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House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who won the March 19 transport strike?

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Despite an exchange of statements, the government and transport group Piston have not moved closer to a consensus

PROTEST. Members of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) hold another strike against the jeepney phaseout on Monday, March 19, 2018, along Aurora Blvd. in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Brutal grace: Kratos grows up in 'God of War' return

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:05 PM

In this preview of what may be this year's biggest PS4 game, we explore how Kratos has grown as he faces a challenge bigger than killing Zeus: fatherhood

Trump's pick to lead UN agency says has trust of Muslim states

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Ken Isaacs, who has a long record of humanitarian work with the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse and within George W. Bush's presidential administration, has been nominated by the US State Department to head the International Organization for Migration

Sereno impeachment, Medialdea on Napoles, Dela Rosa on DOJ | Evening wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Misuari says MNLF joining PH-Indonesia border security partrol

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front, tells his supporters their organization will deploy naval boats along the Philippines and Indonesian territorial waters

JOINT PATROL.  Nur Misuari, founding chaiman of the Moro National Liberation Front, shown in the file photo President  Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Photo

Leisure & Resorts World Corp buys land for Boracay resort-casino

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and its Chinese partner Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited plan to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino on a 23-hectare land in Boracay

PLANNED CLOSURE. With the looming closure of Boracay Island for a year, tourism officials expect a sharp drop in arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport. File photo by Choi2451/

What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

Director Cathy Garcia-Molina gets emotional over plans to retire

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The 'My Perfect You' director says she wants to spend more time with her two children

Filipino gymnast Yulo nabs silver in Azerbaijan stint

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:43 PM

The 18-year-old is the youngest in the men's vault of the Baku World Cup but that hardly shows as he is less than a point behind the gold medal winner

RACKING UP. Carlos Edriel Yulo bags two medals from international gymnastics competitions in less than a month. Contributed photo by Munehiro Kugimiya

Beep cardholders now allowed to reload using

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The new function enables commuters to reload Beep cards in seconds – with as little as P10 – using funds from digital wallets on Android smartphones

Behind the lens with Raymond Saldaña

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Let's get to know the man behind the portraits of today's beauty queens

From Miss World Philippines 2016 to Miss Universe Philippines 2018: The journey of Catriona Gray

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

She took on the World, now she's ready to conquer the Universe

Photo by Ben Nabong

Landmark coco levy trust fund bill hurdles Congress

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Senate Bill 1233 places the management of the fund under a reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority – the agency that was responsible for the misuse of the funds in the 1970s

File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Zark’s-LPU snaps 3-game skid, downs Go For Gold-CSB in D-League

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:01 PM

CJ Perez is his usual MVP self, leading the Jawbreakers with a team-high 23 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists

FLEXING MUSCLES. CJ Perez finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as the Zark's-Lyceum Jawbreakers snap a 3-game skid. Photo by PBA Images

Powering Progress Together 2018 continues discussions on more and cleaner energy

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Shell’s global forum returns to Singapore this year with the theme, “Energy for Better Living”

Quiboloy returns to Davao City aboard controversial plane

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:48 PM

'It was an unfortunate event, but as you can see, my jet is now here in my hangar. We are cleared. We are free to fly again,' said Quiboloy in a post on his Facebook account

FREE TO FYL. Apollo Quiboloy, founder of Kingdom of Jesus Christ posts on his Facebook account his return to Davao City onboard his controversial private plane. Photo from Pastor Quiloboy's Facebook account

House approves divorce bill on 3rd reading

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

House Bill 7303 is the farthest that any proposal to introduce divorce has made it in the lower chamber

Megaworld to turn over 2,300 condo units at BGC in 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Megaworld is the largest single landholder and developer at Bonifacio Global City, with 4 integrated urban townships covering a total of 107 hectares

BIGGEST INVENTORY. Megawide will deliver to buyers a total of 2,300 residential units from 5 condominium developments within in its 3 townships projects in Fort Bonifacio. Images from Megaworld

Law bars DOJ from taking custody of Janet Napoles – Sandiganbayan chief

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:49 PM

'BJMP is a secure facility, she's been there for quite some time, and we have not received a single report of threat,' says Presiding Justice Tang

Filipinos to have national IDs soon after Senate, House pass bill

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of Senate Bill 1738, says at present there are 33 different ID cards issued by various government agencies, which lead to 'duplication of efforts and uncoordinated identity approaches'

NATIONAL IDs. Congress is soon to finalize the bill seeking to establish the Philippine ID System.

House OKs postponement of barangay, SK elections to October 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) But the Senate is not keen on postponing the village and youth elections for a 3rd time under the Duterte administration

3RD POSTPONEMENT. Voters, shown here registering at Quezon City Hall for the May 2018 village polls, may have to wait until October to vote. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Round 7 loss all but eliminates Wesley So in Candidates Tournament

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Going into the second half of this top caliber tournament, Wesley So is at joint 7th and 8th with Levon Aronian

TIGHT SPOT. Wesley So erred in the endgame against Sergey Karjakin in Round 7 of FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2018. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Duterte congratulates Putin for landslide reelection

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'President Duterte extends the warmest congratulations of the Filipino people to President Vladimir Putin on his reelection'

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. Malacañang file photo

UP Fine Arts students call out Bb Pilipinas, ABS-CBN over damaged artworks

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:07 PM

'The idea of art as an advocacy, if it [should] not be pretentious and artificial, is significant and beautiful,' says fine arts student Vien Valencia

Sereno to SC: Junk quo warranto because SALN allegation not valid

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Sereno says she will be able to prove in the Senate that she complied with the SALN law

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno offers respect to supporters during press conference launching the 'Coalition for Justice' compose of various civic and catholic groups to express their support held at the Balay Kalinaw at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

Torn ACL sidelines NLEX's Kevin Alas for 6 to 8 months

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Kevin Alas will be a mere spectator when the NLEX Road Warriors take on the Magnolia Hotshots for Game 6 in the semis

SIDELINED. Kevin Alas will be missing 6 to 8 months due to an ACL tear on his right knee. File photo by PBA Images

Manila Pavilion operator's stocks plunge after fire

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Operations of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino are also suspended until 'proper clearances' are obtained from government regulators

The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte meets Saudi prince in Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The meeting takes place amid President Duterte's warning that he will expand his OFW deployment ban in Kuwait to other Middle Eastern countries

Volleybelle Michele Gumabao wins Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Gumabao tosses in a beauty queen's crown to her treasury of volleyball trophies and medals

QUEEN. Michele Gumabao (#19) will represent the Philippines in the Miss Globe 2018. Photo by Rappler

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from the blaze stands at 5, with 24 others injured

FIRE OUT. The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alibaba doubles investment in southeast Asia e-commerce firm Lazada

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:29 PM

One of Alibaba's founders, Lucy Peng, will also take over as chief executive officer of Lazada

File photo from Shutterstock

Azkals get ready for huge qualifier against Tajikistan

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What you need to know about the run-up to the Philippines' colossal AFC Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday, March 27

HOPING FOR HISTORY. James Younghusband and Dennis Villanueva fight for possession in training. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Medialdea advised Napoles lawyer on jail transfer

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'[It's] because we are in a situation where we don't know what to do.... That's why we have to consult people in authority,' says Janet Lim Napoles' lawyer Stephen David, defending a meeting in Malacañang

JAIL TRANSFER. Janet Lim Napoles' lawyer Stephen David attends 3 consecutive hearings at Sandiganbayan on March 9, 2018, on the motion to transfer the businesswoman out of her regular jail and into a safehouse. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Catriona Gray tops Rappler poll on Bb Pilipinas 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The newly-crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 tops Rappler's unofficial poll

FAN FAVORITE. Catriona Gray tops Rappler's poll. Photo by Rappler

Duterte against divorce – Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Palace clarifies the President's stance on divorce after the House of Representatives approves the divorce bill on second reading

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Officials at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The error leads some media to report on the words of the impersonator, thinking they were those of President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's attention is briefly diverted as he takes time to appreciate the flower decors while delivering his speech during the 145th Founding Anniversary of Tarlac and the 2nd Kanlahi Festival at Bulwagang Kanlahi in Tarlac City on March 7, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UK, U.S. officials demand Facebook be investigated over data controversy – reports

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The social media giant is under fire from lawmakers for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a data firm tied to Trump’s presidential campaign access to information of approximately 50 million Facebook users

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: McDonald's celebrates new beginnings in Marawi and Albay for National Breakfast Day

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Evacuation centers in Marawi and Albay greeted their mornings with free Longgadesal breakfast sandwiches from the famous chain

North Korea 'in talks to free U.S. detainees' as diplomacy escalates

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'They are hammering out details over the timing of the release,' a news report quotes an unnamed South Korean diplomatic source as saying

DIPLOMACY. This combination of file photos created on March 9, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photos by Saul LOEB/AFP

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Here are the operating hours of trains during the observance of Holy Week this year

The Huawei P20: Expected specs and features

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:36 PM

We round up the rumors and leaks surrounding Huawei’s upcoming flagship set to be unveiled on March 27

ALLEGED P20 PRO. This leak here by renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the pro variant of the Huawei P20. Photo from Evan Blass' Twitter page

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

OKC Thunder ends Toronto Raptors run on Russell Westbrook triple double

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Westbrook's heroics, including back-to-back baskets to break a tie with 54.9 seconds remaining, denies the Raptors the longest win streak in club history

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. File photo of Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving warming up during the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 'Listen to us!' - Piston to gov't

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

It's the first nationwide strike in 2018 since the modernization program started

Die In- in time of today's nationwide Transport strike of Piston against the Duterte government PUV modernization commuters group alyansang laban sa Phase-Out ng Jeep holds die in protest along espana boulevard in Manila as expression of their support to the transport sectors call against jeepney phase out.   Photo by Maria Tan

READ: Rachel Peters' final speech at Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Here's Rachel's final speech about her reign as Miss Universe Philippines 2017

Duterte on ICC, Waterfront Manila Pavilion fire, Binibining Pilipinas 2018 | Midday wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

LOOK: Why the House panel wants to impeach Sereno

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The House committee on justice approves 6 articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Here they are.

IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE. Officials, members, and staff of the House justice committee deliberate on the sidelines of a hearing. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler