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U.P. marine scientists: 'West Philippine Sea is for Filipinos'

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'We call on the public to be part of a movement for responsible stewardship not only for WPS but all the seas surrounding the country. We hope that such involvement would not stop in share, likes and comments in social media,' UP Marine Science Institute says

Frida, Mexico's famous rescue dog, retires

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:18 AM

The canine unit of Mexico's Marines honors Frida during her retirement after saving 12 people's lives in her decade-long career as a search and rescue dog

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 06, 2018, a rescue dog from the Mexican Navy, Frida, is pictured during a training session in Mexico City. Frida, a nine-year-old Labrador retriever who was a hero among rescue dogs in the September 2017 quake, retired this June 24, 2019 during a ceremony. RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'

PLASTIC USE. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations vow to do something about ocean waste. Image from Shutterstock

Huawei to sell stake in undersea-cable unit

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The 51% stake in Huawei Marine Networks will be bought by Hengtong Optic-Electric, an optical-cable manufacturer based in eastern China's Jiangsu province

HUAWEI. The Huawei logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 26, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Tulfo brothers lose PNP, Marine security details

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:26 PM

This comes as uniformed personnel fume at newsreader Erwin Tulfo for threatening to slap their comrade, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

RECALLED. Police and Marine security escorts of the Tulfo brothers are taken back to their national headquarters.

U.S. stealth fighter suffers millions in damage from bird strike

May 16, 2019 - 9:55 AM

A damage assessment report has not yet been completed but the US Marine Corps says the incident is classified as category 'A,' meaning the damage is expected to exceed $2 million

DAMAGED. In this file photo taken on September 16, 2016, US Air Force handout photo shows a US Marine F-35 Lightning II taking off at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/US Air Force/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Balikatan: U.S. shifts gears from counterterrorism to great power competition

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Balikatan may yet emerge as the template for multilateral exercises among US and its close allies in the entire Indo-Pacific region

World Bank to aid Philippines in fight against plastic

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Amid the government's ongoing rehabilitation activities in Manila Bay and its tributaries, the World Bank is stepping in to help as well

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

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Not so fantastic: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic?

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN

In this picture taken on November 7, 2018, a woman packs her shopping into a plastic bag in a supermarket in Chiba. From bento boxes to individually wrapped bananas, plastic reigns supreme in Japan. But amid global concern about single-use waste, new legislation could help end the country's love affair with plastic. Martin BUREAU / AFP

Many sharks closer to extinction than feared – Red List

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Seventeen of 58 species evaluated are classified as facing extinction, says the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation

Marines commandant protests U.S. border deployments, wall

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:09 AM

America's top marine warns that deployments to the US-Mexico border and President Donald Trump's plan for a wall poses an 'unacceptable risk' to the force

Members of the US Border Police guard the international bridge in Texas, as seen from Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico, on February 6, 2019. - Around 1,700 migrants traveling by caravan reached the US-Mexican border Tuesday, just as President Donald Trump prepared to give a major speech certain to include calls for his long-sought wall. (Photo by Julio Cesar AGUILAR / AFP)

Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:58 PM

'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley

DEATH BY PLASTIC. Authorities conduct a necropsy on a dead Cuvier's beaked whale in Mabini, Compostela Valley. Photo from D'Bone Collector Museum's  Facebook page

LOOK: Crab trapped in #PlasticMonster goes viral

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Diving in waters around Caban Island for the Greenpeace #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, Noel Guevara captures a photo of a crab trapped in a single-use plastic cup

SNAGGED. A crab floats inside a plastic cup along the Verde Island Passage on March 7. Photo courtesy of Noel Guevara.

LOOK: Art installation shows life under polluted waters

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Have you ever wondered what swimming in a polluted ocean is like?

SCENARIO. McKeough Marine Center simulates life under polluted waters if people do nothing about plastic waste. Photo from McKeough Marine Center

World's oceans are heating up at a quickening pace – study

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The findings in the US journal Science debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard

GENERAL. In this file photo taken on July 13, 2018, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP

5 missing after 2 U.S. military planes crash off Japan

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) One crew member has already been rescued and is thought to be in stable condition

CRASH. This file photo taken on July 15, 2014 shows a US Marine KC-130 air refueling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

SC urged: Rule now on 2008 petition vs exploration deal with China

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The petitioners say it is 'high time' that the High Court resolve their 10-year-old petition in view of a new joint exploration deal between the Philippines and China

SUPREME COURT. The High Court allows court employees to work only till noontime on Holy Wednesday. Rappler file photo

It's over: Bolt's Australian football dream collapses

Nov 02, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The track superstar had hoped to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a pro football player with the Central Coast Mariners

STAR POWER. Usain Bolt's presence at the Mariners garnered the club huge publicity. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Nuts and Bolt! Sprint legend grabs double after painful kick

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Usain Bolt recovers from a kick in the groin by scoring 2 goals in a preseason football game for Australia's Central Coast Mariners

CROSSOVER. Usain Bolt, playing for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners, jumps while controlling the ball in his first competitive start for the club against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Sieg Heil deja vu? Understanding the extreme right's global rise

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The extremist movements in Asia, while benefiting the elites, enjoy the support of the middle classes

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) In his continuing legal saga from 2003 to present, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV scores a major victory on October 22, 2018, after a Makati court rejects a government petition for his non-bailable arrest

Left photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP, right photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dead dolphins, diseased seals wash up on U.S. shores

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dolphin deaths are due to red tide, while sickened seals are infected by either avian influenza or phocine distemper virus

Masbate town hopes reef balls will revive endangered corals

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Some 300 reef balls out of a targeted 1,000 are scattered to hasten the coral regeneration in Masbate's Colorada Marine Protected Area

Port Barrera, Tigbao village, Masbate. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Mom of Marine killed in Marawi tears up at memorial rites

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:05 PM

John Frederick Savellano, 29, is among the Marines remembered on the first year of the liberation of the now legendary Mapandi Bridge

PROUD PARENTS. The parents of the late Marine 1st Lieutenant John Frederick Savellano were recognized at a ceremony to remember the sacrifices of the Marines in liberating the Mapandi Bridge. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Usain Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has given the Olympic track superstar a chance to prove his worth

NEW CHALLENGE. After a stellar track career, Usain Bolt hopes to make a mark in professional football. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

Usain Bolt chases football dream in Australia

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The 8-time Olympic champion will try his luck in the A-League

NEWFOUND LOVE. Usain Bolt plays for the FIFA 98 team against France's 1998 World Cup national football team to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's first World Cup title. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Ombudsman orders 6-month suspension of Olongapo mayor, city officials

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The complaint against Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino, Vice Mayor Aquilino Cortez Jr, and members of the city council stems from the city government's approval of the long-term lease of government land to SM Prime Holdings Incorporated

OLONGAPO CHIEF. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and other city officials face a 6-month suspension over with city government's lease agreement with SM Prime Holdings Incorporated. Photo from Mayor Rolen Paulino's Facebook page

U.S. hails arrests of 2 convicts in U.S. Marine's murder

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The US embassy says Galiciano Datu III and Crispin dela Paz, who were convicted for the high-profile 2012 murder of US Marine George Anikow, have been arrested

HAILING ARRESTS The US embassy in Manila hails the arrests of two suspects in the 2012 murder of a US Marine. File photo by AFP

Marine scientist is 2018 'Women in Science' National Fellow

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Dr Charissa Marcaida Ferrera hopes that with her fellowship, she could inspire young girls to pursue a career in science

FELLOW. Charissa Marcaida Ferrera is a university researcher from the UP Marine Science Institute. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Foundation

Manila 'trash bin' waterway choked with plastic

Jun 05, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Plastic pollution is a major problem in the Philippines, which along with China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, is frequently listed among the world's worst offenders

EARTH DAY. Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission personnel remove floating and plastic materials from Pasig River in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Earth Day 2018 campaigns to reduce single-use plastics with the theme, "Green the Cities, Green the Oceans. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Swimmer faces sharks, massive garbage patch on record Pacific crossing

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Part adventure, part scientific research, Ben Lecomte and his 8-person support team will conduct a host of marine experiments as they seek to raise awareness of ocean pollution and plastic contamination

PACIFIC SWIMMER. In this picture taken on June 3, 2018, French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte poses during an interview with AFP in Choshi, Chiba prefecture. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:02 PM

The pilot whale vomited up 5 bags during the rescue attempt before it died, says Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Bishops visit Marawi church before demolition

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Saint Mary's Cathedral in Marawi was desecrated by local terrorist groups at the height of the siege in 2017

Photos courtesy of DUYOG MARAWI

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes

Bantay Dagat members help protect Albay ecotourism destination

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

These guardians of the sea ensure no fishermen would encroach in a 135-hectare marine reserve and fish sanctuary

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia /Rappler

France's Marine Le Pen charged over ISIS tweets

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The move by a judge in Nanterre comes after the National Assembly voted in November to strip the National Front chief of her parliamentary immunity over the 3 photos of ISIS violence posted in 2015

ISIS TWEETS. Marine Le Pen leaves after delivering a speech in Paris, on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Ship crew use hot water to foil pirate attack off Basilan

Feb 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Western Mindanao Command says it received distress calls from the Presidential Management Staff and other government agencies seeking assistance for a cargo vessel that was under pirate attack in Basilan waters

SEAJACKING ATTEMPT. The MV Kudos survives a seajacking attempt on February 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom)

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

[The Conversation] Numerous new marine species are discovered every year – yet working out how many species there are in total is a much more difficult process

This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Tearful Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title

Jan 28, 2018 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'I'm so happy it's unbelievable. This is a dream come true, the fairytale continues for me,' says tennis superstar Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their men's singles final match on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Roger Federer makes 7th Aussie final as Chung Hyeon retires

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:05 PM

This is Federer's 7th Australian Open final as he chases his 6th Melbourne title and a record 20th Grand Slam victory

FINALS AGAIN. Switzerland's Roger Federer waves after South Korea's Chung Hyeon retired from their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. Photo by  William West/AFP

UP marine scientists cite benefits of research with China

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Amid concerns raised by some sectors over Benham Rise, the UP Marine Science Institute clarifies the collaboration with China is part of a long-running international undertaking