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6 dead after jeepney falls into ravine in Albay

May 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Eighteen other passengers were injured, say police

CRASH SITE. A jeepney fell into a ravine in Libon, Albay, on May 21, 2019, leaving 6 people dead and 18 other passengers hurt. Photo courtesy of Jeric Bhor

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation adopts 25 estuaries

May 21, 2019 - 5:45 PM

As part of a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metro Pacific unit Maynilad will also fast-track the connection of customers to its sewage system

A man clean the Estero de Magdalena at Recto in Binondo, Manila on 30 March 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will start the simultaneous clean-up of estero tommorrow March 31, 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

'My mother is my hero': Female cadet from Ilocos Sur tops PMA Class 2019

May 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla will graduate as number one among her 262 classmates or mistahs of the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN. Cadet 1CL Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla from Barangay Alilem Daya, Alilem, Ilocos Sur is present at the Philippine Military Academy's Longayban Hall in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Comelec rolls out red carpet for 12 winning senators

May 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Commission on Elections holds a dry run of the proclamation of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center

DRY RUN. The Commission on Elections on May 21, 2019, conducts a dry run of the arrival of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Lies we tell our students

May 21, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'We effectively dismiss their ideas at a time when we should be cultivating their dreams, empowering their choices, and guiding their trajectory'

Delayed U.S. votes stall May 21 proclamation of senators

May 21, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'I'm very sorry to disappoint everyone, but it looks like today is not the day,' says Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez

PROCLAMATION RESCHEDULED. Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says on May 21, 2019, that the expected proclamation of senators and party-list groups on that day will not push through. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Canvassing of votes, Philippine elections 2019

May 21, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the national and local races in the 2019 Philippine elections happening on May 13, 2019

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

LIST: Who participated in the source code review of the 2019 automated election system?

May 21, 2019 - 11:10 AM

A total of 66 individuals from 16 groups participate in the review

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

Jr NBA Philippines names 10 All-Stars

May 21, 2019 - 7:05 AM

The 5 boys and 5 girls will represent the country in the Jr NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp

FUTURE IS BRIGHT. Five boys and 5 girls have made their mark in the Jr NBA Philippines 2019. Photo from Jr NBA


San Miguel boss asks Beermen: 'Isang Grand Slam lang'

May 20, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The Beermen completed their first and only hat trick of championships in 1989, and it would be fitting they achieve the feat once more 30 years later

HIGH FIVE. The San Miguel make PBA history with a fifth straight Philippine Cup championship. Photo from PBA Images


Rappler Talk: Bam Aquino on the 2019 elections, opposition's fate

May 20, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Senator Bam Aquino fails to secure a second term. What is next for him and the opposition?

Delayed overseas votes leave Senate bets hanging

May 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer George Garcia urges the Commission on Elections to proclaim the winning senators even without certificates of canvass from the US and Saudi Arabia

CANVASSING VOTES. Days after the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dingdong Dantes blasts NYC chair Cardema's party-list bid: 'Circumventing system'

May 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Two former NYC officials express dismay over the current chairman's actions

Vinegar made from synthetic acetic acid has no adverse health effects – toxicologist

May 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The Department of Health, however, prohibits the use of synthetic acetic acid in vinegar which it deems 'adulterated'

NOT HARMFUL. As long as the synthetic acetic acid used for making vinegar is food-grade, consumers don't have to worry about contaminants harming their health, PNRI says. Photo from Shutterstock.

D-League: Che'lu rallies past Enderun, keeps playoff push alive

May 20, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Jeff Viernes, Alfred Batino, and Rey Suerte conspire as the Revellers pull off a comeback win

VETERAN. Jeff Viernes' experience works wonders for Che'lu. Photo from PBA Images


Duterte Youth's Cardema already proclaims himself congressman on Facebook

May 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'The substitution of Cardema has not yet been approved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

LIFE UPDATE. Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema declares himself a congressman though the Comelec en banc has yet to rule on his substitution bid. File photo of Cardema by Rappler

FALSE: British accountant 'faces the death penalty' in the Philippines

May 20, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006. The bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty is still pending in the Senate.

