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PH to show ‘Quezon’s Game’ in Israel after deportation of Filipinos

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:47 PM

'It will be done,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr assures senators, who suggest reminding Israel of former Philippine president Manuel Quezon's efforts to save Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime

OPEN PH DOORS. In an untold story of Philippine History, Manuel Quezon tries to save many Jews from World War 2 by allowing them to enter the Philippines. Photo from YouTube Screenshot/ABS-CBN Star Cinema

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

U.S. Air Force vows ‘no let up’ in South China Sea patrols

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:11 PM

General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region

AIR DEFENSE. Filipino-US Sailors onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it anchored in Manila Bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Guevarra leaves PAO forensic lab probe to Ombudsman

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Complainant Wilfredo Garrido Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte can always 'fire' PAO chief Persida Acosta if the Ombudsman cannot act on his request to place her under preventive suspension

PAO FORENSICS. PAO forensic consultant Dr Erwin Erfe and chief Persida Acosta attend a  Senate hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

No rematch as Pacquiao's legacy drives Mayweather 'bonkers'

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Manny Pacquiao's recent victories are becoming a threat to Floyd Mayweather, according to MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons

NO REMATCH. Manny Pacquiao (left) continues to shine in his boxing career as Floyd Mayweather looks to stay retired. File photo by Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images

Locsin eyes ‘universal ban’ on foreign marine surveys in PH waters

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'Exceptions invite bribe$,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in a tweet as he announces a 'universal ban' on marine scientific surveys

NOT ALLOWED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says he is eyeing a ban on foreign vessels conducting marine research in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

U.S. 'ready to assist' in search for missing plane, pilot in Aurora

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

'We've been in touch with Philippine authorities to determine what assistance is needed and how we can help,' the embassy says

SEARCH FOR PLANE. Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin gets help from the United States in the search of a missing plane and its pilot in Aurora. Background photo of Baler, Aurora from Shutterstock

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Former diplomat Rod Severino gets posthumous Order of Lakandula honor

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The prestigious Order of Lakandula – one of the highest honors given by the Philippines – is awarded posthumously to former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr

POSTHUMOUS HONOR. Former ambassador received the presitgious Order of Lakandula. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Slap on wrist: Court orders ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco, director to pay P17,000 each

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr and former agriculture regional director Eduardo Lecciones of fraud after both pleaded guilty

DRILON'S OTHER ACCUSER: Former Representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. PRIB Photo

Not all EPD cops pleased with Mocha Uson as community relations speaker

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Eastern Police District reportedly withdrew an invitation to a businessman – the original event speaker – in favor of the controversial blogger

GUEST. Blogger and President Duterte's ardent supporter Mocha Uson graces the community relations event of the Eastern Police District on July 29, 2019. Sourced photo

Body of murdered Filipina found inside freezer in Texas

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Police are investigating the deaths of Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers and her husband – who reportedly shot himself after killing his wife – as a possible murder-suicide

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

After lotto closure, lawmaker suggests Pagcor funds for CHED, PSC

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:40 PM

CHED and the PSC are among the government agencies that benefit from the revenue of the PCSO, whose gaming operations President Rodrigo Duterte recently shut down

RESPONSE TO PCSO CLOSURE. AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr files House Resolution No 147 on July 30, 2019. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Former Kalinga mayor, wife convicted of graft, bribery

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Former mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr of Tabuk, Kalinga, and his wife are found guilty of extorting money from a private contractor

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. A detail of the Sandiganbayan building along Batasan Road in Quezon City. Rappler file photo

Key figures in the 2015 Iglesia ni Cristo controversy: Where are they now?

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Personalities involved in the 2015 controversy that hit the influential religious group are detained, granted refugee status, or in hiding except for the INC executive minister

Lagman delivers more scathing counter-SONA than Minority Leader Abante

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Both House Minority Leader Benny Abante and staunch opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman give their counter-speeches to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address

COUNTER-SONA. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (L) and Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr deliver their counter-SONA speeches on July 24, 2019.

Pacquiao, Mayweather trade barbs, fuel rematch talks

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Manny Pacquiao says that if Floyd Mayweather wants be relevant again, then they should fight in a rematch

REMATCH. Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather could end up facing again. Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images


House Minority Leader Abante backs return of death penalty

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante says he wants capital punishment only for certain heinous crimes, including plunder and rape

DEATH PENALTY BACKER. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr is a supporter of the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mayweather made 'special advisor' to China boxing team

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:12 AM

China hopes to boost its boxing medal count at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with retired superstar Floyd Mayweather

NEW CHALLENGE. Floyd Mayweather, whose perfect 50-0 record includes a conquest of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, reportedly plans to 'go all-out' with the Chinese team. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

New House Minority Leader wants ‘critical collaboration’ with admin

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

But Minority Leader Benny Abante vows minority his bloc will be 'no company union' in the 18th Congress

THE MINORITY. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr (center, seated) poses with the minority bloc members on July 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Grab' for Garbage: The Hakoot app helps optimize garbage collection

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Hakoot informs garbage collection management of the volume and kind of garbage needing disposal, while also allowing Dapitanons to monitor the location and direction of garbage trucks

HAKOOT'S MAKERS. The Jamolod brothers, Efren (sitting) and his brother Jesrome developed Hakoot to help with Dapitan's garbage problem. Contributed photo

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

‘It’s the wish of the President’: Lawmakers to back Cayetano’s House bid on July 22

Jul 21, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr says all 85 PDP-Laban congressmen will be supporting Alan Cayetano. Senate President Vicente Sotto III adds the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will be supporting Cayetano too.

VICENTE SOTTO III. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Revilla files Eddie Garcia bill, proposal to waive bank secrecy for public officials

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr files 100 bills in his first few weeks in office in a bid to 'fulfill his campaign promises'

HOME. Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CBCP president: Sedition allegations vs bishops 'beyond belief'

Jul 20, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'I cannot bring myself to believe that these bishops were involved in seditious activities; they are bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt,' says Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles of the 4 bishops included in the PNP's sedition complaint

CATHOLIC LEADERS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cavs waive veteran JR Smith

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:24 AM

JR Smith is set to become a free agent after nearly 5 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers

GETTING OUT. JR Smith finally finds a way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers whom he expressed disappointment in last season. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom: 'There will be consequences, far-reaching ones'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr rejects a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from DFA

SC suspends ex-Xavier University law professor for sexual advances to students

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) While there were no demands for sex, the Supreme Court says 'sexual harassment is not the violation of the victim's sexuality but the abuse of power by the offender'

SUSPENDED. The Supreme Court suspends a law professor for making sexual advances to students. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former Senate sergeant at arms Balajadia dies

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:04 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'All rise,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan, in honor of the Philippine Senate's longest-serving sergeant at arms, the late Jose Balajadia Jr

FORMER SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Jose Balajadia Jr served as Senate sergeant-at-arms from 2002 until his resignation on June 30. File photo from Senate

Iloilo governor declares dengue outbreak

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Over 3,000 cases of dengue have been recorded in the province since January 2019

CASES INCREASING. Dengue is a disease common in tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world. Photo from Shutterstock

Justice Reyes: Instead of West PH Sea, spend on Pasig river

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr defends President Rodrigo Duterte in an ongoing petition accusing the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Former Disney actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle gets married

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Congratulations to Anna and Scott Kline Jr!

No bet for Speaker yet, says House party-list bloc

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:49 AM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero tells party-list bloc members that he just signed the manifesto of support for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to 'thwart' a proposed term-sharing agreement among speakership bets

NO BET YET. Almost half of the party-list coalition holds an emergency meeting on June 26, 2019 to settle an issue over the heated speakership race. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

Robredo won't dignify Locsin's 'rude' remark against her

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'Ever since, hindi ako pumatol kapag usapang bastusan. Hindi naman ako nababawasan noon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NON-ISSUE. Vice President Leni Robredo is not provoked by DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin calling her stupid. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

CA Justice Bato supports same-sex marriage in SC application

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Two other Court of Appeals justices vying for a position at the Supreme Court express openness to the concept of same-sex marriage

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Bato Jr expresses support for same-sex marriage, citing equal protection clause in his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 25, 2019, for a justice position at the Supreme Court. Screenshot from JBC

4 Pinoys to represent Asia Pacific at Jr NBA Global Championship

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:41 PM

After making an impression in the Jr NBA regional camp, 4 young Filipinos earn spots in the global youth basketball tournament

TOP PERFORMERS. Asia Pacific’s top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls basketball players vie to show their wares against other teams from around the world in the US in August. Photo release

Despite Duterte openness, Locsin rejects joint PH-China probe

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'Who the fuck is this guy?' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, referring to an analyst who spoke of the proposed joint probe into the Recto Bank incident

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on the sidelines of Japan House of Councilors President Chuichi Date's courtesy call on the President in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

[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.

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the International Maritime Organization, the Philippines slams a Chinese vessel that sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr downplays the need for the Philippines to seek support from the international community after the Philippine boat sinking incident at Recto Bank. File photo from DFA

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Lawyer and retired NASA special agent Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find moon rocks that went missing after being given as gifts to nations

Joseph Gutheinz, an attorney known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," poses in his office on May 22, 2019 in Friendswood, Texas. Gutheinz has long been dedicated to tracking down missing Apollo moon rock samples. - After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time. Dozens of the "goodwill" moon rocks -- some only the size of a grain of rice, others as big as a marble -- have since gone missing, and Joseph Gutheinz Jr is on a mission to find them. (Photo by Loren ELLIOTT / AFP)

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr charged over groping claim

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Cuba Gooding Jr is charged with 'forcible touching' by New York prosecutors after allegedly groping a woman in a bar

Locsin on PH boat sinking: 'Fuck the international community'

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is our fight and in the end ours alone,' says foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr appears at a congressional briefing on the passport processing system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drug suspect arrested in Talisay City bust alleged member of int'l syndicate

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Mark Navarrete is arrested in buy bust along with Ruferd Gella and Juanito Amahan Jr

Photos courtesy of Talisay City Police

Generals snub red-tagging hearing at Court of Appeals

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The generals, including national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon and defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, are required to attend the hearing on July 11

WRIT OF AMPARO. (L-R) Human rights lawyers Rachel Pastores, Czarina Musni and Edre Olalia attend a hearing before the Court of Appeals on June 6, 2019, on the writ of amparo accusing the Philippine military of red-tagging and harassment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Robert Downey Jr bares plan to save the planet using technology

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:36 AM

'The Footprint Coalition' will launch by April 2020

IRON MAN IRL. Robert Downey Jr. announces plans to launch 'The Footprint Coalition.' File photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney/AFP

Dong Gonzales' edge in speakership race? ‘No political ambition in 2022’

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr believes having no plans for national office in 2022 would help his bid to become the Speaker of the 18th Congress

SPEAKERSHIP CANDIDATE. Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr talks to reporters on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler