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[PODCAST] COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:38 AM

A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far

Monkeys infected with novel coronavirus developed short-term immunity

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:21 PM

While the monkeys displayed initial immunity, it's unclear how long such immunity will last in humans

EXPERIMENT. File photo of a rhesus macaque.

[ANALYSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

[ANALYSIS] Return to a bleak, not better normal

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:57 AM

'Alas, with the Rappler cases and ABS-CBN shutdown, made emphatic with the passage of a draconian anti-terror law amid still rising COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration’s bait for investors is laced with poison'

[OPINION] It’s okay – take that online course

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:48 PM

'I dare do not discredit the happiness and pride people gain in finishing courses'

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'

[OPINION] Bakit walang forever? The impermanence of scientific knowledge

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'For COVID-19, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease, but that doesn’t mean that our scientists are wrong'

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

FALSE: Robredo 'says' lockdown should have started October 2019

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:29 PM

The quote card containing the false quote edited an actual Rappler quote card featuring the Vice President

Coronavirus updates: Cebuanos have questions for General Cimatu

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Since the decisions you and the national government make affect the lives of about one million Cebuanos in Cebu City, I called out to Cebuanos on Twitter if they had questions for you. I got a few responses.

In Baguio, Magalong returns as top investigator – for coronavirus contact tracing

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has trained Baguio’s contact tracers to use a police questioning technique. They’re sharing it with neighboring towns in Benguet.

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Nganong nidangat sa pagpakauwaw sa Sugboanon ang krisis sa dakbayan sa Sugbo?

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Imbes nga mangita og solusyong makatarunganon ug epektibo, lungsoranon na man hinoon ang gibasol sa gobyernong Duterte

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 and civil-military relations in the PH: Getting the balance right

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'While it is reasonable to say that the role of the AFP in the government’s COVID-19 response has been substantial, there are two risks that could affect civil-military relations during this pandemic period'

[OPINION] On hoarding certificates from online courses and webinars

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'The webinar is eroticized by so-called experts as a necessary and legitimate qualification. The certificate becomes the cult-favorite signal of self-improvement.'

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Bakit nauwi sa Cebuano-shaming ang krisis sa Cebu City?

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:04 PM

Imbes na tumutok sa solusyong lohikal at epektibo, mamamayan na naman ang sinisisi ng gobyernong Duterte

[ANALYSIS] Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM

He is strong on control, but weak on public health

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Rx: Determined thoughts, good feelings

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:28 PM

2 plucky seniors beat the virus on their own unusual terms

SURVIVING CORONAVIRUS The Delta Force Girls in Room D, their sorority room/ war room. Photo courtesy of Velarde

Valenzuela City’s pandemic response: ‘Everything has to happen now’

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’

LEADING. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian speaks with construction frontliners who are building the city’s testing laboratory. Photo from Valenzuela City’s Facebook

[Science Solitaire] Do masks hide what we feel?

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'A sea of masked faces all around the world have become the iconic image of this time. What does this mean in terms of our ability to read each other’s thoughts and feelings?'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A love letter to our jeepney drivers

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Our tatay jeepney drivers have not only been stripped of their livelihood, they have also been stripped of their dignity. For the first time, we are seeing our jeepney drivers begging on the street.'

[OPINION | Artwork] Mass Grave

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The artwork is part of Tai's illustration series 'Pandemic Patterns'

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte failed to meet the Bayanihan Law’s objectives

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Far from being proactive, orderly, and based on clean, reliable data, Duterte’s pandemic response has largely been reactive, chaotic, and based on murky, unreliable data

Rappler Talk: Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro on empowering the people to fight COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:38 AM

How has the mayor of Marikina empowered his constituents to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay? How are they preparing for the 'new normal' in the weeks – or even years – to come?

[PODCAST] Cebu City: Ang bagong coronavirus hot spot

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Bakit tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City at kalapit na mga bayan?

[ANALYSIS] How COVID-19 threatens online freelancing in the PH – and what can be done

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:51 PM

'We should…recognize that in the face of COVID-19, these freelancers, just like many other Filipino workers, will be facing potentially significant headwinds'

Zonal lockdowns: Is your house, street, or city a critical zone?

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Here's a quick explainer on what could trigger a hard lockdown of your area, or tougher quarantine measures if you are near a critical zone in the fight against the coronavirus

HARD LOCKDOWN. Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila on hard lockdown on June 19, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: Heat, garlic, ginger can prevent COVID-19

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:03 PM

There is no official cure or preventive treatment for COVID-19. The supposed cures in the post have been debunked by the WHO and fact checkers around the world

IN CHARTS: COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 1,150 total new cases reported on June 23 constitute the highest one-day spike so far. Among ASEAN countries, the Philippines, thus far, has the highest rate of active cases, and the lowest case recovery rate.

[OPINION] Leachon unmasks a crisis in COVID-19 response

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:17 PM

'What we have now is a disastrous response to a disaster'

[OPINION | Newspoint] A strategy of crackdown and cover-up

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'

Rappler Talk: Dr Tony Leachon on PH’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 20, 2020 - 5:18 AM

On Friday, June 19, Rappler reporter Bonz Magsambol sits down with Dr Tony Leachon to talk about his resignation and how the government is handling the pandemic

Build a better, greener world economy after pandemic – Stiglitz

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Novel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz says the impact of greenhouse gas emissions is the 'most important' indicator in measuring economic growth

US economist Joseph Stiglitz takes part in a press conference on the theme "Taxes on multinational companies : a revolution for tomorrow ?", on September 19, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s new COVID-19 loans: Need we worry?

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:16 PM

'Can Duterte and his minions spend the money effectively? Several red flags suggest they cannot.'

[OPINION] Clinical clerkship: Being next in line in the pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Had I known this pandemic would occur, would I still have pursued the 4 grueling years of medical school, only to be put on the front lines?'

[OPINION] The perils of government procurement in the pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:59 PM

'Without having to go through the process of competitive public bidding, the dangers of corruption, overpricing, and counterfeit goods will just be a door knock away'

[ANALYSIS] Balancing education risks during this pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The pandemic has made distance learning a necessary tool. But it cannot serve as the exclusive approach to education while we wait for a vaccine.

[OPINION] What do the Titanic and the coronavirus pandemic have in common?

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:46 PM

'We were experiencing a tragedy similar to that of the passengers of the iconic ocean liner – the tragedy that our fate was determined by the social class we belonged to'

[OPINION] Health inequity: The real health issue in our coronavirus response

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'COVID-19 doesn’t get more discriminating than this'

[OPINION] Studying in the U.S. in the middle of a pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'COVID-19 elevated and expanded the scope of my education'

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN’s homework for rebalancing post-COVID-19 global health

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'For ASEAN to enhance its visibility and influence, the region must put additional investments in global health policy and diplomacy'

[Science Solitaire] Plastic: The problem with 'hello' is 'goodbye'

Jun 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Have you been using more plastic during quarantine?

Do coronavirus restrictions threaten religious freedom?

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:45 AM

From Washington to Manila, religious freedom is set to become one of the most enduring debates of the coronavirus era

[ANALYSIS] Famine at the shores

Jun 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Ownership and control of EEZs must be put back in the hands of domestic fishers, especially small-scale fishers'

[OPINION] Hashtags, trending topics, and the death of Michelle Silvertino

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'What was it like to wait 5 days for a bus? What happened in between? What was she thinking? How did she feel?'

Lives saved or deaths postponed? Calculating the cost of lockdowns

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Societies are bearing the strain of both a deadly pandemic and a huge economic shock

LIBERTY. A woman holds an Anonymous mask and a placard stating "Give me LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH" while joining demonstrators at a rally outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to protest the continued closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: OFW positive for coronavirus raped by camel in Riyadh

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video containing the preposterous claim is manipulated from a 2012 report about an OFW raped by police in Kuwait

[OPINION] WNTTAA: We need to talk about acronyms, the snag in PH's virus response

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:39 PM

'Throughout this whole crisis, the government’s poor use of language has merely alienated the masses. And it all started with some acronyms.'