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House approves bill hiking road users' tax starting 2020

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The proposed tax increases are expected to generate P9 billion that would go to the general fund for road safety and the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

ROAD USERS' TAX. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on October 25, 2016. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Robredo: More funds needed for separate rehab centers for drug users, pushers

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Tingin natin kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DRUG REHAB. Vice President Leni Robredo gets a briefing from the Department of Health officials on the status of drug rehabilitation efforts so far. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Smart, TNT unveil Free Instagram and Facebook for All with prepaid promos

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:00 AM

Free IG + FB for All is available for all Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers

House panel OKs bill increasing road users’ tax starting 2020

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:57 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda estimates the tax increases would yield P9 billion, which would help fund the PUV Modernization Program

TAX HIKE. Lawmakers are propsing to increase the taxes imposed on motor vehicle owners. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s exaggerations worsened the Philippines’ drug problem

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?

Suspect in Cotabato City bombing surrenders | Evening wRap

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:43 PM

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Duterte wants road user's tax revenues for Manila Bay cleanup, hospitals

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:03 PM

But since the law states that road user's tax proceeds can only be used for road maintenance projects, President Duterte will wait for the Road Board's abolition before asking Congress to allow such use of the funds

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawmakers, engineers request P5B in road users’ tax funds

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

House Majority Leader Andaya Jr's list shows the requests of legislators and engineers approved by the graft-riddled Road Board, but the funds have not been released to them

CAMPAIGN FUNDS? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno is reserving Road Board funds for administration candidates in 2019.

Arroyo signature in Road Board abolition bill 'ministerial' – Malacañang

Dec 21, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte may sign the bill into law even without House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's signature, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo meets with President Rordrigo Duterte in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. File photo from Arroyo's office

Diokno: Lawmakers eyeing road users' tax for campaign

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno fires back at members of the House of Representatives accusing him of corruption

NOT RELEASING. In an economic briefing at Malacanang, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they will not release the road users' tax unless the Road Board is not abolished. RTVM Screenshot

House won’t abolish graft-ridden Road Board, says Andaya

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Senators are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the bill that would scrap the graft-ridden agency that oversees the funds from the road users' tax

NO ABOLITION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the plenary already withdraw its support to the bill abolishing the Road Board. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno reserving road tax funds for admin allies? 'Nonsense,' says Panelo

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Malacañang maintains that President Rodrigo Duterte still wants the Road Board abolished

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Senate urges Malacañang to stop release of funds from road user’s tax

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The passage of the resolution comes amid an apparent deadlock between the Senate and the House of Representatives, after the latter rescinded its approval of the bill seeking to abolish the Road Board

INTERVENTION. Senate leaders are waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell the House majority to support the abolition of the 'corrupt' Road Board. Photos of Senators Vicente Sotto III (left) and Franklin Drilon (right) by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Duterte photo from Malacanang, background image from Shutterstock

Facebook mulled charging for access to user data

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:22 PM

A report that internal emails indicated Facebook mulled charging companies for access to user data are referred to in a lawsuit filed against the social network in 2015 by Six4Three, creator of a failed app called 'Pikinis'

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The complaints cite a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council which concluded Google used 'deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked'

TRACKING. This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. File photo by AFP.

Did you know that some PH cities have more Facebook users than actual population?

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Iloilo City has the highest number of Facebook users with 223.22%-334.83% of the population actively using the social media platform monthly, followed by Cebu City

Data privacy laws may have lost Facebook 1 million European users

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Facebook is estimated to have already lost over 3 million users in the second quarter

Over 3.4 billion people actively use social media – report

Oct 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Around 320 million people signed up for social media since September last year which accounted for a 10% growth in users

Facebook purges 251 accounts to thwart deception

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Facebook removes 559 pages and 251 accounts that consistently violated rules against spam and 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'

FACEBOOK FIGHTS FALSEHOODS. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Mistakenly thinking each friend request has come from a real person may cause people to accept friend requests simply to be polite and not hurt someone else’s feelings


Twitter bug may have exposed some users' customer service interactions

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Twitter says the bug only affected less than 1% of its users and that the bug has been resolved


After scandals, many Americans step away from Facebook – survey

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Pew Research Center report finds 42% of US Facebook users said they had 'taken a break' from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26% said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone

YouTube's viewing stats track how long you spend watching videos

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:02 PM

You will now see how much time you spent viewing content today, yesterday, and over the past week.

YOUTUBE VIEWING HABITS. Fabled video repository YouTube will now give you stats on your viewing habits. Images from YouTube blog.

Instagram adds verified accounts to 'stop bad actors'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:21 AM

High-profile accounts will now be able to request for a verification process


Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

SHEPHERD, PREACHER. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers the homily at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stop assuming all drug users are addicts – Ateneo professor

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo psychology professor Regina Hechanova says the stigma erodes law enforcement and rehabilitation programs

DISTINCTION NEEDED. Psychology professor Regina Hechanova speaks at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Majority of PH internet users see 'fake news' as serious issue – SWS

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The numbers from the Social Weather Stations surveys in March 2018 and December 2017 indicate that respondents' perceived seriousness of the fake news issue is directly related to the frequency of their use of the internet

Facebook 'not aware of any abuse' of data by phone makers

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Facebook does not deny the Times story but says it 'disagreed' with the issues raised

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Facebook adds 67 million monthly active users despite scandal

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The number of daily active users has also grown, with an increase of 48 million users from 1.401 billion to 1.449 billion in total

FRONT AND CENTER. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Spotify adds on-demand playlist for free users

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The revamped free tier app now lets users pick songs to listen to in select playlists, instead of having them in shuffled playback

Photo from Spotify


SC on drug war documentation, FBI probe on Quiboloy church, Grindr on HIV data | Evening wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Facing outcry over data breach, Facebook again overhauls privacy settings

Mar 28, 2018 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) The updates include improved access to Facebook's user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook

FACEBOOK. A logo of the social media platform sits alongside other social apps on a phone screen. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP


Duterte on political dynasties, Bus crash, Cambridge Analytica controversy| Midday wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Senate approves bill seeking to abolish 'corrupt' Road Board

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Commission on Audit has found the agency misappropriated P90.7 billion in road user's tax

Motorcyle riders navigating along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Friday. The MMDA will strictly enforce motorcycle lane policy along EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue starting Nov 14 . MMDA data shows out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

171,000 Filipinos affected by 2016 data breach – Uber

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Uber says exposed were the phone numbers, email addresses and registered names of affected Filipino users

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Malaysia probes leak of 46 million phone users' data

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The breach is originally reported by local technology website Lowyat.net after unidentified individuals offered the phone data, from several telecoms companies, and other personal information for sale on a public forum on the site

'Globe on strike too?': Netizens complain about network's service interruptions

Oct 16, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Netizens take to social media their frustration over the network's service interruptions, putting 'Globe' to the top trending topics in the Philippines on Monday morning

At U.N., Cayetano bloats number of drug users to 7 million

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:50 PM

If Secretary Cayetano is to be believed, this means President Duterte's drug war is failing, because the number of drug addicts has doubled since he took office

DRUG WAR. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano defends President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs at the general debate of the UN General Assembly's 72nd session on September 23, 2017. UN photo

Senate vows to speed up bill abolishing 'corrupt, arrogant' Road Board

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Officials of the Road Board skip a budget hearing at the Senate, angering senators who now say they will fast-track the measure that seeks to abolish the board

Hackers obtain contact details of high-profile Instagram users

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:24 AM

Instagram alerts all verified accounts of a hack that pilfered email addresses and phone numbers but not password details


Deadly highways: What makes Cagayan Valley roads crash-prone?

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Central Luzon has the highest number of crash related deaths in 2014 but if numbers are divided by population Cagayan Valley comes out as the most crash prone

According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Region 2 is the most affected population in road crashes.

LTO to push for stricter driver's license exams

May 14, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The Land Transportation Office LTO is adding a driver s simulation test into the driver licensing system on top of the usual written exam and practical test

'I was lucky I wore a seatbelt' – crash survivor

May 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Einstein Rojas narrates how he survived a crash with a container van back in 2012

SURVIVOR. Einstein Rojas of New Vois Association Philippines shared in a Rappler roundtable on road safety his story.

Motorcycle riders can't wear helmets in some parts of Bulacan?

May 13, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Motorcycle riders are supposedly asked to remove their helmets when they enter Malolos City and neighboring Baliuag town

No helmets allowed in Malolos, Bulacan?

JV Ejercito bills seek to stop repeat of Nueva Ecija bus incident

May 10, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Senator JV Ejercito hosts the forum Seats that Saves Lives in the Senate and pushes for bills to fill gaps in existing laws on road safety

Killer buses leave victims in their wake

May 07, 2017 - 9:55 PM

9 563 of the 109 322 road crash incidents recorded by the Metro Manila Development Authority MMDA in 2016 involved buses

BUS CRASH. A Don Don Liner bus bound for Legazpi City, Albay loses balance and falls on its side after hitting a cement wall in October 2014. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler