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Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

As Uber gives up Philippine operations to Grab, what now for commuters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Obviously, it is not good. From a duopoly, it becomes a monopoly,' warns an economist

TAKE OVER. Starting July 8, all Uber drivers will migrate to the Grab platform after a merger deal. Uber office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber drivers in Southeast Asia moving to Grab in 2 weeks

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, will only be available until April 8, following the sale to Grab

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

'Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media' – expert

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'The Islamic State has shrunk in the physical space, but in the cyberspace, it is still very capable,' says terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna on Rappler Talk

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Suspected ISIS leader-recruiter nabbed in Manila

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(UPDATED) Egyptian Fehmi Lassqued is captured by joint Philippine police and military operatives in Manila

SUSPECT. Fehmi Lassqued is caught by joint forces of the PNP and AFP. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte pushes for stronger efforts to end financing of terror groups

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, remembering the Marawi crisis, stressed the importance of cooperation for timely and thorough intelligence gathering and analysis

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on January 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate panel seeks Divina disbarment, Dela Rosa on body cameras, Licuanan on resignation| Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte wants China to secure Sulu, Celebes Seas from pirates

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte credits China for helping combat piracy in Somalia and hopes the country can do the same thing for the Philippines and Indonesia

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Employment growing, but poor quality of work still widespread in Asia-Pacific – ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows

POOR QUALITY. The International Labour Organization reported vulnerable forms of employment are also expected to increase worldwide in 2018 and 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

PSE named Southeast Asia's best stock exchange again

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

This is the 4th time in 5 years that the Philippine Stock Exchange has bagged the award

STILL THE 'BEST'. The Philippine Stock Exchange was recognized as the best stock exchange in Southeast Asia by an investment magazine. Brokers, traders and staff at the Philippine Stock Exchange. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Xi Jinping – in Duterte's footsteps, so to speak...

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:33 AM

The 'best' and 'worst' in Asia 2017

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace lauds CHR probe into carbon emitters

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:41 PM

Greenpeace Southeast Asia praises the Commission on Human Rights' planned public hearings on a petition filed against the world's largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producer

PETITIONERS. Members of petitioning organizations and communities as well as other supporters listen to the speaker during the vigil program outside the CHR. Photo by Geric Cruz/Greenpeace

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Thailand flood death toll rises to 15

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Some one million residents have been hit in some way: through submerged or damaged homes, disruption to occupations such as farming, or transport difficulties because of flooded roads

Business is booming: Southeast Asia a growing mobile games market – report

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Southeast Asian gaming populace to grow from 170 million to 250 million by 2021 according to a Niko Partners report

Fake news and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The struggle against disinformation and fake news in Southeast Asia goes hand-in-hand with the fight to keep democratic spaces online open

China to help resolve Rohingya crisis – Bangladesh

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:51 AM

No details were given on what concrete steps Beijing might take

HELP ON THE WAY? Rohingya people are escaping their own land due to alleged state violence. File photo by Mahmood Noor/Rappler

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The journalists — Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin — now face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in Phnom Penh

EU stresses ASEAN cooperation in fighting terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region,' EU President Donald Tusk tells Southeast Asian leaders

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

Group pushes for 'binding' ASEAN pact on migrant workers’ protection

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers must be legally-binding and cover undocumented workers and migrants' families, Migrante International says

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

Most instagrammable spots in ASEAN countries

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:57 PM

Here are some of the most instagrammable spots in the region that you might consider for your next trip

How big is social media in ASEAN countries?

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:29 PM

While the biggest social media platforms originated from the West, citizens of ASEAN countries are just as into it

21 must-try dishes from ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Each Southeast Asian country offers a remarkable food experience you should not miss

Indonesian 'terrorist' killed his Maute-ISIS 'buddy' to escape – PNP

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:14 PM

'Ang unang ginawa niya, pinatay niya 'yung kan'yang buddy, para makalayas siya, at doon siya sa Lanao lake lumangoy, at nagtago for 3 hours,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

ARRESTED. Indonesian Muhammad Ilham Syahputra is detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City after his capture in Marawi. PNP Photo

Southeast Asian journalists 'future-proof' data projects in workshop

Oct 26, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Journalists from 6 ASEAN countries also learn how to maximize the impact of their data-driven projects in the French-based agency CFI's 4M Asia data journalism training at the Rappler office

WORKSHOP. Journalists from Southeast Asia take part in the 4M Asia data journalism training at the Rappler headquarters from October 13 to 19, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'The [Islamic State] narrative for Indonesians was to do hijrah in the Philippines, not commit attacks at home,' states a report by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

MARAWI SIEGE. Philippine troops in action in the battle zone, during the war against IS-linked terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler hosts Manila leg of 4M Asia data journalism training

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Eleven journalists from news groups in ASEAN will learn how to future-proof their data journalism projects in the 3rd and last round of workshops organized by French-based agency CFI

DATA JOURNALISM TRAINING. Journalists from ASEAN join the 2nd leg of CFI's 4M Asia data journalism training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2017. Photo from CFI website

Experts warn against rise of democracies mixed with authoritarianism

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today

WORRYING TREND. Democracy observers raise concerns about growing trend of authoritarian tendencies in countries like the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte. File AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Should governments regulate freedom of expression?

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Political experts agree that fake news and social media threaten democracy in Southeast Asia

At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:35 AM

At 50 can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda setter putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law?

Indonesia calls for calm over SEA Games flag blunder

Aug 23, 2017 - 4:18 PM

200 people demonstrated outside the Malaysian consulate in Indonesia and burned tires and images of the flag of Malaysia

CALL FOR CALM. Indonesian government calls to stop demonstrations regarding the flag gaffe by the 2017 SEA Games committee in Malaysia. Photo by @imam_nahrawi on Twitter

Uber apologizes to LTFRB for 'misunderstanding'

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:55 PM

If there s been a misunderstanding in the past that s on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding says Uber regional executive Michael Brown

IN PHOTOS: PlayStation Experience Southeast Asia 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:57 PM

From Street Fighter toys Final Fantasy VII figures to giant PlayStation buttons here are some of the scenes from Saturday s day long PlayStation party

Rappler Talk: Amy Searight on changing Southeast Asian and global power dynamics

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Policy analyst Amy Searight: It s a challenge for this administration who wants to focus in Asia and Southeast Asia

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

FINISHING TOUCHES. Laborers work on a giant lantern decorated with the logo for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed at the entrance to the venue of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ASEAN-ARF) meeting in Manila on August 3, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

PlayStation Experience Southeast Asia: What we're excited to see

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:43 PM

We re at the first ever PlayStation Experience in Southeast Asia which will be held in Malaysia Saturday August 5 Tune in for our updates


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

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

Rappler Talk: Sidney Jones on the effect of the Marawi siege on terrorism in Southeast Asia

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live interview with the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict s director at 4:30 pm Tuesday July 25

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says the Marawi conflict has long term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia including greater cooperation among extremists and more violent attacks

Thai general among officials jailed for human trafficking

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED The most senior government figure among the 62 people convicted on Wednesday is Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan who received 27 years for multiple human trafficking charges and other offenses

Thai policemen stand guard outside of a criminal court in Bangkok on July 19, 2017.  Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

ISIS 'sanctioned, if not directed' Resorts World attack – expert

Jul 02, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists say terrorism experts who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam

China’s navy targets building bases overseas – Pentagon

Jul 01, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Pentagon cites cases in 2016 of China using its intelligence services and employing other illicit technologies controlled equipment and other materials

DEFENSE BUILD-UP. The Chinese guided missile destroyer PLANS Qingdao joins over 40 other warships from around the world to celebrate the centenary of the Australian Navy in Sydney on October 5, 2013. Photo from Shutterstock

Duterte and Jokowi, Revilla, Sabio | Evening wRap

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:01 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

PATAFA to send athletes to Hong Kong, Ubas surpasses SEAG record

Jun 05, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Janry Ubas showcased a sneak peak of what may be to come by jumping further than the SEA Games record