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U.P. inches up in latest Asia university rankings

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:25 PM

In the latest Times Higher Education rankings, the University of the Philippines climbs 30 points and is now 65th in the region. The De La Salle University, meanwhile, slides down to the 301-350 bracket.

New York Times leads the way at 2020 Pulitzers

May 05, 2020 - 8:02 AM

The Times collects 3 awards, including for Brian M. Rosenthal's investigative report into New York City's taxi industry that revealed predatory loans that took advantage of vulnerable drivers

THE TIMES. People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

With GCTA suspended, low-risk convicts stranded in BJMP facilities

Apr 18, 2020 - 5:51 PM

This means that low-risk convicts, who are clearly convicted of non-heinous crimes, cannot avail of early freedoms even as the pandemic threatens Philippine jails

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

DOJ urged to fast-track GCTA releases amid coronavirus scare

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:00 PM

A judge in Naga, which is a justice zone, sends a memorandum to his fellow judges to bring the issue to the attention of the Department of Justice

CORONAVIRUS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conduct an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees at the Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Naga judge grants GCTA to student convicted of rape by sexual assault

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Naga City Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Soliman Santos, who had approved a plea bargain agreement between the convict and the victim, rules that rape by sexual assault is not a heinous crime

[OPINION] Are Filipina women special?

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'In Maria Ressa’s tweet was a key to progress on gender issues – the recognition that authentic empowerment of one gender cannot exist at the expense of another'

Maria Ressa among TIME’s most influential women of the century

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Time’s ‘100 Women of the Year’ puts the spotlight on ‘influential women who were often overshadowed’

'WOMEN OF THE YEAR.' In this file photo, Maria Ressa attends the TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019, in New York City. File photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME/AFP

LIVE: Senate hearing on the GCTA law

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Trump campaign sues New York Times

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In response to the lawsuit, a New York Times spokesperson says the Trump campaign 'has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable'

SUED. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Billie Eilish breaks record with James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die'

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Billie's latest single debuts at number one with over 10.6 million streams, becoming the 18-year-old's first British chart-topper

BuCor legal chief killing 'very likely' linked to GCTA mess – Guevarra

Feb 20, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a case buildup on the killing of prisons legal chief Fredric Santos

KILLED. Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance law's implementation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

Billie Eilish drops new James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die'

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The 18-year-old pop icon releases 'No Time To Die' ahead of the upcoming James Bond film of the same name, racking up 2.2 million views in just 6 hours

Stuntmen eye Oscar as Brad Pitt shines light on dangerous trade

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Brad is nominated for his role as Cliff Booth, a stuntman in 'Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood'

Ombudsman sacks 3 BuCor officials over 'GCTA for sale' scheme

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office

FIRED. Former BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque is dismissed from service and indicted for direct bribery and graft over the alleged extortion of an inmate in exchange for early release. File photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

New York Times endorses Warren, Klobuchar for president

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The Times described Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren as the 'radical' and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar as the 'realist' choice

KLOBUCHAR AND WARREN. In this file photo taken on December 19, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (R) and Senator Amy Klobuchar walk on the stage after the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Billie Eilish to perform upcoming James Bond theme song

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The 18-year-old Grammy nominee is the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond title song

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2019 US singer/songwriter honoree Billie Eilish arrives for Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year at the Holllywood Palladium in Los Angeles. - Pop iconoclast Billie Eilish will perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film "No Time To Die," its producers announced on January 14, 2020. The 18-year-old Grammy nominee is the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond title song.The film -- starring Daniel Craig as the British super spy, and Oscar winner Rami Malek as the villain -- is set for an April 2 release in Britain and April 10 in the United States. (Photo by Emma McIntyre / AFP)

'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' reigns at Critics' Choice Awards

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Quentin Tarantino's movie wins the Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt at Critics' Choice Awards

1,525 returnees to spend Christmas in prison 3 months after GCTA controversy

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms

Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visited the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

Filipina journalist files sexual harassment complaint vs Cambodia news publisher

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Khmer Times publisher, Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam or T. Mohan, has denied the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

BuCor’s 3rd highest official resigns amid GCTA mess

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Melvin Ramon Buenafe once held high hopes to become Bureau of Corrections chief after he was endorsed by PMA classmate and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa

RESIGNED. Melvin Ramon Buenafe during the 5th senate hearing on September 12, 2019, into the controversies surrounding the Bureau of Corrections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lizzo is TIME's Entertainer of the Year 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:38 AM

We bet she's feeling good as hell!

Greta Thunberg slams 'misleading' climate pledges at chaotic UN summit

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:27 AM

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the Time magazine person of 2019, says the UN climate forum has become an 'opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and avoid raising their ambition'

MISLEADING. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a high-level event on climate emergency hosted by the Chilean presidency during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 11, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Greta Thunberg makes history as youngest TIME 'Person of the Year'

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:24 PM

'Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, and in 2019, the earth’s existential crisis found one in Greta Thunberg,' says TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal

De Lima among Financial Times readers' women 'game changers' in 2019

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Senator Leila de Lima joins environmental activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and US Senator Elizabeth Warren in the Financial Times list

HIGH SECURITY. Dozens of security escorts bring Senator Leila de Lima out of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

WATCH: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in 'No Time to Die' trailer

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Rami Malek stars as Bond's new enemy

Mariah Carey is top female artist of all time, according to Billboard

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Guess she got all she wanted for Christmas!

LIVE: House hearing on amendments to GCTA law

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

'Adventure Time' to return with 4 one-hour specials

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Finn and Jake's adventures will be premiering exclusively on the HBO Max streaming platform

Wirecard shares plunge on new Financial Times fraud allegations

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Financial Times publishes internal communications and financial reports it says contained 'strong indications' hundreds of millions of euros of payments processed for some Wirecard clients 'could not have taken place'

Supreme Court orders DOJ to answer case vs GCTA IRR

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law

BACK TO THE FIELD. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ 'confident' that Supreme Court will affirm revised GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by their new IRR which excluded heinous crime convicts from the coverage of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law

Guevarra: DOJ survived GCTA crisis by upholding rule of law

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra makes the statement amid mounting criticism on the DOJ's move to arrest without warrant heinous crime convicts

DOJ REBORN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the "reborn" DOJ upheld the rule of law in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With Duterte’s blessing, cops hunt convicts with defective arrest list

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections

PREPARATION. Captain Elvin John Tio leads a team of Tondo cops in searching for 4 heinous crime convicts in their area of responsibility. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler