#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 9-15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Only 3 in 10 Filipinos trust, approve of Alvarez – Pulse Asia

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Both Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys show the biggest erosion in Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's numbers in his home region, Mindanao

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sereno’s approval, trust ratings dip – Pulse Asia survey

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A Pulse Asia survey shows a big drop in the approval and trust ratings of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she faces an impeachment complaint

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno sees big drops in her approval and trust ratings in September according to a Pulse Asia survey. File photo by Rappler

'Slight decline' in Robredo's approval, trust ratings – Pulse survey

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo sees the biggest drop in her trust and performance ratings in Balance Luzon, according to the September survey of Pulse Asia

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo graces the inaguration of the Salubris Medical Center in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on October 7. Photo by the OVP.

Facebook beefing up team to thwart election manipulation

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Facebook says it will hire more than 1,000 people to thwart deceptive advertisements on the social network. The ads appear to be linked to a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency.

Filipinos still favor U.S over China but 'gap is narrowing' – Pew Research

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:20 PM

At least 78% of Filipinos favorably view United States in 2017 – a 14-point decline from 2015's 92% – compared to China's 55%

Huawei overtakes Apple in global smartphone market for the first time

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Chinese giant moves to second place in sales race outselling Apple in June and July 2017 according to research firm Counterpoint

HUAWEI. The brand's logo appears at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, June 28 to 30, 2017. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Tax on sugary drinks? Nutritionists say they help poor meet dietary needs

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Senator JV Ejercito suggests imposing the tax based on the drink s sugar content not volume

ANTI-POOR? A bill pending in Congress proposes to impose a P10 tax per liter of sugar sweetened beverage. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Call for papers: 5th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The 5th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 23 to 24 at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What's The Big Idea? AIM bids for big data leadership

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Coco Alcuaz speaks with AIM President and Dean Jikyeong Kang and her first recruit, Erika Legara about the school's bid for leadership in data science

BSP seen to hike interest rates until 2018 – BMI Research

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

This is because the global research firm expects Philippine inflation to hit the higher end of the 2017 target

DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed law wants health warnings vs salty, sugary food

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:08 AM

House Bill 5964 warns against food or drink containing sodium or sugar at least 20 higher than the recommended limit intake in the most recent Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

The best explanation is that the signals are transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites says the director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory

SOLVED. A 'Weird!' signal reportedly detected from dwarf star Ross 128 may most likely be interference from one or more geostationary satellites, says astronomers. Photo from

From Mozard to Botzard: when machines write our music

Jul 07, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The DAC program uses a form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning that works in a similar way to the human brain in memorizing experiences and learning from them

ALGORITHM. The DAC program uses a form of artificial intelligence known as "deep learning" that works in a similar way to the human brain in memorizing experiences and learning from them. Screenshot from EPFL video

Trump unpopular worldwide – poll

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:09 PM

In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world the White House s new occupant is arrogant intolerant and even dangerous according to a statement released with the poll

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 14, 2017 after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice early Wednesday, wounding a top congressman and three others, has died of injuries sustained in a shootout with police, President Donald Trump said. "Many lives would have been lost, if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault," Trump said in remarks to the nation.   / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The launch is another feather in the cap for scientists at ISRO who won Asia s race to Mars in 2014 when an Indian spacecraft reached the Red Planet on a shoestring budget

LIFTOFF. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) communication satellite GSAT-19, carried onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III ), launches at Sriharikota on June 5, 2017. Arun Sankar/AFP

5 things to make PH a better place for scientists

May 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Here s a short wishlist from the Pinoy scientists themselves

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on ISIS in the Philippines

May 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Watch our interview with terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna live

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

May 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These inaccurate statements have seriously misled public opinion caused panic among teachers and students and affected the normal order of instruction and life the China Education and Research Network says giving no further details

PH lacks 19,000 scientists in research and dev't – Bam Aquino

May 13, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Balik Scientist Bill seeks to institutionalize the program of the Department of Science and Technology that encourages overseas Filipino scientists to return and serve the country

MORE SCIENTISTS. The Philippines lacks thousands of scientists to improve research and development according to Senator Paulo Benigno "Bam" Aquino.

55% of Filipinos reject lower age of criminal liability – Pulse Asia

May 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Only 9 of Filipinos support lawmakers bid to lower the age of criminal liability to 9 years old

REHABILITATION. Children inside the Yakap-Bata Holding Center in Caloocan City talk with social workers. Rappler file photo

Ubial urges LGUs to help stop PH malnutrition time bomb

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

We are at a crossroads where decision and actions must be made that will have an impact on our children and the children of the future says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

FIGHT VS MALNUTRITION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial leads the launch of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022l in Iloilo City on Tuesday. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts'

Apr 23, 2017 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED The March for Science demonstrations have been organized in response to what is seen as mounting political pressure on facts based evidence

EVEN IN GREENLAND. The March for Science is held around the world as a form of protest against 'alternative facts.' Photo from March for Science Facebook page

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9 3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

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Mar 24, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Preserving the memory of glaciers

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Glaciers hold the memory of former climates and help to predict future environmental changes says the Institute of Research for Development

U.S. government awards STI grants to Filipino scholars and universities

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The universities who received research grants include University of the Philippines Diliman Western Philippines University University of Southeastern Philippines and Technological Institute of the Philippines

US Ambassador to PH Sung Y. Kim (top row, 6th from left) is joined by the principal investigators from universities receiving STI research grants from the U.S. Government through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Photo

Many 'lone-wolf' attacks are coached from afar, study claims

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

According to researchers evidence now shows that many so called lone wolves are in reality encouraged and directed by ISIS operatives to undertake attacks for which the group can then claim credit

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Mar 07, 2017 - 3:38 PM

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WATCH: Helping farmers through agricultural biotechnology

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:59 AM

The UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society strives to uphold awareness on the ways means and science behind agricultural biotechnology to help students and farmers alike

Labor groups on Cavite fire: HTI violated safety standards

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The findings of the left leaning groups contradict that of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which cleared the HTI of safety violations

FACTORY FIRE. Aftermath of a huge fire that broke in the Cavite that killed 3 workers and injured over a hundred. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Global arms trade highest since Cold War – study

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Between 2012 2016 arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 of global imports a 7 7 rise compared to 2007 2011

In this file photo, a convention attendee looks at rifles displayed at the Rock River Arms booth at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

Feb 15, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The launch means India now holds the record for launching the most satellites in one go surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014

Indian onlookers watch the launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) at Sriharikota on Febuary 15, 2017. Arun Sankar/AFP

India to launch 104 satellites in record mission

Feb 14, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The country s famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race

In this file photo, bystanders look on as the India Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) satellite INSAT-3DR, on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) launches from Sriharikota on September 8, 2016. Arun Sankar/AFP

PH's PPP program could see declining investor interest – BMI Research

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The research unit of Fitch Ratings flags the country s struggle with implementing projects on time and generating enough interest in proposed undertakings

LOOKING FOR FASTER ROUTE. The Duterte administration has 'expressed frustration on the prolonged implementation of PPP projects and cast doubt on the appropriateness of PPPs for certain infrastructure projects.' Rappler file photo

PH seen to remain fastest-growing economy in ASEAN-6 for 2017

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:35 PM

But the country s economic growth is expected to slow down from 2018 to 2020 with Vietnam likely to outpace the Philippines

SUNNY OUTLOOK. Higher infrastructure spending and robust OFW remittances will be among the main drivers of Philippine economy in 2016 and 2017, economists say

'Fake news' didn't change US election outcome – study

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:51 PM

The researchers did reach some potentially troubling conclusions – that 15 of people surveyed reported seeing fake news stories and 8 percent reported seeing and believing them

US ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures created on November 03, 2016 shows US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Tempe, Arizona, on November 2, 2016 and US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump in Warren, Michigan on October 31, 2016. Photos by Jeff Kowalsky, Jewel Samad/ AFP

7 in 10 Filipinos thumb down martial law – Pulse Asia

Jan 11, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Filipinos disagreement with the need for martial law to solve pressing national problems shoots up in December on the heels of protests against the hero s burial for strongman Ferdinand Marcos

NEVER AGAIN. Photos of human rights victims during the Martial Law. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Trump, Duterte nudge Japan to new normal

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:32 PM

Abe’s diplomatic skills are put to a test by two leaders with a similar volatile temperament

DOST researchers win P1.3 million in total prizes for published studies

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The DOST rewards researchers for having their studies published in international journals

Academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. (left, back row), chairman of the Agricultural Sciences Division of the DOST-NAST PHL, joins awardees of the 2016 Intellectual Property Award for International Publication from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) during the December 1 awarding in Pasay City. FNRI researchers won a total of P600,000 for 10 published studies. Photo by Edd Usman

Cancer and the merchants of hope

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Complementary and alternative medicine must be taken seriously for a number of reasons

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Donald Trump is seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history

ENEMIES OF SCIENCE? In this file photo, Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech as Vice president-elect Mike Pence looks on during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

74% of Filipinos believe Clinton will win US elections – online poll

Nov 08, 2016 - 10:56 PM

According to an online poll in 37 countries most respondents think Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential elections

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Data in the drug war: Why accurate numbers matter

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Duterte claims there are 3 to 4 million drug addicts in the Philippines but data from the Dangerous Drugs Board show there are only 1 8 million current drug users How will this affect the war on drugs?

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

Ties with China to fill infra spending gap, pose risk to PPP

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:31 PM

Increased Chinese involvement may have the dual effect of reducing the number of PPP projects in the pipeline and fulfilling plans for a Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines says a research firm

WIN-WIN. BMI Research said sees 'clear incentives' for both countries: China sees befriending the Philippines as a way of reducing the United States' influence in Asia; while the Philippines seeks to gain access to China's generous infrastructure investment packages. Background photo from Wikimedia