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Batangas lawmakers seek P30-B supplemental budget for Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022

REHAB FUND NEEDED. Houses along the lakeside of Barangay San Isidro in Talisay, Batangas are still blanketed by ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Paghihiganti?' Senators slam TWG for ending motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The Senate committee on public services finds no compelling reason why the TWG had to terminate the motorcycle taxi pilot run

RETALIATION? Senators grill motorcycle taxi technical working group head Antonio Gardiola Jr regarding the termination of the pilot run. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate OKs bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature

SENATE SESSION. Senators voted unanimously on November 26, 2019, to extend the validity of the 2019 national budget for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH boat Gem-Ver returns to West Philippine Sea

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Still reeling from the tragedy, the fishermen return to Recto Bank as it is the only way they can make a living

RETURN VOYAGE. Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver embarks on its return voyage to Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea after 5 months of repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ilang beses bang inabandona ang mangingisda ng Gem-Ver? Paulit-ulit

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken

PH boat sunk by Chinese sailing again to Recto Bank

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) After 5 months of waiting, the fishermen of Gem-Ver say they are ready to return to the site where they almost died in June

Fishermen applies finishing touches on the F/B Gem-Ver on November 13, 2019, after six months of repair. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DND to reconsider AFP deal with China-backed telco after Senate review

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties

SECURITY RISKS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (right) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) tackled the security risks from the military's cell sites deal with a China-backed telco during a plenary hearing on the 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense on November 13, 2019. Photo from the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

Recto says unprogrammed funds in 2020 budget lack details

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'My point is that these particulars should be openly declared in the NEP, and not swept under innocuously-worded headings,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

Over 10,000 health workers could lose jobs due to DOH budget cut – Recto

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020

NURSE PAY HIKE. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Recto proposes new job ranks with higher pay for teachers

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Senator Ralph Recto is proposing the creation of four additional salary grades for teachers

TIME FOR A RAISE. Classes open at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School on June 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Recto urges DOH to boost immunization drive, 'triage' its budget

Sep 21, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says 'at least 4 items' in the DOH’s proposed 2020 budget could be used to increase the national immunization drive turnout

Senators want Chinese ship owner to pay damages to Gem-Ver fishermen

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomes the apology, but does not think it should be taken as a matter of fact. The apology calls Reed Bank part of the Nansha Island Group.

DAMAGED. A damaged F/B Gem-Ver arrived in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Recto Bank incident on 'cusp of closure,' says PH envoy to China

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta Romana says while the apology is a 'breakthrough,' compensation for the aggrieved 22 fishermen of Gem-Ver is still subject to more discussions and negotiations

IN REPAIR. The FB Gem-Ver remains dry docked on the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gem-Ver owner, fishermen unsatisfied with China ship owner's apology

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Paano na 'yung danyos perwisyo nila sa aming mga mangingisda? At lalong-lalo na po sa may-ari ng bangka?' says Bannie Condeza, one of Gem-Ver's fishermen

DAMAGED BOAT. Fishermen pull Gem-Ver towards the shore of Barangay San Roque San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019 after it was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines accepts apology of Chinese ship owner

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver

Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio corrects China ship owner's apology: Recto Bank not part of Spratlys

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'

GEM-VER. In this photo, the damaged stern of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver is seen as it arrives back in its hometown of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Recto wants Senate probe on fake medicines

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

PODCAST: Gem-Ver: The men, the crash, the journey home

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.

Recto to DepEd: Fix textbook procurement, delivery

Aug 11, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Senator Ralph Recto also cites a Commission on Audit report that said DepEd spent P254 million for contracts to produce textbooks which were found to be erroneous

FIX TEXTBOOKS, EQUIPMENT DELIVERY. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto urges the Department of Education to fix delays in the delivery of textbooks and other equipment. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

Recto to DOH: Transfer funds from 'slow-moving' projects to anti-dengue front

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic

CHECKING ON PATIENTS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the dengue ward of the General Emilio T. Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City on August 5, 2019. File photo from DOH-Calabarzon

Isko Moreno joins cops in Recto mall raid

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joins cops in storming a gambling store fronting as an amusement center in Isetann mall along Recto Avenue

ARCADE RAID. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents money gathered by the gaming devices in a gambling store inside Isetann Recto Avenue. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

36% of Filipinos want Chinese in Recto Bank incident sanctioned – Pulse Asia

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey

SANCTIONS SOUGHT. The damaged fishing boat Gem-Ver arrives at the shores of Bgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Filipinos distrust China after Recto Bank incident – survey

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan

"MARITIME INCIDENT." Fishing boat Gem-vir off the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Recto wants 'lifetime validity' for birth certificates

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Under the bill filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, a birth certificate certified and issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority 'shall not expire and shall be considered valid at any time'

Carpio: Duterte ‘fishing deal’ with China must go through Senate scrutiny

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law

SENATE SCRUTINY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch defender of the West Philippine Sea, says the Senate must scrutinize a supposed fishing deal between Manila and Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto files bill to write off farmers' debts from CARP

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'

CARP DEBT. Senator Ralph Recto files a bill seeking to write off debt of farmers from agrarian reform loans. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Thanks for all the (inedible) fish

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'Right now it feels like someone declared open house for strangers to make this country their home – without ground rules,' asserts Chinese-Filipino Anna Gamboa

Despite Duterte, Gem-Ver fishermen buckle down to work

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The fishermen come home but government disowns their narrative about what happened at Recto Bank and gives away bare boats. They prepare to sail again in dangerous waters.

[OPINION] An ode to a fisherman whom I have forsaken

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Chinese-Filipino Jeffrey P. Yap assures his fellow Filipinos that he is on the same boat, and is equally proud to wear a shirt with 'West Philippine Sea' printed on it

[OPINION] Finding the middle ground with the Middle Kingdom

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'We were born in the Philippines, grew up in the Philippines, live, work, and love in the Philippines. The Philippines is our home,' says Chinese-Filipino Freddie Tan

WATCH: Gem-Ver fishermen eager to sail again

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:49 PM

On the shores of Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen of Gem-Ver try to rebuild their damaged boat so they could set out to sail once again

BACK HOME. Fishermen pull the F/B Gem-Ver, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

THE SINKING OF GEM-VER: Barko! May babanggang barko!

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:56 PM

From out of the blue, a metal vessel smashes a Filipino fishing boat anchored at Reed Bank, the impact sounding like a hundred bones breaking. This must be death, say the fishermen.

PH to sue Chinese ship crew in local courts if China fails to penalize them

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo sees no contradiction between PCG-Marina report, Duterte

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Recto: All Chinese workers in PH must pay taxes

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'That's the right approach. Before you badger Congress to levy new taxes or raise rates, kindly plug the leaks first,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

OVERCAPACITY. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Department of Transportation should hasten the rollout of airport projects. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Justice Carpio: Deal with China to fish in Reed Bank 'lopsided' against PH

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:44 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on the government to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called verbal deal with Xi Jinping to let China fish in the Reed Bank

LOPSIDED. Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a deal to let China fish in the Reed Bank is lopsided for the Phiippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe – Panelo

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident

Damage of the F/B GemVir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] The sublime and unfathomable wisdom of Rodrigo Duterte

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

Passport for fishes? Netizens poke fun at Sotto's fish remark

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes

Senate President Vicente Sotto III photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto Bank incident taints Duterte's nationalist image – analyst

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:24 PM

'If we're just exchanging one possible exploiter with another, that doesn't really bode well for his nationalist image,' says political science expert Aries Arugay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Thoughtless, senseless' to insist on mandate protecting PH waters – Duterte

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 122nd anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo says Duterte can't be impeached over PH fishing rights

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'You cannot stop the President from doing measures or steps that, to his mind, are the correct way to obey the constitutional command to him to protect and serve the Filipino people,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to celebrate its 122nd anniversary at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo refutes Duterte: EEZ is for 'exclusive use of Filipinos'

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it is unconstitutional to allow China to fish within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone

'EXCLUSIVE.' Vice President Leni Robredo does not agree with President Rodrigo Duterte's view that he cannot stop the Chinese from fishing within the Philippines' EEZ. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

Duterte to Gem-Ver fishermen: 'Sorry, that's how it is'

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:19 PM

His remarks take on the tone of his previous statements on the incident, where he downplayed it as a 'little maritime incident' and possibly an 'accident'

MESSAGE TO FISHERMEN. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañang Palace on June 18, 2019. Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

BFAR hopes to get more financial support after Recto Bank incident

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency

A fiberglass reinforced plastic-boat are given to 22 fishermen of F/B GemVer, which were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in Reed Bank(Recto Bank) West Philippine Sea, after the press conference with Department of Agriculture in San Jose Municipal Hall, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA / RAPPLER

Bayanihan at sea: How fellow Filipinos helped rescue Gem-Ver and its crew

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Two crewmen of a local fishing boat that came to Gem-Ver's aid recount the rescue of their lives

RESCUE AT SEA. The F/B Gem-Ver at the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler