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Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market
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.
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
Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joins cops in storming a gambling store fronting as an amusement center in Isetann mall along Recto Avenue
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
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
'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
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'
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
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'
'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
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.
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
'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
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
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.
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
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'
'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
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
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
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.'
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes
'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 Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'
'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
Vice President Leni Robredo says it is unconstitutional to allow China to fish within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone
Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion
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'
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency
Two crewmen of a local fishing boat that came to Gem-Ver's aid recount the rescue of their lives
President Rodrigo Duterte states there was no violation of sovereignty in the Recto Bank incident but fails to assert the country's sovereign rights over the area
(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea
'Nabangga nga talaga pero was it intentional or not, mayroon nang doubt ngayon eh kung intentional o hindi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte spares China from criticism in his first statement on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea
The meeting comes as the usually outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for his silence on the Recto Bank incident
Car carrier M/V Diamond Highway catches fire near Recto Bank (Reed Bank). Its 25 crew members abandoned ship and are rescued by bulk carrier on its way to Thailand.
Nang-hit-and-run, nang-abandona ng malulunod na mangingisda, at nagsinungaling pa
(UPDATED) 'What 7-8 vessel swarm of night-marauding Filipino fishing boats is China talking about?' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal
Recto Bank is said to contain most of the oil and natural gas in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines owns it.
Santos' opponent, the incumbent Lipa City mayor, alleges that widespread fraud happened in the recent elections
Saab Magalona, Chito Miranda, Angel Locsin, and Vice Ganda share their senatorial bets
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says of Senator Bam Aquino and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, 'I want to work with both of them in the Senate'
Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'
Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally
Otso Diretso senatorial bet Romy Macalintal hails from Batangas, where Vilma Santos Recto is an incumbent congresswoman and former longtime governor
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying
Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon says the position of the government is that 'the law needs to be amended'