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A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.

Vicente Danao: When Davao's finest takes over Manila police

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The former top cop of Davao City is Manila's new police chief. He is unafraid to apply his rules in the capital.

MPD CHIEF. Brigadier General Vicente Danao is the police chief of Manila City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bong Go: President Duterte's 'eyes and ears' in the Senate

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Bong Go will be the Senate's 'direct line' to President Rodrigo Duterte, says PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to examine a painting of Tomas Pinpin as he makes his way to the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Accompanying the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After tough loss in midterm polls, Otso Diretso has eyes set on 2022

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The disappointing defeat of the opposition senatorial candidates only pushes the slate to continue the fight beyond the halls of the Senate

The Otso Diretso candidates raise each other's hands for the last time on the campaign trail on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/rappler

Duterte's rant vs Smartmatic puts Comelec under scrutiny

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:30 PM

From bleeding pens to defective vote-counting machines, the Commission on Elections needs to answer a host of problems while maintaining its independence

Isko Moreno: From the slums of Tondo to Manila’s throne

May 26, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Isko Moreno's journey to Manila City Hall is not just an overnight fairy tale

DOWN WITH THE PEOPLE. Isko Moreno speaks to a crowd during his 2019 campaign for Manila's mayoralty. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Davao dominates vetoed P95.37-billion 'pork'

May 24, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the President removing the questionable 'pork barrel' allocations from the 2019 budget, it turns out that Davao Region is the biggest loser

Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The challenges in her campaign snatch from her the most coveted top rank in the Senate race

In 2019 campaign, Dela Rosa wins with his heart and Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Former police chief Ronald dela Rosa woos voters with his personality and association with President Rodrigo Duterte

IN THE LEAD. Ronald dela Rosa has a high chance of winning in the 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PDP-Laban and its confusing local politics in 2019

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The political party chaired by President Duterte struggles to mix its party 'principles' with its current political reality

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

State-run PNA leads pack in publishing online PR about Bong Go

May 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine News Agency publishes a fifth of all online 'PR' articles about the senatorial candidate in the two years before the 2019 elections

To Senate halls from the streets: Will the labor vote prevail in the midterm elections?

May 01, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Organizing Filipino workers into unions is not an easy task, and neither is consolidating the labor vote

How Duterte gov’t tried to fix legal loopholes of drug war

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign

Of jet skis and life vests: How Otso Diretso uses political stunts to keep its campaign afloat

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:26 PM

A visit to Masinloc, Zambales and a debate challenge at Plaza Miranda help raise awareness for the opposition bets, but fall short of ultimately convincing more voters to favor them

Otso Diretso senatoriables Samira Gutoc, Pilo Hilbay, Gary Alejano, and Chel Diokno wave Philippine flags at the Masinloc Municipal Fishport at Barangay South Poblacion, Masinloc, Zambales Province on Monday, April 8, as they challenge President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his promise to ride a jetski to the disputed islands. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dissecting Duterte’s amped-up West Philippine Sea rhetoric

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's stronger words on the sea dispute so far revolve around one specific part of the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa Island. Here's why it's special to him.

Duterte, PDP-Laban campaign rallies: Showbiz, insults, late night rants

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM

People spend 8 to 10 hours in a single PDP-Laban campaign rally, led by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a round of applause from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates during a campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Spotlight on surveys: Bong Go’s rise and how other HNP bets are faring

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Presidential aide Bong Go's voter preference rating increases 10-fold in the span of a year. Familiar names in the Hugpong slate continue to dominate the race.

'Kailangan magmilagro’ Otso Diretso plays catch-up on campaign trail

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:49 PM

As a slate, Otso Diretso goes to only 18 places so far compared to the combined 53 of PDP-Laban and Hugpong ng Pagbabago. The opposition slate needs to work double time.

opposition candidatefrom the Otso dertso senatorial slate walk with their supporters during a proclamation campaign in Naga city Camarines Sur on February 13, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Doble plaka law: Duterte's band-aid to stop killings

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act aims to take criminals on motorbikes off the road. Some motorcycle riders want to have the law declared unconstitutional.

UNITY. Different motorcycle groups ride in protest along Commonwealth Ave. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler.

That new animal: Can Comelec catch up with social media?

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Commission on Elections takes baby steps by attempting to regulate social media in the May 13 elections. It faces a number of challenges.

Made in China: Loan terms with waivers, shrouded in secrecy

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Rappler reviews loan documents for the Philippines' infrastructure projects and finds that China is demanding more than others and wants deals kept opaque

Ex-cop Acierto speaks out: Duterte, PNP ignored intel on Michael Yang's drug links

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Chief Aaron Aquino confirms he received the intelligence report against presidential adviser Michael Yang and submitted it to Malacañang

Photo by Rappler

Manila Bay rehab: Why the bay can't be saved in 6 months

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:05 PM

If the Pasig River case is to be followed, it will take years – or even decades – to save Manila Bay

Manila Bay rehab: The challenge of cleaning up the nation's waste

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The bay's age-old problems will take time to solve

Otso Diretso turns to volunteers to boost struggling campaign

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:00 AM

With no steady funds and few political allies, the opposition senatorial ticket heavily banks on volunteers. Will it be enough?

Three Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, Atty. Romy Makalintal, Atty. Chel Diokno and Sam Gutoc and representatives of Atty. Florin Hilbay and Rep. Gary Alejano, ahf a dialogue with the residents of Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City, March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte vs the Church: Do the times call for a Catholic vote?

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:12 PM

A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lonely Hearts Club scam

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Online scammers will take your money and leave you broke and heartbroken

When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In 5 cities in Metro Manila, Sara Duterte endorses local candidates different from those endorsed by her father's political party. She's flexing political muscle but how will two competing Duterte endorsements affect local polls?

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte said kill the bishops – and his word became flesh

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's violent tirades against clergymen begin to take flesh in the form of death threats. What Duterte says, Duterte gets.

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

Beyond tweets: Peeling layers of DFA's passport mess

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Twitter rhetoric of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr draws eyeballs to a multilayered controversy facing the Department of Foreign Affairs

Can progressives win Senate seats this time?

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Warring unions join forces for the first time in decades to push for the pro-worker agenda that Duterte has failed to deliver. Will this be enough of a game changer?

Five labor leaders running for Senate seat in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, collectively known as the Labor Win gather in Plaza Miranda for a proclamation rally on February 14, 2019.. Labor Win is composed of labor leaders Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montaño, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares and Leody De Guzman. Photo courtesy of Defend Job PH

Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

Can Otso Diretso do a repeat of Robredo’s 2016 victory?

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Otso Diretso has so far successfully maintained the image that they are indeed opposition candidates. This is good for securing command vote for the coalition'

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

Liberal Party now ‘listens’ to the people it once ignored

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The Liberal Party is using its listening campaign – Project Makinig – to rebuild its identity and ‘improve’ on the messaging of the Otso Diretso senatorial ticket

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Manila Bay cleanup: High hopes, murky plans

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The recent photos of Manila Bay are Instagram-worthy, but don’t get too excited just yet. We have a long, long way to go.

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Bangsamoro plebiscite: How Cotabato City was won

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible

A new jihad: Helping Marawi

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM

With the crucial rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City moving slowly, experts warn that sentiments of the Moros may be shifting

The sight of a ruined city of Marawi can be used by extremists for their recruitment propaganda. "The narrative is slowly morphing, slowly morphing into something like a monster", warns Acram Latiph, an expert on Peace and Development at the Mindanao State University.

Seeds of insurgency: The youth of Marawi

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

As grievances persist from generation to generation, so do challenges in protecting young Filipino Muslims from radicalization

Residents of Marawi come home to almost nothing five months after the city's liberation, April 7, Saturday. Evacuees from the city are given a schedule of 3 days to retrieve whatever they can from their homes. Residents found their life's work either destroyed, burnt, or looted.

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:40 PM

High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure