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Duterte says he won't declare revolutionary gov't

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte tells the military not to believe reports that he wants to declare a revolutionary government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President's visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pro-revolutionary gov't rally to pave way for Duterte reforms – organizer

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Organizers of a November 30 rally in Davao City want President Rodrigo Duterte to attend the event and 'accept the offer of the people' for him 'to declare a revolutionary government to hasten change'

DAVAO BUSINESSMAN. Businessman Philip Dizon is one of the organizers of the November 30 rally in Davao City pushing for the declaration of a revolutionary government. Rappler file photo

What do gov't circulars 'operationalizing' Duterte's war on drugs say?

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files petitions for injunction and prohibition against two circulars relating to the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Philippines

Abaya, other Aquino execs face plunder complaint over MRT

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The other Cabinet secretaries made up the Government Procurement Policy Board which the Department of Transportation accuses of conspiring to favor maintenance provider BURI

DOT'r Usec. for legal affairs and procurement, Atty. Renier Paul Yebra (center), along with Atty. Giovanni Lopez (left) and Atty. Mark Steven Pastor (right) shows a copy of a complaint affidavit of Plundaer cases against former DOTC Secretary Emilio E. Abaya, Usec. for operations Edwin Lopez, former Usec. for Planning Rene Limcaoco, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and some former cabinet members of the Aquino administration they filed at the Ombudsman on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Libya to probe 'slave auction' footage

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The Libyan Government of National Accord says it will investigate allegations that migrants are being sold to North African buyers

Salah Abu-Raguigah (C), Head of the department of African affaires in the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the National Accord Government, delivers a statement to the press in the presense of African ambassadors to Libya on November 19, 2017, in Tripoli. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

COA holds SSS President Dooc liable for crashing office car

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Emmanuel Dooc is found negligent for dozing off behind the wheel of his government-issued car in 2015, when he still headed the Insurance Commission

GOVERNMENT CAR. The Commission on Audit makes SSS president accountable for crashing his government car.

De Lima warns of 'military takeover' if Duterte declares revolutionary gov't

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:32 AM

'Those asking for a so-called RevGov or revolutionary government under Duterte should be careful what they wish for,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Briones eyes mandatory financial literacy workshops for teachers

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says teachers must be smart about their finances since they will soon teach students about financial literacy as mandated by law

DEPED CHIEF. Education Secretary Leonor Briones smiles during a Rappler Talk interview on November 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Batangas town mayor

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Cristeta Reyes is found guilty of grave misconduct after the local government purchased a land owned by her children

RECONSIDERATION. Malvar, Batangas, Mayor Cristeta Reyes, tells the Ombudsman she did not benefit from the municipal government's purchase her children's property. Photo from Malvar's website

Criticisms vs DepEd over teachers' loans are 'misplaced' – Briones

Nov 17, 2017 - 6:05 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says they had to step in and make sure teachers' loans from GSIS are being paid, because 26,000 teachers did not receive retirement benefits in 2016 due to unpaid debts

DEBT DILEMMA. Education Secretary Leonor Briones explains the urgent need for teachers to pay off their debts from the GSIS and Pag-IBIG Fund. Screenshot by Rappler

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

GSIS, SSS have biggest undistributed collections – COA

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:15 PM

GSIS has undistributed collections totaling P11.51 billion in 2016, while the SSS has P1.135 billion

Philippine gov't, Facebook partner for 'ultra high-speed' broadband

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The government says the planned Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will have 'spectrum equivalent to at least two million Mbps,' nearly equal to the combined capacity of Globe and PLDT

LUZON BYPASS INFRA. The deal involves two cable landing stations connected by a 250-kilometer long cable network corridor, which will provide terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait. File photo

Duterte wants Año to crack down on corrupt local officials

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:46 AM

Mayors and governors will be given 3 days to respond to the findings of the probe of Interior Undersecretary Eduardo Año, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año and his family following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017.King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Duterte says military should 'follow' VP Robredo

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM

In a playful tone, President Duterte responds to the DND's and military's assurance to Vice President Robredo that they won't back a revolutionary government

AFP, DND assure Robredo: No support for revolutionary government

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is also briefed by the AFP and the DND on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo receives a national security briefing from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo by the OVP

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

These gov't workers will get P40B in yearend bonuses, cash gifts

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Starting November 15, every qualified government employee will receive a yearend bonus amounting to one month basic salary that is tax free and a cash gift of P5,000

Cebu City to use Grab, Uber for official trips, says mayor

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:59 PM

City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says this will achieve two things: save money on official vehicles, and track down where city employees are to make sure they are doing their jobs

EXPERIMENT. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña mandates his employees to use Grab and Uber for official trips to save on money and be tracked down.

Marawi residents return to looted homes

Nov 04, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Civic leader Drieza Lininding says government should acknowledge the massive looting that took place in Marawi City

AFTERMATH. A house in Marawi City after looting. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cebu City uses TNVS system to stop misuse of gov't vehicles

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:06 PM

'The days of government employees abusing taxpayer-owned vehicles are finally Uber,' Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña introduces a move to ensure the proper use of government vehicles. Photo from Cebu City PIO

Pushing for transparency, keeping public officials in check

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:50 PM

It's important to keep an eye on what public officials are up to. Along the way, we also test the government's commitment towards transparency.

No sea operations in Manila Bay Nov 5-16 for ASEAN Summit

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:44 AM

A 'No Sail Zone' will be imposed in the vicinity of waters from the H2O Hotel in Manila to Okada Hotel at New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City, says DILG OIC Catalino Cuy

PH to receive $366M dev’t loan from ADB, France

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The loan is intended for inclusive growth programs with target disbursement late this year or early next year, says the Department of Finance

DepEd to restore teachers' loan deductions on October 30

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The DepEd says GSIS and Pag-IBIG Fund loan payments deducted from teachers' salaries this month would be returned to their bank accounts

RESTORED INCOME. A teacher holds a lesson in a public school in Marikina City on September 27. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Nearly P620 million in unauthorized bonuses given to GOCCs in 2016

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has the largest amount of unauthorized perks released in 2016, at P518 million

UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS. The Commission on Audit finds that 8 GOCCs paid P619 million worth of unauthorized perks to its personnel in 2016.

Spain seizes control of 'independent' Catalonia

Oct 28, 2017 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) All eyes will be on whether Catalonia's separatist executive, led by Carles Puigdemont, will willingly step aside for caretaker envoys from Madrid

Spain on a knife's edge as Madrid seizes control of rebel Catalonia

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:40 AM

After regional lawmakers voted to declare a Catalan 'republic,' Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moves swiftly to dissolve the rebel government and parliament, and calls December 21 elections to replace them

DISSOLVED? Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on October 27, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Search for 2018 Outstanding Government Workers opens

Oct 27, 2017 - 4:42 PM

The deadline of nomination is on March 30, 2018

DepEd assures teachers of P4,000 pay even with loan deductions

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says they are examining emergency measures 'to assuage the situation' of teachers affected by the recent loan deductions

INCOME WOES. A teacher holds a lesson in an elementary school in Marikina City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Next job of newly retired AFP chief Año is to supervise police – Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

General Eduardo Año, who has stepped down as Philippine military chief, will still have a role in the Duterte administration

RETIRED. Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año retires on Thursday, October 26. Rappler photo

In a time of 'pervasive' violence, build 'caring communities' for children

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Clinical psychologist Maria Lourdes Carandang says parents should be good role models to their kids to counter what is happening in Philippine society today

'PLIGHT OF CHILDREN.' Clinical psychologist Lourdes Carandang delivers her lecture at the Ateneo Professional Schools on October 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DILG Undersecretary Hinlo appointed to Landbank

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

From the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr moves to the Land Bank of the Philippines' board of directors

Teachers' group cries foul over loan deductions from take-home pay

Oct 24, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says public school teachers' loans are now at P300 billion: 'Are you going to suffer the pain now and look for solutions or continue the same practice until your loans will accumulate?'

INCOME ISSUES. A public school teacher conducts a lesson in Marikina City on September 27. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Claimants of Palawan land in Marcos loot case to get separate trial

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says the claims of the Philippine Agri-Business Center Corporation are 'distinct' from the main issue

SEPARATE TRIAL. The Sandiganbayan orders a separate trial on a claim made on a Palawan property pursued by the PCGG in a Marcos loot case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Vocabulary

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

New Zealand's Ardern vows 'government of change'

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:53 AM

New Zealand's prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern expresses confidence her new government would see out its full term, despite long-standing tensions between junior coalition partners the Greens and New Zealand First

CHANGE. Leader of the Labour party Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on October 19, 2017. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

US says Palestinian unity govt must recognize Israel, disarm Hamas

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:45 PM

A Hamas official immediately rejects the comments as 'blatant interference' in Palestinian affairs, but did not say directly whether the group planned to comply with any of the demands

JASON GREENBLATT. US special envoy Jason Greenblatt attends the launch of a project to improve access to wastewater treatment and water for Palestinian farmers, on October 15, 2017, in the city of Jericho, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo by Jafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Facebook groups open more channels for PH cybersex trade – study

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Easy access to social media also enables teenagers to be 'freelancers' in sex trafficking, according to the study

CYBERSEX. A new study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 of their respondents resorted to online means in seeking sex predators to trade children as young as 11 years old.

Duterte says he's not keen on extending his term

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The President claims he won't use the declaration of a revolutionary government to stay in power

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Revolutionary government, yes, Duterte-style, no

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Under Duterte’s leadership, there is clearly no revolution. It’s actually more of the same, only worse. What Duterte ushered in was a rightist counter-revolution.

Destabilization, revolutionary govt threats sow fear – Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

‘Iyong baseless accusations lalo tayong nagiging divisive, nagiging polarized ang mga tao,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo

NO DESTABILIZATION. Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that the Liberal Party is not behind any plots agains President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

[OPINION] Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

Malaysian firm wants to replicate Putrajaya at New Clark City

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:15 PM

MTD Capital Berhad proposes a P121.8-billion, 207-hectare national government administrative center outside the Philippines' capital

CLARK GOV'T OFFICE. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) receives unsolicited proposal from MTD Berhad Capital to establish the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center through a joint venture agreement. Artist perspective of New Clark City courtesy of BCDA

DSWD medical aid now available to families of gov’t contractuals

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Family members of government contract of service workers are now entitled to receive medical benefits through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s free medicine program

MEDICAL AID. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has expanded its Lingap sa Masa program to cover families of government contractual workers. Rappler file photo

Road repairs lift infrastructure spending in August

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Disbursements for infrastructure and other capital outlays reach P40.1 billion in August, thanks to completed projects of the DPWH and other projects of the DepEd and DOH

ROAD REPAIRS. The Department of Budget and Management says disbursements for the month of September are seen to be substantial, owing to the huge infrastructure spending requirements of the public works and highways department. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Davao City is newcomer in PH's 10 richest cities in 2016

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:45 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that Quezon City, Cebu, and Cainta, Rizal topped the lists of richest cities, provinces, and municipalities, respectively