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Coco Martin pays tribute to Eddie Garcia

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'Mahal na mahal ka namin Lo!'

Robredo to dialogue with Gem-Ver fishermen on June 21

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

'As far as I understand, dialogue is the main agenda,' says Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

GEM-VER CREW. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turned over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Barbie Almalbis

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Catch her live on Rappler!

Duterte open to PH-China probe into Recto Bank boat sinking

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives a thumbs up to the suggestion of the Chinese government for Manila and Beijing to conduct a joint investigation into the incident

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China pushes for joint probe into PH boat sinking

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:10 PM

China echoes Duterte government officials pushing for a joint Philippines-China investigation into the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank

DAMAGED. Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver is damaged after it was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Paalam Manoy': Co-stars, friends, fans pay tribute to Eddie Garcia

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The veteran actor dies at the age of 90

Cinemalaya presscon. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Guevarra proposes PH-China probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

JOINT INQUIRY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposes a joint inquiry with China to investigate the sinking of a Philippine ship at the Reed Bank. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK BACK: Eddie Garcia – beloved actor, acclaimed director

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Eddie Garcia leaves an indelible mark on the Philippine entertainment industry

Screen legend Eddie Garcia dies at 90

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The actor was hospitalized on June 8 following an incident on set

SCREEN LEGEND. In this file photo, Eddie Garcia receives a Cinemalaya 2018 award for his role in 'ML.' File photo by Rob Reyes

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

[ANALYSIS] China vs Filipino fishermen: Where is Duterte’s ‘tapang at malasakit’?

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion

Gloria Sevilla urges Duterte: Help Philippine cinema, movie workers

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The veteran actress calls on the president to not forget the importance of the Philippine movie industry

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Government gives aid to Gem-Ver crew

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:59 AM

But is it enough to cover all the damages incurred?

PH boat captain changes tune after meeting with Piñol

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol holds a closed-door dialogue with Gem-Ver fishermen, in a house surrounded by policemen in full battle gear

GEM-VER FISHERMEN. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol holds a press conference on June 19, 2019, with the 22 fishermen of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver, which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Piñol: Get the Chinese crewmen's side of the story

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Now that Gem-Ver's fishermen say they are not sure anymore if they were intentionally hit or not, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the side of the Chinese crewmen has to be heard as well

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Palicte TKO'd by Ioka in world title bout

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Aston Palicte misses out on the chance to capture the WBO super flyweight belt after falling prey to Kazuto Ioka

NO WORLD TITLE. Japanese Kazuto Ioka puts on a masterclass against Filipino Aston Palicte. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


PODCAST: Impunity in the West Philippine Sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Pakinggan ang usapan nina defense reporter Rambo Talabong, foreign affairs reporter Paterno Esmaquel, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ukol sa nangyaring banggaan at tugon ng administrasyong Duterte rito

2 Filipinos killed, 3 injured in New Zealand car-train crash

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The Philippine embassy in New Zealand 'stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families'

PH boat sinking 'wake-up call' to finish South China Sea code – analysts

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:18 PM

China experts say the long-delayed document would serve as a 'concrete and strong mechanism' for stability in the region

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

Gem-Ver captain to Duterte: Hold Chinese ship captain accountable

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

F/B Gem-Ver's captain and crew also want the government to help them keep Recto Bank exclusively for Filipino fishermen

DEMANDS. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea attend a press conference held at the municipal hall of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

When an OFW was found dead in a freezer, Duterte gave the Kuwait government an ultimatum. When he saw foreign interference, he cursed at foreign leaders. But he chooses caution towards China in the Recto Bank ramming.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TIMELINE: Sinking of Filipino boat in West PH Sea by Chinese ship

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship is 'a quantum escalation of China's aggressive acts against the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea'

FALSE: Panelo says Filipino fishermen are 'hallucinating' over sunken ship

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Panelo does not say that in any of his press briefings and interviews after the sinking incident. However, after President Duterte downplays what happened as a 'maritime incident,' Panelo shifts gears.

Palace to demand reparation from China only 'after facts established'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Hours earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the captain and crew of the Chinese vessel should apologize and provide compensation, whether or not the ramming was accidental

The fishermen of FB Gimver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cook of Gem-Ver crew: 'China is lying'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:15 PM

'Noong paglapit [namin] sa kanila para makapagsaklolo, para matulungan kami, sumibat na sila. Tapos sabihin nila kami pa ang nagsisinungaling?' says Richard Blaza

ONLY ONE AWAKE? The cook of fishing boat Gem-Ver Richard Blaza says he was also sleeping when the Chinese ship approached them. Rappler screenshot

How to apply for mobile number porting once the system's ready

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Learn how to keep your mobile phone number even as you switch service providers or your plan type from postpaid to prepaid and vice versa. Service providers will have 6 months starting July 2 to set up those porting systems.


WATCH: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Palicte vs Ioka fight – WBO Super Flyweight Championship

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Filipino Aston Palicte and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title in Chiba City, Japan on Wednesday, June 19


PH-China ties should not 'cover up' Filipino fishermen's accounts – analyst

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Security analyst Rommel Banlaoi says warmer ties pursued by the Duterte administration with China should not deny justice to the 22 Filipino fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver who were abandoned at sea

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo 'lawyering for China' on Philippine boat sinking incident, says Lacson

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:11 PM

'Parang ang mindset niya, defense counsel na nag-e-enter ng appearance for China if he was in a courtroom,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Why Senate cancelled ‘Bikoy’ hearing: Senator Panfilo M. Lacson explains to reporters, during Thursday’s weekly Kapihan sa Senado, why his committee on public order and dangerous drugs cancelled tomorrow’s (May 10) hearing on the viral online videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” or “Bikoy videos. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/ 09 May 2019)

Vintage Frederick Peralta items go on sale as designer recovers from stroke

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Creations by the veteran designer are on display and being sold at the Marriott Hotel in Manila

FREDERICK PERALTA. The iconic designer is raising funds for medical and living expenses as he recovers from a stroke. Screenshot from Michelle Garcia on Facebook

This author wrote a book about the 'drug war' for the young Fil-Am crowd

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Randy Ribay's 'Patron Saints of Nothing' tells the story of a young Fil-Am who flies to the Philippines after his cousin dies because of the campaign against illegal drugs

Chinese should apologize for PH boat sinking – Lorenzana

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) While he sees the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat as an 'accident,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the damage inflicted warrants an apology and compensation

APOLOGY NEEDED. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Is it time to revamp our heroes in movies and on TV?

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A week after Independence Day, I’m thinking: Are these the heroes we need or the ones we deserve?

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Lorenzana on Filipino boat sinking: 'It's just an accident'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'I think it's just an accident, based on information we got from the crew. Maybe the other side did not intend to bump them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

'JUST AN ACCIDENT.' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palicte, Ioka dispute vacant world crown

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Filipino Aston Palicte vies to stop Kazuto Ioka as the favored Japanese bids to become his country’s first four-division world titlist

POWER. Aston Palicte (left) hopes to display his punching prowess versus Kazuto Ioka. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Filipino fishermen awake when Chinese ship rammed their boat

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Contrary to the claims of Malacañang, the crewmen of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver were awake before the Chinese boat rammed them. There is more than one witness.

AWAKE. The crew of F/B Gem-Ver, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Has the sinking incident in the West PH Sea polarized Filipinos?

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Filipino netizens have been giving clashing opinions since the event was reported

The sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in West Philippine Sea

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:08 PM

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Gem-Ver boat owner to Duterte gov't: Whose side are you on?

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'Ipilit man po natin sa kanila ang katotohanan, mismo sila ang gumagawa ng lusot para maging mali kami. Bulag at bingi sila pagdating sa ating mga Pilipino,' says F/B Gem-Ver owner Fe dela Torre

'WE'RE TELLING THE TRUTH.' Fe dela Torre, one of the owners of F/B Gem-ver. is frustrated with the government's refusal to believe their side of the story.

Sunken boat's captain: 'Parang balewala ang pagbangga sa amin'

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:07 PM

'Binangga po kami talaga,' says F/B Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne, who tried to maneuver the Filipino boat away from the speeding Chinese boat's path

'BALEWALA.' Fishing Boat Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne is dismayed by the Duterte administration's statements on their ordeal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH refuses to summon China envoy over boat sinking

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Bakit, may kasalanan ba ito, kailangan bang magpaliwanag sa atin?' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

China omits 'besieging' by PH boats in new statement

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM

For the first time since the Recto Bank issue erupted, China also sends its sympathies to the 22 Filipino fishermen of the boat sunk by a Chinese ship

CHINA SPOKESMAN. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by AFP

Locsin raises PH boat sinking at U.N., hits sea 'felony'

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'It is a felony to abandon people in distress,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, after President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the issue as a 'maritime incident'

UN SPEECH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks on June 17, 2019, at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo courtesy of UN

Palicte braces for world title battle vs Ioka

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Aston Palicte has his sights set on the WBO super flyweight belt vacated by fellow countryman Donnie Nietes

RACKING IT UP. Aston Palicte seeks his 26th win in his professional career. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler


[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

Loss after boat sinking estimated at P2.2 M

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will forward the computation to President Rodrigo Duterte

DRY DOCKED. Children play beside the FB Gem-Ver in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019, after it was pulled out of sea for repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH boat sinking 'simple,' blown 'out of proportion' – Piñol

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol echoes the Chinese foreign ministry, which said that it was 'an ordinary maritime traffic incident'

AT HOME. F/B Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler