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PSL: Kalei Mau powers F2 to 2nd win

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Kalei Mau delivers despite the dominant La Salle connection in her club

OFFENSIVE FORCE. Kalei Mau scores 17 points fo F2 Logistics. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Filipino fishermen awake when Chinese ship rammed their boat

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Contrary to the claims of Malacañang, the crewmen of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver were awake before the Chinese boat rammed them. There is more than one witness.

AWAKE. The crew of F/B Gem-Ver, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Metro Manila, Rizal face water interruptions in June 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The supply that Manila Water and Maynilad are getting from the Angat Dam is reduced further, leading to water interruptions

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

D-League: CEU evens finals series over Ateneo

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The CEU Scorpions halt Cignal-Ateneo's 10-game winning streak in the 2019 PBA D-League

DO-OR-DIE. Jerome Santos' double-double 10 of 28 points and 10 rebounds helps the CEU Scorpions even the series at 1-1. Photo from Kyle Janremy Bustos

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lucio Tan's daughter Vivienne in charge of PAL as Bautista retires

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Vivienne Tan's appointment as Philippine Airlines officer-in-charge comes as the flag carrier accepts the retirement of Jaime Bautista as president and chief operating officer

IN CHARGE. Lucio Tan heiress Vivienne Tan takes charge of Philippine Airlines. File photo from Tan's Facebook page

Has the sinking incident in the West PH Sea polarized Filipinos?

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Filipino netizens have been giving clashing opinions since the event was reported

Arroyo revisits RO-RO ports in Cebu ahead of retirement

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo goes on a 'sentimental journey' in her final week as a congresswoman

FINAL SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY AS SPEAKER IN CEBU. SGMA visited Cebu today on her final sentimental journey as Speaker. She visited two of the Roro ports built during her time as President in southern Cebu namely Taloot port in Argao and Liloan port in Santander. In a media briefing, the Marina reported that as a result of her initiatives as Speaker arising from the House's oversight functions, a total of 19 new missionary Roro routes were established in different parts of the country this year. Four of the 19 are already operational while 15 are just waiting for the arrival of the ships that will service the routes. It was also revealed that nine more new missionary routes will be opened based on the recommendation of the shipping Industry. SGMA said she is happy that the Roro project has been revived by the present adminstration and that she is extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro System which she established when she was President in 2003. There are currently 140 Roro routes all over the country servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers. / Credit photos to Arroyo's office

PCC speeds up review of qualified deals by 15 days

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will fast-track the review process for certain transactions starting July 2

New POC president looks to regroup as SEA Games hosting nears

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

After Ricky Vargas' surprise resignation, new president Joey Romasanta plans to get the Philippine Olympic Committee board more involved in the 2019 SEA Games preparations

MAJOR CHANGES. New POC president Joey Romasanta leads the regrouping needed as the Philippines' staging of the SEA Games draws near. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in West Philippine Sea

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:08 PM

News, analyses, and videos on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

Gem-Ver boat owner to Duterte gov't: Whose side are you on?

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'Ipilit man po natin sa kanila ang katotohanan, mismo sila ang gumagawa ng lusot para maging mali kami. Bulag at bingi sila pagdating sa ating mga Pilipino,' says F/B Gem-Ver owner Fe dela Torre

'WE'RE TELLING THE TRUTH.' Fe dela Torre, one of the owners of F/B Gem-ver. is frustrated with the government's refusal to believe their side of the story.

NorthPort trades Stanley Pringle to Ginebra

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio looks to reunite with his former UST players

FAREWELL. Stanley Pringle is set to part ways with NorthPort. Photo from PBA Images


Rights group denied chance to present evidence in red-tagging hearing

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Court of Appeals 14th Division submits the case for decision without allowing human rights group Karapatan to present testimonies and witnesses

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay expresses disappointment over the Court of Appeals waiving their right to present evidence in the group's writ of amparo case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ricky Vargas resigns as POC president

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'I am tendering my irrevocable resignation from the post of President of the organization, effective immediately,' writes Vargas

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas steps down from the POC presidency. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission.

Davao del Sur information officer arrested over illegal recruitment

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police say provincial information officer Sherwin Cesar and his accomplice face large-scale estafa complaints

Sunken boat's captain: 'Parang balewala ang pagbangga sa amin'

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:07 PM

'Binangga po kami talaga,' says F/B Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne, who tried to maneuver the Filipino boat away from the speeding Chinese boat's path

'BALEWALA.' Fishing Boat Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne is dismayed by the Duterte administration's statements on their ordeal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH refuses to summon China envoy over boat sinking

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Bakit, may kasalanan ba ito, kailangan bang magpaliwanag sa atin?' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

2019 SEA GAMES: Cayetano debunks claims of questionable deals

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Alan Peter Cayetano clears up issues that have beset the Philippine SEA Games organizing committee

IN DEFENSE. Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions being hurled at the PHISGOC in a meeting with the national sports associations. File photo from Philippine Sports Commission

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China omits 'besieging' by PH boats in new statement

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM

For the first time since the Recto Bank issue erupted, China also sends its sympathies to the 22 Filipino fishermen of the boat sunk by a Chinese ship

CHINA SPOKESMAN. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by AFP

Locsin raises PH boat sinking at U.N., hits sea 'felony'

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'It is a felony to abandon people in distress,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, after President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the issue as a 'maritime incident'

UN SPEECH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks on June 17, 2019, at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo courtesy of UN

[ANALYSIS] China’s new Great Wall

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:14 AM

China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line

Lorenzana doubts if PH boat sinking was intentional

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:48 AM

'Nabangga nga talaga pero was it intentional or not, mayroon nang doubt ngayon eh kung intentional o hindi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DOUBTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doubts if the Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat was intentional. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH Navy bars Rappler from anniversary celebration

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Rappler is told only at the venue in the Navy's base in Sangley Point, Cavite City that it could not cover the event graced by President Rodrigo Duterte

PH NAVY ANNIVERSARY. Rappler is barred from the Philippine Navy's 121st anniversary celebration, which President Rodrigo Duterte attended on June 16, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

Megaworld plans more developments in Visayas, Mindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:50 PM

With only 6 townships in the Visayas and 1 in Mindanao, Megaworld says it wants to increase its presence outside Luzon

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte dismisses PH boat sinking as 'maritime incident'

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte spares China from criticism in his first statement on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

No major decision reached after Duterte execs meet on Recto Bank

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The meeting comes as the usually outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for his silence on the Recto Bank incident

The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lucio Tan's LT Group eyes purchase of sugar mill in Batangas

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:15 PM

LT Group plans to bid for Central Azucarera Don Pedro Incorporated. A couple of energy projects are also in the pipeline for the conglomerate.

DIVERSIFYING. LT Group is branching out to sugar milling and entertaining more energy-related projects. Central Azucarera Don Pedro photo from RHI

DILG orders mayors to revoke Kapa's business permits

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'Marami na ang naloko at marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang maloloko sa investment scam na ito kung hindi ito aaksiyunan ng mga mayor,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

KAPA’s branch office in Tatay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The Comelec says it is investigating the incident of a ballot box supposedly stolen and found floating in a submerged area behind the Datu Salibo, Maguindanao municipal office

NO FRAUD. The Commission on Elections denies allegations of poll fraud in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao during the 2019 midtem elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Loss after boat sinking estimated at P2.2 M

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will forward the computation to President Rodrigo Duterte

DRY DOCKED. Children play beside the FB Gem-Ver in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019, after it was pulled out of sea for repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Water interruptions likely if Angat Dam level dips further

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Though the rainy season is underway, the amount of rainfall is still not enough to boost the water level of the Angat Dam

Photo from MWSS

PH boat sinking 'simple,' blown 'out of proportion' – Piñol

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol echoes the Chinese foreign ministry, which said that it was 'an ordinary maritime traffic incident'

AT HOME. F/B Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After 3 rollbacks, oil prices going up on June 18

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Gasoline, diesel, and kerosene prices will increase on Tuesday, June 18

A gasoline attendant fills up a car with gas at a gasoline station in Quezon City on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why the influx of Chinese in the Philippines?

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:22 PM

From 2005 to 2018 the number of Chinese holders of alien employment permits issued by the Department of Labor and Employment has grown by 24 times

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang open to Chinese claim vs Filipino fishermen

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'Kaming mga abogado, we wait for the facts to come in, all the facts,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the final investigation of the Chinese government on the sinking of a Filipino boat in Recto Bank. Malacañang file photo

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the International Maritime Organization, the Philippines slams a Chinese vessel that sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr downplays the need for the Philippines to seek support from the international community after the Philippine boat sinking incident at Recto Bank. File photo from DFA

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang nagpapabully, lalong binubully!

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Nang-hit-and-run, nang-abandona ng malulunod na mangingisda, at nagsinungaling pa

‘Daplis lang’: Duterte exec downplays China ship ramming PH boat

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'Kasi sasabihin natin kung talagang babanggain, eh bakit kung sa kwan ba, sabihin natin napakabulok naman nung babangga, daplis lang. Siyempre kung mean to kill, siyempre diretso mo na,' says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DAMAGED. The hole left behind by a Chinese ship after ramming F/B Gem-Veri in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

China ship's assault sparks fear in Occidental Mindoro fishing community

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A fisherman is now afraid to venture farther out to sea, while another is being asked by his wife to quit being a fisherman after a Chinese fishing vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea

MOVING FORWARD. San Roque fishing community continues to fish despite the sinking incident in West Philippine Sea. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Captain of sunken boat backs out of meeting with Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:06 AM

At the last minute, the captain of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver backs out of a scheduled meeting with President Duterte at Malacañang

NO MORE MEETING. F/B Gem-Ver boat captain Junel Insigne. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rhodes sorry to San Miguel for fouling out in marquee clash vs Ginebra

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The Beermen absorb a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Gin Kings with Charles Rhodes not playing in the crucial stretch

SLUMP. Charles Rhodes and San Miguel crash to their third loss in 4 games. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra escapes in OT to frustrate San Miguel

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Justin Brownlee plays all 53 minutes and delivers across the board as the Gin Kings even their record after back-to-back losses

IRON MAN. Justin Brownlee displays his impressive endurance. Photo from PBA Images


Jerramy King back for Columbian after 5-month absence

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Seeing action for the first time since injuring his knee in January, the do-it-all guard admits there is plenty of room to improve

RELIABLE. Columbian receives a big boost with the return of Jerramy King. Photo from PBA Images