Mahathir working hard to 'get rid' of 'dictator' Najib

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:12 AM

'Unfortunately he is not like his father,' former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad says of current Prime Minister Najib Razak

DEMOCRACY. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad talks about democracy during the ASEAN Leaders Forum. Screenshot by Rappler

Want to be on Duterte’s good side? Be pro-poor, aide tells businessmen

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:18 PM

'If big business will not help the poor, definitely the President will be against that establishment,' Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion tells business executives

ANTI SELF-SERVING FIRMS. A year into power, the Philippine president's tirades against select big business have caused tremors. Rappler file photo

Infrastructure remains weak link in Philippines' competitiveness

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index for 2017-2018 underscores that slow infrastructure development is hampering the Philippines' economy

PH inches up in 2017 WEF Global Competitiveness Index

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:00 AM

However, it falls behind more neighbors, given inadequate public infrastructure and inefficient government bureaucracy

Deaf in Albay given 'voice' to fight for their sexual rights

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Manila-based Forum for Family Planning and Development has been holding workshops on reproductive health and rights in Albay province for the past 3 years

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH to add more sectors allowing 100% foreign ownership

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

MORE AGGRESSIVE. 'I want a more aggressive liberalization. The draft list is too puny in terms of changes. I want to be more aggressive and to be at par with other ASEAN countries,' Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says. File photo

Diokno thinks 2018 budget deadlock unlikely to happen

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is not worried over conflicts on the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights a foreign business leader says the issue is not sending the right signals to investors

NOT WORRIED. 'At this time I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'll just look at what will come out of the third chamber. Let's not speculate on what's gonna happen,' DBM chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo

Biggest driver of inequality is corruption – millennials

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:28 PM

56 of youth believe that corruption and lack of transparency should be fixed to address inequality a 2017 World Economic Forum survey reveals

INEQUALITY. A poor household in Navotas City lives in a shanty made of scrap materials. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Young people see climate change as top global challenge – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Next to climate change the other top global challenges according to millenials are large scale conflicts or war and religious conflicts

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:21 AM

Some 74 of the 31 000 millennials surveyed says they empathize with the situation of the refugees data from the World Economic Forum’s WEF Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they're towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Most millennials willing to work abroad for career growth – survey

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The United States remain the top destination of choice for millennials who are willing to work outside of their country of residence according to a World Economic Forum survey

Technology creating, not destroying, jobs – millennials

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:48 PM

A global survey released by the World Economic Forum shows millennials have an optimistic outlook on the impact of technology on job creation

NEXT TREND. Millennials in the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017 say artificial technology is the next big technology trend.

Call for papers: 5th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The 5th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 23 to 24 at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia

Forum led by Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir descends into violence

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Troublemakers throw shoes chairs and bottles towards former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad who is unhurt and escorted from the building

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. Malaysian ruling party icon Mahathir Mohamad has accused current leader Najib Razak of "destroying" the country by clinging to power despite a corruption scandal, and vowed to campaign vigorously for the opposition in coming elections. In an interview with AFP, the 91-year-old former prime minister excoriated Najib over the sensational graft allegations swirling around the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.  / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY MALAYSIA-POLITICS-CORRUPTION-NAJIB-1MDB-MAHATHIR,INTERVIEW BY M. JEGATHESAN

Businessmen's wishlist: 3rd telco player, C6 road, end Marawi crisis

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Several business leaders and the country s economic managers gather to discuss 10 issues they want to prioritize for 2017 and 2018

BETTER PH. Included in the wishlist are entry of a major telecommunications player, completion of Circumferential Road 6, and resolution of the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Rappler graphics

In Manila, North Korea blames U.S. for nukes

Aug 07, 2017 - 11:02 PM

North Korea warns it will teach the US a severe lesson if Washington pounces on Pyongyang with military force

IN MANILA. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri-Yong Ho arrives at his hotel in Manila on August 7, 2017, after attending ASEAN meetings hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cayetano meets with North Korean foreign minister

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED The Philippines conveys to North Korea the position of ASEAN foreign ministers on Pyongyang s missile tests

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano leads the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Foreign ministers in Manila for ASEAN meetings

Aug 05, 2017 - 11:58 PM

4th UPDATE US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi joins his counterparts in Manila for ASEAN meetings

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

South Korean FM open to meeting North Korean counterpart

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The potential meetings come as the North faces intense international pressure to curtail its nuclear weapons program

South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha speaks during her inaugural ceremony in Seoul on June 19, 2017.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Cayetano praises Del Rosario in ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:11 PM

In a rare instance Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at a forum organized by the think tank of his predecessor Albert del Rosario

RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano interacts with his predecessor, Albert del Rosario, in a think tank forum on ASEAN held at the Manila Polo Club on August 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

ASEAN ministers voice 'grave concerns' over Korea tensions

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Tensions in the Korean Peninsula seriously threaten peace security and stability in the region and the world ASEAN foreign ministers say

ASEAN foreign ministers join hands for a family photo during the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting Plenary Session in Manila. ASEAN pool photo

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

FINISHING TOUCHES. Laborers work on a giant lantern decorated with the logo for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed at the entrance to the venue of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ASEAN-ARF) meeting in Manila on August 3, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Philippines eyes downgrading North Korea ties

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano warns North Korea You will not get us to talk about your security if you just continue testing those missiles

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on August 4, 2017, that the Philippines is considering downgrading ties with North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.S. expects ASEAN to isolate North Korea

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The United States expects a general chorus of condemnation of North Korea s provocative behavior during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila

REGIONAL MEETING. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar holds a media briefing on August 3, 2017, about the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The Catholic Church through Caritas Manila is planning to provide livelihood programs to help Marawi victims get back on track

Marawi, Pandesal Forum, Pandesal Forum sa Veritas, Caritas Manila, relief, rehabilitation, livelihood

#ThinkPH: Technology is changing human physiology

Jul 18, 2017 - 9:02 PM

The Internet is helping all of us connect and we’re doing more stuff online now not just social media but the weird thing is that our internet habits especially on our smartphones are actually changing the way our brains work Simon Kemp says

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#ThinkPH: We are all CEOs now

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The world is changing faster than it s ever had but certain things remain important

HUMANIZING TECHNOLOGY. Intelligencr founder and innovation expert Paul Papadimitriou discusses the importance of recognizing that technology exists solely to makes human lives better at the keynote address to #ThinkPH 2017 on July 15.  Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. tech giants join forces against terror content

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:17 PM

We believe that by working together sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online a joint statement on Twitter reads

Disaster risk reduction community to gather for Agos Summit

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:01 AM

MovePH will host the two day Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness from July 7 to 8 at the Samsung Hall SM Aura Taguig City Pre registration is now open

Calida invokes technicality to have martial law petitions dismissed

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:49 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida will defend President Duterte in the SC oral arguments against the 3 petitions opposing his declaration of martial law in Mindanao

ORAL ARGUMENTS. This is the second time that Solicitor General Jose Calida participates in SC oral arguments, the first time being for the petition of detained Senator Leila de Lima. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte skips Japan forum due to Marawi conflict

May 30, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED The President is supposed to attend the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo from June 5 to 6


WATCH: She For She Women's Forum

May 18, 2017 - 8:32 AM

The French embassy in Manila organizes a forum for women Watch it on Rappler

WATCH: Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

May 17, 2017 - 9:47 PM

Watch highlights of the Stockholm Internet Forum on Rappler

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

May 16, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Leaders who participated in China s Belt and Road Forum lay down cooperation principles for the Belt and Road Initiative

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May 16, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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Duterte meets Turkey's Erdogan in Beijing

May 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The Philippine leader has a pull aside meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan another leader known for his charisma and strongman leadership

ANOTHER STRONGMAN LEADER. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Duterte: China 'sincere' about commitments to PH

May 16, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The Philippine leader gives the assurance to Filipinos amid concerns that loans from China for his ambitious infrastructure program may turn the country into a debt slave of the regional giant

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is escorted by Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City after his successful engagement in Cambodia, Hongkong, and the Republic of China. In his arrival speech, Pres. Duterte expressed the gratitude that the country renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership among various countries including a step forward in peacefully managing disputes. He added that his primary agenda is the people’s welfare and reiterates his mandate to not only to build infrastructure but it is to build a strong and progressive nation.    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with full military honors upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of May 16, 2017 following his successful visits to Cambodia, Hongkong, and the People's Republic of China.    Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año escorted the President as he walked past honor guards.    In his arrival speech, President Duterte expressed gratitude to the leaders of the countries he has visited as well as the countries that he had bilateral talks with on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China citing that Philippines has renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership with other countries.    President Duterte added that his primary agenda is to forge stronger ties so that he could improve the welfare of the Filipinos. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, China sign deal on P3.6-B grant for Pasig River bridges

May 15, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Duterte and Xi also witness the signing of 3 MOUs on human resource development energy and communications


IN PHOTOS: Honeylet joins leaders' spouses in Forbidden City tour

May 15, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s partner goes on a tour of the World Heritage Site with 19 other spouses of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum in China

SEEING THE SIGHTS. President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña joins the spouses' program for the partners of the different heads of state who attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Presidential photo

Duterte joins Belt and Road talks with 28 other leaders

May 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine leader introduces his administration s ambitious infrastructure plan and stresses the need to fight illegal drugs

READY TO CONTRIBUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte participates in two leaders' roundtable summits during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China. Presidential photo

Duterte envoy De Venecia proposes joint development with China

May 14, 2017 - 4:35 PM

At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing Duterte envoy Jose de Venecia Jr suggests turning the South China Sea into a zone of friendship

'POTENTIAL FOR PEACE.' Duterte's special envoy and former House Speaker Jose De Venecia proposes joint development of oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. Image from BRI livestream

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China's Xi: Belt and Road Initiative to benefit all

May 14, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Xi pitches for win win cooperation and partnerships with no confrontation as he opens the two day Belt and Road Forum

'WIN-WIN.' Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a pitch for the Belt and Road Initiative in front of world leaders in Beijing in the first Belt and Road Forum. Screenshot from CGTN website

Duterte joins China summit on new Silk Road

May 14, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in China for a two day forum on Chinese President Xi Jinping s signature foreign policy program

BACK IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Beijing on May 13, 2017, to attend China's two-day Belt and Road Forum. Malacañang photo

FAST FACTS: China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 1:22 AM

The two day forum in Beijing is an opportunity for China to explain to other countries its grand vision to revive and expand the Silk Road trade routes and help fund developing countries infrastructure projects to boot

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Photo by Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse

VLOG: Beijing puts best foot forward for Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 12:39 AM

Beijing makes sure the air is smog free and security is tighter for the Belt and Road Forum to be attended by over 20 world leaders

What to expect from Duterte at China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 13, 2017 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippine President will get to see his idol Russian President Vladimir Putin again and will give a speech about his country s experience with China

BACK IN BEIJING. President Rodrigo Duterte, beside his partner Honeylet Avanceña, arrives at Beijing's special airport terminal on Saturday, May 13

Will China help the Philippines achieve its railway dreams?

May 13, 2017 - 6:38 PM

China has the world s largest high speed railway network The Philippines meanwhile is hoping to get aid to boost its infrastructure

Photo by Acor Arceo/Rappler

Duterte in Belt and Road Forum affirms PH back in China’s embrace

May 13, 2017 - 9:26 AM

For China President Duterte s presence in their high profile forum means the Philippines is back in its sphere of influence

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping, architect of the Belt and Road Initiative, during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet and Kitty in Phnom Penh

May 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s family members go on a hospital visit and a tour of several attractions in the Cambodian capital

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 11, 2017, his First Lady Honeylet and their daughter Veronica take time to show their compassion to the ailing children of the Kantha Bopha IV Children's Hospital. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO