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Supreme Court affirms Ati ownership of 2-hectare land in Boracay

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The private claimants take the wrong appeal route, which is the High Court's basis in upholding the authority of the NCIP award of ancestral domain

LAND DISPUTE. The Ati Indigenous Cultural Commnunity stakes its claim on a 2-hectare land in Bgy Manoc-Manoc in Boracay island in Aklan. File photo by Purple Romero/Rappler

Bangko Sentral: Banks need our approval to raise ATM fees

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The House committee on banks and financial intermediaries is set to investigate a looming 50% increase in ATM fees

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Lorenzana: Fair, peaceful 2019 polls in Mindanao if martial law extended

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Minority senators slam the government's reasoning that martial law makes it easy for the military, police, and local government units to carry out their mandate

Photo by Jirre Carreon

[WRAP | Day 3] Looming Trillanes arrest jolts PH from sleep

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV runs to the Supreme Court, but hours later rumors spread that he is set to be arrested while the nation is in slumber

LOOMING ARREST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV joins his supporters for a Mass at the Senate, where he is seeking sanctuary, on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippine stocks dive into bear territory

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM

With the current bloodbath in the local bourse, investors ask if it's a good time to buy cheap stocks

LOOK: Ed Sheeran marks return to Manila with group picture

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:46 AM

He's back and it's 'Perfect'

LOOK: PNP Academy cadet paints portrait of Robredo

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida's gift to her as a 'masterpiece' and a 'beautiful painting'

GIFT TO THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with graduating PNPA student Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida, who gifted her with a portrait painting. All photos by OVP

Fariñas on Sereno cases: SC decision first before House vote

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'I would rather wait [for the Supreme Court to make a decision] because it's not like [they will sit on it]. This will be of utmost importance to the Supreme Court that will be resolved in a month's time'

RULES CHAIRMAN. House Majority leader Rodolfo Farinas attends a ajustice committee hearing to tackle the impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Crimes, except homicide, in the Philippines down by 21.8% in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Data from the Philippine National Police show the volumes of all index crimes have dropped, except for homicide, from 2016 to 2017

Del Rosario hits 'lack of leadership' in ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'In a broader context, one can say that ASEAN is adrift,' former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ahead of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario in a speech on November 8, 2017, calls on ASEAN to exercise stronger leadership by emphasizing the rule of law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Schools put up symbols of indignation on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:05 PM

'We challenge our students to become agents of hope – to never stop listening to stories, so that they will never cease to tell stories. So that the future generations will never forget'

Palace sets conditions for resuming talks with communists

Feb 20, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Malacañang releases bilateral ceasefire wish list that includes prohibiting the NPA from imposing revolutionary tax and from ambushing the military

HOPE FOR PEACE TALKS? Chief government negotiator Silvestre Bello III and NDF negotiators Fidel Agcaoili and Benito Tiamzon participate in the 3rd round of peace talks in Rome. Photo from OPAPP

Librarian to Marcos supporters: 'Read reliable sources' on martial law

May 12, 2016 - 8:33 PM

I was angry that they keep spreading all those stuff about Marcos without credible sources ” says Roscelle Cruz a librarian who has seen records from the martial law period

Duterte to ‘unimpressed’ businessmen: I will hire economic minds

May 03, 2016 - 3:22 PM

The Davao City mayor reminds businessmen he is willing to copy the best programs of the Aquino administration and even those proposed by rival presidential bets

NO EXPERT. Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a forum organized by the Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why Comelec failed to defend itself before SC: 'We were busy'

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says being a ‘very very important’ agency is not an excuse for the Comelec to take the Supreme Court’s orders lightly

'LACKADAISICAL' COMELEC? Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body was busy so it failed to defend itself before the SC on voting receipts. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Appreciating the art of Vic Manuel’s simple but effective play

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Vic Manuel s play is one of the reasons the Alaska Aces are up 2 0 in the Philippine Cup finals Naveen Ganglani breaks down tape of how he s getting the job done

By Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Presidential bets Mendoza, Valencia in draft ballot

Jan 21, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The Comelec also includes Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte in the draft ballot as expected even as they face disqualification cases

US looks forward to implementation of EDCA

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM

EDCA allows the US military to increase its rotational presence in the Philippines and to build facilities inside Philippine military bases

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the signing of the agreement in April 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Proclamation of the Liberal Party VP candidate

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:51 AM

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Try the monster earthquake survival challenge!

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Do you have the instinct and the skills to survive a major earthquake? Take this quiz and see if you will survive if a strong earthquake hits Metro Manila

Manalo brother hits Iglesia ni Cristo 'corruption'

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:21 AM

Nasira na ang doktrina ng Iglesia ni Cristo Angel Manalo says after his brother Eduardo expelled him from the 100 year old church

Cops rule out abduction in Iglesia compound

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:17 AM

2nd UPDATE Angel Manalo brother of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo also denies he was abducted

NO ABDUCTION? Philippine National Police Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao tries to speak with people inside the Iglesia ni Cristo Compound. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo can re-admit expelled Manalo kin

Jul 23, 2015 - 8:30 PM

INC is asking for the Manalos obedience and commitment to the church s values and teachings should they decide to come back

'MISSING MINISTERS.' Another message was posted by unidentified men on the window of the INC building at 36 Tandang Sora St. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Frustrated INC members back leader's kin

Jul 23, 2015 - 5:57 PM

A sobbing INC member says Bakit ganito ang nagiging ganti sa amin?

Sign outside INC building: 'Tulong, hostage kami'

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:51 PM

This comes as the INC head s mother and brother in a Youtube video said their lives are in danger

CRY FOR HELP. An unidentified person flashes this sign in a building owned by the Iglesia ni Cristo in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Corn rice: Healthier, safer, not 'fake rice'

Jul 11, 2015 - 12:47 PM

A University of the Philippines professor and scientist urges the public not to eat the controversial fake rice

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Jul 01, 2015 - 8:47 PM

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IN PHOTOS: China's reclamation in West PH Sea as of April 2015

Apr 20, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Most of the photos were taken in the last 10 days

Marching coconut farmers seek audience with Aquino

Nov 17, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The coconut farmers are more than half way done with their 71 day 1 750 kilometer journey Will Aquino face them in Malacañang?

#ShareDavao: Is there a future for the Philippine eagle

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:08 PM

One of the rarest and most powerful birds in the world may soon cease to exist in the wild

Laude fiance Sueselbeck to leave PH on November 1

Oct 31, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine military which has decided not to file criminal charges against Marc Sueselbeck for assaulting a Filipino soldier calls this is a win win situation

BLACKLISTED. A file photo of Marc Sueselbeck. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Retired generals: Palparan a butcher? Don't forget real enemies

Aug 15, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Alluding to the communist NPA the 800 member Association of General and Flag Officers says The real enemies are those who resort to violence and intimidation to achieve their selfish political ends

TRIAL BY PUBLICITY? Retired generals denounce the 'butcher' tag of Major General Jovito Palparan Jr

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Jun 30, 2014 - 9:38 PM

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Will SC dismiss anti-graft court justice?

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:52 AM

On Tuesday July 1 Supreme Court justices are scheduled to decide on a recommendation to dismiss Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong for his links to suspected pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim Napoles


Proud Igorota named to UN post

Mar 13, 2014 - 10:31 AM

An Igorot from the Kankana ey tribe in Besao Mountain Province will be the first woman and indigenous person from the Philippines to assume the post

Pinoy biologists challenge idea of plant life

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:52 AM

Can a plant exist without the genome that allows it to perform the basic function of photosynthesis? A plant that lives in the forests of Luzon apparently can a study shows

Rafflesia arnoldi, a species of Rafflesia. Photo courtesy Raphaelhui/Wikipedia

San Mig Coffee win Game 4, now one win away from PH Cup title

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:48 PM

San Mig Coffee takes a 3 1 series lead over Rain or Shine with a victory on Friday night with a chance to take home the PH Cup on Sunday

Electricity restored in Albay

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:41 PM

UPDATE PEMC says Albay could still face another blackout if the debt ridden Albay Electric Cooperative doesn t start repaying its bills within the week

Listen to SONA first, Palace tells critics

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Let’s just wait for the SONA to be delivered and you yourselves can listen and understand what’s the intention of the President in his upcoming SONA says presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

Belmonte: Reyes in, Tañada out of House members list

Jul 20, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Incoming Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr favors HRET jurisdiction over poll protests

C-130s on standby for Pinoys in S. Korea

Apr 02, 2013 - 4:04 PM

The Philippine government is preparing for any scenario in the Korean peninsula

Seen on Facebook: Kidnapped Australian

Dec 26, 2012 - 5:21 PM

Declaring he s alive kidnapped Australian Warren Rodwell appears in a recorded video shared on Facebook and YouTube

Enrile files P31-M damage suit vs ad veteran

Dec 21, 2012 - 5:02 PM

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile files a P31 M damage suit against top advertising executive Yoly Ong for a supposedly libelous column in the Philippine Star

Filipino Muslims' 1st synchronized new moon sighting

Jul 18, 2012 - 6:14 PM

During the month of Ramadan Muslims observe a dawn to dusk fasting that involves abstention from food drinks sex gossip and other vices