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LIST: Groups that offer counseling for sexual harassment victims

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Here are some of the online safe spaces for those who experienced any form of sexual harassment.

LIST: Groups providing free online counseling during the pandemic

Apr 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Here's a list of institutions and organizations offering free online counseling for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic

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Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Federal watchdog: White House should sack Trump aide Conway

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The White House swiftly responds by calling the process 'blatantly unfair' and demands the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) retract its 'outrageous' recommendation

KELLYANNE CONWAY. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway attends a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 13, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mueller criticized Barr's depiction of Russia probe

May 01, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The Washington Post says Special Counsel Robert Mueller's letter to Bill Barr complained that the attorney general's memo 'did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions'

REPORT CONTROVERSY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) US President Donald Trump , US Attorney General nominee William Barr, and former FBI Director Robert Mueller. Photos by Mandel Ngan, Nicholas Kamm, Saul Loeb/AFP

Timeline: Every bombshell in the Russia investigation

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here are key dates in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's toll: 6 top Trump aides (so far)

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Since May 2017, when he took over the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election , Robert Mueller has filed charges against 6 former senior aides and associates of Trump

RUSSIA PROBE. Investigators have asked the White House to hand over records related to the Russia probe. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:06 PM

"BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Does the President really need so many lawyers?

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Because the burden of the presidency is heavy, with multifarious demands all having legal implications and consequences, the President is expected to secure the best legal advice available

Duterte appoints Elpidio Vega as government corporate counsel

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Vega was among the 5 OGCC officials who the Commission on Audit said received excessive allowances in 2017 from government corporation clients

Trump admits Donald Jr met with Russian lawyer at Trump Tower

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:54 PM

This is Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton

NOT ILLEGAL. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the media during last month's G7 Summit in Quebec City, Canada. Canada. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Sacked OGCC chief Jurado compares self to Calida: I refused allowances

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Both the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel and the Office of the Solicitor General have been flagged by state auditors for their officials who received excess allowances in 2017

Former government corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado (left) and Solicitor General Jose Calida (right)

Duterte certifies BBL as urgent, LTFRB on Grab, COA on OGCC | Evening wRap

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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READ: Sacked gov't corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado's letter to Duterte

May 29, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Hours before he gets fired, Rudolf Jurado sends President Rodrigo Duterte a letter defending himself from 'false news' being spread about him, allegedly by lawyers in his office receiving questionable allowances

Duterte fires Gov't Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte cites Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado's decision to favor the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone in a legal opinion as his reason for firing the official

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."

Gov't corporate counsel resists being put under SolGen Calida

May 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado says his office and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) have always found themselves on ‘opposing ends’

Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'

ICC CONTROVERSY. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is grilled by lawyer Emerlynne Gil about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court. Screenshot from Rappler video

Ex-Trump campaign aide Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Rick Gates is the 3rd former Trump aide to agree to cooperate in exchange for reduced charges by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

GATES. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Ex-Trump aide paid European politicians for Ukraine lobby

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:47 AM

The indictment says Paul Manafort retained the so-called Hapsburg Group of onetime politicians to 'take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying the United States'

INDICTED. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Most erring cops have family problems – Napolcom

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:35 AM

They include cops who belong to broken families, says Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao

'FAMILY PROBLEMS'. Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Morales' defiance opens her to sanctions – Panelo

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Until a court declares President Rodrigo Duterte's order as a violation of the Constitution, this is 'presumed to be valid and legal,' says Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras passes away

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'We mourn the the sudden demise of Chief State Counsel Ricardo "Dickie" Paras III this morning,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

CHIEF STATE COUNSEL. Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras during a Judicial and Bar Council interview session, during the search for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. PTV screenshot

No compromise deal with Marcoses yet, Malacañang says

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says the response to lawyer Oliver Lozano regarding a draft document on the matter is only a matter of courtesy

NO DEAL YET. Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the draft compromise deal with the Marcoses circulating in social media is a mere submission from lawyer Oliver Lozano.

Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying about Russia links

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:36 AM

(UPDATED) The 58-year-old Michael Flynn is the most senior figure indicted in special prosecutor Robert Mueller's sprawling investigation into Russian interference in last year's election

GUILTY PLEA. Michael Flynn (left), former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, arrives for his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

NUJP calls out Duterte’s legal counsel for ‘lechery and misogyny’

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:30 AM

In an interview with journalists Karin Wenger and Ana Santos, Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says he is ‘better in bed’ and that ‘I fuck like an 18-year old’

CHIEF PRESIDENTIAL COUNSEL. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls out Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo for a lewd joke during a media interview. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pets for mental wellness: How dogs play a role in healing, therapy

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:10 PM

More than just the warm, fuzzy feelings that dogs bring, therapy dogs can help put patients at ease and encourage them to be more open to the treatment process

THERAPY DOG. Bubu the golden retriever works as a therapy dog at the Ateneo's office of guidance and counseling, helping students relieve stress and anxiety. All photos by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Panelo hits Ombudsman exec for 'disclosing' Duterte bank records

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo warns Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang that this could mean administrative sanctions

DEFENDING DUTERTE.  Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo defends Duterte from allegations of hidden wealth. Malacañang file photo

Rappler Talk: Ramon Magsaysay Awardee on healing the wounds of war

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:37 PM

MovePH editor talks to Gethsie Shanmugam one of the awardees of the prestigious 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards on Wednesday night August 30

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

Calida wants PCGG, OGCC functions under him

May 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the consolidation of legal functions under his office would result in a leaner cleaner government bureaucracy

EU and PH, GDP growth, Mueller | Midday wRap

May 18, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Robin Padilla's lawyer appointed as government corporate counsel

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The government corporate counsel is the primary law office of government owned and controlled corporations and their subsidiaries

House leaders want SolGen to go after ill-gotten wealth, oversee GOCCs

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

HB 5233 also seeks to remove the Office of the Solicitor General as an attached agency of the Department of Justice and instead put it under the Office of the President

MORE POWERFUL SOLGEN? House leaders filed bill a seeking to expand the powers of the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo by Rappler

Ombudsman, Panelo, Flynn | Midday wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Zak Yuson

Alvarez to file bill moving OGCC, PCGG under SolGen

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Eh walang pinapanalong kaso I have to be blunt about it says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when asked why he wants to put the two agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General

REORGANIZATION. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants to put two more agencies under the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo of Alvarez by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Drilon hits Panelo on martial law: Review some more

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:40 PM

I think it is time that Atty Panelo review basic legal principles to avoid issuing erroneous and reckless statements says Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

REVIEW SOME MORE. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon hits chief pegal counsel Salvader Panelo for his 'erroneous' and 'reckless' statements involving martial law.

Panelo, Dureza praise SC verdict on Arroyo

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:46 PM

President Duterte s chief legal counsel reacts to the acquittal of former president Gloria Arroyo

Panelo is now Duterte's chief legal counsel

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:32 AM

Ernie Abella will replace Salvador Panelo as presidential spokesperson

Appeals court junks Philippine Heart Center's tax exemption bid

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:47 PM

This is despite the hospital s argument that if the facility is seized by the Quezon City government the operations of the hospital might be left to untrained hands

Who is newly-appointed SC Justice Alfredo Caguioa?

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court names Justice Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa the 174th Associate Justice appointed to the Supreme Court. Get to know more about him.

Families of slain cops to receive counseling, aid

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:03 AM

2nd UPDATE Aside from psychosocial counseling the families will also get education and livelihood assistance

HOME. Relatives of killed elite Police Special Action Force pay their respect during arrival honors at Villamor Air Base, south of Manila, Philippines, 29 January 2015.  File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

CHR: Uphold VIP inmates' right to counsel, family visits but...

Dec 30, 2014 - 11:46 PM

CHR chair Loretta Ann Rosales says these rights must be processed within a framework where the collective right of the Filipino people to security must equally be protected

Rappler file photo

#AfterYolanda: Saved twice by man's best friend

Dec 19, 2014 - 5:00 PM

A year after super typhoon Haiyan an NGO worker revisits a boy and the dogs who saved him from death and despair

Counselors, breastfeeding moms: The A-team

Aug 28, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Breastfeeding isn’t instinctive It’s a learned skill that requires practice observation and support

SUPPORT SYSTEM? CHECK. Contrary to what most people think, breastfeeding is not easy. Counselors are there to teach and support.