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Esperon denies he had Rio removed from DICT

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:47 AM

It was the President's prerogative to accept ICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr's dormant resignation, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO INTERVENTION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr during a Senate hearing in January 2020. Senate photo

StaySafe developer says Rio accusations 'unfair'

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

But Multisys CEO David Almirol Jr admits technical and privacy assessments were not yet completed when the government adopted and promoted StaySafe

Rio suspects Esperon behind his removal from DICT

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The removal of the former DICT official opens a Pandora's Box of issues in the department and in the government's coronavirus response

 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the meeting with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Malacañan Palace on April 15, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: Eliseo Rio Jr on the govt's use of technology to fight COVID-19

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Watch the interview on Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 pm

‘Borderline spyware’: IT experts raise alarm over Duterte admin contact-tracing app

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:33 AM

IT experts, including former DICT official Eliseo Rio Jr, worry about the data privacy features of an app being used by the NBI and endorsed by security officials for contact tracing

RJ Jacinto replaces Rio in DICT

May 26, 2020 - 4:46 PM

The Duterte adviser is pushing for a common cell tower policy which Eliseo Rio Jr criticized as being 'anti-competitive' and in violation of telco franchises

After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

GDL brothers, PH athletes to lead training videos on Instagram

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Don't miss the chance to catch some of the country's top athletes share sports drills that you can do at home

BASKETBALL SKILLS. Juan Gomez de Liaño will show kids some basketball drills that you can do at home in Instagram Live. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

TULA: ‘Tatlo sa Harap ng COVID-19’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

TULA: ‘COVID-19 Alamat Kontra Armageddon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

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TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

TULA: ‘May Bagong Bayani ang Ating Panahon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa alaala ng mga doktor na pumanaw at sa ‘mga kawal pangkalusugang lumaban sa COVID-19’

Brazil's Bolsonaro slams 'scorched-earth' virus quarantines

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Brazil's president calls the new coronavirus a 'little flu' that has provoked an 'overblown' reaction

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sergio LIMA / AFP

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

[EDITORIAL] Lumolobo ang intel funds ng DICT. Kabahan na tayo.

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50 AM

The Honasan-Rio scuffle exposes the trend in bloated intelligence funds that support anti-people activities, including spying on private citizens

DICT's Rio, Honasan 'settle differences' over P300-M intel funds

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:46 PM

'My resignation has not yet been approved by the President. I could not leave my post until my resignation is accepted by him,' Rio tells Rappler in a text message

DICT's defense over intel funds 'deceiving and unbelievable' – Rio

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr dares the agency to reveal the results of the P300-million confidential operation that supposedly dealt with cybersecurity threats

Brazil tourism board mistakenly posts robbed tourist's rant on Instagram

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Embratur, as the tourism board is known, leaves the message up long enough for the gaffe to go viral before deleting the post

SUNSET. Worshippers take part in the traditional ceremony of Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda at the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on February 2, 2020. Photo by Rafael Martins/AFP

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr resigns

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Rio has yet to address reports that he allegedly left after finding corruption within the agency

Filipinos have more in common with Brazilians than we realize

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Though Brazilians speak Portuguese, the Filipino language has just enough Spanish words for any Filipino to connect with them

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

3 dead, 2 missing in Cotabato City sea collision

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Two motor bancas collide at Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City

RETRIEVAL. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard response team carry the body of one of passengers who died in the sea collision at Rio Grande de Mindanao on August 25, 2019, a day after the accident. Photo from PCG FB

Brazil bus hijacker, armed with toy gun, shot dead by police

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear if the hijacker made any demands or what his motivation was for taking the hostages. Police say none of the hostages were injured.

HIJACKED. A member of the police gives instructions to drivers near the area where a gunman holding a bus with 16 hostages was shot dead by police in Rio de Janeiro on August 22, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil inmate found dead after foiled escape disguised as daughter

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) Clauvino da Silva made headlines after he was caught trying to escape from a Rio de Janeiro jail wearing a silicon mask, long dark wig, glasses, white flip flops and clothes belonging to his 19-year-old daughter

DISGUISE. Handout picture released by Rio de Janeiro's State Secretariat of Prison Administration showing Brazilian inmate Clauvino da Silva wearing a wig and a mask after been captured while trying to escape the Gericino prison complex, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 03, 2019. AFP PHOTO/SEAP

Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The havoc caused by the unusually heavy downpour is amplified by rampant construction in neighborhoods controlled by heavily-armed gangs and militias

RIO BUILDING COLLAPSE. People watch as an injured person is carried onto a rescue helicopter after two buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

‘Drag Race’ winner Bianca del Rio: ’If you can’t laugh at yourself, how can you laugh at someone else?’

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:28 PM

‘So long as you have a sense of humor about yourself, it works out well to have a sense of humor about other people,’ says the drag queen known for her biting brand of insult comedy

CLOWN IN A GOWN. The drag queen and stand-up comedian known for her sass and unapologetic, biting humor tells the Manila press that she’s one to never take herself seriously, so she’s able to poke irreverent fun at people. ‘You gotta laugh, and you gotta have a good time,’ she says. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

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

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Sandiganbayan junks Palawan governor's bid for reinvestigation of graft case

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The anti-graft court says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez did not present any new evidence

BID DENIED. This file photo shows the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:39 PM

According to documents seen by AFP, Carlos Ghosn invited 8 couples to watch the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro in February 2018 from a beach-side luxury hotel

GHOSN. News of the party is the latest evidence of Carlos Ghosn's expensive lifestyle to emerge. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

LOOK: Google event takes on political hue as leaders do the Duterte fist

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The administration's symbol shows up at a photo opportunity during Google's event

DUTERTE FIST. PLDT's Manny Pangilinan (2nd from left), DICT's Eliseo Rio (3nd from right) and Google's Ken Lingan (2nd from right) do Duterte's pose, which for some has come to symbolize Duterte's bloody drug war


Brazil police operation in Rio favela leaves 13 dead

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The police operations that led to the gunfight are due to 'shoot-outs in the area caused by the dispute between rival criminal groups'

POLICE OPERATIONS. A police operation in a number of Rio de Janeiro city center favelas leaves 13 dead. File photo shows police in an operation at Cidade de Deus favela in Rio de Janeiro on February 01, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

'Good will beat evil,' Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'The legislative, executive and judicial (powers) together must, by law, give guarantees that good will beat evil,' Brazil's new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro says

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: China's telco play in the Philippines

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The coming entry of China Telecom into our communication infrastructure serves the interest of a covetous neighbor that has wronged us so many times

DICT Secretary Rio: Don't replace me just yet

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'I see no urgency in Senator [Gringo] Honasan taking over, at least until I fully finish this job on the third telco,' says acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr

MORE TIME. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. hopes to settle unfinished business in the 3rd telco bidding first before an exit from the agency. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted

DICT accuses NOW Telecom of delaying 3rd telco entry

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr insinuates that NOW Telecom probably cannot really afford to bid against financially capable companies

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:48 AM

The jewel in the crown of the museum's collection of 20 million valuable pieces, Luzia was the first human fossil found in Brazil, in the southwestern Minas Gerais state in 1970

LUZIA. File photo taken on September 20, 1999 of a cameraman recording the presentation of the reconstruction of the head of 'Luzia,' 'the first Brazilian woman' – whose skull is 12,000 years old – at the National Museum of History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. File photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP

DICT Secretary Rio prevails, 3rd telco player auction 'off the table'

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Selecting the country's third telco player will be based on the quality of coverage, internet speed and investment, otherwise known as the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) model

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

LOOK: Former 'The Voice' PH finalist Kai Honasan gets married

May 06, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Kai marries Chicosci bassist Eco del Rio in a garden wedding at the Sofitel hotel

THE BRIDE. Kai Honasan walks down the aisle. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Cases over regulatory fees hound some 3rd telco aspirants

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) But PT&T and Now Telecom say they are contesting the supposed outstanding fees, so these have 'no bearing' on their bids for the 3rd telco slot

Philippines to 'add sweeteners' in guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The government is no longer requiring interested bidders to have a minimum net worth of P10 billion. Instead, it plans to award the 3rd telco slot to the participant with the 'highest committed level of service.'

3 independents seek to shake up Mexico presidential race

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The July 1 election will be the first time Mexico has allowed independent presidential candidates in its modern history

INDEPENDENT BET. Jaime Rodriguez (L) who is seeking to run for Mexico's presidency as an independent candidate, delivers a speach next to his wife Adalina Davalos during a press conference Mexico city, on February 19, 2018. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

PH gov't releases draft guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission come up with draft guidelines on the selection of a new major telco player

The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

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

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

DICT moves deadline for auction of 3rd telco slot

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'If we force the end-of-March deadline, there might not be any bidders,' says the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology