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P2/min travel charge back but Grab lowers surge pricing cap

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The new surge pricing cap is effective Friday, September 21

SURGE. Grab lowers its surge pricing cap. Rappler file photo

Duterte urged to declare state of calamity in Typhoon Ompong-hit regions

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Imposition of price ceilings, reprogramming of funds, and access to no-interest loans are some of the effects under a state of calamity

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati to be closed starting September 23

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bridge will be replaced by one with 4 lanes, set to be completed in 2021

REPLACE. The Department of Public Works and Highways will replace Estella-Pantaleon bridge. Wikicommons photo by Judgefloro

DOTr seeks to restore 2019 funds for evening flights in regional airports

Sep 20, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Senator Loren Legarda vows to restore the Department of Transportation's proposed budget for the night-rating of regional airports

AIRPORTS. DOTr Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo explains to the Senate commitee on finance the need to night rate airports. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'More work' to get a continental trade deal – Trudeau

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Negotiators have been in talks nearly non-stop for a month as they try to overcome hurdles and agree on a NAFTA rewrite

NAFTA. In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. File photo by Lars Harberg/AFP

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

Bus rapid transit system to push through in Cebu, Quezon Avenue

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Metro Manila might have a bus rapid transit system in 3 years, says Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon

PLAN. In the earlier plan, a bus station was set to be constructed near the Fuente Osmena Park for Cebu's first mass transport system, which was supposed to be operational in 2018. File photo by Rappler

Supreme Court rules BIR can't collect P3-B tax from Petron, Shell

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Dubbed as the tax refund scam of the 1990s, Petron and Shell win big in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippine peso sinking to P58 vs $1 'unlikely' – Diokno

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the government relies on overseas Filipinos' remittances and foreign direct investments to keep the economy steady

UNLIKELY. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P58 to a dollar forecast is 'unlikely.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump accuses China of election meddling

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The allegation adds an explosive new element to a tense situation after Trump pulled the trigger on 10% tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion

TRADE WARS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ompong hit P14 billion

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The initial cost of damage is nearly double what Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol estimated would be 'worst-case scenario' losses of about P7.9 billion

NO HARVEST. La Paz rice fields turns into a lake after floods inundate fields. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines to become upper-middle income country by 2019 – Pernia

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippines is poised to join the ranks of upper-middle income countries China, Thailand, and Malaysia, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

GROWTH. Economic managers project the Philippines to join the upper-middle income band. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

GROWTH. Economic managers project the Philippines to join the upper-middle income band. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler


DOJ OKs filing estafa cases against 5 SMHC partners in Skyway 3 project

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The 3 Indonesian businessmen and 2 Filipinos in the estafa complaint did not disclose conflicts of interest prior to entering an agreement for the construction of the Skyway 3

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Coca-Cola says it is is 'closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world'

Roberto Fung Kuan, founder of Chowking, dies aged 70

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:56 PM

Robert Kelvin Kuan, Roberto's son, shares the news of his father's death over the weekend in a Facebook post

Duterte to 'confront' Congress on need to 'close mining industry'

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning on mining comes after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspended small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Photo from Malacañang

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.8 billion in agricultural damage

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The government says around 171,932 farmers have been affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

CRY ME A RIVER. Samuel Castro was just waiting for Monday. He has nothing to harvest now. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

OFW remittances slow down in January-July 2018

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Overseas Filipino workers send a total of $18.5 billion from January to July this year

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff, wife buy Time magazine

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The Benioffs will not be involved in operations or journalistic decisions, 'which will continue to be led by TIME's current executive leadership team,' a statement says

TIME. An AFP journalist reads a copy of Time Magazine with a front cover using a combination of pictures showing a crying child taken at the US Border Mexico and a picture of US President Donald Trump looking down, on June 22, 2018 in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

#AskTheTaxWhiz: What does the Trabaho bill offer?

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the impact of the Trabaho bill to ordinary taxpayers

Philippine peso to hit P58 vs $1, inflation to jump – Capital Economics

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The London-based research firm sees the Philippine peso sliding to P58 in 2019 and inflation soaring due to Typhoon Ompong

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

IN PHOTOS: Some areas in Baguio City were flooded part of City Camp Lagoon caused lStrong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Cedrick Victa Macadangdang

Canada working on World Trade Organization reform – sources

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A small group of like-minded trade ministers will gather in Ottawa October 24-25 'to discuss WTO reform,' a Canadian government source says, requesting anonymity given the sensitivity of the discussions

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Power lines affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 4:42 AM

Restoration of power lines is underway after the exit of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) from the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Rappler file photo

Food crisis, inflation due to lack of gov't direction – groups

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'This government must recognize that there is a food crisis largely because of the lack of leadership in food, agriculture, and fisheries governance,' says Hazel Tanchuling of Rice Watch and Action Network

Typhoon Ompong: Free parking at SM, Ayala, Robinsons, Megaworld malls

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Overnight parking fees are waived for select malls as heavy rain and floods are possible due to Ompong (Mangkhut)

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Canceled flights due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of flights canceled due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Philippine peso plummets to P54 vs $1

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The Philippine peso dips further on Wednesday, September 12, amid a wider trade deficit, high inflation, and rising oil prices

WEAK. The Philippine peso continues its losing streak. Shutterstock photo


PSA contradicts Pernia, blames technical glitch for late inflation data

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority's statement differs from that of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, who said a miscalculation had to be corrected

Foreign chambers on Trabaho bill: 'Leave PEZA alone'

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We are advocating for the continued operation of PEZA as it is now. And also making sure that rationalizing our incentives [that] it is still competitive with the rest of the region,' a business group executive says

INVESTMENTS. Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines cautions the government from the current version of the Trabaho bill. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

U.S.-Canada trade deal 'imminently possible,' Freeland says

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:54 AM

US President Donald Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says would be 'devastating' for the Canadian auto sector

US-CANADA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP

Duterte may issue EO to address inflation

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:16 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte meets with his economic managers before the 29th Cabinet meeting to discuss how to contain inflation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trade deficit balloons by 171% in July 2018

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Imports accelerate by 32%, while exports languish at 0.3%

Alibaba, Russian tech firm Mail.ru agree to joint e-commerce venture

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The new company will be called AliExpress Russia – based on the name of an existing Alibaba platform

Workers' strikes result of Duterte's policy failure – labor groups

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are certainly a number of reasons why investors are leaving...but the labor movement's advocacy for workers' rights is not one of them,' says labor group Sentro

LABOR DAY. The biggest demonstration in years, workers and various groups marched towards Mendiola Peach Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No 3rd telco player by November? 'I'll take over,' says Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

If there will be further delays, President Duterte warns he'll invite interested parties to submit their position papers to him, and he will make his choice in 'about 30 minutes'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018 that he has made a promise to get rid of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country back when he was still campaigning for the country's top government position. He went on to add that he is relentless in his efforts to fulfill these promises. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Businessmen say inflation 'manageable,' but gov't must act now

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Businessmen urge policy makers to revise certain policies, especially now that the causes of inflation are identified

10 Jack Ma quotes to inspire the entrepreneur in you

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:28 AM

With the announcement of his retirement, we compile some of Jack Ma’s most famous quotes

JACK MA. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2018, Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures as he arrives for a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok during a visit to the country to announce the group's investment in the Thai government's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme. File photo by Jorge Silva/AFP


Top Davao gov't infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:38 PM

CLTG Builders, a contractor owned by SAP Bong Go's father, wins roughly P750 million worth of government contracts from 2016 to 2017

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is the son of a top infrastructure contractor in Davao. Bong Go photo from Malacañang

NAIA opens 2 newly-built rapid exit taxiways

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM

With this new addition, NAIA now has 4 high speed exits for commercial airlines to use

NAIA's NEW TAXIWAYS. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pernia denies manipulating August 2018 inflation data

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:20 PM

There are rumors that the August 2018 inflation rate was at 6.6% and not 6.4%

Like Piñol, Villar urges Filipinos to plant vegetables to cope with inflation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'Hindi natin ma-stop ang hoarder, hindi natin ma-stop ang cartel, hindi natin ma-stop ang smuggling, we take care of ourselves,' says Senator Cynthia Villar

House OKs renewing CBCP broadcast franchise for 25 years

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

House Bill 8155 gives the President a 'special right' to 'temporarily take over and operate' the CBCP’s media facilities during times of war, rebellion, public peril, calamity, emergency, disaster, or disturbance of peace and order

Dennis Uy takes a slice of Conti's resto

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The deal solidifies Davao-based tycoon Dennis Uy's presence in the restaurant industry