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LOOK: Cruise ship linked to coronavirus deaths anchored in Manila Bay

May 09, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The operator of the Ruby Princess, which has 241 Filipino crew members, is under criminal investigation in Australia

VIEW FROM LAND. Cruise ships in Manila Bay seen from Sitio Bagong Pook, Barangay San Antonio in Cavite City on May 9, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Virus-stricken cruise ship leaves Australia

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:16 PM

It is reportedly bound for Manila in the Philippines

RUBY PRINCESS. The cruise ship Ruby Princess departs from Port Kembla, some 80 kilometers south of Sydney, on April 23, 2020, after a few hundred virus-free crew members disembarked to begin the process of repatriation to their home countries. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Virus-stricken cruise ship docks near Sydney

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The Ruby Princess berths at Port Kembla after weeks stranded at sea to allow doctors to assess sick crew members and take the most serious cases ashore for medical treatment

RUBY PRINCESS. Cruise liner Ruby Princess sits in the harbour in Port Kembla, 80 kilometers south of Sydney after coming in to refuel and restock on April 6, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia police to probe cruise ship coronavirus deaths

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Authorities say they are investigating the alleged 'absolute discrepancies' between information provided and the requirements of the law

Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. PETER PARKS / AFP

Australia hunts 2,700 cruise passengers over virus fears

Mar 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Authorities say they deemed the New Zealand-bound Ruby Princess 'low risk' and let passengers spill into the center of the country's most populous city. They later discover that 3 passengers and one of the crew tested positive.

NEW NORMAL. Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before to stemm the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. Peter Parks/AFP

P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Without main witness, suspects in Ruby Rose Barrameda slay acquitted

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:32 AM

After the main witness recants his testimony and goes missing, the Malabon Regional Trial Court says there is insufficient evidence to convict Ruby Rose's estranged husband and father-in-law

The rise and resonance of Ruby Ibarra

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:55 PM

From representing the misrepresented, to smashing the patriarchy, this Filipina-American rapper proves unstoppable

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Ruby Ibarra and the Balikbayans

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Filipino-American hip-hop collective wakes Rappler HQ up with their music

Judge Alameda's siblings get Customs promotion before Trillanes arrest

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Customs Special Police Chief Marlon Alameda says there is nothing irregular here. He and his sister have been in service for decades and went through the process.

NO DECISION. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda says no decision will be made today regarding DOJ's petition against Senator Trillanes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' slippers found after 13 years

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:53 PM

US authorities announce they had recovered the famous sequined shoes - one of 4 pairs worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 American classic film

A woman looks at the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in the 1939 movie 'The Wizard of OZ' displayed at the Hollywood Costume exhibition in the Victoria and Alebrt Museum in London on October 17, 2012. The slippers, on a generous four week loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC, are on public display in Europe for the first time in history. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

WATCH: Why Ampatuan was allowed to leave jail

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Ampatuan is captured on video waltzing with his daughter Kristina at her wedding reception on Tuesday, August 21

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ampatuan massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan dancing with his daughter during her wedding on August 21, 2018. Photo by Tawi-Tawi Rep Ruby Sahali

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

Mindanao lawmakers: 'A vote for Bangsamoro is a vote for Filipinos'

May 29, 2018 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) The sponsors of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House urge their colleagues to remember the historical injustices suffered by the Bangsamoro people – injustices the BBL would help resolve

BBL SPONSORS. Five lawmakers representing legislative districts in Mindanao sponsor the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on 2nd reading on May 29, 2018. Screenshots from the House of Representatives

Duterte to certify BBL as urgent on May 29 – lawmakers

May 28, 2018 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Tawfiq (Agreement) reigns in the heart of the men and women who are true to the quest of the Bangsamoro,' says Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali after their meeting with the President

BBL MEETING. Representatives Ruby Sahali (4th from R) and Bai Sandra Sema (3rd from R) during their meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the BBL on May 28, 2018. Photo sourced by Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty in Malampaya fund scam

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Former budget chief Rolando Andaya Jr files for a bill of particulars and delays his arraignment

ARRAIGNED. Ruby Tuason pleads not guilty to 97 counts each of graft and malversation in the P900 million Malampaya fund scam during her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan on February 23, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-Sandiganbayan chief argues for reversal of Jinggoy bail

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

'It is very elementary that, in conspiracy, the act of one is the act of all,' Sandoval tells his former juniors at the anti-graft court

JINGGOY BAIL. Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval argues before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, of which he was the former presiding justice, to reverse the bail grant to Jinggoy Estrada. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada’s pork scam graft trial finally begins

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Estrada starts his nationwide thank you tour in the Visayas in one to two months' time

GRAFT TRIAL. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada attends the first day of his graft trial at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Chocolate company unveils new type of chocolate

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:00 PM

And it comes in millennial pink

RUBY CHOCOLATE. The new type of chocolate has a natural pink color and berry flavor. Photo from Barry Callebaut

Napoles moves for bail again, this time via Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Napoles asks the High Tribunal to dismiss the plunder case against her and issue an order allowing her to post bail

Uskup Agung Semarang silaturahmi ke Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah

Jun 26, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Umat Katolik juga menyambut gembira perayaan Idul Fitri yang dirayakan umat Muslim

SILATURAHMI. Uskup Agung Semarang melakukan kunjungan dan silaturahmi ke Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah pada Minggu, 25 Juni. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

RAW Deal: Predicting Takeover: Chicago and Backlash 2017

May 20, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Despite a lack of a build up to the NXT main event and uncertainty about whether Jinder Mahal can hang in the title picture two shows with major implications take place

WWE CHAMPION BET. Randy Orton is most likely to win over Jinder Mahal after defeating Baron Corbin in this week'€™s main event on SmackDown. File photo by JP Yim/Getty Images North America/AFP

Romo Rubiyatmoko resmi ditahbiskan menjadi Uskup Agung Semarang

May 20, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Prosesi penahbisan Romo Rubi disaksikan oleh sekitar 15 ribu umat Katolik dari Semarang dan Yogyakarta

PENAHBISAN. Romo Rubi bersiap untuk mengikuti prosesi penahbisan sebagai Uskup Agung Semarang pada Jumat, 19 Mei. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

Typhoon victims file graft complaint vs Samar mayor

Mar 23, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The complainants ask where the remaining P2 million has gone

TYPHOON RUBY. A man walks through the remains of a house in the aftermath of Typhoon Ruby in Dolores, Eastern Samar in December 2014. Photo by Rappler

Muslim lawmakers denounce beheading of German national

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Muslim congressmen argue that acts of terrorism like beheadings are not in accordance with Islamic religion or way of life

NO TO TERRORISM. From left to right: Representatives Ansaruddin Adiong, Mauyag Papandayan Jr, Abdulmunir Arbison, Bai Sandra Sema, Ruby Sahali, and Sitti Turabin-Hataman. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Anti-graft court allows Tawi-Tawi rep to go to Rome for peace talks

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The congresswoman faces charges for filing her statement of assets 3 months beyond deadline for 4 consecutive years when she was vice governor

WATCH: PewDiePie shows off YouTube's award for hitting 50 million subscribers

Dec 21, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The online star becomes the first recipient of a Ruby trophy

MILESTONE. The YouTube star gets a trophy for his efforts. Screengrab from YouTube/PewDiePie

Siapa saja selebriti yang memihak #TeamTaylor dan #TeamKimye?

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Siapa saja selebriti yang tergabung dalam TeamTaylor dam TeamKimye?

#TeamKimye vs #TeamTaylor: Para selebriti pun juga terbagi menjadi dua.

IN PHOTOS: Taylor Swift celebrates 4th of July with Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, more

Jul 05, 2016 - 11:47 AM

UPDATED Tom Hiddleston makes an appearance at Taylor Swift s 4th of July bash too

4TH OF JULY SQUAD. Taylor Swift celebrates 4th of July with Harley Gusman, Ruby Rose, Halston Sage, Uzo Aduba, Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Rachelle Platten, and Este Haim. Screengrab from Instagram/taylorswift

Alexander Pama: Learning lessons from managing disasters

Jun 29, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Undersecretary Alexander Pama talks to Maria Ressa on the lessons he has learned in managing disasters and the challenges that still lie ahead

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Grace Poe's miting de avance

May 07, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Susan Roces Carmina Villaroel Allan K and other celebrities troop to Plaza Miranda in Manila for their presidential candidate s final rally

BEST FRIENDS. Grace Poe's adopted sister Lovi Poe and Chiz Escudero's wife Heart Evangelista are best friends. The two were present at Grace's miting de avance on May 7. Screengrab from Instagram/iamhearte

IN PHOTOS: Grace Poe's celebrity friends show support in Cebu

Apr 06, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Showbiz personalities from Cebu and Manila entertain the crowd while waiting for the dramatic arrival of the presidential candidate

SURPRISE. Senator Tito Sotto's brother Vic and wife Pauleen Luna make a surprise appearance at the rally.

Poe, Escudero: 'Unconditional' cash transfer for victims

Feb 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Escudero says he and Poe will continue the administration s CCT program but offer livelihood to beneficiaries and unconditional assistance to typhoon victims

AID AND SUPPORT. The Poe-Escudero tandem woo voters in Tacloban City. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Robin Padilla saddened by ARMM's support for Mar Roxas

Dec 18, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The actor voices out his thoughts on Facebook

ROBIN PADILLA. Robin speaks up about Tawi-Tawi congresswoman Ruby Sahali's statement that the ARMM are for Mar Roxas. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Prosecution seeks to discredit evidence in Estrada, Napoles' bail petitions

Nov 22, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The prosecution is seeking to deny their bail petitions by calling their evidence immaterial and irrelevant

TRIAL. Senator Jinggoy Estrada appears before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division. Sandiganbayan pool file photo

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Nueva Ecija mayor of graft

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera is sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison for entering into a service contract with Priva Power where his wife is an incorporator stockholder and director

CONVICTED. Former Pantabangan mayor Lucio Uera has been sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison. Photo from

Will Drilon, Abad, Roxas be defense witnesses for Revilla in PDAF graft cases?

Sep 03, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Besides his colleagues in the Senate Revilla – in his 66 page pre trial brief – also lists cabinet officials of the Arroyo and Aquino administrations bank officials and 4 PDAF scam whistleblowers as possible witnesses

CHECK UP. In this file photo, Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to have a medical check-up outside Camp Crame. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Why this 10-year-old feels prepared for the next typhoon

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Felicity Lumongsod has experienced typhoons her entire life But this typhoon season she s more prepared to face disasters

 Jennina Lanza/World Vision

SONA 2015: How Aquino fared in disaster management since Yolanda

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Disaster preparedness efforts of the Aquino administration have improved since Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Visayas earthquake But efforts to rehabilitate disaster hit areas remain wanting

Is Tawi-Tawi ready for tourism?

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Its residents are eager to shed the image of a conflict ridden province and introduce its beauty to tourists But is it advisable to visit Tawi Tawi?

COLORFUL CULTURE. Locals present a traditional dance in Balimbing, Tawi-Tawi. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Changing the stigma against Tawi-Tawi

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:05 PM

It’s a long and rough road ahead before Tawi Tawi escapes the negative perception on the region and on Islam But the people of Tawi Tawi believe it is time for the province to open up to the world

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala is the biggest and most beautiful mosque in Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

PDAF scam: Ruby Tuason testifies in court vs Jinggoy Estrada

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED During Estrada s bail hearing at the anti graft court Tuason maintains she personally delivered to the senator millions of pesos in kickbacks

TELL-ALL. State witness Ruby Tuason denies she's covering up for anybody, and adds she's telling 'everything she knows.' File photo by Rappler

With or without BBL, ‘Tawi-Tawi moves forward’

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Tawi Tawi representative Ruby Sahali fears the Bangsamoro Basic Law will have little impact on her province like what they experienced under ARMM

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala town is one of the places the provincial government promotes as a tourist spot. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Ever heard of menstruphobia and menstrual cups?

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Watch this short video on how menstrual cups can help women and girls

UP disaster scientist wins top European geosciences award

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:09 PM

UPDATED Europe’s premier geosciences union recognizes Dr Alfredo Mahar Lagmay for his outstanding work on volcanic hazards earthquakes typhoons landslides and floods

How a small Samar town survived deadly storm surges

Apr 02, 2015 - 1:01 PM

As the country prepares for Typhon Chedeng learn how a coastal town in Samar successfully weathered Typhoon Ruby by capitalizing on organized response as well as timely specific and localized early warning information

#WomenOfManila: Fort Bonifacio

Mar 24, 2015 - 11:03 AM

For International Women s Month Rappler features everyday women in Manila to honor the stories and lives of the Filipina