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House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

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Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:57 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extended validity of 'all appropriations' in this year's national budget until the end of 2020

BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte approves a law extending the 2019 budget's validity to December 31, 2020. File photo by Malacañang

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program

Sep 01, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'The target is by end of 2030, [renewable capacity] should be 15,000 megawatts. However, based on our assessment, around 7,000 MW was recorded from 2011 to 2017,' says Department of Energy official Mylene Capongcol

Guevarra: No backdoor for 'undeserving' convicts

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the review of the GCTA law's implementation was prompted by 'the very real danger posed to the peace of the community by the early release' of vindictive convicts

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra addresses the launch of the Bacolod City Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center on August 30, 2019 Photo by Marchel Espina/Rapler

Islamic banking now more accessible under new law

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Islamic banks differ from regular banks as they adhere to Shari’ah law and its economic principles

Camarines Norte State College converted into university

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The state college becomes the University of Camarines Norte through Republic Act No. 11399

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CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

Duterte approves higher excise tax for tobacco products

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Under the new law, excise tax on cigarettes will go up to P45 from P35 starting January 1, 2020, to be followed by more increases in succeeding years

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Group asks Supreme Court to block law dividing Palawan

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The Save Palawan Movement wants Republic Act 11259 declared unconstitutional before the plebiscite in May 2020

[OPINION] Is it time to amend the Philippines’ campaign finance law?

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:00 PM

If we want elections where the playing field is truly even, and where the deserving yet poor candidates have a real fighting chance, the thrust should be in the strict monitoring of campaign spending

10,000 motorcycle riders stage EDSA protest vs bigger plates

Mar 24, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We are not criminals,' say protesters, as they hold a 'Unity Ride' against the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act

'UNITY RIDE.' Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of bigger plates. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

MISLEADING: 'Midterm legislative achievements' of Aquino, Duterte

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Counting only landmark laws and laws of national significance, both presidents have an almost equal number: at least 57 for Duterte and 58 for Aquino

Screenshots of claims offering a comparison of laws approved during the midterms of Presidents Aquino and Duterte

Malacañang to LGUs: Get involved in immunization info drive

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Under the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, the DOH and other government agencies, NGOs, professional and academic societies, and LGUs must have information campaigns on immunization

HOME SERVICE. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Criminalization is not what we owe our children

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: It's a crime to make fun of PWDs

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The senator calls out the government's communications official for 'mocking the people she serves'

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LOOK: Duterte applies for license to own, possess firearm

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Photos from Malacañang show President Rodrigo Duterte personally attending to his application

APPLICATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares for the fingerprints scanning process as part of his application for a license to own and possess firearm at Malacañang on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This comes after San Beda Senior High School stopped 'The Bedan Roar' from releasing its edition that tackled President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM. Senator Leila de Lima wants a new law to protect campush journalists. Rappler screeshot

Who's 'Winston' Gatchalian? PCOO makes another online blunder

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian points out the mistake himself

'WINSTON' GATCHALIAN? Senator Sherwin Gatchalian hits the PCOO for another online gaffe, this time getting his name wrong in a news release of the agency. Screenshot of Gatchalian's tweet

No tuition and fees increases in SUCs and LUCs for next 5 years – Unifast

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison says during the 5-year period of review, the government hopes to determine a standard amount that will replace tuition and other school fees

NO INCREASE. Unifast officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison (C) reminds state and local universities and colleges that there will be no increase in tuition and fess for the next 5 years. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

Perks of Sangguniang Kabataan officials

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) are entitled to free tuition in public tertiary schools, among other privileges given by the law

[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

Law bars DOJ from taking custody of Janet Napoles – Sandiganbayan chief

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:49 PM

'BJMP is a secure facility, she's been there for quite some time, and we have not received a single report of threat,' says Presiding Justice Tang

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

Duterte can't void ratification of Rome Statute over non-publication – CenterLaw

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Center for International Law says President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Philippines was misled into joining the International Criminal Court is 'erroneous'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP to issue 'guidelines' on subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The guidelines will be limited to how policemen will serve subpoenas, says PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan

JUST A VISIT. Cops go around Tondo, Manila to exhibit its relaunched Oplan Tokhang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Subpoenas intended for 'wealthy' and 'well-learned' – PNP CIDG chief

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Roel Obusan quashes fears that the subpoena will be used against the poor and defenseless

CIDG CHIEF. Director Roel Obusan speaks to reporters about the PNP's new subpoena powers in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

No rules to issue subpoenas, 'conscience' is enough – PNP chief Dela Rosa

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP refuses to put guidelines on issuing subpoenas

DELA ROSA. PNP chief Dela Rosa says 'conscience' is enough when it comes to filing subpoenas. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lacson defends CIDG subpoena law: Read it first

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police and author of the now-controversial law, says a person's rights are still in place

SUBPOENA POWER BACK. The CIDG is the PNP's premiere investigative unit. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malacañang on police subpoena powers: Law will address abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:01 PM

'Mayroon naman tayong mga umiiral na batas po kapag inabuso itong ganitong kapangyarihan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte signs law licensing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and the top two officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can now issue subpoenas in aid of investigations

SUBPOENA POWERS. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Australian in Cebu sentenced to life for sexual trafficking of girls

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Drew Frederick Shobbrook sexually exploits the girls and records them, then sells the videos on the internet

Australian national Drew Frederick Shobbrook is convicted by a Cebu court of human trafficking on February 20, 2018, with a sentence of life imprisonment. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Poe on bill vs 'fake news': Hold gov't officials to higher standard

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says her bill is 'unconstitutional' and 'singles out' public officials. Senator Grace Poe calls his interpretation 'tragic.'

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS'. Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill penalizing government officials who share 'fake news' or false information. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

CHR: Ancestral lands of indigenous peoples 'sacred' and protected by law

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take into consideration the rights of indigenous peoples as enshrined in the law

Does the Campus Journalism Act protect press freedom?

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Press freedom advocates argue that the Campus Journalism Act has, in itself, flaws that compromise press freedom

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PDEA seizes P500,000 in psychotropic, narcotic drugs from Nueva Ecija pharmacies

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Among the dangerous drugs seized are 2,422 pieces of Valium Diazepam, 3 amber glass vials of Ketamine Hydrochloride, and 10 pieces of Fentanyl Citrate

SEIZED. The dangerous drugs confiscated by the PDEA from 4 pharmacies along Mabini St. in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Jun A. Malig

[OPINION] Train law: What does it change?

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:23 PM

As a tax lawyer, I noticed that there are a lot of news reports on the changes. But actually, there are much more significant changes under the Train law which are not being reported.

Higher fuel prices in 2018? Fill your tanks now, says Andanar

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reiterates that under the new tax law, 99% of taxpayers will pay lower income tax

NEW TAX LAW. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says reduced income tax under the new tax law would give the people more purchasing power. File photo from Malacañang Photo

DOCUMENT: Tax reform package in Republic Act 10963

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:24 PM

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law will take effect on January 1, 2018

House approves on final reading 50% discount on political ads

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Political parties and candidates cannot be charged a rate higher than that of regular advertisers, the bill says

Marcos ‘son’ arrested in Clark Freeport for guns, grenades

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Edilberto del Carmen, who claims that his real name is Angel Ferdinand Marcos Marcos, says he's also in possession of original treaties entered into by the United States

QUESTIONED. CIDG-Pampanga officers ask Edilberto del Carmen (right) about the firearms, bullets, and hand grenades found in his rented villa in Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Contributed photo