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OFWs in Dubai battle coronavirus, too

May 28, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Most OFWs in Dubai opt to share living quarters to save on rent. They also become more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.

‘Walang malapitan’: Stranded 'probinsyanos' feel abandoned by Duterte gov’t

May 28, 2020 - 10:23 AM

As President Rodrigo Duterte prioritizes stranded OFWs, 'probinsyanos' stranded in Metro Manila struggle to find ways to return home

HELPLESS. Maymay Canopin at her company-rented unit, which she shares with 13 fellow masseurs. Photo from Canopin

Bong Go regularly given airtime in state media broadcasts on coronavirus

May 27, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The longtime Duterte aide, criticized for being 'epal,' is featured in almost every episode of Laging Handa PH, a public briefing supposed to be dedicated to COVID-19

Will public transportation be enough once Metro Manila is placed under GCQ?

May 27, 2020 - 6:45 PM

With the pandemic, the Department of Transportation finds a golden opportunity to push the controversial PUV modernization from the back burner

Vehicle traffic builds up at a checkpoiny along EDSA in Mandaluyong, City on May 16, 2020, the start of the MECQ Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

As donor fatigue hits volunteers amid prolonged lockdown, they keep going

May 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Where government falls short of providing aid to the poor and vulnerable, private donors step in

Hospitals in the Philippines: Where they are – and aren’t

May 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

There is a big difference between urban centers and remote areas, echoed by a stark contrast in poverty incidence

HOSPITAL DESERTS. In Metro Manila, the average city center is 660 meters away from a hospital, and the top 10 most populated provinces (2015) average 6.36km. For all other municipalities, the nearest hospital is 13km away on average.

As businesses reopen, workers remain anxious over virus risks

May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The risks are aggravated by how workers may lose their jobs if they fail to report to work

REOPENING. Mall goers observe physical distancing while queuing at a mall at North Edsa in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Child sex abuse material now peddled for as low as P100 on Twitter

May 21, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: Child sexual abuse has gone from the obscurity of the dark web into free and widely-used social media platforms

To cross coronavirus border, prostituted women abused by cops first

May 21, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The coronavirus pandemic unmasks yet again the abusive relationship between the police and prostituted women. Local governments have not been of much help.

Alter Twitter’s awful side: Leaked private sex videos for sale

May 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: Victims are left helpless while their private videos are spread online and sold by anonymous Twitter accounts patronized by thousands of followers

Double whammy: BPO employees get exposed to COVID-19, lose income

May 19, 2020 - 7:33 PM

BPO workers who get exposed to the virus while on the job have to quarantine themselves without regular pay

Photo from Shutterstock

Children deal with abuse, fears of coronavirus in 'Houses of Hope'

May 19, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Rights groups call for the urgent release of children dealing with abusive conditions in some youth detention centers, now compounded by the coronavirus threat

Forgotten priority: PWDs still waiting for cash aid from Duterte gov't

May 15, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Months after the Duterte government launched its cash aid program, there are still persons with disabilities – the target priorities for the program – who have yet to receive a peso

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov’t platforms being used to attack, red-tag media

May 12, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Supposedly at the helm of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the PCOO reposts misleading content against media from an anti-communist government page

Till their last breath, Fil-Am health care workers give all vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At least 60 Filipino health care workers have died from the novel coronavirus disease, as the United States continues to grapple with the pandemic

[FRONTLINERS] Iloilo town doctor keeps clinic open: 'Every human life is precious'

May 10, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Despite her fears, Dr Judith Jimeno's clinic in Leganes town, Iloilo remains open for non-coronavirus patients. It's part of her passion to save lives.

BRAVE FRONTLINER. Dr Judith Jimeno takes a selfie inside her clinic in Leganes, Iloilo. Photo courtesy of Jimeno

During coronavirus lockdown: Abused women, children more vulnerable

May 09, 2020 - 4:38 PM

A drop in reported cases of abuse during the lockdown may not be good news as it could point to victims having a harder time reporting crimes to authorities

Filipino nurses: The world's frontliners vs the coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 4:21 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic, Filipino nurses are thrust to the front lines across the globe, bound by a duty to care for the sickest

WORLD'S FRONT LINERS. Filipino nurses all over the world.

56,000 words on the virus: Duterte's crisis messaging all bluster, little science

May 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

More than 3 months into the coronavirus crisis, Duterte’s messaging is just more of the same. But a crisis often demands flexibility and the willingness to communicate what people need to hear.

Frontliners, too: Meet some young Fil-Ams braving the coronavirus pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Outside of the health care profession, these young Filipino-Americans work silently day in and out, putting their lives on the line to serve others

Surviving COVID-19: How a Fil-Am nurse and his family fought coronavirus at home

May 02, 2020 - 6:56 PM

Owing to the couples' frontline experience, a father and his son recovered from the potentially fatal disease

Coronavirus in Singapore: 'Wala silang puso para sa foreign worker'

May 02, 2020 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) Neglecting migrant workers for decades catches up with Singapore as it battles the coronavirus

Coronavirus lockdown pushes farmers, fisherfolk into deeper poverty

May 01, 2020 - 9:00 AM

It took a pandemic for the national government to realize the need to buy directly from farmers

[FRONTLINERS] QC garbage collector: Call of duty is keeping homes safe from disease

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Alquin Flores knows there are people who look down on his job. But he vows to keep on collecting their trash to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hoarding medicine: Fighting lupus during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Lupus patients struggle to find supplies of a drug they've taken for years when it becomes a potential cure for COVID-19

Coronavirus response: Online outrage drowns out Duterte propaganda machine

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:12 PM

After President Rodrigo Duterte orders soldiers and cops to 'shoot dead' quarantine violators, Filipinos' frustrations reach a tipping point on social media

Undocumented in a pandemic: Thousands of Filipinos in UK suffer in silence over COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Advocates and lobbyists urge the UK government to now grant legal status to all undocumented migrants and refugees

Photos courtesy of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Frontliners on their fears, hopes during the pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Rappler speaks to several Filipinos in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19

IN LIMBO: Poor families still await subsidies during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Three weeks into the government's emergency subsidy program, around 75% of qualified families nationwide are still waiting to receive aid

COMMUNITY. A resident of a Bulacan barangay hands over a food pack to his neighbor while observing physical distancing. Photo courtesy of Jay-j

[FRONTLINERS] Volunteer shuttle driver overcomes fear of virus to serve others

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Out of a job due to the lockdown, Victor Lero decides to volunteer as a shuttle driver for health workers in Metro Manila. He is scared of COVID-19, but he braves the front lines to keep his family alive and help other Filipinos.

Photo courtesy of Victor Lero

[FRONTLINERS] ‘May kasal pa ako, Lord!’

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'It's quite a scary and exhausting time to be a doctor. So we just need to protect ourselves and serve who we can,' says a pediatrician whose wedding has been postponed by the pandemic.

FRONTLINER. Pediatrician Mica Bastillo in her PPE at Pasig Child's Hope Hospital, and at home in her quarantine tent. Photo courtesy of Mica Bastillo

Overseas Warriors: Up close with UAE’s Filipino nurses during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:31 PM

There are about 30,000 Filipino nurses in the United Arab Emirates, many of them working in the front lines. One of them proclaims she is an Overseas Filipino Warrior.

'Takot na takot kami': While government stalls, coronavirus breaks into PH jails

Apr 18, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Like the prisoners, their families also feel trapped with nowhere to go. Their fear is compounded by the agonizing wait for the Duterte government's action.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

'Underpaid, overworked, unappreciated:' PH deployment ban scars nurses during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:44 PM

A sudden deployment ban on health workers during the coronavirus outbreak exposes once more the plight of Filipino nurses who have fought decades for better working conditions

FIGHTING A PANDEMIC. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow frontliners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Eager to assist: How funeral homes cope amid coronavirus outbreak

Apr 15, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Funeral homes strengthen their existing protocols in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But with rising number of deaths, some owners hope others will also step up and help.

Funeral workers in full protective suit carry a corpse of a person who died under investigation for COVID-19 symptoms in a public cemetery in Quezon City on April 7, 2020. According to the Department of Health, the country has 3764 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 177 recorded fatalities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[FRONTLINERS] ER doctor deals with grief, death in the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

In the emergency room, Dr Kirstie de Luna is on a race against time to help cure every patient who comes her way. But not all lives can be saved.

Photo from Dr Kirstie de Luna

Working with fear and anxiety: Filipino nurses as UK frontliners vs coronavirus

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:05 PM

As the United Kingdom grapples with the pandemic, Filipino nurses contend with inadequate protection, changing policies, and an uncertain future

[FRONTLINERS] Homesick young doctor steps up to fight coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 12:28 PM

Jeprel del Prado is aching to go back home to Pangasinan. But this physician chooses to stay in Manila to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and make sure their small, private hospital does not run out of much-needed staff and supplies.

Duterte chaos leaves barangay officials 'helpless' amid lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Barangay officials cry for help in providing relief packs and dealing with confusing messages and guidelines from the administration

RELIEF PROBLEM. Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What the Philippine economy could be like after the coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Ensuring public health comes with a hefty price tag: job losses, business closures, and a peak in populism

[FRONTLINERS] After being infected, losing a loved one: Cavite doctor won't stop treating COVID-19 patients

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The coronavirus brought unimaginable darkness to Dr Cherry Abu's life. She got infected, lost her mother-in-law to the disease, and suffered discrimination. But these won't stop her from returning to the front lines.

'Sariling diskarte': The heavy impact of lockdown on micro, small businesses

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Micro enterprises make up 88.5% of businesses in the country and employ as much as 28.9% of total private sector employees. They are struggling to survive as they await government.

'Not time to keep score': Robredo focuses on frontliners, not politics

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

In a nation overwhelmed by a pandemic, Vice President Leni Robredo shows how government can effectively work with private citizens to fight COVID-19

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

4 options for the Philippines' coronavirus lockdown

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) It's a choice between a deadly increase in coronavirus cases and needing to restart the economy whose downtime has left thousands jobless and hungry

QUARANTINE. Policemen man a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Farmers trash spoiled vegetables while poor go hungry

Apr 06, 2020 - 5:01 PM

The government plays catch up fixing disrupted supply chains caused by vague lockdown rules

[FRONTLINERS] An Iligan doctor's 'elaborate nightmare' battling coronavirus

Apr 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM

As Iligan's sole infectious disease specialist, it is Dr Leonell Quitos' duty to protect his people against COVID-19. Every day, he fears for his life.

Photo from Dr. Leonell Quitos

‘Walang-wala na’: Poor Filipinos fear death from hunger more than coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Rappler speaks with 6 residents from different poor communities. They tell the same story: President Rodrigo Duterte promised them food. But they have received too little to nothing at all.

Residents at a depressed area in Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on March 31. 2020, post a message at a barricade that reads “Gutom na Kami.” The residents said that they are still waiting help and relief goods from the LGU and the national government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Coronavirus cases in PH: Are we seeing the true picture yet?

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Former health secretary Manuel Dayrit says the number of cases reported daily is the 'picture 7-10 days ago at best' due to the time it takes to process COVID-19 tests

Life on pause: OFWs strive to keep healthy during unpaid time off

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Some overseas Filipino workers in coronavirus-affected countries deal not only with the fear of getting sick, but also with days of ‘no work, no pay’ that may last indefinitely