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Australia topples Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Gilas now holds a 2-1 record in Group B while Australia becomes the only undefeated team behind a 3-0 card

LOSING EFFORT. File photo of Andre Blatche FIBA images

Panglao island next in DENR 'crackdown on environmental violators'

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A regional investigating team is tasked to find out the establishments in Panglao Bay that are violating the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act

UP NEXT. The environment department says Bohol's Panglao island is next in its crackdown of beach resorts and establishments that are violating environmental laws.

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH Competition Commission approves land, energy joint ventures

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

These joint ventures include Ayala Land's partnership with Royal Asia Land to develop a 936-hectare property in Cavite, as well as the plan of Markham and Alternergy for hydropower projects in Ifugao

Oldest alliance of college editors to stage nationwide protests February 23

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:56 PM

These protests seek to condemn the recent attacks of President Rodrigo Duterte on press freedom

Campus journalists from CEGP protest to defend press freedom from the oppression of Duterte’s government in front of the Mendiola Peace Arch on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court tells the Robredo and Marcos camps to observe the sub judice rule after they publicly traded barbs over supposed delays in the ballot recount

SUB JUDICE. The PET reminds the camps of both Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos to refrain from making comments on the electoral protest. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio on the state of Philippine basketball

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:51 PM

During his college playing days, Patrimonio says, talagang nagpapakamatay lahat just to win for school, flag and PBA team.

THE CAPTAIN. Four-time PBA MVP, Alvin Patrimonio shares his thoughts with Rappler Sports.

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:06 PM

On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government

Emotional Poy Erram breathes life to Blackwater

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Poy Erram submits 12 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in Blackwater's 83-78 win over Phoenix to tie June Mar Fajardo with 7 double-doubles apiece, the most this conference

MULTI-FACETED. Poy Erram's all-around game keeps the Blackwater Elite in playoff contention. Photo by PBA Images


Forever PNP chief? There are 'better officers' to replace me – Dela Rosa

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Ronald dela Rosa says he would rather step down sooner than be PNP chief 'indefinitely' so other 'better' generals could take on the position

WHO'S NEXT? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters at the PMA homecoming in Baguio City. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. intel saying Duterte a threat an 'opinionated assessment' – PNP chief

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they can also easily say that the United States is a threat to Philippine democracy

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

EXPLAINER: What are the grounds, provisions in House divorce bill?

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Advocates of the bill in the House of Representatives are pushing for divorce as a cheaper and faster means to end a marriage

DIVORCE PUSH. Legislators tackle the proposed divorce law. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Ravena, Alas take backcourt reins for Philippines vs Australia

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:38 AM

With Jayson Castro and Jio Jalalon out, Gilas Pilipinas' backcourt duties rest on the shoulders of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas against Australia today

BACKCOURT DUO. Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas take the backcourt reins for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by PBA Images

Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:16 AM

'FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'

DUTERTE BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte himself bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang after his closest aide, Christopher 'Bong' Go, faced a Senate probe prompted by stories by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang photo

PH slips in 2017 global corruption index

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 AM

(UPDATED) With a score of 34, the Philippines ranks 111th out of 180 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International

MWF gears up for bigger, bolder future at 'Open House: Level UP'

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Manila Wrestling Federation invades the University of the Philippines on Sunday, February 25, for a 'relaunch' event

Blackwater stays alive in playoff race, nips Phoenix

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Poy Erram drops his 7th double-double of the season with 12 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the Blackwater Elite, who move to solo 8th place

ALIVE. The Blackwater Elite keeps their quarterfinals bid alive with a win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by PBA Images


Kelly Nabong certain of GlobalPort's crashing into the playoffs

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 PM

'It's not an 'if ever,' we're making to the playoffs,' says GlobalPort Batang Pier's Kelly Nabong

CONFIDENT. Kelly Nabong is pretty sure the GlobalPort Batang Pier will not go an early vacation in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo by PBA Images


NEDA seeks to strengthen trade ties with U.S.

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says there is a need to explore more free trade agreements with the United States to foster investment opportunities

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

IN PHOTOS: A stellar evening with Incubus

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Relive Incubus' 2018 Manila concert with us!

DLSU Lady Spikers still not back 100%

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Lady Spikers are struggling particularly in the 3rd set relative to their previous games

NOT ENOUGH. Head Coach Ramil de Jesus would want to see more from the DLSU Lady Spikers if they want to retain the crown. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

GlobalPort cruises past Kia behind Nabong, Anthony

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Kelly Nabong stars for the Batang Pier with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks while Sean Anthony has 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals

CLIMBING UP. The GlobalPort Batang Pier ties Barangay Ginebra at 6th place in the standings with a win over the Kia Picanto. Photo by PBA Images


Philippine Airlines' P20-billion NAIA terminal proposal takes a back seat

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a consortium affiliated with the flag carrier formalized a plan to upgrade and operate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SHELVED. PAL shelves plan to build a passenger terminal at NAIA. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Data-driven education, students as cybercrime targets at EduTech PH 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Teachers will not be replaced by technology; however, teachers who do not make good use of technology may be replaced by ones who do, asserts one speaker at the tech-in-education conference

DAVID WARING. David Waring of Smoothwall discusses the typical profile of an educational institution when it comes to cybersecurity. Photo by Victor Barreiro Jr./Rappler


DLSU Lady Spikers recover from first loss with sweep of UE

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:31 PM

The Lady Spikers are back to their winning form after absorbing their first setback from NU

BOUNCE BACK. The DLSU Lady Spikers sweep the UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Italian insurer Generali refocuses on lucrative PH market

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Having focused on niches such as employee benefits and BPOs since its partnership with BDO ended, Generali is now on expansion mode

WATCH: A day with an Oplan Tokhang team

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Rappler joins an Oplan Tokhang team to see how the project has changed

OPLAN TOKHANG. Police visit a drug suspect deep in the slum areas of Muntinlupa City. Rappler screengrab

Ateneo's slow crawl back to the top: 'Unti-unti kami umaangat'

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Ateneo finally wins its first 5-setter of Season 80

'TOO EAGER'. Jho Maraguinot makes up for her mistakes for being too eager to top score for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there

Divorce bill hurdles House committee level

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The House committee on population approve the yet unnumbered bill after two hours of deliberations in an executive session

DIVORCE BILL. The House Committee on Population and Family Relations tackles the proposed divorce bill on February 21, 2018. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

Dela Rosa vows to serve Duterte until his last breath

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:51 PM

President Duterte wants him to finish what they have started in the fight against illegal drugs, says PNP chief Dela Rosa

MIXED FEELINGS. File photo of PNP Chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa who appointment was extended again. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ateneo Lady Eagles hold off Adamson for 3rd straight win

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The Ateneo Lady Eagles escape Adamson's floor D in 5 sets

3 GAMES. The Ateneo Lady Eagles set a 3-game winning streak. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Dela Rosa's term as PNP chief can be extended indefinitely – Napolcom

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

(UPDATED) Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao tells Rappler that under 'present conditions', Ronald dela Rosa can serve as long as the President wants him to, even indefinitely

PNP CHIEF LONGER? Napolcom says the unlifted state of national emergency allows Duterte to extend Dela Rosa as PNP chief for as long as he wants. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Malacañang hits U.S. intel for calling Duterte a 'threat'

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Malacañang claims that President Rodrigo Duterte 'is no autocrat' and has no 'autocratic tendencies'

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Gordon says the Philippine government is 'liable' for administering the Dengvaxia vaccine to more than 837,000 Filipino gradeschoolers in 3 regions

ANGRY. Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH Competition Commission eyes raising threshold for merger review

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The country's antitrust body is reviewing its existing P1-billion threshold, taking into account that inflation hit a 3-year high last January

THRESHOLD. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10667 – also known as the Philippine Competition Act – the antitrust regulator should be notified for M&A deals with transaction values above P1 billion. Photo of Chairman Arsenio Balisacan from Philippine Competition Commission

Abueva in, Castro out in 12-man Philippine lineup vs Australia

Feb 21, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes says Jayson Castro 'was not there at all' in last night's practice after twisting his ankle two weeks ago

SURPRISE. Gilas head coach Chot Reyes reveals the final 12 of the Gilas Pilipinas lineup against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

DOJ formally seeks court declaration of CPP-NPA as terrorists

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The DOJ says the CPP-NPA was 'merely buying time' when it entered in peace talks with the government

NPA GUERILLA - NPA guerillas inside their camp in Km. 15 barangay San isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LIVE: Philippines vs Australia – 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The game, which will be played on February 22 at 4:30pm (PH time), will determine who will remain the only undefeated team in Group B with both squads carrying spotless 2-0 records

LIVE: #ShiftED launch at Edutech 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Catch one of the key sessions at EduTech 2018, the biggest education conference in the Philippines