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Filipinos' top SONA issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo, Sotto gain approval, trust of more Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remained the least appreciated and trusted top Philippine official in her final week as a public official, according to a Pulse Asia survey

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III after she personally appeared before the Senate committee on finance for the deliberation of the 2019 budget of her office. File photo by OVP

Duterte trust, approval ratings unchanged after Recto Bank incident

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his first quarter trust and approval ratings and remains the most trusted government official, according to Pulse Asia's June 2019 survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

14 killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy monsoon rains leave more than 100 dead across South Asia

COLLAPSED HOUSE. Indian rescuers work on a site after a multi-storey building collapsed following heavy rains near Kumarhatti. Photo by AFP

Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, U.S.

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Jakarta joins a chorus of Southeast Asian nations that are increasingly unhappy about being used as dumping grounds for trash from Western countries

In this picture taken on June 19, 2019, Indonesian officials check one of the 49 containers loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, in Batam island. Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said on July 2, 2019 as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash. Andaru / AFP

ON THIS DAY: Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

It's been a year since Philippines and Australia figure in the infamous bench-clearing basketbrawl

ONE YEAR AGO. The infamous Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out on July 2, 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte and the poor: What the surveys say

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Throughout his 3 years in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has managed to keep poor Filipinos satisfied with his performance. Pollsters help us make sense of this.

SATISFIED. Why has Rodrigo Duterte maintained such good ratings among the poor?

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Indonesia returns 5 containers of waste to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines

Maria Ressa wins Stanford's Shorenstein Journalism Award

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University honors veteran journalists who 'contributed greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region'

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged against her and the online news organinzation on April 3, 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gilas 3x3 head Magsanoc defends tapping high schoolers for Asia Cup

May 31, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The Philippines slips to No. 33 in the men's 3x3 ranking, putting in peril its bid to crack the Top 24 for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers

[ANALYSIS] Huawei and the Shangri-La Dialogue

May 30, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Pentagon sets its eyes on Beijing in a new Indo-Pacific security strategy that is expected to be unveiled at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which begins Friday, May 31

Rappler investigative team wins 2 SOPA awards for drug war story

May 29, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler's 7-part investigative story, 'Murder in Manila' will receive the Group B Excellence in Human Rights Reporting Award and the Group B Excellence in Investigative Reporting Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia

Gamescom convention will launch in Singapore in 2020

May 29, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Gamescom Asia will be held in Singapore from October 15 to 18, 2020 at the Suntec Singapore Convention Center

GAMESCOM ASIA. One of the prime European games conventions heads east. Screenshot from gamescom.asia.


Australia boots out Gilas women from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup

May 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines ends its campaign as the women’s team bows to the Aussies in the quarterfinals

Gilas women poised to reach FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup quarterfinals

May 24, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines absorbs its first loss of the tournament at the hands of Japan before venting its frustrations on Sri Lanka in the pool round

NOT THE END. The Gilas Pilipinas women's team are in a good position to avoid elimination. Photo from FIBA


Gilas bows out as Perlas sweeps FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup qualifiers

May 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas falls short despite stringing up two wins as Perlas advances to the main draw with a 3-0 slate

Photo from FIBA

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Learn from industry experts at the adobo Tambuli Asia Pacific Masterclass 2019

May 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The masterclass is happening on June 4, 8 am - 4 pm at the adobo Creative Hub

The masterclass is happening on June 4, 8 am - 4 pm at the adobo Creative Hub

Gilas flunks as Perlas sets record-setting debut in 3x3 Asia Cup

May 22, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Gilas absorbs a huge blow with the injury of Ricci Rivero while Perlas sets the record for the largest margin of victory

HARD LUCK. Gilas Pilipinas vies for a breakthrough win even minus injured star Ricci Rivero. File photo from FIBA

Highlighting Asia’s global startup leadership at Ignite 2019

May 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Connecting the innovation ecosystem of the Philippines to the world

IGNITE 2019 is a two-day conference set to shine a spotlight on the role Asia’s startups play in leading global change, as well as create collaborative opportunities through their regional pitch competition and business matching activities.

Pulse Asia on voter interest: 'Mindanao is hot'

May 13, 2019 - 10:11 AM

A survey of Pulse Asia shows 91% of likely voters in Mindanao are ‘truly interested’ in the 2019 elections

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates gather for one last campaign rally before the 2019 elections. Rappler photo

UNESCO releases new handbook on climate change reporting in Asia Pacific

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The new handbook for journalists says climate change coverage at the local level 'can save lives, formulate plans, change policy and empower people to make informed choices'

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Three Philippine bars among Asia's 50 Best Bars

May 10, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The Curator, Oto, and The Back Room make the ranking

THE CURATOR. The bar in Makati is named the best in the Philippines in 2019. Photo from Facebook.com/thecuratorcoffeeandcocktails

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

May 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The silence echoes across the country's usually rambunctious media, with most newspapers glossing over the episode and primetime television shows offering it only a passing mention

ASIA BIBI. Mohammad Faisal confirms Asia Bibi's departure, telling journalists she has left the country 'at her own will' as he declines to say anything further. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

U.S. says Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi 'safely reunited' with family

May 08, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada

70% of Filipinos will support candidates who push for higher tobacco taxes – Pulse Asia

May 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The Pulse Asia survey also shows 75% of Filipinos believe taxes on cigarettes should be raised

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, a Department of Health employee pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Asian Institute of Management wins award for technological innovation

May 07, 2019 - 7:32 PM

AIM's Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems laboratory wins for supporting the teaching of 106 Master of Science in Data Science students

ACCeSs@AIM TEAM. Photo from AIM


Rappler investigative team SOPA finalists for drug war story

May 06, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler reporters Patricia Evangelista, Lian Buan, and Rambo Talabong with photographer Carlo Gabuco are finalists for two categories at the 2019 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence

VIGILANTE. Angel, who requested Rappler change his name for "Murder in Manila," was one of several vigilantes who spoke to Rappler about the alleged outsourcing of extrajudicial killings in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

[OPINION] Whom exactly are the youth voting for?

May 04, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The idealism accorded to young people might all be wishful thinking

A month before polls, 76% of Filipinos 'aware' of party-list system – survey

May 03, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The level of awareness is highest among voters in Metro Manila and lowest in the Visayas, according to a Pulse Asia survey held in from April 10 to 14

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig City during the 2016 elections. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: We put supporters and critics of President Duterte in a room together

May 03, 2019 - 1:39 PM

A group of young voters sits down to discuss the midterm elections and his policies – including marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, and the controversial War on Drugs

DLSU joins U.P. in latest Asia university rankings

May 02, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The De La Salle University once again makes it to a Times Higher Education list, this time on Asia University Rankings. The University of the Philippines also climbs in rank and is now 95th in the region.

PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITIES. The University of the Philippines and De La Salle University make it to the latest Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings.

Wiped out opposition? Latest survey fuels fear of return to pre-Martial Law

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

In 1967, Ninoy Aquino was the only opposition to win a seat in the Senate. The latest Pulse Asia survey has only his nephew, Bam Aquino, joining the winning circle.

OPPOSITION. Ninoy Aquino and nephew Bam Aquino find themselves in similar situations as the opposition lags behind administration bets in Philippine senatorial elections. Photo of Bam Aquino by Angie de Silva/Rappler and photo of Ninoy Aquino from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

[OPINION] Worshipping the false idols of public health

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'Each discipline, including medicine, is vital. Public health thrives when these sectors work together with no one field as superior.'

Bayan Muna leads party-list groups in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The results of the March survey also show that 7 in 10 Filipinos are aware of the party-list system

CAMPAIGN. Bayan Muna has topped the survey on voters' preference for party-list groups vying for seats in the House of Representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo from the Facebook page of Bayan Muna

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

AWARDEES. Recipients of the 2019 Hildegarde Awards pose for photos after the awarding ceremony on April 24, 2019. From left to right: Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig and Minerva Generalao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala of ICanServe Foundation, Patricia Evangelista of Rappler, St. Scholastica’s College Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Lara Quintos de Jesus, who accepted the award on behalf of CMFR’s Melinda Quintos De Jesus, “She Talks Asia” Project Manager Mara Gollena, trophy designer Veronica Peralejo and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca Cacho.

Arroyo on PH-China economic ties: Better than ever

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Facing Chinese investors gathered in Taguig City, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says China is in a 'class of its own'

'CLASS OF ITS OWNSpeaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech during the Boao Forum for Asia Manila Conference on April 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives' report says plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations are rerouted to developing countries after China's 2018 ban on plastic waste imports and processing

PLASTIC IN THE SEA. Several sachets of toothpaste, shampoo, coffee and food seasoning, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and generic plastic bags pollute the area along the Verde Island Passage on March 7, 2019. Photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

PH women’s ice hockey tops 2019 Challenge Cup of Asia

Apr 20, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Philippine women’s ice hockey team sweeps the tournament's Division 1 to gain promotion to the 2020 Challenge Cup of Asia

GOLD. The Philippine women's ice hockey team sweeps the competition for the gold. Photo by Yuka Fukuma.

PH Softball to join 3 major tournaments in 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:17 PM

RP Blu Girls and the RP Blu Boys are in for a busy 2019

RESURGENCE. Philippine Softball is aiming to make a grand comeback to the world stage. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH girls tennis team clinches world juniors berth

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Alex Eala leads the national 14-under girls squad to the world stage for the first time in 26 years

LONG WAIT. Philippines nails a world group berth for the first time since 1993. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

4 in 10 Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Independent reelectionist Grace Poe remains the front runner in the senatorial polls as of late March, but Hugpong ng Pagbabago bets continue to dominate the pack

Russian Navy sees terrorism, piracy as top Asia-Pacific threats

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:20 PM

When asked about freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the visiting Russian Navy only says its objective in Manila is to enhance naval cooperation with the Philippines

MISSION HEAD. Captain Sergey Alantiev speaks at the press conference on their 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Bataan books 3x3 World Tour berth despite Super Quest blunder

Apr 07, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Just a point away from victory, Bataan suffers from a late-game meltdown as Tokyo captures the 3x3 crown

SO CLOSE. Alvin Pasaol (right) and the Bataan Risers absorb a heartbreaking loss to Tokyo Dime in the finals. Photo release

Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'