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NorthPort thrives with Sean Anthony doing it all

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:28 AM

The nine-year veteran has been averaging team-bests of 20.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals for the Batang Pier

DO-IT-ALL. Sean Anthony proves how valuable he is to a NorthPort squad looking to make a splash in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Terrence Romeo could miss keenly-awaited game vs ex-team TNT

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:29 PM

The former three-time PBA scoring champion is currently nursing a sprained left foot

RECUPERATING. It's an unfortunate start with San Miguel for Terrence Romeo as he goes down with an injury. Photo from PBA Images

Tropical Depression Amang makes landfall in Siargao

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Amang maintains its strength and speed as it hits land on Sunday evening, January 20. Heavy rain is expected to continue.

San Miguel frustrates Ginebra sans Romeo, Cabagnot

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Beermen notch their first win of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup behind the one-two combo of Christian Standhardinger and Chris Ross

BREAKTHROUGH. Christian Standhardinger leads San Miguel to its first win of the season. Photo from PBA Images

Anthony anchors NorthPort to 2-0 start vs NLEX

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:07 PM

The Batang Pier have now matched the number of games they won in the Governors' Cup last season

RACKING IT UP. Stanley Pringle and NorthPort remain unbeaten in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Want to work from home? Write well or do the math

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Jobs focused on the creation of websites and content rose in 2018, according to the latest report of

Heavy rain seen as Tropical Depression Amang nears Surigao

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Signal No. 1 remains raised in 13 areas late Sunday afternoon, January 20

Lawmakers hail 40-year-old Pacquiao for defeating younger Broner

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'Ang Pambansang Kamao, Senator Manny Pacquiao, proved today that age is just a number!' says PBA Representative Jericho Nograles

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right on Adrien Broner during the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 2019 Sinulog Festival

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Check out what happened during Cebu's 39th Sinulog Festival!

CA upholds Australian firm's right to 50-year PCSO thermal paper supply deal

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion for reconsideration filed by Philippine Gaming Management Corporation and rules in favor of TMA

Senate to begin hearing bills on lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old

Tropical Depression Amang maintains strength en route to Surigao

Jan 20, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Amang is expected to make landfall in the Surigao del Norte-Siargao Island area on Sunday afternoon or evening, January 20

Signal No. 1 in 13 areas as Tropical Depression Amang heads for Caraga

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Amang is now moving at a slightly faster 30 kilometers per hour, on track for landfall on Sunday afternoon or evening, January 20

Phoenix's Justin Chua saw punch coming from TNT's Mike Miranda

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:35 AM

Chua is on the receiving end of a punch from Miranda in the Fuel Masters' overtime win over the KaTropa

LAST LAUGH. Justin Chua gets the last laugh over Mike Miranda as Phoenix remains unbeaten while TNT slumps to 0-2 start. Photos from PBA Images

Tropical Depression Amang speeds up ahead of landfall

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Amang is now 360 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, as of early Sunday morning, January 20

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

LOOK: Paul Desiderio gets his own Chooks-to-go branch

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Despite not winning the UAAP championship, Chooks-to-Go gifts Paul Desiderio a franchise

REWARD. Chooks-to-Go still awards Paul Desiderio his very own branch that will be with him for the rest of his life. Photo from release

Another OT win for Phoenix as TNT falls

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:08 PM

The Fuel Masters bag their second straight overtime triumph to remain unbeaten in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

MAIN MAN. Matthew Wright once again tows Phoenix into victory. Photo from PBA Images

Best of both worlds for Salva as solid outing ends in win

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

The former Ateneo standout catches fire in the 4th quarter as Meralco cracks the winning column in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

RELIABLE. Nico Salva continues to prove his worth for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Rookie Jackson sparks Meralco to 1st win as Blackwater falls anew

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The fifth overall pick knocks down two crucial triples in the 4th quarter en route to finishing with a team-high in points

NO ROOKIE JITTERS. Trevis Jackson proves his worth for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

LPA begins bringing rain to parts of Mindanao

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

PAGASA emphasizes disaster preparedness as the region of Caraga and other areas start to feel the effects of the low pressure area on Saturday, January 19

LOOK: PNP lists threats to peaceful Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is monitoring at least 7 groups that may cause disturbance during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

BOL THREATS. The Philippine National Police presents threats to a safe Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Chito Victolero to be honored as PBA Coach of the Year

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The Magnolia coach bests San Miguel tactician Leo Austria and Barangay Ginebra mentor Tim Cone

BREAKTHROUGH WIN. Chito Victolero leads Magnolia to the Promised Land for his first PBA championship as head coach. Photo from PBA Images

Kevin Alas 'like a rookie again' in long-awaited NLEX return

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'I was so excited last night. I was sleepless from excitement, I felt like a rookie again,' says Kevin Alas

NEW BEGINNINGS. Kevin Alas feels like he's starting anew as he gets back on the court after 10 months. Photo by PBA Images

Labor groups thank Henry Sy Sr as 'biggest job provider'

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'We also recognize as part of his lasting legacy for workers and their families his last-minute efforts to commit to voluntarily regularize and directly hire thousands of SM employees into SM over a period of time,' a labor group says

JOBS. SM Supermalls have regularized more than 11,000 workers in 2018. Rappler file

From Shoemart to SM: A briefer on the Philippines' most ubiquitous mall

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:58 PM

From just selling shoes to now being a nationwide household shopping name, how did Shoemart grow into the SM legacy we know today?

No memo will stop Arwind from doing Spider-Man dunk

Jan 19, 2019 - 2:41 PM

'Kapag may chance, gagawin ko pa rin,' says a defiant Arwind Santos

DEFIANCE. Arwind Santos continues to not hold back in every chance he gets to do his 'Spider-man dunk'. Photo by PBA Images

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Where numbers lie

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:42 PM

That vote constitutes a referendum for him. In fact, on it depend the immediate chances of him being able to fully, ultimately impose his malign will on us.

Heavy rain from LPA to begin in parts of Mindanao on January 19

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The low pressure area enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning, January 19

Perez not thinking about Bolick rivalry in stellar PBA debut

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Columbian's prized rookie CJ Perez nets a big fish in defending champion San Miguel Beer in his PBA debut

SMOOTH TRANSITION. Columbian’s CJ Perez quickly flashes his dominant form in the pro ranks. Photo from PBA Images

Labor leaders coalition on Senate bid: End contractualization

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Though far from the 'Magic 12' in recent surveys, the labor leaders are banking on the support of the unions to campaign for and support them

LABOR WIN. Labor leaders (R-L) Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montano, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares, and Leody De Guzman are part of 'Labor Win' coalition to push forward pro-worker policies in the Senate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rain or Shine bests debuting Erram, NLEX

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:35 PM

James Yap delivers a vintage performance as Rain or Shine rains on Poy Erram's welcome parade at NLEX

Photo from PBA Images

Double-whammy as Romeo suffers injury in losing San Miguel debut

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The three-time PBA scoring champion goes down with a left foot injury right on his San Miguel debut

SIDELINED. Terrence Romeo remains doubtful for San Miguel’s Sunday showdown with Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Columbian stuns loaded San Miguel in PH Cup debut

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Rookie CJ Perez and the Dyip rev up the charge in the closing minutes to shock the defending champion Beermen

STELLAR DEBUT. Top rookie pick CJ Perez makes a splash right on his first pro game. Photo from PBA Images

LPA may enter PAR early Saturday, January 19

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:25 PM

If the low pressure area develops into a tropical depression, Signal No. 1 could be raised over provinces in the Eastern Samar-Caraga area by Saturday

Satellite image as of January 18, 2019, 5:30 pm. Image from PAGASA

San Miguel slams Compton's 'kawawa ang liga' comment on Romeo's trade

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The Beermen point out that Compton and Alaska traded away 'competent' players like RJ Jazul and Calvin Abueva in the past

CONTROVERSIAL. Alaska head coach Alex Compton is quoted saying 'kawawa ang liga' regarding Terrence Romeo's addition to San Miguel. Photos from PBA Images

IN VIDEOS: Thousands of cops, soldiers given send-off for Bangsamoro plebiscite duty

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

An elaborate ceremony marks the start of intensified deployments for securing the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

CONCENTRATED. Cops and police gather in Camp Siongco in Awang, Maguindanao for their send-off to protecting the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Baguio council backs NUJP bid to exempt journalists as drug case witnesses

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog says the council wants 'to protect the integrity and welfare of media practitioners'

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

Leyte university apologizes to Bretman Rock, Manny MUA over dress code poster

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Leyte Normal University assures the social media personalities that the poster was made 'without malicious intentions of maligning your persons'

From tarpaulins to funds from mining: What 2019 candidates should avoid

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Environment groups call for ‘clean, green’ 2019 elections

More ARMM youth support Bangsamoro Law – survey

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

More youth in the region now consider terrorism as the top priority to be addressed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, according to the survey of International Alert Philippines

LAST PUSH. Supporters the Bangsamoro Law hold a rally pushing for a "yes" vote in Buluan, Maguindanao. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PAGASA: Watch out for LPA or potential Amang

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Prepare early, warns PAGASA, as the low pressure area which could become Tropical Depression Amang might bring heavy rain to parts of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao

AFP, PNP hold lockdown drill in Lanao del Norte ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Military officials say the unannounced joint exercise is part of preparations to ensure a peaceful, orderly plebiscite

'LOCKDOWN'. Police and soldiers man a checkpoint in Matungao town, Lanao del Norte, during a simulated exercise on January 16, 2019, ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

LPA may maintain status when it enters PAR

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility only has a slim chance of becoming a tropical depression, as of Thursday, January 17

Don’t let Chinese firm take over Hanjin shipyard – Trillanes

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay is in a 'strategic defense location'

HANJIN SHIPYARD. The shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Company, Ltd in Subic Bay, Zambales. Photo from the Facebook page of HHIC PHILS Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.

P148-M drugs found inside canned goods, clothes from U.S.

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says smugglers have become more 'creative' after the Duterte government stepped up its anti-drug campaign

CANNED GOODS? The PDEA and BOC find shabu inside canned goods from the United States. BOC photo

Despite exclusion, Matthew Wright always ready to answer Gilas call-up

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The 27-year-old wishes the team the best in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright remains focused in Phoenix's campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Teachers’ group goes to Court of Appeals to stop police intel list

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers and affiliate groups seek a temporary restraining order and for the police memorandum to be declared unconstitutional and void

VIOLATION. Members of ACT Teachers tear copies of the PNP memorandum that orders the compilation of list of members. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler