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America's endless battle against lethal drug fentanyl

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

US authorities have been fighting the drug trade for half a century, but in fentanyl, they are facing the deadliest drug yet

K9 PATROL. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) K-9 agent checks automobiles for contraband in the line to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP

After a week, BFP allows LRTA to probe fire damage

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority has yet to determine the replacement parts needed to be purchased

CLEARED. The Light Rail Transit Authority has been given clearance by the Bureau of Fire Protection to assess the damage incurred by the rectifiers, after getting criticism from the House committee on transportation. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Char pattern hints arson as possible cause of Star City fire

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The Pasay City fire marshal says they were still looking at other angles

ARSON? Pasay City fire marshal Supt. Paul Pili said the char pattern and irregular bend of metal elements inside the structure could have been a result of arson. Photo by Ben Nabong

Group hits gov't for 'lack of clear guidelines' on African swine fever

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

What should Filipinos do amid the African swine fever outbreak? The group World Animal Protection says the government isn't clear about this.

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship – watchdog

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says the worst regimes have media serving 'as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile'

U.S., Turkey launch joint patrols in northeast Syria

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:59 PM

A joint center of operations has been established as part of the agreement for a 'safe zone' between the Turkish border and the Syrian areas controlled by the YPG

JOINT PATROL. This picture taken on September 8, 2019 shows an US army helicopter flying over Turkish (R) and US (L) armored vehicles which take part in their first joint patrol under a deal reached between Washington and Ankara, at the border with Syria near Akcakale, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Hong Kong's grandpa protesters speak softly but carry a stick

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Elderly members of 'Protect the Children' march to mediate between police and demonstrators, and buy protesters time when the cops start to charge

DEFIANT SILVER HAIRS. This picture taken on September 7, 2019 shows "Grandpa Wong," 85, shielding protesters from the police by holding his walking stick up along with other "silver hair" volunteers in the Tung Chung district in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP)

PH, Taiwanese groups seek probe into OFW's death in Taiwan factory

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Taiwan's Environmental Quality Protection Foundation and the EcoWaste Coalition of the Philippines urge the Taiwanese government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death of 29-year-old Deserie Castro Tagubasi

TRAGIC DEATH. Filipino worker Deserie Castro Tagubasi died during a workplace accident in Taiwan. Photo from the Facebook page of Deserie Castro Tagubasi

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

Turkey says Syria Kurds withdrawal 'must be confirmed'

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

As part of the US-Turkey deal to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria, a joint operations center was set up and there will be joint patrols. Turkey hopes the patrols would start 'as soon as possible.'

CONFIRMATION? This file photo shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looking on before posing for a family picture during the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 27, 2019. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Syria Kurds say fighters start pullback from Turkish border

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The so-called 'safe zone' agreed by Washington and Ankara aims to create a buffer between the Turkish border and Syrian areas controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units

MEETING. Mazloum Kobani (L), commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and Brigadier-General Nicholas Pond (2nd-L), a representative of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, attend a meeting with other SDF commanders in the northwestern Syrian city of Hasakah, in the province of the same name, on August 24, 2019. Syria's Kurds have said that they would support the implementation of a US-Turkey deal to set up a buffer zone in their areas along the Turkish border. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Philippines helms 1st ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and develop a framework for cooperative enforcement of data privacy laws and cross-border data flow

RAYMUND LIBORO. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro helms the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of National Privacy Commission

Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:40 AM

More than 600 'Googlers' sign a petition prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract

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Damascus rejects Turkey-U.S. plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:59 PM

No details are provided on the size or nature of the safe zone, but the deal appears to provide some breathing room after Turkey threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish People's Protection Units

KURDS. This file photo shows Syrian Kurdish members of the People's Protection Units (YPG) attending the funeral of a slain Kurdish commander in the northeastern city of Qamishli on December 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Bikoy applies for state protection

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'My life and the life of my family... is at risk,' says Peter Joemel Advincula

WITNESS PROTECTION. Peter Joemel Advincula meets with his lawyer Larry Gadon before his application to be under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) is passed to the DOJ on August 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

Amid Negros killings, Duterte warns of doing ‘something drastic’

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will have guns issued to fire fighters so they can help in maintaining peace and order

NEGROS VIOLENCE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 'Araw ng Pasasalamat' for the overseas Filipino workers at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang photo

Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:37 AM

The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

Former White House chief joins firm that detains migrant children

May 04, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls accuse John Kelly of profiting from policies he had supervised during his stint in President Trump's administration

EX-CHIEF OF STAFF. In this file photo, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Singapore fake-news bill raises fears of censorship

May 04, 2019 - 12:21 PM

According to Singapore’s draft law, ministers get to decide without any judicial review what online content is true or false simply if it offends them. Other countries may do the same

Visual by Gogi Kamushadze/Coda Story


3-year-old boy 'abandoned' at U.S.-Mexico border

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 AM

US border patrol officials say the boy was 'abandoned; by a group of suspected illegal immigrants who had crossed into the United States from Mexico near Brownsville, Texas

An ice-cream vendor walks near the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US is sending armed soldiers to the southern border after Mexican soldiers recently "pulled guns" on US troops. Guillermo Arias / AFP

Philippines considering making Pag-asa Island protected area

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Will the declaration of the island as a marine protected area keep Chinese ships away?

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

STATE OF MEDIA. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) holds a press conference in Manila on April 16, 2019, on its findings on the state of Philippine media. Photo by Rappler

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

President Bolsonaro: Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Brazil does not owe the world anything when it comes to environmental protection,' says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

'UNATTAINABLE.' Brazil earlier declined to host the UN Conference on Climate Change after finding the objectives impossible to attain. File photo by Ricardo Morales/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria force pummels last ISIS bastion

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have since March 10 rained fire on the enclave in a bend of the Euphrates River, blitzing thousands of ISIS members into surrender

FRONTLINES. Fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pictured in the town of Baghouz, on the frontline of fighting to expel the Islamic State group from the area, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China vows increased U.S. imports, IP protection at trade talks

Feb 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

In a breakthrough, China agrees to increase imports of US goods and boost cooperation on protecting intellectual property

NEGOTIATIONS. US and China delegations during the trade talks in Washington DC on January 30, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

COA raises alarm over BFP's failed modernization program

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

State auditors doubt the Bureau of Fire Protection can meet its targets by 2020

MISSED TARGETS. The Commission on Audit finds that the Bureau of Fire Protection sorely missed its targets for its 8-year-old modernization program.

France hits Google with 50 million euro data consent fine

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:17 AM

France's data watchdog says Google made it too difficult for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used


Twitter patches Android bug that made private tweets public

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Twitter says the bug on Android disabled the protected tweet setting if certain conditions were met, such as changing the email address connected to your account

Turkey to set up Syria 'security zone' after Trump call

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

In a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirms that 'a 20-mile security zone along the Syrian border... will be set up by us'

TURKEY. Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. File photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In a telephone conversation, the leaders 'discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of the country,' the Turkish presidency says in a statement

ON SYRIA. This combination of file pictures created on August 11, 2018 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) deliverling a speech during an AK party's group meeting at the AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, on January 26, 2018; and US President Donald Trump (R) during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 30, 2018. File photos by Adem Altan and Saul Loeb/AFP

PNP recalls politicians’ police escorts for 2019 polls

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:23 AM

The routine recall is done to prevent election violence and the politicization of the police force

RECALLED. Hundreds of cops are gathered in Camp Crame as part of the election ban on keeping police escorts. PSPG Photo.

WATCH: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Can we travel much further into the future? Absolutely. The really interesting question is whether we can travel back into the past.

'TIME MACHINE'. Dr Who used the this time machine, called the TARDIS, to travel through space and time on the BBC television show Dr Who. Babbel1996 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

1 dead as fire strikes Antipolo City Jail

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:34 AM

(3RD UPDATE) At least 13 inmates are injured in the fire

INJURED. One of 13 inmates injured during the fire at the Antipolo City jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

2nd Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. custody

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Guatemalan government has called on the US to conduct a clear investigation into how the child died

Build Malay fire station now, town execs urge BFP

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Malay is one of municipalities in Aklan province without a fire station

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

Journalists become increasing 'targets' for killings – watchdog

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The Committee to Protect Journalists says 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were 'singled out for murder'

Global media groups start fund-raising for Rappler

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa will be the first recipients of fund for journalists facing threats to press freedom worldwide

IN COURT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing legal cases filed by the Phiippine government. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon