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CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Traffic advisory for September 21 National Day of Protest

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:37 PM

While there are no road closures, the Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit expects some roads to be impassable

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The spokesman also calls for 'restraint' in response to Trump's warning that he will 'totally destroy' North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies

LU KANG. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016.  File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:52 PM

According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

Duterte raises bounty for 'ninja cops' to P3 million

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The President, unsatisfied with the hunt for policemen who served as gunmen for the Parojinogs, decides to up the ante

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects the confiscated and surrendered loose firearms during his visit to thei Ozamiz City Police headquarters in Misamis Occidental on August 17, 2017. Joining the President are Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa and Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bulldogs secure second win; Growling Tigers remain winless

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The Bulldogs survive a third quarter scare by the Growling Tigers led by bench player Regie Basibas

SECOND WIN. The Bulldogs bounce back with the win against the Growling Tigers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

What Duterte is protesting on September 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be among those expressing grievances against the government on the day he declared as a 'national day of protest'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants 'kuyog culture' in PNP to stop bad cops

Sep 20, 2017 - 1:10 PM

At a time when police are under fire over glaring irregularities, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa asks good cops to stand up to bad ones

'KUYOG CULTURE'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa want good cops to stand up to cleanse out bad ones. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Teen dies after being hit by PNR train in Manila

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Grade 10 student John Genesis Munsayac Jr, who wore a headset, suddenly appeared on the northbound track and did not notice the approaching train, says PNR General Manager Junn Magno

SIDESWIPED. A Philippine National Railways train sideswiped a man early Wednesday, September 20. Photo from Wikipedia

Duterte, Hontiveros, Mexico quake | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Trump's fiery UN address redefines U.S. role in the world

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Trump's first stint before the green marble rostrum was everything you might expect from the truculent, norm-shattering businessman-turned-politician

AT THE UN. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, addresses the Assembly’s annual general debate, September 19, 2017. UN Photo/Cia Pak

40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

LOOK: Malacañang suspends gov't work, classes on Sept 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:07 AM

A memorandum circular suspends government work and classes in public schools nationwide on the 45th anniversary of martial law, a day when rallies are expected to be held

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Slain CSC official in drug watchlist, but PNP probe focuses on work

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Cagayan provincial police director Warren Tolito says Agustin surrendered to Tuguegarao police at the height of Oplan Tokhang in August 2016. Police investigators, however, are focused on work-related motives due to the nature of Agustin’s work.

NEIL AGUSTIN. Photo from CSC Region 2 Facebook Page.

Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

ASEAN legislators set aside resolution on Rohingya as Myanmar objects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Indonesia has asked parties to 'respect the rule of law, exercise maximum self- restraint, and stop the ongoing violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State'

AIPA. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the heads of delegation from the member countries of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) who paid a courtesy call to the President at the Makati Shangri-La on September 19, 2017. Malacanang Photo

Trillanes, Aguirre, PNP | Evening wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Bangladesh evicts Rohingya from roadside camps as space runs out

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Around 421,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, the UN says, overwhelming the ill-equipped refugee camps along the border

ASEAN human rights delegates barred from visiting De Lima

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Two members of the Malaysian Parliament express disappointment over the incident, saying they complied with the 10-day visit notice

Photo by Glen Garcia

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Thursday, September 21

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of private schools where classes have been suspended for Thursday, September 21

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations,' the head of the fact-finding mission says

ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

PNP 'confident' protesters will 'police themselves' on Sept 21

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:15 PM

'We're confident that the protesters will police themselves. We appeal to them not to commit crime,' says PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos

'END EJKs'. Protesters gather in front of Camp Crame, Quezon City to demand an end to killings in police operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

This comes as the rise in killings has bothered the nation and its legislators to question the legitimacy of police operations

BODY CAMERAS EYED. PNP plans on buying 37,000 cameras for 190,000 cops. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A top White House aide says Trump will take aim at 'rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace'

The UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its seventy-first session, 12 September 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

DILG OIC backs police body cameras but not from CHR funding

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Body cameras protect both victims of police operations gone wrong and the police personnel themselves, says DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy

Año, Lorenzana, Manafort | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

#2030NOW: Why road safety – or the lack of it – is a human rights issue

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:45 AM

'In our country, being one of the low-income countries, road crashes are a major concern. It’s a world health issue,' says Superintendent Oliver Sy Tanseco of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group

HUMAN RIGHTS. Superintendent Oliver Tanseco says road safety is a human rights issue, especially in the Philippines.

Senate OKs bill requiring economic managers to report to Congress

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The bill will mandate the Department of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Central Bank to report biannually to Congress on fiscal and monetary policies

REPORT. The Senate has passed the bill seeking to require the country's economic managers to report biannually to Congress. Malacañang file photo

Lorenzana backs resumption of peace talks with communists

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he supports the resumption of peace talks but says he has yet to convince President Rodrigo Duterte

SUPPORT. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana says he supports peace talks with he Left. Rappler file photo

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Trump says 'bureaucracy' holding UN back

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Trump calls on the institution to "focus on results," a call that was echoed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump calls on the UN to "focus on results," a call that was echoed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

Aguirre orders probe into use of minor in Caloocan police raid, robbery

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Such an act is an affront to the dignity of the child as a person. It cannot be tolerated and should be sanctioned to the full extent of our laws,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

The Department of Justice (DOJ) building on Padre Faura in Manila

If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President wants the UNCHR to assign 'investigators' to accompany police on anti-drug operations in case the CHR is given only P1,000 for its 2018 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, urges the men and women of EastMinCom to continue their efforts in battling insurgency and illegal drugs while maintaining their abidance to the rules of engagement. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dela Rosa tells Davao policemen to 'help' him in Caloocan

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Dela Rosa asks for volunteers among Davao police to replace the entire Caloocan police force, following a string of high-profile deaths that implicated the station

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa attends the 116th police service anniversary at ​Camp Quintin Merecido in Davao City on September 18. Photo by Mick Basa / Rapple

Duterte to suspend gov't work, classes on September 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have declared it as a day of protest,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of EastMinCom for combating communist insurgency and in actively supporting the campaign against illegal drugs.

DOJ starts investigation into P6.4B smuggled shabu shipment

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Mark Taguba's lawyer says the NBI complaint is flawed and incomplete

MIDDLEMAN. Businessman Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the drug shipment, is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Trump, who once disparaged the world body as a 'club' for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time,' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly

#UNGA. A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-second session's debate, September 17, 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma's path

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma's destructive passage

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

#2030Now: How to protect your private information online

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

National Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro stresses the importance of the right of everyone to have their private information secure

#InspireCourage: Giving hope to the hopeless

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Try to see who is the most hopeless around you, and be that hope to that person,' Father Flavie Villanueva says at the Social Good Summit