Rafael Alunan - updates

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'A real patriot': Colleagues, friends honor ex-DOF chief Ernest Leung

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Tough as nails, straight as an arrow, and a real patriot. One of a kind,' says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III of former finance secretary Ernest Leung

FORMER FINANCE CHIEF. Former finance chief Ernest Leung. Screenshot from Philippine Economic Society Facebook page

Rafael Alunan completes Duterte’s 2019 Senate slate

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:48 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Koko Pimentel confirms Alunan as Duterte's choice to complete his roster of senatorial bets for the May 2019 midterm polls

Bagongbayan Party President Senator Dick Gordon (2nd-right) endorses former DILG Sec. Raffy Alunan (2nd-left) for party's senator and 1P (One Philippines) partylist nominees during its kicked off campaign at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 15, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate bet Raffy Alunan open to joint exploration of West PH Sea

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:59 PM

The former interior secretary says any joint exploration agreement with China must ensure the Philippines gets a 'lion's share' of profits

Former DILG secretary Raffy Alunan accompanied by Sen. Richard Gordon, marches to the Comelec office in Manila to file the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance for One Philippines Party list on October 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

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Aug 30, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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FACT CHECK: Photo used by Duterte camp to hit critics taken in Brazil, not PH

Aug 29, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Critics accuse the President's supporters of misleading the public for posting a photo of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Brazil in 2014

FAKE PHOTO. The photo used by supporters, of President Rodrigo Duterte to hit critics is fake. The victims was 9-year old Evelin Nicole da Silva Sousa from Brazil. Screenshot

Philippines eyes '2-track' talks with China

Aug 13, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Ex president Fidel V Ramos discusses this proposal at meetings with Chinese representatives in Hong Kong on a trip aimed at boosting ties

DUTERTE'S ENVOY. Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos speaks at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, China, on August 12, 2016. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Duterte to tap Alunan as envoy to China if Ramos declines

Jul 22, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Rafael Alunan III was interior secretary under Ramos administration and was among the senatorial candidates Duterte endorsed during the 2016 elections

File photo of Rafael Alunan III by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senatorial bets' inexperience not a problem – FEU-IT community

Apr 23, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Students from the Far Eastern University Institute of Technology see potential in the relative unknowns from Rappler s senatorial debate and hope they would steer away from traditional politics

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte preferred 'presidentiable' of independent senatorial bets

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Five of the 6 senatorial candidates who have joined Rappler s TheLeaderIWant debate say they prefer the tough talking Davao City mayor to head the country

WHO'S YOUR 'PRESIDENTIABLE'? Four of 6 senatorial candidates – (from left) Rafael Alunan III, Dante Liban, Allan Montaño, and Susan Ople – field questions at Rappler's 3rd and last senatorial debate at the FEU Institute of Technology on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Crime-free PH in 3-6 months? Start by cleaning up gov't – Alunan

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says his presidential bet s promise to suppress crime in a short time is doable

DUTERTE'S BET. Rafael Alunan III explains at Rappler's senatorial debate on April 22, 2016, how his presidential candidate's promise to suppress crime in 3-6 months is doable. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: 6 senatorial bets face off in last Rappler debate

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The candidates present their plans to voters at the last leg of Rappler s senatorial debates held at the FEU Institute of Technology in Manila

SENATORIAL BETS. Six senatorial candidates present their platform at the 3rd and final Rappler senatorial debates at FEU on April 22, 2016. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Rappler holds last leg of senatorial debates on April 22

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Rappler goes to the FEU Institute of Technology on Friday April 22 for the last of its 3 part senatorial debates

The Leader I Want: Rafael Alunan III’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 21, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at the stand of Rafael Alunan III on key issues the next batch of senators will have to address

SENATE RUN. 'My job is to fix things, my job is to defend the country,' says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III who filed his certificate of candidacy on October 16, 2015. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Senatorial bets: Stronger LGUs, green tech for disaster-resilient PH

Mar 03, 2016 - 4:14 PM

Senatorial bets Rafael Alunan III Lorna Kapunan and Francis Tolentino discuss how they plan to help communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change

AFTERMATH. Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc across Central Philippines in 2013, displacing thousands of families. Rappler photo

Senate bets against divorce, support same-sex union

Jan 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Asked about same sex marriages one of the candidates says the issue is human rights and not religious rights

ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL. Love happens not only between men and women, but also between people of the same sex. Photo by George Moya / Rappler

President's office hit by ratings decline – survey

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:12 AM

The results show the Office of the President suffers the largest loss of trust declining 13 percentage points since 2012 The Church suffers from just a slight decline in ratings

WORST DECLINE IN RATINGS. A handout photo provided by Malacanang photo bureau released on October 20, 2015, shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino III(Center L) distributing relief goods to typhoon victims inside a basketball court turned into a temporary evacuation center in Cabanatuan city, Nueva Ecija province, northern Manila, Philippines, October 19, 2015. Photo by MALACANANG PHOTO BUREAU/EPA

Controversial bets, Duterte waiting game cap off COC filing week

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Senate race gets more crowded and interesting with lots of familiar faces new names and returning bets locking in their candidacies

SENATORIAL BETS. Controversial bets  Getulio Napeñas – the dismissed chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force  – and former military general Jovito Palparan will run for senator in the 2016 elections. Rappler photos

Ex-DILG chief Alunan runs for senator

Oct 16, 2015 - 4:36 PM

I love my country I love the Filipino people and I am here to serve them If they want me they can have me says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III

SENATE RUN. 'My job is to fix things, my job is to defend the country,' says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III who filed his certificate of candidacy on October 16, 2015. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

'Foreign alliances important in sea row with China'

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:13 AM

Chanting China go away an estimated 400 people from various groups converge in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City to protest its reclamation in the South China Sea

ANTI-CHINA RALLY. Civil society groups converge in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City to protest China's reclamation in the South China Sea on June 12, 2015. Photo by Janelle Paris/Rappler

Who's who in the 2016 senatorial surveys

May 06, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Incumbent returning senators top the surveys on the 2016 senatorial elections

Malaysia: MILF's Murad, Iqbal not Malaysian citizens

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:04 PM

I hope the member of parliament understands and this is the official stand of the Government of Malaysia on this issue says Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Iqbal releases copy of Philippine passport

Mar 16, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The chief negotiator of rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front reiterates he does not own a Malaysian passport as alleged by some camps

CITIZENSHIP ISSUES. Chief MILF peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal attends the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano clash on February 12, 2015. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

PH won’t renew work visas of Chinese experts in NGCP

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says the 18 Chinese technical experts will be replaced by Filipinos after their working visas valid until July expire

Use Facebook to correct China's 'fairy tale,' Filipinos urged

Jul 11, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Facebook is a very effective tool for mobilizing and exchanging information says Rafael Alunan of the West Philippines Sea Coalition

ONLINE BATTLE: Former Secretary Rafael Alunan mobilizes Filipinos online. Rappler photo

Philippines ready for China ‘sanctions’

Apr 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says the Philippine government has discussed and prepared for the possible consequences of its pleading against China

PH warned about backlash from China

Mar 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines says we have to be ready for the consequences of the historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

Filipinos slam Beijing over South China Sea

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:30 PM

A group called the West Philippine Sea Coalition takes to the streets to protest China s encroachment on Philippine territories Paterno Esmaquel reports

POLICE BARRICADE. Policemen block protesters from going near the building that houses the Chinese consulate. Photo by Rappler/LeANNE Jazul

Filipinos tell China: Bad feng shui to take what isn't yours

Jul 24, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Hundreds of protesters troop to the Chinese consulate to denounce China s bullying over the West Philippine Sea