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U.S. lawyer: No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS. American lawyer Robert Swift is in the Philippines to distribute the recently-awarded $13.75 million to victims of martial law. Photo by Rappler

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

DA, DILG to provide solar water systems for off-grid barangays

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays

Photo from Shutterstock

‘Paano ginagastos ang pera ng siyudad?’: QC to do internal audit

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The order comes days after Belmonte delivered her inaugural speech, where she clarified former mayor Herbert Bautista's claim that he left behind P26 billion

TRANSPARENCY. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte joins Vice Mayor Gian Sotto and city hall staff during the flag raising ceremony on July 8, 2019, where her first executive order on forming an Internal Audit Service unit was announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Agriculture graduates should try working with an NGO

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:29 PM

You may decide not to stay long, but the lessons will stay with you forever

Duterte says he fired Jesus Aranas

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:47 AM

'I will deal with corruption. I’m dealing it until now,' says President Rodrigo Duterte before announcing in a speech in Leyte that he sacked the GSIS executive

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas following the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing betweeen the GSIS and Department of Education (DepEd) at the Malacañan Palace on April 16, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

1,000 dead in 3-month fight for Libya's Tripoli

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The UN's World Health Organization says air strikes and ground fighting have left nearly 1,000 people dead and some 5,000 wounded

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported air strike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

State houses meant for low-ranked cops, soldiers went to top brass – COA

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Over 1,400 high-ranking uniformed personnel take two housing units each. NHA tells COA this was upon the orders of the President.

HOUSING PROJECT. This housing project site in Pandi, Bulacan, is among the sites intended for the housing project of soldiers and cops, but which were occupied and eventually awarded to members of urban poor group Kadamay. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

GSIS backpedals on planned sale of port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

GSIS Chairman Rolando Macasaet says they revoked resolutions authorizing the sale of the 67-hectare property where ICTSI is operating


TIMELINE: GSIS, Enrique Razon's dispute over port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas quits his post amid revived plans to sell the land where port tycoon Enrique Razon's ICTSI operates. Here is a timeline of events dating all the way back to the 1970s.

Adulting 101: How to apply for and secure government-issued IDs

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Hassle? Nope, it's time to hustle.

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament ransacking

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are analyzing DNA samples and fingerprints to identify suspects and are planning raids to arrest them 'in the near future,' according to a report

SCENES AFTER. Police arrive in the Legislative Council main chamber after protesters stormed the government headquarters hours before in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Filephoto by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Malacañang fails to liquidate P10M of federalism fund

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:41 PM

State auditors flag the Presidential Communications Operations Office for unliquidated funds, and the legislative liaison office for overspending on hiring of consultants

DILG to probe Osmeña, says stripping mayor’s office 'uncalled for'

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:13 AM

'The act of even removing what are considered immovable objects like ceiling, walls, and the tiles is already bad faith,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

GSIS president Jesus Aranas resigns

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'I resign, secure in the knowledge that I have unwaveringly advanced the interest of GSIS and its members,' GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas says in his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the welcome remarks of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Atty. Jesus Clint Aranas during the 81st anniversary celebration of the GSIS at the Gymnasium of the GSIS Financial Center in Pasay City on June 19, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) President Alfredo Lim and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

Duterte tells Bangsamoro gov't to 'hurry up'

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also mentions a 'communication breakdown' between Bangsamoro officials and the national government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CA junks 24 administrative cases vs Cagayan de Oro’s Oscar Moreno

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The justices find no convincing proof that Oscar Moreno, when he was governor of Misamis Oriental, did wrong in approving the rental of heavy equipment for road repairs

DILG orders mayors to revoke Kapa's business permits

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'Marami na ang naloko at marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang maloloko sa investment scam na ito kung hindi ito aaksiyunan ng mga mayor,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

KAPA’s branch office in Tatay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hong Kong gov't to 'pause' divisive extradition bill – reports

Jun 15, 2019 - 12:06 PM

'Shouldn't we cool the citizens down? I think to postpone it for a little bit is not a bad thing. At this moment, the government should self-examine,' says Ann Chiang, a hardcore pro-Beijing lawmaker

PARALYZED. Protesters block roads during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

86% of internet users admit being duped by fake news – survey

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The United States takes the lion's share of the blame for spreading fake news, followed by Russia and China, according to the annual Ipsos survey of more than 25,000 internet users in 25 countries

FAKE NEWS. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP


Why is Hong Kong's China extradition plan so controversial?

