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At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay

DEMOLITION. Government has started demolitions even before President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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Apr 26, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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'Tokhang' style: How Philippines rescued OFWs in Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Tokhang – literally to 'knock and request' – is how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video, released by the DFA, shows how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

WATCH: Demolitions on first day of Boracay shutdown

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Davao Aguilas FC finds solution for grueling home-and-away PFL games

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The pro football club hopes to ease travel issues with Cebu Pacific partnership

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Cebu Pacific Air vice president of marketing and distribution Candice Iyog (left) shakes hands with Davao Aguilas FC general manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Imports deliver as F2 Logistics books PSL finals berth

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) Petron dismantles Cocolife in other semi-final duel to nail last title slot

FINALS-BOUND. Kim Fajardo and F2 Logistics head back to the title round after stopping the towering Jaja Santiago and Foton. Photo from PSL

'Try and try': Bar 2017 takers say failure is not the end

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:19 PM

This was the 4th time both Leslie Llagas and Katherine Macaroy took the Bar. Despite failing several times, their dream to be a licensed lawyer has never faded.

UP Fighting Maroons make finals return over DLSU

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:11 PM

This season's top seed arranges a UAAP men's football title showdown versus UST for the first time in 6 years

RETURN. UP Fighting Maroons solidify top seed elims finish with a finals berth. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez

Apologize to OFWs over Kuwait row, Migrante tells PH gov't

Apr 26, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Migrante says the incident puts OFWs in Kuwait in 'deeper trouble in the name of media mileage and false posturing'

UNDER FIRE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Bulacan airport, 7 other projects get NEDA Board approval

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The NEDA Board, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gives the go signal for the Bulacan International Airport and other projects

Kuwait issues arrest warrants vs 3 Filipino diplomats

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Philippines confirms that aside from 3 diplomatic personnel facing arrest, 4 of the embassy's Filipino hires remain detained in Kuwait

DIPLOMATIC ROW. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque claims Duterte tirades don't threaten press freedom

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, released by Reporters Without Borders, shows the Philippines dropping by 6 spots under President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESS FREEDOM. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque claims that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against media do not threaten press freedom. Malacañang file photo

Bar exam 2017 topnotcher is also a registered nurse

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Before becoming the 2017 Bar exams topnotcher, Mark John Simondo of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod was also the law school's valedictorian and, before that, a magna cum laude graduate of nursing

Dimacali's lone goal sends UST to the finals over defending champ Ateneo

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) UST clinches a UAAP men's football finals berth after 6 years

Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Go Ateneo

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'The dynamism of the media [in the Philippines] has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful,' says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders

Duterte signs proclamation placing 3 barangays in Boracay under state of calamity

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Malacañang has yet to issue an Executive Order on the closure of Boracay, even after the island has been shut down to tourists

Boracay, Philippines/ Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Gamers invited to join Mobile Legends PH pro league's final qualifiers

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines, the first pro ML league in the country, has a $100,000 prize pool

MPL PHILIPPINES. Photo from Moonton


Philippines protests expulsion of Ambassador Villa from Kuwait

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines, in a diplomatic note, conveys its 'strong surprise and great displeasure' after Kuwait declared Ambassador Renato Villa as 'persona non grata'

KUWAIT ENVOY. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa briefs other government officials on the repatriation efforts for overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait. File photo courtesy of DFA

'Malay local gov't has given Boracay demolition go signal' – DPWH

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The national government has criticized Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling for not cooperating earlier. President Duterte signs an order declaring state of calamity in the area only on Thursday afternoon.

DEMOLITION STARTS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar supervises more than 100 public works personnel on Thursday, April 26, the first day of Boracay Island’s 6-month closure for rehabilitation. Photo by Aikay Rey/Rappler

Ayala-led Manila Water bags P400-million deal in Bulacan

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The water project is estimated to have delivered a billed volume of 22 million liters per day by the end of a 25-year period

Senate President Sotto? 'I'm open to it'

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

When asked if Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III will step down once he files his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 elections, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says there have been discussions 'to that effect'

SENATE PRESIDENT. Majority leader Vicente Sotto III said he was open to possible assuming the leadership role at the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto to Boracay businesses: 'Konting tiis lang'

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Senators weigh in on the closure of Boracay island, with some questioning the absence of a 'clear' plan on how the government will rehabilitate the island

CLOSED. Senator Vicente Sotto III said Boracay's closure is a lesson for tourists and government agencies of the need to take care of the environment.

FULL LIST: Bar Exam 2017 passers

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

A total of 1,724 examinees pass the 2017 Bar Examinations

Photo by Bong Santisteban

Philippines 'disturbed' by Kuwait's expulsion of PH ambassador

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'We hope that this development will not lead to further worsening of bilateral ties between the two countries,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

EXPELLED BY KUWAIT. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa speaks during a press conference at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City on April 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Solution for cramps? Pickle juice, says Phoenix import James White

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Despite battling cramps, the American import leads the Fuel Masters to a 107-102 win over the Blackwater Elite through the help of pickle juice

NO STOPPING. James White (33) shrugs off cramps on the way to finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and two steals in the Phoenix Fuel Masters' 107-102 win over the Blackwater Elite. Photo by PBA Images


Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Ish Polvorosa's playmaking propels Ateneo to the Finals in his last year

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The reigning best setter wakes up every day believing his last UAAP games will be in the Smart Araneta Coliseum

MASTERMIND. Ish Polvorosa still continues to be the brains behind the Blue Eagles' successes on the court. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PH military encourages fishermen to return to Scarborough

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:20 PM

'Takot sila. Sabi nila haharangin sila. We encourage them to go back,' says Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat

MARITIME FORUM. The Northern Luzon Command hosts a maritime forum for fishermen. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com

Phoenix wastes 22-point lead but nips winless Blackwater

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Import James White finishes with 31 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and two steals for the Phoenix Fuel Masters

FORCE. James White's double-double fuels the Phoenix Fuel Masters' conference-opening triumph over the Blackwater Elite. Photo by PBA Images


Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Kuwait declares Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa 'persona non grata,' while the Philippines says Kuwait's action 'is deeply disturbing'

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa is ordered to leave Kuwait, which declared him 'persona non grata.' File photo by AFP

Arinze Onuaku battles stomach virus in near-5x5 outing for Meralco

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The former NBA player debuts with a remarkable statline of 30 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals

RESILIENT. Arinze Onuaku says it is not the first time he suffered a bum stomach while playing here in the Philippines. Photo by PBA Images


Robredo on lies: 'Bring it on'

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'I've held my peace before, trusting that truth will prevail. We can no longer let lies go unchallenged,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke of the importance of investing in human skills amid rapid technological advances and disruption, during her message at the Employers Confederation of the Philippines' 39th National Employers Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Marriot Hotel Manila in Pasay City. (Photo by OVP)

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Spotting biases and history's role in healing society

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Leloy Claudio chats with Chiqui Agoncillo, the first female summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines History Department on history's role in nation building, careers, and spotting bias

EXO returns to Manila for 'The ElyXiOn' tour

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Mark your calendars, EXO-Ls! The show is on Saturday, April 28!

EXO. Screenshot from Instagram.com/weareone.exo

New Metro Manila police slogan: 'We are pro-poor and pro-weak'

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'I don't care if you are wearing shorts, tsinelas.... I will prioritize you,' says new Metro Manila police chief Camilo Cascolan

NEW SLOGAN. Metro Manila police chief Director Camilo Cascolan speaks in Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo from NCRPO

Onuaku all-around game powers Meralco past Columbian

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The American import flexes his muscles with 30 points on an ultra-efficient 14-of-15 shooting to go with 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals for the Bolts

STRONG START. The Meralco Bolts open their 2018 Commissioner's Cup campaign on a high note. Photo by PBA Images


As quo warranto decision nears, Sereno hits SC for 'unfairness'

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is another messaging shift from the Chief Justice – from being evasive on the topic of personal relationships to joking about exorcising evil

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks on separation of Powers Under the Rule of Law at the fellowship of Philippine Bar Association in Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park, Makati City on April 11, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Alfredo Lim joins Duterte’s PDP-Laban

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says, however, that the ruling party has yet to decide whether Lim will be its mayoral candidate in Manila against incumbent Joseph Estrada

MEMBER. PDP-Laban President Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim took his oath as a member of the ruling party.

SM Group to expand, but not keen on telco

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:05 PM

SM Investments Corporation does not plan to go into the telecommunications industry, citing its lack of know-how and the high capital budget requirement

EXPANDING FOOTPRINT. SM president and chief executive officer Frederic DyBuncio says SM group is looking to invest in 'partners' in high-growth sectors. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

Jhun Mark from Karapatan

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox: 'Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful'

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'I may lose my right to be in the Philippines, but I can never lose the learnings and beautiful memories,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, whom the Bureau of Immigration ordered to leave the Philippines

DETAINED OVERNIGHT. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox (C) is escorted by immigration officers during her release from detention at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila on April 17, 2018, a day after she was arrested. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lawful or harassment? Senators clash on Australian nun's deportation

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Administration senators say it is well within the Philippines' power to deport the Australian missionary, but opposition senators say it is a crackdown on dissent

The Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox who was arrested and detained by immigration officials appealed Friday, April 20, 2108, for due process from the Philippine government, at the Human Rights Commission office in Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT