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Strife-torn Hong Kong braces for China anniversary day violence

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:39 PM

The ongoing unrest in Hong Kong threatens to upstage National Day festivities in China as the semi-autonomous city boils with public anger over the erosion of its special freedoms

BURNING DEBRIS. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Sparking joy and fearing shame: The irony of Singapore's National Day Parade

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The National Day Parade is the biggest party by Singaporeans for Singaporeans, and the organizers make sure we know it. But where is the sense of belonging and acceptance the rest of the year?

China 'seriously challenging' peace, says Taiwan president

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'As Taiwan is on the frontline of the Western Pacific, we are naturally subject to tremendous pressure,' says President Tsai Ing-wen in speech marking Taiwan's National Day

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Mamasapano survivor killed on SAF 44 Day of National Remembrance

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'Magaling na bata 'yan at palaging concerned sa kasama niya,' says Mamasapano veteran and newly installed SAF chief Director Noli Taliño

KILLED. Carlos Bocaig was among the casualties of the plaza explosion in La Paz, Abra. Sourced photo

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

Xavier Ateneo community remembers victims of martial law

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Some members of the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan community unite in solidarity on the National Day of Protest, for a prayer vigil within the campus

REMEMBERING. The Xavier Ateneo community in Cagayan De Oro lit candles in a prayer vigil to remember some of the martial law heroes. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 19-24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Must-watch videos from this week


La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VIRAL: UP student studying biology while in rally

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:18 AM

'We uphold honor and excellence in both our academics and our love for our nation,' says Dani Ting, the 3rd year UP psychology student in the viral photo

Sept 21 protests 'elevated public discourse,' says Malacañang

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:39 PM

But the Palace maintains that a majority of Filipinos support President Duterte's drug war

Various groups of protesters troop to CHR on Thursday to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Euphoric,' nun says as Filipinos speak up vs tyranny

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:02 PM

'Nakakataba ng puso 'yon kasi hindi na sila tahimik,' Sister Mary John Mananzan says as thousands stage rallies against the Duterte administration's abuses

'EUPHORIC' DAY. Sister Mary John Mananzan says on September 21, 2017, that it fills her heart that people now have the courage to speak against the Duterte administration's abuses. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Huwag magpatalo sa mga anay' – Bishop David

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Conquer evil with good, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says as Filipinos denounce abuses during the Martial Law era and the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

DAY OF PROTEST. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David gives holy communion to a nun attending a Mass at the San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, prior to a march to Luneta during the National Day of Protest on September 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest vs dictatorship on martial law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Filipinos in different countries abroad join the national protest to remind Filipinos of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law

Traffic advisory for September 21 National Day of Protest

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:37 PM

While there are no road closures, the Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit expects some roads to be impassable

What Duterte is protesting on September 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be among those expressing grievances against the government on the day he declared as a 'national day of protest'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Malacañang suspends gov't work, classes on Sept 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:07 AM

A memorandum circular suspends government work and classes in public schools nationwide on the 45th anniversary of martial law, a day when rallies are expected to be held

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP 'confident' protesters will 'police themselves' on Sept 21

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:15 PM

'We're confident that the protesters will police themselves. We appeal to them not to commit crime,' says PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos

'END EJKs'. Protesters gather in front of Camp Crame, Quezon City to demand an end to killings in police operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to suspend gov't work, classes on September 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have declared it as a day of protest,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of EastMinCom for combating communist insurgency and in actively supporting the campaign against illegal drugs.

The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Inter-faith rally for peace, human rights set for June 12

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Current and former lawmakers religious leaders and advocates will lead the call for peace and respect for human rights amidst the rising tide of terrorism martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart

IN NUMBERS: PH-Singapore relations through the years

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Here are some figures that show how robust ties between the Philippines and Singapore are

Anti-Marcos rally, De Lima-Dayan affair, Rodrigo Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:48 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Nationwide protests today vs Marcos hero's burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

2ND UPDATE Protest rallies against the hero s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos begin across the country on Friday November 25 to mark the National Day of Rage and Unity

ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST. Various groups hold protest actions against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmaker: Declare Nov 23 nat’l commemoration day for EJK victims

Nov 23, 2016 - 2:52 PM

If passed into law HB 4502 will direct DepEd CHED and PCOO to organize consciousness raising activities on the freedom of the press and the elimination of all forms of violence or impunity

END IMPUNITY. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque is joined by widows of the some of the Maguindanao massacre victims on November 23. Photo from Roque's office

Singapore PM takes break after fainting spell

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:40 PM

I m glad to report that the doctors think I am ok but they have advised me to rest so I will be on medical leave for this week says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Scare in Singapore as PM faints in televised speech

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:10 PM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong eventually resumes his speech after falling ill due to prolonged standing heat and dehydration

Qatar grants clemency to 10 Filipinos

Jan 08, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Philippine embassy officials in Doha are processing the repatriation of the OFWs in coordination with Qatar authorities

CLEMENCY. Qatar Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, grants clemency to prisoners, including 10 Filipinos, on the occasion of Qatar National Day on December 18, 2015. File photo by Ali Haider/EPA

#NowPH Day emphasizes need for climate action

Nov 26, 2015 - 2:24 PM

NowPH celebrates the National Day for Youth in Climate Action s inaugural year with activities to encourage the youth s involvement in demanding climate action at the Paris Climate Change Conference

CLIMATE ACTION. The National Day for Youth in Climate Action's inaugural celebration encourages the youth's participation to combat the threat of climate change. Image courtesy of Nico Villarete

Youth form human banner for #NowPH climate action day

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The youth kick off the National Day for Youth in Climate Action by forming a human banner to send a message

Malaysia braces for protests against embattled PM

Aug 29, 2015 - 12:04 PM

In a statement posted on his blog Najib criticizes the demonstrations as provocative saying National Day should not be a stage of political disputes

#SG50: IN PHOTOS: Singapore's National Day celebrations

Aug 09, 2015 - 10:53 PM

A look at the visual treat that is Singapore s National Day celebrations complete with a military parade a fly past a colorful procession and grand fireworks

A fireworks display over the Singapore skyline during the National Day Parade celebrations. Photo by Tom White/EPA

Majulah Singapura: #SG50 National Day parade

Aug 09, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Watch Singapore s National Day parade livestream

How Singapore celebrates its National Day

Aug 08, 2015 - 4:00 PM

How did Singapore celebrate its National Day in the past and what does it have in store for its golden founding anniversary?

JUBILEE.   Fireworks go off above an arrangement of 5000 red balloons spelling the number '50' on the Marina   Bay in the Central Business District in Singapore, January 1 2015. Singapore will celebrate its golden  jubilee of 50 years of independence from Malaysia in 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Mayor confirms civilian deaths in SAF-MILF clash

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:18 PM

The Mamasapano town mayor says a young girl and 3 men were among the civilians killed in the encounter

Honors for PNP-SAF, gov't-MILF deal, Saudi cabinet shake-up | The wRap

Jan 30, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Families of the 44 Special Action troops cry for justice The Philippine government and the MILF sign the protocol to decommission firearms King Salman revamps the Saudi government

Filipinos mourn for fallen #Tagaligtas troops

Jan 30, 2015 - 5:50 PM

News about the death of 44 cops in a supposed mis encounter in Maguindano triggers an outpouring of grief and anger across the nation

‘Don’t give up,’ commander tells SAF, families

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The acting commander of the PNP SAF defends his relieved superior calling Police Director Getulio Napeñas Jr a ‘good man’ and thanking him for his ‘good leadership’

A black ribbon is tied over the badge of police officers of the QCPD as they sympathise for the 44 slain Special Action Force members on the declared day of mourning on Friday, January 30. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNP SAF commander: Was it worth it?

Jan 30, 2015 - 1:35 PM

I’m sure if you will ask them it is worth it because more lives were saved when Marwan was killed says the SAF OIC commander in his eulogy for the slain troopers

DAY OF MOURNING. Police officers tie a black ribbon around their badges January 30 to mourn the deaths of 44 Special Action Force troopers. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Ben Nabong

FAST FACTS: National day of mourning

Jan 30, 2015 - 1:12 PM

National days of mourning are usually declared after the death of a former politician a national artist or a recipient of national orders and decorations

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas leads the welcoming of SAF members who were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino pays tribute to PNP SAF 44

Jan 30, 2015 - 10:41 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says a silent prayer for each fallen PNP SAF trooper and presents each family with a Medal of Valor to honor the courage of the police officers

Aquino to view remains of every fallen cop

Jan 29, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The President is set to lead a necrological service for 42 of the elite cops killed in a bloody clash with Moro rebels on a day proclaimed as a National Day of Mourning

Priests bless the remains of SAF members killed in an encounter with Muslim rebels during the arrival honors at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino declares National Day of Mourning for fallen cops

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:40 PM

President Aquino says the still undetermined day will honor the 44 elite cops that died in clashes with Muslim rebels and will symbolize the nation s grief

BLOODY SUNDAY. Recovery of bodies of cops killed in an encounter with rebels continue. Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III continues to receive reports from the field on what happened. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

FAST FACTS: Get to know Indonesia

Aug 17, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Indonesia possesses interesting facts about many things – in terms of geography its people and other natural resources and others Here are some trivia you need to know – or may know already – about Indonesia

Independence and national days of ASEAN countries

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Get to know how each ASEAN country achieved independence and when they commemorate and celebrate Independence Day

ASEAN FLAGS. The national flags of ASEAN members in front of the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Israel celebrates 66th National Day

May 07, 2014 - 4:06 PM

It is a night of fun and commemoration for both Israelis and Filipinos who have helped each other in times of need

PH-Iran celebrate 50 years of warm relations

Feb 15, 2014 - 4:49 PM

The two countries celebrate by strengthening cultural ties and engaging in friendly competition through sports

'Day of Prayer an Aquino publicity stunt'

Jan 20, 2014 - 11:25 PM

He goes on stage with religious leaders 13 years to the day Gloria Arroyo did the same Critics say Aquino has to deal with man made calamities such as the pork barrel

National Day of Prayer on Jan 20

Jan 19, 2014 - 4:47 PM

In light of incidents and natural calamities that struck the country last year the nationwide prayer will be held at 5:00 pm at the Malacañang Palace grounds and will be broadcast live on state run radio and TV

File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

United Nations Day: Things you should know

Oct 24, 2013 - 12:47 AM

Here are 8 quick facts about the United Nations that you may tweet or post on this special day