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ABS-CBN news chief Ging Reyes: 'We're not perfect, we strive to keep biases in check'

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:47 PM

During the 12th joint House hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise, Reyes defends the network against accusations of irresponsible journalism

DEFENSE. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes attends the 12th joint House hearing on ABS-CBN’s franchise. Rappler screenshot

DOH probes couple allegedly manipulating sale of COVID-19 test kits

May 21, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Ex-health chief now Iloilo Representative Janette Garin claims the pair blocks the entry of testing equipment, unless their overpriced kits are purchased by the importing company

COVID-19 TEST. Health workers of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, swab the nose and mouth of a suspected COVID-19 patient on May 13, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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May 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

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House eyes P485-B stimulus package to cushion coronavirus impact

May 05, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Lawmakers want to allot P20 billion alone to facilitate massive COVID-19 testing even after the lifting of the lockdown

ASSISTANCE. Volunteers distribute relief goods during the Bayan Bayanihan Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino program in Barangay, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City on May 4, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

ROUNDTABLE: Women take charge in the House of Representatives

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:07 PM

On Thursday, March 12, join our discussion about the crucial role female leaders play in Philippine politics

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Legality of PAO forensic laboratory questioned once again

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Ex-DOH chief turned Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin, who has an axe to grind against the Public Attorney's Office, says it does not have the mandate to have a forensic laboratory

HOT SEAT. The forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney's Office headed by Persida Acosta is once again under fire. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill easing restrictions on foreign professionals in PH

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro slams the bill as a 'worse form of liberalization among professionals' in the Philippines

House pushes bill allowing foreigners to own public utilities in PH

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

House committee on economic affairs chair and the bill's sponsor, Sharon Garin says foreign direct investment could provide the capital necessary to improve public service

Despite risk warnings, Garin insists dengue vaccine can prevent outbreaks

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:59 PM

But the Department of Health says that the vaccine is not meant for epidemic response

BRING BACK DENGVAXIA. Former health chief Janette Garin insists that bringing back the vaccine could help the government prevent future dengue outbreaks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amid dengue outbreaks, Janette Garin wants Dengvaxia back in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The former health secretary says the dengue outbreaks would not have happened had Dengvaxia, whose distribution she approved, not been banned in the country

BRING DENGVAXIA BACK? Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin (center) still maintains the safety of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: PhilHealth’s problems started during Hontiveros' term – Garin

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The former health secretary said they spotted fraudulent schemes way back in 2006. Hontiveros was not yet part of PhilHealth then

Party-list bloc will vote for Duterte's bet in speakership race

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:16 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't endorse anybody in the speakership race, then the party-list lawmakers are consulting her daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for her choice

'20% OR NOTHING.' Several members of the party-list coalition in the House of Representatives hold a press conference on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Homecomings and queues: Ilonggo politicians troop to polls early

May 13, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Some of the political figures seen voting in Iloilo are Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, and Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE. Garin, Drilon, Trenas, and Espinosa are some of the politicians who voted in Iloilo for the midterm elections.

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panels want charges vs Aquino, Abad, Garin over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say former president Benigno Aquino III and other ex-officials should face criminal and administrative charges for purchasing the vaccine and implementing the dengue immunization program

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After cop mauling, lawmaker reminds Garin: ‘We are not high and mighty’

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Former ranking policeman and now Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil defends members of the Philippine National Police

DEFENDING PNP. Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil delivers a privilege speech on January 14, 2019. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Lawmakers honor Rodel Batocabe, the ‘Daragueño Who Dared’

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Lawmakers and guests wear pins that read, 'Justice for Cong. Rodel Batocabe' during the memorial service

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2nd from R) sits together with slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's wife Gertie and their sons Justin and Kiel. Photo from Arroyo's Facebook page

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Dec 27, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Albayalde orders Garins to surrender all their guns

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the Garins' licenses to own and possess firearms are cancelled as of December 27

FATHER AND SON. Congressman Oscar 'Richard' Garin Jr (L) and his father Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin (R). Photos from Representative Garin and Mayor Garin's Facebook pages

Duterte adds P20 million to bounty for Batocabe killers | Midday wRap

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:10 PM

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Duterte orders DILG to sue Garins for allegedly mauling cop

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte warns candidates not to resort to 'political terrorism' as the 2019 elections approaches

SUE THE GARINS. President Rodrigo Duterte seeks charges to be filed against two Iloilo politicians who allegedly mauled a cop. File photo by Malacañag

PNP to sue Iloilo mayor, congressman Garin for mauling cop

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Iloilo congressman Oscar 'Richard' Garin Jr and his father Guimbal town Mayor Oscar Garin also disarmed, cuffed, and held a cop at gunpoint, according to the police

FATHER AND SON. Congressman Oscar 'Richard' Garin Jr (L) and his father Guimbal, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Garin (R). Photos from Representative Garin and Mayor Garin's Facebook pages

Garin-allied pathologist discredits PAO findings on Dengvaxia cases

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination

Pathologist Dr Raymundo Lo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOJ says no malice in tagging Garin in Dengvaxia ‘mafia,’ junks libel complaint

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The justice department said that the accusers are acting ‘out of the sense of justice’ in tagging Garin in a DOH ‘mafia involved in plundering public funds’

NO BASIS FOR LIBEL. The Department of Justice junks the libel complaints filed by former health secretary Janette Garin against health officials who made statements against her. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR investigates Mocha, Drew Olivar, Garin sues Ubial, Space Jam 2 | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Garin sues Ubial for homicide in implementing Dengvaxia program

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin says her successor Paulyn Ubial's decision to expand the Dengvaxia immunization program, which was launched during her term, 'contributed' to deaths of students supposedly linked to the risky vaccine

CHARGED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin blames Paulyn Ubial for contributing to deaths of students allegedly linked to Dengvaxia. Janette Garin photo by Angie de Silva, Paulyn Ubial photo by Lito Boras, Dengvaxia photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque hits Garin over 'poor planning' for Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project's problems can be traced to 'very defective' planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

Plunder complaint filed vs Aquino, Garin over Dengvaxia

May 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA questions Dengvaxia procurement process

May 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The Commission on Audit also notes a discrepancy on the shelf life of the vaccine in the procurement documents

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 11, 2018

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gordon report: File criminal charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'The greatest sin and transgression of Aquino was to put the lives of Filipino children in grave peril. He simply did not care. Manhid siya at walang malasakit,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dengvaxia victims' kin file complaint vs DOH, Sanofi, Zuellig execs

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The respondents are accused of 'intentionally inoculating the Dengvaxia recipients with an unsafe product undergoing clinical trial, which caused [their]...untimely death'

SEEKING JUSTICE. Families of children whose deaths after receiving Dengvaxia are being investigated accompany Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta in filing criminal complaints against 35 officials of the Department of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Zuellig Pharma at the Department of Justice in Manila on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ to Aquino, Garin, Abad: Answer Dengvaxia vaccine charges

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Aquino, Garin, Abad, and other former and incumbent officials must appear before the Department of Justice on Friday, March 23, to answer the charges filed against them

DENGVAXIA PROBES. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino denies election offenses linked to Dengvaxia

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'Klaro naman pong harassment ang punto,' says former president Benigno Aquino III as he appears before the Commission on Elections over alleged election offenses linked to the government's dengue immunization program

Former President Benigno Aquino III answers charges of election offenses in a press conference at the Comelec office in Manila on March 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sharon Garin on why legislators must ‘earn their keep’

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When she talks to Rappler, it’s not the politics and internal dynamics Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin zooms in on, but the hard work that’s seldom aired live or broadcast on primetime news

Aquino denies rush in Dengvaxia vaccination program

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:31 PM

While expressing his condolences for those whose children died after being vaccinated, the former president calls on the public not to be 'carried away by emotion'

'NO RUSH.' Former President Benigno Aquino III attends a House hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino says unqualified 'experts' politicized Dengvaxia probe

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

At the House hearing, the former president once more defends his administration's decision to implement an unprogrammed dengue vaccination campaign

PROGRAM UNDER SCRUTINY. Former president Beningo Aquino and former Cabinet chiefs Janette Garin (in pink) and Butch Abad (right) attend a House probe into the dengvaxia mass vaccination program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Garin, 7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Francis Cruz, the whistleblower of the VACC, faces several libel complaints from health officials he accused of benefiting from the Dengvaxia mess

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dengvaxia hysteria: Go back to the core issue

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We should train the spotlight again on past officials who rushed the purchase and rollout of the dengue vaccines

[OPINION] Circling the wagons: The 'Doctors for Truth' and the Dengvaxia scandal

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust