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Diosdado Peralta is new Supreme Court chief justice

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Peralta serves until March 27, 2022

NEW CHIEF JUSTICE. Diosdado Peralta is the new chief justice. Photo by SC PIO

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua makes official visit to PH

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Hu is set to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and hold discussions with government economic managers to 'fast-track the implementation of the key infrastructure projects under Chinese financing'

OFFICIAL VISIT. Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua makes an official visit to the Philippines from October 22 to 24, 2019. File photo from the Chinese government official website

Will we have a new VP?

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Here's what you should know

Expensive, too much work: Duterte’s team rethinks infra projects

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:42 PM

From 75, the new list of big-ticket infrastructure projects will include 91 smaller but more feasible projects, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Duterte's bridges linking Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao shelved

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'It can be taken up again in the next administration. At least they will know by now that they will spend more and make sure that they can cope with the challenge,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

[OPINION] There is no human dignity in the Philippines

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:30 AM

To our government officials: focus on figuring out solutions now. The electorate chose you and put you where you are today because we held on to your promises of change, deliverance, and reprieve.

Western Visayas workers get P30-minimum wage increase

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The wage order is expected to take effect in late November or early December

AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. Workers load harvested sugar cane onto a truck in the central Philippine island of Negros. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Things you should know about online businesses

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Do online businesses still need to register their business and pay taxes? How will the ongoing tax reforms affect them? The Philippine Tax Whiz answers these questions.

'Paint it forward': Volunteers create murals to help remote communities, cancer patients

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'Let's step out of our comfort zone and do something for humanity,' says Climb Against Cancer founder Nini Sacro

AWE. A young girl pauses her biking to take a close look at the murals painted by the community. Photo courtesy of Paul Basco.

Russia eyes joint weapons production with the Philippines – envoy

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The Philippines will be the exporter of advanced small weapons, says Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, as he promises cooperation with ‘no political conditions’

DEFENSE COOPERATION. This file photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev meeting in Malacañang on January 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: NAIA preparations for Undas 2019

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Both passengers and airlines play a part in ensuring smooth airport operations

Team PH to surprise in 2019 SEA Games, says Ramirez

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The recent golden performances of Carlos Yulo and Nesthy Petecio give hope to Team Philippines' campaign in the 2019 SEA Games

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

DOF backs more taxes for online gambling firms

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez supports the plan of Albay Representative Joey Salceda to slap more taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and their service providers

Makati to soon get free public WiFi from Globe

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Globe will provide Internet access to 27 barangay health centers, the University of Makati, the Ospital ng Makati, and city hall

FREE WIFI FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Globe CEO Ernest Cu lead the MOA signing to provide free public WiFi access in the city. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

With 80% of Filipino children at risk of being exploited online, national governments, social welfare agencies, and private telecommunications companies team up to protect against the online sexual exploitation of children

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

MMDA bans weekday mall sales for Christmas season 2019

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:59 PM

All Metro Manila malls will also open at 11 am

NO WEEKDAY SALES. Metro Manila malls are prohibited from holding sales during weekdays from November 11 to January 10, 2020, to decongest traffic.

Over 450 die under police custody since Duterte assumed office

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service already counts 461 suspects who have died while under police custody. They are not yet done counting.

POLICE DETENTION. Quezon City Police District Station 4 detainees stand in a congested detention facility. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Team from Russian energy firm visited Manila for oil exploration talks – envoy

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Russian energy giant Rosneft is ‘very interested’ in joint exploration and development of Philippine oil and gas reserves, says Ambassador Igor Khovaev

EXPLORATORY TALKS. This file photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discussing matters with Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev in Moscow, Russia, on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Manila Hall of Justice to be completed by 2022 – Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The 'green courthouse,' to be built on a P2.8-billion budget, will have 120 courtrooms and 3 special courtrooms

Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo hands over the Manila Hall of Justice Project to Acting Chief Justice Anotnio Carpio at Supreme Court, Manila on October 22, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[OPINION] How Carlos Celdran made me a decisive Catholic

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'Provocative criticisms from skeptics, agnostics, and atheists should in fact be welcomed as a means for us Catholics to let our faith grow deeper and perhaps evolve'

Cavite-Laguna Expressway passable by October 30 – DPWH

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Entry and exit points at Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road will be opened in time for Undas 2019

OPEN ON UNDAS. The Cavite-Laguna Expressway is set to open on October 30, and is expected to serve 10,000 motorists. Photo from MPIC website

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

As per the Anti-Child Pornography Act, internet service providers are mandated to report to the police any obtained knowledge of child porn distribution or access using their servers

REMOTELY DAMAGING. 80% of children are at risk of being sexually exploited online. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Guilt-free food to try at this all vegan festival

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:56 PM

VegFest Pilipinas 2019 is happening on November 16-17 at the BGC Arts Center

No extended MRT3 hours for Christmas 2019 due to rail repair works

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

MRT3 Director Michael Capati says this is to 'give way to the full blast rail replacement activities' that would rid the MRT3 tracks of dilapidated rails

NO EXTRA HOURS. The MRT3 will not be augmenting the increased passenger volume during the holidays through extended operating hours, to make way for its railway replacement works.  Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Free concert by local artists spotlight farmers’ plight

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Farmers from different regions converge at a fair trade in Quezon City as part of peasant month activities in October

STAND WITH FARMERS. Singer-songwriter Bullet Dumas performs at Bagsakan fair trade and concert at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

[OPINION] Divorce, death penalty, and the dangers of religious fundamentalism

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Violence exists in households around the country. The death penalty is ineffective in deterring crime.

Duterte names Joel Garcia as Philippine Coast Guard commandant

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Admiral Joel Garcia, currently director of the National Coast Watch Center, now helms a force on the frontlines of protecting the country's waters as the government pursues offshore oil exploration with China

NEW PCG CHIEF. Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia is the 28th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo courtesy of PCG

Office party potluck ideas: 5 food delivery services to check out

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Be the star of your next potluck party with ready-to-eat food trays delivered to your doorstep – a change from the usual spaghetti and barbecue!

WATCH: Local, sustainable SMEs join #ThinkPH Live

Oct 22, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Join us on Wednesday, October 23, 2 pm as we open #ThinkPH Live’s sustainability fair

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Random drug tests for PUV drivers ahead of Undas 2019

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Land Transportation Office also intensifies roadworthiness and terminal inspections in preparation for Undas

PREPARATIONS. The Land Transportation Office started preparations for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas on Monday, October 21, through intensified roadworthiness inspections and road safety seminars. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

Student rage

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:00 PM

If you think the young will back down from the chaos, think again. The world beckons them to act.

Too early to say whether K to 12 effective or not – DepEd official

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:41 PM

But the Department of Education welcomes a proposal in the House of Representatives to review the K to 12 Law

REVIEW NEEDED. The Department of Education says it supports Congress's call to review the K to 12 program. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte flies to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine leader, bringing a supposedly ‘leaner’ delegation, will also attend the Emperor’s Banquet and Prime Minister's Banquet

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Inside Camp Crame, generals grumble over Gamboa’s revamp

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police generals are shocked and angered by the abrupt 'revamp' ordered by their officer in charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. The current top cop believes it's necessary for an organization in crisis.

QUESTIONED. PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa during a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Competition Commission: Hitting the ground running

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Though we are far from the promised land, the commission's significant and aggressive efforts towards achieving its mission are both valiant and promising

Harassment against U.P. Visayas Skimmers a 'natural reaction' – Panelo

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Malacañang finds acceptable the threats and cyberbullying of students behind the viral cheer routine critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

Malacañang photo

Philippine retirement system among worst in the world

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index says the retirement system of the Philippines is among the most sustainable, but greatly suffers in terms of integrity and adequacy

[EDITORIAL] Isang bagsak para sa mga atleta, isang batok sa mga opisyal

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With only 3 golds on the world stage, we can't be proud of our sports programs

Remate columnist shot dead in Pampanga

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:12 PM

A columnist and his companion are shot dead while on their way to Olongapo City

SHOT DEAD. Remate columnist Jupiter Gonzales is killed in Arayat town, Pampanga. Photo from Gonzales' Facebook page.

PNP-CIDG includes ex-boss Albayalde in drug complaint

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Resigned police chief Oscar Albayalde is accused of criminal conduct by his own subordinates at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Travis getting better, but Magnolia suffers worst loss in title-retention bid

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Magnolia fails to capitalize on Romeo Travis' return from injury as it gets blown out by Barangay Ginebra

SLUMP. Romeo Travis and Magnolia are currently on a three-game skid. Photo from PBA Images


High Court wears PH colors for Carpio's last SC rites

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Carpio highlights a professional achievement: he leaves the Court with zero backlog

PHILIPPINE COLORS. Supreme Court employees wear the colors of the Philippine flag for the last flag ceremony of retiring Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Rappler

LOOK: Starbucks teases 2020 planner and travel organizer

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Are you digging the 2020 colors?

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER STICKER HUNT. Starbucks Philippines teases the 2020 edition of their planners and travel organizers. Still from Starbucks' Instagram

PNP dismisses 3 ‘ninja cops’ from 2013 Pampanga buy-bust

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Another cop in the anomalous buy-bust is only suspended after he is found to have committed a ‘lesser offense’

DISMISSAL. The PNP orders 3 'ninja cops' dismissed due to another controversial operation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP puts key officials on probation

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) All promotions will also be on hold, says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

GOLF BREAK. PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa speaks to reporters at the NCRPO headquarters in Taguig City. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Next PNP chief: Año recommends 3 to Duterte

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:37 AM

It's now up to President Rodrigo Duterte to choose who he wants as his third Philippine National Police chief

DUTERTE'S DECISION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año gives 3 names to President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo