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Senate detains Customs intel officer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Jimmy Guban of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service was cited in contempt and then detained at the Senate starting Tuesday, September 11

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban At the senate inquiry on the alleged shipment of shabu worth P6.4 billion. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the NAIA runway accident

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Watch the hearing on the Xiamen Air mishap at the NAIA runway live on Monday, September 10

U.S. to probe tech firms on competition, 'stifling' free speech

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms,' says IT expert Daniel Castro

SHOULDER TAP. Google, along with other tech giants, gets a tap on the shoulder from the US government about current practices on content moderation. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


LIVE: Senate session, September 4 2018

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Watch the Senate livestream on Rappler

HE SAID, HE SAID. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of not declaring a bank account in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

Twitter to verify those behind hot-button US issue ads

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:08 AM

In response to foreign meddling, Twitter sets new policy prohibiting state-owned media or national authorities from buying political ads on Twitter that will be shown outside their home countries

Photo from shutterstock


WATCH: Senate hearing on electoral reforms

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

On the agenda for the July 31 hearing: increase in campaign expenditures, alleged electoral fraud in 2016

Duque hits Garin over 'poor planning' for Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project's problems can be traced to 'very defective' planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on post-disaster resettlement programs

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Watch the hearing live on Wednesday, May 30

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief Lusad, staff blame each other in allowances mess

May 22, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'I was focused on the operational aspect of my task and I was actually not very informed,' says former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad

BLAME GAME. Police Director Benjamin Lusad during the Senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SAF ex-budget officer admits: I kept the missing P37M

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon claims that the money came from allowances delayed of release from 2016 to 2017

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Police SSupt Andre Dizon during the senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Is Grace Poe pushing for a Facebook ban in PH?

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senator Grace Poe had denied in February 2018 allegations that she wants to block Facebook in the country but the issue is resurrected this April

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

Poe, Roque clash on bill prohibiting officials from spreading fake news

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque opposes the bill penalizing government officials for spreading misinformation, but Senator Grace Poe says public servants must be held to a higher standard

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on fake news online

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Nene Pimentel, IBP, Namfrel reject no-election scenario in May 2019

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'The principal effect of a no-election scenario would be to upset the constitutional mandate that requires elective officials to be subjected to periodic check by the sovereign people,' says former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss this Tuesday

A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

Globe, Smart urged to notify prepaid users of each load deduction

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'In that way, mas madali buhay nila.... At kung meron mang binawas sa 'yo, 'di ka nag-opt in, puwede kang mag-complain,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque to health workers: ‘Woo' parents to avail of vaccination programs

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says that vaccines have saved the lives of millions of Filipinos

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Robin Padilla supports Bong Go at frigates hearing

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing

LIVE: Senate hearing on MRT3 issues

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Senators amp up praise for Bong Go during frigates hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide

The Senate committee on National Defense and Security hearing on the controversial frigate deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

WATCH: Bong Go takes selfie with Trillanes after Senate frigates probe

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The President's top aide and one of his fiercest critics pose for a photo after the hearing on the controversial frigates deal

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Korean firm still PH warship supplier despite bad record – Lorenzana

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they did not know about the bribery allegations against Hyundai Heavy Industries when they signed a contract with the South Korean firm in October 2016

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go rails against Rappler, Inquirer in Senate hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Para na rin kayong nakapatay ng tao. Makonsensya naman kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte's aide tells the media

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some Bong Go supporters clueless about frigates controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

While Special Assistant to the President Bong Go attracts a large crowd of supporters at the Senate, some of them don't understand why Go was called to the hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

Navy chief still wants proven technology over Korean system for warships

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm still preferring Tacticos. However, the contract says it is the supplier (HHI) that will have sole decision on what system to put in our frigate,' says Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

Navy officers attend the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cabinet in full force at Senate probe to support Bong Go

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it was the Cabinet members' 'personal initiative' to attend the Senate hearing

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bong Go faces Senate on frigate deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

With a large gathering of supporters outside the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide arrives for the hearing on the P16-billion Navy warships deal

ARRIVING AT THE SENATE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go (center) speaks to supporters outside the Senate, February 19, 2018. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Navy chief wants executive session if weapons system discussed in frigates probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Senate is set to start its probe into the P15.5-billion warships deal, amid allegations that top Duterte aide Secretary Bong Go intervened in the project

NAVY CHIEF. Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Navy's weapons systems are matters of national security. Photo from the Philippine Navy Facebook page

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 29-February 3, 2018

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Must-watch videos this week

Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'The problem is not the Constitution but the legislators who slept on the job for 30 years to fully implement it,' says Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

Panel session on Autonomy and Federalism Debate in the Philippines during the 2nd day of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016.

Ex-SC justice suggests judiciary appointees go through CA

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza also says Congress' voting power in the Judicial and Bar Council must be clarified

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Test for Andanar: Can he stop fake news, hate speech from pro-Duterte accounts?

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has promised to talk to the 'communications core group' of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign in order to reach rabid pro-Duterte bloggers

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing

Is it official gov't line to say VP Robredo is purveyor of fake news?

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy tells senators it's just her opinion, but she is told public officials like her are expected to be more responsible with their speech

Duterte is no. 1 source of fake news – veteran journalist

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'The worrisome part of this is that most of the sources of disinformation is being perpetrated by government officials on taxpayers’ money,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas tells a Senate panel probing the proliferation of fake news

VETERAN JOURNALIST. Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas speaks at the second Senate hearing on the proliferation of fake news on January 30, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Grace Poe: Should Mocha Uson stay in government?

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The senator also asks PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar if he ever considered 'shutting down' Uson's blog over conflict of interest issues

SENATE HEARING ON FAKES NEWS. Senator Grace Poe leads the second Senate hearing on the proliferation of fake news on January 30, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Pacquiao confronts Lorraine Badoy for spreading fake news vs him

Jan 30, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy apologizes to Senator Manny Pacquiao for her malicious post against him during the 2016 polls, and tells him that she too has been on the 'receiving end of lies and inaccuracies'

Poe: 'Bloggers are not above libel laws'

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'You cannot just attack a person without basis, and then hide behind the skirt of free expression,' says Senator Grace Poe at the second Senate hearing on fake news

SENATE HEARING ON FAKE NEWS. Senator Grace Poe presides the second Senate hearing on fake news on January 30, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

WATCH: 'Fake news' and the dilemma it has created

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:57 PM

UP professor Clarissa David explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it

DILEMMA OF 'FAKE NEWS'. UP professor Clarissa David talks about the dilemma brought by fake news. Screengrab from Rappler video

I.T. contract mess has serious implications for Sereno – Umali

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says testimonies 'point to the Chief Justice as the source of all these illegalities' related to the hiring of IT consultant Helen Macasaet

Witnesses Atty. Remedios Salazar Fernando Associate Justice, Court of Appeals (right), Atty. Raul Villanueva Deputy Court Administrator, SC (2nd-R), Atty. Regina Adoracion Filomena Ignacio Assistant Court Administrator, SC (2nd-L),and far left Atty. Eden Candelaria Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief, Office of Administrative Services, SC take their oath before testifying at the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Sereno’s interference in 'Ilocos 6' was improper – CA justice

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Sereno promises justices of 'protection' in the showdown of power between the Court of Appeals and the House of Representatives