IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS. Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariu00f1as, Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, 1-Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr, and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque all asked questions ranging from whether what was between Dayan and De Lima was u201ctrue loveu201d to when the two entered the u201cclimaxu201d of their relationship. MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives crossed the line on Thursday, November 24, as they pounded Ronnie Dayan with questions about his intimate relationship with his former employer Senator Leila de Lima. The former aide and ex-lover of De Lima faced the House committee on justice two days after he was arrested in La Union. He has been accused of being De Lima's bagman in the illegal drug trade. Netizens were quick to criticize legislators who asked Dayan |irrelevant questions that sought to bring out juicy details about their relationship, but which had nothing to ... » Learn More about The House’s ‘climax’ congressmen: Who are they?
Subscribe to Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories podcast on Spotify , Apple Podcasts , and Anchor . May gulong nagaganap sa loob ng Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), ang ruling party ng bansa, sa pagitan ni Senator Manny Pacquiao at ang chairman nitong si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte. Pinatalsik ng paksiyon ni Duterte si Pacquiao mula sa kanyang posisyon bilang pangulo ng partido. Minaliit naman ni Duterte si Senator Koko Pimentel, ang executive vice chairperson ng PDP-Laban at anak ng yumaong dating senador na si Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., isa sa mga nagtaguyod ng partido. Sa podcast episode na ito, tatalakayin nina Rappler senior campaign reporters na sina Pia Ranada at Camille Elemia at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan kung paano nga ba nagsimula ang away sa loob ng PDP-Laban. Ayon kay Ranada, maaaring ang gulo ay ayon sa kagustuhan ni Duterte: The more I cover and listen to the officials who are involved ... » Learn More about [PODCAST] Beyond the Stories: Gulo sa PDP-Laban
Every morning, Adelaide Dolar would ask a favor: could she charge her mobile phone at her neighbor's house? She didn't have electricity at home, and her children needed her gadget for online class work. She did this for the whole duration of the school year 2020-2021. The pandemic made it difficult for financially struggling families like hers to fulfill their children's needs for distance learning, the 43-year-old vendor from Batangas province told Rappler in an interview on Sunday, July 18. Despite this, she made sure that her children would not miss school the past year, when the government enforced a remote setup due to pandemic lockdowns. Her three children – all basic education students – were enrolled under the modular learning system. The eldest, who was in Grade 10, needed to occasionally attend online classes. The younger ones, however, couldn't just answer the modules distributed by the school; they also needed to watch video lessons uploaded on ... » Learn More about Distance learning in the Philippines: A year of hits and misses
Armed with placards saying "National Academic Break Now!" while wearing face masks and face shields and practicing physical distancing, Filipino students demanded accountability from the government for its "criminal negligence" during recent typhoons and the coronavirus pandemic. Fed up with the government's inefficiency, there's no stopping youth activists Bern de Belen and Elise Ofilada, both from One Big Strike – a student-led movement formed at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) – from holding government accountable. Together with at least 20 more Ateneans, they wrote a manifesto calling for a nationwide academic strike beginning Wednesday, November 25. (READ: Ateneo students call for nationwide academic strike vs Duterte gov't ) "Our education is at stake here. We believe in the bigger cause that we're fighting for. We believe that no student should be left behind in this situation," De Belen said in a Rappler Talk interview on Tuesday, November 24. ... » Learn More about School time out during a pandemic? Pros and cons of an academic break
Philippine opposition senator Leila de Lima marked her 1,000th day in prison on November 20, 2019. Prior to the 2016 elections, it didn’t seem likely that she would spend years in jail. After all, she was a seasoned lawyer who served as the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) until 2010 and as secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) until 2015. This track record helped her secure a senatorial seat in the 2016 elections . But a lot has changed in that span of time – not only in the country's politics but also on social media. Networked websites on social media spread numerous claims discrediting De Lima's credentials and ethics. While many of these claims have been found false or misleading, they were nevertheless deliberately amplified by the same set of connected Facebook pages. These viral claims against De Lima that were often disguised as "news" started sprouting in 2016. That year, the aspiring senator was a ... » Learn More about Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories – The idea of a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel has been the basis of decades of international efforts to end the conflict. After new US President Donald Trump's administration said it is no longer wedded to the so-called two-state solution, here are some questions and answers about the idea and the possible alternatives. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. This means creating a Palestinian state on the rough basis of the situation before 1967, when Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in a war with its Arab neighbors. The so-called Green Line demarcates the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians see as their capital. In 1988, then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat unveiled a declaration of independence which for the first time talked of two states. This recognition is endorsed by ... » Learn More about FAST FACTS: What is the two-state solution?
This story is part of Faces of 2020 , a series of profiles about people whose stories of loss and survival embody the year 2020. The most recent TV series Angel Locsin starred in was the 2019 ABS-CBN hit The General’s Daughter . In it, she played an army nurse whom a military general was training to spy on his enemies. The irony. In 2020, ABS-CBN was taken off the air, and Locsin became the subject of a military general’s insinuations that her sister and nephew were communist rebels, and that she supported them. Under the Anti-Terrorism Law enacted this year, giving support to terrorists makes one guilty of a crime. Since the government considers the communist-led New People's Army (NPA) a terrorist group, anyone found supporting it may be accused of terrorism, too. A hero on- and off-screen Emblazoned in Filipino popular culture as Darna , the onscreen superhero in red, Locsin has earned even deeper respect from the public for ... » Learn More about Angel Locsin: Red-tagged celebrity
Since President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed interest in seeking the vice presidency and Vice President Leni Robredo remains a presidential contender until she officially shuts the door to that possibility, not a few have wondered what it would be like if they swapped roles following the 2022 elections. Christian Esguerra asked Robredo about the possible scenario in ANC’s After the Fact on Tuesday night, July 20, and if she would treat Duterte the same way he had treated her. She responded, " Parang poetic justice 'pag nangyari ." (It would be poetic justice if that happened.) The Vice President, however, stayed true to herself even in a hypothetical situation, quickly adding: “Pero para sa akin, very, very seriously, I will not treat him the way he treated me. Kasi I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the people na iyong presidente saka vice president nag-aaway ." (But for me, very, very seriously, I will not treat him the way he ... » Learn More about How will Robredo treat Duterte if he becomes her VP in 2022?
The Duterte government, through its Department of Justice (DOJ), banners a special task force to prove its commitment against a culture of impunity, but the track record of this 7-year-old unit leaves much to be desired. Very few have been convicted, and most perpetrators have been cleared, according to the Philippine government's own report submitted to the United Nations last May. From the creation of the task force in 2012 under former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to December 2019, its latest data, the task force has handled only 385 cases, including those that go all the way back to 2001 when Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was president. Aquino signed Administrative Order (AO) 35 on November 22, 2012, creating a mechanism to investigate extrajudicial killings and other politically-motivated violence. Currently, the AO 35 task force is headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with teams led by prosecutors. Of the 385 cases handled by the AO 35 task ... » Learn More about DOJ’s task force vs EJK: Few convicted, most perpetrators cleared
Excluding petitions against the anti-terror law, there have been 6 major cases filed before the Supreme Court since the pandemic lockdown began mid-march, and the justices during this time, handed President Rodrigo Duterte two wins, while making others wait. The Supreme Court junked without comment two petitions directly involving Duterte – the mandamus case to compel the president to disclose details of his health, and the legal challenge to the now expired emergency powers officially known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. The rest of the petitioners just have to wait. These include prisoners pleading for temporary bail to escape increasing jail infections and broadcast giant ABS-CBN, which has started laying off hundreds of workers because of a killed franchise. There is also a pending petition to compel the government to conduct coronavirus mass testing . According to the uploaded decisions on its website, since the lockdown began on March 15, the ... » Learn More about During pandemic, Supreme Court favors Duterte twice and makes others wait