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You can bring your own tumbler at these 15 milk tea shops

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:17 PM

Eco-friendly milk tea? Yes please!

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Facts about NSO Group, the Israeli firm accused of cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:40 AM

NSO Group produces Pegasus, a highly invasive tool that can reportedly switch on a target's cell phone camera and microphone and access data on it, effectively turning the phone into a pocket spy

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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO over cyber espionage

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The suit filed in a California federal court contends that NSO Group tried to infect approximately 1,400 "target devices" with malicious software to steal valuable information from those using the messaging app

U.S. senators call for security probe of TikTok

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:01 AM

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asks the US Directorate of National Intelligence to 'conduct an assessment of the national security risks' posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 14, 2018 a photo taken in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. Two senior US senators called for the government to study national security risks possibly posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok, saying it could leave American users vulnerable to Beijing's spying, reported October 24, 2019. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked the Directorate of National Intelligence to "conduct an assessment of the national security risks" posed by TikTok.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

COA calls SPDA's attention to properties listed at P1-value

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The properties, acquired from 1975 to 1997, range in size from 1,644 square meters to 24,000 hectares, according to a Commission on Audit report on the Southern Philippines Development Authority

After prosecutor killings, PNP sets firearms application caravan for DOJ

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The Philippine National Police is set to roll out a caravan to process firearms permits of Department of Justice prosecutors

AMBUSH VICTIM. Madonna Ednaco Tanyag is slain in broad daylight on June 4. Photo from Cris Tanyag's Facebook Page

Chinese businessmen flock to Duterte's Malacañang

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Executives of one Chinese company even got to present their proposed reclamation project in Manila Bay during a full Cabinet meeting, Rappler learned

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses with Jose Kho, Kitson Soriano Kho, Luis Fabregas Kho and Michael Yang Hong Ming after a private meeting at the Study Room in Malacañan Palace on January 10, 2016. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Trouble in OGCC? Chief Jurado hits lawyers with 'secret' allowances

May 24, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Days before lawyers in his office accused him of corrupt acts, Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado sent a memo to the justice department and Malacañang about the extra compensation that the lawyers receive from OGCC clients

ALLOWANCES. Auditors flag excess compensation given to Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) lawyers; money that chief counsel Rudolf Jurado called as "secret allowances."

Contractual gov't worker should get P3.17M for illegal dismissal – COA

Feb 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Commission on Audit rules in favor of a former accounting clerk of the Philippine National Construction Corporation who fought his termination for years

LeBron James making YouTube series on young basketball hopefuls

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James is among the executive producers of the eight-episode series 'Best Shot' about the lives of high school students with dreams of becoming basketball stars

DOUBLE-TEAMED. Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Wesley Johnson #33 of the LA Clippers double team LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during their game at Quicken Loans Arena on November 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Nearly P620 million in unauthorized bonuses given to GOCCs in 2016

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has the largest amount of unauthorized perks released in 2016, at P518 million

UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS. The Commission on Audit finds that 8 GOCCs paid P619 million worth of unauthorized perks to its personnel in 2016.

Which GOCCs are affected by Duterte’s EO on salaries?

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED According to the GCG the executive order affects officials and personnel of 97 GOCCs

Duterte EO suspends Aquino-created salary scheme for GOCCs

Jul 31, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Executive Order No 36 is signed days after the President vented his anger over excessive salaries bonuses and allowances during his second SONA

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017 that he remains firm that the fight against the lingering problem of illegal drugs will be unrelenting. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Debunking lies about Rappler

Feb 07, 2017 - 4:08 PM

We fact-check some of the lies and disinformation being spread about Rappler

Frank Ocean sued by own father over LGBT rights

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:06 AM

Frank Ocean s father is suing him because of Frank s comments about him after the Orlando massacre

FRANK OCEAN. The singer is sued by his own father over LGBT rights. File photo shows Frank during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Gov't to place cap on GOCC officials' bonuses, honoraria

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:23 PM

An economic manager reveals that President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce a cap on the bonuses and honoraria of GOCCs officials

QUESTIONABLE BONUSES. 'Once every quarter is the normal frequency of board meetings and their honoraria should be tempered, and also bonuses. In fact, they shouldn't be given bonuses. Why should they be given bonuses?,' NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia says. Rappler file photo

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

GCG chairman is first to quit Duterte Cabinet

Oct 29, 2016 - 10:21 AM

GCG chairman Jaime Flores resignation was effective last October 24 but the Palace is yet to confirm it

DENR: Massive dismantling of Laguna Lake fish pens in 2017

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The environment department says a study on how many fish pens should be allowed in Laguna Lake is already ongoing

Landbank-DBP merger stopped

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the main rationale behind the decision is that the two institutions serve different functions

DOF moves deadline for transfer of gov't deposits

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:55 PM

The Department of Finance says it received numerous requests for a deadline extension

TRANSPARENCY. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III issues a new circular extending compliance deadline for NGAs, GOCCs and LGUs to June 30, 2017. Rappler file photo

New PCOO chief to propose nat'l comms strategy for media

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Among the government channels the former TV5 news anchor will supervise are PTV 4 the Philippine Broadcasting Service Radyo ng Bayan the Philippine Information Agency the Philippine News Agency and the National Printing Office

Photo of journalist Martin Andanar from his Facebook page

No more press briefings for President-elect Duterte

Jun 03, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Rodrigo Duterte will instead course his messages through the state owned PTV 4 says his longtime aide

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Yang perlu kamu ketahui tentang game Tahu Bulat

Jun 03, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Bagaimana game Tahu Bulat meraih 1 juta unduhan dari meme yang sedang viral

Ombudsman sacks Cunanan, 5 other GOCC execs over PDAF scam

May 20, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The Technology Resource Center and National Agribusiness Corporation executives are dismissed in connection with the alleged PDAF abuse of 2 lawmakers

CORRUPTION BUSTER Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says fighting corruption has been the 'reason' for her life. Rappler file photo

PhilHealth gets biggest share of subsidies among gov't firms in 2015

Mar 27, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Government owned and controlled corporations GOCCs received subsidies amounting to P78 01 billion 1 68 billion in 2015 according to the Bureau of Treasury

Gov’t subsidies to GOCCs at P55.82B as of September

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:27 PM

The level of subsides given was 10 27 lower than the same period last year while gov’t spending is 14 below target as of the end of September

COA orders 28 gov't firms to return P626M in illegal allowances

Nov 02, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The top 3 offenders in COA s list are the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Duty Free Philippines Corporation and Metro Cebu Water District

Aquino: PH will be 'first-world' within generation if reforms continue

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM

This is just the beginning you haven’t seen anything yet President Aquino says as he details in his last State of the Nation Address the economic gains under his watch

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Select Mactan-Cebu airport authority properties exempt from tax

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The Supreme Court says that only portions of the airport lands and buildings leased to taxable persons like private parties are subject to real estate tax

WATCH: 'Voice Kids PH' coaches turn for young contestant singing 'On My Own'

Jul 18, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Coach Lea samples a couple of notes of On My Own for contestant Jhyleanne Rington

LEA SALONGA. The 'The Voice Kids PH 2' coaches Jhyleanne on how to sing 'On My Own' from 'Les Miserables.' Screengrab from Youtube/entertainment.abscbn.com

Gun owners tell SC: PNP fees 'exorbitant'

Jul 09, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Gun owners want the Supreme Court to stop to the PNP FEO’s collection of fees for gun ownership licenses

Subsidies to gov’t-owned firms rise by 200% in Q1

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:27 PM

The National Electrification Administration Philippine Children’s Medical Center and the National Irrigation Authority were the biggest beneficiaries of gov’t help

DBP employees file admin, criminal complaint vs top execs

May 29, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The complaint is based on the ‘highly questionable sale’ of the bank’s P14 3 billion worth of government securities resulting in actual government losses of P717 07 million

P7B worth of transactions unaccounted for after Nabcor shutdown

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The Commission on Audit COA audit team is not able to do a financial audit on the National Agribusiness Corporation due to the absence of financial statements and breakdown of expenses for 2013

COA orders return of P815M illegal benefits

Nov 02, 2014 - 6:37 PM

The COA 2013 annual financial report on 23 government owned and controlled corporations GOCCs says the incentives were given without legal basis

COA to 4 GOCCs: Return P2.4B unused DAP funds

Oct 21, 2014 - 1:06 PM

In its 2013 Annual Financial Report on government owned and controlled corporations the COA also ordered the GOCCs to account for P3 8 billion released to them under the Disbursement Acceleration Program

Gov’t infra spending jumps 63% in June

Aug 20, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Bulk of disbursements went to AFP aircraft acquisition and DPWH projects

FA-50: The Philippines recently signed a contract acquiring a squadron of FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea. File photo / Rappler

Less than half of GOCCs have dividends

Jun 09, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Of 114 Government Owned and Controlled Corporations GOCCs only 50 had dividends They total P32 31 billion

REFORMS. President Benigno Aquino III credits reforms instituted by his administration for the increase in dividends remitted by GOCCs. Malacañang Photo Bureau

China to open new areas to private investors

Apr 23, 2014 - 10:04 PM

China will launch 80 new pilot projects allowing private investment in areas previously dominated by state run firms

Lindsay Lohan on her miscarriage, sex list, and filming 'Lindsay'

Apr 22, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The former child star is still struggling with years of back to back scandals that are catching up to her now

LINDSAY LOHAN. Seen in this 2013 photo, Lindsay attends the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) New York Gala to kick off Fall 2013 Fashion Week in New York on 06 February 2013. Controvery has recently surrounded the young actress. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Former Nabcor execs tip De Lima about P5-B agri funds misuse

Mar 25, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Among the anomalies in the DA that were cited include overpricing false quantities of products purchased and technical studies that were not carried out

More non-performing GOCCs under review

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:34 PM

The Governance Commission on GOCCs aims to reduce the number of government owned and controlled corporations to less than 100 by the year s end

UNDER REVIEW. The Governance Commission of GOCCs says it aims to reduce number of GOCCs to less than 100 by the end of the year. Photo by Rappler

PhilHealth to bring perks issue to SC

Jan 19, 2014 - 1:03 AM

PhilHealth in a statement Saturday says it is being unfairly misjudged even after formally explaining in November 2013 the legality of the bonuses

COA to agencies: Return P2.3-B bonuses

Jan 15, 2014 - 7:50 AM

UPDATED The Governance Commission for GOCCs responds to the COA order

GRACEFUL EXIT. COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan leaves the Senate after enduring a one-hour grilling from Sen Jinggoy Estrada. The feisty Tan holds her ground and at times answers back. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Tom Hanks says he has type-2 diabetes

Oct 09, 2013 - 1:44 PM

Two time Oscar winner makes surprise disclosure in late night talk show

CONSUMMATE ACTOR. Hanks at a screening of 'Captain Phillips' in New York. Photo: AFP

Philhealth, NEA, NFA top recipients of state subsidies

Jul 29, 2013 - 12:38 PM

The national government extends P27 billion subsidies to state owned firms or agencies in January to June