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[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

Poe says fisherfolk need to receive fuel subsidy from gov't

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program

FUEL. Fishermen also uses fuel for their motorbancas. AFP photo

Duterte orders review of 'onerous' gov't contracts with private firms

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Chief Executive orders the review after telling Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'study' the Maynilad arbitration case against the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Abolishing term limits will entrench dynasties

Mar 24, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties

Duterte EO bars junkets, limits business-class travel for gov’t officials

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Executive Order No. 77 also prohibits officials from going on trips sponsored by suppliers and contractors that their agencies deal with

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa addresses guests at an event in Malacanang. File Photo from Presidential Photo

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock

Duterte ends designation of gov't peace panel members

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's designation as government peace panel chair ends more than a year after the formal scrapping of peace talks with the Left

GOVERNMENT PEACE PANEL NO MORE. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), with government peace panel members led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (2nd, left). File photo from Presidential Photo

DBM to Malacañang: Amend salary hike EO if budget impasse continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'With this measure, the long overdue compensation hike that our public servants have been looking forward to can finally be granted,' the DBM says

DBM. The facade of the Department of Budget and Management building in Manila. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

[OPINION] Who should be the next budget secretary?

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

For the sake of policy continuity, it would be best for the DBM to be led by a technocrat and not a politician

Up to voters if candidates' honesty matters to them – Malacañang

Mar 07, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo refuses to state Malacañang's position on the issue of honesty among elected officials, claiming it might be seen as campaigning for or against some candidates

It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez Season 5 launch Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Baka kayo na ang susunod

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Sa bawat kaso, sa bawat panggigipit, higit na nagiging malinaw kung bakit ginagawa ang mga ito

[OPINION] Term limits: Should we abolish them?

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.

DBM to study gov't workers' salary hike for 2020 to 2022

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'There will be a salary increase. It is not just a possibility,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SALARY HIKE. Government workers can expect a new round of salary hike in 2020. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang suspends gov't work on December 26

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The announcement follows the one suspending government work on January 2, 2019

NO GOVERNMENT WORK. President Rodrigo Duterte at the Cabinet meeting on December 12, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang suspends gov't work on January 2, 2019

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Palace says the suspension would give government employees 'full opportunity to celebrate...with their families and loved ones'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a lecture on the national security threat of illegal drugs and lawless violence during the 31st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How high inflation exposed cracks in governance

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:40 PM

High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.

FALSE: ‘No law’ prevents gov’t officials from participating in businesses

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The provision in the 1973 Constitution that prohibits government officials from practicing their profession or participating in businesses was even strengthened in the 1987 Constitution

Government contractuals get 2-year job extension

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Starting January 1, 2019, the salaries of contract of service and job order workers will be equivalent to what others in comparable positions in government are getting, says the DBM

OPPORTUNITIES. Contractual workers who are qualified will also be considered for appointment to regular positions in government agencies, the budget department announced on November 12, 2018. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Infrastructure continues to boost gov't spending in August 2018

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Bulk of infrastructure and capital outlay disbursement in August goes to public works and military communication equipment

ROAD WORK. Workers install bricks for the sidewalk construction on the diversion road in Barangay Balabag in Boracay Island. Photo from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Government to cut projects over 2019 fuel tax hike suspension

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says non-infrastructure projects will be the first in line to be reviewed for postponement

[OPINION] Are all government employees not allowed to campaign?

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The prohibitions are not absolute.... The consistent trend of the Supreme Court is to uphold free speech and expression over any form of election regulation.

DOCUMENTS: Calida security firm 'corners' at least 16 gov't contracts

Oct 03, 2018 - 7:00 AM

In a privilege speech, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Solicitor General Jose Calida's security agency has acquired at least P358.3 million in government contracts since 2016

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

More than 7,000 vacancies to be offered at CSC’s Government Job Fair

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Government Job Fair will be held September 26-27, 2018 at SM City North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Contractual DOTr workers to be renewed after December 2018 deadline

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation earlier asked to be exempt from renewing the services of its contractual employees

BUDGET. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate hearing on the budget of DOTr. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't spending peaks by 34% to P328.1 billion in July 2018

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:23 PM

'We maintain our projection that underspending will be eliminated under our watch,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER SPENDING. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says government spending peaked in July 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PH gov't asks Xiamen Air to pay over NAIA mishap

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:34 PM

The total cost of the fine has yet to be determined

CRANE. Xiamen Air flight MF8667 being lifted by a telescopic boom crane. MIAA Photo

Has resiliency been used as an excuse for government shortcomings?

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Bragging about resiliency is not bad at all, but netizens challenge Filipinos to push the government to come up with long-term fixes to flooding

Expand Train law subsidies for poor in 2019 budget

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says those who need subsidy exceed the 10 million projected under the budget department

EXPAND SUBSIDIES. Senator Bam Aquino said subsidies given to the poor as a mitigating measure of the tax reform law should be expanded in the proposed 2019 national budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't fiscal deficit narrows to P193 billion mid-2018

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Despite lower fiscal deficit, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says that disbursements for the half of the year surpassed programmed expenditure

ON TRACK. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on August 1, 2018 talks to the media about public sector spending being on track. DBM Photo

Expert says gov't continues to spend less amid infra program

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.

SONA. UP Professor and Economist JC Punongbayan talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa on state of the country's economy before the State of Nation Address on July 23, 2018. Rappler screengrab

Roque says 'province of China' tarp the work of government 'enemies'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'They are propagating a lie that we have given up our territory. It's the farthest from the truth,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

A banner declaring Welcome to the Philippines Province of China is seen on footbridge in Philcoa, Quezon City on Thursday morning, July 12, 2018, the 2nd year anniversary of the Hague Ruling. Photo courtesy of Ronald Gustilo

Gov't to give P5,000 fuel subsidy per jeepney driver in 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Distribution of debit cards containing the P5,000 subsidy will begin on Thursday, July 12

SUBSIDY. Jeepney drivers will receive fuel subsidy under the Pantawid Pasada program. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court rules: Gov’t workers allowances shall be taxed

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The High Court, in effect, says all income – even allowances, bonuses and incentives – are subject to tax

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Stop assuming all drug users are addicts – Ateneo professor

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo psychology professor Regina Hechanova says the stigma erodes law enforcement and rehabilitation programs

DISTINCTION NEEDED. Psychology professor Regina Hechanova speaks at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

P16B allotted for tertiary education subsidy to cover only 300,000 students

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (Unifast) officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao Sison says 'the poorest of the poor' will be prioritized for the subsidy, which differs from the free tuition scheme

SUPPORT. Unifast officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao-Sison says only about 300,000 students will be able to avail of the tertiary education subsidy, which aims to support the cost of tertiary education and differs from free tuition scheme.

De Lima calls Calida 'new role model in gov't corruption'

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says allowing Solicitor General Jose Calida's company to bag government contracts is like 'normalizing thievery and mainstreaming plunder'

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Philippine debt at P6.88 trillion in April 2018

May 30, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) The country's debt is higher by 7.9% than the same period last year, according to the Bureau of Treasury

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May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

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Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

What you need to know about state surveillance

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state monitoring?

MONITOR. Reports in February revealed the Duterte administration purchased spyware from the British government.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatEd: Impeachment ni Sereno, paghahati-hati ng Korte Suprema

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Habang mahalagang manatiling matino ang mga pinuno ng Korte Suprema, kailangang manatiling alerto ang lahat, at di nababaling ang atensyon sa mga palabas na likha ng mga pulitikong may sariling interes o agenda

Alvarez on revolutionary gov't: Duterte has people's mandate

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:10 PM

'What can we do? It's not like we can say no,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in jest

KEEPING THEIR HEADS IN THE GAME. House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez exchanges ideas with Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas and Justice Committee Chairman Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali during the deliberation on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Alvarez and Fariñas also took time to meet the press on the sidelines of the committee hearing. Earlier, Speaker Alvarez and MFL Fariñas attended the Committee on Appropriations hearing to give a push to House Joint Resolution No. 18 authorizing the increase in the base pay of military and uniformed personnel which they filed together with Minority Leader Rep. Danilo Suarez and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles. (DP/PC)

Marawi residents return to looted homes

Nov 04, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Civic leader Drieza Lininding says government should acknowledge the massive looting that took place in Marawi City

AFTERMATH. A house in Marawi City after looting. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler