Rice shortage, fake news, PH weather | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte said he took away a Cabinet member's powers because he was "too short-sighted" on the issue of rice supply and was engaged in a "turf war" with other officials. More than 4 out of 10 adult Filipinos use the internet, and a big majority of them see fake news as a serious issue , ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 14th, 2018

Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Senator Grace Poe defends her bill that would punish government employees who share 'fake news,' saying they should be held to a higher standard.  Ousted Philippine Navy chief Ronald Mercado says he welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte's call for an 'open and transparent public hearing' to probe the controversial P16-billion project to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Calida on Martial Law, Roque on Benham Rise, Pope Francis on fake news | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Solicitor General Jose Calida says nothing, not the Supreme Court nor the Constitution, can stop President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress from further extending martial law.  Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he never meant to say Filipinos can't conduct research on their own in Benham Rise.  Pope Francis warns against the temptation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

SWS: net satisfaction ratings decline for Robredo, Arroyo | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: The latest Social Weather Stations survey shows House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction ratings decline  at the end of 2018. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is facing a corruption case before the Office of the Ombudsman after he was implicated in the killing of AKO ........»»

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Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Facebook bans PH company for spreading lies, fake accounts Duterte, Robredo, Sotto enjoy majority approval, trust of Filipinos – survey Next case for Trillanes: Charged with grave threat in Pasay Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report No host for 2019 Oscars {module 3998}.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

International orgs hold fundraising for Rappler, news groups under siege | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Rappler and its executive editor and CEO, Maria Ressa, will be the first recipients of a legal fund for those "facing extensive legal battles meant to suppress critical journalism." Higher penalties on illegal parking start Wednesday in Metro Manila. US President Donald Trump takes a swipe at America's tech giants, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2018

News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018

NFA Council OKs importation of extra 500,000 tons of rice   The government will import 500,000 metric tons of rice in addition to the recently approved purchase of 250,000 tons---all to arrive within this year --- as part of efforts to end a shortage of low-priced grains, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol has announced.   Piol, who also now chairs the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, the agency's governing body, said the additional importation was discussed during a council meeting on Monday.   The council approved the importation of 250,000 tons of rice three weeks ago, before the NFA was brought back under the supervision of the Department of Ag...Keep on reading: News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

No pork in 2019 budget, Roxas on rice crisis, Trump on China | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the proposed P3.76-trillion budget for 2019 does not contain pork barrel funds. Former senator and interior secretary Mar Roxas addresses President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare political post on Tuesday. In a combative series of tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump accuses China of trying to influence the midterm elections. {module ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty a way to divert attention from PH problems — Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo said the revocation of the amnesty given to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as could be part of a plan of the current administration to distract the public from its alleged shortcomings. In a statement on Tuesday after news broke that Trillanes would remain inside the premises of the Senate, Robredo said some of the issues hounding the administration include the high prices of goods, rice shortage, the weakening of the economy, corruption allegations, and the worsening traffic. "Ginagamit ito ng administrasyon upang ibaling ang atensyon ng publiko mula sa mga kakulungan nito sa pagtugon sa mga problemang pumipilay sa ating bayan," the Vice President said. ...Keep on reading: Voiding of Trillanes’ amnesty a way to divert attention from PH problems — Robredo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Charter change, Tropical Depression Henry, sports news | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Majority of Filipinos reject shift to federalism now – Pulse Asia. Tropical Depression Henry , monsoon to bring more rain. Sports wrap – Pacquiao-Matthysse , Wimbledon women's & men's finals , World Cup {source} Executive Producer / ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Morales indicts Aquino, Firearms for priests, Fake news bill | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge former president Benigno Aquino III . Some 246 priests and ministers asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to allow them to  carry firearms outside their homes . President Rodrigo Duterte claimed there will be "no second chance" for incompetent or erring government officials . Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday, June 19, as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia, 2-1 , becoming the first Asian ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler:  Sereno , women's groups stand with opposition on Independence Day. Kim Jong-un invites Trump to visit Pyongyang. Rainy June 13 for Luzon due to southwest monsoon. Executive Producer / Writer Lilibeth Frondoso Associate Producer / ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Tiger Woods digs for the week is more than a dinghy

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods brought his yacht, Privacy, to a U.S. Open in New York and missed the cut for the first time in a major. That was 12 years ago when the Open was at Winged Foot. He can only hope for a different outcome at Shinnecock Hills. "Staying on the dinghy helps," Woods said with a grin. The 155-foot yacht is said to include a Jacuzzi, gym and movie theater. It doesn't sound as though Woods has spent much time ashore except for being at Shinnecock Hills for his first U.S. Open in three years. "Sag Harbor is a cute little town," he said. "I've only been there for a few days now. I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but certainly will this week. So far, it's been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy, and just really enjoy it." Woods at least has been able to avoid the traffic that has led to commutes of close to two hours from the official hotel depending on the time of morning. Most players have rented homes in the Southampton area. Woods said he stayed with Shinnecock Hills members when he played as an amateur in the 1995 U.S. Open, and near the course in 2004. The Hamptons has no shortage of yachts, and someone suggested to Woods that it must feel odd not to have the biggest ship in New York. "I'm not opposed to that," Woods said. ___ PLAYOFF FEVER Jordan Spieth now knows that when he's tied for the lead after 72 holes on Sunday, his work is not done. The USGA has changed its playoff format for all its open championships. If the U.S. Open goes to a playoff, it will be a two-hole aggregate playoff (followed by sudden death if still tied), instead of an 18-hole playoff. Spieth was asked about the two-hole playoff. "It's the first I've heard of that being an option," he said. "It's still 18 holes, right?" Wrong. "I guess the strategy changes a little from an entire round, but I honestly had no idea that it even changed," he said. "I was even looking at a weather forecast for Monday, thinking, 'What's it look like if you happen to work your way into a playoff?' So shows you what I know." He wasn't alone. Justin Thomas was asked about the new format and conceded that he wasn't aware it changed to a two-hole aggregate until he was at lunch. It wasn't clear if he read a memo from the USGA or the transcript of Spieth's news conference about four hours earlier. ___ BACK TO NO. 2 If you blinked, you might have missed Justin Thomas' reign atop golf's world ranking. The PGA champion took the top spot in May. It's gone, with Dustin Johnson's win at Memphis last weekend catapulting him to No. 1, with Thomas just behind. Of course, a win at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open this week would push Thomas back to the top. "It didn't affect me, or it wasn't that hard on me because I couldn't do anything about it," Thomas said. "I wasn't playing. I played one tournament and had a good tournament, finished eighth. And D.J. won, so it's not like he didn't play well and didn't earn it or anything. He won a golf tournament and a great tournament. So there's nothing I can be upset about for that." Thomas could even laugh a bit about the ranking. "I saw something that was just hysterical on social media," he explained, "how a lot of the times, you know, when teams or players or whatever it is go on long runs, like the last time this happened. I mean, a little biased but often a scenario is last time Tennessee beat Alabama in football, you know, like iPhones weren't alive yet and stuff like that." So what was Thomas' "last time" moment? "I saw something so funny yesterday," he said. "It was like the last time that I wasn't ranked No. 1 in the world, and it was like (Alex) Ovechkin didn't have a Stanley Cup and Rickie (Fowler) wasn't engaged. That was it. I thought it was pretty funny, whoever came up with that." ___ SPIETH AND HIS PUTTER For all the attention on the short putts Jordan Spieth has missed this year, he still is regarded as one of the best putters in golf. That's the club that effectively won the British Open for him last summer. Spieth faced a tough question Tuesday, however, when asked if there was someone he regarded as better. He paused. "A lot of great putters out here," he said, buying time. "That's why they're out here," he said, buying even more time. He finally took the safe way out by saying that no single players come to mind, though he made it clear his confidence isn't shaken on the greens. "I'd still like to bet on myself, if I can," he said. Spieth said he prefers to think about who makes putts in big moments, and whether the ball is holed with the right speed and right break. He has made plenty of those, not only at Royal Birkdale last summer but at Chambers Bay on the par-3 16th and even at the Tour Championship in 2015 when he won the FedEx Cup. And he hasn't forgotten Tiger Woods. "Nobody's done that better in the last 20 years than Tiger as far as clutch putting goes," he said. ___ TRAILER LIVING Jason Day has learned that life in a motor home can be rewarding on the PGA Tour. He also has learned it can be messy when Bubba Watson is around. Day is staying in what he calls "the bus" in a parking area close to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open. The Australian uses the RV for about 15 tournaments a season, and several other tour golfers have joined him. One is Watson. "Bubba just got one this year, and I'm very kind of more private, and he's, yeah, he's a little bit more outgoing," Day recalled, a wide smile on his face. "And I think we're at Augusta, and he walks under my bus, and he's like, 'Hey, man, what are you doing?' "I'm just sitting in the bus watching TV. He's like OK. And he's standing there. And I'm like, do you want to come inside? And he's eating a burrito, and he decides to come in and talk to me for about 30 minutes. He gets his burrito all over the ground and then just leaves. "Actually, it's nice to have people like that around, you know, to mess your bus up when you need them to." ___ AP Sports Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Firearms for prosecutors, Ressa wins Golden Pen, New Spain PM on pro-EU government | Midday wRap

  Today on Rappler: Albayalde vows to help prosecutors get licenses to carry firearms . Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa won a coveted press freedom award from a 70-year-old global network of news publishers seeking to uphold the rights of journalists worldwide.  Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez   unveiled a new pro-EU government with the most women in modern history, with 11 female and 6 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, Lacson on Aquino, SC on anti-illegal drug campaign | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: A Social Weather Station survey shows a significant dip in President Rodrigo Duterte's satisfaction rating among the poorest Filipinos in the first quarter of 2018.  Senator Panfilo Lacson vouches for the integrity of former president Benigno Aquino immediately after Senator Dick Gordon recommended graft charges against Aquino over the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

NFA creating fake rice shortage, says Cabinet secretary

  Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco on Wednesday accused the National Food Authority (NFA) of creating an "artificial" rice shortage, as its buffer stock of the staple had dwindled to just 200,000 bags, good for less than a day's supply for the entire country.   But the NFA said the supply shortage was "real."   A report from the agency showed that its rice reserves were already down to zero, while NFA rice on the market was expected to last for less than a half day.   Evasco, who chairs the NFA Council, an 18-member policymaking body, said there was enough rice in the country.   More imported rice, according to him, is arriving in M...Keep on reading: NFA creating fake rice shortage, says Cabinet secretary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

DFA on Demafelis, Akbayan Youth files complaint vs Uson, Kim Jong-un attends concert | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Philippines hails the death sentence given to the killers of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker found dead in a freezer in Kuwait.  Akbayan Youth members file a complaint against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson for fake news and disinformation. P hilippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa says the video showing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Roque on ICC withdrawal, Inciting to sedition charges vs Trillanes, Poe vs Roque on fake news | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies President Rodrigo Duterte's bid to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court is a sign of cowardice.  The Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office files inciting to sedition charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes. Former state prosecutor now Judge Aristotle Reyes says he is 'saddened' he is being probed over his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Duterte on West Philippine Sea, Rappler on Omidyar PDRs, Hope Hicks resigns | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte likens joint exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea to 'co-ownership.'  Rappler lawyer Francis Lim urges government to leave the social news network 'unhindered' now that philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network donated its Philippine Depositary Receipts to Rappler managers.  Hope Hicks , one of Donald Trump's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and the Foreign Affairs Department admit Chinese survey ships have a record of illegal entry in Benham Rise or Philippine Rise.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insists the Duterte administration does not think the 1986 EDSA Revolution is 'fake news,' despite an online poll conducted by Communications Assistant ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Duterte on Tan, SWS survey on love and career, PH-China meeting | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte  tells tycoon Lucio Tan he no longer bears any grudge against him.  A Social Weather Stations survey  shows more Filipinos or 59% will prioritize their career over having a love life.  Manila and Beijing  stay silent on the Chinese artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea following the two sides' second meeting ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018