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Kaspersky moves core processes from Russia to Switzerland to regain trust

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The company is working toward regaining trust on the global stage after the US government banned the purchase of Kaspersky software due to reported ties with Russian intelligence firms

ANTON SHINGAREV. Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs and Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab, speaks at an event in Manila. Photo from press release.

A life at high altitude shapes human body, but how?

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The findings raise a host of questions, starting with this one: What is it about an high-altitude living that makes the body shape-shift?

COA calls SPDA's attention to properties listed at P1-value

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The properties, acquired from 1975 to 1997, range in size from 1,644 square meters to 24,000 hectares, according to a Commission on Audit report on the Southern Philippines Development Authority

PH drops 10 spots in 2018 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Out of 63 countries, the Philippines finishes 56th, down from 2017's 46th spot


DSWD clarifies ‘expired’ food packs for Boracay closure recipients

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:45 PM

A complaint from a netizen prompted DSWD to take action

Ombudsman prosecutors want Floirendo suspended from House

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The prosecutors tell the Sandiganbayan's 6th Division that suspending Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr from office would prevent him from intimidating witnesses and committing acts of malfeasance

MOTION TO SUSPEND. Ombudsman prosecutors are seeking the suspension from office of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD chief: P2,400 subsidy not enough to shield poor from TRAIN impact

Jun 15, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'Ang sabi po ngayon, na hindi sapat ang tinutulong na P200 a month. Totoo naman pong hindi,' says Social Welfare Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 that will help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LLDA orders closure of 2 firms engaged in illegal reclamation in Taguig

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Jaime Medina serves cease-and-desist orders to IPM Construction and Development Corporation and Level Up Construction and Development Corporation

DSWD condemns 'Showtime' joke about adoptees

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'The words "ampon ka" is discriminatory and has [a] negative connotation. Even if the statement was delivered in a manner of joke and/or for entertainment purpose, the show and the network ha​ve the full responsibility over it,' says DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also begins its cash-for-work program for nearly 1,800 individuals who lost their livelihood due to Boracay's 6-month rehabilitation

TOURIST SPOT. Boracay is undergoing rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered its 6-month closure. File photo by Adrian Portugal

LTFRB wants Metro Manila Council to ban tricycles as school service

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board wants to ban tricycles as school transport service, citing children's safety on the road

SERVICE. Tricycles are considered a popular school transport service in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P42,000-budget for a family of 5 not official NEDA estimate – Pernia

Jun 08, 2018 - 1:43 PM

National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia says at least two family members should work to allow the family to live a comfortable life

[OPINION] The real score about NEDA’s P10,000 budget ‘challenge’

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Journalists should be more careful in reporting economic statistics. Government staff must also adopt better PR strategies and avoid overanalyzing stuff: the simpler the analysis, the less prone it is to misinterpretation.

[OPINYON] All you NEDA is love

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi ko masisi ang NEDA people. Paano nga naman nila kikinisin ang magaspang na epekto ng buwis bunsod ng Train Law...ng mataas na inflation rate? Hey, okey lang 'yan. Hindi 'yan masakit. Hindi ka naghihirap.

How much does a family in the PH need to live decently?

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Socioeconomic Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon says the agency only knows about Filipinos' aspirations – which would cost a family around P120,000 a month

POVERTY. Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

FACT CHECK: NEDA didn't say family of 5 can live decently on P10,000 a month

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority says what it showed during the press briefing was 'how a hypothetical monthly budget of P10,000 will be affected by a 4.6% inflation rate'

DSWD: Relief goods ready for Tropical Depression Domeng

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Domeng continues to have maximum winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h

Top 4 announcements at Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Apple shows off iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and new features for watchOS

TIM COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 4, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Inflation rate, COA on Binays, Apple updates | Midday wRap

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:12 PM

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Rounding up the features of iOS 12

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:40 AM

Apple's iOS 12 is bringing new functionality to iPhones, such as Group FaceTime, Siri Shortcuts and Memojis

WWDC 2018. A man takes a photo before the start of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Centerin San Jose, California on June 4, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP

Apple's latest macOS update is called Mojave

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Apple's latest MacOS update ends a so-called '4-year mountain bender' and adds plenty of quality of life changes and additional features

MOJAVE. Mac OS heads to the desert with new features and a new name. Screenshot from livestream

Apple's iOS 12 gets Group Facetime

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:31 AM

Group Facetime will allow up to 32 people to go on a Facetime call at the same time.

GROUP FACETIME. Up to 32 people can now engage in a Facetime call at one time. Screenshot from livestream

Apple's iOS 12 will run on devices supporting iOS 11

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:44 AM

Apple's newest mobile operating system update will work on older devices – including the iPhone 6 family – with the update reportedly improving the performance of iOS on older devices

FASTER. The iOS 12 update is meant to provide faster performance for older devices, as any Apple device supporting iOS 11 will support iOS 12. Screenshot from livestream.

Sandiganbayan junks case vs ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loan

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The anti-graft court says the Office of the Solicitor General failed to prove that a P57.39-million loan given to a textile company by the Development Bank of the Philippines was a behest loan

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

8-year-old 4Ps beneficiary dies while waiting for wheelchair from DSWD

May 31, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The girl, who suffered from hydrocephalus, had been sick for over a week but had to attend the wheelchair turnover ceremony held in Basilan, as required under the government program

WHEELCHAIR TURNOVER. 4Ps beneficiaries claim their wheelchairs from the DSWD on May 30, 2018. One of the recipients, seated at the back, died during the turnover. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Senate approves design of new building in Fort Bonifacio

May 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The firm AECOM is chosen after it won the Global Conceptual Design Competition

Screenshot from Bagong Senado Youtube

Guadalupe-BGC Skytrain construction seen to start in 2018

May 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Transportation approves Infracorp Development Incorporated's proposed Skytrain monorail, which could be operational by early 2021

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

In fight vs plastic, 'challenge is changing people's mindset, lifestyle'

May 26, 2018 - 6:16 PM

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

Biodiversity Day Press Con.

Malay gov't considers wastewater treatment by German partners in Boracay

May 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Local officials are considering partnering with a German group to implement a low-cost, community-based approach to wastewater treatment in the island

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DSWD awards P1B Marawi contracts to suppliers with limited capacity

May 25, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Since the awarding of contracts, however, Tacurong Fitmart, Ororama Supercenter, and Ace Centerpoint have yet to complete the delivery of relief goods, according to a PCIJ report

RUINS. Residents allowed to visit their destroyed houses at the main battle area carry salvageable belongings they collected as they pas a destroyed building in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljbe/AFP

5 things we expect to be unveiled at Apple's WWDC 2018

May 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

We round out some of what we’re expecting to be unveiled at this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

APPLE. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016.  File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Philippines misses most of 2017 labor targets

May 21, 2018 - 7:56 PM

While the current unemployment rate has improved compared to previous decades, this is still behind the 5.1-5.4% target set in 2017

PH missed most of 2017 labor targetsQC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marawi rehabilitation won't repeat Typhoon Yolanda mistakes – NEDA

May 21, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia promises the P73 billion for rebuilding Marawi will be used wisely, unlike what has happened with the Yolanda rehabilitation program since 2013

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

May 21, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The special task force will be charged with seizing back assets and pursuing legal action against those suspected of breaking the law in relation to the fund

1MDB TASK FORCE. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

SM City Telabastagan opens in Pampanga on May 18

May 17, 2018 - 6:15 PM

SM City Telabastagan, SM Prime's 3rd mall to open this year, will have 55,000 square meters of gross floor area

3RD THIS YEAR. Located along Pampanga's major thoroughfare McArthur Highway, SM City Telabastagan will open with two floors of shopping, multi-cultural dining and entertainment zone. Image from http://sminvestments.com/

NGO-led crowdfunding app seeks to aid in disaster response

May 16, 2018 - 1:42 PM

SAFER, the country's first locally-led crowdfunding app, provides quick relief and response to disasters and emergencies

House to probe Zamboanga City housing project

May 15, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Z3R project currently houses families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga siege

COLLAPSED. The footbridge in Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City. Photos by Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato of the Zamboanga City government

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

Boracay residents can now apply for DSWD's cash-for-work program

May 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Displaced workers due to the closure of Boracay may now apply for labor or office work under the Department of Social Welfare and Development's cash-for-work program

LONG LINE. Boracay residents apply for a job in Manoc-Manoc Plaza, Malay, Aklan on April 27, 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Google AI tools to help people disconnect from smartphone screens

May 09, 2018 - 11:24 AM

'We want to help people find the right balance and gain a sense of digital wellbeing,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai says at its annual developers conference

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


The Android P developer preview launches today

May 09, 2018 - 2:45 AM

This year's beta for Android P will be open to more than just Google-made phones this year

ANDROID P. Android P's developer preview is available now for a number of different phones. Screenshot from livestream.

Camarines Sur court ruling stalls Naga airport expansion project

May 06, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The court tells the provincial government to stop its expropriation of lands for the Naga Airport

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

'Can you lend more?' Duterte asks ADB to fund more infra projects

May 05, 2018 - 9:14 PM

'We shall continue to rely on the ADB for financial assistance, be it in the form or loans or grants,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the 51st Annual Asian Develoment Bank Meeting

BUILD BUILD BUILD. President Rodrigo Duterte asks Asian Development Bank for more loans. Malacañang Photo

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

May 03, 2018 - 8:40 PM

As the Asian Development Bank holds its annual meeting, protesters outside demand an end to 'anti-poor and anti-development strategies'

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

Amid high inflation, Bangko Sentral ready to raise interest rates 'if needed'

May 03, 2018 - 4:10 PM

While the Philippine central bank's medium-term inflation outlook remains within the government target, it says it will continue monitoring the figures in case a policy shift is needed

READY TO RAISE. If all considerations point to the need for the BSP to undertake some decisive action, Diwa Guinigundo says BSP 'will not have second thoughts.' File photo by BSP

Rising gas, food prices seen to push PH inflation faster

May 03, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The movement of prices of basic goods and services is seen to be faster in April

HIGHER PRICES. Higher price increases are noted for rice, corn, fish, fruits, and vegetables in March 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The top announcements on day 1 of Facebook's F8 2018 conference

May 02, 2018 - 5:01 AM

Facebook announces new dating service, downvote button, and the launch of the Oculus Go at their annual developer conference

FACEBOOK DATING. The new service draws some cheers at Facebook's F8 2018 event. All screenshots from Facebook