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President's surprise: Duterte gifts January celebrants among Marines P50,000 each

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises a deadline for the gift: no later than January 15

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE. President Rodrigo Duterte gifts marines celebrating their birthdays in January with P50,000 each. Malacañang photo

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

In a Philippine village, pangolin hunting happens under local officials' watch

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Barangay officials in Culion, Palawan do a balancing act trying to save the Philippine pangolin species and keeping their posts

PANGOLIN HUNTING. At night time, hunters in Culion, Palawan, rove through this vast expanse of grassland with their dogs in hopes of spotting nocturnal pangolins, which they sell to buyers visiting their village. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Finland picks 34-year-old Sanna Marin as its youngest-ever prime minister

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:03 AM

At 34, Sanna Marin also becomes one of the world's youngest state leaders, ahead of Ukraine's prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is currently 35

SANNA MARIN. File photo from Jari Niemela at Wikimedia Commons

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, coral reef conservation champion, dies

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez's pioneering research on the state of coral reefs in the Philippines fueled public concern and led to worldwide conservation initiatives

PIONEER. National Scientist Edgardo Gomez has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and researches on marine ecosystems which paved the way for the Philippines' marine conservation programs. Photo from DOST

LOOK: PH Marine Corps firing ranges prepped for SEA Games 2019 shooting meet

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The firing ranges at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, are renovated before the shooting competitions begin on Monday, December 2

HELPING HAND. This photo taken on November 26, 2019, shows members of the Philippine Marine Corps helping to prepare the firing ranges at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, to host the shooting competition of the 2019 SEA Games. The first round is scheduled on December 2. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Marine Corps

Antarctic marine sanctuary talks deadlocked for 8th straight year

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Sources in touch with delegates at the weeklong talks say China and Russia continued to oppose the parks' creation due to concerns over compliance issues and fishing rights

Plans have been on the table since 2012 to create two massive and remote marine sanctuaries in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. File photo of Ross Ice Shelf in the Ross Sea from WikiCommons

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives

Esperon: Gov't set to lift moratorium on scientific research in PH waters

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says this is in line with the government's goal to sustainably develop and protect the country's marine resources

PHILIPPINE WATERS. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says the Philippines will start processing applications for marine scientific research again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ocean Adventure operator challenges foreclosure

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'We have been forced to take SBMA to court since they are clearly unwilling to deal with us in good faith,' says SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

UK murder probe as 39 dead found in truck from Bulgaria

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) All victims are pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, triggering revulsion among politicians and putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

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

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

8 of 10 naval board topnotchers from University of Cebu

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:51 AM

This is not the first time the university dominated the naval board exam. In 2017, UC swept all 10 top slots.

TOPNOTCHERS. University of Cebu students take 8 of 10 top spots of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Exam. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ocean Adventure operator: SBMA move vs lease to have 'chilling effect'

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:25 AM

SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga says the SBMA's decision to preterminate its lease is 'extremely unfair...to the point of recklessness'

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

SBMA to foreclose Ocean Adventure Park

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Incorporated commits numerous violations and has arrears of about P25 million on its payment scheme and P7 million on its current billing

Coal threatens emerging sea cucumber culture in Palawan

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'This can affect the sea cucumber growth if untreated water is discharged to the sea, along with siltation from road construction and mining,' says a researcher from the Western Philippines University

SMOKE-DRIED. Elizabeth, a resident of Barangay Caguisan in Narra, Palawan, smoke-dries their sea cucumber catch for the month. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nadal swats Cilic aside in U.S. Open last 16

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Rafael Nadal reigns in a clash of former US Open champions to advance to the quarterfinals

CRUISING. Rafael Nadal books his 40th Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Just how valuable is the West Philippine Sea?

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The monetary value of our marine ecosystems in 2007 was thought to be US$966.59 billion, or close to $1 trillion. Using the 2007 exchange rate, that’s P44.61 trillion or nearly 6.5 times our GDP back then.

Ancajas trains in ideal conditions for either Marin or Gonzalez

Aug 19, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Jerwin Ancajas is currently holed up at the Philippine Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales for his eighth title defense

PROMOTED. For his ring exploits, Jerwin Ancajas gets promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Photo by Alvin S. Go/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

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.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