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China tech giant Tencent duped by saucy scammers

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The aim of the 3 people who had faked a Lao Gan Ma company seal and pretended to be managers of the chilli firm 'was to obtain online game package codes' which they later resold, says a police statement

Olongapo court clears teacher over post on reward to kill Duterte

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 72 Judge Richard Paradeza junks the Department of Justice case and says that an extrajudicial confession is inadmissible. He also rules that intelligence information is not sufficient to do a warrantless arrest.

CLEARED. An Olongapo City court clears teacher Ronnel Mas of inciting to sedition over a post about a reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo of Mas courtesy of Allan Sison

Teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte' out on bail

May 19, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Ronnel Mas posts P72,000 bail and will be arraigned for inciting to sedition on May 28

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

[OPINION DEEP DIVE] The fruit of the poisonous interview

May 16, 2020 - 3:54 PM

This week’s Deep Dive looks into the admissibility of Mr Ronnel Mas' admission based on case law as well as the finding of the DOJ that his admission 'cured' the illegal arrest

NBI refuses to release teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 3:32 PM

NBI agents are waiting for a release order even though charges are not yet filed. Differing interpretations of the validity of a warrantless arrest compound the problem.

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


NBI arrests teacher who posted about reward to kill Duterte

May 12, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(5th UPDATE) The accused is set to undergo inquest for inciting to sedition related to cybercrime and violation of the Code of Conduct for public officials and employees

ARERSTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


9 Filipino nurses in Germany positive for coronavirus

Apr 13, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Theresa Dizon-De Vega says 7 nurses are showing mild symptoms while another 2 are asymptomatic

STAY HOME. A nearly deserted shopping street in Halle/Saale, eastern Germany is seen during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Jens Schlueter/AFP

[OPINION] No, Pacquiao is not becoming the senator we need him to be

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:39 PM

'We have blurred the line between being a benefactor and being a legislator'

Government doctor gets P6,400 cash bonus 8 years after appraisal

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Vera finally gets her due after a petition process to receive her performance bonus

Jack Ma to donate 50,000 coronavirus testing kits to Philippines

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The Philippines is among the countries which will benefit from donations by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma

FRIENDS. Manny Pacquiao and Jack Ma. Photo from Instagram/@mannypacquiao

Chinese man sentenced to death for killings at virus checkpoint

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Ma Jianguo is sentenced to death for fatally stabbing two officials at a checkpoint set up to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters found guilty of illegal recruitment in separate case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ma Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao are sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal recruitment of Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. In this photo taken on April 29, 2015, migrant recruiter Cristina Sergio (2nd L) is escorted by local government officials in a press conference in Manila, after being accused of duping Mary Jane Veloso into carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Indonesia from Malaysia. Photo by Rappler

Crisis-hit Nissan chops forecasts, net profit worst for a decade

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Nissan blames the poor outlook on weak first-half earnings, a strong yen, an uncertain global outlook, and the stagnation of the car industry in general

NISSAN. This file photo shows a man walking in front of the logo of Japan's Nissan Motor Corporation at its global headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

WATCH: Pacquiao challenges Mayweather with help of friend Jack Ma

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Manny Pacquiao says Floyd Mayweather should come see him for a 'real fight' as they have yet to square off in a rematch 4 years since their first clash

TEAM PACQUIAO. Add business magnate Jack Ma to the team of Manny Pacquiao. Photo from Instagram/@mannypacquiao


Saved at the last minute: SC allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify in local case

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The OFW's lawyers hope this can play a significant role in removing her from death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking charges

VELOSO CASE. Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, Celia Veloso, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

Number of China's ultra-wealthy dwindles in 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The number of richest Chinese – with holdings worth at least 2 billion yuan ($281 million) – fall to 1,819. Alibaba founder Jack Ma remains at the top of the list.

JACK MA. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks with reporters following his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Smooth succession: Jack Ma eases out of a thriving Alibaba

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Ma plans to put his vast fortune – among China's biggest at $41 billion – into initiatives serving his first love, education

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler


Ma vs Musk: Tech tycoons spar on future of AI

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The hot topic in the hour-long talk between Elon Musk and Jack Ma is artificial intelligence, which has provoked increasing concern among scientists

SPIRITED DEBATE. Elon Musk (R), Co-founder and CEO of Tesla, and Jack Ma, co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, speak onstage during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on August 29, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Makati police foil kidnap attempt on Chinese gaming employee

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Among the suspects is Zhaochun Chen of China, who tried to bribe the responding cops with P100,000 cash

‘Ma’ review: Split personality

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'It is a horror film that is grounded on absurdity'

Ex-Abra governor Andres Bernos dies

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:57 AM

'My father was a friend to everyone and a source of strength to us and to all who knew him,' says the son of the late Andres Ma. Brillantes Bernos

Q and A: One umbrella, one movement against China extradition

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I have been blacklisted by Duterte. I joined some human rights conference in the Philippines and I joined some protests. I found myself on the blacklist,' says Ma Wan-ki, one of the young protesters in Hong Kong

IN PROTEST. In a picture taken on June 16, 2019, bystanders (foreground) watch from a footbridge as protesters march towards the government headquarters in Hong Kong.  File photo by Yan Zhao/AFP

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Businessman shot dead outside Bacolod church

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Unknown gunmen kill Bacolod businessman Alex Yao and injure his wife Ma. Teresa

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:57 PM

We’ve rounded up everything from Elon Musk’s Twitter antics to disinformation campaign in social media

Alibaba's Jack Ma, NBA star Yao Ming among honored by Chinese Communist Party

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping leads a ceremony at Beijing's imposing Great Hall of the People to mark the anniversary of the launch of 'reform and opening up'

Alibaba's co-founder Jack Ma (C) attends a celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's "reform and opening up" policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The majority decision acquitting Bong Revilla of plunder only says it has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt that his unexplained bank deposits are kickbacks from Janet Napoles

Senator Bong Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Dissenting opinions on Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Read the full dissents of Associate Justices Efren de la Cruz and Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

FREE. Former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, December 7, 2018, for the promulgation of judgment on his plunder case. He is acquitted. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Majority justices ’took the cudgels’ for Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

‘One need only turn a discerning eye, and not look the other way,’ says Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta

REVILLA VERDICT. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr of plunder via a majority vote of 3-2. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambe, Napoles could not have plundered millions without Revilla – dissenter

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Justice Efren Dela Cruz asks: How can Revilla explain millions' worth of deposits to their company at a time when it did not have operations

CONVICTED. Janet Lim-Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan after she was convicted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Marcos wants to appeal conviction straight to Supreme Court | Evening wRap

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:45 PM

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Jack Ma, China’s richest man, is a Communist Party member

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The billionaire’s Communist bona fides are revealed by the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, in an article praising contributors to China’s development

JACK MA. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2018, Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures as he arrives for a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok. Photo by Jorge Silva/AFP

iWant TV reviews: 'Ma' and 'Glorious'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Are iWant TV's latest offerings a pass or fail? Find out here

Exiled China author in Hong Kong as arts center agrees to host talks

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:31 PM

The director of Tai Kwun arts complex, host of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, says it has reconsidered and would host the two talks of Ma Jian

Photo from the Twitter of Ma Jian

Backlash over FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:28 PM

British citizens are usually allowed into Hong Kong without a visa and are permitted to stay for 180 days under immigration rules

INDEPENDENCE TALK. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (right) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Hong Kong arts center cancels Chinese dissident author event

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian says Tai Kwun arts center, not the organizer of the literary festival, has cancelled his two speaking events

BANNED. File photo of Chinese author Ma Jian.

Alibaba's Ma calls trade war 'stupidest thing in the world'

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Trade is to form ... peace. Trade is to communicate...nobody can stop free trade' says Jack Ma, the Alibaba e-commerce tycoon

STUPIDEST. File photo of Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP

China leads the way as world's billionaires get richer

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) China minted two new billionaires a week in 2017, says Swiss banking giant UBS and auditors PwC

CHINA'S INTERNET POWERHOUSE. Jack Ma, Robin Li and Pony Ma. Photos from Wikipedia

Daughter of slain Tanauan mayor Halili running in 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Reelectionist Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas remains unopposed so far, and at least 3 congressional representatives are running for reelection

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

Koko Pimentel's wedding ninongs: Duterte, Bong Go, Sotto, Pacquiao

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will marry fiancée Anna Kathryna Yu on October 18, 2018, at the Coconut Palace

#HustleEveryday: 10 Jack Ma quotes to inspire the entrepreneur in you

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:28 AM

With the announcement of his retirement, we compile some of Jack Ma’s most famous quotes


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Sep 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Jack Ma to retire in September 2019 – Alibaba

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:15 AM

The company finally confirms earlier reports from the New York Times and Bloomberg TV

CONFIRMED. Alibaba confirms a report that its cofounder and chairman, the 54-year-old Jack ma, will be stepping down. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler


Jack Ma to unveil succession plans, not imminent retirement – report

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) The South China Morning Post, owned by Jack Ma's Alibaba, quotes a company spokesman as saying that 'Ma remains the company's executive chairman' and will only 'provide transition plans'

CHINA'S RICHEST. Alibaba founder Jack Ma was in Manila to receive a doctorate degree and offer insights on e-commerce and technology. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma announces plans to retire at 54

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(2ND UPDATE) The Chinese business magnate retires on Monday, September 10 as he devotes his time to philanthropy focused on education

JACK MA. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks with reporters following his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Mary Jane Veloso runs to Supreme Court: Let me testify vs my recruiters

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Nagtaka ako nung bibitayin siya, hindi siya umiyak, pero noong isang araw, umiiyak si Mary Jane. Ang sabi, 'Nanay tulungan niyo ako, inip na inip na ako,’ says Celia Veloso

APPEAL. Cesar and Celia Veloso (2nd and 3rd from left) file a petition before the Supreme Court appealing that their daughter Mary Jane be allowed to testify in the trafficking case they filed against Mary Jane alleged recruiters. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler