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The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Chaotic opening day hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick

Sep 05, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case. I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich,' says Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Opposition figures waste no time in assailing Brett Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives are quick to drum up support for the nominee

NOMINEE. Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

LIVE: Confirmation hearing of DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Ubial dares Roque to file cases against her

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'He should produce the evidence and not just blurt out innuendos in the media,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, as Kabayan Representative Harry Roque opposes her appointment

THE DARE. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial poses a challenge against her critic Kabayan Representative Harry Roque. File photos by Rappler

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Babe Romualdez confirmed as Philippine envoy to U.S.

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:53 AM

This comes less than a month after Malacañang announced that President Duterte had nominated Babe Romualdez as Philippine ambassador to the US

INCOMING AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Babe Romualdez as the incoming Philippine ambassador to the US. File photo courtesy of Stratbase ADRI

Duterte refused one-on-one with Taguiwalo on eve of CA rejection

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:33 AM

I wanted to tell him about corruption existing in my office I have submitted the report But I wanted to relay it to him personally Taguiwalo says

Taguiwalo 'represents all of us, all our dreams, all our aspirations' – Recto

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto reads his prepared speech endorsing the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo after the Commission on Appointments rejected her appointment

MANIFESTATION. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto delivers his speech endorsing the confirmation of Social Welfare Judy Taguiwalo, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments on August 16, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

WATCH: Confirmation hearing of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:22 AM

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Miners rejoice, environment groups fume over rejection of Gina Lopez

May 03, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Environment groups say lawmakers who voted against the appointment of Gina Lopez have betrayed the people and should be exposed

SUPPORT FOR GINA LOPEZ. Environment advocates denounce the rejection of Gina Lopez by the Commission on Appointments on May 3, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-DFA chief Yasay writes farewell: 'I did not lie'

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

When politicians accuse you of not telling the truth be of good cheer for they are lying lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr quotes a friend as saying

'I DID NOT LIE.' Former Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says in a farewell message on March 9, 2017, that he 'did not lie' before the Commission on Appointments when he faced the CA (in photo) on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Yasay rejection shows CA not Duterte 'rubber stamp'

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Perfecto Yasay Jr s closeness to President Rodrigo Duterte did not deter the commission from acting independently

NOT 'RUBBER STAMP.' Senator Panfilo Lacson says the rejection of Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary shows that the Commission on Appointments is not the 'rubber stamp' of the executive. Screen grab from Rappler video

FACT CHECK: Did Rappler say Yasay got U.S. passport in 2006?

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Rappler never reported that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr was issued a passport in 2006 as Yasay claimed

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Commission on Appointments foreign affairs committee, chats with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before Yasay's confirmation hearing on March 8, 2017. Photo by Romeo Bugante/PRIB

Yasay, CBCP, Pacquiao | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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CA rejects Yasay appointment as foreign secretary

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:03 PM

3rd UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte can no longer reappoint Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary after the CA rejected him over citizenship issues

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr answers questions at his confirmation hearing at the Senate on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Why Yasay can't nullify U.S. citizenship on his own

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Immigration lawyers sought by Rappler say one cannot unilaterally declare through an affidavit that one s US citizenship is nullified as Perfecto Yasay Jr did

Did Yasay run for Philippine VP as an American?

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perfecto Yasay Jr relied on implicit evidence that he was not a US citizen when he chaired SEC and ran for senator as well as vice president

CITIZENSHIP WOES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is under public scrutiny for denying he was ever a US citizen. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Lascanas, Yasay, Napoles | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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Yasay lied under oath, now admits owning U.S. passport

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Is the Philippines foreign secretary an American citizen? Perfecto Yasay Jr backtracks on his earlier statements – one of these under oath – that he never owned a US passport

EARLIER DENIAL. This screen shot comes from a Rappler video on November 28, 2016, where Foreign Secretary Yasay Jr denied ever owning a US passport. Months later, he admits used to have one. Photo by Rappler

Why Yasay believes Duterte shouldn't sack him this year

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr claims he does not know that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to replace him despite Duterte s pronouncements

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte should not replace him this year if he is not incompetent. Screen grab from Rappler video

Yasay flip-flops on ownership of West PH Sea islands

Feb 26, 2017 - 12:10 AM

He backpedals on his earlier statement that the Philippines merely exercises legal possession and not ownership of disputed features in the West Philippine Sea

FLIP-FLOPPING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr contradicts his earlier statement about the ownership of disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Yasay, Alvarez, Gaviria | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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Beware of your own blind spots

Nov 04, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] But what could you miss seeing when you are too focused? It can ironically make you blind to some things

LOOK: The powerful commission that will check President Duterte's appointments

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is the ex officio chairman while San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora is the CA vice chairman

