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'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

New Apple Watch feature to check if you're washing your hands correctly

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:38 AM

A feature for those who've gotten tired of singing 'Happy Birthday'

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Dance tracking comes to Apple Watch

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:14 AM

Apple's new watchOS 7 allows the Apple Watch to track dancing accurately, along with 3 other workout types: core training, functional strength training, and cooldown

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Former coast guard chief Garcia to lead National Coast Watch Council Secretariat

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Retired Admiral Joel Garcia returns to the National Coast Watch System, which he helped lead before taking over the Philippine Coast Guard in October 2019

JOEL GARCIA. Retired Admiral Joel Garcia is the new executive director of the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat. File photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

Venezuela's official virus data is 'absurd' – HRW and Johns Hopkins

May 27, 2020 - 9:01 AM

President Nicolas Maduro's government reports 10 COVID-19 deaths out of 1,121 cases in a country of 30 million people

PATROL. Police officers patrol a market while wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Caracas, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Taken after midnight, cuffed to a chair: The arrest of Cebuana artist Bambi Beltran

May 22, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is detained for 60 hours and faces up to 18 years in prison for a sarcastic Facebook post Mayor Edgar Labella called 'fake news.' He says it's nothing personal.

Rights groups urge Filipinos: Reject Duterte admin's 'tyrannical' moves vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The order to shut down ABS-CBN is the latest in a string of attacks against media in the Philippines under the Duterte administration

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in 'out of control' law enforcers

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The rights group says the Department of the Interior and Local Government 'must exercise effective oversight over its personnel, investigate all reports of abuses, and hold officers committing rights violations accountable'

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Human rights orgs urge gov’t to drop charges vs Cebu artist Bambi Beltran

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:11 PM

They say the government is 'misusing' COVID-19 laws on 'fake news' against critics

DROP CHARGES.  Photo from Bambi Beltran's Facebook

Swiss watchmakers see exports plunge amid pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Swiss watch exports fall 21.9% in March 2020 compared to a year earlier, with a range of markets seeing devastating declines

A couple walks in front of the Rolex watch retail shop at a shopping mall in Singapore SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES. Luxury Swiss watches including Rolexes and Franck Mullers are selling like hotcakes in Singapore as buyers anticipate a price hike due to the appreciation of the Swiss Franc, retailers here said on January 20. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Instagram unveils new 'co-watching' feature to ease isolation

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The new feature lets people look at posts together during video chat

CO-WATCHING. Photo from Instagram


LIST: 4 programs that let you watch online videos remotely with your friends

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:13 PM

We’re rounding up a list of programs that allow you to host watch parties with your friends even though you’re all apart

‘Watch List’ review: A must-see

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Watch List is bold and brave

Rights groups, lawmakers condemn Calida's motion to gag ABS-CBN

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:17 PM

'Why is President Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?' asks Human Rights Watch

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quo warranto vs ABS-CBN political harassment, vendetta – rights groups

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Karapatan says it is not surprising that Solicitor General Jose Calida is 'doing the dirty work of concocting legal offensives against his master’s so-called enemies and critics'

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

'Big problems' in China response to virus – HRW

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth points in particular to what he says is the 'suppression' of reports on the virus in China during the early days of the outbreak

EPICENTER. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows the first batch of patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus as they arrive at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

HRW: Use Ampatuan conviction to push for reforms vs culture of impunity

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The conviction of the Ampatuan brothers over the 2009 massacre should signal the end of state support for private armies and political warlordism, says Human Rights Watch

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Stocks to Watch: Fruitas, ripe to pick?

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Fruitas lists on the main board of the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, November 29. Get to know its brands, financials, and future plans here.

Israel expels Human Rights Watch country director

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Israel accuses American citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, of supporting a boycott of the Jewish state

EXPELLED. American citizen Omar Shakir, the director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories, waves ahead of entering the departures area at Ben Gurion airport on November 25, 2019, after being expelled from Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

HRW: De Lima's persecution shows Duterte's 'increasing authoritarianism'

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Karapatan also likens the situation of Senator Leila De Lima with the experience of hundreds of political prisoners facing alleged trumped-up charges under President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

UK government, military covered up war crimes – report

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Military detectives who unearthed evidence of the alleged war crimes says that seniors commanders hid them 'for political reasons'

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Gov't treating Marawi residents ‘like we don't matter’ – civic group

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:31 PM

'We feel that we, the youth, are only being used for photo opportunities,' says a member of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, citing a mismatch in government action and what residents need

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch

U.S. sanctions threaten Iranians' right to health, says Human Rights Watch

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Officially, the US sanctions make exceptions for food, medicine and other humanitarian goods, but most companies are unwilling to do any trade with Iran for fear of repercussions in the world's largest economy

(FILES) A file photo taken on September 11, 2018, shows an Iranian woman shopping at a pharmacy at the Nikan hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran. Washington's sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians, Human Rights Watch said on october 29, 2019. STRINGER / afp

Where to watch NBA 2019-2020 games for free

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Filipino fans can now catch blockbuster NBA games online for free

LA STARS. Kawhi Leonard LeBron James will feature in the Battle for Los Angeles between the Clippers and the Lakers. File photos by Harry How/AFP (Leonard) and Patrick Smith/AFP (James)

Stocks to Watch: Axelum in a nutshell

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Going nuts over Axelum's listing on the main board of the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday, October 7? Get to know the coconut products manufacturer here.


Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Civil Service Commission 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

Apple Watch Series 3 price down to P11,990

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Series 3's price goes down from P17,990

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Stocks to Watch: ABS-CBN, GMA earnings

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Are you a Kapamilya or a Kapuso? We look into their financials to check which company has earned and grown more over the years.


Stocks to Watch: China's war vs POGOs hits properties

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Properties hit the jackpot when online gambling flourished in Metro Manila. Just how colossal will the impact be if POGOs suddenly go away?


Stocks to Watch: Oh, ghost! Should investors be scared?

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Oh, ghost! August. Get it? It's that month where superstitious investors hide.


HRW: Blocking access won't stop U.N. report on PH drug war

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson says various governments from around the world concerned about the situation here would 'continue to make representations'

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Stocks to Watch: Jollibee in charts

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM

It's not just Chickenjoy: Jollibee is also selling cakes, burgers, pho, and now, more coffee. Can it brew Coffee Bean back to profit?

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stocks to Watch: Waiting game for infrastructure

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The infrastructure boom is not quite here yet, and that may be good for patient investors

Stocks to Watch: 3 property stocks to consider buying

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Buy, sell, or hold? Rappler's very first weekly stock outlook looks at 3 property companies, as the sector appears set for greater heights.

Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app disabled due to vulnerability

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:29 PM

The vulnerability lets other people listen to another person's iPhone without consent

APPLE WATCH SERIES 4. Screenshot from livestream.


Situation 'incredibly tense' in Sea-Watch standoff

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:29 PM

'It's very difficult for them all (the migrants) psychologically,' says 31-year old Carola Rackete, who has become a symbol of defiance and a left-wing hero in Italy for challenging Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's 'closed-ports' policy

MEDICAL RESCUE. This handout photo taken on June 27, 2019 and released on June 28, 2019 by NGO Sea Watch shows rescuers evacuating a young migrant lying on a stretcher for medical reason from the Sea Watch 3 rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa. Handout photo by Sea Watch/AFP

Kids can watch movies for free at SM Cinemas

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Until December 2019, kids 4 feet or below can watch certain movies at SM Cinemas nationwide for free!

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

Migrants in limbo off Italy as world marks Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 remains stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

MIGRATION. An alleged work by British street artist Banksy depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket holding a pink flare, is painted on the outer wall of a house overlooking the canal Rio de Ca Foscari, in Venice, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marco Sabadin/AFP

All the top announcements at WWDC 2019: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The new version of iOS, and macOS arrive along with the very first version of iPadOS

All screenshots from Apple livestream


Publisher, Human Rights Watch founder Robert Bernstein dies at 96 – report

May 28, 2019 - 12:56 PM

The New York Times cites Robert Bernstein's son Peter as confirming his death at a hospital in New York

ROBERT BERNSTEIN. Screenshot from video at https://www.law.nyu.edu/bernstein-institute/robert-bernstein

The Night King is the surprise hero in the 'Game of Thrones' documentary

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

'I can be any king, you know'

Photo courtesy of HBO