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Drilon: Anti-political dynasty bill 'highly possible' in 17th Congress

Jul 23, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to level the playing field in the political arena

REFILED. Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to prohibit political dynasties in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

Complaint filed with Ombudsman vs Aquino, Abad

Jul 08, 2016 - 11:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Progressive groups say former President Aquino and former Budget Secretary Abad face charges of technical malversation usurpation of legislative powers and graft and corruption over the DAP

NO IMMUNITY. Progressive groups file charges against former President Benigno Aquino III a week after he stepped down from office. (L) Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; (R) Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino's neighbors: 'Welcome home, PNoy'

Jun 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III is in high spirits as he returns to his family home at Times Street on June 30

HOMECOMING. Former President Benigno Aquino lll is back at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Aquino: The president who brought China to court

Jun 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III admits that he initially had some concerns about suing China Going against China how will China treat us if we dare?

WARM WELCOME. Philippine President Benigno Aquino (right) shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) upon arrival ahead of a welcome dinner for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Manila on November 18, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Aquino and the PH military: Toys for the big boys

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Up to P60 billion have been released for military modernization since President Aquino assumed office in 2010

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PN Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) VAdm. Caesar Taccad,troops the line during the Philippine Navy (PN) 118th Anniversary Celebration at the Landing Ship Dock (SSV LD601) in Pier 13, South Harbour, Manila City on Wednesday (June 01, 2016). With theme: “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future”. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo )Bureau)

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino signs law creating financial inclusion committee

Jun 15, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The Financial Inclusion Steering Committee s tall order is to provide more people especially those in far flung areas access to financial services

FINANCIAL INCLUSION. President Benigno Aquino III signs Executive Order No. 208 to institutionalize the Financial Inclusion Steering Committee (FISC). Aquino photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Will higher education reforms continue under Duterte presidency?

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says Duterte s support for federalism is very compatible with the commission s efforts at strengthening regional institutions

CONTINUITY? Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan believes 'we will continue all the main things we have been doing' in higher education.   we will continue all the main things we have been doing

Journalist shot dead in Manila – police

May 28, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Alex Balcoba is the second journalist to be murdered in the Philippines this year and the 34th since 2010 when President Benigno Aquino III came to power

ANOTHER JOURNALIST KILLED. A Filipino funeral parlor worker closes a door of a morgue next to the remains of slain journalist Alex Balcoba in Manila, Philippines, 28 May 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

IPs in Mindanao to get 605 new classrooms

May 27, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The budget department releases P500 million for new classrooms in 18 provinces

NEW CLASSROOMS. Students from indigenous peoples' communities in Mindanao will get new classrooms this 2016. File photo by Rappler

Aquino: Giving up West PH Sea claim 'political suicide'

May 21, 2016 - 7:52 AM

I don’t think that any Philippine president can afford to give up any portion of territorial sovereignty President Benigno Aquino III tells Time magazine as the incoming Duterte administration eyes bilateral talks with China on the dispute

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Benigno Aquino III says it is 'political suicide' for any leader to give up portion of his or country's sovereignty. Photo courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino calls for anti-Duterte alliance

May 06, 2016 - 8:24 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay swiftly reject President Benigno Aquino III s proposal

Pres. Aquino led the Liberal party as it stages a grand rally for the Roxas-Robredo tandem at Plaza Quezon in Naga City on May 6.

Malaysian investors told: Keep investing in PH beyond elections

May 06, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The finance chief says the Philippines is in the right place at the right time with its favorable demographics and integration with ASEAN neighbors

SHOPTALK. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (right) encourages Malaysian firms to do business in the Philippines. Beside him is TAEL Partners CEO Michael Sng. Photo from Department of Finance

Misamis Oriental workers seek end to contractualization

May 01, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Labor leaders say workers do not feel the effects of the Philippines economic growth

END CONTRACTUALIZATION. A laborer and union member from the Bagong Buhay Arastre and Stevedoring, Inc. calls demands for the govenrment to strictly implement fair labor practices. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Labor Day cry: 'End contractualization, raise wages'

May 01, 2016 - 2:42 PM

On Labor Day militant workers call the Aquino administration a butcher of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages

Aquino salutes Filipino workers in final Labor Day message

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:21 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Filipino workers at home and overseas have shown that they can compete with the world s best

Photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

Kris Aquino thanks family, friends amid chopper controversy

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:07 PM

True friends defend you behind your back Kris writes on Instagram

Kris Aquino addresses uproar over presidential chopper use

Apr 23, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Puwede bang ipagtanggol niyo ako? asks Kris as she addreses the social media uproar over her use of a presidential chopper to attend a Liberal Party sortie in Cebu

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Presidential sister Kris Aquino campaigns for Liberal Party bets Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo at the Secretary Serge Remonde Sports Complex in Argao, Cebu on April 19, 2016. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino: Police not at fault in Kidapawan clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

He says the government should run after organizers who rallied the farmers to exploit the drought issue

NO FAULT. President Benigno Aquino III puts the blame on suspected organizers who enticed the farmers of Kidapawan City to unite and protest last March 30.

Aquino defends Kris' chopper ride: Why the criticism?

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:22 AM

The President points out that his sister is one the biggest taxpayers in the country and could be the President s guest the way big businessmen or investors are accommodated

PRESIDENTIAL SISTER. Kris Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, is flown to a Liberal Party sortie in Cebu on April 19 using a presidential chopper. Photo from Aviator Pinoy's Facebook page

Construction of MRT7 finally starts

Apr 20, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Once MRT7 is built it will only take Bulacan based commuters 30 minutes to reach Quezon City from the current two hours

NEW RAILWAY. President Benigno Aquino III (third from the right), assisted by San Miguel's Ramon Ang (third from the left) and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya (middle), leads the groundbreaking ceremony of MRT 7. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

President Aquino: A reign of contradictions

Apr 02, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Boosters will claim that the economy is doing well Cynics and critics immediately disagree of course The portrait however is not black and white – it looks more grayish in color

Aquino: Shouldn't Duterte's pronouncements worry us?

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:08 AM

The President takes a swipe at Mar Roxas rivals singling out Rodrigo Duterte Grace Poe and Jejomar Binay for their supposed weaknesses

Liberal Party (LP) chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Meeting with Local Leaders at the San Fernando City Pampangga Thursday, March 16, 2016. (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr. /Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Aquino's Lenten message: Be on the side of justice

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:55 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also tells Filipinos to strengthen their love for others

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his Lent and Easter message to the nation on March 23, 2016. Photo By Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Philippines denounces Belgium attacks: 'This is cowardice'

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:03 PM

The Philippines vows to ‘continue working to make such acts of extremism a thing of the past’

I AM BRUSSELS. People hold a banner saying, 'I am Brussels'  in French and Flemish on March 22, 2016, following the terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital. Photo by AFP

Aquino: Tighten airport security after Brussels explosions

Mar 22, 2016 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED This comes as thousands of Filipinos prepare to travel to their provinces for the Holy Week break

Who's not welcome in 'President' Grace Poe's Cabinet?

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED In a dialogue with the Makati Business Club she names at least 3 agencies where she will not keep President Aquino s appointees

GRACE POE'S CABINET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe says she already has in mind Cabinet members she wants to retain should she be elected into office. Screenshot from Rappler

Aquino hits 2 'anti-BBL senators' at PMA graduation

Mar 13, 2016 - 6:25 PM

President Benigno Aquino III does not identify the senators who he says blocked the Bangsamoro Basic Law and failed to offer alternatives

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his Commencement Address during the 111th Commencement Exercises of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Gabay-Laya (Gintong Anak ng Bayan, Alay ay Buhay) Class of 2016 at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday (March 13, 2016). Gabay Laya is also the smallest PMA class to graduate in 40 years.. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

UNA to Comelec: Consider the deaf, hard of hearing for next debates

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Spokesperson Mon Ilagan says UNA is the only political party whose sorties and outdoor events are PWD and senior citizen friendly

CONSIDER THE DEAF. The United Nationalist Alliance calls on the Commission on Elections to consider making the presidential debates deaf-friendly. Graphic by Mara Mercado/Rappler

PPP Center's Canilao: Include PPP chief in Cabinet

Feb 23, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Outgoing PPP Center head Cosette Canilao also says the next administration should adopt what her office has started and hit the ground running with policies and institutional arrangements

BIG PART. Playing a big part in developing infrastructure, it might be necessary to include PPP in the Cabinet, PPP Center's Canilao says

Aquino off to last ASEAN Summit as president

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The President says he is flying to the United States to help to boost the joint strategic partnership between the US and ASEAN

OFF TO AMERICA. President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Philippines on February 15, 2016, for his last ASEAN Summit as chief executive. Photo by Exequiel Supera/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Grace Poe's birthday visit to Aquino: No talk of politics

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

And contrary to rumors the independent presidential candidate did not gatecrash the President s birthday party; she was invited

PPP Center to next admin: Prioritize airports, trains, subway

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Decongesting Metro Manila and other urban areas should be the main goal says the PPP Center

CONTINUITY. PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao says airports, mass transit railways, and subway projects should be the focus of the next administration. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Business groups to next president: Grow GDP, FDIs

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

They also want increased openness to foreign trade tax reform and a public private partnership law

WISH LIST. Representatives of the Joint Foreign Chamber of the Philippines give a preview of their recommendations to the next Philippine president. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Aquino OKs Landbank-DBP merger

Feb 09, 2016 - 4:15 PM

With Landbank as the surviving entity President Benigno Aquino III approves the increase in its capital stock to P200 billion 4 19 billion

FUSION. Landbank is the surviving entity given its bigger assets and wider branch network. Image from Wikipedia

Cheaper air fares in ASEAN seen as PH signs protocols

Feb 08, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The Philippines signs the so called 5th and 6th freedoms of the air allowing broader flight options within the region

IMPROVED AIR CONNECTION. The Philippines finally signs Protocols 5 and 6 of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement in Air Services. File photo by Rappler

Marcos believes Aquino gave stand down order in Mamasapano

Jan 28, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the order to hold fire made the SAF troopers vulnerable leading to their cold blooded murder

RE-OPENING. Senators, government, military and PNP officials face-off anew during the Senate reinvestigation of the Mamasapano incident on Wednesday, Jan 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Teachers no longer required to do election duties if Aquino signs law

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Who will man the polling precincts if public school teachers opt out?

VOLUNTEER SERVICE. Teachers would soon be free from harassment experienced during elections. Photo by AFP

Senate reopens Mamasapano probe to hear 'new evidence'

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The hearing is likely to center on one question: what did President Aquino do – or failed to do – in the planning execution and aftermath of the anti terrorist operation

epa04592364 Relatives of killed elite Police Special Action Force pay their respect during arrival honors at Villamor Air Base, south of Manila, Philippines, 29 January 2015. Fighting between police and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines has left at least 50 people dead, a police report said. Police were trying to arrest two suspected Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao province, 960 kilometres south of Manila, when the clash erupted. The rebels belonged to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government in March, and to its breakaway faction the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which opposed the agreement. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

FAST FACTS: Who are the new 6 Sandiganbayan justices?

Jan 25, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Here s a quick profile of the new members of the anti graft court

Aquino signs law for Sangguniang Kabataan reforms

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti political dynasty provision

LAST DAY. Students fill out SK application forms outside the Comelec-Quezon City District 2 Office on the last day of registration on Monday, September 29. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Widows, ex SAF chief again seek justice for SAF 44

Jan 16, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Former SAF Commander Getulio Napeñas mourns with families of his dead comrades in an advance commemoration of the Mamasapano tragedy

HERO RITES. Relatives of killed elite Police Special Action Force pay their respect during arrival honors at Villamor Air Base on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan / EPA

Senior citizens: 'We can't afford medication without SSS pension hike'

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:50 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s rejection of the proposed social security pension increase affects about 2 million retirees

Fascade of SSS Main office in Quezon City. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Aquino defends veto on SSS pension hike

Jan 15, 2016 - 2:49 PM

UPDATED So I m heartless now If by 2027 [the SSS] goes bankrupt the more than 30 million members would be calling me careless and heartless at the same time says President Benigno Aquino III

'DAPAT MAGING MASINOP.' President Benigno Aquino III defends his decision to veto House Bill 5842 which provides for a P2,000-hike in the monthly pension of Social Security System members. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Meralco lays out wish list for next PH president

Jan 09, 2016 - 4:27 PM

We always batted for more power plants because we create pricing pressure Meralco Chairman Manuel Pangilinan says when asked for his wishes for the country under a new leader

MORE PRIVATE INVESTMENTS. Meralco says industry stakeholders should support one another to achieve an adequate supply of generation capacity, an interconnected transmission system, and a reliable distribution network. Photo from Agence France-Presse

New 300-MW power plant in Mindanao 'not enough'

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:27 PM

A sister company of AboitizPower s Therma South Incorporated says Mindanao needs at least 300 megawatts of new power capacity annually for the next 5 years to address the power deficit

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

Aquino calls for meeting to address Mindanao power woes

Jan 08, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Issues on right of way violations transmission towers bombing hound the region The energy department is creating a task force to address the situation

POWER SITUATION. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the ceremonial switch-on of the Davao baseload power plant, Friday, January 8, 2016.  A meeting would be convened next week to address the worsening power situation in Mindanao due to right-of-way violations and bombing of transmission towers. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH will have enough oil supply despite Saudi conflict – gov't

Jan 08, 2016 - 9:29 PM

President Aquino says the Philippines can buy oil from many other sources while Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada cites the ASEAN supply security agreement

NO EFFECT YET. The security issues caused by the conflict between Saudi and Iran have not caused increases in oil prices, and a rollback is expected next week, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada says.

Aquino inaugurates AboitizPower’s P35-B Davao baseload power plant

Jan 08, 2016 - 4:26 PM

President Aquino says while he is an advocate of developing renewable energy right now we cannot wean ourselves completely from relying on coal

INAUGURATION. The first of the two 150-MW AboitizPower Davao baseload power plants started commercial operations in September 2015. The second unit is undergoing reliability tests and will be in full commercial operations by February 2016. Photo courtesy of AboitizPower

Bangsamoro bill 'increasingly uncertain' – peace monitor

Jan 03, 2016 - 3:24 PM

The Third Party Monitoring Team also expresses concern about the BBL s compliance with the existing peace deal

PEACE. Bangsamoro Bill advocates believe the measure is the key to a long-term peace in war-torn Mindanao.