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DOJ indicts KAPA for defrauding public

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:01 PM

The Department of Justice finds probable cause to indict officers of KAPA for violating various provisions of the Securities Regulation Code

Actor Alex Diaz: 'Never again will I be shackled by fear'

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The actor speaks up after he is outed by someone else on social media

WATCH: All hail the queens of Philippine drag

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Wigs snatched, mugs fully painted, corsets laced, and heels on point, these drag queens are breaking barriers and using drag not only as a platform for self-expression and art, but also for social commentary

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

#2030Now: Offline ‘safe spaces’ seen as solution to SOGIE misconceptions

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The winning group of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle highlights the need to set up intimate discussions on SOGIE since conversations on social media may be alienating to some

DISCUSSIONS. Bianca Lacaba and Aella Potestades, participants of the 2019 Social Good Summit gender equality huddle, represented the winning group and highlighted the need to set up intimate discussions to break down misconceptions about SOGIE on September 21. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Man arrested, charged for killing transgender Filipina in Australia

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Australian police confirm to Rappler the arrest and indictment of a man for killing transgender Filipina Mhelody Polan Bruno

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia, while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page

5 UP mass com alumni named 2019 Glory awardees

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:59 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Glory Awards will be held on November 9, 2019, at the Film Studio of the UP Film Institute (beside Plaridel Hall) in UP Diliman

 AWARDEES (from left): Carolyn Arguillas, Samira Gutoc, Nona Andaya-Castillo, Jeffrey Jeturian, and Florencio 'Floy' Quintos

Gordon tells PCOO: Focus on issues, not on Duterte's personality

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The PCOO would better serve Filipinos if its content presented 'all sides' and is not just oriented to making President Rodrigo Duterte look good, says Senator Richard Gordon

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies. September 26, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#2030Now: Refilling stations emerge as best solution to plastic pollution

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The winning group proposes to turn sari-sari stores into refilling stations and exchange sachets for coins to address the country’s plastic waste at the 2019 Social Good Summit

Transgender Filipina killed in Australia while on vacation

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Mhelody Polan Bruno was about to return to the Philippines, but she was killed just a week before her flight home

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page.

Beyond tree planting: How companies can ignite change

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Companies usually plant trees or hold feeding programs as part of corporate social responsibility. But a one-day effort will not suffice.

Killers of transgender woman in Pangasinan surrender to police

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The two suspects in the killing of Jessa Remiendo, one of them a minor, surrender to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office

KILLED. Jessa Remiendo is found dead and bloodied by the beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Sourced photo

Guess who's on Viber?

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Because metro woes are overwhelming

METRO WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte join the panel discussion on making the metro more livable during the 2019 Social Good Summit at the Yuchengco Hall in DLSU on Sept 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.

#2030Now: How a group of friends started lobbying for law on dignified commuting

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Ira Cruz of AltMobility tells the story of how commuters decided to do something about the unpredictable public transport situation in the country

The LTFRB announced the one-peso jeepney minimum fare hike will be implemented on Friday (today), for National Capital Region (NCR), Regions III and IV. The agency added that jeepney drivers should post a notice of provisional fare increase in their vehicles before they can charge an additional fare of one peso from commuters. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

#2030Now: Only ‘Chernobyl’ can bring democracy back to digital spaces

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Keen, Google's Irene Jay Liu, and Democracy & Disinformation consortium convenor John Nery discuss solutions to the 'crisis of democracy'

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

#2030Now: Green initiatives go a long way for urban communities

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Organizations share how they work with communities to save a forest within a city, connect farmers to consumers, and turn plastic waste into furniture and other useful items

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030Now: We are entering a ‘new dark age’ because of internet – Andrew Keen

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:31 PM

But the 'How To Fix the Future' author says this democracy crisis can be fixed

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#2030Now, #InsightForImpact trend during 2019 Social Good Summit

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:11 PM

How can we cut through the social media noise and build communities of action that will help make the world a better place?

HIGHLIGHTS: Social Good Summit #2030Now: Insight for impact

Sep 21, 2019 - 12:52 PM

With the theme 'Insight for Impact,' the summit hopes to challenge Filipinos to cut through the social media noise to build communities of action that will help make the world a better place

HIGHLIGHTS: #InspireCourage stories at the Social Good Summit 2019

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

During the #InspireCourage session, speakers will answer basic questions: What do they do exactly? Why are they passionate about this initiative? How can other people help?

Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

In the long list of Metro Manila problems, what should be prioritized and where should city mayors look first? We asked our readers.

How an online community encourages Filipinos to try ‘buhay zero-waste’

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Going zero-waste might seem intimidating. But a blossoming online community in the Philippines will tell you that your zero-waste journey can start with the little things and the mini wins.

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

Transgender woman hacked to death in Pangasinan

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Jessa Remiendo is known as one of the kindest trans women in Pangasinan. She was found dead on Patar Beach in Bolinao.

KILLED. Jessa Remiendo is found dead and bloodied by the beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Sourced photo

UP Pride 2019 bolsters calls for system-wide SOGIE policy

Sep 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

With the call #UPTowardsEquality and #SOGIEEqualityNOW, the University of the Philippines community marches for a university system-wide SOGIESC policy

West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Meet the speakers of the 2019 Manila Social Good Summit

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The 2019 Manila Social Good Summit hopes to showcase how engaging communities and citizens can help them face challenges such as the environmental crisis and urban congestion

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower Christopher Wylie

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Wylie says the Philippines and other countries in the global south were perfect places for Cambridge Analytica to experiment with tactics and technology

CA confirms Gringo Honasan as DICT chief

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II says he would prioritize providing better connectivity in the country

CONFIRMED. Longtime senator Gregorio Honasan II gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Andrew Keen returns to PH to talk about 'how to fix democracy'

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:52 PM

The world-renowned commentator on the digital revolution is the keynote speaker of the 2019 Social Good Summit

KEYNOTE. Andrew Keen returns to the Philippines to give a talk on how to fix democracy at the 2019 Social Good Summit.  Photo from the Twitter page of Andrew Keen

Exclusive: PH was Cambridge Analytica's 'petri dish' – whistle-blower Christopher Wylie

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The Canadian whistle-blower says Strategic Communication Laboratories, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, found the Philippines an ideal target and used proxies here

Progressive lawmakers slam PNA, PCOO for 'vilification,' 'red-tagging'

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The PCOO, part of a national task force to 'end local communist armed conflict,' denies red-tagging progressive groups

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro wants the entry-level salary for public school teachers be increased to P30,000. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

OPPOSE. Attorney Lyndon Cana of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines speaks at the Senate hearing to oppose the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Equality (SOGIE) bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: 'If you are a man, you will never be a woman'

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains that the SOGIE equality bill, in its current form, is not likely to get enough support in the Senate

OPPOSING? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE Equality bill may face opposition in the upper chamber. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments on a petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

‘Let’s do actual things!’: Commuters huddle on solutions to address traffic

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:18 AM

Commuters pitch ideas to help solve issues anchored on awareness, behavior changes, government policy, and commuters participation

COMMUTERS. Around 15 participants who are also commuters join the Move Huddle, in partnership with Right Of Way and AltMobility to discuss commuters’ issues, brainstorm ideas to help solve transportation woes and pitch solutions to flesh out these ideas into actions on Saturday, August 31 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

A look at SOGIE anti-discrimination laws around the world

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all

PRIDE. Thousands were gathered at Taipei's Gay Pride parade on October 27 – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the island. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

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.

Supreme Court affirms Ati ownership of 2-hectare land in Boracay

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The private claimants take the wrong appeal route, which is the High Court's basis in upholding the authority of the NCIP award of ancestral domain

LAND DISPUTE. The Ati Indigenous Cultural Commnunity stakes its claim on a 2-hectare land in Bgy Manoc-Manoc in Boracay island in Aklan. File photo by Purple Romero/Rappler

Gretchen Diez comes out

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:03 PM

She's the new poster girl of the Philippine LGBTQ+ movement. Arrested and shamed for needing to use the toilet. This is her story.

Transgender woman at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[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

Philippine Ports Authority to set up 'all gender' restrooms in seaport terminals

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago says the facilities will be completed and usable by the end of August

ALL GENDER RESTROOMS. The Philippine Ports Authority will be setting up all gender restrooms in line with their goal of gender sensitivity and inclusivity. Photo from Shutterstock