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PH exacts revenge on Vietnam to claim SEA Invitational Mobile Legends crown

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The Philippines' Bren Esports stages a rousing come-from-behind win against Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the do-or-die match to capture the title

TURNAROUND. Bren Esports takes down Vec Fantasy Main in comeback fashion. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH tops Vietnam to snag SEA Invitational Dota 2 title

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines' Neon Esports shows why it ended the earlier rounds unbeaten by crushing Vietnam's 496 Gaming in the winner-take-all match

VICTORY. Neon Esports rolls past 496 Gaming in a do-or-die finals match. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH sweeps Myanmar to reach SEA Invitational Mobile Legends grand finals

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Relegated to the lower bracket, Bren Esports vents its ire on Yangon Galacticos with a sweep of their best-of-three series to clinch the last grand finals berth

FINALS-BOUND. Bren Esports dominates Yangon Galacticos in back-to-back games. Screenshot by YouTube/Razer


Vietnam relegates PH to lower bracket of SEA Invitational Mobile Legends

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Vec Fantasy Main dominates Bren Esports in a best-of-three series to punch its ticket to the grand finals

SWEEP. The Philippines' Bren Esports falls prey to Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the upper bracket finals. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH Mobile Legends team books SEA Invitational upper bracket finals spot

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:04 PM

The Philippines and Vietnam arrange a best-of-three face-off to determine which team will advance to the grand finals

COMEBACK. Bren Esports comes from behind against Yangon Galacticos to secure the top spot in Group B of the SEA Invitational. Screengrab from YouTube/@Razer


PH through to Mobile Legends playoffs of SEA Invitational

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bren Esports of the Philippines figures in ties with the Yangon Galacticos of Myanmar and Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end the elimination round

DRAW. Bren Esports of the Philippines redeems itself against Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end their two-game series on a tie. Screenshot from YouTube/@Razer


Rappler Talk: Bob Herrera-Lim on reopening Southeast Asia after lockdown

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:04 PM

On Wednesday, June 10, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Bob Herrera-Lim on how Southeast Asian countries are navigating the post-lockdown threats of the pandemic

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed herbivores...to the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Southeast Asia finds ways to minimize waste during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:41 PM

As demand for disposable face masks, disinfectant and protective equipment soars, innovative Southeast Asians have come up with ideas to curb single-use litter while shielding themselves and others from the virus

RECYCLED. Buddhist monk Chamnanwej Sutthiyano inscribes spiritual incantations on masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

WHO says 'aggressive' action needed in Southeast Asia to stop virus

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:39 AM

There are concerns that weaker public health care systems in many Southeast Asian countries will be unable to cope with a major outbreak

MOM AND KID. The PNP conducts a checkpoint at Tunasan, Muntinlupa on March 17, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Global economy losing $8 billion daily to air pollution from fossil fuels – Greenpeace

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:14 PM

In the Philippines, air pollution from fossil fuels – primarily coal, oil, and gas – is attributed to causing an estimated 27,000 premature deaths per year

Indonesia hit with $5.2 billion in forest fire losses – World Bank

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 AM

The World Bank's cost estimate does not include longer-term effects of repeated exposure to haze, such acute respiratory illnesses, or lost school time after students and teachers were advised to stay home

FUTILITY. A young boy tries to extinguish a fire at a peatland area near their neighborhood in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on October 4, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Barack, Michelle, and Julia Roberts: This week’s outlook

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:01 PM

There’s no breather in the newsroom this week. For one, the Obamas are in the neighborhood!

Esperon: China still has to persuade the region of its vision of global order

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's national security adviser says Southeast Asian countries should band together amid great power competition between the US and China

GREAT POWER COMPETITION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr calls for Asean cooperation amidst great power competition betwen US and China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Southeast Asian leaders snub U.S. meeting after Trump skips ASEAN Summit

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The sparsely attended address from National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien stood in contrast to earlier ASEAN meetings, which had all been attended by most heads of state

O'BRIEN. US National Security advisor Robert O'Brien attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Property investors turn to Southeast Asia amid Hong Kong unrest

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

With protests showing no signs of slowing, Hong Kong's property sector is feeling the pain

This photograph taken on August 19, 2019 shows an overview of highrise private condominiums in Singapore. - From luxury apartments in Singapore to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kongers are increasingly leaving the city to buy property in Southeast Asia, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well as the China-US trade war. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH HongKong-China-SEAsia-politics-unrest-property,FOCUS by Sam Reeves and Catherine Lai

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, U.S.

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Jakarta joins a chorus of Southeast Asian nations that are increasingly unhappy about being used as dumping grounds for trash from Western countries

In this picture taken on June 19, 2019, Indonesian officials check one of the 49 containers loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, in Batam island. Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said on July 2, 2019 as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash. Andaru / AFP

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Indonesia returns 5 containers of waste to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines

[ANALYSIS] Huawei and the Shangri-La Dialogue

May 30, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Pentagon sets its eyes on Beijing in a new Indo-Pacific security strategy that is expected to be unveiled at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which begins Friday, May 31

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Russian Navy sees terrorism, piracy as top Asia-Pacific threats

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:20 PM

When asked about freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the visiting Russian Navy only says its objective in Manila is to enhance naval cooperation with the Philippines

MISSION HEAD. Captain Sergey Alantiev speaks at the press conference on their 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Goodbye to arms control regime

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:20 AM

With India joining the 'space superpowers' club, the world appears headed for a heightened arms race

[ANALYSIS] The security challenge for PH and Vietnam

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

Philippines deadliest country for journalists in Southeast Asia – IFJ

Dec 21, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The International Federation of Journalists report celebrates the resilience of Filipino journalists, saying they 'remain just as jealously protective of their rights and freedoms'

Health advocates urge gov't to increase tobacco tax

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:19 PM

'If we do not implement [higher] tax at this time, by the time President Duterte steps down, we will actually have one million new smokers,' says Dr Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

TOBACCO CONTROL. Health advocates present ways government can continue to strengthen tobacco control in the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Filipino, 2 others in ISIS beheading video blacklisted by U.S.

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:52 AM

A US Treasury official says the June 2016 video was 'part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia'

 ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

Developed and displaced in Southeast Asia

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The examples of displacement and their continuing impacts are a reminder that Southeast Asia's model of development, anchored on physical infrastructure projects and the exploitation of natural resources, has not changed very much

Rappler Talk Investigative: Former ambassador Luis Cruz on U.S.-North Korea summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Rappler's editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to former ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz on the importance of the summit and what it means to Southeast Asia

Potential investors looking for 'stable legal system' in PH

May 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

While investors are not seen to pull out their investments in the near future, risk consultant Bob Herrera-Lim says the current political atmosphere may affect the decisions of those eyeing long-term business in the Philippines

Rappler Talk: What do the Indonesia terror attacks mean for Southeast Asia?

May 16, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Rappler speaks to Southeast Asia terrorism expert Zachary Abuza about the Surabaya bombings

Media Freedom: Much more than just the media’s problem

May 08, 2018 - 12:52 PM

From Cambodia and Myanmar to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, countries are facing challenges that are a mix of the usual ones such as hostile action from governments and the use of laws and the courts to limit space for media

Southeast Asia faces threats from ISIS, cyberattacks – ASEAN chair

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:11 PM

At the opening of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells fellow leaders that ISIS continues to threaten the region

Photos from ASEAN2018 Organising Committee

PUBG Southeast Asia Championship announced, starts on April 28

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Participants in this regional tournament have a shot at entering the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 and vying for up to $2 million in prizes

THE BATTLEGROUNDS ARE OPEN. Interested parties may want to sign up for the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Southeast Asia Championship. Image from Mineski and ROG.

At least 25% of jobs in Southeast Asia may be automated in next 2 decades – ILO

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'Lower-skilled jobs in labor-intensive sectors will be increasingly displaced by technology that is cheaper and more accessible,' says the International Labour Organization

REPLACED? The International Labour Organization reported at least a quarter of jobs in Southeast Asia may facer automation in the next 2 decades. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

As Uber gives up Philippine operations to Grab, what now for commuters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Obviously, it is not good. From a duopoly, it becomes a monopoly,' warns an economist

TAKE OVER. Starting July 8, all Uber drivers will migrate to the Grab platform after a merger deal. Uber office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber drivers in Southeast Asia moving to Grab in 2 weeks

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, will only be available until April 8, following the sale to Grab

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

'Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media' – expert

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'The Islamic State has shrunk in the physical space, but in the cyberspace, it is still very capable,' says terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna on Rappler Talk

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI