agence - updates

Rappler's latest stories on agence

ARTICLE FINDER

Sunseekers feel the strain of Thomas Cook crisis

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:20 PM

With British travel giant Thomas Cook in trouble, travelers fear they will be unable to return home or their trips will not push through

British tourists walk outside the Orange Beach hotel in in Tunisia's coastal town of Hammamet on September 23 2019. - Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was hanging by a thread on Sunday after the iconic British travel firm struggled to find further private investment and is now relying on an unlikely government bailout. Holidaymakers were already reporting problems, with guests at a hotel in Tunisia owed money by Thomas Cook being asked for extra money before being allowed to leave, according to a tourist interviewed by AFP. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)

Eleazar slams PDEA chief Aquino for 'rampant' shabu recycling claim

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar says the PNP leadership has continuously purged its ranks of bad eggs

METRO MANILA TOP COP. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar takes exception to allegations of rampant illegal drug 'recycling' among the police. Photo from NCRPO PIO

PDEA says use of 'recycled drugs' vs suspects still 'rampant'

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

These drugs are used for 'all kinds of operations,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

RAMPANT. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says illegal drug activites are still rampat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Atomic watchdog chief in Iran for high-level talks

Sep 08, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency official's visit comes a day after Iran announced its latest step in reducing its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal

Progressive lawmakers slam PNA, PCOO for 'vilification,' 'red-tagging'

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The PCOO, part of a national task force to 'end local communist armed conflict,' denies red-tagging progressive groups

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro wants the entry-level salary for public school teachers be increased to P30,000. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

Duterte fires PIA chief Harold Clavite

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Information Agency chief Harold Clavite is told by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea that President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted his resignation, yet he says he did not resign

2 dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Nearly a million more people are advised to leave their homes after the country's weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu

HEAVY RAINS. Pedestrians walk in floodwaters after heavy rains outside Saga station in the southwestern city of Saga on August 28, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Once established, PhilSA will be the main government agency to take up activities and issues related to space science, space technology, and applications

Cayetano: Government intends to 'protect human life' with drug war

Aug 10, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The House Speaker says that drug war casualties are those who want to kill law enforcement officers or avoid criminal prosecution

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Suspected pusher killed in shootout with PDEA in Angeles City

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Authorities are still verifying the real identity of the lone fatality identified only as a certain 'G Brown'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Isko Moreno orders PNP, PDEA: Clear Baseco of drugs in one week

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gives law enforcers a week to clear the so-called 'most drug-affected area' in the capital

ONE WEEK ONLY. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno leads a meeting inside the Manila City Hall. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Report alleges ethical abuses at U.N. agency for Palestinians

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The confidential report by the ethics department of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency describes 'credible and corroborated' allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA's top official

UN WORK. File photo of Palestinian women in a waiting room at an UNRWA-run clinic in al-Nusirat refugee camp in the Gaza strip on January 17, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog names interim chief

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The race to succeed Yukiya Amano on a permanent basis will be particularly keenly watched given heightened international tensions over Iran's nuclear activities

HALF MAST. A picture taken on July 25, 2019 shows a half mast flag in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria following the death of its director general. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

JICA opens vlog contest to young Filipinos, will send winner to Japan

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The participants are encouraged to tell their stories using a video blog on the question: How does Japan and JICA impact my life?

United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The longtime Japanese diplomat, who was 72, holds the International Atomic Energy Agency's top job and has done so since December 2009

YUKIYA AMANO. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. File photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The agencies 'successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network,' the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, tells reporters in Tehran

Europe's Galileo GPS system back after 6-day outage

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency says the problem was due to an equipment malfunction in the ground control centers that make time and orbit predictions for the satellites

Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Outside the PDEA's count, rights groups estimate the drug war to have claimed as much as 27,000 lives, including the victims of vigilante-style killings

DEATHS CONTINUE. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Anti-graft court rules Purisima, 16 co-accused to argue corruption case in trial

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima fails to get an outright dismissal of a 3-year-old graft case filed against him and 16 others by the Office of the Ombudsman concerning an alleged anomalous firearms license delivery contract signed in 2011

PURISIMA. PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima holds a copy of the Deed of Donation for the controversial 'White House.' File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

Europe's GPS rival Galileo suffers outage

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency says the outage was caused by a 'technical incident related to its ground infrastructure'

Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

Duterte wants OFW recruitment under government 'control and supervision'

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also warns abusive recruitment agencies that he will run after them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The touchdown is greeted with cheering and applause in the JAXA mission control room, with officials grinning and shaking hands

TEAM EFFORT. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 11, 2019 shows researchers and employees celebrating after receiving confirmation of Hayabusa2's touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

JAXA says the probe had descended around 5 kilometers and is on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometers from Earth

HARD AT WORK. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 10, 2019, shows researchers and employees working at a control room for the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara city, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Airbus to ask airlines to check wings of older A380s for cracks

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency says there are reports of cracks found in wings of in-service A380 airplanes

IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Tehran breaches the limit of 300kg for stockpiles or enriched uranium

Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Kevin Durant to depart Warriors for Nets as NBA free agent

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Although expected to miss all of next season, Kevin Durant is set to sign a max deal with the Brooklyn Nets

MAJOR MOVE. As Kevin Durant leaves the Warriors for the Nets, Boston guard Kyrie Irving is also expected to join him in Brooklyn. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Durant to talk with 4 teams as NBA free agency looms

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Kevin Durant declined his $31.5 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent

DURANT SWEEPSTAKES. The Golden State Warriors are keen on keeping Kevin Durant. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


PDEA-led team seizes P4.4M worth of marijuana plants in Toledo City

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Naval Forces Central Central Command and the Cebu Provincial Police Office aid PDEA during the operations in Barangay Tungkay, a mountainous village

JOINT OPERATION. A team led by PDEA Central Visayas burn marijuana plants in Toledo City, Cebu, on June 26, 2019. Photo from PDEA Central Visayas FB

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

NASA's Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques emerge from the space craft to applause from support crews

LANDING SAFELY. This handout photo released by NASA shows Expedition 59 astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) being helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2019. Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls/AFP

Iran executes 'defense ministry contractor' over spying for CIA

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Iran news agency ISNA reports that Jalal Haji Zavar was convicted by the military court and was executed at an unspecified time

EXECUTED. Iran executes Jalal Haji Zavar. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Another P51.8 million worth of disbursement vouchers have no receipts

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Gregorio Pimentel appointed PDEA deputy director general

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The former head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and former Ilocos Region police chief will now help lead the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Bus drivers and conductors submit their urine samples during a random drug testing at the Araneta Bus Center on Monday, April 15, 2019. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the nationwide drug tests for drivers and conductors to ensure the safety of travelers during the Holy Week. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Gary Valenciano: PDEA's call to ban 'Amatz' may set limits on free expression

May 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Once you start limiting what people can say in a song, what’s to stop anybody from limiting (how they) express themselves in other ways,' Valenciano says

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Filipino artists tell PDEA: 'Crack down on drug lords, not songs'

May 24, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'It is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic,' says the Concerned Artists of the Philippines

SHANTI DOPE. The rapper's song 'Amatz' has come under fire with the PDEA, after the government agency said it promotes marijuana use. Screenshot from YouTube.com/UniversalRecPH

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Shanti Dope's management slams PDEA over move to ban 'Amatz': 'Brazen use of power'

May 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation'