Rappler's latest stories on yearender
From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world
In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive
Latin Americans have long migrated to the United States – half a million Central Americans cross Mexico each year to chase their American dreams – but they used to do it in secret
Here we assess the world's 5 biggest phone makers of 2018 – Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, and OPPO, according to International Data Corporation's Q3 2018 sales figures
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government
Cases of intimidation and violence against journalists continue to spread with the 'climate of hatred' that has persisted against journalism globally
With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.
'In this age of misinformation, it's from Maria Ressa and TIME's Persons of the Year that we find the courage, the strength, and the inspiration to continue fighting for truth,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno
High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.
The Rappler CEO and Executive Editor pays P204,000 at the tax court over 4 counts of tax cases
Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request
Human rights is easy to understand. Let these kids explain it for you!
Social media has its pros and cons – providing a platform for the marginalized, yet paving the way for others to abuse its vast space and wide reach
It has been a tough year for the ethics man of the Sandiganbayan, the justice who prides himself as a man with no connections, and who would always say that those chosen over him for higher positions are more competent
Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?
Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government
The appeal is junked because the Office of the Solicitor General committed procedural lapses
’I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed. That is the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power, please accept me,’ Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court
The Sandiganbayan cites the landmark Supreme Court decision that granted bail to plunder defendant Juan Ponce Enrile, which was penned by now-Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin
Dated November 28, 2018, the warrant is signed by Judge Danilo Buemio and transmitted to the station commander of the Pasig City Police Station
The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?
In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable
"Maria and her team are a shining example of principled resistance to the erosion of democratic norms."
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says he's confident that his appointment will not strain relationships in the High Court
Bersamin says of Duterte’s announced death squad against rebel communists: ‘I will trust the government to do its job if it believes there is a crime being committed’
Lucas Bersamin is appointed as top magistrate on his 9th year in the Supreme Court. He is retiring in 10 months.
The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit
'We need to continue reporting without fear or favor,' Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says after accepting the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award in New York City
The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China
In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil
'It is hard to explain why there is a delay in the warrant issuance and, consequently, service,' says law professor and former SC spokesman Ted Te
Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity
EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'
The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration
Many of the pages in these networks have shared false or misleading articles
According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least 75 journalists have been killed in the past 10 months in countries all over the world
Former Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te also joins the discussion on Thursday, October 25
On Tuesday, October 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Cristina Bonoan of the Angeles State University about qualities needed in a chief justice and the challenges he or she will face
Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’
There is a lot of interest in the High Court, especially that the search is on again for the next chief justice. Watch the interview live on Monday, October 15.
The last JBC interviews also saw odd questions about the applicants’ love lives and belated decisions to bear children
The persistent efforts to send Trillanes back to jail ends this September with the anticlimactic order of deferment by Makati RTC Judge Andres Soriano
A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value
(UPDATED) By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?
Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst
President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts
We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week