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EU seeks Facebook data privacy probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Facebook has faced worldwide criticism over the claims that Cambridge Analytica, the UK data analysis firm hired by Trump's 2016 campaign, harvested and misused data on 50 million members

FACEBOOK TROUBLES. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Idaho. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

2 plus attacker hurt in Maryland school shooting – sheriff

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:33 PM

There are no immediate official reports of casualties in the shooting at Great Mills High School, located about a 90-minute drive southeast of the US capital Washington.

SCHOOL SHOOTING. Maryland State Troopers gather on March 20, 2018 at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland after a shooting at the school. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Cayetano off to China for talks on joint exploration

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines and China 'are trying to find a legal framework' for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

VISITING CHINA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is flying to China for talks on joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Mistresses, live-in partners of politicians can still run in draft charter

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:17 PM

Though the Con-Com voted to regulate political dynasties, mistresses and boyfriends of politicians can still run for public office

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'

ICC CONTROVERSY. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is grilled by lawyer Emerlynne Gil about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court. Screenshot from Rappler video

COA: Completion of P55-M road project in Eastern Samar delayed for 481 days

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The project is originally scheduled for completion on March 4, 2016

Int'l Criminal Court 'encourages' PH gov't to reconsider withdrawal

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun

Fifth package blast reported in Texas

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the explosion was connected to 3 previous bombings in Austin and the bomber used a tripwire in the latest attack, showing a higher level of skill.

PACKAGE BOMBINGS. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley briefs reporters during a press conference on March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Photo by Suzzane Cordeiro/AFP

UN reports mass rights abuses in Turkey

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) The report cautions that the extraordinary powers handed to the authorities following the failed coup attempt had caused 'a continued erosion of the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation'

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns that his troops will not step back. File photo by AFP

Was she required to file? How Sereno explains her missing SALNs

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Sereno raises the argument that for most of the period from 1998 to 2006, she was on leave without pay and therefore not required to file her SALNs

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno attend the launching of 'Coalition for Justice' compose of various civic and catholic groups held at the Balay Kalinaw at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Monday. The group expressed their solid support to CJ Sereno amid calls for her resignations. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

After 17 years, construction of Senate building moves forward

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Senate has agreed to pay a maximum of P90,000 per square meter for a 18,320-square meter lot in Fort Bonifacio

PASAY TO TAGUIG. The Senate transfer to its 'new, iconic' building in Taguig moves forward. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Malacañang defends late suspension of classes, 'imminent threat' claim

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The 'imminent threat' posed by a supposed March 20 transport strike is the possibility that students will have to walk to school, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is happy to announce during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 12, 2018 that the Department of Agrarian Reform has distributed certificates of land ownership to 47 beneficiaries in the province of Rizal. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. State Department has deal with under-fire UK data-miner

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:11 PM

A State Department official says the agency's Global Engagement Center has a contract with Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) Group, the parent company of the under-fire data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica

Navy frigates: Rejected Dutch supplier writes to Alejano

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the letter also confirms how Hyundai Heavy Industries employed the 'bait and switch' stratey to win the bid. It offered known and top caliber systems – including Tacticos – but later switched to cheaper systems.

Negros Occidental city declares measles outbreak

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Kabankalan City is near the boundary of neighboring province Negros Oriental, where a measles outbreak has also been declared

Stephen David using Palace connections for Napoles?

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'[Medialdea] was asked by Atty David if he could overrule me, he said he could not, because he is of the same opinion as mine,' Aguirre says, referring to his opinion about the need for the Sandiganbayan's nod to transfer Napoles to a safehouse

INSIDE MALACAÑANG. Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David goes in and out of Malacañang and is able to challenge a justice secretary's position to the Executive Secretary, effectively the second president. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court 'hasty, ill-conceived' – ICJ

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The International Commission of Jurists says President Rodrigo Duterte's justification for making the decision is 'a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on January 26, 2018 following a fruitful visit to India, announces that India has agreed to expand cooperation with the Philippines in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism and anti-illegal drugs campaign. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mercury Drug Foundation gives P20-M worth of medicines to AFP

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:27 PM

The donation will be sent directly to military medical treatment facilities for the immediate use of soldiers deployed in conflict areas

Quezon City garbage collection to continue during Holy Week

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The regular garbage collection schedule in barangays and main roads will be followed from March 26 to April 1

UNINTERRUPTED. Garbage collection in Quezon City is uninterrupted during the Holy Week. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Manila disaster management chief resigns

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) Johnny Yu declines to disclose his reasons for leaving the post

RESIGNED. Johnny Gaw Yu at the Manila Pavilion's vicinity during the fire. Photo by Paige Occeñola/Rappler

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya – keepers

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Theoretically, the death of the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino

SUDAN. In this file photo, a caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM

President Xi Jinping's address caps an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life

Con-Com considering judicial preview of bills

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The proposal is to address how laws are vulnerable to being declared unconstitutional through a petition filed by individuals, thereby wasting time and resources spent on passing them

Russia hits back in spy poisoning row as experts called in

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'Sooner or later these unsubstantiated allegations will have to be answered for: either backed up with the appropriate evidence or apologized for,' says Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

Barangay killings haunt Antipolo as polls draw closer

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Two barangay officials are gunned down in a span of 3 weeks in Antipolo City

HUNTED DOWN. Antipolo City is not new to election-related violence, having been named an election 'hotspot' since 2001.

Con-Com leaning toward requiring college degree or equivalent for lawmakers

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The proposed additional qualification is 'to improve the quality of laws,' says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Aguirre orders fresh investigation vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:31 PM

'So much so that there is no dismissal anymore,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in a Malacañang press briefing

NO DISMISSAL. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announces an order 'vacating the dismissal' of charges against alleged drug lords Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photos by Joseph Vidal, Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and Ben Nabong/Rappler

Divorce law unlikely? Senate only wants easier, cheaper annulment

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:27 PM

After the House approval of the divorce bill, the Senate still has no counterpart measure and is so far not keen on filing one

Alvarez: Bong Go in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Top presidential aide Bong Go is floated as part of the 2019 Senate slate for the ruling party

2019 PUSH. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez speaks during a PDP-Laban event in Bulacan province. File photo courtesy of the House media bureau

Piston says Malacañang 'spreading fake news' on transport strike

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says it has not monitored any threats in Metro Manila

NO MORE TRANSPORT STRIKE. Piston national president George San Mateo disputes what he calls Malacanang's 'fake news' that transportation groups have continued their strike beyond March 19, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trump champions death penalty for drug dealers

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:26 AM

'If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we're wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty,' says US President Donald Trump

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. US President Donald Trump calls for drug traffickers to face the death penalty. File photo by AFP

Sereno: Other chief justice nominees did not submit all SALNs to JBC

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Sereno says the JBC has declared her integrity when it shortlisted her and other nominees to the chief justice post even despite incomplete submission of SALNs

'INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses over a thousand students at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in a forum dubbed as 'The Road to Judicial Reform: Achieving Justice Through the Rule of Law' on March 13, 2018. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, March 20

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:33 AM

'In view of actual and/or imminent threats posed by some groups, we are suspending classes at all levels in Metro Manila effective today, March 20, to safeguard the safety of students,' says Malacañang, even if there is no transport strike

Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company

UBER. In this file photo taken on September 13, 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. File photo by Angelo Merendino / AFP

U.S.-South Korea military drills to resume despite thaw with North Korea

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The large-scale exercises involving tens of thousands of ground troops are a perennial source of tension between the two Koreas

JOINT DRILL. In this file photo, South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

WATCH: Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Watch the forum live on Rappler

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

Misuari says MNLF joining PH-Indonesia border security patrol

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

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

Quiboloy's controversial plane returns to Davao City

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,' says Pastor Apollo 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