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  • Iloilo ‘drug lord,’ wife surrender to DILG chief Sueno

    ILOILO CITY --- Claiming they feared for their lives, alleged Iloilo drug lord Melvin Odicta and his wife Merriam presented themselves to Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno on Thursday. But one of their lawyers stressed that they went to Sueno's office in Camp Crame not to surrender but to clear their names and seek assistance due to security risks. "They do not need to surrender because there is no pending arrest warrant against them,' said lawyer Gualberto Catalua, one of Odicta's lawyers. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has identified Odicta as "Dragon" and the head of one of two main drug groups operating in Iloilo. Odicta who operates the Melvin taxi fleet, van s...Keep on reading: Iloilo ‘drug lord,’ wife surrender to DILG chief Sueno

  • Sereno concerned many warrants of arrest not served

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday expressed concern over the failure of the authorities to serve warrants of arrest, especially in cases of slain journalists.

  • Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston on ‘lovers’ quarrel’?

    Is "Hiddleswift" in a sulky mood due to an icy tiff? A source gossiped to entertainment news site US Weekly that the duo, who were spotted making out on Rhode Island last June, hadn't spent much precious time recently. "They weren't spending as much time together," a source close to Swift told the news site. "There was so much going on so it was hard making their schedules work, and they were upset they couldn't see each other," the insider reiterated. READ: Steamy snaps of Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston surface online Hiddleston, 35, is busy taping schedule for his upcoming film "Thor: Ragnarok" with Chris Hemsworth in Australia. On the other hand, Swift, 26, has other comm...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston on ‘lovers’ quarrel’?

  • Senate ethics committee head Sotto vows fairness in tackling complaint vs. De Lima

    Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Thursday vowed to be impartial when the ethics committee tackles a reported complaint against Senator Leila De Lima.

  • Ombudsman fights for fiscal autonomy to use savings

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Moraleson Thursdayasked Congress to allow her office to use its savings generated from the previous appropriations to augment its expenses. During the hearing before the appropriations committee deliberating on the Ombudsman's proposed P2.299 billion budget for 2017, Morales insisted on her office's fiscal autonomy as enshrined in the Constitution. She asked Congress to return to the general provisions of the proposed General Appropriations Act allowing the Ombudsman to use its savings. The Ombudsman asked Congress to include in the special provisions of the proposed appropriations law the power for the Ombudsman to use savings "to augment actual de...Keep on reading: Ombudsman fights for fiscal autonomy to use savings

  • CJ Sereno on drug killings: Courts can act only if cases are filed

    Judges can only act on the spate of drug killings under the Duterte administration if there are cases filed in courts, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Thursday.

  • Ombudsman vows to finish PDAF scam probe by 2017

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Moraleson Thursdaysaid her office would finish its investigation on the lawmakers involved in the pork barrel scam before the end of 2017. In an interview after the House of Representatives deliberated on itsP2.299-billion budget for 2017,Morales said her office is still conducting fact-finding investigation over the 240 lawmakers who were tagged by the Commission on Audit in the alleged misuse of pork barrel fund, or the now defunct Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), using spurious nongovernment organizations. READ:COA report on 2007-2009 'pork barrel' release "Some are undergoing fact-finding, some are undergoing preliminary investigatio...Keep on reading: Ombudsman vows to finish PDAF scam probe by 2017

  • Bato orders Ilocos PNP to probe Pangasinan execs in Duterte’s drug matrix

    Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Thursday he already ordered an investigation on the drug matrix earlier released by President Rodrigo Duterte.

  • PH most improved in digital and financial inclusion

    Thanks to Filipinos’ penchant for gadgets and smartphones, coupled by mobile phone banking services offered by major local telecommunication firms largely for the masses, the face of Philippine banking seems to be changing in favor of the wider segment of the Filipino population. According to a recent report by one of the world’s oldest think [...]

  • DA chief: Distribution of rice subsidy to poor families a ‘logistical nightmare’

    There may be rice; how to bring it to the doorsteps of poor families, especially those living in the hinterlands, is the problem.

  • Andanar: Duterte drug matrix gives accused chance to clear names

    Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday said that President Rodrigo Duterte's release of a "drug matrix" of people allegedly involved in illegal narcotics now have a chance to clear their names.

  • Tornadoes tumble anew in Thailand

    Foton Pilipinas faltered in its first two games in the 2016 Thailand Women’s Volleyball Championship being held at the Wi Sommai Gymnasium in Sisaket Province, Thailand. The Tornadoes suffered a 13-25, 10-25, 18-25 decision against powerhouse Sisaket-Thailand in their first game then bowed to Bangkok Glass-Thailand in the second match via a 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, [...]

  • WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

    SAN FRANCISCO --- Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads on Facebook --- although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, which has long promised to safeguard the privacy of more than 1 billion users around the world. WhatsApp is giving users a limited time to opt out of sharing their information with Facebook, although they must take the extra step of unchecking a box to do so. It also says Facebook won't post phone numbers online or give them out to anyone. &n...Keep on reading: WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

  • Wild Spikers’ Turf semifinals race up

    Perpetual Help and National U gear up for a fierce showdown for the first semifinal berth while Far Eastern U and La Salle prime up for their own duel next week as the race to the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference semis heats up at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday. The Altas, [...]

