Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand sends smelly durian into space

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit this July to test its durability in a project that could see the staple 'king of fruits' consumed in zero-gravity conditions

KING OF FRUITS. A Thai fruit vendor waits for customers behind a display of durians in Bangkok on June 1, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:02 PM

The pilot whale vomited up 5 bags during the rescue attempt before it died, says Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Protest greets 4th year of Thai junta rule

May 22, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014

4 YEARS. Demonstrators holding placards with a caricature depicting Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as Pinocchio stand next to police barricade outside Thammasat University during a protest to mark the 4th year of junta rule in Bangkok on May 22, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page

Hurdler bags PH's lone gold in 2018 Thailand Open

May 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The Philippines also collects 5 silver medals

CHAMPION. Francis Media shrugs off the scorching heat to bag gold in 2018 Thailand Open Track and Field Championship. Photo from Medina's Facebook account

NFA awards 250,000 MT rice supply to Thailand, Vietnam

May 04, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The two countries are expected to bring in the first batch of rice on May 31, ahead of the so-called lean months

 RICE STOCK. Workers pile sacks of rice at a National Food Authority warehouse

Toledo, Sunang banner 17-man PH team in Thai athletics open

May 03, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Members of the Philippine athletics team look to improve their marks as they gear up for the 2018 Asian Games

BIG LEAP. Marestella Torres-Sunang hopes to do far better than her 6.06-meter leap earlier this year in Singapore. File photo/Rappler

On fire all night, Alab Pilipinas brings back ABL championship

May 02, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Ray Parks bags the Finals MVP as former PBA star Jimmy Alapag caps his rookie coaching stint with a title

CHAMP. Ray Parks puts on a show to help Alab Pilipinas capture the ABL crown and run away with the Finals MVP award. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Thai 'dwarf giant' Wanheng equals Mayweather's 50-0 record

May 02, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The 32-year-old boxer stops Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada to tie the boxing great's perfect mark

UNDEFEATED. Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin (left) lands a blow against Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada to retain his WBC minimumweight title. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Unheralded Thai boxer primed for Mayweather record fight

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:40 AM

WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin targets a 50th win on May 2

DWARF GIANT. ‘I want to win, because it's an important fight, to equal Floyd,’ says Wanheng Menayothin, the Thai boxer nicknamed as the ‘dwarf giant.’ Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Brownlee drops 46, ties Balkman's scoring record in Alab's Game 1 win

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas slips past Thailand's Mono Vampire to take a 1-0 lead in the ABL title series

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee teams up with Renaldo Balkman for 87 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Thailand police hunt 'elephant electrocutioner'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists estimate Thailand is home to more than 3,000 wild elephants

ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND. Elephants feast on a prepared buffet of fruits and vegetables before the start of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 8, 2018. Photo by  Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/ AFP

Thailand crushes PH Women’s Football team for semis, World Cup berth

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:58 AM

Philippines hopes for a miracle as only a win in the battle for 5th can bring it to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

ONE MORE CHANCE. The Philippine Women's National Football team is assured of a playoff spot against Group B's 3rd place team. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

Thailand demolishes PH to advance to Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group II finals

Apr 08, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Thailand evens its personal duel with the Filipinos at 4-4

LOSS. Johnny Arcilla and the Philippines falter against Thailand in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania. Contributed photo

Thailand exacts revenge on PH in Challenge Cup of Asia ice hockey

Apr 03, 2018 - 10:21 PM

The Philippines previously took home the inaugural gold medal of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament at the expense of Thailand

REVENGE GAME. Thailand had revenge on their minds as they faced Philippines again in the opening game of the Challenge Cup of Asia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

Mar 31, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The painting, which was the work of a local high school student, was posted on Citylife Chiang Mai's Facebook page to promote a rally urging authorities to tackle a toxic haze that plagues the northern city annually

PROTEST. A Thai activist wears a badge carrying a picture of Surachai Danwattananusorn - a lese majeste convict sentenced to 15 years in jail - calling for the repeal of article 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Thai singer handed rare acquittal in royal defamation case

Mar 29, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Acquittals are extremely rare in lese majeste trials, which are shrouded in secrecy and often held behind closed doors

Thai actor, country singer and political activist Thanat Thanawatcharanon, better-known by his stage name Tom Dundee, holds up his handcuffs for the media as he arrives to hear the verdict of a lese majeste case against him, at a criminal court in Bangkok on March 29, 2018. A Thai court acquitted a folk singer-turned-activist of his third royal defamation charge on March 29, a rare ruling under a draconian law with high conviction rates that is used protect the royal family from any criticism. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

Call for Applications: ChangemakerXchange Indonesia 2018

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Join the upcoming #ChangemakerXchange summit in Indonesia from June 26 to July 1, 2018

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are 38 groups who have submitted the applications for party registration,' an election official tells Agence France-Presse

THAI POLL. Members of the Ruam Jai Thai Party wait to submit paperwork for the registration of their political party at the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand in Bangkok on March 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai PM says elections to be held no later than February next year

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'I say it clearly, that the election will be held no later than February 2019,' says Prime Minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Undefeated Thai 'dwarf giant' one win from Mayweather record

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Wanheng Menayothin, aka Dwarf Giant, eyes equalling Mayweather's 50-0 record and enter boxing lore in April or May

DWARF GIANT. This photo taken on January 31, 2018 shows the current World Boxing Council (WBC) mini-flyweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin, punching a bag during a training session in Bangkok.  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The murky case threw the spotlight on Thailand's then unregulated rent-a-womb industry in 2014, and helped push authorities to bar foreigners from paying for Thai surrogates in 2015

POST-VERDICT STATEMENT. Kong Suriyamontol (C-with sunglasses), the Thai lawyer for Japanese national Mitsutoki Shigeta, speaks to the press after his client was granted paternity rights to his children, at a juvenile court in Bangkok on February 20, 2018. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Senate OKs treaties vs double taxation with Mexico, Thailand, Sri Lanka

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:03 AM

The Senate also concurs in the ratification of the agreement establishing the ASEAN+3 (Japan, South Korea, China) Macroeconomic Research Office or AMRO

Manila Water expands into Thailand

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Ayala-led water distributor takes an 18.72% stake in Thailand's East Water which holds concession contracts to operate in 11 locations

Global cyberfraud gang's 'co-founder' arrested in Thailand

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Sergey Medvedev is accused of co-founding the 'Infraud Organization,' an online network that stole and sold credit card and other personal identity data, causing $530 million in losses, according to US authorities

SERGEY MEDVEDEV. This handout taken by the Royal Thai Police on February 2, 2018 and received on February 9, 2018 shows Russian national Sergey Medvedev (C), 31, being arrested by Thai police in Bangkok for involvement in a transnational cyber crime gang. Photo by Royal Thai Police/AFP

Thai students taunt 'Rolex General' in latest burst of dissent

Feb 03, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The watch scandal has seized a kingdom growing weary of military rule and sparked a spate of creative protests that are challenging the junta's stranglehold on dissent

'ROLEX GENERAL'. University students carry a parade float mocking Thailand's junta number two Prawit Wongsuwan over a current scandal over his undeclared collection of luxury watches, during the annual football match between Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Britain to move Bangkok embassy after record sale

Feb 01, 2018 - 7:29 AM

The record £420 million ($596 million) sale of the embassy in Bangkok's Lumpini neighborhood is the UK foreign ministry's biggest ever such deal and the biggest land deal in Thai history

MOVING OUT. In this file photo, a Thai policeman stands guard at the entrance of British embassy in Bangkok, 08 July 2005. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai pollster quits after junta watch scandal survey buried

Jan 29, 2018 - 5:46 PM

NIDA's president Pradid Wanrat, a member of the junta-backed National Legislative Assembly, admits to blocking the poll, citing the ongoing work of the anti-corruption commission and suggested the results could be released afterwards

Ousted Thai party slams fresh election delay to 2019

Jan 26, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Elections will likely be delayed for 3 months and fall some time in 2019, deputy prime minister General Prawit Wongsuwon says, without giving a clear date

PRAWIT WONGSUWON. Deputy Thai Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon (C) delivers a speech during a meeting in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 6, 2016. Photo by Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Firebrand who prodded Thai coup indicted on terrorism, treason

Jan 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Suthep Thaugsuban is formally charged alongside 8 other Democrat party politicians

SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN. Suthep Thaugsuban, a key leader of anti-government street protests that led to the May 2014 military takeover, answers questions at a press conference in Bangkok on July 30, 2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with ISIS links

Jan 19, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Mohammad Iqbal is arrested on January 14 in a Bangkok suburb in possession of Singaporean and Indian fake passports as well as plates and laminates to forge entry visas to France, Italy and Spain

Almond Vosotros to debut in Thai League, but dreams of PBA return

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Almond Vosotros enters the TBSL with mixed emotions including a desire to one day return to the PBA

PLAYING ABROAD. Almond Vosotros looks forward to international experience but admits it's difficult to be away from his family and child. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Japanese crime boss held in Thailand after 'yakuza' tattoos go viral

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The fugitive, Shigeharu Shirai, is arrested by a SWAT team on Wednesday in the sleepy central Thai market town of Lopburi while he was out shopping

SHIGEHARUI SHIRAI. This handout photo taken on January 10, 2018 and received by the Royal Thai Police shows retired Japanese crime boss Shigeharu Shirai (C), 72, being paraded to show his gang-style tattoos to reporters at a police station after his arrest in the central Thai province of Lopburi. Photo by Thai Royal Police/AFP

Not cut out for the job: Thai PM's stunt bemuses public

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Talking to reporters outside Government House on Monday, Prayut turned the media's attention to a life-size likeness of himself after an aide dutifully places the cut-out in front of a microphone

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Anyone using an unregistered drone after Tuesday risks a 100,000 baht ($3,100) fine or a maximum of 5 years' imprisonment, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office

DRONE REGISTRATION. A new GoPro Karma foldable drone is seen flying during a press event in Olympic Valley, California on September 19, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Almond Vosotros set for Thailand league debut

Jan 08, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Vosotros packs his bags and is off to Thailand for better opportunities

THAILAND BOUND. Almond Vosotros joins a number of Filipinos in the Thailand Basketball Super League. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Zimbabwe family stuck in Bangkok airport for two months

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:08 PM

They lack visas for onward travel, refuse to return to Zimbabwe, and are denied re-entry to Thailand after overstaying, trapping them in limbo at the airport

BANGKOK AIRPORT. This photograph taken on July 25, 2016 shows a passenger at the departure terminal of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Meet Cola, the Thai street dog with 'blade runner' legs

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Cola, the former street pup, nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword, now he has new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics

BLADE RUNNER. This photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows John Dalley fitting Cola the dog with his new curved 'blade runner' prosthetic legs at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket. Just over a year after he was brutally maimed for gnawing on a neighbor's boots, Cola the canine is romping across a Phuket beach on sleek new paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled after those used by Paralympian sprinters. Photo Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Funeral held for Thai cadet at center of army abuse scandal

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

There is mounting pressure on Thailand's army to explain what happened to 18-year-old Pakapong Tanyakan

Supicha Tanyakan, the sister of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first year cadet in the Thai army, carries his photo during a cremation ceremony in Chonburi on December 10, 2017. A Thai army recruit whose murky death has raised concerns about the treatment of new conscripts suffered physical assault, his family said on December 10, citing the results of an autopsy as they held a funeral for the cadet. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT

Huelgas, Benedicto clinch Top Asian Elite honors in Ironman 70.3 Thailand

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Filipino triathletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto continue their winning ways in 2017

1-2 FINISH. National athletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto take the top two honors in the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand. Photo from Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand Facebook

How climate change affects ASEAN affairs

Nov 25, 2017 - 5:08 PM

'ASEAN has a big role to play as a conduit for regional and global cooperation to address climate change'

CHANGING INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. Climate patterns may affect international relations through humanitarian crises, migration threats, and an increasing need for greater imports of vital goods

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

7 PH soap operas that made waves in Southeast Asia

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Filipino teleseryes have also become popular among our ASEAN neighbors

Miss Earth 2017 candidates share views on ASEAN, love for country

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Southeast Asian ladies tell us what they want their leaders to push for during the 31st ASEAN Summit, and what they love about their countries