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Rappler Talk: Bill Browder on 'Red Notice' and his fight for justice

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Browder published 'Red Notice' in February 2015 – an account of his experience in Russia and his ongoing fight for justice for his former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky

China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP

After Cotabato earthquakes, Malacañang again pushes for disaster resilience dep't

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles urges lawmakers in Congress to act on the 'long-overdue' measure to improve the government's response to natural calamities

RESPONDING TO DISASTERS. A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur collapses following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

Child marriage a 'fundamental human rights violation' – congresswoman

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We owe our children an environment that is free from all forms of violence,' says Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera

NO TO CHILD MARRIAGE. Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera calls for the end of child marriages in the country. Photo from Herrera's Facebook page

Duterte certifies as urgent bill increasing cigarette, alcohol taxes

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol would 'generate additional revenue' for universal health care

BALIKTARAN. Senator Pia Cayetano holds two packs of alcopop “Gaz” presenting the said product to the members of the senate. September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan – pastor

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Police have rejected an application for a large rally on Sunday, October 20, saying they fear hardcore protesters would hijack it and turn violent

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Indonesia's anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The legislation will see the appointment of a board to oversee Indonesia's graft-busting agency – known as the KPK – and limits its ability to wire-tap corruption suspects in the graft-riddled nation

KPK. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building is seen in window reflections past an Indonesian national flag in Jakarta on September 12, 2017. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

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

Gatchalian: Proof-of-parking bill can instill responsible car ownership

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the proposed bill, Metro Manila-based people who want to buy vehicles will be required to provide an affidavit stating that they are in possession of a parking space for the intended purchase

Heavy traffic was still seen on EDSA on the fourth day of the strict implementation of MMDA's yellow lane policy on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

$14 billion goal in sight for fighting AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Promises for replenishment money are made at meeting in France of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

FUNDS. (From left) Irish rock band U2 singer Bono, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the announcement of the final amount raised for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on October 10, 2019, in Lyon, central eastern France. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

Smoking text? Diplomats bring drama to Ukraine scandal

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Here are the texts among the members of Trump's camp before and after his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY AND TRUMP. Composite image of Donald Trump in 2018 and Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 from Shutterstock

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Sotto: At least 15 senators oppose SOGIE equality bill

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says more than half of senators are against the SOGIE equality bill, but Senator Risa Hontiveros believes the measure has a 'strong fighting chance'

ANTI-SOGIE. A group of Christians from different sectors in the metropolis holds a protest rally in front of the senate building denouncing the passage of SOGIE bill on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?

[OPINION] Why I don't believe divorce will destroy a family

Sep 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

They say, 'Divorce will destroy a family.' But is it not abuse and lack of respect for your partner and for marriage that destroy everyone in the family?

[OPINYON] Paano na lang kung hindi naghiwalay ang mga magulang ko?

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Divorces aren't for fun. Magastos at masakit ito. Pero mas mabuti ito kaysa maglolokohan kayo pareho at palipat-lipat ang mga anak 'nyo.

California governor signs law making gig workers employees

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The law challenges the business model of the rideshare platforms and others which depend on workers taking on 'gigs' as independent contractors.

UBER. The Uber logo is displayed on a car on March 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Pia Cayetano seeks 'sweet spot' for Citira bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Senate ways and means committee chairperson Pia Cayetano plays coy on the bill seeking to change the current fiscal incentives regime, but quips that like love, 'wala ring forever'

House bill proposes creation of Boracay Island Council

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

House Bill No. 4175, authored by Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco Jr, says the council should be directly under the Office of the President

REHAB CONTINUES. A bill is filed at the House of Representatives for the creation of a Boracay council. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

What LGBT kids need to hear

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

This is for the thousands of children who were taught that they are nothing but abominations, for the kids who are disowned by their parents, for the students kicked out of schools, for young people harassed in the streets

House passes Citira bill on 3rd reading

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A total of 170 members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of the Duterte administration's 2nd tax reform package

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.

'Noisy naysayers' vs Citira bill proven wrong by numbers, says DOF

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua says the surge in investment pledges in the 1st half of 2019 refutes claims of critics of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act

Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says naysayers of the Citira bill are proven wrong by numbers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte won’t certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent after all

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang clarifies that President Duterte will certify as urgent an 'anti-discrimination bill' and not the SOGIE equality bill

NO URGENCY. President Rodrigo  Duterte will not certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent, according to his spokesman. Malacanang Photo

Rappler Talk: Challenges faced by SOGIE equality bill at the Senate

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Rappler talks to Senator Risa Hontiveros, lead author of the SOGIE equality bill at the Senate, on how she plans to fight misinformation on the measure

Duterte says he'll certify SOGIE bill as urgent

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants LGBTQ+ persons to be 'happy'

Advocates urge discussions on SOGIE 'from point of love and impartiality'

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education

SOGIE advocates pose at #HumanizingSOGIE launch in Makati, Philippines (L-R): Propel Manila CEO JC Valenzuela, Propel Manila Creative Chief Raymund Sison, Quezon City Councilor Mayen Juico, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Charge d' affaires Warren Mucci, Love is All We Need Founder Queenmelo Esguerra, SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Maica Teves. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

House passes bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:50 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the Pifita bill 'grossly favors the rich who make fortunes out of thin air in the financial sector'

2nd tax reform package renamed Citira, hurdles 2nd reading in House

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The House of Representatives approves the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) on 2nd reading

FALSE: Robredo 'suggests' gender not be identified in birth certificates till age 10

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Robredo makes no such statement. The proposed SOGIE bill contains no clause on labeling the sex of a newborn in birth certificates.

Serbia's Divac inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Sep 07, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'To me basketball was always about love,' says Vlade Divac, the first player born and trained outside the United States to play more than 1,000 games in the NBA

ICON. Former Lakers star Vlade Divac  credits NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson as mentors. Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images/AFP

10 World War II books for woke Pinoys

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Five titles are recommended by Mike Villa-Real, the senior vice president of the Veteran’s Bank, and 5 are from author Frank Cimatu's collection

FALSE: SOGIE equality bill will 'undercut' freedoms, destroy family

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority

House bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes approved on 2nd reading

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Tax Act (Pifita) bill is the 4th package of the Duterte administration's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

Discriminated for color, Binay asks: 'Do I need to file a bill protecting people like me?'

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Senator Nancy Binay poses the question as she suggests integrating the SOGIE equality bill into the comprehensive anti-discrimination bill

NANCY BINAY. Senator Nancy Binay at the Senate hearing on the SOGIE bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kong stocks surge after extradition bill withdrawal reports

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Hang Seng index leaps more than 3% in afternoon trade on Wednesday, September 4

STOCKS DOWN. (L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China, and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Watch the Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill live on Rappler

Dark comic: Bill Hader on 'Barry' and 'It 2'

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The actor talks about his show 'Barry' and 'It: Chapter 2'

US actor Bill Hader arrives for the World premiere of "It Chapter Two" at the Regency Village theatre in Westwood, California on August 26, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

PEZA urges Congress not to 'tinker' with tax perks for investors

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:50 PM

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza says the current incentives are already 'globally competitive' and could help the Philippines attract investors as companies avoid the US-China trade war

Chief Justice Bersamin open to 'designated survivor' bill

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:09 AM

(UPDATED) Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is 'okay' with a designated survivor bill, but stresses he is not saying Congress should push for it

LUCAS BERSAMIN. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin signs the Pledge of Commitment for Bacolod City as a Justice Zone in rites held at the Bacolod City Government Center on Friday, August 30. Photo by Marchel Espina

Winemakers whining over proposed tax hike

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wine companies say they only have a market share of 1%, and no matter how high taxes are raised, it would only be a 'drop in the bucket' for the government

Eddie Villanueva claims SOGIE bill 'threatens' freedoms of non-LGBTQ+

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'What happens to a Christian like me...if we are to be threatened by punishment every time we share our Bible-based beliefs on matters of transgenders and homosexuals?' asks Brother Eddie Villanueva

ANTI-SOGIE EQUALITY. CIBAC Representative and Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church, is among the conservative members of the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: SOGIE equality in the Philippines

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle

"They're lucky they're more free now, unlike us before when we had to hide", said Ruel Mendiola, who imitates actress Cherry Pie Picache.

How to use Smart carrier billing on the App Store, Apple Music, and iTunes

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Subscribers can now use their Smart postpaid or prepaid lines to make App Store purchases

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Netflix documentary examining Bill Gates' post-CEO life arrives September 20

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The 3-part series on Bill Gates' life after Microsoft is directed by Davis Guggenheim, director of 'An Inconvenient Truth' and 'He Named Me Malala'

GATES. Bill Gates and director Davis Guggenheim engage in a discussion in a still provided by Netflix. Photo from Netflix


EU says Britain must pay Brexit divorce bill even if no deal

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:18 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that if Britain leaves without a deal it will not have to pay the 39 billion pound divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May

BREXIT. A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a meeting in Brussels on November 25, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

[OPINION] Can Hong Kong’s rule of law survive the anti-extradition bill protest movement?

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:11 PM

A close observer of Hong Kong affairs tries to answer the question on the minds of Hong Kong residents as well as the international community

Sotto says SOGIE bill has 'no chance' of passing Senate

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill stands no chance if 'it transgresses on academic freedom, religious freedom, and women’s rights'

ALREADY DEAD? Senate President Tito Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill may stand no chance in the upper chamber this Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler