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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 15, 2017

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Duterte on nationwide martial law: All options on the table

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will consider nationwide martial law if the New People's Army steps up attacks

Amid all the ongoing rallies from the opposition and critiques in today's National Day of Protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chose to visit the troops in the war-torn Marawi City on September 21, 2017.  During his visit, the President talked to the troops and expressed his utmost gratitude for their continuing efforts in quelling the terror threats in the war-torn city. He also provided the soldiers with groceries as well as watches and eyewears.  Joining the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The President also tagged along Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc and Arnel Ignacio to provide entertainment to the troops. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 12, 2017

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:01 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 11, 2017

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:54 AM

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Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

Dec 10, 2017 - 7:28 PM

On International Human Rights Day, youth activists join rights groups that staged protests to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte's rights record

Joma to Duterte: Let's end war of words, war on the ground

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'If Duterte will just review what the two panels were about to succeed in doing, baka naman mag-change ang isip niya,' CPP founding chairman Joma Sison tells Rappler in an interview

TEACHER AND STUDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte was the student of CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison at the Lyceum University in Manila

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 8, 2017

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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JOINED IN 2001. The court that investigates genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity has jurisdiction over the Philippines. Photo from ICC web site

Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Robredo on CPP-NPA, Calida in SC oral arguments, Trump on Jerusalem | Evening wRap

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

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Robredo agrees with Duterte proclamation tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it is important for the government to convey the message that it is fighting all forms of terrorism – a battle that goes beyond political colors

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

What this media briefing room tells us about the EU

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The EU is not, as many Filipinos think, a monolithic body that knows nothing but to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

LIKE A THEATER. The media briefing room of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, can accommodate up to 300 out of 1,000 accredit journalists. All photos by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Gov't can lose 'moral mandate' due to RevGov – Villegas

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Filipinos did not elect their current leaders just to form a revolutionary government

REVGOV TALKS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Rappler Talk interview on December 1, 2017, that the Philippines does not need a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite tears, Villegas says heading CBCP a 'blessing'

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:30 AM

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas looks back at the 4 years he headed the CBCP. 'We are not really critics. We are partners,' Villegas says.

EXIT INTERVIEW. Archbishop Socrates Villegas sits down for a Rappler Talk interview on the 4 years he headed the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Archbishop Socrates Villegas on his 4 years as CBCP head

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Rappler talks to Archbishop Socrates Villegas about his experience as CBCP president, and his views on issues such as the proposed revolutionary government

New CBCP head tells priests, nuns: Repent

Dec 03, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'humble repentance and reparation' for 'occasions of frailty and scandals' among priests and nuns

NEXT HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (1st from left) is the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Comelec faces eviction from Palacio del Gobernador

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:46 PM

The Intramuros Administration cites 'structural integrity' for planning to evict Comelec from its rented headquarters

Philippine envoy to U.S. presents credentials to Trump

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez and President Donald Trump speak for about 10 minutes at the White House, the envoy's office says

PRESENTING CREDENTIALS. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez presents his credentials to US President Donald Trump on December 1, 2017. Photo courtesy of Romualdez's office

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 1, 2017

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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EFFIGY. Anti-Duterte protesters burned an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte depicted as United States President Donald Trump's pet dog with a face of a snake. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Archbishop Villegas ends term as CBCP president

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

During his 4 years as CBCP president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas spared no one from criticism, from Benigno Aquino III to Rodrigo Duterte

OUTSPOKEN PASTOR. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads a procession against drug war killings on November 5, 2017, along the Philippines' iconic EDSA highway. He steps down as CBCP president on November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH hits latest North Korea ballistic missile test

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls on North Korea to stop 'such provocative and highly dangerous actions'

MISSILE TEST. Pyongyang residents react at the Pyongyang Railway Station after the news of the successful launch of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 in Pyongyang on November 29, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

LOOK: Filipino, American soldiers hold Salaknib exercises

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Held in Luzon, Salaknib aims to boost the decades-long military alliance between the Philippines and the United States

MILITARY ALLIANCE. Philippine and US troops hold 12-day lessons and exercises in 'Salaknib,' a program that aims to boost the decades-long military alliance between Manila and Washington. All photos courtesy of the US embassy

Is it legal to name Sheriff Abas Comelec chair?

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This is the first time that a sitting Comelec commissioner is nominated to head the poll body, former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr tells Rappler

DUTERTE'S CHOICE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the first Comelec chairman from Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Duterte appointees to dominate Comelec by next year

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:12 PM

By choosing Commissioner Sheriff Abas as the next elections chief, President Rodrigo Duterte can get to name 4 of 7 members of Comelec by February 2018

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint 4 of 7 Comelec members by early 2018. Malacañang photo

Sheriff Abas to break many firsts as Comelec chair

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:30 PM

He will become the first Comelec chair from Mindanao, the first Muslim, and, at the age of 38, the youngest elections chief in Philippine history

DUTERTE'S NOMINEE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the new Comelec chair. Photo courtesy of Comelec

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 24, 2017

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Meet the Pope's new envoy to the Philippines

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:56 AM

'Please help me do my mission,' says the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, in his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral

VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new papal nuncio to the Philippines, makes his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East...would come to the Philippines,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says at the Manila Cathedral

Red Wednesday mass at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017

Sereno impeachment complaint, Peace Process canceled, Roque on human rights | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:44 PM

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UN rights chief slams Duterte for threat to slap Callamard

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The UN rights chief condemns 'in the strongest terms' the threats made by President Rodrigo Duterte against UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the 65th League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) General Assembly at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, on November 21, 2017. Malacañang photo

Cayetano downplays Hague ruling, says citing UNCLOS enough

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Ano ba ang arbitral award? Hindi ba UNCLOS 'yun, 1982? O, eh lahat naman ng statement may UNCLOS 1982 eh,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

ARBITRAL AWARD. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is enough to cite UNCLOS instead of the arbitral award won by the Philippines against China. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 21, 2017

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:01 AM

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AFP on NPA, Orbos on jeepney modernization, Locsin on Rohingya | Midday wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:15 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 20, 2017

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Duterte eyes proclamation tagging CPP-NPA as 'terrorists'

Nov 18, 2017 - 11:58 PM

The President blasts the CPP-NPA again, saying he is 'not anymore inclined' to pursue peace talks with them

DUTERTE IN DAVAO. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the media after an event with farmers and fisherfolks Outlets at Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017. Screengrab from RTVM video

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern oversees 3 new agreements with PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The Philippines and New Zealand look to cement a growing relationship with the new agreements that will boost tourism and trade between the two countries

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 10, 2017

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Return Balangiga bells, Trump told ahead of PH trip

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:07 AM

'At the end of the day, that is not owned by the United States or the Philippines. It's owned by the Catholic Church,' ex-DFA chief Roberto Romulo tells Rappler

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump can order the US armed forces to return the Balangiga bells, ex-Philippine foreign secretary Roberto Romulo says. File photo by AFP

Del Rosario urges U.S. to concretize help for ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

America's 'pivot to Asia' was 'unfortunately not a focused one,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

ASEAN CONFERENCE. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario hosts an ASEAN conference on November 8, 2017, ahead of the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Catholics return to EDSA as bishop warns of 'curse'

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

'A curse awaits a nation that kills its own people,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday at the EDSA Shrine

PRAYER POWER. Catholics return to EDSA on November 5, 2017, to denounce the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Our Lady of Fatima returns to EDSA

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:30 PM

This is the exact same image brought to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos, says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BACK IN EDSA. The image of Our Lady of Fatima, which was used in the People Power Revolution of 1986, is brought back to EDSA, this time for a procession against drug-related killings. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Villegas homily on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Start the healing by repenting now,' says outgoing CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday in EDSA Shrine

Villegas hits priests, cops, politicians in EDSA Mass

Nov 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Magbagong buhay na tayo, kasama ako,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas said at EDSA Shrine on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday

APPEAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the 'Lord Heal our Land Sunday' mass, November 5, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu archbishop hits EJKs ahead of EDSA procession

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

'Lord, heal our wounded land!' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as Catholics in Cebu also prepare for a major procession against extrajudicial killings

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting activity is held in Quezon City on November 2, 2017, to protest against killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu City uses TNVS system to stop misuse of gov't vehicles

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:06 PM

'The days of government employees abusing taxpayer-owned vehicles are finally Uber,' Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña introduces a move to ensure the proper use of government vehicles. Photo from Cebu City PIO

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits parents' grave after Undas

Nov 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's youngest son Sebastian Duterte joins this year's visit to the grave of the late Vicente and Soledad Duterte

RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a solemn time to pay respects to the memories of his parents, the late Governor Vicente and Soledad Duterte, during his visit to their resting place at the Roman Catholic Public Cemetery in Davao City on November 4, 2017. All photos from Malacañang

Malacañang says PH 'safe' despite Australia warning

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Australia's travel advisory 'should not be a cause for undue alarm,' says the Department of National Defense in a separate statement

'NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.' The Department of National Defense urges the public to 'work closely with government security forces' in making sure terrorism 'do not take root' in the country. Malacañang file photo

Villegas hits 'huling baraha' mentality amid PH killings

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:44 PM

'Ang kakapitan natin ay ang Diyos, hindi ideolohiya, hindi partido,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says ahead of an anti-EJK event along EDSA on November 5

NO TO KILLINGS. A Mass is held for victims of drug-related killings at San Isidro Labrador Parish in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, on October 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Australia warns vs 'high threat' of terror in PH

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:33 PM

'There is a high threat of terrorist attack in the Philippines, including Manila,' Australia says in its latest travel advisory

MARAWI LIBERATED. Soldiers salute the Philippine flag after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists on October 17, 2017. Malacañang file photo