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:49 PM

A briefer on the proposed Hong Kong extradition law

NO. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Incentives of Didal, Cebuana athletes delayed

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Almost a year after making the country proud in the Asian Games, skateboarding star Margielyn Didal and 3 other Cebuana athletes still await their bonus

GOLDEN. Margielyn Didal emerges as one of the surprise standouts in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from PSC

Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

While they won a general poll in April, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists fail to secure a majority in parliament and need the support of other groupings

OATH OF OFFICE. Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2, 2018. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Thai lawmakers elect junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as PM

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha sweeps aside his sole challenger, the charismatic 40-year-old billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who led the anti-military bloc, comfortably passing the 375-vote threshold to win a majority

PRIME MINISTER. This file photo shows Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in October 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term

May 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,' says reelected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

SECOND TERM. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who was reelected in February, has been in power since 2015. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Austrian chancellor loses no-confidence showdown

May 27, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The no-confidence vote against Sebastian Kurz and his government takes place in a special sitting of parliament with more than half of MPs withdrawing their support, making him the shortest-serving chancellor

SEBASTIAN KURZ. In this file photo, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. File photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/AFP

Up to PH to consider U.S. concerns over Huawei, says envoy

May 23, 2019 - 3:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim stresses Washington's 'serious concerns' about Chinese firm Huawei, which will be involved in the Department of the Interior and Local Government's China-funded Safe Philippines project

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim responds to reporters’ questions at the weekly Pandesal Forum in Quezon City. May 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA tells PCGG: Compel PNB to submit documents supporting P157-M expenses

May 23, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The state auditors want to verify some $2.98 million disbursements made against the $5-billion recovered ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

After 2019 polls, people urged to clean up ‘election trash’

May 15, 2019 - 9:15 AM

EcoWaste Coalition also suggests several ways to manage trash from the campaigns

LEFT BEHIND. Election paraphernalia are scattered across various polling precincts during the elections on Monday, May 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela says 'attempted coup' under way

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The US throws its full support behind Juan Guaido, with the White House calling on the military to protect the people and support the country's 'legitimate institutions'

OUST MADURO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (C) and high-profile opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez (L), who had been put under home arrest by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, speak with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

India gov't asks Gandhi to respond to claims he is British

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The allegations against Rahul Gandhi bear similarities to efforts by the so-called 'birther' movement, once championed by Donald Trump

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Prioritize athletes so they don't get pirated, LGUs told

Apr 28, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'By nurturing their local athletes, provinces would eventually reap honors,' says Filipina long-jump queen Elma Muros Posadas

MORE SUPPORT. Having represented another province during her younger years, Elma Muros Posadas knows support from local government units will go a long way. Rappler photo


Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Kapisanan ng Manggagawa sa Government Financial Institutions (KAMAGFI) asks for the right to negotiate salaries and benefits

LABOR WIN. Labor senatorial candidates (L-R) Sonny Matula, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano speak before government union groups in Tagaytay, Cavite on April 25, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Gov't construction body to evaluate private sector projects too

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Domestic Construction Board is also looking to increase its pool of evaluators to cover more regions nationwide

Workers remove the debris from the collapsed balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo College building in Manila caused by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake as they further inspect the structural integrity of the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Childish' Marikina mayor slammed for withholding funds for police

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocks fuel and ticketing funds from police after he was not informed about his police chief being promoted to another post

CHILDISH? Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocked funds for cops' gasoline and ordinance and traffic violation tickets. Photo from Marikina PIO Facebook Page

DILG bans 'epal' local bets from attending national gov't payouts

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Huwag po tayong magpa-epal sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno lalo na ngayong panahon ng kampanya,' the Department of the Interior and Local Government tells local officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial distribution of cash grants to the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries at the Cebu Technological University Gym in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Assisting the President is Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says its fighters were 'taking control of several new positions on the frontlines in Tripoli'

TAKING CONTROL. Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture on April 18, 2019, after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

33 mayors in Duterte narco list to be stripped of police powers – DILG

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom, will move for the removal of police powers of mayors named in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list

DUTERTE LIST. The DILG will move for the removal of police powers of politicians in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports