Rappler's latest stories on lawlessness in Malacañang and government branches
Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases
The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal
Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.
Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.
Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.
The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood
The money trail shows SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano has control over the budget regardless of which agency the money is lodged under
Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila business reporter Ralf Rivas, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.
Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines
Ano ang gustong mangyari ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa kampanya laban sa droga? Pakinggan sa talakayan nila Rambo Talabong, Mara Cepeda, at Jodesz Gavilan.
Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.
Part 1: (UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC flags the return-of-investment and profit-sharing schemes of the BCDA-MTD Capital Berhad deal, but the BCDA insists it's 'very advantageous to the government’
Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'
Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.
The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat
Part 1: Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.
'Anong mangyayari sa loob? Hindi natin nakikita, kasi nandito tayo sa labas. Maawa naman si General Bantag. Iyong rasyon, parang pagkain ng aso,' says a convict's wife, whose last visit was October 4
Count on Salvador Panelo to whip out every trick up his sleeve to defend the President. But who defends Panelo when he faces the specter of delicadeza?
(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo draws flak for denying the existence of a mass transportation crisis. Let’s take a look at the state of public mass transit systems in Metro Manila.
On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law
Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances
The new IRR says heinous crime convicts after the law became effective in 2013 shall not be entitled to any type of good conduct time allowance
Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles
Ano ang implikasyon ng inciting to sedition complaint sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas? Alamin sa talakayan nina police reporter Rambo Talabong, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.
This demonstrates the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the impactful consequences of seemingly imperfect legislation
On Thursday, August 29, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss and analyze how some political personalities have tried to trifle with the law
The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military
The debate now focuses on whether or not people convicted of heinous crimes should benefit from the Good Conduct Time Allowance law. What are the arguments for amendment now?
The law should clarify unclear provisions on heinous crimes and spell out disqualifying acts to encourage sustained good behavior
The GCTA law allows deductions from sentences of persons deprived of liberty on the basis of good behavior. But how is it calculated and what are the nuances of the law?
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients
Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled
Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful
Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?
Human Rights Watch warns that Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will only be an obstacle to accountability on extrajudicial killings under the drug war
(UPDATED) As in many of his previous impactful policies, the shutdown is not supported by a written order, which makes it hard to legally challenge its validity
Aside from his order to stop PCSO games, President Rodrigo Duterte has made at least 6 other policy pronouncements that were not followed up by written documents defining their parameters and legal bases
Rappler maps the 75 big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program
On Thursday, July 25, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the issues surrounding the lives of the Gem-Ver fishermen and what's ahead after the 2019 SONA
Halfway into his presidency, we look at what Rodrigo Duterte's presidency has achieved and what it has failed at so far
Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office
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.
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.
On Friday, July 12, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Mark Thompson, an expert on Southeast Asian politics, to discuss the past 3 years of the Duterte presidency and the continuing support of Filipinos for the President
The Philippine President has a fandom that rivals many top celebrities – here's a look at how he has played the fame game
Throughout his 3 years in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has managed to keep poor Filipinos satisfied with his performance. Pollsters help us make sense of this.
The number of human rights defenders charged in the 3 years of the Duterte government is higher than those recorded during the full terms of Benigno Aquino III and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo