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Inside the Industry: Making comic books your business with Komiket's Paolo Herras

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:25 PM

We dive into the world of local comic books, conventions, and its future in TV and movie adaptations

Lacson questions ending VFA to get Dela Rosa's visa back

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Supreme Court needs to 'act soonest' on whether a two-third vote by the Senate is needed to terminate international treaties

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Australia to probe crash that killed 3 U.S. firefighters

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Hazardous materials specialists are working to secure the crash site before air transport safety investigators can begin sifting through the evidence with police support

SHANE FITZSIMMONS. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (L) speaks to firefighters at a farewell for 32 US and Canadian firefighters who arrived in Australia before Christmas to help fight the blazes, on January 24, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

China confirms second virus death outside of epicenter

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The death is in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia and is some 2,000 kilometers from Wuhan, the local government says

CHINA'S VIRUS. Passengers wearing protective facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan arrive at Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINYON] Bago ka magtanong ng ‘Ilang taon ka na?’

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Tinanong ko, in a very polite manner, kung ilang taon na ang tsuper. Naglitanya si kuya. Kesyo nakakainsulto na raw. Napataas pa ang boses. Nagalit yata sa akin dahil sa pagiging mausisa ko.

LeBron, Giannis highlight NBA All-Star starters

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:58 PM

For the second straight season, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo take on the All-Star captain role

ONE MORE. It's going to be Team LeBron versus Team Giannis again in the NBA All-Stars. Photo by John Mabanglo/EPA-EFE

Locsin heeds Duterte, starts 'terminating' VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr eagerly puts President Rodrigo Duterte's words in motion after the Philippine chief warned the US government it had one month to 'correct' Senator Ronald dela Rosa's canceled visa

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Julia Montes returns to showbiz with upcoming action series '24/7'

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:36 PM

The actress gears up for action after taking a year-long showbiz hiatus

JULIA MONTES. The actress returns to showbiz with a new action series. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Phivolcs on viral video of man on Taal Volcano Island: 'Maaaring ikamatay'

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Phivolcs says a person would not be able to run from a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption if it occurs while he or she is on the island

RISKY MOVE. A man goes to Taal Volcano Island, which is supposed to be off-limits as the volcano is under Alert Level 4. Screenshot from viral video

'Good move': Locsin hails Duterte's threats to scrap VFA

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to 'terminate' the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement tests the countries' decades-old military alliance

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr supports the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to consider scrapping the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tinder unveils 'panic button' for emergency response

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:01 PM

A new feature unveiled by Tinder will allow users to opt into the personal safety app Noonlight, which connects users to personal emergency services

TINDER. This file illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US social networking application Tinder on the screen of a tablet. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

FALSE: ‘Actual video’ of U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The footage is from a video game simulator called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron

'Sopranos' actress Anabella Sciorra tells Weinstein trial: 'He raped me'

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:43 AM

Sciorra is the first of Weinstein's accusers to testify in proceedings symbolic to the #MeToo movement

ANNABELLA SCIORRA. The actress leaves the courtroom in Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 23 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele / AFP

China shuts down transport in 8 cities around virus epicenter

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Travel agencies in the province have suspended business activities, and are no longer organizing tour groups, authorities say in an announcement

BLOCKED. Police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

'Captain Marvel 2' is officially in the works – report

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:35 AM

It'll be set in present-day MCU

CAPTAIN MARVEL. A sequel to the Marvel hit film starring Brie Larson is now in the pipeline. Photo from

BTS to perform at 2020 Grammys 'Old Town Road' segment

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The K-pop sensation will join Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, and other artists for a special 'Old Town Road All-Stars' segment

BTS AT THE GRAMMYS. The idol group will be performing during a special segment. Photo from BTS's Instagram

Cirque du Soleil cancels shows in China over coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The call was made in response to Chinese officials' efforts to contain the outbreak

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. The entertainment group cancels its shows in China amid a coronavirus outbreak. Screenshot from

[OPINION] Dreaming of water: Thoughts on Metro Manila's water crisis

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'I can live without a man, but I cannot live without water'

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

Federer seeks century of wins at Australian Open

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:56 AM

Roger Federer shoots for his 100th win at the Australian Open but home favorite John Millman stands in the way

RECORD ROMP. Roger Federer targets another career milestone. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA-EFE

Nadal shows caring side with kiss for blushing ballgirl

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Rafael Nadal hits a ballgirl on the head with a fearsome shot, but the world No. 1 rushes over and gives her a kiss for good measure

BIG SHOT. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal wins more fans over. Photo by William West/ AFP

China virus toll jumps to 25 dead with 830 confirmed cases – govt

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The markedly higher numbers are released just hours after the World Health Organization stopped short of declaring the situation to be a global health emergency

DEATH TOLL. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Trump to present long-delayed Middle East peace plan

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history

WAR. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip December 26, 2019.  Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight than ever

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The clock ticks down to 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizing the greatest level of peril to humanity since its creation in 1947

CLOSER. The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP)

Countries with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Who was prepared for the Taal Volcano emergency? Cavite

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 AM

All its 23 towns and cities now host evacuees from Batangas

CAVITE Provincial Veterinary Office staff and volunteers on January 18, 2020, rescue and treat animals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo courtesy of Cavite PIO

MMDA pays contractor P7M based on fake COA document

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:22 AM

Emerson Carlos, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair, along with two other MMDA officials, faces an investigation with regards to a payment for steel pedestrian bridges

Perceived corruption in 2019: PH gets its lowest ranking in 7 years

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Worldwide, Transparency International notes in its 2019 report that many nations 'are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption'

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COA orders 5 SEC officials to refund P92 million in illegal pay hikes

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

State auditors exempt from liabilities other SEC executives and employees, who were passive recipients of the salary increase

China locks down cities to curb virus, but WHO says no global emergency

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are feeling as though it is the end of the world,' says one Wuhan resident on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform, voicing concerns about shortages of food and disinfectant

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Medical personnel wearing protective suits interact with two patients (R on bed and standing) tested positive to the coronavirus in an isolation room at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on January 23, 2020. File photo by STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Mighty survives El Khatib eruption for Dubai opener win

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:33 AM

A poised Mighty Sports squad overcomes the stellar showing of Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib

WATCH: A Taal Volcano evacuee despairs after husband dies from stroke

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:58 AM

Still grieving the loss of her eldest child, Jocelyn Salvia loses her husband Elmer to a stroke. He had been busy distributing relief goods to their fellow evacuees, even as he looked after his own family's welfare.

U.S. tells Thunberg to 'study economics' in Davos climate spat

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The spat between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Greta Thunberg highlights the tensions over climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos

MNUCHIN. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Queen gives assent for Britain to leave EU

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:51 PM

With the head of state's ceremonial approval of the withdrawal legislation, Britain can finally leave its closest neighbors and trading partners after years of bickering and 3 delays

GIVING ASSENT. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Brutal slugfest between Casimero, Inoue in offing

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Brace for relentless action when Ormoc pride Johnriel Casimero clashes with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue

NEXT UP. Johnriel Casimero looks to avenge the loss of  Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire to Naoya Inoue. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PH misses 2019 GDP target | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:28 PM

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FALSE: ABS-CBN 'now officially renewed 25 years of franchise’

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:21 PM

As of January 23, Congress is still sitting on the bills submitted to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise

Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The Ministry of Health says the patient is a 66-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on Monday

HEALTH SCANS. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

In Spain, toll rises to 9 dead as Storm Gloria ebbs

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The latest death is that of a man whose body was found in a flooded river near Jorba, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Barcelona, according to emergency services

STORM DAMAGE. Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter flooded river in Angles, near Girona, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Girls' Generation's Tiffany Young to serenade Filipino fans

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Are you going to Tiffany's first-ever fan meeting in Manila?

TIFFANY YOUNG. Girls' Generations' Tiffany Young is set to serenade her Filipino fans on Saturday, January 25. Photo from Tiffany Young's Instagram account

Comelec gives P600,000 in aid to Taal eruption victims

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body's en banc approved the assistance during a meeting on January 22

DESTRUCTION. A group of fishermen haul a boat from the water as they make repairs to their operations affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: '90s dance icons

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:01 PM

It's Throwback Thursday at Rappler HQ with UMD and Manoeuvres!

After U.S. cancels Bato's visa, Duterte threatens to scrap visiting forces agreement

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'I'm giving notice. I'm giving the American government one month from now, President Rodrigo Duterte says

OUTRAGED. President Rodrigo Duterte escalates his tirades against the United States after it cancels Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang photo

Taal survivor recalls evacuating ailing father, deaf mute daughter

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'First time kong na experience ito at hindi ko alam ang gagawin,' says 39-year-old Rowena Balina

TAAL SURVIVOR. 39-year-old Rowena Balina shares how her family was able to get out of Taal Volcano vicinity. Rappler screenshot.

Get a VIP experience at ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Win a Boodle Feast VIP Ticket Package for the ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

What makes tech 'evil?'

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:57 PM

There are now more avenues for technology to be used justifiably in 'evil' ways because technological innovation appears to have charged forward towards the growth of social injustice

13.1 million Filipino families consider themselves poor, says SWS survey

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The end of 2019 result of the SWS survey for self-rated poor families is the highest in 5 years

PANTAWID PROGRAM. The DSWD Listahanan is used for its 4Ps program to provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says Myanmar must 'take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts' described by the 1948 Genocide Convention

RULING ON MYANMAR. President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23, 2020 in the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP