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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


PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

Gender equality advocates to launch campaign to end violence against LGBTQ+

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: #EndRainbow violence is a movement that aims to increase the public's awareness on the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rights to promote acceptance and eliminate stigma

#STEMpowering campaign completes pilot run

May 09, 2019 - 11:54 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Girls from 52 schools in Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro participate in career caravans and mentoring and training sessions

Suicide bombers attack Afghan ministry in downtown Kabul

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The presidential palace says in a statement, 'The enemies of Afghanistan have conducted a terrorist attack'

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Afghan communication ministry as an attack between Afghan forces and attackers is still going on in central Kabul on April 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Caliwara dies

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Carlos Mayorico Caliwara had been an assistant secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology since January 2017

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into P6.6-M DOTC IT contract

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Commission on Audit says some officials of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications failed to observe proper rules in procuring IT equipment in July 2010

Iloilo's 'mermaid' women turn beach trash into wearable art

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Using beach trash as material, the women artists of Kataw design and create vibrant jewelry – all inspired by years of living close to the sea

SEAGLASS. Lawigan, San Joaquin native Jen-jen Sargento lays out pieces of seaglass, her favorite material for her jewelry pieces, on a table. Photo by Marrz Capanang

Call for nominations: 2019 U.P. Gawad Plaridel

Mar 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: For 2019, the 14th UP Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding transmedia practitioner. The deadline for submission of nominations is on April 15, 2019, 5pm.

Photo courtesy of UP College of Mass Communication

In China, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' edit disappoints gay community

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The Chinese release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' censors Freddie Mercury's sexuality, removing the film's multiple gay scenes

U.N. sends team to probe Mali massacre

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The UN has sent a team of 10 human rights officers, a child protection officer and two crime scene investigators to the Mopti region to investigate the attack

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by the Malian presidential communication and public relations service (Cellule Communication et Relations Publiques de la Presdience du Mali) on March 25, 2019, shows a soldier walking among rubble of a house destroyed during an attack on March 23, on the village of Ogassogou, near Mopti, where over 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children, were killed. AFP PHOTO / MALIAN PRESIDENCY

PODCAST | Beyond Tondo: An LGBTQ leader's wait for equality

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Manila, members of the LGBT community find acceptance through service – but how can their small victories be celebrated outside their bubble?

Netizens hail university president for letting transwoman wear dress for graduation

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Ateneo de Naga University President Father Roberto Rivera SJ approves the request of transwoman Roman Giuseppe 'Emma' Bueno to wear women's clothing for their Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


‘One Big Pride': Ateneo LGBTQIA+ community calls for acceptance on women’s month

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'It's important for us to stand together because it amplifies our voices,' says student government President Hyacenth Bendaña

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

LGBT youth on choosing candidates: 'Mambabatas, hindi mambabastos'

Mar 09, 2019 - 7:15 AM

At a recent Safe Spaces event, UP LGBT group leader Sam Cruz urges youth voters to go for candidates who will work to eliminate gender-based discrimination

GENDER EQUALITY. UP Diliman Babaylan Vice President Sam Cruz (3rd left) pushes for the anti-discrimination bill at the Senate. Photo from the UP Babaylan Facebook page

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

U.P. revisits history in Diliman Commune Tour

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The tour, offered until March 29, celebrates the spirit of the 1971 Diliman Commune and serves as a tool to educate the youth amid the historical revisionism on social media

UP Commune Tour. Photo by Sofia Virtudes/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] America, China and the real star wars

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea

Disappointment as Kenya court delays decision on anti-gay laws

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The delay is met with dismay by Kenya's LGBT community and their allies, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, which was filed 3 years ago

ANTI-LGBT LAWS. LGBT Bishop Joseph Tolton (R) and other members attend an inter-faith service in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Mislatel rollout may be pushed back to after elections – DICT

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Congress is currently on break until May 19 and only has a window from May 20 to June 7 to work on Mislatel's franchise issues

Senators question use of PCOO caravan in Europe to explain Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) PCOO officials are traveling to Brussels, Bosnia, and Switzerland to talk about Maria Ressa's arrest, but senators ask why taxpayers' money should be spent on this 'caravan'

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar gives his message during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar Minister of Information Pe Myint at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang on January 25, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gay couples in Japan seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The 5 lesbian and 8 gay couples involved will file lawsuits across the country seeking damages of one million yen ($9000) a person for being denied the same legal rights as heterosexual couples

GAY RIGHTS IN JAPAN. This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows same sex couple Yoko Ogawa (L) and Chizuka Oe (R) displaying their marriage registration form to journalists in front of a town hall in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The researchers caution that their success is only a first step and that 'serious technical barriers and complex ethical issues' remain before the process could be used for human organs

Meet the ‘kagaywads’: How Tondo’s LGBT leaders find acceptance

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:57 PM

For some LGBT leaders in Tondo, public service is the only way to gain acceptance and respect

KAGAYWADS. LGBT kagawads of District 1 in Tondo offer free salon services for senior citizens on Friday, February 1. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

Gov't to deploy modern tech, boat skimmers for Manila Bay rehab

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The government is banking on volunteers and modern technology to clean Manila Bay

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

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

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Pope Francis warns against internet 'disinformation'

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:24 PM

'We need to recognize how social networks, on the one hand, help us to better connect, rediscover, and assist one another, but on the other, lend themselves to the manipulation of personal data,' says Pope Francis

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The science of small talk

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

This constant roar of the river of chat within us that rises to the surface and comes out as 'small talk' seems to be one of the most striking traits that define us as humans

PCOO officer, wife mauled in Baguio

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Ramon Songayab reports to Baguio City police that he and his wife were attacked by several men last December 22

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

Facebook to invest $300 million in local journalism

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That's why today we're announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead,' says Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president in charge of global news partnerships in a blog post.

DICT probes DFA passport data mess

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology reminds the Department of Foreign Affairs to comply with cybersecurity provisions

DICT no more? Sotto hints Honasan may be appointed to another agency

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan's appointment as DICT Secretary faces two legal obstacles

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Giving back: Holiday social initiatives fuel Movers’ 2019

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:45 PM

'When one steps up to the challenge and others pledge their help, we can put smiles in the faces of the children,' says Mover Dandreb Arro

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

These issues made headlines in 2018… and netizens were 'shookt'

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Mocha Uson, Imelda Marcos, and the revocation of Rappler's license to operate are among the most talked about issues on social media in the Philippines in 2018

#TakeAction: Moments that brought communities together in 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Some of the extraordinary moments from ordinary citizens that brought communities together

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Miss Spain is a woman

Dec 24, 2018 - 6:23 PM

A transwoman broke LGBT barriers by competing in an international beauty pageant. So why are some gay men so upset?

Giving voice to the voiceless: Stories of courage and resilience in 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Let's look back at some of the stories that renewed hope and inspired Filipinos in 2018

Eddie Garcia on being gay: ‘God created you that way, there’s nothing wrong with it’

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The actor portrays an elderly gay man in the upcoming film 'Rainbow's Sunset'

EDDIE GARCIA. The veteran actor is starring in the MMFF entry 'Rainbow's Sunset.' Rappler Screenshot

How individuals, groups came together to fight lies in 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:10 PM

As online disinformation becomes widespread, media groups collaborate toward fighting disinformation, improving media literacy, and protecting press freedom

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Community legal aid service: Too much, too soon?

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What the Supreme Court may consider is putting together a pool of lawyers it deems qualified to provide legal assistance to indigent litigants and, in specific cases, let the courts require these lawyers to handle specific cases pro bono

[OPINYON] Sandali, makikiangkas lang

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Hangga’t ang angal ng karamihan sa atin ay pang-hashtag, meme, o status lang sa social media, hindi aaksiyunan ng mga pulitiko ang lahat ng ilegal sa kalsada

Faeldon’s son nabbed in drug bust | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

DICT orders NTC to make phones unlockable after initial lock-in period

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The memorandum order provides telco subscribers with the option to switch among compatible service providers after initial lock-in period has been completed

Mindanao Pride March-Kadaiyahan festival celebrates diversity, calls for equality

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Kadaiyahan is the Visayan word for diversity and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community

LOVE WINS - Participants continue to wave banners and posters during the program following the parade, hoping for their messages to come across. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

DepEd says no closure order vs Lumad school

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:46 PM

DepEd says the decision to close down the Salugpongan community learning center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, was made by the community council

CLOSED. DepEd says the Salugpongan learning center was closed by its community after a community council resolution was passed supporting its closure. Photo from Facebook profile of Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center