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Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Lapulapu statue in Cebu to be replaced in 2021

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The iconic bronze statue will be replaced by a depiction of the Battle of Mactan, says the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

[ANALYSIS] Manila and Tokyo need tighter security ties

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Japan is one of the countries invited to observe the PH-US war games, but it sent actual boots on the ground last year to take part in training exercises

Malacañang says woman's statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo adds although the public should commemorate sacrifices and lessons learned World War II, it would be 'counter productive' to antagonize Japan – a strategic ally of the Philippines

SPOKESPERSON. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Road traffic deaths swell to 1.35M each year – WHO

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

With rose petals and guns, India inaugurates world's tallest statue

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Controversies abound amid the fanfare of the inauguration of the 182-meter statue of India's independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

TALLEST. A reflection of the 'Statue Of Unity,' the world's tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is pictured during its inauguration overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state on October 31, 2018. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Upper-middle income Philippines by 2019: How true?

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:18 AM

If becoming an upper-middle income country was hard enough – it took us more than 3 decades to do that – becoming a high-income country (like Singapore or South Korea today) will be harder still

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach first Filipino to get Madame Tussauds statue

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Her wax statue is set to be unveiled in Hong Kong early 2019

SOON IN HONG KONG. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong artists brought hair samples to match Pia's€™s current hair color Photo courtesy of Buensalido PR

3 dams release water due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:43 AM

(UPDATED) As of September 15, the gates of Ambuklao, Binga, and Magat dams are opened to release water, but there is no threat of flooding

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Parisians seek UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafes

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:31 PM

An association wants to raise awareness both in France and abroad of 'the role that bistros and cafe terraces play in bringing people and cultures together, and their role as intellectual and artistic melting pots'

CULTURE. People eat at the terrace of a restaurant while protesters walk past during a demonstration calling for the legalisation of undocumented immigrants in Paris on June 2, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Duterte on comfort woman statue: 'You can place it somewhere else'

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is not the policy of government to antagonize other nations,' says the President who repeatedly slams the US and the EU over a host of issues

In this photo taken April 20, 2018, A backhoe is seen beside the Comfort Women Statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The controversial statue was removed late Friday night April 27, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comfort woman statue in Manila removed

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Photos show a backhoe digging at the site of the statue

REMOVAL. A backhoe is seen at the site of the 'Comfort Woman' statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

SC on drug war documentation, FBI probe on Quiboloy church, Grindr on HIV data | Evening wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

Duterte says comfort woman statue part of free expression

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'That is a constitutional right which I cannot stop. It's prohibitive for me to do that,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of comfort woman along Manila Bay generated controversy after Japan complained about it. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: Japan ties at stake over comfort woman statue

Jan 13, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'You can't strengthen your relationship long term if you keep bringing up things that you think are settled,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Petition vs tax reform law, Malacanang on comfort woman statue, Trump on NoKor talks | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Duterte won't act on comfort woman statue

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Malacañang says it does not regard the controversial statue as a 'diplomatic issue' and expresses confidence that bilateral ties between the Philippines and Japan will 'become even stronger' despite it

Nazareno 2018, PAO probes Dengvaxia death, U.S. on Salvadoran immigrants | Midday wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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What's wrong with this statue of a comfort woman in Manila?

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Here are 3 issues surrounding the controversial statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines declared free of maternal and neonatal tetanus – DOH

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The maternal and neonatal elimination status is achieved when there is less than one case of the disease per 1,000 live births in every region

MATERNAL CARE. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a disease that indicates lack of access to proper healthcare.

What happened to the centennial Bonifacio monument in Taguig?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:04 PM

DPWH says the Bonifacio statue will be restored to its exact position after the completion of the road project in March 2020

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59,000 Haitians

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they received after the devastating 2010 earthquake

BACKLASH OVER TPS DECISION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Gubernur Pastika minta negara asing cabut travel warning ke Bali

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Selama ini sudah ada lima negara yang memberlakukan travel warning bagi warganya ke Bali

TRAVEL WARNING. Gubernur Bali Made Mangku Pastika meminta agar travel warning yang diterapkan negara asing dicabut. Foto oleh Bram Setiawan/Rappler

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

Trump says U.S. culture, history being 'ripped apart'

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments Trump says

LOOK: 'Female Oblation' displayed in UP Diliman

Jun 24, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Visual artist Ferdinand Cacnio posts photos of this so called female Oblation with the hashtag UPLift

FEMALE OBLATION. The so-called female version of the iconic Oblation statue is now displayed at UP Diliman. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

May 21, 2017 - 1:23 PM

From a stunting rate of 16 Malabon has reduced it by half at 8 in 3 years

NUTRITION NEEDS. The Malabon city government is taking steps to address malnutrition in children.

Shaq soars again at Staples as statue unveiled

Mar 25, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabaar and Jerry West former teammate Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson are among those paying tribute to Shaquille O Neal

STATUE. Former Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal speaks after unveiling of his statue at Staples Center March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

Low social rank bigger health risk than obesity – study

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:40 AM

People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top according to a large scale study

Messi statue 'decapitated' in Argentina

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Lionel Messi has a love hate relationship with Argentine football fans many of whom accuse him of failing to replicate his brilliant Barcelona form for his country

VANDALIZED. The vandalized sculpture of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi is pictured at the 'walk of fame' in Buenos Aires on January 10, 2017, leaving the sculpture of the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner without its head or torso. Leo RAMIREZ / AFP

BB Gandanghari on life after legally becoming a woman

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:12 PM

I finally feel that I exist that I m on record and yes that I m alive says BB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 19, 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:06 AM

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Lawmakers to Duterte: Reveal your medical status

Dec 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is urged to disclose a medical bulletin on his health after he admitted that he used to take a highly potent painkiller

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his arrival message at the Davao International Airport on Dec 17, 2016 after his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Canada caribou, monarch butterfly 'endangered' – experts

Dec 06, 2016 - 8:27 AM

Canada s caribou and the monarch butterfly are classified as endangered according to a committee of scientific experts

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) alights on a flower at the Chapultepec Zoo on March 19, 2015 in Mexico City. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Akibat curhat tanpa nama di Facebook, Yusniar mendekam di rutan Makassar

Nov 10, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Kasus ini bermula ketika Yusniar menulis status Facebook setelah rumahnya diobrak obrak terduga anggota DPRD setempat

Yusniar tertunduk lesu, sesaat sebelum persidangan yang digelar di Pengadilan Negeri Makassar, pada 9 November 2016. Foto oleh Syarifah Fitriani/Rappler

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Menkum HAM bantah pemulihan status WNI Arcandra karena alasan politis

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Arcandra Tahar mengaku tidak tahu konsekuensi memiliki paspor Indonesia dan Amerika Serikat dapat menyebabkan hilangnya salah satu kewarganegaraannya

SC extends order putting Marcos burial on hold

Sep 07, 2016 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED After the 2nd round of oral arguments on petitions to stop the burial of the dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani the SC extends the status quo ante order to October 18

PNP on full alert status after Davao blast

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:03 AM

UPDATED The Philippine National Police orders doubled security in all seaports airports terminals malls and other public areas following the Davao explosion

EXPLOSION. An explosion at a night market in Davao City on September 2, 2016, killed at least 12 people and wounded at least 60. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Ai-Ai delas Alas' US divorce recognized, can marry again

Jul 24, 2016 - 10:29 PM

UPDATED Ai Ai is mega super single – in her own words – after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court recognizes her divorce from ex husband Jed Salang

Boxing champ Donnie Nietes honored with statue in his hometown

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:10 AM

Boxing champion Donnie Nietes is honored with a statue in Murcia Negros Occidental at a ceremony headed by Mayor Andrew Montelibano

CHAMPION. Donnie Nietes was honored by his hometown with a statue outside Municipal Hall in Murcia, Negros Occidental. Contributed photo

LOOK: Jakarta then and now

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:02 PM

How has Jakarta changed in the past almost 500 years? Check out these photos

DOH: HIV cases increase due to 'success' of free testing program

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Outgoing Health Secretary Janette Garin says there were fewer HIV cases in the past because only few people chose to get tested

HIV TESTING. Outgoing health secretary Janette Garin says the rise of HIV positive cases in the country can be attributed to the parallel increase of people who get tested.

European vote against China market status not 'constructive' – Beijing

May 17, 2016 - 12:30 AM

China s wish is clear simple and reasonable: that everyone should remember the commitments they have made says Foreign Minister Wang Yi

epa05309328 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gestures during a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, 16 May 2016. The French official is visiting to conduct meetings to boost bilateral ties. EPA/WU HONG