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IN NUMBERS: Vico Sotto’s first 100 days as Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'This is about doing governance in the way that we think it should be done. This is a stand against patronage politics. This is a stand against corruption,' says Sotto

NUMBERS TALK. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto highlighted achievements in health care, education, housing, social services, and good governance as he marked his first 100 days in office on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Bringing home the Pigafetta manuscripts

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:41 PM

For the first time, high-resolution copies of Italian explorer Antonio Pigafetta's chronicle are in the Philippine national historian's library, accessible to any Filipino who wants to learn about Magellan's expedition, the 'First Mass,' and the Battle of Mactan

[PODCAST] Ninja cops: Ang isyung nagpabagsak sa hepe ng PNP

Oct 16, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng isyu tungkol sa ninja cops sa kampanya laban sa droga ni Pangulong Duterte? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, police reporter Rambo Talabong, at Senate reporter Aika Rey.

Francis Zamora: After 50 years, San Juan gets a new captain

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Francis Zamora takes on the role of San Juan's chief executive, the city's new captain after 50 years under the Estrada clan. How will he change the game?

CLEARING. To lead the example PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Elleazar along with San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on July 30, 2019, demolish Community Precinct structures at West Crame in San Juan City per president order to reclaim sidewalks for pedestrians. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From tough cop to ‘coddler’: Oscar Albayalde’s fall from grace

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Oscar Albayalde was known as a strict cop. A year and 6 months later, a defeated Albayalde steps down from his post, amid piling allegations that he was not strict enough with his own men.

An introduction to self-help: 7 books to help you get started

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

On your way to self-improvement? Help yourself with some self-help!

During tense political times, unity is Supreme Court's prime quest

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Even in the Robredo-Marcos case, which is perceptibly a divisive issue, justices are said to be having an 'emerging consensus'

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

First 100 Days: In Manila, Isko Moreno finds his most challenging role

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Under Mayor Isko Moreno, the Manila city council is forced to work the same odd hours. ‘If he’s working with his 110%, then we are expected to do the same,’ says his trusted ‘ate,’ Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna

MANILA'S RULES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno reminds foreign nationals to respect Philippine laws and city ordinances when in Manila City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Inside the Industry: Film criticism with Richard Bolisay

Oct 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Why does he do what he does and what did he do to get there? Listen to Richard Bolisay on 'Inside the Industry' here!

Victim plays dead: In Marikina, a new case of ‘extrajudicial killing’

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:49 AM

A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.

NEW EJK? Kim Lester Ramos, a victim of extrajudicial killings in Marikina, lays in a court near their home in Marikina. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'A listening government': Baguio's Magalong recruiting advisers for 10 priority areas

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:18 AM

We also gauge his first 100 days as mayor, according to how he has delivered on these 10 identified priorities

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Photo courtesy of Baguio City PIO

IN NUMBERS: Francis Zamora's first 100 days as San Juan mayor

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

He says his first 100 days have been 'so far, so good,' but that ghosts of the previous administration remain

100 DAYS. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, Congressman Ronnie Zamora, and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr on Friday, September 27, lead the groundbreaking of the 22-story high-rise public housing that will rise along Pinaglaban Street in San Juan City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Joy Belmonte asks council for P27 billion for 2020

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Belmonte's proposal is 30% higher than this year's budget, which she plans to fund building new houses for the poor, new classrooms, night market venues, and walkable sidewalks

MORE IN STORE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte laid out several proposals in line with traffic and transport management, social services, automation of process and more for her constituents. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Vico Sotto, the Prince of Pasig, must prepare for war

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Vico Sotto must keep in mind that he has an opponent raring to get back in power: ‘The old guard is up and about…their tentacles of corruption are still in city hall, occupying good positions’

TRANSITION. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says managing the first ever transition in administration since Pasig became a city in 1995 is challenging. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page

China at 70: 'Fantasy of cordial relations' with the Philippines

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:15 AM

As the People’s Republic of China celebrates 70 years since its founding anniversary, the Asian giant has gone from poor neighbor to rich neighbor – and bully – of the Philippines

'NEW AT 70'. Chinese participants take part in a gala in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People'sRepublic of China. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

IN NUMBERS: QC Mayor Joy Belmonte's first 100 days

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Belmonte cites improved delivery of social services and ease of doing business in her first 3 months in office

100 DAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte delivers her first State of the City Address on October 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The beginner’s guide to the world of tea

Sep 29, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Need a steep-by-steep guide to the world of tea? Here's the tea on everything you need to know

Family of topnotchers: Youngest ranks 1st in physician licensure exam

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Acing the physician licensure exam isn't new to the Peralta family as Federico’s sisters, Ana Bianca Eloise and Ana Eryka Elaine, were also among the top passers of the same exams in past years

HIGHLIGHTS: #InspireCourage stories at the Social Good Summit 2019

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

During the #InspireCourage session, speakers will answer basic questions: What do they do exactly? Why are they passionate about this initiative? How can other people help?

[PODCAST] Dapat bang gawing ilegal ang pagiging komunista?

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Ano ang maaaring umusbong na problema kung ituturing na krimen ang pagiging miyembro ng Communist Party of the Philippines? Pakinggan ang talakayan nina police reporter Rambo Talabong at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

LIST: Ambassadors promise Isko Moreno aid in reviving Manila

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Isko Moreno has met with 13 ambassadors, each with their own promise for Manila. We document them in this story.

COURTESY CALL. Georgia Ambassador Irakli Asashvili with his entourage at the Manila City Hall. Manila PIO photo

Can't afford to fail: Bangsamoro region weathers birth pains

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:45 PM

In its first 5 months, the new Bangsamoro government gets past birth pains as its Parliament and Cabinet struggle to make an impact on the daily lives of the region's people

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Despite its reputation for being a land of employment, Metro Manila continues to register one of the highest unemployment rates in the Philippines

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Cutting back on caffeine? Here are 5 alternatives to coffee

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Need a boost of energy even without coffee? Here are 5 tasty, healthy substitutes that'll help you get through the day!

[PODCAST] Inciting to sedition sa ilalim ni Duterte

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng inciting to sedition complaint sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas? Alamin sa talakayan nina police reporter Rambo Talabong, justice reporter Lian Buan, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

LIST: Carts ready? Here are the wild September sales coming up

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

With these crazy discounts and upcoming deals, who else is ready to sale away?

'Obviously lying': Senators don't believe Faeldon

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Will Faeldon survive this controversy unscathed?

GCTA CONTROVERSY. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon was put on the hot seat at the second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: How local governments fare halfway DILG-ordered road clearing

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Secretary Eduardo Año says more than half of LGUs nationwide have not conducted road clearing operations. They have until September 29 to do so.

MIDWAY MARK. The DILG relayed figures with regard to cleared obstructions, displaced livelihoods and properties, and compliance rates across the nation. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

'Lazada Loans,' new customer collection points announced in time for annual 9.9 sale

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:14 PM

Users can now get loans or pay bills through the Lazada app, among other new services, mirroring recent app trends to be an all-in-one hub

9.9 SALE. Ray Alimurung, CEO of Lazada Philippines, announces new user-centric features and services on the app. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


You can now translate Cebuano on Google's Word Lens, and use Baybayin on Gboard

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Google expands support for native languages in the Philippines


The millennials behind Isko Moreno

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

There is no well-oiled public relations beast behind Isko Moreno. It's just a team of 8 millennials eager for him to go live.

No rice? No problem: 10 healthy alternatives to white rice

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

For those quitting rice or simply looking for a healthier alternative, here are 10 options you can check out!

Too young to marry

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

When Fatima woke up three days into the new year, she had no idea the day would end with her becoming tied for the rest of her life to a man she barely knew

[PODCAST] May silbi ba ang diplomatic protest laban sa China?

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

May ngipin ba ang mga diplomatic protest laban sa mga aksyon ng China? Alamin sa talakayan nina foreign affairs reporter Sofia Tomacruz at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

How to be productive when working from home

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Things can get so chill at home that you might not get work done. Here's how to avoid that.


Newsbreak Chats: The GCTA law, Cardema, Bikoy, and how laws can be twisted

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:16 PM

On Thursday, August 29, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss and analyze how some political personalities have tried to trifle with the law

When Duterte meets with Xi: What West PH Sea deals were reached in past talks?

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Here's a compilation of key agreements on the West Philippine Sea reached during bilateral meetings between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

Looking for good local coffee beans? Here's where to buy them

Aug 25, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Bean searching for 100% homegrown coffee brands to support? Check out these 5 local names!

[PODCAST] Ang batas na puwedeng magpalaya sa rapist-murderer na si Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Ano ang epekto ng RA 10592 kay convicted murderer-rapist na si Antonio Sanchez? Alamin sa talakayan nina justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Creating a Marcos? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: This is what it takes to be a UP Fighting Maroon

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how a high-performance basketball team like the UP Fighting Maroons grind it out in practice

What is QC's ordinance against LGBTQ+ discrimination all about?

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Quezon City's 'most advanced' Gender-Fair Ordinance is friendly to the LGBTQ+ community. The city is said to be the first to pass anything like it.

Inside the Industry podcast: Life as a sports manager

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In the first episode of Rappler Hustle's Inside the Industry podcast, Philippine rugby's Jake Letts talks about what it's like to be a sports manager

Bikoy vs Bikoy: The biggest flip-flops of the government's star witness

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful

Even as senator, Bong Go still Duterte's constant companion

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the Miss Earth Philippines 2019 winners who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'American Crime Story' 3rd season to follow Lewinsky-Clinton scandal

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:35 PM

FX renews the true crime series for a 3rd season, which will be produced by Monica Lewinsky herself

How Isko Moreno copied a Duterte anti-crime idea and made it his own

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno forms his own mayoral anti-crime police squad, headed by a cop who grew up with him in Tondo

ISKO ON CRIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is the only mayor in Manila who presents crime suspects inside the city hall. Photo by Manila PIO

18-year-old Aeta dreams of becoming her community's doctor

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'No Aeta had imagined that they could become a doctor. We’ve been experiencing discrimination in the lowlands for so long that we’ve grown to fear studying with non-Aetas,' says 18-year-old Mary Rose Alejo

Mary Rose Alejo is a Magbukun Aeta set to study community health work in the University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences this August. Photo by Dr. Fresthel Climacosa