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Con-Com wants to strip Congress of sole power to impeach

May 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials

No more 'Eat Bulaga!' for Senate President Tito Sotto for now

May 21, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

At least 16 senators sign a resolution in support of Vicente Sotto III after the resignation of Aquilino Pimentel III from the chamber's top post

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After recruiting Ricci Rivero to UP, Juan GDL is pumped for Maroons’ future

May 21, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'I feel really excited that Ricci joined our program. He could spread the floor. He can play multiple positions. I enjoy playing with him a lot,' says teammate and friend Juan Gomez de Liaño

BACKCOURT DUO. From Gilas, Juan Gomez de Liaño and Ricci Rivero team up for the UP Fighting Maroons. Gomez de Liaño photo from his Facebook Page and Rivero photo from his Twitter account


Senate Plenary Session: May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Senator Sotto delivers a privilege speech on Wednesday, September 27, on #SilentNoMorePH's post

1.3% of schools still 'needing support' for coming school year – DepEd

May 21, 2018 - 2:51 PM

At the launch of Department of Education's Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo says among the problems schools face include the availability of classrooms – especially in highly populated areas of Metro Manila

READY. Department of Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo (leftmost) says about 86% of schools are ready for the coming school year. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tuguegarao mayor Soriano acquitted in graft case over terminal permit

May 21, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The embattled mayor gets one case off his back, and continues to serve Tuguegarao City despite suspensions and dismissals the past years

Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano steps down from office. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

LOOK: Thousands of drug war documents piled along Camp Crame corridors

May 21, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The 'confidential' files appear to be stacked sloppily as some boxes look deformed as they were stored

STOCKPILED. Thousands of drug war documents are stacked inside Camp Crame before being screened by the Office of the Solicitor General. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Hard-luck Blackwater the latest to change import, taps Henry Walker

May 21, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Walker's agent and representative in the Philippines, Sheryl Reyes, announces his return on Twitter

TURN IT AROUND. Henry Walker's first order of business in his return is to help end Blackwater's 6-game dry spell. File photo from PBA Images

PH on Chinese bombers, LP’s ‘The Resistance’ slate, Royal Wedding | Midday wRap

May 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in Iloilo for Marcos-Robredo electoral protest

May 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The ballot retrieval process in Iloilo will be held from May 21 to May 25

ARRIVAL. Ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo arrive at the staging area of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the province for the ballot retrieval process. All photos from the Office of the Vice President.

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ginebra brings back Justin Brownlee as import in Commissioner's Cup

May 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Brownlee seeks to provide the same winning tradition he has developed with the squad after steering the Gin Kings to back-to-back Governors' Cup titles

Con-Com eyes 3 high courts under federal constitution

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Supposedly to make the process of appointing justices less politicized, the Con-Com wants, not just the president, but also Congress and the judiciary, to select justices for the 3 courts

'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Supreme Court employees, judges group hail decision to oust Sereno

May 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

'The interpretation and application of the Constitution, laws and rules exclusively belong to the Supreme Court,' say the employees in a statement read in the presence of justices

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Geopolitics, Duterte-style

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Duterte wants us to believe that China will intervene to keep him in power. What is troubling with Duterte’s empty boast is it unmasks his provincial view of regional security and his malnourished understanding of sovereignty.

Cone confident struggling Ginebra will turn conference around: 'We will rise'

May 20, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Gin Kings absorb their 3rd loss in 4 games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup

BACK ON THE LOSING TRACK. Barangay Ginebra returned to its losing ways following a double overtime loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix adds to Ginebra's woes with double OT win

May 20, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Eugene Phelps slots in for import James White and delivers 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the win

COMEBACK. Eugene Phelps returns to the PBA and steers the Phoenix Fuel Masters to victory. Photo by PBA Images


Araña shares playful act with ex-teammate Belga in temper-filled game

May 20, 2018 - 10:02 PM

The Batang Pier guard provides one of the few light moments in a game that sees two players ejected and 4 slapped with technical fouls

BROTHERLY BOND. Ryan Araña makes it a point to show former teammate Beau Belga some love. Photo from PBA Images


Tiu suffers busted lip from GlobalPort import: 'Parang na-Pacquiao ako'

May 20, 2018 - 9:06 PM

The veteran guard refuses to leave the game and delivers down the stretch to lift Rain or Shine past the Batang Pier

NO BACKING DOWN. Chris Tiu leads Rain or Shine to victory despite being left bloodied following a hit from GlobalPort import Malcolm White. Photos from PBA Images


Young Filipino ballers impress Sacramento Kings center, WNBA legend

May 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein and Sheryl Swoopes take charge in coaching and selecting the members of the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star squad

SHANGHAI-BOUND. The selected All-Star team are rewarded with a trip to Shanghai for the NBA China Games 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Rain or Shine fends off GlobalPort in scuffle-marred game

May 20, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Elasto Painters bag their 5th win in 6 games to gain the top spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup

NUMBER ONE. Reggie Johnson and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters return to the winning column to claim the top spot in the Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Meet Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Silvia Celeste Cortesi

May 20, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Get to know the Filipino-Italian beauty queen who will represent the country in Miss Earth

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018

May 20, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Here's everything you missed from this year's coronation night

Ms. Earth 2018 coronation. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH falters as China, Japan sweep YOG slots in Asian Trampoline Championships

May 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Benjamin Jesus Mendoza fails to bring home a medal after becoming the only Filipino to advance in the final round

Namarabar: The community reviving natural dyes in the Philippines

May 20, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Sometimes, all we need to do is take is 180-degree turn to tradition and a little bit of tigi (crazy) imagination

Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

May 20, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A P10 million cash prize awaits the overall champion of the nationwide multi-sport event

FESTIVE. A colorful opening ceremony kicks off the 2018 Philippine National Games in Cebu City. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Top PH officials meet U.S. Pacific Command chief in Hawaii

May 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Philippines says the 'deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte administration' has 'lowered tensions' in the South China Sea

TOP OFFICIALS. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and key government officials meet US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris Jr in Hawaii. Photo from the US Pacific Command web site

TIMELINE: The many times Duterte and Sereno clashed

May 20, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Rappler lists the instances President Rodrigo Duterte and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have locked horns since 2016

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Silvia Celeste Cortesi's winning answers

May 20, 2018 - 12:41 AM

What did Silvia Celeste Cortesi have to say about preventing another Boracay?

MISS EARTH PHILIPPINES. Silvia Celeste Cortesi takes home the crown. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Silvia Celeste Cortesi wins Miss Earth Philippines 2018!

May 19, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Here is the queen who will represent the Philippines in the international Miss Earth 2018 pageant!

FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Earth Philippines 2018

May 19, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Here is Karen Ibasco's successor!

WINNERS. The winners of Miss Earth Philippines 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Biado-De Luna tandem misses out on World Cup of Pool semis

May 19, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The Filipino pair crashes out vs China in the prestigious tournament the country last ruled in 2013

END OF THE ROAD. Jeff de Luna and Carlo Biado fail to snap the Philippines' 5-year title drought in the World Cup of Pool. Photo from World Cup of Pool's official Twitter account (@worldcupofpool)

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018, 'Dyosa ng Kalikasan' segment

May 19, 2018 - 10:44 PM

See the ladies in costume!

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018, evening gown segment

May 19, 2018 - 10:07 PM

See the ladies in their glittering gowns!

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth Philippines 2018, swimsuit segment

May 19, 2018 - 9:44 PM

See the candidates walk in their swimsuits!

SWIMSUIT SEGMENT. The Miss Earth Philippines candidates get summery in their swimsuits by Ricky Abad. All screenshots courtesy of Miss Earth Philippines live stream

Manuel game-winner tows Alaska past San Miguel in Balkman's PBA return

May 19, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Aces notch their 4th straight win while the Beermen remain winless in 3 games

PH trampoline gymnast snatches bronze in Asian championships debut

May 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Erin Abaniel transitions from artistic to trampoline gymnastics

UNEXPECTED LOVE. Erin Abaniel develops a love for the trampoline after being forced to switch from the artistic discipline. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Edgardo Angara's Baler homecoming

May 19, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The remains of former Senate president Edgardo Angara arrive in Baler, Aurora, where residents can pay their final respects to their hometown hero

SALUTE TO LOLO. Senator Sonny Angara's son joins soldiers in saluting the late Senate president Edgardo Angara

Isolated rain across Philippines on May 20

May 19, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Easterly winds are affecting the entire country

Satellite image as of May 19, 4 pm from PAGASA website

What's so unique about PH football? Just ask Soca Loca

May 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Malaysian startup aims to spur the growth of Philippine football with a new mobile app

DEVELOP THROUGH TECH. Sayf Ismail (center) advocates the use of technology to grow the predominantly traditional sport of football. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] Lest we forget, the Supreme Court is a human institution

May 19, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Oust her if you must, but oust her in accordance with the law.