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Rappler's latest stories on 2019


Davao City's Klyza Castro is Mutya Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2019

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:17 AM

Klyza will represent the Philippines in the Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 pageant

Taiwanese siblings complete 2019 Mayon Triathlon sweep

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite juggling their studies and sport, the Changs dominate the men and women’s divisions of the swim-bike-run event

FAMILY AFFAIR. Chang Ting Ting and Chang Chia Hao celebrate their title run with the podium finishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

In or out of FIBA World Cup roster, Bolick to give all to Gilas

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Robert Bolick says the experience alone of being called up by Gilas Pilipinas has helped him in his career

YOUNG GUN. Robert Bolick is vying for the last couple of spots in the final Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH

Comelec, not HRET, can decide on Cardema case – election lawyer

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Election lawyer Emilio Marañon III says it is wrong for Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema to say that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal must decide on his eligibility

Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Partylist President Ronald Cardema helds his first ever press conference at Eton Centris in Quezon City to debunk all the issues hurled against him by Comelec Commisioner Guanzon which has blocked his nomination to represent the partylist group in Congress. Denouncing responsibility from the threats that COMELEC Commissioner Rowena has been receiving after Cardema failed to get approval to represent Duterte Youth Partylist in Quezon City yesterday. He even showed to the media his exchange of text messages with a certain congressman that he mentioned to be Guanzon’s emissary, who is bargaining with Cardema to work out the promotion and appointment of certain lawyers and persons in the Judiciary and government posts. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Top seeds Djokovic, Barty toppled in Cincy semifinals

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

World No, 1 Novak Djokovic gets dumped in the semis as Ashleigh Barty also falls short in the Cincinnati Masters

Missing NBA stars spark Australia consumer watchdog probe

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Fans want their money back following a series of NBA superstar withdrawals in Team USA's pre-World Cup exhibition games in Australia

LEAN LINEUP. Lakers star Kyle Kuzma (right) is one of the 13 players remaining in the USA pool as several young guns like Marvin Bagley (left) have also pulled out. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Fox leaves Team USA before pre-World Cup Australia trip

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The US team of NBA standouts loses one more player heading into the final stretch of its FIBA World Cup prep

OUT. De'Aaron Fox (left) drops out of the US team after seeing action in several exhibition games. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) Sunday's rally at the city's Victoria Park is an attempt to wrestle the narrative of the protest back

Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on August 18, 2019, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. - Hong Kong democracy activists gathered August 18 for a major rally to show the city's leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

37% of voters failed to choose a party-list in 2019 elections – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism finds new ballot designs as one reason behind undervoting in the party-list race

UNDERVOTING. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found nearly 40% of Filipino voters who participated in the 2019 elections did not vote for a party-list. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Learning unselfish play, Romeo rewarded with another PBA title

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:50 PM

No longer needing to play hero all the time, Terrence Romeo thrives in his new role to capture a second straight PBA crown and first Finals MVP

CHAMP AGAIN. After winning his first PBA title a couple of months ago, Terrence Romeo experiences another first with San Miguel, this time by clinching his maiden Finals MVP award. Photo from PBA Images

This week, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was big on traffic

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:18 PM

But there was also dengue fever, a tricycle tussle, an anti-drug campaign, and the city government’s budget to sort out

LONG WEEK. File photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto from July 15, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Mr World 2019 candidates weigh in on social media, male pageantry, dating

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:34 PM

8 gentlemen face media and share their thoughts on topics from courtship to social media's impact

Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The new marches came as thousands of pro-government supporters gathered in a park to condemn their opponents and support the police

RIVALS. Pro-government supporters gesture as they watch a display showing the China national flag and the Hong Kong flag during a rally at Tamar Park in Hong Kong on August 17, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

PBA finalists San Miguel, TNT rekindle rivalry in Macau

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Newly crowned San Miguel Beer leads 3 PBA teams in an Asian club tournament this September

SUPER TEAM. PBA champion San Miguel tests its mettle against club teams from China, Japan, and South Korea. Photo from PBA Images

Shenzhen: The border city a world away from Hong Kong

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

In the sprawling mainland city known for its high-tech market, many Shenzhen residents say they do not support the protests in Hong Kong, which has seen 10 weeks of pro-democracy rallies

Trucks and armoured personnel carriers are seen parked at the Shenzhen Bay stadium in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong in China's southern Guangdong province, on August 16, 2019. Chinese military personnel and armoured personnel carriers have mustered in large numbers across the border in Shenzhen, as Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as Beijing ramps up its bellicose threats.  STR / AFP

Mitchell, Walker lead USA over Spain in World Cup warm-up

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Team USA's NBA players overpower the Spain squad bannered by Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio in their World Cup prep

BUILDUP. Team USA's Donovan Mitchell shoots a jumper against Spain's Victor Claver and Ricky Rubio during an exhibition game in Anaheim, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

MMFF clarifies that '(K)ampon' hasn't been pulled out of festival yet

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Kris Aquino had earlier expressed her dismay at the film not pushing through on Instagram

KRIS AQUINO. The lead actress for MMFF entry '(K)ampon' took to Instagram to express her dismay at the film supposedly not pushing through. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Guiao relieved PBA Finals over as missing stars return to Gilas

Aug 17, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas welcomes back June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario, who have been away from the national team for two weeks

UP A NOTCH. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas ramp up their buildup with less than two weeks before the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Houston's Tucker leaves USA squad with ankle sprain

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Just days after injured Raptors guard Kyle Lowry withdrew from the US team, Rockets forward PJ Tucker also suffers a sprain in practice

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Gotta catch – and keep – 'em all: Pokemon's enduring legacy

Aug 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

More than 7,500 people from 49 different countries are expected to attend the annual Pokemon World Championships in Washington this weekend

GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL. People peruse Pokemon products during the first day of the 2019 Pokemon World Championships at the Washington Convention Center on August 16, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Kyrgios resurrects Nadal feud in Cincinnati video defense

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:23 AM

In a video posted on Instagram, the volatile Nick Kyrgios points out that he's a victim of double standards in tennis

MERCURIAL. Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios dives into another controversy. File photo from ATP Tour

Romeo hailed Finals MVP as San Miguel rules anew

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Terrence Romeo proves he remains one of the deadliest guards in the league by torching his former team TNT in 6 games

San Miguel dispatches TNT in Game 6 to reclaim Comm's Cup crown

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Down 1-2 in the best-of-seven finals series, the Beermen seize the next 3 games for their 27th title in franchise history

CHAMPS AGAIN. San Miguel completes its Cinderella run in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Gretchen Diez to Duterte: Prioritize SOGIE equality bill | Evening wRap

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:41 PM

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Pinoy wrestlers have 'no reason' not to reach WWE, says Sheamus

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Four-time world champion Sheamus thinks Filipino wrestlers have a shot at making it to the WWE

IRISH SUPERSTAR. Sheamus visits the country to promote the WWE Live Manila show on September 20. Photo by ALvin S. Go/Rappler

Federer won't let Cincy setback spoil U.S. Open prep

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Roger Federer isn't exactly worried despite absorbing a shock loss a week before the US Open

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Activists are planning a major rally on Sunday, August 18, billed as a 'rational, non-violent' protest to show the movement still maintains broad public support after suffering a setback earlier in the week

[ANALYSIS] YouTube: The new battleground against disinformation

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

YouTube is the new battleground in the fight against disinformation

'French Spiderman' scales Hong Kong skyscraper with 'peace banner'

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Alain Robert says his climb's message was to make 'an urgent appeal for peace and consultation between Hong Kong people and their government'

'SPIDERMAN.' French urban climber Alain Robert, popularly known as the 'French Spiderman' climbs the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong on August 16, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Temperamental Kyrgios hits 'new low' in Cincinnati outburst

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios gets fined $113,000 and faces suspension after another on-court meltdown

EMBARRASSING. Australian media describes Nick Kyrgios’ latest meltdown as his 'most vile outburst yet.' Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

China says it won't 'sit by' on Hong Kong; Trump expresses concern

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:19 AM

China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, says Beijing will not 'sit by and watch', warning that his government had 'enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly'

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

LGBTQ+ terms used because of discrimination – Gretchen Diez | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:11 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 6

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:27 PM

San Miguel goes for the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown as TNT tries to stay alive in Game 6 at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, August 16

Binibining Pilipinas queens visit Philippine Children's Medical Center, spends time with kids

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The queens spend time with the children of Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Arwind fined P200,000 for monkey taunt on Jones

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:54 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says Arwind Santos may face a more severe punishment should he repeat his racist action

JUST A MAN. Arwind Santos admits to be in the wrong for his monkey gesture aimed at Terrence Jones. Photo from PBA Images

Arwind says sorry to Jones: I hope you forgive me

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Arwind Santos claims he had no bad intentions when he tried annoying Terrence Jones on court with a monkey gesture

SORRY. Arwind Santos says he is just a man who makes mistakes. Photo from PBA Images

No place for racism in sports, says TNT after Arwind monkey gesture

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:28 PM

TNT says Arwind Santos' actions were rude even to his African-American teammates like Chris Ross and Chris McCullough

OVERBOARD. Terrence Jones urges the PBA to take action against Arwind Santos for his monkey gesture. Photo from PBA Images

Jones urges PBA to take action on Arwind's monkey gesture

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Arwind Santos claims the monkey gesture was just 'mind games,' but Terrence Jones says it is racism

MIND GAMES? Terrence Jones says Arwind Santos' gesture is not just disrespectful to him, but also to his family and race. Photo from PBA Images

PBA summons Arwind over monkey gesture on Jones

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Arwind Santos claims he was merely trying to get under Terrence Jones' skin with the act

CONTROVERSIAL. Arwind Santos draws flak for his monkey gesture directed towards Terrence Jones. Photo from PBA Images

LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas to sport new kits in FIBA World Cup

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:01 AM

There will be home and away versions of the jersey that the Philippines will don in Group D against Serbia, Italy, and Angola

NEW KITS. Gilas Pilipinas' new uniform has a simple and straightforward look. Photo from Nike

Young, educated, and furious: A survey of Hong Kong's protesters

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Researchers from 4 of the city's universities survey participants across 12 protests – including mass rallies and 'fluid' and 'static' demonstrations – between June 9 and August 4

YOUNG PROTESTERS. Hong Kong's tech-savvy protesters are going digitally dark as they try to avoid surveillance and potential future prosecutions, disabling location tracking on their phones, buying train tickets with cash and purging their social media conversations. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Other journalists allowed to join Rappler petition – SC | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:10 AM

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Choco Mucho impresses in debut over BaliPure

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Powerhouse Choco Mucho gets off to a hot start as Creamline also takes a 2-0 lead in PVL action

IN CONTROL. Choco Mucho star Maddie Madayag fires one past the defense of BaliPure's Menchie Tubiera and Satrianni Espiritu. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

June 2019 Local Treasury test results released

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE: A total of 475 individuals passed the Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination given by the Civil Service Commission last June 23

Light-heavy rain expected in parts of Luzon on August 15

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The southwest monsoon will again bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms on Thursday, August 15

McCullough comes up clutch as San Miguel stuns TNT for 3-2 lead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Chris McCullough delivers the goods in the closing stretch to help the Beermen storm back from 16 points down in the final 10 minutes

TURN BACK. Chris McCullough and San Miguel pull off a come-from-behind win over TNT. Photo from PBA Images

2019 ABS-CBN Ball set for September 14

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:27 PM

The annual event raises funds for Bantay Bata 163, and this time, its education programs are set to benefit

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

As China pressure mounts, Hong Kong's Cathay sacks 2 pilots

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The airline says one of the pilots is currently involved in legal proceedings, while the other 'misused company information on Flight CX216/12 August'

CATHAY PACIFIC. This file picture taken on August 10, 2014, shows a woman walking past check-in counters for Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong's international airport. File photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

#FactsMatterPH shortlisted in Online Journalism Award

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Rappler's #FactsMatterPH project, which focuses on fact-checking efforts and data-driven investigations on social media and disinformation with community engagement, is a finalist in the 2019 Gather Award in Engaged Journalism