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8 months since shock trade, Ranidel de Ocampo finally faces ex-team TNT

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

RDO spent 9 years of his career with the KaTropa – winning 6 PBA championships and two Finals MVP awards to boot

FIRST TIME. Ranidel de Ocampo finishes with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Meralco Bolts in his first time facing former team TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images


TNT regains form, snaps Meralco's 4-game winning streak

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The two teams end up sharing the 3rd spot with identical 7-3 records

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Troy Rosario chalks up 30 points and 12 rebounds as the TNT KaTropa returned to the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Pido Jarencio tips hat to 50-point man Stanley Pringle

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:14 PM

'Parang ako noong college,' Jarencio, who once scored 48 points in the UAAP and 45 points in the PBA, says of Pringle's awe-inspiring performance

SNIPER. Stanley Pringle waxes hot from deep and buries 9 triples. Photo from PBA's Facebook page


PSEi flirts with 6,900

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Jittery investors ask: Where is the bottom in the bear's lair?

CCTV in Genesis Argoncillo's detention cell broken on day of killing

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo is believed to have been beaten to death by co-detainees on June 19

BROKEN CCTV. The detention cell where Genesis Argoncillo was beaten to death has a CCTV camera, but it does not function. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Stanley Pringle hits half-century mark as GlobalPort blasts Columbian

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The spitfire guard achieves the feat without sacrificing efficiency, shooting a scintillating 60%, highlighted by a 9-of-14 clip from 3-point range

Power of president to declare state of war stricken out of draft charter

Jun 22, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The sole power to declare a state of war is returned to Congress in the latest printed version of the Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Lumad groups urge government, NDF to continue peace talks

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Datu Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of the Kalumaran organization, says indigenous peoples will benefit the most from the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as this will bring peace

DISPLACED. Displaced Lumad from from Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental seeks shelter at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte never interfered in drafting of federal constitution – Nene Pimentel

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Consultative Committee made sure the 'fears of the people' about charter change are addressed in the draft constitution, says former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr

Robredo calls out Marcos revisor for using prohibited item in VP recount

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo accuses Nestor Borromeo, a revisor of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr, of using a plastic magnifying lens during the ballot recount process

REVISION AREA. This is the working area of the revisors from the PET and both the Marcos and Robredo camps for the ongoing VP electoral protest recount. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DepEd: Proposed drug test for 10-year-old students violates law

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Department of Education says the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act only authorizes drug tests on students of secondary and tertiary schools

DRUG TEST. The Department of Education's ongoing drug testing program is expected to be completed in school year 2018 to 2019.

Genesis Argoncillo killed by fellow detainees – QC police

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Two detainees are now facing murder charges over the death of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo

DEATH IN DETENTION. Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo dies under the watch of the Quezon City Police District. Photo from Marilou Argoncillo's Facebook page

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday!

MELANIA TRUMP. US First Lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Rorce Base in Maryland June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do you?" following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

PH, U.S. reaffirm, reinforce alliance in top diplomats' first meeting

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, delivers a personal letter from President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating US President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

PH-US ALLIANCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State on June 21, 2018.  Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington

PNP got the wrong guy – grandma of accused in Fr Nilo murder

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all

MY GRANDSON. Elena Matias holds a photo of her grandson Adell Milan, alleged suspect in the killing of Fr Richmond Nilo. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Southwest monsoon to affect Northern, Central Luzon on June 22

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:55 PM

There will be light to moderate rain in the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, and Bataan

Vivo launches flagship with in-display fingerprint scanner for P29,999

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:12 PM

The X21 is the first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner to be officially available in the Philippines

IN-DISPLAY SCANNER. Vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner has been a source of amazement since it was first shown to the public in January 2018's Consumer Electronics Show. Photo from Vivo


Philippine stocks dive into bear territory

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM

With the current bloodbath in the local bourse, investors ask if it's a good time to buy cheap stocks

IN PHOTOS: Flash floods hit Metro Manila

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

A thunderstorm brings heavy rain on Thursday, June 21, triggering flash floods

Photo courtesy of Rejinel Valencia

Albayalde sacks station commander over Genesis Argoncillo death

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Quezon City Police Station 4 Commander Carlito Grijaldo is sacked following the death of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo, who had been under detention

RELIEF ORDER. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mbala: NCAA decision to ban foreign players feels harsh, racist

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The former La Salle star hopes the UAAP won't tread the same path, noting it's going to be 'really bad' for Philippine basketball

UNFORTUNATE DECISION. Cameroonian Ben Mbala (right) says the presence of foreign student-athletes can help local players improve their skills.

LTO to begin distributing license plates July 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Land Transportation Office says the license plates in the first batch to be distributed are for those registered from July 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016

Photo from the Department of Transportation

PH team head coach respects Creamline players' absence in PSL

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Shaq delos Santos says the national volleyball team's overseas training – which Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado plan to join – can boost the Philippines' chances in the Asian Games

DUAL ROLE. Aside from the national team, Shaq delos Santos will be handling his club Petron Blaze Spikers in the 2018 PSL Invitationals. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Metro Manila police chief sacks guard on duty when Genesis Argoncillo died

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar decides to sack Police Officer 3 Dennis Saño after being shown photos and the death certificate of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo

RELIEF ORDER. Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar sacks the jail guard on duty when Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo died. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo won’t be 'messiah' for opposition after Sereno ouster

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Where should the initiative to oppose the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno come from instead? Vice President Leni Robredo says it should emanate from 'all of us.'

NOT FULL-ON OPPOSITION. VP Leni Robredo is against the removal of ex-SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petitoin. File photo by OVP

POSF bets rule Spartan Cebu race

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Members of the Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) dominate the mountain trail obstacle

EXCLUSIVE: Photos, death certificate show Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo beaten to death

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Quezon City Police District earlier said Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo died from mere shortness of breath

NO FOUL PLAY? Photos obtained by Rappler show bruises on the body of Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo. Sourced photos

Global concerns taking toll on PH digital competitiveness – PLDT executive

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:42 PM

External concerns, trade wars, economic uncertainties are causing investors to migrate to safer investments in more stable countries, possibly affecting the country's digital competitiveness, says PLDT's Eric Alberto

DIGICON. From left to right, Nerisse Ramos, chief operating officer of ePLDT; Eric Alberto, PLDT and Smart's chief revenue officer; Jason Silva, TV host and keynote speaker; Jovy Hernandez, PLDT and Smart's head of Enterprise Business Groups; PLDT's Nico Alcoseba, head of Disruptive Business Group; Jojo Gendrano, PLDT Enterprise's head of core business solutions; and Sudev Bangah, managing director of International Data Corporation - ASEAN. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Kai Sotto braces for tough World Cup grind

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The 7-foot-1 standout thinks teammates Forthsky Padrigao and Carl Tamayo will also play key roles in the under-17 world basketball tournament

NO PRESSURE. Facing the world's best may not be easy, but Kai Sotto thinks the Batang Gilas players have all put in the work. Photo from FIBA Asia

H&M PH apologizes after staff bars transgender woman from trying on swimsuit

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Paulo Adrian Bataller, a transgender woman, was told men aren’t allowed to fit swimwear for women. Transgender women, however, are women and not men.

WATCH: Transformative technologies for bolder business decisions

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The 4th Philippine Digital Convention hopes to enable enterprises to become fearless in the face of digital. Watch the livestream of the event plenary on June 21, 3:30 pm!

Bongbong Marcos eyes return to Malacañang as Philippine president

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos says he aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics, but says the presidency is 'not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on'

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is hugged by his loyalists outside the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

This is due to the summer solstice, or when the sun is 'directly over the Tropic of Cancer'

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

Complainant opposes Midas Marquez' SC application, cites 'misused' World Bank funds

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Private citizen Rjhay Laurea files the opposition with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which is screening Marquez and other applicants for Supreme Court Justice

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

International School Manila students win prestigious physics competition

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The students win the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire's 2018 Beamline for Schools competition with their proposal to explore the use of particles known as 'pions' for cancer therapy

PHYSICS COMPETITION. Particle physics laboratory Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire announced a team of students from the International School Manila are among winners in its 2018 Beamline for Schools competition.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

GlobalPort ships Nabong to San Miguel for Espinas, future pick

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:42 PM

This is the 3rd trade the PBA has approved in 4 days

TRADE. Gabby Espinas (right) returns to the GlobalPort Batang Pier while Kelly Nabong will play for his 3rd team in his 6-year PBA career. File photos from PBA Images


Falcis legal team: Same-sex marriage petition will help LGBT movement

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Para sakin ang importante ay naumpisahan na ang paguusap. The conversation has now begun inside the Supreme Court,' says TV personality Boy Abunda, who was present at the opening of the oral arguments at the SC

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte signs Philippine Mental Health law

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Help is finally here,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros, author and principal sponsor of the landmark measure that provides affordable and accessible mental health services

File photo

QC cops deny foul play in death of arrested 'tambay'

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Police say Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo died after complaining of shortness of breath. He shared a jail cell – built to hold only 6 people – with 138 detainees.

DEATH IN DETENTION. Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo dies under the watch of the Quezon City Police District. Photo from Marilou Argoncillo's Facebook page

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado to tune up with national team in Japan

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:14 AM

The two Philippine team players hope to make up for their absence in the PSL tuneup games by joining the overseas camp

SECOND CHANCE. Alyssa Valdez (left) and Jia Morado find compromises to honor their commitments to both the national team and their club. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FACT CHECK: School boards, not PNP, hold random drug tests for students

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Department of Education confirms that no police officials will be involved in the drug testing. School boards will follow DepEd and CHED guidelines, as well as local ordinances.

LPA bringing rain to Bicol, Eastern Visayas on June 21

Jun 20, 2018 - 6:25 PM

PAGASA says this low pressure area only has a slim chance of developing into a tropical depression. Meanwhile, the western part of Northern Luzon will have rain from the southwest monsoon.

Roque to opposition: Bill vs officials spreading 'fake news' would be used against you

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Ito po magagamit sa oposisyon. Kayo po nasa oposiyon, kami hindi. So 'yun po ang iniiwasan natin, lalong-lalo na walang depenisyon, magagamit sa panunupil,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

FAKE NEWS. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque and opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV shake hands ahead of the Senate hearing on the bill seeking to penalize government officials for spreading fake news. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TRAIN law abuses women – rights group

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Women's rights group Oriang says poor women suffer the most under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Social mitigating measures of tax reform law

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz lets us know about provisions in the TRAIN law meant to help the poorest of the population

No martial law? Police cars blast sirens in Laoag City late night patrol

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:43 PM

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, police cars patrol an empty residential street in Laoag City late at night, as part of the drive against tambays. Police have different views on the propriety of the move.

REGULAR? Sirens are only usually used by cops to part heavy traffic and only for special people and occasions. Rappler screengrab from sourced video