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U.P. community remembers death of Jennifer Laude, calls for passage of SOGIE bill

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'Justice for all trans lives! Stop killing us! SOGIE Equality now!'

The UP community calls for justice for the death of Jennifer Laude and appeals to Senate to pass the SOGIE Equality bill. Photo by Christian Carlo Acilo/Rappler

Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

BCDA chief Vince Dizon is Duterte’s latest adviser

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Vince Dizon, BCDA President and CEO, is named adviser for flagship programs and projects

Duterte issues EO adopting cash budgeting system

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Executive Order No. 91 tasks the government to implement cash-based budgeting starting 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Greenland isn't for sale but it is increasingly valuable

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Greenland has untapped natural resources like oil, minerals and valuable rare earth elements that China, the United States and other major tech economies covet

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1225402828  Icebergs in Greenland By Sune Falk Otterstroem / shutterstock

Trump wants U.S. to buy Greenland – report

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The US's northern-most military base, Thule Air Base, has been located on Greenland for decades

HPV vaccination now part of school-based immunization in Albay

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The HPV vaccination will start in August in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ligao

VACCINATED. Female Grade 4 students are given the HPV vaccine during the ceremonial vaccination. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Girls must be protected from sexual violence at school – UNICEF chief

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:37 AM

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore says, we 'have a real responsibility to keep violence out of schools... by other students but also by their teachers'

Araullo High School grade 7 students attend the orientation as part of the dry run for the new school year of 2019-2020 at their campus in Manila on Friday, May 31. Photo by Ben Nabong

PCC approves Meralco-Marubeni, BCDA joint venture

Jul 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says the deal will not cause any substantial lessening of competition in the retail electricity supply market

POWER DISTRIBUTOR. The Philippine Competition Commission clears the joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the Meralco-Marubeni consortium to distribute electricity to New Clark City locators. Photo from New Clark City website

Duterte orders cash-based budgeting for 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The President vetoes 12 line items in the 2019 national budget, as well as the P95.3 billion worth of infrastructure funds. He also places several items under conditional implementation.

VETO. President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes and places some line items in the budget under conditional implementation. Malacañang file photo

Military plane catches fire at takeoff from Clark Air Base

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) All 122 passengers and crew members are safe after firefighters immediately responded to the scene

BIG PLANE. A C130 catches fire at takeoff from Clark Airbase in Pampanga. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Megaworld, BCDA team up to create new district in Fort Bonifacio

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Envisioned to be the 'administrative capital of the country,' the 160-hectare Bonifacio Capital District is expected to host the new offices of government agencies

[OPINION] Who should be the next budget secretary?

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician

Japan's Okinawa votes against controversial U.S. base move

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Some 72% vote against the relocation of a US military base, though the results are non-binding

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

DBM to push cash-based budgeting in 2019, despite rejection by Congress

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We are doing it already. We don't need a law,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of Congress' rejection of cash-based budgeting in 2019

REFORM. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is keen with pushing cash-based budgeting. DBM Photo

Bicam approves 2019 budget but rejects cash-based budget system

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Both the House and the Senate are targeting to ratify the 2019 budget on the same day so President Rodrigo Duterte may finally sign it into law

BICAM APPROVES. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee pose for a picture after approving the 2019 budget on February 8, 2019. Photo from House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya's office

[ANALYSIS] Despite Duterte rhetoric, US military gains forward base in PH

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:33 AM

It's a clear signal that the Americans will stay here, and in the region, for a long time

Trump says to meet families of Americans killed in Syria

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The 4 Americans are among those killed in the January 16 suicide bombing claimed by ISIS

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06 PM

The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers back a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street and online harassment. Illustration by Rappler

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Balangiga Bells on display on December 12, 13

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:57 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Balangiga Bells are available for public viewing on December 12 and 13 at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base – CNN

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:09 AM

According to CNN, Pyongyang has upgraded the Yeongjeo-dong missile base in North Korea's mountainous interior and has built up another facility that has not previously been publicly identified

Arroyo: Philippines can be 'friends' with both China, U.S.

