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8 areas under signal no. 2 as Urduja moves closer to land

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is still moving slowly, but it is now 125 kilometers east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar

Sanofi's advisory on dengue vaccine 'miscommunicated'?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Instead of worrying, doctors urge parents and even health practitioners to use this 'opportunity' to raise awareness on dengue

STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Eastern Visayas sees more heavy rain as Urduja lingers

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is still unable to move away from the region due to its interaction with the northeast monsoon and the tail-end of a cold front

SCHEDULE: 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Find out when your favorite teams are playing and which matchups to look forward to in the season-opening conference

Tropical storm Urduja, Guerrero on martial law, Syjuco on Aquino | Evening wRap

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:34 PM

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EOs, proclamations, issuances show Duterte’s priorities

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a total of 530 executive orders, proclamations, laws, and other major documents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Malacañang Photo

Urduja dumps nearly 2 months' worth of rain in Guiuan in 1 day

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

In just a 24-hour period, Guiuan in Eastern Samar gets 780 mm of rain. Its normal rainfall for an entire month is just 440 mm.

[OPINION] Economic hardship in the time of Duterte: Here’s the data

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Economic woes, if unabated, could lead to social unrest. Recall that it was not so much Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in 1983 that led to EDSA 1, but the deep, painful recession in 1984 to 1985 that preceded it.

The impeachers: Out to get the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Two factors are crucial to both impeachment bids: timing and the inside connections of those seeking to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno and Conchita Carpio Morales

THE IMPEACHERS. Larry Gadon, Jing Paras, Manny Luna and Ferdinand Topacio keep themselves busy with their impeachment cases against the highest officials of the country.

UNDP, Citi Foundation launch youth innovation program

Dec 15, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Youth Co:Lab aims to catalyze youth innovation towards solving the world’s biggest social challenges

YOUTH COLLABORATION. UNDP launches Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Philippines. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler.com

Mount Kanlaon remains restive, records 1,217 quakes in 24 hours

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Mount Kanlaon is still on Alert Level 2, which means the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

171,000 Filipinos affected by 2016 data breach – Uber

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Uber says exposed were the phone numbers, email addresses and registered names of affected Filipino users

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Eastern Visayas still 'in danger' due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) continues to linger in the region, dumping moderate to heavy rain there

At Senate, Aquino faces Dengvaxia controversy head-on

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says his administration implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program in good faith

OATH OF TRUTH. Ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, and ex-executive secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr swear their oath to tell the truth at the Senate hearing on December 4. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP chief on nationwide martial law: 'We can never tell'

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:12 AM

'It depends on developments and of course it will depend on the actions of the other side,' says Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero

MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTOR. Newly appointed Armed Forces chief of staff General Rey Guerrero is the new implementor of martial law. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

PH military shifts focus to communist rebels amid ISIS threat

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:05 AM

'The people can expect intensified focused military operations to be conducted nationwide, especially in Mindanao,' says Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero

MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTOR. Newly appointed Armed Forces chief of staff General Rey Guerrero is the new implementor of martial law. Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 15, 2017

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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

Tropical Storm Urduja slightly intensifies off Samar

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:40 AM

Urduja (Kai-tak) now has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h. Signal no. 2 remains raised in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.

Slow-moving Urduja brings heavy rain to Eastern Visayas

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:59 PM

PAGASA says Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) is now expected to hit land between Friday evening, December 15 and Saturday morning, December 16

F2 Logistics pulls plug on Petron in 5-set thriller, forces do-or-die in PSL finals

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:36 PM

F2 Logistics’ locals have stellar performances with Aby Marano, Majoy Baron and Cruz scoring 12, 10 and 8 markers apiece.

COMEBACK. Fighting for survival, F2 pulled off a major comeback in the fourth set before winning the fifth set and forcing a deciding game 3. Photo from PSL's Twitter account

Tropical Storm Urduja barely moving off Eastern Visayas

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Urduja (Kai-tak) is almost stationary as it dumps moderate to heavy rain on the region

62% of 2017 endo targets completed – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:21 PM

There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide

ANTI-ENDO. There is an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees in the Philippines. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

SM to open 3rd mall in Batangas on December 15

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The 3-storey SM Center Lemery is SM Prime's 3rd mall in the province and will add 25,000 square meters to the developer's total gross floor area

RISING SOON. The new SM Center Lemery will be opening its doors in time for the holidays. Image from SM Prime

Sereno calls out lawyer for ‘untrue’ accusation of delay in solving case

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

Lawyer Eligio Mallari wants the House justice committee to include his land dispute case in the impeachment proceedings against Sereno

VACC. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler


Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Urduja intensifies into tropical storm

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran are now under signal no. 2 due to Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Thousands stranded in Bicol, Eastern Visayas ports due to Urduja

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Sea trips to and from at least 5 ports have been suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

After Urduja, a typhoon might hit PH a few days before Christmas

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The typhoon could make landfall either in Northern Mindanao or in the Visayas, or it may recurve and not hit land at all

Residents of Brgy. Tramo in Quezon City walk under the rain brought by localize thunderstorms along Luzon Ave. on Tuesday, The PAGASA has warned that the country will experience localize thunderstorms every afternoon due to the coming of rainy season. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

A closer look as Ceres and Global clash for the PFL title

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:01 PM

This is about more than just the silverware and intra-Visayan bragging rights

SUMMIT SHOWDOWN. Stephan Schrock is back with Ceres as a full-time player while Global looks to avoid losing a second final in the past few weeks. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Mumuso Haul: 20 gifts under P200

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Fair warning: you may want to keep all of these things to yourself

Tropical Depression Urduja slightly intensifies as it threatens Samar

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Urduja also slows down to just 7 kilometers per hour. Its landfall in Eastern Samar is now expected on Friday morning, December 15.

16 areas under signal no. 1 as Urduja off to Eastern Samar

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Tropical Depression Urduja is expected to hit Eastern Samar between Thursday night, December 14 and Friday morning, December 15

10 areas under signal no. 1 due to Urduja

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:45 AM

Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte are under signal no. 1

Tropical Depression Urduja heads for Samar Island

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Samar are under signal no. 1 due to Urduja

1st package of tax reform bill now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 PM

If the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos will have higher take-home pay but will have to shell out more for fuel, cars, tobacco, and sugar-sweetened drinks

Sanofi admits Dengvaxia doses imported into PH before contract

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:50 PM

A lawmaker questions why the pharmaceutical company seemed 'certain all along' that it would get the contract from the Philippine government

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

It’s the perfect time to peak, says Petron's Stalzer

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The Petron Blaze Spikers are confident of sweeping the finals

SWEEP. The Petron Blaze Spikers are looking for a finals sweep. Photo from Philippine Superliga Facebook

EXPLAINER: What's inside the bicam-approved tax reform bill?

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) About P130 billion in proceeds is expected from the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill, which the Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify

TAX REFORM. An overhaul of the tax system was among President Rodrigo Duterte's key promises. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Duterte on nationwide martial law: All options on the table

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will consider nationwide martial law if the New People's Army steps up attacks

Amid all the ongoing rallies from the opposition and critiques in today's National Day of Protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chose to visit the troops in the war-torn Marawi City on September 21, 2017.  During his visit, the President talked to the troops and expressed his utmost gratitude for their continuing efforts in quelling the terror threats in the war-torn city. He also provided the soldiers with groceries as well as watches and eyewears.  Joining the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The President also tagged along Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc and Arnel Ignacio to provide entertainment to the troops. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Duterte thanks Congress for extending martial law in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:29 PM

By granting his request, the lawmakers understood 'the plight of the Filipino,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

GRATEFUL. President Rodrigo Duterte thanks Congress for granting his request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Presidential Photo

Duterte to extend Dela Rosa's term as PNP chief

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) After two to three months of extension, top cop Ronald dela Rosa will take over the Bureau of Corrections

LONGER SERVICE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is expected to remain in his post a few more months after he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'PBA has to move on' – Mikee Romero reiterates league to start on time

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

'We want to be one voice in representing the whole PBA.'

STARTING ON TIME. The 43rd season of the PBA will be starting on December 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Josh Albelda

PH charges social media-savvy widow of terrorist with inciting to rebellion

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Karen Aizha Hamidon, the wife of slain Ansar Khalifa Philippines leader Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, has recruited fighters to join the siege in Marawi City

CHARGED. Karen Aizha Hamidon is presented during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on October 18, 2017. Authorities arrested Hamidon who allegedly used the Internet and social media to recruit followers around the world for Islamist "terrorist acts," government lawmen said. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LIST: How the House voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:58 PM

How did your representative vote on the request to extend martial law in Mindanao?

JOINT SESSION. Congress meets at the Batasang Pambasa to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

ADB upgrades Philippine GDP growth forecast for 2017, 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The outlook of the Asian Development Bank 'assumes that growth in the government's infrastructure program will accelerate'

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

'Despacito,' Miss Universe among top Google searches for 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

It turns out you're not the only one looking up 'Despacito' lyrics in the middle of the night

MISS UNIVERSE 2017. The big event is one of the top most searched topics on google in the Philippines in 2017. File photo shows Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as she is crowned new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere. Photo by Patrick Gray/AP