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Sereno: It is the most unfortunate time to pass anti-terror bill

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The former chief justice also says government should be careful not to repress the human spirit that must always find a way to express itself

ANTI TERROR BILL. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020 to protest against the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa inside the Manila RTC to attend the cyberlibel case hearing on December 16, 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/ Rappler

[Science Solitaire] Avatars and the performing arts

May 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'What if your favorite performing artist showed up in your house through some abracadabra of digital technology? How will that change the quality of your day?'

[Science Solitaire] Quarantine passions

May 24, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'If you lost your job because of the pandemic, did you lose your passion too?'

Kampo Ranao holds simple ceremony to remember soldiers killed in Marawi siege

May 23, 2020 - 1:29 PM

'We have not and will never forget the heroism displayed by our soldiers during the 2017 Marawi Siege,' says 103rd Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo II who led wreathlaying ceremony to honor the fallen soldiers

Photos from 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi

DOH: Testing of those without symptoms 'not cost-effective' for now

May 20, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Laboratories are already 'choking' and existing resources are very limited, says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

COVID-19 TESTING. Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at the San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[Science Solitaire] The wisdom in the wait

May 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Time can run out on us but what it cannot do is fill it for us. What if we intentionally live out wisdom in the wait so that we can have an even better normal?'

Locked down? A food entrepreneur's lessons and opportunities

May 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

What do you do when dining out isn't an option anymore? Innovate.

Social distancing 'per family' at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

May 14, 2020 - 3:15 PM

As the first typhoon hits the Philippines amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials say families should stay at least one meter apart from other families at evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTER. In this file photo, families stay in tents inside an evacuation center in Tanauan City, Batangas, during the eruption of Taal Volcano in January 2020. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Ready for 2.0: Sharapova retires with 'good timing'

May 13, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Maria Sharapova immediately adjusts to life after tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic

NEW LIFE. Maria Sharapova retires after winning 5 Grand Slam titles and becomes an entrepreneur. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Party-list group denies issuing certification to Cebuana beauty queen, boyfriend

May 12, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Party-list representative Jorge Bustos says he will file charges against the couple for presenting falsified documents to authorities in Cebu checkpoints

LOCKDOWN VIOLATION. Maria Gigante and her boyfriend are caught by police violating lockdown and liquor ban guidelines in a Moalboal town. Photo from Gigantes' Instagram

Cebuana beauty queen arrested for swimming, drinking amid lockdown

May 11, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Moalboal town police say Maria Gigante and her boyfriend got past checkpoints because they claimed they were going to Alegria to distribute relief goods

LOCKDOWN VIOLATION. Maria Gigante and her boyfriend are caught by police violating lockdown and liquor ban guidelines in a Moalboal town. Photo from Gigantes' Instagram

NTF-ELCAC 'black propaganda' vs Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN sparks outrage

May 11, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Following public backlash, the PCOO takes down the posts and says it's taking measures to 'uphold accountability' over the incident

Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC's attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa

May 11, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy'

[Science Solitaire] Don't forget these things when learning through a screen

May 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'[We have to] help young people realize that the screen is their slave – a tool – and not their master'

DOH claims PH is 'flattening curve' based on positivity rate

May 08, 2020 - 7:17 PM

The country reports a 10% positivity rate, a WHO benchmark, even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow

SWABBING. Members of the Northern Police District undergo swab testing for possible COVID-19 infection at the People's Park in Caloocan City on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Public should balance 'news diet' during coronavirus pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'Your life depends now literally on the information that you are receiving…. The people need to act like their lives depend on the information they are getting,' says Steve Herman of Voice of America

Fritz bests Serena, Sharapova for $1M in 'Stay at Home Slam'

May 05, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Taylor Fritz earns $1 million for hungry children in the US in a star-studded online tennis tournament

FOR CHARITY. America's Taylor Fritz will donate his $1 million earnings to the hungry children in his country. Photo from Taylor Fritz' Instagram

'Lies kill': Journalists tackle challenges in reporting on the pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings

[OPINION] How Lighthouse gave us hope

May 04, 2020 - 7:23 AM

'Why Lighthouse? Because journalists shine the light, and a lighthouse is a beacon showing travelers the way to safe harbor.'

[SCIENCE SOLITAIRE] You co-create the next normal: Part 1

May 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'The next normal is not a magical tomorrow that is independent of our actions today or in the past'

Rappler Talk: Women power – TOWNS protects our frontliners

May 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Rappler's Maria Ressa and ANCx's Ces Drilon talk to fellow TOWNS awardees about how the foundation was able to raise P60 million to purchase PPE sets for COVID-19 frontliners in hospitals all over the country

Post-lockdown: Quarantine checkpoints within Bukidnon removed

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:57 PM

However, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri says checkpoints in all regional and provincial borders will remain

Residents of Bukidnon pass through a quarantine checkpoint between the boundary of Libona, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City. Bukidnon announced its first COVID-19 case Thursday, April 9, 2020. The patient attended a derby in Davao City on March 12,2020. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bukidnon governor lifts lockdown order

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:36 PM

To jumpstart the province’s stalled economy, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri allows the gradual opening of establishments, offices, and other activities. However, non-residents are still barred from entering the province.

CAPTION: A Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel gets sanitized inside a tent after disinfecting rounds in Barangay Gango, Libona, Bukidnon. Bukidnon governor Jose Maria Zubiri orders the gradual opening of the province's economic activities after lifting the 2-week lockdown in the province. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

[SCIENCE SOLITAIRE] How long is life? A meter and 60 days

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Our human nature will not banish our sense of touch despite what we have experienced during the pandemic. We will find new ways to feel each other.'

DOH to those manning checkpoints: Physicians and doctors are the same

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Doctors have been held at checkpoints because their government licensure IDs show the word ‘physician’

‘Doubling time’ of PH coronavirus cases slows to average of 5 days – DOH

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The coronavirus can be a 'traitor,' and Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminds everyone to continue practicing physical distancing and stringent personal hygiene

SAMPLES. Health workers inside a tent clinic in Mandaluyong City collect specimen samples for COVID-19 testing on April 16, 2020,. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lessons from international news outlets reporting on the pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Maria Ressa, Branko Brkic, and Ritu Kapur talk to ICFJ about the challenges and opportunities of running digital newsrooms in the time of COVID-19

Mexicans journalist work during a protest of administrative workers of the General Balbuena Hospital demanding personal protective equipment to prevent being infected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Mexico City on April 16, 2020. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

DOH requests purchase of P1.3 billion worth of ventilators

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:26 PM

There are currently 1,263 ventilators in hospitals across the country

TREATMENT. East Avenue Medical Center health workers, push a man suspected to have COVID-19 into an isolation tent for treatment on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How the old 'normal' caused the pandemic

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Our lives are too small, our minds so closed, our interests so shallow, our existing social and political ideologies too narrow, to recognize that we invited this non-living thing into our lives, into our normal'

Bukidnon governor, pineapple and banana growers squabble over lockdown

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Department of the Interior and Local Government spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says Governor Jose Maria Zubiri is now cooperating. 'We see no more reason to proceed with a case,' he says.

Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri has submitted his reply to a Department of Interior and Local Government’s Show Cause Order (SCO) against him. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Worst case scenario? Pandemic may last until 2021 if no intervention – DOH

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:39 PM

The department's estimation is based on studies of scientists and mathematicians, says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

PROTECTION. People wear face mask for protection against coronavirus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bukidnon enters lockdown after first coronavirus case

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:36 AM

'There is only one quarantine pass per household, and only the [person named on the pass can] go out to secure food and other essentials,' says Governor Zubiri

The end of the handshake

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Would there ever be a gesture more 'equal'?

What science tells us about COVID-19

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

This virus is new, and science is doing a parallel course of getting to know it while fighting it. Which is a very tricky thing.

Mexican journalist shot dead in ambush

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Maria Elena Ferral, a correspondent for the Diario del Xalapa daily newspaper, is shot while getting into her car in Papantla

MARIA ELENA FERRAL. Image from Maria Elena Ferral's Facebook page.

Meet 4 women on the frontlines of PH's battle vs the coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

As Women's Month closes, we put the spotlight on RITM's Dr Celia Carlos, DOH's Maria Rosario Vergeire, Xavier University's Dr Analyn Asok, and PGH COVID nurse Kathlyn Valdez

PH seeks help of Chinese experts to aid coronavirus response

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese doctors and public health experts will form part of an advisory group expected to share insights on addressing the novel coronavirus outbreak

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Keeping it together in pandemic times

Mar 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Here is a curated list of actions that could prevent, solve, or manage those inner crises or conflicts that can arise because you cannot go anywhere

Amid lockdown, Bukidnon imposes, lifts ban on rice export on the same day

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) Other provinces in Mindanao – Tawi-Tawi, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato – are also preparing for the heavy demand for rice due to the lockdowns across the country

RICE FIELD. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOH: Released patients do not need another test if vital signs normal

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health, however, says that the patient will be put under a 14-day home quarantine after release

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

7 women who made Philippine history

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:01 AM

In celebration of women’s month, Rappler highlights 7 Filipinas whose stories should be remembered

PH coronavirus cases now at 552

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines climbs to 35

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020.

DOH not recommending use of rapid test kits for coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says such tests don't always produce accurate findings

LIMITED OPTIONS. Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines coronavirus cases rise to 462, death toll hits 33

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports 82 new coronavirus cases and 8 additional deaths on Monday, March 23

CASES RISE. A crowd of commuters along Ayala Avenue in Makati City on March 16, 2020, find it difficult to get a ride due to the implementation of social distancing on public transportation. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

How do you make sense of all this confusing coronavirus information?

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'You do not need a PhD to understand what the scientists are saying and also what they are NOT saying'

PH confirms 73 new coronavirus cases

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) The total is now at 380, as of Saturday night, March 21, from the 307 announced earlier that day

CASES RISE. City workers wearing protective suits disinfect a street, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Manila on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH coronavirus cases rise to 307; deaths now at 19

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health also announced that 5 more people –including elderly patients – have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 13

CLEANUP. Quezon City Health workers disinfect public areas in District 1, home of the city's first coronavirus case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bukidnon locks down its borders

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:57 PM

Bukidnon Governor Joe Zubiri's closure order disregards an offer for unified Northern Mindanao checkpoints

PH coronavirus cases rise to 230; fatalities now at 18

Mar 20, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The total number of recoveries stays at 8 as of 12 pm Friday, March 20

LOCKDOWN DUE TO OUTBREAK. Commuters flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on March 13, 2020 before the entire island of Luzon was placed on Lockdown. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler