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Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

More than 250 arrested after Ethiopia coup bid – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The country has been on high alert since the attack in the capital Addis Ababa and northern Amhara state left the national army chief, a retired general, and 3 senior regional officials dead

HIGH ALERT. A woman mourns among soldiers standing guard ahead of the National funeral service, at the millennium hole in Addis Ababa, of Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces Seare Mekonnen and of Major-General Geza'e Abera, a retired former senior official in the Ethiopian army on June 25, 2019. File photo by Michael Tewelde/AFP

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyers have filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between different courts

NAJIB RAZAK. In this file photo from December 12, 2018, former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Venezuela vows to eradicate plots after Maduro 'assassination' bid

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) In a video posted on Twitter shortly before midnight, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says police and the military have captured some of the conspirators and are now hunting the masterminds

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

New Spain PM to move Catalan, Basque prisoners closer to home

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Moving the prisoners will satisfy demands made by Catalonia's two separatist parties and the Basque Nationalist Party which helped Pedro Sanchez topple his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy

MEETING DEMANDS. In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Catalan president forms gov't without jailed, exiled ministers

May 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Newly elected Catalan leader Quim Torra 'signed a new decree to form a government in Catalonia,' his office says in a statement

NEW LEADER. Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra delivers a speech during an official swearing-in ceremony at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on May 17, 2018. File photo by Alberto Estévez/AFP

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

Duterte admits sharing table with 'golf course' syndicate

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he knows and interacts with members of a syndicate abusing the public bidding system. What will he do about them?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Custom at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lorenzana accuses relieved Navy chief of insubordination

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the bids and awards committee recommended the relief of Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado because of disagreements over the P15.5-B project to acquire modern warships

LOSING TRUST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accuses former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado of insubordination

Bidding for license plate production not rigged – LTO

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:58 PM

The Land Transportation Office says consultations were made for the estimated costing for license plates and sticker production

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $130B merger bid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The chip-maker spurns what would've been the largest ever merger offer in the technology sector

SNAPDRAGON. The US tech firm owns the Snapdragon brand, found in majority of the world's smartphones today. Image from Qualcomm


Chip-maker Qualcomm receives $130B bid from Broadcom

Nov 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The potential merger involving the leader in smartphone processors results in the consolidation of two major players in the semiconductor sector


Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

Coast Guard officials suspended over procurement anomalies

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Instead of dismissal ordered by the Ombudsman the officials will now face a 6 month suspension as ruled by the Court of Appeals

SUSPENSION. Seven officials of the Philippine Coast Guard has been ordered suspension for procurement irregularities.

Group files complaint vs LTO execs using Duterte’s FOI order

Apr 03, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The Anti Trapo Movement files a complaint against LTO chief Edgar Galvante and bids and awards committee chair Romeo Vera Cruz for not releasing documents on the bidding for the production of drivers license cards

INVOKING FOI. Anti Trapo Movement Founder Leon Peralta (right) files a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman on April 3, 2017 against LTO officials invoking Duterte's FOI policy in the executive branch. Photo by Rappler

Apple, Google, Amazon looking to acquire Toshiba's memory chip unit – report

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Toshiba is the world s number two supplier of memory chips for smartphones and computers behind South Korea s Samsung

Customs to auction off P27M worth of used cars, other goods

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The auction will be held at the Manila International Container Port on December 14

Ex-Bacolod congressman mishandled P36M in 2005 SEA Games funds – COA

Dec 04, 2016 - 11:13 PM

The Commission on Audit found former Rep Monico Puentevella and another sports official liable for unauthorized spending of over P36 million for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games

Trump vote won't affect US World Cup bid decision – official

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:36 AM

The US is considered a favorite to host the 2026 World Cup with the bidding process expected to get under way next year

TO BID OR NOT TO BID? The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States will not impact any decision the country may make to bid for the 2026 World Cup. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Sandiganbayan junks P21.7-M graft case vs Elenita Binay

Nov 03, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The anti graft court says the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the former Makati mayor acted in bad faith and that she conspired with the winning supplier of the furniture deal

POLITICAL PERSECUTION? Elenita Binay arrives at the 3rd division of the Sandiganbayan to post bail over new graft and malversation raps filed against her. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Paris to commit 145M euros for 2024 Olympics bid

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Paris is in competition with Budapest Los Angeles and Rome to stage the sporting spectacular in 2024

2024 BID. French President Francois Hollande gives a press conference to support the candidacy of Paris for the Olympic Games 2024, on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP

Mondelez sets sights on chocolatier Hershey

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Hershey however rejects a 23 billion takeover bid from the snack food giant

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 15, 2014 shows Hershey's chocolate bars for sale in Chicago, Illinois. US chocolate maker Hershey said June 30, 2016 it had rejected a preliminary takeover bid of about $23 billion from food giant Mondelez, whose brands include Cadbury.The Hershey board of directors said it "carefully reviewed" a bid of $107 per share for the company and "determined that it provided no basis for further discussion between Mondelez and the company."  / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / SCOTT OLSON

Puerto Princesa mayor, city officials face complaint over bidding

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Mayor Lucilo Bayron and members of the city s bids and awards committee face a complaint before the Ombudsman over an allegedly questionable bidding process

COMPLAINT. Puerto Princesa city officials face a complaint before the Ombudsman over the questionable procurement and bidding for heavy equipment. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman

Robredo’s lead, Trudeau calls Duterte, Clinton’s email | 12PM wRap

May 26, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

Teary-eyed Poe in Pangasinan: Elect a Pangasinense president

May 07, 2016 - 7:29 PM

On the last day of campaign Grace Poe spends time in vote rich Pangasinan

PANGASINENSE PRESIDENT. In her last provincial Grand Rally, Grace Poe urges the Pangasinan electorate to elect another Pangasinense president. Photo by Rick Nicolas

UP Diliman political parties unite against Marcos candidacy

May 07, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The unity statement comes a month after former UP Diliman student leaders also declared unity against the candidacy of Marcos

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 05 May 2016, 9PM

May 05, 2016 - 9:13 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue tells the media to report paid campaign promos by candidates Income for broadcast giant GMA Network doubles to P1 01 billion in the first quarter of 2016 Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo hit rivals who distrust surveys

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 05 May 2016, 8PM

May 05, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Senator Grace Poe denies rumors she’s withdrawing from the presidential race to give way to another candidate The Philippine Supreme Court allows detained former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to vote on May 9 in Pampanga A massive wildfire in Canada forces thousands to flee

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 05 May 2016, 7PM

May 05, 2016 - 7:12 PM

Trillanes files a plunder complaint against Duterte INC officially endorses Rody Duterte and Bongbong Marcos INC reportedly wages a silent war against De Lima

Comelec to spend P1.23M, too, for employees’ shirts

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The poll body is buying these election day T shirts on top of the P26 55 M bib vests for election inspectors and support staff – a waste of government money critics say

EMPLOYEES' SHIRTS. The Comelec is buying these election day T-shirts for its employees for the total cost of P1.23 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Senator hits poll uniforms: 'Why throw away P20M?'

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III criticizes the Comelec for its plan to buy uniforms for election inspectors: What is the point?

P26.5-MILLION DEAL. The Comelec will require teachers serving in the elections to wear these 'bib vest' uniforms in the May 9 polls. The Comelec is buying thousands of these for a total cost of P26.5 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec to buy more poll uniforms; budget now P26.5M

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:23 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista reportedly wants support staff aside from election inspectors to wear ‘bib vest’ uniforms

ELECTION UNIFORMS. The Comelec is set to spend P26.5 million to buy these 'bib vests' for teachers serving as election inspectors, as well as their support staff. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Grace Poe returns to Iloilo after SC decision

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:54 PM

She visited the province at least 4 times since 2015

Grace Poe in Quezon: All smiles post-SC ruling

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:23 AM

After a nervewracking week Grace Poe is back on the campaign trail

Grace Poe: Still in the running

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Was the Supreme Court ruling a divine intervention? Grace Poe would like to think so

Divine message? Grace Poe heard SC news in Quiapo Church

Mar 08, 2016 - 5:39 PM

The presidential bet points out: she was found as an abandoned infant in front of a church; she receives news that she can run for president in front of another church

QUIAPO IS THE PLACE. Grace Poe – shown here during her proclamation rally at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo – receives news of the Supreme Court decision that she is qualified to run for president while in front of Quiapo church.  Rappler file photo by Alecs Ongcal

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding

San Juan's Guia Gomez endorses Bongbong Marcos for VP

Feb 15, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The San Juan mayor cites Bongbong Marcos progressive plan for the country and his rich experience in public service

SON OF SAN JUAN. Aside from being Ilocos' favorite son, vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr said he also spent his childhood in San Juan. Photo by Patty Pasion / Rappler

Poe runs to SC, Kalayaan camp-out, one-child policy | 12PM wRap

Dec 28, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Comelec on Duterte's bid, LPA Nona, INC compound | 12PM wRap

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

After Indonesia rejection, Japan to build India's first bullet train

Dec 08, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The report comes after Japan failed to win a high speed train deal in Indonesia earlier this year losing out to a Chinese proposal

RAILWAY PROJECT. Japan, known for its safe and efficient trains, cuts a deal with India to build its first bullet train. File photo of Japan train from Shutterstock

Advice to Pacquiao from tennis great turned politician Safin

Dec 06, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Good luck to Manny Pacquiao Don’t hit anybody in the Senate says former tennis world no 1 Marat Safin

BE PATIENT. Marat Safin, who was elected into Russian Parliament in 2011, offers advice to senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao during IPTL 2015. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Biliran mayor indicted for graft over medicine purchase

Dec 05, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Mayor Eulalio Maderazo of the municipality of Caibiran in Biliran and 2 others face charges for purchasing P284 000 worth of medicines without public bidding

Photo from Eulalio Mederazo's Facebook page

Makati renews contracts with Binay 'dummies'

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED Omni and Corporate Solutions are initially disqualified but their motions for reconsideration are later accepted

DUMMIES. Omni Security Investigation and Corporate Solutions are allegedly fronts for Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Diño withdraws bid, Roxas on Daang Matuwid, NCAA finals | 6PM wRap

Oct 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

SBP officially submits letter of intent for FIBA OQT hosting

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:28 AM

The Philippines is looking to become one of 3 hosts for the wildcard tournament where 3 teams will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics

LETTER OF INTENT SUBMITTED. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas already formally expressed interest to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament where Gilas Pilipinas can potentially qualify for the Rio Olympics. Photo by FIBA

Typhoon Lando, Poe’s citizenship, EU talks | 6PM wRap

Oct 19, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

The wRap Indonesia: Rail deal signed, biggest operation vs forest fires

Oct 19, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include an analysis on the effect of the China Indonesia rail deal on foreign investors and Typhoon Koppu lashing the Philippines

ITS A GO. This photo shows scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains. Bay Ismoyo/AFP