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TRIVIA: Welcoming committee and other SONA traditions

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:28 AM

The President's speech is usually the highlight, but the SONA has its own traditions too

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club, lawyer slams 'setup'

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges,' says lawyer Michael Avenatti

Adult film star Stormy Daniels poses and signs autographs at Chi Chi Larue's adult entertainment store May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Tech didn't spot Russian interference during the last election. Now it's asking law enforcement for help.

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Tech companies say they need help from law enforcement because the private sector is not always aware of threats picked up on by intelligence agencies

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON

Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over 2016 terror attack

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty

GUILTY. Indonesian anti-terror police officers escort Aman Abdurrahman (C), who masterminded a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left 4 attackers and 4 civilians dead, after hearing the judges' verdict at a South Jakarta court in Jakarta on June 22, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments – report

May 09, 2018 - 8:32 AM

CNN reports that the payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Donald Trump's personal attorney

MICHAEL COHEN. US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaves the US Courthouse in New York on April 26, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star – Giuliani

May 03, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says the payment did not represent a campaign financing violation because it was 'not campaign money'

CONTROVERSIAL. Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club on February 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Robredo calls out Philippine Star reporter for 'fake news' on VP protest

May 03, 2018 - 10:16 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Marami nang opinyon na na-shape dahil sa panlilinlang. Naging tahimik na tayo for much too long,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she vows to immediately call out and correct any misinformation against her

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during the Wednesday Forum of the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church on May 2, 2018. Photo by OVP

Mueller questions for Trump probe possible obstruction – report

May 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The questions also show that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to find out what US President Donald Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[OPINION] My 3-year Philippine Bar exam journey

May 01, 2018 - 9:26 AM

To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.

Robredo, Marcos to PET: No intention to violate gag order on VP protest

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:04 PM

After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices

FIRE MUELLER? The White House says US President Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Zuckerberg says Facebook will always offer a free version

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:36 AM

Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


Zuckerberg says Facebook in 'arms race' with Russia

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up

BREACHED. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not a monopoly

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:10 AM

A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects

GRILLING. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Zuckerberg apologizes to U.S. Congress over massive Facebook breach

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:49 AM

'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance

TESTIMONY. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Trillanes eyes Senate probe into Cambridge Analytica's role in 2016 polls

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'Si Duterte lang naman ang nagfake news noong campaign, saka mga tao niya 'yung nalilink dito sa Cambridge Analytica na ito,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte vs Sereno, La Viña on Nix, Duterte ‘loves’ Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte social media campaign manager: ‘Nix influenced my work’

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, who appears in a photo with Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix, says he never worked with the parent company but took some lessons from the talk of Nix himself when he visited Manila in 2015

NIX WHO? Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña says he did not realize it was Alexander Nix he met in 2015.

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company claimed 'strong, no-nonsense' client in 2013

Apr 06, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) While the description calls to mind President Rodrigo Duterte, it could not have been him

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Trump breaks silence, claims no knowledge of porn star payment

Apr 06, 2018 - 9:23 AM

After weeks of dodging questions about the alleged tryst, US President Donald Trump offers a flat 'no' when asked if he knew about the payment made in the final weeks of the 2016 election

CONTROVERSIAL PAIR. This combination file pictures created on February 14, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, and adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandel Ngan and Ethan Miller/AFP

Robredo asks SC to stop 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Supreme Court to consider ballot ovals shaded by 25% as valid votes, based on updated standards set by the Comelec in the 2016 elections

FIGHTING FORM. Vice President Leni Robredo, accompanied by her lead counsel Romulo Macalintal, attends a Mass at St Scholastica's College on April 2, 2018, as the ballot recount begins in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Did Cambridge Analytica use Filipinos' Facebook data to help Duterte win?

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

Recount rule makes it difficult for Robredo to claim 4 votes

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:19 PM

A revision committee prohibits the Robredo camp from claiming 4 ballots from the municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur, because the Revision Report provided by the PET does not have a space for it

MANIFESTATION. Romulo Macalintal (far right), lawyer for Vice President Leni Robredo, has brought to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal their camp’s concern over the revisors’ refusal to record a manifestation to have 4 votes from Baao, Camarines Sur, credited to Robredo. File photo courtesy of the OVP

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos: Ballots from 4 precincts 'recently wet'

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Marcos visits the revision site of the tribunal and says the ballots of 4 precincts are wet. Furthermore, 38 ballot boxes have no audit logs.

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Supporters gather outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018 as Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Bongbong Marcos arrive for the start of the initial vote recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Imee mum on 2019: Bongbong Marcos protest most important

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'Ito yung inaasam -asam namin na dalawang taon na at tamang-tama kasi talagang marubdob ang aming panalangin buong Semana Santa,' says Governor Imee Marcos on her brother Bongbong's electoral protest for the post of vice president

Supporters gather outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018 as Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and Former Senator Bongbong Marcos arrive for the start of the vote recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

BALLOT RECOUNT BEGINS. The results of the ballot recount will help determine who truly won the 2016 polls: Vice President Leni Robredo (R) or her rival former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:24 PM

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

Why Holy Week has no fixed dates

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn't have fixed dates. Know the reasons behind Holy Week's seemingly random feast dates.

PALM SUNDAY. A layman of the Roman Catholic Church blesses palms during Palm Sunday celebrations in Bulacan, north of Manila on April 9, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte on political dynasties, Bus crash, Cambridge Analytica controversy| Midday wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Trump congratulates Putin, summit on cards

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Although a spy attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House

REELECTION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Duterte on divorce, Sandiganbayan on Napoles, Facebook shares plunge | Midday wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP