Alvarez denies calling Sara Duterte part of opposition

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Wala talaga akong sinabing ganyan. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling 'yung kuwento na iyan,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, after drawing the ire of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

IT WASN'T ME? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies saying Sara Duterte is part of the opposition. File photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Saudi Arabia to invest $64B in entertainment in next decade

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) General Entertainment Authority chief Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib says the money will come from both the government and the private sector

MOVIE TIME. This file photo taken on October 20, 2017 shows Saudis attending the 'Short Film Competition 2' festival at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Sara Duterte: President Duterte better off without Alvarez

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Kapal ng mukha mo. You messed with the wrong girl,' Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio tells Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, one of her father's staunchest allies

INDAY SARA VS ALVAREZ. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lashes out at Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for allegedly tagging has as part of the opposition. Duterte-Carpio photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler, Alvarez photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Explosive device thrown into U.S. embassy compound in Montenegro

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Montenegrin government: 'An unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device' in front of the US embassy in Podgorica

SECURED. Police guard the entrance to the US Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital Podgorica on February 22, 2018. Savo Prelevic/AFP-Services/AFP

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Venezuelan opposition says won't contest April 22 polls without guarantees

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Opposition leader: 'Do not count on the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), or the people, to endorse what until now is only a fraudulent and illegitimate simulation of the presidential election'

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. Juan Baretto/AFP

Transparency International sees graft fight at global standstill

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:28 AM

TI chief: 'More corruption correlates with less respect for civil liberties, for rule of law, for access to justice'

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:11 AM

(UPDATED) Trump also promises 'very strong' background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session" on Wednesday, February 21, in which he heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives

LISTENING SESSION. US President Donald Trump takes part in a 'œlistening session' on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 21, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

Text of revised Trans-Pacific Partnership released

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says making it public will allow better scrutiny before it is formally signed in Santiago on March 8

TRADING BLOC. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. Na Son Nguyen / Pool / AFP

Secret Pence, North Korea meeting planned, then scrapped

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang scrapped the planned talks during the 2018 Winter Olympics after the US vice president denounced abuses from the 'murderous regime,' US officials say

SNUBS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence (front) watches the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP

Zimbabwe bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:42 AM

Morgan Tsvangirai, the country's fiercest opponent of former president Robert Mugabe's tyrannical 37-year rule, died February 14, aged 65

FAREWELL. Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) holds up a poster bearing a portrait of Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week after a battle with cancer, during a memorial service on February 19, 2018, at Freedom Square in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:34 AM

(UPDATED) Trump announces his support for the ban nearly a week after 14 students and 3 teachers were killed at a high school in Florida

DEADLY WEAPONS. Semi-automatic AR-15's are for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. prosecutor Mueller charges lawyer with lying in Russia probe

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Robert Mueller's powerful team of investigators accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of knowingly making false statements about his communications with Richard Gates

CHARGED. Attorney Alex van der Zwaan leaves U.S District Court after pleading guilty during a scheduled appearance February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., South Korea to go ahead with Olympic-delayed drills

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Analysts say the Games-driven bonhomie on the peninsula may not last long once the sporting festivals are over, particularly once Key Resolve and the Foal Eagle exercises begin

AT SEA. In this file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / US Navy / AFP

House divorce bill proposes easier procedures for OFWs

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The concerns of OFWs are among the things lawmakers are taking into consideration in drafting versions of the proposed divorce law

PRO-WOMAN LEGISLATION. Edcel Lagman heads efforts for the House to pass a long-awaited divorce law. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

Bangladesh, Myanmar meet over stranded Rohingya

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The two countries will talk about the fate of some 6,000 Rohingya refugees stranded in no man's land between the two countries

REFUGEES.This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter U.S. on Jerusalem

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

U.S. Secret Service denies China nuclear football 'skirmish'

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The US Secret Service denies reports that one of its agents and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrestled with Chinese security officials over the 'nuclear football' during President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing

TRUMP AND XI. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Hi! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Sara Duterte to lead new political party to support father’s programs

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:10 AM

The new party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, will be launched on Friday, February 23

NEW PARTY LEADER. In this file photo, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio attends the 65th League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) General Assembly at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. Malacanang Photo

Peru court orders Fujimori tried for 1992 mass killing – official

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:05 AM

A Peruvian court orders former president Alberto Fujimori to stand trial for the 1992 killings of 6 farmers

EX-PRESIDENT. Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori waves to supporters beside his son, Congressman Kenji Fujimori (R), as he is wheeled out of the Centenario Clinic in Lima on January 04, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

3 independents seek to shake up Mexico presidential race

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The July 1 election will be the first time Mexico has allowed independent presidential candidates in its modern history

INDEPENDENT BET. Jaime Rodriguez (L) who is seeking to run for Mexico's presidency as an independent candidate, delivers a speach next to his wife Adalina Davalos during a press conference Mexico city, on February 19, 2018. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Saudi Arabia to host first Arab Fashion Week

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council announces, overturning decades of draconian policies on arts and entertainment

SOON IN RIYADH. A picture taken on November 17, 2017 shows the silhouette of a woman seen during Arab Fashion Week in Dubai. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea's Moon urges 'stern' response to new U.S. tariffs

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The trade frictions have strained ties at a time when Seoul and Washington are seeking to present a united front against North Korea's nuclear threat

MORE TARRIFS. This file photo taken on January 6, 2016 shows an exhibitor demonstrating an Inverter Direct Drive washing machine at the LG exhibit during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. David McNew/AFP

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of 3 staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young sex workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Ousted Navy chief denies favoring supplier in frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'HHI offered Thales Tacticos to the Philippine Navy during bidding process,' says Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

EX-CHIEF. Former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado. Rappler file photo

Cabinet in full force at Senate probe to support Bong Go

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it was the Cabinet members' 'personal initiative' to attend the Senate hearing

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[OPINION] Defending Hong Kong and our liberal values is the only option

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Martin Lee: 'Hong Kong people are not challenging Beijing – we are merely asking that China uphold her pledges'

RALLY. Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (C) leads a protest in Hong Kong on December 3, 2017. Pro-democracy activists and groups lead an 'anti-authoritarianism' march to protest the Hong Kong government and Beijing's tightening screws over the semi-autonomous city. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs

TO FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Saul Loeb/AFP

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Although more than 110 countries recognize Kosovo's independence, Serbia and dozens of other states have not

CELEBRATE. Kosovo's Albanians wave Kosovo flag during a concert by Kosovo-born British singer and actress Rita Ora in Pristina on February 17, 2018 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Oprah confirms no plans to run for U.S. president

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:09 AM

'I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit,' says Oprah

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Oprah Winfrey arrives with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in the press room during The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'

BBL. Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says there is a need for an anti-dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or else it would be another failure just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Record number of Afghan civilian casualties in attacks in 2017 – UN

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas following US President Donald Trump's announcement last August that the American presence in Afghanistan will remain open-ended

SECURITY. Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on October 31, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bipartisan group in U.S. Senate unveils immigration plan, defying Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The potential breakthrough comes as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration

BIPARTISAN LEADER. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP

Australia bans sex between government ministers and staff

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) This comes as the Deputy Prime Minister faces a scandal after having an affair that left an aide pregnant and the government reeling

PM AND DEPUTY. A file photo taken on July 5, 2016 shows Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (R) listening to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) during a press conference in Sydney. William West/AFP

Porn star 'free' to discuss ties with Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:27 AM

After Trump's longtime personal lawyer admitted paying $130,000 to Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election, the actress's manager suggests a non-disclosure agreement has been broken

CONTROVERSIAL PAIR. This combination file pictures created on February 14, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, and adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandel Ngan and Ethan Miller/AFP

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

South Africa's Zuma resigns, forced out by own party

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:20 AM

The ruling ANC party finally turns against him after 9 years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on February 12, 2015 South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrives for the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town. Nic Bothma/Pool/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump lawyer says he paid $130,000 to porn star linked to president

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Michael Cohen insists the payment is legal, and declines to give details such as why he made the payment, the New York Times reports

CONTROVERSIAL. Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club on February 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Kuwait condemns ban on Filipino workers' deployment

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Kuwaiti foreign minister: 'This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines'

KUWAIT'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah attends a press conference at the end of the GCC summit at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to ouster push

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:35 AM

South Africans are on tenterhooks as their scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma is expected to respond to his party's decision to 'recall' him from office

BELEAGUERED. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2008 Jacob Zuma gives a press conference in Johannesburg. Paballo Thekiso/File/AFP

Second U.S. judge blocks Trump order to end 'Dreamer' program

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:16 AM

On February 16, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take on the issue. If the high court accepts the case, a decision is unlikely until late spring.

PROTEST. A marcher passes the tents of homeless people at an encampment as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA March on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP