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WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

Bangsamoro region gains additional territories in Cotabato province

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte

DECIDE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte cast their votes during the second Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LIST: #DefendPressFreedom rallies after Maria Ressa’s arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Here is a running list of rallies by student organizations and various groups to defend press freedom.

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

Duterte to Bangsamoro people: Bury your guns, join peace efforts

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on the Bangsamoro people to put a stop to warlordism, one of the many security challenges facing the southern region

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Peace and Order Summit for Barangay Officials held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay on February 8, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Chilling effect': Groups slam new SEC guidelines for nonprofits

Feb 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'While the provisions of this memorandum circular are seemingly neutral, we know very well that these types of regulation are in actuality...directed for political and religious outliers,' says Pacifico Agabin, former dean of the UP College of Law

63 out of 67 barangays in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The new Bangsamoro region wins additional barangays in several towns in Cotabato, the MILF’s political party says. File photo from Comelec

Lanao del Norte rejects inclusion of towns in Bangsamoro region

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:47 PM

All 6 towns that vied for inclusion in the BARMM vote 'yes' but all other towns in the province vote against it

'NO' WINS. Residents line up at the Maranding Central Elementary School in Lanao del Norte to vote in the second Bangsamoro plebiscite. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WBO orders Nietes-Palicte II

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The camp of super flyweight champion Donnie Nietes isn't keen on fighting fellow Filipino Aston Palicte again after a controversial draw last September

UNIFICATION. Instead of a rematch with Aston Palicte (right), Donnie Nietes wants to pursue a unification bout in April. File photo from HBO Boxing

Suicide rate falls by a third globally, data shows

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

While welcoming the overall downwards trend, the team behind the paper warns that in several regions of the world suicide was still among the leading causes of years of lives lost

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The researchers caution that their success is only a first step and that 'serious technical barriers and complex ethical issues' remain before the process could be used for human organs

Bangsamoro plebiscite 'peaceful,' say military, police

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:07 PM

'Those who had to vote voted. The turnout is quite high. Intimidation [tactics] had minimal effect on the voters,' says military public affairs chief Colonel Noel Detoyato

Army soldiers on Lanao del Norte on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After violence, Bangsamoro voter turnout surprises Comelec

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says voters in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas 'feel strongly about these elections'

BOL PLEBISCITE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Polls close in second Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems

Voters at the Maranding Central elem school line up tp vote for the BOL. Maranding is Lanao del Norte's biggest barangay, business hub of the province. ( bobby lagsa/rappler)

FAST FACTS: How many are voting in 2nd Bangsamoro plebiscite?

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The towns and barangays that want to be in the new Bangsamoro entity should also get the approval of their parent local government units, following the 'double majority' rule

Despite explosions, voters troop to polls in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Voters in 22 towns in Lanao del Norte and 7 towns in North Cotabato will decide whether 6 Lanao towns and 67 Cotabato villages should be part of the Bangsamoro region

Elieen Amin in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

BOL plebiscite: 'Easier win' seen in North Cotabato than Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:20 AM

'In North Cotabato, the political leaders are not against inclusion of the barangays.... The people are free to vote,' says Naguib Sinarimbo of the MILF's United Bangsamoro Justice Party

BOL PLEBISCITE. A woman looks for her name in the voters' list at the Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, North Cotabato, on February 6, 2019. Photo from Comelec

Rappler Talk: Abdullah Dimaporo on expectations for the BOL Plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Dimaporo clan openly opposes the inclusion of 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte, saying the loss in territory will weaken the province

Dimaporos expect 'landslide victory' to keep Lanao del Norte towns out of BARMM

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Lanao del Norte 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo is banking on the majority Christian population to troop to the polls, convinced they will vote in favor of exclusion

Why the second Bangsamoro plebiscite matters

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The February 6 plebiscite in areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato is more than just the final hurdle for advocates of the new Bangsamoro region. Here's why.

Ballot boxes for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in Marawi City being prepared by the city treasurer’s office 2 days ahead of the historic vote. The city's voters are spread over 210 precincts. Most of the 24 barangays from the Most Affected Area will vote in temporary shelter sites.

3 explosions hit Lanao del Norte on eve of BOL plebiscite

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) No casualties have been reported so far

EXPLOSIONS. Amy and police operators secure the explosion site along the national highway in Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Groups engage in standoff on eve of BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Residents who are for the exclusion of Lanao del Norte territories from the proposed Bangsamoro region confront observers from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and United Bangsamoro Justice Party

No credible threat to BOL plebiscite, says Lanao del Norte police chief

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Provincial police chief Leopoldo Cabanag says some 2,500 cops have been deployed throughout Lanao del Norte to secure voting sites on February 6

ASSURANCE. Lanao del Norte Police Chief Leopoldo Cabanag (left) assures Lanao del Norte voters of a peaceful plebiscite on the eve of the electoral exercise on February 5, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:33 AM

'There's a lot of worry that the situation in Jolo will spill over to Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says security is the 'main concern' in part 2 of the Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

More than 2,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Government forces won't leave anything to chance as this Northern Mindanao province votes on whether to allow 6 municipalities to join the new Bangsamoro region

ON DUTY. Policemen from the Central Visayas Regional Police Command board the truck at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on February 4, 2019, to be brought to their areas they will secure during the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Most youth in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato favor BARMM inclusion – survey

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address

LAST VOTE. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has campaigned hard for the inclusion of more territories in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Catamco: BOL will bring peace to lumad of North Cotabato

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:32 PM

North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco, a Manobo, says she actively participated in the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law to bring peace and development to lumad communities

Zero ‘no’ votes in a number of Marawi City precincts as local election officers wrap up their Barangay’s #BangsamoroVote. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NATO door opens for Macedonia

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will attend the ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels

MACEDONIA. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

FAST FACTS: Key positions in the Bangsamoro government

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Many of the key government positions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be occupied by members of the parliament

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Now that Bangsamoro law is ratified, what comes next?

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Who takes charge? What happens to Sulu and the rest of the ARMM? Read this explainer.

NEW REGION. Supporters of the Bangsamoro Law gathered for a peace rally before the Bangsamoro Plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Newsbreak Chats: Bangsamoro plebiscite, lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Among others, the Newsbreak team will tackle on Thursday, January 31, the continuing peace efforts in Mindanao and implications of lowering the minimum age of criminal liability

To divide people of Mindanao aim of explosions, says North Cotabato Gov

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:30 PM

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza says 'as we have done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another and we will stand together'

North Cotabato Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza. Photo from

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

[OPINION] To our future leaders in the Bangsamoro: Prove us right

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here are our collective aspirations: what we need, what we want, and what we could get rid of

Bangsamoro gov't to prioritize education, health, social services – Murad

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front readies a development plan for the Bangsamoro autonomous region as it gears up to lead its interim government

Zero ‘no’ votes in a number of Marawi City precincts as local election officers wrap up their Barangay’s #BangsamoroVote. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Marawi rehabilitation is urgent issue for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Residents from Marawi City hope the ratification of the Bangsamoro law will help speed up the rebuilding of the war-ravaged city

a marawi displaced woman and child lving in Sarmanok tent city wating for their transfer to Bogabong relcoation site also in Marawi CIty. Many displaced Maranao, vicitms of the Marawi Siege n 2017 are hopeful that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring in more stability in their province who are plague with clan feud, political and armed problems for decades. The core Bangsamoro Region will vote on Monday, January 21, to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

WTO to probe Trump's China tariffs

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Under WTO regulations, parties in a dispute can block a first request for the creation of an arbitration panel, but if the parties make a second request, it is all but guaranteed to go through

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Crackdown on firearms, private armies a priority for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The MILF chairman is also confident that the interim Bangsamoro government can combat ISIS influence in Muslim Mindanao

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority

CORRECTING HISTORICAL INJUSTICE. The new Bangsamoro region is expected to help bring peace in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

EXPLAINER: Why ARMM, Cotabato City, Isabela City voted the way they did

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:18 AM

What's the story behind the numbers? Here's a quick explainer on how key areas in Muslim Mindanao voted in the Bangsamoro plebiscite and why it matters.

WTO talks launch in rare win for global order

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The announcement by roughly half of the 164-member World Trade Organization is a rare win for international cooperation

AT DAVOS. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, Cathay Capital Private Equity Founder and President Cai Mingpo, Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing, moderator Paula J. Dobriansky, UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo attends a session during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 24, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Bangsamoro region: 'We have a new government – and another journey'

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) '1.5 million said yes to peace, yes to Bangsamoro,' says lawyer Maisara Dandamun Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

BANGSAMORO CANVASSING. The ballot boxes containing election returns from Isabela City, Basilan are processed during the canvassing for the Bangsamoro plebiscite at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bangsamoro plebiscite: How Cotabato City was won

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law 'deemed ratified'

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The historic vote creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a more powerful political entity that allows the Bangsamoro people a chance at genuine self-governance

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The ballot boxes containing election results from Isabela City, Basilan, are processed during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec settles 'discrepancies' in Cotabato City COC

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas and 3 elections commissioner confer with each other during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results on January 24, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] The torch is lit for Cotabato City. Cotabateños must carry it.

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:03 AM

An anthropological goldmine, Cotabato City takes pride in its multicultural history. Its inclusion in the Bangsamoro region means it's time we give back.

Poll commissioner raises new question about Cotabato City COC

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

This is the second set of discrepancies spotted in relation to the certificate of canvass (COC) of Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

CANVASSING. The ballot box containing the certificate of canvass of Cotabato City is shown on January 24, 2019, during the canvassing session of the Commission on Elections sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler