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  • De Lima to Aguirre: ‘Evidences are fake like his wig’

    Senator Leila de Lima branded the evidences Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre is preparing against her as “fake, just like his wig."

  • Senator Aquino seeks probe on status of RH education in schools

    Sen. Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV has expressed alarm over the reported rise in the number of teen pregnancies in the country, prompting him to call for an inquiry on the status of the implementation of reproductive health (RH) education in schools. Aquino's call for a Senate probe was contained Senate Resolution No. 169. The senator pointed out in the resolution that under Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, the Department of Education (DepEd) is tasked to develop a curriculum for RH education that will be used by public schools and may be adopted by private schools. In 2013, he said, the DepEd released the K to 12 Curr...Keep on reading: Senator Aquino seeks probe on status of RH education in schools

  • De Lima says missing P300M from NBP raid ‘a fantastic tale’

    Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday branded as a “fantastic tale” allegations that more than P300 million is missing from the cash seized during the 2014 raid in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

  • Espino accepts Duterte’s apology over drug matrix

    Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. on Tuesday accepted the apology of President Rodrigo Duterte for linking him to the alleged drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. In a statement, the former Pangasinan governor said he was humbled by the apology Duterte issued after the latter included Espino in the drug matrix. READ:Duterte apologizes for lapses in drug matrix Duterte admitted not verifying the drug matrix that linked Espino, board member Raul Sison and former provincial administrator Raffy Baraan to the alleged drug trade activities at the national penitentiary implicating Senator Leila De Lima. READ:Dutertematrix out; tags De Lima...Keep on reading: Espino accepts Duterte’s apology over drug matrix

  • After San Juan bust, soldiers warned vs. weapons, ammo pilferage

    The military leadership on Tuesday warned soldiers against pilfering and selling weapons and ammunition to civilians and enemies of state after an arms trafficking syndicate was busted by authorities in San Juan City.

  • Marilyn Monroe’s dresses, notes, checkbook seen before sale

    BEIJING --- Marilyn Monroe's dress from "Some Like It Hot." Handwritten notes and letters expressing the Hollywood icon's inner thoughts and, at times, despair. These and dozens of other personal items the actress left to a friend and mentor were in Beijing on Tuesday for a private viewing by Chinese collectors. More than 1,200 items, including Monroe's shoes, purses, makeup and jewelry, will then be auctioned in Los Angeles come November. The 1950s actress who achieved fame as a sex symbol led a troubled life and died aged just 36. The image and recollections of her have endured and made her into a pop culture icon. Now the personal items up for auction may...Keep on reading: Marilyn Monroe’s dresses, notes, checkbook seen before sale

  • Espino hails Duterte as 'true leader, gentleman' for apologizing to him

    Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. on Tuesday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte as a "true leader and a gentleman" for apologizing after implicating him in the illegal drug trade.

  • Poe urges gov’t: After war on drugs, hunger next

    After illegal drugs, the Duterte government should wage war next against hunger, Senator Grace Poe said on Tuesday. "Kung gaano kasigasig ang pamahalaan laban sa droga, hinihiling ko na kasunod nito, gutom naman ang ating wakasan (Just as how the government is relentless in war on drugs, I hope after this, let us end hunger)," Poe said when she spoke before the Anti-Hunger Summit at Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City. "Kung all-out ang gobyerno sa droga, all-out war sa gutom naman ang isunod natin (If the government has an all-out war against drugs, let us have an all-out war on hunger next)," the senator added. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier as...Keep on reading: Poe urges gov’t: After war on drugs, hunger next

  • Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal

    Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord with the government Monday and apologized to the countless victims of the country's half-century civil war.

  • Filipino fishermen harassed by Chinese Coast Guard in Scarborough

    Filipino fishermen were reportedly harassed by Chinese Coast Guard in Scarborough Shoal early this month. Citing reports from the Philippine Coast Guard, the National Security Council-Task Force West Philippine Sea said in a statement on Tuesday that the Chinese personnel onboard a rubber boat ordered Filipino fishermen aboard two bancas (outrigger boats) to leave the area last Sept. 6. At the time there were three China Coast Guard vessels in the shoal, the report said. The fishermen pleaded to allow them to fish in the shoal but another Chinese rubber boat was sent to deal with them. The captain of the Filipino banca told his crew to ...Keep on reading: Filipino fishermen harassed by Chinese Coast Guard in Scarborough

  • Trillanes on being arraigned over Binay libel case: Let’s see who gets convicted first

    Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday said no libel case will stop him from "bringing down corrupt officials," after he pleaded not guilty in a libel case filed against him by former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

  • IMF, ADB raise PH 2016 growth outlooks

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have separately revised upward their 2016 growth forecasts for the Philippine economy to 6.4 percent from a previous projection of 6 percent, with both institutions seeing continued robust domestic demand for the rest of the year. They stressed the need, however, for the Philippine government [...]

  • FVR trip to China canceled – PHL Embassy in Beijing

    The trip of former President Fidel Ramos to China has been canceled, the Philippine Embassy in Beijing said Tuesday.

  • Maduro, Kerry meet in Colombia after peace deal signing

    CARTAGENA, Colombia: Venezuela’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with top US diplomat John Kerry on the sidelines of a landmark peace deal signing between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. “President @NicolasMaduro held respectful, top level meeting with @JohnKerry,” Venezuela’s foreign minister tweeted. Venezuela is in a highly tense political crisis, with the South [...]

  • 16 of 20 suspended mining firms from Caraga region

    SIXTEEN mining companies out of the 20 facing suspension by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are based in Caraga region. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, with Undersecretary Leo Jasareno, made the announcement Tuesday, September 27, as a result of the mining audit the environment bureau conducted. These mining firms will be given a show cause order and will be asked to answer within seven days upon receiving the order, Lopez said. The following are the mining companies based in Caraga region:

  • Aguirre justifies use of government resources to go after De Lima

    There is nothing wrong with using government machinery to run after Senator Leila De Lima, accused of tolerating drug syndicates inside the national penitentiary in exchange for large sums of money, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Tuesday.

  • DOE not ruling out smuggling in oil price riddle: rising in Luzon-Visayas, but low in Mindanao

    Another fuel price hike was implemented Tuesday morning, but the price hike per se is not the focus in the energy sector now: it's the puzzle of pump prices staying at low levels in Mindanao as they increase in Luzon and the Visayas. The DOE is investigating, including the possibility of smuggling.

  • Pregnancy of Zika-positive woman in Cebu not yet affected by virus —DOH

    The Department of Health on Tuesday said the baby inside the womb of a 22-year-old woman who tested positive for Zika has so far showed no defects.

  • Britain ‘will oppose any idea of an EU army’ – defense minister

    BRATISLAVA: Britain will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defense Minister Michael Fallon said Tuesday. “We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or an EU army headquarters which would simply undermine NATO,” Fallon said at [...]

  • SM Supermalls gets Brand of the Year Award in prestigious WBA rites in London

    SM Supermalls received the prestigious Brand of the Year Award under the National Tier 2016-2017, at the recent World Branding Awards rites - an exclusive black tie gala dinner at the iconic Kensington Palace in London.

  • Asian markets cautious amid first presidential debate

    HONG KONG: Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday as all eyes turned to the first presidential debate between battling US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The two White House hopefuls, in a virtual dead heat in polls with barely six weeks before the November 8 election, took the stage in what was set to be [...]

  • Clinton, Trump battle fiercely over taxes, race, terror

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a "racist lie" about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington.

  • Is the 'war on drugs' helping fuel an HIV epidemic?

    Clean needles have been distributed in Cebu City for years, sometimes illegally, in order to prevent the spread of HIV. Under the new government, which took office at the end of June, pressure is increasing for such clandestine activities to stop.

  • WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people

    GENEVA — The World Health Organization says more than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer. The U.N. health agency says in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean and western Pacific regions hardest hit. The country-by-country figures come from new satellite data as well as traditional ground measurements of pollution, mostly in cities, in about 3,000 places worldwide.

  • 2017 budget bill allows Duterte to impound funds, youth representative says

    An activist lawmaker bared 'fine print' in the 2017 General Appropriations Bill she said would allow President Rodrigo Duterte to defer the release of funds.

  • Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench receive Int'l Emmy nominations

    NEW YORK -- Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received International Emmy nominations Monday for their roles in the BBC One TV movie "Roald Dahl's Esio Trot." Brazil had a leading seven nominations, followed by Britain with six, including best actor and actress for Hoffman and Dench. The two Oscar-winning acting veterans were honored for their roles in "Esio Trot," based on Dahl's children's novel about a lonely aging bachelor who tries to woo the widow in the flat below, who is overly fond of her pet tortoise.

  • Brazil's wounded political giant Lula vows to fight on

    Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hinted strongly at seeking a return to power Monday in a fiery speech that dismissed corruption charges against him as persecution.

  • Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal

    CARTAGENA, Colombia: Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord with the government Monday and apologized to the countless victims of the country’s half-century civil war. In an emotional open-air ceremony, President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the communist rebels into the political sphere after signing the accord with FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, alias [...]

  • Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

    Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.

  • US hits Chinese firm with sanctions over NKorea trade

    WASHINGTON: The United States moved to tighten the economic noose around North Korea Monday, charging and sanctioning a firm owned by a prominent Chinese businesswoman for extensive trade ties with the regime. In a move designed to choke-off North Korea’s external economic lifeline, the US government targeted 44-year-old Ma Xiaohong and her vast conglomerate based [...]

  • New evidence of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

    MIAMI: More evidence of possible water plumes erupting from the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been spotted using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the US space agency said Monday. Europa, one of more than 50 moons circling the gas giant, is considered by NASA as a “top candidate” for life elsewhere in the solar [...]

  • Obama skirts Dakota pipeline comment but urges tribal sovereignty

    US President Barack Obama on Monday avoided direct mention of a pipeline that has provoked high-profile protests from Native Americans but urged tribal leaders to use the spotlight to continue pushing for recognition even after he leaves office.

  • #SHORTS: ‘Yawa’s’ cousin, suspect in teen’s death, killed; Matobato in court arraignment for gun raps; Plane aborts takeoff, gets hit by fire

    COUSIN. A cousin of the fallen suspected drug lord Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria was killed in an encounter with the police yesterday morning.

  • Clinton, Trump come out swinging in high-stakes debate

    (UPDATE 2 - 10:51 a.m.) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bickered and traded insults in a fiery US presidential debate Monday, as they aggressively pitched their case to tens of millions of American voters.

  • Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on yesterday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U

  • #SHORTS: Ombudsman indicts Honasan, 9 others for pork scam; Admin denies 'restriction, censorship' on UN probe in PH; Duterte has sunk to his lowest point - De Lima

    PDAF SCAM. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges against Senator Gregorio Honasan II and nine others for their alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

  • Dela Rosa, Duterte, De Lima | 6PM wRap

    Today on Rappler: Lessons from Colombia: Dela Rosa wants 'Search Bloc' in PH Duterte 'ready' to discuss West PH Sea during Vietnam trip De Lima to Duterte: 'What do you want from me? Do you like me? ' Pregnant woman among 12 Zika cases in PH China flies military planes over strait near Japan   Production Staff Executive Producer / Writer

  • Cebu Pacific plane catches fire at Mactan airport; 1 injured

    CEBU CITY (Updated) -- A passenger of a Cebu Pacific propeller-type aircraft bound for Tacloban City suffered a minor injury after the plane caught fire at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport around 7:04 p.m., Monday, September 26. Cebgo flight DG6577 aborted the take off due to a "fluctuating oil indication on one of the engines."

  • Covering Syria through hunger and fear

    ALEPPO, Syria – For Karam al-Masri, Agence France-Presse's reporter, photographer and videojournalist in rebel-held Aleppo, the past 5 years have been a series of tragedies: detention by the regime, and then the Islamic State (ISIS) group, the death of his parents in an air strike, the siege of his ...

  • #SHORTS: Duterte: 'There will be no amnesty for Abu Sayyaf'; PAL plane safely lands in Naia after smoke seen in cabin; Bizman donates P1-M rifles to police

    DUTERTE PRESIDENCY. "There will be no talks. There will never be an amnesty for Abu Sayyaf," President Rodrigo Duterte said.

  • Trillanes on Davao killings: Duterte a 'mass murderer'

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday, September 26, called President Rodrigo Duterte a "mass murderer" for allegedly being directly involved in thousands of killings supposedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad (DDS). Trillanes, one of Duterte's staunchest critics in the Senate, delivered a privilege speech defending ...

  • China investigates North Korean bank

    BEIJING, China -- Chinese authorities are investigating a North Korean bank suspected of financing its government's imports of goods that might be used by the North's nuclear weapons program, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. Kwangson Banking Corp. was ordered closed under UN sanctions imposed in March in response to the North's nuclear tests but kept operating in secret in the border city of Dandong, Joongang Daily reported, citing unidentified sources.

  • LGUs to honor Filipinos who reach 100 years old

    MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) must honor their constituents who reach 100 years old and above, under the newly signed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law providing recognition to centenarians. A plaque of recognition, a letter of felicitation, and a cash grant determined by the LGU should ...

  • 'Helen' maintains track toward Batanes

    MANILA (Updated) –- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has raised signal number 2 in Batanes province, as Typhoon Helen maintains its track toward that area. The typhoon, which continues to move west northwest at 22 kilometers per hour (kph), is expected to be closest to Batanes by Tuesday morning, the state weather bureau said Monday. According to Pagasa’s 11 a.m. weather bulletin, the eye of Helen was located 530 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

  • Miami Marlins pitcher Fernandez, 24, dies in boating accident

    MIAMI, USA – Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was once jailed in his native Cuba for trying to defect, died early Sunday, September 25 (Monday in Manila) in a boating accident in Miami Beach, the Major League Baseball team announced. There were moments of silence before every game and ...

  • At least 26 killed in Aleppo as UN meets over Syria

    BEIRUT — At least 26 civilians were killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria but failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers. The United States, Britain and France, who called the emergency meeting, heaped blame on Moscow for supporting the Syrian offensive which U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura called one of the worst of the 5 1/2-year war.

  • LIVE: 1st presidential debate, 2016 US elections

    MANILA, Philippines – The two leading candidates for the presidency of the United States are set to face off on Monday, September 26 (Tuesday, September 27), during the 2016 election season's first presidential debate. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the standard bearer of the Democratic Party, will face reality ...

  • Turks protest assault of young nurse who wore shorts on bus

    ISTANBUL — Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul on yesterday to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a bus for wearing sh

  • As debaters, Trump and Clinton both have strengths and weaknesses

    WASHINGTON DC, USA – Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is the clear favorite as the two major-party candidates for the White House go head-to-head in their crucial first debate Monday, September 26 (Tuesday morning, September 27 in Manila). If Clinton, the Democratic nominee, possesses deep Washington experience ...

  • North Korean defectors who became Chinese brides end silence

    SEOUL — North Korean defectors who became brides for rural Chinese men, they faced another excruciating choice when they suffered abuse: to flee to South Kor

  • Russia under fire at UN as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

    UNITED NATIONS / ALEPPO, Syria (UPDATED) – Britain, France and the United States lashed out at Russia on Sunday, September 25, over the worsening carnage in Syria as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded Aleppo in one of the heaviest bombing raids of the five-year war. US Ambassador Samantha Power ...

  • #SHORTS: Yasay to UN: Rights respected amid drug crackdown; 'Helen' intensifies, poses threat to Batanes-Taiwan area; Nietes wins flyweight debut

    RESPECT. Despite growing international criticism of his government's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs, the Philippines top diplomat told world leaders Saturday that the rule of law governs the campaign to eradicate the illicit substances, which he said have stunted the country's development.

  • Jordan writer in anti-Islam case shot dead at court

    AMMAN, Jordan (4th UPDATE) – A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead Sunday, September 25, on the steps of a court where he was facing charges for  sharing an anti-Islam cartoon on Facebook . Nahed Hattar was struck by 3 bullets before the alleged assassin was arrested at the scene of the shooting in ...

  • China begins operating world’s largest radio telescope

    BEIJING -- The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday, September 25, in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific projects as well as its military-backed space program, including its second space station earlier this month.

  • Japan to host 'fun' 2026 Asian Games

    DANANG, Vietnam – Japan's central Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games on Sunday, September 25, adding another major event to the country's bulging international sports calendar. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) formally endorsed the bid after Aichi prefecture governor ...

  • Suspect in deadly Washington state mall shooting captured

    BURLINGTON, Wash. — The suspect in a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five dead is in custody, authorities said Saturday. The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management said via Twitter Saturday evening that the suspect had been captured. No other details were immediately available. A news conference was set for Saturday night.

  • Typhoon Helen strengthens; signal #1 in Batanes, Babuyan Islands

    What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Helen (Megi) slightly intensified as it continued to approach the Batanes-Taiwan area on Sunday morning, September 25. In its bulletin issued 11 am on Sunday, state weather bureau ...

  • Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name

    NEW YORK — Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product. The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The glasses are the first hardware from the Los Angeles-based company.

  • Police capture gunman in US mall shooting

    LOS ANGELES, USA (3rd UPDATE) – Authorities have arrested a Turkish-born man suspected of shooting 5 people dead, including a teenaged cancer survivor, at a shopping mall in the US state of Washington. Police named the suspect as Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old resident of the nearby town of ...

  • Yasay to UN: Rights respected amid drug crackdown

    UNITED NATIONS — Despite growing international criticism of his government's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs, the Philippines top diplomat told world leaders Saturday that the rule of law governs the campaign to eradicate the illicit substances, which he said have stunted the country's development. Secretary for Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay said President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown is guided by a respect for human rights and the legal system, even though thousands of drug dealers and users have been killed in recent months.

  • Charlotte police release video of black man's fatal shooting

    WASHINGTON, USA (3rd UPDATE) – Charlotte authorities have released footage of the deadly police shooting of a black man, but the images were inconclusive on the question of whether he was carrying a gun and peaceful protests soon resumed in the restive southern city. Protesters marched through downtown Charlotte ...


Duterte links 'mega' shabu lab in Arayat to drug lords ...

ARAYAT, Pampanga — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday claimed that the "mega" shabu laboratory in Lacquios, Arayat in Pampanga had links to the dr ...


Milo Marathon: Pescos, Sorongon topple rivals in Cebu

National Milo Marathon regulars Rafael Pescos and Ruffa Sorongon emerged as the 21K winners in the Cebu qualifying leg over the weekend which saw over 17,000 ho ...

At NBA media day, concern for country over concern for ...

NEW YORK — NBA players aren't just worried about their teams as they start a new season. They're concerned for their country.


Harambe vs Capcom: Parody turns mighty gorilla into a w ...

Harambe lives on in a parody video game.

World’s most prolific editor is a Filipino doctor

The busiest editor in the world is not one who works at an international news agency, but a Filipino physician and professor at the University of the ...


DOE urges COA to honor Malampaya contracts

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Energy (DOE) has urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to honor the contracts of the Malampaya gas project in Northwest

Real estate loans rise 19.8%

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has registered a 19.8-percent jump in real estate loans in the first half of 2016. The central bank said universal and com ...


Discovering the benefits of Funny Face Yoga

You can choose one movement and concentrate on doing it for the next couple of weeks. Or you can learn all the movements and do them religiously every day, say ...


Neverland Manila 2016 reveals Phase 1 festival lineup

MANILA, Philippines - Expect the unexpected.

Is Pia Wurtzbach dating Marlon Stockinger?

MISS Universe Pia Wurtzbach sparks romance rumors with professional race car driver Marlon Stockinger after sharing a photo of them together. The 27-year-old be ...