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JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Commitment ko kay JV yan na ipu-push ko inclusion nya sa PDP-Laban,' says Senate and PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Trump says hopeful for Kim summit, but not afraid to walk away

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Ever disposed to set out the options in the starkest terms possible, US President Donald Trump predicts a 'very successful' May or June summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks – minister

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin thanks Ecuador for its support and says talks will be transferred to either Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Norway or Venezuela

NO LONGER HOST. This file photo shows a general view during the beginning of the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the ELN guerrilla in Sangolqui, Ecuador on February 7, 2017. File photp by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Guerrero leaves AFP leadership 4 reminders before bowing out

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:35 AM

'Being in the military service is not about you. It is about the institution. It is about the country. It is about the people we serve and secure,' newly retired AFP chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero reminds the officers of the Philippine military

PARTING WORDS. Former military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero has some advice to the military leadership as he retires from the service. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The move to reopen cinemas is part of a modernization drive by reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seeking to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options

CINEMA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 18, 2018, shows Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad giving a speech at the AMC cinema in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92 – family

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Barbara Bush has long been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families

BARBARA BUSH. In this file photo taken on July 15, 2013 former US first lady Barbara Bush attends a White House ceremony to recognize the Points of Light volunteer program in Washington, DC. Former US first lady Barbara Bush died on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S., Britain warn of Russian campaign to hack networks

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The router hacking operation has targeted both government and private sector groups, and the key providers of network infrastructure and internet services serving them

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[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous

New push for referendum on final Brexit deal

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Calling itself the People's Vote campaign, the push wants a referendum so that the public can decide whether they think the final Brexit agreement will leave Britain better or worse off

BREXIT. The public weigh in on the final Brexit agreement. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Canada's Trudeau squeezed in pipeline crisis

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cutting short an overseas tour to return home and mediate

POLITICAL CRISIS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a domestic political crisis. File photo by AFP

UST student affairs office suspends recognition of new orgs

Apr 14, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The University of Santo Tomas Office for Student Affairs suspended the recognition of new student organizations for the new school year but did not state any particular reason

Despite UN warnings, Myanmar vows early Rohingya return

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Myanmar has repeatedly said it is ready for repatriation, but no date has been given for the return

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Taiwan president watches naval drill as China tensions grow

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Tsai Ing-wen boards the Kee Lung destroyer to supervise as troops practice defending against an attack on the northeastern port of Suao

NAVAL DRILL. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen smiles during a press conference at the Keelung destroyer at the Suao navy harbour in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Pompeo, Trump's pick to be secretary of state, vows diplomatic approach to Iran

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Mike Pompeo disavows his reputation as a 'war hawk' and an anti-Muslim hardliner as he seeks to woo support from senators to become the next US secretary of state

MIKE POMPEO. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013 – UNICEF

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,' says Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria

FREE. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

Ex-FBI chief Comey: Trump ran White House like a 'mob boss'

Apr 13, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Former FBI director James Comey also says in a new book that President Donald Trump lives in 'a cocoon of alternative reality' that he tried to pull others around him into

COMEY. In this file photo, then FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Sereno behind bars? Duterte says he only wants her out

Apr 13, 2018 - 8:58 AM

'Talagang dapat paalisin ka, noon pa. Bobo ka na, putang ina, kung anong pinagsasabi mo,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Koko Pimentel files bill on cheaper political ads

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

A similar bill was already passed on third and final reading in the House of Representatives

KOKO PIMENTEL. The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that time is running out

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War, blames Mueller

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:12 AM

US President Donald Trump mocks Moscow's threat to shoot down any US missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad

US PRESIDENT. US President Donald Trump claims ties with Russia are worse than during the Cold War. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Colombia's FARC furious over ex-rebel's arrest on drugs charges

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

FARC swiftly denounces Jesus Santrich's arrest, with a spokesman warning it could deal a damaging blow to the 2016 peace deal

In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

FBI raids offices of Trump's personal lawyer

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch-hunt, I have been saying it for a long time,' US President Donald Trump says as he angrily denounces the raid

RAID? In this file photo, Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Hungarians vote in keenly-watched poll

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has clashed with European Union institutions, is seeking a 3rd straight term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and his wife Aniko Levai(R) vote at a polling station located ina school in Budapest on April 8, 2018. Hungary votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

Brazil's Lula spends first day in prison, hoping to get out

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is behind bars for corruption

Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Brazil's election frontrunner and controversial leftist icon said Saturday that he will comply with an arrest warrant to start a 12-year sentence for corruption. "I will comply with their warrant," he told a crowd of supporters. / AFP PHOTO / Heuler Andrey

Facebook to verify identities for political ads

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:01 AM

'These steps by themselves won't stop all people trying to game the system. But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads,' says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

TROUBLED WATERS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's still the right man to steer the ship as his company goes through some of its toughest times.

South Korea ex-president Park jailed for 24 years over corruption

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:28 PM

The sentence follows a trial lasting more than 10 months which ended with Park Geun-hye being found guilty on multiple criminal charges, including bribery and abuse of power

GUILTY. In this file photo taken on March 4, 2013 South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye leaves after addressing the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Lee Jae-won/AFP

Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament for tough election

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Following the dissolution, the election commission will announce the date for the polls in the coming days

ANNOUNCEMENT. A man watches televisions on display at a shopping mall store as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the dissolution of Parliament as he addresses the nation during a live telecast in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Judge Sergio Moro says a special cell 'was prepared in advance... in which the ex-president will be separated from other prisoners, with no risk for his moral or physical integrity'

LULA'S FATE. Brazilian newspapers headline the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) that denied a habeas corpus petition for Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 5, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Supreme Court rejects Lula's bid to avoid prison

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The 6-5 ruling means that former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be arrested within days

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential vote

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Julius Maada Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, wins 51.81% of ballots in last month's election, according to official results

NEW PRESIDENT. Julius Maada Bio (L) prepares to take the oath of office as new president of Sierra Leone on April 4, 2018 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Saidu Bah/AFP

German prosecutor requests Puigdemont extradition to Spain

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The request comes after protests by independence supporters at the weekend in Berlin and Catalonia calling for Carles Puigdemont's immediate release

EXTRADITION? Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont speaks during a debate at the University of Copenhagen on January 22, 2018. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Staunch Suu Kyi ally elected Myanmar president

Mar 28, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Win Myint remains one of Aung San Suu Kyi's inner circle – the pair fought side-by-side during the 1988 democracy movement that was violently quashed by the junta

NEW PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on January 29, 2016, Win Myint, speaker of the lower house, attends the last day of parliament's regular session in Naypyidaw. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Japan's Abe 'not involved' in doctoring documents – key official

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:24 PM

Nobuhisa Sagawa says only his office took part in altering key documents relating to a controversial land sale, potentially easing the pressure on the embattled Abe

ABE. In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys

Duterte's wish: For his grandson to be Davao City mayor

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined in his Sulu trip by his grandson, Omar Duterte, son of Paolo Duterte with his former wife, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera

Atio Castillo case, Carpio’s SALN, Catalan elections | Evening wRap

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Catalan separatist candidate fails to win regional presidency

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Former Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull obtains 64 votes in favor and 65 against, prolonging the political deadlock in the wealthy Spanish region

CATALONIA. Junts per Catalonia' - JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) member of Catalonia's parliament Jordi Turull (C) gives a speech during a parliament session in Barcelona to vote for the only candidate for the Catalan regional presidency on March 22, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir gatecrashes 'too old to be PM' forum

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:21 PM

At a forum, a 3-man panel was talking about 92-year-old ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad when the man himself walks in midway, causing the speakers to fall silent and many in the hall to rise to their feet

GATECRASH. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Anti-political dynasty bill, Quo warranto petition vs Sereno, Evasco on rice importation | Evening wRap

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives

Peru's embattled president Kuczynski announces resignation

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:33 AM

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is the first president to lose his job over the scandal in which the Brazilian company admitted paying out millions of dollars in bribes and gifts to Latin American politicians and businessmen to secure public works contracts

NEW CHAPTER? A handout picture distributed by the Peruvian Presidency shows President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appearing in Lima on a televised message to the Nation on December 14, 2017. Handout photo from Peruvian Presidency/AFP

Red Velvet, Seohyun of Girls' Generation to perform in North Korea

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Seoul will send a total of 160 performers to Pyongyang for a 4-day visit from March 31 to April 3

RED VELVET. Kpop girl group Red Velvet is set perform in Pyeongyang, first time a South Korean artist holds a concert in since 2007. Screenshot from Instagram.com/redvelvet.smtown

Myanmar president and Suu Kyi confidant Htin Kyaw resigns

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Htin Kyaw's office does not give many details for why he resigned, only saying that 'he wanted to take a rest from his current duty'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Htin Kyaw (C) talks with media in Myanmar's Parliament in the capital city of Naypyidaw. File photo by Stringer/AFP

Duterte on political dynasties, Bus crash, Cambridge Analytica controversy| Midday wRap

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM

President Xi Jinping's address caps an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque