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Gibraltar rejects U.S. demand to detain Iranian oil tanker

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Gibraltar's government says it could not seek a court order to detain the supertanker because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. - Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as U.S. issues warrant

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The US Justice Department alleges the tanker Grace 1 is part of a scheme 'to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps'

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Iran says tanker freed by Gibraltar poised to set sail

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Grace 1 will be renamed and switched to the Iranian flag for its onward journey, an official says

FREED. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Gibraltar orders Iranian tanker release despite U.S. detention bid

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Grace 1 'is no longer subject to detention,' Gibraltar Chief Justice Anthony Dudley says in court

Iran says in touch with Britain over seized tanker

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM

A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of Grace 1 supertanker on Thursday, August 15, when an order for its detention lapses

DETAINED. A British Royal Navy ship (back right) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

After provincial bus ban mess, senators want review of MMDA powers

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'The reason for the injunction is that the MMDA admitted that they have no power and it belongs to the LGU. It's an opportunity for us to review this particular aspect,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

LIMITED POWER. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admits that they don't have policy-making powers in introducing the provincial bus ban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on provincial bus ban

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The harrowing gridlock along EDSA due to the dry run of the ban left thousands stranded

Senate probe into provincial bus ban set for August 13

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Puro eksperimento, habang taumbayan naman ang nagdurusa.... Bakit kalunos-lunos ang paglala ng trapik?' asks Senator Grace Poe

NO TRAFFIC? A commuter takes a photo of EDSA which shows the bumper-to-bumper traffic among public utility buses, while the lanes for private vehicles are empty. Photo from Karl Marion Mercado

'Will & Grace' officially says goodbye

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The NBC sitcom ended in 2006, only to be revived in 2017 for 3 more seasons. The last season will air in 2020.

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tanker

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The nominee to become chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said Washington is putting together a coalition 'in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping'

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Poe to LTFRB: Consider lifting deactivation of hatchback drivers

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

'Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa Kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?' says Senator Grace Poe

DRIVERS. Deactivated Transport Network vehicle Service (TNVS) operators and drivers from Grab along with Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection announced in a press conference in Quezon City on July 4, 2019, its plan to file a class suit against the LTFRB and a Mandamus Writ to implement its own Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback vehicles to operate as TNVS. File photo by Jire Careeon/Rappler

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) A senior foreign ministry official describes the UK move as 'unacceptable' in a meeting with the British ambassador, who has been summoned to hear a formal protest

A British Royal Navy ship (L) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

U.S. hails as 'excellent news' detention of tanker loaded with Iranian crude

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton tweets: 'Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace 1 laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions'

A British Royal Navy ship (back R) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Cargo ship capsizes off Cebu, 12 crew members rescued

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Central Visayas Lt. Michael John Encina says one person sustained minor injuries during the accident

CAPSIZED. A ship carrying 12,000 liters of oil capsizes at the SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard, Central Visayas

[OPINION] Would you date a journalist – a Rappler journalist?

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:38 PM

What turns our morning coffee time from a leisurely sip into a hurried slurp? What makes us stay so late in the newsroom that our dogs forget what we smell like? I’d like to share that with you every Wednesday.

FULL TEXT: Senators obeyed ‘their conscience,’ not somebody’s command

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reelected Senator Grace Poe pays tribute to graduating colleagues who, she believes, will in time ‘reclaim their place again in this chamber’

LAST DAY. Eighteen of the senators of the 17th Congress attend the last session day on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: New senators flash Duterte fist pump – except for 2

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Reelected senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay refuse to join their fellow winners in making the trademark salute to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SENATE? Winning senators in the 2019 elections, except for Senators-elect Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, make President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark fist pump. Rappler screenshot

Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The challenges in her campaign snatch from her the most coveted top rank in the Senate race

China says French asylum for ex-Interpol chief's wife 'abuse of procedure'

May 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'There is no so-called political persecution,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, days after Grace Meng's lawyer in France said she has been granted asylum

GRACE MENG. Grace, the wife of the missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei, talks to journalists on October 7, 2018 in Lyon, southeast France. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission

May 13, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go grabs the third spot

Defective machine at Grace Poe's precinct bogs down voting

May 13, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(4th UPDATE) Relectionist Senator Grace Poe initially fails to cast her ballot after the vote-counting machine in her polling precinct encounters a technical problem

GLITCH. The voting machine at the precinct, reelectionist senator Grace Poe is supposed to vote, is not working. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

IN PHOTOS: Grace Poe's star-studded Tondo miting de avance

May 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Coco Martin of ‘Ang Probinsiyano,’ and the Itchyworms are in attendance

ENDORSE. Ang Probinsyano star Coco Martin endorses 'ate' Grace Poe's Senate bid. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sharon Cuneta endorses Poe's Senate bid, thanks husband Kiko's 'respect'

May 11, 2019 - 12:38 AM

'Sa aking puso ay naninindigan na po ako para sa mahal ko sa buhay, at 'yan po si Senator Grace Poe,' the Megastar says during Poe's miting de avance in Tondo

MEGASTAR. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe is endorsed by the 'Megastar' Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe ends campaign solo in Tondo miting de avance

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'Hindi ko naman inaasahan na may iimbita sa akin, kasi parang ang dinig ko kailangan lapitan para humiling. Eh nahiya naman ako,' says independent Senate bet Grace Poe on ending her campaign solo

SOLO. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe ends her campaign solo in her miting de avance held in Tondo on May 10, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe stresses importance of 'independent' Senate in Bulacan sortie

May 09, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'Ayaw 'nyo ng isang Senado na sunud-sunuran lang,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Bulacan, the 6th most vote-rich province in the country

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe goes on a motorcade with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Senator Joel Villanueva in Bulacan. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe to Pangasinan voters: Make me top senator in 2019 elections

May 08, 2019 - 8:00 AM

This is reelectionist Grace Poe's second visit to Pangasinan, home province of her late father and actor Fernando Poe Jr, since the campaign started

HOME. A week left before Election Day, Grace Poe comes home to Pangasinan. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg

Campaign Convos Podcast: Can Grace Poe keep her lead?

May 07, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Independent candidate Grace Poe has consistently topped senatorial surveys, with just one other reelectionist seen as challenging her front-runner status. Reporter Aika Rey tells us about her 2019 campaign.

Tito Sotto endorses all 7 reelectionist senators

May 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Ako po'y 27 taon nang senador. I have been with the best and the brightest,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as he makes a pitch for the 7 senators seeking reelection

Laguna - Senate Reelectionists with SP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In Lipa City, Poe says Batangas feels like 'home'

May 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'

BATANGAS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe with incumbent Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and her husband Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. Photo from Poe's office

At Angkas event, Grace Poe promises to fast-track legalizing motorcycle taxis

May 04, 2019 - 8:28 PM

'Binibilisan ko, pinag-aaralan ko, para ang prangkisa na maghahatid ng mas maganda, mas mabilis, at mas affordable na transportation sa lahat, at pagkakakitaan ninyong lahat sa ligtas na paraan, ay maipasa na,' says Senator Poe

RIDING COMMUNITY. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe appeals to the riding community to vote for her in the upcoming 2019 elections. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe appeals to Cavite voters to elect more women senators

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Poe says women legislators help push for policies that may 'help families and give more jobs'

MORE WOMEN. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe speaks in front of women voters in Carmona Town Gym on April 30, 2019. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

Poe says some local leaders refuse to host her too

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says she relies on her friends and other contacts in places where local officials are not keen on welcoming her

SORTIE. Grace Poe visits Carmona, Cavite on April 30, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Less than half of senatorial bets have complied with this new Commission on Elections requirement as of Monday, April 15

SOCIAL MEDIA. Leading senatorial candidates Lito Lapid, Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Imee Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada have not registered their social media pages for the midterm polls as of April 15, 2019. Photos from senatorial bets' Facebook pages

Poe says performance, FPJ's legacy her 'edge' over Senate bets

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says she still has more areas to cover in the campaign even if she has consistently topped pre-election surveys

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe gives out ballers to Cainta residents. Photo from Poe's office

Poe backs changes in 'doble plaka' law

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist senator Grace Poe supports President Rodrigo Duterte's call to 'cure' certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019

PROTEST. Thousands of motorcycle riders protest against the use of two plates under the new law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On his birthday, Gatchalian endorses 6 out of 7 reelectionist senators

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says he is endorsing the bid of his friends in Senate, whom he fully believes will serve 'with integrity'

REELECTIONIST SENATORS. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian celebrates his birthday by endorsing the bid of reelectionist senators in Valenzuela City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe says fisherfolk need to receive fuel subsidy from gov't

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program

FUEL. Fishermen also uses fuel for their motorbancas. AFP photo

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts in full for public scrutiny

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies,' says reelectionist senator Grace Poe

RELEASE DOCUMENTS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe calls for a review of China loan agreement documents. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coco Martin endorses 'Ate' Grace Poe in Cebu

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Hinihingi ko po sana ang tulong 'nyo dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal ko sa taong 'to at itinuturing ko pong ate,' says Coco Martin, as he asks vote-rich Cebu to support reelectionist Senator Grace Poe

COCO FOR POE. Coco Martin campaigns for Ang Probinsyano Party List and reelectionist senator Grace Poe in Cebu. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe courts vote-rich Cebu: Ensure Senate is balanced, well-represented

Mar 30, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'Ang Senado...hindi pwedeng galing sa isang partido lang. Kung hindi, walang mangyayari dahil puro approve-approve lang o kaya puro disapprove,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Cebu

SUPPORT? Senatorial bet and survey frontrunner Grace Poe says Cebuano voters are 'thinking voters.' Photo from Poe's Twitter account

Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe

Why is Grace Poe not joining debates with senatorial candidates?

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

In sorties in Zambales, the survey frontrunner defends Lito Lapid for not participating in debate and forums either

ALLIES. Former senator Lito Lapid (in shades) says reelectionist Senator Grace Poe has asked him to join her sorties in Iba, Zambales, on February 27, 2019. Photo from Team Grace Poe

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mar Roxas, Grace Poe go solo to kick off senatorial bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Mar Roxas begins the official campaign period in Roxas City, Capiz, while Grace Poe leads a feeding program for public school students in Quezon City

With Mislatel's China links, senators wary of foreign ownership reforms

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Senator Grace Poe says some of her colleagues are taking a step back from amending the Public Service Act due to concerns over China's interests in the Philippines