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LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, September 25

NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:56 PM

NDRRMC initially schedules the earthquake drill on September 21. The drills are postponed after President Duterte declared it as a National Day of Protest.

COVER. Soldiers cover their heads during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOJ offers protection to witnesses in killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:48 AM

'They have nothing to fear from us. They should fear more the ones hiding them or the ones advising them not to come out. They can be dangerous people,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

File photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II by AFP / Ted Aljibe

Some CCTV cams near Aegis Juris frat house destroyed

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The Manila Police District says they are checking if the CCTV cameras were intentionally destroyed

PRINCIPAL SUSPECT. John Paul Solano, the person who claimed to have brought to the hospital hazing victim Horacio Castillo III who is now a principal suspect in the killing, when he appeared at the MPD on September 17. PHOTO courtesy of Manila Police District

16 Aegis Juris fratmen on immigration lookout

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Justice Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order includes John Paul Solano, the principal suspect in the death of law student Horacio Castillo III

VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

Slain CSC official in drug watchlist, but PNP probe focuses on work

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Cagayan provincial police director Warren Tolito says Agustin surrendered to Tuguegarao police at the height of Oplan Tokhang in August 2016. Police investigators, however, are focused on work-related motives due to the nature of Agustin’s work.

NEIL AGUSTIN. Photo from CSC Region 2 Facebook Page.

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Spain seizes more Catalan referendum posters, summons mayors

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:44 AM

Faced with a determined Catalan government, Spain has multiplied its efforts to try to block the vote

A picture taken on September 16, 2017 in Barcelona shows a balcony decorated with Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flags) and banners reading in Catalan "YES."  More than 700 Catalan mayors who face arrest over their support of an independence referendum banned by Madrid protested in Barcelona to shouts of "we will vote." / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Aegis Juris, the UST frat allegedly behind latest hazing death

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

One of the 3 fraternities based in the UST Faculty of Civil Law, Aegis Juris subscribes to the motto 'Do no injustice, suffer no injustice'

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CSC regional head in Cagayan Valley shot dead

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:49 PM

Lawyer Neil Agustin dies on the spot after unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen fired shots at his vehicle

Hollywood stars enter Confederate symbols row

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:29 PM

George Clooney and Julianne Moore back the ban of hanging the Confederate flag and rebranding of schools named after the heroes of the pro slavery side in the US Civil War

US actess Julianne Moore and US actor and director George Clooney attend the photocall of the movie "Suburbicon" presented out of competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2017 at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Will PCGG withdraw Marcos loot cases? 'It depends'

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:29 PM

We will welcome any action or effort that will help us fulfill our mandate says PCGG Acting Chair Munsayac

COMPROMISE. PCGG Acting Chair Reynold Munsayac does not dismiss the possibility of the government backing down on the civil suits it filed before Sandiganbayan to recover Marcos' ill-gotten wealth. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 6 people were killed and around a dozen wounded

ASEAN countries urged to boost spending on social protection

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:53 PM

A UNESCAP report says expanding coverage for social protection is among the schemes that could distribute economic growth and limit inequality

VULNERABLE. Only two countries in Southeast Asia allocates more than 6% of their GDP for social protection. AFP file photo

Human rights advocacy IS a biased endeavor

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The State is the primary guardian of human rights with the task of ensuring that ordinary citizens enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms

Help CSC vet nominees for outstanding gov't workers award

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The public may send feedback on the DnB semi finalists until August 18 2017

Civil Service Commission's budget for 2018 approved without questions

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Civil Service Commission s proposed 2018 budget is at P1 5 billion slightly higher than its 2017 budget of P1 4 billion

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:27 AM

ICAO: Some existing air route availability has been assured and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed

FLAG CARRIER. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Alvarez says option for dissolution 'makes marriage stronger'

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez among President Rodrigo Duterte’s key allies in Congress also makes good on his promise to push for civil unions for both same sex and heterosexual couples

BETTER MARRIAGES? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, himself split from his wife, says allowing couples the option for the 'dissolution of marriage' makes for happier unions. Rappler photo

Marawi crisis, Alvarez, Scaramucci | Midday wRap

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:54 PM

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FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House priorities: Bills on same-sex civil unions, charter change

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Lawmakers are also expected to approve the proposed supplemental budget for the rehabilitation of Marawi City

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia (center) details the House of Representatives' legislative agenda in the next months. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:35 AM

DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero says it is crucial to bring preparation down to the community and family levels

Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2 dead in strong Leyte earthquake

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:40 PM

4th UPDATE A woman dies after being hit by falling debris in Ormoc City A body is also retrieved after a building collapsed in the municipality of Kananga

U.S. ready to work with Russia on Syria 'no-fly zones' – Tillerson

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:32 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia has a special responsibility to help create stability on the ground – or risk hobbling the fight against the Islamic State ISIS group

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on June 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S.-backed forces breach ISIS defenses in heart of Syria's Raqa

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:55 AM

3rd UPDATE The landmark advance in ISIS s notorious Syria bastion comes as the jihadists face an expected defeat within days in Iraq s second city Mosul

NEAR RAQA. In this file photo, a fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Delil Souleiman/AFP

FAQs: What is the #MMShakeDrill 2017?

Jul 03, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Learn more about the Metro Manila Shake Drill to be held from July 14 to 17 2017 and how you can prepare for the Big One

IN PHOTOS: 2nd quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:50 PM

UPDATED The NDRRMC leads an earthquake drill around the country on Thursday June 29

Policemen rescue a mock victim at the Manila Police District headquarters take cover during the national simultaneous earthquake drill on June 29, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED The White House says the preparations are similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel held town

The flag of the Syrian Arab Republic (centre right) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The airport can accommodate only private planes for now but Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez says it will operate commercially by the last quarter of this year or early next year

REGIONAL AIRPORT. The San Vicente Airport's terminal building. Photo courtesy of San Vicente Info Section

Facebook launches plan to combat online extremism

Jun 23, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Facebook says it will seek to educate charities and other organizations on how to fight hate speech in the wake of recent terror attacks in Belgium Britain and France

Vicki Belo, Hayden Kho are married

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay officiates the simple ceremony

U.S.-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The incident prompts growing international concern over rising tensions between the the US led coalition and pro Syrian regime forces

FIGHTER JET. This file photo taken on August 10, 2009 shows an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet at the Bagram AirBase, Afghanistan. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Russia warns U.S. after Syrian warplane downed

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:20 AM

The downing of the jet and Russia s response come as the US led coalition and allied fighters battle to oust the Islamic State ISIS jihadist group from its Syrian bastion Raqa

SYRIAN WARPLANE. A picture taken on March 23, 2017, shows a Syrian army jet firing rockets over the village of Rahbet Khattab in the Hama province.  Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

DOTr probes 'freaking hot' Cebu Pacific flight

Jun 17, 2017 - 1:57 PM

DOTr says Cebu Pacific should have deplaned passengers within 2 hours

WATCH: Help soldiers, civilians in Marawi through #OgopMarawi

Jun 16, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The Philippine Army s Civil Military Operations Group launches OgopMarawi its relief operations drive for affected civilians and troops in Marawi

Disaster risk reduction community to gather for Agos Summit

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:01 AM

MovePH will host the two day Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness from July 7 to 8 at the Samsung Hall SM Aura Taguig City Pre registration is now open

Daunting aid challenges as civilians flee Syria's Raqa

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM

A key problem is getting aid supplies to the relatively remote desert region in Syria s north with just a trickle of assistance currently crossing from neighboring Turkey and Iraq

ESCAPE. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. Delil Souleiman/AFP

The beckoning

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:45 AM

How Brother Armin Luistro is responding to the realities he saw as a government official and how civil society’s role may be on the rise again

Trump seeks 'much tougher' travel ban, expedited hearing

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:50 PM

In a series of early morning tweets the president also said the United States was already extreme vetting travelers coming into the country for safety reasons

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

COA: Illegal settlers' farming led to more bird strikes at Clark airport

Jun 04, 2017 - 8:51 PM

From just 3 in 2010 the number of bird strike incidents drastically increased to 50 in 2016 alone

Russian warship, sub fire cruise missiles at ISIS in Syria – Moscow

May 31, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnodar carry out 4 strikes against military hardware and fighters from the jihadist group who had left its de facto capital Raqa

FIRE. A missile is fired from the Russian Navy submarine Krasnodar towards the ISIS stronghold of Raqa, May 31, 2017. Frame grab from video of the Russian Ministry of Defense

NDRRMC to honor outstanding efforts in disaster management

May 30, 2017 - 9:45 PM

A total of 58 awards will be given to individuals and groups from various sectors in the 18th Gawad Kalasag National Awarding Ceremony

INSIDE C3. Pasig City responders monitor CCTV cameras in different barangays for emergency and disaster incidents.

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Macron, Putin hold 'frank' talks on Syria, Ukraine

May 29, 2017 - 8:57 PM

UPDATED France s President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin seek to improve their countries strained ties

MACRON AND PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) wave upon their arrival at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, on May 29, 2017, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

No joint session on martial law is a cover-up, say opposition lawmakers

May 29, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the majority want to hide the discussion from the public because the martial law declaration has no basis

'CONGRESS IN CHAINS'. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says that there is no reason for legislators to skip convening over martial law. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. court maintains block on Trump travel ban

May 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says it remained unconvinced that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president s promised Muslim ban

NEW TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP