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PH, India sign maritime security deal during Kovind visit

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Indian leader Ram Nath Kovind, the Philippine Coast Guard and Indian Navy sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing information about the movement of non-military commercial vessels

President Ram Nath Kovind of India is accompanied by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno during wreath laying ceremony in Rizal monument, Manila on October 18, 2019. Phoo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SEC approves Fruitas stock market debut

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Fruitas aims to raise some P1.2 billion to fund its expansion plans

Indonesia arrests two dozen after minister attack

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The world's biggest Muslim majority nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko Widodo’s second-term inauguration on Sunday, October 20, with some 27,000 troops expected to be deployed in the capital Jakarta

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 27, 2016 shows then-newly appointed Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto posing for photographers prior to an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto suffered "two deep wounds" in his stomach after he was stabbed by a suspected militant on October 10, 2019, according to police and a hospital spokesman, adding that a local police chief was also injured. ADEK BERRY / AFP

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

U.S. to collect DNA of all undocumented migrants

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a plan to take DNA samples from each of the undocumented immigrants and store it in a national database for criminal DNA profiles

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

Sudan shuts border with Libya, Central Africa over security concerns

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'The sovereign council...ordered the closure of the border with Libya and Central African Republic as it threatened the security and economy of the country,' says a statement by the ruling body

SECURITY CONCERNS. Sudanese paramilitaries say they have captured 138 Africans, including dozens of Sudanese, trying to enter neighboring Libya illegally. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Higher penalties now await bank account hackers, credit card skimmers

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Hacking a banking system can now land you in jail for life due to a new law imposing stiffer penalties for access device fraud

ATM FEES. The central bank now makes it possible for banks to adjust ATM fees, subject to their approval. Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: PH Navy debuts new amphibious vehicles, attack vessels

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Navy's brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) boosts its capability to defend the Philippines' maritime domain

ASSAULT VEHICLES. The Philippine Navy showcases its brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) in a military exercise in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

U.S. SEC charges Nissan, ex-CEO Ghosn with hiding $140 million from investors

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Former CEO Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million in fines to settle the matter without admitting wrongdoing, and will be barred from serving as a corporate executive for 10 years. Nissan will pay a $15 million fine.

CARLOS GHOSN. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn (C) is escorted as he walks out of the Tokyo Detention House following his release on bail in Tokyo on April 25, 2019. File photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Trump names hostage negotiator O'Brien national security advisor

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Robert O'Brien will become the fourth national security advisor in Trump's tumultuous first term

ROBERT O'BRIEN. President Donald Trump on September 18, 2019 names his pointman for hostage situations, Robert O'Brien, to replace his hawkish national security advisor sacked last week. File photo by Fredrik Persson /TT News Agency/AFP

[OPINION | Point of Law] Cutting the Philippines off from the rest of world!

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:30 PM

A liberal outlook in dealing with online platforms will certainly have basis in law. Otherwise, we stand the risk of spiraling down a dangerous path of isolation from the rest of world.

Food is no free lunch

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If we knew more about more kinds of foods and their impact, then we could make better individual and community judgments as well as national policies that will affect our food security

FALSE: Duterte 'signs a law granting SSS members P50,000 bonuses'

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Existing laws on the Social Security System (SSS) grant members specific benefits but not bonuses as described in the claim

PH, Singapore sign MOU on personal data protection

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This is the first data protection-related MOU signed between two ASEAN member states, according to the Philippines' National Privacy Commission

Trump fires hawkish national security chief John Bolton

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Trump announces via Twitter: 'I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.' But Bolton denies being fired and insists he had resigned

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

Among 13 countries, Philippines most worried about data security

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Unisys Security Index says 1 in 5 Filipinos stop dealing with an organization after a data breach

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Former Wescom chief appointed new transport security administrator

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Raul del Rosario is now the administrator of the Office for Transportation Security after his stint with Clark International Airport Corporation

NEW ADMINISTRATOR. Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario's appointment papers were signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 28, 2019. Photo grabbed from Wescom FB

Media groups in Mindanao slam red-tagging of CDO journalists

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The Mindanao Independent Press Council calls for a dialogue between journalists and security forces 'to tackle the problem of red-tagging...as a matter that hinges on human rights'

RED-TAGGED. Froilan Gallardo and Cong Corrales are again involved in a recent red-tagging incident in Cagayan de Oro City. File photos from Facebook

NUJP calls on officials to protect red-tagged journalists, personalities in CDO

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines laments 'the apparent lack of interest of local government and security units to protect those so threatened'

OFWs run to Supreme Court to contest mandatory SSS contributions

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Unlike Philippine-based workers whose employers shoulder part of their SSS contributions, overseas workers have to pay the entire amount even before they go abroad

SSS CONTRIBUTIONS. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) contest new law provisions making SSS contributions mandatory for land-based overseas workers. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A Google online post says we 'disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong'

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

U.S. to allow indefinite detention of migrant children – DHS

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The move is aimed at deterring migrant expectations that they will be released after being arrested by the US border authorities and able to disappear into the US population

MIGRANTS. This file photo shows Central American migrant children traveling to the United States, play at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 26, 2018. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

SEC approves stock market debut of Manny Villar's AllHome

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission approves the planned initial public offering of Manny Villar's AllHome and coconut product manufacturer Axelum Resources

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Saudi-led coalition launches strike after Aden 'coup'

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Meanwhile, both the Yemeni government and separatists say they back Riyadh's call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting

SEPARATISTS. Yemeni supporters of the southern separatist movement pose for a picture with a tank they confiscated from a nearby military base in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on August 10, 2019. Photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

U.S. lifts advisory on NAIA security concerns

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The United States Department of Homeland Security cites 'significant improvements' in the security operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SECURITY. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has made significant improvements to its security measures, says the US Department of Homeland Security. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

World warned: change now or endanger food and climate

Aug 08, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off

8chan owner summoned to testify before U.S. Congress

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:22 PM

8chan's Jim Watkins is asked to 'provide testimony regarding 8chan’s efforts to investigate and mitigate the proliferation of extremist content, including white supremacist extremist content'

JIM WATKINS. 8chan's current owner, Jim Watkins, reaches out to the public via YouTube. Screenshot from YouTube video.

Villanueva feels 'misled, used' after Duterte veto of anti-endo bill

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Despite the disappointment, Senator Joel Villanueva says other senators were not comfortable with the plan to override the President's veto

'USED.' Senator Joel Villanueva says he does not get the logic behind the economic managers' disapproval of the anti-endo bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

[ANALYSIS] The paper tiger that was the anti-endo bill

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

The Duterte government roared to end endo, but the final product of their collective efforts sounded more like a meow

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty now in force

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The agreement enters into force 25 years after the Philippines and Indonesia first discussed it in June 1994

IN FORCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) signed the 'Protocols of Exchange' of the instruments of ratification concerning the boundary agreement between the two countries. Photo by Anthony Cornista/DFA

SSS runs after delinquent employers in Legazpi City

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Legazpi City was the latest stop in the nationwide Run After Contribution Evaders operations of the SSS

NON-COMPLIANT. SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division I and II Renato Jacinto S. Cuisia posts a show cause order outside a non-compliant business establishment in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde

No one to blame for vetoed anti-endo bill, says Malacañang

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo also calls the presidential veto a 'good thing' as it showed where President Duterte stood on the measure – even if the Chief Executive himself had previously certified the very same bill as urgent

Members of the Akbayan Partylist group assemble at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City to press for and end to Endo at demand for security of tenure for workers and pass legislation for a 105 days of expanded maternity leave for working mothers on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SEC warns public vs Scentko perfume scam

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Scentko promises customers a whopping 400% return if they buy the company's perfume, but it is not authorized to engage in investment activities

Carpio: PH must compel foreign ships to keep trackers on when passing through

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:35 PM

This is in response to Chinese warships crossing Tawi-Tawi waters undetected

PASSAGE OF CHINESE WARSHIPS. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio sounds the alarm on Chinese warships passing by Tawi-Tawi without the knowledge of the Philippine government. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After Duterte veto, DOLE to submit proposal for new anti-endo bill

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says provisions on defining 'labor-only contracting' among others will be part of a new proposal it will submit to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council by August 5

END ENDO. Labor groups march along Espana, Manila to push for the end of contractualization schemes on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Villanueva refiles anti-endo bill days after veto

Jul 29, 2019 - 2:14 PM

'Babalik tayo sa Grade 1,' says Senator Joel Villanueva as he refiles the Security of Tenure bill that was previously certified 'urgent' by Malacañang

END ENDO. Senator Joel Villanueva delivers a privilege speech at the Senate regarding the President's veto on the anti-endo bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit Duterte veto of anti-endo bill: 'Get your act together'

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Senators express dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of the security of tenure bill, noting the measure was certified as urgent months before

VETOED. Senators hit the executive department after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the security of tenure bill months after certifying it as urgent. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After Duterte's veto, labor groups vow to continue fight vs endo

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Despite the setback, labor groups say President Duterte's veto won't stop workers' struggle to end contractualization

FIGHTING ENDO. Labor groups vow to continue pushing for the end of contractualization despite President Duterte's veto of the security of tenure bill. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte vetoes anti-endo bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes the security of tenure bill, despite certifying it as urgent in September 2018

LABOR PROTEST. Trade union workers belonging to the Nagkaisa Coalition hold a protest in Mendiola, Manila on Labor Day, May 1, 2019, calling for an end to contractualization. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo's boo-boo: He says Duterte vetoed anti-endo bill then takes it back

Jul 25, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo apologizes for his error, saying President Rodrigo Duterte is still studying the measure

Members of the Akbayan Partylist group assemble at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City to press for and end to Endo at demand for security of tenure for workers and pass legislation for a 105 days of expanded maternity leave for working mothers on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Coast Guard gets new high-speed boats, trucks to boost capabilities

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Other new assets include rubber boats and fully equipped ambulances useful in disaster response and rescue operations

NEW ASSETS. Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Fearing veto, labor groups urge Duterte to sign anti-endo bill

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Though labor groups say the security of tenure bill is a watered-down version of what they fought for, they believe it is 'better than nothing'

LABOR GROUPS. Trade union workers belonging to the Nagkaisa Coalition march along Espana, Manila to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Villanueva asks NEDA if it's setting up endo bill for Duterte's veto

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the Security of Tenure bill, which is now up for the President's signature, still needs some tweaking to benefit both workers and employers

SEC shuts down 836 illegal lenders

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Any person who engages in lending without having the necessary documents will face a fine ranging from P10,000 to P50,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months to 10 years