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Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Mexican authorities say the deportations were carried out 'in compliance with the migration law and with full respect for human rights'

SCUFFLE. Members of the Mexican National Guard scuffle with Central American migrants - mostly Hondurans heading in a caravan to the US - in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

PH repatriating Filipinos in Wuhan, Hubei province who want to return home

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Filipinos who wish to stay in China should heed advisories from local health authorities and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of 2019-nCoV there, the Department of Health says

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

5 songs that changed Nadine Lustre's life

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The actress says she wants to take her music career to the next level in 2020 – and these songs tell us what we can expect from her

NADINE LUSTRE. The actress plans to lean in to her music career in 2020. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Sports personalities Denden Lazaro, LA Revilla tie the knot

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:51 PM

Denden Lazaro and LA Revilla get hitched a year after announcing their engagement

SPORTS COUPLE. Denden Lazaro and LA Revilla are now married. Photos from Instagram/@denniselazaro and Instagram/@alyssa_valdez2

WATCH: ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’ goes 3DCG in first trailer

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The series is set to premiere in April

Experts say China virus outbreak will last months at least

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Researchers estimate the coronavirus will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people, lasting at least several months based on the first available data

FIGHTING THE VIRUS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Lawyer killed in front of Pampanga church

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Police say lawyer Carlos Anselmo and his driver Marcial Mendoza were killed by 3 motorcycle-riding men in front of the San Vicente Parish Church in Sta Rita, Pampanga

2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila

CRUISE SHIP. The World Dream Cruise Ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. The Bureau of Quarantine declared its passengers free of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

'Warrior' Kobe Bryant among handful of NBA's greatest legends

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Kobe Bryant was simply among the elite guards in NBA history, a maestro who had the courage to take high-pressure shots and the skill to sink them

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant is remembered by his peers as a fierce competitor and a great inspiration to many. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA/EFE

Millions quarantined as China scrambles to halt virus

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Here is a rundown of the measures taken so far in China in an unprecedented effort to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further

VIRUS CHECK. Security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan checks a passenger's temperature at the entrance of subway station in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH monitoring 24 people with flu symptoms amid coronavirus fears

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The Department of Health says the persons under investigation are foreign visitors who all have a history of travel to Wuhan, China

STRICT SURVEILLANCE. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[OPINION] It was more than just a dinner: On Imelda and the CCP

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Some Filipinos enjoyed a lavish dinner to 'honor' a convicted plunderer while the Taal evacuees suffered from hunger and thirst

Panelo to U.S.: State reason for Dela Rosa's canceled visa 'out of courtesy'

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should give an explanation since there should be courtesy 'among allies'

'COURTESY.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should disclose why it cancelled Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang file photo

Ex-AFP chief Madrigal is new Philippine Coconut Authority board member

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Benjamin Madrigal Jr assumes the post 4 months after he retired as military chief

PCA BOARD. Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr has been named as newest member of the Philippine Coconut Authority governing board. Photo from the Eastern Mindanao Command

China's coronavirus has not mutated in the U.S., says CDC

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'All the sequences we've extracted are similar to the one that China initially posted a couple of weeks ago,' says Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MASKS ON. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020.  Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Nadal wary of Thiem threat, Wawrinka revives past glories

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Rafael Nadal has beaten Dominic Thiem in all the 5 times they faced in Grand Slams, but he remains on his toes as he looks to reach the Australian Open semis

PICKING UP STEAM. Rafael Nadal says he is playing better as the Australian Open progresses. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

FALSE: 'Patient tested positive' for 2019 nCoV in Makati Medical Center

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

As of January 28, DOH says there is still no confirmed case of the 2019 nCov in the Philippines

Lawmakers spot possible conflicts in proposed regional dev't authority

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:02 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments says the appointment of the Regional Development Authority head chosen by the president could cause conflicts

POTENTIAL CONFLICT. The House committee on constitutional amendments chaired by Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez recommend changes to the proposed amendment to form a Regional Development Authority due to potential conflict. Rappler screenshot

‘Spies in Disguise’ review: Amiable fun

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM

It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s far from being just a distraction or worse, a complete waste of time

Kobe Bryant tragedy looms over Super Bowl launch night

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Kobe Bryant is remembered by NFL players who are going to play in the Super Bowl as an 'unbelievable' and 'great' person

LEGEND. The world mourns the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

University of Santo Tomas releases USTET 2020 results

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Did you take the UST Entrance Test for school year 2020-2021?

Fil-Am girls basketball coach among 9 killed in Kobe Bryant chopper crash

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:16 PM

'I got 3 small kids and am trying to figure out how to navigate life with 3 kids and no mom,' says the husband of Fil-Am coach Christina Mauser

TRAGIC. Filipino-American Christina Mauser dies in the helicopter crash that also killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Photo from Matt Mauser's Facebook

Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:06 PM

'May alam ang mga tao sa sitwasyon ng bulkan so hindi sila nagpapanic. Nalaman agad nila kung ano ang gagawin, hindi katulad noong dati na wala talaga,' says Vivencio Manguiat, a survivor of the 1965 Taal Volcano eruption

63-year-old Vivencio Manguiat from Balete, Batangas recalls the Taal Volcano eruption which happened on September 28-30, 1965. Rappler Screenshot

One 'Matinong Boyfriend' please: Sebastian's Ice Cream offers 4 V-Day flavors

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Care for a 'Matinong Girlfriend?' Or would you rather have a scoop of 'Unresolved Issues' or 'Closure?'

New Zealand PM Ardern calls for September election

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Jacinda Ardern says Kiwis will go to the polls on September 19

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)

PH suspends visa on arrival for Chinese visitors due to coronavirus scare

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 PM

There is no policy to bar Chinese visitors in general, so those who have other valid visas can still enter the Philippines, says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Alex Eala rolls to 2020 Australian Open juniors 3rd round

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Filipino tennis standout Alex Eala advances to the 3rd round of a junior Grand Slam for the first time

ACHIEVEMENT. Alex Eala breaks through to the 3rd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Australian Open

[OPINION] Speaking truth to power: Why the government should listen to scientists

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'Scientists provide a path through the dark of misunderstanding...and governments around the world would do well to listen to them. Especially when it's not convenient.'

'Little Women' will have sneak previews on February 10 and 11 in the Philippines

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:30 PM

You can catch 'Little Women' in selected cinemas nationwide, a week before its February 19 premiere

WATCH: Filipino singers record new song 'Tulong Taal' for those displaced by eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The song is composed by Vehnee Saturno

'Heartbroken, devastated' LeBron vows to continue Kobe legacy

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:11 PM

'I begin crying again just thinking about you,' LeBron James writes a day after Kobe Bryant's shock death

BROTHERS. LeBron James (left) and Kobe Bryant continuously support each other in the NBA. Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

Foreigners prepare to flee as China virus toll surges to 106

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The deadly virus triggers a desperate Chinese containment effort after spreading nationwide and to more than a dozen other countries

MASKS. A mother (L) of a child (R) held by his father (C) adjust his protective mask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan peaks through a plastic curtain at the Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 27, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Garcia creates Cebu task force on novel coronavirus threat

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:04 AM

'We wish that we can strengthen the preventive aspect rather than the curative,' says Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

LOOKOUT. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

China races against the clock to build virus hospitals

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The two makeshift hospitals are named 'Fire God Mountain' and 'Thunder God Mountain'

RUSH JOB. Workers are seen at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients from a deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 27, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

DOH monitors 3 people for ‘flu symptoms’ at San Lazaro Hospital

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Two of the 3 patients in San Lazaro Hospital have a history of travel to Wuhan, China, the outbreak's epicenter

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taal sulfur dioxide, volcanic earthquakes go down further

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Despite the easing situation, Phivolcs reiterates on Tuesday, January 28, that Alert Level 3 remains raised for Taal Volcano, since the unrest has not completely stopped

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Australian woman dies in cake-eating contest

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:15 AM

A 60-year-old woman suffered a seizure after she 'shovelled a lamington into her mouth' during a cake-eating competition on Australia Day

James Reid and Nadine Lustre hang out together post-breakup

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Who says exes can't be friends?

LIVE: Senate hearing on sex trafficking in POGO industry

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros' committee investigates sex trafficking, prostitution rings, and exploitative work of women in the Philippine offshore gaming operators industry

COMMITTEE HEARING ON WOMEN, CHILDREN: Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality presides over a public hearing Monday, 20 January 2020 on the additional benefits and privileges of single parents, prevention of teenage pregnancy, prohibition of child marriage as well as the domestic adoption of Filipino children. Cesar Tomanbo/Senate PRIB

'Logistical nightmare': Kobe Bryant crash site recovery could take days

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Los Angeles authorities say the steep terrain at the site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash makes the recovery effort difficult

CRASH SITE. The National Transportation Safety Board and other authorities survey the wreckage of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California. Photo by David Swanson/EPA-EFE

8-year-old boy killed by stray bullet in Manila shooting incident

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Riding-in-tandem gunmen target a barangay councilor but end up killing an 8-year-old bystander

Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Netanyahu, praising Trump as 'the greatest friend that Israel's had in the White House,' describes the peace plan as 'the deal of the century'

CONFLICT. An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as U.N. slams Libya arms violations

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Libyan capital's sole functioning airport comes under renewed fire as fighting breaks out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo

PROTEST. Libyans take part in a demonstration against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, and in support of the UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA), in the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP

What will change the day after Brexit?

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:14 AM

There will be no turning back – the union would have lost one of its largest and richest states, the first ever to quit the project

UNION JACK. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Ken Starr defends Trump amid Bolton's explosive revelations

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:59 AM

'Like war, impeachment is hell,' Starr tells the 100 senators who will decide Trump's fate. 'At least presidential impeachment is hell.'

DEFENSE. Kenneth Starr, counsel to the President, speaking in the Senate Chamber at the US Capitol during the impeachment trial, on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by HO/US Senate TV/AFP

NBA postpones Lakers game after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The Lakers issue their first public comment since Kobe Bryant's death, noting that it's a 'very difficult time' for the team

IN MEMORIAM. Lakers Kobe Bryant fans gather at LA Live across the street from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by David Swanson/EPA-EFE

Trump defense lawyers attack Bidens at impeachment trial

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 AM

Hunter Biden had been paid 'millions' of dollars to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was Barack Obama's vice president, claims one Trump lawyer

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2019, former US vice president Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taal Volcano evacuees appeal: ‘We need cash aid’

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Their houses need repair, they don't have jobs, they've lost their livelihood

EVACUEES. Several residents have opted to stay at evacuation centers even afer the Batangas provincial government has announced they can go home. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler