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Duterte's economic team proposes P4.64-trillion budget for 2021

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Universal health care, anti-poverty measures, climate change, and the peace process are among the government's priorities for 2021

Global slowdown spoils Duterte's 8% GDP growth dream

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team lowers the Philippines' growth target to the 6.5% to 7.5% range for 2020 to 2022

[ANALYSIS] Aetas and New Clark City: Trampling on human rights of our first peoples

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, let us remember that recognition begins at home and with our first peoples, the Aetas

Pasig River ferry service relaunched, free until January 31

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The ferry will run from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Escolta in Manila

RELAUNCHED. Commuters may now take the Pasig River ferry again, with two new boats provided by the Pasig city government. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

7-day eviction notice to Aetas ‘standard follow-up,’ says BCDA

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The BCDA says affected families were issued notices before, given assistance amounting to P300,000 per hectare, and relocation sites

Poverty in Philippines falls in 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:45 AM

With poverty incidence falling to 16.6% in 2018, the Philippine government says it is on track to meet its target of 14% by 2022

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada – founder

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The company is also planning to manufacture 5G equipment outside China and build factories in Europe 'to win more trust,' says Ren Zhengfei

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


China outclasses West in key education survey

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The survey showed students in the 4 Chinese regions of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang – as well as Singapore – topped the rankings, ahead of their Western counterparts in reading, mathematics and science

HIGH PERFORMING. File photo of high school students in Beijing, China. Shutterstock.com

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak takes stand in 1MDB trial

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Najib went on trial in April over the controversy, in a case centering on the transfer of $10.1 million from a former 1MDB unit into his bank accounts. He denies any wrongdoing.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

New Clark sports facilities not part of original proposal by MTD Berhad

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority asked the Malaysian firm to construct it, after the latter said it just wanted to build offices in New Clark City

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila business reporter Ralf Rivas, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No more free P2P rides for SEA Games spectators on November 30

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Despite earlier commitments, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee will no longer be providing free rides to opening ceremony spectators

NO FREE RIDES. Spectators will no longer be offered free point-to-point buses to go to the Philippine Arena. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Only 110 P2P buses for 22,000 SEA Games spectators on Nov 30 – MMDA

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Around 16,500 spectators will have no dedicated transportation to and from the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony

INSUFFICIENT. An expected 22,000 spectators will have to find alternate modes of transport, since only 5,500 can be accommodated by designated P2P buses. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Road closures, alternative routes during SEA Games 2019

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Be aware of these road closures and alternative routes from November 30 to December 11

CONVOYS. Escorts will be provided for convoys that will transport delegates to the SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BCDA, Malaysian firm ink questionable P11-billion SEA Games deal

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Part 1: (UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC flags the return-of-investment and profit-sharing schemes of the BCDA-MTD Capital Berhad deal, but the BCDA insists it's 'very advantageous to the government’

The “starting block” at the oval of the Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games.

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Changing policies can make aging workforce a 'boon' to economy – report

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Adapting technologies and policies to let an aging populace stay in the workforce for longer can help countries' economies in certain situations, says a new Asian Development Bank report

Women work at a sweatshop sewing clothes under contract with local clothing manufacturers in Manila on July 12, 2013. Visiting World Bank vice president for East Asia and the Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg said the Philippine government needs to convert its recent high economic growth into more jobs for ordinary Filipinos so as to succeed in reducing widespread poverty. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO JAY DIRECTO / AFP

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA

Fight for safe abortions is far from over, say experts

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 PM

According to experts, the overwhelming majority of unsafe abortions occur in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

WOMEN'S HEALTH. Director of the department of Reproductive Health and Research in WHO, Doctor Ian Askew, gives his remarks at the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) on November 12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/UNFPA/AFP-Services

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

MinDA project to help Mindanao earthquake victims rebuild their lives

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Under the Tienda Project, earthquake victims will form cooperatives that will operate stories selling basic goods at reasonable prices

PROJECT FOR QUAKE VICTIMS. A woman displaced by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao buys her needs at the MinDA-organized Tienda outlet in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on November 15, 2019. Photo from the Mindanao Development Authority

SEA Games 2019 opening simulation shows lapses in traffic management

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The MMDA aims to address the problem of private vehicles using the yellow lane and tailing convoys

UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS? During the simulation of the Southeast Asian Games 2019 opening ceremony, private vehicles and vehicles coming from perpendicular roads were seen as possible obstructions to the convoys' routes. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senate recalls approval of BCDA's P15.5-billion budget

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget will be made to explain how the New Clark City Sports Complex won't turn into a white elephant after the SEA Games

SPORTS BUDGET. Senator Bong Go, sponsor of the Philippine Sports Commission budget, talks to BCDA president Vince Dizon about questions on the New Clark City Sports Complex. Senate YouTube screenshot

LIST: Affected routes during SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony simulation

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Will your commute be affected on November 14?

STOP-AND-GO. Commuters and motorists can expect a spike in traffic on November 14 due to the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony simulation, which will impose a stop-and-go scheme along multiple roads in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

MMDA: 'Expect delays' during SEA Games opening ceremony simulation

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The simulation will take place on Thursday, November 14, along EDSA and other major roads

SIMULATION. Commuters and motorists should expect lengthier travel times on Thursday, November 14, in view of the simulation of the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony that will occur in different areas around Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA recommends road closures, 'class holidays' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The proposals are awaiting Malacañang's approval

BRACE FOR TRAFFIC. The Metropolitan Manila Development is in the process of making more traffic preparations ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Presidential adviser Vince Dizon says the Duterte administration is now more open to public-private partnerships, but would get rid of deals that fail to 'promote public interest'

PopCom: Amend RH law provision on minors' access to birth control

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III says minors who already have children should be allowed to access family planning methods without their parents' permission

pt2 / news / Dec 20 / 191212_contrceptives03.jpg PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A member of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines , Inc. shows some sample of oral and injectable contrceptives at their office in Quezon City on Wednesday. With the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, contrceptives and sexual education will be available in health centers all over the country.

MMDA, QC gov't shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The city government will develop a 'matrix' to determine the validity of all the bus terminals' documents

CLOSED. The Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue was shut down by the MMDA and the QC Government after it was discovered that they had fake documents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Juan Antonio Perez III on the state of teen pregnancy in the Philippines

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Rappler speaks with Population and Development Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III about teenage pregnancy, education and social protection of young parents, and reproductive health in the country

Rappler’s Marites Vitug, Joselito de los Reyes win 38th National Book Awards

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’ is Best Book in Journalism and Joselito D. de los Reyes’s ‘Finding Teo: Tula/Talambuhay’ is Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Filipino

3rd telco Dito Telecom aims for 30% market share

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Dennis Uy's Dito Telecommunity is gathering business partners to take on telco giants Globe and Smart, and attract their subscribers

Fugitive Malaysian 1MDB financier offered asylum – spokesperson

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, who has been charged over the scandal in the US and Malaysia, are a mystery but his representatives now say he has been offered asylum, without naming a country

1MDB SAGA. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

U.S. agrees $700 million settlement including luxury hotel, jet over 1MDB

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Jho Low relinquishes the assets under the largest ever US civil forfeiture, intended to recover cash allegedly stolen in the 1MDB scandal which helped topple Malaysia's corruption-plagued former regime.

SETTLES. Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

MMDA: Over 1K drivers with at least 100 violations still driving

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:38 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia says of drivers who complain about the fines and ask for leniency: 'Walang karapatang magreklamo ang mga pasaway'

SHAPE UP. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia warns drivers with more than 100 violations to shape up, or else they will not be able to drive in the next year. Photo by Darren Langit/RapplerPhoto by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makati Subway to get extra $332-million funding from Chinese firms

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Mayor Abby Binay flies to Hong Kong to secure more funding for her flagship project, the Makati Subway

MORE FUNDS FOR SUBWAY. Makati Mayor Abby Binay (center) and City Administrator Claro Certeza during the partnership signing ceremony in Hong Kong for the Makati Subway. Photo from the Makati City government

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Check here the rerouting maps and instructions organized per Metro Manila local government unit

MOVEMENT. Thousands Filipinos flock to Bagbag Public Cemetery in Quezon City on November 1, 2018, to visit their departed loved ones in the observance of All Saints Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA lifts number coding scheme for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The MMDA will also deploy 2,300 personnel to assist passengers at bus terminals and ports

INCREASED DEMAND. Thousands of passengers are set to go home to their provinces for the days of the dead, causing increased volume at bus terminals and ports. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Youth organization to hold SDG Bayanihan Summit

Oct 25, 2019 - 4:32 PM

PRESS RELEASE: With 'bayanihan' at the core of our culture and identity, 2030 Youth Force Philippines aims to gather hundreds of advocates and partners to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] NEDA official accused of sexual harassment still in office

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It has been nearly 9 months since the report was submitted to the Office of the President for a resolution. The silence from Malacañang is deafening.

Teenage pregnancy dragging PH economic growth – Pernia

Oct 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

For the Philippines to bring down poverty incidence to just 14% by 2022, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says that the government should look into teenage pregnancy first