COA holds SSS President Dooc liable for crashing office car

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Emmanuel Dooc is found negligent for dozing off behind the wheel of his government-issued car in 2015, when he still headed the Insurance Commission

GOVERNMENT CAR. The Commission on Audit makes SSS president accountable for crashing his government car.

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

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

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) It is the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN

PH, Bank of China seal deal for $200-M 'Panda bond' offering

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The Philippine government will be the issuer while the Bank of China will be the lead underwriter in a 1.2 billion RMB offering aimed at Chinese investors

PLDT to nearly double int'l submarine cable capacity to 8.4 Tbps by 2019

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM

By the end of this year, PLDT’s submarine cable capacity will be 4.49 Tbps – up 140% from 2015

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

GSIS, SSS have biggest undistributed collections – COA

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:15 PM

GSIS has undistributed collections totaling P11.51 billion in 2016, while the SSS has P1.135 billion

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Where police stayed during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Rappler takes a look at the place where more than a thousand cops from outside Metro Manila stayed during the ASEAN Summit

Philippine gov't, Facebook partner for 'ultra high-speed' broadband

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The government says the planned Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will have 'spectrum equivalent to at least two million Mbps,' nearly equal to the combined capacity of Globe and PLDT

LUZON BYPASS INFRA. The deal involves two cable landing stations connected by a 250-kilometer long cable network corridor, which will provide terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait. File photo

50 cops hurt in protests during ASEAN Summit

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The ASEAN Security Task Force recognizes the cops' efforts in an awarding ceremony

Attacks targeted more countries in 2016 but fewer killed – report

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The Global Terrorism Index calls the falling victim numbers the 'main positive finding' and 'a turning point in the fight against radical Islamist extremism'

This photo taken on July 15, 2016 in Nice, shows a French flag at a make-shift memorial for victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Power slips from Mugabe as military steps in

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has been a key buttress to his reign have intensified in recent days

WHERE'S ROBERT? In this file photo, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters, November 8 2017. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police defend use of ear-piercing sonic alarm at ASEAN rally

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Cops use a long-range audio device (LRAD), considered as a sonic weapon applied for crowd control

WATCH: The street vendors who were told to 'hide' during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Vendors and street dwellers are told to steer away from the streets for a week or two if they do not want to be rounded up by the police

PH, U.S. to North Korea: ‘Immediately comply’ with UN Security Council resolutions

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:55 AM

US President Donald Trump also commends the Philippines for following ‘relevant’ UN Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea

ALLIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discuss matters during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Photo by Krl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

20 cops or 20 protesters injured? Even claims clash in ASEAN protests

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Cops also say a protester was arrested for throwing stones, but his fellow protesters say he was just driving a support van

FACE-OFF. Various protest groups riot near the US Embassy to protest US Pesident Trump's visit to the Philippines during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

World leaders meet in PH amid post-Marawi security concerns

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine military is confident of its preparations for the ASEAN Summit. Intelligence agencies of allied countries are also on top of the situation.

Philippine Coast Guard to arrest ASEAN Summit protesters at Manila Bay

Nov 10, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard receives reports that protest groups are trying to bribe fishermen to get bring them close to the United States embassy near the main ASEAN Summit venues

DISSENT. Protesters slam the ASEAN alliance just before the meetings in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bank schedules during 2017 ASEAN Summit

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Banks in Metro Manila release advisories on their operating hours for the duration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit

SEC files complaint vs Calata over botched Cebu casino project

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Calata Corporation executives are accused of making false claims about the project to boost the company's share price

BOTCHED DEAL. SEC accuses Calata executives of making false claims on approval of gaming license for a Cebu project. Image of supposed Cebu gaming complex from Calata

Dela Rosa orders recall of all PNP security detail for VIPs

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM

'Baka may iba pang drug lord na may PSPG security,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

RECALLED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa orders the recall of all security details. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Myanmar rebuffs 'harmful' UN statement on Rohingya

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Myanmar says a UN Security Council statement could 'seriously harm' efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

How did a convicted drug lord’s daughter get PNP security?

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It’s not that easy to get a security detail from the PNP. So why was Diana Yu Uy, daughter of a convicted drug lord and herself apparently an illegal drugs personality, assigned two policemen as her security detail for over 7 years?

CAPTURED. PDEA charges Diana Yu Uy, daughter of convicted drug lord, is caught in possession of illegal drugs and with two policemen as security detail. PDEA photo

PNP probes cops' links to convicted drug lord

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:12 PM

The Police Security and Protection Group is investigating the two policemen who had been assigned to protect Diana Yu Uy, daughter of a convicted drug pusher

PROBE. The PNP investigates if its own men –  who were assigned to protect Diana Yu Uy –  were involved in illegal drugs as well. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'They cannot silence us': Kabul TV station back on air moments after attack

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) The assault on Shamshad TV by militants disguised as policemen, which was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, highlights the risks facing journalists who are increasingly targets in the war-torn country

ON ALERT. Afghan policemen stand guard near an entrance gate of Shamshad TV after gunmen disguised as policemen stormed a television station in Kabul on November 7, 2017. Shah Marai/AFP

UN turns up pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:00 AM

The UN Security Council calls on Myanmar to rein in its military campaign in Rakhine state and allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya driven from their homes to return

DISPLACED. Rohingya refugees rest after crossing into Bangladesh from Myanmar at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 24, 2017. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Trump due in Seoul amid North Korea tensions

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Trump flies in from Japan after securing Tokyo's full support for Washington's stance that 'all options are on the table' regarding North Korea

IN ASIA. US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to speak to US military personnel at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Rappler Talk: U.S. national security adviser on Trump's PH visit

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines is the last leg of Trump's first Asia tour. US national security adviser HR McMaster talks to Rappler about US President Donald Trump and what he plans to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

RAPPLER TALK. US national security adviser H.R. McMaster speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on President Donald Trump's visit to the Philippines. Rappler photo

Duterte's pivot from US will turn into a pirouette – Trump adviser

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster says President Donald Trump will want to continue active involvement in the region. 'He wants to hear from the leaders in the region about how they would like the US to engage from a security perspective and from an economic perspective.'

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Security Bank net income rises by 21% to P2.14 billion in Q3 2017

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The 3rd quarter result means Security Bank's net income for the first 9 months of the year is up 12% to P7.4 billion

Saudi Arabia seals Yemen borders, accuses Iran over missile strike

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile, which was launched from Yemen as rebels appeared to escalate hostilities, near Riyadh's international airport on November 4

CLOSED. In this file photo, Saudi border guards stand guard in the closed al-Tuwal border crossing with Yemen in the southern Jizan province on October 3, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Russia faces 'very real' threat of attack at World Cup

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The world's most high profile sporting event, along with the Olympic Games, makes an ideal terrorist target

SHOWCASE. In this file photo, people watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Trump opens door to North Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump kicks off his Asia tour in earnest as he holds talks with Japanese leaders about tackling the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea

US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Yokota Air Base, November 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Hezbollah says Saudi 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:55 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, says Saad Hariri's resignation 'was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 01, 2017, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a press conference with French President at the Murat Lounge in the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

SSS eyes benefits for unemployed in proposed charter amendment

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:45 PM

SSS Chairman Amado Valdez says they are studying the creation of an insurance program for Filipinos who are unemployed through no fault of their own

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. SSS says its aims to provide the necessary benefits to cover for situations where no employment is available. Rappler file photo

IN PHOTOS: PH sends off 60,000 security personnel for ASEAN Summit

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Philippine government is 'ready and equipped' for the summit

Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The crackdown is reported immediately after a new anti-corruption commission, headed by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is established by royal decree

Photo taken September 23, 2014 shows a giant Saudi flag during celebrations to mark the 84th Saudi Arabian National Day in  Jeddah. Stringer/AFP

P5-M shabu seized in Zamboanga City

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Five people are also arrested in the buy-bust operation led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. The PDEA and NISG seize over P5 million worth of shabu and arrest 5 in a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

New York attacker was 'soldier' of ISIS, Islamic State says

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:11 PM

'One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,' said an article in the latest issue of the group's al-Naba weekly newspaper

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

Trump Asia tour to focus on actions 'short of war' vs North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:53 AM

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says countries should do more to increase the isolation of North Korea to send a message that 'they have no option but to denuclearize'

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

No sea operations in Manila Bay Nov 5-16 for ASEAN Summit

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:44 AM

A 'No Sail Zone' will be imposed in the vicinity of waters from the H2O Hotel in Manila to Okada Hotel at New Seaside Drive in Parañaque City, says DILG OIC Catalino Cuy

Trump vows crackdown after New York attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Trump pledges sweeping changes to curb immigration and later calls for the attacker to be put to death

PRIME SUSPECT. This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections in the midwestern US state of Missouri on October 31, 2017 shows Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed 8 people in New York on October 31, 2017. St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections/AFP

U.S. charges suspect who 'felt good' about NYC attack

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) Prosecutors unveil the terrorism charges against 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, saying he had waived his rights and openly confessed to the attack while being questioned in custody at a hospital after being shot

PRIME SUSPECT. A picture of suspect Sayfullo Saipov is displayed during a news conference about yesterday's attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan that is being called a terrorist incident on November 1, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

PH slams 'unspeakable act of terror' in New York

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:50 PM

No Filipino is reported dead or injured so far in the first deadly terror-related incident in New York since 9/11

ACT OF TERROR. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano slams the 'unspeakable act of terror' in New York. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler