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Trump attacks Mueller ahead of testimony on Russia probe

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Robert Mueller will take questions from lawmakers for the first time on the Russia investigation when he appears before two separate Democratic-led House committees on Wednesday, July 24

TRUMP ON MUELLER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media on May 20, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Guiao seeks 'better conditioning' for Blatche, 'better chemistry' for Gilas

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The national team has more than a month left to ramp things up for the global hoops showdown

KEY PIECE. Andray Blatche will be crucial for Gilas Pilipinas in his second straight FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Roach hints it's time for Pacquiao to retire

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Freddie Roach says he will sit down with Manny Pacquiao to talk about what's next

AGE JUST A NUMBER. Manny Pacquiao delivers another thrilling performance even at 40. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte again pushes for disaster resilience dep't, 'warns' of Batasan quake

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about a psychic's prediction that a big earthquake will devastate Batasang Pambansa and wipe out all the country's top officials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Address at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIST: Duterte's priority bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:38 PM

These are a mix of new proposals and laws he had sought for a long time

SONA 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers the State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019, during the opening of the 18 Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SONA 2019: Duterte insists on fishing deal, threat of war with China

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Duterte reiterates that pushing for the country's sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea would lead to war with China, and that his 'fishing deal' with the Chinese is legal

SOVEREIGN RIGHTS. The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto expects 'heavy debate' over death penalty for plunder convicts

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Four senators have filed bills seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, but only one – Bong Go – wants the plunder covered

CONVINCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he will discuss the death penalty bill with other lawmakers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Residents and activists are dragged out of the homes, many of which are still under construction

Phoenix disappointed Abueva played in 'ligang labas,' to impose fine

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Calvin Abueva is seen playing in a barangay league in Montalban, Rizal

SUSPENDED. It is still unknown when Calvin Abueva will see action in the PBA again. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Lea Salonga, Rachelle Ann Go reunite in London for performance

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Lea and Rachelle perform two songs from the musical 'Chess' at the Palladium in London

Duterte seeks passage of coco levy bill after vetoing it

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:20 PM

'I also have not forgotten my commitment,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the coco levy funds

To Go With Philippines-weather-storm-poverty,FEATURE by Cecil Morella This photo taken on December 10, 2014, a coconut farmer preparing coconuts to be made of copra, at a coconut farm just next to the seashore in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the gateway for many of East Asia's deadliest storms. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

‘Boracay girls wait for you’: Duterte’s sexist remarks in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:13 PM

After signing the Bawal Bastos law, President Rodrigo Duterte talks about his ‘smelly’ girlfriend and sunbathing girls waiting for foreigners in Boracay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Adress at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras Rappler

Duterte revives call to pass bill on mandatory ROTC

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the 18th Congress to ensure the passage of a bill reviving mandatory military training. But some legislators argue it would expose students to corruption.

PRIORITIZE ROTC. President Rodrigo Duterte urges lawmakers to prioritize measures on mandatory ROTC for Grade 11 and 12 students. Photo by the DND

IN PHOTOS: Art means uprising at the SONA 2019 protests

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Protesters got creative as they created artwork to express their opposition to the Duterte administration

STANDING BY. A syokoy Duterte effigy is set to be burned at the United People's SONA held at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on July 22. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Pacquiao makes case for Fight of the Year, Fighter of the Year

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Stalling aging once again, the 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao continues to grow his legend with a convincing beating of Keith Thurman

LIKE A TEACHER. Manny Pacquiao schools the significantly younger Keith Thurman. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Customs seizes P2-B counterfeit goods in Binondo

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The fake fashion items bore luxury brands such as Armani, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton

FAKE. The Bureau of Customs seizes counterfeit goods inside storage units in Binondo, Manila City. Customs photo

FULL TEXT: President Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The first thing the President asks Congress in his speech is to restore the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder

4TH SONA. President Duterte says, 'I'll end my term fighting' during his State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte renews threat against establishments polluting Manila Bay

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to 'dismantle or simply burn down' establishments that pollute waterways leading to Manila Bay

Government personnel hold a clean up drive at Manila bay in Manila on 20 July 2019. Photo by lito Borras/Rappler

No charter change, federalism push in Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The President instead focuses on other priority bills, which are less controversial than charter change

Internet cutoff in Myanmar's Rakhine enters fifth week

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Authorities say the internet was being used to coordinate operations while rights groups allege the blackout permits troops to act with impunity

Duterte threatens to abolish Landbank

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'What the heck is wrong with you? You are supposed to finance agricultural enterprises and endeavors,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Land Bank of the Philippines

Duterte's Metro Manila traffic solution? Reclaim public roads

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The solution involves threatening Metro Manila mayors with suspension

NEW SOLUTION. President Rodrigo Duterte has a new idea for solving the Metro Manila traffic problem. Malacañang file photo

Still special: Duterte highlights Bong Go, his pet bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promotes the pet bills of his trusted aide Bong Go – a treatment he does not give to any other lawmaker during his July 22 speech

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives some advice to Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders mayors: Process business permits in 3 days

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the Ease of Doing Business Act signed by Duterte, simple transactions of businesses with government should be processed within 3 days, 7 days for more substantial transactions, 20 days for highly technical transactions

FOR GROWTH. President Rodrigo Duterte wants mayors to work harder to release more business permits. Photo from Shutterstock

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

Duterte calls for creation of Department for Overseas Filipinos

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his call to create a new department solely for overseas Filipinos to ensure their protection and welfare abroad

NEW DEPARTMENT. President Duterte calls for the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipinos in his 4th SONA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte orders charges filed vs suspects in Negros Oriental police ambush

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The police are currently looking for one person of interest and 11 other suspects allegedly involved in the ambush

Duterte to Pagcor chief Domingo: 'Magpasugal ka pa'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo to encourage gambling, as the agency's revenues soar due to online gambling

LOOK: Abueva seen playing in barangay league

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Calvin Abueva has not played in the PBA for almost two months since he was slapped an indefinite suspension

BIG LOSS. Phoenix is obviously missing the presence of Calvin Abueva as it missed the playoffs for the first time since acquiring him. Photo from PBA Images

China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Actions by some radical demonstrators have affected the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and that is absolutely intolerable,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says in Beijing

HONG KONG'S TROUBLES. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks to the media during a press conference in Hong Kong on July 22, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Can’t focus? Addicted to your online world? There’s an app for that

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:43 PM

One app lets you plant trees that grow during a 'work period' which lasts, say, 30 minutes, before you are given a 5-minute break. Touch your phone during the 'work period' and the tree dies

FOREST APP. Screenshot from Forest website

'I've identified the enemy': #SONA2019 in memes, contradictions, and more

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Here's what people online have to say about this year's State of the Nation Address

Duterte: Teachers to get salary increase in new Salary Standardization Law

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Senators of the 18th Congress have also filed bills seeking to raise public school teachers’ salaries

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants salary increase for public school teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, thousands cry 'Atin ang 'Pinas!'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) As President Duterte delivers his 4th Station of the Nation Address, protesters across the country call on Filipinos to fight for Philippine sovereignty

Before President Duterte delivers his 4th SONA, militant groups in Baguio City march along central district on July 22, 2019 as they protest against the dueterte administration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

3rd time's the charm? Duterte again pushes for Nat'l Land Use Act

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass a national land use law by the end of 2019

Houses in the upland village of Brgy. Amguid in Ilocos Sur gradually rocked and cracked by continuous downpour during the month long monsoon rains last August. According to a geologist, ground subsidence and rainfall induced landslides caused the destruction.  The risk area totaled to 75 hectares and will now only be used for agriculture. Zone 1 and 2 of Brgy. Amguid are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Phillip Salvador to Duterte's critics: 'Mamatay kayong lahat'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'Ginagawa naman ng pangulo natin ang lahat para sa ikabubuti ng bansa, para sa ikabubuti ng bawat Pilipino. Pero binabatikos pa rin,' says the actor

Portugal wildfires '90%' under control

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'Despite a significant effort carried out overnight... 10% of the perimeter of the fire is still active... mainly in hard to reach areas,' Pedro Nunes, the spokesman for Portugal's civil protection force, says

PORTUGAL'S FIREFIGHT. Firefighters are at work to extinguish a wildfire in Cardigos village in Macao, central Portugal on July 21, 2019. Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2019 SONA

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The yearly State of the Nation address isn’t meant to be a showcase of fashion moments but, for better or worse, it is

Why 'Gone With the Wind' eclipses both 'Avengers' and 'Avatar'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Worldwide, and with inflation taken into account, the film would have taken in a stunning $3.44 billion, according to the Guinness Book of World Records

Britain holds crisis talks after Iran seizes tanker

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The standoff comes at a sensitive time for Britain, with May due to resign on Wednesday over her Brexit strategy and with former foreign minister Boris Johnson the overwhelming favourite to replace her

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Chatham House in London on July 17, 2019. File photo by Henry Nicholls/AFP

Duterte pushes for return of death penalty for drug crimes, plunder

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:50 PM

For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte uses his State of the Nation Address to ask Congress to bring back the death penalty

India launches historic bid to put spacecraft on Moon

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Chandrayaan-2 – Moon Chariot 2 – takes off as scheduled at 2:43 pm (0913 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota

BLASTING OFF. In this file photo taken on June 12, 2019, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bangalore. File photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

LOOK: Prince George all smiles as he celebrates 6th birthday

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Kensington Palace shares recent photographs of Prince George taken by Kate Middleton

SIX. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, takes a photo of Prince George. Photo from The Kensington Palace

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The longtime Japanese diplomat, who was 72, holds the International Atomic Energy Agency's top job and has done so since December 2009

YUKIYA AMANO. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. File photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

LIVE: President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address happening on July 22, 2019

Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The agencies 'successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network,' the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, tells reporters in Tehran