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'A noisy press, all the more the sound from outlets which does not please our ears, is the soundtrack of democracy,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto
12 months and 13 days after Filipino fishermen were left floating at sea, Philippine officials say they will reach out to the owners and crew of fishing boat Gem-Ver to help them claim damages for the sinking of their vessel
'Kung aasa naman kami sa ayuda, kailan pa po?' asks Gem-Ver owner Fe dela Torre
'The taxman should not have a share of the state’s monetary thank you to these heroes,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto
Sol Aragones and Joy Myra Tambunting also join former ABS-CBN personalities who are now in Congress in pushing for the renewal of the media giant's franchise
Seven men are arrested in Recto, Manila for falsifying quarantine passes intended for drivers carrying essential goods
Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba says ABS-CBN has no standing penalties with the commission
If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022
The Senate committee on public services finds no compelling reason why the TWG had to terminate the motorcycle taxi pilot run
Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature
Still reeling from the tragedy, the fishermen return to Recto Bank as it is the only way they can make a living
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
(UPDATED) After 5 months of waiting, the fishermen of Gem-Ver say they are ready to return to the site where they almost died in June
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties
'My point is that these particulars should be openly declared in the NEP, and not swept under innocuously-worded headings,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'
This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020
Senator Ralph Recto is proposing the creation of four additional salary grades for teachers
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says 'at least 4 items' in the DOH’s proposed 2020 budget could be used to increase the national immunization drive turnout
Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomes the apology, but does not think it should be taken as a matter of fact. The apology calls Reed Bank part of the Nansha Island Group.
Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta Romana says while the apology is a 'breakthrough,' compensation for the aggrieved 22 fishermen of Gem-Ver is still subject to more discussions and negotiations
'Paano na 'yung danyos perwisyo nila sa aming mga mangingisda? At lalong-lalo na po sa may-ari ng bangka?' says Bannie Condeza, one of Gem-Ver's fishermen
The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market
It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.
Senator Ralph Recto also cites a Commission on Audit report that said DepEd spent P254 million for contracts to produce textbooks which were found to be erroneous
Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joins cops in storming a gambling store fronting as an amusement center in Isetann mall along Recto Avenue
Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey
China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan
'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
Under the bill filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, a birth certificate certified and issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority 'shall not expire and shall be considered valid at any time'
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law
Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'
'Right now it feels like someone declared open house for strangers to make this country their home – without ground rules,' asserts Chinese-Filipino Anna Gamboa
The fishermen come home but government disowns their narrative about what happened at Recto Bank and gives away bare boats. They prepare to sail again in dangerous waters.
Chinese-Filipino Jeffrey P. Yap assures his fellow Filipinos that he is on the same boat, and is equally proud to wear a shirt with 'West Philippine Sea' printed on it
'We were born in the Philippines, grew up in the Philippines, live, work, and love in the Philippines. The Philippines is our home,' says Chinese-Filipino Freddie Tan
On the shores of Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen of Gem-Ver try to rebuild their damaged boat so they could set out to sail once again
From out of the blue, a metal vessel smashes a Filipino fishing boat anchored at Reed Bank, the impact sounding like a hundred bones breaking. This must be death, say the fishermen.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver
Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'
'That's the right approach. Before you badger Congress to levy new taxes or raise rates, kindly plug the leaks first,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on the government to reject President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called verbal deal with Xi Jinping to let China fish in the Reed Bank
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident
The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes
'If we're just exchanging one possible exploiter with another, that doesn't really bode well for his nationalist image,' says political science expert Aries Arugay