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UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The 15-member council says the planned referendum could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group

Iraqi Kurds gather in the street flying Kurdish flags as they urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 13, 2017. Photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Charter-change non-negotiables

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

To counter vested interests, all citizens must be prepared to rally around key reforms that will truly bring about change

Filipinos ask their representatives: How did you vote on CHR budget?

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Here s how you can ask your district or sectoral representatives about their vote on the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights which the House reduced to P1 000

Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


We need new prophets

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Prophets first speak truth to power They do so because they believe that the future can be so much better

#WalangPasok: Gov't offices, courts in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:05 AM

4th UPDATE Malacañang and the Supreme Court both announce work suspensions for Tuesday September 12 as Tropical Depression Maring brings heavy rain

Marcos plundered to 'protect' the economy? Makes no economic sense

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Let’s not sugarcoat it: what the Marcoses did was quite possibly the biggest presidential plunder in history

Government infrastructure spending up 25% to P48.4B in July

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:30 AM

July s result means government spending on infrastructure and other capital expenditures stands at P297 5 billion so far this year up 11 1

QC mayor Bautista orders listing of LGBT gov’t employees

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:39 AM

The purpose of the list is for registration profiling and inclusion in the city government s LGBT association

EQUALITY. A gay couple kisses while a man holds up a sign to celebrate a US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Cuy on Duterte, Maute, Hurricane Irma | Evening wRap

Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Duterte ordered police not to share files with CHR – DILG

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:39 PM

We ll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort says DILG officer in charge Catalino Cuy

NO SHARING. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy faces reporters after the 51st Napolcom Anniversary. Sourced photo

PNP asks P900M budget for drug war ops for 2018

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas refuses to fund what she calls the Philippine National Police s killing spree

UNJUSTIFIED BUDGET? Gabriela's Arlene Brosas (left) questions the PNP's Double Barrel budget. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

The Duterte dispensation

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Dutertismo is a new dispensation in Philippine politics And for those of us unsettled by this fact historian Mark Lilla offers some advice: If you are unhappy with the terms of debate during one dispensation you have no choice but to prepare a new one

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony for the promoted Star Rank Officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 30, 2017, reiterates his ordder to the police to sustain their efforts against illegal drugs and criminality. But he was quick to add that he will not tolerate any forms of abuse and corruption among the PNP ranks. Malacañan Photo

Gov't agencies told: Upload FOI manuals by October 1

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The PCOO says agencies should comply before the start of the validation process on their eligibility to the performance based bonus

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Duterte: Revolutionary gov't good for PH 'but I'm not into it'

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:52 PM

For the Philippines to really go up sabi ko ang kailangan ng mga tao is not martial law Go for ginawa ni Cory revolutionary government says President Rodrigo Duterte

Procurement, rightsizing bills tackled at 2nd Ledac meeting

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Amendments to the procurement law and bills to rightsize government are among the 6 priority bills that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his second SONA

Duterte: Marcos family to return some wealth to gov't

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The President says he accepts the Marcoses explanation for why they kept ill gotten wealth whether or not it is true

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his intensified campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality will remain unrelenting amid all the criticisms hurled against him. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Benguet passes code for reproductive and family health

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code consolidates long standing initiatives that the local government want the next administrations to continue

TRAILBLAZER. Local officials sign the Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code on August 24, 2017. Benguet is said to be the first province to pass such ordinance. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Provinces under red alert due to Tropical Storm Jolina

Aug 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

16 provinces in Region I II III and CAR are within the 100 kilometer radius of Tropical Storm Jolina

PREPAREDNESS. The DILG issued the alert levels based on the cyclone track of Tropical Storm Jolina on August 25. Screengrab from DILG

Against rules, Ilocos Norte advances P26M cash for meds, fertilizer, construction

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Governor Imee Marcos employs the same payment method she used in buying motor vehicles through local tobacco funds the subject of a House investigation

CASH ADVANCES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos justifies her use of cash advances to buy medicines, fertilizer, and construction materials. Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

House opposition seeks EJK probe, PNP budget review

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Will the House leadership act on this one?

OPPOSITION. Members of the House opposition bloc try again to probe the rise in killings attributed to the war on drugs. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

BSP moves to strengthen banks' governance

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:58 PM

The central bank says the amendments to the BSP corporate governance guidelines raise the bar on the expectations from the board of directors and risk management systems of its supervised financial institutions

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. Secret Service crunched by Trump and family's travel

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Randolph Alles the service s chief says 1 100 agents will exceed caps for the fiscal year on salary and overtime pay because of the crushing workload

PROTECTING POTUS. This file photo taken on July 22, 2017 shows US Secret Service agents standing guard as Marine One helicopter with President Donald Trump on board departs the White House in Washington, DC. Yuri Gripas/AFP

AFP chief Año to be senior aide in charge of DILG

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 PM

The AFP chief cannot yet take charge as DILG secretary because the law prohibits a retired military or police official from taking on the post at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will be a senior aide in charge of the DILG. File photo

WATCH: Meet Mr. Pinoy Hoops, the champion of Tenement residents

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Mike Swift also known to many as Mr Pinoy Hoops believes that every court can dream

No more lines for gov't permits? P422M automation budget sought

Aug 20, 2017 - 10:37 AM

This what we need—a combined Google and Waze for a public wanting to get data or service from the government in a manner that is fast and in many cases free says Senator Ralph Recto

Venezuela government allies seize legislative powers

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The opposition led National Assembly rejects the move

Philippines condemns Barcelona terror attack

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Malacañang condoles with the families and friends left behind by the victims of the attack which was claimed by ISIS

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on June 20, 2017 that the Philippines is ranked as one of the best-performing economies in Southeast Asia based on the report of the Oxford Business Group. Malacañan Photo

Gov't spending, agriculture lift Philippine GDP in Q2 2017

Aug 17, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Spending on infrastructure is a bright spot for the economy in the 2nd quarter of 2017 but in a role reversal it s now the private sector and not the government that is lagging

Malacañan Photo

Lawmaker slams police for lenience in 'big fish cases'

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento cites the P6 4 billion worth drugs smuggled from China and a drug lab in his home province

SMALL-TIME. Some 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawmakers question absence of Cuy, Dela Rosa from DILG budget hearing

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:45 PM

DILG Officer in Charge Catalino Cuy and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa miss the hearing at the House as they accompany President Rodrigo Duterte to Ozamiz City

ABSENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa a no-show at the DILG hearing as he joined the President in Ozamiz City. Rappler file photo

Taguiwalo, Duterte and Teodoro, Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:30 PM

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Año can't be DILG chief yet? Duterte eyes 'alternative solution'

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Malacañang says the President is aware of Republic Act 6975 which bars AFP chief Eduardo Año from becoming DILG Secretary within a year of his retirement from the military

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Duterte can't appoint AFP chief Año as next DILG chief

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:41 AM

The law explicitly prohibits a retired or resigned military or police official from being DILG secretary at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

AFP CHIEF. General Eduardo Año (right) can't be DILG as President Rodrigo Duterte (left) intended. File photo

DILG asks Malacañang to decide fate of 3 'floating' execs soon

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Are the embattled undersecretaries staying or going? DILG Officer in Charge Catalino Cuy says their tasks are delegated to other officials in the meantime

No employee displacement with Negros Region abolition – DILG

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The DILG finds a way to keep Negrosanons inside the now divided island

DIVIDED. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says there are only a few who will be displaced by the divide of the Negros Island Region. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[Newspoint] A pathological democracy

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Deviancy in fact characterizes the policies and workings of the Duterte government

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

Coping vs adapting: How Aetas face climate change threats

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Farming income of the Aetas is highly seasonal and vulnerable to typhoons prolonged drought and excessive rain

AFFECTED. According to Nanay Cristy, the Aetas in Zambales are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in farming communities. All photos courtesy of Bea Orante

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

Bautista may face charges even if settlement reached with wife – Aguirre

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista s stint as PCGG head is also being investigated for possible anomalies

EMBATTLED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces possible graft and money laundering cases if the NBI probe yields strong evidence, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says Chairman Bautista 'scared' of her

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Kapunan tells Andy Bautista: The problem with lies is lies not only quarrel with the truth They quarrel among themselves

WATCH: 700,000 school girls to get free anti-cervical cancer vaccine

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The Department of Health widens the coverage of its school based HPV immunization program to female public school students aged 9 to 12 years old in 47 provinces

700,000 girls to get cervical cancer protection in schools

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Female students aged 9 to 12 enrolled in public schools can get the HPV vaccine for free

PREVENTING CERVICAL CANCER. Grade 4 students at the Addition Hills Integrated School get free HPV vaccination from the DOH. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't rightsizing won't lead to mass layoffs – majority lawmakers

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo says the proposed measure sets the right staffing pattern for government agencies to properly deliver services

NOT DOWNSIZING. Legislators from the majority defend the government's 'rightsizing' measure. Rappler photo

Fire incidents down by half in Duterte's first year – BFP

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

From almost 27 000 fires in the first half of 2016 the BFP recorded only over 13 000 in the same period in 2017

FIGHTING FIRE. Quezon City firefighters battle flames that engulf a shanty. BFP file photo

Customs, Treasury missteps in Marcos loot result in possible loss – COA

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

COA requires both bureaus to submit pertinent documents and reports to account for the Marcos loot

Ecuador's president strips his vice president of all functions

Aug 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas responds to President Lenin Moreno s move with defiance vowing to see out the rest of his term

POLITICS. Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas speaks after reading the presidential decree that removes him from all his functions in Quito on August 3, 2017. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP