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Alab blasts Vietnam amid Brownlee controversy

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:52 PM

There’s still no sight of Justin Brownlee but Alab Pilipinas manages to pull off a convincing win this time

ABL Alab vs Saigon. SIZZLING. Law Domingo helps fuel Alab Pilipinas’ hot start against the Heat. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Justin Brownlee now missing in action from Alab Pilipinas

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:38 PM

After missing his flight last week, Justin Brownlee doesn’t show up again in Alab Pilipinas’ game

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Kuala Lumpur blasts Alab Pilipinas as Brownlee debut delayed

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs a one-sided loss to Kuala Lumpur in what was supposed to be Justin Brownlee's comeback game in the ABL

NOT ENOUGH. Nick King paces Alab Pilipinas with 28 points in the losing effort. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Justin Brownlee returns to Alab Pilipinas

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Fresh from another title romp with Barangay Ginebra, Justin Brownlee looks to lend Alab Pilipinas the same winning magic

COMEBACK. Alab Pilipinas gets a big boost with the arrival of Justin Brownlee. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alapag rues inconsistency as Alab avoids upset axe

Feb 10, 2020 - 12:09 AM

Alab Pilipinas nearly squanders a massive double-digit lead against the ABL-worst Saigon Heat

ROCKY SEASON. Jimmy Alapag says the challenge for Alab Pilipinas moving forward is to figure out how to be consistent. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas weathers late Saigon storm to clinch home win

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Led by Nick King and Sam Deguara, Alab Pilipinas rediscovers its winning form for its ninth victory in 14 ABL games

TWO-WAY PLAYER. Nick King shines on both ends for Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab suffers 28-point loss to KL Dragons, snaps two-game win streak

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Alab Pilipinas snaps a two-game winning streak after a blowout loss to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons

BLOWOUT LOSS. Nick King only manages to chip in 13 points in Alab's loss to the KL Dragons. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab outhustles Singapore in revenge home game

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Alab Pilipinas notches its eighth win in 12 games after avenging a 21-point road loss to the Singapore Slingers

REVENGE. Jason Brickman builds on his newfound scoring aggressiveness with another productive outing. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Brickman-led Alab stuns Mono with 16-point swerve for OT win

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Jason Brickman's prolific showing keys a stunning turnaround as Alab Pilipinas shocks Thailand's Mono Vampire

CAREER-HIGH. Jason Brickman takes over in the final two quarters. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab blows shot at ABL top spot with blowout home loss to Mono

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs its fourth loss in 10 games as Mono Vampire remain atop the ABL standings

BLOWOUT. Louie Vigil and Alab Pilipinas get dealt another lopsided loss. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

ASEAN foreign ministers agree to hold summit with Trump

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:14 PM

But Southeast Asian leaders will have the final say on whether or not they will attend the meeting scheduled to take place in March 2020

Alab falls to Singapore as Alexander flirts with quad-dub

Jan 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

A lifeless Alab Pilipinas squad absorbs a 21-point mauling against the Singapore Slingers on the road

SLIP UP. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas drop to 3rd place. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gray erupts in spot start as Alab survives OJ Mayo-led Fubon

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The win propels Alab Pilipinas to a 5-2 standing for the season heading to a two-game road trip

X FACTOR. Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Macau snaps Alab win streak in ABL thriller

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas suffers its second loss of the young ABL season

STREAK HALTED. It is back to the drawing board for Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

10th ASEAN Para Games rescheduled to March 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The ASEAN Para Games will be rescheduled due to funding and logistical constraints

RESCHEDULED. The 10th ASEAN Para Games will be moved to March 2020. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

'Stockton-like' Brickman hungry for title with Alapag-led Alab

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'That’s what Jason Brickman does. He provides that stability and leadership at the point guard position,' says Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag

'JOHN STOCKTON'. Head coach Jimmy Alapag praises Jason Brickman as a 'John Stockton-like' guard in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo from release

Deguara, Alab surge late in Mono revenge game

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas exacts revenge on Mono Vampire after an embarrassing debut game loss a month ago

REINFORCEMENT. Samuel Deguara of Alab Pilipinas slams it home against Mono Vampire in the ASEAN Basketball League in Filoil Flying V Arena, Dec 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Monstrous 7-foot-5 Deguara 'proud' to side with Alab in rebuild

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Sam Deguara is now wearing his former foes' colors, hoping that his arrival can help Alab Pilipinas turn things around in a rebuilding season

Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Wyatt steers Alab comeback as Deguara debuts

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Alab Pilipinas rallies past Singapore as Khalif Wyatt erupts for 20 points in the final quarter

BIG BOOST. Alab Pilipinas unveils a new threat in 7-foot-5 import Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

New China ambassador to Philippines, an ASEAN expert, arrives in Manila

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Veteran diplomat Huang Xilian is replacing Zhao Jianhua, who enjoyed close ties with the Duterte administration

NEW AMBASSADOR. Seasoned diplomat Huang Xilian (center) is China's next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo from Chinese Embassy to the Philippines

New-look Alab nets breakthrough comeback win over Macau

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Fil-Am veteran Jason Brickman comes through the clutch and new recruit Jordan Heading delivers as Alab Pilipinas picks up its first triumph

BOUNCE BACK. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas rebound from a 35-point whipping against the Macau MOno Vampire. Photo from ABL

5 PH-South Korea deals signed, but no free trade agreement yet

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Only a statement on an 'early achievement package' on the much-awaited FTA is signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Busan, South Korea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in witness the exchange of signed agreements between Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Minister of Trade Yoo Myung-hee following the successful bilateral meeting at The Westin Chosun Busan Hotel on November 25, 2019. The signed agreement is on the Joint Statement by the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea on the Early Achievement Package of the Negotiations of the Korea-Philippines Free Trade Agreement. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte leaves for ASEAN-Korea summit in Busan

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will also meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Han Dong-Man who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alab Pilipinas obliterated in ABL season debut

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Two of Alab Pilipinas' 3 new imports struggle in a 35-point horror loss to Thailand's Mono Vampire

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas kick off their ABL campaign with a stinging loss. Photo from ABL

Balkman leaves Alab, replaced by NBA G-Leaguer Nick King

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Just a week before the new ABL season unfolds, Alab import Renaldo Balkman begs off from team duties due to a 'family matter'

Renaldo Balkman. File photo from Alab Pilipinas

Duterte, Abe discuss comfort women, South China Sea in meeting

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The two leaders also take up the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway and plans to develop the Subic Bay area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. accuses Beijing of 'intimidation' in South China Sea

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'Beijing has used intimidation to try and stop ASEAN nations from exploiting their offshore resources,' says US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien

'INTIMIDATION.' US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien (L) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a bilateral meeting in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Romeo Gacad/Pool/AFP

Why should we alter our course? This week's outlook

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:45 PM

We wonder how many stories in the high seas are left untold – whether by Philippine Navy troops who would get into confrontations with Chinese ships or Filipino fishermen who are constantly harassed in our own waters

Southeast Asian leaders snub U.S. meeting after Trump skips ASEAN Summit

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The sparsely attended address from National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien stood in contrast to earlier ASEAN meetings, which had all been attended by most heads of state

O'BRIEN. US National Security advisor Robert O'Brien attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ties between Seoul and Tokyo are at rock-bottom over a dispute related to Japan's use of forced labor during World War II, with the countries trading retaliatory sanctions

This picture taken on November 4, 2019 and released by the presidential Blue House via Yonhap shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) talking with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) during their meeting in Bangkok, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Minor fire on Japan gov't jet with PM on board – reports

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The fire has been put out, and there is no change to the itinerary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is en route to the ASEAN Summit 2019

OFFICIAL PLANE. In this file photo, the Japanese government's new official aircraft for VIPs, a Boeing 777-300ER, takes off with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on April 22, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) China's premier Li Keqiang says the first reading of the code of conduct – a chance for all members to comment on the draft terms – is 'a very important landmark'

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and China's Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) pose for a group photo during the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Duterte in ASEAN: Let's exercise 'self-restraint' in South China Sea

Nov 03, 2019 - 9:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on ASEAN countries not to choose sides between China and the United States, all while pursuing his 'independent foreign policy' which involves the Philippines' pivot to China

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. Malacañang photo

ASEAN leaders hanker for trade deal as economy sags on U.S.-China spat

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:33 PM

'If you go alone, you will be bullied. We don't want to go into trade war but sometimes when they do things that are not nice to us, we have to be unnice to them,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of US protectionism

2019 ASEAN SUMMIT. Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders link hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) and ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi (R) following a signing ceremony during the organisation's 35th ASEAN summit in Bangkok on November 2, 2019. AFP photo

Asia must quit 'coal addiction' – U.N. chief

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:16 PM

'There is an addiction to coal that we need to overcome because it remains a major threat in relation to climate change,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. Coal provides 42% of the Philippines' electricity but spews over 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Shutterstock photo

Filipino rules ASEAN Chess Championship

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Paulo Bersamina posts a winning score of 7 points from 9 rounds to collect his second grandmaster norm

CHESS WHIZ. Paulo Bersamina hopes to get his third and final grandmaster norm. Contributed photo

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN tourism message for China: Welcome, but diversify!

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines must prepare for the double-edged sword of Chinese spending. This potential for China 'weaponizing' tourism has a history.

Del Rosario: South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'Our region cannot promote the rule of law while ignoring the law as it stands,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

CODE OF CONDUCT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ASEAN states must ensure the South China Sea Code of Conduct abides by the rule of law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also warns against China declaring it wanted the South China Sea code signed before 2022, saying this would likely happen after Beijing reclaims Scarborough Shoal

RULE OF LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN claimant states can enforce the rule of law in the South China Sea. Rappler Screenshot

Ex-NBA star OJ Mayo signs with ABL’s Fubon Braves

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Former NBA standout OJ Mayo teams up with Jeremy Lin’s brother Joseph in leading the debuting Taiwanese club

BIG BOOST. The Fubon Braves build their team around OJ Mayo. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Biodiversity, autism awareness come together in benefit exhibit

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The exhibit will showcase 40 paintings of 22-year old Samantha Kaspar expressing visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity

Samantha Kaspar finds expression through visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity. Photo from ACB E-news

Renaldo Balkman returns to Alab Pilipinas for 3rd ABL season

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Alab Pilipinas taps former NBA player Renaldo Balkman anew in its bid to reclaim the ABL crown

Renaldo Balkman. File photo from Alab Pilipinas

Parks, 2 other Pinoys make ABL all-time top 10 list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Ray Parks, Leo Avenido, and Jerick Cañada boast storied careers in regional play to land on the list of ABL’s all-time best players

Ray Parks. Photo from ABL

Alapag raring to make up for lost Alab season with Brickman, Gray

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Alab coach Jimmy Alapag unveils some key additions as the Philippines looks to avoid another late-season collapse

REDEMPTION. Jimmy Alapag hopes to steer Alab Pilipinas back to the top. File photo by Jerrick Reymar/Rappler