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Dito Telecom to miss July 2020 target for cell sites amid lockdown

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano says securing permits to build towers would not be as difficult, had it not been for the pandemic

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'

Forum on Information and Democracy launches working group to fight 'information chaos'

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The working group's steering committee will be co-chaired by Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, and Marietje Schaake, international policy director at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center

FIGHTING INFORMATION CHAOS. Photo of Marietje Schaake by Sebastiaan ter Burg on Wikimedia Commons.

Propaganda machine meets its match: Celebrity fandoms

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Where platforms are plagued with disinformation, propaganda, and trolls, freedom-loving Filipinos find an unlikely ally: celebrity fan groups

Esperon denies he had Rio removed from DICT

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:47 AM

It was the President's prerogative to accept ICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr's dormant resignation, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO INTERVENTION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr during a Senate hearing in January 2020. Senate photo

Twitter deletes Chinese 'state-linked' disinformation network

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Twitter says it had dismantled 'state-linked' networks run by a 'highly engaged core' of 23,750 accounts and boosted by a further 150,000 'amplifier' accounts

Image from Twitter


FALSE: Kadamay placard demanding regular salary for rallyists

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The photo was altered and Kadamay did not make such a demand

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros quote supporting Maute Group

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:47 PM

This claim has been debunked as early as 2017. Hontiveros did not make any statement in support of the Maute Group, which she tagged as terrorists.

Rio suspects Esperon behind his removal from DICT

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The removal of the former DICT official opens a Pandora's Box of issues in the department and in the government's coronavirus response

 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the meeting with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Malacañan Palace on April 15, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Robredo quote on 'social distancing' during basketball

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

Robredo did not say this quote, and the graphic was manipulated from a GMA News quote card

Quarantine curbs access to information

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:29 PM

The Philippines is among many governments in the world that had to suspend the processing of freedom of information or FOI requests because of the pandemic

RJ Jacinto replaces Rio in DICT

May 26, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The Duterte adviser is pushing for a common cell tower policy which Eliseo Rio Jr criticized as being 'anti-competitive' and in violation of telco franchises

After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

Philippines to remain world's top rice importer until 2021

May 13, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines is expected to import around 2.5 million MT of rice in 2020 and 3.3 million MT in 2021

Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

Half of world's workers risk livelihoods being 'destroyed' – ILO

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The International Labour Organization says around 1.6 billion workers out of the global workforce of 3.3 billion are most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in the informal sector

Vendors wait for customers beside closed shops at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on April 14, 2020. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing

SOLUTIONS. Retired Supreme Court Justice offers a way to counter China's recent naming of districts and features in the South China Sea. Rappler file photo

[ANALYSIS] How to support microenterprises, informal sector hit by coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:40 PM

We may already be seeing the positive effects of the quarantine in terms of containing COVID-19. However, its negative economic impact is undeniable.

[OPINION] Learning from Kagawad Jonjon Elago

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'

[FIRST PERSON] Beyond health: The virus' impact on the people of Del Pan Bridge

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'Mr President, just instruct your officials to tell the truth about the kinds of relief national government can actually give us. Don’t let people build up their hopes then leave them disappointed.'

Aussie watchdog sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica breach

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:31 PM

After a 2-year probe, Australia pursues legal action for alleged 'systematic failures' exposing more than 300,000 of its citizens

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture, taken on January 12, 2020 shows Facebook social network logo reflected on a eye in Rennes, western France. Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP


When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

[EDITORIAL] Lumolobo ang intel funds ng DICT. Kabahan na tayo.

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50 AM

The Honasan-Rio scuffle exposes the trend in bloated intelligence funds that support anti-people activities, including spying on private citizens

DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The DICT, under scrutiny for its questionable release of P300 million in confidential funds in 2019, gets an even bigger sum than the government's anti-drug agency in 2020

DICT's Rio, Honasan 'settle differences' over P300-M intel funds

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:46 PM

'My resignation has not yet been approved by the President. I could not leave my post until my resignation is accepted by him,' Rio tells Rappler in a text message

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

DICT's defense over intel funds 'deceiving and unbelievable' – Rio

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr dares the agency to reveal the results of the P300-million confidential operation that supposedly dealt with cybersecurity threats

DICT admits using P300 million for surveillance

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says laws allow it to conduct 'lawful monitoring and surveillance,' in the face of cyber threats


Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

DICT's unspent P300-M budget for projects went to intel fund

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:19 PM

Undersecretary Eliseo Rio resigns over the issue of confidential and intelligence funds

INTEL FUNDS. DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan has P400 million worth of confidential and intelligence funds to his disposal. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr resigns

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Rio has yet to address reports that he allegedly left after finding corruption within the agency

DICT 'confident' in Dito Telecom rollout by July

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity, the Philippines' 3rd major telco, says it is 'on track' for its July 2020 rollout

MEETING. DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II meets with Dito Telecommunity CEO Dennis Uy. Photo courtesy of DICT

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PH Internet pioneer Benjie Tan dies

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Benije Tan is credited as the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet in 1994

PIONEER. Benjamin 'Benjie' Tan is the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet for the first time in 1994. Screenshot from DICT video

Facebook blocks group spreading pro-Trump posts from fake accounts

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook removes 610 accounts, 89 pages, 156 groups and 72 Instagram accounts that originated in Vietnam and the US


Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

[OPINION] How millennials are helping informal settlers and the homeless

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

It is precisely because we millennials are socially aware and innovative that we are needed in the public sector

PH Navy launches web app to monitor procurements

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:05 PM

An online database of the Navy's procurement projects and their progress will 'promote transparency and prevent corruption,' the Navy says

CONTACT POINT. The Philippine Navy launches its web application, the Procurement Information System (PRISM) to promote transparency and prevent corruption in procuring goods and services. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

House panel wants in-city relocation for 18k informal settlers along QC's Segment 8.2

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The National Housing Authority have made 1,000 relocation units available, but they are in Bulacan

IN-CITY RELOCATION. The Quezon City government pushed for on-site, in-city relocation for its informal settlers, including those who will be displaced by the construction of Segment 8.2 Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Facebook to settle UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Facebook agrees to pay the £500,000 fine 'but has made no admission of liability in relation to' the monetary penalty notice of the UK Information Commissioner's Office

FACEBOOK'S FINE. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2019 in Nantes, shows the logo of the US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Palawan News to host Information Summit

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The summit will gather over 100 key government officials from provincial and national offices, private sector leaders, and members of the Palawan working press

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA confirms Gringo Honasan as DICT chief

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II says he would prioritize providing better connectivity in the country

CONFIRMED. Longtime senator Gregorio Honasan II gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto to focus on Freedom of Information, transparency in gov't projects

Sep 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The Pasig City mayor promises transparent public biddings for local government project contracts as he sets up mechanisms for free access to public records

The millennials behind Isko Moreno

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

There is no well-oiled public relations beast behind Isko Moreno. It's just a team of 8 millennials eager for him to go live.

Duterte fires PIA chief Harold Clavite

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Information Agency chief Harold Clavite is told by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea that President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted his resignation, yet he says he did not resign