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Gov't orders phone signal shutdown for Ati-Atihan on January 20

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Mobile users will not be apple to call or text starting 6 am on Sunday, January 20, as government orders the shutdown of network signal to secure Ati-Atihan

ATI-ATIHAN. Thousands of dancers and drummers join the Ati-Atihan contest on January 19, 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Ghana investigative journalist shot dead

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Reports say Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Divela was shot thrice – twice on the chest and another on the neck – before he died on the spot

DISGUISE. Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas participates in disguise on a panel at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event in Accra, Ghana, on May 3, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Rozen/CPJ

LPA begins bringing rain to parts of Mindanao

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

PAGASA emphasizes disaster preparedness as the region of Caraga and other areas start to feel the effects of the low pressure area on Saturday, January 19

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

Malacañang: Henry Sy Sr a 'pillar of Philippine economy'

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'Mr Sy exemplified the hardworking Filipino. As a family man, he had moulded his children into his own image: humble, hardworking and a man of prophetic vision,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HALF-MAST. SM flags are at half-mast at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on January 19, 2019 for the death of owner and tycoon Henry Sy. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Suspicious deposits made to account of Brazil president's son – report

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A report says several bank deposits have been made to Bolsonaro's son in 2017, totalling to 96,000 reais, or about $30,000 at the average exchange rate of that year

CORRUPT? Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro promises to end political graft, but now has suspicious deposits in his son's bank account when he was lawmaker. File photo by AFP

Two monks shot dead as violence flares in Thailand's deep south

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:24 PM

'The attack took place around 7:30 pm when an unknown number of gunmen dressed in black entered the temple through a rear area via a creek,' says Thai local superintendent Pakdi Preechachon

SHOOTING. A resident looks at a bullet hole on the iron post of Rattanaupap temple in Narathiwat province on January 19, 2019 following an attack by black-clad gunmen that killed two Buddhist monks. Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Isabela City residents join assembly opposing Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Isabela City officials and Church leaders strongly oppose their inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, ahead of the plebiscite on January 21

NO TO BOL. Thousands gathered at the peace assembly for Non-inclusion of Isabela city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PIA Western Mindanao

Fuel pipeline blaze in Mexico kills 21, injures dozen

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Video taken in the aftermath show desperate people fleeing the scene, screaming for help, as the enormous fire lit up the night sky in Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo state, about 65 miles north of Mexico City

FIRE. Firefighters are working at extinguishing the fire at the scene of a massive blaze trigerred by a leaky pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Francisco Villeda/AFP

Land of promise: Why the Bangsamoro plebiscite matters to you

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:00 PM

For many in the Bangsamoro region, the ballot they will tick on January 21 is no ordinary piece of paper. It's their chance at peace, prosperity, and self-determination.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Labor groups thank Henry Sy Sr as 'biggest job provider'

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'We also recognize as part of his lasting legacy for workers and their families his last-minute efforts to commit to voluntarily regularize and directly hire thousands of SM employees into SM over a period of time,' a labor group says

JOBS. SM Supermalls have regularized more than 11,000 workers in 2018. Rappler file

In tears and shock, Poland bids farewell to murdered mayor

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:22 PM

"It's hatred that killed Pawel," Civic Platform Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna told lawmakers.

MOURNING. People react as they accompany the coffin of the late mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz is taken from the European Solidarity Center to St Mary's Basilica on January 18, 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

Heavy rain from LPA to begin in parts of Mindanao on January 19

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The low pressure area enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning, January 19

Bangsamoro plebiscite a 'golden opportunity to decide what is good for us'

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I am very happy because at least I spent my precious life to have this Bangsamoro Organic Law for the benefit of our people, for the benefit of our children and grandchildren, and from generation to generation,' says the MILF's Jannati Mimbantas

JANNATI MIMBATAS. "There is no reason for us to trigger our arms because we now have the meaningful government," said the Front Commander of the Northeastern Mindnao Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.

Henry Sy Sr dies at 94

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) SM Group founder Henry Sy Sr, the Philippines' richest man, passed away peacefully in his sleep,' the SM Group says in a statement

HENRY SY. Photo from Forbes

Trump, Kim to meet again in February

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:54 AM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announces that President Trump would again meet the North Korean leader 'near the end of February' at a location to be announced later

OLD TIMES. File photo of the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mayor Carlwyn Baldo asks Duterte for 'fair justice'

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Daraga town mayor also assures President Duterte that he would face whatever charges are filed against him but appeals to him to help ensure the safety of his family

APPEAL TO DUTERTE. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo makes a personal appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte for fair justice and the safety of his family on January 18, 2019. Screenshot from Carlwyn Baldo's video

After Duterte visit, MILF optimistic Bangsamoro law will be ratified

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'The President wanted to solve the problem in Mindanao.... [it] is the only way to bring back peace, justice, and dignity in our area,' says MILF vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar

HUGE CROWD. Thousands of supporters gather as President Duterte visited Cotabato City days ahead of the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

Labor leaders coalition on Senate bid: End contractualization

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Though far from the 'Magic 12' in recent surveys, the labor leaders are banking on the support of the unions to campaign for and support them

LABOR WIN. Labor leaders (R-L) Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montano, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares, and Leody De Guzman are part of 'Labor Win' coalition to push forward pro-worker policies in the Senate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tales of hope from war survivors on eve of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:44 PM

All three have seen the ugly side of war, but they are hopeful the Bangsamoro Organic Law will finally bring peace and development in Moroland

Rosmina Dali (left) narrates their plight as former Internally Displaced Persons during the 2008-2010 war between government forces and MILF rebels. as as former IDPs, Dali knows the value of peace and development in human condition and dignity. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After Bangsamoro plebiscite, Duterte wants new agreement with Misuari

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the new deal should 'promote the interest of the MNLF and the rest of the Moro of Mindanao'

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

‘Help me’ – alleged mastermind of Batocabe murder to Duterte | Evening wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

Duterte in Cotabato City: Vote 'yes' for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on the people of ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City to cast their vote on January 21. 'Let us use the plebiscite as a peaceful means to finally correct the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people.'

Screenshot from RTVM

LOOK: New e-jeep in Makati, Mandaluyong

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Fifteen e-jeeps are now plying Buendia MRT in Makati to Mandaluyong City Hall via Jupiter Street, from 5 am to 12 midnight

E-JEEP. Meralco, in partnership with LTFRB, Makati and Mandaluyong City goverments, launch eSakay electronic jeeps. All photos from the Department of Transportation

Almost half of Filipinos think Duterte can fulfill promises – SWS

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:56 PM

But in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home region of Mindanao, the percentage of people optimistic about his promises fall by 10 points

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Singapore picks US F-35 fighter jet over Europe, China rivals

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:07 PM

After 5 years of deliberation, the affluent city-state picks Lockheed Martin's F-35 over Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon and Chinese-made stealth warplanes

STEALTH. A file photo

Vote vs BOL 'gains momentum' among youth in Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region

SPLIT VOTE. A banner against the Bangsamoro Organic Law is seen days ahead of a crucial plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Ex-lover of Narcos boss: El Chapo turned me into drug smuggler

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

A former mistress of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman testifies that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker

This Eastern District of New York (EDNY)undated evidence handout photo,submitted as evidence, and obtained January 17, 2019 shows Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 29, a Mexican former lover of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, who took the stand on the trial of the Mexican druglord as a government witness on January 17, 2019. A former mistress of Mexican crime boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified January 17, 2019 that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker, shifting hundreds of kilos of marijuana a time on planes. "Until today I was confused because I thought it was a romantic relationship," Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, 29, told the New York City court where Guzman faces trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges.Sanchez, who was arrested in 2017 crossing from Mexico into San Diego and stands accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine, told the jury she met Guzman when she was 21.  HO / The Eastern District of New York / AFP

Bangsamoro Vote 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

News, analyses, and videos on the Bangsamoro plebiscite, January 21, 2019

Oxford says no to additional Huawei funding

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Oxford University says it had decided it would 'not pursue new funding opportunities' for both research contracts or philanthropic donations from Huawei and related group companies – though existing projects would continue

IN VIDEOS: Thousands of cops, soldiers given send-off for Bangsamoro plebiscite duty

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

An elaborate ceremony marks the start of intensified deployments for securing the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

CONCENTRATED. Cops and police gather in Camp Siongco in Awang, Maguindanao for their send-off to protecting the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Baguio council backs NUJP bid to exempt journalists as drug case witnesses

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog says the council wants 'to protect the integrity and welfare of media practitioners'

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumors and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

What areas will vote to be part of the Bangsamoro region?

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

More than 2.8 million people are expected to take part in the historic plebiscite

Graphic by Raffy de Guzman

LOOK: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down Imee Marcos tarp

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

‘Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of Sinulog,’ says the mayor, who has ordered a team to take down other such tarpaulins along the parade route

A FAVOR. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down a Sinulog-themed tarpaulin by Imee Marcos since "Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization" of the annual festival. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook Page.

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

'All Colombians reject terrorism and we're united in fighting it,' President Ivan Duque says in the aftermath

Gio Tingson: Don’t use youth commission as Bong Go’s 'billboard' | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Singapore former gov't stalwart seeks to form new party

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Analysts say the move by Tan Cheng Bock could represent a challenge to the government's dominance of the political system

NEW PARTY? Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of Singapore's long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate says he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year. File photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

From tarpaulins to funds from mining: What 2019 candidates should avoid

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Environment groups call for ‘clean, green’ 2019 elections

More ARMM youth support Bangsamoro Law – survey

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

More youth in the region now consider terrorism as the top priority to be addressed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, according to the survey of International Alert Philippines

LAST PUSH. Supporters the Bangsamoro Law hold a rally pushing for a "yes" vote in Buluan, Maguindanao. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

UK's Prince Philip 'shocked and shaken' after car crash

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) The duke emerges unharmed but two people in another car are injured in the crash that occurred Thursday, January 17

PRINCE PHILIP. Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, reacts as he arrives to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Duterte taps ex-Malabon vice mayor as DSWD undersecretary

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:28 PM

President Duterte also appoints new members of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation Board of Trustees – Michelle Aguilar-Ong and Lucille Malilong-Isberto

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Brazil, U.S. officials meet Venezuela opposition leaders

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Brazil's foreign ministry says the meetings are to 'analyze the situation in Venezuela stemming from the illegitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro's rule'

MEETING. This handout picture released by the Brazilian presidency press office shows Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araujo (2nd-L), Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C), exiled Venezuelan supreme court justice Miguel Angel Martin (2nd-R) and Organization of American States representative Gustavo Cinosi (R) during a meeting with members of the Venezuelan opposition in Brasilia on January 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/BRAZILIAN PRESIDENCY/ALAN SANTOS/HO

Power brokers in the Bangsamoro region

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Rappler identifies the key groups and clans that have shaped and influenced the region over the years. What's in store for them in the future Bangsamoro autonomous region?

PAGASA: Watch out for LPA or potential Amang

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Prepare early, warns PAGASA, as the low pressure area which could become Tropical Depression Amang might bring heavy rain to parts of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao

Top North Korean in Washington to prepare new Trump summit

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-chol is the first North Korean dignitary in nearly two decades known to have spent the night in the US capital

NEW SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

AFP, PNP hold lockdown drill in Lanao del Norte ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Military officials say the unannounced joint exercise is part of preparations to ensure a peaceful, orderly plebiscite

'LOCKDOWN'. Police and soldiers man a checkpoint in Matungao town, Lanao del Norte, during a simulated exercise on January 16, 2019, ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler