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Tropical Depression Samuel slightly slows down ahead of landfall

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Samuel continues to approach the Leyte Gulf early Tuesday evening, November 20, at a speed of only 15 kilometers per hour

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

House recognizes British School Manila as international education institution

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The British School Manila is seeking to get the recognition from the government to prevent being shut down by the Department of Education by the end of SY 2018-2019

NEEDING RECOGNITION. The British School of Manila is asking Congress to recognize it as an international education institution. Photo by author DTinayBSM from Wikipedia

LIST: Deals signed during Xi Jinping's trip to Philippines

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping witness the exchange of 29 documents – a mix of memoranda of understanding, letters, and commercial contracts

PH, China sign deal on oil, gas development

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials exchange 'memorandum of understanding on oil and gas development' during Xi Jinping's historic state visit

China's President Xi Jinping (centre L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (C) walk to their bilateral meeting after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Xi Jinping: Friendship, cooperation 'only correct choice' for PH, China

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

President Duterte says the Philippines is ready for a 'new chapter of openness' but emphasizes that the relationship with China must be in the spirit of 'respect for sovereign equality'

Chinese President Xi Jinping trooping the line with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace grounds on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

WATCH: Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Watch highlights of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2-day state visit on Rappler

Ex-teammates Compton, Victolero vie for first PBA title as coaches

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

The two mentors formed a formidable backcourt pair for the Manila Metrostars in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association 20 years ago

FIRST. Alaska's Alex Compton (left) and Magnolia's Chito Victolero will need to outsmart each other to win their first championship as head coach. Photo from PBA Images

Tropical Depression Samuel approaches Leyte Gulf

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Samuel remains on track to make landfall on Tuesday evening, November 20, but an estimated time has yet to be given

Duterte finally signs Faeldon’s appointment as BuCor Chief

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Faeldon will inherit the problem of alleged continuing drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison and the persistent illness of the national penitentiary which is over-congestion

NEW BUCOR CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the appointment of Nicanor Faeldon as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Xi Jinping honors Rizal, Filipino hero with Chinese roots

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping lays a wreath before the monument of Filipino hero Jose Rizal, who he notes 'came from Jinjiang of China's Fujian Province'

WREATH LAYING. Chinese President Xi Jinping honors Filipino national hero Jose Rizal through a wreath-laying ceremony on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Red-carpet PH welcome for Xi Jinping amid protests

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Filipino-Chinese families gather outside President Xi Jinping's hotel to catch a glimpse of the visiting leader as cops in riot gear guard the streets to deter protests

EXCTIED. Chinese-Filipinos stand outside the Shangrila Hotel at Bonifacio Global City to try and see Chinese President Xi as he arrives. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

Victory bus offers financial help to road crash victims’ relatives

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The financial assistance will cover medical and burial expenses, plus P180,000 cash

DEADLY COLLISION. A motorcycle, tricycle, and bus collide in Sta Cruz, Zambales, on November 17, 2018. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Andaya: De Vera 'abandoned' ABS through Marikina congressional bid

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera is running for Marikina 2nd District congressman in the 2019 polls

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[OPINION] Punishing the pregnant woman

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

For its own sake, I suggest that Pines City College withdraw this discriminatory, judgmental and patronizing policy

PH internet economy to grow from $5B to $21B by 2025 – Google

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Collectively, Southeast Asia's internet economy will grow from $72B to $240B by 2025, according to Google's report

2018 MILO-FCB exposes young Filipinos to international football

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine delegation applies learnings in a friendly match against Fundacion Marcet Football Academy

ONCE-IN-A-LIFTIME. Jelena Soon and Tristan Ybanez of the Philippine delegation carry the flag in the pitch. Photo from Milo press release

Ex-NCR deputy chief Coronel is now Central Luzon police director

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Chief Superintendent Joel Napoleon Coronel, who was deputy director for operation in Metro Manila, replaces Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus in Central Luzon

PROMOTION. Newly installed Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel addresses the police officers in Camp OLivas, Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3-PIO

IN PHOTOS: Groups to Xi Jinping: 'Stay out of West PH Sea'

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Various groups gather outside the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on the first day of President Xi Jinping's Manila visit to assert the Philippines' sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

FOR THE PHILIPPINES. Men in masks make their own statement during a protest at the Chinese Consulate in light of Xi Jinping's PH state visit on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Eastern Samar or Dinagat landfall possible for Samuel

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The track of Tropical Depression Samuel becomes a bit clearer as it approaches land on Tuesday, November 20

Carpio fact-checks Xi Jinping on 14th-century Chinese explorer

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says that Chinese explorer Zheng He 'never visited the Philippines' as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum' on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carpio’s P23M wealth jump was biggest in 2017 in the Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The acting chief justice's government salary accounts for only P6.8 million of the increase

BIGGEST WEALTH INCREASE. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio recorded the biggest jump in his wealth for 2017 with a P23 million increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3rd telco Mislatel brushes off national security worries

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'We are a Filipino company. We will never allow our national security to be undermined,' says Udenna Corporation spokesperson Adel Tamano

Malacañang: Other countries should assert Hague ruling

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Malacañang sees the value in pressuring China to abide by the 2016 Hague ruling even as President Rodrigo Duterte himself has said that doing so would only provoke China

Activists participate on a protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila on July 12, 2018, to mark the second anniversary of a UN-backed tribunal ruling in July 2016 saying there was no basis for China's claims to most of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in July 2016 ruled that there was no legal basis for Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts, a decision which China angrily rejected. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Panelo: 'Doesn't matter' if China drafted joint exploration deal

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Malacañang gives assurances that, regardless of the origin of a draft agreement, Philippine government officials will have studied the document carefully

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

China Telecom, DICT ink deal for submarine broadband infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The meeting between DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila

FULL TEXT: Xi Jinping's arrival statement in Philippines

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:32 PM

'China stands ready to work with the Philippines for even greater progress in our relations,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrives in Manila for a state visit

XI IS HERE. China's President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Everything you need to know about IKEA's first PH store

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:54 PM

How much money is being poured in and how big will it be? Here's what we know so far.

FIRST PH STORE. SM Supermalls and IKEA Philippines officials at the media announcement of the first PH store in the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

An Iloilo-based filmmaker and teacher gives us a glimpse into the lives of women imprisoned at the Iloilo City Jail

Samuel likely to stay a tropical depression for landfall

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:45 AM

But PAGASA warns that Tropical Depression Samuel is still expected to trigger moderate to heavy rain in parts of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Philippines

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'Our relations have now seen a rainbow after the rain,' says Xi Jinping, the first Chinese president to make a state visit to the Philippines in 13 years

STATE VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to photographers shortly after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Why Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit matters to Filipinos

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Ties between the Philippines and China stretch back centuries – but power and money can complicate (not necessarily destroy) even the closest of friendships

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping witnesses the signing of a memorandum of understanding following a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Open up a new future together for China-Philippine relations

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping writes: "As a Philippine proverb goes, 'Seize today, or you will lose tomorrow.' China will work with the Philippines to seize the opportunity and go along with the trend of our time.'

Release of 'skewed' SWS poll on China 'suspect' – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo finds it suspicious that the survey was released hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his state visit

Fisherfolk members of Akbayan troop to the Chinese Consular Office in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day to protest China's thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolks in the Scarborough Shoal. The fisherfolks are protesting the Chinese Coast Guards' act of stealing fish from their hard-earned catch. Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters call on the people to fight for independence and for China to get out of Philippine territory. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'A friend in need': China's promises to PH

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler lists over 100 agreements and pledges that have been made between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

[OPINION] An open letter to President Xi Jinping

Nov 20, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Given its stature and power, Your Excellency, it is imperative that China play its proper role in adhering to the rule of law to preserve stability, security, and peace in the world so that we may all continue to pursue our aspirations for development and progress

Samuel seen to make landfall in Dinagat-Samar-Leyte area

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Tropical Depression Samuel is expected to make landfall on Tuesday evening, November 20

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Most Filipinos reject President Duterte's policy of inaction in the West Philippine Sea, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released on the day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

ANTI-CHINA PROTEST. Militant groups hold a  rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City on November 20, 2018, hours before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila for a state visit. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 ways Duterte made good on his pivot to China

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:30 AM

As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Manila, Rappler takes a look at how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's 'pivot' to China has materialized

President Duterte was warmly welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping in time for the first session of the Leaders' Roundtable which was centered on the theme 'Policy Synergy for Closer Partnership'. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

28 areas under Signal No. 1 as Samuel maintains strength

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:55 AM

Tropical Depression Samuel is located 395 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, before dawn on Tuesday, November 20

Tropical Depression Samuel off to Dinagat-Samar-Leyte area

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Flash floods and landslides are possible in Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Negros Occidental, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley

Signal No. 1 in 24 areas due to Tropical Depression Samuel

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:30 PM

PAGASA reiterates late Monday evening, November 19, that there is no room for complacency even if Samuel is only a tropical depression at the moment

PH quietly prepares joint exploration deal with China for Xi visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The framework for joint exploration of South China Sea's oil and gas resources could be the highlight of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

UAAP: Juan Gomez de Liaño named Player of the Week

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The sophomore guard helps the UP Fighting Maroons reach the UAAP Final Four for the first time in 21 years

YOUNG GUN. Juan Gomez de Liaño saves his best as UP ends a two-decade Final Four drought. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Minority leadership row triggers De Vera's removal from ABS party

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends ousted congressman Eugene de Vera, arguing that the latter's removal as House member is illegal

BATTLE FOR MINORITY. Expelled ABS Representative Eugene de Vera is questioning the post of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez before the Supreme Court. File photos by Rappler

Why Winnie the Pooh is popping up on your social media feeds

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Users change their profile pictures on social media to the adorable yellow bear ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

NOT IN CHINA. The beloved Hundred Acre Wood character isn't so welcome in China. Screengrab from Facebook/WinniethePooh

What you need to know about DepEd's foreign language electives

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The education department says its Special Program in Foreign Language 'aims to enhance the ability of learners to engage in meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace'