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Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The House allows Francisco Datol Jr to take his oath after the Comelec issues a certificate of proclamation to the Senior Citizens party-list group

THE RETURN. Francisco Datol Jr (2nd from R) takes his oath as Senior Citizens congressman on December 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China pushes higher 'moral quality' for its citizens

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The texts urge citizens to avoid pornography and vulgarity online, and follow correct etiquette when raising the flag or singing the national anthem

Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Civil Service Commission '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

Manila seniors get P800 yearly birthday gift under new ordinance

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:53 AM

When the gift is given in kind, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says they will hand senior citizens birthday cakes. Sounds familiar? It's because Moreno got the idea from the Binays of Makati.

ANNUAL GIFT. Senior citizens can get their gift either in cash or kind. Shutterstock photo

Queen and Adam Lambert rock festival urging foreign aid

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The band are among the artists and actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Keys who appeared at the Global Citizen Festival

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

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

Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] Is the Philippines ready for its 'graying' population?

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

By the time the Philippines becomes an aging society, more elderly people will be needing support from the government, and not just from their families

Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Singapore is admired worldwide for its economic prosperity, but its leaders are criticized for curbs on civil rights, including using libel suits to silence critics

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends the opening of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on May 31, 2019. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

2 million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

Aug 31, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Only those who can demonstrate that they or their forebears were in India before 1971 could be included in the list

CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. Photo by Biju BORO/AFP

Isko Moreno, fast food chains sign pact to employ seniors, PWDs

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich commit to employ 2 senior citizens and one person with disability for each of their branches in Manila

MORE SENIORS. Jollibee and other fast food chains commit to employing more senior citizens in Manila. Rappler file photo

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:29 PM

To be qualified for this benefit, the senior citizens will also have to be Blu Card holders for at least 5 years

COA tells DSWD to clean list of social pension beneficiaries

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that only qualified beneficiaries are under its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

New law creates National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:04 PM

All the members of the new commission must be at least 60 years old at the time of their appointment

CAFGU member killed, 4 wounded in Basilan Abu Sayyaf attack

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Authorities say CAFGU Active Auxillaries member Norman Aramal was on his post rendering duty when he was attacked by an Abu Sayyaf Group led by Pasil Bayali

VICTIMS. A vicitm of the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan on July 14, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cherie Gil wins first Gawad Urian for role in 'Citizen Jake'

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The actress dedicates the award to Filipino women

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Namfrel hits Comelec for 'preventable' mishaps in 2019 polls

May 19, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'Budget allocation for Philippine elections is always adequate.... The preparations are guided by an election calendar. As the young people would say, 'Anyare?'" asks Namfrel

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS. Namfrel National Council members discuss the poll watchdog's initial assessment of the 2019 Philippine elections on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Comelec says Namfrel aware of transmission router

May 17, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says Namfrel was in the meeting where this was approved unanimously

TRANSMISSION ROUTER. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 17, 2019, shows the media the minutes of the meeting on the transmission routers for the May 13 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Do PWDs, senior citizens have access to special polling places?

May 14, 2019 - 6:56 AM

Some PWDs and senior citizens are still denied of their right to vote in designated special polling places

Namfrel concerned over election violence, irregularities

May 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Various problems were reported by the poll watchdog, which has over 25,000 volunteers nationwide.

Board of Election canvassers print election returns as the poll closes in Araullo High School, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Senior citizens, PWDs vote in accessible polling places

May 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Emergency Accessible Polling Place makes the voting process more accessible and easier for PWDs, senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women

The elderly take advantage of the EAPP or the Emergency Acessible Polling Place, a special voting area for senior citizens and PWDs, at the Don A Roces Science HS in Quezon City on election day, May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec 'surprised' over Namfrel rejection to be its citizen arm

May 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

'Perhaps the thinking of the Namfrel council now is different from the past councils. But we will proceed, perhaps with another partner,' says Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Namfrel rejects Comelec accreditation to become its citizen arm for May polls

May 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Namfrel Secretary General Eric Alvia says the group declined the poll body's accreditation after it did not get approval to access data it needed for open election data website

POLL WATCHDOG. Members of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections speak with reporters in a press conference. Photo from Namfrel Facebook page

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How elections are made accessible to PWDs and senior citizens

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The law may be in place, but much more should be done to make elections accessible to all

Senior citizen voter file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler trains citizen journalists ahead of 2019 elections

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Twenty core Movers from across the Philippines will be part of Rappler's coverage of the 2019 Philippine elections

Photo by Abby Lupac/Rappler

QC establishments to provide courtesy seats for PWDs, pregnant women, seniors

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Private establishments that fail to implement the new policy will face fines and business permit suspension or revocation

Texas senior's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Thousands share a man from Houston's detailed cheaper plan to retire in a Holiday Inn hotel than in a nursing home

Final public screening of 'Citizen Jake' set ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The film, starring Atom Araullo, is director Mike de Leon's commentary on the country's current political and social realities

CITIZEN JAKE. In the film, Atom Araullo stars as a journalist whose principles clash with his estranged father's political interests.

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

Makati City spends P30M as of September this year for free movies of seniors, PWDs

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:29 PM

All in all, Makati earmarks P40 million in 2018 for free movie tickets

FREE MOVIES. The cinemas of Century Mall is one of five partners of the Makati government in the free movie tickets program for senior citizens and PWD.

COSE honors outstanding seniors at the 28th Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 awardees for 2018 have contributed to causes on environment conservation, human rights, cultural preservation, urban poor housing, education, HIV/AIDS, and the elderly

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

DFA eyes scrapping oath-taking fee for dual citizens

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'This is one of the disincentives for our compatriots to become Filipino citizens,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

BUDGET HEARING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the budget hearing of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

'Citizen Jake' pulled out from Cinemalaya 2018 lineup

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:29 AM

The producers of the movie did not give a reason for the pullout

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

HOAX: P6,000 'monthly' pension for senior citizens

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The Social Welfare Department has been providing a pension worth P500 a month – not P6,000 a month – to indigent senior citizens for years

Screenshot of a website claiming that senior citizens can avail of a P6,000 pension per month from the government

Empowering seniors in disaster risk reduction and management

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Program proves senior citizens deserve bigger roles in preparing for disasters

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

More protection, attention to social pension for poor elderly Filipinos

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The number of senior citizens, which has grown from 6.3 million in 2010 to 7.6 million in 2015, is expected to reach 11.7 million by 2025, and 22.6 million in 2045

Canadian killed in front of house in Batangas City

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

Pensioner Barry Gamon died from gunshot wounds, while his wife Luzviminda was wounded

Muntinlupa deploys the most advanced citizen ID card powered by PayMaya

Jun 25, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The card allows residents to ride e-Jeepneys, pay bills, and do cashless shopping in malls

Be part of the MovePH network

Jun 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Calling all individuals, student organizations, and NGOs who want to work together for social good!

[OPINION] 4 things kids learned from a journalism class

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Being a citizen journalist comes with a very big responsibility

Things we learned from journalism class. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong

Mike de Leon calls ‘Citizen Jake’ star Atom Araullo hypocritical, narcissistic

May 30, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The director responds to Atom Araullo's statement about their working relationship on the set of 'Citizen Jake’

Atom Araullo breaks silence after 'Citizen Jake' director's tirades

May 30, 2018 - 9:29 AM

'Mike is a deeply troubled person. The kindest thing I can say about him is that he needs help, patience, and understanding as he wrestles with his personal demons'

CITIZEN JAKE. Atom Araullo breaks his silence after movie director Mike de Leon's rant on Facebook. Screenshot from Citizen Jake

Citizen Baguio, or why 'Citizen Jake' is a love letter to the city

May 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Journalist and poet Frank Cimatu, a Baguio native, shares his thoughts on Mike de Leon's latest film

LOVE LETTER TO BAGUIO. Atom Araullo stars in Mike de Leon's 'Citizen Jake.' Screenshot from Citizen Jake

Atom Araullo on journalism, celebrity, and what he learned from 'Citizen Jake'

May 29, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Following his acting debut and a new TVC, Atom said he wants to ‘get better at journalism’

ATOM ARAULLO. The  'Citizen Jake' star is set to star in a new TVC. Photo courtesy of Cherifer Premium