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Presidential Security Group to go on lockdown, all personnel on self-quarantine

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) PSG commander Colonel Jesus Durante III says President Rodrigo Duterte will continue to be secured by his close-in detail who all tested negative for the coronavirus disease

PSG GROUP COMMANGER. PSG chief Colonel Jesus Durante III addresses PSG personnel on February 26, 2020. Photo from the PSG Facebook page

As virus spreads, U.N. appeal for ceasefires gets worldwide positive response

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria move to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for ceasefire

LESS VIOLENCE. In this file photo The United Nations flag is seen is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

PSG hits congressman Eric Yap for 'endangering' Malacañang officials, staff

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Security Group Commander Colonel Jesus Durante says he will file a case against ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap 'if necessary'

SPECIAL MEETING. ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L) is seen meeting with Congress and House members on March 21, 2020, 4 days before his positive COVID-19 results came out. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go

FALSE: SSS 'approves P20,000 aid for every member' due to coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The Social Security System has not announced such financial assistance

U.N. Security Council stalemate over coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Russia repeatedly opposes 'virtual' meetings by video to allow voting sessions. One diplomat describes the Russian stance as 'idiotic.'

STALEMATE. The United Nations flag waves outside the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

FAST FACTS: What is the SSS unemployment benefit?

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The Social Security System says they are ‘prepared’ to give benefits to employees laid off due to novel coronavirus

Duterte backs out of Boracay visit over coronavirus threat

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will not proceed to Boracay after 'careful review' of the coronavirus situation in the Philippines

CHANGE IN PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Malacañang on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

Injap Sia's MerryMart IPO gets SEC nod

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Injap Sia aims to roll out 1,200 MerryMart branches nationwide, with P120 billion in systemwide sales revenue, over a 12-year period

'Ligo tayo': Amid coronavirus, Duterte jokes he'll swim in Boracay with Puyat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also brushes aside a 'no-touch' policy between him and the public

ANOTHER JOKE? President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

'No touch:' PSG bans close contact with Duterte amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Presidential Security Group says it will also assess and may cancel large gatherings on President Rodrigo Duterte's schedule

NO TOUCHING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting in Malacañang on March 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

‘Hard sell?’ Military boasts rosy poll results as it faces criticism over new anti-terror bill

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:58 AM

An SWS poll shows high public satisfaction with the AFP, just as Congress decides on a law that gives the military broader powers in pursuing terror suspects

THE MARINES. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Marine Corps. File photo by Darren Langit

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Greenhills hostages freed

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Earlier, the superiors of hostage taker Alchie Paray – a security guard fired for being absent without leave – apologized and offered to resign in a bid to end the crisis

FREED. Hostages walk in a line after being released from inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila on March 2, 2020. AFP photo

Greenhills hostage taker's bosses apologize, resign in bid to end crisis

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) The hostage taker has been identified as Alchie Paray, a 40-year-old guard who was fired after apparently going on absence without leave for weeks

APOLOGY. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation apologize during a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker demands to talk to fellow guards, media

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The hostage taker, a former guard of V-Mall, was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks

EVACUATION. Policemen evacuate shoppers and vendors from V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, after a former guard hold dozens hostage in the administration office late morning of March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dozens held hostage at Greenhills mall, ex-guard armed with gun, grenades

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

(8th UPDATE) The suspect is a former security guard provided by the Safeguard Armor Security Corporation or SASCOR

LOCKDOWN. Vira Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, has been locked down as an armed former security guard hold hostage about 30 persons, mostly vendors, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

China cuts IPO red tape as new securities law takes effect

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Initial public offerings no longer need prior approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission

FINANCIAL DISTRICT. This file photo of the  skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong, Shanghai was taken on March 25, 2017. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Senate approves anti-terrorism bill on final reading

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan vote against the measure and warn of its possible abuse

DESTROYED. Remnants of what's left in Marawi after local terrorist groups attempted to take the city. Rappler file photo

Duterte to offer 'millions' as prize in next military drill contest

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The President reiterates an order for daily military drills in public, which he says will give people a sense of security and pride

MILITARY DRILLS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the participants of the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

U.S. Transportation Security Administration bans TikTok use among employees

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The agency follows bans by the Department of Homeland Security and the US military

This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

'Full-blooded Scout Ranger' Jesus Durante is new PSG commander

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Davao City-born Army colonel is the erstwhile chief of the Presidential Security Group's Presidential Escorts Battalion, and has master's degrees in defense analysis and development security

CLOSE-IN SECURITY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the troops during the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 30, 2018. Malacanññang Photo

U.S., Europe clash over Washington's global retreat

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:20 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron warns of a 'weakening of the West,' as the world leaders face a more assertive China and Russia

SECURITY. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adresses the audience on the podium during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020. Pool photo/AFP

Russia will keep trying to 'destabilize' West – Macron

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:11 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron predicts Moscow would be 'extremely aggressive' in this arena in the months and years to come

DESTABILIZE WEST. French President Emmanuel Macron cautions against Russia. AFP photo

U.S. defense chief warns of Huawei 'threat' to NATO

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:47 PM

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says Huawei is the 'poster child' for China's 'nefarious strategy' to infiltrate and dominate crucial Western infrastructure

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei beefs up its presence in Africa after the United States blacklisted it. Photo from Shutterstock

New clashes in Libya despite U.N. ceasefire call

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Despite the truce, there has been sporadic fighting almost every day near Tripoli, and arms continue to flow into the country

CLASHES. A man checks a shell-pocked wall in a street that was reportedly hit during shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Batata neighbourhood on February 13, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

SM Prime gets go signal for P100-billion bond offering

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

SM Prime says the money generated from the bonds will be used for more malls and other expansion projects

Google Chrome to block insecure downloads starting April

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Google is working to ensure 'secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files' through a gradual upgrading process on the Chrome browser

U.S. adds hacktivists, social media manipulators to top intel threats

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:31 PM

The biennial National Counterintelligence Strategy singles out anti-secrecy organizations, independent hackers, and Islamic extremist groups as espionage threats requiring close attention

WATCH: Lumad children want to be back in classrooms

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Will students from indigenous communities be able to return to their schools now that martial law in Mindanao has been lifted?

Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as U.N. slams Libya arms violations

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Libyan capital's sole functioning airport comes under renewed fire as fighting breaks out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo

PROTEST. Libyans take part in a demonstration against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, and in support of the UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA), in the Martyrs' Square in the GNA-held capital Tripoli on January 24, 2020. Photo by AFP

COA orders 5 SEC officials to refund P92 million in illegal pay hikes

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

State auditors exempt from liabilities other SEC executives and employees, who were passive recipients of the salary increase

SEC shuts down Peso Tree, Pesolalo, Pinoy Cash Loan

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The online lending firms ridiculed debtors and slapped very high interest rates, says the Securities and Exchange Commission


What help? Chinese company, gov't officials botch aid to Gem-Ver fishermen

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.

Russia hacked Ukrainian gas firm in Trump impeachment – U.S. cyber firm

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Russia's GRU spy agency launched a 'phishing'' attack in November to access the email of Burisma Holdings employees, California cyber firm Area 1 Security says in a report

PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Biggest fears for 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:00 PM

What are yours?

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The United States Embassy says heightened tension in the Middle East may bring security risks to Americans living abroad

US EMBASSY. The US Embassy in the Philippines advises Americans in the country to keep a low profile amid rising tensions in the Middle East. File photo by AFP

SEC approves short selling guidelines

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The guidelines approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission limit short sale transactions to companies comprising the PSEi

Yemen missile strike kills 5 southern separatists

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Security officials say the missile was fired by the Huthi Shiite, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Iran-allied rebels

China slashes red tape for IPOs

Dec 28, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The new registration-based IPO system in the newly amended law comes into effect on March 1, 2020

The second sinking of Gem-Ver

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Will PH military be China's unwitting accessory to data breach?

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Experts say Dito Telecommunity can allow China to mine data of Filipinos, and the Philippine military would be helping it by letting the telco build cell sites in its camps and bases

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Russian media say Moscow gunman had shooting hobby

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Russia has not said the shooting was terror-related

Military report confirms spying risks in deal with China-backed telco

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The China-backed telco’s equipment can indeed be used to spy on the military, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ own risk analysis of the ‘co-location’ deal

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections: Government walks a tightrope

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.