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China Telecom, DICT ink deal for submarine broadband infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The meeting between DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila

Smart launches iPhone Xs series with an epic surprise for loyal subscribers

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

15 lucky subscribers each received a surprise upgrade to a 512 GB iPhone Xs Max — the latest and top-of-the-line iPhone variant currently available

[OPINION] Preserving indigenous knowledge in disaster recovery

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Keeping indigenous knowledge systems, practices, and beliefs alive will allow communities of smallholder farmers to maintain their culture and the balance in their ecosystem without sacrificing their livelihood

PCOO sets up Global Media Affairs Office to respond to foreign media

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Former TV5 reporter JV Arcena is picked to head the new office, envisioned to become a 'press attaché division' once an executive order reverting the PCOO to the Office of the Press Secretary is signed

First consultation meeting to address PH journalists' safety takes place

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:21 AM

The first multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism Communication and the International Media Support

Senators expect 'silent workhorse' Honasan to do well in DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Senators say the immediate challenge of Senator Gregorio Honasan II as DICT chief is to assure Filipinos that the third telco would not jeopardize national security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Senator Gregorio Honasan and other members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

DICT Secretary Rio: Don't replace me just yet

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'I see no urgency in Senator [Gringo] Honasan taking over, at least until I fully finish this job on the third telco,' says acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr

MORE TIME. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. hopes to settle unfinished business in the 3rd telco bidding first before an exit from the agency. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Honasan accepts Duterte's offer to head DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Administration Senator Gregorio Honasan II says he has decided to accept the offer 'for a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children'

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 ways companies can promote SOGIE equality in the workplace

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:56 PM

‘Other issues might take precedence over this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for it…. All rights are important,’ Cogencia chief executive officer Paulo Edrosolano says

Duterte may appoint Honasan DICT chief as early as Nov 12

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The decision was made during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on October 29, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Only Dennis Uy-China Telecom bid qualified, 2 others incomplete

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The bid documents of the Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium are deemed qualified, while Sear Telecom and PT&T are both disqualified, which the two can still appeal

FAST FACTS: 3rd telco player selection rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot

LIVE: Bidding for the 3rd major telco slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7

LIST: Potential 3rd telco bidders

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:42 PM

10 companies are poised to slug it out on November 7 for the 3rd major telecommunications slot. Get to know their track record and financial health.

LOOK: Smart 5G banners, 5G-branded vehicles in Clark

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The said promotional materials were put up in conjunction with a Smart event announcing the telco’s plans to deploy their first 5G cell site in the city

5G CITY. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PLDT, Smart launch first 5G city in Clark, Pampanga

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

5G is over 20 times faster than the current 4G connectivity and opens up possibilities for solving metropolitan problems

SMART 5G IN CLARK. Smart touts Clark as its first 5G City. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Sotto says Honasan to leave Senate for DICT

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the number of senators 'may be reduced' to 22 when the Senate resumes session in November

NEW DICT HEAD? Senate President Vicento Sotto III says Senator Gringo Honasan may soon accept the offer to head DICT. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kong nonprofit raises $2M for Philippines' poorest

Nov 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

International Care Ministries raised millions of dollars for impoverished communities in the Philippines during its 2018 Stepping Free from Poverty banquet

BIDDING. Professional auctioneer Joff van Reenen coaxing one of the guests to bid more for the VP dinner. Photo courtesy of Daisy C.L Mandap

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Villar company to bid as 3rd telco – DICT

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr says Streamtech Systems Technologies has to look for a foreign partner with at least 10 years of experience in a nationwide telco business

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

[OPINION] Securing our fisheries to ensure food security

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Destructive human activities and climate-related disasters have tipped our marine ecological balance to a point where urgent measures are needed to prevent a food security crisis

AFTER A HARD DAY'S WORK. Municipal fishers at the fish landing in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. Photo courtesy of Jason Houston/Rare

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted

[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

China Telecom, PT&T eye 3rd telco bid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's first pick China Telecom buys bid documents on Friday, October 12, to be the country's 3rd major telecommunications player

DICT accuses NOW Telecom of delaying 3rd telco entry

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr insinuates that NOW Telecom probably cannot really afford to bid against financially capable companies

Mocha Uson's blogger accreditation policy? 'Wala na 'yun,' says Andanar

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:35 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says the policy was never implemented to begin with

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB

PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson resigns

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson announces her resignation during the Presidential Communications Operations Office budget hearing at the Senate

CONTROVERSIAL PCOO OFFICIAL. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has resigned

LIVE: The Atlantic Council StratCom 2018

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Atlantic Council hosts the Global Forum on Strategic Communications and Digital Disinformation on October 2-3, 2018, in Washington, DC

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2nd Glory Awards, musical tribute to highlight UP CMC homecoming on Oct 6

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Twelve UP College of Mass Communication alumni will receive 'Glory' trophies for the excellence and impact of their work in various mass communication fields

[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

[OPINYON] Ang social media bilang assault weapon

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Madaling ireklamo ang account mo dahil sa isang trumped-up community standards violation. Sa dami ng magrereklamo, masususpinde ang account o tuluyang ipasasara.

Smart Wifi increases deployment in over 100 school areas nationwide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:47 PM

UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and PLM are among universities with access to super speed internet connection

Nene Pimentel says Mocha Uson should stick to entertainment

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The longtime federalism advocate says Uson's video of a lewd federalism jingle was a waste of time for an official being paid taxpayers' money

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How you can help Ompong-hit Agta community in Cagayan

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The story of Agta leader Marlon Rosalem who walked 6 hours to the Baggao town center to seek help for his typhoon-hit community has inspired netizens

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vivo launches X21 in PH, partners with Smart as exclusive distributor

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Smart will be offering the X21 exclusively to Enterprise clients

De La Salle-CSB urges gov't: Remove Mocha Uson for mocking deaf community

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We call on the government to take action against Mr Olivar and Asec Uson, and impose appropriate penalties as provided by law,' says De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde president Brother Dennis Magbanua

Bro Dennis Magbanua FSC, president of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Photo from the Facebook page of the Center for Campus Art, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Typhoon Ompong destroyed the homes of a mining community and left dozens dead or missing

AFTERMATH. Residents of the Itogon, Benguet mining community preferred to seek refuge in their 'bunkhouse'. By the end of the storm, they were gone.

Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

IN PHOTOS: Some areas in Baguio City were flooded part of City Camp Lagoon caused lStrong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Cedrick Victa Macadangdang

Volunteer for Agos today

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:02 PM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather critical information in times of disasters

No 3rd telco player by November? 'I'll take over,' says Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

If there will be further delays, President Duterte warns he'll invite interested parties to submit their position papers to him, and he will make his choice in 'about 30 minutes'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018 that he has made a promise to get rid of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country back when he was still campaigning for the country's top government position. He went on to add that he is relentless in his efforts to fulfill these promises. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. teens prefer remote chats to face-to-face meeting – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The last time the same survey was conducted in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49%, far ahead of texting's 33%

Photo from Shutterstock


Zarate reminds Andanar: Mocha Uson paid with public funds

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate finds it strange that Uson is not held accountable for her actions, yet other government officials get fired or are forced to resign for alleged offenses

Duterte says 'overboard' Mocha Uson still has right to free speech

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'There are things na tingin ko na medyo nasobrahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about controversial assistant secretary Mocha Uson

Experts warn Cebuanos vs anonymous Facebook pages

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:24 PM

At Move Cebu, journalist Sol Amante says Cebuanos should take posts from anonymous Facebook pages with a 'handful' of salt