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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

Putin triumphant as critics slam vote extending his rule

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities claim that only the autonomous Nenets region in the Russian Arctic came out against the reforms, with 55.25% of voters opposing the changes

'TRIUMPH.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attending the Commonwealth of Independent States leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. File photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Russian voters back reforms allowing Putin to stay until 2036

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny slams the results as a 'huge lie' that did not reflect real public opinion

EXTENDED RULE? In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:15 PM

President Vladimir Putin says Russians should vote for the country 'we want to pass on to our children' but makes no mention of a controversial amendment that would allow him to potentially stay in power until 2036

VOTE. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. File photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Police reform bill clears U.S. House but deadlock awaits in Senate

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM

President Donald Trump is opposed to the House measure, and says the Democrats were aiming to 'weaken our police' and end officer immunity

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 01: St. Louis City Bike Patrol Officers mobilize as protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd through downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

Russians cast early votes in ballot to extend Putin's rule

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Election officials open polling stations in the lead-up to the official voting day on July 1 to reduce the risk of overcrowding that could spread coronavirus infections

Trump signs police reform order to end 'patterns of failure'

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:11 AM

(UPDATED) The presidential directive provides funding incentives for police departments nationwide to include a ban on choke holds and extra training on guidelines for the use of force

POLICE REFORM. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Ressa and co-accused Reynaldo Santo Jr, former Rappler researcher-writer, receives a guilty verdict. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

U.S. police in hot seat after years of near impunity

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:57 PM

George Floyd's death is just the latest incident in a larger pattern of police use of lethal force

FACING OFF. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus Updates: Infections creep into Cebu’s jails

May 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

According to the Department of Health, the number of coronavirus cases in Cebu City Jail is at 335. There are 25 cases at the Cebu Provincial Detention Center and 71 at the Mandaue City Jail.

Marcos says pushing for tax reform amid pandemic 'very bad timing'

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:26 PM

NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Chua says the comprehensive tax reform measures pending at the Senate should be passed to support the coronavirus war chest. But these reforms will not increase government revenue.

TAX REFORM? Long lines of shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, due to possible lockdown as COVID-19 confirmed cases continues to rise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Putin delays reforms vote, holds back on tough virus measures

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:51 PM

President Vladimir Putin unveils a series of measures to support Russians and boost the economy

ADDRESS TO NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation over the coronavirus outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 25, 2020. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

P400-B uncollected power charges show 'dead end' in energy laws

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Lawmakers want to collect debts now, as government lawyers stand firm on proper procedures on compromise agreements

POWER CHARGES. Officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) arrive early to the House of Representatives hearing on March 11, 2020, on the P400 billion worth of uncollected power charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Territorial dispute: Pia Cayetano fumes over Marcos tackling Citira at committee hearing

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:14 PM

'Please don’t try to mediate,' Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the ways and means committee, tells fellow senators. 'Resolve the jurisdictional issue.'

'CLARITY'. Senator Pia Cayetano says she wants clarity over Senate rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte certifies Citira bill as urgent

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's certification allows the Senate to pass the bill on 2nd and 3rd readings on the same day

ASPIRING HUB. The Philippines aims to become a regional automotive production hub by offering fiscal and non-fiscal perks to automakers. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

PEZA asks Senate to delay Citira passage amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

With the coronavirus crisis, Philippine Economic Zone Authority chief Charito Plaza finds an opening to appeal against the Citira bill anew

DELAY. PEZA Director General Charito Plaza speaks at the Senate hearing on the economic impact of coronavirus to the ecozones. Screengrab from Senate of the Philippines' Youtube

French gov't wins key victory for controversial pensions overhaul

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Trade unions and opposition parties slam the move as anti-democratic, but their calls for fresh protests against a bill that triggered the crippling French transport strike this winter went largely unheeded

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. French Junior Minister for Pension Reform Laurent Pietraszewski, French Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud, French Government's spokesperson Sibeth Ndiaye listen as French Prime Minister addresses the French National Assembly on March 3, 2020 in Paris, during a vote of no-confidence in the government filled by several opposition parties over its decision to use a rarely used decree, French constitution's article 49-3, to force its controversial pension overhaul through parliament. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Bill lowering corporate tax moves to Senate plenary

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Finance hopes Citira will hurdle the Senate before Congress goes on break by March 14

TAX REFORM. Workers in a manufacturing plant. Shutterstock photo

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

What are the IATF's proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution?

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The House committee on constitutional amendments is voting on a draft resolution containing these proposals on Wednesday, February 19

IATF proposed amendments

Over 10% of retailers already imposed last round of fuel tax hike – DOE

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The final increase in excise tax under the TRAIN law can only be imposed on new stocks acquired in 2020, not on oil produced or imported in 2019

Oil prices saw a record surge after attacks on two Saudi facilities in the world's top gas producer. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lawmakers to recall Cha-Cha resolution they approved in secret

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments also plans to reopen public hearings after the executive branch submitted a new list of proposed changes to the charter

CHA-CHA TALKS. House committee on constitutional amendments chair Rufus Rodriguez says he would reopen their public hearings on charter change this month. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

New year, more taxes: Last fuel hike under TRAIN takes effect

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Under the final tranche, excise tax for gasoline and kerosene will increase by P1 per liter, while diesel prices will go up by P1.50

TAXES. Oil prices will surge anew in 2020 due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

DOE to oil firms: Use up old inventory first before slapping new tax

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Energy says oil companies may face large-scale estafa charges if they slap the TRAIN law's new taxes on old stocks in 2020

Pope shakes up cardinals with further Vatican reform

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses

French government, unions to meet over pension strike impasse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Union leaders have vowed to continue their action into the new year as the government defends its plan to forge the country's 42 pension schemes into a single points-based system

PROTEST. People demonstrate at the Nation square in Paris on December 17, 2019, to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hundreds of thousands protest in France over pension reform plans

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Teachers, hospital workers and other public employees join transport workers for the third day of marches since the dispute began on December 5

People take part in a demonstration on December 17, 2019 in Rennes, as part of a third countrywide day of protests over a government pensions overhaul, with the government showing no signs it will give in to union demands to drop the plan. Unions have been striking since December 5 in their biggest show of strength in years against plans for a single pensions system. Damien MEYER / AFP

French commuters face 12th day of transport strike over pensions

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Unions plan a fresh day of mass demonstrations on December 17, and insist the government must abandon planned pension reforms that they say could force millions of people to work longer before retiring

12TH DAY. Commuters wait for a train in Chatelet subway station in Paris, on December 16, 2019, during a strike of Paris' public transports operator RATP and of the French state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Voting on 2nd reading, lawmakers give their nod to the 3rd package under the Duterte government's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

TAX REFORM. Lawmakers are on the move to amend the country's real property valuation system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Prosecutor junks libel complaint vs Maria Ressa, reporter Rambo Talabong

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:01 PM

A public official should not be onion-skinned, writes Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor Arnel Pabellar, quoting the Supreme Court

LIBEL CASE JUNKED. DAR Secretary John Castriciones is a former undersecretary of the DILG. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong on PH Navy's 'rebirth'

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:59 PM

On Monday, November 4, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with retired rear admiral Rommel Jude Ong to discuss the Philippine Navy's strategic vision for the future, among others

Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

Pia Cayetano seeks 'sweet spot' for Citira bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Senate ways and means committee chairperson Pia Cayetano plays coy on the bill seeking to change the current fiscal incentives regime, but quips that like love, 'wala ring forever'

House passes Citira bill on 3rd reading

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A total of 170 members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of the Duterte administration's 2nd tax reform package

[ANALYSIS] Will Duterte’s new tax measure kill foreign investments?

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many other things could make or break our country’s attractiveness to investors. Citira's stricter investment incentives may be the least of our worries.

'Noisy naysayers' vs Citira bill proven wrong by numbers, says DOF

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua says the surge in investment pledges in the 1st half of 2019 refutes claims of critics of the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act

Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua says naysayers of the Citira bill are proven wrong by numbers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:50 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the Pifita bill 'grossly favors the rich who make fortunes out of thin air in the financial sector'

2nd tax reform package renamed Citira, hurdles 2nd reading in House

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The House of Representatives approves the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) on 2nd reading

House bill simplifying passive income, financial taxes approved on 2nd reading

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Tax Act (Pifita) bill is the 4th package of the Duterte administration's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

PEZA urges Congress not to 'tinker' with tax perks for investors

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:50 PM

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza says the current incentives are already 'globally competitive' and could help the Philippines attract investors as companies avoid the US-China trade war

House panel OKs Trabaho bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda is expected to sponsor the Trabaho bill for 2nd reading on the same day his panel approves it

BUSINESSES. The Trabaho bill aims to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Landbank turns over 354,783 hectares of land to DAR

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Bank of the Philippines, which President Rodrigo Duterte criticized in his 4th State of the Nation Address, says this turnover happened in May 2019

Duterte tells Congress to prioritize Trabaho bill

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Trabaho bill, which aims to reduce corporate tax and rationalize tax incentives, is mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says regulations around who could hold firearm licenses would also be tightened to 'stop weapons falling into the wrong hands'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Recto files bill to write off farmers' debts from CARP

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Recto says the amount of farmers debt is 'small compared to the hundreds of billions in private sector loans it had written off over the past 40 years'

CARP DEBT. Senator Ralph Recto files a bill seeking to write off debt of farmers from agrarian reform loans. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Work on alternatives and growth, before speeding into federal system

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

What we should be speeding up in the second half of the administration is more policy reform and economic growth, not changing parts and engines

Landbank wants to cover more agrarian reform beneficiaries

May 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Land Bank of the Philippines eyes more farmer-beneficiaries after its loans for small farmers and fisherfolk went up to P13 billion in the first 3 months of 2019

Farmers from La Trinidad, Benguet maintain to water there strawberry and vegtetable because of summer heat where they use to get their daily living. The water was come from a water irrigation of the province. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler