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Non-ratification of Bangsamoro Law may leave 'fertile ground for extremism'

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:00 AM

To help ensure the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, the government will launch a 'Yes vote' campaign in early December, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Rappler Talk: Jesus Dureza on preparations for the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza speaks to Rappler about what the BOL plebiscite means for Mindanao and what lies ahead should the organic law be ratified

Dureza says martial law extension good for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Extending martial law in Mindanao until after the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on January 21, 2019, could help ensure its success, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

Sulu civil society slams Tan petition against BOL

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Being a Bangsamoro, a Tausug from Sulu, I would say, I am also free to counter any act of Governor Tan,' says Hadjinur Tingkasan, a Sulu Peace Advocate

SLAMMED. File photo of Sulu province governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from the Facebook page of Abdusakur Tan II

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Saludar seeks world title with Nietes

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Vic Saludar looks to stay sharp in his first title defense against Japanese Masataka Taniguchi on December 31

FAVORED. After snatching the title from Ryuka Yamanaka, Vic Saludar (left) stands as favorite to defend his WBO minimumweight crown against Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by AFP

WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen'

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:29 PM

WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90

HEALTH INVESTMENT. The World Health Organization said the Philippines needed to ensure funding for universal health care. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Nietes all set to fight Ioka for fourth world title

Nov 03, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the WBO super flyweight belt

ALL SET. Donnie NIetes vies for a convincing win this time after settling for a split draw against compatriot Aston Palicte in their title fight last September. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

MNLF faction reiterates support for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Moro National Liberation Front faction of former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri assures the government of its support for the landmark law amid efforts to block its implementation

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses the support of an MNLF faction, led by former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri (on Dureza's right), to the BOL in Davao City on November 2, 2018. Photo from OPAPP

Hong Kong nonprofit raises $2M for Philippines' poorest

Nov 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

International Care Ministries raised millions of dollars for impoverished communities in the Philippines during its 2018 Stepping Free from Poverty banquet

BIDDING. Professional auctioneer Joff van Reenen coaxing one of the guests to bid more for the VP dinner. Photo courtesy of Daisy C.L Mandap

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

Governor Tan of Sulu runs to Supreme Court to block Bangsamoro law

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This is the first petition filed to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law. Legislators behind the law have been expecting it.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

WATCH: The Starbucks 2019 planner and travel organizer unboxed

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Plus, how you can get the planner and travel organizer!

STICKER CRAZY TIME. You need 18 promo stickers – one for every drink purchase – to get a hold of a planner or a travel organizer.

IN PHOTOS: The Starbucks 2019 planner, travel organizer

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Here's a sneak peek into this year's collectibles!

IT'S HERE. Starbucks Philippines presents its 2019 planners and travel organizers. Photo courtesy of Starbucks Philippines

Global trade wars risk 'millions of jobs' – WTO chief

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:01 PM

'A continued escalation of tensions would pose real risks,' says World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo

ROBERT AZEVEDO. World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo gestures after he speaks to reporters on February 22, 2017 in Geneva.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

LOOK: Megan Young is ambassador for #ZeroHunger

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The actress and former Miss World titleholder lends her support to the Department of Agriculture and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization

Islamic scholars calls for unity ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:52 PM

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines regards the Bangsamoro Organic Law as a means of achieving peace and development for the people of Mindanao

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

WHO urges PH to 'give more attention' to growing number of HIV-AIDS cases

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

WHO's Dr Shin Young-soo says, sooner or later, the general population in PH – not just gay men and men having sex with men – might be infected by the virus

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Lifestyle diseases 'rapidly rising' in Western Pacific region – WHO

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo

U.N. treaty cracks down on heated tobacco products

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:00 AM

A consultant to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ranks heated tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes but more deadly than e-cigarettes

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

PETA theater goes political for its 51st season

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The Stage of the Nation campaign bridges art and politics

Heavyweight champion Joshua stops Povetkin

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Britain's Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain his world heavyweight titles

KNOCKOUT. Russia's Alexander Povetkin falls backwards as Britain's Anthony Joshua throws a punch to knock him to the canvas in the 7th round during their boxing world heavyweight title fight. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Comelec seeks P857 M for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

'We will find a way just in case they give us nothing,' says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

BANGSAMORO LAW. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas says the poll body needs P857 million for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:04 PM

It is the latest point of tension between the administration of President Donald Trump and the Palestinians, who cut off contact with Washington after Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December

PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION. The Palestinian Liberation Organization's mission is shown September 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to shut Palestinian mission over lack of peace talks

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The State Department says the Palestinians had refused to engage with either the United States or Israel and of rejecting outright a still unseen US peace plan

POWER CUT. A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year – report

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns

Businessmen say inflation 'manageable,' but gov't must act now

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Businessmen urge policy makers to revise certain policies, especially now that the causes of inflation are identified

Rematch in order for Nietes, Palicte

Sep 09, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Boxing pundits thought the older, craftier Donnie Nietes got the better of fellow Filipino Aston Palicte

SURPRISE DRAW. The scores in the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte bout turned out to be perplexing. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)

Dubious draw denies Donnie Nietes fourth division title

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:42 PM

A victory for Nietes would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes

STALEMATE. Compatriots Donnie Nietes (left) and Aston Palicte figure in a draw. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)


Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte clash for vacant WBO title

Sep 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The two Negrenses battle for the junior bantamweight crown in just the third all-Filipino world title fight

MOTIVATED. Donnie Nietes (left) looks to extend his 14-year unbeaten streak while Aston Palicte hopes to join the roster of Filipino world champions. Photos by Jhay Oh Otamis (Nietes) and Ryan Songalia (Palicte)

Plebiscite on Bangsamoro Organic Law set for January 2019

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections schedules the plebiscite on January 21, 2019, when voters will decide on the creation of a new Bangsamoro territory

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise – WHO

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The study also finds that women still lag behind men in nearly every region of the world, with the gender exercise gap highest in Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Iraq, and the Philippines

'Shape up or we'll quit', Trump tells WTO

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:49 PM

'If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,' Trump says, describing the agreement to set the organization up as 'the single worst trade deal ever made'

THREATENING TO QUIT. US President Donald Trump doesn't want to invite Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors for an official White House visit. AFP Photo

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

DOH: 'Barely any evidence' to prove e-cigarettes safe

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:46 PM

The DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

LOOK: Netizens poke fun at 30th SEA Games logo

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:43 PM

After drawing flak online, the organizers claim that a final version of the SEA Games logo will be released in November

RIDICULE. The proposed logo for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games has been the subject of ridicule since it came out.


Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:03 PM

World Health Organization says it 'expects more cases'

[OPINION] Power to the young

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

The young must now stand up and be counted to ensure that Asia's star continues to shine

China blasts U.S. solar tariffs, takes WTO action

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:33 PM

China's commerce ministry accuses Washington of erecting trade barriers while subsidizing its domestic industry

WTO. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are seen in Geneva on April 12, 2018. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Marian Rivera brings smiles to kids on 34th birthday

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:42 PM

For her 34th birthday, the 'Primetime Queen' gives back

Not enough funds for Bangsamoro block grant in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they can submit a supplemental budget to finance the mandated annual block grant estimated at around P60 billion

DBM Sec. Diokno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Alvarez stuns Kovalev in 7th to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Aug 05, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The Colombian lands a devastating right hook to send the Russian to the canvas for the 3rd and final time

UPSET. Eleider Alvarez keeps his record spotless with an upset of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP