya ng Pag-asa' at the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Duterte appoints Pag-IBIG Fund OIC

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Pag IBIG Fund Deputy Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti as officer in charge to replace Darlene Berberabe

NEW OIC. Acmad Moti is the new Pag-IBIG Fund OIC chief executive officer. Photo from Pag-IBIG Fund website

Amid political noise, Robredo seeks stories of hope

Mar 05, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Under the Istorya ng Pag Asa project stories will be collected and compiled to change the national conversation

ISTORYA NG PAG-ASA. Vice President Leni Robredo calls out for inspirational stories to be compiled in a coffee table book. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

China feared to house missiles in PH's Mischief Reef

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Subi Reef which is close to Pag Asa Island in Palawan s Kalayaan Island Group may also house missiles soon according to US officials interviewed by Reuters

Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout

Post-Valentine weekend: Making special children feel they belong

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Quezon City government and the Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability gather some 2 000 children with special needs and their parents

CAMP PAG-IBIG. The Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability and the Quezon City government gather 2,000 children with special needs for a fun and creative 2-day camp on February 19-20, 2017. Photo by Benjamin Rey Nualan

Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

China has 3 runways in the South China Sea

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will await the recommendation of the military on when he could visit the troops there

TROOPS VISIT. The military says the planned visit of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the troops deployed in the West Philippine Sea is no reason to anger China. Rappler file photo

Children in conflict with the law: Cracks in Juvenile Justice Act

Nov 13, 2016 - 11:39 PM

Part 3: With calls to lower the age of criminal liability social workers and pro child groups say proper implementation of the law not amendment is needed

CRACKS IN THE LAW. Should the age of criminal responsibility be lowered? President Rodrigo Duterte says so but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the call.