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Playoffs still in sight for Rain or Shine after cooling down Meralco

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Led by import Richard Ross and Rey Nambatac, Rain or Shine erases a 13-point deficit to snap Meralco's five-game win streak

STILL ALIVE. Beau Belga and Rain or Shine remain in the running for a quarterfinals berth. Photo from PBA Images

Malacañang hits U.S. senator Sanders for calling out PH human rights abuses

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Malacañang once again says foreign officials have no right to meddle in the Philippines' internal affairs

HUMAN RIGHTS. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders draws the ire of Malacañang for calling out human rights abuses in the Philippines. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Tropical Storm Ramon heads for extreme Northern Luzon

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is 285 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, as of Sunday afternoon, November 17

PNP to enforce gun ban for 2019 SEA games

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The Philippine National Police says permits to carry firearms will be suspended from November 20 to December 14 in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, La Union, and Metro Manila

GUN BAN. The Philippine National Police puts in place a gun ban in several areas in line with the 30th SEA Games to be held in the Philippines. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

[OPINION] Something is wrong with Filipino faith

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Why do we rank as a corrupt country despite being the only Christian nation in Asia? What happened to the faith that teaches us to love God and our neighbors?

Foreign workers must secure 'certificate of no objection' - DOLE

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:45 PM

A 'certificate of no objection' is required for foreign nationals to secure a visa to work in the Philippines

WORKER PEMITS. The Department of Labor and Employments reminds foreign workers they must secure certificates of no objection to obtain visas to work in the Philippines. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

'A real patriot': Colleagues, friends honor ex-DOF chief Ernest Leung

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'Tough as nails, straight as an arrow, and a real patriot. One of a kind,' says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III of former finance secretary Ernest Leung

FORMER FINANCE CHIEF. Former finance chief Ernest Leung. Screenshot from Philippine Economic Society Facebook page

'They're not criminals': Vico Sotto backs arrested workers in labor strike

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:26 PM

'These people are not criminals. They are fighting for what they believe to be just,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto in defending workers who held a strike against Regent Foods Corporation

WITH WORKERS. Vico Sotto sides with arrested workers in a labor dispute with Regent Foods Corporation. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Aside from Tropical Storm Ramon, PAGASA spots new LPA

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:15 PM

A low pressure area forms outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, while Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) heads for Northern Luzon

Blakely wants another PBA shot with Magnolia

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Marqus Blakely looks forward to returning to the PBA even if his latest stint ended in a last-place finish with Blackwater

ONE MORE TIME. Marqus Blakely hopes his latest tour of duty in the PBA with Blackwater is not his last. Photo from PBA Images

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

More parts of Cagayan, Isabela under Signal No. 1 due to Ramon

Nov 17, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Signal No. 1 is raised in additional areas in the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela early Sunday, November 17, as Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) slowly approaches

Tropical Storm Ramon slows down, hardly moving again

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is 450 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, as of Saturday evening, November 16

Magnolia stalls TNT’s playoff bonus bid in Davao City win

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Led by import Romeo Travis, Magnolia deals TNT its third straight loss and marches to the quarterfinals on a winning note

PLAYOFF-READY. Chris Banchero and Magnolia bounce back with a rousing win in Davao City. Photo from PBA Images

Tropical Storm Ramon starts moving after being stationary

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is now moving south southwest toward Northern Luzon at 15 km/h

Transport coop makes pitch for 'affordable, safe' rehabilitated jeepney

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'We want the government to know that it is what small operators are capable of paying for and it is also good enough and safe for the passengers,' says Libmanan Transport Service Cooperative president Marino Traballo

Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

PHLPost launches 'Pinoy Music Icons' commemorative stamps

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The commemorative stamps are in honor of OPM icons Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith

'Slap them with the truth’: Fact-checking website to fight 'fake news' about De Lima

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:01 PM

'We must fight,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima of, a website devoted to debunking false information about her online

FACT CHECK. Senator Leila de Lima launches a fact checking website to debunk false claims about herself. File photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

[OPINION] Circumnavigating the circumnavigators

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Magellan and Elcano's voyage were part and parcel of an ongoing Spanish imperial project to dominate the world

Tropical Storm Ramon stays almost stationary

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) continues to linger in practically the same spot on Saturday morning, November 16

[OPINION] Who will police the police?

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'We should have a nationwide information campaign for the public to know about the People’s Law Enforcement Board and encourage them to use it'

PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

Cone laments heavy traffic, barely makes tip-off

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:30 AM

Tim Cone spends almost 4 hours on the road and fails to give a pregame talk to Barangay Ginebra for the first time in his coaching career

CONSOLATION. Everything ends well for Tim Cone and Barangay Ginebra, though, as they clinch the twice-to-beat playoff bonus. Photo from PBA Images

Tropical Storm Ramon still barely moving

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:50 PM

PAGASA Weather Specialist Aldczar Aurelio explains that Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is between two high pressure areas which are affecting its movement

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she is aware that her job as anti-drugs body co-chair is limited to policy-making: 'At the end of the day, it's the President who calls the shots.'

