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Leyte teachers appeal for better internet connectivity

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Teachers in Abuyog, Leyte, climb mountains to get internet connection to submit their teaching reports, showing gaps in service delivery despite the country's modernization efforts in education.

STRUGGLE FOR INTERNET: Teachers from Libertad Elementary School climb mountains to get internet connection. Photos by Joseph Sumayang

Self-confessed Cebu drug lord shot dead in Quezon City

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Police say Franz Sabalones was shot in the head upon leaving his car in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Central Visayas' alleged number 2 in the drug trade Franz Sabalones has surrendered to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Abra vice governor bet Bersamin reports harassment by Bangued mayor

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Ana Marie Bersamin tells police that she and her team were harassed by some 40 supporters of incumbent Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera

[OPINYON] Kung aaraw-arawin ang pagluluksa

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nang masunog ang Notre-Dame Cathedral sa Paris, France, hindi ko lubos-akalain na ganito kalalim ang pagkaantig ng mga Pilipino sa imahen ng isang simbahang nasusunog

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Quezon City to set up youth desk

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The new Quezon City ordinance provides for a Sangguniang Kabataan desk where information on youth-related projects and programs can be obtained

File photo of QC City Hall

Boracay draws 619,000 tourists in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The figure is slightly higher than the number of visitors during the 1st quarter of 2018. A little over half of tourists are foreigners, mostly from China and South Korea.

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Campus mock polls show how different the youth vote is

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Young people's political choices may predict the next leaders who in turn will run the country's future'

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

Philippines, South Korea to pursue free trade agreement

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) If the deal pushes through, it would be the Philippines' second economic partnership, after the one with Japan

LOOK: Starbucks Philippines to launch reusable cups, tumblers, straws

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Will you be getting these for yourself?

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Albayalde inspects transpo hubs for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde inspects the Araneta Center and Pasay City bus terminals, the new Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ABOARD. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde enters a waiting bus for inspection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: I missed the ITR filing deadline! What do I do next?

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses what to do next if you missed the April 15 deadline for filing income tax returns

This Filipina scientist’s plant growth supplement has wowed the world

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Lucille Abad's invention is one of the 5 finalists for projects in the field of non-energy application of nuclear technologies at the recently held World Atomic Energy Expo Awards 2019 in Sochi, Russia

FILIPINO-MADE. Lucille Abad of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute has long been studying carrageenan, a natural preservative extracted from processed gulamang dagat. Photo courtesy of Shaira Panela

CHED allots P1 billion for short-term student loan program

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Students from public and private universities can avail of short-term loans as early as this year, says Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera III

AGREEMENT. The Commission on Higher Education and Development Bank of the Philippines team up to implement a short-term student loan program. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Bank schedules for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Here are the operating hours of banks during Holy Week

Poll officer: Candidates in Mindanao seeking more security 'paranoid'

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'During election time, this sickness of paranoia is very rampant,' says electiion officer Chubasco Cenen Caiña

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Serenas (2nd, left), Comelec election officer Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right), and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, attend an election-related security briefing in Cagayan de Oro City on April 16, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Supreme Court reminds judges that they should 'remain impartial' during the campaign period, amid reports that 'unscrupulous politicians' are using the courts to target their opponents

SEARCH WARRANTS. The Office of the Court Administrator receives reports of politicians trying to obtain search warrants from lower courts against their rivals during the election period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

33 mayors in Duterte narco list to be stripped of police powers – DILG

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom, will move for the removal of police powers of mayors named in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list

DUTERTE LIST. The DILG will move for the removal of police powers of politicians in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Substance believed to be cocaine packed in 3 plastics bags are found by fishermen floating off Basco, Batanes

COCAINE FOUND. Floating cocaine packs were found off the island of Basco in Batanes.

In tears, Abby Binay says she’s ‘lone wolf’ in the family

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'I grew up different... So they don’t seem to accept na ‘Bakit ikaw ganyan? Bakit ‘di ka kagaya namin?’ says Makati Mayor Abby Binay on her siblings opposing her reelection bid

'LONE WOLF.' Abby Binay talks to reporters ahead of her proclamation rally at Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City on March 29, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FALSE: 'PET recount done,' Bongbong Marcos defeated

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case

Coworking to 'co-living': Studio22 in La Union hopes to redefine the shared workplace

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The newly-opened shared workplace in the surftown of San Juan offers coworking basics, and then some

CO-LIVING. Studio22 provides coworking facilities in La Union. Photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Trust in China 'neutral' as U.S. keeps 'very good' rating

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Japan and Australia maintain their 'good' net trust ratings in a recent survey by polling firm Social Weather Stations

UNPOPULAR COUNTRY. One of hundreds of protesters wears a 'China out' hat at a Day of Valor rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City on April 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang declares half-day work suspension for gov't offices on April 17

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Work for government employees is suspended starting 12 noon on Wednesday, April 17 to give them 'full opportunity to properly observe' the April 18 and 19 holidays

Passengers are seen at the bus terminal along EDSA in Pasay on 13 April 2019, Every holy week, lot of Filipinos travel to their province to spend vacation this holy week. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] On poverty lines and counting the poor

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Let us not focus on the trees and not see the forest. We have to get our act together and adopt a whole-of-nation approach to ensure that no Filipino will be in poverty by 2030 or even 2040.

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte, PDP-Laban campaign rallies: Showbiz, insults, late night rants

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM

People spend 8 to 10 hours in a single PDP-Laban campaign rally, led by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a round of applause from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates during a campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What you need to know about power advisories

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Department of Energy says the short-term answers are not enough to address the recent power shortages.

Magnolia savior Sangalang gets big boost from Pingris

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:52 PM

The fleet-footed slotman singlehandedly outscores Rain or Shine in the final frame as Magnolia escapes falling to a 0-3 hole in the semifinals series

TAKEOVER. Ian Sangalang plays hero as Magnolia avoids teetering on the brink of elimination. Photo from PBA Images


Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Magnolia escapes brink with gritty Game 3 win vs Rain or Shine

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots keep the Elasto Painters scoreless in the final 4 minutes to avoid a 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven semifinals duel

NO SWEEP. Jio Jalalon and Magnolia finally win one against Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images


Duterte orders cash-based budgeting for 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The President vetoes 12 line items in the 2019 national budget, as well as the P95.3 billion worth of infrastructure funds. He also places several items under conditional implementation.

VETO. President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes and places some line items in the budget under conditional implementation. Malacañang file photo

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

Philippines eyes better ease of doing business ranking

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the Philippines is aiming for a ranking higher than 95th, after accomplishing 33 out of 43 planned reforms

Photo from Shutterstock

PBA slaps Standhardinger, Abueva with hefty fines

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:42 PM

The San Miguel center incurs a flagrant foul penalty 2, while the Phoenix forward flashes the dirty finger on multiple occasions

FINED. Christian Standhardinger and Calvin Abueva do not go scot-free for their antics in Game 2 of the San Miguel-Phoenix semifinals duel. Photo from PBA images


Poll watchdog asks Comelec to act on complaints vs party-list groups

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao also asks the Comelec hold a public forum with party-list groups with reported links to political dynasties or represent special business interests

ELECTIONS FORUM. Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao presents findings on party list groups at a forum in the University of the Philippine Bahay ng Alumni on April 16, 2019. Photo

Campaign Convos: Anthony del Rosario on HNP's 2022 plans, locking horns with Alvarez

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

In this election podcast, Rappler speaks with Hugpong ng Pagbabago secretary-general and Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

PNP keeping close watch over Lanao del Norte for poll-related violence

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say past elections in Lanao del Norte were marked by 'intense political rivalry' exacerbated by the rido culture in the province

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Sereñas (2nd, left) said Lanao de Norte is Northern Mindanao's closely-watched province in the May 2019 elections. With him are Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right) and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade on April 16,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (not in photo) on March 22, 2019, about their complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

D-League: Ateneo deals 75-point beating on McDavid

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The Mighty Ateneo forces McDavid to a league-low of 31 points in a single game

STALWART. Thirdy Ravena leads the Ateneo Blue Eagles with 16 points. Photo by PBA Images

Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

AboitizPower begins operating coal plant in Toledo, Cebu

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The coal plant will deliver power to Visayan Electric Company and electric cooperatives, as well as to open-access customers in Luzon and the Visayas

UP AND RUNNING. The Therma Visayas coal power plant in Toledo City, Cebu, is now operational. Photo from Aboitiz Power Corporation

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Utility firms, Quezon City gov't agree to simplify transactions

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The processing of excavation permits is expected to be faster, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between utility firms and the Quezon City government