COMMISSION ON APPOINTMENTS. The Commission on Appointments has elected its new officials and members for the 17th Congress. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is the ex-officio chairman. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Pacquiao confirms Vargas fight for November

Aug 10, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Manny Pacquiao makes the announcement after meeting with promoter Bob Arum in Manila

RING RETURN. Manny Pacquiao's "retirement" didn't last very long as he confirms November 2016 fight with Jessie Vargas. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Comelec’s Abas confirmed by Commission on Appointments

May 25, 2016 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas along with COA Commissioner Isabel Dasalla Agito

FINALLY CONFIRMED. Commission on Elections Commissioner Sheriff Abas on May 25, 2016, gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. Photo courtesy of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

'Stability' in Comelec after CA confirms poll chief

Sep 22, 2015 - 2:15 PM

This quells fears that if the Comelec chairman failed to get the CA s nod this could compromise his independence months before the 2016 elections

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista hurdles oppositions against him at the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

MH370 debris, PAL layoff, Blatche rejoins Gilas | 12PM wRap

Sep 04, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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TweetDeck adds optional tweet confirmation setting

May 12, 2015 - 10:44 AM

The new setting allows users to set specific Twitter accounts on their Tweetdeck setup with an optional confirmation step prior to posting a tweet

Confirmation limbo: Long but futile process?

Jun 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Is the Commission on Appointments still relevant with year long delays in a confirmation process that has become whimsical and political?

Jinggoy, Cam fail to stop De Lima confirmation

Jun 11, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Despite attempts to bring out an alleged sex video and grill her on how she has handled the probe into the pork barrel scam De Lima is confirmed as justice secretary after 4 years

WHAT OPPOSITION? Senator Jinggoy Estrada greets Justice Secretary Leila de Lima before her confirmation hearing where he grilled her about the pork barrel scam probe. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Aquino: Cabinet members bypassed due to personal reasons

Jun 05, 2014 - 1:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he reappoints his bypassed Cabinet members because they enjoy his trust

DEFENDING THE CABINET. President Benigno Aquino III defends his Cabinet members that have yet to be appointed, saying they were bypassed for personal reasons. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Will CA take up De Lima’s alleged ‘illicit affair’?

Jun 03, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Responding to the opposition of Sandra Cam Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says he will not entertain gossip during De Lima s confirmation hearing

'SUBJECTIVE ISSUE.' Senator Koko Pimentel says the alleged "illicit affair" of De Lima is a "subjective issue" whose relevance the CA members must determine in her confirmation hearing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Netherlands confirms Dutch hostages freed in Nigeria

May 11, 2014 - 7:03 AM

The Dutch foreign ministry confirms the release of the 3 abducted Dutch nationals in Nigeria

Miriam quizzes envoys on China, OKs confirmation

Mar 12, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms the ad interim appointment of 8 ambassadors including DFA Spokesperson Raul Hernandez

Palace stands by Heidi Mendoza, unconfirmed Cabinet members

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Malacañang says it will re appoint officials if again bypassed by the Commission on Appointments

STAYING PUT. Malacanang stands by COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza and Cabinet officials who have failed to secure the approval of the Commission on Appointments. Malacanang file photo

De Lima: Jinggoy said no confirmation threat

Feb 28, 2014 - 4:26 PM

If non confirmation with the CA is the price that I have to pay for doing my job so be it says the secretary whose appointment has yet to be OKd after 4 years

Jinggoy to block confirmation of COA's Heidi Mendoza

Feb 27, 2014 - 6:10 PM

As early as 2012 the COA commissioner has been accused of alleged incompetence arrogance and untruthfulness in investigating officials

'Humbled' Kennedy seeks deeper ties with Japan

Sep 19, 2013 - 11:55 PM

I can think of no country in which I would rather serve than Japan says Caroline Kennedy

Will pork probe affect De Lima's CA confirmation?

Aug 14, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Drilon is confident the Commission on Appointments will be objective in deciding Justice Secretary Leila de Lima s confirmation

WILL REMAIN UNDER WPP. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the DOJ will not turn the pork scam whistleblower despite Pasig court's warrant of arrest against him. FILE/AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

‘Nothing personal’ but Miriam still vetoing Mar

Sep 18, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Santiago formally notifies the CA that she will veto Roxas confirmation

Aquino defends Cabinet execs' snub of probe

Sep 17, 2012 - 2:55 PM

President Aquino says Sen Santiago should have sent questions and filed a resolution in the Puno probe

CA receives Roxas’ appointment papers

Sep 03, 2012 - 3:03 PM

The Commission on Appointments receives the appointment papers of Roxas