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Thai parliament urged to pass record $60-billion virus stimulus bill

May 27, 2020 - 9:15 PM

'To get the country back on track...we urgently need the budget of 1.9 trillion baht,' says Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

REOPENING. People stand in line to enter the Siam Paragon shopping mall as it reopened after restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus were lifted in Bangkok on May 17, 2020. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

European ferry operator P&O Ferries cuts 1,100 jobs

May 12, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The coronavirus crisis pushes P&O Ferries to lay off around 1,100 staff out of its 4,000 employees

NBA to launch televised H-O-R-S-E competition

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Following the ongoing 2K tournament, the league now plans to launch a H-O-R-S-E competition, where players will compete in isolation

Houston’s Russell Westbrook is among the NBA superstars eyed to join the competition. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

1st Thailand pro-democracy march since 2014 coup

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Discontent with the administration of ex-army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seething, with a progressive opposition party disbanded and the country's economy faltering

PROTEST. A man holds a sign that reads, 'We are tired of Prayut, stop the 2017 constitution' during a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Google cancels developers gathering due to coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Google adds it is exploring other ways for its developer community to connect and collaborate

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 the Google logo is seen at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP

2 rookie cops survive ambush in Quezon province

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:56 PM

An incident report says the two patrolmen were in a mobile car when they were waylaid

SURVIVORS. Patrolmen Millan Kenn Parco and Kennedy O Piamonte in the hospital after they were ambushed Friday, February 14. Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

LIST: Traffic management schemes during Skyway Extension construction

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Construction works for the southbound section of the Skyway Extension Project start on February 16

BRACE FOR TRAFFIC. Motorists are advised of the traffic management plan ahead of the construction works for the Skyway extension project. File photo from SMC

'Run against dictatorship' fun run draws thousands of defiant Thais

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:29 AM

Runners wielded the three-finger salute made famous by the blockbuster Hunger Games films as a symbol of freedom from authoritarian rule

LEADER. Thai Future Forward Party's leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (L) greets supporters during a "run against dictatorship" in Bangkok on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP)

Anti-gov't fun run draws thousands of defiant Thais

Jan 12, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The runners wield the 3-finger salute made famous by the Hunger Games franchise to oppose Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

3-FINGER SALUTE. People take part in a "run against dictatorship" in Bangkok on January 12, 2020. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Christmas Special 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The artists of O/C Records come a-caroling

Here's how you can help the student who jots down notes on banana leaf

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Donations pour in for a 16-year-old student of Lianga Comprehensive High School in Surigao del Sur who used a banana leaf to jot down notes

16-year-old Erlande O. Monter of Lianga Comprehensive High School in Surigao del Sur jots his notes down on a banana leaf. Photo from Lianga Comprehensive High School in Surigao del Sur Facebook page

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinema One Originals films, Part 2

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Oggs Cruz reviews 'Lucid,' 'O,' 'Metamorphosis,' and 'Yours Truly Shirley'

Thailand won't allow Cambodian opposition leader to transit – prime minister

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The Thai leader says: 'We will not allow anti-government (parties) to use Thailand as a base,' an apparent reference to Cambodian opposition Sam Rainsy

Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. The leader of Cambodia's main opposition on November 10 called for a peaceful transfer of power in elections in 2018, encouraged by a historic vote in nearby Myanmar. Cambodia has been ruled for three decades by Hun Sen, frequently accused by rights groups of stamping out dissent and ignoring human rights abuses. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO / AFP PHOTO / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

Thai MPs call for PM to resign following oath omission

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Though Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his cabinet pledged loyalty to the king, they did not recite allegiance to the constitution upon being sworn in as the civilian premier in July

RESIGNATION CALLS. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the opening of the Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC) meeting in Bangkok on September 9, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP


Aug 31, 2019 - 11:00 AM

One never knows what an insecure President is capable of, and, where President Duterte is concerned, the prospects are particularly dicey

Nostalgia incoming: A1 and O-Town to perform back-to-back in Manila

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Back-to-back throwback performances of the boy bands of our youth? We're ready!

New Thai leader keeps junta powers of arbitrary detention

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defends his original invoking of junta-era powers as a way of 'solving problems'

NEW THAI LEADER. Prayut Chan-O-Cha smiles after the royal endorsement ceremony appointing him as Thailand's new prime minister at Government House in Bangkok on June 11, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Facebook to hand over IP addresses of users who post hateful content in France

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Facebook has agreed to provide the IP addresses of accounts containing 'homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic content' at the request of judicial officials, a gov't aide says

[OPINION] The Philippines needs submarines

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

China has chosen the path of bullying its neighbors, forcing the Philippines to walk a very cautious line to protect its sovereign rights and citizens

Thai junta chief Prayut made prime minister in royal decree

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:32 PM

'I will promote a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and compassion,' Prayut says after the royal decree was read out at Government House

PRIME MINISTER. Prayut Chan-O-Cha smiles after the royal endorsement ceremony appointing him as Thailand's new prime minister at Government House in Bangkok on June 11, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai lawmakers elect junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha as PM

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha sweeps aside his sole challenger, the charismatic 40-year-old billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who led the anti-military bloc, comfortably passing the 375-vote threshold to win a majority

PRIME MINISTER. This file photo shows Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in October 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Thai parliament to vote for PM with junta chief in prime position

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power in 2014, is all but assured of completing his transformation from junta head to civilian leader with the support of 250 hand-picked senators

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Prayut Chan-O-Cha plays a traditional flute as he arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai junta-backed party needs few allies after election count

May 09, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Junta-linked Palang Pracharat party now has 115 seats in the lower house, only 11 votes shy of a majority in the combined parliament thanks to 250 military-appointed senators

JUNTA-BACKED PARTY. In this file photo, candidates for the Palang Pracharath Party stand on stage in front of a screening of number one candidate and current Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, during a rally in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima on March 10, 2019. File photo by Lillian  Suwanrumpha/AFP

New Android feature to provide real-time captions to content on your phone

May 08, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Video chats, user-recorded videos, Instagram or any other content source – the new feature is supposed to be able to provide automatic captions for those

AUTOMATIC SUBTITLES. Google's Live Caption feature is shown on a phone. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

Google data privacy: Incognito mode on Search and Maps, keeping data locally

May 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The next generation of Google Assistant has been shrunk to fit onto Pixel phones, so your data won't get sent to the cloud

INCOGNITO. The anonymous mode comes to Maps and Search, which was previously only available on Google Chrome and YouTube. Image from Google

4 things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2019 developer conference

May 07, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Here are some of the announcements you can expect at Google’s annual developer conference, slated for May 8, 1 am, Philippine time

THE NEXT GOOGLE I/O. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

FEU's graduating Guino-o savors season-saving win: 'Di pa kami tapos'

May 04, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Heather Guino-o and the FEU Lady Tamaraws prove yet again to be the queens of the long game this season

ONE MORE. Heather Guino-o and the FEU Lady Tamaraws move within a win of a return trip to the UAAP Finals. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

7 Last Words reflection: The chain of anger-revenge is broken

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai is given 7 days to crack down on spiralling pollution

POLLUTION. Smog covers the landscape of the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai on April 3, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

7 Thai parties form coalition to thwart junta

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Pheu Thai, affiliated with self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, joins forces with 6 other parties in a bid to halt military-backed factions from leading the country

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at the Government House for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on March 26, 2019, two days after the country's general election.  Ye Aung THU / AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:39 PM

With election day looming, voter enthusiasm is writ large across the country and online, with Thais sharing memes and engaging in online debate

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election.Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

Thai general who led coup pines for 'democracy' in election ballad

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:50 PM

A former army chief who seized power in 2014, Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to return after March 24 polls as a civilian prime minister and pens songs intended to inspire the nation

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout picture taken and released by Royal Thai Government on February 16, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) speaking with a woman at the Chatuchak market in Bangkok. Handout photo by Royal Thai Government/AFP

[OPINION | Newspoint] Where there’s a sitting judge there’s justice

Mar 02, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Press freedom is not automatically proved alive by the ability of the press to exercise its democratic right to publish without state interference; true proof lies in what happens to the press after exercising that right.

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ambush of Maria Ressa

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Show her up to be vulnerable, subdue her, and a chill probably goes around enough to help ease the way for the authoritarian rule he has been itching to impose. Well, knowing Maria Ressa, she’s not one easily subdued.

Junta chief's bid for prime minister intact after whirlwind week in Thai politics

Feb 15, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Still standing after the spin-dryer events of the last week, loyalists of Prayut Chan-O-Cha say his bid for premier is in robust shape

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai junta chief decries coup conjecture as 'fake news'

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:11 PM

'We're investigating. Fake news,' he tells reporters at Government House about the speculation of an impending coup

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo by Royal Thai Government/AFP

Thai princess, junta chief to run for prime minister

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Thai Princess Ubolratana and junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha will run for prime minister in upcoming general elections, to be held in March

IN THE RUNNING. Composite image of Thai Princess Ubolratana and Prayut Chan-O-Cha. Photos by Mike Clarke and Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir visits Thailand

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Malaysia is seen as a facilitator in achieving peace in Thailand's mainly Muslim southern region

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) leave after a joint press conference at the Government House in Bangkok on October 24, 2018. Malaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad meets his Thai counterpart on October 24 in his first visit to his northern neighbour as hopes rise that he can help prospects for peace in Thailand's violence-scarred south. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Unfriend: Thai junta leader flooded with negative comments on FB

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Asking for 'suggestions' in his debut on Facebook, Thailand's premier receives over 9,000 comments in less than 24 hours, the majority of them negative

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How a street vendor grew up to become the Philippines’ Juice King

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:18 AM

For Zest-O founder Alfredo Yao, the hard work began when he was just 13 years old

Kean Cipriano launches O/C Records

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The Callalily frontman goes behind the scenes with his new record label, a collaboration with Viva Entertainment's Vic del Rosario

KEAN CIPRIANO. The Callalily frontman starts his own record label with Viva Entertainment. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte sends secretaries, not frigates, to help OFWs abducted in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

An all-Cabinet member team is tasked to work with the Libyan government to secure the kidnapped Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 28th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cuba air crash toll rises to 112, leaving 1 survivor

May 26, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The death of Emiley Sanchez de la O, 40, leaves only one survivor from the May 18 crash of the Boeing 737 operated by national carrier Cubana de Aviacion

AIR CRASH. Emergency personnel work at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP