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Aileen Baviera, 60: Her eyes were on China, her heart stayed with PH

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

‘If one has to take a side, one must take the side of the Filipino people,’ says China expert Aileen Baviera, who died due to the novel coronavirus at age 60

COUNTRY'S LOSS. The late Aileen Baviera is one of the Philippines' leading experts on China. Screenshot from Yale University video

Aileen Baviera on her 40 years of China-watching

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

In this 2019 essay, the China expert who died on Saturday, March 21, gives 'unsolicited advice' to young China watchers in the Philippines

BE CLEAR. UP Professor and China expert Aileen Baviera says the Philippines should be clear with what its want out of the relationship with China. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Legal experts call for sanctions on human rights abuses vs journalists

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:27 AM

The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom recommends that governments impose sanctions like the 'Magnitsky laws' on rights violations against the media

International experts quitting Hong Kong police protest probe

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The resignation is seen as a major setback for the Hong Kong government

A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on September 7 in a bid to thwart plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport in the movement's first mass mobilisation since the city's leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.  Philip FONG / AFP

New China ambassador to Philippines, an ASEAN expert, arrives in Manila

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Veteran diplomat Huang Xilian is replacing Zhao Jianhua, who enjoyed close ties with the Duterte administration

NEW AMBASSADOR. Seasoned diplomat Huang Xilian (center) is China's next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo from Chinese Embassy to the Philippines

Why Asian honey is 'medicinal honey'

Nov 24, 2019 - 4:14 PM

At Madhu Duniya 2019, the biggest gathering of forest honey and bee experts in Asia, which the Philippines hosted last October, experts called for appropriate evaluations of Asian forest honey starting with characterization and its importance on clinical applications and conservation

WATCH: Don't let 'experts' online fool you: Here's how

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Rappler reviews the 2018 headlines of The Daily Sentry, a website known for publishing false or misleading claims, to see how disinformation can spread through the abuse of the label 'expert'

P6.3-M reward for tipster in BIFF bombmaker Basit Usman's death

May 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The informant against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters bombmaker Basit Usman is one of several recipients of reward money totaling P27.6 million in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo

REWARD MONEY. The Philippine military hands out reward money to 10 informants in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on May 31, 2018. Rappler photo

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

Duterte to create 3-man panel of experts on Dengvaxia

May 08, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang says according to President Rodrigo Duterte, he 'will be bound by the findings' of these 3 experts – all Asians, no Westerners – on whether Dengvaxia 'caused deaths'

PANEL OF EXPERTS. President Rodrigo Duterte forms a 3-man panel of experts on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Malacañang file photo

Experts push for community-led Marawi rehabilitation

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'The success or failure of rehabilitation will depend on the quality of participation and representation of communities in both planning and implementation,' says a paper published by Asia Foundation

RUINS. The former battle area in Marawi remains a ghost town 6 months after the war. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

National Scientist Bienvenido Juliano dies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:56 PM

'His important research activities in collaboration with scientists in related disciplines had produced socio-economic impact among the rice-eating countries of the world,' says the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. National Scientist Bienvenido O. Juliano  was known for his contributions to the chemistry and technology of rice and rice food products. Photo courtesy of NAST, PHL

Regional experts converge in ASEAN Biennale

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The theme for this ASEANnale 2018 is 'Capturing the Spirit of ASEAN in the Digital Times'

What #ASEAN2017 accomplished: How much do they matter?

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

From migrants' rights to a code of conduct, here’s what came out of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

'PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi' – expert

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The Marawi crisis 'is a failure of government to act based on sound and timely intelligence,' terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna says

MARAWI CRISIS. Smoke billows from houses after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on terrorist positions in Marawi City on September 17, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Analysts: Duterte's softer stance on China 'demoralizing,' hurts ASEAN

Apr 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Experts express disappointment over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s refusal to add Chinese militarization and the international tribunal ruling in his ASEAN Chairman s statement saying there are significant consequences to his move

Mercedes Benz perkenalkan para ‘Product Expert’

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:52 PM

‘Product Expert’ diharapkan dapat meningkatkan kepuasan dan loyalitas pelanggan

Mercedes Benz memperkenalkan para 'Product Expert'. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/

20 HTI workers unaccounted for after Cavite factory fire

Feb 02, 2017 - 3:01 PM

UPDATED Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla says at least 4 000 workers were inside when the fire broke but authorities cannot enter the facility as fire continues to rage almost 24 hours later

SAFE. A House Technology Industries (HTI) worker signs an attendance sheet to confirm her safety from yesterday's fire. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

UN expert proposes press conference with Duterte

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:23 AM

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says President Rodrigo Duterte can offer his analysis reply or rebuttal through a press conference

UN EXPERT. Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on summary executions, addresses the event on the 'Parliamentary Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty and Terrorism-related Offenses' on October 20, 2016. Photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

UN committee examines human rights in Philippines

Sep 30, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Recent extrajudicial killings in the Philippines seemed to target the poorest populations UN human rights experts say

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Two kittens walk next to the body of a suspected drug pusher lying a pavement next to a motorcycle after he was killed during an encounter with police in Pasig City on September 23, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Solving the traffic problem

Jul 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The grant of emergency powers to solve traffic is fraught with grave dangers for abuse

NIGHTMARE. We all know Metro Manila's transport system is a nightmare but are we willing to do something about it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse

Cable cars 'not the answer' for Metro Manila mass transit needs

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How feasible is the proposal of the incoming transportation chief to put up a cable car system?

SUBWAY IN THE SKY. The country's incoming transportation chief wants a cable car system in Makati, Pasig and Laguna

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Apr 26, 2016 - 12:49 PM

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PH dengue vaccine safe, effective – WHO

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:57 PM

The WHO s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization says the dengue vaccine is not recommended for use in children under 9 years old and should be given in 3 doses at a 6 month interval

DENGUE VACCINE. The world's first-ever dengue vaccine is now available in the Philippines. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

WHO: We cannot speak for or against dengue vaccine for now

Mar 31, 2016 - 4:50 PM

But new WHO country representative Gundo Weiler will give the Philippines technical advice as it administers the dengue vaccine to students

Rouhani says Iran voters chose 'right and proper path'

Mar 01, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Even though no group won decisively in parliament Rouhani is expected to forge a working majority

epa05181597 A handout picture made available by Iran's Presidential Official Website on 26 February 2016 shows Iranian president Hassan Rouhani waving after casting his vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Iran, 26 February 2016. Nearly 55 million voters will elect on 26 February the representatives out of 6,229 candidates competing for 290 parliamentary seats, in addition to choosing 88 members out of 161 clerics for the Assembly of Experts, the body responsible for electing a new supreme leader in case the post becomes vacant. EPA/IRAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICIAL WEBSI BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Oscars 2016 fashion, winners, issues: Reactions of experts

Mar 01, 2016 - 1:26 PM

From fashion to the winners of Oscars 2016 here are the reactions of experts on how the night was

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Iran elections: What it means

Mar 01, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Elections in Iran have led to a reshaping of political forces in the Islamic republic and benefited President Hassan Rouhani following a nuclear deal with world powers last summer

Iranian women search through the candidate list, as they wait to vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran's Rouhani secures more moderate parliament

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:56 AM

Final results show the vote being split 3 ways between Rouhani s reformist and moderate allies conservatives and independents a result that gives the president more leverage to bring about domestic change

DECIDING HER FUTURE. An Iranian woman fills in her ballot paper in the last minutes of voting in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran president, top ally lead after vote for key body

Feb 27, 2016 - 3:19 PM

4th UPDATE Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani are the front runners so far

BALLOTS CAST. Iranians girls show the ink on their fingers, indicating they have voted, in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, February 26, 2016. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in the coming year

Jan 09, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Security expert: We need to have surgical action as forceful as possible and as quickly as possible

Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Shift in vaccine use needed to eradicate polio – WHO experts

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:05 AM

The problem now is that we are seeing more cases of vaccine caused polio than we are of wild type says Jon Abramson chair of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts

END POLIO NOW. A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 14 September 2015. Pakistan still accounts for the majority of polio cases globally. Photo by Arshad Arbab/EPA

Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

Oct 05, 2015 - 10:23 PM

Tu Youyou is the first Chinese woman national to win a Nobel prize in science and only the 12th woman to win the medicine prize among the 210 laureates honored since 1901

The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize 2015 (L-R) Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Youyou Tu are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winners of the 2015 Nobel Medicine Prize on October 5, 2015 at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND

US expert: Pemberton's fingerprint on condom wrapper

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:57 PM

US forensic experts testify at the murder trial of US Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated December 19, 2014 released by the Olongapo City Police shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Philippine leaders and world affairs

May 08, 2015 - 9:32 AM

We are unable to see the relevance of political sciences as a powerful source of expert policy advice Hopefully leaders heed advice from those who actually know

President Benigno S. Aquino III and His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, share a light moment following their joint press statement at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace during the State Visit to the Philippines on Monday (February 09, 2015). This is President Widodo’s first State Visit to the Philippines. In the spirit of ASEAN solidarity, it is tradition on the part of a new head of state to immediately conduct introductory visits to fellow ASEAN Member States. Indonesia was the Philippines’ 11th largest trade partner in 2013, with total trade amounting to US$3.62billion. The Philippines and Indonesia enjoy excellent bilateral relations and cooperate extensively in numerous areas. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

NBI sues 119 gov't officials, importers over garlic cartel

Jan 07, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says these individuals caused garlic prices to soar in 2014

COLLUSION. The National Bureau of Investigation files charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against 119 individuals allegedly involved in a garlic cartel on January 7, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Q and A: What happened to AirAsia flight QZ8501?

Dec 29, 2014 - 4:22 PM

From weather to similar plane mysteries aviation experts answer questions on the disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501

WHAT HAPPENED? People watch as an AirAsia plane (C) taxis on the tarmac after landing at terminal 1 at Changi international airport in Singapore on December 29, 2014. Photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Kim Henares made member of UN’s tax experts committee

Nov 04, 2014 - 10:33 PM

The United Nations appoints the Bureau of Internal Revenue chief as one of the 25 tax experts and senior tax administrators for its Committee of International Cooperation in Tax Matters

Climate experts to warn of sea peril

Sep 25, 2013 - 8:22 PM

The report will predict sea levels to rise by between 10 4 and 32 4 inches

IPCC MEETING. (L-R) Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, Thomas Stocker and Dahe Qin of the IPCC working group attend a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm, Sweden on September 23, 2013. AFP / Scanpix/ Bertil EenevÅg Ericson

UN inspectors reach victims of chemical weapons attack

Aug 27, 2013 - 1:07 AM

Toxicology and weapons specialists say a gas like sarin or VX – a paralyzing gas – is still traceable in the victims bodies for up to 6 weeks

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a UN inspector (C) listening to the testimony of a man in the Damascus subburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

The beauty pageant experts: OPMB

Aug 26, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Will the Philippines reemerge as a beauty pageant superpower this year? The experts weigh in

SUPPORTING PAGEANT QUEENS THE WORLD OVER. Noli Berioso of OPMB in the Philippines with winners of Miss Earth 2010. Photo courtesy of Noli Berioso

Judicial and Bar Council to have a Muslim rep

Aug 09, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The Supreme Court has approved the plea of Justice Marvic Leonen to appoint an Islamic law expert to the body that vets court nominees

Campaign homestretch: 5 things to expect

May 08, 2013 - 6:30 AM

The homestretch of the campaign still manages to come up with surprises that leave the unprepared candidates startled

Parreño: 'Curious' outsider in Comelec

Apr 20, 2013 - 7:00 AM

How will Al Parreño an outsider help reform the Comelec as one of its new commissioners?

Alleged killer of US Marine identified in video

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The description of the assailant matches the features of Juan Alfonso Abastillas one of the 4 suspects according to a police expert

STABBED IN THE NECK. This is the exact moment when one of the 4 suspects brings his hand close the victim's neck. The victim is already bleeding in the next fragment of the CCTV video. Photo from case file

Jealous lover and bad luck brought down CIA chief

Nov 16, 2012 - 1:59 PM

It was an unlikely chain of events involving a jealous lover a Florida socialite and an over zealous FBI agent that led CIA chief David Petraeus to resign over an extramarital affair

Swiss experts to clear unexploded bombs

Nov 15, 2012 - 5:09 PM

As part of the peace process Swiss experts have been asked to help clear unexploded bombs in Mindanao

BPO sector on strong peso: No impact yet

Sep 18, 2012 - 4:31 PM

A strong peso could send companies to cheaper outsourcing destinations like India warn business leaders in the Philippines

New PH think tank to promote policy debate

Aug 02, 2012 - 2:28 PM

The Angara Center for Law and Economics wants to promote debate and raise the standard of policy research and debate in the Philippines

Cyber experts warn of 'intelligent weapons'

Jun 08, 2012 - 7:08 AM

Rapid developments in cyber technology might lead to weapons that are hard to control warn defense experts