ICAD CO-CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board and the members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council on November 15, 2019. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Barangay Ginebra seals playoff bonus with romp of Columbian

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Import Justin Brownlee flirts with a triple-double as Jeff Chan catches fire late to propel Barangay Ginebra to a 23-point win

ALL-AROUND. Justin Brownlee does it all again for Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Kramer retires from PBA on his own terms

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Doug Kramer brings to a close a 12-year PBA career that saw him play for 8 teams

FAREWELL. Doug Kramer plays his final PBA game, helping Phoenix end the season on a high note. Photo from PBA Images

LIST: Philippine holidays 2020

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte finally signs the proclamation declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2020

Grace Padaca found guilty of corruption, ordered to return P18M

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The former Isabela governor is sentenced to 12-14 years for a conviction for malversation, and 6-10 years for a conviction for graft. It is appealable.

GUILTY. Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is convicted of graft and malversation over an anomalous P25 million loan deal for farmers in 2006. Rappler file photo

Wright hits game-winner as Phoenix ends PBA season on high note

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Phoenix storms back from a 14-point deficit to gift retiring player Doug Kramer a fitting exit

AT LONG LAST. Alonzo Gee notches his first win for Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio enforcers 'arrogant, unprofessional' – Magalong

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The mayor of Baguio City sends a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta about the 'bully' judge Nelson V. Largo

Supreme Court nullifies prime ancestral land titles of Piraso, Abanag heirs in Baguio

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The claims have included the Casa Vallejo property along Upper Session Road, the Pacdal Circle, Wright Park, and the city government’s titled property in Barangay Lualhati

OLD Casa Vallejo from the collection of Jack Cariño; Supreme Court photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MWF tapes episodes for 'Aksyonovela TV' weekly online wrestling show

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

New 'Aksyonovela TV' episodes air every Wednesday night on Manila Wrestling Federation's YouTube channel

'AKSYONOVELA TV.' The wrestlers of Manila Wrestling Federation star in MWF's weekly online show. Image from MWF's Facebook page

Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Foreign lenders wanted: P348 billion needed for Duterte's new infra projects

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, pegged at P187 billion, is the most expensive of all new infrastructure projects on the Duterte administration's revised list

Tropical Storm Ramon lingers in same spot, slightly weakens

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is almost stationary on Friday afternoon, November 15

Shuttered AMA Bank refuses to turn over records – PDIC

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:41 PM

PDIC gives employees of AMA Bank of Mandaluyong 24 hours to turn over bank records or face the 'full force of law'

Italian child sex offender arrested in Davao City

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Lorenzo Marchesi 'was believed to be engaging children online to lure and groom them for both online and in-person sexual exploitation,' says the International Justice Mission

ARRESTED. Police handcuff Lorenzo Marchesi at the holding facility of the Bureau of Immigration in Davao City. Photo from International Justice Mission

Cop tagged in Dumaguete broadcaster's slay surrenders

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police Corporal Roger Rubio is the suspected gunman in the killing of radio blocktimer Dindo Generoso

SUSPECT. Police officer Roger Rubio, a suspect in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso, is presented to the media. Screengrab from PCOO

Tropical Storm Ramon brings rain around 2 days ahead of landfall

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The eastern parts of Cagayan and of Isabela, as well as the northern part of Aurora, are under Signal No. 1 as of Friday morning, November 15

GrabFood celebrates 1st anniversary in the Philippines with ‘One Big Handaan’ - the biggest online feast of 2019

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:09 AM

Promos include P1 delivery, 40% discounts, P111 vouchers, special merchant deals, and flash sales

Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

LOOK: Here's what's going to be on the Panda Express Manila menu

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Orange you glad you'll be getting your orange chicken fix (and more) very soon?

Tropical Storm Ramon slightly intensifies, shifts direction

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h early Friday, November 15

Tropical Storm Ramon bringing rain to parts of Luzon

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) maintains its strength on Thursday evening, November 14

TS Ramon threatens Apayao as province recovers from Quiel

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:30 PM

On Thursday, the Magat Dam reservoir in Isabela and Ifugao provinces spilled its waters in anticipation of the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ramon

Azkals escape Maldives in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The Philippine men's football team bags its second win in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers

SPARK. Iain Ramsay opens the scoreline for the Philippine Azkals. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Rondina, Pons gear up for 2019 SEA Games beach volleyball

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons hope to show they're all set for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

READY. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons target a solid showing in the three-day spikefest. Photo release

DNA tests on Sulu suicide bombers confirm Abu Sayyaf’s ISIS links – military

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The foreign suspects killed in separate incidents in Sulu were ISIS terrorists working for the Abu Sayyaf's Sawadjaan faction, the military says

SUICIDE VESTS. These explosive vests were recovered from 3 suspected suicide bombers killed in a clash with Philippine Army troops in Indanan, Sulu, on November 5, 2019. Photo from AFP Joint Task Force Sulu

QC to open night market, forms organization for displaced street vendors

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The vendors will also be members of the Suki sa Kyusi club, which will give members access to workshops on entrepreneurial mindset, financial literacy, visual merchandising, and food safety

RESTORING LIVELIHOODS. Displaced vendors will now be able to continue their livelihood again in a night market dubbed 'Sari Sari Kyusi'. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler