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Baby found dead in NAIA Terminal 3 restroom

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority orders a review of security camera footage within the vicinity of the restroom

NAIA TERMINAL 3. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

7-day eviction notice to Aetas ‘standard follow-up,’ says BCDA

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The BCDA says affected families were issued notices before, given assistance amounting to P300,000 per hectare, and relocation sites

Poverty in Philippines falls in 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:45 AM

With poverty incidence falling to 16.6% in 2018, the Philippine government says it is on track to meet its target of 14% by 2022

Unemployment, underemployment dip to 14-year low in October 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Unemployment in October 2019 falls to 4.5% or some 2.05 million people, the lowest since 2005

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

Inflation inches up to 1.3% in November 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation jumps in November, as expected by analysts

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

NAIA terminals to close for 12 hours on December 3 due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Stranded passengers are advised to stay home and avoid going to the airport

CLOSED. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals will be closed for 12 hours on December 3, due to the expected winds and rains brought about by Typhoon Tisoy. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

New Clark sports facilities not part of original proposal by MTD Berhad

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority asked the Malaysian firm to construct it, after the latter said it just wanted to build offices in New Clark City

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

Subic stakeholders urge DENR to review SBMA environmental regulations

Nov 30, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We also ask for a review of all projects within the past 10 to 15 years that have already destroyed hectares of wetlands, mangroves and forests, in the name of development,' says Save Subic Bay Coalition spokesperson El Latinazo, after a protected area in the freeport was cleared for a shooting range

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila business reporter Ralf Rivas, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

No more free P2P rides for SEA Games spectators on November 30

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Despite earlier commitments, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee will no longer be providing free rides to opening ceremony spectators

NO FREE RIDES. Spectators will no longer be offered free point-to-point buses to go to the Philippine Arena. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

Only 110 P2P buses for 22,000 SEA Games spectators on Nov 30 – MMDA

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Around 16,500 spectators will have no dedicated transportation to and from the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony

INSUFFICIENT. An expected 22,000 spectators will have to find alternate modes of transport, since only 5,500 can be accommodated by designated P2P buses. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Road closures, alternative routes during SEA Games 2019

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Be aware of these road closures and alternative routes from November 30 to December 11

CONVOYS. Escorts will be provided for convoys that will transport delegates to the SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BCDA, Malaysian firm ink questionable P11-billion SEA Games deal

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Part 1: (UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC flags the return-of-investment and profit-sharing schemes of the BCDA-MTD Capital Berhad deal, but the BCDA insists it's 'very advantageous to the government’

The “starting block” at the oval of the Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games.

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA

Court orders SBMA to issue permit to operate to locator in contempt case

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Brighterday Subic Ltd. Inc, operator of All Hands Beach, is the latest locator to file a complaint against SBMA over policies that are allegedly inimical to locators in the free port

SBMA photo from Wikipedia

MinDA project to help Mindanao earthquake victims rebuild their lives

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Under the Tienda Project, earthquake victims will form cooperatives that will operate stories selling basic goods at reasonable prices

PROJECT FOR QUAKE VICTIMS. A woman displaced by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao buys her needs at the MinDA-organized Tienda outlet in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on November 15, 2019. Photo from the Mindanao Development Authority

SEA Games 2019 opening simulation shows lapses in traffic management

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The MMDA aims to address the problem of private vehicles using the yellow lane and tailing convoys

UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS? During the simulation of the Southeast Asian Games 2019 opening ceremony, private vehicles and vehicles coming from perpendicular roads were seen as possible obstructions to the convoys' routes. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senate recalls approval of BCDA's P15.5-billion budget

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget will be made to explain how the New Clark City Sports Complex won't turn into a white elephant after the SEA Games

SPORTS BUDGET. Senator Bong Go, sponsor of the Philippine Sports Commission budget, talks to BCDA president Vince Dizon about questions on the New Clark City Sports Complex. Senate YouTube screenshot

PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese 'smart city' plan

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub

LIST: Affected routes during SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony simulation

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Will your commute be affected on November 14?

STOP-AND-GO. Commuters and motorists can expect a spike in traffic on November 14 due to the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony simulation, which will impose a stop-and-go scheme along multiple roads in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Egypt discreetly marks Suez Canal's 150th anniversary

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The man-made canal was excavated between 1859 and 1869, in an ambitious project to connect the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, and cut shipping times for growing international trade from Europe to Asia

VITAL WATERWAY. File photo of a convoy of ships passing through Suez Canal. Photo by Igor Grochev/Shutterstock

MMDA: 'Expect delays' during SEA Games opening ceremony simulation

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The simulation will take place on Thursday, November 14, along EDSA and other major roads

SIMULATION. Commuters and motorists should expect lengthier travel times on Thursday, November 14, in view of the simulation of the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony that will occur in different areas around Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA recommends road closures, 'class holidays' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The proposals are awaiting Malacañang's approval

BRACE FOR TRAFFIC. The Metropolitan Manila Development is in the process of making more traffic preparations ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Presidential adviser Vince Dizon says the Duterte administration is now more open to public-private partnerships, but would get rid of deals that fail to 'promote public interest'

Imports, exports down in September 2019

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

An analyst says the pullback in September imports, despite the drop in exports, means that net trade will likely not weigh on overall growth momentum in the 3rd quarter of 2019


MMDA, QC gov't shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The city government will develop a 'matrix' to determine the validity of all the bus terminals' documents

CLOSED. The Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue was shut down by the MMDA and the QC Government after it was discovered that they had fake documents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Inflation further slows to 0.8% in October 2019

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation in the Philippines is at its slowest pace in over 3 years

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

Photo from Shutterstock

Saudi regulator approves Aramco share offering

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The IPO is the linchpin of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to revamp Saudi Arabia's economy and wean it off a decades-long dependence on oil

SAUDI ARAMCO. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2016, Saudi and Foreign investors stand in front of the logo of Saudi state oil giant Aramco during the 10th Global Competitiveness Forum in the capital Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

MMDA: Over 1K drivers with at least 100 violations still driving

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:38 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia says of drivers who complain about the fines and ask for leniency: 'Walang karapatang magreklamo ang mga pasaway'

SHAPE UP. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia warns drivers with more than 100 violations to shape up, or else they will not be able to drive in the next year. Photo by Darren Langit/RapplerPhoto by Darren Langit/Rappler

SBMA takes over undeveloped property of Ocean Adventure

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. President and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the takeover by the SBMA is 'the beginning of their attempt to shut us down if we don't give in to their unreasonable demands'

UNDER SBMA CONTROL. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority repossesses the undeveloped areas of Ocean Adventure's parent company today. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Ex-CAAP official guilty of using agency funds for own gas expenses

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

In a plea deal, former CAAP chief financial officer Abner Bondoc admits guilt to a lesser offense and vows to refund the agency, instead of going through a graft trial

Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Check here the rerouting maps and instructions organized per Metro Manila local government unit

MOVEMENT. Thousands Filipinos flock to Bagbag Public Cemetery in Quezon City on November 1, 2018, to visit their departed loved ones in the observance of All Saints Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA lifts number coding scheme for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The MMDA will also deploy 2,300 personnel to assist passengers at bus terminals and ports

INCREASED DEMAND. Thousands of passengers are set to go home to their provinces for the days of the dead, causing increased volume at bus terminals and ports. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] NEDA official accused of sexual harassment still in office

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It has been nearly 9 months since the report was submitted to the Office of the President for a resolution. The silence from Malacañang is deafening.

Teenage pregnancy dragging PH economic growth – Pernia

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

For the Philippines to bring down poverty incidence to just 14% by 2022, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says that the government should look into teenage pregnancy first

Expensive, too much work: Duterte’s team rethinks infra projects

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:42 PM

From 75, the new list of big-ticket infrastructure projects will include 91 smaller but more feasible projects, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Duterte's bridges linking Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao shelved

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'It can be taken up again in the next administration. At least they will know by now that they will spend more and make sure that they can cope with the challenge,' says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia