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Dwight Howard joining Lakers

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Despite talks that Dwight Howard has always been a negative presence in the locker room, the Lakers want the eight-time NBA All-Star on board

COMEBACK. Dwight Howards returns to the Lakers after 6 years to fill the void left by injured DeMarcus Cousins. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: San Juan restores Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, the city’s pride

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is digging through the Spanish-era water tunnels under the memorial grounds, and hopes to open it to visitors by early 2020

 PRIDE OF SAN JUAN. The Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine is getting a P50-million makeover, care of the Department of Public Works and Highways and in coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/

PNP: Releasing thousands of Bilibid inmates not cause for concern

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:55 PM

'Naniniwala tayo na after serving their time, may pagbabago na naganap sa kanilang buhay,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

NO THREAT. The Philippine National Police argues that convicts change after incarceration. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'If only the greatest power on earth led by the example of subscribing to UNCLOS, it would be a safer world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr meets with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Department of State, December 20, 2018. File photo courtesy of US State Department

Pernia to Congress: Pass 2020 budget on time to ensure economic growth

Aug 22, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia also asks lawmakers to consider extending the validity of the 2019 budget

FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Pernia urges Congress to pass the 2020 budget on time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Injury-hit Lakers to look at Howard, Noah

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Veteran big men Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard get workout invites as the Lakers brace for the absence of DeMarcus Cousins

VETERAN PRESENCE. The Lakers check out if the seasoned duo of Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard can fit in. Photos by AFP

Police, AFP presence in campuses needed to prevent U.S.-like school shootings – Galvez

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr points to the 'international' spread of school shootings, saying this is enough to reconsider the 1989 deal banning police and military from UP campuses

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes newly-appointed Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr., as a new member of his cabinet prior to the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cayetano will not tolerate 'parked' funds in 2020 budget

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano notes that 'parking' of funds is 'a form of corruption'

'WALANG TAKIPAN.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says he will fight against corruption in the 18th Congress. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

2020 budget priorities: Infrastructure, social services, peace and security

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Under the proposed 2020 national budget, the Department of Education once again gets the lion's share with P673 billion

2020 BUDGET TURNOVER. (From L-R) House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, DBM Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab, House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Steph Curry finances college golf team for 6 years

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

'I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University and look forward to building their first men's and women's golf teams with them,' says Steph Curry

AVID GOLFER. Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry commits to help Howard University build its golf program. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers eye Dwight Howard with Noah also available

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Dwight Howard is set to meet the Los Angeles Lakers, who are seeking a center after DeMarcus Cousins' knee injury

LOCKED ON. Dwight Howard is given a chance to discuss with the Los Angeles Lakers who are missing a center due to DeMarcus Cousins' injury. File photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bigyan natin ng pagkakataong yumabong ang Filipino

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Hindi isinasantabi ng Filipino ang wika nating kinalakhan at ang kulturang nagpausbong nito. Tulay itong naglalayong pag-ugnayin tayo sa kabila ng ating pagkakaiba-iba.

Missing NBA stars spark Australia consumer watchdog probe

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Fans want their money back following a series of NBA superstar withdrawals in Team USA's pre-World Cup exhibition games in Australia

LEAN LINEUP. Lakers star Kyle Kuzma (right) is one of the 13 players remaining in the USA pool as several young guns like Marvin Bagley (left) have also pulled out. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] The benefits of knowing many languages

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:00 PM

But long-term policies threaten our multilingualism. Most high schools don’t offer any other language subjects, whether native or foreign, besides English and Filipino.

Spurs to retire French great Tony Parker's number

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Two months after announcing his retirement, Tony Parker gets to see his number 9 jersey raised to the rafters in San Antonio this season

LEGEND. Tony Parker helped the San Antonio Spurs capture 4 NBA titles. File photo

NBI seizes Messy Bessy products for lack of FDA permits

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Certain products – among them, cosmetics – must first secure FDA permits before they are sold in the market

Lakers' Cousins could miss NBA season with new injury

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Just weeks after joining the Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins suffers a third serious leg injury in 18 months

HARD LUCK. DeMarcus Cousins, who sat out most of last season with the Warriors due to injury, absorbs another blow. Photo from NBA

Sudan protest group nominates ex-U.N. economist for PM – officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok, who stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, is due to be formally selected on August 20

Myanmar rebels carry out unprecedented attack on military academy

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Thursday's brazen assault targets Pyin Oo Lwin, a tourist town near Mandalay, that is also home to barracks teeming with soldiers receiving training

TNLA. This picture taken on January 16, 2014 shows soldiers of the Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA) standing guard outside a village in Mantong township, in Myanmar's northern Shan state. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

PNP urges 8chan's Jim Watkins to pay visit to Camp Crame

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine National Police urges Jim Watkins to follow the lead of 8chan creator Fredrick Brennan and 'give anything he would want to share in our ongoing investigation'

JIM WATKINS. 8chan's current owner, Jim Watkins, reaches out to the public via YouTube. Screenshot from YouTube video.

Duterte signs law making November 17 National Students' Day

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The declaration pays tribute to 'student activism' yet the Duterte administration has been criticized for using its crackdown on the Left to quell legitimate dissent in campuses

Students protest the CHEDs decision to remove the Filipino language and studies subjects and courses in the present curriculum and the Implementation of the mandatory ROTC in grades 11-12 in the coming school year which opens on June 5.   The protesters hurled paint balls at the CHED gates in protest of the policies. Police apprehended some protesters while trying to prevent the paintball throwing which ended in a scuffle between the students and the police.  Photo by Jire Carreon

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

A woman accused in the e-mail as a terrorist says her father may have been behind it due to his disapproval of her fiancé

INTEL ON ALLEGED TERRORISTS. An email sent to the National Bureau of Investigation sets off a full-blown investigation into the alleged entry of terrorists in the country. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

EPD chief: Cops asked to donate P100 for PNP chaplains' retirement home

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'That is voluntary,' says Eastern Police District chief Nolasco Bathan

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The NCRPO's Bahay Pari project inside Camp Bagong Diwa. NCRPO photo

Artists call for 'independent' probe into alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The artists groups also point out that the alleged incident is the 'latest of assault narratives deploring sexual misconduct within the Philippine arts and culture community in recent years'

Anakbayan: ‘Missing’ youth activist is free and safe

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The 18-year-old Anakbayan member is still active, but not ready to resurface due to threats of harassment, abduction, and assassination, the group's leader says

YOUTH ACTIVISTS. (From left) Hen Namoca, Raoul Manuel of NUSP, Alex Danday of Anakbayan, Kara Tanggava of LFS, and Daryl Angelo Baykado of the CEGP hold a press conference on August 12, 2019, to belie the allegation that a 17-year-old student who joined Anakbayan was kidnapped. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NCRPO chief Eleazar might want to check on this police district director

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:00 PM

This police district director has required the thousands of cops in his jurisdiction to pay P100 each for the renovation of toilets in his headquarters

[ANALYSIS] Second chances

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:29 AM

As we celebrate International Youth Day on Monday, August 12, we must strive to find solutions to ensure that children and young people who have fallen back are not left behind

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINYON] Industriya sa Buwan ng Wika

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Nakatutuwang isiping nagkakaroon ng pagtangkilik sa barong tagalog kasabay ng pagtangkilik sa wikang pambansa. Sana lang, hindi ito pang-isang buwan. Sana buong taon.

Malacañang will ‘not allow nor tolerate’ abuse vs foreign nationals

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders a probe into the death of a Chinese national who was allegedly abused by his Chinese employer

PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation on the death of a Chinese national allegedly abused by his Chinese employer. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Car bomb kills 2 U.N. personnel in Libya's Benghazi

Aug 11, 2019 - 12:11 AM

At least 8 others, including a child, were injured in the attack

CAR BOMB. Libyans gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on August 10, 2019. Photo by AFP

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson hits Duterte for letting cops accept gifts, ignore anti-graft laws

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The Senator and former police chief criticizes the President for condoning 'petty graft' that could lead to 'insatiable greed'

FORMER POLICE CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks before the Senate plenary on July 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] We are young and we choose to fight back

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'This is why the youth’s patriotism will never be quelled for we continue to embrace the struggle of workers, peasants and other sectors of the society,' asserts youth activist Daryl Angelo Baybado

Duterte says he's given billions to PNP for drug war intel work

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'Spend it so that you can solve the problem,' says President Rodrigo Duterte to an audience of police officers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Why don't we celebrate Buwan ng mga Wika instead?

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Almost 50 Philippine languages are endangered because the number of speakers are declining. Part of the problem is government policies that have favored English and Tagalog for many decades.

Can we eat meat and still tame global warming?

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'What we've pointed out on the basis of scientific evidence is that there are certain diets that have a lower carbon footprint,' says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change co-chair Jim Skea

Duterte to cops: Accept gifts, ignore anti-graft law

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'If there is generosity in them, sabi ng anti-graft law, you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EXCEPTION FOR COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells cops to accept gifts as long as it comes from the 'generosity' of the donors. Malacañang file photo

Pernia lists steps to improve disappointing Philippine GDP growth

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The dismal state of agriculture, trade wars, and domestic politics are just some of the problems the government's economic team is facing

World warned: change now or endanger food and climate

Aug 08, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off

Malacañang won't allow abuses vs Chinese workers

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The Palace wants Pagcor to explain its plan to put Chinese POGO workers in self-contained hubs before it comments

IN PHOTOS: PNP shows off P784-million worth of new vehicles, firearms

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:25 PM

The Philippine National Police gets new equipment to help improve the operational capability of police stations across the country

Durant doesn't blame Warriors for torn Achilles tendon

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:11 AM

'Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game,' Kevin Durant on his season-ending injury

REHAB. Kevin Durant has signed with the Brooklyn Nets, but isn’t expected to see action until next year. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea stole $2 billion for weapons from cyber attacks – UN report

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The United Nations says it is investigating at least 35 reported instances of Pyongyang 'attacking financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges and mining activity designed to earn foreign currency'

Israel gets missing Franz Kafka papers, ending long legal battle

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The late Czech writer's papers are now in the hands of the Israel National Library

Guests look at papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka, on display at the Israeli embassy after the stolen items were handed over to the Israeli ambassador by Germany's Bundeskriminalamt, in Berlin on May 21, 2019. - German police on May 21, 2019 handed over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, and who is primarily responsible for Kafka's success as one of the 20th century's most influential writers, having published many of his works after the writer's death in 1924. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Police release 3 alleged Chinese kidnappers after victim left PH

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The victim, 24-year-old Lei Kun, already left the country, according to the Chinese consulate

Nations agree landmark U.N. climate report after marathon talks

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The land use report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to spell out the stark choices facing a warming planet with a growing, hungry population

LANDMARK REPORT. A sign of the World Meteorological Organization hosting the 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is seen at the entrance of the headquarters, on August 2, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Writers urge NCCA to probe alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Over 300 writers sign an open letter calling on the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to conduct a 'thorough and independent' probe considering it had funded the workshop

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at