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Maynilad, Manila Water warn service interruptions may happen again

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Angat Dam's level remains low, which means Maynilad and Manila Water customers could face yet another round of daily service interruptions

WATER WOES. A volunteer distributes water from a firetruck to residents of Barangay Oranbo, Pasig City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

P150-M shabu intercepted in Samar

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Acting on an intelligence report, Samar police find 88 kilograms of shabu inside two vehicles they stopped at a checkpoint

Rappler Talk: Justice Carpio on his 18 years in the Supreme Court

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

On Friday, October 18, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio about defending the West Philippine Sea and judicial independence, ahead of his retirement from the Supreme Court

New Era Cap Philippines releases streetwear line with Apo Whang-Od’s designs

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The line features several pieces inspired by the art of the 102-year-old traditional Kalinga tattoo artist

WHANG-OD. Art by the traditional Kalinga tattoo artist is printed on streetwear by brand New Era Cap Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IAS separation from PNP may not be necessary – DILG

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The Internal Affairs Service calls for separation from the PNP following the 'ninja cops' controversy

SEPARATION? A house bill seeks to make the Internal Affairs Service independent from the Philippine National Police. Photo from PNP

Tropical Depression Perla slightly strengthens

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Tropical Depression Perla has maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h as of Thursday afternoon, October 17

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

NCAA: San Beda completes elims sweep for outright title berth

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

San Beda drubs Lyceum to complete a perfect 18-0 elimination run and book its 14th straight finals berth

POWERHOUSE. Calvin Oftana and the Red Lions steamroll the rest of the field. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Indian President Kovind arrives in Manila

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:59 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang, address Filipino and Indian businessmen, and unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi during his visit

STATE GUEST. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 17, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

IN PHOTOS: Mindanao earthquake's trail of damage

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Local officials in affected areas are still assessing the total cost of the damage inflicted by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake

A resident walks past debris from a partially damaged building on October 17, 2019, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Digos, Davao del Sur on October 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

The Bar at Peninsula Manila on Forbes' World’s Best Hotel Bars 2019 list

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The magazine praises The Bar's finger food and the Batangas Old Fashioned

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

INFOGRAPHIC: Ways to raise the funds you need to grow your business

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Lacking the funds to finally expand your business? Here’s what you can do.

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

At least 5 dead, dozens injured in Mindanao earthquake

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The fatalities include a mother and her baby in Maysaysay town, Davao del Sur, near the earthquake's epicenter

CASUALTIES. Residents cover the bodies of Argen Lakay and her 10-month old baby in Barangay Malawanit in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Rappler file photo

Blakely relieved as Blackwater finally sorts out import situation

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:48 AM

Marqus Blakely says it will be a 'little bit of easy sleeping at night' knowing Blackwater has decided to stick with him for the rest of the PBA Governors' Cup

TO THE RESCUE. Marqus Blakely powers Blackwater to its second win in his return. Photo from PBA Images


Tropical Depression Perla slows down

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Tropical Depression Perla is 985 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, as of Wednesday evening, October 16

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Blakely returns as Blackwater sends import-less Magnolia skidding

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Blackwater settles its import situation as Marqus Blakely helps the Elite nail their second win in 5 games

ALL-AROUND. Marqus Blakely makes his presence felt on both ends for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Oct 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Thursday, October 17, 2019, due to a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Cotabato

NLEX benefits from Ravena referral of Harris

Oct 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Former teammates in the NBA G League, Manny Harris messages Kiefer Ravena if he knew a PBA team in need of an import

ROUSING PBA DEBUT. Manny Harris announces his arrival in the PBA with a bang for NLEX. Photo from PBA Images


Petron, F2 Logistics renew rivalry for PSL crown

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Adding another chapter to their storied showdown, Petron and F2 Logistics clash in the finals for a record seventh time

THRILLER. Dawn Macandili and the Cargo Movers dive into another thrilling title duel against Petron. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rapple

BPI 9-month net income jumps 29.5% to P22 billion

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:05 PM

BPI's net income from January to September is just P1 billion less than the P23.1 billion it earned during the entire 2018

40,000 kids in Marikina to get polio vaccine

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Marikina deploys 59 vaccination teams, composed of various units of the city government, to reach the 40,000 target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro administers the oral polio vaccine to a child during the launch of the DOH's catch-up polio vaccination campaign in the city Monday, October 14. Photo courtesy of Marikina City Press Release

Makati still Philippines' richest local government unit

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Makati City reports total assets of P230.833 billion in 2018 – an increase of P34.26 billion from 2017 largely due to the value of road networks in 6 barangays

Harris erupts for 45 as NLEX tops Columbian for 5th win

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Former NBA player Manny Harris makes sure NLEX doesn't regret its decision to replace former import Olu Ashaolu

UPPER ECHELON. Kiefer Ravena and NLEX climb to solo second in the team standings. Photo from PBA Images


Gordon hits Panelo: Why act as 'spokesman of Albayalde'?

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is 'being disrespectful' by commenting on the Senate probe into 'ninja cops'

OUT SOON. Senator Richard Gordon says that the committee report on the GCTA mess will be released soon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

6 companies eye construction of PNR Clark 2 segment

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:39 PM

The contract packages opened for bidding include the Clark International Airport station and the NSCR Clark depot

NEXT PHASE. After the start of construction of the Philippine National Railways Clark 1 project from Tutuban to Malolos, Phase 2 has been opened for bidding, drawing 5 foreign companies and one local company. Photo from DOTr

PNP firearms chief De Leon is next Central Visayas top cop

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon will take over the post left by Brigadier General Debold Sinas, the new Metro Manila police chief

INCOMING CHIEF. PNP Firearms takes over as top cop of Central Visayas. Photo from Brigadier General Val De Leon's Facebook page

Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Next gen exhibitors glow up for the 70th edition of Manila FAME

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

We explore the stories behind some of the homegrown brands featured in this year's Manila FAME lifestyle and design festival

Bringing home the Pigafetta manuscripts

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:41 PM

For the first time, high-resolution copies of Italian explorer Antonio Pigafetta's chronicle are in the Philippine national historian's library, accessible to any Filipino who wants to learn about Magellan's expedition, the 'First Mass,' and the Battle of Mactan

[PODCAST] Ninja cops: Ang isyung nagpabagsak sa hepe ng PNP

Oct 16, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng isyu tungkol sa ninja cops sa kampanya laban sa droga ni Pangulong Duterte? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, police reporter Rambo Talabong, at Senate reporter Aika Rey.

4 dead in Pampanga car crash

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Police say the car caught fire after crashing into an open canal in Clark Freeport

Low pressure area now Tropical Depression Perla

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Tropical Depression Perla is the Philippines' 16th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 1st for October

Get to know Metro Manila's new police chief Debold Sinas

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas is coming in from Cebu City to take charge of the National Capital Region Police Office. Learn more about him.

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

PNP imposes weekday golf ban on cops

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:44 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Philippine National Police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa issues the order as he works on rebuilding public confidence in cops


GOLF BREAK. PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa speaks to reporters at the NCRPO headquarters in Taguig City. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH athletes see silver lining in tough road to glory

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'I think everybody here knows that we lost a lot of times before we actually won,' says Olympic pole vault qualifier EJ Obiena

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Etheridge flashes brilliance in Azkals' draw with China

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The Philippine Azkals hold group leader China to a draw thanks to Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridge

KEY PLAYER. Neil Etheridge's return to national duty gives the Azkals a competitive edge against group leader China. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Ex-Senate president Nene Pimentel 'in stable condition'

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Gwen Pimentel Gana says water was removed from the lungs of her father, former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr

STABLE. Former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr is now in stable condition. Rappler file photo

Why Marcos wants SC to investigate election materials in 3 Mindanao provinces

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

To make his case that cheating and irregularities occurred in the 2016 polls, Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the findings of a Comelec department in the protest of ex-Sulu vice governor Tan against former ARMM Governor Hataman

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr continues to challenge Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the 2016 elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Combatting illegal fishing in Palawan's Calamianes

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines

FIGHT VS ILLEGAL FISHING. The island communities in the Calamianes are dependent on fishing as their main source of livelihood, supplemented with small-scale agriculture and forest-based occupations. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Who won this round? Marcos calls latest PET action ‘good result’

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

For the Marcos camp, it is a 'positive development' that the PET will now 'deal' with ARMM votes. The Robredo camp says the initial recount win is a clear victory.

Supporters of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos gather in front of Ermita Church on October 8, 2019 as the Supreme Court defers it ruling on PET Marcos vs Robredo. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PAGASA spots low pressure area

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The low pressure area is 1,160 kilometers east northeast of the Visayas as of Tuesday afternoon, October 15

Century Pacific to bring Philippine tuna, coconuts to Russia

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The maker of Century Tuna inks supply deals with top Russian food firms


IN PHOTOS: 'PWR Special: Homecoming'

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The show is 5 years in the making for Philippine Wrestling Revolution

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Peralta, Bernabe get top votes in chief justice short list

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Justice Jose Reyes Jr, getting only one vote, is dropped from the list

#CJSEARCH2019. Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Diosdado Peralta get top votes for the chief justice shortlist. Photos from the Supreme Court

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP