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Disinformation agents are targeting veterans in run-up to 2020 election

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Foreign actors eye future spies and government bureaucrats

US DISINFORMATION. Header image from animation by Anastasia Gviniashvili for Coda Story.

Over 5,700 dead soldiers still got pension in 2018 – COA

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit wants to hold officials liable for the payment of more than P70 million to pensioners who were already dead

LRT2, MRT3 give free rides to war veterans from April 5 to 11

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The free ride is also valid for one companion

FREE RIDES. The Light Rail Transit Authority and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will give free rides to Filipino war veterans.

Customs, Phividec to go after Verde Soko for S. Korean garbage import

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The consignee meant to process the trash, Verde Soko, is absent during the hearing

Members of the Ecowaste Coalition shows up signs condemning and protesting the importation of hazardous waste materials from South Korea inside the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Sunday, January 13,2019. The 1,400 tons of waste inside 51 40-footer containers will be ship back to South Korea onboard M/V Kalliroe on January 14,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler/Rappler

Filipino senior war veterans' pension raised to P20,000

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Republic Act No 11164 increases the monthly old-age pension of war veterans from P5,000 to P20,000

Slain Philippine Star newsman laid to rest in Albay

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Celso Amo, the veteran Bicolano journalist, was killed during a heated argument in a basketball court

Rev. Fr. Kims Camu, former station manager of DWBS Radio Veritas Legazpi talks with the son and daughter of slain journalist Celso Amo before the interment at Forest Lake on Wednesday. Amo was stabbed to death on Sunday while playing basketball at Daraga covered court. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipino WWII veterans receive US Congressional Gold Medal

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

It is the first time a ceremony for the award is held in the Philippines

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

100-year-old Filipino WWII veteran tears up receiving U.S. medal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Thirteen Filipino World War II veterans are awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal on September 13, the first of among many who will be given long-overdue recognition for fighting alongside the Americans during the war.

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

House approves bill raising senior war veterans' pension to P20,000

May 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If passed into law, the bill would increase the pension being received by senior war veterans who fought in World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars

HIGHER PENSION SOON? World War II veterans attend the Philippine Independence Day celebration in June 2013. File photo by Rappler

Goebbels' diary shows he took note of Fall of Bataan

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 AM

Entries in Joseph Goebbels' 1942 diary show the propaganda minister taking note of the fall of Bataan and quickly blaming MacArthur, and the Jews behind him

WORLD WAR II. This undated file photo taken during World War II in Germany shows Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (L) standing with his Nazi commanders Hermann Goering (2nd L), Joseph Goebbels (C) and Rudolf Hess (R). Photo from the National Archives/AFP

Boogie Mendoza, top spy vs communists and terrorists, dies

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Rodolfo 'Boogie' Mendoza served in the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group and the provincial police of Zambales before retiring as a one-star police general

VETERAN INTEL OFFICER. Rodolfo 'Boogie' Mendoza. Photo from Mendoza's Facebook page

Pesan toleransi veteran yang bertugas sebagai mata-mata Belanda

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Soegeng Boediarto, atau Sie Ing Biauw, merupakan warga negara Tiongkok yang menjadi WNI usai masa kemerdekaan

Sie Ing Biauw atau Soegeng Boediarto, veteran pejuang kemerdekaan Indonesia mantan polisi tentara di Purwokerto Jawa Tengah. Foto oleh Irma Muflikah/Rappler

U.S. Congress honors Filipino veterans of World War II

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:49 AM

US Congress awards the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 250,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice during World War II

RECOGNITION. U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan shakes hands with Dean Delen, a Filipino veteran representing guerrilla units, as Frank Francone (an American veteran representing the Philippine Scouts), Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, other congressional leaders, and Alicia Benitez (next to kin of a Filipino veteran) look on during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony on October 25, 2017. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

VIRAL: Reaksi veteran saksikan video sumpah negara khilafah

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Para veteran menyuarakan kekecewaannya terhadap sekelompok mahasiswa yang bersumpah akan mendirikan negara khilafah di Indonesia

VETERAN. Seorang veteran perang mengungkapkan perasaannya usai menonton video mahasiswa yang bersumpah akan mendirikan negara khilafah di Indonesia. Screenshot dari Facebook/Dhani Hargo

Help identify child survivor in Nueva Ecija bus crash – hospital

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Officials of the Veterans Regional Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya have shared photos of the girl believed to be 3 to 4 years old in the hope that a relative would recognize her

DO YOU KNOW HER? Officials of the Veterans Regional Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya have reached out to the public to help them identify this girl, a survivor of the Nueva Ecija bus crash. Photo from the Veterans Regional Hospital

Duterte orders early release of pension for AFP retirees

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the DBM and the DND to expedite the early release of pension credentials for fiscal years 2008 to 2013 amounting to P6 421 billion

CHEERING VETERANS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 75th Celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan, honoring the veterans of World War II, at Mt. Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, April 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:33 PM

The US is set to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 260 000 Filipino veterans as a fitting tribute to their dedicated service during the last war

VMMC agrees to open roads to private vehicles

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Motorists can apply for access stickers so they can pass through the Veterans Memorial Medical Center as a shortcut

'Blooming'? Gloria Arroyo says it's thanks to freedom

Sep 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Freedom is always very healthy the former president tells reporters

BLOOMING AND BRACELESS. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attends a news briefing at the House of Representatives on on Monday, September 5. Photos by Rappler

SC orals on Marcos burial: Issues and answers

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

On Wednesday morning August 31 the Supreme Court hears arguments on the petitions filed by Martial Law victims to stop the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS BURIAL. The Supreme Court will hold its oral arguments on Wednesday, August 24, to resolve whether the late President Ferdinand Marcos deserves a slot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Duterte: P4.7B to be released for soldiers' widows, AFP retirees

Aug 29, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The amount was approved for release by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III but was held back due to the election related ban on fund disbursements

HEROES' DAY. President Duterte attends his first National Heroes' Day ceremony as Philippine president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Kisah veteran perang yang menghabiskan 15 tahun di Nusakambangan

Aug 20, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Hadi Pranoto seorang pejuang kemerdekaan terasingkan karena dituduh sebagai anggota Partai Komunis Indonesia

Hadi Pranoto, veteran Tentara Pelajar, yang harus dipenjara 15 tahun di Nusakambangan. Foto oleh Ari Susanto/Rappler

WATCH: Stars do '22 push-up challenge' to raise awareness for veterans

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Can you do 22 push ups? Scott Eastwood Chris Evans Dwayne The Rock Johnson and more do the 22pushupchallenge and ask others to do the same

#22PUSHUPCHALLENGE. Scott Eastwood, Chris Evans, and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson do the #22pushupchallenge to raise awareness about the 22 US veterans who commit suicide daily. Screengrabs from Instagram/therock/scotteastwood, Twitter/ChrisEvans

Army prepares military honors for Marcos

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine Army has already designated a protocol officer who will coordinate with the Marcos family on the details of the planned burial

Gloria Arroyo: 'Strategic direction' is to fully support Duterte

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo says she supports the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte including the reimposition of the death penalty which was abolished during her presidency

BACK TO VMMC. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Veterans Memorial Medical Center director Nona Legaspi during the signing of a deed donation on August 10. Arroyo donates two dialysis machines, two beds, and an air-conditioning unit to the hospital where she was detained for almost 4 years. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gov't now preparing for Marcos burial at Libingan

Aug 07, 2016 - 9:53 PM

The Palace confirms preparations for the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani are underway

Veteran NBA big man Stoudemire retires

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Stoudemire was the first Knick since Patrick Ewing to be voted into the NBA All Star Game in 2011

SIDELINED. New York Knicks forwards Amare Stoudemire (pictured) and Kenyon Martin will miss action with ankle injuries. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

SC orders 'immediate release' of Gloria Arroyo from detention

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court promulgates its decision two days later on July 21 setting the motion for Arroyo s possible release on the same day

File photo by AFP

Netizens dismayed with SC ruling on Arroyo's plunder case

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:54 PM

The Supreme Court s ruling that acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder triggers a flurry of negative comments from netizens

Arroyo allowed to leave for Pampanga to vote on May 9

May 05, 2016 - 4:14 PM

The Supreme Court allows the former president who is under hospital arrest to leave for Pampanga to cast her ballot without fanfare or caravan

FURLOUGH. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been allowed to leave for Pampanga to vote in the May 9, 2016 polls. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Book takes girl's story from Quiapo to Makati gallery

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Those in the know see Quiapo in a different light: as a haven for strong hearted hardworking individuals tenaciously trying to overcome life’s obstacles for their dreams

Poe admits husband is former US Air Force

Apr 07, 2016 - 11:13 PM

A political analyst notes that Grace Poe apparently kept this information from the public

File photo by Rappler

Republicans debate without Trump, who taunts from afar

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:56 AM

UPDATED The real estate mogul doubled down in a game of political chicken scheduling a rival event for military veterans at the same time as his party showcases its candidates to Iowa voters

BOYCOTT. Three protesters stand outside a building before the Donald Trump event on the Drake University campus at a special event to benefit veterans after Trump boycotted the Fox News GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, January 28, 2016. The Iowa Caucus will be held February 1, and is the first official test of candidates seeing their parties nominations. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Auction of Veterans Memorial transport hub in 2016

Nov 28, 2015 - 3:41 PM

In terms of project cost Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says ITS North will be a bit higher than the P4 billion 84 99 million ITS South Terminal PPP deal

THIRD ITS. The third integrated transport hub being implemented through PPP will be located inside the 55-hectare Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City

GMA to seek anew court's nod to attend 9th day of mourning

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:52 PM

The Sandiganbayan rejects an earlier request that former president Arroyo be allowed to attend the last day of mourning for her brother Arturo on August 19

YOUNG MACAPAGAL. Arturo Macapagal is photographed in this 2003 file photo. Photo from Newsbreak

Filinvest, Ayala battle for P4B ITS-South terminal project

Jul 31, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Datem the consortium of Megawide and WM Property Management opts out of the bidding for the Integrated Transport System ITS South terminal Project

BATTLE BETWEEN DEVELOPERS. Only 2 of the 4 qualified bidders move forward to bid for the ITS-South Terminal deal. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

#MMShakeDrill: QC hospital tests earthquake readiness

Jul 31, 2015 - 2:35 PM

The Veterans Memorial Medical Center is ground zero for the north sector during the July 30 metro wide MMShakeDrill

EVAC CENTERS. People lined up for a simulated evacuation process. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

White House eases immigration rules for family of Filipino WWII vets

Jul 22, 2015 - 10:32 PM

The Obama administration seeks to allow family members of Filipino World War II veterans to migrate through a special parole program

HEROES, TOO. The Philippine government pays tribute to World War II veterans on Independence Day. File photo byAC Dimatatac/Rappler

Russia lashes out at law to erase Ukraine's Soviet past

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:48 AM

The package of laws bans Soviet flags and means Soviet era Lenin statues will have to be knocked down and town squares renamed across the country of some 45 million

Aquino recalls WWII lessons to push for Bangsamoro law

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:37 PM

More suffering and misunderstanding are brought on by war while unity will bear progress This lesson is what pushed me further to fight for lasting peace in Mindanao

DAY OF VALOR. President Benigno Aquino III troops the line upon arrival at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan for the 73rd Commemoration of the Day of Valor. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

#ArawNgKagitingan: Calendar of activities

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Participate in the commemorative events organized by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office to immortalize the valor of the country s veterans

Free LRT rides for Filipino veterans until April 11

Apr 07, 2015 - 2:07 PM

From April 7 11 bonafide Filipino veterans only need to present their PVAO or Veteran ID cards One caregiver per veteran will also be able to ride for free

Banks announce Holy Week schedule

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:38 PM

Clients are encouraged to fulfill their banking transactions ahead of the long weekend

Amal Clooney to represent Arroyo? Palace not notified

Mar 09, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The government will respond accordingly once it receives official notice that the international human rights lawyer has filed a case with the United Nations

AMAL CLOONEY. A handout picture provided by the Council of Europe on 28 January 2015 shows lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney attending the hearing in the case Perincek vs Switzerland, at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, 28 January 2015. Candice Imbert/ Council of Europe/ EPA

New hope for unlisted Fil-Am WWII veterans?

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Thousands of Fil Am veterans did not add their names to the US list of soldiers for fear that the enemy would obtain roster lists and retaliate against them

DOTC eyes Veterans Center as terminal site

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:06 PM

The Veterans Memorial Medical Center may turn into a transport hub for public utility vehicles coming from Northern Luzon

Wounded Fil-Am war vet takes his place in history

Oct 10, 2014 - 7:19 PM

Joseph Bacani now a student at Columbia University is a far cry from his image embedded in the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial The Iraq War veteran is the only Filipino and Asian American in such national tribute

Fil-Ams give Obama a grade of C+ on immigration reform

Apr 30, 2014 - 10:23 PM

They give him an average grade – the number of deportations are at a record high ; those who have contributed to the economy are being deprived of benefits

America's second-class veterans

Apr 26, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Filipinos didn t get the same pension medical benefits and recognition as heroes of World War II like the US veterans got because of the Rescission Act of 1946

5 US policies that Filipino Americans support

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:33 PM

Learn about the proposed immigration reform benefits for Filipino World War II veterans Temporary Protected Status application in state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and the inclusion of Filipinos in American textbooks