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Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) But much of the initial optimism over reforms appears to have been dented by a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the driving ban

Saudi Samar Al-Moqren drives her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.  Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from June 24, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.   / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Piston, other groups to hold transport strike on June 25

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Aside from the government's jeepney phaseout program, the groups will also protest rising fuel prices caused by the TRAIN law

Jeepney drivers and operators belonging to transport group PISTON hold streamers against the phase-out of passengers jeepneys from 15 years old and above in a protest rally during their nationwide transport caravan at the Elliptical Road in Quezon City. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

TRAIN law abuses women – rights group

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Women's rights group Oriang says poor women suffer the most under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Social mitigating measures of tax reform law

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz lets us know about provisions in the TRAIN law meant to help the poorest of the population

CPP says it was ready to issue standby order to NPA

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:18 PM

NDF chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison describes as 'unacceptable' the unilateral cancellation of a stand down agreement signed by both sides on June 9. It was supposed to take effect on June 21.

DSWD chief: P2,400 subsidy not enough to shield poor from TRAIN impact

Jun 15, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'Ang sabi po ngayon, na hindi sapat ang tinutulong na P200 a month. Totoo naman pong hindi,' says Social Welfare Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 that will help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay natives can sell land to big firms, if they want – Duterte

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has previously said he would put Boracay under the land reform program because he wants to limit commercial establishments that cause environmental problems

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on June 12, 2018, urges the village chiefs to follow his pursuit of protecting the people and preserving the nation. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Higher prices partly due to NFA's 'incompetence' – Diokno

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the National Food Authority's 'incompetence' caused panic which resulted in higher rice prices

GOING DOWN. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno says inflation is already decelerating. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

P42,000-budget for a family of 5 not official NEDA estimate – Pernia

Jun 08, 2018 - 1:43 PM

National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia says at least two family members should work to allow the family to live a comfortable life

Despite higher inflation, economic managers reject TRAIN law suspension

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'We must stay the course,' the economic managers say in a joint statement as they defended the tax reform law as crucial to progress

INFLATION BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno (middle) reads the joint statement of the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance, and National Economic and Development Authority on the May 2018 inflation figure. Photo from DBM

Boracay to become coconut producer under agrarian reform

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform has already identified some 80 indigenous people who are qualified to be land reform beneficiaries

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The bad joke that is Benjamin Diokno

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Step down from your ivory tower and embrace reality – the reality of the shrinking peso, in the truest meaning of the word

[OPINION] Higher inflation: Is TRAIN to blame? (Part 2)

Jun 03, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Higher inflation, coupled with the forthcoming 2019 midterm election, has suddenly turned TRAIN into a political hot potato

Duterte: Congress to decide on TRAIN law suspension

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:04 AM

'There's no value in giving so much importance of what I want because, kung sabihin ko naman na, huwag, it would be needed for the 'Build Build Build,' at kung sabihin nila, talagang palitan natin, wala naman akong magawa,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HIGHER PRICES. Higher price increases are noted for rice, corn, fish, fruits, and vegetables in March 2018. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

[OPINION] Higher inflation: Is TRAIN to blame? (Part 1)

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:33 PM

In these tough times, government officials must be wary of populist policies that could make matters worse. They should also avoid making callous remarks that tend to belittle the poor and add insult to their economic injury.

Grace Poe urges speedy release of gov't subsidies under tax reform law

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the funds are needed to help the poor and affected sectors cope with higher prices due to the tax reform law

ASK THE PEOPLE. Sen. Grace Poe went to bus stations in Albay to get the feel of the public on the effects of the TRAIN Law. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Businesses warn ill effects of TRAIN Law package 2

May 30, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters Inc. warns legislators that the removal of tax incentives may scare away foreign investors

CA confirms John Castriciones as agrarian reform secretary

May 30, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) Despite getting flak for supposed anti-farmer policies, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones earns the nod of the Commission on Appointments

CONFIRMED. John Castriciones finally secures his post as Agrarian Reform Secretary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar confronts oppositor questioning Vista Land's Boracay permit in CA hearing

May 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Bakit ba binabanggit mo puro Vista Land? Galit ka ba sa akin? Is this a political issue or a legitimate issue?' asks Senator Cynthia Villar, whose family owns Vista Land

Photo by Angie de Silva

Agriculture department blames banks for poor growth

May 28, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data reveals loans extended toward agriculture and agrarian reform are nowhere near what the law mandates

FARMERS. A community finishes a palay season after harvest in Pangasinan. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The economics of TRAIN law, inflation and Build, Build, Build

May 25, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Economics PhD student JC Punongbayan explains in Part 2 of this Economics Series why TRAIN may be ill-timed, which sector is worst hit by inflation and why Build, Build, Build may be bad for traffic

DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

May 25, 2018 - 7:01 PM

With rising petroleum prices, the government is eyeing to revive a fuel subsidy program – which remains unaudited – for jeepney drivers towards the end of 2018

SUBSIDY. The transportation department is looking at giving subsidies to jeepney drivers amid higher oil prices.

Labor group pushes for wage increase amid higher prices

May 25, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Partido Manggagawa says a majority of wage earners 'gained nothing' from the tax reform law and ended up 'devastatingly hit' by inflation

HIGHER PRICES. In this file photo, a protester holds a placard with a slogan "Train to Gutom," alluding to higher prices brought by the effects of the tax reform law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


[OPINION] On the ouster of Chief Justice: Sereno served with honor and competence

May 15, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Her legacy is an unimpeachable reputation, and a record of leadership marked by changes that have and will continue to enhance the judiciary and the legal profession

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Tax reform law delays Pampanga school building projects – COA

May 06, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Commission on Audit notes that 21 out of 25 proposed school building projects in 2017 are delayed after being sent back for cost adjustment

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May 04, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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DAR mulls distribution of idle government lands to farmers

May 04, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform is eyeing two controversial areas and a Bureau of Corrections facility for agrarian reform

Con-Com proposes ban on political turncoats, stricter rules for political parties

May 02, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Consultative Committee hopes the proposed provisions will lead to 'genuine party politics' based on ideologies instead of on personalities, but at least one member warns this would unduly punish those who feel that their party no longer represents their ideals

League of Barangays on PDEA, Calida on tax reform law, China on Peppa Pig | Midday wRap

May 02, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts

May 01, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says Solicitor General Jose Calida's argument is 'deceptive and misleading'

FUEL TAX. Solicitor General Jose Calida says higher taxes on fuel only has a 0.1% maximum effect on transporation rates. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippine inflation rate averages 3.8% for Q1 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Inflation hits its highest quarterly average since 2014 as the tax reform law, higher oil prices, a weaker peso, and the tightening of US monetary policy take their toll

Perks of Sangguniang Kabataan officials

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) are entitled to free tuition in public tertiary schools, among other privileges given by the law

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores – survey

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

A Nielsen study shows consumers have been drinking less sugary drinks and even taking items out of their grocery baskets, as prices rose with the implementation of the tax reform law

PRICE HIKES.The retail price of a one-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 from the current P31, due to the tax reform law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte admits he has no master plan for Boracay

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'But master plan, wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna iyan kasi agricultural 'yan'

NO MASTER PLAN. President Rodrigo Duterte admits in an interview with reporters on April 9, 2018, that he has no master plan for the world-famous island of Boracay during its 6-month closure. Malacañang photo

Duterte denies knowing about planned Boracay casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he will 'give' Boracay land to farmers instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018.

Dissecting TRAIN’s impact on our incomes

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:31 PM

In the mad rush to get the tax reform law going, government may have inadvertently trampled on and railroaded the poor

Gov't panel prepares for resumption of talks with communist rebels

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Government peace negotiators have reached out to their counterparts in the National Democratic Front and scheduled meetings to discuss conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte

GREEN LIGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with government negotiators after ordering the resumption of talks with communist rebels. Malacañang photo

CA bypasses agrarian reform chief over lack of track record

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Some members of the Commission on Appointments want more documents to prove that Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones is really capable of leading the agency

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers DAR chief's confirmation over lack of track record

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones counters that he's qualified for the post since he handled agrarian reform cases as a general practitioner

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

VIRAL: With tax reform, Philippines has 'new rules' like Dua Lipa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Ateneo de Zamboanga University students make a parody video inspired by Dua Lipa's hit song, featuring lyrics about the tax reform law

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Unti-unti, sinasakal na si Juan ng bagong buwis

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Nang naupo si Rodrigo Duterte bilang pangulo, nasa 2% lamang ang inflation rate – ngayon, 19 buwan pa lamang ang nakalilipas, halos sagad na ito sa target ng gobyerno na 4%

Senate committee to probe new threat vs BPO sector

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This comes after a Malacañang veto effectively raised the cost of doing business in the Philippines, says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

TRAIN EFFECTS. The Senate Committee on Science and Technology is set to probe tax reform effects on the Philippine BPO sector. File photo by AFP

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Consultative Committee members who want this provision say it would lead to less conflict and more collaborative governance

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Supreme Court flag ceremony, High inflation rate expected, EU fund for PH drug rehab program | Midday wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:57 PM

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