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OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (center) with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left). Photo from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Defense chief says Chinese POGO workers can easily shift to espionage

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:11 AM

Chinese online gaming hubs near military camps can eventually spy on them, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says, but a security expert believes spying is 'the least of worries' that POGOs present

DEFENSE CHIEF. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Vico Sotto warns Pasig barangay officials who close public roads

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The young mayor hits barangays that charge motorists for access to public roads, as local governments race to clear all streets to ease traffic within 60 days

ROAD CLEARING. Pasig City authorities remove an illegal structure blocking a road in Pasig City. Photo from the Facebook page of Vico Sotto

Stocks to Watch: China's war vs POGOs hits properties

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Properties hit the jackpot when online gambling flourished in Metro Manila. Just how colossal will the impact be if POGOs suddenly go away?


Philippines collects P356 million from POGOs, as China condemns gambling

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Chinese government wants gambling operators punished, but the Philippines wants to get more taxes from them

POGO hubs would protect Chinese workers' rights – Pagcor

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'When we refer to POGO hubs as self-contained communities, what we mean is that these hubs will have all the basic needs of the foreign employees of POGO,' says Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo

China slams Pagcor proposal to place Chinese workers in 'hubs'

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) China expresses 'grave concern' over the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s plan to place Chinese workers in 'self-contained' communities to limit their interaction with locals

Villanueva says POGOs only 'kill' the local economy

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva says Filipino interests are only at a disadvantage with the growing Philippine online gambling operations industry in the country

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva bats for the regulation of POGOs operating in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ReliefPH: How you can help those affected by the Batanes earthquakes

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:42 PM

People affected by the recent Batanes earthquakes need your support. This page shows how you can help.

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Interpol says among the animals seized were 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles, and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises

Isko Moreno's clearing operations: Which Manila areas have been covered?

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's promised clearing operations have been regarded as his biggest accomplishment so far

OPEN STREETS. The scene in front of Tutuban Center in Divisoria, Manila after the clearing of stalls ordered by Mayor Isko Moreno on July 6, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Illegally-parked cars towed as QC starts daily street clearing ops

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Operations against illegal vendors, traffic violators, and other road and sidewalk obstructions will follow

ILLEGALLY PARKED. The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority remove illegally-parked vehicles in Barangay Pinyahan on July 8, 2019. Photos from the QC Public Affairs Department's FB

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

PSE kicks out Melco Resorts

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Melco Resorts is set to be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, June 11, after failing to reach the minimum public float for over 6 months

Operation Nemesis: Investigating the exploitation of Filipinas in Czech Republic

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:27 PM

According to the investigation, once the Filipinas reached the Czech Republic, the conditions they were promised suddenly changed

JODELYN. Jodelyn, a 38-year-old Filipina, works 6 days a week for minimum wage. Photo by Michaela Danelová/iROZHLAS.cz

Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP


OECD cuts global growth forecast as U.S.-China tensions rise

May 21, 2019 - 10:00 PM

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria says there is 'an urgent need' for Washington and Beijing to bury their differences

Angel Gurria, General Secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), gestures as he presents the OECD Economic Outlook at the OECD headquarters in Paris on May 21, 2019. - Global trade tensions and political uncertainty are weighing on the world's economy, the OECD warned on May 21, 2019, cutting its global growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent, down from the 3.5 percent it predicted in November. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

Bam Aquino spends birthday with Cebu City's children in conflict with the law

May 08, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'We should be a country of second chances,' Aquino tell the residents Operation Second Chance Center

Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations – report

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:13 PM

An Amazon spokesperson says the company is looking to focus more on cross-border sales in China

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Makati police seize drugs from college student, friend in buy-bust

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Makati police chief says recently-arrested drug personalities named the main suspect as their source of illegal drugs

ARRESTED. Makati City police arrests a college student for possession of illegal drugs. Photo from Makati police

Demand for PH offshore gaming office space soars in Q1 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Philippine offshore gaming operators are now getting into pre-leasing amid the demand for more office spaces, according to consulting firm Pronove Tai

Cops in bloody Negros Oriental operations took victims' money – relatives

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The families of the victims claim the cops executed their kin even after they yielded to authorities. They also note other irregularities in the raids.

BULLET HOLES. Leonora Avelino shows the bullet holes in their bed where her husband Ismael was shot to death during the police operation in their home in Canlaon City on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Christian group condemns bloody police ops in Negros Oriental

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'Respecting the rights of the people, even if they are suspected of misdeeds, is a hallmark of a truly democratic society,' the National Council of Churches in the Philippines says

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

14 killed in police operations in Negros Oriental

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The operations in Canlaon City and the towns of Manjuyod, Sta Catalina, and Mabinay lead to the arrest of at least 15 people alleged to be NPA supporters

EU suspends naval patrols in Libya migrant operation

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

EU's Operation Sophia will rely on air missions and close coordination with Libya despite the political chaos that has scarred the country since 2011

Windows 7 gets patch reminding users of 2020 end-of-support date

Mar 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Windows 7 patch will begin sending notices of the impending end-of-support date beginning April 18

Huawei prepared own OS in case of Android, Windows ban

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:18 AM

'We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems, we would be prepared,' says Huawei executive Richard Yu

YU. Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei consumer business group, attends a press conference and launch of new 5G Huawei products at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on January 24, 2019. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP


PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

RSF unblocks 3 more sites censored in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Ethical hackers and human rights defenders allow the Reporters Without Borders Sans to 'restore online access to independent media in countries that are news and information black holes'

OECD cuts global growth forecast over trade, Brexit uncertainty

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development lowers its forecast to 3.3% for this year, down from the 3.5% it predicted in November

FORECAST. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development cuts its global growth forecast for this year to 3.3%. Image via Shutterstock

Researchers link ongoing malware campaign to North Korean hackers

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The analysis of the seized server points to the ongoing malware campaign known as Operation Sharpshooter existing as early as September 2017 and targeting more organizations and countries than previously known

Senators question use of PCOO caravan in Europe to explain Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) PCOO officials are traveling to Brussels, Bosnia, and Switzerland to talk about Maria Ressa's arrest, but senators ask why taxpayers' money should be spent on this 'caravan'

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar gives his message during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar Minister of Information Pe Myint at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacañang on January 25, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marina offers perks to shipping firms that will use 19 new RO-RO routes

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The new routes connect 19 provinces

 NAUTICAL HIGHWAY. Marina urges shipping companies to propose new links to RO-RO-capable ports. Photo from Marina FB

PCOO officer, wife mauled in Baguio

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Ramon Songayab reports to Baguio City police that he and his wife were attacked by several men last December 22

Future version of Windows 10 will reserve system space for updates

Jan 10, 2019 - 5:46 PM

'With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected,' Microsoft explains

Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 as most popular operating system

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Net Applications' report says Windows 10 now has 39.22% market share compared to Windows 7, which has 36.9%

Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:40 PM

5 people are reported dead, while at least 38 are missing after the landslide

LANDSLIDE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 1, 2019 shows rescue workers searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Sukabumi, West Java province.ficial said on January 1, 2019. Photo from Handout / Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana / AFP

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Tropical Depression Usman

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:52 PM

People affected by Tropical Depression Usman need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

Cops kill 'high-value target' in Makati drug operation

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:44 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says Rolando Abundo Jr is suspected to be a member of a criminal gang involved in drug trafficking and gun-for-hire services

DRUG OPERATION. Top cop Oscar Albayalde (3rd, right) and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar watch police place the body bag with the corpse of drug suspect Rolando Abundo Jr on a stretcher on December 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DPWH taps Project Noah maps to identify hazard areas, no-build zones

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:45 PM

DPWH's guidelines to acquire permits, certifications in projects within potentially high-hazard areas now includes using Project Noah's hazard maps as reference

Ukraine calls for international action against Russian 'aggression'

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:57 PM

At a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan, Pavlo Klimkin says this is the fifth consecutive OSCE ministerial meeting to be dominated by Russia's 'destabilizing' behavior in Europe

PAVLO KLIMKIN. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Turkey's Foreign Affairs minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 4, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

PCOO sets up Global Media Affairs Office to respond to foreign media

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Former TV5 reporter JV Arcena is picked to head the new office, envisioned to become a 'press attaché division' once an executive order reverting the PCOO to the Office of the Press Secretary is signed

Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock


iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime rolls out on Wednesday

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

With the new update, FaceTime now supports 32 concurrent participants, up from 2


Christmas 2018 mall hours

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Here's a list of malls and their operating hours during the holidays

Google appeals record EU fine over Android

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:27 AM

In its July decision, Brussels accuses Google of using the Android system's huge popularity on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals

How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:00 PM

There's more dim sum in the metro, but the Chinese have driven up rent for locals and brought in a gambling contagion

Mocha Uson's blogger accreditation policy? 'Wala na 'yun,' says Andanar

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:35 PM

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar says the policy was never implemented to begin with

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB