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Duterte executive order reorganizes national cybersecurity committee

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

With Executive Order 95, the Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary replaces the Department of Science and Technology Secretary as a co-chair of the committee

U.S. executes gay man who said trial tainted by homophobia

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Charles Rhines, 63, is put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by his lawyers claiming that his trial was tainted

(FILES) In this undated file image from the South Dakota Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Charles Rhine. - A death row inmate due to be executed in South Dakota on November 4, 2019 has made a last-minute appeal for clemency, saying jurors at his trial were prejudiced against him because he is gay. Charles Rhines, 63, was scheduled to die by lethal injection later Monday, 27 years after killing an employee in a shop he was robbing in the rural state in the center of the country.As the execution loomed, his lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court demanding that it reopen the case on the basis of testimony from witnesses who claim Rhines did not receive a fair trial. (Photo by HO / South Dakota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Dakota Department of Corrections" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Police arrests 3 in raid of Bayan office in Tondo

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Police secure search warrants in the raids in Bacolod City, and Paco and Tondo in Manila from QC RTC Branch 89 Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert

Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

Woman found dead on Zambales roadside

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Police say the woman was found with a garbage bag on her head, her hands tied behind her back

'SUMMARY EXECUTION'. A hogtied woman is found dead on the roadside in San Felipe town in Zambales on September 11, 2019. Photo from Zambales police

LOOK: Panelo endorsed Sanchez's letter for executive clemency

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in the 1993 UPLB rape-slay case

HIGH PROFILE CASES. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has handled several high profile cases as a lawyer, including convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez. Screenshot from RTVM

U.N. 'paralysis' delaying justice for Khashoggi murder

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Agnes Callamard is a United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Special rapporteurs are independent experts who do not speak for the UN but report their findings to it.

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Rappler screengrab

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo

Facebook chief product officer quits

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 AM

Cox makes his announcement in on his Facebook page, saying he was leaving 'with great sadness' after 13 years.

FB EXECS. Former product head Chris Cox and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a photo posted by Cox on his Facebook page where he announced his resignation. Photo from Chris Cox's Facebook page


The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

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

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

4 out of 5 Filipinos worry over extrajudicial killings – SWS

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The SWS survey says 78% Filipinos are worried that they, or someone they know, will be a victim of extrajudicial killings

Members of different human rights organizations hold an indignation rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 30, 2019 calling for justice in the killing of NDF peace consultant Randy Malayao who was gunned down aboard a bus while on his way home to Isabela Province. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Texas to execute oldest man, 70-year-old convicted murderer

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Billie Wayne Coble was convicted for the 1989 murders of 3 people – the parents and brother of his estranged wife, who had asked for a divorce

DEATH ROW. This image obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Billie Wayne Coble in a January 2018 booking photo. Handout Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AFP

Trump defends 'executive time' after schedule leak

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:03 AM

Trump tweets: 'When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.'

EXECUTIVE TIME. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump talks to the press as leaves the White House by the South lawn. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Duterte to order ban on firecrackers

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte had issued an executive order limiting the use of fireworks to community displays

PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde inspects confiscated prohibited firecrackers after inspecting stalls in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 28, 2018.  Photo by Ben Nabong

Japan hangs 2 for murder, bringing executions in 2018 to 15

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism

EXECUTION. Japan is among the few developed nations to retain the death penalty. Photo from Shutterstock

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Military rule in Duterte's homeland

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:21 PM

With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a test fire on one of the sniper rifles donated by the Chinese government while the troops conduct a sniping capability demonstration during his visit at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija on November 22, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:40 PM

High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.

DOCUMENT: Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit

Duterte EO adopts strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The strategy is to be implemented by government agencies from 2018 to 2022

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'

Duterte orders drastic revamp of Office of Cabinet Secretary

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A new executive order revamps the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, reverting it to its old name, Cabinet Secretariat, and taking away its supervision of 8 agencies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte EO orders regular nationwide drug abuse survey

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The survey is to be conducted every 3 years, according to an executive order that also institutionalizes the Philippine Anti-illegal Drugs Strategy

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted random drug testing among bus driver and conductors at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on October 29, 2018, aimed at ensuring the safety of the riding public ahead of the rush for passengers heading out to the provinces this coming All Saints Day. Urine samples taken from transport staff will be brought to the PDEA laboratory for testing. If tested positive for drugs, the person shall be charged and recommended to be dismissed from the transport service. The campaign dubbed "Undaspot" is part of an overall campaign to guarantee the safety of the riding public. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

At the Bureau of Customs: How Isidro Lapeña was outplayed

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration

PROMOTED OUT. Isidro Lapeña is sent out to a higher office after controversy sparked during the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. BOC PIAD Photo.

Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Crackdown on missionaries fuels dictatorship fears

Sep 21, 2018 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?

DEPORTATION CASE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

LIST: False claims of Duterte, Panelo about legal issues on Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

LEGAL CLAIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo make false claims about the issue of the Trillanes amnesty during their tête-à -tête on September 11, 2018. Screenshot from PTV4

EXPLAINER: What the Supreme Court TRO denial means for Trillanes

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts

TIMELINE: Gov't gaps, retractions in voiding Trillanes amnesty

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week

Not just a joke: The social cost of Duterte's rape remarks

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:05 PM

What are the real consequences when a president makes light of rape? A gender studies expert explains.

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court

Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations

What the ICC pullout case means for Duterte and the Supreme Court

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator

ICC WITHDRAWAL. How high are the stakes in the petitions seeking to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court?

Did Duterte have his facts right on Nayong Pilipino deal?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

President Duterte is angry over the draft contract on the NayonLanding casino resort. Was he aware of final contract details when he moved to scrap the project?

The scale model of Nayon Landing, the $ 1.5 billion Filipino-inspired integrated leisure and entertainment resort at the Entertainment City in Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Michael Ong named acting senior deputy executive secretary

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

With his new position, Ong becomes the right-hand man of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TIMELINE: Philippines-China relations under Duterte

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.

President's health: Touchy topic for Duterte, public concern for Constitution

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The public so far relies only on the word of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesmen as to the real state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist as he exclaims, 'Mabuhay ang Ipil!' in his speech during the celebration of the ‘69th Araw ng Ipil’ at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay Province on July 26, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:22 PM

How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Tax reduced for power producers under GOCC contracts

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:14 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No 60 reduces or condones real property tax and fees for equipment for power producers

Duterte admin revives Arroyo policies, controversies

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'

LONG-TIME ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walk on the center aisle of Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City on January 8, 2017, as principal sponsors in a wedding ceremony. Malacañang file photo

The Philippine economy's health under Duterte

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?