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Typhoon Paolo begins to move away from PH

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Paolo (Lan) is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility early Sunday, October 22

Meralco evens finals series in Game 4 win over Ginebra

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Allen Durham scores the go-ahead basket as the Meralco Bolts tie the series at 2-2

JOLTED. After dropping the first two games, Meralco Bolts wins back-to-back games to tie the series. Photo by PBA Images

Biased law enforcement? Duterte says shabu users mostly poor

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:38 PM

President Duterte reacts to a survey that shows people believe only the poor suffer from his drug war: 'The millionaires, they do shabu in yachts or they go to the airport to do cocaine or heroin'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urges the public to report corrupt or inefficient government workers in his keynote speech during the Davao Investment Conference 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 21, 2017. Malacañan Photo

What you should know about the PH startup ecosystem

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Entrepreneurial spirit is seen to be flourishing in the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Marawi soldiers fight the biggest battle of their lives

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Here are some of the images captured by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa's since the beginning of the war in the southern Philippines

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo prefers titles over individual awards: 'MVP is really not my priority'

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Despite falling short of a Grand Slam this season, June Mar Fajardo says there's always next year

EYES ON THE PRIZE. "Since college, I’ve always wanted to win the championships because a championship is much better," says June Mar Fajardo. Photo by PBA Images

After a week, Cayetano still unsure if UK offered money

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The foreign affairs secretary says he is 'still checking' this claim even if his own agency has said 'there is no new offer of direct monetary assistance to the Philippines' from the UK

'STILL CHECKING.' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano remains unsure as of October 19, 2017, if the United Kingdom recently offered money to the Philippines as President Rodrigo Duterte claimed. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo wins historic 4th straight MVP award

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:35 PM

June Mar Fajardo joins his San Miguel teammates Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos in the First Mythical Team

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS. June Mar Fajardo is the first player in PBA history to win the MVP award 4 seasons in a row. Photo from PBA's Twitter

Typhoon Paolo slightly intensifies; LPA now gone

Oct 20, 2017 - 5:50 PM

PAGASA says Paolo (Lan) already has maximum winds of 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 180 km/h, while the low pressure area off Mimaropa has dissipated

Filipina boxing champ Gretchen Abaniel continues hard-fought battle for respect

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Gretchen Abaniel has not been as celebrated as her male counterparts, but she'll try to enhance her legacy when she challenges IBF minimumweight champ Zong Ju Cai in Macau

Gretchen Abaniel has fought opposition to pursuing her boxing career - even from her mother. Photo by Joyce Tseng

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

Peso weakens, Mahmud Ahmad dead, DBM usec fired | Midday wRap

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Margie de Leon

More Pinoys frown on Duterte govt’s 'unequal' enforcement of law

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) But the government gets majority approval on its work on most urgent national concerns, topped by its response to the needs of calamity victims and fighting criminality, the latest Pulse Asia survey shows

WAR ON DRUGS. A street vendor is gunned down in Mandaluyong File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler.

More rain in Bicol, Mimaropa, Visayas due to Typhoon Paolo

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Paolo (Lan), already located 860 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, is now moving north northeast

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operations and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

European Union grants, Trillanes meets Rubio, Brexit | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

IBF orders immediate rematch of Melindo vs Budler title fight

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler are ordered to fight a rematch of their fight which took place September 16, 2017 in Cebu City

REMATCH. The IBF has ordered a rematch between Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and South Africa's Hekkie Budler, saying the actions of Melindo's cornermen during doctors exams were "inappropriate conduct which has affected the outcome of the fight." File photo by Gelo Litonjua

HIGHLIGHTS: Ginebra vs Meralco - 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals Game 4

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Get updates here for Game 4 of the PBA Finals on Friday, October 20, 7 pm at Smart Araneta Coliseum

Diokno not alarmed over funding for Build, Build, Build

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Some economists are concerned that less revenues from the proposed tax reform package could jeopardize the Duterte administration's P8-trillion infrastructure program

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, during the Dutertenomics Forum at the Fairmont Makati on August 10, 2017, highlights the increased government spending for various government projects. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte dares West to take 'lead role' in PH drug war

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In a speech tinged with sarcasm, President Rodrigo Duterte challenges Western countries to solve the Philippine drug war 'the civilized way'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and the officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during his visit at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Current PUV modernization program not the answer – think tanks

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 PM

IBON Foundation and AGHAM - Advocates for Science and Technology for the People say the program does not address the 'lack of public mass transport system'

PUV MODERNIZATION. Committee of Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento preside the House hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program and on the transport strike led by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit

Philippine peso weakens to new 11-year low

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Philippine peso closes at P51.530 to $1 on Thursday, October 19, its weakest since August 24, 2006

Cayetano defends 'official' bloggers with him at UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:45 PM

'Kung wala ang bloggers, paano 'yung coverage namin?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

UN SPEECH. Foreign Alan Peter Cayetano is viewed on the monitors of the UN media center as he speaks at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2017, Philippine time. Malacañang file photo

Lyceum secures outright finals berth with season sweep, double OT win over San Beda

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Lyceum Pirates stick it out in double overtime to prevail 107-105 over the determined San Beda College Red Lions

SWEEP. Lyceum is headed straight to the NCAA Finals after sweeping the season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

BPI gets BSP nod for up to P30-B bond offering

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The bank plans to issue the 1st tranche of Long-Term Negotiable Certificates of Time Deposit within the year, and joins the ranks of Philippine banks raising capital for expansion

PUV modernization: Planning, readiness issues raised at House hearing

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Transportation officials say President Rodrigo Duterte gave a deadline merely to press the 'urgency' of the PUV modernization program

MODERNIZATION PLAN. DOTR Usec. Artemio Tuazon Jr. (right) and Asec. Mark de Leon (left) attend the Congress Committee of Transportation hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PAGASA warns of floods, landslides as Typhoon Paolo strengthens

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Bicol, the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and ARMM should watch out for serious flooding, landslides, strong winds, and lightning

Philippines AirAsia flying to Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh soon

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Philippines AirAsia will start flying to Ho Chi Minh on November 17 this year, and to Jakarta and Bali in January next year

Graphics by Rappler

After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:52 PM

A bridge collapses as the Banica River in Dumaguete City overflows

Marawi homecoming, Lorraine Badoy, Facebook cybersex | Midday wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

PH mobile internet up 5 spots in Speedtest September rankings

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Fixed broadband, however, goes down 3 spots

LTFRB has no timeline yet for PUV modernization program

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

In a House briefing, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also could not tell lawmakers how many jeepney drivers would be displaced

WHERE'S THE PLAN? Lawmakers press LTFRB Chairperson Atty. Martin Delga lll on the timeline for the government's jeepney modernization plan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Wingstop takes the flavor further with Flavor Invasion promo

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The flavor company gives its loyal fans another chance to sample the store’s different flavors while getting instant rewards along the journey

Rappler Talk: Sex trafficking in the digital age

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09 PM

A study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 sex traders use the internet to seek potential clients

Metrobank buys out credit card stake of Australia's ANZ

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Metrobank will take over ANZ's 40% share in Metrobank Card Corporation to turn the tie-up into a wholly-owned subsidiary

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Manila one of the least safe cities globally – Safe Cities Index

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Manila ranked number 55 out of 60 major cities in the 2017 edition of the Safe Cities Index

CITYSCAPE. This general view shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by high-rise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.

A crash course on fiction writing

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Learn the fundamentals of fiction writing during this workshop on November 18

Black to Cone after Game 3 exchange: 'I don't need any help coaching mine'

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Norman Black says he wants Tim Cone to stick to his team and let him do his own coaching

COACH CLASH. 'I’ve never in my life made any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don’t need any help coaching mine,' says Meralco coach Norman Black. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco finds unlikely Game 3 hero in 38-year-old Reynel Hugnatan

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With Meralco's backs against the wall, it was Hugnatan who stepped up with 22 points to keep the Bolts alive

STEPPING UP. When Ranidel de Ocampo went down with an injury early on, Reynel Hugnatan stepped up in a big way for the Meralco Bolts. Photo by PBA Images

Duterte insists on UK aid offer after DFA clarification

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano backs President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the DFA may not be aware of aid offers made to other departments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the inmates during his visit to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

What's inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:46 AM

At the Senate hearing, the Manila Police release screenshots of Facebook Messenger exchanges between fraternity members planning a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

COVER-UP? Recently publicized chat box exchanges may point to a concealment that goes beyond the contemporaries of Horacio Castillo III

WATCH: Abala ba ang transport strike?

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:44 AM

As many commuters complain of the inconvenience brought by the transport strike, many jeepney drivers and operators fear a loss of livelihood

COMMUTERS. Stranded commuters chase a jeepney in Monumento, Caloocan City on October 16, 2017, following a transport strike against the government's PUV modernization program. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Solano testimony, war on drugs, Harvey Weinstein | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:40 PM

Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga should expect more moderate to heavy rain

Pope Francis saddened over death of Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Pope Francis sends his condolences and hails Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his 'untiring and devoted service to the Church'

POPE AND CARDINAL. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on March 15, 2013, days after Francis was elected. Screenshot from the Vatican's YouTube page