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Cebu governor says no more fund transfers to NGOs, CSOs

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says she wants to avoid a controversy similar to the pork barrel scam

NO PORK. No fund transfers will be allowed to NGOs or CSOs Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia says. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office's Facebook page

PNHS holds 40th national confab on national and local history, honors Samuel K. Tan

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:43 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine National Historical Society is holding the 40th National Conference on Local and National History

4 new tactics, terms in online manipulation campaigns – report

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

According to the researchers, the 4 techniques are a form of a broader online manipulation strategy called 'source hacking'

Maria Ressa to U.S. journalists: What happened to PH can happen to you

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The US-based Society of Professional Journalists honors Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and Jamal Khashoggi for their courage and contribution to the profession

SPJ honors Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, photojournalist Nick Ut (left) and former foreign correspondent Terry Anderson. Rappler photo

Scientists teleport qutrits in new step towards quantum computing

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Qutrits carry more data through quantum teleportation – the act of transferring the state of a quantum particle over a distance without physically moving that particle

Maria Ressa, 3 others named SPJ Fellows of Society

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Society of Professional Journalists honors Maria Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and the late Jamal Khashoggi for their 'extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism'

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged at her and the online news organinzation. April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Social Good Summit #2030Now: Insight for impact

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The 2019 Social Good Summit in the Philippines challenges us to cut through the social media noise so we build communities of action that will help make the world a better place

Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Doctors' groups push DOH moves to fight dengue

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Doctors' groups emphasize 'vector control and early consultation' as key steps to combat the ongoing national dengue epidemic

VECTOR CONTROL, EARLY CONSULT. Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Fearing no-deal Brexit, UK carmakers slam brakes on investment

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:15 PM

New investment in the United Kingdom's automotive industry plummets by 70% in the 1st half of 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 06, 2017 Opel cars are prepared for distribution at Vauxhall's production plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire, north-west England. - French carmaker PSA warned it could shut down a plant in northwest England if the factory becomes unprofitable because of Brexit, the Financial Times reported on July 29, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

FULL LIST: Winners, Eddys Awards 2019

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Kathryn Bernardo wins Best Actress for 'The Hows of Us,' while 'Liway' wins Best Picture

Netflix renews 'The Society' for season 2

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The citizens of New Ham need answers!

Rappler investigative team wins 2 SOPA awards for drug war story

May 29, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler's 7-part investigative story, 'Murder in Manila' will receive the Group B Excellence in Human Rights Reporting Award and the Group B Excellence in Investigative Reporting Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia

Rappler investigative team SOPA finalists for drug war story

May 06, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler reporters Patricia Evangelista, Lian Buan, and Rambo Talabong with photographer Carlo Gabuco are finalists for two categories at the 2019 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence

VIGILANTE. Angel, who requested Rappler change his name for "Murder in Manila," was one of several vigilantes who spoke to Rappler about the alleged outsourcing of extrajudicial killings in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

East Timor: police arrest ex-priest for sexually abusing girls in his orphanage

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim

Photo by Tjitse Lingsma

Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Fast cars, polo, parties: Thai 'High Society' flourishes in unequal kingdom

Mar 16, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Thailand boasts 50 billionaires, according to the latest rich list published by China-based researchers at the Hurun Report, the ninth-most in the world and more than France, Japan and Singapore

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 19, 2019 shows Thai women and foreign guests gathering on the field for photos after the Thai Polo Open 2019 tournament, the country's premier annual equestrian sporting event at a polo club in Pattaya. Wealth is a hot button election issue ahead of polls this month after nearly five years of junta rule. Party leaders from across the political spectrum wield promises of raising incomes and addressing inequality.   Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:53 AM

About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat – invariably boiled for tenderness – believed to increase energy

Members of the Humane Society International (HSI) carry dogs in crates for transport at a dog farm during a rescue event, involving the closure of the farm organised by the HSI, in Hongseong on February 13, 2019. This farm is a combined dog meat and puppy mill business with almost 200 dogs and puppies on site. HSI provides a solution to help dog meat farmers give up their business as a growing number of South Koreans oppose the cruelty of the dog meat industry.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

'Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!' is back for a second run

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The musical, which features beloved songs from the APO Hiking Society, will be showing throughout February and March

THE BOYS ARE BACK. The 'APO' musical is back for a second run. Photo from 9 Works Theatrical's Facebook page

More groups slam ‘violent, misogynist’ frat-linked chat

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

‘These incidents point to a larger, more harmful issue at hand: the culture of impunity, derogation and moral corruption that have become inevitably associated with the fraternities on campus,’ says the UP Economics Society

FRAT-RELATED VIOLENCE. The U.P. Department of Sociology and various groups slammed frat-related violence following the series of screenshots of group conversations allegedly linked to Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity.

George Soros foundation says will end Turkey activities

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The foundation says it will apply for its closure to the court 'immediately,' but insists it conducted each operation in Turkey in compliance with the country's laws

Filipina autism awareness advocate wins first-ever ASEAN Prize

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Erlinda Uy Koe's achievement has brought 'tremendous pride and great honor' to the Philippines, says Malacañang

PAWS had a halloween party, and it was definitely a treat

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Give them ALL the treats!

TRICK OR TREAT. We'd give this cutie all the treats he wants. Photo courtesy of PAWS

How we solved a centuries-old mystery by discovering a rare form of star collision

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A collision between a white dwarf and a brown dwarf would be spectacular

SPACE. The ALMA telescope has seen tantalizing hints of a violent event. ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN (twanight.org), CC BY-ND

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Masungi Georeserve presents the first ‘Explorer Encounters’ conference

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

In partnership with with National Geographic Society-Asia and Forest Foundation Philippines, National Geographic explorers, conservation changemakers, and expert storytellers will gather to discuss the theme, “Conservation Storytelling in the Digital Age.”

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Cast

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:01 AM

Mark Bautista and his castmates from the upcoming musical brings APO Hiking Society’s hits to life

Japan's Princess Ayako to marry commoner – report

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Princess Ayako is the second Japanese princess in two years to announce marriage to a commoner. Under the law, she will lose her royal status upon marriage.

ROYAL. Princess Ayako will marry Kei Moriya in October. File photo from Wikipedia

A life at high altitude shapes human body, but how?

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The findings raise a host of questions, starting with this one: What is it about an high-altitude living that makes the body shape-shift?

Rappler story on incest rape recognized in SOPA 2018 awards

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Southeast Asia correspondent Natashya Gutierrez's piece wins under the Excellence in Reporting on Women's Issues category of the Society of Publishers in Asia 2018 Awards for Editorial Excellence

HONORABLE MENTION. Rappler journalist Natashya Gutierrez accepts her award. Photo from SOPA

Thousands at funeral for Gaza volunteer killed on Israel border

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Razan al-Najjar's death brings the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123

FUNERAL. Palestinian mourners carry the body of 21 years old Razan al-Najjar during her funeral after she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, in Khan Yunis on June 2, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Rappler's Maria Ressa is keynote speaker at SOPA 2018 Awards

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:31 PM

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Society of Publishers in Asia Awards

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Democracy’s short Philippine life

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

With iPhone photos, priest mounts exhibit for a cause

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Dubbed as 'A Grey Journey,' the photo exhibit of Father Vladimir Echalas is open at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City, until March 31

IPHONE PHOTOS? Echalas poses beside one of his exhibit shots at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City. All photos by Rhaydz B Barcia/Rappler

Dozens treated for breathing problems after raids on Syria's Ghouta

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 people in the besieged rebel enclave are left struggling to breathe after air strikes and barrel bombs hit the towns of Saqba and Hammuriyeh

BREATHING PROBLEMS. Syrian children receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018, after regime air strikes. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Termites sacrifice their elderly in ant wars – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Researchers say in life-or-death battles with ants that invade their nests and eat their friends, termite fighters have adopted a military strategy very unlike that of humans

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

ASEANnale 2018 in UP: Festival of ideas on diaspora, disasters, democracy

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: From February 28 to March 2, ASEANnale 2018 will bring together academics, experts, filmmakers, multimedia artists, and scholars, who will celebrate the unique ASEAN perspectives and narratives

John Lloyd Cruz gets International Cinephile Society Awards nod

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The actor vies for the Supporting Actor title against actors like Armie Hammer and Willem Dafoe

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ. The actor is nominated for his role in 'Ang Babaeng Humayo.' File photo shows John Lloyd at a press conference for the film 'Finally Found Someone.' Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

‘The Varsitarian’ asks UST alumni officers to resign over Mocha Uson’s award

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Meanwhile, the UST Journalism Society calls for the revocation of the Palace assistant secretary's Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service