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim that she is 'very proud' of American investments in Clark

FRIENDS WITH CHINA, US. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attends the inauguration of the new BCDA office in Clark Global City, Pampanga on November 27, 2018. All photos from Arroyo's office

Thousands protest in 'feminist tidal wave' against sexist violence

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Tens of thousands rally across Europe on the eve of the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

PROTEST. Participants walk with a banner 'We want to be free' as they take part in a rally in Paris on November 24, 2018, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by AFP

Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on U.S. base move

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

While the referendum has no legal standing, a vote against the move is likely to pile fresh pressure on the central government, which backs the move as the best way to deal with anger in Okinawa about the base

FUTENMA. This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, ahead of Okinawa's gubernatorial election. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use – study

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Because the material has yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the liquid-loving latex has yet to be tested during intercourse

Paper-based electronics could fold, biodegrade and be basis for next-gen devices

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Papertronics can be particularly useful in remote areas with limited resources because they’re powered by bacteria that can inhabit even the most extreme of conditions and break down nearly any material to produce electrons

Teachers complain of ‘excessive’ workload; DepEd says these are ‘legal, necessary’

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition camps outside the DepEd head office and calls for changes in the monitoring systems and paperwork

OVERWORKED. Teachers call on the DepEd to stop its review systems and paperwork that supposedly burden teachers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How government plans to fund proposed P3.757T 2019 budget

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The General Appropriations Bill on the proposed 2019 budget is finally sponsored at the House plenary for 2nd reading after a two-day delay

BUDGET AT THE PLENARY. Plenary deliberations on the proposed 2019 budget begins at the House on September 19, 2018.

After resigning over MRT3 mess, Cesar Chavez back in Duterte gov't

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The former transportation undersecretary for railways has been appointed as a board member of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority

[OPINION] Will soft power save the rules-based order?

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Soft power seeks the long-term view – the weaving of a powerful narrative that avoids the use of force and coercion but instead utilizes inducement

DBM, Congress agree on transitory cash-based budget system for 2019

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system

Senate: Finance - Budget Hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd officials school lawmakers on budget processes

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:15 PM

'The fate of the national budget, the appropriations act, is actually in the hands of the legislature which has the power of the purse.That is very very clear in the Constitution,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

BUDGET BRIEFING. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones along with Undersecretaries Alain Pascua and Annalyn Sevilla during Congress budget briefing on the 2019 proposed budget on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How the cash-based budget affects DepEd

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Education received the lion's share of funds in the proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program. What does the proposed shift to a cash-based budget system look like for the Department of Education?

MISLEADING: Roque says cash-based budget ‘implemented,' 'worked’ in 2018

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Fiscal Year 2018 is still obligation-based. The budget department merely recommended that agencies implement their budgets as if they're cash-based, to prepare for the use of that system in 2019.

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Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

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Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?

Lacson on budget standoff: It's all about pork barrel

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte wants 'compromise' on 2019 cash-based budget

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Malacañang says the President will meet with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno 'to see if they can compromise with the House'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the document handed to him regarding the dismissal order of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Comptroller Hector Maraña at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Maraña's dismissal stemmed from his alleged misuse of the P15-million worth of allowance for the cadets. Joining the President are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DBM not backing down on cash-based budgeting

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'We just want this legislated so that there's a structural reform so the next President will not go back to the old practice,' says Diokno

REFORM. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is keen with pushing cash-based budgeting. DBM Photo

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Lawmakers want probe on DepEd's Results-Based Performance Management System

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro say the system has resulted in the loss of benefits and continued rejection of decent salaries for teachers

OVERWORKED. Lawmakers say teachers are often burdened by excessive paperwork from the Department of Education's  Results-Based Performance Management System. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Aug 14, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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What is cash-based budgeting?

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The shift to cash-based budgeting is seen to instill fiscal discipline among agencies, by limiting contractual obligations to projects completed within the year

DBM to wait for a 'friendlier' Congress to pass cash-based budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'But [not passing the bill] is not a problem, we will just wait for a friendlier Congress. Remember there's an election in 2019? That's near,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

CLASH. The House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management clash over the proposed 2019 national budget. Diokno photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, House by Martin San Diego/Rappler, Senate PRIB Photo

Senate puts 2019 budget hearings on hold

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:08 PM

This is amid the clash over the proposed cash-based budgeting system between the House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House 'blocking' 2019 budget – Malacañang

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'It looks like it's the minority who is in power in Congress,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he expresses Malacañang's displeasure over the House's suspension of budget hearings

Fewer anti-flood projects under cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Public Works and Highways' proposed budget for 2019 is about P93 billion lower than this year's budget, leading to a possible decrease in infrastructure projects

Residents wade through chest-deep flood at Veterans Village in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City on August 11, 2018, as heavy downpour pounds Metro Manila brought by Southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding that cause floods and stranded passengers in Metropolis. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Education, health may suffer huge budget cuts in 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Allocations for the construction of new buildings and health facilities, and scholarship programs are scrapped from the proposed cash-based 2019 budget

AFFECTED STUDENTS. Funds allotted for school buildings and scholarships may be reduced under a cash-based budget in 2019. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP