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DOH: Repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship moved to 'early next week’

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The DOH says the rescheduling is needed to allow Japanese health authorities to complete laboratory testing of the Filipino crew members

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

COVID-19: Tips for a saner digital diet in these viral times

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'

Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for breaking rules

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The Wall Street Journal reveals Michael Bloomberg hired around 500 people in California at $2,500 a month to regularly post messages supporting him on social media and to send text messages to their friends

How an agritourism spot empowers Palawan farmers through art

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:37 PM

For the resident artists in Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa, guiding farmers to find their creative genius is a way of empowering marginalized workers

YAMANG BUKID. Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa,Palawan. Photo courtesy of JM Zapanta

A visual history of the global anti-vax movement

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Disinformation about vaccines has been around for hundreds of years

Visuals by Aleksandra Krasutskaya for Coda Story

Casares delivers golden 2020 start for PH triathlon

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:08 PM

After an impressive SEA Games showing, national triathlete Fer Casares picks up a gold in Thailand

HOT START. Fer Casares (second from right) leads the Philippine triathlon team’s solid campaign in Rayong, Thailand. Contributed photo from Kevin Eijansantos

When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

Canada's privacy watchdog probes facial recognition startup

Feb 22, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner says Clearview AI's collection and stockpiling of more than three billion photos potentially violated Canadian law, if the photos were obtained without permission

NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit open to motorists

Feb 22, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The entire 2.6-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section is expected to open by March 2020

The Malabon Exit of the NLEX Harbor Link. Photo from NLEX Corporation

Wilder, Fury bulk up for heavyweight showdown

Feb 22, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury continue to jaw at each other days after exchanging shoves during their final news conference

BAD BLOOD. American boxer Deontay Wilder (left) and British fighter Tyson Fury figure in an altercation during their press conference at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

UK begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

LOOK: Starbucks Philippines' Cherry Blossom merch collection is a sakura dream

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:43 AM

The sakura-inspired items include mugs, water bottles, tumblers, and French presses in pastel pink and lilac hues

Robinsons, SM Prime present plans to redevelop Baguio market

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:23 AM

The Baguio City government is expecting more proposals from big companies. Vendors' groups and concerned citizens are opposed to the participation of big business in the public-private partnership project.

NEW BAGUIO MARKET. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and other city officials at the presentation of Robinsons Land Corporation and SM Prime Holdings on their respective proposals for the redevelopment of the Baguio market. Photo from Baguio City PIO Facebook page

[OPINYON] Utak o katawan?

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Ang sarap sanang isiping kaakit-akit ang matalino sa marami sa atin. Pero hinihikayat ba ng lipunang ito ang maging matalino? Gaya nga ng gasgas na mantra ng vote wisely at matalinong pagpili, parang hindi.

Coco Martin joins protest vs ABS-CBN shutdown 'not as an employee, but as a Filipino'

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'Kailangang mapanindigan natin at masabi natin kung ano ang nararamdaman natin tungkol sa nangyayari sa ating bansa,' says the actor

FOR THE FILIPINO. Coco Martin (right) joins starts in a protest against a shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Filipino-Americans 'fired up' as Tagalog added to Nevada ballot

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Overlooked in the past, Filipinos have rapidly become Nevada's largest Asian-American community – almost 200,000 by some estimates, in a state of 3 million people – forcing candidates to take notice

FIRING UP. Elizabeth Warren supporter Ninna Diaz poses with material she will distribute while out knocking on doors of registered Democrats and Independents to make sure people are registered to vote on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Billie Eilish breaks record with James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die'

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Billie's latest single debuts at number one with over 10.6 million streams, becoming the 18-year-old's first British chart-topper

Cast of 'Friends' reuniting for 25th anniversary special

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The One Where They All Got Back Together!

China virus cases drop as foreign fears rise

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Another 397 new cases are reported nationwide, down from nearly 900 officially reported Friday, bringing the total number of cases to over 76,000

KEEPING SAFE. A medical worker wears protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as she pushes an incubator between buildings at a hospital in Beijing on February 21, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Bacolod journalists, groups light candles for press freedom amid ABS-CBN franchise woes

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 AM

'We serve the people's right to know, that is why are were fighting hard to defend press freedom. We want to protect their right to be informed,' says Marchel Espina, NUJP-Bacolod chapter president

BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST. Journalists, students, progressive groups, and a parish priest light a candle for press freedom at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists in the Bacolod City public plaza Friday night, February 21, 2020. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Westbrook says he's unfairly branded 'bad guy'

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:38 AM

After another ejection hiked his tally of techs to a league-leading 13, Russell Westbrook finds it all 'unfair'

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets reacts after a dunk in the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center on October 24, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Postponed Lakers game after Kobe’s death rescheduled

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers-Clippers game that was canceled following the shocking death of Kobe Bryant has been moved to April 9

TRIBUTE. The Lakers led by LeBron James (center) huddle as they wear jerseys with NBA legend Kobe Bryant's numbers last January 31, their first game since the NBA icon's death. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Italy towns under lockdown as first European coronavirus death reported

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Adriano Trevisan, a 78-year old from the Veneto region who had tested positive for the virus dies in hospital, where he had been admitted 10 days earlier for an unrelated health issue, Italy's health minister says

QUARANTINE CENTER. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

UAE confirms 2 new coronavirus cases, one of them another Filipino

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The Ministry of Health and Prevention says the two new cases – a Filipino and a Bangladeshi, both in their 30s – had close contact with the recently confirmed COVID-19 cases

DUBAI. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29, 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:43 AM

Due to the shortage of face masks, some are turning to do-it-yourself solutions to get a face mask, albeit of questionable quality

'DO IT YOURSELF' MASKS. This picture taken on February 20, 2020 shows a newly-completed mask made out of patterned material at a shop in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus 'narrowing' as cases soar

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautions for the first time that while 'we are still in a phase where containment is possible... our window of opportunity is narrowing'

SCANNING. The body temperature of Iraqi women returning from Iran is measured upon their arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020, after Iran announced cases of coronavirus infections in the Islamic republic. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Behind the songs: SB19

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The boys of SB19 talk about the stories behind their hit songs

SB19. Sejun, Ken, Stell, Justin, and Josh perform their song 'Go Up' on Rappler Live Jam. Photo by Iya Forbes/Rappler

Algerians flood streets to mark protest movement's first birthday

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:53 PM

Protesters have called on Algerians to mobilize to 'disqualify the system's agenda of self-renewal and to lay the foundations for a new republic'

ONE YEAR. Algerian students gather during their weekly anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers, on February 21, 2020. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Vico Sotto: Pasig schools will use 'sablay' instead of toga at graduations

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:56 PM

It's more Filipino and more affordable, says the Pasig mayor

PASIG MAYOR. Vico Sotto poses with students at one of Pasig's public schools on his 100th day in office in October 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Matteo Guidicelli confirms wedding to Sarah Geronimo, denies punching incident at ceremony

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:39 PM

The couple wed in a controversial secret ceremony held in Bonifacio Global City

MATTEO GUIDICELLI. The actor denies that he punched a bodyguard at his wedding to longtime partner Sarah Geronimo. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Sandiganbayan Justice Reynaldo Cruz dies

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:31 PM

He was 64 years old

JUSTICE CRUZ. Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Reynaldo P. Cruz takes his oath before Justice Francis Jardeleza. File photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez/SC Public Information Office

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Feb 21, 2020 - 10:23 PM

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Sinas recalls order profiling Muslim students in Metro Manila

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas takes back the order for police to list the names of Muslim students in Metro Manila

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

U.S. prepares to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on February 29

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issue statements saying they have agreed to sign the accord on February 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017 US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

LOOK: Stars rally in support of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Coco Martin, Shaina Magdayao, Jericho Rosales and more join a candlelight vigil calling for the renewal of the network's franchise

PROTEST. Stars show their support for ABS-CBN as they gather at a candlelight vigil outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Tokyo blasts 'not appropriate' London Olympic hosting offer

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics take offense at suggestions to let London take over the hosting if the coronavirus epidemic worsens

HOST. Several events, including triathlon, will be held at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Israel confirms 1st coronavirus case in cruise ship returnee

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:29 PM

A total of 15 Israelis are among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home

LEAVING. Mask-clad passengers prepare to board a bus after disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong Fong/AFP

Art Fair Philippines 2020: Exhibits, installations, pieces to check out

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Art Fair Philippines returns with new sections – and selections from its various participating galleries, auctioneers, and more.

LOOK: Cebu’s ‘dead’ Butuanon river

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The river tested positive for the poliovirus on February 15

DEAD RIVER. The Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Young Chinese doctor dies of novel coronavirus

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Peng Yinhua, a respiratory and critical illness doctor, had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients

EMPTY. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

‘Guns, drug lists, trolls…but Duterte's biggest weapon is the law’

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:43 PM

At a forum on lawfare at De La Salle University, former UP law dean Pacifico Agabin says the law 'is always double-bladed, it can be used for good and it can be used for evil'

WEAPONIZING THE LAW. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacañang photo

52 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus will not be repatriated yet

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Filipinos, both crew and passengers of Diamond Princess, will still remain in Japan

A bus with a driver (L) wearing protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. - Japanese authorities were preparing Febraury 14 to move some older passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Russia meddling in U.S. election to boost Trump, lawmakers told

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A US intelligence official reportedly told lawmakers Russia is once again meddling in the US election on Donald Trump's behalf, according to The Washington Post and New York Times

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran votes in general election marred by disqualifications

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Voters form long queues at polling stations in south Tehran, where conservatives have a solid support base, but far fewer are seen waiting to vote in upmarket northern neighborhoods

ELECTIONS. Iranians queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

BTS drops 'Map of the Soul: 7,' 'kinetic manifesto film' for lead single

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Plus! There's a Spotify-exclusive 'enhanced' album that includes commentary from the group

NEW ALBUM. BTS drops a new album. Image courtesy of Big Hit/Spotify release

June Mar in 'high spirits' amid fear of missing entire PBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:17 PM

San Miguel coach Leo Austria says June Mar Fajardo assured him that he will be 'back soon'

BIG LOSS. June Mar Fajardo will be greatly missed by San Miguel in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 21, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BIR shuts down POGO for failing to pay P114-million taxes

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Synchronization Anywhere for You Incorporated is the first POGO firm to be padlocked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue

CLOSED DOWN. BIR closes down Synchronization Anywhere for You Inc in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of BIR

Thai court dissolves key pro-democracy party

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The nine-member constitutional court dissolves the Future Forward Party, ruling a $6-million loan by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit breached the law governing political parties

DISSOLVED. Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks with fellow members and MPs at the political party's headquarters in Bangkok on February 21, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP