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Rappler PLUS briefing: Deep dive into the Marcos networked propaganda

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM

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Duterte signs EO imposing price cap on certain medicines

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Existing inventory stock will be allowed to be disposed of at current prices within 90 days from the effectivity of the order

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

Legal experts, civic groups to tackle lawfare vs dissent at Manila forum

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Understanding 'lawfare' and unpacking the stories and experiences against the weaponization of the law are among the topics to be discussed at the Manila leg of the international forum, to be held at De La Salle University on February 21

‘Magtahi ay di biro’: At stitching workshop, advocates tackle farmers’ struggles

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Workshop participants create a banner, which they will unfurl at a Valentine's Day demonstration calling for the repeal of the rice tariffication law

STITCH TO RESIST. Advocates learn blanket stitching while holding a discussion on the effects of the rice tariffication law during "Magtahi ay 'di Biro" workshop at the Studio Soup Zine Library, Cubao Expo on February 8. All photos from Makô

Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The new law bans denigrating or discriminating against someone for being gay or inciting hatred against that person in text, speech, images or gestures

DIVERSITY. The nightclub shooting in Orlando is the worst mass shooting incident in American history. Rappler file photo.

Switzerland votes on new law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:53 AM

The new law would widen existing legislation against discrimination or incitement to hatred on ethnic or religious grounds to include sexual orientation.

HOMOPHOBIA IN SWITZERLAND. A campaign poster showing gagged Swiss MP Celine Amaudruz of right wing populist Swiss People's Party and asking Swiss voters in a referendum to reject a proposed ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation on January 30, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Singapore high court rejects legal challenge to misinformation law

Feb 05, 2020 - 4:21 PM

The Singapore High Court dismisses the challenge, ruling that the Singapore Democratic Party's statements were 'false in the face of the statistical evidence against them'

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Ombudsman sacks 3 BuCor officials over 'GCTA for sale' scheme

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office

FIRED. Former BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque is dismissed from service and indicted for direct bribery and graft over the alleged extortion of an inmate in exchange for early release. File photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] It was more than just a dinner: On Imelda and the CCP

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Some Filipinos enjoyed a lavish dinner to 'honor' a convicted plunderer while the Taal evacuees suffered from hunger and thirst

Over 10% of retailers already imposed last round of fuel tax hike – DOE

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The final increase in excise tax under the TRAIN law can only be imposed on new stocks acquired in 2020, not on oil produced or imported in 2019

Oil prices saw a record surge after attacks on two Saudi facilities in the world's top gas producer. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte signs new taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes into law

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) Beer will be roughly P35 more expensive once the new tax rates kick in

Duterte names ex-Muslim affairs official as new Bangsamoro gov't member

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Ali Sangki is appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, making him the 79th member out of the required 80

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Revise history books, but only to emphasize Martial Law atrocities – Robredo

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:47 PM

'Kung may kailangang baguhin, kailangan siguraduhin na ma-inculcate sa bawat mamamayang Pilipino kung ano iyong kasamaan na dinala sa atin ng diktadurya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW. Vice President Leni Robredo says history books should put more emphasis on the crimes committed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos during Martial Law. File photo by OVP

U.P. History professors slam Bongbong’s call to revise Marcos regime accounts in textbooks

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The UP Department of History says former senator Bongbong Marcos' call is nothing but an attempt 'to continue covering up the countless human rights violations and corruption' during his late father's dictatorship

CHANGE THE STORY? History professors at the University of the Philippines denounce former senator Bongbong Marcos' call to revise school textbooks to favor his family. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | Point of Law] Challenges in business that cannot scare us

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The message from the world is clear: unless we in the Philippines shape up, foreign investors will continue to view us as an unworthy investment destination

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Making the Marcoses say sorry does nothing; here's what to do instead

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:06 PM

How can we expect regret and repentance from a family that consciously alters the past?

Martial law lifted in Mindanao, but guns still prohibited in Davao City

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The Davao City government extends ban on carrying firearms until December 31, 2020

Singapore faces first legal challenge over misinformation law

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Singapore Democratic Party, one of a handful of small opposition groups in the city-state, asks the courts to overturn a government order for it to correct two Facebook posts and an article on its website

Duterte signs law increasing government workers' pay

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 at the Malacañang Palace on January 8, 2020. Malacañang photo

South Korean reality show ‘Law of the Jungle’ to film in Palawan – reports

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Kim Jae Hwan, Dayoung, and Jeong Ye In are among the Korean stars that are flying in to film the show

PALAWAN. The famous island will be the setting for the popular South Korean reality show, 'Law of the Jungle.' File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Foreign firms wary as China launches investment law

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

China's foreign investment law is supposed to give local and foreign companies equal treatment, but international firms only have 'modest' expectations

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Vice Premier Wang Yang (L) applaud after the foreign investment law was passed during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 15, 2019. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

Rice tariffication: Birth pains force farmers' kids out of school

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:05 PM

They're ditching farming as their children drop out of school. Will there still be Filipino rice farmers left in this new decade?

New year, more taxes: Last fuel hike under TRAIN takes effect

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Under the final tranche, excise tax for gasoline and kerosene will increase by P1 per liter, while diesel prices will go up by P1.50

TAXES. Oil prices will surge anew in 2020 due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After 2 and a half years, martial law ends in Mindanao

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials say Mindanao is stable enough to carry on without martial law, even as they still battle terrorist groups and communist rebels in some areas

STILL IN RUINS. A band of soldiers ride by the ruins of a mosque in Marawi City, where the May 2017 siege by ISIS-linked terrorists prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place all of Mindanao under martial law. Photo by Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse

Uber, Postmates sue California over gig-economy labor law

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) The companies claim that the new law treating gig-economy freelancers as employees is unconstitutional

UBER. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

[OPINION | Point of Law] Millennials: In their hands lies hope for a brighter future

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:36 PM

They possess the kind of force we need to propel change – the fearlessness to speak out, the recklessness to push boundaries, and the audacity to envision a new landscape for the future

Thatcher approved Corazon Aquino asylum request – archives

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:36 AM

But Britain's protection was ultimately not needed after the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino's rival in the 1986 snap presidential elections, steps down

REMEMBER CORY. Corazon Aquino, the wife of the slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 03, 1985 in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll February 7. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Majority of Filipinos want martial law in Mindanao to expire by end-2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:34 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey reports that 65% of Filipinos agree that martial law should end by December 31

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India law

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

At least 27 people have died in two weeks of violent demonstrations after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be naturalized

Protesters hold placards and Indian flags during a rally in support of India's new citizenship law in Mumbai on December 27, 2019. - Mobile internet was cut on December 27 in parts of India's most populous state and thousands of riot police were deployed as authorities readied for fresh protests over a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

India ejects 2nd European 'for protesting'

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Janne-Mette Johansson says police gave her 'verbal assurances' that she could take part in peaceful demonstrations

ONGOING PROTESTS. The protests have left at least 27 people dead, and are set to continue after the cutting of mobile internet in places as well as riot police deployment. Photo by Dibyanshu Sarkar/AFP

Gov’t should provide ‘offsetting compensation’ to farmers – PIDS study

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:07 PM

“The analysis clearly points out the loss suffered by palay farmers. They have a point when they ask, ‘Why are we [going to] take a hit for the Filipino consumer?’ If the consumers really benefit, maybe they [rice farmers] can share in the benefit."

LOWER INCOME. In this file photo, a farmer in Pugo, La Union show off high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH telcos tap Syniverse for mobile portability services

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Syniverse estimates it would take about 18 months to set up the support mechanism for the Mobile Number Portability Law in the Philippines

MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY. A new law is designed to protect mobile phone users and make telcos improve their services. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/Agence France-Presse

DOE to oil firms: Use up old inventory first before slapping new tax

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Energy says oil companies may face large-scale estafa charges if they slap the TRAIN law's new taxes on old stocks in 2020

1,525 returnees to spend Christmas in prison 3 months after GCTA controversy

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms

Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visited the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Wanting to be home for Christmas, 6 minors escape Cebu City facility

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:21 AM

At least 3 of them are now back at Operation Second Chance, and will be given visitation time with their families on Christmas Eve

Modi seeks to soothe India's Muslims as deadly protests swell

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

At least 25 people have died in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Narendra Modi's government passed the law criticized as anti-Muslim. More protests took place on Sunday.

'NO NEED TO WORRY.' India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Death toll hits 21 as India protests rage on

Dec 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Among the fatalities is an 8-year-old boy who was trampled in a protest

ANGER. Indian youth congress (IYC) members hold torches as they shout slogans against the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), during a demonstration in New Delhi on December 11, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

LISTEN: ‘Bukang-liwayway’: A poem to end the year and start anew

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The poem written by Agustin Don Pagusara during Martial Law – about new beginnings after a period of hardship – is still a perfect piece to end 2019 with

At least 10 killed in India citizenship law protests

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Three protesters were shot dead, police say

CLASHES. Supporters and activists of Trinamool Congress (TMC) shout slogans and hold placards as they participate in a rally against India's new citizenship law. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections: Government walks a tightrope

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

India protests rage against citizenship law, but Modi defiant

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:25 AM

In a major challenge to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of people take to the streets for the 6th day against a new citizenship law critics say is anti-Muslim

Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Fresh protests against India's new citizenship law erupted December 17 as alleged police brutality fuelled fury against the legislation which critics say is anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Water contracts mess: Fiasco for the investing public

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

While the government must not be beholden to investors, it is essential that it does not trivialize their investments, must treat them with fairness and reason, and exemplify stability and confidence to attract investments

Sotto law allows Rappler to protect source in cyber libel case

Dec 16, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Judge Rainelda Estacio Montesa sustains the objection of Rappler counsel that the prosecution cannot ask for the source of its confidential information

WITNESS. Rappler investigative editor Chay Hofileña arrives to attend the cyber libel case hearing at Manila RTC on December 16, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler