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Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trami becomes severe tropical storm outside PAR

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Severe Tropical Storm Trami is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday, September 23

China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Washington has placed financial sanctions on a department in the Chinese Defense Ministry, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems

Death toll in Itogon, Benguet now at 69

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 44 of the fatalities are from Barangay Ucab

ITOGON. Police and rescue teams continue the search for bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) China immediately says it was hopeful of better relations, while Taiwan insists its ties with the Vatican were safe

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers calls as 'arbitrary' the first deadline set by the US Senate Judiciary Committee for her to testify against nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

Tropical Storm Trami slightly intensifies outside PAR

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Trami now has maximum winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 105 km/h, as it heads for the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Metro Manila police to file complaint vs blogger Drew Olivar over bomb scare

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'We will prepare appropriate charges before the City Prosecutor,' says National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO CHIEF. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar says in a news briefing on September 22, 2018, that a complaint will be filed against blogger Drew Olivar for making a bomb scare post on social media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of the ferry MV Nyerere

FERRY DISASTER. Investigators on boat work on the capsized ferry MV Nyerere which killed 131 people in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, on September 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Naga, Cebu landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Islamic State claims to have carried out the rare assault in Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accuse 'a foreign regime' backed by the United States of being behind it

PARADE ATTACK. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

Jiggy Manicad to run for senator in 2019

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'Kung tatanungin mo ako if I really want to have power, ayokong ganun. It's more of correct the insitutions na magsisilbi sila,' says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad on his plans to run for senator

FOR SENATOR. Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad confirms running for senator in the 2019 elections. Photo by Hanna Joyce Macawili

Bocaue police chief arrested for extortion

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Police say Superintendent Juwen Dela Cruz of Bocaue, Bulacan asked for an iPhone X in exchange for the release of a confiscated Montero SUV

Trump turns on Supreme Court nominee's accuser

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:46 PM

President Donald Trump claims that sexual assault allegations against his hand-picked Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh could not be true, blaming 'radical left wing politicians' for stirring controversy

'TAKE THE VOTE'. US President Donald Trump rejects the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford's claims that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her in the early 1980s. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lead the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held in early September

TOP 5. Women dominate the top 5 of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race. File photos by Mark Cristino (Poe), Senate PRIB (Villar), Cayetano (Rappler), Office of Senator Nancy Binay, and Manman Dejeto (Carpio),

Tropical depression outside PAR becomes Tropical Storm Trami

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Tropical Storm Trami is expected to intensify further before it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Journalist murdered in Mexico, 9th in 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) El Heraldo de Chiapas reporter Mario Gomez is the 9th reporter killed this year in Mexico, the second deadliest country in the world for journalists

LATEST VICTIM. Journalist Mario Gomez was shot by gunmen on Friday, September 21. Photo by Sergio Melgar Recinos/Facebook

New bombshell revives debate on Trump fitness for office

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The latest allegations against US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein add to mounting evidence of discontent with the Trump administration, following Bob Woodward's book and The New York Times editorial

MOUNTING PLOTS? The recent report on US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein comes after Bob Woodward's explosive book and the New York Times anonymous op-ed that exposed internal discussions in the White House to remove President Donald Trump from office. File photo by Lehtikuva and Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP

Top justice official denies discussing removing Trump from office

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:08 AM

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dubs the New York Times report as 'inaccurate and factually incorrect', suggesting that the remarks have only been made 'jokingly'

INACCURATE. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the remarks were made jokingly in the presence of other senior Justice Department officials weeks after he took office on April 29, 2017. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Naga, Cebu landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that circulated shortly after a landslide buried homes in two different barangays

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For Pope Francis, the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of life are the core values of Christianity, regardless of the circumstances

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Yemen faces worsening threat of famine – UN aid chief

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

22 million Yemenis are in need of aid, in what the United Nations already considers the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis'

FAMINE. 3.5 million more Yemenis are at risk of being added to the 8 million citizens already facing starvation. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Thor's gavel keeps order in the United Nations

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The president of the UN General Assembly wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a Viking gavel that is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

In this photo from 2012, Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth General Assembly, bangs the gavel, sealing the appointment of Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN Secretary-General.UN Photo/Mark Garten

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The Trump administration also faces criticism at home and abroad for barring entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries

CONDEMNATION. US Secretary Mike Pompeo says millions of Uighurs may be 'held against their will' in so-called re-education camps subject to political indoctrination and abuses. File photo by Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

First to red planet will become Martians – Canada astronaut

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The vast distance between Earth and Mars delays communications with mission control by up to 22 minutes, which means astronauts have to be self-reliant on the voyage

MARS. A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Skopje on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

British PM hits back at EU over Brexit plan

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) In a defiant televised statement from Downing Street, May says the talks were at an 'impasse' just 6 months before Britain leaves the EU and weeks ahead of a deadline to seal a deal – but puts the blame on Brussels

ON BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves after making a statement on the Brexit negotiations, from no 10 Downing Street, central London on September 21, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Why a coconut juice vendor sells at the Martial Law 2018 rally

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Big gatherings such as anti-Duterte rallies are seen as ways to earn a little more than usual

VENDOR. Bernard delos Santos, 38, is a coconut juice vendor in Manila. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser over account of sex attack

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:41 PM

In a series of tweets, Trump defends the conservative Kavanaugh as under assault by 'radical left wing politicians' seeking to 'destroy and delay' his confirmation as a Supreme Court justice

KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING DICTATORSHIP. An artwork depicting President Rodrigo Duterte (center), former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left), and dictator Ferdinand Marcos is displayed on the anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

India cancels rare Pakistan meeting over 'brutal killings'

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Indian foreign ministry says the cancellation follows the 'latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism'

NO MEETING. Images from Twitter @SMQureshiPTI and @sushmaswaraj

Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

Rectos leave Liberal Party, join Nacionalista Party

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars

SANDUGAN. One Batangas seals its alliance with Nacionalista Party on September 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Ralph Recto

Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.65 billion in school damage

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The Department of Education says about 15 million students are affected nearly a week since Typhoon Ompong hit the Philippines

TOPPLED. Residents of Westside River in Frisco, SJDM, Quezon City were without electricity as heavy winds knock of electrical posts in the area. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Typhoon Ompong affects over 1.6 million

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:32 PM

After almost a week since the deadly typhoon hit the Philippines, over 50,000 people remain in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Nene Pimentel: EJKs not allowed in PH 'then, now, or ever'

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr says the 10-year military rule of the disgraced dictator Ferdinand Marcos was much worse, but the extrajudicial killings happening now are also not right

DENR suspends quarry operations in 8 regions after Naga, Cebu landslide

Sep 21, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says quarry operations in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga regions will be under review

BORACAY ISLAND. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu speaks in a press briefing on the closure of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 babies among 5 slashed at New York child care center

Sep 21, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A 52-year-old woman working at the center has been arrested after the 3:30 am assault in the Queens borough of the city

Electricity restored in 4 provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Only one power plant in Apayao is down, says Napocor

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Enrile’s claims about Martial Law ‘revolting, insanely disgusting’ – lawmakers

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Opposition lawmakers slam ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile for deliberately attempting to distort the truth about Martial Law

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile is interviewed by Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late dictator that Enrile once served. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

ITCZ to trigger more rain in PH on September 22

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Aside from the intertropical convergence zone, PAGASA is also monitoring a tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Counter-protest: Pro-Duterte crowd arrives at anti-Martial Law rally in Luneta

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

More than an hour before the start of the anti-Martial Law activity in Luneta, administration supporters, wearing red shirts, are bussed in to hold their own rally nearby

RED SHIRT CROWD. President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters rally at the Luneta Grandstand to counter the anti-Martial Law gathering at the nearby Rizal Monument on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Declaration of Martail Law. All photos by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

‘Repudiate’ Enrile, Marcos attempt to revise history, says Nene Pimentel

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:01 PM

'Let us expose them for what they are. They are trying to perpetuate a legacy that had better been placed in the box of history under several feet underground,' says former senate president Nene Pimentel

ConCom member fromer senator Nene Pimentel at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox joins Mass on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:48 PM

'A Mass is hardly a political activity,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox after a Mass to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Sister Patricia Fox attends mass at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, September 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM

'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

FOR DEMOCRACY. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech at De La Salle Universit on September 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

No new progress reported in U.S.-Canada trade talks

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters negotiations had been 'continuous' and 'constructive' but in contrast to previous encounters over the past month she refrained from saying the sides had made progress

CHRYSTIA FREELAND. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP