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EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The 2020 anti-terror bill 'penalizes' freedom of speech, which makes it open to a challenge just on its face, according to retired justice Antonio Carpio

ANTI TERROR BILL. Various groups took to the streets June 4, 2020, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City to protest the Anti Terror Bill. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Planning to leave your province or the metro under GCQ? What you should know

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Unless you or a member of your immediate family are facing a life-or-death situation, you will likely need ‘travel authority’ from your local police chief

BORDER CHECKPOINT. Police and soldiers inspect motorists at the border between Batangas and Cavite provinces on May 20, 2020. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Stranded because of lockdown? Here’s what you need to know

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 PM

(UPDATED) The challenge for the government is to prevent people from bringing the coronavirus back home

HOMEBOUND. Stranded students from Mindanao Universities arrive in Davao City. Photo from City Govt Davao Facebook page

[WATCH] TIMELINE: Pandemic in the Philippines

May 16, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The sound bites tell a different coronavirus story

EXPLAINER: What's modified ECQ and modified GCQ?

May 12, 2020 - 2:02 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The changes to the country's strictest form of quarantine allows more industries to resume operations while giving local governments the power to declare hard lockdowns in barangays with COVID-19 cases

Police officers order closure of houses in F Martinez St., Brgy. Addition Hills Mandaluyong as the city implements a total lockdown on May 7, 2020, due to rising number of Covid-19 cases. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What happens under general community quarantine?

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) Rappler breaks down the types of industries allowed to operate under GCQ and what this form of quarantine means for Filipinos who will be placed under it

Authorities place markers for market-goers to follow as they strictly implement the physical distancing at the Bacoor Public Market in Cavite on Friday, April 17. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What to expect from the Philippines' expanded coronavirus testing

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) The government's coronavirus task force says health workers and individuals considered to be at risk of contracting the virus will be tested

RAPID TEST. Unlike PCR-based coronavirus tests that use patients' swabs, rapid tests use blood samples. Photo from Shutterstock

EXPLAINER: Can you contract coronavirus disease just by touching surfaces?

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Is it safe to go grocery shopping? Watch this explainer video.

What we know so far: Funding the fight vs the coronavirus

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) The available budget is definitely higher than P275 billion, but the bigger question is, is there enough cash?

FIGHTING A PANDEMIC. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What are legal grounds for ABS-CBN to air after May 4?

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:10 PM

There's a gap in the law, but there are legal grounds that authorities can use to possibly close it. But is this more political than legal?

FRANCHISE WOES. Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

EXPLAINER: ABS-CBN's defense in the Supreme Court quo warranto case

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Look at the point-by-point explanation in ABS-CBN's 58-page comment to Calida's quo warranto case

FRANCHISE WOES. Actors and actress of ABS-CBN join the solidarity gathering outside the network's headquarters in Quezon City on February 21, 2020 for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

How does COVID-19 compare to SARS and MERS?

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:05 PM

WHO says COVID-19 'appears not as deadly as other coronaviruses,' but the disease has already infected and killed more people than SARS and MERS combined

What happens after a novel coronavirus patient gets discharged?

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Recovery from the disease is evidence that 'the virus can be eliminated,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. In this file photo, individuals wear masks while walking at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, January 31, 2020, following the first case of nCoV detected in the country. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

EXPLAINER: Is Calida's ABS-CBN PDR theory bad for business?

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Calida asserts that the PDR scheme is prohibited by the Constitution and carries criminal liability for violators of foreign equity restrictions

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Legal points in Calida's quo warranto vs ABS-CBN

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Is the Supreme Court the proper venue? What does this mean for PDRs? And what is the effect on House deliberations?

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Can you carry the 2019-nCoV but not show symptoms?

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Asymptomatic patients may pass on the virus to others, but it's unlikely that this is the main driver of the spread of the 2019-nCoV

EXPLAINER: Visiting Forces Agreement

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte has threatened to scrap the military pact between the Philippines and the United States. Here's what you should know about it.

WATCH: Youth pushes PH anti-sexual harassment movement further

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Students and youth groups demand accountability in sexual harassment cases and send a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated

WATCH: PH rising up from a year of outbreaks

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?

WATCH: Bill ending child marriage inches forward in Congress

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Many young girls in Muslim and indigenous communities in the Philippines are forced by their elders to marry. Several lawmakers push for a bill that would criminalize this.

Will commuters still have Angkas after December 26?

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

As the end of its pilot run nears, authorities have yet to reach a final decision on the fate of the Philippines' pioneering motorcycle taxi service

NEARING THE END. The Department of Transportation only granted a 6-month pilot run to motorcycle taxi firm Angkas, which is set to end on December 26. What will happen next? Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Metro commuting in 2019: The shortcomings of the motorcycle taxi pilot run

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:00 PM

While Angkas is able to maintain a 99.997% safety rate, 5 motorcycle taxi firms are unregulated by the DOTr and pose a threat to the riding public, safety advocates say

MOTORCYCLE TAXIS. Will the extension and expansion of the motorcycle taxi pilot run benefit the riding public? File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In fractured justice system, a simple solution: Let's talk

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Setting up more organized and stronger coordinating systems in the justice sector is a global trend. The Philippines tries to keep up.

Risky business: Why gov’t made sure Manila Water, Maynilad would earn

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Part 2: What is 'onerous' now was logical before. Rappler looks at the history of how government enticed the private sector to take over water services.

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Public interest, private hands: How Manila Water, Maynilad got the deal

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

A water crisis in 1997 sealed the deal for both Manila Water and Maynilad. The same problem might end it, too.

EXPLAINER: Ano ang polio?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.

EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China


EXPLAINER: The GCTA law that may free Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Understand the GCTA law and the Supreme Court ruling that surrounds this issue.

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE Part 2

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:36 PM

In this video, we explain how SOGIE can be mixed and matched in many ways

SOGIE Explainer Part 2

EXPLAINER: Why ATM fees will change soon (and may even go down)

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas clarifies why it decided to lift a moratorium on changing ATM fees

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Gender is often confusing for a lot of people. In this video we explore the concept of SOGIE.

EXPLAINER: Never bastos? Duterte's top sexist moments

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler compiles President Rodrigo Duterte's top sexist moments in this video explainer

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Explainer: The Sandman Comics Series

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Here’s a beginner-friendly guide to the critically-lauded series

EXPLAINER: Ano ang provincial bus ban?

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Sagot ba talaga ang provincial bus ban sa problema sa trapiko?

[EXPLAINER] The gospel according to Tito Sotto: Teach a man to fish, and his haul could be Chinese

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Senate President Tito Sotto – the man in the #Sinotto memes – comments on the 'exclusivity' of fish in the Recto Bank. Are his statements valid?

EXPLAINER: What is the provincial bus ban?

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Is the provincial bus ban really the answer to the metropolis' traffic woes?

EXPLAINER: It's the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level

EXPLAINER: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.N.’s high-level meeting on TB: Why the Philippines should care

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

The Robin Padilla-Sonny Trillanes standoff: Contrasts, parallels

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) The verbal scuffle between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Robin Padilla reminds us of their history as prisoners

EXPLAINER: Why DOJ has 2 requests for Trillanes warrant

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 2nd and last motion for an alias warrant against Senator Trillanes is filed Friday afternoon at the Makati RTC Branch 150

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

EXPLAINER: How inflation affects you

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Is inflation all bad? How does it affect savings? Rappler breaks it down for you.

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

From the impeachment process to Miss Universe: Why we love to explain things

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

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