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Malacañang: Signed travel authorities not defense for sacked officials

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte himself does not sign travel authorities, says the Office of the Executive Secretary, adding that the process is largely 'ministerial'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. Also in the photo are AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte slams Ridon's foreign travels: 'You had too much, too soon'

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'He travelled about 7 times and to think that the office is an urban poor agency, I simply cannot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the PCUP chairman he just fired

PCUP chair Ridon: We served 'with integrity and competence'

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'We performed our mandate to the best of our abilities, with integrity and competence, despite the heavy burden of undertaking genuine reform,' says Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon

ON THE WAY OUT. Terry Ridon, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, is set to be replaced, along with all other commissioners of the PCUP. File photo from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor,

Duterte to fire all execs of Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:43 AM

(2ND UPDATE) One reason for axing the PCUP commissioners is that they have gone on 'junkets abroad,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

GOODBYE, PCUP. President Rodrigo Duterte sees no reason to keep the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Malacañang Photo

NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Palace downplays eroding trust in Duterte among poor

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Urban poor commission chief Terry Ridon says however that the bloody campaign against drugs has affected many of the poor as the operations are done mostly in their communities

CHAMPION OF THE POOR? President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in front of typhoon victims at Pili, Camarines Sur on December 27, 2016. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LIST: Duterte appointees who took their oath on January 9, 2017

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Among those who take their oath in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte are new MTRCB board member Mocha Uson and new LRTA administrator Reynaldo Berroya

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office to the newly-appointed government officials at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Gov't bans demolitions during Christmas season

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor issues a moratorium on demolitions around the country until January 2017

NO DEMOLITION. The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor bans all demolition activities this Christmas season. Rappler file photo

Comelec eyes moving polls to 1st week of June

Mar 14, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED To avoid a failure of elections former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr says it s best to issue voting receipts in 2019 not this year

STATE OF EMERGENCY. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body is considering postponing the elections to the first week of June. This comes after the Supreme Court required the Comelec to issue voting receipts and practically forced it to cram 5 months of preparations in 60 days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC junks petition to extend voters' registration

Dec 08, 2015 - 3:36 PM

The high court says the 120 day no registration period under the law does not mandate that the period for registration should be up to that time

Voters fill up the application form during the Comelec's Voter's Biometrics Registration in SM Megamall, Saturday July 4. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Farmers, workers, youth groups want APEC ‘shut down’

Nov 13, 2015 - 3:23 PM

A multisectoral group vows to step up its protests when world leaders arrive in Manila next week

Militant students burn the US flag and China Prime Minister Xi Jinping picture during an anti-APEC rally at the Mendiola gates, afternoon of November 13. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Full of pork? Congressmen approve P3-T 2016 budget

Oct 09, 2015 - 11:51 PM

UPDATED Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the budget is loaded with lump sums sneaky provisions crafted for fund juggling and billions of funds [for] the ruling party’s campaign war chest

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves on October 9, 2015, the P3-trillion budget, which a congressman said would be used for the ruling party's campaign. Rappler file photo

Congressman on 'student labor' budget: Abad doesn't get the point

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study and not to do voluntary manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors

Lower budgets for 10 state universities, colleges in 2016 – lawmaker

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon also identifies 20 state universities and colleges that will get lower allocations for capital outlay and MOOE

House OKs free public Wi-Fi bill on final reading

May 29, 2015 - 12:58 PM

House Bill 1550 seeks to provide free public Wi Fi in national government offices municipal halls and provincial capitols state universities and colleges public parks and plazas state hospitals and public terminals

FREE WIFI? The Free Public Wifi Bill is set to take the House Plenary.

Belmonte, lawmakers back youth rep in disaster councils

May 18, 2015 - 5:05 PM

The National Youth Commission is pushing for youth representation in national and local disaster risk management councils to ensure their voice is heard

Aquino renews vow to protect, improve lives of PH workers

May 01, 2015 - 12:22 PM

President Benigno Aquino III renews his pledge to workers on Labor Day as various groups criticize him for not doing enough to keep Filipinos like Mary Jane Veloso from seeking work abroad

PROTECTION OF PH WORKERS. President Benigno S. Aquino III vows to protect Filipino workers in every corner of the world. Photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

20 questions for Aquino on Mamasapano

Mar 30, 2015 - 2:29 PM

The leftist Makabayan bloc asks the committee chairs to invite President Benigno Aquino III to the scheduled joint hearing on Mamasapano

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

House panel approves free public Wi-Fi bill

Mar 18, 2015 - 4:54 PM

The bill seeks to provide free wireless Internet connections in all national government offices across the Philippines

House ally accuses Aquino of 'brazen cover-up'

Mar 10, 2015 - 2:39 PM

This man knows nothing of command responsibility or of honor Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says of the President

ALLIES NO MORE? Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says he is 'strongly inclined' to withdraw his support for President Benigno Aquino III. Photo by Rappler

Youth groups greet MRT, LRT fare hikes with protest

Jan 04, 2015 - 12:42 PM

Dozens of youth activists hold sit down protests at the ticketing office of the North Avenue MRT station and other stations to oppose the baseless fare hikes in the LRT 1 LRT 2 and MRT3

'BASELESS' FARE HIKE. Youth activists protest the implementation of higher fares in the MRT and LRT lines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House probe into MRT3 accident sought

Aug 18, 2014 - 4:08 PM

The incident exposed the perennial threat that the beat up state of the MRT3 poses to half a million Filipinos who ride it every day a lawmaker says

PROBE. The House of Representatives is set to conduct its own probe into the recent MRT3 accident that injured at least 36 passengers. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

PNP defers Napoles transfer to Taguig jail

Jul 27, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Kabataan Partylist Rep Terry Ridon says the PNP may be held in contempt for the delays in executing the Sandiganbayan s order

NOT GUILTY. Alleged pork barrel scam Janet Napoles enters a

Youth groups file second impeachment raps vs Aquino

Jul 22, 2014 - 7:53 PM

Like the first complaint this one – filed by student leaders and campus journalists – also involves the DAP which the Supreme Court has declared partially unconstitutional

FILED. Groups hold a peach ribbon protest calling for the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Youth groups file plunder charges vs Abad over DAP

Jul 08, 2014 - 3:35 PM

Petitioners say the Supreme Court decision leaves Abad open for investigation for systematically misappropriating converting misusing public funds through DAP

Why impeach raps vs Aquino over DAP won't fly

Jul 03, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Is there legal basis to impeach President Benigno Aquino III?

FULL SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III with Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

House to probe new CHED memo

Jun 24, 2014 - 12:47 PM

The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education will evaluate the possible effects of the new CHED memo on students and teachers

Pimentel files criminal charges vs 4 DA officials

May 13, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will ask the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit to to check for other possible cases of forgery in the use of the organic farming fund

Hope renewed for SC review of Cybercrime ruling

Mar 14, 2014 - 7:32 AM

Justice Roberto Abad who authored the Supreme Court SC decision is set to retire on May 22 making it unlikely for him to author a new ruling

Students to DBM and CHED: Reforms needed

Mar 11, 2014 - 11:08 AM

More than 80 students form colleges nationwide gathered in UP to discuss and propose solutions to pressing education issues

What is the youth's role in educational reforms?

Mar 05, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The National Congress of College Councils NCCC serve as an avenue where students can tackle relevant issues on education

Why Nancy Binay wants students to learn cyberethics

Feb 05, 2014 - 5:08 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says I don t believe in regulating social media

Solons to SC: Don't let gencos collect from Meralco yet

Jan 13, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The Makabayan bloc says what the spot market operator and 6 generation companies charge Meralco will be passed on to – and burden – consumers

TRO. Leftist lawmakers files before the Supreme Court a petition seeking for a TRO vs collection of charges and fines from Meralco.File photo by Rappler

Leftist lawmakers seek TRO vs Meralco price hike

Dec 19, 2013 - 7:39 PM

They are asking the High Court to invoke its power to strike down laws and regulations as inconsistent with the 1987 Constitution

Senator wants bicam budget debate on Facebook, Twitter

Dec 09, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Senator Cayetano says social media will allow immediate feedback from netizens while the two chambers of Congress reconcile their versions of the budget bill

Solons: Make Bonifacio our official national hero

Nov 29, 2013 - 9:20 PM

House Bill 3431 or the Andres Bonifacio Act of 2013 seeks to bestow the title to the Supremo of the Katipunan since no law officially gave that to Jose Rizal

Yolanda damaged 3,171 schools - DepEd

Nov 21, 2013 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED The department encourages schools to resume classes as soon as possible as a way of helping students recover from disasters

RUINS. The inside view of what was once a high school classroom in Hernani, Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Opposition solons: What triggered PNoy's speech?

Oct 30, 2013 - 10:03 PM

Lawmakers react to President Benigno Aquino III s surprise speech on national TV to defend a controversial government spending program

'FOCUS.' President Benigno Aquino III addresses the public on Wednesday, October 29. Malacanang photo

Anti-pork groups file 6th petition vs DAP

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Members of the AbolishPork movement ask SC to stop the implementation of DAP

Facade of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Pork barrel for CHED?

Aug 28, 2013 - 11:12 AM

Nueva Vizcaya Rep Carlos Padilla says It s like pork because it s only released when you re able to identify the programs you are going to implement

Solons on new 'pork' scheme: Not good enough

Aug 23, 2013 - 5:42 PM

Some applaud President Aquino s move to overhaul the pork barrel system but others would not settle for anything less than full abolition

Anti-pork barrel student group to stage walkout on August 23

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:53 PM

The group also wants the President’s Social Fund PSF abolished

Exec who expelled Ilocano-speaking students apologizes

Aug 18, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Too late The Commission on Human Rights and the House of Representatives have launched separate investigations into the matter

SORRY. SCA president Reverend Brian Shah finally breaks his silence on the issue. Photo by Herdy Yumul

Online petition: Kick Ilocos school president out of PH

Aug 08, 2013 - 7:37 PM

The petitioners – the Hawaii based Nakem International – say the expulsion of 3 Ilocano speaking students demeans not only individuals but communities as well

SPEAK ENGLISH ONLY. The Saviour's Christian Academy in Ilocos Norte implements a strict English-speaking policy inside the campus. All photos by Herdy Yumul

Abolish SK? Pols just want to get their IRA – youth rep

Jul 05, 2013 - 9:10 PM

Based on Rappler computation the youth councils in 42 000 barangays will get a total of P6 05 billion in internal revenue allotment share this year

Protesters 'occupy' SM Megamall

Apr 13, 2012 - 8:19 PM

Marching and yelling inside SM Megamall protesters oppose the cutting of 182 trees in Baguio for SM s mall expansion

OCCUPY SM. Protesters hold a lightning rally in SM Megamall to protest SM's cutting of trees in Baguio.

Who's afraid of North Korea's rocket?

Apr 12, 2012 - 4:46 PM

The controversial rocket launch which could happen any day between Thursday April 12 and Monday April 16 elicited a wide range of responses from the various sectors

READY FOR LIFTOFF. A North Korean soldier stands guard in front of an Unha-3 rocket at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the rocket this week (between April 12-16) despite international condemnations. AFP Photo/Pedro Ugarte