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Armed suspect barricaded inside US supermarket

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Police say there is a 'possible hostage situation' at a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles, California

BARRICADE. Police officers guard a supermarket with a barricaded suspect in Silverlake, Los Angeles, on July 21, 2018, A suspect was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation. Robyn Beck / AFP

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

[OPINION] Duterte resignation under the new federalism charter a bluff

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte knows very well that the real writing of the constitution will happen in Congress, where his lieutenants will in no way allow him to bid them goodbye midway in his term

Tropical Depression Josie heads for Philippine Sea

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:40 AM

While Josie is moving away from land, it is still enhancing the southwest monsoon

UN chief urges Israel, Palestinians to avoid 'devastating conflict'

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The recent violence in Gaza marks the most serious escalation between Israel and Hamas since the 2014 war

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Volunteer for Agos today

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:13 AM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather critical information in times of disasters

Tropical Depression Josie, monsoon dump heavy rain

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:50 AM

Josie is already over the Luzon Strait before dawn on Sunday, July 22, as it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon

Tropical Depression Josie crossing Babuyan Islands

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Josie also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which is triggering rain in other parts of Luzon

Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Jul 22, 2018 - 12:40 AM

The 14-time major winner is right in contention at the top of a packed leaderboard

IN THE MIX. US golfer Tiger Woods watches his iron shot from the 5th tee during his third round of the British Open. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Babuyan Islands

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Josie is 65 kilometers west southwest of Calayan, Cagayan as of late Saturday evening, July 21, heading for the Babuyan Group of Islands

James Yap on crucial missed 3: 'Hindi naman lagi araw-araw Pasko'

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:40 PM

The two-time PBA MVP missed the potential game-tying triple in Rain or Shine's Game 3 loss to Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-5 semifinals

James Yap. Photo from PBA Images


U.S. calls on China, EU to make tariff concessions

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:29 PM

'We share a desire to have a more balanced relationship and the balanced relationship is by us selling more goods (to China),' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE. n this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Rebels reach north Syria after south evacuations

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Air strikes by regime ally Russia on a southern jihadist holdout kill 6 civilians

CONFLICT. Evacuated Syrians from the area of Fuaa and Kafraya in the Idlib province, look out of a broken bus window as it passes the al-Eis crossing south of Aleppo during the evacuation of several thousand residents from the two pro-regime towns in northern Syria on July 19, 2018. Photo by STR/AFP

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The Wall Street Journal says government contracts of Crimson Hexagon, which pulls public data from Facebook, were not approved by Facebook in advance

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The business kits consist of tools and equipments that will help the beneficiaries to 'start a livelihood quickly and become self-employed,' says Acting DOLE Bicol Region Director Rovelinda dela Rosa

ASSISTANCE. Gertrudes Rosales receives cooking equipment from the Department of Labor and Employment Bicol region office. Photo by Mavic/Conde

Robredo: 'A good leader inspires, empowers, listens'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'More than a display of brute force and the use of strong language, we need leaders who will reach out and be one with the last, the lost, and the least of us,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in a speech where she alludes to President Rodrigo Duterte

ADDRESS TO YOUNG LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the 4th Young Professionals Summit at the De La Salle University on  July 21, 2018. Photo from OVP

State-actors likely behind Singapore cyberattack

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Singapore's health minister says the strike was 'a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack and not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs'

#FloodPH Alert: Flooded areas in Pangasinan, Tarlac on July 21

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Use the hashtag #FloodPH to report flooded areas or post related updates on agos.rappler.com

Trump lashes ex-lawyer, says taping of client 'perhaps illegal'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!' US President Donald Trump tweets

EX-LAWYER. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Jones Cup: Matt Nieto game-winner sinks Chinese Taipei-Blue

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles stay in the running for a podium finish with a 5-2 record

GAME HERO. Matt Nieto beats the buzzer to lead Ateneo’s upset of the host team. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s SONA and Cha-Cha: Distraction and destruction that may galvanize the nation

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

In the end, as it has always been before, it will be up to the Filipino people – the real and ultimate sovereign – to intervene and chart our common destiny

Brownlee erupts for 44 as Ginebra nips Rain or Shine for 2-1 semis lead

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The Gin Kings are a win away from returning to the Commissioner's Cup finals

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee falls two points short of his PBA career-high. Photo from PBA Images


Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Tropical Depression Josie spares Ilocos from landfall

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Josie only comes close to Negra Point and Mayraira Point in Ilocos Norte. But moderate to heavy rain is expected to continue.

Hundreds protest in Hong Kong vs attempt to ban pro-independence party

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The protest comes after John Lee, Hong Kong's secretary for security, said he was considering a police request to ban the Hong Kong National Party

PROTEST. Protesters march during a demonstration against Article 23 and bans on freedom of association in Hong Kong on July 21, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Petron ousts Smart to book PSL finals return

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Sisi Rondina and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas take charge as the Blaze Spikers march into the title round for a 5th time

LOOK: Anne Curtis turns up the glam on Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam cover

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The 'BuyBust' actress is on the cover of the magazine’s 7th anniversary issue

COVER STAR. Anne Curtis graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar Vietnam's 7th Anniversary issue. Screenshot from Instagram.com/annecurtissmith

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 reasons why we should be feminists

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

This week, Leloy Claudio talks about the reasons why men and women should embrace feminism

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

PH dragon boat eyes first Asian Games gold

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The national team gets a big boost after bagging two golds in the 2018 Asian Dragon Boat Championships

ON A ROLL. The Philippine dragon boat team looks to showcase its champion-caliber talents in the Asiad. Photo from Len Escollante/PCKDBF

If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority,' says Migrante

PUBLIC APOLOGY. Migrante International demands a public apology from Kuwaiti social media celebirty Sondos Al Qattan who ranted against Filipino workers having rest days. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Tropical Depression Josie nearing Ilocos Norte

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

PAGASA warns Josie is 'about to make a close approach' to the Burgos-Pagudpud area in Ilocos Norte, where it may or may not make landfall

Chepkoech smashes steeplechase world record

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech breaks the world 3000m steeplechase mark by 8 seconds

WORLD’S BEST. Beatrice Chepkoech shatters the previous record set by Bahraini Ruth Jebet in 2016. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Why 'Jacqueline Comes Home' is problematic

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The film wants to scream 'this is what really happened!' while also not obliging itself to do so through a disclaimer mostly used to stave off potential libel suits

Photo courtesy from Viva Entertainment's Facebook page

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

RAW Deal: A locally-flavored Mae Young Classic (we hope)

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

It's a shame that the WWE stint of local wrestling queen Crystal didn't push through as it would have been historic

QUEEN. Top female wrestler Crystal would have been the first Filipino to compete in WWE. Photo from Crystal’s Facebook account (@CrystalPWR)

Dagupan City under state of calamity

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The situation in the entire province of Pangasinan is being monitored as heavy rains continue

STATE OF CALAMITY. City officials of Dagupan meet on July 21, 2018, after the city was put under state of calamity following heavy rains. Photo from Mayor Belen Fernandez' Facebook Page

Alert level Charlie raised in Batanes as Josie intensifies

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Alert level Bravo was raised in the Babuyan Group of Islands while alert level Alpha was raised in Apayao, Ilocos Norte, the northern part of Cagayan, and northern portion of Ilocos Sur

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

In Bacolod City, teachers stage rally ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Gualberto Dajao, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros, says they hope their concerns will reach President Rodrigo Duterte

JM de Guzman, Rhian Ramos take on challenge as executive producers of 'Kung Paano Siya Nawala'

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The two team up for the first time in a movie both as actors and as co-executive producers

Kung Paano Siya Nawala . Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Gaza truce largely holds after Israeli strikes over soldier death

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) There are no reports of injuries in that strike and there is no major Israeli bombing campaign overnight or mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel

CRISIS. A picture taken on July 20, 2018 shows a fireball exploding in Gaza City during Israeli bombardment. Photo by Bashar Tales / AFP

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Ilocos provinces

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Josie, which slightly intensified early Saturday afternoon, July 21, could make landfall in the vicinity of Ilocos Norte within the next 6 to 12 hours

'BuyBust' to kick off Cinemalaya 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Viewers can watch the Anne Curtis starrer for free at the festival's opening event

BUYBUST. Anne Curtis stars in the film as a rookie narcotics officer. File photo from the 'BuyBust' press conference by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

2018 Glory awardees of UP Masscom named

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Glory Award is given in honor of the excellence and impact of the awardees' work in broadcasting, film, journalism, research and allied disciplines such as social advocacy

Moody's: Federalism, 'contentious' policies worry investors

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Moody's Investors Service says the country's 'relatively weak rule of law' and the possible shift to federalism could drag down the economy