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End-to-end encryption not in the cards for Zoom's free users

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:37 PM

'Free users, for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,' says Zoom CEO Eric Yuan

More PH chess players banned

May 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The latest Filipino chess players to be handed down a suspension are Elwin Retanal, Harison Maamo, and Vladimir Gonzales

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3 more Pinoy chess players suspended, Labog ban reversed

May 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Former Palarong Pambansa champion Eric Labog Jr clears his name, but 3 more Filipino players get suspended from online chess tournaments

Another PH junior chess player suspended for fair play violation

May 15, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Eric Labog Jr becomes the fourth Filipino player suspended in an online chess tournament

Paolo Duterte, 2 lawmakers seek probe into ABS-CBN's alleged franchise violations

May 11, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The administration-allied congressmen take issue with the Kapamilya Box Office channel and the network's Philippine Depository Receipts – two issues that Solicitor General Jose Calida already raised with the Supreme Court

HOUSE LEADERS. Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte (1st from L, seated), ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L, standing), and Cavite 8th District Representative (3rd from L, standing) during a meeting with other House leaders on July 22. File photo from Cayetano's office

Los Angeles offers free virus tests for all residents

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:08 PM

'Announcing that L.A. is now the first major city in America to offer free COVID-19 testing to all residents,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweets

ERIC GARCETTI. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (R) listens to the governor of California speak in front of the USNS Mercy hospital ship after it arrived into the Port of Los Angeles on March 27, 2020. Photo by Carolyn Cole/AFP

MMA legend Eric Kelly continues fight outside cage

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Despite a string of losses that ended his tenure in ONE Championship, Eric Kelly does not want to throw in the towel just yet

FITTING END. Eric Kelly seeks to fight again for his MMA swan song. Photo from ONE Championship

‘Clerical oversight’: RITM says congressman Yap ‘remains negative’ for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The fact remains, however, that Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist, while a person under investigation, broke quarantine protocols and exposed several high-level government officials in the process

Malacañang won't call out Pimentel and Yap, cites 'conflicting' reports

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says an investigation should be done first for 'true facts' to come out

QUARANTINE. Usually busy streets in Tomas Morato, Quezon City are empty on March 17, 2020 as the government orders Filipinos to observe strict home quarantine. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PSG hits congressman Eric Yap for 'endangering' Malacañang officials, staff

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Security Group Commander Colonel Jesus Durante says he will file a case against ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap 'if necessary'

SPECIAL MEETING. ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L) is seen meeting with Congress and House members on March 21, 2020, 4 days before his positive COVID-19 results came out. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go

House appropriations panel chair Eric Yap tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:42 PM

(UPDATED) The ACT-CIS representative apologizes after admitting he attended several meetings with high-ranking government officials in the past days, including one in Malacañang

COVD-19 POSITIVE. ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap in his official portrait for the House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of

FDA now lets doctors issue electronic prescriptions

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:20 PM

FDA Director General Eric Domingo says this will allow people vulnerable to COVID-19 to still access their medicines during the outbreak

STOCKING UP. People buy items from a medical supply store in Manila on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bombardier removes CEO after trains, planes divisions sold off

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:50 AM

With Bombardier's 5-year turnaround almost complete, chairman Pierre Beaudoin says the board decided it was time for a change in leadership

(FILES) In this file photo Bombardier Inc President and Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare attends a press conference with long-range private jet travel company VistaJet founder and Chairman at the International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget on June 17, 2015. - Bombardier has removed its chief executive Alain Bellemare, who oversaw the Canadian manufacturing behemoth's sell-off of its trains and commercial aviation divisions in a painful restructuring. In his place, the Montreal-based company has hired back the former head of its business jet division Eric Martel. Martel will start his new job on April 6, 2020. Prior to joining Hydro-Quebec, serving as its president and chief executive since 2015, he held several leadership positions at Bombardier. (Photo by Eric PIERMONT / AFP)

PH tracksters pursue Olympic dream despite coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Filipino tracksters, including Tokyo qualifier EJ Obiena, have to tweak their plans following the postponement of several events due to the coronavirus outbreak

GETTING STRONGER. EJ Obiena will compete in the USA and Europe as he prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

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House probe into alleged ‘lopsided’ LRT concession agreement sought

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:44 PM

ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap files the resolution just 3 days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would check the LRT contract, which involves the Ayalas and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan

DUTERTE VS AYALAS, MVP. A lawmaker wants a House probe into the government's concession agreement with the Light Rail Manila Corporation. File photo from LRMC

Huawei says 'survival' top priority as sales fall short

Dec 31, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Huawei chairman Eric Xu says sales revenue for 2019 will likely reach US$121 billion, up roughly 18% from the previous year but still falls short of the previous forecast of US$125 billion

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

PH hurdles king Eric Cray races to 4th straight SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Putting his early flop behind, Philippine athletics star Eric Cray clocks his season-best time in the SEA Games 400m hurdles

HURDLES KING. Eric Cray cruises to his best performance in two years in front of his countrymen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After disqualification, Eric Cray leads PH to relay gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:14 PM

Eric Cray misses the chance to reclaim his title as Southeast Asia's fastest man, but redeems himself with a relay gold

REDEMPTION. Eric Cray tows the Philippine team to a gold in the mixed 4x100m relay. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cayetano’s Phisgoc gets award from Phisgoc-endorsed body

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Sports Industry Award Asia's own website says it is ‘endorsed’ and ‘supported’ by the Cayetano-led SEA Games organizing committee

'SPECIAL AWARD?' Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano receives his trophy from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk on December 3, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

Trip down memory lane as Filipino icons grace SEA Games 2019 opening

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Eight Filipino sporting legends gather for one night and take centerstage in a memorable SEA Games spectacle

LEGENDS ONLY. Filipino icons (from left, clockwise) Lydia de Vega, Akiko Thomson, Eric Buhain, Alvin Patrimonio, Bong Coo, Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Onyok Velasco, and Paeng Nepomuceno serve as flagbearers in the Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Korean singer Eric Nam to perform in Manila

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The R&B K-pop artist will be performing a solo show at the New Frontier Theater in January 2020

Lipa City mayor tightens belt to fund senior pension, PWD allowance

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa orders a city hall-wide austerity measure

SAVING. Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa speaks to members of the press during a meeting held Monday, August 5. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

U.S. policeman suspended over choking death of black man

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Expectations for the outcome are high, particularly in the African-American community and especially since Pantaleo has not faced charges for his involvement in the case

JUSTICE. A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Cray leads 13 PH tracksters in 2019 Asian championship

Apr 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

National team star Eric Cray looks to defend his 400-meter hurdles title in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

HIGHER GOAL. Eric Cray and the Philippine athletics team vie to surpass their medal haul in the 2017 edition. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Erice to Kris Aquino: I didn't intend to blame PNoy for Mar's 2016 loss

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan congressman Edgar Erice, who manages Mar Roxas' senatorial bid, says he and his candidate are 'true blue Liberals who 'stand with the party'

Kris Aquino: Don't blame my brother Noy for Mar Roxas' defeats

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'So pati ba pagkatalo sa 2010 kasalanan din ni Noy?' asks Kris Aquino, lashing out at senatorial candidate Mar Roxas' campaign manager Edgar Erice

PLDT on the Huawei question

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Take a glimpse at how PLDT and its heads are approaching the US-Huawei situation

LOOK: Eric Tai, Rona Samson-Tai welcome son

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Meet the couple's son Legend

Taiwan's Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

DOH declares measles outbreak in Metro Manila

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) The DOH Epidemiology Bureau reports that from January 1 to 19, the number of measles cases in NCR has reached 196 – much higher than the 20 cases recorded during the same period in 2018

OUTBREAK. The health department declares a measles outbreak in Metro Manila on February 6. Image via Shutterstock

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Eric Drouet – who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon – is held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source

ARRESTED. This file photo taken on December 23, 2018 shows Eric Drouet, a leader of the 'Yellow vests' (Gilets jaunes) movement, next to his lawyer Kheops Lara (R) as he leaves Paris' courthouse at the end of his custody after being detained by the police during a yellow vests demonstration in Paris. File photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

Trump agrees to shut down charity accused of illegality

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:09 AM

'This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,' says New York attorney general Barbara Underwood

TRUMP FOUNDATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

NBTC: More provincial, international teams in 2019

Dec 08, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Expect a bigger and more competitive National Basketball Training Center next year

BIGGER AND BETTER. The Philippine basketball grassroots program continues to grow behind (from left) NBTC executive director Eric Altamirano, NBTC ambassador Thirdy Ravena, Bounty Argo Venture Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, and SM Mall of Asia Arena vice president Francis Bonnivie. Photo from release

Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89 million

Dec 05, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses,' Albert Einstein wrote in his 1954 letter written in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind

GENIUS. The statue of scientist Albert Einstein is seen September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Karen Bleier

Who are the real monsters in 'Narcos: Mexico'?

Nov 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'It's not a story about a bad guy,' says Diego Luna of 'Narcos: Mexico'

WHAT'S NEXT FOR NARCOS? Michael Pena and Diego Luna speak during the Netflix See What's Next event at the Marina Bay Sands on November 8, 2018 in Singapore. Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images for Netflix

'Narcos' lesson? Drug 'wars' don’t work

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The stars and showrunner of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ are definitely not afraid to be political

NARCOS IN MEXICO. The stars and showrunner of the new Netflix original series in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Mail bombs to U.S. political figures, media: What we know

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Here's what we know so far about the mail bombs and suspicious packages that were sent to prominent Democratic critics of President Donald Trump

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES. CNN's office at the Time Warner Center is evacuated Wednesday morning, October 24, after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

Hit indie farming sim 'Stardew Valley' headed to iOS

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone says this will be a full version of the single-player game, adjusted for touch controls including tweaks to the user interface

MOBILE FARMING. Fancy having a farm on your iPhone? Now you can! Image from 'Stardew Valley' website.

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes arrest shows ‘attempt to silence dissent’ – Robredo

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Dapat sana parating may lugar iyong dissenting voices para…kaming mga public officials, parati kaming on our toes,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DISSENTING VOICES. Vice President Leni Robredo offers her support for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on September 25, 2018, the day he was arrested. Photo by OVP

Eric Cray: 'Worst race in my career'

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The Philippine hurdles king has been juggling training and a full-time job in Texas

RACE TO THE TOP. Eric Cray starts anew with his goal to back on top his game. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

3 laborers rescued after storm pipe falls on them

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:44 PM

While two of the laborers were immediately rescued, a third laborer's foot was caught underneath the pipe that fell

RESCUED. Three laborers were rescued Thursday noon along Salud Mitra Barangay in Baguio City after the huge storm pipe they were installing fell on them. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH hurdles king Eric Cray winds up 7th

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The two-time SEA Games champion fails to break the 50-second barrier in the 400m hurdles of the 2018 Asian Games

TOUGH FIELD. Eric Cray competes against a solid field that includes Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who set a new Asian Games’ record. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Eric Tai, wife Rona expecting first child

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Rona is 6 weeks pregnant

Court grants Lipa City Mayor TRO for his suspension

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'The basic purpose of the restraining order is to preserve the status quo until the hearing of the application for preliminary injunction. It is a preservative remedy for the protection of substantive rights and interests,' the order reads

Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Swedish police probed for killing man with Down Syndrome holding toy gun

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:17 PM

Eric Torell is shot dead by a police patrol in the residential neighbourhood of Vasastan around 4am (0200 GMT) Thursday, August 2, after running away from home with a toy gun