Singaporean accused of swapping tags on bags at airport

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

A Singaporean baggage handler is charged with 'mischief' for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination

BUSY AIRPORT. In this file photo, travelers walk into the departure hall of Singapore's Changi International Airport on May 12, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Palace says Duterte lie on Trillanes bank account an 'isolated case'

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:26 AM

Asked about the propriety of the Chief Executive giving out wrong information, President Spokesman Ernesto Abella says it was just President Rodrigo Duterte’s 'unorthodox' way of doing things

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Sep 19, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Singapore bank says it has no Trillanes account

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hongkong Shanghai Bank,' the second bank in Singapore where the senator allegedly has an account, does not exist in the location cited by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte

NO ACCOUNT. The DBS Bank in Alexandra Road in Singapore says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has no account with them contrary to the claim of President Rodrigo Duterte. Screencap from Trillanes' video

Lewis Hamilton wins crucial, chaotic Singapore Grand Prix

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:47 AM

With his 60th race victory and seventh this season, Hamilton stands 28 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel with 6 grands prix left this year

ANOTHER WIN. Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 17, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

A Singapore Minute (Part 5 of 5): When in Tiong Bahru

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:26 PM

If you want to experience the steady, less-frenetic side of Singapore, do consider spending day in this neighborhood. It doesn’t disappoint

Weekly bazaar roundup: artisanal goods and fashion finds

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Spend your hard earned salary wisely at these upcoming bazaars

A Singapore Minute (Part 4 of 5): Bynd Artisan is a DIY paradise

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Get your hands working with personalized projects

Anger as Singapore gets first female president without a vote

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Halimah Yacob a former speaker of parliament did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria

MADAME PRESIDENT. In this file photo, former parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob (R), named as the country's new president, waves to supporters with her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee as they arrive at the nomination centre in Singapore on September 13, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

A Singapore Minute (Part 3 of 5): Tour the city on a Vespa sidecar

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Ride around Singapore in style

A Singapore Minute (Part 2 of 5): iFly Singapore

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fulfill the dream of flying and skydiving in Sentosa Island

A Singapore Minute (Part 1 of 5): The National Gallery

Sep 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Singapore's National Gallery is a modern art marvel

Singapore police arrest citizen who tried to join Marawi fighting

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Singapore s Ministry of Home Affairs says Imran Kassim has harbored the intention to join the pro ISIS militant groups that had invaded Marawi City in southern Philippines

To feed the hungry, we first need to say, ‘Yes!’ – Magsaysay Awardee Tony Tay

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For more than a decade Tony Tay s organization of volunteers – Willing Hearts – feeds the hungry and homeless in Singapore

GRATITUDE. Singaporean Tony Tay thanks the crowd after delivering his response speech during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Singapore's Tony Tay: More than a decade of food giving and volunteerism

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:25 PM

2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Tony Tay is the founder of Willing Hearts a charity run by volunteers who prepare and cook meals daily for Singapore s needy

'FOOD UNITES.' 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Tony Tay says food is the most important thing and it keeps families together. Screenshot by Rappler

Remains of all missing sailors recovered from U.S. warship

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

The remaining 8 sailors are retrieved by divers searching flooded compartments of the USS John S McCain which collided with an oil tanker August 21

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas weathers Singapore to advance to finals

Aug 25, 2017 - 6:41 PM

The Philippines now advances to the finals where they will meet the winner between Indonesia and Thailand

FINALS-BOUND. Gilas Pilipinas reaches the SEA Games final after beating Singapore. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

What's The Big Idea? AIM bids for big data leadership

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Coco Alcuaz speaks with AIM President and Dean Jikyeong Kang and her first recruit Erika Legara about the school s bid for leadership in data science

U.S. Navy dismisses commander after deadly warship collision

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:47 PM

UPDATED Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin is relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command a navy statement says He is replaced by Rear Admiral Phil Sawyer

DAMAGED. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (foreground), seen with a hole on its portside after a collision with a tanker, docks next to the USS America (behind) at Changi naval base in Singapore on August 22, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Remains found on U.S. warship that collided off Singapore – U.S. Navy

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The US Navy announces a fleet wide global investigation following the latest deadly warship collision the second in two months

SCOTT SWIFT. Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks to reporters during a press conference at Changi naval base in Singapore on August 22, 2017. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

SEA Games organizers slam 'Singapore dogs' football chant during Malaysia game

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:12 PM

SEA Games organizers urged fans to behave themselves after Malaysia football supporters caused anger by chanting Singapore dogs during a game

CHANTING CONTROVERSY. Muhammad Syahmi Safari (L) of Malaysia vies for the ball with Qin Si Lee (R) of Singapore during their men's football match at Shah Alam Stadium on August 16. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

U.S. launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Analysts say the accident which comes after June s collision off Japan involving a US warship raises questions about whether the US Navy is overstretched in Asia

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

10 sailors missing after U.S. destroyer collision off Singapore

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours the US Navy says

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

Perlas Pilipinas blasts Singapore in SEA Games 2017 opener

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:07 PM

The Philippine national women s basketball team leads by as many as 37 points

BIG FIRST WIN. Perlas Pilipinas thumps Singapore to start 2017 SEA Games campaign. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

TIMELINE: 10 years of Singapore Grand Prix

Aug 18, 2017 - 11:55 AM

As it celebrates its 10th year on September 15 17 we take a look at how the Singapore Grand Prix race has grown through the years

Point of law: Singaporean probed for toothpicks in bus seat

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Police launched an investigation after a bus company in the city state reported last week that one of their vehicles passenger seats was perforated with toothpicks

The Singapore city skyline on October 9, 2015. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Schooling downplays Malaysia comments after online furor

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Joseph Schooling s comment triggers anger online especially in Malaysia which has a historically prickly relationship with Singapore

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

Team Philippines tops Singapore International Math Contest with 245 medals

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:39 AM

China placed second while Thailand is third

MULTI-AWARDED. Some of the country’s 33 gold medalists being awarded at the 13th International Mathematics Contest in Singapore. Photo by MTG/Henry Castro

Singapore to take legal action against Lee Kuan Yew grandson

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Singapore s government says it will take legal action against the grandson of founding leader Lee Kuan Yew over a Facebook post linked to a family feud

Dark clouds are pictured above the Singapore city skyline ahead of a thunderstorm, common in the tropical southeast Asian city-state, on April 25, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore to expel professor for being 'foreign agent'

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Huang Jing a US citizen of Chinese descent who held a senior position at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy had engaged in activities inimical to Singapore s national interests the government says

This file photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a sign board pointing towards the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

TIMELINE: Agreements, challenges in ASEAN

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The regional bloc s unity and mettle have been put to the test over the last 5 decades

Filipino whiz kids reap awards in Singapore Math Olympiad

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Philippine Team garners medals and trophies during the Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge SIMOC

MATH WHIZ. Filipino kids win big in a math competition in Singapore.

PETA, PH's Lilia de Lima among 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:40 PM

To also receive Asia s equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Yoshiaki Ishizawa Japan Abdon Nababan Indonesia Gethsie Shanmugam Sri Lanka Tony Tay Singapore

AWARDEES. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announces the 59th batch of awardees on Thurday, July 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amazon pushes into Southeast Asia with Singapore launch

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The launch of Amazon Prime in Singapore marks the company s entry into a region of more than 600 million people

A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. Loic Venance/AFP

Rainmaking, e27, and PwC announce new corporate innovation program, FORGE

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Launched at the Echelon Asia Summit 2017 last June 28 the program will focus on collaborative designing and deliver implementation projects in the Southeast Asia startup scene

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies – ADB

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region s developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next

LOADING CARGO. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

Jul 20, 2017 - 11:05 AM

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REGULATED. The LTFRB has had difficulty in imposing rules over transport network companies as the Philippines is the first country to regulate app-based transport services.

Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Singapore s defense ministry says its offer includes the use by Filipino troops of its urban warfare training facilities and a detachment of drones

URBAN WARFARE. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Singapore voids marriage after husband's sex change – report

Jul 18, 2017 - 2:59 PM

The couple married as man and woman in 2015 but the husband underwent a sex change operation and updated his national identity card to read female

Dark clouds are pictured above the Singapore city skyline ahead of a thunderstorm, common in the tropical southeast Asian city-state, on April 25, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore protest demands inquiry into PM family feud

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:18 AM

The rally is the first public protest since the Lee family feud burst into the open in June

FAMILY TROUBLE. This photograph taken on June 2, 2017 shows Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at an event at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

UP among 200 best universities in Asia Pacific

Jul 05, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Times Higher Education says UP which ranks 200th is largely seen as one of the best Filipino universities in national rankings and among the top institutions in Asia

Singapore PM accused of lying in parliament by brother

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Lee Hsien Yang accuses Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of falsely telling parliament that their father had been open to reconsidering plans to demolish a century old family bungalow

FAMILY FEUD. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MCI) on July 3, 2017 shows Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at parliament house in Singapore. Handout photo from the Parliament House of Singapore via Singapore Ministry of Information and Communication/AFP

Singapore PM denies nepotism amid family feud in parliament speech

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED It is an escalation of a feud over what to do with a family bungalow that has simmered since the death in March 2015 of the elder Lee

FAMILY TROUBLE. This photograph taken on June 2, 2017 shows Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at an event at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Foreigners banned as Singapore holds gay rights rally

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:13 PM

The Singaporean government has also banned overseas companies from providing sponsorship to this year s Pink Dot rally

'PINK DOT' RALLY. A supporter wrapped in a rainbow flag attends the annual "Pink Dot" event in a public show of support for the LGBT community at Hong Lim Park in Singapore on July 1, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

The week in photos: June 24-30, 2017

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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

An enthusiast browse through a collection of toys on display during the 2017 ToyCon Pop Life FanXperience at the SMX Convention Center, in Pasay on June 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Singapore zoo marks 44th birthday with feast for its orangutangs

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The Singapore Zoo celebrates its 44th birthday with a durian feast for its orangutang family who are seen as mascots of the park

DURIAN DELIGHT. Orangutans Ah Meng (L) and Comel (R) enjoy durian fruits to mark Singapore zoo's 44th year anniversary in Singapore on June 27, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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Jun 20, 2017 - 12:25 PM

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Singapore PM says sorry for family feud

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Lee and two younger children of revered founding leader Lee Kuan Yew have been attacking each other on Facebook and international media for days as a dispute over the patriarch s estate became public

CONTROVERSIAL HOME. This picture taken on June 17, 2017 shows residents walking past the house of Singapore's late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road in Singapore. Toh Ting Wei/AFP

WWE superstar Sasha Banks on making history

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Next on the 3 time Women s Champion s to do list: Main eventing a WrestleMania

THE BOSS. WWE superstar Sasha Banks intends to make some more history in the WWE. Photo from