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Duterte to abolish Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to abolish the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Malacañang announced on Tuesday, December 12. In a news briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte h ...

Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

NEW YORK, USA – Apple said Monday, December 11, that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but still has ...

Foreign direct investments up 61.8% in September 2017

MANILA, Philippines –  Foreign direct investments (FDI) hit net flows in September, a result that leaves inflows very close to the same level a year ago. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data released on Monday, December 11, showed that FDI hit ...

New PNP drug enforcement chief urges Filipinos to 'own' drug war

MANILA, Philippines – With the return of the Philippine National Police to the government's drug war, the newly-designated PNP drug enforcement chief urged all Filipinos to be on board with them. PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) chief Senior Sup ...

Bench Celebrates OFW Month with 'Anak'

[Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Bench] For Filipinos, December is the most special time of the year, with gatherings, parties, and family reunions planned to usher in the Christmas Season. For over 2 million Pinoys working abroa ...

Australian senator quits over China links

SYDNEY, Australia – An Australian senator quit parliament Tuesday, December 12, over his links with China in a scandal that coincided with Canberra proposing new foreign interference laws that have sparked fierce criticism from Beijing. Labor oppos ...

U.S. says 'litigation-centered' WTO losing focus

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The top US trade representative launched a broadside at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday, December 11, accusing it of losing its focus on trade negotiation and becoming a "litigation-centered" body. "Too often ...

Father Tito Paez: 'A comrade for others'

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Unlike most funeral masses, the casket of Father Marcelito "Tito" Paez rested directly on the floor of the St Joseph Cathedral in Nueva Ecija. On Monday, December 10, bishops who concelebrated the funeral mass for the sl ...

Bill on job-skills mismatch hurdles final reading in Senate

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday, December 11, passed on third and final reading a bill that seeks to address the problem of job mismatch in the country. Senate Bill 1456 or the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Act of 2017 aims t ...

Impeachment committee question: Is Sereno still fit to hold office?

MANILA, Philippines – In the weeks after he filed an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, complainant Larry Gadon made it a point to remind both reporters and members of the House that although he didn’t have person ...

These are the top killers of OFWs in Dubai and Northern UAE

DUBAI, UAE – Cardiac and pulmonary arrest and brain hemorrhage are the most common causes of death among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, records at the Philippine Consulate General’s Assistance to Nationals (P ...

Are psych exam results relevant in Sereno impeachment?

MANILA, Philippines – Discuss the psychological reports of all justices or don’t discuss any of them at all. Talk on Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s psychological exam was put to a stop – at least temporarily – durin ...

P83M smuggled rice from China seized in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least P83 million worth of smuggled rice from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs at the Port of Cebu on Monday, December 11. The rice shipment on board 71 container vans was misdeclared as tiles. Customs Commissi ...

Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

TRIPOLI, Libya – Amnesty International on Tuesday, December 12, accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in ...

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

ANKARA, Turkey / MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday, December 11, for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia's ...

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday, December 11, lifted a decades-old ban on cinemas, part of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's far-reaching liberalization drive that is shaking up the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. The gov ...

Grenfell Tower fire probe 'unprecedented' – UK police

LONDON, United Kingdom – The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire in London in which 71 people were killed is "unprecedented", a police spokesman said on Monday, December 11, at the opening of a public inquiry into the blaze. "Outsid ...

Employees urge Duterte to fire Dev't Academy of the Philippines president

MANILA, Philippines – Employees of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fire their president, Elba Cruz, over "questionable moves" and her alleged lack of "knowledge, temperament, and behavior" necess ...

Mario Batali steps away from businesses, TV show amid sexual harassment allegations

MANILA, Philippines - Mario Batali announced he is stepping away from the operations of his businesses for an undetermined period of time after women have come forward with claims that the chef has sexually harassed them. ABC has also asked Batali to ...

'The Shape of Water' leads Golden Globe nominations with 7

LOS ANGELES, USA  (UPDATED)– The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro's fairy tale romance, led the Golden Globe nominations on Monday, December 11, with 7 nods, including for best motion picture drama and actress Sally Hawkins. The Post and Three ...

[OPINION] Why the Boston Celtics shouldn’t rush to bring back Gordon Hayward this season

MANILA, Philippines – The Boston Celtics have been one of the NBA’s most resilient teams. Led by newly-acquired superstar Kyrie Irving, Beantown has shot out like a cannon to an Eastern Conference-best 23-5 (82.1%) record. The Houston Rockets (2 ...

Bicol’s Aquinas University is now UST-Legazpi

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – The Bicol region's sole Dominican university, Aquinas University of Legazpi, has officially been renamed as University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi, officially integrating with the country's oldest university, the University o ...

Angeles City mayor to demand payment from Sanofi over Dengvaxia crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan wants French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pay for releasing the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia  which led to a public health crisis that affect thousands of his constituents. ...

'Terror' bomber strikes NY subway, 3 hurt

NEW YORK CITY, USA (7th UPDATE) – A 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour Monday, December 11, injuring 3 people and putting the c ...

Higher take-home pay but pricier cars, fuel, tobacco by 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the bicameral conference committee on Monday, December 11, finalized the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, seeking to cut personal income tax but impose higher levies on fuel, coal, cars, minin ...

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

NEW DELHI, India – India's opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi as its new leader on Monday, December 11, after years of speculation, calling it a "historic occasion". Senior Congress leader Mullappally Ramachandran said the 47-year-old ha ...

PFL holds inaugural finals series in Pana-ad Stadium

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines Football League (PFL) announced on Monday, December 11, that the finals knockout match between Global Cebu FC and Ceres-Negros FC will be held at the Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod on Saturday, December 16.  Prior ...

PDEA admits ‘failing’ in street-level drug war

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) admitted on Monday, December 11, that it failed in the street-level war on drugs when it was left alone in implementing President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign. PDEA chief Director G ...

Permanent removal of Dengvaxia 'disservice to Filipino people' – Sanofi

MANILA, Philippines – French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 11 that permanent removal of its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine from the Philippine market would be a “disservice to the Filipino people.”   During a Sen ...

Jameson Blake, Jon Lucas on Franco Hernandez's death: We miss him

MANILA, Philippines – Jameson Blake and Jon Lucas have both “moved on” from the death of fellow Hashtags member Franco Hernandez. The former reached out to Franco’s fans and encouraged them to accept his unexpected passing. He pointed out tha ...

Schools closed, flights delayed after second day of UK snowfall

LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain was recovering Monday, December 11, after heavy snow brought freezing temperatures, shutting hundreds of schools and disrupting flights for a second day. Power was restored to more than 100,000 homes, while airport ...

LOOK: Max Collins' wedding gown

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Max Collins looked every bit a glowing bride on Monday, December 11 when she wed her GMA 7 fellow actor Pancho Magno at the Marriott Hotel. (IN PHOTOS: Max Collins, Pancho Magno wedding For her wedding day, she turned ...

House approves on final reading 50% discount on political ads

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Monday, December 11, approved a bill that would amend the existing Fair Elections Act and introduce a 50% discount for parties and candidates for political propaganda on print, radio, and telev ...

Jardeleza accuses Sereno of treason

MANILA, Philippines – Time does not heal all wounds, as it turns out. For her attempt to exclude him from the Supreme Court (SC) short list in 2014, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of illegally obtaini ...

U.S. celebrities rally for boy in viral video talking of being bullied in school

WASHINGTON, USA (UPDATED) – A video of a boy tearfully talking about being bullied at school has gone viral and prompted an outpouring of support from Hollywood celebrities, music stars and athletes. Keaton Jones's mother posted the video on Faceb ...

Before the Judicial and Bar Council, how were justices chosen?

MANILA, Philippines – Among the issues raised during the impeachment hearing against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno were the alleged flaws of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). In his impeachment complaint, lawyer Larry Gadon, ac ...

Senate approves bill requiring 100% service charge be given to employees

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate approved on 3rd and final reading the bill that seeks to require service charge collected in establishments to be given to all covered employees. The Senate on Monday, December 11, passed Senate Bill 1299 sponsored ...

Dengvaxia probe, Associate justices on Sereno, Martial law extension | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Senator Dick Gordon says the speed of the approval for the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine was 'too fast,' hinting that a 'conspiracy' may be behind it.  Several associate justices  slam Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ...

House OKs on 3rd reading pay hike for cops, soldiers

MANILA, Philippines – Voting 167-4, the House of Representatives approved on 3rd and final reading a measure that would increase the base pay of the country's uniformed personnel including soldiers and policemen.  House Joint Resolution 18 is spo ...

Duterte's proposed martial law extension also targets NPA

MANILA, Philippines – Communist rebels will also be targeted if Congress approves President Rodrigo Duterte's request to further extend martial law in Mindanao. (READ: Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension ) In his letter to Congr ...

LIST: 2018 Gawad Kalasag awardees for disaster management, humanitarian work

MANILA, Philippines – Various local government units were recognized for their outstanding contribution to disaster risk reduction and management at the 19th Gawad Kalasag National Awards held in Pasig City on Monday, December 11. The National Dis ...

Senate approves highest civilian award for Miriam Santiago

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday, December 11, unanimously adopted a resolution concurring in the posthumous conferment of the Quezon Service Cross to the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. The award, which requires concurrence of Con ...

P3.5B for dengue vaccination program 'too big' – economist

MANILA, Philippines – An economist belonging to the expert panel that did not recommend the mass use of the controversial dengue vaccine in the Philippines said the budget allotted for it was too much. Hilton Lam was among the members of the Form ...

TransCo open to creating 3rd telco player with China Telecom

MANILA, Philippines – State-run National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) put its name forward as a possible partner for China Telecom Corporation Ltd in a bid to establish a long-sought after 3rd player in the Philippines' telecommunications in ...

Sereno camp on justices’ testimonies: Petty, ‘pure hugot’

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno blasted the testimonies of 4 justices during the impeachment proceedings as “petty disagreements.” “Shouldn't the good justices be resolving their disagreement ...

Judge who ordered Mile Long eviction is new Sandiganbayan justice

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed to the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan  Judge Maryann Corpus-Mañalac, his 5th appointee there. Mañalac is the judge of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 141 who issued the notice to ...

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

MANILA, Philippines – Progressive group Bayan Muna on Monday, December 11, raised alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao, nearly two months after he declared Marawi City "liberated" from terrorists . In ...

Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – Congress is set to convene a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. "Wednesday morning joint session. 'Yan ang plano. Morn ...

Malacañang to critics: Go to Supreme Court to stop martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says all those who oppose President Rodrigo Duterte's  request to extend martial law  may, after approval of Congress, question it before the Supreme Court. "They are free to challenge mart ...

New vaccines shouldn't be introduced during an election year – Ubial

MANILA, Philippines – Ex-Department of Health (DOH) chief Paulyn Ubial said new vaccines should not be introduced to the market during an election year, taking a swipe at the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. "We do not introduce new vaccines during ...

Trump's accusers 'should be heard' – Haley

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday, December 10, in an apparent divergence from the White House line. Trump – who was i ...

South Korea's Moon seeks rapprochement in China visit

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to "normalize" ties with giant neighbor China on his first state visit to the country this week, his office said Monday, December 11, after Beijing was infuriated by a US missile system ...

Duterte appoints Walter Ong to the Court of Appeals

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed to the Court of Appeals lawyer Walter Ong, brother of former Sandiganbayan justice Gregory Ong who was dismissed over links to pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles. The Supreme Court r ...

Mamma Mia: When down-home cuisine goes Uptown

MANILA, Philippines – Italian food is the Filipino’s adopted cuisine. Save perhaps for American and Chinese, no other foreign cuisine can beat the hold Italian food has on our hearts and appetites.    For a cuisine so ubiquitous, it’s interes ...

Neymar heads to Brazil for 'personal matters'

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neymar is urgently travelling to Brazil due to "personal matters", the Brazilian company that manages the footballer's career said on Sunday, December 10.  Neymar is "coming to Brazil for per ...

McLisse to star in their first movie

MANILA, Philippines –McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson aka McLisse are set to star in their own movie in 2018. The announcement was made by Joji Alonso, producer of Quantum Films. No other details have been announced, but the film will be directed by ...

PDEA chief wants PNP to drop the term tokhang

MANILA, Philippines – Language, as they say, evolves. For Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino, the evolution  of the term "tokhang" has taken a bad turn and it needs to be scrapped soon. Aquino gave his ob ...

PCMC director grilled for P3-B dengue vaccine purchase

MANILA, Philippines – Julius Lecciones, executive director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), was put on the hot seat for signing the procurement papers for P3 billion worth of Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Lecciones, during the Sen ...

IN PHOTOS: Max Collins, Pancho Magno wedding

MANILA, Philippines – GMA 7 actors Max Collins and Pancho Magno are married. On Monday, December 11, the couple tied the knot before family and friends at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.   {source} <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-in ...

'Mas masaya': Pacquiao favors martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Manny Pacquiao expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018. (READ:  Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension ) Pacquiao, a ...

Global Cebu FC wants to host PFL finals in Cebu City Sports Complex

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Global Cebu FC is appealing to the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) for their right to host the finals knockout match with Ceres in the Cebu City Sports Complex on Saturday, December 16.  Global released ...

Replacing jeepneys a must after 3-year transition period – Tugade

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said all public utility vehicles (PUVs) would eventually be required to "modernize" after a 3-year transition period. On Monday, December 11, Tugade appeared before the Senate c ...

Slain Nueva Ecija priest Tito Paez laid to rest

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Father Marcelito "Tito" Paez, the priest who was shot dead by a still-unidentified suspect, was buried on Monday, December 11, at Santo Niño Cemetery in Nueva Ecija.  Paez, 72, was gunned down on December 4 as he was dr ...

Justices on Sereno 'transgressions': Until when will we suffer?

MANILA, Philippines – In a rare public display of disdain towards the “first among equals,” several associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC) openly criticized Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for the apparent mistakes she repeatedly mad ...

Group revives plunder complaint vs Alvarez over Piatco case

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The group Pinoy Aksyon for Governance Environment (Page) on Monday, December 11, submitted a letter-complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman, urging the reinvestigation of an old plunder complaint against House Speak ...

Gordon says Dengvaxia approval ‘too fast,’ hints at ‘conspiracy’

MANILA, Philippines – Senate blue ribbon panel chairperson Richard Gordon found the speed with which the Philippine government approved the commercial release of the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine “too fast,” hinting that a “conspiracy” might be ...

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

TOKYO, Japan – Tokyo organizers are back on track and will complete their 2020 Olympic venues on schedule, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday, December 11, at the start of a 3-day visit. After bungling the rollout of the showpie ...

Megaworld to build P8-billion estate along Lake Caliraya in Laguna

MANILA, Philippines – Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corporation, through its leisure estate unit  Global-Estate Resorts Incorporated (GERI), unveiled plans to build an integrated lifestyle community by the shores of Lake Caliraya in Laguna. To be call ...

Honduras president keeps lead in disputed vote after recount

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras's President Juan Orlando Hernandez maintained his lead in disputed election results after a partial recount, the head of the electoral tribunal said on Sunday, December 10. An official winner of the November 26 elec ...

WBO champ Jeff Horn a 'dirty' fighter, taunts challenger Corcoran's camp

BRISBANE, Australia – English challenger Gary Corcoran has claimed Australian World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jeff Horn is a "dirty" fighter ahead of their title bout in Brisbane on Wednesday, December 13. In an extraordinary media ...

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – With the goal of "total eradication" of Islamic State-inspired terror groups in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law in the region by one year. In his letter, sent to media on Monday, Dece ...

CJ Sereno getting wrong legal advice – Tijam

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Noel Tijam on Monday, December 11, called on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to attend the impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives. The persistent stance of Sereno’s lawyers ...

SC Justices in impeachment hearing, Fariñas on martial law, China Telecom | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Four justices of the Supreme Court – 3 incumbent and one retired – stand as witnesses in the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.  House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says President Rodrigo D ...

Rappler Gift Guide: Presents for the Tita in your life

MANILA, Philippines – Every tita (or tita wannabe) has discriminating taste, no doubt honed from afternoons spent trawling the weekend markets and shopping with her amigas. And while she will for sure appreciate any gift from her beloved pamangk ...

PDEA seizes P57.5M worth of shabu at FedEx branch

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) presented to the media on Monday, December 11, around 11.5 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" at their national headquarters in Quezon City. PDEA chief ...

IN PHOTOS: Wendell Ramos, Kukai Gueverra's wedding

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Wendell Ramos and his longtime partner, Kukai Guevarra, got married on Saturday, December 9 in Parañaque City. Among those who attended were Dingdong Dantes and Gabby Eigenmann, who served as cord and veil sponsors, Ant ...

Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 1st District Edcel Lagman, a legislator who belongs to a House independent opposition bloc, hit President Rodrigo Duterte’s desire to extend martial law in Mindanao. “[Duterte’s] request for Congress to extend ma ...

Fitch upgrades Philippines' credit rating

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings upgraded the Philippines' Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) from BBB-  to BBB, with a stable outlook, amid favorable economic conditions and planned tax refor ...

Boston Celtics breeze past slumping Detroit Pistons

LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED)  – The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics avenged a November loss to Detroit on Sunday, December 10, handing the slumping Pistons a 6th straight NBA defeat 91-81. Al Horford scored 18 points, handed out 6 assists ...

Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse

NEW YORK CITY, USA (UPDATED) – Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after it began trading on its first major global exchange Sunday, December 10, the latest in a series of highs that have excited some investors while leaving others nervous of a bubble. Tra ...

Garin says dengue vaccination program 'not a midnight deal'

MANILA, Philippines – Former Department of Health (DOH) chief Janette Garin maintained the now-suspended dengue vaccination program launched during her term was aboveboard. Garin held a shoert press conference before the Senate investigation into t ...

What the emails of VACC's Dengvaxia witness say

MANILA, Philippines – With a congressional hearing underway to probe the P3.5 billion dengue vaccination controversy, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) also began its separate probe, targeted at former health secretary Janette Garin, forme ...

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon for 'hypocrisy' on EJKs

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque criticized Senator Leila De Lima and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairman Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon for insisting there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte government, whe ...

4 justices testify in impeachment hearing vs Sereno

MANILA, Philippines – Four justices of the Supreme Court – 3 incumbent and one retired – stood as witnesses in an impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, December 11.  Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo ...

Singson refutes alleged right-of-way scam under Aquino admin

MANILA, Philippines – In front of the main accuser Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Rogelio Singson refuted the existence of the road right-of-way scam under the Aquino administ ...

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

MANILA, Philippines – Festive music blared from the speakers as 179 families attended a Christmas party at the Sacred Heart Village in Quezon City on Saturday, December 9. Despite the celebratory music, however, there was sadness in the air as we ...

[OPINION] Responsible anti-Communism

After courting them for the first year of his administration, President Duterte has now declared the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), terrorist organizations. His declaration is unfort ...

ICT education should bridge tech gaps between teacher, student – DepEd

MANILA, Phillippines – With the emerging trend in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education, the Department of Education (DepEd) is addressing technology gaps among teachers and students.   DepEd's Bureau of Curriculum Development ...

Venezuelan leader says no to opposition in presidential race

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, December 10, that leading opposition parties will be barred from taking part in next year's presidential vote after they boycotted mayoral polls, in a move set to further c ...

Alabama votes after vicious contest dogged by claims against candidate

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, USA - It's been framed by Donald Trump's opponents as a contest between a Democrat and a man accused of preying on teenaged girls, but for the people of Alabama this week's special election isn't quite that simple. The Republican ...

'New sense of optimism' in Brexit talks – May

LONDON, United Kingdom – British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell lawmakers Monday, December 11, there is a "new sense of optimism" around Brexit talks after striking an initial agreement last week with the European Union. In a statement to pa ...

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

PARIS, France – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a trip to Europe on Sunday, December 10, facing widespread criticism of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and pressure to engage in the peace pr ...

Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

LONDON, United Kingdom – The heaviest snowfall in 4 years in Britain caused travel mayhem Sunday, December 10, while more than 300 flights were cancelled in Germany's busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais. Hundreds o ...

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate victory over ISIS

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's armed forces held a military parade in Baghdad on Sunday, December 10, to celebrate the victory announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over the Islamic State (ISIS) group. Abadi on Saturday, December 9, declared victo ...

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

OSLO, Norway – Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away," the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) , warned on Sunday, December 10, as the United S ...

Funeral held for Thai cadet at center of army abuse scandal

CHON BURI, Thailand – A Thai army recruit whose death captured national attention after his organs were removed in mysterious circumstances showed signs of being physically assaulted, his family said Sunday, December 10, citing the results of an au ...

'Ang Maestra' review: Heart in the right place

Lemuel Lorca's Ang Maestra is fueled primarily by sincere spirit, which leaves most of the film lacking even the slightest tension to make it anything more than an amiable advocacy film. That isn't necessarily a problem since the film seems to be ver ...

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

(READ: PART 1: The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs ) PART 2 OF 2 MANILA, Philippines – Representatives of funeral parlors and morgues are a common sight after police operations under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. They are the ...

DepEd orders 'strong monitoring' of students given Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday, December 10, said it has initiated a "strong monitoring and surveillance system" for students who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine . Education Secretary Leonor Brio ...

Freedom of expression 'under siege' in PH, say human rights groups

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the proliferation of fake news and propaganda on social media, human rights defenders and civil society organizations (CSOs) urged Filipinos to defy threats to freedom of expression on Sunday, December 10. In a statement ...

LOOK: Pauleen Luna, Vic Sotto's daughter Tali baptized

MANILA, Philippines – Pauleen Luna and Vic Sotto's daughter Tali was welcomed to the Christian world on Sunday, December 10, at the St James the Great Parish in Muntinlupa City. Among those present at the baptism were Eat Bulaga co-host Ruby Rodri ...

BDO, World Bank tie up for $150-million green bonds

MANILA, Philippines – Henry Sy-led BDO Unibank Incorporated became the country's first commercial bank to issue green bonds aimed at addressing climate change. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, December 8, BDO said it is i ...

'Smaller and Smaller Circles': Circling back, looking closer

After receiving a confirmation email from the cinema manager of a posh mall in the metro that they will be showing the much-awaited film adaptation of F.H. Batacan’s novel Smaller and Smaller Circles for two consecutive weeks, I rushed to check my ...

Pope renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Pope Francis on Sunday, December 10, renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has sparked protests and clashes . " ...

Major recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears

PARIS, France (UPDATED) – French baby-milk maker Lactalis and health authorities have ordered a major international product recall because of fears of salmonella contamination, following 26 cases of children falling sick in France. Company spokesma ...

The hype reawakens: 'Star Wars' stages 'Last Jedi' premiere

LOS ANGELES, USA –  Stormtroopers, droids and celebrities from galaxies near and far hit the red carpet in the shadow of a giant AT-AT assault vehicle Saturday, December 9 at the glittering world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – although ...

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

MANILA, Philippines – For thousands of Filipinos who took to the streets on Sunday, December 10, the fight to uphold human rights goes beyond International Human Rights Day. Various groups joined protests on Sunday to call on the Filipino youth to ...

Netanyahu criticizes European 'hypocrisy' ahead of EU talks

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized "hypocrisy" in Europe over condemnation of US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying rockets from Gaza should also be criticized. The Israeli leade ...

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Bookmark this page to watch the Senate hearing on Monday, December 11 MANILA, Philippines – The Senate is investigating the controversy surrounding the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of dengue vaccine doses for public school students in the cou ...

Duterte to ask Congress for 1-year martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte will be asking Congress to once again extend martial law in Mindanao, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas confirmed on Sunday, December 10.  Fariñas, quoting Executive Secretary Salvad ...

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid North Korea threat

TOKYO, Japan –  Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practice jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday, December 10, amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the j ...

South Korea to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang – report

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea will impose new unilateral sanctions against nuclear-armed Pyongyang, a report said Sunday, December 10, in Seoul's latest effort to pressure the North after a series of weapons tests that have sent regional tension ...

COA tells DOH to return P14-million hazard pay

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) affirmed its decision requiring the Department of Health (DOH) to return hazard pay given in 2009 and 2010. In a decision dated November 24, state auditors said health officials and personnel abo ...

LOOK: Robin Padilla spends time with grandson Alas

MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla took time off from his busy schedule to attend a wedding with his daughter Kylie Padilla and grandson Alas. In the photos posted by Nice Print Photography, Robin is seen carrying Alas at the wedding of Ghee Castr ...

Squaring circles: EU and Britain plot next Brexit chapter

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Commission and the British government let out an audible sigh of relief on reaching Friday's (December 8) historic Brexit divorce terms deal. Yet numerous questions remain on the future trade relationship between th ...

Poe: Math shows operators lose in gov't bid to modernize jeepneys

MANILA, Philippines – Senate committee on public services chairperson Grace Poe said she wants Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to attend a hearing set for Monday, December 11, to explain "unrealistic" government plans to implement next yea ...

Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

MANILA, Philippines – Only about two years into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights record has already surpassed that of the Marcos regime's, youth activists claimed on December 10, International Human Rights Day. “From what we s ...

2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup: PH up against Jordan, China, Thailand

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Women's National Football Team (PWNFT) is slated to compete against Jordan, China and Thailand in the group stage of the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup on April 7 tto 22, 2018 in Jordan.  The groupings were a resul ...

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