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DOTr launches plan to reduce road crash deaths

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'We also accept that road safety is our shared responsibility and not of the driver alone,' says Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos

ACTION PLAN. Transportation officials launched the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan 2017 to 2022.

Bringing 'tsokolate' to the 'instant' era

Nov 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Harleen Jao took her time to develop 'tsokolate' in a sachet, in a bid to take the time out of preparing the traditional Filipino drink

IN A SACHET. Since almost everything now is instant, Harleen Jao put her tsokolate in a sachet to bring Filipinos the real cocoa goodness. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

How inclusion empowers artists with autism

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The products’ designs are seen to spark hope for people with special needs by including them in this endeavor

Student-led org helps nurture Cagayan De Oro's local artists

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:47 PM

'Before these artists joined Dire Husi, they had difficulty in letting go of their past, but because of music and art, their lives have changed forever'

MUSIC AND NARRATIVES. Members of the Dire Husi Initiative performed on November 11, Saturday, to narrate their own personal stories and how it changed since they joined the organization

Orbos: Phasing out of 'deteriorated' PUVs to start January

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos says motor vehicle inspection will also begin in January

MODERNIZE. Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos confirmed that deteriorated vehicles will be phased out following the PUV modernization program of the government. Rappler file photo

How to buy products of craftsman born with no hands

Nov 18, 2017 - 6:56 PM

If you buy one of his miniature tricycles, 'you are also helping others,' says Andy Villaruel, the Dumaguete craftsman born with no hands

LOOK: Protesters bring shovels near Marcos grave

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:49 PM

'Unearth the dictator,' says an anti-Marcos group a year after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was given a hero's burial

HUKAYIN. Anti-Marcos group Block Marcos staged a protest in front of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday, November 18. Photo by Twitter user @nicadoom

Marcos not a hero, critics assert a year after hero's burial

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:40 PM

'Honors undeserved do not transform the undeserving,' says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

LOYALISTS. Marcos loyalists with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos gather in Manila on November 7, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Schedule of events: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Various events are organized around the Philippines for the World Day of Remembrance

Protests more 'amazing' in PH: Trump effigy wows Jimmy Kimmel, foreign netizens

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:53 PM

'Comparatively, our protests here suck. I mean, where did they get that giant Trump fidget spinner? That's amazing!'

MMDA to riders on EDSA: Stay on motorcycle lanes starting November 22

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Violators will be apprehended via the no-contact apprehension policy and will be fined P500 per offense

DRY RUN. The MMDA conducts a dry-run on the motorcycle lane implementation on Friday, November 17. Photo by MMDA

Fewer MRT3 trains, new operation schedule as Christmas season nears

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Only 15 trains will be in use during weekdays, lower than the usual 15 to 18 trains in operation per day

UPGRADE. MRT implements new hours. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

First Filipino-Canadian senator dies

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Born in Lucena, Quezon, Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga Jr 'passed away unexpectedly' on November 16, his office says

UNEXPECTED DEATH. The first Filipino-Canadian senator, Tobias Enverga Jr, dies a sudden death on November 16, 2017. Photo from

Commuters share most horrible MRT experiences

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The daily glitches are no longer acceptable, say MRT commuters

Environmental groups urge PH, ASEAN to join global coal phase-out

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Studies show coal is projected to rise in the whole ASEAN region in the next few years

Why Lumad groups are camping outside DepEd

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATE) DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones explains that Lumad schools applying for a permit should go through the process required by the department

CAMP OUT. Lumad groups are calling on the Department of Education to grant their permits t

Maria Isabel Lopez appeals to LTO to grant her 'senior citizen discount'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Maria Isabel Lopez appears before the LTO but has yet to submit a formal written appeal for breaking into the special ASEAN lanes

Pasig, Legazpi showcase urban climate solutions at UN climate conference

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:23 PM

ASEAN cities share innovative urban solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation

'Human intervention' probed as possible cause of MRT3 train detachment

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Our trains are very safe....All of the trains that are deployed are safe and functional,' MRT3 director for operations Mike Capati assures commuters following the incident

DETACHED. Commuters walked to MRT3 Buendia station from Ayala station as a train coach got detached from its body on Thursday, November 16. Photo by Gio Manlangit

The buried giant embodied in our trains

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:53 AM

'How many more limbs or arms should be injured for those in power to act on commuters’ safety?'

PH leads call for innovative climate finance for vulnerable countries

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines needs to get support for data gathering and capacity building, says Senator Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference

How to make a social enterprise idea stand out

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Entrepreneurs and innovators share tips and insights to millennials on how to effectively implement their inventions

No more ASEAN lanes along EDSA, Roxas Blvd – MMDA

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The MMDA ends the implementation of ASEAN lanes along EDSA and Roxas Boulevard Wednesday morning, November 15

Violence marks ASEAN 2017 protests in Manila

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:16 PM

More than a hundred protesters are injured from the protest actions during the 31st ASEAN Summit

Various protest groups roit near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident' Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on November 13, 2017

Doctors reattach severed arm of woman in MRT accident

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez says Angeline Fernando's arm has been successfully reattached to her body

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Environmental group slams Trudeau's 'inaction' on Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

EcoWaste Coalition hopes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response on the issue is not another empty promise

ASEAN SUMMIT ROCKSTAR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends many Filipinos into frenzy during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN NGOs decry rights atrocities, inequitable policies in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:16 PM

'An important element of the discussions is to really strengthen the solidarity of the peoples among Southeast Asia'

UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. Representatives from different civil society movements in the ASEAN region gathered at the People Power Monument as a sign of protest to the current ASEAN policies

Police defend use of ear-piercing sonic alarm at ASEAN rally

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Cops use a long-range audio device (LRAD), considered as a sonic weapon applied for crowd control

Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM

ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'

2 minors killed in Laoag City head-on collision

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Investigations show that the driver of the Isuzu Crosswind which rammed into a tricycle was under the influence of alcohol

CRASH. A tragic road crash that happened in Laoag City last November 11 took the lives of two minors. File Photo

Group pushes for 'binding' ASEAN pact on migrant workers’ protection

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers must be legally-binding and cover undocumented workers and migrants' families, Migrante International says

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Climate group calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:38 PM

But the group argues participation of the US and Japan in the 31st ASEAN Summit will bring in projects that support coal dependency in the discussion table

CLIMATE DENIER. Climate justice group Philippine Movement for Climate Justice calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: The street vendors who were told to 'hide' during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Vendors and street dwellers are told to steer away from the streets for a week or two if they do not want to be rounded up by the police

Rappler editors named distinguished UP mass communication alumni

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug and news editor Miriam Grace A. Go receive the Glory Medal of Distinction for their achievements in investigative journalism

DISTINCTION. Rappler news editor Miriam Grace A. Go (center) receives her Glory Medal of Distinction from the UP College of Mass Communication dean Elena Pernia (right) and UPCMC Alumni Association president Malou Fagar on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug, another awardee, is out of the country. Photo courtesy of Bernard Testa

IN PHOTOS: At least 2,000 attend protests on day one of ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:41 PM

For many militant groups in the Philippines, this marks their fifth day of protest related to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings hosted Manila

Various protest groups roit along Taft Avenue in Manila to protest US Pesident' Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on November 13, 2017

'Not welcome in PH': Filipino activists set fire to Trump effigy

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Militant groups are opposing US President Donald Trump’s 'agenda of war and economic liberalization'

EFFIGY. Protesters burn down the 13-foot tall effigy of US President Donald Trump along Taft Avenue in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

MMDA files complaint vs Maria Isabel Lopez for breaching ASEAN lane

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The MMDA asks the LTO to revoke Lopez's driver's license and to impose fine on the actress for violating the Anti-Distracted Driving Act

LOOK: Activists to burn Trump effigy on day one of ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:24 AM

Created by the artist group Ugat Lahi, the effigy features Trump with 4 arms resembling the Nazi swastika, a symbol of authoritarian rule and hatred

What happens if you breach the ASEAN lane?

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The MMDA closed off two lanes along EDSA to be used exclusively by the 31st ASEAN Summit delegates' convoys

ASEAN LANES. Heavy traffic await those who ply EDSA due to the designated lanes for 31st ASEAN Summit delegates. Photo by Twitter user @SilverOhs

'I'm just human': Maria Isabel Lopez apologizes for breaching ASEAN lane

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Despite the apology, authorities will still recommend the suspension or cancellation of the actress' driver's license

IN PHOTOS: Activists protest Trump's visit in PH

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Militant groups and youth organizations sneak past police security to burn a flag near the US Embassy and hold a lightning rally at the in SM Mall of Asia

BAN TRUMP. Various protest groups held a rally near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Donad Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Leader's Summit on Sunday, November 12. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Homeless protesters have boodle fight while ASEAN leaders hold gala

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The protesters at Mendiola Bridge prepare steamed rice, dried fish, fish crackers, and instant noodles at the same time ASEAN leaders and guests are served a 4-course dinner

Maria Isabel Lopez draws flak for driving on ASEAN lane

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:16 PM

'Sorry to those who got hurt and affected', Lopez apologizes in a Facebook post

TRAFFIC VIOLATION. Maria Isabel Lopez breached the ASEAN lane in EDSA on November 11, Saturday, to escape traffic

‘Climate change is real’: Greenpeace taunts Trump in protest graffiti

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Donald Trump has just set foot in a country where people have been seriously affected by extreme weather made worse by climate change', the environmental group says

PAINTING GRAFFITI. Greenpeace activists€ painted reverse-graffiti  in various spots around the ASEAN Summit venues

Maria Isabel Lopez may lose driver's license for breaching ASEAN lane

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) The MMDA and LTFRB will ask the LTO to suspend or cancel Lopez's driver's license for violating the ASEAN Summit traffic plan

Why groups are protesting Trump’s PH visit

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:25 AM

Militant groups are planning to burn an effigy of the US President on Monday, November 13

WATCH: 100 days to go before NSPC 2018

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:58 PM

The theme of the upcoming schools press conference is 'Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists' role in advancing inclusive education'

EDSA 'parking lot': Commuters endure traffic ahead of ASEAN Summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) MMDA opens the ASEAN lane along EDSA Northbound to the public as of 6 pm on Saturday, November 11

Heavy Traffic continues along Pasay -Edsa as of 5:30 pm. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Small group of ASEAN summit protesters reach PICC gate

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Despite tight security, some protesters are able to stage a quick program at the gate of the main venue of the ASEAN Summit, which will be held on November 13

Protestors try to force open the main gate during a protest against US President Donald Trump outside the Philippine International Convention Center, venue of the upcoming 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA