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Malacañang promises 'better MRT' during Duterte administration

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:55 PM

In fixing the MRT3 mess, the government will show the same political will as President Rodrigo Duterte has shown in combating the country's drug problem, says Malacañang

Suspect in rape-slay of Mabel Cama tests positive for drugs

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Police say Randy Oavenada used shabu, and drug paraphernalia were also found at the crime scene

CAPTURED. The PNP presents Randy Oavenada to the media. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP partners with NGO in fight vs traffic violations, criminality

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The Philippine National Police signs an agreement with Citizens Crime Watch amid the crackdown against riding-in-tandem gunmen

INKED. The PNP HPG and the CCW present their partnership. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

EU's Mogherini 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:33 PM

But Federica Mogherini's optimistic tone appears sharply at odds with the realities on the ground in a crisis that has seen 620,000 Rohingya flee rape, murder and arson

TALKS. Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (L) speaks with EU Foreign Policy Representative Federica Mogherini (R) after a family photo during the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) foreign ministers' meeting in Naypyidaw on November 20, 2017. Aung Htet/AFP

US 1960s cult killer Charles Manson dead at 83

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Charles Manson, the psychopathic guru who masterminded a savage killing spree in the United States that shocked the world, dies aged 83

GONE. This file handout photo received on August 21, 2017, courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Charles Manson on August 14, 2017. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / Handout / AFP

Police present suspect in rape-slay of bank employee

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Randy Oavenada, 37, is accused of raping and killing Mabel Cama, 22

Garcia on Sereno impeachment: It's 'democracy in action'

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Ranking House members defend the lower chamber from speculation as it continues to tackle an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Deputy Speakers Garcia and Garin defend the House as it tackles the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Robert Mugabe faces the threat of impeachment by his own party after his shock insistence he still holds power despite a military takeover and a deadline

HOLDING ON TO POWER. This photograph taken on November 19, 2017, shows a television broadcasting Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech in Harare, following a meeting with army chiefs who have seized power in Zimbabwe. Stringer/AFP

EU to vote on relocation of agencies after Brexit

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:36 PM

In a process only half-jokingly compared to the Eurovision Song Contest, ministers will vote on where to relocate the European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority

MOVING OUT SOON. The logo of the European Medicines Agency is seen on the office building after the visit of Spanish Health Secretary, Dolors Montserrat in Canary Wharf, east London on May 2, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Bayan files graft case vs ex-Transport chief Abaya over MRT mess

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Bayan points out irregularities in the Abaya-led DOTC’s awarding of the MRT maintenance contract to Korean firm Busan Transportation Corporation in 2015

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Singapore's policies on transportation are facing mounting criticism thanks to rush-hour jams, surging vehicle prices, and public transport breakdowns

ON THE HIGHWAY. This photograph taken on May 31, 2016 shows motorists enter the central business district during morning peak period in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo

Duterte wants Chinese company to be 3rd PH telecom player

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'The telecoms duopoly is about to end,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

HELLO, CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to China the chance to operate the 3rd telecommunications company in the Philippines. Malacanang file photo, December 3, 2016

NZ PM Ardern denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Ardern says details of the encounter had become muddled in the retelling and there was actually no confusion on Trump's part

IN MANILA. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) meet during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 14. Photo from New Zealand Labour Party's Twitter Page

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The decades-spanning marriage of the Queen – the nation's longest serving sovereign – has outlasted those of all prior British monarchs

Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Piñera, Guillier to contest runoff in Chile election

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Piñera and leftist former TV journalist Alejandro Guillier will contest a runoff next month

COMEBACK. Chilean presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera (C)speaks to the press during the national election, in Santiago, on November 19, 2017. Claudio Reyes/AFP

Germany in political crisis as coalition talks collapse

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The talks, which turned increasingly acrimonious, stumbles on issues including the divisive matter of immigration

FACING A CRISIS. In this photo, German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Military agrees NPA should get 'terrorist' tag

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's view, citing the 'terrorist acts' of the New People's Army 'against defenseless and innocent civilians'

COMMUNIST REBELS. The New People's Army marks the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Libya to probe 'slave auction' footage

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The Libyan Government of National Accord says it will investigate allegations that migrants are being sold to North African buyers

Salah Abu-Raguigah (C), Head of the department of African affaires in the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the National Accord Government, delivers a statement to the press in the presense of African ambassadors to Libya on November 19, 2017, in Tripoli. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

IN PHOTOS: Inside the Caloocan City Police Station after the fire

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Here is a look at the Caloocan City Police Station, following a fire that reduced entire offices and thousands of case files into ashes

Mugabe must resign or be impeached – ruling party

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:54 PM

The ZANU-PF party gives Robert Mugabe by midday Monday to decide

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks during the burial of two national heroines on April 13, 2016. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from ISIS – military source

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:11 PM

(UPDATED) The loss of Albu Kamal caps the ISIS group's reversion to an underground guerrilla organization with no urban base

EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:56 PM

'Our approach is always and will be to offer a negotiation space,' says EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, after visiting refugee camps along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar

VISIT. EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini (R) talks to the press after her visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi distrcit of Ukhia on November 19, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

North Korean foreign minister set to visit Cuba

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Communist Cuba is one of North Korea's few remaining allies

NOKOR VISIT. File photo of the Cuban flag, on October 18, 2012 in Havana. AFP/Stringer

Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran – ministry source

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Lebanon would be represented by the permanent representative to the Arab League, says the source

SKIPPING THE SUMMIT. In this file photo, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil looks on as he addresses a joint press conference in Turkey on November 16, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

COA holds SSS President Dooc liable for crashing office car

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Emmanuel Dooc is found negligent for dozing off behind the wheel of his government-issued car in 2015, when he still headed the Insurance Commission

GOVERNMENT CAR. The Commission on Audit makes SSS president accountable for crashing his government car.

Light-heavy rain in parts of Luzon on November 20

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon will bring rain on Monday, November 20

Piñera poised for presidential comeback in Chile

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:38 PM

If the 67-year-old billionaire does ultimately become head of state, it would be his second chance to run Latin America's fifth-biggest economy

Chile's presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech while sharing a picnic with supporters in Santiago, on November 17, 2017, ahead of the presidential elections next November 19. Chile has been considered since the '90s a hub of political stability and economic performance due to neo-liberal free market methods applied during the late dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule -privatising healthcare, education and pensions. The downside for the population was that salaries were frozen, unemployment and poverty increased and -despite outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's education reform bill- students have kept on protesting against the still expensive and unequal education system. / AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYES

Southeast Asia's poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The report notes, however, that extreme poverty in the region dropped to 7% as of 2013 from a high of 17% in 2005

A man living under the Estero de Vitas bridge washes clothes at his home in Tondo in Manila on July 16, 2017. The Philippine economy has sustained one of the fastest growth rates in Asia, official data showed on May 18, 2017 which analysts said signalled strong economic leadership from President Rodrigo Duterte even as he wages a deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Mugabe ousted as ruling party chief as end nears

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ZANU-PF party also says it will impeach Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe if he does not resign by Monday, November 20

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters to show support to Grace Mugabe becoming the party's next Vice President after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa November 8 2017. Zimbabwe's sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on November 8, 2017, he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

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

IN PHOTOS: PH, Australian troops train in urban warfare

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Fighting terrorism is the main concern among leaders who attended the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Manila

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Budget has 'leeway' in case PNP returns to drug war – Drilon

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Drilon says there will be a contingent fund in case President Duterte brings the PNP back in the drug war

ENOUGH FOR ALL. Drilon wants the PNP's drug war budget to be realigned to housing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. warship collides with tugboat in Japan

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Japan's Sagami Bay

De Lima warns of 'military takeover' if Duterte declares revolutionary gov't

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:32 AM

'Those asking for a so-called RevGov or revolutionary government under Duterte should be careful what they wish for,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Merkel in final push for coalition to avert crisis

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:11 AM

If coalition talks fail, Germany would have to hold new polls in 2018

STILL LOOKING FOR A TEAM. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are working to pinpoint the exact location of what is emitting the signals,' presuming it could be the missing ARA San Juan, Argentina's defense ministry says

China to help resolve Rohingya crisis – Bangladesh

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:51 AM

No details were given on what concrete steps Beijing might take

HELP ON THE WAY? Rohingya people are escaping their own land due to alleged state violence. File photo by Mahmood Noor/Rappler

COA chides 2 Bohol LGUs over P30M in unused development funds

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM

COA rebukes the officials of Ubay and Garcia-Hernandez towns for depriving their constituents of projects and programs supposed to be implemented in 2016

Locsin to push for PH abstention from UN Rohingya reso

Nov 19, 2017 - 1:20 AM

The Philippine ambassador to the UN says the country 'should have abstained in deference to the Muslim and non-Muslim member states of ASEAN'

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims wait in makeshift camps before finding a way to cross over into Bangladesh. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Duterte on Mocha Uson as Senate bet: 'Let the people decide'

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:17 AM

'If that guy or woman is elected by the people, then you have to honor that choice,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' nominees to the ruling party PDP-Laban's Senate slate for the 2019 polls on November 18, 2017. Screengrab from RTVM video

Duterte eyes proclamation tagging CPP-NPA as 'terrorists'

Nov 18, 2017 - 11:58 PM

The President blasts the CPP-NPA again, saying he is 'not anymore inclined' to pursue peace talks with them

DUTERTE IN DAVAO. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the media after an event with farmers and fisherfolks Outlets at Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017. Screengrab from RTVM video

Ex-CHR head gets int'l award for political courage

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines

PA AWARD. Former CHR chairperson and Martial Law victim Etta Rosales is honored by the Progressive Alliance. Photo courtesy of Akbayan

Cloudy, rainy Sunday over PH

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The easterlies will affect the Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao regions while localized thunderstorms may bring rain over Metro Manila

Filipinos slam Marcos a year after hero's burial

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippines marks the first year since dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried a hero upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte

'NO HERO'. Protesters slam the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe era fades

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) Barely clinging on to power now, Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since 1980

PROTESTS. People wave a Zimbabwean national flag and carry banners during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president on November 18, 2017 in Harare. Photo by AFP

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The journalists — Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin — now face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in Phnom Penh

IN PHOTOS: The ruins of Marawi

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Between November 6 to 10, Rappler joined soldiers patrolling the ruins of Marawi City. This is what we saw.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler