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Ateneo stops FEU, NU sweeps Adamson in UAAP men's volleyball

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The Tamaraws' seven-game winning streak comes to a screeching halt against the Blue Eagles

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Rappler Talk: Dr Jose Ramon Albert on election surveys

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:44 PM

On Wednesday, March 20, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Dr Jose Ramon Albert, statistician and senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, about election surveys

A new breed of Filipino data professionals

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:30 PM

What does it take to be in data science? For them, it is knowing that you can’t know everything but wanting to find as many answers as you could

Comelec expects to finish 2019 ballot printing ahead of target

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'ballot printing may be completed before Holy Week begins' on April 14, ahead of the April 25 target

BALLOT PRINTING. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez presents a sample ballot for the midterm elections set on May 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Alternative candidates (and what we can do to help them)

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.

Halsema Highroad Point dethroned as highest point in PH Highway System

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The DPWH says it will install a concrete on the new Philippine Pali: in Gui’ngaw in Barangay Eheb in Tinoc, Ifugao

DETHRONED. Halsema Highway loses its hold as the highest has Photo by Frank Cimatu

Agricultural damage from El Niño rises to P1.33 billion

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rice takes the biggest hit with production loss of P814.4 million, while production loss for corn is at P512.3 million

A farmer walks over the cracked soil of dried up rice field in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned of hotter days ahead due to El Nino. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang, Festival Mall buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

PDEA and police agents arrest Chinese nationals in separate operations

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

Radio drama actor Augusto Victa dies

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:35 AM

The actor also appeared in 'Gulong ng Palad'

D-League: CEU's Diouf sets rebounding record, UST overpowers CSB

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

CEU claims the top spot behind Senegalese big man Malick Diouf's record-setting output

ETCHED. Senegalese big man Malick Diouf makes a mark in the developmental leagues as he set a new rebounding record with 30 boards. Photo by PBA Images

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Bam Aquino: Cagayan governor's support for PDP-Laban bets a non-issue

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The opposition senator says his friendship with Governor Manuel Mamba, a former party mate who has jumped ship to President Duterte's party, is 'beyond politics'

YOUTH VOTERS. Otso Diretso's reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino thanks schools that welcome opposition bets like him. He visits the University of Cagayan Valley in Tuguegarao City on March 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Better PH education? Pay teachers more – Otso Diretso

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The opposition senatorial bets also say at teachers must be given proper technical and technological support

SALARY INCREASE. Applicants prepare their visual aids during a teaching demonstration as part of the itemization requirements for public school teachers at Araullo High School in Manila on March 15, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Releasing fake or incomplete election surveys can send you to jail

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The Fair Election Act mandates that the candidate, political party, and polling firm release the relevant information, like the methodology, the areas covered, the specific questions asked, and the margin of error, among others

Mall schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Here are the operating hours of malls during Holy Week

Iloilo cyclists ride vs ‘anti-biking’ ordinance

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Dubbed the 'Ride to Liberation,' nearly 600 local cyclists wear black and join a 24-kilometer circuit around the city to push for their right to pedal

Ilonggo bikers gather and register themselves infront of the Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand along Muelle Loney Street in Iloilo City, before the start of the "Ride to Liberation" event on Monday.

Price of palay down as gov't projects lower Q1 yield

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:20 PM

While the average farmgate price of palay is lower year-on-year, the prices of well-milled and regular milled rice are still higher from a year ago

Musuan Field - rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia Bukidnon. the Department of Agriculture has reported 8 million pesos losses in Rice farms in Bukidnon as a weak El Niño affects much of Northern Mindanao. the effect of the weather phenomena is expected to last until August this year. warmer ocean temperature results in way below average rainfall across the Philippines. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Equality at work leads to business growth, innovation – report

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The mindset to innovate in the workplace is similar among employees, regardless of age and gender, according to an Accenture report

EQUALITY. Innovation at work is high at firms where there is a culture of equality, a 2019 report of Accenture revealed. Image from Shutterstock

DOH to start vaccination vs Japanese encephalitis

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

After the Dengvaxia scare and the measles outbreak, introducing the vaccine once again puts to the test the Department of Health’s efforts to increase immunization rates

VACCINATION EFFORTS. The DOH announces it will start vaccinating children in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region against Japanese Encephalitis. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Philippine nickel industry eyes roadmap to improve competitiveness

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

While the roadmap can help boost nickel production, the Philippine Nickel Industry Association says it has to go hand in hand with supporting policies

Otso Diretso to ‘work twice as hard’ to pull up survey numbers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) The awareness ratings of several Otso Diretso bets go up in double figures in the latest Pulse Asia survey, but less than 5% of respondents say they'd vote for the opposition candidates

MORE WORK AHEAD. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, and Romy Macalintal with former senator Wigberto Tañada Sr representing Erin Tanada at the #YouthVote Forum in De La Salle Medical and Health Institute in Cavite on March 19, 2019. Photo from Otso Diretso Media

Comelec declares Mindanao, 3 areas as election hot spots

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it can place these areas under Comelec control, and direct the augmentation of police and military personnel

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections declares Mindanao and 3 other areas as election spots. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Regulation of occupational therapy signed into law

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:43 PM

To practice occupational therapy in the Philippines, one must pass the examination to be administered by a new 'Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy'

Malacañang doubts Bong Go will be charged for vote-buying

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo believes Bong Go didn't 'induce' people to vote for him when the former presidential aide gave out cash assistance to fire victims

Photo from Bong Go

MRT3 to be closed during Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Preventive maintenance and repair activities will be done during the shutdown as part of the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

Still lagging behind, Alejano seeks ban on release of preelection surveys

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Given a chance, we'll pass a bill that will prohibit such [a] mind-conditioning tool,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet Gary Alejano

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano is proposing to prohibit the release of pre-election survey results. Screenshot by Rappler

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PETA Theater to host a week of improv goodness

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Manila Improv Festival will be the premier event of its kind in Asia

FALSE: Photo of a Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally drawing a massive crowd

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

A quick reverse image search reveals that the photo is that of devotees of the Black Nazarene during a procession held in Manila on January 9, 2013

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Corruption, mismanagement issues hound PNR chief Junn Magno

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno appoints one person to 'incompatible' and 'crucial' positions, leading to no checks and balances in the agency

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am


Can PH return to ICC in the time of Duterte? ‘Yes, through void ab initio’

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Coalition for the ICC uses the same tactic of the Duterte administration and asks the Supreme Court to declare the withdrawal void from the start

ICC WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective on March 17, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Campaign Convos: Rappler's 2019 campaign podcast

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

It's going to be a crazy 2019 campaign season! Rappler's campaign reporters bring you a podcast to make sense of it all.

Why Mowelfund is venturing into real estate development

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The organization says the partnership with VConsunji Inc will be able to help in sustaining the funds it will need to help their members from the entertainment industry

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

DRUG WAR. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vows to continue her office's preliminary examination into drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from AFP

Chedeng makes landfall in Davao Occidental, becomes LPA

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Tropical Depression Chedeng weakens into a low pressure area after hitting Davao Occidental on Tuesday, March 19

Ilagan City bet cops first Batang Pinoy Luzon gold

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:38 AM

Eljay Vista shows exceptional form and technique in the cadet male individual poomsae to best two Palarong Pambansa gold medalists

STRIKES GOLD. Eljay Vista takes the top prize on his first Batang Pinoy appearance. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission


[WATCH] The Philippines' Best Work Spaces: Globe Telecom

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Join Jonathan Yabut as he looks for the metro's best and coolest work spaces

Tropical Depression Chedeng shifts toward Davao Occidental

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chedeng might make landfall in the eastern coast of Davao Occidental between 2 am and 6 am on Tuesday, March 19

Patrimonio passes Iron Man torch to Tenorio

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The Barangay Ginebra guard breaks the PBA legend's long-standing record of most consecutive games played

MUTUAL RESPECT. Alvin Patrimonio (right) salutes LA Patrimonio for his feat. Photos from PBA Images (Tenorio) and Rappler Talk (Patrimonio)


Philippine economic team flies to China for infrastructure projects

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team will meet with Chinese counterparts to score new infrastructure deals

U.S. fugitive wanted on child porn charges arrested in Pampanga

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The arrest follows a nearly two-year search for Joel Aquino Pasay, who was indicted in May of 2017 for the receipt of child pornography

D-League: Letran buries McDavid, St. Clare stays spotless

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The Knights arrest a meltdown for their second win in 3 games

BIG MAN, BIG PROBLEM. Jeo Ambohot frolicks in the paint for the Letran Knights. Photo from PBA Images


Otso Diretso supporters hope to raise P8 million for campaign volunteers

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan thank the groups who are helping the slate

FUNDRAISING. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc (5th from L) and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan (1st from R) pose with their supporters on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Philippines secures $1.24 billion in investment pledges from Japan

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Japan, being one of the Philippines' strongest trade partners, would help generate 16,000 jobs if these investments push through

The Department of Trade and Industry as able to secure investments from Japanese firms during its business mission in Tokyo, Japan, last week. Photo grabbed from DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez's Facebook account

Bong Galanza fuels NLEX's resurgence to bag weekly PBA citation

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The NLEX guard bests Barangay Ginebra's Scottie Thompson and Phoenix's Matthew Wright, among others, for the Player of the Week award

PLAYOFF HUNT. Bong Galanza helped key NLEX back to relevance in the playoff race. Photo from PBA Images


Give incentives to companies helping poor LGUs – Otso Diretso

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Florin Hilbay proposes giving tax breaks to companies that would expand operations to the provinces

TALK WITH EXECS. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Florin Hilbay attend the forum organized by FINEX, MAP, MBC, and PCCI on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler