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Brazil bus hijacker, armed with toy gun, shot dead by police

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear if the hijacker made any demands or what his motivation was for taking the hostages. Police say none of the hostages were injured.

HIJACKED. A member of the police gives instructions to drivers near the area where a gunman holding a bus with 16 hostages was shot dead by police in Rio de Janeiro on August 22, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil inmate found dead after foiled escape disguised as daughter

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) Clauvino da Silva made headlines after he was caught trying to escape from a Rio de Janeiro jail wearing a silicon mask, long dark wig, glasses, white flip flops and clothes belonging to his 19-year-old daughter

DISGUISE. Handout picture released by Rio de Janeiro's State Secretariat of Prison Administration showing Brazilian inmate Clauvino da Silva wearing a wig and a mask after been captured while trying to escape the Gericino prison complex, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 03, 2019. AFP PHOTO/SEAP

Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The havoc caused by the unusually heavy downpour is amplified by rampant construction in neighborhoods controlled by heavily-armed gangs and militias

RIO BUILDING COLLAPSE. People watch as an injured person is carried onto a rescue helicopter after two buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

‘Drag Race’ winner Bianca del Rio: ’If you can’t laugh at yourself, how can you laugh at someone else?’

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:28 PM

‘So long as you have a sense of humor about yourself, it works out well to have a sense of humor about other people,’ says the drag queen known for her biting brand of insult comedy

CLOWN IN A GOWN. The drag queen and stand-up comedian known for her sass and unapologetic, biting humor tells the Manila press that she’s one to never take herself seriously, so she’s able to poke irreverent fun at people. ‘You gotta laugh, and you gotta have a good time,’ she says. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

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

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Sandiganbayan junks Palawan governor's bid for reinvestigation of graft case

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The anti-graft court says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez did not present any new evidence

BID DENIED. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:39 PM

According to documents seen by AFP, Carlos Ghosn invited 8 couples to watch the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro in February 2018 from a beach-side luxury hotel

GHOSN. News of the party is the latest evidence of Carlos Ghosn's expensive lifestyle to emerge. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

LOOK: Google event takes on political hue as leaders do the Duterte fist

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The administration's symbol shows up at a photo opportunity during Google's event

DUTERTE FIST. PLDT's Manny Pangilinan (2nd from left), DICT's Eliseo Rio (3nd from right) and Google's Ken Lingan (2nd from right) do Duterte's pose, which for some has come to symbolize Duterte's bloody drug war


Brazil police operation in Rio favela leaves 13 dead

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The police operations that led to the gunfight are due to 'shoot-outs in the area caused by the dispute between rival criminal groups'

POLICE OPERATIONS. A police operation in a number of Rio de Janeiro city center favelas leaves 13 dead. File photo shows police in an operation at Cidade de Deus favela in Rio de Janeiro on February 01, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

'Good will beat evil,' Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'The legislative, executive and judicial (powers) together must, by law, give guarantees that good will beat evil,' Brazil's new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro says

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: China's telco play in the Philippines

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The coming entry of China Telecom into our communication infrastructure serves the interest of a covetous neighbor that has wronged us so many times

DICT Secretary Rio: Don't replace me just yet

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'I see no urgency in Senator [Gringo] Honasan taking over, at least until I fully finish this job on the third telco,' says acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr

MORE TIME. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. hopes to settle unfinished business in the 3rd telco bidding first before an exit from the agency. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted

DICT accuses NOW Telecom of delaying 3rd telco entry

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr insinuates that NOW Telecom probably cannot really afford to bid against financially capable companies

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:48 AM

The jewel in the crown of the museum's collection of 20 million valuable pieces, Luzia was the first human fossil found in Brazil, in the southwestern Minas Gerais state in 1970

LUZIA. File photo taken on September 20, 1999 of a cameraman recording the presentation of the reconstruction of the head of 'Luzia,' 'the first Brazilian woman' – whose skull is 12,000 years old – at the National Museum of History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. File photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP

DICT Secretary Rio prevails, 3rd telco player auction 'off the table'

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Selecting the country's third telco player will be based on the quality of coverage, internet speed and investment, otherwise known as the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) model

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

LOOK: Former 'The Voice' PH finalist Kai Honasan gets married

May 06, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Kai marries Chicosci bassist Eco del Rio in a garden wedding at the Sofitel hotel

THE BRIDE. Kai Honasan walks down the aisle. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Cases over regulatory fees hound some 3rd telco aspirants

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) But PT&T and Now Telecom say they are contesting the supposed outstanding fees, so these have 'no bearing' on their bids for the 3rd telco slot

Philippines to 'add sweeteners' in guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The government is no longer requiring interested bidders to have a minimum net worth of P10 billion. Instead, it plans to award the 3rd telco slot to the participant with the 'highest committed level of service.'

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

PH gov't releases draft guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission come up with draft guidelines on the selection of a new major telco player

The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

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

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

DICT moves deadline for auction of 3rd telco slot

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'If we force the end-of-March deadline, there might not be any bidders,' says the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing – and politics

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:05 PM

This year revelers have more on their minds than drinking, dancing and dressing up – there's politics

BURST OF COLOR. In this file photo, revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

[OPINION] Are PCC, NTC fit to handle 3rd telco player?

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The PCC will have to address the competition issues confronting the 3rd telco player, while the NTC will have to ensure that the new entrant will meet the required regulatory and corporate issues before it could penetrate the market and go full blast in its operations

Duterte rejects DICT request to extend deadline for 3rd telco

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is adamant that the 3rd telco be ready by March despite requests of potential players to the DICT for more time to prepare requirements and secure partners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Solicitor General Jose Calida and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ian Lariba appeals for financial assistance for leukemia situation

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Lariba's worsened situation is causing her to have blurred visions and weakness on the left side of her body

CALL FOR HELP. Ian Lariba's leukemia situation worsens as the cancer has spread to her brain and spinal cord. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Olympian Ian Lariba undergoes head surgery in battle against leukemia

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Philippine sports unites, praying for Lariba's speedy recovery

BATTLES. Ian Lariba undergoes another surgery in her battle against Leukemia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duque dares accusers to file cases vs officials in alleged 'DOH mafia'

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he will order a review of the contracts entered into by the previous administration

INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants officials to adhere to the 'highest standards of professionalism and integrity.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Danny Garcia to face Brandon Rios in comeback from first loss

Dec 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Garcia faces Rios in his first fight after losing a decision to Keith Thurman

RING RETURN. Danny Garcia steps back into the ring after missing the rest of 2017 following his first defeat. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

CDO gov't wants more players to supply city with water

Dec 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

This comes amid issues with one of the city's current bulk water suppliers

Rio's gay pride marches on despite opposition by conservatives

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:39 PM

While Brazil is famous for its sun, sand, and skin-baring Carnival extravaganza, the country has a conservative streak, being still mostly Roman Catholic

KEEP THE PRIDE. A man poses for the picture during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Leo Correa/AFP

McDonald’s Stripes Run: A race to promote reading

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:31 PM

By joining the run, you and your family can support literacy initiatives for Filipino school children – and you can get those iconic striped socks, too

A RUN FOR ALL. Ronald McDonald poses with Coach Rio (right). The whole family can join in on the fun!

Why do you read Rappler?

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:39 PM

5 artists share some of their online news reading habits

Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Eighty-one percent of Puerto Rico remains blacked out one month after Hurricane Maria. Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is scarce, too.

IN THE DARK. A woman affected by Hurricane bathes a child using an improvised water system for water pipes from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico, on October 17, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

Pesinetron Rio Reifan ditangkap polisi karena narkoba

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Rio Reifan ditangkap Minggu 13 Agustus di kawasan Bekasi

SABU. Pesinetron Rio Reifan ditangkap polisi dengan barang bukti sabu, Minggu, 13 Agustus. Foto dari akun Instagram @rioreifan

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feel good city greeting the world at the Olympics in 2016

DILAPIDATED. Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Berita selebriti hari ini: Jumat, 7 Juli 2017

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

'Filosofi Kopi 2: Ben & Jody': Tak hanya nikmat untuk pecinta kopi

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Bahkan saya yang bukan pecinta kopi pun bisa menikmati film ini

Ben sedang bekerja di kedai Filosofi Kopi. Foto dari Facebook/Filosofi Kopi Movie


Unbeaten Vargas to defend crown on Cotto-Kamegai card

Jun 29, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Rey Vargas says he is thrilled to defend his world championship for the first time on such a special night

Atiqah Hasiholan dan Rio Dewanto dianugerahi putri pertama

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Selamat Rio dan Atiqah

Rio Dewanto dan Atiqah Hasiholan dianugerahi putri pertama. Foto dari Instagram/@atiqahhasiholan

Saat selebriti jadi 'dubber' film 'The Secret Life of Pets'

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Rio Dewanto Nycta Gina Nina Tamam bercerita soal pengalaman mereka mengisi suara film animasi

DUBBER. Para selebriti Indonesia yang jadi dubber untuk film 'The Secret Life of Pets' versi Bahasa Indonesia. Dari kiri ke kanan: Aimee Saras, Ichsan Akbar, Ferry Salim, Nycta Gina, Rio Dewanto, Nina Taman dan Bayu Oktara. Foto oleh HBO Asia

Lochte says he thought about suicide after Rio Olympics fiasco

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There were a couple of points where I was crying thinking If I go to bed and never wake up fine

SUICIDE. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte says he contemplated suicide after last year's Rio Olympics controversy. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

May 30, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The De La Salle University table tennis star will undergo treatment this week according to a statement from De La Salle University

LEUKEMIA. Ian Lariba, Filipino Olympian and La Salle table tennis star, is diagnosed with leukemia. File Photo from Rappler