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An introduction to self-help: 7 books to help you get started

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

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Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

De Lima wants PH gov't to reconsider vote vs U.N. reso on Rohingya

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values

RECONSIDER. Senator Leila de Lima says that the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values. AFP file photo

Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Taiwan remains a sore point to this day among party leaders in Beijing, and the emergence of a growing Taiwanese identity is a headache for Beijing's plans

REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows 100-year-old Kuomintang army veteran Hsiang Pi-chien at the Tainan Veterans Retirement Home in Tainan. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

'Red-tagged' anti-mining lawyer survives ambush in Capiz

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:05 PM

In NUPL's latest update, there have been 47 judges, prosecutors and lawyers killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016

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FALSE: Hontiveros 'called for EDSA revolution to oust dictator president'

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:47 PM

There is no such statement from Senator Risa Hontiveros

AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Shorter people run higher risk of diabetes – study

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The authors speculate that the greater health risk in shorter individuals is likely linked to higher liver fat content, and a larger number of risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

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Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

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

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

Guevarra provides Duterte legal basis for rearrest of freed convicts

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The justice secretary finds two Supreme Court cases, one from 1967 and one from 2001, to provide President Rodrigo Duterte the legal basis for his order

TO THE RESCUE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sits inside Malacañang and watches on as President Rodrigo Duterte credits him for the legal justifications of an order to re-arrest convicts who were already released on good conduct time allowance. Photo courtesy of RTVM

Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

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

China 'rotates' troops in Hong Kong ahead of planned rallies

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:39 PM

'The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Thursday morning completed the 22nd rotation since it began garrisoning Hong Kong in 1997,' Xinhua news agency says

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTEST. This file photo taken on August 28, 2019 shows pro-democracy protesters taking part in a rally to support Cathay Pacific staff in Hong Kong after some of their staff were sacked for supporting opposition to a controversal extradition bill. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Fox to turn ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ into TV series

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Mitch Albom's best-selling novel is coming back to life on the small screen!

No one left out: Schools required to provide neutral desks for students

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Left-handed students get a helping hand from a law that requires schools to use classroom desks suitable for both the left-handed and right-handed

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte warns communist rebels of 'trouble' in coming months

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'I'm serving [a] notice to everyone that in the coming months – not really bloody – but there will be a little trouble. We have to finish it. This will make us a magnet to criticisms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NPA. 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

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

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tearful closure for families of 3 men abducted by NPA in 2017

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The military tracks down the graves of 3 men – a soldier, a retired cop, and a tribal chieftain – kidnapped by communist rebels in Bukidnon in 2017

Scene of Crime Operatives processed the remains of Police Officer 1 Joel Rey Galendez who was executed by the New People's Army in Barangay Digungan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon in August 2017. Galendez along with Philippine Army Technical sergeant Reynante España and tribal leader Datu Silang Dionesio Habana was abducted on August 22, 2017 and killed days later. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Shenzhen: The border city a world away from Hong Kong

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

In the sprawling mainland city known for its high-tech market, many Shenzhen residents say they do not support the protests in Hong Kong, which has seen 10 weeks of pro-democracy rallies

Trucks and armoured personnel carriers are seen parked at the Shenzhen Bay stadium in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong in China's southern Guangdong province, on August 16, 2019. Chinese military personnel and armoured personnel carriers have mustered in large numbers across the border in Shenzhen, as Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as Beijing ramps up its bellicose threats.  STR / AFP

China says it won't 'sit by' on Hong Kong; Trump expresses concern

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:19 AM

China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, says Beijing will not 'sit by and watch', warning that his government had 'enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly'

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The security forces could be seen moving in formation inside the stadium, and occasionally running, while others rode around outside on motorbikes

CHINA'S MILITARY. Chinese military personnel gather at the Shenzhen Bay stadium in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong in China's southern Guangdong province, on August 15, 2019. Photo by AFP

2 CAFGU members killed in NPA encounter in Abra

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Communist rebels attack a Cafgu detachment in Sallapadan town in Abra at dawn

CAFGU. Dandy Wacguisan. Photo from Dandy Wacguisan's Facebook page

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

Only 3 cases filed so far vs suspects in Negros Oriental shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Murder charges have been filed in 3 of 11 cases currently being handled by Central Visayas' police office

BULLET HOLES. Car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo Courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

LOOK: Government brings former NPA rebels to Hong Kong for sightseeing, shopping

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The trip follows statements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would reward communist guerrillas who surrender to the government

The government took 89 former NPA rebels on an all-expense-paid trip to Hong Kong from July 30 to August 2, 2019, to give them a "better and another perspective in life." Photo from AFP Eastern Mindanao Command.

Army overruns NPA camp in Cagayan de Oro City

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The NPA camp in Barangay Pigsag-an is the first known rebel camp in the city in recent history

How non-timber forest products preserve living traditions in the Philippines

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ School of Living Traditions, a cultural master teaches the skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft

WEAVER. A woman in South Cotabato is doing a backstrop weaving. Photo courtesy of NTFP-EP Philippines and Custom are Crafts Center

Monitoring Negros: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

Trump takes back seat as China bristles over Hong Kong unrest

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:34 AM

China's People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong releases a video showing tanks, helicopters, rocket launchers, and heavily armed troops in an 'anti-riot' drill

HONG KONG GARRISON. This screengrab taken from undated handout three-minute promotional video received on August 1, 2019 from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison shows PLA soldiers warning 'protesters' during an 'anti-riot' drill in Hong Kong. Handout photo/China's People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison/AFP

Brother of Singapore prime minister backs new opposition party

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party,' says a Facebook post of Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of the Singapore Prime Minister in support of the opposition

Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, leaves the Supreme court on April 10, 2017. Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, the younger siblings of Singapore’s current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, have taken the government to court for control over oral history tapes recorded by their father. ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP

De Lima wants Senate probe into closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'There is need to isolate the culture-appropriate education of the Lumads from the so-called red-tagging of the government in order to avoid violating their constitutionally protected rights,'says Senator Leila de Lima

LUMAD SCHOOLS. Save Our School network strongly condemns the Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones decision to shut down 55 Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

NUPL blasts 'ineffective' writ of amparo after CA junks protection plea

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Is the writ of amparo still an effective remedy in the time of President Rodrigo Duterte?

RED-TAGGING. The National Union of Peoples' Laywers (NUPL) holds a protest after filing a petition at Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines tagged them as communists. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Former rebel turned soldier killed by NPA

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army Corporal Fermin Lindahay, a Higaonon who was formerly an NPA rebel between 2004 to 2006, is killed in action

FERMIN LINDAHAY. Army Corporal Fermin Lindahay. Photo provided by the army's 403rd Infantry Brigade, Civil Military Operations Command office

Environment coalition urges gov't to speed up renewable energy projects

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Power for People Coalition calls on the President to come up with an executive order that will formalize his directive for the energy department to fast-track 'the development of renewable energy sources'

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

China says army can be deployed at Hong Kong's request

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Article 14 of Hong Kong's garrison law says the city's authorities may ask, 'when necessary', the central government for assistance from the garrison 'in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief'

FREE HONG KONG. A protester holds up a sign related to the recent political events and demonstrations in the territory, during the first half of the friendly football match between English Premier League club Manchester City and Hong Kong side Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China eyes high-tech army, says U.S. undermines global stability

Jul 24, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The plan calls for more cutting-edge technology in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) arsenal, admitting it 'still lags far behind the world's leading militaries.'

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Zelensky party wins absolute majority in Ukraine parliament vote – media

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Media projections show the results putting the Servant of the People party on track to pick up more than half the parliament's 450 seats

ZELENSKY'S PARTY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a speech at his Servant of the People party's election headquarters in Kiev on July 21, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

LOOK: 'Syokoy' Duterte effigy to be burned in People’s SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The effigy depicts Duterte at the West Philippine Sea clutching a China flag, a gun, and a bag of cash

'Duterte-syokoy' effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte is spotted along Commonwealth Avenue. The effigy, according to art collective UGAT LAHI, represents Duterte selling out the West Philippine Sea to China. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

4 Negros Oriental cops were set up for ambush, says regional police chief

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas says the victims, who were intelligence officers, were set up by a contact with links to the New People's Army

SITE INVESTIGATION. Regional police probers check the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental, on July 19, 2019. Contributed Photo

P773 billion worth of Philippine natural wealth 'sold out' by Duterte gov't

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A network of environmental groups says 3 years of the Duterte presidency has resulted in the selling out of at least P773 billion worth of the Philippines' sovereign mineral, water, wildlife, and marine resources

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Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels