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[OPINION] Major concerns in establishing a federal system

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Filipinos themselves must be reoriented, having been used to an over-centralized governance structure for so long

DILG preps new memo against barangays refusing to form anti-drug councils

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

The new memorandum will serve as the 'last warning' for holdouts to set up their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)

Contractual gov't worker should get P3.17M for illegal dismissal – COA

Feb 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Commission on Audit rules in favor of a former accounting clerk of the Philippine National Construction Corporation who fought his termination for years

Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Trillanes: ‘Paranoid, desperate’ Duterte still eyeing PH-wide martial law, RevGov

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'We are preparing for this scenario. The first half of the year is very critical for us,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Poe on bill vs 'fake news': Hold gov't officials to higher standard

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says her bill is 'unconstitutional' and 'singles out' public officials. Senator Grace Poe calls his interpretation 'tragic.'

NO TO 'FAKE NEWS'. Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill penalizing government officials who share 'fake news' or false information. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Barangays ordered: Do inventory of finances, equipment ahead of polls

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:35 PM

DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año issues the order in preparation for the May 14 barangay elections

INVENTORY REQUIRED. The DILG orders barangays to list all its finances and equipment ahead of the delayed elections.

SC suspends lawyer Eligio Mallari for delaying tactics

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Eligio Mallari is the lawyer who filed separate complaints against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang and Chief Justice Sereno

SUSPENDED LAWYER Eligio Mallari (2nd from left) was among the lawyers who filed an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Trump announces the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in the early hours of Friday as a boost for the US military and 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!'

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. gov't in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The upper chamber of Congress reopens in the dark of night for a new session at 12:01 am Friday, February 9, launching a new effort to pass a bill to extend federal funding for 6 more weeks

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Moreno remains Cagayan de Oro mayor as CA stops dismissal

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 22nd Division Mindanao Station issues a TRO and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against Mayor Oscar Moreno

SAME CONTRACT, SEVERAL CASES. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno faces the media on February 8, 2018, after the appellate court temporarily stops the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against him over the same contract when he was still governor of Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Relieved Merkel clinches hard-fought deal on new government

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:29 PM

A relieved Merkel says the agreement will create 'the good and stable government that our country needs and that many in the world expect from us'

ANGELA MERKEL. Martin Schulz, leader of the social democratic SPD party, Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), leave after a press conference in Berlin on February 7, 2018. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/DPA/AFP

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

May 14 barangay and SK polls ‘tuloy na tuloy na’

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The DILG and the Comelec emphasize the need to elect barangay and SK leaders who are 'matino, mahusay, at maaasahan'

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. DILG Undersecretary Martin Dino (right) and Comelec Spokeperson James Jimenez (left)  hold a joint press conference launching a campaign for 'Matino, Mahusay at Matapang' Barangay and SK officials to encourage the public to vote for good leaders on May 14, 2018, at the DILG office in Quezon City on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[OPINION] Not as good as it seems

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The usual danger is oversimplification in communicating the key findings of an international assessment, such as in the case of the 2017 Open Budget Survey

Mayon evacuees to receive up to P2,900 for work in February

Feb 02, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Beneficiaries will be paid P290 per day for 10 days of work, depending on the need of the evacuation centers where they are staying

EVACUEES. There are about 2,113 families or 72,441 persons taking temporary shelters after Mount Mayon raised alert levels. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malaysia slams bid to make Sabah the 13th PH state

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Malaysia warns that this proposal, bared by former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr, can harm ties between Manila and Kuala Lumpur

TOP DIPLOMAT. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman speaks during a trilateral meeting on security in Manila on June 22, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] Civil servants

Jan 29, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Current leaders come and go. But a core of career civil servants keeps the government going. They help the government survive every round of carpet-baggers and charlatans our broken political system throws into leadership.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Palakpakan ang Baliw Awards

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Bakit itim na ang puti at puti ang itim? Bakit pinapalakpakan natin ang mali at pinupukol ang tama?

Licuanan says exec director Vitriolo helped kick her out of CHED

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Resigned CHED chair Patricia Licuanan also says she had a 'strained' relationship with the other 4 commissioners, who had been outvoting her in key CHED decisions prior to her resignation

POWER STRUGGLE. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan (R) did not recognize the reinstatement of executive director Julito Vitriolo. Photo of Licuanan by Rappler, photo of Vitriolo by Malacañang

Malacañang warned Licuanan of ‘worse’ to come if she doesn’t resign

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says she has not been given the opportunity to talk to the President to defend herself from corruption allegations

PHONE CALL ORDER. Ex-CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan explains the phone call she received from Malacañang asking her to resign from her post. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

UST Alumni head resigns following reaction to award given to Mocha

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:43 PM

USTAAI, however, says it will not rescind the award given to Uson

‘Morality, uprightness’ not considered for Mocha Uson’s award, says UST alumni head

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:11 PM

'Ang turo kasi ng magulang ko sa akin, magmahal at magrespeto ka ng tao maging sino ka man,' says UST Alumni Association president Henry Tenedero in defending their award for Mocha Uson

AWARDEE. Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (3rd from right) poses with officers of the UST Alumni Association, including its president Henry Tenedero (1st from left). Photo used with permission from The Varsitarian

[OPINION] The new normal

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

Mocha Uson never embodied Thomasian values – UST students

Jan 23, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Tinututulan namin ang paggawad ng award ng Alumni Association sa isang propagandista ng rehimeng pumapatay at mukha ng black propaganda na si Mocha Uson,' says a UST student leader

U.S. Congress votes to end shutdown, Trump claims victory

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:46 AM

(UPDATED) US government operations will essentially return to normal on Tuesday, January 23

BACK IN BUSINESS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Villarin to return UST alumni award in protest of Mocha Uson’s

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Returning his Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service, the Akbayan representative says Mocha Uson 'has corrupted the values that Thomasians hold dear'

THOMASIAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (right) says UST alumni can serve the public well with our without recognition. Rappler file photo

‘The Varsitarian’ asks UST alumni officers to resign over Mocha Uson’s award

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Meanwhile, the UST Journalism Society calls for the revocation of the Palace assistant secretary's Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service

U.S. shutdown extended as crunch vote delayed

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:57 AM

(UPDATED) The shutdown casts a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president and highlights the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

UST student council denounces award given to Mocha Uson

Jan 21, 2018 - 6:40 PM

According to UST's highest student government body, Uson does not deserve the award because 'she does not, in any way, embody the ideals of a real Thomasian'

Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras passes away

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'We mourn the the sudden demise of Chief State Counsel Ricardo "Dickie" Paras III this morning,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

CHIEF STATE COUNSEL. Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras during a Judicial and Bar Council interview session, during the search for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. PTV screenshot

Trump laments 'nice present' of shutdown on inauguration anniversary

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:05 AM

"This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present," read one of Turmp's tweets

One year on, Trump leads divided U.S. into government shutdown

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:22 AM

Essential services and military activity will continue but many public sector workers will be sent home without wages and even serving soldiers will not be paid until a deal is reached to reopen the US government

BUDGET. The United States Congress hopes to pass a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Duterte claims he fired CHED's Licuanan

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Duterte: 'I have dismissed Licuanan today, 'yung sa Marina, and many will follow'

FIRED? President Duterte (L) claims he fired CHED chair Patricia Licuanan (R), while she says she resigned. File photos

Congress eyes temporary budget as U.S. shutdown deadline looms

Jan 13, 2018 - 12:04 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not believe lawmakers will allow federal operations to stop

TEMPORARY BUDGET? This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Nearly half of Filipinos think declaring a revolutionary government is legal – SWS

Jan 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Pollster group SWS finds that 48% of Filipinos think declaring a revolutionary government is allowed by the constitution

'YES TO REVGOV'. Pro-revolutionary government supporters gather at Mendiola on Bonifacio Day 2017. Rappler file photo

More Filipinos oppose revolutionary government – SWS

Jan 12, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Social Weather Stations finds that 39% disagree, 31% support, and 30% are undecided on President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a revolutionary government

'NO TO REVGOV'. Anti-Duterte protesters march in Manila on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2017. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang says Duterte’s next targets are corrupt local officials

Jan 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will now pay more attention to local government units, including the ARMM, in his anti-corruption campaign, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet before presiding over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

National Press Club wins anew in legal battle vs GSIS

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Court of Appeals affirmed an order by the Regional Trial Court dismissing the estafa complaint filed by GSIS against former officers of the NPC in connection with the sale of a Vicente Manansala mural

COA orders Iloilo execs, employees to return P46-M illegal cash perks

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says sourcing part of the cash perks from the city's calamity funds is illegal

Bohol starts posting 'drug-free' stickers on homes

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Posting of drug-free stickers is purely on a voluntary basis,' says a Bohol official

'DRUG-FRE'E.  Punong Barangay Teodora Monsendo or  Catungawan Norte, Guindulman, Bohol, tags a home with a drug-free sticker on January 4, 2017. Photo by Guindulman PNP

Cocaine in Sorsogon, Cuy is DDB chief, Seoul-Pyongyang talks | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

QC police chief defends drop boxes: 'Even private establishments have them'

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Quezon City police chief Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar defends the local government-funded drop boxes

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar supports the drop box reporting scheme. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Quezon City installs crime drop boxes despite DILG scrapping the project

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The DILG dropped the abuse-prone project under the anti-drug 'Masa Masid' program in 2017 after public outrage and upon senators' demand

PROUD. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte lifts up a sample drop box to the media. Quezon City photo

Duterte term extension, Pimentel slams Alvarez, Dismissal order vs Mabilog | Evening wRap

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Half-empty homes: The teenagers killed in 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind

KIAN LOYD DELOS SANTOS. Kian's portrait in his home

DOTr expects new MRT3 maintenance provider by May 2018

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Japan government – the Philippine government's ODA partner for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) – has promised to help mobilize a new maintenance provider by May next year

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories