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At House plenary, lawmakers vow to increase 'measly' OVP budget in 2020

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Office of the Vice President assures lawmakers that any increase in its budget would go to its anti-poverty program

OVP BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House's plenary deliberations on her office's budget for 2020 on September 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

Suu Kyi 'culpability' in Rohingya abuses an 'open-ended question' – U.N. investigator

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'It will become a legal issue whether or not there is an element of culpability here,' fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman tells reporters in Geneva

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

AFP chief downplays Dito Telecommunity's Chinese connection

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'You are dealing with a Chinese company, not the Chinese government,' General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says of the Chinese government-owned China Telecom

NO WORRIES? Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr downplays Chinese espionage worries over the military's co-location deal with Dito Telecommunity. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Channel drug rehab funds to Tokhang victims' burial assistance – Bong Go

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Burial assistance, be it for a drug war death or otherwise, usually comes from local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development

BURIAL ASSISTANCE. Senator Bong Go wants funds for the health department's drug rehabilitation program to go to burial assistance instead.

Only court can stop police rearrest of convicts released under GCTA- PNP official

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:44 PM

"We always take cue from the Department of Justice," says Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

MMDA asks additional P697M to fund enforcers' salary increase

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:54 PM

As minimum-wage employees, traffic enforcers earn around P11,800 monthly

HAZARD PAY? A study showed that traffic enforcers are exposed to black carbon and heavy metal, which affect blood pressure and lung function. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Del Rosario urges PH to bring Hague ruling to U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The former foreign secretary urges the Duterte government to take the opportunity 'present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld'

TAKE ACTION. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines must seek the UN General Assembly's support for the 2016 Hague ruling. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DND has a 'concern' about AFP deal with China-backed telco

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The deal allowing Dito Telecommunity to put up facilities in military camps may have followed the regular procedure, but it must pass the defense chief's scrutiny, says DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong

CONCERNS RAISED. Department of National Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong says  "they have a concern" about a deal allowing a China-backed telco to set up equipment in military camps. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal between the AFP and Dito Telecommunity at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fintech firms adopt code of conduct after spate of online shaming incidents

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Financial technology trade association FinTechAlliance.ph seeks to rub out abusive collection practices and excessive disbursement of loans which result in heavy debt

Screenshot from fintechalliance.ph


Senate panel wants bigger 2020 budget for OVP

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Senators are keen on increasing the proposed P673-million budget of the Office of the Vice President

BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo personally appears before the Senate committee on finance to defend their proposed 2020 budget. OVP photo

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MMDA traffic management budget for 2020 suffers 69% decrease

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Meanwhile, flood control and management gets the bulk of the agency's P4.106-billion budget for 2020 national expenditures

BUDGET CUT. Only P103.17 million was allocated for the traffic and transport management budget of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Brown scores in Pats debut as NFL champs thump Dolphins

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The Patriots waste no time in making use of Antonio Brown, who engineered his departure from the Oakland Raiders

WINNING DEBUT. Antonio Brown makes an immediate impact for the New England Patriots. Photo from nfl.com


Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

NBA champion Raptors launch branded sports hijab

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The Hijabi Ballers project, based in the Greater Toronto Area, seeks to recognize and celebrate the athleticism of Muslim girls and women

CHAMPION BRAND. The Toronto Raptors help raise awareness of Muslim women athletes. Screenshot from Twitter (@raptors)

Tropical Storm Humberto dumps rain on hurricane-hit Bahamas

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:51 AM

The tropical storm slows down relief efforts after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas

HUMBERTO APPROACHES. A woman walks on the beach as a storm approaches in Nassau, Bahamas, on September 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Malaysian opposition groups join forces to win Muslim votes

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:07 PM

United Malays National Organisation president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insists the move would not deepen racial and religious divides

Meet 'Mariang Pulis': Philippines' first all-women police station in Siquijor town

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Siquijor top cop Colonel Angela Rejano says the all-women police station in Maria town 'signals the time to move forward' in strengthening the role of women in Philippine law enforcement

ALL WOMEN. The Maria police station on Saturday, September 14. PNP photo

Warriors veteran Shaun Livingston retires

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:19 PM

After a 15-year run, Shaun Livingston bids farewell to a career highlighted by 3 NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors

CHAMP. In an emotional Instagram post, Shaun Livingston pays tribute to everyone who helped him in his NBA journey. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. 'regrets' impact U.S. court ruling will have on asylum seekers

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:06 PM

UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic stresses that 'any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection'

Google employees free to express views under settlement with U.S.

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Google will post digital notices on its internal employee computer network and physical copies at its headquarters reminding employees of their rights


New U.S. ambassador takes up post at United Nations

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Kelly Craft, 57, served previously as US ambassador to Canada where she was involved in negotiations on a new US-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement

DFA requests additional funds to issue, upgrade more passports

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says only P647 million of the P5.61 billion it requested was approved by the Department of Budget and Management

At DFA budget hearing, Locsin appeals for more DND funds

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr calls for a higher budget for another agency: the Department of National Defense

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr presents the Department of Foreign Affairs' proposed 2020 budget at the Seante on September 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd attached agencies get lower share in proposed 2020 budget

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

All 5 agencies attached to the Department of Education absorbed budget cuts compared to the 2019 allocations

Brown trains with Patriots as NFL mulls rape probe

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Just days after joining Super Bowl champion Patriots, Antonio Brown gets rocked by a fresh controversy

TUMULTUOUS. New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown denies accusations of rape in a federal lawsuit filed by his former fitness trainer. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Got what it takes to join the first Philippine National Barista Assembly?

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Baristas unite! On September 20, coffee pros and enthusiasts will gather for a day of coffee and competition

Filipinos still into books, according to survey

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Despite being constantly online, most Filipinos still find time to enjoy a good book or two

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police file charges vs 181 illegal Chinese POGO workers in Cebu

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The employees face charges of violating illegal gambling and cybercrime laws

Trump fires hawkish national security chief John Bolton

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Trump announces via Twitter: 'I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.' But Bolton denies being fired and insists he had resigned

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

House kicks off plenary debates on 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The House plenary deliberations are expected to run until September 20

BUDGET DEBATES. The proposed 2020 budget has reached the House plenary on September 10, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBI ordered to probe 'hospital pass for sale' scheme in Bilibid

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation and case buildup following news of inmates who cough up money to use hospital facilities even though they're not sick

ANOTHER PROBE. The DOJ orders the NBI to order a new scheme to circumvent the country's prison system. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: House unlikely to reinstate billions of district funds in 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We just have to be honest with the congressmen that it might not be solveable in this budget,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on legislators' bid to regain their vetoed infrastructure funds

BUDGET WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says it would be difficult to accommodate all lamwakers to request to bring back the multi-billion infrastructure funds that was previously vetoed in the national budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers also seek to create a Camp Development Fund, where each police and military camp would get P500 million to modernize facilities

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

PNP plans to arrest Joma Sison through Interpol

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is preparing to ask the International Criminal Police Organization to issue a red notice against exiled communist leader Joma Sison

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaking during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NBA to ban 'ninja-style' headbands

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The NBA moves to outlaw the hair accessory that is tied at the back of the head with two ends flowing loose

BANNED. Jimmy Butler is one of the NBA players who sport the 'ninja-style' headbands in games. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Online lending execs face charges for shaming users, data privacy violations

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The National Privacy Commission says these lending firms targeted 'the privacy of persons, practically making a profit out of people's fear of losing face and dignity'


Lawmakers want to reinstate in 2020 budget P90-B district allocations

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

House appropriations chair Isidro Ungab says the congressmen want to 'reallocate' the billions of infra funds for their respective districts. These are the same funds which caused this year's budget crisis.

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS. House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab speaks to reporters on September 9, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

UAAP Season 82: Team standings, scores

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Check out the team standings and game results in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

MORE ARRESTS COMING. The PNP also rearrests freed prisoners who did not commit heinous crimes. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler