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S&P cuts China's debt rating over 'financial risks'

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

S&P, which downgraded China's debt from AA- to A+, is the second major credit ratings agency to slash the Asian giant's rating

This photo taken on April 25, 2017 shows a general view of the central business district in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Petition to increase taxi flag down rate junked due to technicalities

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Due to petitioners’ repeated failure to comply with the foregoing directives the Court deems it appropriate to dismiss the petition says the Court of Appeals

TAXI. File photo of taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

Honesty prevails as parking boy returns cash to owner

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Andrey Macabuhay returns P7 000 to owner Dindo Lorenzo who dropped the bundle of money at a parking lot

HONEST BOY. Andrey Macabuhay is now famous as the "honest parking boy" from Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Dindo Lorenzo

Urban poor communities file case against police drug operations

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Police are being accused of conducting illegal operations over the forced drug testing in poor communities

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

NHA faces P10 billion cut in 2018 proposed budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The National Housing Authority possibly only has P2 2 billion to remedy the ballooning housing backlog

BUDGET CUT. The National Housing Authority will suffer a P10 billion budget cut in the proposed 2018 budget. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Growing old in PH margins: Gutom, malasakit, at diskarte

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Philippines’ older adult population is faced with issues that transcend desires for self actualization as it combats the threats of food insecurity house tenure and health care inaccessibility

4,700 Kadamay families qualified to get houses – HUDCC

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario says he is just waiting for Congress to pass a joint resolution allowing the distribution of the houses before the turnover of the units to the families

PANDI. Housing site occupied by urban poor group Kadamay in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Tatay Digong' brand, charisma behind Duterte's survey numbers – analysts

Jul 24, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Despite criticism over the drug war President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority approval and trust among Filipinos one year into his term

HIGH RATINGS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures in his speech at the Davao del Sur Sports and Business Complex in Digos City on July 1, 2017. Malacanang photo

Why poverty is not a choice

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:09 PM

There are lessons that unpack for us how unsophisticated blaming the poor is

Rappler Talk: Public opinion on President Rodrigo Duterte

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Rappler talks to Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda about President Rodrigo Duterte s trust and approval ratings and the continued support of Filipinos for the war on drugs

Palace downplays eroding trust in Duterte among poor

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Urban poor commission chief Terry Ridon says however that the bloody campaign against drugs has affected many of the poor as the operations are done mostly in their communities

CHAMPION OF THE POOR? President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in front of typhoon victims at Pili, Camarines Sur on December 27, 2016. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Bad or good intel: 5 questions on Abu Sayyaf presence in Bohol

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Government forces foil an Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol But it s hard to cheer when they let a notorious terrorist leader slip through

IN PHOTOS: 'Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan'

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The Monday protest dramatizes the poor s struggles

Rappler Talk: Kadamay's #OccupyPabahay: Anarchy or just cause?

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:30 PM

MovePH Rappler s civic engagement arm talks to Kadamay secretary general Carlito Badion and Sayreen Grapinag one of the occupiers who was recently freed from detention

Duterte lets Kadamay have Bulacan housing units

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

The President promises cops and soldiers that he will personally supervise a new housing project for them in exchange for the units to be given to Kadamay

PROMISE TO SOLDIERS. President Rodrigo Duterte promises soldiers he will give them bigger houses in exchange for the homes to be given to Kadamay. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Perfect storm in wild, wild Philippines

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

For our sake we better understand what is happening and act collectively to avert the worst outcome

Palace cites pro-poor programs as VP urges 'war on poverty'

Feb 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM

I think it would help the Vice President if she really looks and listens in the right places Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

PRO-POOR. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella cites the Duterte administration's pro-poor programs after Vice President Leni Robredo called for a 'war on poverty.' File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

WATCH: Teaching urban poor kids the value of education

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:20 PM

From 40 nursery scholars Project PEARLS now supports 500 elementary and high school students from Tondo Manila

TRANSFORMED. Juvi Ann is an example of the impact Project PEARLS has had on the Ulingan community. Photo courtesy of Project PEARLS

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 16, 2017

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Hello Here are the top stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

BATTLE VS FAKE NEWS. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the so-called 'Facebook Innovation Hub' in Berlin, Germany on February 25, 2016. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Gov't bans demolitions during Christmas season

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor issues a moratorium on demolitions around the country until January 2017

NO DEMOLITION. The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor bans all demolition activities this Christmas season. Rappler file photo

Duterte, De Lima, Yahoo | 6PM wRap

Sep 23, 2016 - 6:44 PM

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Philippines' crime war a risk for economy – ratings agency

Sep 21, 2016 - 5:53 PM

UPDATED S P maintains its stable outlook for the Philippines but highlights a range of weaknesses under the Duterte administration

RODRIGO DUTERTE. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte looks at a folder containing the list of government officials involved in drugs as he delivers a speech before members of the Scout Rangers regiment at a military training camp in San Miguel town, Bulacan province, north of Manila on September 15, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/ AFP

Poor to be shielded from fuel excise tax increase – DOF

Sep 05, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says now is the best time to adjust fuel excise taxes when crude oil prices are low and impact on inflation is almost negligible

'BEST TIME.' NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia points out that every P1-per-liter increase in fuel prices would translate into an inflation spike of just 0.1 percent. Rappler file photo

Robredo eyes private partnership to address housing backlog

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The Vice President who is also the new housing chief says this will allow families to afford houses while private firms also earn

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the BusinessWorld Economic Forum at the Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

To my first boss, former VP Binay

Jul 09, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A former media relations officer writes about his first boss the former vice president Jejomar Binay

Jejomar Binay

NAPC officials to Maza: 'Consider facts' before judging agency's performance

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Five NAPC officials urge the new lead convenor of the anti poverty body to defend the integrity of the agency amid attacks by her colleagues in the Left

VLOG: Duterte caps inauguration with solidarity dinner with the poor

Jul 01, 2016 - 7:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to have dinner in Delpan but his first Cabinet meeting finished late

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

A brief for VP Leni outside the Cabinet

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:00 PM

As we commemorate Independence Day 2016 it might be worth our while to reflect on the singular possibilities of a Leni Robredo vice presidency

SWS: 10.5M Filipino families identify as poor in Q1 2016

May 27, 2016 - 1:35 PM

The results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey reflect an improvement in self rated poverty in all regions except in Mindanao the lowest in over 4 years

PH keeps investment grade ratings – for now

May 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM

For now Standard and Poor’s Moody’s and Fitch all keep the country’s credit rating at investment grade as the country prepares for a Duterte presidency

Cebuano supporter on her vote for Roxas: 'I want continuity'

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Liza Morga a 56 year old Cebuana clings to Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas promise to continue the Aquino administration s flagship poverty alleviation program the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

WARM WELCOME. Cebuano supporters of the Liberal Party (LP) warmly welcome presidential candidate Secretary Mar Roxas during the campaign rally held at Capitol Site, Cebu City on Wednesday, April 27. Photo by Apple Grace Danuco/Rappler

Vote selling among the poor a 'logical' decision - think tank

Apr 25, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The Institute of Philippine Culture found that accepting money among poor voters does not necessarily mean selling one s vote

VOTE SELLING. Among the poor communities, those struck by disasters (represented by Tacloban City) do not believe that accepting money means selling their vote. Screengrab from IPC

PH credit ratings at risk if 'wrong' leaders elected – Palace

Apr 25, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The Palace says economic improvements made in the past years will only be put to waste if Filipinos elect the wrong leaders on May 9

ECONOMY TAKES OFF

S&P affirms PH’s BBB rating, projects incomes to rise

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:01 PM

S P projects growth in real per capita income to rise from the 4 1 recorded last year to 4 4 this year

5Ps and CCT: How will candidates' anti-poverty promises be funded?

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

When it comes to promises on poverty alleviation the 6 presidential candidates have a lot to offer How feasible those promises are is another story

File photos by Rappler; Mar Roxas photo from Malacañang

S&P lowers China outlook to negative

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Standard Poor s says the Chinese government is facing more economic and financial risks

epa05202337 Commercial and residential buildings of Shenzhen are seen from the Diwang Building observatory deck, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, 09 March 2016. According to the outline of the 13th five-year plan, China?s average annual rate of growth will slow from 7.8 per cent in the past five years to around 6.5 per cent, and per capita disposable income will also fall, from 7.7 per cent to around 6.5 per cent. EPA/FREDDY CHAN

2016 VP race, PH economic reforms, Maria Sharapova | 12PM wRap

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:02 PM

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S&P: Change in PH leadership unlikely to reverse economic reforms

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:34 PM

The credit rating agency and local and US based business leaders express confidence the country s next leaders will not disrupt economic momentum

'Gapok': Voice of the urban poor amplified in play

Feb 09, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Gapok which can mean brittle or weak is used as a metaphor to describe how the urban poor are treated by the government and the private sector

Philippines gets credit rating upgrade from NICE

Jan 23, 2016 - 9:54 AM

With this latest credit rating action from NICE Fitch Ratings remains the only agency that assigns the minimum investment grade to the Philippines

UP A NOTCH. The upgrade anchors on improved government transparency and enhanced environment backed by expanded infrastructure

Robert Kiyosaki: ‘Biggest’ market crash likely in 2016

Dec 02, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The bestselling author details why stock market manipulation may result in a crash bigger than in 2007

GLOBAL WARNING. Kiyosaki (center)  says that part of the reason he travels and gives talks around the world is to warn people of what is happening in the global economy. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Robert Kiyosaki: Traditional school is useless

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:53 AM

The bestselling author tells Filipinos why doing well in school no longer works and why savers are losers

OUTSPOKEN. 'The most stupid people today are going to school working hard, investing long term in the stock market, and paying off school debt,' says Robert Kiyosaki. Photos courtesy of Laurus Enterprises

APEC 2015: Robust Internet needed to link MSMEs to global supply chain

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:26 PM

The Philippines slow Internet bandwidth could be putting the brakes on its own attempts to push its micro small and medium enterprises MSMEs to the forefront of the Asia Pacific region

PUTTING BRAKES. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says 'Internet connection is the bedrock of entrepreneurs.' In the photo are GoNegosyo's Joey Concepcion, Magsaysay Shipping's Doris Magsaysay-Ho and Aquino. Photos from Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Gov't asks village residents to help validate list of poor families

Nov 11, 2015 - 5:56 PM

The social welfare department has conducted an assessment of households nationwide and wants to make sure it has an accurate complete and reliable final list of those needing assistance

LISTAHANAN. The government calls on the Filipino public to help in the validation of an initial list of poor households in the Philippines.  File photo by Rappler

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Inflation continues to drop, hits 0.4% in September

Oct 06, 2015 - 3:11 PM

The low inflation environment in the first 9 months of 2015 is seen to persist throughout the rest of the year the NEDA chief says

DROP. Headline inflation continues to hit below 1% for the third consecutive month, as September 2015 record falls to 0.4%, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reports Tuesday, October 5, 2015.

The clothespin makers of Bocaue

Oct 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

For more than a year the clothespin makers of Bocaue Bulacan have been earning a meager P2 per kilo Most of them receive less than P200 from producing 3 to 5 sacks per week

Mae Pingol makes clothespins with her brother, Jonathan, whose bronchopneumonia has been recurring over the past four years. Their mother earns P200 a day working at a daycare in the village.

S&P lowers anew GDP forecast for Philippines

Sep 11, 2015 - 2:32 PM

S P cuts the gross domestic product growth forecast for the country to 5 6 this year and 2016

SLASH. S&P lowers the GDP growth forecast for the Philippines to 5.6% this year and 2016, the second time S&P revised the GDP growth outlook for the Philippines.