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Severe Tropical Storm Sarah intensifies again

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The trough or extension of Severe Tropical Storm Sarah (Fung-wong) will still bring light to moderate rain on Thursday night, November 21

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

In Bataan town, drug reformists get second chance in life

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, co-chairs of the anti-drugs body, visit the Bahay Pagbabago in Bataan that has become the model for the nationwide drug rehabilitation program

2ND CHANCE. Drug reformists in Dinalupihan, Bataan share how the Bahay Pagbabago helped them turn their back from illegal drugs. Screenshot by Rappler

8-year-old boy shoots father dead

Nov 21, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The father scolds his son whom he found him playing with their revolver. Moments later, the boy shoots his father with the weapon.

IN PHOTOS: PH law enforcers 'good to go' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'The conduct of SEA games would not be a reason for us to relax and we expect a lot of criminals to take advantage,' says PNP OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

SEND-OFF. Thousands of law enforcers are sent off to secure the 2019 SEA Games at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. All photos courtesy of NCRPO

Rappler Talk: Law of the Sea expert James Kraska on China and the 'gray zone'

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Law of the Sea expert James Kraska to discuss the concept of gray zones, the potentials for risk and conflict, and how a country like the Philippines should respond

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s ban on rice imports: Enough of these capricious policies

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?

What case to file vs arrested vape users? ‘Wala,’ admits PNP

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’

VAPE BAN. The Philippine National Police admits that their arrests still have no law to use as basis to file complaints. AFP file photo

Castro return restores order for twice-to-beat TNT

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:18 PM

TNT arrests a three-game skid and clinches the twice-to-beat quarterfinals bonus just as Jayson Castro comes back from a month-long injury layoff

HEART AND SOUL. Jayson Castro displays his veteran savvy as TNT turns back San Miguel for the playoff incentive. Photo from PBA Images


Severe Tropical Storm Sarah slightly strengthens over Philippine Sea

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Only Batanes remains under Signal No. 1 due to Severe Tropical Storm Sarah (Fung-wong) as of 11 am on Thursday, November 21

Least trusted? Malacañang says China can be PH 'role model'

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also believes Filipinos will 'eventually' appreciate China – despite its aggressive tactics in the West Philippine Sea

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

San Miguel trio suspension sends 'strong signal,' says Austria

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Coach Leo Austria takes the suspensions as a 'minor setback' even if it means denting the San Miguel Beermen's chances of capturing a PBA Grand Slam

EMBATTLED. Leo Austria and San Miguel will face a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the Governors' Cup quarterfinals and will miss the services of 3 key cogs. Photo from PBA Images


Sarah shifts away from land as it becomes severe tropical storm

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:15 AM

But there will still be rain in some areas on Thursday, November 21, due to the low pressure area which used to be Ramon (Kalmaegi) as well as the trough of Severe Tropical Storm Sarah (Fung-wong)

Tropical Storm Sarah slightly intensifies, accelerates

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:10 AM

Tropical Storm Sarah (Fung-wong) has maximum winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h as of Wednesday evening, November 20

McDaniels, TNT seal playoff bonus with thrilling win vs San Miguel

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:13 PM

KJ McDaniels delivers in clutch plays on both ends as TNT ends a three-game slide to nail the last twice-to-beat quarterfinals incentive

ALL-AROUND. KJ McDaniels comes to the rescue for TNT with a stellar performance across the board. Photo from PBA Images


As PBA playoffs beckons, Guiao worried of uncharacteristic NLEX slump

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:34 PM

NLEX won 8 of its first 9 games in the PBA Governors' Cup but wrapped up the elimination round with back-to-back losses

MENTAL GAME. Manny Harris and the rest of the NLEX Road Warriors have to restore their sense of urgency, Yeng Guiao says. Photo from PBA Images


Ramon weakens into LPA; Tropical Storm Sarah maintains strength

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Even though Ramon (Kalmaegi) is just a low pressure area now, there will still be rain on Wednesday night, November 20

Duterte makes 2nd week of November 'Investor Protection Week'

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Proclamation No. 846 tasks the Securities and Exchange Commission to lead the observation and celebration of the 'investor protection week' every year

Duterte declares November 8 'Environmental Planning Day'

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Proclamation No. 847 reserves November 8 of every year as 'Environmental Planning Day of the Philippines,' which seeks to increase awareness on the importance of proper planning to address environmental hazards

PNP officer-in-charge Gamboa pledges independence for IAS

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The police's Internal Affairs Service, which is mandated to discipline erring cops, currently needs the approval of the Philippine National Police chief to punish them

OFFICER-IN-CHARGE. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa at the Senate as it interpellates the DILG's 2020 budget on Wednesday, November 20. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alaska nails last playoff berth with sound beating of NLEX

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:04 PM

After a horrendous 0-5 start, Alaska completes an incredible turnaround to barge into the quarterfinals

PLAYOFF-BOUND. Franko House and Alaska are bound to the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images


Filipinos' trust in China falls to 'bad' as U.S. keeps 'excellent' rating

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:58 PM

A September 2019 Social Weather Stations survey also shows Japan and Australia maintaining its 'very good' trust ratings

LACK OF TRUST. Protesters burned an image of the Chinese dragon and an image of President Duterte during a protest during the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on July 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central Visayas top cop warns vapers: Smoke in public and end up in police station

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Central Visayas Police Chief Valeriano De Leon says his policy would be based on Executive Order 26, which bans smoking in public places

WARNING. Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon warns vapers not to smoke in public. Photo from Facebook page

Cabanatuan judge cancels subpoena, hearing of Baguio traffic enforcers

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Citing 'the end of justice having sufficiently set,' Judge Nelson Largo revokes subpoena he ordered

11 injured as Mountain Province bridge collapses

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:24 PM

A cable snaps when all 11 victims, 10 of them men, walked together on the Fotyang bridge

Photo by Mountain Province DRMMO

[OPINION] This debt I carry: What it's like to be adopted

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

'I think of that small window of opportunity where I was given up for adoption and they were there ready to take me in. What if they weren’t?'

San Miguel suspends Arwind, Tubid, Nabong indefinitely

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Despite hitting a crucial stretch in their campaign, the San Miguel Beermen punish Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong, and Ronald Tubid for fighting in practice

PENALIZED. San Miguel Beer says league stars like Arwind Santos (second from right) and Kelly Nabong (fourth from right) must be held at a higher standard of professionalism. Photo from PBA Images

DOH confirms 3 more cases of polio in Mindanao

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The announcement brings the number of cases of poliovirus in Mindanao to 6

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will he accept? Guevarra nominated to Supreme Court

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'I don’t think any lawyer will close the possibility to be appointed to such a lofty position,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SPARED. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the November 20, 2019 hearing of the Senate on the 2020 budget of the Department of Justice, which was spared by the usual grilling of opposition Senator Franklin Drilon. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP to arrest vape users even without Duterte executive order

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine National Police does not know whether they should also arrest vape users in designated smoking areas because they began without waiting for an executive order

[OPINION] How can we challenge capitalism?

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:15 PM

How far would boycotting products and sympathizing with workers really take us?

Ramon weakens into tropical depression; Sarah strengthens into tropical storm

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Ramon (Kalmaegi) moves over Isabela as a tropical depression, while Sarah gets the international name Fung-wong as it becomes a tropical storm late Wednesday morning, November 20

Judiciary gets additional P2-B budget for more judges

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:11 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal gets a P13.05 million share from the additional budget

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta during the Judiciary budget hearing at the Senate on November 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Do we need to die to do our jobs well?

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

I sure hope not

ROUNDTABLE: Providing safer surgeries to children with cleft lips and palates

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:01 AM

On Wednesday, November 20, 11 am, join us as we discuss the global issue of improving access to safe and quality surgeries

Negros Occidental imposes permanent ban on pork from Luzon

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The ordinance will cover live pigs, boar semen, pork and pork products originating from, manufactured, and processed in Luzon and in African swine fever-affected countries and in other areas

PIGS. A pig in a farm. Image from Shutterstock.com

Ramon downgraded to tropical storm

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:35 AM

Ramon (Kalmaegi) is likely to keep getting downgraded within 24 hours, until it is only a low pressure area, but rain will persist on Wednesday, November 20

Ramon weakens into severe tropical storm; Sarah slows down

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:40 AM

As projected, Ramon (Kalmaegi) is gradually weakening after making landfall as a typhoon, while Tropical Depression Sarah decelerates a bit on its way to Northern Luzon

Typhoon Ramon makes landfall in Cagayan

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:50 AM

More municipalities in Cagayan are placed under Signal No. 3 as Typhoon Ramon (Kalmaegi) hits land early Wednesday, November 20

Typhoon Ramon threatens Cagayan as Tropical Depression Sarah maintains strength

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:20 AM

PAGASA warns of possible flooding in coastal areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 3 due to high waves caused by Typhoon Ramon (Kalmaegi). Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Sarah will also bring rain.

Syria sweeps Azkals in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2nd round opener

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines heads home without a win, but the Azkals prevent another serious drubbing from Group A leader Syria

RECOVERY. The Azkals prevent another drubbing by 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Group A leader Syria. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


15 DOST-aided startups showcased at Philippine Startup Week 2019

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Check out these 15 young companies who have benefited from the DOST's Startup Research Grant in 2017

PH STARTUP WEEK. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The new fishermen of Gem-Ver

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Ten new crew members of fishing boat Gem-Ver prepare to sail again to Recto Bank

NEW CREW. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-Ver pose for a group picture on November 15, 2019, in Brgy San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Thousands in Philippines flee Typhoon Ramon

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Heavy rains are forecast to swell rivers, cut off roads, and threaten low-lying communities in Cagayan province, where officials guided residents towards shelter

PREEMPTIVE EVACUATION. Families from Gattu in Pamplona, Cagayan, evacuate ahead of Typhoon Ramon's landfall. File photo from PIA Region 2's Facebook page

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Although the US maintains it does not take sides in the sovereignty dispute between the Philippines and China, its defense chief wants smaller countries to pressure the rising power into respecting their rights

PRESSURE CHINA. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calls on the Philippines and other claimant states in the South China Sea to pressure China into respecting their sovereign rights. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. defense chief favors review of 1951 treaty with Philippines

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The nearly 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US needs to reflect current security threats, including an increasingly powerful China, say both countries' defense secretaries

TREATY ALLIES. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (R) agree that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty needs to be updated. Esper visited Manila on November 19, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler