Mexico warns of drug cartel interference in vote

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there were reckless attempts to pressure candidates to align themselves to a particular criminal group

INTERIOR MINISTER. Mexico Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there are reports that candidates are being pressured by drug cartels. File photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

House bill sets larger license plates to curb motorcycle crimes

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The bill will require motorcycle riders to have license plates that are readable from at least 12 meters away

BIGGER PLATES. House joint panel approves bill requiring motorcycles to have bigger license plates.

Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of undeclared bank transactions of P2 billion

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: First ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ trailer brings fans back to Hogwarts

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Wands (and hearts) at the ready!

RETURN TO HOGWARTS. The new trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' show several scenes inside the beloved wizarding school. Screenshot from

'Decaying' justice system aiding crime, corruption in PH – lawyers

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Low conviction rates and long trial times make justice difficult to achieve and impunity rampant in the country, lawyers at the Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny forum say

Convenors and members of MANLABAN sa EJK pose for a photo at Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny at UP College of Law. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

VACC goes to Ombudsman to oust Sereno, sue Aquino

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) The VACC is working on the theory that Sereno's appointment is null and void because of non-compliance with the JBC requirement on SALN submissions

GRAFT. Suspended laywer Eligio Mallari and VACC lawyer Manny Luna file before the Office of the Ombudsman on February 26, 2018, a graft complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and former president Benigno Aquino III over a 'void' appointment in 2012. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

12 escape in Sulu jailbreak

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:28 AM

A total of 29 inmates bolted from a detention facility inside Jolo’s police station; 17 have been recaptured, authorities say

Students turn up heat on Trump, lawmakers over gun control

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:22 AM

Students stage walkouts from high schools in Florida and elsewhere vowing to make the tragedy a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control

NEVER AGAIN. Students of area High Schools rally at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after participating in a county wide school walk out in Parkland, Florida on February 21, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as British MPs grill bosses

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

PARLIAMENTARY PROBE. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 20, 2018 shows Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring (C), Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson (R) and Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima (L) atttending an evidence session as witnesses before the International Development Committee of members of parliament at Portcullis House in London. PRU/AFP

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:34 AM

(UPDATED) Trump announces his support for the ban nearly a week after 14 students and 3 teachers were killed at a high school in Florida

DEADLY WEAPONS. Semi-automatic AR-15's are for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images/AFP

China angered by theft of Terracotta Warrior's thumb

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The theft of a thumb of an ancient Terracotta Warrior statue on display in the US incites a wave of criticism on Chinese social media

CHINESE TREASURE. In this file photo, a terracotta warrior is displayed at the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shihuang in Xian, in northwestern China's Shaanxi Province on January 8, 2018. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Peru court orders Fujimori tried for 1992 mass killing – official

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:05 AM

A Peruvian court orders former president Alberto Fujimori to stand trial for the 1992 killings of 6 farmers

EX-PRESIDENT. Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waves to supporters beside his son, Congressman Kenji Fujimori (R), as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admit killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities

'No idea' of 'monster under our roof,' say couple who took in Florida gunman

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother's death says they had no idea they had a 'monster living under our roof'

MOURNING. Thousands of mourners attend a candlelight vigil for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

'Shame on you!' student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) In Washington, the political response makes clear the powerful NRA lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggests the root cause of mass shootings is a crisis of mental health – making no mention of gun control

PROTEST. People join together after a school shooting that killed 17 to protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse on February 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

PH sends condolences over Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:20 PM

No Filipino is reported hurt in the shooting incident, says the Philippine embassy in Washington DC

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 14: People wait for loved ones as they are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Doctors Without Borders reveals sex abuse cases as Oxfam scandal widens

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam spreads as French group Doctors Without Borders reveals it had fired 19 staff last year for harassment or abuse

MSF. This file photo shows the entrance of the Ebola treatment center of aid agency Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in Liberia on October 3, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

17 killed in Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(UPDATED) A 19-year-old former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school, the local sheriff says, calling the scene 'horrific'

EVACUATION. People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NY state sues Weinstein Company for failing to protect staff

Feb 12, 2018 - 8:09 AM

The lawsuit comes 4 months after the Hollywood mogul's downfall over allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape now leveled against the producer by more than 100 women over 40 years

THE ACCUSED. This file photo taken on May 22, 2015 shows US producer Harvey Weinstein arriving for the screening of the film 'The Little Prince' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Loic Venance/AFP

1 dead, 12 injured in knife rampage in Beijing

Feb 11, 2018 - 7:55 PM

A witness tells state news agency Xinhua she saw a man suddenly take a knife out of his bag and start attacking people at random

ATTACK. An attacker injures several people with a knife at a busy shopping mall on Sunday, February 11. Photo by Rappler

Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Indonesian police shoot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass in Yogyakarta province

Mexico arrests Zetas drug cartel boss wanted in U.S.

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:40 AM

The Zetas are considered one of the most cruel criminal organizations in Mexico

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eduardo Bringas represented former NBI officials who filed drug raps against Senator Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

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Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DTI's Lopez, Hyundai face plunder, estafa complaint

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption accuses Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez of favoring Hyundai, which the group claims should not have been given P1.1 billion in tax exemptions

Paris attacks suspect refuses to answer questions at Belgian trial

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Salah Abdeslam, who has declined to to speak to investigators since his arrest in March 2016, immediately signals his defiance by refusing to stand when asked by the judge and saying he would not cooperate

PARIS ATTACKS TRIAL. Prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam (2nd R) sits beside his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari (R) as they are surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the "Palais de Justice" courthouse in Brussels for the opening of his trial, on February 5, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Malacañang hails SWS survey on 'record-low' common crimes

Feb 03, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says this survey is a 'big boost' to the morale of the country's police

RECORD LOW. The latest SWS survey says the 2017 average victimization by common crime is at a "record-low" 6.1%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi's lakeside villa

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:41 PM

There was little damage, but the attack is symbolic – Suu Kyi was held for long years at the house by the former junta

ATTACKED. A man closes a gate leading to the residence of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on February 1, 2018, after a petrol bomb was hurled into the compound.  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Up to 175 years in jail for disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:43 AM

'I've just signed your death warrant,' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says as she hands down what amounts to a life sentence to the 54-year-old Nassar

Indian farmer crushed to death as tractor seized over debts

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Police are hunting 5 loan recovery agents who could be charged with murder in a case that highlights the debt crisis faced by the country's farmers

California couple who held 13 children captive due in court

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:01 PM

David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Anna Turpin, 49, had registered their home as a school, but instead of teaching materials, investigators found signs of torture inside

TORTURE HOME. Television cameras and lights stand focused on the entrance to 160 Muir Woods Road from where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children held captive by their parents in Perris, California on January 16, 2018. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Tough recovery ahead after California siblings 'ordeal'

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:29 AM

13 malnourished siblings found confined by their parents in a suburban California home – 3 of them chained to the furniture – face a difficult road to recovery, police say

PROBE. Mark Uffer (C), CEO of Corona Regional Medical Center speaks as Susan von Zabern (L), Director of Department of Public Services and Dr. Sophia Grant (R), Medical Director of Child Abuse and Neglect at Riverside University Health System looks on during a press conference in Perris, California on January 16, 2018, where authorities rescued 13 malnourished children held captive by their parents. Frederick J Brown/AFP

LOOK: New photo from 'Fantastic Beasts 2' shows dashing young Dumbledore

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Here's your favorite Hogwarts headmaster, minus the long white beard and half-moon glasses

THE YOUNG DUMBLEDORE. Jude Law plays the role of one of the Wizarding World's most loved characters. Photo from

Canadian hacker charged over leak of 3 billion hacked accounts

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The leaks involve accounts from LinkedIn and the Ashley Madison online dating service, among other hacked sites

Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in U.S. home

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:27 AM

A California couple is arrested after authorities find a dozen malnourished siblings held captive in their home

SUSPECTS. This combination of pictures created on January 15, 2018, shows booking photos from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department of David Allen Turpin (R), 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49. Riverside County Sheriff's Department / Jose Romero / AFP

Dante Jimenez heads Duterte's anti-corruption commission

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints former senatorial candidate Greco Belgica as one of the powerful body's commissioners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Founding Chairman and President Dante Jimenez on the sidelines of The Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

South Korean arrested after double murder at luxury Hong Kong hotel

Jan 14, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) A South Korean is arrested for the suspected murder of a woman and a boy at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel on Hong Kong's harborfront

CRIME SCENE. A general view shows signage for the Ritz-Carlton hotel located in the International Commerce Centre (C) where a mother and a boy were found murdered in Hong Kong on January 14, 2018. Isac Lawrence/AFP

DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

14 film yang patut ditunggu tahun 2018

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Beragam tontonan menarik dengan berbaga genre, baik dari dalam maupun luar negeri, bisa menjadi pilihan hiburan sepanjang 2018

Is it too late now to say sorry?

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'The question remains: is it enough to say sorry, now that the physical and psychological damage has been done?'

Palace says Duterte 'Person of the Year' award 'wrong'

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the opposite is true – President Duterte, he says, has done all possible to fight organize crime, end drugs, and corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he graces the Christmas Party with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Davao City on December 15, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Dec 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Drug war earns Duterte ‘Person of the Year’ title from U.S. nonprofit

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project gives the title to an 'individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption'

'PERSON OF THE YEAR'. President Rodrigo  Duterte's controversial drug war has made him the top choice of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project for 'Person of the Year.' Presidential Photo

Chicago murder rate declines but still alarmingly high

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:18 AM

The good news is that violence actually declined in Chicago in 2017. The bad news is that it remains alarmingly high.

CRIME RATE. Chicago's crime rates saw a 15% drop in 2017.

Australian grandma escapes death in Malaysia drugs case

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying

FREE. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto reacts after she was cleared of drug trafficking charges at Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, on December 27, 2017. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Diokno on Duterte, Crime rate down, Tropical Depression Vinta | Evening wRap

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

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