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[OPINION] The Air Defense Identification Zone – China’s next South China Sea aggression?

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:18 PM

'[China's] seizing control of the South China Sea is but the maritime step in a much larger strategic goal: dominating Asia by 2050'

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

Sunsparks sweeps Aether Main to rule MPL PH Champion Invitational

Jun 28, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Sunsparks proves it remains the team to beat in the Mobile Legends scene by making quick work of Aether Main

DOMINANT. Sunsparks adds insult to injury on its way to taking a 3-0 lead over Aether Main as all members flash a thumbs up emoji. Screenshot from YouTube/Mobile Legends: Bang Bang


After backlash, Briones orders review of distance learning requirements for private schools

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:59 PM

This comes after private schools raised concerns over the 'non-negotiable' requirements that, according to them, were finalized without any public consultation

REVIEW. Education Secretary Leonor Briones orders review on DepEd memo, which sets requirements for the conduct of distance learning in private schools. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd: 40% of public school teachers trained for distance learning

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:06 PM

A Department of Education official tells a Senate panel that so far, 300,000 of the country's 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning, with just two months left before the opening of classes

DISTANCE LEARNING. File photo of students during the first day of classes school year 2017-2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Lawmaker dares Briones to 'demonstrate' distance learning in poor areas

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:20 PM

'DepEd policies for their back-to-school program [are] anti-poor. The education department assumes that all students are capable of teaching themselves at home,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

'ANTI-POOR.' ACT Teachers Representative France Castro dares DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones to demonstrate distance learning in poor areas. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Private schools to DepEd: Review 'non-negotiable' distance learning requirements

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:44 PM

'Where will the private schools get the financial wherewithal to fund the 'non-negotiable' minimum requirements?' asks the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHED: News reports on face-to-face classes in July not true

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Chairman Prospero de Vera III, however, says CHED is 'crafting guidelines for possible limited face-to-face classes in low risk MGCQ areas' as part of flexible learning approach

CLARIFICATION. CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III says news reports on supposed 'face-to-face' classes in July are not true. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bayanihan Musikahan shifts gears to give livelihood to urban poor communities

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Through the Mask4AllPH project of Bayanihan Musikahan, communities are empowered to establish and manage their own production hubs of face masks to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for their residents

Photos courtesy of PINASAMA Sewers Group from Commonwealth, QC

[OPINION] Understanding the power of privilege

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Come July 1, 2020, voter registration will finally resume. That opens up another avenue where we could put our privilege to good use.'

COVID-19 task force adviser says he was eased out over critical tweet

Jun 17, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque supposedly 'did not like' Dr Tony Leachon's social media criticisms about the government's coronavirus response

Hospital officials Hian Kua (2nd R), Mario Juco (R) and Anthony Leachon (L) watch as a medical worker demonstrates the best way to put on protective gear inside the holding area for patients suspected of being infected with a deadly SARS-life virus which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the Manila Doctors Hospital compound in Manila on January 31, 2020. The Philippines reported its first case of the virus on January 30, a 38-year-old woman who arrived from Wuhan and is no longer showing symptoms. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

Bong Go's Balik Probinsya trips suspended

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The senator's pet project hits a roadblock as the government decides to prioritize the return of stranded OFWs, students, tourists, and workers

[ANALYSIS] West Philippine Sea strategy in total disarray

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Certainly, the Filipino people do not deserve this. This only means that we have a long struggle ahead of us.

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Sunsparks crushes Onic PH to clinch MPL PH title anew

May 31, 2020 - 11:38 PM

In a finals rematch of last season, Sunsparks reasserts its mastery over Onic PH to become the first team to win back-to-back MPL PH crowns

CHAMPS AGAIN. Sunsparks defends its MPL PH throne. Photo grabbed from Facebook/SunsparksEsports


Volleyball stars serve up help for match-day workers

May 31, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Charo Soriano, Alyssa Valdez, and Aby Maraño lead a fundraising variety show to help volleyball personnel amid the sports shutdown

MORE HELP NEEDED. Alyssa Valdez says the ‘fight’ isn’t over. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Filipino scientists abroad join PH frontliners vs coronavirus

May 15, 2020 - 12:13 PM

Several Filipino scientists formerly based abroad lend their expertise as the Philippines seeks a better understanding of the coronavirus pandemic

Photos from DOST-PCHRD

Volunteer group raises funds to cover shortage of PPE in Leyte

May 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Through the civic engagement group Tabang PH, a fundraising initiative was organized to produce alternative personal protective equipment for frontliners and other vulnerable groups

Early easing of ECQ in Metro could result in 1,700 deaths by June – study

May 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Researchers say data show ECQ had 'gains' that must be sustained until mass testing and contact tracing are scaled up

TESTING. Frontline workers go through Covid-19 rapid testing during a community based testing in Sampaloc, Manila on May 8, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


[OPINION | Newspoint] POGOs, a social virus

May 04, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance — held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'

#MassTestingNow: Online petition calls for urgent action on PH coronavirus outbreak

Mar 22, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Among the demands listed in the petition is the distribution of essentials and vitamins to barangays and the conversion of public spaces into temporary quarantine and health centers

Japan’s MOS Burger to open first PH branch in Robinsons Galleria

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:14 AM

Better save the date – and those appetites!

Trump 'fine' with end of Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:46 AM

'If they would like to do that, that's fine, we'll save a lot of money,' Trump tells reporters at the White House, touting his 'very good relationship' with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddyboy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination as sent to the US government today,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

JoyRide PH needs 3,500 more to reach 10,000 biker limit

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) The new motorcycle taxi provider already has 6,500 bikers onboard and ready to hit the roads

Thousands of Angkas gather at the People Power Monument along White Planes in Quezon City on Sunday during “Save Angkas” Unity Gathering, following LTFRB decreased number of Angkas bikers allowed to operate next year to 10,000 from 27,000. DARREN LANGIT

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Christmas Special 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The artists of O/C Records come a-caroling

Año says China-funded Safe Philippines project will be 'all-Filipino'

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The national government will handle all the data gathered by the surveillance system project, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

ALL FILIPINO? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that after providing the equipment, Chinese contractors will not be handling the Safe Philippines project. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Lee Seung-gi finally meets PH Airens in Manila fan meet

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'The first memory is really just the perfect memory. I'm so happy that I was able to make it with my Filipino fans,' Lee Seung-gi says during the Manila stop of his Asia fan meeting tour

SEUNG-GI'S VOYAGE. Korean actor Lee Seung-gi greets his Filipino fans for the first time. All photos courtesy of CDM Entertainment

[OPINION] Thanks for all the (inedible) fish

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'Right now it feels like someone declared open house for strangers to make this country their home – without ground rules,' asserts Chinese-Filipino Anna Gamboa

Globe Telecom's 0917 Lifestyle, Saga Events bring back StyleFestPH

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Get a chance to be one of the young designer-entrepreneurs who will take part in the Designer Mentorship Program

First impressions, prices: Hong Kong's Elephant Grounds in Metro Manila

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

BGC's Elephant Grounds cafe is what brunch dreams are made of!

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

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

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in

May 14, 2019 - 2:36 AM

Search and tweets on migrating are both up, as soon as partial and unofficial election results were released on May 13

Youthworks PH now accepting techvoc trainees from CDO

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:59 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Following Cagayan de Oro, YouthWorks PH will also hold a series of recruitment activities in Metro Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Iloilo, General Santos, and Davao

Photo from Shutterstock

MMDA, Sesame Street partner for educational campaign for kids

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Children in Metro Manila may now learn about road safety, waste management, and public safety in a fun manner with Sesame Street characters

EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER  EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER

Robredo on taho incident: 'Pambabastos sa bansa natin'

Feb 10, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo questions the 'special treatment' given to China by the Philippine government

PANTAWID ANNIVERSARY. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before the Pantawid Program beneficiaries during the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid's second anniversary held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The 2019 activities include cooperation and security consultations between Philippine and Russian defense officials, and reciprocal visits of delegations and observers for military training activities

PORT CALL. Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag makes a port call in Manila on April 20, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: This VR gaming spot makes the trek to the Marikina-Pasig boundary worth it

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Get ready for a different kind of gaming experience

VirtualPH at the Ayala Malls Feliz, October 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Election fever heats up as filing of candidacies begins

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:32 AM

'We don’t want to turn it into a circus of supporters,' the Commission on Elections says of the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 11 to 17

WHERE THE ACTION IS. All eyes are on the Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, for the filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More than 2.5M register as new voters, exceeding Comelec target

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:27 PM

All in all, the Comelec expects the number of registered voters to total approximately 60 to 61 million

VOTER REGISTRATION. Filipinos register as voters on September 29, 2018, the last day of voter registration this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

Right to ride: Over 2,000 riders join ‘Unity Ride’ to call for motorcycle taxi regulation

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Motorcycle groups are protesting against ‘unfair’ policies by the government