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ASEAN parliamentarians slam SEC ruling vs Rappler

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:36 PM

'There appears to be little doubt that this decision is politically motivated,' says ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chairperson Charles Santiago

PUBLIC INTEREST. Rappler holds a press conference on January 15, 2018, about the ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke its license. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque says Rappler can still cover Malacañang

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:15 PM

But Rappler asserts that the SEC ruling against it 'is an attack on our lifeblood,' putting at stake a business model for free and fearless journalism

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque entertains questions from the media, including Rappler reporter Pia Ranada (1st from right), after his first press briefing in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. Malacañang photo

Malacañang says DOJ can file charges vs Rappler

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'It's all about money. It's not about press freedom,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler's registration

RAPPLER REGISTRATION. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and acting managing editor Chay Hofileña hold a press conference in the Rappler newsroom on January 15, 2018, after SEC handed down its ruling on the social news network. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' guide on charter change

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?

PASTORAL GUIDE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas offers guidelines for his flock, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, to help in understanding charter change. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government

CHARTER CHANGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issues a pastoral guide on efforts to revise the Philippine Constitution. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: Japan ties at stake over comfort woman statue

Jan 13, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'You can't strengthen your relationship long term if you keep bringing up things that you think are settled,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec eyes postponing barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Election is considering another postponement in Mindanao after Congress extended martial law in the island group to the end of 2018

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NEEDS PROTECTION. Native dipterocarp trees are vital to sustaining biodiversity in Philippine forests

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Comelec wary of 'no elections' scenario in 2019

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec vows to fulfill its mandate to hold 'free and fair elections,' poll body spokesman James Jimenez says

POLLING PRECINCT. In this file photo, an elderly voter places her ballot on a precinct count optical scan machine (PCOS) after casting her vote during mid-term elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Strive for a 'kinder, resilient' PH in 2018 – senators

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Sa darating na 2018, magpursigi tayong maging mas magiliw. Bayang magiliw. Tayo yun eh!’ says Senator Francis Pangilinan in his New Year’s Day message

HOPES FOR 2018. Senators Grace Poe, Francis Pangilinan, and Loren Legarda hope for better times for Filipinos in the new year

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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CPP 50th anniversary goal: ‘Overthrow Duterte regime'

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The CPP says Filipinos are suffering under the Duterte administration's 'fascist tyranny, all-out economic liberalization, and bureaucratic corruption'

FIVE DECADES. File photo of New People's Army guerrillas marching in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016.

Robredo’s New Year wish: Unity, fewer calamities, zero killings

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:52 AM

'Tingin ko hindi naging maganda iyong 2017 as far as pagkakaisa is concerned – masyadong polarized iyong mga Pilipino noong mga nakaraang buwan at nakaraang taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HOPE FOR 2018. Vice President Leni Robredo launches her Istorya ng Pag-Asa program at the Camarines Norte State College on December 7, 2017. File photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: When the Church rose up vs killings in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Rappler compiles 12 best images of the Philippine Catholic Church that prayed, marched, and fought for the value of life this year

NOT HOPELESS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle embraces a graduate of the Archdiocese of Manila's Sanlakbay drug rehabilitation program on October 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

What's wrong with this statue of a comfort woman in Manila?

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Here are 3 issues surrounding the controversial statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH military on 'full alert' on CPP's 49th anniversary

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The Philippine military says it 'is on full alert and vigilant for possible CPP-NPA attacks on our people and vulnerable communities'

WELCOME HOME. Troops of the 1st Infantry Battalion are given a hero's welcome. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Division

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

In the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims

CHRISTMAS EVE. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the Baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2017, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis prays for Vinta's victims in Mindanao

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:35 PM

'I wish to assure my prayers for the population of Mindanao in the Philippines,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

PRAYING FOR MINDANAO. Pope Francis in his remarks after the Angelus on December 24, 2017, assures Mindanao of his prayers after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) killed at least 200 people and forced 70,000 others out of their homes. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

37 feared dead in Davao City mall fire

Dec 24, 2017 - 7:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Davao Mayor Sara Duterte says firemen found one body as the blaze was brought under control Sunday, December 24

MALL FIRE. Firefighters try to contain the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta breaches 200

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:49 AM

(5th UPDATE) Northern Mindanao police say 135 people have died in the region alone. Around 50 others in the Zamboanga Peninsula and 18 in Lanao del Sur are also reported dead.

VINTA'S WRATH. Residents wade through a flooded street in Cagayan City on December 22, 2017, after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). Photo by Joseph Deveza/AFP

[OPINION | Newspoint] A dangerous place

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:10 AM

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people

CBCP hits murder of 'martyr' priest from Nueva Ecija

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Now led by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, the CBCP also calls for a probe into other 'deaths under investigation' in the Philippines

'HERO, MARTYR'. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

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2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

Gov't specifies dates for Christmas ceasefire with communists

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The ceasefire will now run from December 23 to 26 and from December 30 to January 2, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

CHRISTMAS CEASEFIRE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces a change in the dates for the Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

7 times Cayetano contradicted even himself in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

In 2017, the Duterte administration's foreign policy remains what it is: consistently inconsistent

CONTRADICTING HIMSELF. The Philippines' top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, contradicted even himself in a number of statements in 2017. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Duterte declares Christmas ceasefire with communists

Dec 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This unilateral ceasefire would lessen the apprehension of the public this Christmas season,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders a ceasefire 5 days before Christmas. Malacanang photo

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GrabTaxi to face new competitor in Davao City

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'This is long overdue. At least now the senior citizens don't have to get wet in the rain to hail a taxi cab,' says LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada

GRABTAXI COMPETITOR. The new taxi hailing app Hirna is set to fully operate in Davao City by early 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

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Dec 19, 2017 - 1:23 PM

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Bishop seeks freedom of supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'For heaven's sake, let's get this man out of jail! I am willing to repay his employer, the supermarket owner, a hundred times over,' says Bishop Pablo David

BISHOP'S APPEAL. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says he is willing to repay 'a hundred times over' the employer of a supermarket clerk jailed for stealing corned beef. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Most wanted man of Western Visayas nabbed in Marikina

Dec 16, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Antonio Aquino, a native of Negros Occidental, is arrested after evading authorities for 14 years

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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

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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

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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

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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