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#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Report card: How did Duterte fare in last 2 years?

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, Rappler asks its readers to grade his performance on 11 subjects culled from his campaign promises

Tropical Depression Josie heads for Philippine Sea

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:40 AM

While Josie is moving away from land, it is still enhancing the southwest monsoon

Tropical Depression Josie, monsoon dump heavy rain

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:50 AM

Josie is already over the Luzon Strait before dawn on Sunday, July 22, as it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon

Tropical Depression Josie crossing Babuyan Islands

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Josie also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which is triggering rain in other parts of Luzon

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Babuyan Islands

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Josie is 65 kilometers west southwest of Calayan, Cagayan as of late Saturday evening, July 21, heading for the Babuyan Group of Islands

James Yap on crucial missed 3: 'Hindi naman lagi araw-araw Pasko'

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:40 PM

The two-time PBA MVP missed the potential game-tying triple in Rain or Shine's Game 3 loss to Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-5 semifinals

James Yap. Photo from PBA Images


Brownlee erupts for 44 as Ginebra nips Rain or Shine for 2-1 semis lead

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The Gin Kings are a win away from returning to the Commissioner's Cup finals

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee falls two points short of his PBA career-high. Photo from PBA Images


Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tropical Depression Josie spares Ilocos from landfall

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Josie only comes close to Negra Point and Mayraira Point in Ilocos Norte. But moderate to heavy rain is expected to continue.

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Petron ousts Smart to book PSL finals return

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Sisi Rondina and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas take charge as the Blaze Spikers march into the title round for a 5th time

PH dragon boat eyes first Asian Games gold

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The national team gets a big boost after bagging two golds in the 2018 Asian Dragon Boat Championships

ON A ROLL. The Philippine dragon boat team looks to showcase its champion-caliber talents in the Asiad. Photo from Len Escollante/PCKDBF

Tropical Depression Josie nearing Ilocos Norte

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

PAGASA warns Josie is 'about to make a close approach' to the Burgos-Pagudpud area in Ilocos Norte, where it may or may not make landfall

RAW Deal: A locally-flavored Mae Young Classic (we hope)

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

It's a shame that the WWE stint of local wrestling queen Crystal didn't push through as it would have been historic

QUEEN. Top female wrestler Crystal would have been the first Filipino to compete in WWE. Photo from Crystal’s Facebook account (@CrystalPWR)

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

Tropical Depression Josie threatens Ilocos provinces

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Josie, which slightly intensified early Saturday afternoon, July 21, could make landfall in the vicinity of Ilocos Norte within the next 6 to 12 hours

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

2018 Glory awardees of UP Masscom named

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Glory Award is given in honor of the excellence and impact of the awardees' work in broadcasting, film, journalism, research and allied disciplines such as social advocacy

Moody's: Federalism, 'contentious' policies worry investors

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Moody's Investors Service says the country's 'relatively weak rule of law' and the possible shift to federalism could drag down the economy

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Federalism to worsen political violence in regions – PCIJ

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Political analyst Julio Teehankee says 'unintended consequences' of federalism include 'escalated political rivalry and electoral violence among political clans'

LPA now Tropical Depression Josie, enhancing monsoon

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:55 AM

There are 6 areas under signal no. 1 due to Tropical Depression Josie, which is also enhancing the southwest monsoon

In La Union, farmers let tourists pick grapes

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Tourists don't mind shelling out P300 per kilo of red cardinal grapes as long as they do the picking themselves

FRESH FRUITS. Tourist Chi Vallido fofCavite City  visits Bauang in La Union to harvest fresh grapes. Photo by Mau Victa

Severe Tropical Storm Inday out, potential Josie in

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:55 AM

Inday (Ampil) leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but a low pressure area which could become Tropical Depression Josie enters

Vic Manuel, Arwind Santos welcome potential Gilas call-up

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas needs to overhaul its lineup for the second round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers following the FIBA suspension of its 10 players

FAN FAVORITES. Vic Manuel and Arwind Santos are among the fan favorites to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from PBA Images


UP Maroons leave for Serbia camp

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

State U coach Bo Perasol expects the Maroons to be tested hard in the two-week Novi Sad training

GETTING READY. The UP Maroons hope the overseas training will boost their UAAP campaign. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Severe Tropical Storm Inday set to exit, but LPA may enter

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The low pressure area still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of Friday evening, July 20, is also enhancing the southwest monsoon

#MMShakeDrill 2018 still 'far from perfect' – MMDA officials

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The fourth #MMShakeDrill ends with an 85/100 rating from MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and with many lessons learned for improvement

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Manuel regains hot hand as Alaska destroys San Miguel in Game 3

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Aces avoid a semifinals sweep to trim the best-of-5 series deficit to 1-2

HOT HAND. Vic Manuel powers the Alaska Aces in Game 3 of the semifinals against the San Miguel Beermen with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Photo from PBA Images


Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

DICT Secretary Rio prevails, 3rd telco player auction 'off the table'

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Selecting the country's third telco player will be based on the quality of coverage, internet speed and investment, otherwise known as the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) model

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Zuckerberg on Holocaust, Liam and Noel Gallagher | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

LIST: SONA 2018 activities, protests

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Monday, July 23, to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

More rain on July 21 from Inday-enhanced monsoon

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Aside from Severe Tropical Storm Inday (Ampil) and the southwest monsoon, PAGASA also continues to monitor a low pressure area which might enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Competition body eyes early review of PPP projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will work with the Public-Private Partnership Center to flag anti-competitive schemes at the early stages of a bidding process

AGREEMENT. Public-Private Partnership Executive Director Ferdinand Pecson and Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan sign a memorandum of agreement to work together on July 20, 2018. PCC Photo

Goulding agent to seek legal counsel, says Uichico ban ‘farcical’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Chris Goulding's agent slams the FIBA ruling, says Gilas deputy coach Jong Uichico could've caused the Australian player's death

SUSPENDED. Christopher Goulding will serve a one-game suspension for his role in the infamous brawl between the Australia and the Philippines. Photo from PBA


Fake receipts saga at Coast Guard: CA reinstates intel officer Dalangin

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Court of Appeals clears Commander Dalangin in an anomaly that involves fake liquidation receipts, an issue that is the subject of an ongoing fraud audit on PCG

REINSTATED. Court of Appeals reinstates Philippine Coast Guard Commander Allen Dalangin, reversing the dismissal order against him by the Office of the Ombudsman in 2017.

Lyceum bombs JRU by 32 points

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The unbeaten Pirates cruise to a 3rd straight victory to stay solo on top in the NCAA men's basketball tournament

DOMINANT. CJ Perez and the Lyceum Pirates overwhelm the JRU Heavy Bombers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

#AngMahalNa: Additional fees, price increases burden Filipinos

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Rappler tracks down the latest increases or additional charges and fees that affect and hurt the pockets of Filipinos

New antitrust body under proposed constitution 'good for competition'

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan says the Consultative Committee's proposed constitution creates a Federal Competition Commission, a constitutional body that has 'more teeth' than the PCC

SUPPORT. Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan supports federalism. PCC Photo

LOOK: Starbucks PH’s yogurt frappuccinos will chase rainy day blues away

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The drinks will be available in Starbucks stores beginning July 24

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Pacquiao’s heart ailment, Gilas suspension | Midday wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

More Duterte insults at SONA 2018? 'I’m ready,' says Robredo

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she had been discouraged from attending the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa as President Rodrigo Duterte may use the occasion to again 'insult and humiliate' her

Inday now severe tropical storm; LPA also spotted

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Both Severe Tropical Storm Inday (Ampil) and the low pressure area are enhancing the southwest monsoon

PSL prepares for legal battle vs former president, treasurer

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) Former PSL president Tats Suzara and director of finance Donaldo Caringal are accused of misusing the volleyball organization's funds

BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD. The PSL is cleansing its company of corruption for the league's brighter future. Photo from press release

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Radio announcer shot dead in Albay

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:31 AM

(8TH UPDATE) Joey Llana was on his way to his radio station when he was ambushed

KILLED. Legazpi City broadcaster Joey Llana was shot and killed Friday, July 20, in Daraga, Albay. Photo from Joey Lllana's Facebook account

Heavy monsoon rain as Tropical Storm Inday strengthens

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:55 AM

Inday (Ampil) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which is bringing light to heavy rain to Luzon

Asian Games: Retooled Gilas squad still an option

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:04 AM

Rain or Shine says it's open to lend its players to the Gilas Pilipinas team set to compete in the continental games

CALL OF DUTY. There is a chance James Yap will don the national colors again. Photo from PBA Images