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[OPINION] Surviving and fighting the anti-terror law

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'From targeting a universe of a few dozens or at most a few hundred terrorists, the law can be used against thousands, even tens of thousands of activists, critics, and dissidents'

AirAsia to emerge stronger from pandemic, says Fernandes

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:05 PM

'This will not go on forever. We will come out stronger,' says AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes speaks to Agence France-Presse during an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur on July 9, 2020. - AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes insisted on July 9 the top budget carrier would emerge "stronger" from the coronavirus pandemic despite a warning about its future, and said the airline was hopeful of raising massive amounts of cash. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH Malaysia-aviation-AirAsia, INTERVIEW by M. Jegathesan

AirAsia's future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:50 PM

AirAsia's shares crash and finish down 17.5% on Wednesday, July 8, as auditor Ernst & Young says the Malaysian airline's future is in 'significant doubt'

AIRASIA DEAL. Under the Philippine government's agreement with AirAsia, all official domestic travels of government employees will be granted discounts. File photo from AFP

[OPINION] The moment of truth for the ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:08 PM

'Already, many people in the provinces and our islands have lost access to their only sources of news. This has life and death implications for many...'

[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima's bail application

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

'Clearly, the testimonies against De Lima are inadmissible, being hearsay, have little probative value, and are irrelevant, immaterial, and self-serving'

[ANALYSIS] The global significance of the Ressa-Santos convictions

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'To think that the conviction will only last for at least 6 years is wrong. This imprisonment will last for generations and lifetimes to come, and haunt the national memory.'

[ANALYSIS] Understanding the Ressa-Santos convictions

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'How can an offense deemed to be so minor such as libel and a right so fundamental such as the freedom of speech and of the press stir so much conflict and confusion?'

‘Hello Stranger’ just premiered and the stanning has begun

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:48 PM

‘Top ka, Mico, top ka!’

HELLO STRANGER. The show's first episode premieres online. Screenshot from

[OPINION] Leachon unmasks a crisis in COVID-19 response

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:17 PM

'What we have now is a disastrous response to a disaster'

Leachon says gov’t failed to communicate COVID-19 game plan

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'The failure to communicate is the first reason why you fail. You have to cut through the noise,' says Dr Tony Leachon, the relieved former adviser of the national coronavirus task force

EASED OUT. Dr Anthony Leachon was booted out of the COVID-19 National Task Force over his social media posts critical of government response. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Magalong: Leachon’s relief ‘a big loss’ in PH fight vs coronavirus

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:27 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong says Dr Tony Leachon was one of his advisers in plotting the widely praised coronavirus response of Baguio City

MODEL MAYOR. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Dr Tony Leachon on PH’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 20, 2020 - 5:18 AM

On Friday, June 19, Rappler reporter Bonz Magsambol sits down with Dr Tony Leachon to talk about his resignation and how the government is handling the pandemic

‘Hello Stranger’ to premiere on Facebook and YouTube on June 24

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The XavMi ship is about to sail!

READY TO SAIL. Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara star in the upcoming BL series 'Hello Stranger.' Screenshot from

Tony Leachon miffed Duterte himself

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'In the meeting with the President, it came from the President himself – 'Why is Leachon talking like this?'' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leachon's posts 'jeopardized' gov't messaging on pandemic – Galvez

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:03 PM

COVID-19 task force adviser Tony Leachon 'has been cautioned but remained deaf to collegial advise,' says Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr

CHIEF IMPLEMENTER. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr at a Senate hearing on March 10, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COVID-19 task force adviser says he was eased out over critical tweet

Jun 17, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque supposedly 'did not like' Dr Tony Leachon's social media criticisms about the government's coronavirus response

Hospital officials Hian Kua (2nd R), Mario Juco (R) and Anthony Leachon (L) watch as a medical worker demonstrates the best way to put on protective gear inside the holding area for patients suspected of being infected with a deadly SARS-life virus which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the Manila Doctors Hospital compound in Manila on January 31, 2020. The Philippines reported its first case of the virus on January 30, a 38-year-old woman who arrived from Wuhan and is no longer showing symptoms. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

FIRST LOOK: Black Sheep’s upcoming BL series, ‘Hello Stranger’

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:05 PM

The series stars Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara

HELLO STRANGER. Black Sheep's new BL series is set to launch soon. Screenshot from

Black Sheep is doing a BL series starring Tony Labrusca

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten' director Petersen Vargas is also involved in the project

TONY LABRUSCA. The actor is set to star in Black Sheep's upcoming BL series. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duque needs 'guiding coalition,' new strategy vs coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:18 PM

'He needs to step up. He needs to hear the voices of the people, and perhaps reflect on some of the plans or measures,' says National Task Force adviser Dr Tony Leachon

'REFLECT'. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] We can’t breathe

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Today, we are breathless, but we cannot be breathless for too long, for we may not have anything left to fight for and anything left to fight with'

[OPINION] Terrorizing us, but not the terrorists

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Democracy demands dissent'

[OPINION] De Lima’s incommunicado detention

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:06 PM

'The current pandemic...provided another opportunity for the Duterte government to further torment her in an attempt to break her will'

[OPINION] No charter change during pandemic

May 29, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'It is tone deaf on the part of government to create campaigns that will further divide its populace, especially during a pandemic'

[OPINION] Laudato Si', 5 years later

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope

[OPINION] A crossroads for Meralco

May 23, 2020 - 6:51 PM

'As a private company, Meralco is accountable to its customers, who pay expecting reliable service. But that unfortunately has not been the case.'

Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley comes to the rescue in Singapore quiz row

May 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The pop star backs Singaporean railway worker Muhammad Shalehan, who was denied an SGD 10,000 prize after supposedly pronouncing Haldey's name wrong in a radio quiz game

TONY HADLEY. The former lead singer of Spandau Ballet sends a video to Singaporean quiz contestant Muhammad Shalehan, helping him claim a prize he had earlier been denied. Screenshot from

[OPINION] Dura lex sed lex is obsolete

May 18, 2020 - 2:51 PM

'Every time we say dura lex sed lex, we speak of oppression. Every time we call for dura lex sed lex, we advocate for injustice.'

LOOKBACK: Kukoc finds self in crosshairs of Jordan, Pippen

May 15, 2020 - 11:59 PM

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made life a living hell for future Bulls teammate Toni Kukoc during the 1992 Olympics

DYNASTY. (From left) Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Toni Kukoc won 3 NBA championships together. File photo by Vincent Laforet

[OPINION] Fighting a pandemic and the climate emergency

May 14, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'One has to remember that like pathogens, climate change is not hampered by borders'

'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1' and '2' get the remake treatment

May 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A favorite among gamers in the 1990s and early 2000s, the remaster comes out on September 4, 2020

Image from Activision Blizzard

Gaethje dominates in UFC's return as Trump congratulates promoters

May 10, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Justin Gaethje pummels top contender Tony Ferguson in an empty 15,000-seat arena as US takes the first step toward sports normalcy

PUNCH OUT. Justin Gaethje (left) punches Tony Ferguson in their UFC interim lightweight title fight. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 249: Gaethje calls Ferguson his toughest opponent yet

May 10, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Justin Gaethje says he’s ready for 'quirky dude' and top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson

ALL SET. Justin Gaethje (left) has taken on several tough opponents including Eddie Alvarez in 2018. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 249: 'I have the real belt,' says Tony Ferguson

May 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Top contender Tony Ferguson trash talks UFC stars Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

ON A ROLL. Tony Ferguson (right) looks to extend his winning streak. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS] ABS-CBN closure: An attack on citizen rights

May 07, 2020 - 11:28 AM

ABS-CBN will be back, and soon, because it has the support of the people

[ANALYSIS] Duterte and Congress closed down ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Yes, the NTC is wrong in its cease and desist order. But President Duterte is overall responsible; House leaders are complicit.

UFC to make triumphant return on May 10

May 05, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The UFC return will feature the lightweight brawl between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje

BIG RETURN. UFC makes a comeback from the coronavirus pandemic with the main card of Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje. Photo from UFC website

[OPINION] Excluding De Lima and others

May 03, 2020 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Unfortunately, in the face of this clear need to close ranks, the national government is undermining such unity

TIGILAN ANG KASINUNGALINGAN! — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima flashes her iconic D5 handsign to greet onlookers and supporters as they crowded the side entrance of the Quezon City Hall of Justice chanting 'Free Leila!, Pekeng Ebidensya Ibasura!' expressing their unwavering support to the Senator earlier today (June19). Sen. De Lima attended the continuation of the trial for the "Disobedience to Summons" case filed against her by former House leaders before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 34. Photo from Senate PRIB

Legendary drummer and afrobeat co-founder Tony Allen dies at 79

May 01, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The drummer of supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen and the musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 created the totemic genre of afrobeat in the 60s

[OPINION] An intergovernmental tug of war during the coronavirus outbreak

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

'There is a reason why Philippine law assigns the main responsibility for disaster response to local governments'

[ANALYSIS] Ecological irresponsibility and pandemics

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM

'Today’s pandemic is the worst scenario but it has been foreseen. We can actually say we told you so to decision makers and to businesses who did not listen to us.'

[OPINION] Media and the coronavirus: Frontliners against the 'infodemic'

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'To say that the media is a frontliner is not metaphorical, and definitely not an overstatement'

'Not time to keep score': Robredo focuses on frontliners, not politics

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

In a nation overwhelmed by a pandemic, Vice President Leni Robredo shows how government can effectively work with private citizens to fight COVID-19

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[OPINION] Constitutional basics in a pandemic

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actions being taken by the government to suppress dissenters are unconstitutional

[OPINION] Business unusual: When the business community responds to a virus

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'We will see in the days ahead whether workers will be made to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 disaster. If employers act badly, the government must step in to correct the wrong.'

Football globetrotter dons white coat to take on coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:57 PM

'I need to put fears for my own safety to one side and help in any way that I can,' says former La Liga winger Toni Dovale

Thai football league's Navy FC player Toni Dovale poses with a ball at his family's pharmacy where he is working at the moment in Coruna, northwestern Spain, on March 26, 2020. - Football globetrotter Toni Dovale has changed his cleats and the ball for the white coat in a pharmacy to contribute his bit in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging Spain and the world. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)

AirAsia's Fernandes returns as boss after Airbus probe

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun are reinstated to their executive positions following an independent review of AirAsia's aircraft procurement

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2015, AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes speaks at a press conference in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

[OPINION] A national unity government to combat the coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'If we do not unite, many of us will die and there might be no country left to fight over'

[OPINION] Good governance to combat the coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:03 PM

'There might have been a window in late January to stop the novel coronavirus from entering our islands. But by delaying action for political and diplomatic reasons, we lost that chance.'

Rappler Talk: Weaponizing the law against democratic dissent

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:44 PM

We will talk to Antonio La Viña to understand 'lawfare' – the perversion of the law and its weaponization as a tool to silence dissent