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New Eastern Mindanao military commander vows strong push vs communist rebels

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'We will break them hard,' Major General Jose Faustino says of his plans in battling communist rebels in the region

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Jose Faustino (left) and Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr (center) on January 25, 2020. Photo from OPAPP

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

Photo from congress.gov.ph

'Liar!': Rival White House bids strain Sanders-Warren friendship

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:06 AM

The first signs of tensions emerge earlier in the week with reports that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in a private meeting in December 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win a presidential election

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 30: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trump trial possibly days away as Democrats meet

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Once the House forwards the charges, the Senate has to begin trial proceedings within one day

IMPEACHED. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC in October 2019 (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

Anti-gov't fun run draws thousands of defiant Thais

Jan 12, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The runners wield the 3-finger salute made famous by the Hunger Games franchise to oppose Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

3-FINGER SALUTE. People take part in a "run against dictatorship" in Bangkok on January 12, 2020. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Singapore faces first legal challenge over misinformation law

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Singapore Democratic Party, one of a handful of small opposition groups in the city-state, asks the courts to overturn a government order for it to correct two Facebook posts and an article on its website

Austria's Kurz returns as world's youngest chancellor

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Sebastian Kurz, 33, vows to 'protect the climate and the borders' as he becomes chancellor of Austria

CHANCELLOR. Austria's President Alexander van der Bellen (R) looks on as Austria's designated Chancellor Sebastian Kurz signs a document during a swearing-in ceremony of their new coalition government on January 7, 2020 at the President's office in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Military to resume offensives vs NPA as holiday ceasefire lapses

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:11 PM

The military, the defense chief, and the national security adviser all caution against reviving peace talks with communist rebels, saying it’s a ruse to buy guerrillas time to regroup

OFFENSIVES RESUME. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it would resume operations against the communist New People's Army after a holiday ceasefire lapses on January 8, 2020. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

LIST: Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Metro Cebu

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ready to party? Here are 10 places in Cebu to celebrate NYE 2020

Unusual deliveries lead army, PNP to CPP's plenum site

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Interrogations on two Skylab motorcycle drivers delivering goods show the transported items were ordered by Ka Jacob, commanding officer of the New People's Army Guerrilla Front 16C, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee

ANNIVERSARY. Armed members of the New People's Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joma Sison: Despite hiccups, CPP won’t back out of peace talks

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Tense encounters between government forces and communist guerrillas test a fragile holiday ceasefire, but the communist rebel leader says they are no reason to drop plans for negotiations

REBEL LEADER. Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison says recent tense encounters between the military and communist guerrillas are no reason to back out of planned peace talks with the government. File photo

CPP aborts annual plenum in Surigao del Norte citing security concerns

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) Ka Oto, spokesperson of the Guerrilla Front 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command, says the situation in Bacuag is tense as soldiers from the 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division are in the town

North Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of U.S. deadline

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:33 AM

State media says Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting which discussed a new 'transparent, anti-imperialist independent stand'

MEETING. This picture taken on December 28, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 29 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (top, L) attending the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Official ceasefire orders shown to communist peace panel

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:19 PM

After a tussle over alleged truce violations by communist rebels, the National Democratic Front now hopes the ceasefire can 'proceed effectively'

OFFICIAL ORDERS. The government has sent copies of official military and police ceasefire orders to the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines, following accusations of truce violations by communist guerrillas. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Israel's Netanyahu wins ruling party leadership primary

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:26 AM

'A huge win! Thank you to Likud members for their trust, support, and love,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets

VICTORIOUS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu beats his rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Joma Sison: Meeting Duterte in PH before reform agreement approval 'premature'

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder says he is willing to meet with Duterte 'in a country near the Philippines' after the resumption of peace talks, among other conditions

NOT IN PH. Communist leader Jose Maria Sison says he is willing to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, but 'in a country near the Philippines.' Rappler file photo

Duterte dares Joma Sison to come home, talk one-on-one

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) There will be 'no enforcement of any warrant' for the communist rebel leader's arrest, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says

DARE TO RETURN. President Rodrigo Duterte dares Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison to return to the Philippines and speak with him, ahead of planned formal peace negotiations. File photo from Malacañang

Israel's Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

The Israeli Prime Minister battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar. Who will lead the Likud party?

RIVALS. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest on December 26, 2019. Photo of Netanyahu from AFP, photo of Saar from Shutterstock

Sara Duterte: Exclude Davao City in ceasefire with CPP-NPA

Dec 23, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'For these terrorist organizations, sincerity is a strange word. To believe that they desire a peaceful end to the insurgency problem would be playing ignorant of their bloody habit,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

DISTRUST. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says working with the CPP-NPA is a fruitless effort. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

AFP accuses communist rebels of violating Christmas truce

Dec 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'They demand for peace but their actions speak otherwise,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command chief Major General Roberto Ancan on the first day of a 16-day ceasefire

FALSE: Convicted Ampatuan brothers are ‘Liberal Party members’

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The masterminds of the Ampatuan massacre were officials of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, the party of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. They were kicked out of the party after the massacre.

How to resume talks with communist rebels? January meeting to set agenda

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The National Democratic Front welcomes 'Little President Salvador Medialdea' in the peace panel and expects to continue disrupted talks for an 'Interim Peace Agreement'

Gov't, communist rebels declare 16-day ceasefire

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Following a ceasefire declaration by the guerrillas, President Rodrigo Duterte also orders government troops to observe a holiday ceasefire beginning Monday, December 23, up to January 7 next year

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Holiday ceasefire with CPP pushed after informal talks

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The proposed ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 will need the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist Party of the Philippines

QUIET HOLIDAY. The Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines agree to observe a holiday ceasefire. Photo from CPP's Joma Sison

Pete Buttigieg under fire as Democratic rivals see 2020 threat

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Pete Buttigieg's steady rise in recent polls has brought him attacks by rivals who see him as an obstacle in their run for the 2020 United States presidential election

NEW TARGET. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is slammed by rivals in the most recent Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential election. File photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

UK opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn says 'sorry' for election defeat

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country,' Jeremy Corbyn writes in the Sunday Mirror newspaper

CORBYN. Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London on December 13, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Thailand's opposition frontman to lead anti-military rally

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Future Forward Party expects to draw thousands in the late-afternoon rally called by billionaire leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks to the media before the parliamentary vote for Thailand’s new prime minister in Bangkok in June 5, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Second-round presidential campaign begins in Guinea-Bissau

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

It's a race between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo

CAMPAIGN. In this file photo, a campaign poster of one of the main opposition candidate, Domingos Simoes Pereira is seen along the road on the eve of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election on November 23, 2019, in Bissau. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Johnson vows to get Brexit done after big election win

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson's Conservative party secures 365 seats – its biggest majority since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s

BIG WIN. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson leaves after retaining his seat to be MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip South at the count center in Uxbridge, west London, on December 13, 2019 after votes were counted as part of the UK general election. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2019: A bad year to be in the opposition

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Here are the 6 times the political opposition took a major hit from the Duterte administration in 2019

Dela Rosa says rebels only using peace talks to recruit fighters

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Kapoy na. Pagod na tao 'dyan,' says the police general-turned-senator

NO TO PEACETALKS. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says there shouldn't be any peace talks with communist guerillas anymore. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

UK Labour leader calls Russia leak accusations 'nonsense'

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn dismisses allegations that the leaked classified documents were put online by Russia

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

'Parasite singles': why young Japanese aren't getting married

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Matchmaking parties help Japan's singles find the right partners

MATCHMAKER. This photo taken on November 3, 2019 shows a woman checking a list of participants during a match-making party in Tokyo. Roughly a quarter of Japanese people between 20 and 49 are single, according to government data, and while people of this age routinely express a wish to get married, outdated social attitudes and increasing economic pressure is making tying the knot more and more difficult, experts say. Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

PH, China ruling parties should 'share experiences of governance,' says new envoy

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Ambassador Huang Xilian also says he would work on enhancing mutual trust and understanding between China and the Philippines, especially as the two countries mark their 45th year of diplomatic relations in 2020

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian at  the Thematic Briefing on the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in Makati City on December 6, 2019. The event was attended by PDP Laban officials, led by party president Senator Koko Pimentel (right).  Photo from the Chinese Embassy

How to have realistic zero-waste Christmas parties

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:17 PM

A 'buhay zero waste' practitioner shares personal tips on how to celebrate the festive season with the smallest amount of waste possible

Comelec to hear petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth registration

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Petitioners say Duterte Youth is the only organization since the institution of the party list to have been granted registration without completing publication and hearing requirements

LEGAL BATTLES. Duterte Youth's seat in the 18th Congress remains vacant as the party faces several complaints filed against it at the Comelec. Photo by Jire Carreon

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Last card': Duterte sending Bello to talk to Sison

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again expresses openness to peace talks with communists

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello attend a Labor Day event. Malacañang file photo

Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The House allows Francisco Datol Jr to take his oath after the Comelec issues a certificate of proclamation to the Senior Citizens party-list group

THE RETURN. Francisco Datol Jr (2nd from R) takes his oath as Senior Citizens congressman on December 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. says will 'protect its interests' at climate conference

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'The United States will continue to participate in ongoing climate change negotiations and meetings – such as COP25 – to ensure a level playing field that protects US interests,' says the US State Department

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Singapore uses law against misinformation for first time

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Tech giants including Google and Twitter have criticized the law, as have activists who fear it could stifle online dissent

Guinea-Bissau votes on new president to break political deadlock

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Electoral frontrunners such as incumbent Jose Mario Vaz and ex-prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira promise to tackle endemic problems such as corruption and joblessness

AT THE POLLS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. Some 700,000 voters are registered for the November 24 poll. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ruling party faces exit as Uruguay votes for president

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:24 PM

A win for the right would 'reflect a trend in the region of voters rejecting the incumbent party over disappointing results,' an analyst says

RUN-OFF. This combination of pictures shows Uruguay's presidential candidate for the Partido Nacional party, Luis Lacalle Pou (L), on October 27, 2019, and Uruguay's presidential candidate for the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front) party, Daniel Martinez, on October 23, 2019, both in Montevideo. Photos by Eitan Abramovich and Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Thai court strips opposition frontman of MP status – judge

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit's removal as an MP means the Election Commission could bring criminal charges that carry serious penalties - including a political ban and imprisonment

NO LONGER AN MP.  In this file photo taken on March 27, 2019, Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit arrives at a hotel for a joint press conference with other political party leaders in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

UK PM, Labour make election pitch to business

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Confederation of British Industry chief executive Carolyn Fairbairn warns that 'extreme ideology' on both sides is weighing on business confidence

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in central London, on November 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Cambodian opposition leader still to face treason trial – PM

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, clarifies on Monday that Cambodian opposition figure Kem Sokha would still face trial

KEM SOKHA. This photo taken on September 11, 2018 shows Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) sitting with his mother Sao Nget while confined by the government at his residence in Phnom Penh. File photo by Chhea Bunnarith/AFP