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‘Borderline spyware’: IT experts raise alarm over Duterte admin contact-tracing app

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:33 AM

IT experts, including former DICT official Eliseo Rio Jr, worry about the data privacy features of an app being used by the NBI and endorsed by security officials for contact tracing

PMA to honor Lacson, Honasan

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:42 PM

This year's PMA Alumni Homecoming on Saturday is a private affair because of the threat of the COVID-19

HONOREES. Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Laughter, jokes fill last Senate session as 6 senators bid goodbye

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Senate honors the 6 outgoing senators: Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, and Antonio Trillanes IV

The graduating senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Senators obeyed ‘their conscience,’ not somebody’s command

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reelected Senator Grace Poe pays tribute to graduating colleagues who, she believes, will in time ‘reclaim their place again in this chamber’

LAST DAY. Eighteen of the senators of the 17th Congress attend the last session day on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some senators slam planned 'Duterte death squad' vs NPA

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Some senators call the supposed plan 'unsettling' while allies of President Duterte say the Chief Executive is unlikely to pursue something 'illegal'

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a terrorist organization. File photo

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gringo Honasan appointed DICT secretary

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) The longtime senator is now tasked with delivering faster internet and telecommunications services to Filipinos, a major promise of President Rodrigo Duterte

The class of 2019: Where are graduating senators going?

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Four senators are leaving the chamber in mid-2019: Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Here are their plans.

GRADUATING SENATORS. Three administration allies and one opposition senator are set to leave the Senate in 2019.

U.S. diplomat's visit to Trillanes, Sotto is 'regular' – Cayetano

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, a former senator, says it is 'usual' for diplomats to visit lawmakers

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Honasan on Trillanes amnesty: AFP must 'enforce, not interpret, laws'

Sep 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'Uphold the rule of law and due process,' Senator Gregorio Honasan II tells the military, on the revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate conducts surprise drug test for employees

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Gregorio Honasan II volunteered to undergo the procedure first

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

Senate to invite Bong Go to probe into PH warships deal

Jan 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'Siya ang central figure. Iimbitahin siya, inevitable 'yan,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, vice chair of the Senate committee on national defense and security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate to probe P15.5-B PH warships project

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) It remains unclear to date if Special Assistant to the President Bong Go would be invited to the Senate hearing

PROBE. The Senate is set to investigate the controversy hounding the P15.5-billion warships project of the Philippine Navy, amid accusations Special Assistant to the President Bong Go intervened in the deal.

Honasan offered post as DICT chief? 'I cannot confirm or deny'

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:52 PM

But the outgoing senator says, 'I'll cross that bridge when we get to it but it would be difficult... to refuse the country if the country needs me'

NEXT DICT CHIEF? Senator Gregorio Honasan II refuses to confirm nor deny his supposed impending appointment as secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Poe: DOTr should decide if MRT3 ops should be temporarily halted

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:48 PM

'Ang DOTr, kailangan na nilang maglahad ng kanilang plano. Anong gagawin 'pag ititigil ito?' says Senator Grace Poe

File photo by AFP

Ubial rejection averted ‘major public health disaster’ – Roque

Oct 10, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque, one of ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial's oppositors, says the department deserves a 'decisive leader'

REJECTED. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial is rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

RAM members ask Duterte for amnesty

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Malacañang cannot say for sure if the President intends to grant the request of members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Senator Gringo Honasan during a meeting with members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Joining Honasan are RAM officers including Retired Capt. Felix Turingan, Resigned Capt. Glen Agudo, Retired Commo. Rex Robles, Retired Col. Marcelino Malajacan, Jr., Retired Col. Hernando Caraig, Retired Col. James Joven, Retired Police Director Victor Batac, and Engr. Jegie Pereda. The President, meanwhile, was accompanied by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the President Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, and Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes. Malacañan Photo

Honasan posts bail in Laguna

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II posts bail of P60 000 for two counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam

ARRESTED. Senator Gringo Honasan voluntarily surrenders himself to the Biñan City Police Station.

Senate creates special committee on Marawi rehabilitation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The ad hoc committee will have jurisdiction over all matters directly and principally relating to the reconstruction of the capital city of Lanao del Sur

REHABILITATION. Nearly 3 months of fighting has left Marawi City in ruins

Lawmakers see failure of intelligence in Marawi attack

May 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives want authorities to explain what truly happened with some saying local government officials might be involved

ROAD BLOCKS. Armed men belonging to the Maute Group block roads leading to Marawi city. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

After Quiapo blasts, Senate creates panel to probe use of intel funds

May 09, 2017 - 2:27 PM

With a P5 billion intelligence budget Senator Panfilo Lacson asks why there is a failure of intelligence on the part of the military and the police

OVERSIGHT. The Senate is set to create an oversight committee to look into government's use of intelligence and confidential funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate bill seeks 20 to 40 years jail time for joining terror groups

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:12 PM

This bill seeks to penalize any person who becomes a member or manifests his her intention to become a member of any terrorist organization says Senator Gregorio Honasan II

Lacson jokes: De Lima 'most wiretapped' person on Earth

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson jokes that he and Senator Gregorio Honasan II at different points in time became the country s most wiretapped persons as enemies of the government

WIRETAPPING. Senator Panfilo Lacson calls Senator Leila de Lima as the 'most wiretapped individual' on planet Earth.

Ex-Maguindanao lawmaker charged for P3.8M PDAF scam

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The Ombudsman charges 2nd district Representative Simeon Datumanong of Maguindanao in relation to the misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund

Joint exploration of West PH Sea pushed anew

Dec 15, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Joint exploration will benefit all claimants while the arbitral ruling is being resolved says Senator Gregorio Honasan chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Senator Gregorio Honasan convenes the Senate committee on national security and defense. Rappler photo

Personal grudge in De Lima ouster? Senators deny it

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Majority of those who voted against Senator De Lima are allies of President Rodrigo Duterte while some had differences with De Lima on various issues

Senators question confessed DDS hitman Edgar Matobato as the Senate joint committees on human rights and justice and the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings on September 22, 2016.

Ombudsman probes Gringo, Jinggoy over DAR fund misuse

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Also under preliminary investigation are former DAR secretary Virgilio delos Reyes ex San Jose del Monte congressman Arturo Robes and 6 DBM and DAR officials

Honasan warns vs 'trial by publicity' amid Duterte claim on generals

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:03 PM

The senator also asks intelligence units to make sure they provide accurate information to the President

TRIAL BY PUBLICITY. Senator Gregorio Honasan cautions intelligence groups to verify information given to President Rodrigo Duterte, as he warns against 'trial by publicity.' File photo by Rappler

Pineda fails to deliver for Aquino's bets in Pampanga

May 13, 2016 - 2:34 PM

In the Pineda clan s hometown of Lubao Rodrigo Duterte secures the top spot while administration bet Mar Roxas ends up in 4th place

PAMPANGA ALLIES. Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Ex-Comelec chair to represent Marcos in canvassing

May 13, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr however downplays claims of cheating based on the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

EX-POLL CHIEF. Former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr is set to represent Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr during the canvassing of votes in Congress. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Marcos cried fraud even before May 9 polls

May 13, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Despite insinuations of fraud from Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr the Comelec says Marcos has not filed any formal complaint about alleged cheating

HINTING FRAUD. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr insinuated fraud even before the May 9 elections. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Which home provinces delivered for presidential, VP candidates?

May 10, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Most candidates for president and vice president are leading in the polls in cities and provinces where they trace their roots unofficial results show as of May 10

Duterte enjoys wide lead; Robredo edges ahead of Marcos

May 09, 2016 - 6:21 PM

67th UPDATE As of 3:58 pm Rodrigo Duterte tops the presidential race with nearly 15 9 million votes while the battle between Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo is too close to call

Facebook ads and the 2016 Philippine elections

May 07, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Difficult to regulate cheap and wide in reach It’s no wonder many candidates see social media as a vital part of their campaigns

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 07 May 2016, 12PM

May 07, 2016 - 11:33 AM

President Aquino calls for an anti Duterte alliance of presidential candidates The Duterte camp says Roxas’ invitation to a united front is the “frantic call of a man on the verge of defeat ” Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo explains why she’s done better than her running mate

Rappler Talk: Leni Robredo on May 9 elections

May 07, 2016 - 10:15 AM

What s the campaign trail like for Robredo? What are her hopes and fears on the eve of a tight race? Watch the interview here

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 06 May 2016, 9PM

May 06, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano says the latest negative ad against Rody Duterte points to a bigger conspiracy Senator Bongbong Marcos says the Liberal Party plans to impeach Duterte if he wins as president A Hongkong based think tank says among 14 nations the Philippines is the most improved country in its fight against corruption

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 06 May 2016, 8PM

May 06, 2016 - 8:22 PM

Administration candidate Mar Roxas invites rival Grace Poe to talk with him for the “unity of our country Grace Poe says the Aquino administration missed opportunities for economic growth Jejomar Binay’s daughter Abby gets the endorsement of the Iglesia ni Cristo

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 06 May 2016, 7PM

May 06, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Can a “united Bicol” be the key to Leni Robredo winning the vice presidency? Supporters of Rody Duterte protest against an ad commissioned by Antonio Trillanes Grace Poe says her husband will get his certificate of loss of US nationality Friday

Rappler Talk: Pia Cayetano on the 2016 elections

May 06, 2016 - 6:07 PM

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Rappler Talk: Alan Peter Cayetano on the upcoming elections

May 06, 2016 - 12:28 PM

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Marcos, Robredo tied for top spot in final The Standard VP poll

May 06, 2016 - 9:32 AM

Senator Chiz Escudero who was previously tied with Senator Bongbong Marcos is now ranked 3rd in the tight vice presidential race

STATISTICALLY TIED. Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo are statistically tied in the last The Standard poll

VP race: Marcos, Robredo in virtual tie, SWS survey shows

May 06, 2016 - 5:12 AM

The next vice president might win by a hairline based on the last SWS survey before voters troop to the polls on May 9

CLOSE FIGHT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep Leni Robredo. Marcos photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler, Robredo photo by ALecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos Jr still leads VP race – ABS-CBN poll

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The son of the late dictator leads overwhelmingly in the National Capital Region and Balance Luzon

Robredo tops SWS survey, jumps 7 points

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:14 AM

Leni Robredo the Liberal Party s bet for the post catches up with rival Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

NEW FRONTRUNNER. Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep.Leni Robredo at a campaign sortie in Caloocan City, April 23, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Marcos keeps lead in VP race – ABS-CBN survey

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:54 AM

2ND UPDATE Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr is the top choice in Metro Manila the rest of Luzon and also among voters in class ABC and class D according to the ABS CBN commissioned poll conducted in early April

RIZAL CAMPAIGN. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr woos voters in San Mateo, Rizal, on April 4, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: VP bets' candid moments at debate backstage

Apr 11, 2016 - 11:07 PM

What happened behind the scenes of the vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas?

SUPPORT. Jillian embraces her mother as the debate is about to commence. Photo from Jillian Robredo's Twitter

Binay: Duterte is an executioner

Apr 11, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay hits Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the same day that Duterte tops a survey

'Suntukan sa UST,' Chiz for Waze, and other funny VP debate posts

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Trust Filipinos to be able to mix humor into the slugfest that was the vice presidential debate