Senate OKs bill on flexitime, alternative work arrangements

May 20, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Congress is now set to convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between the House and Senate versions

Photo taken on October 30, 2007 shows Filipino call center personnel attending to their US clients at a new business process outsourcing office in Manila. Romeo Gacad/AFP

House approves bill requiring ROTC for Grades 11, 12

May 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for both male and female senior high school students

SOON TO BE REQUIRED FOR SHS? A soldier of the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army instructs an ROTC cadet officer on the finer points of the M16 rifle. Photo from Wikipedia

Manila Water interruptions set May 24-25 due to MRT7 construction

May 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Water says 20 barangays in Quezon City will have no water for 10 hours from Friday to Saturday, May 24 to 25

WATCH: JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino comfort each other after 2019 polls

May 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino are the only reelectionist senators who sit outside the 2019 winning circle based on the partial, official tally

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino, both lost in the recent midterm elections, chat during the session on May 20, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pagadian exec linked to pyramid scam wins as mayor

May 20, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Samuel Co of the infamous Aman Futures Group defeats the incumbent mayor of Pagadian City in the May 13 elections

VICTORIOUS. PDP LABAN mayoral bet Samuel Co arise victorious as he was proclaimed as the winner for 2019 election bid on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Stephen Bryan Esic

Groups ask Comelec to junk Duterte Youth Cardema's substitution bid

May 20, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Election watchdog Kontra Daya and leaders of youth groups argue Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema does not meet the age requirement

COMELEC EN BANC. In this photo, 4 of the 7 Comelec commissioners observe the canvassing of the certificates of canvass in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Wreckage of trainer aircraft found off Mindoro Strait

May 20, 2019 - 5:30 PM

But the Filipino pilot and the Saudi Arabian student pilot remain missing

Negros Occidental town buries slain councilor it made topnotcher

May 20, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Moises Padilla town lays to rest Michael Garcia, who, despite being killed in an ambush, is reelected the No. 1 councilor

Residents of Moises Padilla mourn the deaths of the Garcias as they paid their last respects at San Isidro Labrador Parish on Saturday, May 18.Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Crisologo hits QC police: Don't allow them to 'arrogantly violate our rights'

May 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'If they could do these atrocious and cruel things to an incumbent congressman and to a lawyer, they could easily do these things to our ordinary citizens,' says congressman Bingbong Crisologo of his arrest on May 12

NOW FREE. Quezon City 1st Distirct Representative Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings on May 13, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Bangko Sentral shuts down Rural Bank of Basey in Samar

May 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The Rural Bank of Basey is the fifth bank closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2019

CLOSING DOWN A BANK. The Bangko Sentral  ng Pilipinas closes down the Rural Bank of Basey. Rappler file photo

20 administration, 4 opposition senators to fill the new Senate

May 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III is expected to be retained under the new Senate

Comelec prepares for Duterte in proclamation of senators

May 20, 2019 - 3:45 PM

This comes as no opposition bet makes it to the winning circle, and as winners include President Rodrigo Duterte's longtime aide, incoming senator Bong Go

PREPARING FOR DUTERTE. The Commission on Elections is preparing for the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte when it proclaims winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center possibly on May 21, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines loans 2 eagles to Singapore

May 20, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Philippine Eagle Foundation executive director Dennis Salvador says the wildlife loan agreement with Singapore serves as an 'insurance policy' in case anything happens to Philippine eagles in the country

By signing a Wildlife Loan Agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore's, the DENR will send female Philippine Eagle Sambisig and male Philippine Eagle Geothermica to Jurong Bird Park to ensure the survival of the country's national bird. Photo courtesy of Philippine Eagle Foundation

Andaya loses to Villafuerte for Camarines Sur governor

May 20, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Camarines Sur congressman fails to unseat the son of his bitter rival LRay Villafuerte

DEFEATED. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is not going to be governor. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fuel prices to go up on May 21

May 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Oil companies will raise fuel prices on Tuesday, May 21, after two straight rollbacks

Philippine Swimming League head Susan Papa dies

May 20, 2019 - 12:42 PM

She was 64

ADVOCATING UNITY. Philippine Swimming League president Susan Papa devotes her time to coaching budding Filipino tankers. Photo by First Tier Media

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dapat na ba tayong sumuko?

May 20, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Wala kaming nakikitang konkretong salbabida ng pag-asa ngayon...maliban sa isang bagay

Ex-SC justice Velasco is new Marinduque governor

May 20, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A new dynasty is born in Marinduque: Velasco's son is also reelected representative while his wife is mayor-elect of Torrijos town

NEW GOVERNOR. Retired Supreme Court justice and governor-elect of Marinduque Presbitero Velasco Jr (utmost right) poses with President Rodrigo Duterte at the birthday party of the younger Velasco, Lord Allan (2nd from left) on November 3, 2018. Presidential Photo

Keeping the Enchanted River 'bluer than blue': A lesson on conservation and community

May 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Enchanted River's Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Hinatuan

REHABILITATED. The Enchanted River’s Blue Lagoon is now only for sightseeing and picture taking, not swimming.

Alaska thwarts Columbian behind Daniels, Banchero

May 19, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The Alaska Aces storm back from a near-double-digit deficit to end their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut in the winning column

BIG MAN, BIG PROBLEMS. Chris Daniels frolicks in the paint for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

Corrupted SD cards delay proclamation of senators

May 19, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Corrupted SD cards stall the transmission of votes from some overseas posts to the Commission on Elections, delaying the proclamation of winning senators

CANVASSING OF VOTES. Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe briefs the media in a press conference during the national canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups on May 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Duterte Youth Cardema's bid for substitution: Questions for Comelec

May 19, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The Comelec en banc will need to decide on whether or not Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's filing a petition for substitution is valid and if he meets qualifications to be a youth representative

DUTERTE YOUT. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as party-list nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Isko Moreno to corrupt Manila officials: One strike, you're out

May 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Mayor-elect Isko Moreno says leading Manila is a 'one-in-a-million' opportunity he doesn't want to waste

ONE STRIKE POLICY. Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso says he doesn't want to waste his chance in leading the country's capital city. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Parks debuts in PBA as Blackwater escapes Meralco in OT

May 19, 2019 - 7:23 PM

The Blackwater Elite open the Commissioner's Cup on the right note behind second overall pick Ray Parks and import Alex Stepheson

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks impresses in his PBA debut. Photo from PBA Images


Winners and losers under Duterte's 2019 budget

May 19, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The education and public works sector top President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities in the 2019 national budget, but do they really win?

Party-list bid means Cardema resigned as youth chair – Malacañang

May 19, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Ronald Cardema is deemed resigned as National Youth Commission chairman, regardless of the outcome of his petition to become the Duterte Youth nominee

NYC CHIEF. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema will no longer serve as the youth comission's chair. Photo from the National Youth Commission

Lawyers push for urgent proclamation of Senate bets

May 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Election lawyer George Garcia says there is an 'urgency to proclaim' winning senators in the May 13 elections

PROCLAMATION OF WINNERS. Election lawyer George Garcia in an interview with reporters on May 19, 2019, there is an urgency to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Uy retains governorship of Zamboanga del Norte

May 19, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The winners in the congressional races are Romeo Jalosjos Jr (1st district), Glona Labadlabad (2nd district), and Isagani Amatong (3rd district)

PROCLAIMED. Reelectionist Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy (2nd from left) is proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on May 18, 2019, after he defeated challenger Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos in a close fight. Rappler photo