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House leaders slam 'anti-Filipino' bill allowing foreign ownership of public services

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr and Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin Remulla vote no to House Bill No. 78, saying that it violates the 1987 Constitution

House passes bill allowing 100% foreign ownership of public services

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas slams the bill as 'economic charter change without tinkering with the 1987 Constitution'

NOW IN SESSION. Lawmakers vote on bills during the House session on May 30, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Unconstitutional' to let foreigners own public utilities – opposition lawmakers

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

If passed into law, House Bill 78 would allow foreigners to fully own telecommunication and transportation companies in the Philippines which is 'fatally violative of the Constitution' the lawmakers say

House one step away from passing bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:33 PM

But opposition lawmakers argue that the 'unconstitutional' bill would lead to Filipinos being at the mercy of foreign firms

LIFTING OF FOREIGN RESTRICTIONS. The House of Representatives approves on 2nd reading House Bill No. 78 on February 17, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House closer to passing bill allowing foreigners to own PH public utilities

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:26 PM

For lawmakers behind the bill, the 1987 Constitution’s requirement that at least 60% of public utility enterprises' capital stock must be owned by Filipino citizens or corporations is limiting the country’s economic growth

QUICK WORK. Lawmakers are working fast to amend the Public Service Act. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Traffic advisory: Fun run for public service heroes draws 15,000 runners

Aug 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Press release: Proceeds from the fun run will go to the families of fallen government workers

Rappler's Maria Ressa is keynote speaker at SOPA 2018 Awards

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:31 PM

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Society of Publishers in Asia Awards

Poe: Math shows operators lose in gov't bid to modernize jeepneys

Dec 10, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Senator Grace Poe says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade must attend a Senate hearing to explain how the government is going to help operators shoulder the cost of modernizing their jeepneys

ARRESTED. Piston president George San Mateo leads a rally. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

In a time of 'pervasive' violence, build 'caring communities' for children

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Clinical psychologist Maria Lourdes Carandang says parents should be good role models to their kids to counter what is happening in Philippine society today

'PLIGHT OF CHILDREN.' Clinical psychologist Lourdes Carandang delivers her lecture at the Ateneo Professional Schools on October 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

P10 million awaits 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The awardees will be given the opportunity to share their best practices through lectures across the country

Senate to Smart: Conduct IPO and we'll extend franchise

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The Senate public services committee removes the co use provision but retains tax exemptions for telcos with franchises

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Feb 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

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Senate panel to probe 'unreasonable' surge pricing of Grab, Uber

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:59 AM

They should not lose sight that their services are mainly for the convenience of the riding public says Senator Grace Poe chair of the Senate public services committee

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from

Coalition takes aim at ISIS suicide bomb routes in Iraq's Mosul

Dec 01, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Suicide missions particularly those conducted in explosive laden vehicles have been a vital weapon for ISIS fighters trying to fend off Iraqi forces pushing to recapture the jihadists last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries maneuver a T-72 tank as they advance near the town of Tal Abtah, south of Tal Afar, on November 30, 2016, during a broad offensive by Iraq forces to retake the city Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Crisis looms as half of Iraq's Mosul goes without water

Nov 30, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Some residents say the sudden water shortage is caused by air strikes from the US led coalition some say ISIS forces may have intentionally stopped the flow

Iraqis carry food aid, distributed by the Iraqi ministry of migrants and refugees, in a central district of Mosul, on November 29, 2016, during an ongoing operation against Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists. Thomas Coex/AFP

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco, energy markets

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:10 PM

What needs to be done is to pass proposed amendments to the 80 year old Public Service Law says a PCC commissioner

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services.

Power restored in 94% of Lawin-hit areas

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:03 AM

The National Electrification Administration says the rehabilitation of road networks is necessary for faster rehabilitation of energy distribution facilities

Power restoration in Cagayan. Image courtesy One Meralco Foundation

#BeLike Rodolfo: DPWH employee returns lost wallet

Jan 25, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Rodolfo Poyaoan Jr doesn t think twice about returning a lost wallet to its rightful owner

#TheLeaderIWant: Roman Romulo on lower tax, education, and public service

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The former lawyer runs for senator under the senatorial slate of presidential candidate Grace Poe and her running mate Chiz Escudero

Website introduces Raul Roco to new generation of Filipinos

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:47 AM

For many Raul S Roco was the greatest president the county never had Now a website wants to introduce the late senator to a new generation of young Pinoys

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Starting next week the National Telecommunications Commission will monitor if Internet service providers are complying with new rules on minimum broadband speed

BROADBAND TESTING. By definition, ISPs will not be able to say they provide broadband unless they give consumers at least 256 kbps. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Turn rants into ratings with

Aug 31, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Press release: Bantay ph focuses on frontline services relating to starting and running a business


Carmageddon: Why are there so many cars in Metro Manila?

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:25 PM

In the evening a cursory look at a mobile navigation app will show the Metro’s highways and streets splattered with blood red lines indicating heavy traffic

[Dash of SAS] Learned helplessness and coping with the MRT

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:10 PM

We can continue challenging our legislators to take public transportation every day until they show some empathy and listen until they stop ignoring the problem and address it

Britain sells off postal service stake to cut debt

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:22 AM

The sale of the government s 30 stake in the Royal Mail postal service is expected to earn the state about £1 5 billion

Webhits: Must-watch stunning Super Bowl ad

Feb 02, 2015 - 12:00 PM

A woman calls 911 for a pizza delivery What gives?

Maynilad provides water tanks, stations for Jan. 18 papal mass

Jan 15, 2015 - 1:18 PM

The company would deploy 11 water tankers and set up 15 water stations at the Quirino Grandstand for the Mass attendees

Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' stars team up in Ebola video

Dec 31, 2014 - 12:47 PM

The video opens with a montage of clips from breathless US television news coverage of the tiny handful of Ebola cases so far in the United States

DOH looking into plagiarism allegations

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Health Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says that while the controversial public service announcement went through a process the health department is sensitive to the negative reactions the song elicited

DOH video 'plagiarized' K-Pop song – SM Entertainment

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED A representative from Korean agency SM Entertainment says they already started taking action on the issue but the Philippines health department has yet to give a statement

Malawi president, lawmakers get big pay hike

Dec 07, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The new salaries are “in line with the budget” which was passed by parliament last September

Beyond Gaga Girl: Government PSAs available on social media

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:10 AM

These government public service announcements are amusingly hit or miss

NYC to DOH: Stop 'Gaga Girl, Bobo Boy' video

Dec 04, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The National Youth Commission wants the video permanently removed from various official platforms and stop its distribution

Canada scientists bargain for right to speak out

Dec 04, 2014 - 9:13 AM

The scientists feel they are not allowed to speak freely to the media – especially if findings contradict government positions – because of rules requiring them to seek permission first

Netizens decry DOH anti-pregnancy video

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The music video talks about young relationships sexual intercourse and teenage pregnancy

Father's Day without my father

Jun 15, 2014 - 8:48 PM

20 years after he passed away we still remember my father every father s day

Filipino Penn Law grad to classmates: Be responsible world citizens

May 19, 2014 - 12:58 AM

We do not need a self proclaimed genius to change the world We just need to have our hearts in the right place

Filipino Cornell grad to lawyers: 'Serve your people'

May 14, 2014 - 2:39 PM

A Filipino graduate student of Cornell University issues a challenge to his fellow lawyers

LTFRB rejects 50-centavo provisional fare hike

Mar 25, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The LTFRB says the proposed rate hike lacked merit since diesel prices have remained below P45 per liter

SEC soon on Twitter, Facebook

Sep 15, 2013 - 12:32 PM

The SEC is working on a social media infrastructure project and revitalize how the public access crucial corporate information online

Sereno on service: commit, take risks

Sep 08, 2013 - 4:00 PM

The Chief Justice normally reserved and media shy was candid in a 15 minute speech delivered mostly in Filipino

MAGTAYA NG SARILI. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells students, fellow alumnae to commit one's self in service. Photo by Jessica Lazaro/Rappler

The new wave of volunteerism

Jun 19, 2013 - 4:07 PM

New faces in the country’s volunteerism scene bring new issues into the public eye as well as old ones that we have conveniently forgotten

POWER OF PLAY. Kids are able to experience the values of sharing, of taking turns, of returning toys to where they got them. Photo from the Philippine Toy Library Facebook page

Yumbassadors: Helping others help themselves

May 09, 2013 - 8:04 PM

More than organizing the usual newspaper drive or neighborhood sponsored basketball game youth groups are recognizing their role in addressing concerns bigger organizations are too busy to notice — and they’re making a difference

PASSION TO TEACH. Members of Alay ni Ignacio are talented college students who share the same passion to teach public school students. Photo courtesy of Hot Air Balloon Digital

Setting eyes on public service

Sep 04, 2012 - 7:18 PM

While politics and public office have never piqued my interest public service definitely has However I don’t think public service is limited to simply working for a government department or agency