Oxfam faces fresh Haiti sexual misconduct allegations

Mar 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Internal documents reported by The Times says Oxfam attempted to "contain" sexual harassment allegations involving Raphael Mutiku, who led Oxfam's installation of water supplies after the 2010 earthquake

UNDER REVIEW. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP

UN to seek $1B for Rohingya refugee effort in Bangladesh

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'It's a new and evolving crisis. The needs are huge. These people came with nothing. We hope the support will continue,' says Mia Seppo, United Nations country head

AID. A Rohingya refugee child climbs stairs at Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on January 27, 2018. The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said January 22, with authorities admitting "a lot of preparation" was still needed. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman AFP

Aid convoy quits Syria enclave as regime presses onslaught

Mar 06, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Dozens of United Nations trucks reach the main town of Douma, the first aid convoy to arrive since a bloody Russian-backed assault began more than two weeks ago

AID FOR SYRIANS. Displaced Syrians wait to receive aid from Russian soldiers as they return to their villages in the area of Abu al-Duhur on March 4, 2018. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order – official

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says there has been no change in the situation around the rebel-held enclave in the Damascus suburbs despite a ceasefire resolution

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. File photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

Pope calls for immediate halt to Syria violence

Feb 25, 2018 - 7:36 PM

'This February has been one of the most violent (periods) in 7 years of conflict,' says Pope Francis during Angelus prayers

RELIGIOUS LEADER. Pope Francis gives a weekly general audience in St Peter's square, on January 24, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as British MPs grill bosses

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

PARLIAMENTARY PROBE. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 20, 2018 shows Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring (C), Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson (R) and Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima (L) atttending an evidence session as witnesses before the International Development Committee of members of parliament at Portcullis House in London. PRU/AFP

LOOK: Robin Padilla supports Bong Go at frigates hearing

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing

Senators amp up praise for Bong Go during frigates hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide

The Senate committee on National Defense and Security hearing on the controversial frigate deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Bong Go rails against Rappler, Inquirer in Senate hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Para na rin kayong nakapatay ng tao. Makonsensya naman kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte's aide tells the media

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go faces Senate on frigate deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

With a large gathering of supporters outside the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide arrives for the hearing on the P16-billion Navy warships deal

ARRIVING AT THE SENATE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go (center) speaks to supporters outside the Senate, February 19, 2018. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

[OPINION] What does it take to be an aid worker?

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There are lessons to be learned indeed. We can start by looking into the so-called internal organizational culture, a rather tough nut to crack, and delve into it to make the improvements.'

Doctors Without Borders reveals sex abuse cases as Oxfam scandal widens

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) A scandal over sexual abuse in the foreign aid industry that began with Oxfam spreads as French group Doctors Without Borders reveals it had fired 19 staff last year for harassment or abuse

MSF. This file photo shows the entrance of the Ebola treatment center of aid agency Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), in Liberia on October 3, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

U.S. pledges over $1 billion in annual aid to Jordan

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The agreement, worth $1.3 billion (1 billion euros) a year from 2018 until 2022, boosts Washington's annual aid package to the key American ally by $275 million

AID FOR JORDAN. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) welcomes US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson during their meeting in Amman on February 14, 2018. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Government allocates P404 million to cover 3-month stay of Mayon evacuees

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Tolentino says of the P404 million budget, at least P105 million is already with the provincial government of Albay, as well as with the 3 cities – including 6 municipalities – affected by the Mayon volcano eruptions.

SHELTERS. People staying in an evacuation shelter due to the eruptions of Mayon volcano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte rejects executive session for Bong Go in frigate hearing

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants his aide to participate in an 'open and transparent' public hearing about the P15.5-billion warships project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan’s elderly will soon be cared for by robots

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:54 PM

With its 5-year 'New Robot Strategy,' the Japanese government will soon be relying on robots to care for its large elderly population

ROBEAR. Japanese company Riken has developed a robot that can carry patients and assist them in other physical ways. Photo from Riken

Lack of condom use contributes to rising HIV infections in PH

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'Successive Philippine governments have failed miserably to propagate condom use and educate young Filipinos to avoid HIV transmission,' says Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch

Licuanan proud of leveling opportunities in public, private education

Jan 27, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Many of the first batch of scholars in state universities and colleges graduated with honors. It shows that 'talent and intelligence is normally distributed, but opportunity is not,' former CHED Patricia Licuanan says.

LICUANAN's LEGACY. Former chairperson Patricia Licuanan talks to Rappler about what she believes is her legacy in CHED. File by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: socialists reason for rejecting EU aid

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:46 AM

'The socialists are contributing money for destab(ilization) and all these things which I cannot discuss publicly, 'President Rodrigo Duterte tells reporters

DUTERTE AND EU AID. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his message during the presentation of business agreements following the Philippines-India Business Forum at The Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo.

Philippines formally rejects P380 million in EU aid

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines is also about to reject an additional P2.4 billion in European aid for sustainable energy projects

REJECTED AID. Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, says the Philippines has formally rejected 6.1 million euros in European aid. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Save the Children suspends operations in Afghanistan after ISIS attack

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) It is the latest attack on a foreign aid group in the war-torn country

ATTACKED. Afghan civilians gather on a street next to a plume of smoke coming from the area around an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on January 24, 2018. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Aktif berikan bantuan, Indonesia tak lagi jadi negara tangan di bawah

Jan 21, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Indonesia mengalokasikan dana bantuan internasional sebesar Rp 1 triliun

BANTUAN. Pemerintah Indonesia mengirimkan bantuan bagi warga Rohingya yang mengungsi ke Bangladesh pada 16 September 2017. Foto oleh KBRI Dhaka

DSWD plans for immediate recovery in case of Mayon eruption

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

According to DSWD, at least 10,405 families or 40,565 individuals in 39 barangays and 7 municipalities in Albay are affected by Mayon's impending eruption

If invited, Bong Go says he'll attend Senate probe on frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate has not made clear its plans to invite President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide

Bong Go 'not aware' of Palace meeting on Navy frigate deal

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The trusted Palace aide was supposedly clueless about a meeting arranged by his own undersecretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines the documents presented by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go following his participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Informal Dialogue at the Furama Resort in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang claims Rappler reported Bong Go story out of spite

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also falsely claims that only Rappler ran the story on Secretary Bong Go’s alleged involvement in the P15.5-billion Navy project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:10 PM

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Ingestible 'mini pill box' releases weekly dose of HIV meds

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:42 AM

Tested only in pigs so far, the tiny device is the latest attempt to make it easier for people on medication for chronic illnesses, including those infected with the AIDS-causing virus, to stick to their dosage plans

Trump could freeze $2B of Pakistan aid over terrorist havens

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:04 PM

'They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!' tweets President Donald Trump

Pakistani demonstrators take part in a protest against US aid cuts in Lahore on January 5, 2018. The United States added bite to its increasingly public spat with Pakistan over militant safe havens December 4, suspending hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance. President Donald Trump's administration has expressed deep frustration at its South Asian ally's failure to crack down on the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani group bases.  / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

LIST: Philippine Red Cross first aid stations at Nazareno 2018

Jan 05, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Philippine Red Cross is deploying 2,000 staff and volunteers, 44 ambulances, an emergency medical unit, 4, plastic boats, a 6x6 truck, a fire truck, and a rescue truck for devotees who will need medical attention

NAZARENO. Devotees converged around Quiapo Church in Manila for the Thanksgiving Procession ahead of the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid over 'deceit' in terror fight

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,' Trump said in his first tweet of 2018.

PROTEST. A protester jumps over the burning effigy of US President Donald Trump during an anti-US and Israeli protest in Peshawar on December 8, 2017, following Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Photo by Abdul Majeed / AFP

CBCP appeals for continued aid in aftermath of Vinta

Dec 31, 2017 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We can be with the Lord by extending all we can – our help and assistance to these people,' says Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles

FLOODING. Police rescue residents along Kalambaguhan street in Cagayan de Oro City as Typhoon Vinta lashes at Northern Mindanao on December 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

EU provides P34 million in humanitarian aid to Vinta victims

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

'This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta and are in dire need of immediate assistance,' said EU's Christos Stylianides.

EVACUATION. Residents walk through floodwaters as they evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 23, 2017. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / AFP

DSWD extends financial aid to families affected by Vinta

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

DSWD distributes cash aid to affected areas in the municipalities of Bacolod Kalawi, Madalum, Wato Balindong, and Tugaya in Lanao del Sur

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LIST: Countries offering sympathy, aid after Vinta in PH

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Rappler is compiling a list of countries that have sent messages of sympathy or assistance after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) in the Philippines

Amid Christmas disasters, EU tells PH, 'We're ready to help'

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:02 PM

'The EU is longstanding friend of the Philippine people and stands ready to assist during this difficult time,' says EU Ambassador Franz Jessen

Groups provide relief aid to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippine Red Cross and Caritas Philippines respond to the needs of those affected by Urduja in Biliran

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Dec 19, 2017 - 9:03 PM

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#ReliefPH: Help victims of Urduja

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:42 PM

(UPDATED) People affected by Tropical Storm Urduja need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Modernizing the Philippines' HIV law

Dec 15, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Government data shows that most newly reported HIV infections are among 15-24-year-old males

Pampanga gets P7.7-M anti-bird flu 'token' from China

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

'China is also a friend of Pampanga,' Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says during the turnover of the check to the provincial government

Get tested for HIV, end stigma and discrimination, youth urged

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

According to a report from DOH, only 33% of HIV positive Filipinos are enrolled in the government’s treatment programs due to stigma and prejudice.

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros undergoes HIV testing to raise public awareness and prevention of the disease. Photo by Abigail Abigan/Rappler

'We will win this': Advocates call to end HIV, AIDS stigma

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Advocates and those living with the virus brings to Twitter their stories in a bid to end discrimination in the country

Netizens hail #HIVPolicyNow: 'Fight continues at Senate'

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:15 PM

On December 4, the House of Representatives approves a bill that seeks to improve the Philippines' HIV and AIDS policy

House approves bill to improve PH's HIV, AIDS policy

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The House votes 188-0 in favor of the proposed measure

HUMAN RIGHTS, TOO. HIV awareness advocates light candles as they mark World Aids Day inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Thursday, December 1, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: November 25-December 1, 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

Pope Francis takes a ride in a rickshaw during the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on December 1, 2017.Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

On World AIDS Day, Duque urges public to break stigma on HIV

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III calls on HIV positive Filipinos to avail of the free anti-retroviral therapy of the DOH

BREAK THE STIGMA.HIV awareness advocates join DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, and WHO's Dr Rajendra Yada as they hold up HIV awareness ribbons. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sketsatorial: Mitos dan fakta seputar HIV dan AIDS

Dec 01, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Mitos: HIV dan AIDS adalah masalah bagi kaum homoseksual dan pengguna narkoba saja. Faktanya?