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From the air bases to Greenhills: Ex-military doctor heads San Juan public hospital

Nov 03, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The prospect of changing the quality of San Juaneños experience with public health would prove a worthy challenge for San Juan Medical Center Director Joseph Acosta

NEW ROLE. Joseph Acosta served as a doctor in the military for 30 years. Now he takes on a new challenge as San Juan Medical Center's Director. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Young, educated, and furious: A survey of Hong Kong's protesters

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Researchers from 4 of the city's universities survey participants across 12 protests – including mass rallies and 'fluid' and 'static' demonstrations – between June 9 and August 4

YOUNG PROTESTERS. Hong Kong's tech-savvy protesters are going digitally dark as they try to avoid surveillance and potential future prosecutions, disabling location tracking on their phones, buying train tickets with cash and purging their social media conversations. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

Duterte at the halfway mark: The Filipino's gamble

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, buoyed by a narrative of action and compassion, has recovered from 3 years worth of controversies. Will this narrative hold up until the end?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the jampacked PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nuelle Duterte takes back her name

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's niece is a full-on critic of the administration and is not afraid to take a stand, no matter what you think of her surname

Alias 'Bikoy': From seminarian to ex-con to whistle-blower

May 07, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) Peter Joemel Advincula's life has taken many twists and turns, like most whistle-blowers

WHISTLEBLOWER. Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikoy, the hooded man behind the controversial videos linking President Duterte's family to drugs, surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Finding Acierto

May 06, 2019 - 8:07 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

Paring Bert's crusade

Mar 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Get to know Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo, one of the Catholic clergymen who have received death threats under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

CRUSADING PRIEST. Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo speaks at a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threats he and other priests recently received. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

The crackdown 'has swept up refugees and asylum seekers, sent young children into horrid, prison-like conditions, and appears to have clear aspects of racial profiling against South Asians and Africans,' says Human Right Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

CRACKDOWN. Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Mistakenly thinking each friend request has come from a real person may cause people to accept friend requests simply to be polite and not hurt someone else’s feelings


John McCain, unbridled titan of American politics

Aug 26, 2018 - 9:16 AM

To the end, John McCain remained convinced that America's values should be shared and defended worldwide

Scott Morrison: Australia's latest PM

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The hardline former immigration minister bills himself as a man of faith and family who can get things done

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Paul Manafort: from Trump campaign to prison

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

What should have been his dream job ended up being his undoing

PAUL MANAFORT. Donald Trump's former campaign manager is convicted of 5 counts of making false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. AFP file photos

Menengok Masjid Indrapuri, masjid bekas candi di Aceh

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Masjid Tuha Indrapuri salah satu masjid tertua di Asia Tenggara

BEKAS CANDI. Masjid Tuha Indrapuri, awalnya adalah sebuah candi peninggalan kerajaan Hindu Lamuri. Foto oleh Habil Razali/Rappler

Malaysia's elderly ex-strongman makes stunning return to power

May 10, 2018 - 2:04 PM

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by the country's main coalition, Mahathir has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition's candidate Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media following the 14th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in May 9 hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Rappler Talk: Job opportunities in the Philippines

May 02, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Rappler talks to Jocelyn Pick, president and managing director of Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., to talk about career opportunities

Stephen Hawking: A brief history of genius

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Inside the shell of his increasingly useless body was a razor-sharp mind, fascinated by the nature of the Universe, how it was formed and how it might end

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 05, 2006 British astrophysician Stephen Hawking gives a press conference to present his latest book, "God Created the Integers: The mathematical breakthroughs that changed History" in Paris. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."  / AFP PHOTO / Joël SAGET

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

The Librarians: A Rappler Profile

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'The law is clear,' Totanes says. 'Only licensed librarians can be appointed to all government libraries. So yes, the President violated the law.'

Is it legal to name Sheriff Abas Comelec chair?

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This is the first time that a sitting Comelec commissioner is nominated to head the poll body, former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr tells Rappler

DUTERTE'S CHOICE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the first Comelec chairman from Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Duterte appointees to dominate Comelec by next year

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:12 PM

By choosing Commissioner Sheriff Abas as the next elections chief, President Rodrigo Duterte can get to name 4 of 7 members of Comelec by February 2018

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint 4 of 7 Comelec members by early 2018. Malacañang photo

Sheriff Abas to break many firsts as Comelec chair

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:30 PM

He will become the first Comelec chair from Mindanao, the first Muslim, and, at the age of 38, the youngest elections chief in Philippine history

DUTERTE'S NOMINEE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the new Comelec chair. Photo courtesy of Comelec

'Pambansang Photobomber' Bong Go becomes hilarious photo meme

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Thanks to a handy Facebook profile photo frame, top presidential aide Bong Go can take one of his famous selfies with you

Rappler Talk: Bishop Ambo David on killings and 'death of conscience'

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Rappler talks to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David about the drug war killings and his fears of a 'death of conscience' in predominantly Catholic Philippines

LinkedIn rilis daftar perdana 'Power Profiles Indonesia'

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Sebanyak 60% dari profil tersebut berasal dari perusahaan yang berbasis teknologi, seperti PT GO-JEK Indonesia, Bukalapak, hingga Tokopedia

Founder & CEO PT GO-JEK Indonesia Nadiem Makarim, Founder & CEO Bukalapak Achmad Zaky, dan Co-Founder & CEO PT Tokopedia William Tanuwijaya menjadi bagian dari 30 Power Profiles Indonesia LinkedIn. Foto dari LinkedIn

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump asked attorney general about dropping Arpaio case – report

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Ex sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted for ignoring a court order to stop detaining illegal immigrants

This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Our son, Kian: A good, sweet boy

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:24 AM

The family and neighbors of 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos have only one question: Why in the world would police kill such a sweet boy?

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

The silent hero behind the Philippines' case vs China

Jul 16, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Meet Henry Bensurto Jr the diplomat behind the blueprint of the Philippines case against China at The Hague

SILENT HERO. Diplomat Henry Bensurto Jr is widely credited for the blueprint of the Philippines' case against China over the disputed South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Resorts World Manila: Jessie's Got a Gun

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:15 PM

There are many ways to begin this story but every beginning ends at the same place: inside a room high above a city the man on the bed burnt and dead with a bullet in his skull and a rifle on his chest

Chito Soganub: Hostage-priest in Marawi often mistaken for a Muslim

Jun 09, 2017 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) The priest rescued from terrorists in Marawi City, Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, is loved by both Christians and Muslims as he works for peace

EVERYONE'S FRIEND. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub has been one of the hostages by local terrorists in Marawi City since May 23. File photo by PIA Lanao del Sur on Facebook

Tito Sotto and the blurry lines of showbiz, politics

May 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The actor turned Senate leader attributes his rise to Eat Bulaga the popular noontime show that helped propel him to power and which critics use against him

FROM TV TO SENATE. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III calls himself an 'ally' of President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he has known since 1988. Photo from Senator Alan Cayetano

Koko Pimentel: His father's son, the President's 'protector'

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Ciriticized for supposedly bending over backwards for President Rodrigo Duterte Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III maintains he s no clone of the popular Chief Executive

File photo from Senate PRIB

Undermanned, under-equipped, QC's firemen battle fire

Mar 25, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Quezon City a city of 2 94 million people needs at least 1 470 fire officers but the Quezon City Fire District has only 398

INFERNO. Firefighters face flames that vary from lighting up electric poles to engulfing an entire network of shanties. Photo courtesy QCFD

U.S. lists Yasay among former American citizens

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The name Perfecto Rivas Yasay Jr appears in the US government s Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate

From ‘mason’ to foreman: Erik’s story

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:38 PM

After hopping from job to job Erik found benefits and better opportunities under one development corporation

How Jakatia Pawa's execution caught PH off guard

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:33 PM

While OFW Jakatia Pawa was sentenced to death in 2010 the public got wind of the specific execution date only on Wednesday the execution date itself

GOVERNMENT SIDE. DFA spokesman Charles Jose answers questions about the execution of OFW Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Executed in Kuwait: Who was OFW Jakatia Pawa?

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A mother of two 44 year old OFW Jakatia Pawa obtained a college degree then later served as a domestic worker in Kuwait

EXECUTED IN KUWAIT. Jakatia Pawa, 44, was the mother of two children. Photo courtesy of Migrante

Donald Trump: The unlikely president

Jan 16, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Donald Trump has become the triumphal face of a spreading – and troubling – populism

Alluring fake profiles dupe Israeli soldiers

Jan 12, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Hamas militants hack into soldiers smartphones by pretending to be attractive women on Facebook

STANDING GUARD. Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint blocking access to the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 26, 2016, before reopening the entrance to the Palestinian camp. File photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

U.S. citizenship issue hounds Yasay ahead of CA confirmation

Jan 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Nagging issues against Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr include the pending criminal charges filed against him by BSP and his flip flopping statements

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters on September 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Profil pemain timnas Indonesia yang berlaga di Piala AFF 2016

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Sebanyak 23 pemain telah berangkat ke Filipina untuk bertanding dalam turnamen Piala AFF 2016

Pemain timnas Indonesia yang berlaga di Piala AFF 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@PSSI__FAI

Truth about the youth: The difference of the Filipino millennial

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:11 PM

A new study by McCann Truth Central highlights how Filipino millennials stand out from their global peers on their view of social media adulthood and social responsibility

Nobel laureate Bob Dylan: Uneasy 'voice of a generation'

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:37 AM

If the phrase voice of a generation were trademarked it may well belong to Bob Dylan – but the singer and poet has been an uneasy spokesman

NOBEL LAUREATE. This file photo taken on June 3, 1984 shows US singer Bob Dylan performing during a concert at the Olympic stadium in Munich, southern Germany. Istvan Bajzat / DPA / AFP

Rio 2016: Jessie Lacuna

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The Atenean was once teased by his older brothers who had won swimming titles before him Now he s representing the Philippines for the second time at the Olympics

Rio 2016: Kirstie Alora

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Kirstie Alora used taekwondo to escape from bullies while growing up in Laguna Now the 67 kilogram jin will represent the Philippines at the 2016 Olympics

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Atlet angkat besi siap harumkan nama Indonesia di Olimpiade Rio 2016

Jul 18, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Mari mengenal lebih dekat ke 7 atlet angkat besi yang akan membawa nama Indonesia dalam Olimpiade Rio pada bulan Agustus mendatang

ATLET ANGKAT BESI. Tujuh atlet dari cabang olah raga angkat besi akan membela Indonesia di ajang Olimpiade Rio pada bulan Agustus. Foto oleh Karma Gurung/Rappler, Ilustrasi oleh Adinda Maya/Rappler