Thursday, November 8th, 2018


Don't use sky lanterns during Yolanda commemoration – Greenpeace

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – As Tacloban marks the 5th anniversary of the devastation on Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Friday, November 9, a climate change advocate urged organizers to drop the part of the program where they will release sky lanterns. In his Facebook post, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director Yeb Saño … Source: Politics

Lucena's first bishop now a step closer to sainthood

MANILA, Philippines – The first bishop of Lucena, Alfredo Maria Obviar, is now a step closer to sainthood after Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtues, the Vatican announced on Thursday, November 8. Obviar is now “venerable” – which means he is two steps away from being declared … Source: Politics

PSL: F2 Logistics, Foton sustain hot start

    MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics and Foton sustained their blazing starts as they clobbered their respective foes in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday, November 8, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cargo Movers crushed Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18, while the Tornadoes devastated Cignal, … Source: Politics

Miss Earth 2018 candidates accuse sponsor of sexual harassment | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Miss Earth Canada Jaime VandenBerg, Miss Earth England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy claim they were sexually harassed by a pageant sponsor in the Philippines. The White House suspends the press pass of a CNN reporter who spars with Donald Trump at a news conference. 25-year-old singer Ariana … Source: Politics

Retrieval operations in DPWH building in Mountain Province terminated

BAGUIO, Philippines – The last time the 200-member retrieval team found someone in Banawel, Natonin, Mountain Province, was Monday, November 5. They found a body of a man, which remained unidentified. The next 3 days became a frustrating dig-and-search among the crevices of the unfinished Department of Public Works and … Source: Politics

Taiwan navy gets two new warships as China tensions grow

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Thursday, November 8, that the island would not “concede one step” in defending itself as she inaugurated two frigates bought from the United States aimed at boosting Taipei’s naval capabilities against China. Rival China has upped military drills including a live fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait in April, declaring its willingness … Source: Politics

Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte denied he was behind the killing of a lawyer for communists, as critics blamed the Philippine National Police for the death of human rights lawyer and peasant advocate Benjamin Ramos in Negros Occidental. “What the fucking shit? Why would I kill … Source: Politics

HOAX: Photo of ‘newest’ airport in Manila

Claim: A thumbnail of a video shows the “newest” airport in Metro Manila that “beats” NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport). The blog ran the headline, “BOOM PANIS! LAOS ANG NAIA SA PINAKABAGONG AIRPORT SA MAYNILA [WOW] PANOORIN” on November 2. The post garnered a combined total … Source: Politics

RSF awards to spotlight 'urgent need' to protect journalists

LONDON, United Kingdom – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is bringing its annual Press Freedom Awards to London for the first time on Thursday, November 8, highlighting the “urgent need” for protection of journalists in an increasingly dangerous year for media. Some 63 journalists, 11 citizen journalists and four media assistants have … Source: Politics

Jason Momoa, Amber Heard coming to Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Aquaman stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, along with the film’s director James Wan, are heading to Manila on December 11. According to Warner Bros Pictures, Jason, Amber, and James will be attending a fan event, and will also be at the film’s Asian premiere. A venue … Source: Politics