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The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

[OPINION] NutriAsia skirts the law to oppress workers, hide its greed

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:29 AM

NutriAsia, Inc maintains that the strikers are not their contractual employees but are regular and permanent employees of their contractors. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

Nueva Ecija court clears Left leaders of murder charges

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The warrants of arrest against Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano and anti-poverty secretary Liza Maza are no longer in effect

CLEARED. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano are cleared of murder charges after the Palayan City, Nueva Ecija RTC Branch 40 dismissed the cases and quashed the warrants against them. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

33 lawmakers denounce arrest warrants vs Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:39 PM

House Resolution 2604 expresses the House of Representative's 'utmost concern' over the arrest warrants issued against 4 former party-list legislators

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Duterte: No more new casinos

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'I hate gambling,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 117th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General at Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on July 3, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Left leaders question judge's flip-flop in murder case

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Ten years ago, the same judge said there was no basis to find probable cause to order the arrest of Maza, Mariano, Casiño and Ocampo

Militant groups hold a protest in Camp Crame on July 30, 2018 calling for a stop in political persecution as PNP chief Oscar Albayalede orders serving warrant of arrests to Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino and Raphael Mariano for criminal charges. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP mounts manhunt for 79-year-old Satur Ocampo, 3 others

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Also covered by the arrest warrants are incumbent anti-poverty commission head Liza Maza, ex-agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano and former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño

POLITICAL ARREST? Supporters of the 4 ex-lawmakers decry the arrest order issued 12 years after the case against them was filed. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

4 ex-lawmakers from Left face arrest for 2006 murder case

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The case was filed by widows Isabelita Bayudang and Mayumi Peralta, accusing the 4 leftist leaders of conspiring to kill their husbands Carlito Bayudang and Jimmy Peralta in 2004 and 2003, respectively

BAYAN PRESSCON. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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'

[OPINION] The radicalization of Maria Lourdes Sereno

Jun 23, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Tyranny, oppression, and the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy have a strange way of turning people into fighters

Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Japan is often viewed as the Holy Grail of gaming in Asia due to a wealthy population, proximity to China and appetite for other forms of legal gambling, including horse racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game

CASINO SCHOOL. This picture taken on June 6, 2018 shows a student practicing baccarat at the Japan Casino School in Tokyo. Photo by  Martin Bureau/AFP

Glimmer of hope for Romania's faded architectural gems

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A dozen young architects are striving to restore precious architectural gems that bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages

ETERNAL BEAUTY. View of the main hall of the Imperial Baths built at the end of the 19th century, today abandoned, at Baile Herculane, southwestern Romania, May 11, 2018. Photo by Daniel Mihailsecu/AFP

What it's like to dine 150 feet in the sky

May 17, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Is the 'Dinner in the Sky' experience worth it?

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. The stunning view of the Manila Bay sunset or the evening cityscape of Manila becomes the backdrop of this unique event. All photos by Tedrick Yau/Rappler

Police body cam footage shows tense moments after Vegas shooting

May 03, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The footage's release comes after a judge sides with media organizations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public

SHOOTING AT THE STRIP. Las Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.

WATCH: The place where a casino will rise in Boracay

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Malay, Aklan, is where a Boracay casino will likely be built, should talks on it push through

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Will a casino be built in Boracay Island?

U.S. film director Martin Scorsese wins Spain's top arts prize

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Scorsese 'has directed more than 20 films that now form part of the history of cinema and continues to work unceasingly, masterfully combining innovation and classicism in his films,' the prize jury says in a statement

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SWS Survey, Casino operator on Boracay, Sung Kim on EDCA | Midday wRap

Apr 18, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Galaxy Entertainment's PH partner denies Boracay casino scrapped

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Contrary to the statement of the Department of Tourism, Leisure & Resorts World Corporation says it has not abandoned its Boracay project with Galaxy Entertainment

Galaxy Entertainment no longer building casino in Boracay – DOT

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'They are now looking for another venue. That is very much welcome,' says Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of French Ambassador Designate to the Philippines Nicolas Galey at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Pagcor 'provisionally' approved Chinese firm's Boracay casino

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation clarifies Galaxy Entertainment Group and its local partner still need to follow a 'long and tedious' process before getting a regular casino gaming license

IN QUESTION. A joint venture between Chinese casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group and Leisure & Resorts World Corporation bags a provisional gaming license – a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte's 6-month closure order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte admits he has no master plan for Boracay

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'But master plan, wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna iyan kasi agricultural 'yan'

NO MASTER PLAN. President Rodrigo Duterte admits in an interview with reporters on April 9, 2018, that he has no master plan for the world-famous island of Boracay during its 6-month closure. Malacañang photo

Malacañang: 'No casinos in Boracay, period'

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque does not elaborate on President Rodrigo Duterte's views on casinos in the popular island

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into Boracay closure

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV urges Boracay residents to seek a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Meet Lui Che Woo, the magnate planning a Boracay casino

Apr 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Amid the Philippine government's plan to rehabilitate Boracay, the gambling firm of 89-year-old Lui Che Woo plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino there

FACT CHECK: Clueless about Boracay casino? Duterte discussed it with owners

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The President claims he knows nothing about the planned casino-resort but the project was discussed in his meeting with the Chinese executives behind it

Duterte vs Sereno, La Viña on Nix, Duterte ‘loves’ Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Duterte denies knowing about planned Boracay casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he will 'give' Boracay land to farmers instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018.

Villar group 'seriously looking at' telecoms, casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The group is eyeing potential partners for the planned diversification

DIVERSIFICATION. The group of business tycoon Manuel 'Manny' Villar is seriously looking at telecommunications and gaming as new ventures. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Guevarra on DOJ, IHS on Quiboloy Foundation, Cimatu on Boracay casino | Evening wRap

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Filinvest to build $200-million casino-hotel complex in Clark

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The real estate developer secures a provisional license for a casino in its 201-hectare Mimosa+ Leisure City development

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

PH travel, tourism sectors girding for planned Boracay shutdown

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.

Aerial view of Boracay image from ShutterStock

Manila disaster management chief resigns

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) Johnny Yu declines to disclose his reasons for leaving the post

RESIGNED. Johnny Gaw Yu at the Manila Pavilion's vicinity during the fire. Photo by Paige Occeñola/Rappler

Sereno impeachment, Medialdea on Napoles, Dela Rosa on DOJ | Evening wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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Leisure & Resorts World Corp buys land for Boracay resort-casino

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and its Chinese partner Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited plan to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino on a 23-hectare land in Boracay

PLANNED CLOSURE. With the looming closure of Boracay Island for a year, tourism officials expect a sharp drop in arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

Manila Pavilion operator's stocks plunge after fire

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Operations of the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino are also suspended until 'proper clearances' are obtained from government regulators

The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fire out at Manila Pavilion after 25 hours

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The death toll from the blaze stands at 5, with 24 others injured

FIRE OUT. The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte on ICC, Waterfront Manila Pavilion fire, Binibining Pilipinas 2018 | Midday wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Sprinklers didn't work during Manila Pavilion fire, firefighters say

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:15 PM

The fire would have been put out earlier if the sprinklers worked, says Manila disaster risk reduction and management chief Johnny Yu

NO SPRINKLERS? The Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino is engulfed in thick smoke as firefighters battle a Task Force Bravo blaze during through the hotel at the corner of Maria Orosa and U.N. Avenue in Manila on March 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 killed, 23 injured in Manila Pavilion fire

Mar 18, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) Authorities revise the death toll from 4 to 3, saying that one of the victims has been revived

5TH ALARM. Thick smoke engulfs Manila Pavilion as the fire reached 5th alarm on March 18, 2018. Photo by Stacy de Jesus/Rappler

Her advocacy: Make no mom feel alone

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Nadine Gadia Casiño, founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao, advocates for natural child care and supporting other mothers

MODERN NANAY. Breastfeeding advocate Nadine Gadia Casiño says a woman is neither defined by how well she cooks nor by how clean their home is – but by how she is different. Photo by Nadine Gadia Casiño.

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha disempowers Filipinos, especially poor, marginalized

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Duterte's Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is

3 Philippine hotels receive 2018 Forbes 5-Star award

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Nüwa at City of Dreams Manila, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Sky Tower at Solaire Resort and Casino are all 5-Star properties, according to the Forbes Travel Guide

DOF unit proposes 1,400% increase in casino entrance fee

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The National Tax Research Center says this increase would discourage low-income earners from gambling and would also lead to higher revenue collection for infrastructure projects

HIGH ENTRANCE FEES. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP