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156 stranded OFWs, residents finally coming home to Lanao del Sur

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers will be quarantined in Marawi City

COMING HOME. Returning Lanao del Sur residents boarded one of the buses that wil take them home to Marawi City, capital of Lanao del Sur. Photo from Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Back on track: PH athletics to return under new rules

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) has created guidelines it will implement for the potential return of the sport

CAUTIOUS. In events where equipment will be used, particularly relays, athletes will be provided a sanitizing solution by marshals to disinfect their hands. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Iranians must live with virus 'for long time' – Rouhani

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:35 PM

People should not assume that 'this disease will be eliminated in 15 days or a month: we must therefore follow the instructions for a long time,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

UNITY. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Middle Eastern countries can solve problems among themselves without foreign intervention. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Overseas Filipinos with coronavirus reach 5,369

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Middle East and Africa have the highest number of Filipinos infected with the virus, but the most deaths are in the Americas

OFWS. Stranded passengers mostly OFWs queque as they wait to buy ticket to go back to their respective provinces at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Brazil court bans raids in Rio favelas during pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:05 PM

A judge says: 'Recent incidents have made the state's armed operations in Rio de Janeiro's communities even more troubling'

KID KILLED. A demonstrator places flowers next to a sign reading 'We will not forget Miguel Otavio Santana Da Silva' in demand of justice for the death of a five-year-old, the son of a black maid who on June 2 fell from a ninth floor. Photo byLeo Malafaia/AFP

California says film, TV production can resume June 12

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers

CLOSURE. Shattuck Cinemas, a local movie theater in downtown Berkeley, California, was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Bacoor coastal sitio on lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The lockdown in Sitio Aroma in Barangay Zapote 5, Bacoor City in Cavite will last until June 15

Bacoor coastal sitio on lockdown due to COVID outbreak in the area. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 21,340, death toll nears 1,000

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The Department of Health reports 714 new cases as of 4 pm on Saturday, June 6

CORONAVIRUS. Health workers disinfect the the Novaliches District Hospital along Quirino Highway on May 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City to provide tablets for 176,000 high school students

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:18 PM

A newly-approved local budget for education will also provide internet allowance and gadgets for public school teachers

BACK TO SCHOOL. File photo of elementary students. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says U.S. beating pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bolsonaro criticizes the World Health Organization for suspending clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – a decision it reversed this week – and threatens to follow in Trump's footsteps by quitting

BOLSONARO'S THREAT. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. File photo by  Sergio Lima/AFP

Back to swim: How tankers can resume training in quarantine

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:47 PM

'Jump straight into the pool, swim, and leave immediately' is the main protocol for swimming during the pandemic

SOCIAL DISTANCING. The Philippine Swimming Inc puts emphasis on social distancing when training in the pool. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Will the coronavirus kill Philippine theater?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Theater artists face a tough season as the pandemic rules out mass gatherings, but as the nation itself goes through this difficult chapter, Filipino thespians say the art of storytelling will flourish in adversity

LOOK: Iloilo governor designs motorcycle with safety divider

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr hopes the Land Transportation Office will consider his design and allow backriding on motorcycles

GOVERNOR'S DESIGN. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr (right) presents the motorcycle design that he has proposed to the Land Transportation Office. Photo from the Iloilo Public Information Office

Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The reopened theme park will only operate at 35% capacity, with new rules like mandatory face masks, temperature checks at the entrance, and ground markers

U.S. sues Chinese firm over half-million 'fake' N95 masks

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:29 AM

King Year Packaging and Printing falsely claims the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard and also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, according to the complaint

Violence vs civilians reaching pre-pandemic levels in PH – report

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The military and police are responsible for almost half of the violent incidents, according to international conflict monitoring group ACLED

The family of Corporal Winston Ragos, the retired military man who died in the hands of the police, weeps as the former soldier is given a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

More than 900 U.S. virus deaths in past 24 hours – tracker

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 AM

The additional 922 deaths bring the total in the United States to 109,042, and there have been more than 1.89 million cases

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A person gets his temperature checked before being allowed into a Mt. Sinai Hospital building on May 4, 2020 on the Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:17 AM

A consequence of people staying home and online is an increase in targets for cybercriminals, especially by those seeking to deface websites

DEFACEMENT. Website defacing can shut down businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Image by Siriporn Kaenseeya/EyeEm via Getty Images for The Conversation

Canada adds 290,000 jobs in May 2020 but unemployment rate still rises

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Canada's unemployment rate still goes up to a record 13.7% as more Canadians look for work

Customers line up outside of a mobile phone store May 19, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is allowing stores with street access to reopen, along with hospital surgery rooms, dog parks and golf courses. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Stock markets power ahead on surprise U.S. jobs rise

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Dow piles on around 830 points, or 3.2%, to finish at 27,110.98 on Friday, June 5

STOCK EXCHANGE. The Fearless Girl statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange near Wall Street in New York City on March 23, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

U.S. shows surprising employment recovery in May 2020 despite pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The United States' unemployment rate is down to 13.3% in May 2020, from 14.7% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy regained 2.5 million jobs in May as coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, sending the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent, the Labor Department reported on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

WHO encourages masks where virus widespread, distancing tough

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) As the coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization changes its stance on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn, and what it should be made of

FACE MASKS. People wait to enter a supermarket wearing face masks amid concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on June 1, 2020. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'largely through' coronavirus pandemic

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'We had the greatest economy in the history of the world. And that strength let us get through this horrible pandemic, largely through, I think we're doing really well,' says President Donald Trump

COVID-19 IN US. US President Donald Trump turns to address US Secretary of Health Alex Azar as he speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Business groups oppose 'highly divisive' anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:04 PM

During the coronavirus pandemic, what the country needs is 'national unity' and not a bill that 'poses clear and present danger to human rights,' 8 business groups say in a joint statement

JUNK TERROR BILL. In this file photo, militant groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of House Bill No. 6875, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DepEd: 5 million students register during 1st week of remote enrollment

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The initial number of enrollees is less than a fifth of last year's 27.7 million student population in primary and secondary schools

SCHOOLS PRE-PANDEMIC. File photo of public elementary students. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peso strengthens, hits P49 to $1 after 3 years

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Philippine peso is at its strongest in 3 years, but families receiving dollars from abroad may not be happy about the news

Earnings crash: PAL suffers net loss of P9.4 billion in Q1 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Philippine Airlines' passenger revenues fall 21.5%, as travel restrictions hurt the aviation industry

Quarantine curbs access to information

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:29 PM

The Philippines is among many governments in the world that had to suspend the processing of freedom of information or FOI requests because of the pandemic

Cebu Governor Garcia takes back EO permitting motorcycle backriding

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:53 PM

No less than President Duterte says exempting only Cebu from the ban on motorcycle backriding is discriminatory

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Luxury carmaker Bentley to axe 1,000 UK jobs

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Bentley says the coronavirus pandemic 'hastened' its move to cut almost a quarter of its workforce in the United Kingdom

AstraZeneca 'on track' to roll out virus vaccine in September

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:58 PM

'Our present assumption is that we will have the data by the end of the summer, by August, so in September we should know whether we have an effective vaccine or not,' says AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot

[OPINYON] Pandemya at tiranya, paglimot at pagbawi

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Ang bawat tipa natin sa ating mga smartphone at laptop ay gawin nating yabag sa lansangan. Angkinin nating muli ang mga lansangan, ang demokrasya.

First COVID-19 death compensation check delivered June 4 – DOH

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:35 PM

DOH says 10 more checks are to be delivered within Metro Manila, two are already sent to Davao, while the rest are already received by the department's regional offices

HEALTH WORKERS. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

P1.3-trillion economic stimulus vs coronavirus 'not fundable,' says NEDA

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Economic managers say the government can only afford P130 billion for spending programs. Lawmaker Stella Quimbo says that is 'a pitiful response to the biggest economic catastrophe since the World War.'

FUNDING. Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 20,626

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Health says that of the 244 new cases, 168 are 'fresh' cases while 76 are 'late' cases

MASS TESTING. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After backlash, Duque takes responsibility for health workers' compensation mess

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'While I expressed disappointment towards some members of my team, I acknowledge that this is still my responsibility as SOH,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says in a tweet

COMPENSATION MESS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III takes responsibility over delayed health workers benefits. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'We can reasonably say the virus is currently under control,' says Jean-Francois Delfraissy, an immunologist who was appointed to the French government's coronavirus advisory panel

SAFER. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

#CitizensInHealth: How can we help strengthen our public health system?

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

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OFWs transiting Metro Manila to be sent home within 5 days

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:44 PM

National Task Force COVID-19 overall head Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government doesn't want a 'repeat of the previous months' when thousands were stuck in Metro Manila

COMING HOME. Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House passes P1.5-trillion infra stimulus package to curb unemployment

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

CONSTRUCTION IN A PANDEMIC. A worker carries mattresses during the construction of the back-up Barangay Isolation Center for coronavirus patients in Cebu City on May 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[OPINION] A double dare to the government: Take charge of people’s welfare or give up powers

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:36 PM

'If you expect individual citizens and families to take care of themselves...give up some of your powers and resources and redirect them to the people...'

Ate Rica's Bacsilog reopens select PH branches for delivery, takeout

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Missing Ate Rica's Bacsilog? There are now 62 branches open for delivery and takeout

Tax the rich? Post-pandemic recovery idea finds favor in UK

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Mass unemployment, bankruptcies, and other potential shocks could hit the richest, but supporters of tax reform say they should still shoulder more of the burden

The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019 - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday that the suspension of parliament would be extended until October 14 -- just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU -- enraging anti-Brexit MPs. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Año says families of some erring barangay officials got cash aid

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:56 AM

DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities

CASH AID. DILG files cases against erring barangay officials over cash aid anomalies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japanese April spending sees sharpest drop since 2001

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The April 2020 drop in Japan's household spending is partly attributed to declines in spending on transport and telecommunications, as well as on leisure activities

JAPAN ECONOMY. People walk along a shopping precinct in Tokyo's Ueno district on March 21, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Duterte to axe DOH staff over health workers' compensation but spares Duque

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells President Duterte during a televised meeting: 'Nakakahiya talaga, Sir. Namatayan na nga, tapos nagpawardi-wardi mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency.'

COMPENSATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte set a new deadline for the release of health worker compensation. Malacanang photo

Ban on motorcycle backriding stays, Duterte tells Cebu's Gwen Garcia

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'As much as I would like to accommodate Governor Garcia, if I begin to give exception to one, I will open myself to charges of anti-graft law,' Duterte says

BACKRIDING. Passenger rides Angkas in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH unemployment at all-time high with 7.3 million jobless in April 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' unemployment rate for April surges to 17.7%, the highest ever on record, as the coronavirus pandemic wipes out jobs

Inflation slows to 2.1% in May 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Lower transportation costs and food prices cause the downtrend in the Philippines' inflation rate

Authors withdraw study flagging hydroxychloroquine risks

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:03 AM

'We deeply apologize to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused,' 3 of the 4 authors say

PILLS. An employee of a Syrian pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug/ Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP