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Up to PH to consider U.S. concerns over Huawei, says envoy

May 23, 2019 - 3:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim stresses Washington's 'serious concerns' about Chinese firm Huawei, which will be involved in the Department of the Interior and Local Government's China-funded Safe Philippines project

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim responds to reporters’ questions at the weekly Pandesal Forum in Quezon City. May 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA tells PCGG: Compel PNB to submit documents supporting P157-M expenses

May 23, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The state auditors want to verify some $2.98 million disbursements made against the $5-billion recovered ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

After 2019 polls, people urged to clean up ‘election trash’

May 15, 2019 - 9:15 AM

EcoWaste Coalition also suggests several ways to manage trash from the campaigns

LEFT BEHIND. Election paraphernalia are scattered across various polling precincts during the elections on Monday, May 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight 'any coup plotter'

May 02, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,' says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela says 'attempted coup' under way

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The US throws its full support behind Juan Guaido, with the White House calling on the military to protect the people and support the country's 'legitimate institutions'

OUST MADURO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido (C) and high-profile opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez (L), who had been put under home arrest by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, speak with members of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas on April 30, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

India gov't asks Gandhi to respond to claims he is British

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The allegations against Rahul Gandhi bear similarities to efforts by the so-called 'birther' movement, once championed by Donald Trump

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Prioritize athletes so they don't get pirated, LGUs told

Apr 28, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'By nurturing their local athletes, provinces would eventually reap honors,' says Filipina long-jump queen Elma Muros Posadas

MORE SUPPORT. Having represented another province during her younger years, Elma Muros Posadas knows support from local government units will go a long way. Rappler photo


Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Kapisanan ng Manggagawa sa Government Financial Institutions (KAMAGFI) asks for the right to negotiate salaries and benefits

LABOR WIN. Labor senatorial candidates (L-R) Sonny Matula, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano speak before government union groups in Tagaytay, Cavite on April 25, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Gov't construction body to evaluate private sector projects too

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine Domestic Construction Board is also looking to increase its pool of evaluators to cover more regions nationwide

Workers remove the debris from the collapsed balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo College building in Manila caused by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake as they further inspect the structural integrity of the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Childish' Marikina mayor slammed for withholding funds for police

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocks fuel and ticketing funds from police after he was not informed about his police chief being promoted to another post

CHILDISH? Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocked funds for cops' gasoline and ordinance and traffic violation tickets. Photo from Marikina PIO Facebook Page

DILG bans 'epal' local bets from attending national gov't payouts

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Huwag po tayong magpa-epal sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno lalo na ngayong panahon ng kampanya,' the Department of the Interior and Local Government tells local officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial distribution of cash grants to the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries at the Cebu Technological University Gym in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Assisting the President is Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says its fighters were 'taking control of several new positions on the frontlines in Tripoli'

TAKING CONTROL. Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture on April 18, 2019, after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Six killed in Libya capital as diplomats debate ceasefire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Diplomats have long complained that Libyan peace efforts have been stymied by major power backing for the rival sides, with Haftar ally Russia quibbling over the proposed wording of the ceasefire demand

AFTERMATH. Libyans check a street in the capital Tripoli on April 17, 2019 in the aftermath of several rocket attacks the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

33 mayors in Duterte narco list to be stripped of police powers – DILG

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom, will move for the removal of police powers of mayors named in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list

DUTERTE LIST. The DILG will move for the removal of police powers of politicians in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

Sudan protesters present demands to military in talks

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The group insists on civilian representatives joining the military council and on the creation of a fully civilian government to run day-to-day affairs

Khartoum erupts with joy as Bashir successor steps down

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

Car horns sound on the streets as jubilant crowds stream out of their homes to cheer the departure of Ibn Ouf, considered a regime insider and close aide of Bashir.

PROTEST. A Sudanese anti-regime protester kisses a soldier on the head during protests on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Photo by AFP

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Kim gains more power in North Korea leadership shuffle

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Kim Jong-un acquires a new title, and now becomes 'the supreme representative of all the Korean people' – a newly-created role that observers say makes him more like a modern national leader

MORE POWER. This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

What are the new sources of local governments’ IRA share?

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Supreme Court says the ruling is prospective and that local governments will start to receive the adjusted amount only in 2022

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHARES. The Supreme Court ruled that the "just share" of the local government units or LGUs shall be sourced from "all national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes."

Sudan: Months of protests lead to the ousting of Bashir

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The uprising in Sudan started with protests in December over a hike in bread prices. Here's a timeline of events.

PROTESTS. Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediately after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over 'tense situation' – KCNA

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

It comes ahead of the opening of the country's rubber stamp legislature on April 11

TOP-LEVEL MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called a full meeting Wednesday, April 10, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Local governments to get new and bigger IRA only in 2022 – SC

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:23 PM

‘I believe there’s a 3-year period for which the government will have to compute and probably collect all these national taxes,’ says Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHARES. The Supreme Court ruled that the "just share" of the local government units or LGUs shall be sourced from "all national taxes" and not just "national internal revenue taxes."

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Escalating Libya conflict prompts international alarm

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

As fierce clashes erupt in Libya again, the United Nations calls for an urgent two-hour truce to allow evacuations of civilians and the wounded

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. - Anti-government forces led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday they had been targeted by an air strike about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Tripoli. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Robredo denies she is 'eager' to replace Duterte

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says declaring a revolutionary government runs against President Rodrigo Duterte's oath to defend the Constitution

Vice President Leni Robedo attended the commencement exercises for the 201 cadets of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Sansiklab Class of 2019, held at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on Friday, March 22, 2019. VP Leni gave now Police Inspector Merriefin Longcob Carisusa from Medellin, Cebu—the Top 2 cadet of Sansiklab Class—the Vice Presidential Kampilan Award. (Photo by OVP)

Libyan strongman's forces say targeted by air strike

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Pro-government forces in Tripoli confirm they had targeted Khalifa Haftar's men with 'intensive strikes'

HAFTAR'S FORCES. This grab obtained from a video published on the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army War Information Division's Facebook page on April 3, 2019, allegedly shows military convoys heading towards western Libya and Tripoli, coming from the LNA controlled territory in the east. Photo by LNA War Information Division/AFP

DSWD opens government internship program for 1,360 youth

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Under the program, interns will have to render 30 working days of service which will start on April 15 and end on May 29, 2019

File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

If Duterte declares revolutionary gov’t, Robredo becomes president – Macalintal

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'Once President Duterte declares a revolutionary government, he ceases to be President having divested himself of the presidency,' says opposition senatorial bet Romy Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer

AGAINST REVGOV. Vice President Leni Robredo has long been against the declaration of a revolutionary government. File photo by OVP

Poe says fisherfolk need to receive fuel subsidy from gov't

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program

FUEL. Fishermen also uses fuel for their motorbancas. AFP photo

OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte orders review of 'onerous' gov't contracts with private firms

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Chief Executive orders the review after telling Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida to 'study' the Maynilad arbitration case against the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cleaner rivers, estuaries seen within 2019 – Cimatu

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

To ensure that the waters stay garbage-free, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says they will review contracts between local government units and solid waste collectors

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspects a clogged up waterway in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City with Environment and Natural Resources Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler.

Gunfire rocks Comoros as opposition and government face off

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Interior Minister Mohamed Daoudou confirms that gunfire had erupted near a military base in Moroni but insists the situation in the coup-prone nation is 'under control'

FACE OFF. A general view of a main street is seen on March 28, 2019 in Moroni, after gunfire was heard in the Comorian capital. Photo by Youssouf Ibrahim/AFP

DILG files complaints vs governor, 50 more mayors over anti-drug councils

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A governor and 50 mayors face administrative complaints for failing to organize for neglecting to maintain their anti-drug abuse councils, says DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG files administrative complaints against 51 local officials for failing to organize and maintain anti-drug abuse councils. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China pursuing 'new world media order' to suppress criticism – RSF

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Reporters Without Borders says Beijing is 'exporting' its methods of censorship and control of information to other countries. Beijing dismisses the report as 'totally not in conformity with the facts, and not worth refuting.'

SC rejects appeal to prosecute ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loans

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Supreme Court affirms the earlier decision of the Office of the Ombudsman on loans granted to Pioneer Glass Manufacturing Corporation during the Marcos regime

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

[OPINION] Abolishing term limits will entrench dynasties

Mar 24, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties

At least 60 killed in Ghana bus collision – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The buses were each carrying about 50 passengers at the time of the crash. One of the buses caught fire, leaving people burned beyond recognition.

Bangsamoro gov't inauguration repeatedly delayed to ensure Duterte presence

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says President Rodrigo Duterte's attendance at the ceremonies is for the benefit of the Bangsamoro government

NOT YET IN SESSION. In this file photo, President Duterte is with Interim Bangsamoro chair Murad Ebrahim (2nd from right), members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and senators last month. Photo courtesy of Malacañang.

Duterte EO bars junkets, limits business-class travel for gov’t officials

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Executive Order No. 77 also prohibits officials from going on trips sponsored by suppliers and contractors that their agencies deal with

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa addresses guests at an event in Malacanang. File Photo from Presidential Photo

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Central Asian nation's senate also appoints ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's eldest daughter Dariga as speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Kazakhstan's Senate chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock