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

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Rappler places the spotlight on some of the spouses of the ASEAN leaders, from Brunei's Queen Saleha to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña

MEET THE SPOUSES. Rappler looks at some of the spouses of ASEAN leaders. File photos from

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

How Facebook has affected ASEAN democracies

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

With over 300 million monthly active Facebook users in Southeast Asia, various countries in the region, including those under military or one-party rule, have already seen how Facebook has negatively impacted their democracies

FAST FACTS: Minimum wage in ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia have the highest minimum wage rates in the region

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

Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries

PRESS FREEDOM. Journalists in ASEAN face threats, censorship, and repressive laws.

Thailand to require fingerprints, face scans for SIM cards

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Officials look at it as one solution to cyber fraud, cyber terrorism, and illegal click farm operations

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

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

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

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Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Relics picked from late Thai King's ashes

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The 5-day funeral, which concludes on Sunday and cost some $90 million dollars, has seized the attention of a nation where love for Bhumibol Adulyadej runs deep

ASHES. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) takes part in a funeral procession where the relics and ashes of his father the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej will be transferred to the Grand Palace from the Royal Crematorium in Bangkok on October 27, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Tourists bemused as Bangkok sobers up for Thai king funeral

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Streets are deserted in Bangkok's infamous red light district, where bars and clubs are dark on the eve of the massive funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

FASCINATION. Tourists walk past an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his cremation in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

FAST FACTS: Thailand's royal cremation

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Here are a few things to know about the funeral of a king revered as a demi-god, and who reigned for 7 decades

REVERED. A woman holds an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as mourners wait for his funeral to begin in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thais bid final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:06 AM

(UPDATED) The lavish funeral will give the public a chance to bid an emotional farewell to a king who was crowned in 1950 and soared over decades of Thai history

REVERED. A woman holds an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej with his mother as mourners gather to wait for his funeral to begin in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai mourners gather ahead of cremation of late King

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The cremation late Thursday will be the biggest Thai royal event for a century and will see colourful funeral processions pass through the capital before his pyre is lit inside a purpose-built site

CREMATION. Police march past a portrait of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej before his funeral outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Making of a monarch: Thais set to part with the 'people's king'

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The late King Bhumibol Adulaydej is remembered as regal but accessible, rich but unflashy and always dedicated to the Thai people

IN MOURNING. People display images of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony marking one year since his death, in a field in Ayutthaya on October 13, 2017. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Killings won't solve drug problem, ex-Thai PM Abhisit says

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reflects on Thailand's own war on drugs, which was similar to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivers a lecture on liberal democracy and post-truth politics at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

A year after King's death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The past year has drawn out remarkable scenes of collective mourning across the kingdom, with many Thais expunging color from their wardrobes and donning only black and white for most of the year

ONE YEAR. People clad in black in a sign of mourning pray as they listen to Buddhist monks chant mantras during a ceremony led by monks in front of Bangkok's City Hall on October 13, 2017, marking one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Thai junta chief vows elections in November 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

'In November 2018 there will be an election. Is it clear?' the often gruff leader tells reporters, adding he would announce the exact date next June

THAILAND ELECTIONS? Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha looks on as he walks during a welcoming ceremony for Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena at Government House in Bangkok on November 2,2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Timnas U-19 kalahkan Thailand U-19 3-0

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Blunder di babak pertama membuat Thailand tak lagi bisa melakukan perlawanan

Timnas U-19. Foto diambil dari laman PSSI

Trump hails 'very strong' ties with Thailand

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Describing Prayut's visit as a 'great honor,' Trump offers a symbolic show of unity with the man behind a 2014 takeover that resulted in Washington cutting aid and cooling relations

PRAYUT IN DC. US President Donald Trump and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha take part in a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Thailand expects 250,000 to attend late king's cremation

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Spanning four days from October 25-29, the cremation event will be a spectacular and costly affair infused with Buddhist ceremonies, cultural performances and arcane palace rituals that will send Bhumibol Adulyadej's spirit off to the afterlife

BHUMIBOL'S DEATH. A person holds a photo of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people react to his death on October 13, 2016 at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Thai junta chief says fugitive ex-PM Yingluck in Dubai

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha's first clear comments on Yingluck's whereabouts comes a month after she ghosted out off Thailand, ducking a court ruling over charges she failed to stop graft and losses in a costly rice subsidy policy

FUGITIVE. In this file photo, Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years for negligence

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court found that the defendant is guilty as charged... the court has sentenced her to 5 years in prison and the court also unanimously agreed that the sentence will not be suspended,' a judge says

YINGLUCK. Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:48 PM

'President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and a key partner and longstanding ally in Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand,' the White House says in a statement late Monday

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Thailand's Prayut Chan-o-cha looks on as he walks during a welcoming ceremony for Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena at Government House in Bangkok on November 2,2015. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday, 2:30 pm

Kalahkan Malaysia 2-0, Thailand kembali juara Piala AFF U-18

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Untuk kali kelima Thailand menjadi jawara

Thailand kembali menunjukkan dominasinya di Piala AFF U-18. Foto: Akun Resmi AFF

Malaysia loses SEA Games football title on heartbreaking own goal

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:13 AM

The goalkeeper punches a corner into his own net for the game s only goal

OWN GOAL. Malaysia's goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli (L) punched the ball into his own goal in a moment that silenced the 80,000 fans in attendance. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Thailand's Yingluck ditched phones before escape – army chief

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Thai media is full of speculation about how she might have escaped with most suggesting she went to Cambodia either by land or sea in the days before the court verdict and then on to Singapore

ESCAPED. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hari ke-14 SEA Games: Indonesia gagal menambah medali emas

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Dominasi tuan rumah Malaysia semakin tidak terkejar dengan meraih 96 medali emas 64 medali perak dan 63 medali perunggu

Thai junta under fire from allies over Yingluck escape

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:50 PM

The junta says it does not yet know how Thailand s first female prime minister managed to flee

THANKING SUPPORTERS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Experience the missing piece for PH women's volleyball, says Vicente

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The Philippine team fell short in the semifinals against powerhouse Thailand and will instead shoot for the bronze medal

LACK OF EXPERIENCE. The Philippine national women's volleyball team is still short on experience when it comes to international competition. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Fugitive Thai ex-PM Yingluck 'may be in Dubai' – party source

Aug 26, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is supposed to arrive at the Supreme Court for the ruling over the rice subsidy case

IN DUBAI? Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the parliament in Bangkok on January 22, 2015. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/File

Thai ex-PM Yingluck has fled Thailand – party source

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:13 AM

4th UPDATE A senior party source says Yingluck Shinawatra is likely in Singapore

VERDICT LOOMS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Philippines defeats Thailand to win first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The Philippines skates away with the first ever hockey gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games

DUCKS FLY TOGETHER. The Philippine ice hockey team won the first ever SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Tough luck for PH men's and women's football teams in SEA Games 2017

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Both Philippine Football teams fail to register podium finishes in the 2017 edition of the Southeast Asian Games

THE END. The Philippine Men's football team finishes strong against Timor Leste, while the Women's team makes a clutch goal against gold medalists Thailand. Photo from the Philippine Football teams' Facebook.

SEA Games: Dua skenario yang bisa meloloskan Timnas ke semifinal

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Nasib Timnas Indonesia juga akan ditentukan oleh hasil laga Thailand kontra Vietnam

Perlas Pilipinas comes back from 10 points down, beats Thailand with late basket

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:06 AM

The Philippine national women s basketball team is now 3 1 at the Southeast Asian Games

COMEBACK WIN. Allana Lim, seen here during the game against Singapore, converts the basket at the buzzer to complete Perlas Pilipinas' comeback win against Thailand. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

BBC journalist on trial in Thailand for crime reporting

Aug 23, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Rights groups have said the case exposes how Thailand s broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to uncover wrongdoing in an endemically corrupt country

BBC foreign correspondent Jonathan Head arrives at court to fight defamation charges brought against him by a Thai lawyer in Phuket on August 23, 2017. Kritsada Muenhawong/AFP

PH men's football team out of medal contention, women cling to bronze hope

Aug 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The men s football team loses to third seed Thailand while the women s team has an outside chance for a bronze medal finish

BOW OUT. The Philippine Men's U-22 Football team is now out of the medal contention for the 2017 SEA Games. Screenshot from livestream.