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Barangay peacekeepers kill soldier, 3 others in Basilan

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:29 AM

A group of barangay peacekeepers attacked a soldier and CAFGU members in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, because of a 'personal grudge,' according to Joint Task Force Basilan

WOUNDED. CAFGU member Randy Ibung at at St Peter Hospital in Lamitan, Basilan. Rappler Photo

‘Protection, not restriction’: Group asks gov’t for clear guidelines for senior citizens

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:57 AM

The group Seniors sa Panahon ng COVID says the current policy is 'open to misinterpretation and confusion'

Senior Citizens despite the rain wait for their turn in Plaza Sugbo to claim their P3,000 cash assistance from Cebu City Government on June 10, 2020. The senior citizens were eventually sent to another location to a closed coliseum for their shelter and to follow physical distancing.

CHR to DOTr: Lift 'discriminatory' train ban on senior citizens

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds government agencies to consider the situations of people when implementing policies

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayor, NBI bust illegal Chinese pharmacy in Angeles City

May 28, 2020 - 11:21 PM

Angeles City officials confiscate medicines and medical products with labels in Chinese characters

SUSPECTS. The alleged owner and pharmacist of the illegal Chinese pharmacy. (Photo from Facebook page of Angeles City information office.)

All-star digital show kicks off ahead of Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones performances

Apr 19, 2020 - 9:13 AM

Celebrities share messages and songs ahead of the music special 'One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers,' put together by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization

ONE Championship joins battle against virus pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Asia's largest martial arts promotion partners with Global Citizen to raise funds for coronavirus relief through a digital music festival

HELPING OUT. Filipino MMA champion Brandon Vera is set to participate in the fundraiser. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Rappler+ Webinar: Monitoring gov't funds to fight the coronavirus

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Via Zoom at 10 am on April 17

A doctor's advice for older persons in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Share your wisdom and good counsel. You have much to contribute during this crisis.'

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Meet Jollibee's senior and differently-abled service crew

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:16 AM

You may find them working at company-owned branches of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Burger King, and Red Ribbon in Manila and Pasay

Manila requires fast food restaurants to hire seniors, PWDs

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Under the ordinance, senior citizens, differently-abled persons, and PWDs 'will not be assigned tasks that are hazardous to their health or beyond their physical limitations or capabilities'

NO WORK ON HOLY WEDNESDAY. Manila city government offices will be closed beginning April 1, Holy Wednesday.

Group urges public to donate usable clothes to evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'Let us treat the survivors with dignity,' says the Citizens' Disaster Response Center after photos of evacuees wearing donated school and work uniforms make the rounds on social media

DONATED CLOTHES. Survivors of Taal Volcano eruption flaunt the school uniforms and working attires from donated clothes received. Photos from Racheal Zuñiga Maestro, Judiel Balani, Harlem Dave Ganados and Philip Mangubat

Devotion ‘to the last breath’: Senior citizens brave Traslacion 2020

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:14 PM

They tell Rappler they will join the annual procession as long as they have the strength for it, until their last breath

GREAT GRANDMA. Luisa de Guzman, 68, waits for the image of the Black Nazarene for the annual Dungaw. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The House allows Francisco Datol Jr to take his oath after the Comelec issues a certificate of proclamation to the Senior Citizens party-list group

THE RETURN. Francisco Datol Jr (2nd from R) takes his oath as Senior Citizens congressman on December 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China pushes higher 'moral quality' for its citizens

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The texts urge citizens to avoid pornography and vulgarity online, and follow correct etiquette when raising the flag or singing the national anthem

Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Civil Service Commission 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

Manila seniors get P800 yearly birthday gift under new ordinance

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:53 AM

When the gift is given in kind, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says they will hand senior citizens birthday cakes. Sounds familiar? It's because Moreno got the idea from the Binays of Makati.

ANNUAL GIFT. Senior citizens can get their gift either in cash or kind. Shutterstock photo

Queen and Adam Lambert rock festival urging foreign aid

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The band are among the artists and actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Keys who appeared at the Global Citizen Festival

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] Is the Philippines ready for its 'graying' population?

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

By the time the Philippines becomes an aging society, more elderly people will be needing support from the government, and not just from their families

Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Singapore is admired worldwide for its economic prosperity, but its leaders are criticized for curbs on civil rights, including using libel suits to silence critics

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends the opening of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on May 31, 2019. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

2 million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

Aug 31, 2019 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Only those who can demonstrate that they or their forebears were in India before 1971 could be included in the list

CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. Photo by Biju BORO/AFP

Isko Moreno, fast food chains sign pact to employ seniors, PWDs

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Greenwich commit to employ 2 senior citizens and one person with disability for each of their branches in Manila

MORE SENIORS. Jollibee and other fast food chains commit to employing more senior citizens in Manila. Rappler file photo

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:29 PM

To be qualified for this benefit, the senior citizens will also have to be Blu Card holders for at least 5 years

COA tells DSWD to clean list of social pension beneficiaries

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that only qualified beneficiaries are under its Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

New law creates National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:04 PM

All the members of the new commission must be at least 60 years old at the time of their appointment

CAFGU member killed, 4 wounded in Basilan Abu Sayyaf attack

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Authorities say CAFGU Active Auxillaries member Norman Aramal was on his post rendering duty when he was attacked by an Abu Sayyaf Group led by Pasil Bayali

VICTIMS. A vicitm of the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan on July 14, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cherie Gil wins first Gawad Urian for role in 'Citizen Jake'

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The actress dedicates the award to Filipino women

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Namfrel hits Comelec for 'preventable' mishaps in 2019 polls

May 19, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'Budget allocation for Philippine elections is always adequate.... The preparations are guided by an election calendar. As the young people would say, 'Anyare?'" asks Namfrel

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS. Namfrel National Council members discuss the poll watchdog's initial assessment of the 2019 Philippine elections on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Comelec says Namfrel aware of transmission router

May 17, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says Namfrel was in the meeting where this was approved unanimously

TRANSMISSION ROUTER. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 17, 2019, shows the media the minutes of the meeting on the transmission routers for the May 13 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Do PWDs, senior citizens have access to special polling places?

May 14, 2019 - 6:56 AM

Some PWDs and senior citizens are still denied of their right to vote in designated special polling places

Namfrel concerned over election violence, irregularities

May 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Various problems were reported by the poll watchdog, which has over 25,000 volunteers nationwide.

Board of Election canvassers print election returns as the poll closes in Araullo High School, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Senior citizens, PWDs vote in accessible polling places

May 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Emergency Accessible Polling Place makes the voting process more accessible and easier for PWDs, senior citizens, and heavily pregnant women

The elderly take advantage of the EAPP or the Emergency Acessible Polling Place, a special voting area for senior citizens and PWDs, at the Don A Roces Science HS in Quezon City on election day, May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec 'surprised' over Namfrel rejection to be its citizen arm

May 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

'Perhaps the thinking of the Namfrel council now is different from the past councils. But we will proceed, perhaps with another partner,' says Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Namfrel rejects Comelec accreditation to become its citizen arm for May polls

May 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Namfrel Secretary General Eric Alvia says the group declined the poll body's accreditation after it did not get approval to access data it needed for open election data website

POLL WATCHDOG. Members of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections speak with reporters in a press conference. Photo from Namfrel Facebook page

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How elections are made accessible to PWDs and senior citizens

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The law may be in place, but much more should be done to make elections accessible to all

Senior citizen voter file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler trains citizen journalists ahead of 2019 elections

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Twenty core Movers from across the Philippines will be part of Rappler's coverage of the 2019 Philippine elections

Photo by Abby Lupac/Rappler

QC establishments to provide courtesy seats for PWDs, pregnant women, seniors

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Private establishments that fail to implement the new policy will face fines and business permit suspension or revocation

Texas senior's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Thousands share a man from Houston's detailed cheaper plan to retire in a Holiday Inn hotel than in a nursing home

Final public screening of 'Citizen Jake' set ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The film, starring Atom Araullo, is director Mike de Leon's commentary on the country's current political and social realities

CITIZEN JAKE. In the film, Atom Araullo stars as a journalist whose principles clash with his estranged father's political interests.

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

Makati City spends P30M as of September this year for free movies of seniors, PWDs

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:29 PM

All in all, Makati earmarks P40 million in 2018 for free movie tickets

FREE MOVIES. The cinemas of Century Mall is one of five partners of the Makati government in the free movie tickets program for senior citizens and PWD.

COSE honors outstanding seniors at the 28th Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 awardees for 2018 have contributed to causes on environment conservation, human rights, cultural preservation, urban poor housing, education, HIV/AIDS, and the elderly

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

DFA eyes scrapping oath-taking fee for dual citizens

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'This is one of the disincentives for our compatriots to become Filipino citizens,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

BUDGET HEARING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the budget hearing of the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

'Citizen Jake' pulled out from Cinemalaya 2018 lineup

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:29 AM

The producers of the movie did not give a reason for the pullout

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler