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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

COA flags anomalies in PCOO procurement for ASEAN events

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The PCOO awards ASEAN contracts to suppliers that went beyond the allocated budget and wastes P2.5 million by not awarding contracts to the lowest bidders, says the COA in its audit report

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NU Bullpups target ASEAN School gold

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Bannered by 3 Batang Gilas members, the Bullpups vie to rule the boys' basketbal tournament

KEY COG. Carl Tamayo hopes to lead better after his FIBA World Cup Under-17 stint.

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:52 PM

One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'

Duterte expenses up by 500%: Choppers, consultants, intel

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017

HUGE INCREASE. Cost of the ASEAN Summit, financial assistance to soldiers, maintenance of presidential choppers and billions of intelligence funds make up the P500% increase in the Office of the President's expenses for 2017.

Duterte’s office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Of the amount, P345,000 is considered disallowed but has yet to be refunded

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2018 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network workshop to be held in Korea, PH

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:28 PM

This year's workshop will be participated by around 70 youth from the 10 ASEAN Member States, Korea, China, and Japan

PH rules blitz chess, but Vietnam reclaims overall ASEAN crown

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Philippines collects 55 gold medals against Vietnam's 70 in the regional age group competition

WHIZ KID. Philippine bet Daniel Quizon rules the under-14 rapid and blitz events. File photo

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

Photo from naval public affairs office

Vietnam rules ASEAN chess despite late PH heroics

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:45 PM

The Filipinos fall short even after hacking out surprise wins in 3 age-group competitions

ASEAN chess: Diamonds in the rough in Davao

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Philippine bets Sarri Subahani and Ruelle Canino prove that patience pays off

GIFTED. Cagayan de Oro's  Ruelle Canino leads the girls under-10 division.

Vietnam asserts strength in ASEAN chess

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The Filipinos yield the top spot as the Vietnamese lean on female bets in the age-group tournament

PACESETTER. Philippine bet Paulo Bersamina (left) leads the Under-20 age group. Rappler file photo

PH clings to ASEAN chess lead, Sulu player surprises

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The defending champion Filipinos lead in 7 age categories

FEU chessers show wares in ASEAN Age Group

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Kyle Rhenzi Sevillano leads the FEU varsity players who pulled off a rash of upsets

Para athletes seek financial support for ASEAN buildup

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Philippine Paralympic Committee hopes the differently abled athletes set to compete in the 10th ASEAN Para Games will get ample aid

FOR A CAUSE. Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) head Michael Barredo encourages Filipinos to donate to the mobile donation drive “Alay Para Atleta.” PHOTO BY JR Isaga/Rappler

PH Navy contingent leaves for Hawaii to join naval war games

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:29 PM

It is the first time the Philippine Navy is participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a multilateral naval exercise to be hosted by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet from June 27 to August 2

OFF TO HAWAII. The Philippine Navy is joining Exercise RIMPAC for the first time. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy

Econ managers reject TRAIN suspension, Aquino on China, Malacanang on Kiss | Evening wRap

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Aquino: China violates declaration with ASEAN on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'Walang isla, nagkaroon ng isla....Meron ngayong facilities. 'Yung facilities, tinitirahan ng personnel 'nyo. Noong tinatayo 'nyo 'yan, for everybody. Ngayon, nilalagyan na ninyo ng mga sandata,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Aquino’s press con re Dengvaxia case against him and others. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ceres advances to AFC Cup Zonal Finals on aggregate win over Yangon

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen set up another ASEAN finals rematch against Singapore’s Home United

BACK-TO-BACK. Ceres-Negros FC makes its second straight ASEAN Zonal finals appearance. Photo from AFC Cup

Trillanes seeks probe into PCOO's 'anomalous' P647-M ASEAN info caravan

May 16, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV says there is an 'immediate need to look into the alleged irregularities' in the Presidential Communication Operations Office's disbursement of funds

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

Jimmy Alapag credits Norman Black, NBA’s Stevens, Popovich for champion coaching mentality

May 15, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The ABL champion coach worked to prove everyone wrong as he led an initially last-placed team to a title

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. Jimmy Alapag's advice to aspiring coaches is to be prepared to watch countless videos until the wee hours in the morning.

Rappler Talk Sports: Jimmy Alapag on Alab Pilipinas’ ABL championship romp

May 12, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Rookie mentor Jimmy Alapag drops by the Rappler office to share his thoughts on coaching and Alab's surprise run

From ABL to MPBL: Ray Parks says PBA stint still up in the air

May 10, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The former National University stalwart, along with 3 Alab players, are set to see action with Mandaluyong in the MPBL

HIGH FLYER. Ray Parks finds success almost everywhere he goes. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

The week in photos: April 28-May 4, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BIRTHDAY SUIT. A photo posted by TV host Troy Montero on his Instagram on May 2, 2018, shows him with long time partner Aubrey Miles enjoy the beach while posing naked in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Instagram.com/troymontero

From choker to champion: Renaldo Balkman wins back Filipino hearts

May 03, 2018 - 7:19 PM

No longer the temperamental player who shockingly choked Arwind Santos, the former PBA import redeems himself in the ABL

SECOND CHANCE. Renaldo Balkman says playing for a Philippine club team again is 'like a dream come true.' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

On fire all night, Alab Pilipinas brings back ABL championship

May 02, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Ray Parks bags the Finals MVP as former PBA star Jimmy Alapag caps his rookie coaching stint with a title

CHAMP. Ray Parks puts on a show to help Alab Pilipinas capture the ABL crown and run away with the Finals MVP award. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Mono Vampire forces do-or-die Game 5 over Alab Pilipinas in ABL finals

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Thailand-based squad defends its home court this time around

EQUALIZER. The Mono Vampire knot their best-of-5 finals duel against Alab Pilipinas to 2-all. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


North Korea's Kim Jong-Un now Duterte's 'idol'

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte hails Kim Jong-Un for showing North Korea's commitment to pursue denuclearization, and for its bid to end its decades-long rift with South Korea

HISTORIC. This screen grab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shaking hands at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM

Parks drops 30 as Alab defangs Mono Vampire for 2-1 ABL finals lead

Apr 28, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman team up for 51 points and 28 rebounds in the win

ON THE BRINK. Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Alab are a win away from giving the Philippines its first ABL championship since 2013. File photo by ABL


The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

LOOK: ASEAN leaders' 'family photo' at 32nd Summit in Singapore

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pose for their annual family photo

Southeast Asia faces threats from ISIS, cyberattacks – ASEAN chair

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

At the opening of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells fellow leaders that ISIS continues to threaten the region

Photos from ASEAN2018 Organising Committee

Vietnam PM tells Duterte they can supply PH with rice

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore

VIETNAM PM. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a courtesy call in September 2016. Malacañang file photo

'Trust me, it’s not over yet,' Balkman says as Alab targets bounce-back win

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The former NBA player wins ABL Defensive Player of the Year, but his team fails to defend home court

BIG THREE. Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Ray Parks vow to lead Alab Pilipinas to a road win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Thailand's Mono Vampire deals Alab Pilipinas Game 2 heartbreaker

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Alab falls short in thriller as the visiting squad levels the best-of-five ABL Finals series

SPOILER. Mono Vampire spoils Ray Parks’ MVP coronation by stealing Game 2 from Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Parks nabs 2nd straight ABL Local MVP, Balkman nets Defensive Player honor

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Sensational all season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr posts averages of 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Alab Pilipinas

CAPTAIN. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. embraces his leadership role. File photo from ABL Facebook page

Even after a 46-point explosion, Brownlee counts on Alab teammates

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:57 AM

'One man can't do it,' says the former Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import as Alab Pilipinas shoots for a 2-0 finals series lead

HERCULES. Alab coach Jimmy Alapag describes Brownlee's 44-minute performance in Game 1 as a “Hercules-type” effort. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alapag compares Fil-Am Jason Brickman to John Stockton

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Leave it to an all-time great to find another potential great

BIG FAN. 'His basketball IQ is off the charts," Jimmy Alapag says of standout guard Jason Brickman. Photo from Asean Basketball League

Duterte taking 8-seater private plane to Singapore

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The Philippine president also intends to take a smaller delegation to Singapore for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines Chartered Flight PR001 upon his arrival at the Qionghai Bo'ao International Airport in Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Brownlee drops 46, ties Balkman's scoring record in Alab's Game 1 win

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas slips past Thailand's Mono Vampire to take a 1-0 lead in the ABL title series

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee teams up with Renaldo Balkman for 87 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Duterte off to Singapore for ASEAN Summit in late April

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to meet with the Filipino community during his Singapore trip

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the gavel to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to signify the turn over the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chairmanship to the Republic of Singapore during the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alab Pilipinas sweeps defending ABL champion HK Eastern, secures finals berth

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas now awaits the winner of the semis series between Chong Son Kung Fu and Mono Vampire

FINALS-BOUND. Alab Pilipinas sweeps Hong Kong Eastern in the 8th ASEAN Basketball League semis. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Balkman’s record 46 points ensures Alab’s Game 1 stunner over champion HK Eastern

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:42 PM

Double-doubles by Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee and Bobby Ray Parks ignite Game 1 victory of Alab Pilipinas in ABL semifinals

Alab sweeps Saigon in q'finals, sets semis date with Hong Kong

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Renaldo Balkman and Lawrence Domingo combine for 42 points as the Alab Pilipinas advance to the final four of the ASEAN Basketball League

ON TO THE NEXT. Renaldo Balkman submits a double-double as Alab Pilipinas advance to the semifinals of the ASEAN Basketball League. File photo by ABL


Miciano leads Asian Youth Chess Under-18 with 5/5

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:25 PM

John Marvin Miciano paces the youth chess meet in Thailand with 5 wins in as many rounds

Despite historic ABL win, coach Jimmy Alapag thinks Alab still 'far from sharp'

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Discontented coach Jimmy Alapag looks to do “a lot of homework” for Game 2 despite San Miguel Alab Pilipinas' groundbreaking victory over Saigon Heat in quarterfinals of ASEAN Basketball League

MY FAULT. Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag faults himself for what he thinks was a lackluster game despite their victory over Saigon Heat in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals. File photo

Alab Pilipinas draws first blood in quarterfinals series with Saigon Heat

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:47 PM

Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Justin Brownlee combine for 46 points in the win

STEPPING UP. Bobby Ray Parks Jr registers a team-high 24 points for Alab Pilipinas. File photo from ABL Facebook page


Alab Pilipinas wrecks CLS Knights by 38, clinches 3rd seed in ABL

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas ends elimination round with a 14-6 win-loss record and a chance for an outright semis berth in the Asean Basketball League

ABL Alab vs Knights March 25 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas survives injury woes to rout CLS Knights

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Even without Balkman's reinforcement in the second half, Alab Pilipinas proves why they deserve to be on top of the ABL

STEPPING UP. Paolo Javelona steps up for Josh Urbiztondo as Alab's starting point guard. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo