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SC affirms CA ruling on Smokey Mountain project

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The case involves the 1993 agreement between private firm R-II Builders and government housing agencies to develop the Smokey Mountain landfill in Tondo, Manila

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN. Supreme Court affirms the decision of the Court of Appeals that favored developer R-II Builders on the legal battle over the botched Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Modern wharf for Puerto Princesa Underground River

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The construction of the P100-million Sabang Integrated Wharf Development project will begin in the second quarter of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 5 years

SOON TO RISE. A rendering of the wharf to be built in  Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayuga in Puerto Princesa City. All images from the PPUR Management Office

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

Project Loon gets license to help bring back Puerto Rico cell signal

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:02 PM

The US Federal Communications Commission allows Project Loon to fly 30 helium balloons in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for 6 months to deliver emergency LTE cellular reception in the areas

PUERTO RICO. A man installs a tarp over a damaged business roof in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

The week in photos: September 30-October 6, 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

The art and science of ‘hugot’

Oct 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For a program to work, and for change to really stick, it never hurts for people working in development to pause and look up from the program framework, do a deep dive in the communities they are working in, and dig deep to unearth the insights that drive behavior

Nur Misuari posts bail for corruption charges

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:42 PM

(UPDATED) Sandiganbayan 3rd Division confirms bail bond of Misuari has been transmitted to the anti-graft court

BAIL. MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari posts bail on September 19, 2017 before the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16. Photo courtesy of Secretary Jesus Dureza

Iloilo mayor Mabilog charged with graft over towing project

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The Ombudsman also indicts former Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II, who allegedly connived with the mayor to set up a towing firm that would bag a government contract

SICK LEAVE. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog goes on sick leave after President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his accusation against the mayor for having drug links in the city the President calls the 'most shabulized' in the Philippines. Photo from Mayor Mabilog's Facebook page

Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

Nur Misuari has not posted bail yet, but meets with Duterte in Davao

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Misuari's spokesperson says 'no need' when asked if the MNLF founding chairman has posted bail

STANDING WARRANT. Despite a standing warrant of arrest, MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari meets with President Rodrigo Duterte and Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza in Davao City on September 16, 2017. Photo from Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Facebook page

#HackSociety 2017: Using tech to help the marginalized

Sep 15, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Five finalists for this year's HackSociety propose ideas to help persons with disabilities, juvenile delinquents, depressed individuals, and ordinary people with limited knowledge of the law

HACKSOCIETY 2017. The second day of the ideathon sees 20 finalists pitch their innovative solutions to society's problems. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Keeping the organic coffee farming tradition in Sagada alive

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Coffee Heritage Project is a simple movement that promotes a fruitful collaboration amongst partner farmers scientists soil specialists etymologists and any person who has the heart for uplifting the value of Philippine coffee

ORGANIC COFFEE. Organic arabica coffee cherries. Photo by Marti Bartolome
COFFEE FARMERS. Rich Watanabe with Sagada partner farmers. Photo by Marti Bartolome

PLANTING. Coffee Heritage Project planting, June 2017. Photo by Marti Bartolome
PROCESSING. Coffee grinding at the Coffee Heritage House. Photo by Marti Bartolome

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

Save and share: The key to affordable organic produce

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM

For Kai Farms' Karla Delgado, organic doesn't have to be expensive

NO PLASTIC. Seedlings are sprouted in banana leaf pots, which can be planted directly into the soil, or removed for roots to spread out. Photo by Audrey N. Carpio

9 nama baru hiasi line up fase kedua 'DWP 2017'

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Festival musik dance 'Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP)' mengumumkan sembilan nama baru yang melengkapi line up pengisi acara edisi tahun ini

'DWP 2017'. Gelaran festival musik 'DWP 2017' akan berlangsung pada 15-16 Desember 2017. Foto dari akun Instagram @djakartawarehouseproject

In Cebu, cops turn to CHR, 'Project Pokemon' to keep drug war abuse-free

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 teachers soldiers and cops chosen as the Metrobank Foundation s Outstanding Filipinos for 2017

OUTSTANDING FILIPINO. Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 Filipinos to receive the prestigious award from the Metrobank Foundation. Photo from the Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Nur Misuari

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

3RD UPDATE We respect the process but sad because the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front have agreements says Misuari s spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla

GHOST PROJECTS. Nur Misuari is facing graft and malversation charges over multi-million peso educational projects in the ARMM which turned out to have never been delivered.

Youth orchestra eyed to keep kids off Lipa streets

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:02 AM

This pitch by a youth group – Project Gifted – wins P25 000 at the Office of the Vice President s Angat Buhay Youth Summit

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project names Pinoy 'Media Climate Champions'

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:46 PM

For communicating climate reality journalists Howie Severino GMA 7 Imelda Abano PNEJ Atom Araullo ABS CBN and Voltaire Tupaz Rappler are recognized at the premiere screening of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power on Monday August 28

IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The documentary will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas Trinoma and Glorietta 4 starting August 30 2017

WATCH: Book Stop Project brings libraries to communities

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Book Stop Project aims to give everyone access to libraries and ultimately to help build an active citizenry


MODERN LIBRARY. Young people drop by at the Book Stop to read and donate books. Photos by Vee Salazar







What to expect at the premiere of 'An Inconvenient Sequel' on August 28

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Here s what you should expect during the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel in the Philippines

Isabela road closed due to safety concerns amid rehabilitation works

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III orders the temporary closure following vehicular mishaps and safety problems on the Ilagan Divilacan road which is undergoing improvement

Nostalgia musik 90an dalam Prambanan Jazz Festival

Aug 19, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Penonton larut dimanjakan penampilan para musisi yang populer di tahun 1990an mulai dari Base Jam hingga Shakatak

MEMUKAU. Penampilan band jazz asal Inggris Shakatak sukses memukau penonton Prambanan Jazz Festival pada Jumat, 18 Agustus. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @PrambananJazz

PCIJ launches project to support creative storytelling

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism launches The PCIJ Story Project

Ampatuan brothers plead not guilty to corruption charges

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Do you know how much the government is spending for his escorts? Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Rafael Lagos says in reference to Andal Ampatuan Jr as he denies the motion to postpone the arraignment

CORRUPTION CHARGES. Ampatuan brothers Sajid (left) and Andal Jr (right) face multiple counts of corruption for ghost projects in Maguindanao in 2009.

Heavier Commonwealth traffic seen as MRT7 construction progresses

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A task force announces developments in the construction of the MRT7 s University Avenue and Manggahan stations in Quezon City which would affect the flow of traffic

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Bong Revilla in plunder trial: I will be free soon

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Napoles lawyer also chimes in: It’s our impression that in the end it will benefit us

CONFIDENT. Detaned former senator Bong Revilla smiles after his plunder trial hearing at the Sandiganbayan on August 10, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palawan's superhighway project called an 'environmental disaster'

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Plans to expand Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has alarmed citizens and civil society groups for its potential negative environmental impacts

EXTENSION. Construction has started for the extension of the Palawan highway in the southern portion of the province. Photo courtesy of Palawan NGO Network Incorporated

Faster trial seen in Bong Revilla plunder case

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Revilla s lawyer Estelito Mendoza is inclined to favor the proposal even as he continues to contest the witnesses relevance in the plunder case

WITNESSES. One of prosecution's witnesses, Piat Cagayan Vice Mayor Leonel Guzman (in beige jacket) exchange pleasantries with detained former senator Bong Revilla after the hearing at anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on August 3, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

San Miguel unit eyes 500-MW hydro plant in Tarlac

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

This comes after the Department of Energy gave Strategic Power Development Corporation the go signal for 3 other projects

ANOTHER VENTURE. This is one of San Miguel's power plants. Image of Ilijan Power Plant from http://www.sanmiguel.com.ph/

Leaving the sex industry and starting anew

Jul 30, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Danica who became a sex worker at 12 years old recalls her ordeal and how she began a new life

YOUNG. Danica is just one of the thousands of child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines. All photos from Joy Maluyo/World Vision

Local execs testify in Revilla plunder trial: 'We never got projects'

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza counsel to the former senator says the witnesses testimonies have not established that the ghost projects were funded by his client s pork barrel

'I'M A VICTIM TOO.' Detained former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr says on July 27, 2017 that he is also a victim in the ghost agricultural projects supposedly funded by his pork barrel. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-Iloilo rep Niel Tupas Jr indicted for graft over PDAF scam

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED Former Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr a member of the Liberal Party says his signatures were forged

Catriona Gray to focus on music career after Miss World PH reign

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Catriona talks about the photo of her hugging the Philippine flag and whether she will try another pageant in the future

Billboard suitor Xian Gaza: CEO or scammer?

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Erich Gonzales billboard suitor says he is the CEO of the mysterious Guanxiqian Group

YOUNG CEO. Gaza has a long history of business ventures, which have been questioned by several parties calling him a scammer. Screengrab from Instagram.com/xiangaza

Cimatu suspends Gina Lopez's order on ECCs

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says this move is consistent with the President s directive to fast track the issuance of government permits and licenses

TURNOVER. Gina Lopez turns over the DENR flag to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Screenshot by Rappler

GGG vs PPP

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

First Metro, UA&P lower Philippine GDP forecast due to slow spending

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Economists express concern over infrastructure projects warning that changing modes of implementation midway would lead to delays and slower growth

FORECAST. First Metro and UA&P have trimmed their Philippine economic growth forecast for 2017

Duterte EO streamlines processes for big energy projects

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Executive Order No 30 requires agencies to act on energy project applications within 30 days

One-stop online portal eyed to speed up mass housing projects

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council is eyeing an online portal to handle processing of all needed documents for mass housing projects

HOUSING. A project site of the National Housing Authority in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Locals protest Duterte admin's Chico River project

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The P2 67 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project is seen to boost the country s agricultural production but some tribes fear that it will adversely affect their communities

MARTYRS. This installation in Bugnay, Kalinga, based on a concept by Vladimir Longid, depicts the 3 Chico Dam martyrs : Pedro Dungoc, Macliing Dulag, and Lumbaya Gayudan. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

DICT assures sustained push for 3 big projects at grand event

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ongoing projects – Pipol Konek the National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal – star at big launch hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

WATCH: UP Resilience Institute is Project NOAH's new home

Jun 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

A few days before the country observes the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July the University of the Philippines officially relaunches Project NOAH

UP NOAH. UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay (1st from L) and UP President Danilo Concepcion (4th from R) welcome disaster risk reduction champions during the relaunch of the institute, Project NOAH's new home, on June 21, 2017. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

DILG officials, employees urge Duterte to fire 3 undersecretaries

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

In a confidential memo submitted to President Duterte DILG officials and employees accuse Jesus Hinlo John Castriciones and Emily Padilla of corruption

INVESTIGATED. Interior Undersecretaries JV Hinlo, Emily Padilla, and John Castriciones are the same officials who urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sack former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno. Photos from officials’ Facebook pages

Metro Manila subway operations 'can begin' even before entire line done

Jun 16, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The Department of Transportation says the planned subway in Metro Manila can begin operations in 2022 as soon as there are two stations built

ON A RUSH. Department of Transportion Secretary Arthur Tugade wants the project to be completed by 2022, before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends. Rappler file photo

COA calls out Iloilo gov't on poor implementation of toilet project

Jun 16, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit says some of the toilet bowls did not go to the intended beneficiaries while others remained in their original packaging 3 years after the project was launched

[E3 2017] Microsoft's E3 briefing brings the Xbox One X and a ton of games

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:47 AM

Catch Microsoft s E3 press conference and read Rappler s running updates on the event

XBOX AT E3. New games and a more powerful console await. Screen shot from Youtube livestream.