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Lorenzana: Possible to put Metro Manila under GCQ on June 1

May 24, 2020 - 12:20 AM

'Yung mga areas na meron pa ring mga ano, infection baka yun na lang ang ikontrol natin ng konti,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MECQ. Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Metro Manila cities lift liquor ban during MECQ

May 20, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) Drinking alcoholic drinks in public places such as restaurants and bars is still prohibited

Consumers fall in line at a store in T. Morato Avenue as the Quezon City LGU lifts the ban on selling liquor as it shifts to MECQ on May 16, 2020. Selling is only allowed from 1 to 5pm. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ: Who can go where?

May 19, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Confused by travel restrictions under different levels of community quarantine? Here's your guide to what's allowed and what isn't.

IN TRANSIT. Traffic builds up at a checkpoint along Marcos Highway on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the 2nd day of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In MECQ, Metro Manila residents can't go to home provinces yet

May 17, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Essential workers or authorized persons outside residence are still the only ones allowed to leave and enter Metro Manila, explains Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CHECKPOINT. In this file photo, motorists crowd a part of EDSA in Quezon City on April 21, 2020, as members of the PNP-HPG check whether drivers and passengers belong to the list of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Disinfectant booths at Manila malls as virus lockdown eased

May 16, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Malls are essential economic engines but are typically crowded, sparking fears that their opening will cause a spike in infections

MALLS REOPEN. People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler


Drug convict son shot dead in Bacolod on 1st day of GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Police say Gerald Cuadra was shot to death 7 times by a pair of unidentified suspects

Negros Occidental, Bacolod ease restrictions

May 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM

In Bacolod, there is still a 10 pm-4 am curfew

NEGROS. The city government of Sagay in Negros Occidental distributes 80,000 live chickens to more than 40,000 families in the city as the pandemic impacts poor families. Photos courtesy of Sagay PIO


Permit problems prevent jeeps in Pangasinan from returning right away

May 16, 2020 - 7:27 PM

Jeepney operators must first obtain clearance from every town along its route

JEEPS. A jeepney driver of Trancoville, Baguio City put a donation box inside his jeep, according to Trancoville Punong Barangay William Regacho, its up to the passenger to donate how much they will give. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


Coronavirus Updates: More Cebu City sitios under lockdown

May 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Sitio Upper in the mountain village of Bacayan is the latest addition to the list, even as Cebu City transitions to modified enhanced community quarantine

Home religious services allowed under MECQ

May 16, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Priests, imams, rabbis, and other religious ministers may conduct religious services in houses as long as health protocols are observed, says the government

A catholic priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Quezon City celebrates mass via online streaming on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Omnibus guidelines on modified ECQ, modified GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The government releases new guidelines governing areas under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ

Police officers wear PPE suits as they man a checkpoint in the boundary of Rizal Province and Pasig City on April 16, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City MECQ guidelines: Tricycles allowed, quarantine passes required

May 15, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The biggest Metro Manila city releases rules on allowed businesses, transportation, and activities for the period of modified enhanced community quarantine

An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Our lives starting May 16

May 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we know so far about the levels of lockdown across the country

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

U.S., Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

May 14, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Washington increases the pressure on Havana just one day after Cuba urged a terrorism probe over gunfire that hit its embassy in the US capital

FLAG. People hold Cuban national flags as they arrive to pay their last respects to late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at Revolution Square in Havana, on November 29, 2016. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

Gov't changes mind, imposes modified GCQ in 8 low-risk regions

May 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says the government task force made the decision after local chief executives in the 8 regions asked them not to lift quarantine measures yet

DILG CHIEF. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local government units may impose strict lockdowns on towns and barangays with the approval of the regional task force on coronavirus. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

PCOO limits cross-posting content on its social media platforms

May 12, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issues the order two days after the PCOO got flak for reposting the government anti-communist task force's 'black propaganda' against ABS-CBN and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

In this file photo, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies. September 26, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

PCOO offers gov't TV, radio stations to deliver lessons – Briones

May 11, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says that distance learning is a major component of learning delivery for the incoming school year

File photo of students attending first morning flag raising ceremony during the start of the new school year at the Marcela Agoncillo Elementary School in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Early easing of ECQ in Metro could result in 1,700 deaths by June – study

May 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Researchers say data show ECQ had 'gains' that must be sustained until mass testing and contact tracing are scaled up

TESTING. Frontline workers go through Covid-19 rapid testing during a community based testing in Sampaloc, Manila on May 8, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Types of private construction now allowed under ECQ

May 09, 2020 - 12:17 PM

'Priority' private sector construction works like housing, food production facilities, and energy facilities can now take place even under the strictest form of community quarantine

The P80-million quarantine center thats being constructed as of the moment at Block 27 of the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. The center can house at least 130 patients with only suspected cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) with severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and those with influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) will be accommodated in the facility. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[OPINYON] Ngayong may salot at walang piyesta

May 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pinagpipiyestahan natin ang buhay ng mga tao at mga pangyayari. Dinudumog, nilalapa, wala halos itinitira. Bihira na ang nagsusuri. Subo na lang nang subo ng inaakalang masarap na impormasyon.

Smart celebrates Mother’s Day with a big Signature Sale from May 6 to 15

May 05, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Get exclusive gadget deals and freebies at the Smart Online Store

Concerts for a cause: Smart, OPM artists partner to provide entertainment and relief

May 04, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Fans can watch and engage with their favorite OPM artists like Ultra Combo, Imago, Moonstar88, and 6Cyclemind

Introducing Lighthouse: Rappler's new platform

May 02, 2020 - 2:30 PM

We reimagined Rappler from scratch, considering its pillars: data and technology, journalism, and community

DFA to implement 'new normal process' at consular offices

May 02, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs will implement new rules at its consular offices to protect both the public and its personnel during the coronavirus outbreak

Albay maintains border lockdown under GCQ

May 01, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Albay has 33 coronavirus cases as of April 30

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Albay provincial government workers handle sacks of rice for distribution to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Al Francis Bichara

Smart launches data package for work, delivery, video conference apps

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Giga Work 99 comes with 2GB open access data, and 1GB per day for 7 days for video conferencing, collaborative office apps, online shopping, delivery, and online payments

Photo from Smart


Smart introduces Giga Work data pack for productivity apps

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Get the most accessible package for work and study apps here

[OPINYON] Sa naiinip

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:59 AM

Huwag mabahala. Sa iyong pagkainip humahanap ka ng kakaibang hamon sa kakayahan mo, di ba? Kaya nga nakalikha ka ng 1,001 recipes ng karne norte, di ba?

PUP orgs call for release of student detained over 'lockdown violation'

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Manila police detain student Rexon Aumentado over a supposedly invalid quarantine pass. Human rights lawyer Erin Tañada calls the detention a form of 'harassment.'

CALL FOR RELEASE. Student bodies in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines call for the release of mechanical engineering student Rexon Aumentado from detention. Screenshots from PUP Office of Student Regent

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Qualifiers for 'Call of Duty: Mobile' world championship kick off on April 30

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The tourney will feature $1 million in prizes in the form of cash and in-game cosmetics


Police visit Cebu town local over Facebook post about empty supermarket

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:36 AM

The mayor of Cordova says the post of Maria Shanyl Emeliano was 'creating panic'

Cebu City lockdown extended to May 15

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says there is a need to extend the enhanced community quarantine due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the city

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City officials check motorcyclists passing through a checkpoint. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

TikTok, vitamins, workout: Search topics that have spiked during the PH lockdown

Apr 20, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The things that got Filipinos furiously typing on Google Search


Rappler+ Webinar: Preparing for the pandemic’s impact using data

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:40 PM

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'SIM takeover': Smart alerts users to schemes to hijack your SIM cards

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:15 PM

In successful SIM-jackings, a user's text messages and calls are routed to the hijacker's SIM card. The hijackers can then use this data to hack banking, email, and other online accounts.

Rappler+ Webinar: Monitoring gov't funds to fight the coronavirus

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Via Zoom at 10 am on April 17

What's happened so far in the world of tech during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:09 PM

From Zoom’s big missed opportunity to internet networks being put to its limits, we’re listing down the top tech trends we’ve observed during the novel coronavirus crisis


[OPINION] Learning from Kagawad Jonjon Elago

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'When making promises, [the government should] indicate clearly the length of time needed for recipients to experience the results'

[FIRST PERSON] Beyond health: The virus' impact on the people of Del Pan Bridge

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:23 PM

'Mr President, just instruct your officials to tell the truth about the kinds of relief national government can actually give us. Don’t let people build up their hopes then leave them disappointed.'

Facebook to reduce video bit rates in the Philippines during the lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:07 PM

This follows similar moves from Netflix, iFlix, and YouTube

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Former transportation undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Department of Transportation and Communications undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies at 76

IN MEMORIAM. Transportation expert Primitivo Cal dies at 76. Rappler screenshot

[OPINION] Can we beat the coronavirus with ‘discipline’?

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:00 AM

It seems that the quarantine emphasizes disciplining the hardheaded and the unruly more than confining of the virus

Boom in video chat apps brings out cybercriminals with fake sites, malware

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Phishing websites are targeting unsuspecting consumers who want to use a video chat app to connect for work, or to talk to friends and family

Facebook feature lets people reach out for help in pandemic

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The Community Help feature, created 4 years ago to help people find shelter, food or supplies during disaster, will now let people ask for help during the COVID-19 crisis

COMMUNITY HELP. Image from Facebook