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Pasig City residents share water supply woes

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Rappler goes around Pasig City to ask how a most basic human need – or the lack of it – affects a community

STRUGGLES. People from all walks of life in Pasig City share their experiences and struggles due to the water crisis hitting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal. Photos by Sofia Virtudes, Nicole Del Rosario, Jillian Siervo, and Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Thunder rip Raptors to get payback for OT loss

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Behind Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder avenge Wednesday's loss to the Raptors to snap a four-game skid

TRIP-DUB MACHINE. Russell Westbrook tallies his 28th triple-double of the season. Photo from Oklahoma City Thunder Twitter

QC prosecutors dismiss libel complaints vs Ces Drilon, Marie Lozano

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The Quezon City Prosecutor's Office says the statements of Ces Drilon and Marie Lozano are not libelous and 'fall within the category of a conditionally or qualifiedly privileged communication'

DISMISSED. Quezon City Office of the Prosecutor dismisses the libel complaints filed by Gretchen Fullido against Ces Drilon and Marie Lozano.

Vietnam police seize 300 kilograms of meth in mansion bust

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The bust is part of a larger investigation across central Vietnam involving several provinces and further investigations are ongoing

METH BRICKS. In this picture taken on March 20, 2019, Vietnamese policemen arrange seized methamphetamine at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 200 homes razed in Quezon City fire

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The fire, which reached general alarm, affects over 700 families in Barangay Damayang Lagi

HUGE. Residents try to salvage their possessions after a fire razed their homes. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Canadian nabbed for receiving asthma drug illegal in PH

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Canadian Gary Gardner Mader is arrested in Pasay City after receiving a package with 650 tablets of ephedrine

ILLEGAL DRUG. Ephedrine, a stimulant which could be used for asthma relief, is seized from a Canadian at a delivery service office. PNP Photo

General Santos City gets own congressional district

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The province of South Cotabato now has 3 legislative districts

Big Hugpong rally snarls traffic in Tacloban, draws flak from netizens

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) The failure of Tacloban City's Traffic Operation Management Enforcement and Control Office to release an advisory on road rerouting gets the blame

Tacloban commuters suffered some traffic jam in the morning of Hugpong ng Pagbabago's campaign rally as no traffic advisory from TOMECO was released on the Presidential Security Group diverting from the original plans to ensure the safety of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Dave Lagado

A new breed of Filipino data professionals

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:30 PM

What does it take to be in data science? For them, it is knowing that you can’t know everything but wanting to find as many answers as you could

Vaping now regulated in Quezon City

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signs an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public and private places

REGULATED. E-cigarettes are safer than the usual tobacco rolls, but Quezon City sees that it's still not safe enough for unregulated public use.

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) PDEA and police arrest Chinese suspects in separate operations at the Alabang Town Center parking lot and in a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

NBTC: Sotto drops 35 in LPU squeaker, sets date with Green's FilAm USA

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Kai Sotto lives up to expectations with a dominant 35-point and 15-rebound performance

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to impress in the 2019 NBTC National Finals. Photo from release

D-League: CEU's Diouf sets rebounding record, UST overpowers CSB

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

CEU claims the top spot behind Senegalese big man Malick Diouf's record-setting output

ETCHED. Senegalese big man Malick Diouf makes a mark in the developmental leagues as he set a new rebounding record with 30 boards. Photo by PBA Images

Iloilo cyclists ride vs ‘anti-biking’ ordinance

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Dubbed the 'Ride to Liberation,' nearly 600 local cyclists wear black and join a 24-kilometer circuit around the city to push for their right to pedal

Ilonggo bikers gather and register themselves infront of the Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand along Muelle Loney Street in Iloilo City, before the start of the "Ride to Liberation" event on Monday.

Liverpool oust Manchester City for Premier League's top spot

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Liverpool survive a scare from Fullham to be in the running of ending a 29-year title drought

PACK LEADER. Liverpool gain a two-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City. Photo from Twitter (@LFC)


Thunder star Westbrook hit with suspension

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The former MVP incurs his 16th technical foul, which automatically earns a suspension under NBA rules, after charging on Klay Thompson

SIDELINED. Russell Westbrook will miss one game for the Oklahoma City Thunder. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP


Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

Sandiganbayan suspends Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate faces a graft case for allegedly pocketing P1.109 million in taxpayers' money through ghost employees

SUSPENDED. Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate has to answer charges of hiring and paying fake contractors. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Still minus Durant, Warriors whip Thunder

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The Warriors advance to the playoffs for the seventh straight season after making quick work of the Thunder

CRUISING. Steph Curry and the usual suspects lift the Warriors to a 22-point drubbing of the Thunder. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

'Suspect' in killing of Cebu student arrested in Davao City

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Jonas Bueno is arrested over the killing of another victim, 62-year-old Trinidad Batucan from Danao City, Cebu

ARRESTED. Jonas Bueno, suspect in the killing of Grade 9 student Cristine Silawan, is arrested in Davao City on Friday, March 15. Photo from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

DOJ frees Marawi Vice Mayor, arrest based on invalid list

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The justice department instead accepts the complaint and sets it for an ordinary preliminary investigation

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic (in blue shirt) is released after the DOJ ruled his case uninquestable on March 15, 2019. Salic was arrested on March 13 on charges rebellion after he was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator arrest order dated September 4, 2017. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality

This picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows 5-year-old Amina walking with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometres away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside. BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP

Pacers overcome Westbrook's triple-double to edge Thunder

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Wesley Matthews buries the game-winner as the Pacers rally to escape the Thunder

SPOILER. The Pacers spoil Russell Westbrook’s triple-double outburst. Photo from NBA Twitter

Premier League's Fab 4 dominate Champions League quarterfinals

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:24 AM

For the first time in a decade, half of the Champions League quarterfinalists are from the Premier League

NEXT ROUND. Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva celebrates with his teammates as Manchester City advances to the Champions League quarterfinals. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

An oral history of Cubao X: 'We were the first to believe in this place'

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

This is how Cubao X came – and continues – to be

Davao City selected as third Justice Zone in the Philippines

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The goal of the Justice Zone is the swifter delivery of criminal justice

From left: European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Davao City councilor Victorio Advincula. Rappler photo

Megaworld, BCDA team up to create new district in Fort Bonifacio

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Envisioned to be the 'administrative capital of the country,' the 160-hectare Bonifacio Capital District is expected to host the new offices of government agencies

Westbrook posts 130th career triple-double in OKC win

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Russell Westbrook delivers another triple-double show to power the Thunder over the Nets

ENERGIZER. Russell Westbrook says his job is to bring energy to the team every game. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Taus heads to Davao Oriental for Bonfire Music Festival

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Also on the lineup are December Avenue, and Davao's local bands

TOM TAUS. The DJ is headed to Davao. Photo courtesy of Bonfire Music Festival

Red Cross sends water tanks to Rizal Medical Center in Pasig

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Rizal Medical Center in Pasig is among the hospitals hardest hit by the current water crisis

RESCUE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque visits Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, to witness the distribution of water from the Philippine Red Cross and Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Baguio journalists urge youth to help fight disinformation

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'In the battle for truth, truth is your only weapon,' says Kimberlie Quitasol, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Northern Dispatch'

AGAINST DISINFORMATION. Rappler reporter Ralf Rivas, along with Baguio journalists Kimberlie Quitasol, Diwa Donato, and Frank Cimatu are the panelists at #MoveBaguio: Social Good in the Digital Age forum on March 8, 2019 at Saint Louis University. Screenshot from Rappler video

WATCH: Jazz ban fan for life, but Westbrook also fined $25,000 over bust-up

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Utah issues a permanent ban on Shane Keisel, the Jazz fan who figured in an expletive-laden altercation with Thunder star Russell Westbrook

DISRESPECTED. Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook says the incident was ‘completely disrespectful’ and ‘racial.’ Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

Taguig prosecutor OKs charges vs Nicko Falcis – Kris Aquino's camp

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Kris posts a statement issued by Divina Law on her social media accounts

LEGAL BATTLES. In this file photo, actress Kris Aquino files a Counter-Affidavit over grave threats charges pressed against her by brothers Nikko and Jesus Falcis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Win or lose, Otso Diretso bets to push for their advocacies

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

A resident of Mandaluyong City asks the Otso Diretso candidates what they would do if they lose in the May polls

WIN OR LOSE. Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno pose with residents of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd to Cebu police: Arrest 'barbaric' killers of Grade 9 student

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Education urges schools to heighten security measures, following the gruesome killing of a 16-year-old student in Lapu-Lapu City

Megaworld, Empire East to build P20-billion township in Cainta, Rizal

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The planned Empire East Highland City township will include 38 residential towers to meet high demand

Megaworld's newest 24-hectare township targets a work-life balance with residential condominiums, mixed-use towers, a mall and an 8,000-square meter park which will house retail areas and a church. Image from Megaworld

Former Baguio mayor, 16 execs liable for P63M in illegal perks – COA

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Ex-Baguio City mayor Reinaldo Bautista and 16 others are found liable for the unauthorized release of funds classified as cost of living allowance

CONCESSION ROAD. Tourists and residents flock Baguio City's Session Road to appreciate local crafts and products being sold during a trade fair on March 8, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Fish ball vendor jailed for 'harassing' Chief Justice kin

Mar 10, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The vendor is accused of harassing the daughter-in-law of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin after she refused to buy fish balls

NABBED FOR HARASSMENT. A fish ball vendor in Makati is arrested after threatening the son and daughter-in-law of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

NBA fines Thunder's George $25,000 for ripping referees

Mar 10, 2019 - 1:50 PM

'We haven't gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody has got to look into this,' says Thunder star Paul George

PENALIZED. Paul George gets sanctioned for calling out the referees after the Thunder’s road loss to the Clippers. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte campaigns for admin bets in Negros Occidental

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

President Duterte hopes to convince 1.7 million Negros Occidental voters to send his bets to the Senate in the May 2019 polls

DUTERTE-APPROVED. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with his Senate bets in front of thousands of Negrenses on Friday, March 8. RTVM screenshot

Thunder escape Blazers in wild OT thriller

Mar 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George team up for 69 points as the Thunder overcome Lillard's 51-point outburst

BIG GUNS. Paul George and Russell Westbrook take over in the extra period. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

SC: MWSS doesn’t have to pay P237-M real property taxes in Quezon City

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The High Court reverses a 2010 Court of Appeals ruling and stops the Quezon City government from auctioning off MWSS properties

MWSS. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System building. Photo from the MWSS Facebook page

Davao Badjaus get birth certificates through mobile registration

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Tambayan Center for Children's Rights says the mobile birth registration aims to assist the processing of birth certificates for 300 children from the Badjau community

Naga City barangay councilor dies after Makati ambush

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) Fortune Isaac Imperial dies after motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him several times while aboard his vehicle on Monday night, March 4

Governor declares Negros Occidental coal-free

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr signs EO declaring that only clean and renewable sources of energy will be allowed in their province

Some of the students who joined the "Youth Strike for Negros on Wednesday, March 6./Contributed Photo

India dominates 2018 list of world's most polluted cities

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Air pollution is estimated to contribute to 7 million premature deaths every year and is considered by the United Nations to be the single biggest environmental health risk

Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Delhi shut all primary schools on November 8 as pollution levels hit nearly 30 times the World Health Organization safe level, prompting doctors in the Indian capital to warn of a public health emergency. Dense grey smog shrouded the roads of the world's most polluted capital, where many pedestrians and bikers wore masks or covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and scarves.  / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN

[OPINION] Labor in the age of Duterte: The Pacific Plaza strike

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Whatever may be the conclusion of the strike, there is little doubt that the practice of contractualization, which has done so much damage to labor in this country, is facing a mortal challenge from its victims