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Detours from home: Turning into a stray cat keeper

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:58 AM

The quarantine made me realize that animals are God’s creations, too

LISTEN: National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab's newest composition, 'Kapit Lahat'

May 03, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The song debuts during the telecast of 'Taumbayan to the Rescue' and is performed by the Ryan Cayabyab Singers

WATCH: Volunteers rescue pets left behind by Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Volunteers brave the danger zones around the brooding volcano to save pets and other animals

PET RESCUE. Volunteers rescue pets and other animals in Agoncillo, Batangas, left behind by their owners who evacuated as Taal Volcano erupted. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

Thai Navy SEAL dies after yearlong infection after cave rescue

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara is the second Thai Navy SEAL to perish after rescuing 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand

A HERO. Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara dies from blood infection months after rescuing 12 young boys and their coach in a cave in Thailand. Photo from the Royal Thai Navy Facebook page

Stray dog saves abandoned kittens from cold Canada winter

Nov 26, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Serenity, a two-year-old female mongrel, snuggling 5 tiny black kittens in the dead of winter is a heartfelt story of survival and cross-species nurturing that has been widely shared on social media

PROUD RESCUER. Serenity the dog stands next to a litter of kittens at a shelter in Chatham, Ontario on November 17, 2019. Handout photo/Pet And Wildlife Rescue/AFP

Cambodian opposition leader still to face treason trial – PM

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, clarifies on Monday that Cambodian opposition figure Kem Sokha would still face trial

KEM SOKHA. This photo taken on September 11, 2018 shows Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) sitting with his mother Sao Nget while confined by the government at his residence in Phnom Penh. File photo by Chhea Bunnarith/AFP

Cambodia lifts house arrest restrictions on opposition figure

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Kem Sokha's political partner Sam Rainsy also calls for the treason charge against his opposition colleague to be dismissed

HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on September 11, 2018 shows Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) sitting with his mother Sao Nget while confined by the government at his residence in Phnom Penh. Photo by Chhea Bunnarith/AFP

Cambodia holds its breath as opposition chief vows return on independence day

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'This may be the first time and the last time that you see me alive as a free man,' Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy says in a video before a risky attempt to return home

HOMECOMING? Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy attempts to enter Cambodia after 4 years of self-exile. Photo by Kimlong Meng/NURPHOTO/CORBIS via Getty Images on Coda Story

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

Cambodia launches online disinformation campaign to repress opposition groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy's return to the country brings authorities to mischaracterize his statements and release over 30 seemingly forced 'confessions' from his supporters

SAM RAINSY. Photo by Kimlong Meng/NURPHOTO/CORBIS via Getty Images for Coda Story

German national leaves home to save stray cats and dogs in PH

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:03 AM

He emigrated to the Philippines 8 years ago and hasn't looked back since

3 Indonesian fishermen rescued by Mati City locals, Philippine Coast Guard

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Mati Police chief Major Bembo Lopez Aying says Paulus Baeruma, Batinus Paniat, and Pente Laberu were rescued off the coast of Barangay Bobon in Mati City on July 17

SAFE. The rescued Indonesian fishermen being interviewed by authorities in Mati City. Photo courtesy of Glen Lazaro Ybañez

Frantic search for toddler who fell into Mumbai drain

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The one-and-a-half-year-old boy, who has gone missing from home, is seen on CCTV falling into a drain overflowing with monsoon rain

SEARCH. Indian commuters walk past the spot where a toddler fell inside a sewage drain in Mumbai on July 12, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Viral video shows lucky catch of falling toddler in Istanbul

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'I was just walking in the road when I saw the little girl at the window. She fell, and thanks to God, I caught her before she hit the ground,' says 17-year-old Fawzi Zabaat

LUCKY. Algerian citizen Fawzi Zabaat (L), 17, poses with Syrian toddler Doha Muhammed he caught as she was falling from the second floor at Fatih district in Istanbul on June 27, 2019. Photo by STR/DHA/AFP

Frida, Mexico's famous rescue dog, retires

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:18 AM

The canine unit of Mexico's Marines honors Frida during her retirement after saving 12 people's lives in her decade-long career as a search and rescue dog

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 06, 2018, a rescue dog from the Mexican Navy, Frida, is pictured during a training session in Mexico City. Frida, a nine-year-old Labrador retriever who was a hero among rescue dogs in the September 2017 quake, retired this June 24, 2019 during a ceremony. RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Thailand's 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the three-week ordeal at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand

A member of the "Wild Boars" football team places flowers in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai navy diver who died during the rescue of the team from the Tham Luang cave, during the first anniversary of their rescue in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on June 24, 2019. Thailand's "Wild Boars" footballers, who captivated the world one year ago after floods trapped them underground for nearly three weeks, paid respects on June 24 to the diver who died during the rescue efforts. Jittrapon KAICOME / AFP

'Wild Boars' deal with fame one year after Thai cave rescue

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Their newfound fame has also forced silence on them, as the boys and their families can no longer talk freely about their ordeal – the result of exclusivity contracts that ban them from speaking to the press

A YEAR AFTER. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai diver who died during the efforts to rescue the 12 boys from the '€œWild Boars'€ football team and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

Netflix, makers of 'Crazy Rich Asians', team up for Thai cave rescue production

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Netflix strikes a deal with the producers of 'Crazy Rich Asians' to tell the real-life story of 2018's gripping Thai cave rescue

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio: Protest China’s ‘rescue center’ in West Philippine Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

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Spanish rescuers drilling tunnel to search for toddler in well

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:07 PM

The plan is to dig a sufficiently deep tunnel after which miners will manually carve a passage to the well, where a two-year-old boy fell nearly a week ago in Totalan

RESCUE EFFORTS. A digger removes earth at the site where a boy fell down a well in Totalan in southern Spain on January 16, 2019. Rescuers racing to save a two-year-old boy who fell down a well in southern Spain have found several strands of his hair, authorities said, raising hopes of finding the toddler whose fate has gripped the nation for days. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Thai cave rescue film to be released on mission anniversary

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The first film on the dramatic cave rescue will be a genuine retelling of the gripping mission, directed by Thai-born director Tom Waller

Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:40 PM

5 people are reported dead, while at least 38 are missing after the landslide

LANDSLIDE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 1, 2019 shows rescue workers searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Sukabumi, West Java province.ficial said on January 1, 2019. Photo from Handout / Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana / AFP

Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:55 PM

There is no sign of life, with the delayed rescue effort drawing public outrage, but the men's families are clinging to hopes that they may have found an air pocket

RESCUE. This undated handout photograph released by the National Disaster Response Force shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 13 miners were killed after being trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. Handout / National Disaster Response Force / AFP

British divers in Thai cave rescue make UK honors list

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The 7 underwater specialists receive awards for bravery and excellence, with two members – Richard Stanton and John Volanthen – given the George Medal, the country's second highest civilian gallantry award

THAI RESCUE. British cave-diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening in the mountain during rescue operation for a missing children's football team and their coach in Tham Luang cave, Chiang Rai province on June 29, 2018.Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/ / AFP

British caver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' comments

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:47 AM

The defamation suit is filed in Los Angeles by Vernon Unsworth, who is seeking unspecified damages 'for the worldwide damage he has suffered to his reputation'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

In an interview with government-aligned media, Um Sam An says his newfound freedom was a chance to 'reconcile the nation'

PARDONED. Former Cambodian opposition lawmaker Um Sam An (R) speaks to media at a pagoda after he was released by royal pardon in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Kem Sokha's supporters earlier hoped he would be freed once the election result is beyond dispute

KEM SOKHA. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. File photo by AFP

[OPINION] Finding a way forward for Cambodia after sham elections

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Prime Minister is treating Cambodia as a personal fiefdom that can one day be handed over to one of his sons

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

Thai cave boys leave Buddhist monastery after honoring dead rescuer

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:37 PM

11 of the boys, together with their coach, were ordained to 'make merit' for late rescue diver Saman Kunan

Members of the "Wild Boars" football team hand flower garlands to Buddhist monks during a ceremony to mark the end of their retreat as novice monks at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on August 4, 2018. The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left the Buddhist monastery 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honour a diver who died in the mission to save them. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Without an opposition, Hun Sen vows runaway win in Cambodia polls

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The only serious challenger to the ruling Cambodian People's Party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November

RIVALS ELIMINATED. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018. Photo bt Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Thai boys rescued from cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The boys will spend time living in a monastery before returning to normal life – a common practice in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

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

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Wild Boars football team are being discharged 'so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them,' says a spokesman

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Musk's Tesla has never earned an annual profit. His tweets, the latest of which involves pedophile accusations against a key figure in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave, are proving to be a big distraction

TWEET TROUBLES. The rescue saga involving young Thai footballers trapped in a cave may be over, but a controversial 'pedo' tweet by Elon Musk, in reference to one of the rescuers, has caused some trouble for him and his company. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'All 13 Wild Boars are in good physical health... all are in good spirits,' Thailand's public health minister tells reporters

IN GOOD SPIRITS. This video grab taken from undated handout footage released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14, 2018 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) with two members of the team recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Photo handout by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Thai 'Wild Boars' return to training after teammates' rescue

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:26 PM

'I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them,' says Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong

WAITING FOR TEAMMATES. Members of the 'Wild Boars' football team take part in a training session in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters the site will ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue

RESCUE OPS. Bicycles belonging to members of a children's football team, who are trapped in a cave chamber along with their coach, are seen as Thai rescue personnel (background) conduct operations under floodlights at the entrance to Tham Luang cave. File photo by Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Pure Flix is in talks actors, writers and potential investors for the movie

Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Four boys among the group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on July 8 after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Thai boys were sedated, stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Video of the rescue is released by authorities who had until late Wednesday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation

RESCUE. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 11, 2018 shows one of the members of the "Wild Boars" team being moved on a stretcher during the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district. Handout photo by Royal Thai Navy/AFP

Coach Ek, the unlikely stateless hero of Thai cave drama

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, the 25-year-old who was among the last to emerge from the cave on Tuesday, is lauded for keeping the the young footballers - aged 11-16 - calm as starvation loomed in the dark

A COACH AND HIS PLAYERS. Thanaporn Promthep, mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displays an image believed to have been taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep, nicknamed "Dom" (pictured 2nd R-with light) and his football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (R), on July 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) A few hundred school children gather opposite the Chiang Rai hospital. Their teacher leads them in a chant thanking 'everyone who came to help make the mission succeed.'

SAVED AT LAST. Thai students cheers at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai on July 11, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP