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Non-ratification of Bangsamoro Law may leave 'fertile ground for extremism'

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:00 AM

To help ensure the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, the government will launch a 'Yes vote' campaign in early December, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Año scolds DILG exec advocating for revolutionary government

Nov 17, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año 'warned' and 'admonished' Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III for campaigning for a revolutionary government

'ADMONISHED'. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III says recently, he has not frequented public forums to discuss declaring a revolutionary government. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

NBI nabs 57 bet collectors of illegal 'Peryahan' stations in QC

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The 'kubradores' or bet collectors work for Globaltech, whose license to operate was revoked by PCSO in 2016

Rohingya say prayers of thanks after repatriation halted

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 PM

None of the 720,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August last year volunteer to return

DILG to sue ‘Ang Probinsyano’ if plot is not changed

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

DILG cites a host of legal cases that can be filed if the popular TV series doesn't make the cops look good

LEAD STAR. File photo of 'Ang Probinsyano' main character Coco Martin.

Duterte to Papua New Guinea: Don't let multinational firms take over

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Himself sensitive when foreign leaders comment on Philippine domestic affairs, President Rodrigo Duterte dishes advise to PNG officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill prior to their bilateral meeting at the Premier Village in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 9, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Acting Chief Justice Carpio: China does not own South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:28 PM

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Sara Duterte's group disowns Tapang at Malasakit DDS Europe

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:24 PM

An advisory from the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance also says that organizations misrepresenting their group will face legal action

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the Serbisyo ng Bayan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago Pledge of Allegiance in Quezon City on November 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte to skip last day of APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cuts short his trip to Papua New Guinea by a day. Cabinet members will represent him in a day's worth of APEC events.

Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against criticism that he was 'lazy' for skipping events at the recent ASEAN Summit in Singapore

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Malacañang Photo

U.S. commits P595M more for Mindanao development programs

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The funds will also be used to assist residents affected by the Marawi siege

PLEDGE. MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr and Acting USAID Mission Director Patrick Wesner display the signed extension of the Mindanao Peace and Development Assistance Agreement. Photo from US Embassy

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

Duterte likens Magdalo party to ISIS

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'They destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang buwang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the mutineers who are now members of the Magdalo party

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the First Subaraw Biodiversity Festival held at the People’s Amphitheater in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 10, 2018. Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo

Tropical depression outside PAR maintains strength

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The tropical depression is 2,010 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, as of Friday afternoon, November 16

Japan PM Abe visits Australia's Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the port city where more than 250 people were killed during World War II bombing raids – the worst-ever foreign attacks on Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) lay wreaths at the Cenotaph War Memorial during a two-day visit to Darwin on November 16, 2018.  Glenn Campbell / POOL / AFP

David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M, smashes living artist record

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' was snapped up after more than 9 minutes of bidding, dominated by two rival telephone bidders

English artist David Hockney's 'Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' is displayed during a Christie's auction preview in Hong Kong on September 27, 2018. The painting will be auctioned during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on November 15 at Christie's New York with an estimate in the region of 80 million USD.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Galvez says gains in Mindanao 'cannot be sustained' without martial law

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr supports another extension of martial law to make victory 'complete' and achievements in Mindanao 'irreversible'

SUPPORT EXTENSION. AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says the extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed to make growth and gains in the area 'irreversible.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CA justices shortlisted to be next Supreme Court justice

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The names on the shortlist are all familiar

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Robredo: Marcos ‘confused’ for asking SC anew to stop using ballot images

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp argues her rival ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is merely reiterating his 'previous baseless arguments' without presenting concrete evidence

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Turkey has more evidence in Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:47 PM

A Turkish newspaper says a second voice recording clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist has been premeditated

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Weeks before plunder verdict, Bong Revilla allowed to see dad in hospital

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 1st Division grants the former senator a 5-hour furlough

PLUNDER CASE. Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New law orders gov't, schools, media to use Filipino Sign Language

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Republic Act 11106 declares Filipino Sign Language as the national sign language of the deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf

Deaf students say a short prayer in sign language before the start of their class during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd investigates starfish-throwing incident in Palawan

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish in a Palawan beach supposedly in late October 2018. Photo from Palawan Supernews Facebook Page

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio makes these remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte said China 'is already in possession' of the South China Sea

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a West Philippine Sea advocate, attends 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

LOOK: Imelda Marcos uses No. 8 plate, violating House orders

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Land Transportation Office reiterates there are no Number 8 plates issued for the 17th Congress

VIOLATION. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos uses on November 16, 2018, a coaster with a No. 8 plate in violation of two House orders. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Julian Assange charged in U.S. – WikiLeaks

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The exact nature of the charges against Assange is not immediately known

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Strengthen human rights awareness of Filipinos, say opposition bets

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Senatorial bets Erin Tañada, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc say Filipinos should be made more aware of human rights. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The events covered by the verdict span the 4 years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity

GUILTY. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. File photo by Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Imelda remains free, awaits court decision on bail | Midday wRap

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:46 PM

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U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

PDP-Laban's Senate slate to rely on Duterte popularity, party machinery

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III believes PDP-Laban senatorial candidates have no disadvantages in the 2019 elections

Photos of Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Pimentel by Rappler; Photos of Duterte, Go,Tolentino by Malacañang

‘So which is it?’ court asks Imelda Marcos and lawyer

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The former first lady Imelda Marcos presents contradicting excuses for her earlier absence in court

GRILLED. Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division court on November 16, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Jeers, cheers as Imelda Marcos appears in Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Martial law victims and militant groups call for the immediate imprisonment of the former first lady while Marcos loyalists demand 'justice' for the Marcos matriarch

'JAIL IMELDA MARCOS.' Martial Law victims and militant groups rally outside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Court keeps Imelda Marcos free while deciding post-conviction bail

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Until the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan decides with finality whether or not to grant Marcos post-conviction bail, the former first lady is temporarily free

IMELDA. Former first lady and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos arrives at the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Schools to fight SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:22 AM

University professors say the teaching of Filipino and Panitikan in college deepens knowledge that shapes Filipino culture and identity

PETITION. Education and language groups planned to petition the Supreme Court's decision to life a Temporary Restraining Order on a higher education order. Photo of students from Shutterstock

U.S. mail bomb suspect pleads not guilty in New York

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The charges against Cesar Sayoc include 5 counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, 5 counts of interstate transportation of explosives, and 5 counts of threatening interstate communications

CESAR SAYOC. Sayoc is accused of sending 16 pipe bombs to liberal critics. Photo from Getty Images North America/AFP

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Imelda Marcos shows up at Sandiganbayan

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) She is appealing for post-conviction bail

IMELDA MARCOS. To appeal for post-conviction bail, the former first lady makes an appearance at the Sandiganbayan on November 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año warns arrest awaits top NDF consultants in PH

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'I will have them arrested, unless the President will order me not to effect the arrest,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

ARREST WARNING. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

EU is 'best prepared' for Brexit U-turn – Tusk

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:25 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says they are prepared for all scenarios, 'but of course we are best prepared for a no Brexit scenario'

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

US bishops back transparency on sexual abuse cases

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'We absolutely have to be open and transparent (on sex assault cases),' says a US bishop

TRANSPARENT. Indiana Bishop Timothy Doherty, chairman of the committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, listens while Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB General Assembly, speaks during a press conference at the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

DILG chief wants 'Ang Probinsyano' plot changed to favor PNP

Nov 15, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'It affects the morale of the PNP.... Tinataya nila ang buhay nila diyan,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW PLOT? Newly sworn in DILG chief Eduardo Año wants hit show 'Ang Probinsyano' to be rewritten. Photo from ABS-CBN

Saudis issue charges but exonerate crown prince in Khashoggi murder

Nov 15, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Riyadh prosecutors announce indictments against 11 people, adding that a total of 21 individuals are in custody in connection with the killing

DISMEMBERED. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely after New Year

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Mike Pence insists US government would not repeat mistakes of the past where promises were broken

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP