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Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike – Red Cross

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The new casualty toll comes as a mass funeral is held for many of the dead children on Monday, August 13

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

EU vows P9.2 million for flood victims in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The European Union is extending this aid even as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts them for supposedly interfering in his bloody anti-drug campaign

FLOODED. Residents brave knee-high flood along Antero Soriano Highway in General Trias, Cavite, due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

48 killed as Uganda bus rams into tractor and truck

May 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'Evacuation teams are working tirelessly to rescue the injured,' says an Ugandan police spokeswoman

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Papua New Guinea earthquake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes – Red Cross

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The recovery effort is slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior

HELP FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA. An undated handout photo received on March 5 from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Oil Search Ltd./ AFP

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

LIST: Philippine Red Cross first aid stations at Nazareno 2018

Jan 05, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Philippine Red Cross is deploying 2,000 staff and volunteers, 44 ambulances, an emergency medical unit, 4, plastic boats, a 6x6 truck, a fire truck, and a rescue truck for devotees who will need medical attention

NAZARENO. Devotees converged around Quiapo Church in Manila for the Thanksgiving Procession ahead of the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Medical evacuations begin from besieged Syria rebel bastion

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Red Crescent official Ahmed al-Saour says 29 seriously ill people were due to be evacuated

EVACUATE. Syrian staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in an evacuation operation in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on December 26, 2017. Photo by ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP

#ReliefPH: Philippine Red Cross to accept cash donations for Vinta victims

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Read this to know how you can help victims of Severe Tropical Storm Vinta through the Philippine Red Cross

PH Red Cross staff, volunteers to spend Christmas with victims of Urduja, Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine Red Cross says its staff and volunteers will continue to work double time to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the two tropical storms

China donates P5.1 million for Urduja-hit areas

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Counsellor Sun Yi of the Chinese embassy in the Philippines turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

The Catmon Bridge in Biliran is impassable after it was destroyed when Typhoon Urduja ravaged some parts of Eastern and Western Visayas as it made its landfall on December 16, Saturday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then visited the hard-hit areas on December 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Groups provide relief aid to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippine Red Cross and Caritas Philippines respond to the needs of those affected by Urduja in Biliran

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

[OPINION] War and law: Shooting-to-kill armed rebels

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

It cannot be presumed a priori that 'no armed NPA will surrender to authorities,' because it has in fact happened. And any lethal self-defense can be justified only in the face of armed resistance.

Millennial heroes: stories of service

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Sometimes we’re guilty of living inside bubbles. Minding our own problems can seem enough of a cross to carry. But we need to take several steps back to realize that the universe is bigger than us. The following millennials have made it their mission to help others. What can you do to make your stay in this world worthwhile?

First aid flight in weeks lands in rebel-held Yemen capital

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:50 PM

But the UN adds that shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remains blocked

AID. A technician unloads doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 25, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

PRC: Trillanes' allegations based on misleading, outdated facts

Nov 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab says the issues against the organization are 'now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Trillanes files plunder complaint vs Gordon over P193M pork to Red Cross

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) The opposition senator rehashes accusations that Red Cross funds were used for Gordon's 2010 and 2013 electoral campaigns

SENATOR VS SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  arrives at the Office of the Ombudsman to file a plunder complaint against fellow senator Richard Gordon on November 8, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Philippine Red Cross first aiders, ambulances ready for Undas

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:27 PM

In case of emergency, contact Red Cross hotline 143 or the operations center: 790-23-00 loc. 199-204 or 0917-806-8513

ALL GEARED UP. The Philippine Red Cross has prepared 130 staff and volunteers to ensure security and provide medical help to the public this coming Undas. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Red Cross

LGU, NGOs step up relief efforts for displaced families in Zamboanga

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

At least 3,666 families with 18,330 dependents in 17 coastal barangays are displaced due to the massive floods and storm surge in Zamboanga City

Red Cross holds Million Volunteer Run on October 21

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Register for the fun run until Thursday, October 19, at 7 pm

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Trillanes to file plunder complaint vs Gordon

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV cites Senator Richard Gordon's alleged anomalies in the Philippine Red Cross

VIRAL: Uber driver turned blood donor inspires netizens

Sep 27, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Good Samaritans like Uber driver Andrew Lebardo are not rare in the Philippines but blood supply still falls short of the target

5 dead as trailer truck crushes van in Nasugbu

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The retrieval operation takes 15 hours as rescuers had to use machines to lift the truck, which landed onto the van as they plunged into a ravine

CRASH. A trailer truck rams a van in Nasugbu, Batangas on September 19, 2017. All photos from Richard Gordon (@DickGordonDG) Twitter page

Blood needed: With PH blood supply below target, patients seek help online

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With the Philippines blood supply still falling short of the target patients in need of blood turn to online networks to look for kind hearted strangers willing to donate

Philippine Red Cross to hold benefit concert for Marawi

Aug 06, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Rebuilding Life in Marawi concert is set for Thursday August 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena

FUNDRAISER. The Philippine Red Cross will hold a fundraising concert on August 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Marawi women's tale: We want to go home, but our homes are destroyed

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Two young mothers from Marawi recall the moment they fled the fighting and how they are coping with life in evacuation centers

Media orgs, private groups partner with Red Cross for blood donation

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The partnership ensures there is enough supply of safe and quality blood for anyone who needs it

BLOOD DONORS. Over 60 organizations signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Red Cross allowing their staff to donate blood yearly. Photo by Marian Plaza/Rappler

Rappler, Philippine Red Cross ink tie-up on disaster preparedness

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project aims to educate a wider range of audience in disaster preparedness and risk reduction by publishing content of relevant topics on social media

Philippine Red Cross Senator chairman Richard Gordon during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gordon likens preparing for disasters to ‘symphony orchestra’

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Senator Richard Gordon Philippine Red Cross chairman says effective disaster preparedness requires meticulous planning a wide arsenal of equipment and vehicles and committed volunteers

Philippine Red Cross Senator chairman Richard Gordon during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Israel gives medicine, equipment to crisis-hit Marawi residents

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The Israeli Embassy in Manila turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

HUMANITARIAN AID. Israel ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau together with his wife Lizia Lu turns over medical supplies to Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon. Photo by the PRC

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.

FAKE: 4 women plotting suicide bombings at Metro Manila malls

May 25, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The chain message supposedly confirmed by the PNP chief and spread by Red Cross is not true

Red Cross taps small cell technology for emergency communications

May 19, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The equipment utilizes small cellular technology that will power the Philippine Red Cross SOS cellular network even when lines are down

PORTABLE. The emergency communications equipment can be mounted on emergency vehicles and deployed anywhere. Photo from PRC

Yemen declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

May 15, 2017 - 2:24 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the cholera outbreak has killed 115 people and left 8 500 ill between April 27 and Saturday

115 dead as Yemen cholera outbreak spreads – Red Cross

May 14, 2017 - 6:16 PM

UPDATED This is the 2nd outbreak of cholera in less than a year in the Arab world s poorest country

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 8-14, 2017

May 14, 2017 - 2:29 PM

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WATCH: Duterte commissions Red Cross humanitarian ship

May 10, 2017 - 6:38 AM

M V Amazing Grace can complement government forces in providing immediate relief assistance during emergency and crisis situations says President Rodrigo Duterte

M/V AMAZING GRACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon for a tour on the M/V Amazing Grace during its launching at the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila on May 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

PH Red Cross names new humanitarian ship 'Amazing Grace'

May 08, 2017 - 3:56 PM

M V Amazing Grace can function as a mobile command center cargo transport vessel and evacuation ship

Philippine Red Cross raises P37-M as it celebrates its 70th anniversary

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:04 PM

On May 13 the humanitarian group will stage the 4th Million Volunteer Run across the country completing its extensive network of one million volunteers

THANK YOU. PRC Chairman Richard Gordon (r) and Sec. Gen. Oscar Palabyab (l) are flanked by volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross. Photo credit: PRC

Philippine Red Cross sends help to Batangas after earthquake

Apr 08, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The PRC says it has sent out tents and generator sets to its chapter in Batangas

AFTERMATH. The damage caused by twin earthquakes in Batangas at the Mabini General Hospital on April 8, 2017. Photo by Bernard Datinguinoo as posted on the Philippine Red Cross Facebook page

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 6, 2017

Apr 06, 2017 - 10:42 AM

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WATCH: #NameThatRedCrossShip, PH's first humanitarian vessel

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:41 AM

On its 70th founding anniversary the PRC launches its first disaster response ship in the Philippines From April 1 15 2017 help name that vessel

Surviving poverty and conflict in Northern Samar

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:06 PM

A young humanitarian shares her experience that reminded her how so much more needs to be done to put an end to the armed conflicts in the Philippines and to improve the quality of life of Filipinos

STRUGGLE ON THE ROAD. These two men struggle to bring their abaca to the town market. It has been raining for days and they need the income, so they risked the trip.

Philippine Red Cross prepares for the 'Big One' with shake drill

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:56 AM

At the end of March PRC will conduct an earthquake simulation involving PRC chapters in cities that lie near the West Valley Fault

Red Cross urges release of 2 staff abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The ICRC has not specified who was behind the abduction

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

6 Red Cross staff killed, 2 missing in Afghanistan – ICRC

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:11 PM

The 6 staff members are killed in the volatile province of Jowzjan the charity adds without revealing their nationalities or who was behind the incident