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Virginia Flor Agbayani, 'Grand Dame of Philippine Art Education,' passes away at 96

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'The Grand Dame of Philippine Art Education' is lauded nationally and internationally for her pioneering and innovative efforts in art education

Thousands protest over Rome's decline

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Protesters accuse Virginia Raggi, the city's first female mayor, of being responsible for Rome's pitiful transport service and woeful garbage collection, among others

House bill seeks to criminalize child marriage in PH

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Pro-children's rights advocates are backing the measure, saying culture should no longer be used as an excuse for abuse

CHILD MARRIAGE. In the Philippines, one in 5 girls is a mother by 19 years old. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

DSWD: Lowering criminal age of responsibility 'anti-poor'

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:35 PM

DSWD Secretary Viginia Orogo says this approach 'has never resulted in lower crime rates based on the Philippine experience, and other countries'

CHILDREN VS LAW. Most children who commit crimes come from poor and dysfunctional families.

Naga, Cebu, landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

Over 137,000 affected by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands remain in evacuation centers

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not a storm that people need to ride out. This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

HURRICANE FLORENCE. A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence, on September 11, 2018 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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Aug 17, 2018 - 2:43 PM

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#CJSearch: Promised reforms of chief justice applicants

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Supreme Court Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin want to smoke out corruption in the judiciary, while Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro vows to continue her digitization reforms

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

Oops! Davao judge mistakenly applies for chief justice

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:58 PM

‘Nandito na 'ko, sayang naman po ‘yung effort ko,’ says the judge from Tagum City, Davao

#CJSEARCH. Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang admits to the JBC that she did not really intend to apply for chief justice. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gov't, NGOs give P105 million in aid to monsoon victims

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Evacuees receive assistance in the form of family food packs, sleeping mats, and medicines

EVACUEES. Families who evacuated to Malanday Elementary School in Marikina were provided with tents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 64,000 families return to Marawi – DSWD

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:24 PM

DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo says 64,364 families – from a total of 77,170 – have returned to Marawi City

SHELTER. Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) One from the list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

DSWD chief: P2,400 subsidy not enough to shield poor from TRAIN impact

Jun 15, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'Ang sabi po ngayon, na hindi sapat ang tinutulong na P200 a month. Totoo naman pong hindi,' says Social Welfare Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 that will help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DSWD condemns 'Showtime' joke about adoptees

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'The words "ampon ka" is discriminatory and has [a] negative connotation. Even if the statement was delivered in a manner of joke and/or for entertainment purpose, the show and the network ha​ve the full responsibility over it,' says DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

Aircraft overhead forces Orbital to cancel cargo launch

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:58 AM

(UPDATED) The unmanned, barrel-shaped Cygnus is packed with food, supplies, and equipment for the 6 astronauts at the International Space Station

SET FOR LAUNCH. The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, Friday, November 10, 2017 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Democrat Danica Roem prevails in her race against Republican Robert Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

WINNER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows Danica Roem, a Democrat for Delegate in Virginia's district 13, a transgender, at her campaign office on September 22, 2017 in Manassas, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Democratic election sweep is lousy anniversary gift for Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The results amount to a sweeping repudiation of what critics have called Trump's politics of division, and a test of his influence ahead of electoral battles looming on the state and national level

BIGGEST WINNER. Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of US states held elections Tuesday, November 7, one year after Donald Trump's shock presidential victory

VOTE. Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Be brave, Barcelona!

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The task of the hour is to transform grief into courage; intolerance into an openness of the heart; hatred into a capacity to love; and indifference into a brave brand of global citizenship

Muslim residents of Barcelona pay tribute at the Canaletas fountain during a demonstration on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, to protest against terrorism and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 19, 2017, two days after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Drivers have ploughed on August 17, 2017 into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 14 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Thousands join anti-racism march in Boston

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:41 AM

UPDATED Thousands of anti racism demonstrators flood the streets of Boston dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city

COUNTER-PROTEST. Counter-protestors chant 'Black lives matter' ahead of a "Free Speech rally to be attended by far-right figures. Screenshot from Rappler video.

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

Aug 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content are standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race

RIGHT WING. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. in 'economic war' with China, says Trump strategist Bannon

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:45 AM

In a frank freewheeling telephone interview with the website American Prospect Steve Bannon also talks about the infighting in the White House

TOP AIDE. In this file photo, Stephen Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Defiant Trump isolated after defense of hard right

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Donald Trump finds himself an isolated figure after his extraordinary defense of white nationalist protesters sends business leaders and political allies scurrying for cover

This file photo taken on August 12, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking to the press about protests in Charlottesville at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Jim Watson/AFP

Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore, other cities

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:25 AM

The removal of the monuments comes 4 days after clashes in Charlottesville Virginia that stemmed from a rally called by white supremacists to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from a public park

REMOVED. Workers load statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson on a flatbed truck in the early hours of August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. ProPublica / Alec MacGillis/AFP

Trump, the businessman president, loses CEO support

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Trump has now lost support from several executives who left an advisory panel on manufacturing over his response to a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia – a sign that big business is disenchanted with the billionaire leader

WANING CONFIDENCE? In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, February 23, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:04 AM

3rd UPDATE The Republican president – who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo Nazis as criminals and thugs – also hit out at the alt left over the weekend melee

BLAME GAME. US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Trump has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans alike for his initial response to Saturday s August 12 violence in Charlottesville Virginia

RAGE. Hundreds of protesters gather outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 14, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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Aug 14, 2017 - 1:08 PM

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Aug 14, 2017 - 11:59 AM

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Charlottesville: Race drags town into a fight it does not seek

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A pretty university town imbued with American history Charlottesville Virginia has been thrust into the news by right wing extremists whose views are deeply at odds with the city s sense of its own values

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

White House defends Trump's response to Virginia violence

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED But Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blames US President Donald Trump for creating an atmosphere of coarseness cynicism [and] bullying in America

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press about protests in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. A picturesque Virginia city braced Saturday for a flood of white nationalist demonstrators as well as counter-protesters, declaring a local emergency as law enforcement attempted to quell early violent clashes.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

No Filipino hurt in violent Virginia protests – DFA

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Philippine embassy in Washington DC calls on Filipinos in Charlottesville and neighboring areas to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings

VIOLENCE. A vehicle plowed into a crowd of people at a Virginia rally, where violence erupted between white nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters, witnesses said, causing an unclear number of injuries. Photo by Paul J Richards/AFP

One dead at U.S. far-right rally, Trump blames 'many sides'

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The FBI and federal prosecutors have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident that killed one woman and wounded 19 in Charlottesville Virginia

CRIME SCENE. People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Muslim teen killed after leaving Virginia mosque

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:20 AM

A tight knit Muslim community in the suburbs of Washington is in shock after a 17 year old girl is apparently beaten to death and dumped in a pond

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Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Anti-Trump gunman attacks U.S. lawmakers, dies in shootout

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:16 PM

4th UPDATE A rifle wielding critic of President Donald Trump opens fire on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and 3 others

CRIME SCENE. A view of a baseball field after a shooting during a practice of the Republican congressional baseball at Eugene Simpson Statium Park June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump's travel ban faces new test

May 08, 2017 - 2:01 PM

A US appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the administration s controversial efforts to bar travelers from 6 Muslim majority countries

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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U.S. Supreme Court says electoral maps must be reviewed for racial bias

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:13 AM

The ruling is particularly noteworthy as civil rights organizations fear a tightening of voting rights for minorities under President Donald Trump

This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states condemn Trump travel ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The 16 attorneys general all Democrats whose states are home to nearly a third of the US population issued a joint statement in opposition

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

Political calculation: The math behind the US election

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED The victor must get to the magic number of 270 electoral college votes – but just trying to anticipate the result is a complicated exercise in adding subtracting and combining

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Oct 21, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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New Trump accuser said he groped her at 1998 tennis event

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:03 AM

Karena Virginia says at a news conference the celebrity billionaire and Republican presidential nominee made an unwanted sexual advance at the 1998 US Open tennis tournament

KARENA VIRGINIA. Gloria Alfred and Karena Virginia speak during a press conference where Karena Virginia identified herself as victim of sexual misconduct by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at a press conference at The London Hotel on October 20, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images/AFP

#PugadBaboy: The Returnee 85

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM

American gunslinger Virginia Thrasher wins first gold at Rio Olympics

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The 19 year old thrashes the competition just 4 years after picking up the sport

PISTOLERA. Virginia Thrasher wins the Rio Games' first gold medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle final. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Obama declares disaster as US flood death toll climbs to 24

Jun 26, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Days of heavy rain have caused massive flooding in West Virginia where high waters have washed away cars trapped hundreds and cut power to large areas

Photo from West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Facebook account