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At least 250 vapes confiscated in Central Visayas

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

At least 100 vapes are confiscated in Cebu alone. No arrests are made in the crackdown on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices.

CONFISCATED. At least 250 confiscated Vapes from Central Visayas are confiscated. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

‘Like a general orders his soldiers’: Barbers says caseless arrests vs vapers lawful

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Contradicting lawyers in the government, dangerous drugs House committee chair Robert Ace Barbers believes that the President’s verbal e-cigarette ban is enough to consider as effective as a written executive order

'MODEL' DRUG WAR. Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIST: Banned items at 2019 SEA Games

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Banned items include umbrellas, large flags, laser pointers, and noisemakers. Read the full list below.

SECURITY PROTOCOLS. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP to enforce gun ban for 2019 SEA games

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The Philippine National Police says permits to carry firearms will be suspended from November 20 to December 14 in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, La Union, and Metro Manila

GUN BAN. The Philippine National Police puts in place a gun ban in several areas in line with the 30th SEA Games to be held in the Philippines. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed,' Twitter says in its new policy.

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Fastfood chain stops serving pork products in Batangas

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:28 PM

The province-wide ban in the entry of pork products and live hogs forces the removal of pork meals from the menu of the Batangas branches of Chowking

Fastfood chain stops serving pork products in Batangas. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters don Halloween masks

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Small flashmob rallies break out in multiple locations on Thursday evening, October 31

HALLOWEEN PROTEST. A line of policemen stop Halloween revellers in the Lan Kwai Fong area in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Chief executive Jack Dorsey says the new policy, details of which will be unveiled next month and enforced from November 22, would ban ads on political issues as well as from candidates

Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Products deemed 'less healthy' must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

Oct 05, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Hundreds staged marches and flashmob protests a day after the city's leader outlawed masks at protests, invoking colonial-era emergency powers

MORE PROTESTS. Protesters take part in a rally in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New protests as Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban

Oct 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Carrie Lam is expected to meet her cabinet to decide whether they should enact the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban all face coverings

MASKED PROTESTERS. A masked pro-democracy protester holds up his hand with other demonstrators to symbolize their 5 demands, during a protest against an expected government ban on protesters wearing face masks at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rice tariffication, EDSA bus ban down business confidence in Q3 2019

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Business confidence falls to 37.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2019, as bad weather, external shocks, and government policies hit companies

U.S. to ban flavored vaping products as lung disease cases surge

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The US Health and Human Services says that non-tobacco flavors are being targeted for their youth appeal

DANGEROUS. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2018 shows Jeremy Wong blows vapor from an e-cigarette at The Vaping Buddha on January 23, 2018 in South San Francisco, California.  Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Senate hearing on provincial bus ban

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:06 AM

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

[OPINION] Homework can be pointless

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:38 AM

'Homework and learning are not the same thing,' says educator Ronald del Castillo

U.S. gives Huawei 90-day reprieve on ban

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei's products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,' says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Panelo insists Rappler ban justified but doesn't know Rappler's violation

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang says it has a right to exclude any journalist from President Rodrigo Duterte's events if they are 'rude' and 'disrespectful'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC allows other journalists to join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte government is given 10 days to answer Rappler's petition, as well as the petitions of the intervening journalists who asked for oral arguments

PETITION VS COVERAGE BAN. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia and correspondents Bobby Lagsa, Raymon Dullana files a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition on Rappler's coverage of President Duterte at the Supreme Court on April 11, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

MMDA's provincial bus ban dry run pushing through despite court order

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says it has yet to receive a copy of the preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of the provincial bus ban

STILL A GO. Provincial bus operators may have a taste of what it is like to use the terminals located at far ends of the Greater Metro Manila Area to test the policy on provincial buses. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City court halts EDSA provincial bus ban

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 says the controversial bus ban has 'far-reaching effects'

BUSES ALONG EDSA. A Quezon City court has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of the controversial provincial bus ban. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Taiwan president slams Beijing's solo tourists ban

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'Tourism should not be politicized,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen after China's tourism ministry announced the suspension of individual travel permits to the island

TOURISM. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen slams China's decision to halt individual travel to the island. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

MMDA sets another provincial bus ban dry run starting August 7

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:55 PM

During the dry run, provincial buses will be banned from passing through EDSA from 4 am to 10 pm

BAN. No more provincial buses along EDSA starting August 7, as MMDA sets dry run. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PCSO to appeal Duterte order vs lotto, STL, other games

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The PCSO shall appeal to the Office of the President for the resumption of the conduct of all games,' says PCSO General Manager Royina Garma

APPEAL TO COME. PCSO General Manager Royina Garma addresses the public in a video flashed by state broadcaster PTV 4. Screenshot from PTV Facebook page

Angkas, motorcycle groups question sub-400cc ban in Osmeña Highway

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'The ban affects commuters who will have to go the longer way, resulting in a longer time and higher fares because of the detours,' says George Royeca of Angkas

With new LTFRB policy, provincial bus ban to 'hopefully' start August

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:54 PM

The new Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board amends the routes of provincial buses with terminals along EDSA to end their trips in cities of Valenzuela, Parañaque, and Sta Rosa, Laguna

CLOSURE. Provincial bus terminals along EDSA face an impending closure. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH eyes customs strike team vs foreign waste imports

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'As time is of the essence, we hope the Bureau of Customs strike team versus foreign waste imports will be set up soon,' says EcoWaste Coalition

FOREIGN WASTE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

EXPLAINER: Ano ang provincial bus ban?

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Sagot ba talaga ang provincial bus ban sa problema sa trapiko?

EXPLAINER: What is the provincial bus ban?

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Is the provincial bus ban really the answer to the metropolis' traffic woes?

Trump move to ease Huawei sanctions sparks anger, confusion

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

One possible compromise is to ease restrictions on Huawei's consumer business while keeping sanctions on telecom infrastructure, says Samm Sacks, a fellow at the New America foundation China Digital Economy project


New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,' says Environment Minister Eugenie Sage

DISPOSABLE. New Zealand has banned single-use plastic bag beginnning July 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

San Francisco first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarette sales

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:47 AM

The city's legislature unanimously approves an ordinance which backers say is necessary due to the 'significant public health consequences' of a 'dramatic surge' in vaping among youths

SC orders MMDA to answer petitions vs EDSA provincial bus ban

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The High Court consolidates 3 petitions against the EDSA provincial bus ban

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over 100 dealers to support Huawei, offering a special warranty program for Huawei devices

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

This special program will ensure continued use of Google apps on Huawei devices

MMDA eyes driver-only car ban along EDSA again

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says the driver-only car ban will be proposed to the Metro Manila Council again in July this year

BACK AT IT AGAIN? An MMDA enforcer gives instruction to a 'driver-violator' during the dry run of the high-occupancy vehicle traffic scheme in 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Facebook suspends pre-installation of apps on Huawei phones – report

Jun 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Huawei phones that still have Play Store access will still be able to download the Facebook family of apps


'Anti-poor, anti-commuter': Netizens lambast provincial bus ban

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Is the provincial bus ban another band-aid solution to traffic? Filipinos online weigh in.

Expert says provincial bus ban to worsen Metro traffic congestion

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Transport economist Jedd Ugay says that if MMDA wants to reduce traffic congestion, the effect of the provincial bus ban is the 'total opposite'

CLOSURE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to close provincial bus terminals along EDSA in June. File photos by Ben Nabong and Joel Liporada/Rappler

Louisiana lawmakers pass fetal heartbeat abortion ban

May 30, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Supporters hope the bill will lead to the long-sought conservative goal of overturning the landmark 1973 ruling known as Roe v Wade, which recognized women's right to abortion

[ANALYSIS] Huawei and the Shangri-La Dialogue

May 30, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Pentagon sets its eyes on Beijing in a new Indo-Pacific security strategy that is expected to be unveiled at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which begins Friday, May 31

Provincial bus terminals not to be closed on June 1

May 29, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority stands firm on its policy closing provincial bus terminals along EDSA, pending the Supreme Court decision on petitions filed against it

CLOSURE. Provincial bus terminals along EDSA faces an impending closure. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Huawei asks U.S. court to throw out federal ban

May 29, 2019 - 11:01 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The bill directly determines that Huawei is guilty and imposed a large number of restrictions on Huawei,' the firm's legal officer Song Liuping says

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Another petition filed vs ‘oppressive, unfair’ EDSA provincial bus ban

May 27, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, like AKO-Bicol before him, argues with the Supreme Court that the MMDA has no police or legislative power to implement this regulation

Edsa, Kamuning, Cubao in Quezon City on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at U.S. ban

May 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Some Huawei employees express fears for their future amid the dispute with the United States

Huawei employees work at their store's showroom in Beijing on January 29, 2019. - Asian markets fell on January 29 as the charging of Chinese giant Huawei in the US cast a shadow over upcoming trade talks, while investors were also tracking a Wall Street sell-off fuelled by concerns corporate profits. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

READ: DICT statement on U.S. blacklisting of Huawei

May 23, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the impending US trade ban against Huawei will have 'little impact' on the Philippine telecommunications industry


China bemoans U.S. 'bullying' of Huawei

May 23, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'The US use of state power to arbitrarily exert pressure on a private Chinese company like Huawei is typical economic bullying,' Foreign Minister Wang Yi says on May 22

WANG YI. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Japanese, UK carriers delay release of Huawei phones

May 22, 2019 - 9:11 PM

UK's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Softbank are delaying the release of Huawei phones. British chipmaker ARM is also set to cut ties with Huawei.

DELAYING HUAWEI. A man takes a photo next to a Huawei advertisement in a Huawei store in Shanghai on May 22, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

'Plan B': Huawei's operating system headache after Android ban

May 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

How does Huawei keep up with the competition if it cannot use the platform that powers nearly every other smartphone in the world?

Photo from Huawei