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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

[EXPLAINER] Forget about people’s initiative for ABS-CBN

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:57 PM

It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

[OPINION] The Ifugao, cowboys, and assimilation through education

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'[T]here are no initiatives yet to properly train teachers in indigenous history and heritage'

‘Common sense’ and speed shield Marikina City from the coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.

A MAYOR'S FORESIGHT. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro stands outside the city's testing laboratory for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the Marikina City Government

1 soldier killed, another wounded in NPA ambush in Samar

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 AM

One of the soldiers was allegedly hacked to death and burned

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC urged: Compel Duterte gov’t to conduct ‘mass testing’

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Petitioners led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo also ask the High Court to compel the government to ramp up contact tracing efforts and release timely, accurate, and complete information on the pandemic

RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo RIGHT TO HEALTH. Petitioners file a petition for mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the government to do free mass testing. Sourced photo

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Valenzuela City’s pandemic response: ‘Everything has to happen now’

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’

LEADING. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian speaks with construction frontliners who are building the city’s testing laboratory. Photo from Valenzuela City’s Facebook

In the fight vs COVID-19, these women mayors didn't take chances

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis

Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University

Coronavirus decimating indigenous Latin American communities

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Indigenous people in Latin America are being decimated by the coronavirus pandemic due to weak immune systems and centuries of state neglect

COPING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS. Colombian Tikuna indigenous people pose wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Leticia, department of Amazonas, Colombia, on June 8, 2020. File photo by Tatiana De Nevo/AFP

[OPINION] An anthropologist on rethinking history to inspire the future

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:48 PM

'There are no human races, there is only one human race. The concept of race reinforces the colonial structures that favors Eurocentric views.'

At least 5 NPA rebels killed in Negros Oriental clash

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:49 PM

A suspect in the killing of 4 police officers in a 2019 ambush is killed in the encounter

CLASH. Police inspect the site of a clash between armed rebels and the Philippine military. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'

Danding Cojuangco, tycoon and political kingpin, dies at 85

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) The businessman built food and beverage giant San Miguel Corporation and was a key ally of Ferdinand Marcos

BOSS DANDING. Cojuangco headed San Miguel Corporation, considered the largest food and beverage corporation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, since 1998. Photo courtesy of Edwin Tuyay

Law experts: 12-year prescription period for cyber libel unconstitutional

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:07 PM

'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 convicted her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr of cyber libel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indigenous youth find ways to help communities hit by pandemic

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Several indigenous youth in South and Southeast Asia take the challenge of responding to the needs of their communities

AID. Young people provide food aid to Karen communities living in n Northern Thailand in May. Photo from Phnom Thano of the Indigenous Media Network

PTV apologizes after mistaking Emilio Aguinaldo for Andres Bonifacio

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The state-run TV network airs a clip featuring a quick background on the Philippine Revolution led by Andres Bonifacio, but the screen instead shows a photo of Emilio Aguinaldo

Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in Boston

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Pressure builds in the United States to rid the country of monuments associated with racism

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] The Philippine military and its hypocrisy

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?

China approves plan to impose Hong Kong security law

May 28, 2020 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) China makes the security law a top priority at its annual National People's Congress session, after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for 7 months in 2019

PARLIAMENT. Chinese leaders attend the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China draws Western rebuke over move to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 23, 2020 - 3:54 PM

In separate statements, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada, and the US , urge China not to pass the proposed Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Lam vowed to "fully cooperate" with Beijing over a national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, after lawmakers introduced a draft proposal to the country's parliament. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong to adopt security law 'as soon as possible'

May 22, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam says she 'firmly' believes the law is aimed at 'effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security'

LEADER. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. Photo by Leo Ramirez/AFP

China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)

China parliament eyes Hong Kong national security law after unrest

May 22, 2020 - 12:29 AM

Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by 7 months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019

NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS. A man wears a face masks as he cycles past the Great Hall of the People, the venue for the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature, in Beijing on May 20, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Central Luzon police arrest No. 1 most wanted in Zambales

May 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon

Photo from Regional Intelligence Unit provincial police force

1st coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

May 18, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a 'pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,' the ministry says in a statement

TRIBE. Waorani indigenous people sing at the Teata sacred waterfall, near the village of Nemompare, on the banks of the Curaray river, in Pastaza province, Ecuador on April 14, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

4 NPA leaders, 11 fighters killed in Northern Mindanao

May 17, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says 186 communist rebels have been killed since January 2020

[OPINION] Stop the shooting war madness in this pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health

Fitch Ratings enters China's credit market

May 14, 2020 - 9:15 PM

The People's Bank of China says Fitch Bohua will be able to conduct ratings in China's interbank bond market, marking a further step in opening the industry

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Military and police kill 17 NPA rebels in weeklong attacks

May 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

As the country battles a pandemic, 19 guerrillas surrender, and two are arrested in military and police operations against the New People’s Army from May 4 to 11

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana defends buying attack helicopters: It's to fight NPA

May 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

US-PH RELATIONS. File photo of Defense Secrey Delfin Lorenzana in a Senate hearing on February 6, 2020 on the Philippines - United States (US) Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Senate PRIB

DA allocates P230 million to use ancestral lands for food production

May 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture supports a project to develop some 20,000 hectares of idle ancestral lands for white corn production

Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Ecuador's Amazon communities sue over oil spill

May 06, 2020 - 10:38 AM

'The families living on the river banks are lacking food and no longer know where to find water to drink, or with which to bathe,' says Marcia Andi, a Kichwa and leader of the Mushuk Llacta community

RIVER. Members of the Siekopai indigenous nation stand along the banks of the Aguarico River in the community of Waiya in Ecuador, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amazon Frontline/AFP

41 activists, lawyer in Iloilo freed after labor day arrest

May 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Each had to post a P12,000 bail

ARRESTED. Lawyer Angelo Guillen is arrested for legally assisting activists who were arrested by the police on May 1, 2020, during an attempt to hold a protest. Photo courtesy of NUPL

CPP-NPA ends ceasefire, resumes offensives vs government forces

May 01, 2020 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) The truce failed to stop clashes between government troops and communist rebels, both sides admit

COMMUNIST REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather in a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Duterte rejects peace talks with CPP-NPA: 'No more talks to talk about'

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the remark after expressing his sadness over the deaths of soldiers who were allegedly killed by communist rebels while delivering medical aid

TALKS OVER. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on April 27, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Duterte's martial law threat – and what he did not tell us

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:09 PM

In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

Nationalist People's Coalition calls for 'effective, more inclusive' mass testing

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The 54 politicians allied with the Nationalist People's Coalition ask the national government to be more transparent with COVID-19 data and to assist LGUs in creating their own testing labs

MASS TESTING CALL. A health worker conducts a swab test on a suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

4 soldiers killed in clashes with NPA in Negros Occidental, Masbate

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The military says 4 soldiers were also wounded in the Negros Occidental encounter on Sunday, April 19

Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:16 PM

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

CPP-NPA extends ceasefire until April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The truce has been fraught with accusations of violations from both sides, and the government has yet to say whether it will also extend its unilateral ceasefire that ended on April 15

GUERRILLA. A member of the New People's Army paints the armed group's logo on his face to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Clashes reported as ceasefire with NPA ends

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The military awaits orders from President Rodrigo Duterte on whether the truce will be extended as many areas remain on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

GOVERNMENT FORCES. Philippine Army soldiers guarding an "enhanced community quarantine" checkpoint in Valenzuela City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler