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Ompong sweeps away roof of Cagayan capitol, uproots trees

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Cagayan residents brave strong winds to begin clearing debris

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

DOLE to offer emergency work in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the displaced residents will be tasked with helping clean debris from houses and roads affected by Typhoon Ompong

WORK FOR THE DISPLACED. Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Bello: No misuse of P1.9-B DOLE funds

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the financial assistance programs encountered issues during the implementation phase

MISUSE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies allegations of fund misuse. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte sends secretaries, not frigates, to help OFWs abducted in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

An all-Cabinet member team is tasked to work with the Libyan government to secure the kidnapped Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 28th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bello to 'unfair' JBC: 'I was not given due process'

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Bello says he was disqualified by the Judicial Bar Council on the grounds that he apparently had a pending case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the time of deliberations. He says he was not aware of it then.

'SMEAR' CAMPAIGN. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press briefing on July 25, 2018, on the alleged 'smear drive' against him. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Zuckerberg on Holocaust, Liam and Noel Gallagher | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Martires, Sandoval short-listed; Bello disqualified for Ombudsman

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez

SHORTLISTED. (L-R) Lawyer Felito Ramirez, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval are shortlisted to become the next Ombudsman.

Bello says enemies want him out of DOLE, Ombudsman bid

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello asks, 'Being an Ombudsman depends on the members of the Judicial Bar Council and the President. All applicants are qualified but why choose to discredit me?'

LABOR CHIEF. Embattled Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says detractors probably want him out of the Department of Labor and Employment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PLDT says Bello claim on contractor ownership 'fabricated'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III alleges that many of PLDT's service contractors are owned by its own executives

PICKET. Members of PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER), Defend Job Philippines and Kilos Na! Manggagawa hold a picket-protest in front of the DOLE main office in Manila on July 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Defend Job Philippines

The many times Duterte and his Cabinet contradicted each other

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rice supply, salary increases for teachers and soldiers, briefings on Chinese harassment in Ayungin Shoal, ban on Rappler – these are just some of the issues over which the President didn't seem to consult his alter egos before speaking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bello obtains Ombudsman clearance just in time for JBC interview

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's clearance states that he no longer has pending cases as of June 18, 2018, or two days before the public interviews

CLEARED. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents a recently-obtained Ombudsman clearance that states he no longer has pending cases before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bello has a pending criminal case at Ombudsman

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:52 AM

Ombudsman candidate Silvestre Bello III has pending cases before the office he's vying a top post for

Sec. Silvestre Bello. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

DOLE to study minimum wage hike, cash subsidy for Filipino workers

May 28, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Labor officials say a minimum wage increase could be implemented across the country this year, if prices continue to rise

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

Jollibee, Dole, PLDT among top companies 'engaged' in illegal contracting

May 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says 767 companies were engaging in the labor-only contracting, while 2,610 companies were suspected.

BRIEFING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on May 28, 2018 says he submitted the list of companies engaged in illegal contracting to Malacanang. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Labor Secretary Bello applies for Ombudsman post

May 15, 2018 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) He joins a list of other prominent lawyers aspiring for the post

OMBUDSMAN? Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III shares a light moment with the Philippine media delegation after answering queries during a press briefing at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Barangay & SK elections, Angara dies, Bello on Kuwait deployment ban | Midday wRap

May 14, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

DOLE seeks partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban

May 13, 2018 - 12:55 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says relations between the Philippines and Kuwait are now 'normal'

BELLO AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Malolos City, Bulacan. Malacañang file photo

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement protecting OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The protection agreement covers all Filipino household services workers and skilled workers in Kuwait

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Cayetano: Kuwait assures PH of 'firm commitment' to protect OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine is expecting the agreement on additional protection for OFWs in Kuwait will be signed on Friday, May 11

TALKS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano arrives in Kuwait on May 10, 2018 and was met by Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh (L) and Philippine Consul General Noordin Lomondot (R). DFA Photo

Kuwait frees 4 Filipino drivers in OFW rescues

May 09, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that by May 11, the Philippines hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Kuwait for the better treatment of OFWs there

KUWAIT MEETING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque lead a Philippine contingent meeting with Kuwaiti officials in Kuwait. Malacañang photo

WATCH: On Labor Day, thousands of workers protest vs endo EO

May 01, 2018 - 10:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order supposedly ending contractualization, but labor groups think otherwise

LABOR DAY. On May 1, 2018, thousands of workers march to Mendiola to protest against the executive order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Cebu. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Walang silbi': Labor groups reject Duterte's EO vs endo

May 01, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Metro Manila roads turn red on Labor Day, as thousands of protesters brought to Mendiola their crushed hopes of ending contractualization under the Duterte administration

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Labor groups dismayed by signed 'employer-backed' EO vs endo

May 01, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The executive order against contractualization signed by President Rodrigo Duterte does not include a key provision from the labor draft that mandates direct hiring of employees

MARCH. Thousands of workers marched to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

Duterte may still sign EO vs contractualization – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III are set to meet on a possible executive order the night before Labor Day

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go while on board Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 bound for Hong Kong on April 10, 2018. The President and his delegation are coming off a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 as well as a fruitful bilateral meeting with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping and other Chinese government officials. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH bars int'l journalists from press conference in Singapore

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Philippine government also prohibits foreign correspondents from asking questions in an earlier press conference on the Kuwait crisis

PRESS CONFERENCE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press conference in Singapore on April 27, 2018, largely about the Kuwait crisis. Screenshot from PTV

[OPINION] Only bad investors are scared of regular workforce

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:03 PM

It'’s about time that on this class issue, the Chief Executive exercises his political judgement in favor of the workers rather than preserve the status quo being enjoyed to the max by the capitalists

'Senate must pick up fight vs contractualization' – Hontiveros

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo meanwhile calls on workers and employers to find a middle ground on the issue of contractualization

NO EO. Labor groups stage a rally in Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's non-issuance of Executive order on contractualization. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pulse Asia survey, Duterte on contractualization, Comey’s memos on Trump | Evening wRap

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte orders inventory of companies engaged in labor-only contracting

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's memorandum to the labor department comes after Malacañang announced he would no longer sign an executive order on contractualization

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attended the Labor Day Assembly organized by the Department of Labor and Employement (DOLE) at the People's Park in Davao City on May 1, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Amid talks of an executive order against contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III changes his tune and passes the buck to Congress to pass a law instead

NO EO. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says there will no longer be an executive order against contractualization. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Will Duterte sign EO vs contractualization on April 16?

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

After being postponed twice this year, will the executive order against contractualization finally get President Rodrigo Duterte's approval?

NO TO 'ENDO.' President Rodrigo Duterte promises labor groups that he will sign an executive order stopping end of contract scheme. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

DOLE to Boracay businesses: Don't lay off workers

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says businesses can only observe the 'no work, no pay' scheme or let their employees use leave credits during the 6-month closure

WARNING. Labor Secretary warns business owners against terminating their employees during Boracay closure. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte 'may reconsider' peace talks if communists declare ceasefire

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says his chief government peace negotiator has asked him to 'tone down' his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte says his peace negotiaters have asked him to tone down on his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Malacañang file photo

PH, Kuwait to finalize OFW protection agreement in Manila

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Kuwaiti officials will arrive in Manila next week to finalize the memorandum of agreement on the additional protection of OFWs in the Gulf country, say Philippine labor officials

AGREEMENT. DOLE says agreement on the protection of OFWs should be signed mid-March in a press briefing on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE eyes deployment ban to Middle East

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says an expanded deployment ban may be enforced if other Arab countries fail to strengthen protection for Filipino workers

SEEKING INVESTMENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Qatari businessmen during the Philippines-Qatar Business Forum on April 15, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Malacañang photo

Ateneo, workers union reach agreement on wages, benefits

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The Ateneo Employees and Workers Union lifts its two-day-old strike after agreeing on merit wage increases and non-wage benefits

AGREEMENT. Ateneo management and Ateneo Employees and Workers Union reached an agreement on the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement on Friday, February 23, 2018. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University website

Sereno on impeachment, Cayetano on Manalo, Quiboloy denies detention | Evening wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Ombudsman on AMLC, Alvarez on Go, Bello on Kuwait | Midday wRap

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

DOLE: Kuwaiti government ready to negotiate OFW protection terms

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says the total deployment ban 'has a good effect' in fast-tracking the signing of the protection agreement

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello defends the total deployment decision of President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler file photo

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

Duterte lashes out at Kuwait over mistreatment of Filipino workers

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'What are you doing to my countrymen?' Duterte asked. 'Is there something with your culture, is there something wrong with your values?'

Family of OFW earthquake victim to receive around P1.94 million in aid – Bello

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Aside from aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Association, Melody Albano Castro's family will receive additional money from worker's insurance and Hualien City government aid

TAIWAN. A rescue worker clears debris to make way for the recovery of the dead bodies of a Hong Kong Canadian couple from the Yun Tsui building, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 9, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP