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Isn't it ironic? Poor connection forces suspension of Senate hearing on internet

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Telco representatives are not spared from bad internet connection

SUSPENDED. Senator Grace Poe suspends Senate hearing on the status of internet connection in the Philippines due to poor connectivity. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Caught on video, Remulla sorry for writing note during ‘Lupang Hinirang’

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The deputy speaker blames ‘ABS-CBN people’ for ‘playing it up on social media’

SORRY NOT SORRY? Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla apologizes on July 1, 2020 for taking notes during the flag ceremony two day prior. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Facebook page

Roque spins again: 'We beat the UP prediction…Congratulations, Philippines!'

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Given the still rising numbers, Roque's exuberance is misplaced, to say the least

'WE BEAT UP'! Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque congratulates the nation for 'beating' UP researchers' prediction of 40,000 cases by end of June. Malacanang file photo

Walang signal? NTC skips Senate hearing on online learning

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:25 PM

''Pag may technical problems ang NTC, parang nawawalan ako ng pag-asa sa online learning na mangyayari sa bansa natin,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of students during the first day of classes school year 2017-2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Cavite lawmaker: Lopezes got ‘preferential treatment’ over other Martial Law victims

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr says Martial Law victims are still waiting for their compensation decades after Marcos was ousted

MAKING A CASE VS ABS-CBN. Cavite 4th District Representative Elipidio Barzaga speaks during the ABS-CBN franchise hearing on June 15, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

‘Let’s not hurt China’s feelings’: Why Duterte hasn’t visited Pag-asa Island

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana explains the President’s reason for calling off planned visits to the country’s main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) during a send-off ceremony for two Navy ships at the Port of Manila in January 2020. Malacañang Photo

Marcoleta: Why is Sky Cable allowed to operate with a lapsed franchise?

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The NTC cites Executive Order 205 signed by ex-president Cory Aquino in 1987, which 'removed' the franchise requirement for cable TV operators

ABS-CBN accuser Marcoleta asks Gabby Lopez to recite ‘Panatang Makabayan'

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Netizens are having none of 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta's antics, calling him a 'joke' for his treatment of the ABS-CBN chairman emeritus

THE ACCUSER. House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta interpellates ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez on June 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardo vs Calida? SolGen hits back at Coco Martin over ABS-CBN closure

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Looks like Cardo Dalisay has earned himself another enemy in the person of the Solicitor General

Sign of the times: Funeral parlor announces GCQ

May 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Some comments say in jest that St Peter Life Plans and Chapels – more than the government – is 'taking care of us’

Harry Roque now Bong Go's mouthpiece too?

May 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman defends Senator Bong Go in reaction to a Rappler article about how the Duterte aide benefits from state media coronavirus coverage

'Sarap ng buhay' no more? Sotto orders Bato to attend June 1 session physically

May 27, 2020 - 6:27 PM

After getting slammed on social media over an insensitive remark, neophyte Senator Bato dela Rosa is asked to return to work in the Senate building

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Bawal magpalabas’? Lawmaker uses viral Kim Chiu video to hit ABS-CBN

May 26, 2020 - 5:49 PM

House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta ends his speech, too, with a video of Kapamilya star Vice Ganda jokingly challenging Pastor Apollo Quiboloy way back in 2019

1-SAGIP CONGRESSMAN. House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta gestures during an interview. Rappler file photo

After birthday backlash, Sinas tells Muslims to keep distance on Eid’l Fitr

May 22, 2020 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'Wala pa rin pagtitipon kasi 'yun 'yung policy,' says Major General Debold Sinas, who violated the policy himself on his birthday

POINTERS. NCRPO Chief PBGen Debold Sinas answers questions during the press briefing of the Traslacion 2020 at the Pope Benedict building of the Quiapo Church in Manila on January 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unexpected music at Duterte's coronavirus briefing surprises viewers

May 20, 2020 - 3:07 PM

The President loves songs that depict him as heroic and elevate him to the role of savior but the drama of the post-briefing music is not lost on netizens

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 19, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Harry Roque scolds reporter – the wrong one – during live briefing

May 20, 2020 - 12:25 AM

In the end, the question is left unanswered: why can't government do widespread mass testing for the novel coronavirus?

BACK AGAIN. President Rodrigo Duterte re-appoints lawyer Harry Roque as presidential spokesperson. Malacañang file photo

Duterte security aide tests positive, recovers from coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 12:47 PM

At least 90 Presidential Security Group personnel test positive through rapid tests but negative in more stringent swab tests. They were put in isolation in a building in the Malacañang complex.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IATF meetings on Zoom pose challenge to coronavirus response

May 16, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'Imagine a Zoom meeting with 60 to 80 participants,' says an official about the most important meeting in the pandemic-stricken country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Richard Gomez says gov't responsible for ABS-CBN shutdown

May 07, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Communications Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio asks actor-turned-Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez for a message to his friends at ABS-CBN and he says the unexpected

GOVERNMENT REPONSIBLE. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, who spent years as an actor at ABS-CBN, says government is responsible for the media giant's shutdown. File photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

DOH to those manning checkpoints: Physicians and doctors are the same

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Doctors have been held at checkpoints because their government licensure IDs show the word ‘physician’

Cue the hair flip! Frontliner helper Robredo throws shade at PACC critic

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo didn't have to say much to clap back at her critic, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna

HAIR FLIP QUEEN. A now-viral GIF on Twitter shows Vice President Leni Robredo flipping her hair. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

Paolo Duterte's son cuts line at grocery store then later apologizes

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Blind items accusing the President's grandson of cutting the line at a Davao City grocery store surface on social media. Omar is Paolo's son with former wife, Lovelie Sangkola.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go witness the program proper during the presentation of firearms handed over by surrenderees from the Abu Sayyaf Group at the Capitol Site in Patikul, Sulu on March 26, 2018. Joining the President is his grandson Omar Duterte. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pinoys online livid over ‘Stay at home for us’ gimmick in House

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Social media users are appalled by the gall of Cabinet and House members to lump themselves with the overworked health workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19

'STAY AT HOME FOR US.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (1st from L) and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (center) hold up their now-notorious manila paper message on March 23, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

This time, Mocha Uson 'transfers' a Benguet town to Baguio City

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Netizens are quick to catch the OWWA deputy administrator's gaffe

BAGUIO CITY in BENGUET. OWWA Deputy administrator Mocha Uson "transfers" Baguio City to Benguet town in an interview via Facebook live. Screengrab from Mocha Uson Blog

‘Lord’ Alan Peter Cayetano? Speaker has painting of lawmakers praying over him

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano loves this unique painting inside his office

PRAYING TO THE 'LORD.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center) leads a press conference with other House leaders with a unique painting as their backdrop. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'I've always supported my father,' says Sara Duterte

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says President Rodrigo Duterte's fear of her is only 'in his mind'

CONFIRMED. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's ad interim appointment to the rank of Colonel as an Army Reservist was confirmed by Commission on Appointments. Photo from Senator Bong Go's Facebook page

Foes to allies? Fierce critic Alan Cayetano woos Gloria Arroyo

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells his predecessor, 'hopefully, ma’am this bridge, from your speakership to mine, will also serve as bridge from your family to mine'

ALL SMILES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (L) sits beside former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inside the House of Representatives on March 11, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Ligo tayo': Amid coronavirus, Duterte jokes he'll swim in Boracay with Puyat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also brushes aside a 'no-touch' policy between him and the public

ANOTHER JOKE? President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

Territorial dispute: Pia Cayetano fumes over Marcos tackling Citira at committee hearing

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:14 PM

'Please don’t try to mediate,' Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the ways and means committee, tells fellow senators. 'Resolve the jurisdictional issue.'

'CLARITY'. Senator Pia Cayetano says she wants clarity over Senate rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?' – Drilon

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:36 PM

'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically

TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS. China is out against gambling as Philippines embraces the industry in its shores. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

With blood pact, new ICAD co-chair Dante Jimenez vows commitment to drug war

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez proves his support for the drug war with a thumbprint marked in blood

NEW ROLE. Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez at a press conference in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

Who run the world? Women ‘take over’ the House of Representatives

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Congresswomen take the lead during the House session to mark the start of Women's Month

WOMEN TAKEOVER. Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos Recto presiding during the House session on March 2, 2020. Screenshot from House of Representatives' Youtube account

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

Dela Rosa's lament: We're majority but we don't get the votes

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:41 PM

'So pasalamat dapat si Minority Leader [Franklin Drilon] because he belongs to the minority but he gets the majority vote,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa

BE THANKFUL? Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela  Rosa airs his 'sama ng loob' on the dynamics in the Senate. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Newbie senator Bong Go thinks Drilon's ABS-CBN reso reeks of politicking

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president

POLITICS? In this file photo, Senator Bong Go listens as Senator Franklin Drilon asks him questions. November 6, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

Celebrating Valentine's Day amid coronavirus scare, according to Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III demonstrates the 'best greeting' on Valentine's Day

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tolentino 'advises' AFP to ask for U.S. equipment when VFA ends

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:41 PM

'Baka naman makahingi tayo ng p'wede nating gamitin,' says Senator Francis Tolentino as 'advice' to new AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

ABSTAIN. Senator Imee Marcos tells the Senate plenary she wants to change her vote on the resolution backing the review of the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military members disagree with VFA termination – senior officers

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Scrapping the key military pact with the US is disadvantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, say two senior military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity

END OF AN ERA? A Filipino marine and his American counterpart watch a US Osprey fly by during a joint military exercise in Ternate, Cavite, in October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Manila Water employees jittery over Razon’s entry

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Water's employees want to hear big news direct from management rather than the media

Take that, trolls! In Batangas, Robredo embraces the ‘Leni Lugaw’ tag

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:12 PM

The Vice President also gives pan de sal to the evacuees, sending a message to her critic and administration propagandist Mocha Uson

Vice President Leni Robredo holds up the "Lugaw Leni" sign during her visit to Brgy. Bolbok, Tuy, Batangas on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Here, VP Leni herself served merienda for residents affected by the Taal Volcano's unrest. The sign was placed by the staff at the lugaw and pandesal station, making light of one of the most overused troll comments against the Vice President. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Locsin, new China envoy ring in 2020 together

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'

2020. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr celebrates the new year with newly appointed China Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila

Manny Pangilinan gears up for battle: Maynilad not for sale

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:37 AM

Manny Villar to take over water distribution in Metro Manila? 'We will not sell.... We will not stand down,' MVP tells Maynilad executives

Aquino stayed at Makati Med ICU for security reasons

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Nothing out of the ordinary,' says the former president's spokesperson Abi Valte of his health

'ALRIGHT.' Former president Benigno Aquino III is currently at the Makati Medical Center   for an executive check-up. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No one fit to be PNP chief? 'I’d rather not appoint anybody' – Duterte

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'Ako na maghawak,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the Philippine National Police in the event he can't find an 'honest' cop to helm the force

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask

Cayetano’s 49th birthday wish: ‘Praying for twins, soon’

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Speaker is hoping for a bigger family for him and his wife, Taguig congresswoman Lani Cayetano

BIRTHDAY WISH. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano blows his birthday cake as his wife and Taguig City 2nd District Representative Lani Cayetano looks on. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Inside Camp Crame, generals grumble over Gamboa’s revamp

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police generals are shocked and angered by the abrupt 'revamp' ordered by their officer in charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. The current top cop believes it's necessary for an organization in crisis.

QUESTIONED. PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa during a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Vico Sotto would offer Bobby Eusebio a Christmas gift

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Pasig mayor knows the old power is out to retake the city from him, but he is not about to resort to dirty tricks just to stay in office

NO TRAPO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler