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Asian giant hornets spotted for first time in U.S.

May 07, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The hornets, which are native to East Asia and Japan, don't usually attack people, but they are known for decimating honeybee colonies. In Japan, some 30 to 50 people die each year from their venomous and excruciating sting.

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Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:30 AM

'Murder Most Foul' is Dylan's latest original song since the 2012 album 'Tempest'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 22, 2012, Bob Dylan performs during the 21st edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France. - Dylan surprised fans overnight into March 27, 2020, by releasing his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Fred TANNEAU / AFP)

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Duterte wants death penalty for OFW Villavende's killers

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his 'heart bleeds' for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacañang Palace on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

New Zealander jailed for life over Briton's Tinder date murder

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The 28-year-old is given a non-parole period of 17 years for strangling Grace Millane in December 2018 in a case that shocked New Zealand

MURDERED. File photo of women sitting under a photo of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane during a vigil at Civic Square Park in Wellington on December 12, 2018. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New Eminem album urges gun control, sparks anger over 'bomb' lyrics

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:30 PM

'But I'm contemplating yelling 'bombs away' on the game like I'm outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,' Eminem sings in his controversial song, 'Unaccommodating'

Man pleads not guilty to murder of 19 at Japan care home

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'I had to do it for the sake of society,' says Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the care center outside Tokyo

A man crosses a street in Tokyo’s Ginza district on October 11, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

No bail for 10 Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio Castillo hazing case

Jan 03, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The judge finds 'evidence of guilt of each of the accused to be strong'

BAIL DENIED. Members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity are escorted by jail guards as they attend their arraignment in connection to the Atio Castillo hazing charges at the Manila RTC Branch 20 at the Manila City Hall on July 24, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

CA reverses ex-justice's decision, revives murder case vs Joel Reyes

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Cleared in January 2018 by a different composition of the Court of Appeals, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes faces trial again for the murder of Gerry Ortega

ORTEGA MURDER. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes faces trial again for the murder of broadcast journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Court convicts gunman in murder of businessman Dominic Sytin

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Edgardo Luib, convicted of murder and frustrated murder, points to Dominic Sytin's brother Dennis as mastermind. Dennis is at large.

HITMAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hitman in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. Photo from PNP

'Press freedom is dead' if Ampatuans not convicted for massacre – lawyer

Nov 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

After a decade, a court is scheduled to render a judgment on the Ampatuan massacre. Lawyer Nena Santos expects a guilty verdict for the principal accused.

Private prosecutor Nena Santos. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Netflix's 'Murder Mystery' gets a sequel

Oct 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Guess the case isn't closed just yet – A 'Murder Mystery 2' is in the works!

Calls for U.N. investigation on anniversary of Khashoggi murder

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'I still seek justice. I want to know what happened to his body. I want his friends to be released from jail. I want those in power to be held accountable for their actions,' says Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

ONE YEAR AFTER. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018, in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Why investigations are important

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:26 PM

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Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing – reports

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer assisting the UN probe into Khashoggi's death, says recordings she had heard from inside the kingdom's mission in Turkey referred to the Saudi critic as a 'sacrificial animal'

ONE YEAR AFTER. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) members stand next to dummies with press armbands and jacket piled in front of the Saudi Consulate in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, west of Paris on October 1, 2019 during a protest to mark the one year of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Without main witness, suspects in Ruby Rose Barrameda slay acquitted

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:32 AM

After the main witness recants his testimony and goes missing, the Malabon Regional Trial Court says there is insufficient evidence to convict Ruby Rose's estranged husband and father-in-law

Rappler investigation into war on drugs wins 2019 Global Shining Light Award

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The 6-month investigation found strong indications that police were outsourcing killings

Saudi prince says Khashoggi murder 'happened under my watch'

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch,' says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

KHASHOGGI MURDER. This combination of pictures created on June 20, 2019 shows a file photo taken on December 15, 2014 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (L) during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama and a file photo taken on April 12, 2018 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman posing at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. File photos by Mohammed Al-shaikh, Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Chiong murder convicts Uy, Aznar surrender in Bilibid

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:39 PM

Two other convicts in the infamous murder case – Alberto Caño and Ariel Balansag – have already surrendered

CHIONG MURDER. File photo of the Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

PNP plans to arrest Joma Sison through Interpol

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is preparing to ask the International Criminal Police Organization to issue a red notice against exiled communist leader Joma Sison

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaking during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 more Chiong murder convicts to surrender – DOJ

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:23 AM

It turns out James Anthony Uy was also released on good conduct time allowance, but the DOJ says he and Josman Aznar are expected to surrender

CHIONG MURDER. File photo of the Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Manila court orders arrest of Joma Sison, Jalandoni over Leyte mass grave

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Satur Ocampo, a co-accused, is excluded in the warrant because of an earlier bail grant by the Supreme Court

WARRANT. CPP Founding Chairman Joma Sison and NDF senior adviser Luis Jalandoni are ordered arrested by a Manila court. Photo of Sison by Rappler, photo of Jalandoni by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo posts P8.72M bail

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The family of the late congressman Rodel Batocabe opposes the grant of bail to former Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo, calling him a 'flight risk'

Businesswoman Gloria Go Baldo and lawyer Merito Levensky Fernandez pays the bail bond for ex-mayor Carlwyn Baldo at the RTC Branch 10. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Sanchez's wife on paying victims P12-M damages: 'Wala kaming intensiyon'

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The wife of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez says they won't pay the families of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez because the former mayor is 'innocent'

NOT PAYING. The family maintains that Antonio Sanchez did not commit any crime.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo admits meeting Sanchez family in Malacañang

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The convict's former lawyer, who is now spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, does not see anything wrong with it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sotto: Duterte must revamp Bureau of Corrections

Aug 31, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'This travesty of justice is condemnable!' Senate President Vicente Sotto seethes on Twitter, following reports that the Bureau of Corrections released convicts in high-profile cases

SENATE PRESIDENT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III presides a session at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson: Some convicts in Chiong sisters murder case now out of prison

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The senator says the release order was signed by somebody else, when the only person authorized to sign it was Bureau of Corrections Director Nicanor Faeldon

CHIONG MURDER. The Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Bong Go: Duterte 'blocked' release of rape-slay convict Sanchez

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Sa tignin niyo papayag si Pangulong Duterte na may backer sa ganung krimen? Heinous crimes? Definitely, wala pong sinasabing backer,' says Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ang batas na puwedeng magpalaya sa rapist-murderer na si Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Ano ang epekto ng RA 10592 kay convicted murderer-rapist na si Antonio Sanchez?

Mother of Allan Gomez joins UPLB protest rally against release of son's murderer

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Parang walang katinuan ang mga taong humalay at pumatay sa mga mahal namin sa buhay,' Mrs Illuminada Gomez recalls the heinous crime committed 26 years ago

LOST A SON. Illuminda Gomez, mother of slain Allan Gomez, talks to the media about her reaction on the impending release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez on Thursday, August 22 at the UP Los Baños. Photo by Pat Echano/ Rappler

Antonio Sanchez was denied clemency in 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

But, says Justice Secretary Guevarra, if someone is denied clemency, he can still qualify for early release based on good conduct time allowance

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#NoToSanchezRelease: Netizens, groups demand justice for ex-mayor's rape-slay victims

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Netizens question the integrity of the Philippine justice system, wonder which between the rape-slay and impunity is worse

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

'Dapat binitay na siya noon,' says Bato dela Rosa on rapist-murderer Sanchez

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Lawmakers want a review of the Bureau of Correction's computation on rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez's good conduct time

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang on possible Antonio Sanchez release: 'We can't do anything'

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo denies he has anything to do with the possible early release of his former client, Antonio Sanchez, saying the convicted rapist-murderer is 'automatically' among the potential beneficiaries of the law and Supreme Court ruling

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

'Affirm his 7 life sentences': Thousands sign petition to keep rapist-murderer Sanchez in prison

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'He used his power and position to kidnap, rape, and murder. His actions terrorized a university and an entire town. For full justice to be served, he must remain incarcerated for the duration of his lifetime,' the petition says

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

Eileen Sarmenta's mother demands proof of rapist Sanchez's good behavior

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'Nag-start na kaming makapag move-on, we want to live normal lives pero ito na naman po, bumalik na naman lahat,' says Eileen Sarmenta's mother Clara

EILEEN SARMENTA RAPE SLAY CASE. Maria Clara Sarmenta on her way home from a television interview on August 22, 2019, after news broke that her daughter Eileen's rapist and murderer, Antonio Sanchez, is set to be released soon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Antonio Sanchez killed 2 others, but those have no legal bearing on his release

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Human rights lawyer Edre Olalia suggests excluding certain types of heinous crimes from the reduced prison term law

BILIBID CONVICTS. A thousand Bilibid convicts are set to be released soon because of a Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a law on reduced prison term. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Antonio Sanchez of 1993 UPLB rape-murder case to get out soon – DOJ

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

This is thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a reduced prison term law

Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on May 29, 2017 as Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that he is considering deploying members of the military as additional forces after recieving reports of continuing drug trade inside the detention facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The senator says the proposed bills seeking mandatory autopsies on crime victims and crematories' compulsory collection of biological specimen will 'help solve cases swiftly and efficiently'

FOR JUSTICE. Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for mandatory autopsy, collection of biological specimen anew. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P6-million bounty offered for capture of suspects in Sytin murder

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Police have also opened a hotline that the public can call to provide possible leads to the whereabouts of Dennis Sytin and Oliver Fuentes alias Ryan Rementilla

SUSPECTS. PNP chief General scar Albayalde tags suspects in the killing business Dominic Sytin. File photo from the Philippine National Police

Manila court convicts Quiapo road rage driver of murder

Aug 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto is sentenced to up to 40 years in prison

CONVICTED. Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto, shown here after his arrest on July 30, 2016, is convicted of murder for the death of bicycle rider Mark Vincent Garalde. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Body of murdered Filipina found inside freezer in Texas

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Police are investigating the deaths of Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers and her husband – who reportedly shot himself after killing his wife – as a possible murder-suicide

Olongapo court orders arrest of suspects in businessman Dominic Sytin's murder

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The warrant of arrest order covers the victim's brother Dennis Sytin and former employee Oliver Fuentes

SUSPECTS. PNP chief General scar Albayalde tags businessman Dominic Sytin as the alleged mastermind in the killing of his brother, Dominic Sytin. Photo from the Philippine National Police

Brother charged with murder in killing of businessman Dominic Sytin

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) Dennis Sytin says he would seek a reversal of the DOJ resolution

CHARGED. Dennis Sytin is charged for murder in the killing of his older brother Dominic. PNP screenshot

Rappler investigative story on drug war finalist in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Rappler's 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the Confederate Sentinels Group, a group of force multipliers they had also accused of murder

Case closed: 'How To Get Away with Murder' season 6 to be its last

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:23 AM

How are things going to end for Annalise Keating and her students?