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European Union grants, Trillanes meets Rubio, Brexit | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Mahmud Ahmad dead – Duterte

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:28 PM

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla also confirms the Malaysian terrorist who helped finance the Marawi siege was killed by troops

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Duterte's 'war in Malaysia' makes audience do double take

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The President was likely referring to the war in Marawi but the mistake causes a small stir among his audience, composed of diplomats and foreign policy experts

Duterte fires DBM undersecretary for 'corruption'

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno confirms that the official is Gertrudo De Leon, an appointee of the President's

Duterte dares West to take 'lead role' in PH drug war

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In a speech tinged with sarcasm, President Rodrigo Duterte challenges Western countries to solve the Philippine drug war 'the civilized way'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and the officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during his visit at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#DuterteLive: 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Exposition of the PCCI

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:55 PM

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After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Marawi homecoming, Lorraine Badoy, Facebook cybersex | Midday wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:19 PM

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Trillanes meets with US Senator Rubio on Duterte drug war, PH-US ties

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, says his discussion with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV included the issue of protecting human rights amid the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines

MEETING.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:50 AM

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ANTI-HAZING LAW. Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte insists on UK aid offer after DFA clarification

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano backs President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the DFA may not be aware of aid offers made to other departments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the inmates during his visit to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Residents to be screened for safety before return to Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:46 AM

Provincial Crisis Committee Spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong says that while the return of the residents into their homes is on top of mind, there are mechanisms that need to be followed to restore normalcy and allow a safe return for the people

MASCARA JABAR PAUNTIL. Photos by Bobby Lagsa

Solano testimony, war on drugs, Harvey Weinstein | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Duterte wants TV sets in all Camp Bagong Diwa jail cells

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

High-profile inmates like Janet Lim Napoles and Farhana Maute may soon enjoy a television set in their cells, care of the President himself

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to inmates during his visit inside the detention facility of the BJMP at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After China, PDP-Laban signs deal with Putin's United Russia party

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

AGREEMENT. PDP-Laban signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Photo from Pimentel's office

Duterte on Lucio Tan, Cardinal Vidal, Typhoon Paolo | Midday wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:04 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 18, 2017

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:45 AM

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Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

3 dead in Tondo a day after Duterte's new drug war memo

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations

The wake of Sherwin Vitas, 34, and Rolando Ocampo, 60, in Tondo Manila. Both were killed in a police-led buy bust operation last October 11, moments before it was announced to the public that PDEA would lead all drug operations Photo by Kimberly dela Cruz

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

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Duterte says he's not keen on extending his term

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The President claims he won't use the declaration of a revolutionary government to stay in power

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: When Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 7th visit to Marawi City to declare the liberation of the city from terrorists. Here are photos from Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa.

Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte dares Lucio Tan to fund destabilization plots

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the tycoon has remained untouchable for years because of alleged threats to fund destabilization plots against government officials

Duterte to jeepney drivers, operators: Modernize by year-end or get out

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also claims Piston is a 'legal front' of the communists and is committing rebellion through the two-day transport strike

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Agrilink/ Foodlink/ Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City on October 5, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the organizers saying that these events contribute to country's vision of having a more productive and progressive agricultural sector. MARCELINO PASCUA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for cooperation and unity to ensure genuine and lasting peace

HEALING STARTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the liberation of Marawi City marks the start of rehabilitation and healing of the war-torn area. File photo by the Office of the Vice President

Marawi rehab prioritizes clearing of buildings, residents’ return

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Residents will only be allowed to return to parts of Marawi that have been cleared of bombs and booby traps left by terrorists

Marawi battle area, Rappler photo

[OPINION] Revolutionary government, yes, Duterte-style, no

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Under Duterte’s leadership, there is clearly no revolution. It’s actually more of the same, only worse. What Duterte ushered in was a rightist counter-revolution.

Destabilization, revolutionary govt threats sow fear – Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

‘Iyong baseless accusations lalo tayong nagiging divisive, nagiging polarized ang mga tao,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo

NO DESTABILIZATION. Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that the Liberal Party is not behind any plots agains President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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Piston threatens Duterte: Talk to us, or we'll give you monthly strikes

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Piston president George San Mateo says they have asked for a dialogue with Duterte at least twice

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump to meet Duterte on Asia trip dominated by North Korea

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Trump's first Asian tour as president will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines

[OPINION] Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:50 PM

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

If VP wants to be president, 'let Duterte finish first' – PNP chief

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:17 PM

'Kung gusto niyang mag-presidente, subukan natin siya. Basta patapusin muna 'yung buong administration ni presidente,' says top cop Ronald dela Rosa

LOYAL COP. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa asks opposition leader Leni Robredo to wait for her turn at the presidency. Rappler file photo

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Transport strike, Marawi updates, drug war and EJKs | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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'Small majority' of Filipinos want Church help in drug rehab

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign

REHAB EFFORTS. A Filipino attends a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (not in photo) on March 17, 2017, to launch a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program in San Juan. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Most Filipinos afraid they'd end up like Kian delos Santos – Pulse Asia

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:06 PM

In a poll held a month after the teenager's death, more than three-fourths of Filipinos who knew about Kian delos Santos said they were worried they or somebody they knew would meet the same fate

KIAN'S FATE. A survey shows most Filipinos are worried they could end up like the 17-year-old, who died during a police operation. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Most Filipinos believe EJKs happen in war on drugs – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) While 88% support the war on drugs, 73% also believe EJKs are happening in its conduct

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler/File

Sara Duterte to Tindig Pilipinas: No reason for President to be insecure

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

'When you are the President, there is nothing that will make you feel insecure – not survey results or a person like Trillanes or a power-hungry group called Tindig Pilipinas,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the opening ceremony of the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Tent City in Manila Hotel, Manila on September 18, 2017. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 9-15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

After Negros Island Region abolition, Duterte hopes 2 provinces remain united

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'May this dislocation foster solidarity and camaraderie,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the opening rites of the Buglasan Festival at Dumaguete City

UNITY. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental remain united even after he dissolved the Negros Island Region. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Malacañang

Mahathir stresses need for rule of law amid EJKs in PH

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, 92, also says the police 'should not be too free with using lethal weapons'

RULE OF LAW. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad says investors don't care about politics, but look for rule of law. Screenshot from Rappler video

De Lima, group to Duterte: Sign bank waiver if you have nothing to hide

Oct 14, 2017 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'Yung akala mo eh matapang na Pangulo, duwag naman pala,' says Senator Leila de Lima in a message read at the launch of a signature campaign urging President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the scrutiny of his bank accounts

SIGN THE WAIVER, MR PRESIDENT. Opposition group Tindig Pilipinas launches a signature campaign urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign a bank waiver on October 14, 2017. Senator Leila de Lima participated through a message read at the event. Photo from the Tindig Pilipinas Facebook page

Law groups denounce Duterte's 'brazen assaults' vs democratic institutions

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:18 PM

According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'

[OPINION] The real score on foreign investments in the time of Duterte

Oct 14, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The latest FDI figures – alongside signs of weaker business confidence, lower growth forecasts, and declining competitiveness – seem to presage a brewing storm in the Philippine business climate

Understanding Duterte's decline in SWS, Pulse surveys

Oct 14, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Don't make the mistake of comparing SWS net ratings (48%) with Pulse Asia's gross ratings (80%). They are apples and oranges.

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP