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Being human and humanitarian

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

In a world that is not equal and is increasingly challenged by conflict, humanitarian workers face death defying missions and the highest levels of risks and threats to fight the battles that people cannot fight on their own

HUMANITARIAN AID. At a tent city in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Diana Mendoza

#2030NOW: Best cure for HIV/AIDS stigma? Love and acceptance

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:46 PM

One way to stop the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Philippines is by fighting the stigma that comes with it, says Paul Junio of LoveYourself

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

Southern hospitality shines through storm Harvey

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Perfect strangers up and down the state have leapt off sofas to pluck people to safety make donations and volunteer help

HELPING HAND. An elderly man is helped into a garbage truck as he evacuates from the Walkers Mark Townhomes in Houston on August 30, 2017, as the fourth largest city in the US battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Texas flood toll mounts amid chemical blast fears

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED So far officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm and there is little doubt the toll will rise further

TO SAFETY. Evacuees sit on a boat after being rescued from flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

NBI arrests Cebu businessmen for stealing P6M Yolanda aid

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The arrested individuals allegedly hacked into email addresses to direct the deposit of funds into their bank accounts

DESTRUCTION. A 2013 aerial photo of Guiuan, Eastern Samar just after Supertyphoon Yolanda hit the area. Photo from AFP Central Command Facebook Page

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach's first public HIV testing in PH

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Pia launches the PIA project which will focus on spreading information about HIV SOGIE and promoting self worth among the youth

Duterte, Sereno, China and ASEAN | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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Treat minors seeking HIV tests as medical emergencies – experts

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The experts invoke medical jurisprudence in their call for an urgent policy to ease the restrictive environment that prevents them from providing the HIV test to a minor

PH has 'fastest growing' HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific – DOH

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:36 PM

85 of the new HIV infections among Filipinos are hitting 15 to 24 year old males having sex with males

PREVENTING HIV. DOH officials led by Secretary Paulyn Ubial (2nd from right) hold a press conference on HIV cases in the country on August 1. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

Number of new HIV cases in PH breaches 1,000-mark

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The Philippines now has 29 new infections every day according to the health department

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Injectable AIDS drug may work 'as well' as pills – study

Jul 24, 2017 - 4:37 PM

At present people have no option but to take lifelong daily doses of anti retroviral therapy ART which keeps the HIV virus under control but does not kill it

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Jul 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

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'Draconian' US funding cuts would cost lives – AIDS meeting

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Leaders in the fight against HIV urges the US government the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment to reject draconian funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump

International AIDS Society president Linda-Gail Bekker (L) and President of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee (CCNE - Comite consultatif national d'ethique) and conference chairman Jean-Francois Delfraissy (R) attend the opening of the 9th International AIDS Society conference on HIV Science on July 23, 2017, in Paris. Francois Guillot/AFP

Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Kaiser Family Foundation says the cut in the HIV AIDS funding could lead to 200 000 new infections

BUDGET CUT. US President Donald Trump's budget saw a decrease of $1 billion in terms of funding for the global fight against HIV infection.

Amid turning tide, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016 – UN

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED In 2016 19 5 million of the 36 7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment says the UNAIDS global roundup

Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:29 PM

An estimated number of 97 788 families from Marawi or 438 701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions

EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines

After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first before rebuilding starts

This file photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows Iraqis cleaning up the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Mosul's al-Jadida area. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Fariñas joined distribution of mini-cabs probed by House – Imee Marcos

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Kayo na lang po ang humusga says the Ilocos Norte governor of photos of Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas with her when she distributed the vehicles in 2012

ALLIES TURNED RIVALS. In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas joins Governor Imee Marcos in distributing red mini-cabs to barangay captains. All photos from Marcos' Facebook page

Imee Marcos demands end to House 'inquisition'

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED Pulitikang lokal ang pinagmulan nito Bakit hindi ibalik sa Ilocos Norte ang laban na yan? says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she slams the House probe led by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

FIGHTING THE HOUSE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shows an omnibus petition she filed for the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the detention case of 6 provincial officials in the House. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Members of the military in Bicol who spearheaded the donation drive thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

AID FOR MARAWI. Bicolano soldiers led by Capt Ronnie Madrinan of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division stand in front of the trucks containing relief goods for Marawi evacuees. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in ISIS-held areas of Mosul – UN

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED UN: Our estimate at this stage is that in the final pockets of the Old City there could be as many as 15 000 civilians possibly even as high as 20 000

ESCAPE. Iraqis rest on their way, while fleeing from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Orgies and Tinder: Millennials are having a lot of sex, some with a deadly price

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:27 PM

An old virus has new victims: HIV is now infecting the youth faster than any other age group due in part to technology and unsafe sex

Red flags in Imee's Ilocos Norte and P66.45M tobacco fund use

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Missing documents improper bidding processes and officials mum on the issue surround the alleged misuse by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of millions worth of tobacco funds

WAR IN THE NORTH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

Marawi death toll, De Lima, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:24 PM

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Duterte, China, Travel ban | Midday wRap

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:28 PM

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When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Australia gives P34-M aid for Marawi clash victims

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Australia vows to work with the Philippine government to combat terrorism in our region Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop gestures during her speech at the Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Manila on March 16, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

In Bicol, military spearheads relief drive for Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

We might be sleeping soundly here but our brothers in Marawi City are in miserable condition Colonel Alden Juan Masagca commanding officer of the Army s 901st Infantry Brigade says in his appeal to Bicolanos

BICOL'S PRIDE. Army Col. Alden Juan Masagca, commanding officer of the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade, says they're ready to send additional soldiers in Mindanao if needed. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

More solidarity with refugees needed as forced displacement rises

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

One person is displaced every 3 seconds By the time you finish reading this sentence someone will have been displaced

VULNERABLE. Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering primarily because of their heightened vulnerability. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children traveling alone or separated from their parents. Photo credit:UNHCR/I. Prickett

DepEd provides psych first aid for displaced Marawi students

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The assistance is being conducted in Lanao del Sur Lanao del Norte and Iligan City schools where most of the displaced students are enrolled

ASSISTANCE. The Department of Education provides psychological first aid to students displaced by the conflict in Marawi. Photo from the Department of Education

Daunting aid challenges as civilians flee Syria's Raqa

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM

A key problem is getting aid supplies to the relatively remote desert region in Syria s north with just a trickle of assistance currently crossing from neighboring Turkey and Iraq

ESCAPE. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. Delil Souleiman/AFP

House starts probe into Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers hold a hearing at NAIA 3 Wednesday June 7 and plan to conduct an ocular inspection at the crime scene from across the street

DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler  DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi

May 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors or relatives houses

Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Sri Lanka steps up relief as monsoon toll exceeds 150

May 28, 2017 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED Heavy rains on Friday May 26 triggered the worst flooding and landslides in 14 years in the southern and western parts of the island

SLOWED DOWN BY WATER. This photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows Sri Lankan residents making their way through floodwaters in Kaduwela. Ishara S Kodikara/AFP

EU defends aid with conditions: It's our taxpayers' money

May 27, 2017 - 9:41 PM

If people think that other donors would be without conditions I would like to see those providers of assistance who have no conditions an EU official says

EU AID. Visiting EU official Gunnar Wiegand says it is important for international donors to set conditions before giving aid. Screen grab from Rappler video

EU: We won't beg PH to take our money

May 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The EU says there is no lack of other countries to help if Europe is not welcome to provide money to the Philippines

'WE'RE OFFERING.' EU official Gunnar Wiegand says on May 25, 2017, that the EU will not 'beg' the Philippines to accept aid from Europe. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

WATCH: Filipino firefighters teach young kids how to be safe

May 22, 2017 - 7:57 PM

The two day summer camp teaches kids from 8 to 17 years old about fire safety first aid and firefighting techniques

PH to 'boycott' conditional aid from 'all countries'

May 19, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also praises China and Japan for helping the Philippines without conditions

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano visits DFA's passport processing area in ASEAN on his first day as top diplomat. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators urge Duterte to 'think over' policy on EU aid

May 19, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the EU aid conditions only require Philippine adherence to international treaties that the country has already ratified

CONCERNS OVER NEW PH POLICY ON EU AID. Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says the new Philippine policy on aid from the European Union may hurt the country's trade ties with EU member countries. Photo by Joseph Vida/Senate PRIB

PH and EU, Princess Mako, Chris Cornell | Evening wRap

May 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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DFA, NEDA clueless as PH rejects new EU grants

May 18, 2017 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED If DFA is unaware then there is again a disturbing display of dysfunction in the conduct of our foreign policy says a former ambassador

Palace clarifies: PH not accepting EU grants 'with conditions'

May 18, 2017 - 2:24 PM

UPDATED The Philippines clarifies it will continue to accept grants like humanitarian aid that will not come with objectionable conditions

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

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May 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

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Palace: Refusing EU aid makes PH 'independent'

May 18, 2017 - 10:35 AM

We re supposed to be an independent nation says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in explaining the Duterte administration s decision

TOP CABINET OFFICIAL President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with his most top Cabinet official, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left), at a Palace event on March 30, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo