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'Frozen 2' still leads North American box office

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Disney's 'Frozen' sequel continues to ice out the box office competition, staying at number one

Ombudsman probes PHISGOC, Cayetano in possible SEA Games corruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) Despite it being a private foundation, the Ombudsman says 'hindi puwedeng hindi kasama ang PHISGOC'

SEA GAMES PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires creates a 7-man fact-finding panel to look into possible corruption in the Philippines' organizing of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

2 Chinese nabbed for human trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Central Luzon cops also rescued 14 women – 6 Vietnamese and 8 Chinese

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. A Google Maps image of the CSZ Regency Park in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Veteran prosecutor is new Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido has handled high-stakes cases such as the NBN-ZTE deal and the PCSO intelligence fund scam case against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

Ombudsman dismisses last plunder complaint vs Arroyo

Dec 01, 2019 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman says it finds no probable cause to indict former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder over the misuse of millions in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

CASE DISMISSED. The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a plunder complaint it previously filed in 2016 against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTO suspends bus trips as Typhoon Tisoy threatens Bicol

Nov 30, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The Land Transportation Office and those deputized by the agency are ordered to apprehend bus drivers who will defy the temporary suspension of trips to the Bicol Region

SUSPENDED. The Land Transportation Office suspends bus trips to Bicol. File photo from LTO Bicol

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

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

'Frozen 2' ices out competition in North American box office

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:44 AM

The movie takes in an estimated $127 million according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations

Pangasinan State University officials face probe for not posting bid award notices

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends that the Ombudsman investigate school officials for not complying with the law when they purchased office supplies worth P2.144 million

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

Malacañang says gov't can collect taxes from POGOs

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'technicalities' will not stop the Duterte administration from collecting what is owed the Philippine government

TAXING POGOs. Malacañang says the Philippine government will not be stopped from taxing Philippine offshore gaming operations. Photo by Rappler

'Ford v. Ferrari' zooms to top of North American box office

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, 'Ford v. Ferrari' portrays how a team at Ford built a car to challenge Ferrari's dominance at France's 1966 Le Mans race

Balay Mindanaw mulls suing CDO police over 'illegal search'

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:22 PM

'We will soon formally file a report to appropriate bodies,' says Balay Mindanaw's Kaloy Manlupig days after policemen barged into their compound and 'illegally' checked guests' belongings

World War II film 'Midway' tops North American box office

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Midway' tackles the pivotal naval 4-day battle between the US and Japan in the Pacific during World War II

Robredo, U.N. office tackle 'best practices' on health-based approach vs drugs

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's chief of staff Philip Dy says community-based drug rehabilitation programs would best help 'slight or occasional' drug users who surrender to authorities

DRUG WAR WITH NO DEATHS. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with members of the Community Based Rehab Alliance just after meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on November 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

China calls for tough security laws to end Hong Kong turmoil

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Zhang Xiaoming's statement will likely further enrage Hong Kong protesters who have upended the international finance hub with their movement

HK PROTESTS. Police stand guard after entering the Citywalk shopping mall in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong on November 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

Ibon Foundation alarmed over 'police inspection' notice

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Colonel Joaquin Alva, who is now the chief of staff of the PNP Legal Service, denies making the call. He has been out of Metro Manila police for 8 years.

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

IN NUMBERS: Public Attorney's Office under Acosta

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

From 2017 to 2018, the number of PAO clients convicted of a lesser offense increases threefold. PAO counts that as an accomplishment.

PAO CHIEF. Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta has been at the helm of PAO since 2001 or for 18 years. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

Cebu City police director relieved pending NBI probe into Navarro slay

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon says this is to allow the NBI to conduct its probe on the killing of Mayor David Navarro

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. Cebu City Police Director Gemma Cruz Vinluan is placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the brutal killing of Mayor David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Calida calls Quezon youth activist 'pa-victim'

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The military files charges against youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda 8 days after holding her in custody without a warrant

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

Facebook to settle UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Facebook agrees to pay the £500,000 fine 'but has made no admission of liability in relation to' the monetary penalty notice of the UK Information Commissioner's Office

FACEBOOK'S FINE. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2019 in Nantes, shows the logo of the US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Northern Mindanao police chief sacked, suspended from service

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Brigadier General Rafael Santiago Jr is ordered suspended from service for 6 months, says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

SACKED. Rafael Santiago Jr (center) is sacked from his post as he faces administrative complaints when he was a provincial director. PNP photo

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

'Maleficent' sequel tops North America box office but underwhelms

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' debuts as number one but still falls short of box office expectations, earning only $36.9 million with a projection of $45 million

Random drug tests for PUV drivers ahead of Undas 2019

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Land Transportation Office also intensifies roadworthiness and terminal inspections in preparation for Undas

PREPARATIONS. The Land Transportation Office started preparations for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas on Monday, October 21, through intensified roadworthiness inspections and road safety seminars. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

Davao cop Vicente Danao Jr is new Calabarzon police chief

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Known Davao cop Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr takes on the highly populated region of Calabarzon after watching over Manila

Manila Police District director Vicente Danao shows to members of the media the suspects allegedly responsible for the killing of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III during a press briefing at the lobby of the MPD Headquarters on October 10, 2019. The suspects were identified as Bradford Solis Fuerte,Juanito De luna Bustamante,Junel Gomez Reyes at Rigor Dela Cruz. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mother sues Calabarzon cops: 'Police murdered my 3-year-old girl'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The mother of Myca Ulpina says her daughter and her husband were sleeping when they were killed by cops

The mother of 3 year old Myca Ulpina, who was killed by police in Rizal last June, arrives at the Ombudsman in Quezon City today at 2pm. Accompanied by her lawyers and supporters, they will file a criminal case against the police operatives who was involved in the case. October 17, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Get to know Metro Manila's new police chief Debold Sinas

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas is coming in from Cebu City to take charge of the National Capital Region Police Office. Learn more about him.

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

'Joker' tops North American box office for second week

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Joker' gets the last laugh once again, dominating the box office on its second weekend with $55.9 million

Metro Manila's next top cop sees diversity, big population as challenges

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas makes the big leap from director of Central Visayas police regional director based in Cebu City to chief of the premiere NCR police office

NEW CHALLENGE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas will transfer from his post in Cebu City as the regions top cop to take over as Metro Manila's police chief. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

Central Visayas top cop Debold Sinas is next Metro Manila police chief

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Incumbent National Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar is set to become the Philippine National Police's chief of the Directorial Staff

GOING NORTH. Brigadier General Debold Sinas is set to lead the National Capital Region Police Office. Photo from Police Regional Office 7.

'Joker' gets last laugh, sets record on North American screens

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' sets a box office record for an October release, raking in over $96.2 million on its opening weekend

Gordon tells PCOO: Focus on issues, not on Duterte's personality

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The PCOO would better serve Filipinos if its content presented 'all sides' and is not just oriented to making President Rodrigo Duterte look good, says Senator Richard Gordon

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies. September 26, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon: PAO forensic lab a duplication, 'waste of money'

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Things get heated and comical as Senator Drilon grills chief public attorney Persida Acosta

Atty. Persida Acosta, chief of the Public Attorney’s Office, answers questions from Sen. Drilon at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agencies. September 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

'Kung sino ang may pinag-aralan, 'yun pa ang nagko-corrupt'

Sep 22, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman, tasked with recovering ill-gotten wealth from corrupt public officials, gives integrity awards to ordinary Filipinos who returned money they found while doing their jobs

INTEGRITY AWARD. Airport janitor Ronald Gadayan is among the 5 integrity awardees of the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Cannes-winning 'Parasite' sets French box office record

Sep 21, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Bong Joon-ho's hit South Korean drama 'Parasite' is the most successful Cannes-winning film at the French box office in 15 years, with more than 1.6 million viewers to date

Ombudsman withdraws charges vs PCG men in P67-M graft case

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Ombudsman prosecutors decide to back out of the case after the Court of Appeals cleared some of the accused of administrative charges

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler