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LOOK BACK: The Miss Earth controversies

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The pageant has made headlines through the years, some of them for the wrong reasons

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

DOH orders speedy release of Dengvaxia claims in Calabarzon

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says they will implement guidelines tailor-made for the needs of the claimants in order to lessen the burden of having to prepare too many documents

DENGVAXIA. The House of Representatives resumes its hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.

Alvarez cancels Golovkin rematch over drugs controversy

Apr 04, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez could in theory face up to a year's suspension for his failed drugs test

BACK OUT. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez withdraws from his May 5 rematch against Gennady Golovkin. File photo by AFP

Ex-child star Corey Feldman unhurt after road rage 'stabbing'

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The actor has been taken to the hospital and given a check-up but no wound was found

PNP Academy alumnus arrested for scamming fellow cop

Mar 28, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Jay-are Olaguera is set to be disowned by his batch mates from the PNPA Sansinirangan Class of 2007

PNPA CADETS. Graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy 'Masidlak' Class of 2017 march to formation. Malacañang file photo

Three things ComicCon Asia did right and 5 things it did wrong

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:45 PM

This year's ComicCon Asia was rife with controversy

Comic Con Asia March 25

UK, U.S. officials demand Facebook be investigated over data controversy – reports

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The social media giant is under fire from lawmakers for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a data firm tied to Trump’s presidential campaign access to information of approximately 50 million Facebook users

DILG's Boracay plan: 6-month state of calamity, 2-month business shutdown

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:16 PM

DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Duque to health workers: ‘Woo' parents to avail of vaccination programs

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says that vaccines have saved the lives of millions of Filipinos

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

Gordon advises PAO chief: ‘Don’t be too noisy’

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon gives the tip to Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta, who he says is 'doing well' in handling the investigation of the Dengvaxia-linked deaths

ALBAY VISIT. Senator Richard Gordon, who is Philippine Red Cross chairman, visits Guinobatan, Albay, on February 10, 2018, for Mayon relief operations. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte rejects executive session for Bong Go in frigate hearing

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants his aide to participate in an 'open and transparent' public hearing about the P15.5-billion warships project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: Janette Garin on the Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin maintains the Dengvaxia immunization program went through the legal process and was implemented in good faith

Environmental group slams Trudeau's 'inaction' on Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

EcoWaste Coalition hopes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response on the issue is not another empty promise

ASEAN SUMMIT ROCKSTAR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends many Filipinos into frenzy during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What I can't understand about the Whang-od controversy

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:36 PM

'The fact is that Whang Od came to Manila to do what she actually does every day – except during harvest time, as I was told – in Buscalan: commodifying her culture.'

WHANG OD IN MANILA. Apo Whang Od's visit in Manila stirs a debate whether the move was an act of exploitation or commodification of their culture. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: 10 of 'Playboy' magazine's most controversial covers

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Here's a look back at the most controversial 'Playboy' covers since Hugh Hefner started the magazine in the '50s

IN PHOTOS: 'Fashion Icon of the Decade' Kendall Jenner through the years

Aug 31, 2017 - 1:46 PM

The 21 year old model has had quite a controversial career – and it s not over yet

KENDALL JENNER. The model has seen her fair share of controversy this year. Photo from

Coco Martin reacts to MMFF controversy

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Coco is set to direct his first Metro Manila Film Festival Entry Ang Panday

Duterte, Pacquiao vs Horn, Trump | Midday wRap

Jul 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Zak Yuson

Top issues and controversies under Duterte

Jun 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s first year in office is marked by shake ups in power dynamics international attention and security threats looming over the country

NEWSMAKER PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has been the driving force behind many of the country's biggest news stories. In this file photo the President is shown presiding over the 13th Cabinet Meeting on March 6, 2017. Malacanang photo

Miss PH Earth organizers on veil issue: Women not objectified

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The organizers explain why the ladies wore veils during the swimsuit pre judging round

Miss Philippines Earth: Veiled in controversy

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The delegates wear black veils over their faces during the swimsuit preliminaries

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned

DOJ CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II faces his latest controversy since being appointed chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Palaro 2017 host Antique accused of rigging medal procurement

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:14 AM

A supplier accuses the provincial government of Antique of getting supplies not from the lowest bidder and distributing the medals even without a contract

PRESS CONFERENCE. Atty. Eduardo Fortaleza, lawyer for 168 Office Supplies, calls a press conference to air the office's grievances over the procurement of medals at this year's Palaro. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Understanding Duterte 101? 'Take him seriously but not literally'

Dec 17, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar offers another way to navigate the controversial statements of President Rodrigo Duterte

CONTROVERSIAL LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial statements, some lambasting world leaders and organizations, have put him in the international spotlight. File photo by PPD

Kovalev cries foul after Ward loss: 'it's the wrong decision'

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Sergey Kovalev accuses US judges of favoring American boxer Andre Ward after he loses a disputed unanimous decision

DISPUTED DECISION. Sergey Kovalev scored a knockdown and was credited with landing more punches but lost a 7 rounds on each of the 3 scorecards. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

US mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama post on Facebook

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:02 PM

A racist Facebook post that called Michelle Obama an ape in heels fuels a big online petition that helped oust the offending parties

MICHELLE OBAMA. The U.S. First Lady listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in North Carolina, U.S. on October 27, 2016. Photo by Jewel Samad

Ombudsman wants to finish PDAF probe by end-2017

Aug 25, 2016 - 7:38 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also says they are not worried by President Rodrigo Duterte s plan to revisit the Napoles list

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Lindsay Lohan opens up about troubled relationship with Egor Tarabasov

Aug 08, 2016 - 4:56 PM

I genuinely fell in love with him but he broke my trust and made me feel unsafe Lindsay says of her relationship with Egor

NBI probes PBA employees, officials after fake document leak

Mar 23, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Around 8 to 10 employees out of a total 38 have already been probed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is among those who may be called upon

PROBE. PBA employees and officials, including commissioner Chito Narvasa, seen here during a hastily called press conference on March 13, are being investigated by the NBI on the request of the PBA Board following the leakage of a fake document. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Indian Wells chief quits over comments about women players

Mar 22, 2016 - 1:43 PM

2nd UPDATE Raymond Moore quits after coming under fire for saying women s tennis ride s on the coat tails of the men

QUIT. Indian Wells chief Raymond Moore, seen here beside Serena Williams during the trophy ceremony following the final, quits over comments about women players. Photo by DANIEL MURPHY/EPA

TIMELINE: PBA and the Rhose Montreal controversy

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Rappler traces the key events so far of the PBA s Rhose Montreal controversy

In a hastily called press conference, the PBA addresses team owners' public comments on the Rhose Montreal issue, and defends its decision to rehire the marketing head who falsified her college diploma. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No conflict of interest receiving wedding sponsors' gifts – Escudero

Feb 06, 2016 - 9:48 AM

The senator reveals his posh wedding was sponsored by Alphaland s Bobby Ongpin owner of the members only Balesin resort

TOAST. Senator Francis Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista celebrate a star-studded wedding reception in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Coco Martin on MMFF controversy, possible movie with Angel Locsin

Jan 15, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Coco also says he s open to the possibility of a sequel to Beauty and the Bestie

Star Cinema, Ai-Ai delas Alas fight over MMFF 2015 No 1 claim

Jan 11, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Ai Ai delas Alas doubts that Star Cinema earned the most in the MMFF 2015 because she says that they cheated

NUMBER ONE. Star Cinema reps lash back at Ai-Ai delas Alas after she says that their claim  that they earned the most in the MMFF 2015 is a lie. Photo courtesy of Star Cinema, Screengrab from YouTube

12 showbiz controversies of 2015

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Kris Aquino Jessy Mendiola and Gab Valenciano among others had people buzzing this year

Photos from Instagram/withlovekrisaquino/senorita_jessy, John Lloyd photo courtesy of Reality Entertainment, Robin Padilla photo by  Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault – prosecutor

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED This is the first criminal charge filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse

CHARGED. Bill Cosby now faces criminal charges for sexual assault. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

PBA suspends two refs for non-calls in controversial Ginebra-Globalport game

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:43 PM

PBA referees Rommel Gruta and Edward Aquino are suspended for the rest of the 2016 Philippine Cup after controversial non call in the Ginebra Globalport game

SUSPENDED. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa suspends two referees directly responsible for a non-call in the controversial Globalport-Ginebra game. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Narvasa to meet with PBA refs, Ginebra foregoes protest

Dec 28, 2015 - 2:13 PM

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa will meet with the 4 referees who officiated the controversial Globalport Ginebra game

REFEREE HEARING. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa will set a hearing with referees to discuss what happened during the controversial end to Globalport and Ginebra's quarterfinals match. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Smartmatic deal, PH biggest budget, France-Russia ties | 12PM wRap

Nov 27, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

PH vs China, Escudero to critics, US terror alert | 6PM wRap

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Sister of INC's Eduardo Manalo appears in court, stopped from testifying

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:01 PM

The estranged sibling of INC leader Eduardo Manalo was supposed to testify as a respondent in the INC s petition but the INC camp moved to defer proceedings

Lottie Manalo-Hemedez appears before a Quezon City court hearing a petition for injunction filed by the INC. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Iran women's futsal team accused of fielding men at Asia Championship

Oct 06, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Days after Iran triumphed at the inaugural Asian Women s Futsal Championship in Malaysia reports emerged that 8 of the Iranian team were male

The Iran women's futsal team has found itself in an unusual controversy. Photo by Amir Kholoosi/ISNA/AFP

Amid global corruption probes, Malaysia PM travels overseas, stays at 5-star hotels

Sep 23, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Global corruption probes and whispers behind the scenes at home may make travel unwise but Malaysia s embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak is off to London and New York

CONTROVERSIAL COUPLE. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L), accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor (R) are said to be in Londona and New York. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Breastfeeding dad to KC Montero: Respect, listen to mothers

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

I want the values the respect for woman and her body to be instilled in our child so that when he grows up he will not simply be distracted or offended by a woman breastfeeding her child

Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Poe’s citizenship case, refugees in US, illegal IV | 6PM wRap

Sep 11, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Taiwan 'porn star' travel cards sell out amid controversy

Sep 01, 2015 - 10:28 PM

Thousands of prepaid travel cards featuring a popular Japanese porn star are sold out in hours in Taipei on Tuesday despite objections from women s groups and politicians