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What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

CSC issues hiring, online interview guidelines

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: In recruiting and selecting candidates, agencies shall adopt internal guidelines that will allow online recruitment and selection processes such as online competency assessments and video conferencing for interviews

CSC eases rules in filling up health, medical positions

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The CSC says that reassignment, detail, and transfer for healthcare workers are also allowed

CHED says schools ready for 'flexible learning' in August

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:16 PM

'We are ready to open [classes] this August. No ifs, no buts. Learning must continue. We learn as one, we are ready,' says CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III

'WE'RE READY.' CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera III says colleges and universities are ready to open classes in August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says human rights defenders live a 'grim reality' in the Philippines as they face systematic and widespread attacks for their work

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

PCW commissioner on media resigns over ABS-CBN shutdown

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'I cannot, in good conscience, continue my work as Commissioner knowing full well that the sector I represent is being attacked and treated unfairly,' says Noreen Capili

TAKING A STAND. PCW commissioner Noreen Capili resigns over the ABS-CBN shutdown. Photo from Noreen Capili Facebook

Duterte replaces PH Commission on Women chairperson

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen PCW commissioner Sandra Montano for the top post in the commission

CHANGES IN PCW. Philippine Commission on Women Rhodora Bucoy is getting replaced. Malacañang photo

PCC raises alarm over proposed state-backed ARISE Inc

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:55 PM

ARISE Inc would save distressed businesses by infusing them with equity and exempting them from procurement and competition laws. But this may lead to abuses, warns the Philippine Competition Commission.

A general view of the skyline in Manila taken around 11:00 am shows clear skies on May 15, 2020, as Typhoon Vongfong is expected to brush past the capital city. - Typhoon Vongfong flattened flimsy coastal homes when it roared ashore on central Samar island on May 14, but then weakened into a severe tropical storm on its path north to the capital Manila. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Rex Robles, armed forces reformist, dies at 75

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:07 PM

'He is one of the bright minds of the Philippine Navy. Everybody listens when he speaks,' says Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo

REMEMBERED. Rex Robles. Photo from Robles' Facebook page

EU authorizes use of remdesivir to treat coronavirus

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'Today's authorization of a first medicine to treat COVID-19 is an important step forward in the fight against this virus,' says EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

REMDESIVIR. This file photograph taken on April 8, 2020, shows vials of the drug 'remdesivir' during a press conference concerning the start of a study with the Ebola drug to treat severely ill patients afflicted with coronavirus COVID-19, at The University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the global pandemic. File photo by Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP

CHED allows medical schools to admit students who have not taken NMAT

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says it made the decision in response 'to the call of many students who want to pursue their medical education but were not able to take the National Medical Admission Test'

LENDING A HAND. Fostering doctors' interest in serving the Philippines begins way before medical school. Image from Shutterstock

'Sumosobra na talaga!' Stars, directors hit new NTC orders vs ABS-CBN

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Entertainment industry workers express their dismay after two NTC orders result in the closure of Sky Direct and TV Plus channels

ABS-CBN COO Socorro Vidanes elbow bumps with Rep. Rodante Marcoleta as ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak looks on, before the start of the house hearing on the renewal of the abs-cbn franchise on June 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NUJP slams new 'determined effort' to shutter ABS-CBN

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:37 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines makes its stand clear after ABS-CBN's digital broadcast on TV Plus in Metro Manila and Sky Cable's satellite TV service are ordered to stop their broadcast

'Kapit, kapamilya’: Netizens rally support as ABS-CBN faces new shutdown threats

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:52 PM

In their tweets, Filipino netizens empathized with ABS-CBN employees whose jobs are further threatened by fresh attempts to close their subsidiaries

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

NTC shuts down ABS-CBN's Sky Direct, TV Plus channels

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The National Telecommunications Commission delivers fresh blows against media giant ABS-CBN, further limiting its audience reach

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) orders ABS-CBN to stop operations of Sky Cable of its satellite service on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. ABS-CBN employees and some media supporters went lighted candles and decry the new cease and desist order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec: Voter registration suspended until August 31

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says the suspension is again extended due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country

SUSPENDED FOR NOW. In this file photo, people flock to beat the deadline at the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on the last day of voters registration on September 30, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SolGen advises NTC to also shut down ABS-CBN TV Plus, Channel 43

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General argues the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN also covers TV Plus and the shows it airs over Channel 43

SOLGEN VS ABS-CBN. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers threaten graft case vs NTC's Cordoba for allowing ABS-CBN TV Plus to continue

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba argues ABS-CBN TV Plus and Channel 43 are supposedly covered by the cease and desist order issued versus the network, but the NTC fails to strictly implement its own issuance

HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler  HOT SEAT. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answers lawmakers' questions in a Senate hearing on February 24, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Farmers told: Court, not COA, can rule on P87-million claim vs DPWH

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The Commission on Audit dismisses Nueva Ecija farmers' petition against the Department of Public Works and Highways due to lack of jurisdiction

Unauthorized disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ identities continues

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Privacy breaches are committed by health workers, local government units, ordinary citizens, says the National Privacy Commission, which is investigating cases

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Brussels probes German regulator over Wirecard scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The European Securities and Markets Authority will examine whether Germany's regulatory responses to early signs that Wirecard was in trouble 'were adequate to protect investor confidence in EU securities markets'

SEC main office closed until June 30 as 4 workers get coronavirus

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Securities and Exchange Commission says the 4 employees who tested positive have no history of travel abroad, have no known exposure to COVID-19 cases, and have no symptoms

Walang signal? NTC skips Senate hearing on online learning

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:25 PM

''Pag may technical problems ang NTC, parang nawawalan ako ng pag-asa sa online learning na mangyayari sa bansa natin,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of students during the first day of classes school year 2017-2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

SALN filing period extended further until August 31

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:45 PM

The Civil Service Commission also allows the online submission of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth by public officials and government employees

CHED: News reports on face-to-face classes in July not true

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Chairman Prospero de Vera III, however, says CHED is 'crafting guidelines for possible limited face-to-face classes in low risk MGCQ areas' as part of flexible learning approach

CLARIFICATION. CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III says news reports on supposed 'face-to-face' classes in July are not true. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CBA facing huge fines in latest Australian banking scandal

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is accused of receiving Aus$22 million ($15 million) in prohibited payments from a subsidiary to promote its retirement fund to customers

UNDER SCRUTINY. A pedestrian passes a Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney on August 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

CHED launches web-based platform for free college learning materials

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Chairman Prospero de Vera III says CHED will fund the development of content for the learning platform this year

Screenshot from the PHL CHED Connect website

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EU takes aim at Apple in landmark antitrust cases

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission also launches an in-depth investigation into Apple Pay, due to concerns the payment system is shutting out rivals

APPLE AND THE EU. People queue before the opening of the new Apple Store Liberty, the first Italian flagship store of Apple in Milan, on July 26, 2018. File photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

COA questions Tarlac's spending of P70-million special educational fund

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:49 PM

The Commission on Audit notes delays in the implementation of education projects in Tarlac

National Privacy Commission to meet with Facebook on impostor accounts

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:29 AM

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro invites Facebook representatives to a meeting 'to seek information regarding the numerous reports of impostor Facebook accounts'

CHED: ‘Limited’ face-to-face classes may be allowed in coronavirus-free areas

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:47 AM

'What is prohibited under IATF resolutions is the old or traditional full face-to-face classes in all areas under quarantine,' says CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III

CHED expects tuition hike in colleges, universities due to revenue losses

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says the expected decline in enrollment may also result in the 'displacement of part-time and non-regular faculty'

Marcoleta: Why is Sky Cable allowed to operate with a lapsed franchise?

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The NTC cites Executive Order 205 signed by ex-president Cory Aquino in 1987, which 'removed' the franchise requirement for cable TV operators

Youth groups demand NYC chair resignation

Jun 08, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Youth groups say the National Youth Commission 'should not be led by an individual who gravely misrepresents the Filipino youth and shows no clear concern for their welfare'

Photo from National Youth Commission website

COA raises concerns over Pangasinan's improper waste disposal

Jun 07, 2020 - 8:59 PM

The Commission on Audit tells the Pangasinan provincial government that the improper handling of waste from hospitals can lead to potential hazards

NBI arrests ex-PCGG chief Camilo Sabio

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio will be brought to the Sandiganbayan on Monday, June 8

ARRESTED. Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairperson Camilo Sabio is arrested on June 5, 2020. Photo from National Bureau of Investigation

National Youth Commission employees demand a competent leader

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

In a statement addressed to the youth, the NYC Employees Association says that the agency faces a challenging time with Ryan Enriquez as chairperson

‘Doomsday’ warning for San Beda University resurfaces

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The university has a 72-hour window to send a notification to affected data subjects, according to the National Privacy Commission’s policies

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

CHR brands anti-terror bill 'highly intrusive,' open to abuse

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the bill's broad definition of terrorism is an 'overreach' that could harm Filipinos in the long run

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

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

PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission only received P9 million in April, prompting the government agency to slash the allowances of national athletes and coaches

COA tells Angeles water district to cut supply as uncollected bills hit P75M

May 31, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Among the customers that failed to pay are the city government, the city engineer's office, the city's hall of justice, and at least 23 public primary and secondary schools

CHED: Over 50,000 part-time lecturers need financial aid too

May 30, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'We ask that their plight be seriously considered,' CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera III tells the Senate finance committee, noting that part-time lecturers have not received any salary since the coronavirus lockdown in mid-March

FINANCIAL AID. Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Prospero de Vera III asks the Senate to help part-time lecturers who suffer "no teach, no pay" policy. Rappler file photo

National team members to get discount but face allowance cut

May 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The allowance reduction is a 'hard decision to make,' says Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez

BENEFIT. National athletes and coaches will be able to avail a 20% discount in their future purchases. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Physical Education stays, PSC and DepEd say

May 28, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission fights for the retention of PE, citing it as a 'core subject' as the country shifts to blended learning

New turbulence in high-stakes Lufthansa rescue drama

May 27, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Lufthansa says its supervisory board is currently 'unable to approve' the aid package from Germany, as conditions must be 'analyzed intensively'

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

COA to Digos City LGU: Penalize contractor for project delays

May 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that the contractor of a P12.26-million public market building requested for an extension 5 times