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Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Some of them wearing surgical masks, overseas Filipinos join the 6th Sinulog in Singapore and pray for safety from the deadly Wuhan virus

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The Ministry of Health says the patient is a 66-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on Monday

HEALTH SCANS. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions

2 Filipino OFWs in Singapore car crash now in stable condition

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Arceli Nucos and Egnal Limbauan 'are now stable and have been moved to the normal wards,' says Yeo Guat Kwang, Center for Domestic Employees chairman

RECUPERATING. A photo of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital from August 2006. Photo by user Sengkang on Wikimedia commons.

Alab falls to Singapore as Alexander flirts with quad-dub

Jan 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

A lifeless Alab Pilipinas squad absorbs a 21-point mauling against the Singapore Slingers on the road

SLIP UP. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas drop to 3rd place. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Singapore faces first legal challenge over misinformation law

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Singapore Democratic Party, one of a handful of small opposition groups in the city-state, asks the courts to overturn a government order for it to correct two Facebook posts and an article on its website

Body of OFW killed in Singapore car crash arrives in La Union

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Her family in San Carlos, Caba, La Union, will hold a wake for Arlyn Nucos for two weeks

Photo from Arlyn Nucos' Facebook

Lucky Plaza Singapore car crash survivor: 'Even if we wanted to run, we could not'

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:42 PM

'It came down, curved, seemed to have lost brakes and was coming to us,' Laila Laudencia recounts of the fatal car crash she was lucky to have survived

SURVIVOR. Laila Laudencia is among the two who were discharged from the hospital after the fatal car crash in Lucky Plaza Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from her Facebook account

2 Filipino workers discharged from hospital after Singapore car crash

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our deepest sympathies go out to all the families of the 6 affected helpers, and to Ms Abigail Leste and Ms Arlyn Nucos who died from the impact of the accident,' says Low Yen Ling, Mayor of the South West District

TREATMENT. Mayor Low Yen Ling and members of her staff visit one of the recovering victims of the Lucky Plaza car crash incident. Image from Low Yen Ling's Facebook page.

2 Singapore car crash victims are sisters from La Union

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The victims' brother, Reynaldo Nucos, says their relatives in Caba, La Union, knew something was wrong when the two did not ring them for their weekly video call

SISTERS. Arlyn and Arcely Nucos were victims of the car crash at Lucky Plaza mall entrance in Singapore. Photos from their Facebook accounts

PH to bring home Filipino victims in Singapore car crash

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Singapore are now working on the repatriation of the remains of the Filipino casualties

CAR CRASH. Two Filipinos die after a car crashes outside the Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from Twitter/@Glaizaechevarr2

2 Filipinos killed in car crash outside Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The Lucky Plaza mall, near where the incident occurred, is a popular hangout place of the Filipino community in Singapore, especially among overseas Filipino workers

CAR CRASH. Casualties are reported after a car crashes outside Lucky Plaza mall in Singapore on December 29, 2019. Photo from Twitter courtesy of @Glaizaechevarr2

Singapore Literature Prize 2020: Call for submissions

Dec 19, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Press release: The award carries a top prize of $10,000 for the winner in each of the categories

Wyatt steers Alab comeback as Deguara debuts

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Alab Pilipinas rallies past Singapore as Khalif Wyatt erupts for 20 points in the final quarter

BIG BOOST. Alab Pilipinas unveils a new threat in 7-foot-5 import Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Singapore defends misinformation law after criticism

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Singapore's communications ministry and law ministry insists the legislation, which came into force last month, would not curb free speech

Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Researchers in Singapore say they have converted plastic into "formic acid", which can be used in power plants to generate electricity, by using a catalyst which neither damages the environment nor costs a lot of money

LOOK: Nadine Lustre dazzles on the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards red carpet

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:18 PM

President Nadine does it again

RED CARPET. Nadine Lustre walks the red carpet at the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore. Screenshot from

Lovin' Lavin? Singapore's Raj an instant SEA Games crowd favorite

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Filipino basketball fans surprisingly shower Singapore's 6-foot-7 teen Lavin Raj with cheers

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Lavin Raj utilizes the opportunity of going up against PBA players to improve his game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pringle waxes hot early as Gilas thwarts Singapore in 52-point romp

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Parading an all-pro lineup after several editions of sending a team of collegiate players, the Philippines gets off to a hot start in its bid for a 13th straight gold

BIG PROBLEM. June Mar Fajardo finds his groove in the second half. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Google bans political ads in Singapore as elections loom

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The ban is imposed under controversial new rules aimed at fighting disinformation in the city-state, which critics fear could be used to stifle dissent

Filipino runners flock by thousands to historic Singapore Marathon

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:31 PM

A Cebuano lands on the podium in the 21-kilometer half-marathon as the Singapore Marathon draws more than 3,900 Filipino racers

BY THE THOUSANDS. The Singapore Marathon draws 50,000 runners from all over the world. Photo from Singapore Marathon

Facebook corrects post under Singapore disinformation law

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A post by Alex Tan – who runs anti-government website the States Times Review – had a correction notice placed below it after a government request, Facebook confirms

SINGAPORE. Facebook bowed down to Singapore as it heeded the city-state's demand to correct a user's post that contained 'scurrilous accusations' of election rigging. AFP file photo

Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under disinformation law

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:12 PM

The social media giant, which has previously expressed concerns about the legislation, did not respond to requests for comment and the article was still on the site without any changes

SINGAPORE AND FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a computer in this photo illustration. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Nadine Lustre, Dimples Romana to attend the Asian Academy Creative Awards gala in Singapore

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Nadine and Dimples are regional winners in the Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories

REGIONAL WINNERS. Nadine Lustre and Dimples Romana are attending the Asian Academy Creative Awards. File photos by Alecs Ongcal/ Rob Reyes/ Rappler

The eagles have landed: Singapore shows off rare Philippine raptors

Nov 27, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The birds, Geothermica and Sambisig, are the first breeding pair ever to be sent outside the Philippines and arrived in Singapore in June on a 10-year loan from Manila

EAGLE PASSPORTS. Vivian Balakrishnan (R), Singapore's foreign affairs minister holds the two passport for the two Philippine eagles as Ricardo Calderon (L), the Philippines' assistant secretary on environment and natural resouces looks on during the unveiling at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on November 27, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore uses law against misinformation for first time

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Tech giants including Google and Twitter have criticized the law, as have activists who fear it could stifle online dissent

Singapore asks Philippines to 'immediately act' on SEA Games issues

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:22 PM

'While we try our best to be patient and understanding, we cannot make any compromise when our athletes are affected directly,' chef de mission Juliana Seow writes PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara

Singapore deports Hong Konger over protest discussion

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:17 AM

'Singapore has always been clear that foreigners should not advocate their political causes in Singapore, through public assemblies, and other prohibited means,' says a police statement

Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. A dwindling core of hardline protesters held their ground November 21 at a Hong Kong university besieged for days by police, as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.  Philip FONG / AFP

Singapore court hears new challenges to gay sex ban

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Three people – a retired doctor, a DJ and an LGBT rights advocate – lodge fresh challenges in the Singapore Supreme Court, aiming to prove the British colonial era law is unconstitutional

People enter the Supreme Court building in Singapore on November 13, 2019. A Singaporean court on November 13 began hearing new challenges against a law banning sex between men, the latest bid to overturn the statute and score another victory for rights in Asia. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Tay Boon Keh, 66, pleads guilty to charges of swapping tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport between November 2016 and February 2017

Trundling into trouble: Singapore targets e-scooters after accidents

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:48 AM

E-scooters are already banned from Singapore's roads but they are now prohibited on all pavements and other footpaths, and can only be used on cycle paths and a network of routes connecting parks

PROHIBITED. File photo of a man riding an electric scooter in Singapore.

E-scooter riders caught on Singapore footpaths may be jailed

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The city-state is the latest country to introduce new regulations to cope with a surge in the popularity of the contraptions, which many pedestrians view as silent menaces

E-SCOOTER. Electric scooter riders in Singapore were banned from footpaths on November 4 and could face jail if they break the rule, after a series of accidents linked to the trendy two-wheelers sparked anger. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore restaurant 'grab-a-crab' machine sparks uproar

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:27 PM

House of Seafood's promotional stunt lets customers use an arcade-style claw machine to catch live crabs to be cooked on the spot

Traffic buster? Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, other Asian cities next

Oct 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

German company Volocopter wants to bring the service to sprawling cities like Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok, as well as parts of India and China

A Volocopter unmanned air taxi transport flies over Marina Bay during test flight with a safety pilot at the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITSWC) in Singapore on October 22, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Frolic in a milk tea pearl pit at Singapore's 'bubble tea' exhibit

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The 'one-stop happy place' for bubble tea lovers features a pool of 100,000 purple pearls, milk tea-scented walls, and tea-flavored snacks

Singapore eases monetary policy, avoids recession

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:30 PM

It is the first time in over 3 years that Singapore is easing monetary policy

Photo from Shutterstock

Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Products deemed 'less healthy' must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

Singapore, HackerOne hold bug bounty program to test gov't targets

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Singapore's Ministry of Defense invites 400 ethical hackers to identify security vulnerabilities in government systems over 3 weeks. Successful finds will bring bounty payouts.

American man jailed in U.S. over Singapore HIV data leak

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Mikhy Farrera Brochez is convicted by a Kentucky court in June for trying to extort the Singapore government using the stolen data

Facebook tightens political advertisement rules for Singapore

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:59 PM

Those advertising in Singapore about elections and politics on Facebook or its Instagram app must first confirm their identity and location, and disclose who is responsible for the ad

FACEBOOK TIGHTENS RULES. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Singapore detains Indonesian maids for 'funding ISIS'

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:21 PM

It is the latest case of allegedly radicalized foreign domestic helpers arrested in Singapore, and the government says it highlighted the continued appeal of the jihadists' 'violent ideology'

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Singapore air 'unhealthy' ahead of Formula One race

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia

SINGAPORE SKYLINE. Singapore suffers from haze brought by forest fires in Indonesia. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

PH, Singapore sign MOU on personal data protection

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This is the first data protection-related MOU signed between two ASEAN member states, according to the Philippines' National Privacy Commission

Philippines, Singapore sign 8 deals as Duterte meets Halimah

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Signed during Singaporean President Halimah Yacob's state visit to the Philippines, the memoranda of understanding involve agriculture, infrastructure, and education cooperation

Singapore's first female president arrives in PH for state visit

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob is in Manila to mark the 50th anniversary of Philippines-Singapore ties

STATE VISIT. Singaporean President Halimah Jacob arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on September 8, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Singapore president to visit Philippines, meet Duterte in September

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Halimah Yacob, Singapore's first female president, will visit President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao City, aside from Manila

Foto oleh Wong Maye-E/AFP

Singapore PM threatens online editor with libel

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Singapore is admired worldwide for its economic prosperity, but its leaders are criticized for curbs on civil rights, including using libel suits to silence critics

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends the opening of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on May 31, 2019. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP