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Business groups call Marcos' election protest a 'political distraction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Philippines' biggest business groups say that the sooner Ferdinand Marcos Jr's protest is resolved, the sooner policymakers can move on to more important matters

Hong Kong lawmakers dragged from chamber as leader heckled for second day

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Chaos erupts once again as Carrie Lam's political opponents chant slogans and are dragged one by one from the chamber

DRAGGED OFF. Members of security try to block pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting (C-facing) as he chants slogans in protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a question and answer session at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 17, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'People of Hong Kong' nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The initiative is likely to displease China, which was already angered by the Nobel Committee's 2010 decision to give the award to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has since died

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Makati Business Club hopes SC decision step toward Marcos protest dismissal

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The Makati Business Club says dismissing the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo would reduce political and judicial uncertainty

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves before reading her speech

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was to unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech on October 16 aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Why Marcos wants SC to investigate election materials in 3 Mindanao provinces

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

To make his case that cheating and irregularities occurred in the 2016 polls, Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the findings of a Comelec department in the protest of ex-Sulu vice governor Tan against former ARMM Governor Hataman

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr continues to challenge Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the 2016 elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who won this round? Marcos calls latest PET action ‘good result’

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:31 PM

For the Marcos camp, it is a 'positive development' that the PET will now 'deal' with ARMM votes. The Robredo camp says the initial recount win is a clear victory.

Supporters of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos gather in front of Ermita Church on October 8, 2019 as the Supreme Court defers it ruling on PET Marcos vs Robredo. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes 11-2, asking Vice President Robredo and former senator Marcos to comment on the latter's motion to nullify votes from 3 Muslim Mindanao provinces

Hong Kong leader slams U.S. senator for 'police state' remark

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Some US lawmakers – including Senator Josh Hawley – are trying to pass legislation that would make Hong Kong's special trading status subject to annual reviews of its political situation

RALLY. Protesters attend a rally in Hong Kong on October 14, 2019, calling on US politicians to pass a bill that could alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Supreme Court to release initial recount results in VP protest

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(6th UPDATE) Some quarters interpret Tuesday's decision – asking parties to comment on Marcos' 3rd cause of action, which is the annulment of votes in Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao – can be disadvantageous to Robredo

Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ProclaimTheRealVP: Netizens weigh in on Marcos vs Robredo poll protest

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr clash online after Supreme Court delays its decision on Marcos' protest against Robredo

U.S. senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:59 PM

On Monday night, October 14, a huge crowd fills Hong Kong's commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub

PROTESTS. Hong Kong police detain a man (C-face sideways) during protests in the Tseung Kwan O area of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Robredo to P.E.T: Don't change the rules in VP protest

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Robredo's lawyers say the request to investigate 3 Mindanao provinces was a belated move by Bongbong Marcos and would violate PET rules

The legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo held a press conference in Malate, Manila, on Monday, October 14, 2019, after filing a manifestation before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal calling on the PET to uphold its rules in resolving the election protest filed by losing candidate Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as 'flashmob' protests hit pro-Beijing targets

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Rallies erupt in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows, and erecting barricades

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Hong Kong police detain a man for an unknown reason outside a shopping centre in the Tai Koo area of Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Facing pressure, Iraq ups probes into protest bloodshed

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Authorities order the creation of two new investigatory commissions

Iraqi protestors shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on October 2, 2019 in the southern city of Basra. - Popular protests multiplied across Iraq today as thousands of demonstrators braved live fire and tear gas in rallies that have left seven dead in the past 24 hours. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP)

Top Iraq cleric says government responsible for protest deaths

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani gives authorities 'two weeks' to release the findings of an investigation into the more than 100 deaths recorded during the protests since October 1

PROTEST. This file photo shows smoke rising from burning tires during a demonstration against corruption and lack of basic services in Baghdad's al-Shaab neighborhood on October 2, 2019. File photo by Salam Faraj/AFP

Poll protest vs neophyte Negros Occidental town mayor dismissed

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Irene Montilla defeated Joselito Malabor in the 2019 mayoral election in Isabela, Negros Occidental, by just 48 votes

UPHELD. Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela town, Negros Occidental, scores a win after the election protest filed against her by her predecessor is dismissed on October 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Iraq begins national mourning for protest dead

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Since protests and violence calmed on October 8, the government has proposed reforms to lower youth unemployment, currently at 25%, while the labor ministry proposed an online job register

PROTESTS. In this file photo, Iraqi protestors shout slogans during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on October 2, 2019 in the southern city of Basra. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Bersamin on Marcos vs Robredo case: 'Hindi ko niluluto'

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the public can expect a 'result' by next week and 'it may not be what you expect'

PET CASE. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the public can expect a "result" in the vice presidential electoral protest by October 15, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Calm returns to Iraq as U.S. condemns violence

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Traffic has again clogged the main roads of the sprawling city of 9 million inhabitants. Students have returned to schools, whose reopening was disrupted by the violence.

CALM. A member of the Iraqi security forces mans a checkpoint in the capital Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 8, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

PH Consulate in Hong Kong reminds Filipinos to avoid protest areas

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

With no end in sight to the protests in Hong Kong, Filipinos there are advised to stay vigilant

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on October 5, with the subway suspended and many shops shuttered following another night of violence. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

SC warns Robredo, Marcos camps: Stop talking about the case

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:31 PM

The Supreme Court spokesman reacts to a radio interview made by Vice President Leni Robredo's legal counsel on Wednesday morning

WARNING. Supreme Court Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka reminds the Robredo and Marcos parties of the sub judice rule as the electoral protest case heats up. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

NBA: 'We are not apologizing' for Hong Kong tweet

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:59 PM

'The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issue,' says NBA commissioner Adam Silver

NO APOLOGY. The NBA is not liable for the statements of its teams in the league. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

Iraqi president urges end to 'escalation' after days of deadly protests

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:52 PM

President Barham Saleh appeals for a 'halt to escalation' and proposes a 'national, all-encompassing and frank dialogue…without foreign interference' to chart a way out of the crisis

IRAQ PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters speaks with members of police in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite Sadr City, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests – leader

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Carrie Lam tells reporters that while she believes the city's authorities can cope with the unprecedented troubles, China could be called upon if the situation becomes 'so bad'

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman (L) holds her mobile phone as a group of masked protesters run past while vandalising the Diamond Hill station in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 7, 2019.Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furor

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

'Daryl Morey is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression,' says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

APOLOGY. James Harden apologizes to China for Daryl Morey's tweets supporting the Hong Kong protests. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

Hong Kong protesters boycott Vans over sneaker design controversy

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Vans says that they 'have never taken a political position and therefore review designs to ensure they are in line with our company’s long-held values of respect and tolerance, as well as with our clearly communicated guidelines for this competition'

Global climate 'rebellion' sees mass arrests and blocked roads

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Extinction Rebellion is demanding governments drastically cut the carbon emissions scientists have shown cause devastating climate change

EXTINCTION REBELLION. Extinction Rebellion activists shout slogans at a gathering in Sydney on October 8, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Bongbong Marcos' protest

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Keep in mind that Robredo's goal here is to get that protest dismissed completely. Anything less than that would of course give Marcos the political and PR headwinds he needs to shape his 'I was cheated' narrative

Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:11 PM

'The government will not rule out the possibility of placing a ban on the internet,' says Ip Kwok-him, a veteran pro-Beijing politician and member of Hong Kong's executive council

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A man looks at the burnt and defaced entrance to the entrance to the Causeway Bay MTR underground train system after the weekend protests forced the rail network to shut down, in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts,' the military says

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters take part in a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central Khellani Square on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


First Hong Kongers appear in court for defying mask ban

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The face mask ban does little to halt the chaos or stop huge crowds of masked protesters from hitting the streets in defiance as opponents decried the move as a slide towards authoritarianism.

PROTESTS. Protesters shout slogans as they gather outside the Eastern District Courts in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019, where the first protesters arrested for wearing face masks appeared in court. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Robredo asks SC: Release initial vote recount results in VP protest

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers argue doing so would 'put to rest any apprehensions' of both camps regarding 'speculations' about the possible results of the ballot revision process

VOTE RECOUNT TRANSPARENCY. Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal, together with legal consultant Emil Marañon, files their motion with the Supreme Court on October 7, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Police fire tear gas as large crowds defy Hong Kong mask ban

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) Pro-democracy lawmakers fail to get an emergency injunction against the mask ban from Hong Kong's High Court

MASKED PROTESTERS. A woman holds a mask with slogans written on as protesters gather outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on October 5, 2019, a day after the city's leader outlawed face coverings at protests invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Duterte takes a swipe at Robredo again: 'Wala kayong makukuha diyan'

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Duterte makes the remark amid a looming PET ruling on the initial recount of the vice presidential electoral protest

Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington

'REBELLION.' A yellow vest stands as protestors stay inside the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Robredo remains VP whatever PET decides on initial recount – Macalintal

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Rule 65 of the 2010 Presidential Electoral Tribunal Rules says after examination of the pilot provinces, the tribunal will decide whether to dismiss the protest at that level and affirm Robredo's win, or decide to proceed to further recount

PET RULING. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal is expected to soon rule on the initial recount of 3 pilot provinces in the electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. File photo by Chari Villegas/OVP

Protesters flood Iraq streets anew as death toll nears 100

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Dozens gather around the oil ministry in Central Baghdad, facing live rounds fired in their direction

PROTEST. Iraqis gatehr in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on October 5, 2019 after a curfew was lifted following a day of violent protests. AFP photo

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy mask ban as city grinds to halt

Oct 05, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Hundreds staged marches and flashmob protests a day after the city's leader outlawed masks at protests, invoking colonial-era emergency powers

MORE PROTESTS. Protesters take part in a rally in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

All Hong Kong rail services to remain suspended after protest violence – MTR

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) MTR maintenance staff must ensure their own safety before carrying out the necessary repairs

Riot police stand guard inside a train station in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Baghdad clashes mount as top Shiite cleric endorses Iraq protests

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The endorsement from Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani prompts celebratory gunfire from protesters and piles new pressure on Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

IRAQ PROTESTS. An image grab taken from Iraqiya state TV channel shows Ahmad Al-Safi, a representative of Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader, reading a statement in which Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged Iraq to heed protesters 'before it's too late' during a televised speech following the weekly Friday prayer at a mosque in the central shrine city of Karbala on October 4, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAQIYA TV