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Masked men set fire to Russian rights group office in Caucasus

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Computers and documents are destroyed in the attack, according to a statement on rights group Memorial's website

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:09 PM

North Korea also says it will send a 550-member delegation to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the South

MARCHING TOGETHER. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry on January 17, 2018 shows South Korean chief delegate Chun Hae-Sung (R) shaking hands with North Korean chief delegate Jon Jong-Su (L) after their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by AFP

China says Iranian oil tanker wreck located

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'The location of the wreck has been confirmed,' China's transport ministry says on its official social media platform, adding the ship lay at a depth of around 115 meters

SANCHI BURNING. This handout file picture from the Transport Ministry of China taken and released on January 14, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker 'Sanchi' at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photo by Transport Ministry of China/AFP

Bidding issues hound Sereno in impeachment hearing

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Lawmakers raise possible violations of the anti-graft law

Justice Committee Chair Cong. Reynaldo Umali during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to sign executive order vs endo 'anytime soon' – Bello

Jan 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The new executive order vs contractualization was drafted by labor groups, Bello said

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign an executive order against contractualization "anytime soon," Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III said. File Photo by Rob Reyes

Napolcom's solution vs scalawag cops: Probe all PNP applicants

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao wants mandatory background investigations on aspiring cops

HARD SCREENING. Napolcom proposes to require background investigations on all aspiring cops. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No-elections, long transition to federal gov't? 'Kalokohan,' says Nene Pimentel

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'Excuse me, but I think that's a lot of kalokohan,' says the former Senate President and framer of the 1987 Constitution

EXPERTS. A former senate president and former chief justices attend the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler slams NBI probe as 'fishing expedition'

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:18 PM

'It's all the more clear and blatant what government's agenda is: they're deadset to get Rappler and kill press freedom,' says the social news network

FISHING EXPEDITION. Rappler holds a press conference on January 15, 2018, about the SEC ruling to revoke its license. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Despite unanimous Senate 'no,' Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'We are representatives of the people. We are the nearest link to the people, so why should senators' vote have more weight than a congressman?' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

SPEAKER ALVAREZ. The House Speaker insists on joint voting, contrary to the opinion of those who framed the Constitution. File photo by Malacañang

Saudi Arabia announces $2 billion bailout for Yemen government

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The bailout aims to curb the fall in value of the Yemeni riyal, which has plummeted as the war between the Saudi-backed government and Huthi Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north has dragged on

Merkel to hold talks with Macron in Paris on Friday

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The French presidency says Merkel and Macron, who is driving a bid to reform the European Union, would discuss 'the future of Europe and upcoming priorities'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after addressing a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin on May 15, 2017, a day after the new French president took office.   File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Duterte says comfort woman statue part of free expression

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'That is a constitutional right which I cannot stop. It's prohibitive for me to do that,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of comfort woman along Manila Bay generated controversy after Japan complained about it. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

Rappler PDR investor hits Tiglao, questions SEC ruling

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:57 PM

'Why would the SEC rescind the business license of a truly innovative, viable and popular media company?' asks North Base Media co-founder Marcus Brauchli

QUESTIONING SEC. Marcus Brauchli, managing editor and co-founder of Rappler investor North Base Media, questions the SEC ruling to revoke Rappler's license. Rappler file photo

Nene Pimentel rejects abolition of Ombudsman in new Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Let me emphasize that the good provisions of the Constitution should not be revised!' says the former Senate President

FOR FEDERALISM. Former Senate President Nene Pimentel speaks before a Senate hearing on proposals to change the Constitution. Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor, one of Malaysia's most powerful and wealthiest state rulers, receives the belated birthday gift from a fellow high-ranking royal this week

MODERN PREHISTORIC. This undated handout photograph released by the Royal Press Office on January 17, 2018 shows Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor's new Fred Flintstone's styled car at the Istana Pasir Pelangi in Johor Baru. Photo by Royal Press Office/AFP

Lorenzana: White paper came from Malacañang, not Bong Go

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirms he wrote the marginal note pointing to Secretary Bong Go as the source of a document endorsing a foreign supplier for the project, but clarifies he only 'assumed' it came from the Palace official

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Fears of serial child killer in infamous Pakistan city

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The killing of a 6-year-old becomes the tipping point when her body is found on a rubbish heap near her home in the city of Kasur

PAKISTAN KILLINGS. In this photograph taken on January 13, 2018, the Pakistani grandmother of Liaba, who was found raped and murdered in July 2017, holds a photograph of her granddaughter (pictured R) during an interview with AFP at her home in Kasur in Pakistan's Punjab province. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Easterlies to trigger rain in Luzon on January 18

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, and Mimaropa must be on alert for flash floods and landslides

Former CJ Puno: SC can't intervene in revising Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Former chief justice Reynato Puno is among those President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to head a 25-person Constitutional Commission

Former SC Chief Justice Reynato Puno during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Rappler

Jan 17, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida has said the criminal investigation into Rappler will center around possible violation of the Anti-Dummy Law

DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre shows to the members of the media the case filed against Senator Leila De Lima and others in connection with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during a press conference at the NBI headquarters in Manila on February 17, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzons

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:40 PM

But the communist leaders' lawyers say the rearrest is a violation since peace talks were 'not terminated properly'

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Two Koreas in talks on 2018 Winter Olympics athletes

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a 'peace Olympics' in the face of tensions over the North's weapons programs

NEGOTIATIONS. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows North Korean delegation members (R) talking with South Korean delegation members (L) during their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 17, 2018. South Korean Unification Ministry/AFP

Expert warns of Middle East 'deployment crisis' over new fee for OFWs

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani urges the Department of Health to seek the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs

SCAM? The Blas F. Ople Policy Center seeks a probe of an alleged "multi-million peso scam" targeting OFWs. File photo by AFP

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Pressure rises on British govt over giant firm's collapse

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The British government defends its decision not to bail out imploding construction-to-catering group Carillion, as criticism grows of its handling of the giant firm's demise

OUT OF BUSINESS. A picture shows the branding of British construction company Carillion defaced with the words 'pay the wages' on the hoarding at the collapsed company's construction site at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, on January 16, 2018. Paul Ellis/AFP

AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Philippine Marines recover Islamic State black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group in Marawi City. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

The most in demand, highest paying jobs for OFWs in 2017

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Land-based and sea-based engineers, healthcare professionals, and IT professionals were the highest-paying specializations in 2017

HIGHPAYING JOBS. Workabroad.ph released their annual overseas jobs and salary report, with engineering, healthcare, and IT jobs topping the list of highest-paid specializations. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno’s land cruiser can be graft violation – lawmaker

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Sereno’s spokesperson claims the Chief Justice never specified the brand vehicle, and that she is not the first to have a vehicle preference

Witnesses Atty. Thelma Bahia Deputy Court Administrator (left), Atty. Corazon Ferrer-Flores (center) Deputy Clerk of Court-Fiscal Management and Budget Office, Atty. Ma. Carina Cunanan (right) Procurement Head and Asst. Chief Administrative Services of Supreme Court take their oath before testifying at the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno o Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No budget for teachers' salary hike in 2018 – Diokno

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'We cannot unilaterally change the budget because the Congress has the power of the purse...We cannot spend what Congress has not approved,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

TOO COSTLY. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said doubling the salaries of public school teachers is too costly for the government. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'We believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by international standards'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Senate mulls expulsion of members who will attend House-led Constituent Assembly

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senators votes unanimously to demand that a joint assembly with the House to revise the Constitution allows separate voting by the two chambers

'RED FLAGS'. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon cites red flags in President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

New York Times hits Duterte over SEC decision vs Rappler

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

In an editorial titled 'After killing spree, is a free press Mr Duterte's next victim?,' the New York Times says the ruling against Rappler is 'only the tip' of President Rodrigo Duterte's assault on his media critics

SUIT VS JOURNALIST. The New York Times has filed a complaint against a Filipino journalist for claiming to work for the paper.  Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Roque suggests blogger accreditation for Rappler once SEC ruling final

Jan 17, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Bloggers' accreditation is provided by the office of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, who frequently attacks Rappler on social media for its reportage

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to find means to increase the salaries of teachers. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

QC orders businesses with foreign names to have local translations

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Those who will violate the ordinance will pay P5,000 and may face suspension of their business permits

TRANSLATION NEEDED. The Quezon City local government passes an ordinance requiring Filipino or English translation to foreign-named establishments. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

U.S. and allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urge world powers to support 'maritime interdiction' measures

AGENDA: KOREA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives his opening remarks as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens at the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 2018. Don MacKinnon/AFP

Joma Sison: Rappler 'shutdown,' Cha-Cha show Duterte aping Marcos

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'Duterte is hellbent on imposing fascist dictatorship...and is flagrantly using basically the same strategy and tactics of mass murder, intimidation, corruption and charter change as the late fascist dictator Marcos used,' says Jose Maria Sison

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed for 2014 protest

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong is already on bail pending an appeal over a 6-month sentence for another protest-related offense

GOING TO JAIL. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Kabayan reps want Philippine capital moved to Davao City

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Kabayan Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang file a bill that aims to move the country's seat of government from Manila to Davao

PAGASA warns of rain across PH on January 17

Jan 17, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao should be on alert for flash floods and landslides

In Chile, pope seeks forgiveness for sex abuse scandals

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Pope Francis meets alone with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile, the Vatican says

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Around 1,400 migrants rescued in Med, 2 bodies recovered

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Nearly 1,000 people have been rescued and brought to Italy since the start of the year, down 60% on arrivals registered in the same period last year

SAVED. Illegal migrants from Arab and African nationalities arrive at a naval base in the capital Tripoli late on January 15, 2018, after they were rescued off the coast of Zuwara, 130 kilometers (81 miles) West of the Libyan capital. Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Tough recovery ahead after California siblings 'ordeal'

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:29 AM

13 malnourished siblings found confined by their parents in a suburban California home – 3 of them chained to the furniture – face a difficult road to recovery, police say

PROBE. Mark Uffer (C), CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center speaks as Susan von Zabern (L), Director of Department of Public Services and Dr. Sophia Grant (R), Medical Director of Child Abuse and Neglect at Riverside University Health System looks on during a press conference in Perris, California on January 16, 2018, where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children held captive by their parents. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committee

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:16 AM

It is the first time Bannon has testified in the probe of whether campaign associates of the president colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections

BANNON IN CAPITOL HILL. Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Trump, arrives at a House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting, on January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:59 AM

US authorities arrest a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Wednesday, January 17

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:19 AM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Wednesday, January 17

Nearly 2 million lose mobile access in war-torn east Ukraine

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Vodafone says it appealed to the warring sides and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to get its repair crews safe access to the damaged line. 'It has been futile so far,' spokeswoman Viktoria Ruban writes.

Duterte says he'll file 'plunder' case vs Prietos

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The President resurrects his old accusations against the former owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 2018 Kick Off: Game On! All in For Nation Building at the Manila Hotel in Manila on January 11, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Turkish President Erdogan to visit Pope Francis on February 5

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:59 PM

The Argentine pope met Erdogan during his trip to Turkey in November 2014. The return visit will be the first by a Turkish president since 1959.

ERDOGAN AND THE POPE. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis upon his arrival for a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on November 28, 2014. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP