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[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

[OPINYON] Itong hayop na productivity

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Ang maging produktibo ay magpatuloy lamang. Gaya ng pagnanais ng lahat na magpatuloy mabuhay hanggang matapos ang pagsubok na ito.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] How do you stay at home when home is a dangerous place?

Apr 04, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Several studies have shown that domestic and family violence increases during times of disaster and national emergencies

[REFLECTIONS] Turning the coronavirus crisis into opportunity

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

A spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, gives us a piece of advice to overcome negative emotions: Live in the now

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paanyayang magsulat ng COVID-19 – Coronavirus Dagli

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Sa buong buwan ng Abril, inaanyayahan namin kayong sumulat ng kuwento na iikot sa COVID-19. Gamit ang 19 salita, susulat kayo ng daglî. I-post ito sa Facebook at i-tag ang Rappler at ang Foundation AWIT.


Apr 03, 2020 - 12:16 PM

We must have the courage to declare with hope: We are Christians. We believe in happy endings. If it’s not yet happy, then it’s not yet the end.

[ANALYSIS] How everyday technology is saving us

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:15 PM

This also adds opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs, including in Southeast Asia and around the world

[OPINION] Constitutional basics in a pandemic

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actions being taken by the government to suppress dissenters are unconstitutional

[REFLECTIONS] Glimpses of God’s presence amid a pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Good Friday may have come too soon for us, but in hope we will experience Easter

[OPINION] China’s 2020 Fool’s Year

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:46 PM

'The world will not allow China to continue posturing as its savior, after China single-handedly caused the worst pandemic in world history since the Spanish Influenza of 1918'

[ANALYSIS] Challenges facing social amelioration for the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'The vague, general, and fragmented information being provided by the government [on the amelioration] is causing distress among citizens and implementers on the ground'

[OPINION] Duterte’s callous disregard for health workers’ lives

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'The deaths of health workers due to inadequate supplies of PPEs are national tragedies to be mourned, not patriotic sacrifices to be celebrated'

[OPINION] A reflection on Kap Mena, Estero de San Miguel, and the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'Anguished questions are raised again and again. How will they manage until the money arrives? How long must the money be made to last? And then what? When can they start working again? Will they still have jobs once the lockdown is lifted?'

[ANALYSIS] May pera nga ba? Does Duterte have money to fight COVID-19?

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Today we’re enduring two types of crises: one in public health, another in governance

[OPINION] Business unusual: When the business community responds to a virus

Mar 30, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'We will see in the days ahead whether workers will be made to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 disaster. If employers act badly, the government must step in to correct the wrong.'

[ANALYSIS] 3 bagay tungkol sa mass testing: Nasaan tayo ngayon, ilan, bakit kailangang gawin?

Mar 29, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Ang sapat at tamang datos ang magbibigay sa atin ng mas malinaw na paraan ng pagkilos upang maibsan ang dalamhati at mapanatili ang pag-asa ng ating mga kababayan

[OPINION] They also serve who only stand and wait

Mar 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'When this nightmare finally comes to an end, we will wake up to a radically changed world. It can never be the same again. But the way our world will become largely depends on the way we respond now.'

[ANALYSIS] 3 ideas on mass testing: Where, how, and why?

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Having the right data and understanding of what the data is trying to tell us can help our leaders and policymakers strike this needed balance

[ANALYSIS] Coronavirus lessons from Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

If we were to seriously learn lessons from other countries' experiences, then President Duterte needs to shift his mindset

[OPINION] Collateral damage in the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'The first collateral damage in this pandemic are the other patients stricken with diseases not related to COVID-19, but are just as deserving of life-saving care'

[ANALYSIS] Beating COVID-19: The hammer and the dance

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:35 PM

If you hammer the coronavirus, within a few weeks you’ve controlled it and you’re in much better shape to address it

[ANALYSIS] Strategies for fighting COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Every single day we delay the coronavirus, we can get better prepared

[ANALYSIS] ‘Freezing’ the PH economy: Can we survive it?

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:59 AM

With billions of additional funds soon at Duterte’s disposal – and a spotty track record of transparency and accountability – we should all watch the money trail closer than ever

[ANALYSIS] Why a social dialogue must happen now

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:46 AM

This pandemic has mercilessly exposed the deep fault lines in our labor markets. In a world where only one in 5 people are eligible for unemployment benefits, layoffs spell catastrophe for millions of families.

[OPINION] Staying sane and centered in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Think of people who may be suffering right now – an elderly or sick friend, a super anxious friend, someone who may be lonely and quarantined alone – and send them a loving message'

[OPINION] We need people power, not emergency power

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:00 PM

And here are a few reminders for companies that have been donating

[OPINION] The false premise and promise of emergency powers

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:31 PM

'A broad grant of emergency powers is like using a bazooka, when sniper guns with telescopic sights are more effective‬'

[OPINYON] Sa panahon ng krisis, hinay-hinay sa isine-share

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:13 PM

Maging masinop. Huwag lang puro screen-grabbed at forwarded messages.... Manatiling nakatapak sa katotohanan ng laban na ito na, masakit mang isipin, wala pang katiyakan kung kailan matatapos

[OPINION] A call to nationalize select private hospitals in Metro Manila as COVID-19 centers

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:59 PM

This is a national emergency. We cannot delay our response again. I can think of no better strategy, before this contagion engulfs all hospitals.

[OPINION] Comforting the ill at ease during the coronavirus crisis

Mar 22, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'The way I respond to this crisis will surely test my competence as a physician, but more importantly, it will reflect the kind of human being I am'

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] COVID bilang Coronavirus #DionaTweet

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Gamit ang hashtag na #DionaTweet, mag-tweet ng diona – katutubong tulang may 3 linya, na ang bawat linyang magkakatugma ay may 7 pantig – tungkol sa coronavirus, quarantine, at lockdown

[OPINION] Conflicting instincts during the coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

One expert dismisses travel bans as 'a complete and utter waste of time,' while another says that 'restricting movement does not help'

[OPINYION] Kasalanan natin kung bakit kinukuyog si Mayor Vico Sotto

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Dahil sa bansang itong sanay na sa kapalpakan, parang sugo mula sa kaitaasan ang marunong mamahala at tumugon agad sa pangangailangan

[OPINION] A national unity government to combat the coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'If we do not unite, many of us will die and there might be no country left to fight over'

[OPINION] Policy proposals to address the coronavirus and its economic effects

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:14 PM

'China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan did not stop their public transport systems. All of these countries know that continuous, albeit limited, mobility and economic activity are essential to their people's survival.'

[ANALYSIS] Why Filipinos need to stay at home until June (or even longer)

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Two studies suggest the Philippines is only at the very beginning of this public health crisis

[OPINION] Good governance to combat the coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:03 PM

'There might have been a window in late January to stop the novel coronavirus from entering our islands. But by delaying action for political and diplomatic reasons, we lost that chance.'

[OPINION] Temporary relief for Persons Deprived of Liberty amid the coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'With an overcrowding rate of 350%, the Philippines has the most congested correctional system in the world. If one of the PDLs gets infected in the congested jails, it could be a catastrophe.'

[OPINION] Thoughtless and callous: Is the coronavirus bringing out the worst in us?

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Lost in the moralism of these celebrities and their supporters is the state of the working class

[OPINYON] Sa kabila ng krisis ng coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:08 AM

Ang hirap maghangad ng masama sa kapwa, pero hindi ko magawang hindi isiping sana mabutas lahat ang botelya ng rubbing alcohol at amagin sana lahat ang face mask na sinugapa nila

[OPINION] Ceasefire in the time of coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'US imperialism, Chinese imperialism, the Duterte administration, and the CPP-NPA-NDFP can become tactical allies, even if strange bedfellows, against the coronavirus'

[ANALYSIS] Coronavirus cases in PH could reach 26,000 by end-March if random spread not contained

Mar 17, 2020 - 4:14 PM

We're worried because this number is not something we believe our healthcare system can handle

[ANALYSIS] The flawed economics of Duterte’s partial Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Rather than firearms and checkpoints, we need more masks and testing kits

[OPINION] Combatting regressive lawfare: How a system gone wrong can still be rescued to serve the rights to dissent and of free speech

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The crucial role that media and academic experts can play – complementary to the efforts of professional lawyering – bears stressing

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The incidental virus

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:26 AM

In the next days Duterte's assistants would be busy answering the questions he needed to answer about the virus that evening but neglected to do so because he was preoccupied with electoral courtship

[OPINION] Let’s not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Not everyone has clean, running water and soap. Not everyone can call in sick. Not everyone can afford to stock up on food.'

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Anak ka ng virus!

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Lahat ng dapat nating malaman tungkol sa pandemiko, kung tutuusin, ay matagal na nating alam. Pero wala lang tayong pakialam.

[OPINION] In defense of a Lenten lockdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'Our new plan has to be more aggressive now'

Pahayag ni VP Leni Robredo sa nagbabagong sitwasyon ukol sa COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:22 PM

'Iisang komunidad tayo; walang paraang malagpasan ito kundi ang isaisip ang kapakanan ng lahat'

[ANALYSIS] Can Duterte ward off a coronavirus economic slump?

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The first order of business is for the economic team to support efforts of our health agencies to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its impact