lawlessness in Malacañang and government branches - updates

Rappler's latest stories on lawlessness in Malacañang and government branches

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Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:10 PM

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

Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:36 PM

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

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

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.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

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.

Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

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.

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

Multi-billion SEA Games 2019 fund follows Cayetano where he goes

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

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

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their site visit on October 16, 2019 at New Clark City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

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.

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

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

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Paano naiipit si Robredo sa drug war ni Duterte

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:31 AM

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.

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

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.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BCDA, Malaysian firm ink questionable P11-billion SEA Games deal

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:45 AM

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’

The “starting block” at the oval of the Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games.

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

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.


Conclusion: Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:35 AM

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

Experts warn of spying risk in AFP deal with China-backed telco

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:10 PM

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.

Agony continues for families shut out from Bilibid

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'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

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

One year of Panelo, the showbiz spokesman

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

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?

FAST FACTS: State of Metro Manila’s public transport system

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:07 PM

(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.

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

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

LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FAST FACTS: What is inside the revised 2019 IRR of the GCTA Law

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:04 PM

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

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Nicanor Faeldon's gov't posts and the controversies that trailed him

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Inciting to sedition sa ilalim ni Duterte

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:17 PM

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.

'Obviously lying': Senators don't believe Faeldon

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Will Faeldon survive this controversy unscathed?

GCTA CONTROVERSY. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon was put on the hot seat at the second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gaps by both Aquino, Duterte administrations led to GCTA mess

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

This demonstrates the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the impactful consequences of seemingly imperfect legislation

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: The GCTA law, Cardema, Bikoy, and how laws can be twisted

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:16 PM

On Thursday, August 29, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss and analyze how some political personalities have tried to trifle with the law

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

TIMELINE: The GCTA law and the controversy it has stirred

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:55 PM

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?

Beyond Sanchez: How to improve the Good Conduct Time Allowance law

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The law should clarify unclear provisions on heinous crimes and spell out disqualifying acts to encourage sustained good behavior

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Early release of Antonio Sanchez? Here's what the GCTA law says

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:09 PM

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?

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bikoy vs Bikoy: The biggest flip-flops of the government's star witness

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful

Even as senator, Bong Go still Duterte's constant companion

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the Miss Earth Philippines 2019 winners who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

So what if Bato heads the Senate panel probing drug war?

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Human Rights Watch warns that Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will only be an obstacle to accountability on extrajudicial killings under the drug war

NEW SENATOR. Neophyte Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa appears in his first Senate kapihan session with reporters, where said he won't inhibit from Senate panel investigations into the bloody war on drugs. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Legal issues with Duterte's PCSO gaming shutdown

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(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

CLOSED. NCRPO Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar along with QCPD Station 10 police closes down a lotto outlet along Edsa and Kamuning, Quezon City on July 27, 2019, after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the Lotto, STL and other online games under the PCSO as illegal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘His word is law’: A list of Duterte’s verbal-only orders

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Candon City Bypass Road in Ilocos Sur on July 25, 2019. Malacañang Photo

BUILD BUILD BUILD

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rappler maps the 75 big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program

Newsbreak Chats: After Duterte's SONA and Gem-Ver, what now?

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

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

Duterte Promise Checklist: Major accomplishments, failures

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Halfway into his presidency, we look at what Rodrigo Duterte's presidency has achieved and what it has failed at so far

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

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.

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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.

Rappler Talk: Mark Thompson on Duterte's 'violent populism'

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:59 PM

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

Rodrigo Duterte: The celebrity in Malacañang

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Philippine President has a fandom that rivals many top celebrities – here's a look at how he has played the fame game

Duterte and the poor: What the surveys say

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:04 PM

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.

SATISFIED. Why has Rodrigo Duterte maintained such good ratings among the poor?

Duterte’s war on dissent

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:45 PM

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

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa