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Former transportation undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

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

Rappler PLUS Webinar: Making sense of the pandemic’s scale

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Let's talk about data on Friday, April 3, 10 am

Rappler PLUS Webinar: Dealing with a pandemic

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Former health secretary Manuel Dayrit will answer questions from Rappler PLUS members on Monday, March 30, at 10 am

15% to 20% data traffic increase in 1st week of quarantine – PLDT

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:11 PM

An increase in calls and text messages is also observed

IN PHOTOS: A Quezon City restaurant becomes a shelter for the homeless

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Closed for the duration of the Luzon-wide lockdown, Popburri turns itself into a temporary home for street-dwellers who have nowhere to go amid the coronavirus outbreak

Popburi, a one-a-half year old cafe owned by Camille Dowling Ibanez, is a shelter for the homeless during the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nograles: Gov’t to ensure supply of food, essential goods during lockdown

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:33 PM

This comes after an association of meat processors warned of a shortage due to checkpoint issues

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on March 18, 2020 was closed to motorists driving to and from Metro Manila. Only delivery trucks carrying basic goods, vehicles of frontline workers, and emergency vehicles have been allowed through checkpoints. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Vulnerable citizens in the time of enhanced community quarantine

Mar 21, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The enhanced community quarantine is now being implemented Luzon-wide to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus

All photos by Rick Rocamora

Filipinos abroad can return to PH despite Luzon lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says this also applies to the Filipinos' foreign spouses and children, and other permanent residents of the Philippines

TRAVELERS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Journalists call on PCOO to rescind lockdown accreditation requirement

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:08 PM

A PCOO ID for media practitioners is unnecessary during the Luzon lockdown because a valid press ID should be enough, say the UP Department of Journalism, PPI, PCP, and the CCJD

LOOK: Scenes across Metro Manila as Luzon lockdown begins

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The capital region pays witness to empty streets, people rushing to get home, and traffic build-up on borders that traverse the Metro and nearby provinces

CHECK. Vehicles continue to pile up at the Quezon City and Rizal Province boundary due to the quarantine control point along Batasan-San Mateo Road midnight, March 17, 2020. Photo by Martin/San Diego/Rappler

No more international flights leaving Luzon starting March 20

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both Filipinos and foreigners intending to fly out of the Philippines through an international airport in Luzon can do so only from March 17 to 19

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

GUIDELINES: Luzon 'enhanced community quarantine'

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) What Malacañang calls an 'enhanced community quarantine' takes effect midnight of Tuesday, March 17

QUARANTINE. Policemen patrolling the community quarantine control point at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit, check body temperature and identification cards of commuters entering Metro Manila on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Lanao del Sur, 3 more Mindanao cities under community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) The local governments of Valencia, Iligan, and Marawi also place their respective cities under community quarantine to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus

THERMAL SCAN. A health worker conducts a temperature check in Lanao del Sur. Photo from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur Facebook page

Duterte places Luzon on lockdown to battle coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Calling the measure an 'enhanced community quarantine,' the President orders over 57 million people in 8 regions to stay home after officials struggle to implement strict social distancing measures in Metro Manila

TOTAL LOCKDOWN. Metro Manila skyline. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cebu City placed under community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:33 AM

Mayor Edgar Labella places Cebu City under community quarantine until April 14

SCREENING. Passengers from Manila are screened as they arrive in the Port of Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, custodians of the white giraffe, says the deaths was a 'sad day' and a major loss for researchers and tourism providers working in the remote corner of Kenya

A handout image made available by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy shows the rare white giraffe taken on May 31, 2017, in Garissa county in North Eastern Kenya. Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said on March 10, 2020, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The bodies of the two giraffes were found "in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers" in Garissa in eastern Kenya, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement. Their deaths leave just one remaining white giraffe alive -- a lone male, borne by the same slaughtered female, the conservancy said.  Handout / Caters News Agency / AFP

Ian Veneracion on daughter's coming out: 'Don't ever be apologetic about it'

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:59 PM

The actor and his wife fully support their only daughter, who came out as a lesbian when she was 16

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ian Veneracion and daughter Deirdre talk about how she came out to him when she was 16 years old. Screenshot from

Fury as Kanye West hymn service pushes out transgender show

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:59 PM

French performer Phia Menard's show is canceled to make way for one of Kanye's 'Sunday Service' gospel hymn sessions

Rights groups blast Andanar's 'perilous' attempts to 'mislead' U.N. council

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'Secretary Andanar again performed a show abundant in spins, slants, and distractions,' says National Union of Peoples' Lawyers president Edre Olalia

'SPINNING TRUTH.' File photo of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

Bollywood's first gay romcom: Loud, proud, and sealed with a kiss

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The director of Bollywood's first gay romcom 'Be Extra Careful About Marriage' says the 'controversial subject matter' had to be made 'accessible' to the public through humor

LGBTQ+ groups hit Oplan X-Men’s ‘targeted harassment’ against transgender women

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Camp Queer points out 'Oplan X-Men' is only one example of the routine denial of transgender people's right to exist in public spaces

2 Makati cops fired over alleged ‘transgender profiling’

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) Makati City police chief Rogelio Simon confirms that Patrolman Timmy Paez and Police Corporal Juliel Atal are relieved from their posts

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

Court orders arrest of Kapa Ministry officers

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Kapa officers are accused of running a Ponzi scheme, which involves offering impossibly high returns and paying investors using the money contributed by later investors

Tax court allows Makati gov't to check Smart's books over P3.2-B tax case

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:09 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals says the telco's financial records are needed to determine the veracity of the Makati City government's claim that Smart owes it P3.246 billion in taxes

Dwyane Wade reveals his 12-year-old a transgender child

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade proves to be an All-Star father as well

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Dwyane Wade recalls how his child Zion, now called Zaya, came out to him. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Journalists, advocates call on Filipinos to back ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) NUJP and other groups say the attack on ABS-CBN threatens citizens' right to know

Smart Siklab Saya empowers PH ‘Mobile Legends’ scene

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:02 PM

People from all walks of life gathered at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome last February 1 and 2 for Smart Siklab Saya

TEAM 'TRABAHO'. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Lumolobo ang intel funds ng DICT. Kabahan na tayo.

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50 AM

The Honasan-Rio scuffle exposes the trend in bloated intelligence funds that support anti-people activities, including spying on private citizens

DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The DICT, under scrutiny for its questionable release of P300 million in confidential funds in 2019, gets an even bigger sum than the government's anti-drug agency in 2020

DICT's Rio, Honasan 'settle differences' over P300-M intel funds

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:46 PM

'My resignation has not yet been approved by the President. I could not leave my post until my resignation is accepted by him,' Rio tells Rappler in a text message

DICT's defense over intel funds 'deceiving and unbelievable' – Rio

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr dares the agency to reveal the results of the P300-million confidential operation that supposedly dealt with cybersecurity threats

DICT admits using P300 million for surveillance

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says laws allow it to conduct 'lawful monitoring and surveillance,' in the face of cyber threats

DICT's unspent P300-M budget for projects went to intel fund

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:19 PM

Undersecretary Eliseo Rio resigns over the issue of confidential and intelligence funds

INTEL FUNDS. DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan has P400 million worth of confidential and intelligence funds to his disposal. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr resigns

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Rio has yet to address reports that he allegedly left after finding corruption within the agency

China favored? Malacañang 'open' to complaints on Sangley airport project

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang assumes the Sangley Point International Airport project is 'aboveboard,' unless it receives proof showing otherwise

COMPLAINTS. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo asks for proof on the supposedly questionable bidding process for the Sangley Airport project. Screenshot from RTVM

DICT 'confident' in Dito Telecom rollout by July

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity, the Philippines' 3rd major telco, says it is 'on track' for its July 2020 rollout

MEETING. DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II meets with Dito Telecommunity CEO Dennis Uy. Photo courtesy of DICT

Harvard, UST, KBP to award best student-produced content on disaster resilience

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The competition, called 'PMAC Student Awards,' welcomes entries in the form of short video documentary, public service announcement, and radio jockeying, with 'Filipinos’ resilience to hazards' as the theme

Duterte hopes Chinese-Filipino community to continue ‘charitable acts’

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again highlights the 'friendship' between the Philippines and China in his Chinese New Year message

CHINESE NEW YEAR MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte says charitable efforts from the Filipino-Chinese community benefits the Philippines as a whole. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

WATCH: Volunteers serve hot meals to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Adding a human touch to food relief – a warm, freshly cooked meal instead of sardines in a can – goes a long way to uplift evacuees' spirits, volunteers say

HOT MEALS. Volunteers cook and serve comfort food to Taal Volcano evacuees in Batangas. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

Dutch beauty Youtuber Nikkie Tutorials unveils herself as transgender woman

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'Filming this video is scary but it feels so liberating and freeing,' says Nikkie

Globe, Smart offer free calls, internet for Taal Volcano eruption victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Charging stations are also available in some areas

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Kapa Ministry officers face criminal charges

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

For allegedly engaging in a Ponzi scheme, officers of Kapa-Community Ministry International face several cases in courts in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Quezon City; and Rizal

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

PH Internet pioneer Benjie Tan dies

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Benije Tan is credited as the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet in 1994

PIONEER. Benjamin 'Benjie' Tan is the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet for the first time in 1994. Screenshot from DICT video