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Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

Football action swings to Batangas

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:39 PM

AboitizLand Football Cup, the longest running football tournament in the country, returns to Batangas for its second Luzon stint

FOOTBALL GALORE. The AboitizLand Football Cup is expected to host at least 100 teams in 9 different categories. Photo from Aboitiz


Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Marine commandant resigns amid rumored feud with Navy chief

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Major General Alvin Parreño relinquishes his post 5 months before retiring and after a rift with Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, who had disagreed with a proposal to separate the Marines from the Navy

"WE'RE OKAY." Outgoing Marine Commandant Major General Alvin Parreño (center, in black) and Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (3rd from right) share a light moment after the change-of-command ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Taguig City on Monday, October 14, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

U.S. senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:59 PM

On Monday night, October 14, a huge crowd fills Hong Kong's commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub

PROTESTS. Hong Kong police detain a man (C-face sideways) during protests in the Tseung Kwan O area of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Albayalde resigns as PNP chief | Evening wRap

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:32 PM

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Kin of Igorot OFW who fell to death in Abu Dhabi demands justice

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Lilian Falyao, the cousin of Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, says they are appealing to concerned agencies and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi to help with the investigation into the OFW's death

CRY FOR HELP. Lilian Falyao demands justice for Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, an overseas Filipino worker who fell to her death from a building in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

From tough cop to ‘coddler’: Oscar Albayalde’s fall from grace

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Oscar Albayalde was known as a strict cop. A year and 6 months later, a defeated Albayalde steps down from his post, amid piling allegations that he was not strict enough with his own men.

Standhardinger still shows up for Gilas Pilipinas practice despite trade

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:01 PM

National team coach Tim Cone says he is 'proud' of Christian Standhardinger for not using his trade from San Miguel to NorthPort as an excuse to skip practice

DETERMINED. Christian Standhardinger shows his dedication to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Former Senate president Nene Pimentel 'very ill,' says family

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:33 PM

PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac says that Pimentel, the party chairman emeritus, is in the intensive care unit

CRITICAL CONDITION. Former Senate President Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr is 'very ill and currently under treatment,' according to the Pimentel family. Rappler file photo

Perasol commends Maroons for holding fort in absence

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Bo Perasol will return to the sidelines for the UP Fighting Maroons after missing two games due to his suspension

BACK AT THE HELM. Bo Perasol says he commends his players for positively responding to the ordeal brought by his suspension. Photo from UAAP


U.S. presidential candidate Warren runs fake Facebook ad to target ad policies

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The ad states 'Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,' followed quickly by an admission that the statement is fake, devised only to aim at the platform's ad policies

BIG TECH. he presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


ASUS ROG Phone II: Specs, features, price in the Philippines

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Designed for gaming, the ROG Phone II retails for P49,995

Photos from ASUS


Michael V's father dies

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The comedian shares a prayer as his friends offer their condolences

Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Rescue work that is continuing into the night risks being hampered by additional rain falling in central and eastern Japan that officials warn could cause fresh flooding and landslides

AFTERMATH. Japan Self-Defense Forces evacuate residents from a flooded area during search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture on October 14, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press//AFP

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The university has been under fire for its supposed failure to address complaints of sexual harassment posted anonymously by students on an online freedom wall

Syria regime steps in to halt Turkish assault on Kurds

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Washington says it is planning to pull out 1,000 troops – almost the entire ground force – from Syria's north, in a move welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as 'a positive approach'

DEAL. Members of the special forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are pictured during preparations to join the front against Turkish forces, on October 10, 2019, near the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

BRT Sumisip-St Clare nips Marinerong Pilipino for PBA D-League crown

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:26 PM

BRT Sumisip-St Clare nails back-to-back wins for the title after dropping Game 1

NEW CHAMPS. BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare gifts coach Steveson Tiu his first PBA D-League title. Photo from PBA Images


Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

San Miguel ships Standhardinger to NorthPort for Tautuaa

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Christian Standhardinger and Mo Tautuaa exchange places following a shocking trade

GOODBYE. Christian Standhardinger bids farewell to San Miguel after helping the Beermen win two PBA titles. Photo from PBA Images


Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM

As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times yet remain pending at the House committee level.

World champions Yulo, Petecio to receive cash incentives

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Carlos Yulo rules in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, while Nesthy Petecio reigns supreme in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

CHAMPIONS. Carlos Yulo and Nesthy Petecio both deliver gold medals for the Philippines. Photos from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events (Yulo) and AIBA (Petecio)


Milked dry? COA calls for probe into Nabcor's P100-million dairy goat project

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the goals of the 2009 Dairy Goat Development Project 'were not fully realized' due to anomalies

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Trio win 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'This year's laureates have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty,' the jury says of Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer

NOBEL WINNERS. Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, French-American Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer of the US win the Nobel Economics Prize for their 'experimental approach to alleviating global poverty,' the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Oftana named Player of the Week as San Beda nears NCAA sweep

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Calvin Oftana wins his second NCAA Player of the Week award, the only player to achieve such a feat in Season 95

FRONTRUNNER. Calvin Oftana continues to make a strong case for the MVP plum. File photo by Josh Albelda


FALSE: '95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH'

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The claim is a misquoted statement from a 2017 Philippine News Agency report that was revised and later taken down

Resorts World operator to delist from PSE on October 21

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Travellers International buys back its shares at just P5.50 apiece, much lower than its IPO price of P11 back in 2013

Russian propaganda arm RT to train PH gov't media

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Russian TV channel RT will impart a 'different way of reporting' news to journalists of Philippine government-run news outlets like PTV 4 and PNA, says a PCOO official

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

K-pop star Sulli found dead

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) The actress debuted as a member of the girl group f(x)

GONE TOO SOON. Sulli, formerly of f(x) is found dead in her home. Photo from Sulli's Instagram

Design of new P20 coin to be unveiled in December

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The P20 coin will initially coexist with the banknote version. But the banknote will be gradually removed from circulation.


UAAP lifts Perasol suspension for October 16 return

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:49 PM

After missing two games, Bo Perasol will return to the sidelines for the UP Fighting Maroons' game against the UST Growling Tigers

BACK AT IT. Bo Perasol will call the shots anew for the UP Fighting Maroons after extending his apology to the UAAP. File photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler


Animated film 'Abominable' pulled in Vietnam over China's 9-dash line in map

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The U-shaped line appears on a map of the South China Sea in a scene in the film, which is about a Chinese teenager helping a yeti return to his home on Mount Everest

REVOKED. Vietnam revokes the license of 'Abominable' over a controversial scene. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

China imports, exports down in September 2019 as growth cools

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

China's imports dive 8.5% while exports drop 3.2% in September 2019, amid its trade war with the United States

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. Photo by AFP

6 dead as roof collapses on Peru costume party

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The incident occurs during a local festival taking place in a building in Huancayo, east of the capital Lima, with the roof collapsing due to 'intense rain and hail,' say police

IN PHOTOS: Fans flock to Bacolod’s 2nd pop culture convention

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Bacolod Convention of Pop Culture is one of the activities of the MassKara Festival

UAAP Player of the Week Pesquera wants to start winning culture in UP

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Pat Pesquera drains a miraculous buzzer-beater from half-court as the UP Lady Maroons end a 38-game losing streak

SKID BUSTER. Pat Pesquera becomes the first woman to claim the UAAP Player of the Week award in Season 82. Photo from UAAP


French police hold 5 over deadly knife attack

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:43 PM

One of those detained is an imam who preached at a mosque the attacker attended in Gonesse, who is on France's 'Fiche S' list of potential security risks, a source says

HONORING THE VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2019, police officers hold the coffins of their fallen colleagues during a ceremony at the Prefecture de Police de Paris in Paris, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Alab Pilipinas forward Caelan Tiongson retires at 27

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Caelan Tiongson forgoes a chance to help Alab Pilipinas reclaim the ABL championship

HANGING UP HIS SPURS. Caelan Tiongson says he did not expect basketball would bring him to "many places that I'll never forget." Photo from Instagram/caelantiongson


Singapore eases monetary policy, avoids recession

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:30 PM

It is the first time in over 3 years that Singapore is easing monetary policy

Photo from Shutterstock

New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leads global efforts to force technology firms to clamp down on extremist material

Filipino is part of winning team in IBM Food Waste Developer Challenge

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Justin Banusing of the University of Washington is part of FreShip, which uses smart containers to monitor food freshness and makes that data available for bidders to buy the food, helping prevent waste


An introduction to self-help: 7 books to help you get started

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

On your way to self-improvement? Help yourself with some self-help!

LOOK: Janelle Tee's Ati-Atihan-inspired national costume for Miss Earth 2019

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Janelle's national costume is made by Patrick Isorena

Robredo to P.E.T: Don't change the rules in VP protest

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Robredo's lawyers say the request to investigate 3 Mindanao provinces was a belated move by Bongbong Marcos and would violate PET rules

The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo held a press conference in Malate, Manila, on Monday, October 14, 2019, after filing a manifestation before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal calling on the PET to uphold its rules in resolving the election protest filed by losing candidate Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

DOH begins catch-up polio vaccination in Mindanao, Metro Manila

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Vaccination against polio in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Metro Manila will run from October 14 to October 27

POLIO VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on hospital detention

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Trump violently attacks media figures in supporter's event meme – New York Times

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The meme takes a scene from 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' using it to show Trump attacking members of a so-called 'Church of Fake News'

TRUMP VS 'THE CHURCH OF FAKE NEWS.' US President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on October 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Gauff salutes Federer for words of wisdom

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Coco Gauff says Roger Federer gave her a pep talk that has helped her on a path which saw her become the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since 2004

YOUNG CHAMP. Coco Gauff claims the Linz Open at 15 years old. Photo from Twitter/@WTALinz