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A whistle-blower says a program director of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde passed thesis students who paid P20,000. The university says they're investigating.
At least 4 bills in the Senate and 14 bills in the House of Representatives seek to amend the 55-year-old Land Transportation and Traffic Code
Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.
Part 2: This year's budget is far less controversial than 2019, but to achieve that, compromises were made. Will it be worth it?
Most departments gain substantial increases in 2020's P4.1-trillion national budget, as the government recuperates from the effects of the 4-month budget delay in 2019
(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials
An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.
Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure
Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases
The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal
Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?
Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.
Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.
Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.
Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.
Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home
Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative and research section, tracks stories that depict lawlessness in the Philippines, aided by policies and orders that veer toward authoritarianism
Part 2: What is 'onerous' now was logical before. Rappler looks at the history of how government enticed the private sector to take over water services.
A water crisis in 1997 sealed the deal for both Manila Water and Maynilad. The same problem might end it, too.
The money trail shows SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano has control over the budget regardless of which agency the money is lodged under
Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines
Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.
The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat
Part 1: Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.
The first-time mayor of Cebu City said once before, 'I would endeavor to have a healing and conciliatory mayorship for the best interest of the city'
With President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, many are stuck in a vicious cycle: traveling thousands of miles to escape violence and persecution, only to arrive somewhere faced with the same fate
Count on Salvador Panelo to whip out every trick up his sleeve to defend the President. But who defends Panelo when he faces the specter of delicadeza?
Abby Binay carries an unspoken burden: to keep city hall corruption-free. Another Binay cannot afford to be hauled off to court.
For the first time, high-resolution copies of Italian explorer Antonio Pigafetta's chronicle are in the Philippine national historian's library, accessible to any Filipino who wants to learn about Magellan's expedition, the 'First Mass,' and the Battle of Mactan
Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?
Oscar Albayalde was known as a strict cop. A year and 6 months later, a defeated Albayalde steps down from his post, amid piling allegations that he was not strict enough with his own men.
Even in the Robredo-Marcos case, which is perceptibly a divisive issue, justices are said to be having an 'emerging consensus'
A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.
Vico Sotto must keep in mind that he has an opponent raring to get back in power: ‘The old guard is up and about…their tentacles of corruption are still in city hall, occupying good positions’
As the People’s Republic of China celebrates 70 years since its founding anniversary, the Asian giant has gone from poor neighbor to rich neighbor – and bully – of the Philippines
In its first 5 months, the new Bangsamoro government gets past birth pains as its Parliament and Cabinet struggle to make an impact on the daily lives of the region's people
Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.
When Fatima woke up three days into the new year, she had no idea the day would end with her becoming tied for the rest of her life to a man she barely knew
Here's a compilation of key agreements on the West Philippine Sea reached during bilateral meetings between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping
The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop
The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.
Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful
Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?
Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.
Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.
When an OFW was found dead in a freezer, Duterte gave the Kuwait government an ultimatum. When he saw foreign interference, he cursed at foreign leaders. But he chooses caution towards China in the Recto Bank ramming.
Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.
The former top cop of Davao City is Manila's new police chief. He is unafraid to apply his rules in the capital.
Bong Go will be the Senate's 'direct line' to President Rodrigo Duterte, says PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III
The disappointing defeat of the opposition senatorial candidates only pushes the slate to continue the fight beyond the halls of the Senate