  • Auto group urges Senate to avoid open-ended emergency powers for Duterte

    As they support government’s efforts in improving road and promoting better mobility and safety, the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), urged Senate to give President Rodrigo Duterte not-open ended emergency powers to solve traffic woes.

  • Solons told to turn over protocol plates issued in past Congresses

    Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday were instructed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to turn over protocol plates issued in the previous 16th Congress and earlier.

  • Ombudsman targets to wrap up pork barrel scam probe by end of 2017

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said her office targets to finish the investigation of all cases related to the pork barrel scam by the end of next year.

  • Graft-triggered TROs vs. infra projects a myth, says Sereno

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday took exception to President Rodrigo Duterte's view that some judges abuse their authority by wantonly issuing restraining orders against government projects.

  • S. Korea offers Tokyo-funded money to 'comfort women'

    South Korea said Thursday it will offer each surviving victim of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement 100 million won (US$89,581) using funds provided by Tokyo, an offer quickly rejected by some of the women.

  • American University in Afghanistan attacked, 7 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan — An attack on the American University of Afghanistan has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after at least seven people were killed and more than 30 were wounded. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. Rahami said one foreign teacher had been wounded.

  • Brazil's Rousseff enters final act of impeachment

    BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazil's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, faced the final act of an impeachment battle Thursday, August 25, likely to see the suspended leader of Latin America's biggest economy sacked within days. A Senate trial starting at 9 am local time (1200 GMT) was considered almost sure to ...

  • #SHORTS: Duterte warns China of 'bloody' war if sea row talks fail; Abu Sayyaf beheads 18-year-old hostage in Sulu; Italy quake toll reaches 159, reduces towns to rubble

    'BLOODY' WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte warned China on Wednesday, Aug. 24, that the Philippines may engage in a "bloody" war, should the diplomatic dialogue over the South China Sea disputes turn unsuccessful.

  • Italy quake kills 159 as rescuers race to find survivors

    ACCUMOLI, Italy – A powerful earthquake shook central Italy on Wednesday, August 24, leaving at least 159 people dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from the pre-dawn ...

  • Italy quake death toll rises to 247 as anguish mount

    AMATRICE, Italy (Updated)— Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its ancient communities built on seismic lands.

  • Explorer: No train or tunnel at search site for Nazi train

    WARSAW — Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi "gold train" in Poland appeared dashed yesterday when, after digging extensively, they admitted

  • Facebook, Twitter failing on extremist content – UK MPs

    LONDON, United Kingdom – Facebook, Twitter and Google are not doing enough to prevent their social networks from being used by extremists for a recruitment drive, a panel of British MPs said Thursday, August 25. Failure to act would lead to the sites becoming "the 'Wild West' of the internet," ...

  • Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake was centered about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Chauk, a town south of Bagan. It was located fairly far below the Earth's surface at a depth of about 84 kilometers (52 miles), it said. Deep earthquakes generally cause less surface damage.

  • Colombia announces historic peace deal

    HAVANA, Cuba (3rd UPDATE) – Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday, August 24, that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly 4 years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal, ...

  • Merkel urges Britain to file EU exit request soon

    TALLINN — Germany's leader has urged Britain to file a formal request to leave the European Union soon, even though the member states are prepared to give th

  • Has 'war on drugs' cut down crime?

    MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Tuesday, August 23, trumpeted the reported 31% decrease in the index crime volume of July 2016 compared to the same period last year, citing it as “an indication of the success ...

  • 8-year-old pulled out alive from quake rubble

    AMATRICE — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): 8:35 p.m.

  • Duterte matrix claims Pangasinan's Espino into prison drug trade

    MANILA, Philippines – Former Pangasinan Governor and now Pangasinan 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr, Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan, and General Franklin Bucayo are in President Rodrigo Duterte's matrix of prison drug trade. Duterte showed media a copy of his "Muntinlupa Connection" matrix early morning on Thursday, August 25, ...

  • Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit

    YORBA LINDA — Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente.

  • Duterte vows to 'destroy' Abu Sayyaf after new beheading

    MANILA, Philippines – Upon hearing a report that another Abu Sayyaf hostage has been beheaded , President Rodrigo Duterte repeated his directive to troops to "destroy" the terrorist group. “My orders to the police and armed forces against enemies of the state: seek them out in their lairs and destroy them... The Abu Sayyaf, ...

  • Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

    YANGON — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former

  • American University of Afghanistan in Kabul attacked

    KABUL, Afghanistan (UPDATED)  –  Explosions and gunfire rocked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, August 24, an official and students trapped inside classrooms told the Agence France-Presse, in the latest militant attack in the Afghan capital. "I heard explosions and gunfire is going ...

  • 1 killed, 29 wounded as 2 bombs hit southern Thailand

    PATTANI, Thailand — Two bombs exploded near a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing one employee and wounding 29 people, police and hospital officials said Wednesday. The explosions occurred late Tuesday outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani, one of the biggest towns in a region where Muslim separatists have waged an insurgency since 2004 that has left more than 6,000 people dead.

  • Typhoon Dindo enters PAR, but won't hit land

    What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – A typhoon with the international name Lionrock entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, August 24, and was given the local name Dindo. In its bulletin issued ...

  • China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy

    BEIJING — On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology. The Hualong One, developed by two state-owned companies, is one multibillion-dollar facet of the Communist Party's aspirations to transform China into a creator of profitable technology from mobile phones to genetics.

  • Taiwan police grapple for control of Pokemon Go swarms

    TAIPEI, Taiwan – Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go players after gaining a reputation as a spot to catch rare creatures. The normally quiet park in Beitou, just outside the capital Taipei, ...

  • Russian cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey from zoo

    MOSCOW — A Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth. Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, says she took the newborn monkey home three weeks ago after his mother refused to carry him on her back.

  • At least 120 killed in Italy quake

    ACCUMOLI, Italy (13th UPDATE) –  A powerful earthquake rattled a remote area of central Italy on Wednesday, August 24, leaving at least 120 people dead and scenes of carnage in mountain villages. With 368 people injured and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the figure of dead and wounded was ...

  • #SHORTS: Duterte to reveal matrix proving De Lima’s drug links; Albuera town mayor's lawyer, minor shot dead; Vicente Loot ‘yet to surrender’ guns

    THE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, August 23, that he would come out with a matrix next week that will show Senator Leila de Lima’s involvement in drug trafficking in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

  • One dead, dozens wounded in Thailand car bombing – police

    BANGKOK, Thailand – A large car bomb blew up outside a hotel in Thailand's insurgency-plagued southern region late Tuesday, August 23, killing one and wounding more than 30 people, some of them critically, police said. Although the area is not popular with tourists, the country has been on edge ...

  • In latest hedge, Trump says immigration laws can be softened

    AUSTIN, Texas — Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the

  • Scientists look into rice that can tolerate salty conditions

    NEW YORK, USA – A team of scientists will study the response of rice, the staple food of half the world’s nearly 7 billion people, in saline soil conditions under a 4-year, US$4 million grant from the US National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program. The study will be headed ...

  • USC Warriors trounce CIT-U Wildcats

    THE University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors trounced the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) Wildcats, 71-36, on Tuesday, August 23, at the New Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City. Scoty Ntumba led the Warriors with a double-double performance scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Conrad Catapusan who chipped 12 points, and Lucky Ecarma added 10 points to give the Warriors a double-digit margin win.

  • Syria regime, Kurds agree to truce in Hasakeh

    HASAKEH, Syria (UPDATED) – Regime forces and Kurdish fighters agreed on Tuesday, August 23, to a truce in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh after a week of clashes, a Kurdish official and Syrian state media said.   A statement distributed to journalists by a Kurdish ...

  • UN: North Korea plants mines near border village

    SEOUL, South Korea -- The American-led United Nations (UN) Command in South Korea accused North Korea of planting land mines near a truce village inside the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas. Land mines were spread on most parts of the border area and laced with barbed wire. South Korean media said no land mines are allowed near the Panmunjom truce village under the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

  • 8 Facebook users indicted for mocking Thai junta leader

    BANGKOK, Thailand – A Thai military tribunal on Tuesday, August 23, indicted 8 people with sedition for running a Facebook page that mocked the kingdom's junta chief, making them the latest victims of the regime's crackdown on dissent. Thailand's generals have clamped down on politics and severely ...

  • #SHORTS: Supreme Court temporarily stops Marcos hero's burial; Crime down in July by 447 cases in Central Visayas; Davide one of ‘top governors’ named by DILG

    BURIAL. The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered a 20-day halt on the planned burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.


Dole exec: No wage increase for Negros Island workers

WORKERS in Negros Occidental will not be included in the proposed P11.50 daily minimum wage increase in Western Visayas, an official of the Department ...


Orcollo leads PH campaign in group stage of World 9-Bal ...

Ten Filipino cue masters will begin their campaign in group stage of the 2016 World 9-Ball Open being held at the Pudong Tangzhen Culture and Sports Cen ...

PBA parts ways with controversial marketing chief

(UPDATED 7:00 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines – Rhose Montreal, the controversial marketing chief of the Philippine Basketball Associatio


PlayStation Network adds 2-step verification

Back in 2011, the PlayStation Network (PSN) was breached and it cost Sony a tremendous amount of money to fix everything. It has taken a while but the ...

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to rol ...


Meralco spokesperson appointed as IABC Philippines head

MANILA, Philippines — Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga has been appointed as president of the board of trustees of the local chapter of San Francisco-bas

Complete rollout within Duterte’s first 100 days

REITERATING its support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Department of Trade and Industy (DTI) 7 will complete the rollout of Negosyo Center ...


Heavy lifting by young workers linked to low back pain ...

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests.


Road to Ultra dance party set in September

MANILA, Philippines - Catch the biggest dance party that will rock the country this year!

Aly Borromeo joins KC Concepcion’s family dinner

IT SEEMS KC Concepcion has finally found her match. The actress was photographed again with rumored boyfriend, footballer Aly Borromeo, this time in the company ...