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Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future clouded

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Egyptians working at the world-famous tourist site are concerned the bombing's aftermath may affect their livelihoods

THRIVING AGAIN. Tourists gather at the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 29, 2018. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The structure is believed to date back to around the year 1150

AFTER EARTHQUAKE. View of the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11, 2018. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

SEC warns public against investing in Pluggle

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) While Pluggle is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it is not authorized to solicit investments

UNAUTHORIZED TRADES. While Pluggle is registered with the commission, SEC says it is not authorized to solicit investments from the public because it has not secured a license permit yet. Screenshot from Facebook page of Pluggle Inc

Egyptologists go high tech to unlock ancient mysteries

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Advanced techniques coming into use are meant to be non invasive so as not to damage the ancient relics

Court grants bail to Aman Futures scam alleged mastermind

Oct 27, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The Court of Appeals says the prosecution failed to prove that former Pagadian City mayor Samuel Co performed any overt act in furtherance of the alleged conspiracy

Former Pagadian City mayor Samuel Co in 2012. Screengrab from ANC on YouTube

SEC files raps vs 'agent' for using Facebook in shady deals

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:46 PM

The commission says that Mary Grace Miranda Lapid is not registered and claimed to be an agent of firms facing cases

Scans show '90% chance' of hidden chambers in Tutankhamun tomb

Mar 17, 2016 - 8:00 PM

British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes Queen Nefertiti s tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun s tomb

epa05046389 An interior view of the King Tutankhamun burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt, 28 November 2015. Scanning works were conducted inside King Tutankhamun's Tomb for two days. The country's Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, said at a press conference on 28 November 2015 that the preliminary results of the radar scans indicated the existence of an unknown burial chamber behind that of the Boy King's. British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves believes that the new chamber could be the last resting place of Queen Nefertiti, King Tut's mother-in-law. EPA/STR

Pyramid scam queen Rose Baladjay, husband sentenced to 7 years

Dec 09, 2015 - 2:55 PM

The Makati Regional Trial Court has ordered Multitel s Rose and Saturnino Baladjay to pay their victims P8 million

GUILTY. Rose Baladjay (right) is accused of swindling hundreds of people into investing into her firm, Multinational Telecom Investors Corporation (Multitel). A Makati Regional Trial Court branch recently ruled she is guilty on 65 counts and sentenced to 7 years in prison. File photo by Agence France-Presse/Jay Directo

Hi-tech scans look to unravel mysteries of Egypt pyramids

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:03 AM

Using the latest infrared technology – a far cry from the down and dirty methods of the Indiana Jones films – a team of researchers from Egypt France Canada and Japan have been scanning 4 of Egypt s famed pyramids with thermal cameras

PYRAMID SCAN. People gather near the great pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo on November 9, 2015, during an infrared thermography experiment to map out the temperature of the walls. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Experts in new bid to unravel 'secrets' of pyramids

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Project Scan Pyramids will be a fresh attempt to understand how the monuments were built in the first place

PYRAMIDS. A photo made available on 14 July 2013 shows the Sphinx and pyramids seen in Giza, Egypt, 13 July 2013. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

One Lightning Corporation submits to SEC probe

Mar 23, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Pyramiding company? The firm maintains that it is a legitimate corporation and awaits steps prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission

Have you been hit by ‘One Lightning?'

Mar 13, 2015 - 4:53 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission says One Lightning Corporation has no license to sell products or accept investments beyond its registered business

Not all that glitters is gold

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The lure of a quick return on investment momentarily blinds many until they realize they are trapped in a scam

Movies playing this week: 'Hobbit,' 'Paranormal Island,' more

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:51 PM

The conclusion to an epic saga a summer vacation gone wrong and more in this week s cinemas

Egypt to open Sphinx area to tourists again

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:50 PM

The Sphinx courtyard will be opened for the first time since the restoration of the monument Antiquities Minister Mohammed al Damati tells reporters on a tour of the site

VISIT. The sphinx (C) flanked by the pyramids of Menkaure (R) and Khafre (L) in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry restored the courtyard in front of the sphinx and the pyramid of King Khafre as part of their project to preserve Egypt’s heritage and promote tourism to the country. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Pagadian ex-mayor linked to Aman scam nabbed

Dec 15, 2013 - 12:35 PM

UPDATED Former Pagadian City mayor Samuel Co has been arrested in Manila in connection with the Aman Futures networking scam

Visiting the Louvre

Aug 10, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Touring the Louvre is no easy feat Here s a list that will help you plan on which exhibits to see

GROUNDS. The old fortress turned castle turned museum offers majestic view, world's leading art pieces. Photos by Carol Ramoran except as indicated

Aman scam suspects face new estafa raps

Jul 24, 2013 - 9:15 AM

Department of Justice prosecutors in Cebu find probable cause for another round of charges against former Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co and 11 others

DISMISS THE CHARGES. Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co denies any link with Aman scam despite documentary evidence and witnesses implicating his involvement. Screenshot from ANC on YouTube.

Pagadian mayor asks CA to junk estafa raps

Apr 29, 2013 - 5:32 PM

Co s lawyers said the case against him was politically motivated

DISMISS THE CHARGES. Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co denies any link with Aman scam despite documentary evidence and witnesses implicating his involvement. Screenshot from ANC on YouTube.

Court orders arrest of Pagadian City mayor

Apr 13, 2013 - 3:56 PM

The Lanao del Norte court fails to serve the warrant of arrest for Pagadian City Mayor Sammy Co

Malacañang: Amalilio is a Filipino citizen

Jan 28, 2013 - 3:08 PM

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda denies reports that Manuel Amalilio is a Malaysian citizen arguing the National Bureau of Investigation has a certified true copy of his birth certificate

Malaysian police stops Aman boss departure

Jan 25, 2013 - 5:48 PM

3rd UPDATE The scheduled departure of Emmanuel Amalilio for Manila encounters obstacles

Pyramid scam 'mastermind' returns to PH Friday

Jan 24, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Amalilio was arrested in Malaysia for possession of a fake passport

BACK IN MANILA. Amalilio - the man behind the multibillion peso scam - will be taken back to Manila by NBI agents on January 25. Screengrab from

Aman Futures boss arrested in Malaysia

Jan 23, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Malaysian authorities arrest Emmanuel Amalilio in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

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Aman Futures president claims he's just a driver

Dec 27, 2012 - 7:44 PM

The President of Aman Futures Group Inc Fernando Luna says Manuel Amarillo is the mastermind behind the pyramid scam

Scam alert! SEC warns of scheme aimed at domestic helpers

Dec 21, 2012 - 4:14 PM

the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC warned about the an unnamed group that has been offering investment opportunities promising hefty returns of P900 every month for an investment of only P100

NBI charges Pagadian mayor with estafa, graft

Dec 04, 2012 - 6:22 PM

Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co issued a temporary permit to Aman on July 27 even if the firm did not have a secondary license says the NBI


P200-M Aman Futures accounts frozen

Dec 04, 2012 - 12:32 PM

The Anti Money Laundering Council says it has frozen the accounts of Aman Futures amounting to P200 M

Timeline: The Aman Futures pyramid scam

Nov 28, 2012 - 8:04 PM

Rappler traces the development of the Aman Futures pyramid scam in Pagadian City and the alleged role played by Samuel Co

Pagadian mayor says he distributed Aman checks 'to help my people'

Nov 28, 2012 - 1:28 PM

Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co confirms that he handed out checks from Aman to investors but insisted he had no involvement with the company and only meant to help investors get their money after the Aman offices closed down

Rappler Newscast | November 27, 2012

Nov 27, 2012 - 8:54 PM

The Freedom of Information bill passes the committee level in the House of Representatives The Court of Appeals nullifies a panel linking the Reyes brothers to the killing of Palawan broadcaster Gerry Ortega The mastermind of the Rasuman pyramid scam is arrested

Board members of firm behind pyramid scam 'dummies'

Nov 27, 2012 - 8:34 PM

Officers of the Aman Futures Group claim they didn t know the group is operating a pyramid scam


Suspect in pyramid scam arrested

Nov 27, 2012 - 3:08 PM

The head of one of two major scams in the South is arrested in Marawi City

Pagadian mayor denies hand in pyramid scam

Nov 27, 2012 - 1:25 PM

Co says he is being used as a scapegoat

DILG on Aman: No evidence local officials invested IRAs

Nov 26, 2012 - 6:24 PM

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero says they have no evidence so far that local officials have invested their Internal Revenue Allotment in the Aman pyramid scam

FULL DISCLOSURE. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero hopes that the new portal will make local governments more transparent and accountable. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez.

NBI links Pagadian mayor to pyramid scam

Nov 26, 2012 - 6:11 PM

The NBI says it has sufficient evidence to charge Pagadian Mayor Co with graft and estafa


Pagadian mayor, police file complaints vs alleged scammers

Nov 21, 2012 - 5:22 PM

Co has insisted he s a victim and is not part of the pyramid scam


4 tips from PNoy on avoiding pyramid scams

Nov 20, 2012 - 5:19 PM

In the wake of the several pyramid scams that have victimized thousands of Filipinos President Aquino offers advice to investors on how to avoid similar scams in the future

ADVICE FROM THE PRESIDENT. President Benigno Aquino III talked about the Aman scam in the sidelines of the ASEAN-China Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Malacanang Photo Bureau.

Palace appeals to pyramid scam victims for sobriety

Nov 18, 2012 - 11:15 PM

The authorities are moving quickly on this Malacañang assures victims

BI on alert for people behind pyramid scam

Nov 16, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Both the BI and DOJ cannot stop them from leaving the country however