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PH losing soul to 'Father of Lies' – Archbishop Villegas

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:15 AM

'To keep quiet in the face of evil is a sin,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, as Filipinos mark the 45th anniversary of martial law in the face of abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte

'BAYAN, GUMISING!' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Filipinos to wake up to killings, fake news, and other abuses, as the Philippines marks the 45th anniversary of martial law. File photo courtesy of Sabins Studio

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

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Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:31 AM

'The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who signed on behalf of the Philippines

WEAPONS TREATY. The Philippines represented by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Malacañang photo

No cause more worthy: Ka Pepe Diokno's fight for human rights

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Stateman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is considered as the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

Gone too soon: 7 youth leaders killed under Martial Law

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) On the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, we look back at some of the bright, idealistic youth leaders whose lives were cut short under the Marcos regime

LIVES CUT SHORT. Some of those who died under the martial law regime were bright, idealistic youth leaders.

Sink-or-swim for Jack Tepora in South Africa

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Jack Tepora will take his much-awaited step-up in competition against South African banger Lusanda Komanisi

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. The promoter of Filipino prospect Jack Tepora hopes to secure a world title shot should he win in South Africa. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

MAPS: Protest activities on September 21, Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:00 AM

See where marches, rallies, and other protest activities are happening on Thursday, September 21, the 45th anniversary of Marcos' Martial Law declaration

Traffic advisory for September 21 National Day of Protest

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:37 PM

While there are no road closures, the Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit expects some roads to be impassable

Alaska's Dela Cruz has played his last PBA game, Hontiveros leans towards retirement too

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Dondon Hontiveros, now 40, may have also played his last game in the league

END OF AN ERA. After 18 years in the league, Tony dela Cruz is retiring from the PBA. Photo by PBA Images

'Prevent martial law from being repeated' – UP Chancellor

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:56 PM

'It is a time of remembering the past, especially martial law. It is a time of reaffirming our commitment to prevent that past from being repeated,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says

REMEMBER THE PAST. UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said that September 21 is more than a day of protest but a day to remember the past. File photo/Rappler

Toys 'R' Us in PH unaffected by U.S. toy store chain's bankruptcy filing

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Operated by the Gokongweis, Toys 'R' Us Philippines clarifies it is not part of Toys 'R' Us Incorporated's bankruptcy filing in the United States

NORMAL OPERATIONS. It is business as usual for Toys 'R' Us Philippines, which operates 34 stand-alone stores and 44 Toybox outlets inside Robinsons Department Store branches. File photo

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After 2GO, SM group not looking to buy other logistics firms

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The president of SM Investments Corporation says their plate is 'full' when it comes to the logistics sector

PLATE IS FULL. 'No. At this time, we are fairly new in 2GO. We believe there is a lot of growth opportunities in 2GO,' SMIC chief Frederic DyBuncio replies when asked if SM is interested in other logistics firms. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Rain or Shine thrashes Alaska by 30, remains in race for top 4 spot

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Chris Tiu is named Player of the Game with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

DOWNPOUR. Rain or Shine led by as much as 37 points in the victory over Alaska. Photo by PBA Images

DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

5 dead as trailer truck crushes van in Nasugbu

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The retrieval operation takes 15 hours as rescuers had to use machines to lift the truck, which landed onto the van as they plunged into a ravine

CRASH. A trailer truck rams a van in Nasugbu, Batangas on September 19, 2017. All photos from Richard Gordon (@DickGordonDG) Twitter page

Duterte raises bounty for 'ninja cops' to P3 million

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The President, unsatisfied with the hunt for policemen who served as gunmen for the Parojinogs, decides to up the ante

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects the confiscated and surrendered loose firearms during his visit to thei Ozamiz City Police headquarters in Misamis Occidental on August 17, 2017. Joining the President are Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa and Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Normal working day for BSP, banks on September 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The rate-setting meeting of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' Monetary Board will also push through on Thursday, September 21

BUSINESS AS USUAL. BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr issues memorandum no. M-2017-09, announcing the central bank's clearing and settlement, cash servicing, as well as treasury operations would observe normal operations on Thursday. File photo by BSP

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Dela Rosa wants 'kuyog culture' in PNP to stop bad cops

Sep 20, 2017 - 1:10 PM

At a time when police are under fire over glaring irregularities, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa asks good cops to stand up to bad ones

'KUYOG CULTURE'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa want good cops to stand up to cleanse out bad ones. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista hails the House justice committee on September 20, 2017, for junking the impeachment complaint filed against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 suspects tagged in killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Among the suspects is John Paul Solano, the supposed good Samaritan who brought the law student to the hospital

Teen dies after being hit by PNR train in Manila

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Grade 10 student John Genesis Munsayac Jr, who wore a headset, suddenly appeared on the northbound track and did not notice the approaching train, says PNR General Manager Junn Magno

SIDESWIPED. A Philippine National Railways train sideswiped a man early Wednesday, September 20. Photo from Wikipedia

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

Duterte, Hontiveros, Mexico quake | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 AM

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Philippine embassy in Mexico damaged by quake – Malacañang

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:16 AM

No Filipino casualties have been reported so far, says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

AFTER THE QUAKE. People crowd Reforma avenue after a strong earthquake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Victor Cruz/AFP

40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

Slain CSC official in drug watchlist, but PNP probe focuses on work

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Cagayan provincial police director Warren Tolito says Agustin surrendered to Tuguegarao police at the height of Oplan Tokhang in August 2016. Police investigators, however, are focused on work-related motives due to the nature of Agustin’s work.

NEIL AGUSTIN. Photo from CSC Region 2 Facebook Page.

Davaoeños to export lapu-lapu to Xiamen

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Once the fish fry sent here from China have become fully-grown and have reproduced, they will be exported back to Xiamen, where the market price of the said commodity hovers at around P3,000 per kilo

A CATCH. Importers from Xiamen are preparing to ship 100,000 grouper fry from the fishermen in Davao. Rappler file photo

Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Trillanes, Aguirre, PNP | Evening wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Youth highly optimistic despite global uncertainty – study

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

While lack of access to education, skills, experience, and decent work remain, the opportunity to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to succeed is also present

PATHWAY TO PROGRESS. Aneth Lim, director for public affairs and corporate citizenship at Citi Philippines says the youth remain optimistic despite the changing global political and economic landscape.

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs

ASEAN human rights delegates barred from visiting De Lima

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Two members of the Malaysian Parliament express disappointment over the incident, saying they complied with the 10-day visit notice

Photo by Glen Garcia

Monsoon rain in parts of PH on Wednesday

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The southwest monsoon is affecting Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao

Resorts World Manila sees recovery, fast-tracks expansion

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Foot traffic at the Resorts World Manila complex is almost back up to pre-attack levels, while an expansion of its casino area is eyed for completion by December

FAST FACTS: Most commonly violated traffic laws in Metro Manila

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Assuming one violation per vehicle, almost half of all the registered vehicles in the National Capital Region figured in a traffic violation in 2016

Rob Ricafort continues fighting for college hoops dream

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:19 PM

‘Ball is Life’ gets thrown around pretty loosely. But for would-be Fighting Maroon Rob Ricafort, it’s more than just a saying - the sport helped save his life.

AGE ISSUES. Rob Ricafort holds out hope that his dream of playing his first and last season for the UP Fighting Maroons comes true.

PNP 'confident' protesters will 'police themselves' on Sept 21

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:15 PM

'We're confident that the protesters will police themselves. We appeal to them not to commit crime,' says PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos

'END EJKs'. Protesters gather in front of Camp Crame, Quezon City to demand an end to killings in police operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop to Duterte: Allow some Marawi families to come home

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña also urges Christians 'to continue caring for the Maranaos' by sending help through government, NGOs, or the Catholic Church

MARAWI CRISIS. Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña requests President Rodrigo Duterte on September 19, 2017, to allow some displaced Marawi families to return to their city. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House panel approves bill requiring car seats for kids

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Under the proposed measure, owners of private vehicles should secure children in a child restraint system while in transit on any road, street, or highway

Aguirre opposes complete ban on fraternities

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a member of the Lex Talionis fraternity, says the 1987 Constitution protects people's right to form associations

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says fraternities cannot be completely outlawed because the right to form associations is protected by the 1987 Constitution. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

This comes as the rise in killings has bothered the nation and its legislators to question the legitimacy of police operations

BODY CAMERAS EYED. PNP plans on buying 37,000 cameras for 190,000 cops. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gordon to summon judge for failing to order destruction of 890 kilos of shabu

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'Mandatory 'yun eh. He's violating the law. In fact, the Supreme Court should file charges against him,' says Senator Richard Gordon on San Juan City Regional Trial Court Judge Jovencio Gascon

Marawi bishop can't confirm if Soganub is now Muslim

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Referring to conversions, Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says, 'There is no substance to it if you are under duress. You cannot give your full consent'

NOW FREE. Former Maute Group hostage Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub appears in a press conference on September 18, 2017, after 117 days in captivity. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

SM Supermalls launches Christmas countdown

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Special treats await shoppers during the hundred-day countdown. Check out the full list of promos, activities, and exhibits below

Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement





FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

DILG OIC backs police body cameras but not from CHR funding

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Body cameras protect both victims of police operations gone wrong and the police personnel themselves, says DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy