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What you need to know about Charter Change

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The public should closely monitor the process of changing the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid abuses, say constitutional law experts

Duterte warns cops: NPA ‘sparrow units’ are back

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The last time President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned the communist urban hit squads in his speech, he cited them as reason for the creation of the now notorious Davao Death Squad

THREAT? President Rodrigo Duterte says on January 15, 2018, the urban hit squads of the New People's Army are out to attack state forces. File photo by Manman Dejeto/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

Duterte rejects term extension, suspended polls

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

'There will be no suspension of elections, and there will be no term extension, especially for me,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

NO EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte denies any term extensions and suspension of 2019 polls. Malacañang photo

Duterte’s birthday wish for Alvarez: 'I hope you're married for the last time’

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his wish for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the 60th birthday bash of his good friend and ally

ALLIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who turned 60 on January 10, 2018, welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte to his birthday celebration in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Photo from Malacañang

NAPC's Liza Maza says federalism alone won’t solve poverty

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:26 AM

'If we will not fix our policies and the mechanisms of addressing the issue of poverty, it will remain to be a big problem,' says National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza

REFORM AGENDA. The National Anti-Poverty Commission launches a proposal to reform the current Philippine anti-poverty policies. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 1-7, 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 4, 2018

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

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

FUTURE REPRESENTATIVE? Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio delivers a speech during the launch of the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines. Screenshot by Rappler

Dela Rosa on Mandaluyong cops, Tropical Depression Agaton, marijuana in California | Evening wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Duterte to sack high-ranking official, police officers in 1st week of 2018

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to fire more public officials reflects his intent to fight corruption in government

ANTI-CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech in Malacañang on December 12, 2017. Photo from Malacañang

Firecracker ban, Tropical Depression Agaton, New Year in New York | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

No compromise deal with Marcoses yet, Malacañang says

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says the response to lawyer Oliver Lozano regarding a draft document on the matter is only a matter of courtesy

NO DEAL YET. Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the draft compromise deal with the Marcoses circulating in social media is a mere submission from lawyer Oliver Lozano.

DOH considers recommending total firecracker ban to Duterte

Jan 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says imposing a total ban on firecrackers would require the government to provide alternative sources of livelihood to vendors who would lose their jobs

TOTAL BAN? A worker loads powder into a luces shell at a fireworks factory in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 26, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Agnes Callamard backs two Filipino UN experts hit by Malacañang

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:41 PM

United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard defends fellow experts Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

UN EXPERT. In this photo dated October 20, 2016, UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard addresses an event on the death penalty and terrorism-related offenses. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Malacañang defends Duterte tapping Facebook for 2016 polls

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it would have been 'foolhardy' for any political candidate not to use the popular social networking site as a campaign tool

TOP CAMPAIGNER. President Rodrigo  Duterte delivers a speech at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte calls on Filipinos to emulate Rizal’s patriotism

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:16 AM

'Even in death, he imparted upon us his aspirations for a nation that is free from the scourge of injustice, tyranny and suffering,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the 121st death anniversary of national hero Dr Jose Rizal

RIZAL DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte pays tribute to national hero Jose Rizal on his death anniversary. File photo from Presidential Photo

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

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Bea Cupin

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.

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Duterte has 15 days to accept or reject son Paolo’s resignation

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Paolo Duterte sends his resignation letter to Malacañang via courier

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palace defends Faeldon's appointment to new gov't post

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The appointment of Nicanor Faeldon to another position puts a big question mark in the government's seriousness in fighting corruption,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

NEW POST. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints detained former Bureau of Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

WATCH: What Duterte promised mayors in Vinta-hit Lanao del Norte

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:24 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte vows to fast-track rehabilitation in Vinta-hit areas, but are the funds for handling disasters in 2017 enough?

VINTA DAMAGE. Severe Tropical Storm Vinta damages bridges in Lanao del Norte province including this one that leads to a remote village in Munai town. Photo courtesy of Ninoy Castro/DSWD

Duterte OKs use of express lane fees for immigration workers' salaries, overtime

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Duterte nudges Congress to enact a new Immigration Law in 2018 to address low salary brackets of employees

Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Duterte suggests cremation of fire casualties

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with families of victims of the NCCC Mall fire in Davao, but acknowledges that no amount of words would give them comfort

VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visits the remains of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao. Photo from Malacañang/PCOO

President Duterte knew Paolo wanted to resign – Mayor Sara

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says her brother will go 'back to private life and spend time with his children'

FAMILY. Davao City Vice Mayor (left) says his parents, mother Elizabeth and father President Rodrigo Duterte have taught him the value of delicadeza, which led to his decision to resign on Christmas Day 2017. Malacañang file photo

Duterte visits relatives of Davao mall fire victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of Davao City for two decades, is seen crying as he comforts the mall fire victims' relatives

COMFORTING RELATIVES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the families of victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall in Davao City, where a fire raged on December 23, 2017. Malacañang photo

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov’t urged to shield poor from higher costs due to tax reform law

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says 15.6 million informal workers will be affected by the newly-signed Train law

10 months since arrest, DOJ still amending case vs De Lima

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The amendments heed the advice of the Supreme Court ruling which also says there is no need to set her free meanwhile

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

Drug war in 2017: The year of deaths and denials

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Official data shows that 3,993 people were killed in police operations, yet the Duterte administration refuses to tag them as extrajudicial killings. Human rights organizations say the world will not be fooled.

Duterte's word war with women

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

How Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales have stood up to the President

WOMEN AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte's tough-talking persona meets a match in equally tough-talking women such as the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman.

Duterte eyes Efren Peñaflorida to lead PCUP

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Efren Peñaflorida is the man hailed CNN Hero of the Year in 2009 for his efforts to educate kids in Metro Manila's slums

EDUCATING THE POOR. CNN Hero awardee Efren Peñaflorida speaks to media after a Kariton Klasrum culminating activity. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

62% of 2017 endo targets completed – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:21 PM

There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide

ANTI-ENDO. There is an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees in the Philippines. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PCUP chair Ridon: We served 'with integrity and competence'

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'We performed our mandate to the best of our abilities, with integrity and competence, despite the heavy burden of undertaking genuine reform,' says Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon

ON THE WAY OUT. Terry Ridon, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, is set to be replaced, along with all other commissioners of the PCUP. File photo from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor,

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

IN PHOTOS: Kadamay march to oust Duterte

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The urban poor group cites President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-poor policies and his failed promises to resolve homelessness, job insecurity, contractualization, and rising prices of basic goods

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte makes OFWs wait for hours, but makes up for it with cash, gifts

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:38 PM

Some 60 returning OFWs waited for the President for over two hours, but it was worth their time as they were each handed gifts by Mr. Duterte

NINONG. President Rodrigo Duterte distributes gifts to arriving overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) during the Pamaskong Salubong Para sa OFWs at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga on Thursday, December 7. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP recommends to Duterte: One more year of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) The recommendation is based on two things: security and rehabilitation

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. PNP recommends one more year of martial law in Mindanao

IN PHOTOS: Rights groups protest against 'killing fields' in Mindanao

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense to protest against Martial Law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. A protester holds a placard that shows half of his face in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

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

PCOO to review FOI exception list for 2018

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Presidential Communications Operations Office celebrates the first year of implementation of the Freedom of Executive Order and looks into reviewing the list of exceptions to data that can be requested come 2018

FOI SUMMIT. The Presidential Communications Operations Office held the first Freedom of Information Summit on December 5, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Sereno to Duterte: SC is transparent even without FOI law

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Sereno says she 'shares the President’s expressed desire for greater transparency in government'

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Supreme Court affirms martial law in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Newly-appointed Associate Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo join the majority and vote to affirm the decision

WATCH: Declare revolutionary government, supporters urge Duterte

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Their rationale for this move: the country needs to start anew, given a so-called 'failed system' that can only be cured by 'extraordinary measures'

Supporters 'grant' Duterte sole powers to write new Constitution

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Led by actress Vivian Velez, a crowd reads a declaration enumerating 7 reforms that supposedly can only be achieved if President Duterte exercises revolutionary powers

'REVGOV NA'. Pro-Duterte demonstrators gather in Mendiola, Manila on November 30, 2017 calling for the establishment of a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

Bonifacio Day rallies set to push, protest Duterte's revolutionary gov't

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Rallies supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's proposed revolutionary government will be held on Thursday, November 30, 19 cities and towns, mostly areas where Duterte won in the 2016 presidential election

Destabilization or ripe for suspension? Day 2 of SC drug war oral arguments

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Here are highlights of the second day of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of Oplan Tokhang in the government's war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler