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New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:27 PM

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leads global efforts to force technology firms to clamp down on extremist material

Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

At least 4 dead in NYC shooting – police

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The local affiliate of ABC News describes the place where the shooting took place as an after-hours club

97 mayors fail to meet Duterte's road clearing deadline

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) All Metro Manila mayors complied with President Rodrigo Duterte's order, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. View from MRT Buendia Station during a transportation strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IED explodes inside New Bilibid Prison

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) An explosion hits the New Bilibid Prison's Maximum Security Compound Friday morning

Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marikina hires longtime street cleaning volunteers as project-based workers

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The 206 cleaners will now receive salaries instead of just allowances

HEROES. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro calls the cleaning volunteers heroes for helping Marikina become one of the country's cleanest cities. Photo courtesy of Marikina LGU

Malaysian lawmakers repeal 'fake news' law

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the upper chamber to block it. But the upper house is only able to block a bill once, meaning the law will now be scrapped.

LOOK: BuCor, police demolish shanties in Bilibid

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'Hindi naman natin iniintindi 'yung galit nila kasi wala naman silang karapatan, pribilehiyo lang 'yan na inabuso,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Cebuano Cinema Development Council finally sworn in after 5 years

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Among Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella's marching orders on his 100th day in office is to prioritize digitizing and restoring film memorabilia and classic Cebuano films

SWEARING IN. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella swears in Cebuano Cinema Development Council on his 100th day in office. Photo courtesy of Diem Judilla

‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM

In his State of the City Address, delivered on his 100th day in office, the first-term mayor gives updates on services that have been improved and expanded as reforms are introduced

FIRST 100 DAYS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Vico Sotto eases penalties on delayed housing payments

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says the government must help housing beneficiaries and only impose what is stated in contracts, instead of letting them get deep into debt

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down meat processing plant

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Kahit malaking kompanya pa ang may-ari ng plantang ito, wala kaming pakialam,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto conducts a surprise inspection in a meat processing plants in Bagong Ilog, Pasig on Ocober 8, 2019, after receiving complaints. Sotto orders its closure for violating the bulding code and ordinances governing sanitations. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

Catriona Gray is a presenter at Latin America Music Awards 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The Latin America Music Awards is scheduled on October 17

Marikina passes ordinance granting scholarship to aspiring doctors

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Under the ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Marion Andres, himself a medical doctor, 5 scholars will be chosen every year starting academic year 2020-2021

GIVING BACK. Vice Mayor Marion Andres (2nd from left) and Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (middle) say scholars will be required to serve as city doctors for two years after their getting their license. Photo from Marikina City government

U.S. judge orders Trump to produce tax returns, president appeals

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law,' Judge Victor Marrero says in a 75-page ruling rejecting Trump's argument

TAX RETURNS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Labella to reopen Cebu City night market

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says this is to allow displaced vendors to sell their products only at particular times

NIGHT MARKET. Mayor Edgardo Labella says he's open to reopening the night market in Cebu City. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Arrest warrant out against suspects in Kidapawan broadcaster's killing

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Judge Henelinda Molina Diaz has ordered the arrest of Sotero Jacolbe Jr (alias Jun Jacolbe) and Junell Jane Andagkit Poten (alias Junell Gerozaga), according to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. People gather outdoors at Batu Merah village in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Tusnita/AFP

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

‘Taking selfies part of public service’ – Isko Moreno

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno makes a case for stopping for hundreds of people a day who seek to take a selfie with him, even when it means delaying his schedule

SELFIE TIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno takes selfies with eager Manileños. Photo from Manila PIO

Malacañang OKs ‘in principle’ Baguio’s tree cutting moratorium

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:09 PM

A moratorium on new commercial buildings is also approved, says Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and only a formal communication is being awaited

BAGUIO. Earlier, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every year

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:06 PM

That means around 5,200 maximum security inmates die every year due to contagious diseases, natural causes, and stab wounds

THOUSANDS DIE. New Bilibid hospital director CTSSupt Ernesto Tamayo says thousands of inmates die every year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Isko Moreno: Debt-ridden Manila open for donations

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno notes that at least 2 people who are not even from the capital city have donated thousands of pesos to help

OPEN FOR DONATIONS. Rappler Talk with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on October 2, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DILG tells Labella to maintain cleared sidewalks in Cebu City

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Some vendors complain they will earn less at the relocation site due to less foot traffic

CLEARING. Cebu City Mayor speaks with Cebu City sidewalk vendors who were displaced due to clearing operations. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

Facebook to pay 'subset' of news tab publishers

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Facebook plans to pay only a portion of the publishers whose stories appear on the news 'tab' set to launch on the social network

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. File photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

African swine fever detected in third Quezon City barangay

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Those tested positive for ASF in QC are hogs raised in the backyards of barangays Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon

THIRD STRIKE. Similar to Barangay Payatas, African swine fever in Barangay Tatalon came from backyard hog raisers.. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Ulamona Volcano Observatory staffer Herman Volele says ashfall could affect Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, while regular earthquakes are also occurring near the volcano

ULAWUN. This handout picture taken and received courtesy of local resident Chris Lagisa on October 1, 2019 shows an ash cloud erupting from the Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano. Handout photo by Christopher Lagisa/AFP

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Manpower agency to take over 3,000 job orders in Cebu province October 1

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Cebu province job orders, including hospital staff, will be staffed by Manila-based manpower agency LBP Services

RIGHTSIZING. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will employ the province's job orders through a staffing agency. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Patriots, Chiefs stay unbeaten with NFL road victories

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both improve to 4-0 with victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions, respectively

KINGS OF NFL. Defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots continue to dominate. Photo from Twitter/@Patriots


Manila seniors get P800 yearly birthday gift under new ordinance

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:53 AM

When the gift is given in kind, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says they will hand senior citizens birthday cakes. Sounds familiar? It's because Moreno got the idea from the Binays of Makati.

ANNUAL GIFT. Senior citizens can get their gift either in cash or kind. Shutterstock photo

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pasig enrolls record 13,000 scholars as Vico Sotto renames program

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Pasig City Scholarship Program was previously named after former mayor Bobby Eusebio, who now faces a graft case at the Office of the Ombudsman

POWER TO THE YOUNG. Pasig City enrolls a record 13,000 scholars and enlists 480 young people to its paid internship program. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page.

All major roads cleared, QC targets obstructions in smaller streets next

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The city government says it will address complaints from netizens, who send photos of sidewalks, streets, and alleys with obstructions

TO BE CONTINUED. Road clearing operations in Quezon City will now move to smaller streets, alleys, and thoroughfares, after removing illegal obstructions from major public roads. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Student lay dead in New Zealand university dorm for 2 months

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The remains of the first year University of Canterbury student are so badly decomposed that specialist disaster investigators are brought in to identify them

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY. The University Of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2017. Photo by Azami Adiputera/ Shutterstock

U.N. calls for 'Global Green New Deal' to boost world economy

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The United Nations says countries must enable trillions of dollars in public sector investments to help reboot the global economy and counter climate change

Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

WATCH: Belmonte leads demolition of QC police precinct

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Primary roads, secondary roads, and Mabuhay lanes in Quezon City are now 95% cleared

NO EXCEPTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the demolition of La Loma police community precinct 1 on Tuesday, September 24. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Brown says he's done with NFL after Patriots drop him

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:37 PM

With rape and sexual assault allegations haunting him, Antonio Brown gets released by the Patriots after just one game into the new NFL season

SHORT-LIVED. Antonio Brown ends his stint with the New England Patriots after just one game. Photo from Twitter/@AB84


Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'You have to start looking at how you can enter the political structures, how you will bring your ideas into them,' former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark tells young citizens

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photos by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

People who have a lot of familiarity with social media and digital imaging tools were more skeptical about the authenticity of the images, a study finds


Catriona Gray receives 'Woman of the Year' award in Dubai

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:14 PM

Catriona is the cover girl of 'Xpedition' magazine

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte, Moreno asked: Does Metro Manila need an elected governor?

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The MMDA chairman is a presidential appointee who coordinates with 17 elected metro mayors

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler