Devotees pray to Santo Niño for health, Duterte 'wisdom'

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:05 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds his flock on the Santo Niño's feast day, 'Maging bata muli'

BLESSING OF IMAGES. Santo Niño devotees have their images blessed outside the Santo Niño de Tondo Church on January 21, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Manuel downplays contender tag for streaking Alaska

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:25 PM

'Hindi pa rin masabi, kasi lahat ng team ngayon, talagang malalakas na eh,' says Alaska forward Vic Manuel

18 POINTS. Vic Manuel steps up to lead the Alaska Aces in trouncing Barangay Ginebra. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ralph Imabayashi reclaims gold at 'PWR Live: Kingdom Come'

Jan 21, 2018 - 10:40 PM

With the help of his tag team partner Rederick Mahaba, Imabayashi regains the PWR Championship after defeating Chris Panzer

TWO-TIME CHAMPION. Ralph Imabayashi regains the PWR Championship after defeating Chris Panzer at PWR Live: Kingdom Come on Sunday, January 21. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Manuel, Thoss take over as Alaska deals Ginebra 2nd straight loss

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The Alaska Aces earn their 3rd straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup

STEPPING UP. Sonny Thoss contributes 17 points behind Vic Manuel in Alaska's 3rd straight win. Photo by PBA Images

TNT catches fire with 18 triples in romp of reeling Meralco

Jan 21, 2018 - 7:07 PM

TNT KaTropa's Troy Rosario shoots 4 triples in the first quarter alone

LEADER. Troy Rosario records a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Senate to invite Bong Go to probe into PH warships deal

Jan 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'Siya ang central figure. Iimbitahin siya, inevitable 'yan,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, vice chair of the Senate committee on national defense and security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Glenn Khobuntin plays hero down the stretch as Kia lifts 8-month dry spell

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Khobuntin deflects credit to his teammates for the collective effort to notch their first victory of the season

GAME-WINNER. Glenn Khonbuntin makes the game-sealing layup to end Kia's 16-game losing streak. Photo by PBA Images

China says U.S. warship near Panatag violated 'sovereignty'

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:54 AM

China shoos away a US warship sailing near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a rocky sandbar off the coast of Zambales province in the Philippines

PRACTICAL OCCUPATION. Chinese Coast Guard ships have occupied Panatag Shoal since 2012

Albay seeks 'augmentation support' from gov't for evacuees

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:10 AM

More than 7,000 families are temporarily sheltered in evacuation sites due to Mayon Volcano

'RESTIVE.' Volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon volcano tumbled down over the ricefields in Albay on November 1, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Roque: I'll resign if Duterte tramples on press freedom

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:27 AM

'Bakit po ako nagpapatuloy bilang isang Spokesman? Dahil naniniwala ako at naninindigan din po ako na ang Pangulong Duterte ay sang-ayon din at sumusuporta sa malayang pamamahayag,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

WHO CHANGED? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says his human rights advocacy has not changed since he joined the Duterte administration. Malacañang photo

PH's EU-GSP+ preferential status 'stays' – Malacañang

Jan 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The European Union's annual report notes progress in labor rights, environmental protection, and good governance, but a decline in human rights in the Philippines

RETAINED. The EU retains its Generalized Scheme Preference Plus status for the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

EXPLAINER: How SEC's Rappler decision is a test case for press freedom

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM

‘If Rappler can make out a case that this is actually malicious, the court cannot ignore that the government might be in violation of the constitutional guarantee to press freedom,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision  TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision

Magnolia stretches win streak to 3, nips Phoenix in come-from-behind fashion

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The Hotshots hack out a come-from-behind win over the Fuel Masters

BIG NIGHT. Paul Lee had 20 points and 5 rebounds for the Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

'People's right to know rests on press freedom' – PCIJ

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'We want to offer you this discussion because it's not only about the media but it's also about people's rights,' says Malou Mangahas, Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

RIGHT TO KNOW. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas spoke at the Black Friday rally in Quezon City on January 19, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

SEC order vs Rappler ‘bad for democracy’ – Drilon

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations

'BAD FOR DEMOCRACY.' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the SEC's order for Rappler to shut down is a "cause of concern." File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Kia stuns Rain or Shine for 1st win in 8 months

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Kia Picanto ends its 16-game losing streak

13 POINTS. Mark Yee goes 6-of-7 from the field to tally 13 points for Kia Picanto. Photo by PBA Images

'Democracy has never been more alive in PH' – Cayetano

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:41 PM

This comes after Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte 'has plunged the Philippines in its worst human rights crisis' since the Marcos dictatorship

DEMOCRACY ALIVE? Press freedom advocates stage a solidarity gathering in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked the license of Rappler, an attack against press freedom in the Philippines. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Did the PNP scrap its height requirement?

Jan 20, 2018 - 5:54 PM

'There shall be no height requirement for the PNP entrance exam applicants as long as they are bachelor's degree holder and not more than 30 years old,' the National Police Commission announces on January 19

HEIGHT REQUIRED. The PNP continues to have minimum height requirements. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo rallies LP: Continue legacy of fighting for democracy

Jan 20, 2018 - 5:02 PM

'Madalas po, marami tayong nakakausap na parating ang tanong, "May pag-asa pa kaya?" At parati pong ang sagot ko: "Sa kahuli-hulihan, parating tama iyong mananaig,"' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her partymates

LP CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech before Liberal Party members on January 19, 2018. Photo by OVP

[OPINION | Newspoint] The elephant in the room

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair — it's the elephant in the room!

Drilon counters Alvarez: Con-Ass dead without Senate

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO SOLO CON-ASS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says a Constituent Assembly can only be convened if lawmakers both from the House and Senate are present. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will stop processing and issuing overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers while the deaths of 7 OFWs are being investigated

Tempers flare as San Miguel nabs fourth straight win over NLEX

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) Leading by just two points midway the fourth quarter, San Miguel rallies behind a 16-2 run fueled by 7 points from Arwind Santos to pull away for good

SAN MIGUEL VS NLEX. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc

Globalport gets winning streak going, dispatches Blackwater

Jan 19, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Globalport Batang Pier claims second straight win in PBA Philippine Cup


Before becoming champion, Jerwin Ancajas fought poverty and hunger

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Even as his popularity rises, Ancajas never loses sight of his early struggles and sacrifices

HUNGER TO SUCCEED. Jerwin Ancajas recalls days before he was champion when his father struggled to feed him and his siblings.

Mayon lava flow advances 3 kilometers, endangering farmers in 'no man's land'

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Because of the fertile soil there, a number of vegetable farmers continuously return to the area declared as 'no man's land' to harvest crops – despite the strict prohibition of Phivolcs officials

CAMALLIG TOWN FARMING. Farmers in Camalig town till their farmland while the restive Mayon volcano ejects lava. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sun Life Philippines welcomes new president

Jan 19, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Alexander Narciso, who's also Sun Life's Chief Agency Distribution Officer, assumes his latest role in the company

SEC: No review of ABS-CBN, GMA PDRs after Rappler

Jan 19, 2018 - 4:08 PM

After the SEC decided to revoke Rappler's license due to a 'repugnant' provision in its Philippine Depositary Receipts with Omidyar, many speculated that the regulator will go after the two broadcast giants next

If invited, Bong Go says he'll attend Senate probe on frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate has not made clear its plans to invite President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide

Resorts World Manila to produce Eraserheads-inspired musical

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical' is happening!

Rappler Talk: Francis Lim on SEC decision vs Rappler

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Rappler's legal counsel talks about what other ‘reasonable’ measures SEC could have taken

LOOK: Caritas PH director wears shirt to defend press freedom

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Philippines Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD wears the statement shirt at the plenary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Senate to probe P15.5-B PH warships project

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) It remains unclear to date if Special Assistant to the President Bong Go would be invited to the Senate hearing

PROBE. The Senate is set to investigate the controversy hounding the P15.5-billion warships project of the Philippine Navy, amid accusations Special Assistant to the President Bong Go intervened in the deal.

Marinerong Pilipino pulls plug on Zark’s-Lyceum comeback in D-League opener

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Renzo Subido comes up big with 20 points, including 4 late free throws to seal the win

OPENING DAY. Both teams were virtually tied in field goal shooting but what cost the Jawbreakers the game is their 10 missed free throws. Photo by PBA Images

If there was a violation, Rappler not given time to cure it - lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The harsh SEC ruling harms Rappler’s staff, stockholders, and readers, its lawyer Francis Lim argues

LEGAL BATTLE. Rappler will challenge the ruling of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Ilocos United FC becomes second PFL team to withdraw from league

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Ilocos United is 'cautiously optimistic' it can return to the league in 2019

WITHDRAWING FROM LEAGUE. Ilocos United FC says operations had been 'financially prohibitive' as a result of being unable to attract a new naming sponsor.

Con-Ass railroaded? ‘Unfair, unfounded’ – Fariñas

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:03 PM

The House Majority Leader says more than enough time was given for members of the House to deliberate on the proposal

CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jan 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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CHR urges public to defend press freedom

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The CHR says "protecting press freedom means protecting the interest of the people"

PRESS FREEDOM. The Commission on Human Rights said it is important to defend press freedom amid threats to curtail it. Photo by Rappler

James Yap overcomes scoring slump, says there is no relaxing as he nears 36

Jan 18, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Being able to hit the 20-point mark at age 35 gives him a lot of confidence, says James Yap

SEASONED VET. James Yap says he's mindful of putting in the work in the gym to compete with the new crop of young guards in the league. Photo by PBA Images

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says

LTFRB limits cars under ride-hailing apps to 45,700

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:07 PM

LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada says Grab has around 55,000 units, while Uber has around 70,000

CAPPED. LTFRB sets a limit to the number of TNVS drivers. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Clarissa David on fake news and disinformation

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:48 PM

What can be done to stem the tide of disinformation?

Mamasapano veteran back to lead PNP SAF

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Director Noli Taliño once served as a deputy chief and an officer-in-charge of the PNP's SAF

SAF VETERAN. Noli Talino faces reporters in Cebu. Rappler file photo

[EXCLUSIVE] Undersecretary in Bong Go's office confirms letter on frigate deal

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Former Palace official Lloyd Christopher Lao says the letter and meeting with Navy officials are a 'usual course of action' in Secretary Bong Go's office

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go upon his arrival at the NCCC Mall Davao in Davao City to check the situation of the fire that hit the mall on December 23, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MinDA to ask BSP to craft Islamic finance policy

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The policy team of Mindanao Development Authority is studying what existing polices are available in the banking system to 'enable' Islamic finance

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler