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Prankster sends 25 boxes of pizza to Cebu City mayor's office

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 PM

While the mayor’s secretary forgot how much they paid, Labella's staff say they pooled their money to pay the order instead of rejecting it

Outgoing Cebu City top cop Garma takes one last jab at Osmeña

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Stripping her office bare isn't one of the things police colonel Royina Garma will do before stepping down as Cebu City police director

LEAVING OFFICE. Police colonel Royina Garma says she's not taking anything from the Cebu City Police Office before stepping down. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

'Amoy tae!' Isko Moreno laments state of Bonifacio Monument

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'Sa tabi mismo ng opisina ng alkalde...the seat of power of Manila, tapos ito, amoy tae rito, nagkalat,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as he sees the sight of excrement by the hero's monument

SORRY SIGHT. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno laments the sorry state of the Bonifacio Monument, surrounded by stool only a few feet from the city hall. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Duterte teases Arroyo: She was 'hard to deal with' as president

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:12 PM

During her farewell dinner as House Speaker, Arroyo replies to Duterte: 'It was never my intention to be difficult with you…So I only wish that I had better EQ so I could have second-guessed everything you wanted'

Photo from the office ofn Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Old habits die hard: In Cebu, Gloria Arroyo walks out over political questions

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Even retirement has not made the former president ease up on the kinds of questions the media can ask

Dismissed as PMA cadet, Duterte Youth's Cardema now school's adviser

May 31, 2019 - 8:46 PM

He has been named to the Philippine Military Academy board of advisers in his former capacity as National Youth Commission chairperson

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy nearly a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

Is the speakership battle a proxy war of tycoons?

May 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

A left-leaning congressman thinks so, with millions in cash allegedly being used to buy votes among lawmakers to secure the speakership

Duterte's prolonged absences, skipped events? 'Overworked, resting'

May 17, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) In recent weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte has stayed out of the public eye for days on end and has failed to show up at several engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some of the guests during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Also in the photo is former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

You had a good cockroach laugh, but did you fume over Duterte quip on lady mayor’s panty?

May 10, 2019 - 8:46 PM

While campaigning for gubernatorial bet Jun Evasco in Bohol, President Duterte puts the mayor of Garcia Hernandez town on the spot – talking about her beauty and...her panty

ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of (from left) Bohol 2nd District Board Member Tomas Abapo Jr, Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Tita Gallentes, gubernatorial candidate Leoncio Evasco Jr, and senatorial bet Christopher Lawrence Go during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Malacañang Photo

'Volunteers': Bong Go says celebrities help him for free

May 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Entertainment and celebrities are the core of Bong Go's campaign

Duterte allies hit 2019 campaign trail on big bikes

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Whether it’s a flair for drama or the need for speed they find reason to set loose their big bikes on the campaign trail

Guess: Will ex-Ombudsman Morales run for public office?

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:37 AM

It's a question that has been on many Filipinos' minds since the feisty Conchita Carpio Morales retired from government

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte visited Michael Yang in China around time he finalized presidential bid

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Towards the end of 2015, then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte paid his friend Michael Yang a visit in Xiamen

Photo from Baike.com

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

Gutoc uses ‘faithful boyfriend’ analogies to teach students about peace

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Peace education starts with having only one girlfriend!' Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc tells high school students in Iriga City

PEACE AND RESPECT. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc teaches a thing or two about peace and faithful friends to students ahead of Valentine's Day. Screenshot from Rappler

Choosing opposition bets in May? Panelo explains your vote

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:32 PM

3 months before elections, Panelo says that if opposition candidates win in the Senate race, it's because they're expected to help the President

Term-sharing or graceful exit for Andaya as House majority leader?

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro claims there is a 'gentlemen's understanding' between him and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BYE, BYE MAJO? Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is said to be stepping down as House Majority Leader to give way to Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Why Duterte assistant Michael Dino's chopper landed at Ultra

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler has gathered that the chopper didn't have the permission to land on the track of the Philsports Arena

Why Gloria Arroyo’s New Year message may ring truer than others

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:19 AM

'Let us greet the new year with gratitude to God for all His blessings,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has so many things to be thankful for in 2018

COMEBACK. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a political comeback in 2018, when she took over the House leadership from Pantaleon Alvarez, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Arroyo's office

‘There’s a time for everything,’ says removed PH Air Force chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

What exactly led to the removal of Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar ahead of his retirement in January 2020?

OUTGOING. Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar is leaving his post 13 months ahead of his retirement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:53 AM

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States says it is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

Bertiz hospitalized due to 'stress' over viral NAIA video

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The chief of staff of ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says the latter underwent angioplasty surgery last year

HOSPITALIZED. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz during a press conference on October 01, 2018 regarding his viral video at NAIA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque signed statement urging amnesty for Trillanes, other mutineers in 2010

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The statement urges then-president Benigno Aquino III to grant amnesty to the soldiers as they already 'suffered the consequences of their actions' and 'paid their dues'

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

Sereno: Midas Marquez led the rallies against me

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:52 AM

‘Self interest is there, barkadahan is there, factionalism is there,’ ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says in an interview with Rappler

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Gov't office chief's partner joins board meetings?

May 09, 2018 - 10:31 AM

This is seen as a violation of a circular issued by the office itself in 2015, which commits to 'confidentiality and integrity, among others

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

Spreading ‘humor’ is economic sabotage – Bohol mayor's memo

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online

LOOK: PNP Academy cadet paints portrait of Robredo

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida's gift to her as a 'masterpiece' and a 'beautiful painting'

GIFT TO THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with graduating PNPA student Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida, who gifted her with a portrait painting. All photos by OVP

Duterte to Robredo: 'I love to see my Vice President'

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'This is the 3rd time that I have greeted you, my lady,' the President says at the start of his speech, addressing Vice President Leni Robredo

Pinoy blogger Bryan Boy to join ANTM?

Apr 23, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Filipino blogger Bryan Boy in America s Next Top Model and Manny Pacquiao s religion